Sarah Pollock

Police investigating campus sexual assault

Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman Sunday morning on campus.

A white male in his early 20s reportedly assaulted the victim near Butler Hall, according to a University News Service alert dispersed Wednesday around 9:30 a.m. The suspect is described as more than 6 feet tall with a medium build, short blonde hair and blue eyes.

Daniel Benitez, University Police Department captain, said police are pursuing leads about the suspect and are in the beginning stages of investigation.

The suspect was last seen wearing a gray, long sleeved V-neck shirt with the sleeves pulled up to his elbows and blue jeans tucked into brown boots, according to the alert. The suspect reportedly drives a white extended cab truck.

Inclement weather affects university productivity

The number of inclement weather campus closures and delays this semester has been higher than in previous years, which is beginning to take a toll on classroom productivity and the functions of some facilities, according to administrators.

The university does not see a direct financial loss from closing the campus during the week, but a loss of productivity on those days poses a negative effect, said Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services. According to a University Policy and Procedure Statement, faculty and staff who receive a salary are paid regularly during campus closures and delays, but hourly-paid employees such as custodians and student workers do not receive compensation.

Alumni Association offices move, spurring further rearrangement

The decision to move the Student Retention offices to the former Alumni House has caused a “domino effect” of relocation offices on campus.

Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association recently moved from the Alumni House to a suite on the third floor of the J.C. Kellam building. Despite its name, “the house never belonged to the Alumni Association,” according to Angie Martinez, administrative assistant for the Alumni Association.

Engineering program expands with new graduate degree

With a new master’s degree in the process of approval, the Ingram School of Engineering is beginning to expand its program, forcing it to address some of the problems that have arisen as a result of increased enrollment.

The Master of Science in Engineering degree was approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents in November. Students enrolling in the master’s degree program will add to the population of the School of Engineering, which saw limited space and a record enrollment of 731 students in fall 2013.

Anticipating a large population of engineering graduate students in addition to projected record enrollment, school officials face space constraints as they wait for funding for a new Engineering and Science Building.

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