Andrew Smith

Student health center anticipates job openings, increases advertising

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Despite increasing advertising expenditures to promote an open physician position, the Student Health Center is preparing for the addition of new positions.

The health center, which is estimated to serve 18,000 students this year, currently employs five physicians who treat students three to five days per week. The health center has nearly doubled its advertising spending every year since 2010 in an effort to fill positions like the one that has been vacant for the past nine months.

The health center spent $2,892 in 2010 on advertising efforts in an effort to fill open positions, according to information provided by the university. The center spent $5,669 in advertising in 2011 and $9,610 in 2012. The center had $19,485 in advertising expenditures in 2013.

Stadium recycling program looks to expand

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A student-run recycling program hopes to expand efforts for green initiatives after its pilot season in Bobcat Stadium ended.

“Bobcats Go Green” is an initiative that aims to get students more involved with recycling by implementing programs at Texas State football games, said Duy Le, sustainability studies graduate student. Le coordinated the initiative designed to cut down on the amount of trash in and around the stadium by promoting recycling.

“‘Bobcats Go Green’ was originally a recycling program but has evolved into a call to action,” Le said. “Think of ‘Bobcats Go Green’ as a challenge to students to become more environmentally aware about the impact they each have on the planet.”

Bobcat Build event sees record number of volunteers

Gardening aficionado Lura Brown has always loved tending to her plants and flowers, but in recent years, this task has become too much for the 95-year-old San Marcos resident. Brown’s garden, however, remains lush thanks to a team of Bobcat Build student volunteers who help maintain her lawn each year.

“Students do a really good job,” said Linda Vetters, Brown’s daughter. “Overall, it’s a good time for both parties.”

The 12th annual Bobcat Build, the second-largest one-day community service event in the state, returned to San Marcos Saturday, boasting a record number of volunteers with an estimated 4,200 people at about 250 job sites.

Officials discuss impact of SMCISD school bus camera ticketing system

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San Marcos officials say they are beginning to see positive results from a new automated ticketing system put in place for drivers who pass stopped school buses.

City councilmembers passed an ordinance Jan. 7 that allows external cameras to be installed on all San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District buses, according to a Jan. 14 University Star article. The cameras record drivers who pass stopped buses, and $300 tickets are issued by mail to violators after the system manufacturer and San Marcos police review the videos. As of March 25, 52 citations had been mailed, said Carter Hutson, SMCISD Associate Director of Transportation.

Many of the tickets were issued in problem areas where the district has noticed high numbers of violations, Hutson said.

Free concert series promotes environmental awareness

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Uniting the San Marcos and Texas State communities through art, music and sustainability, the Keep San Marcos Beautiful Spring Concert Series returned Thursday evening and will run through the second week of April.

The free annual event kicked off in San Marcos Plaza Park with a performance by ‘80s new wave group The Spazmatics. The concert series will feature a new musical act every Thursday in the park through April 10. The concert series promotes themes of sustainability and ecological conservation.

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