Xander Peters

Pathway Program bridges gap between ACC, Texas State

A new co-enrollment program will attempt to provide an easier transition into university life for students transferring from Austin Community College beginning in fall 2014.

The Pathway Program is designed for students to gain admission to Texas State while acclimating to the campus culture. The program allows students to utilize Texas State’s campus and services while completing the majority of their courses at Austin Community College, said Michael Heintze, associate vice president for enrollment management. Students will have the option of commuting to campus or living in residence halls at Texas State. Full admission to the university to complete a bachelor’s degree will be guaranteed to all students in the Pathway Program who maintain a 2.25 cumulative GPA.

Communication issues lead to new policy proposal for ASG

The Associated Student Government is drafting a University Policy and Procedure Statement in an attempt to solve communication problems between the administration and student body representatives.

The statement would outline communication methods that would come into play when there are fee increases and other changes that need to be passed by student votes.  ASG President Nathan McDaniel said the idea for the statement arose after a lack of communication between administration and the student government when the Bobcat Tram Interurban service was canceled and a fee increase was proposed.

“It’s to increase the collaboration in the way that students and administration communicate on important topics, such as (the cancellation of the interurban service),” McDaniel said.

Students voice concerns to officials at round table

Students discussed issues including campus construction, sustainability and transportation with the university’s top administrators during Tuesday’s Associated Student Government Round Table.

The outreach session provided students with the opportunity to sit down and express their concerns with key administrators. Groups of four to eight students sat and spoke with members of the administration. The students would rotate to different administrators throughout the room every 10 minutes. About 50 students attended the Round Table.

Office of Disability Services meeting outlines new goals, philosophy

David Cosner said he looks like an able-bodied college student, but his chronic illness prevents him from behaving like one.

Cosner, marketing junior, said he has undergone approximately 130 lung surgeries, had two-thirds of his right one removed and spent 28 days in a medically-induced coma in November. Cosner has Wegener’s granulomatosis, a chronic inflammatory condition.

Cosner was one of the guest speakers at Tuesday’s Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance and Steering Committee on Disabilities spring 2013 meeting. Clint-Michael Reneau is the new director of the Office of Disability Service, and spoke about his mission, vision and new leadership philosophy for ODS at Monday’s meeting.

Conflicting schedules cause football delays

Though San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District has rented Bobcat Stadium for years, recent scheduling conflicts could lead to a relocation of football games.

San Marcos CISD has rented Bobcat Stadium for football games since it was built in the early 1980s. However, Texas State’s upcoming realignment into the Sun Belt Conference has caused scheduling conflicts for San Marcos High School’s home-game schedule, said Nan Arredondo, San Marcos CISD athletic secretary. As a result, the school district is looking into constructing its own stadium.

Officials submit request to change university name

Administrators are considering changing the university’s name for the sixth time in its 114-year history to clear up confusion about Texas State’s San Marcos and Round Rock campuses.

The administration has asked the Texas Legislature to change the institution’s official name from Texas State University-San Marcos to Texas State University. Provost Eugene Bourgeois said existing confusion with the university’s name stems from the fact some people may think the Round Rock Higher Education Center is a second branch of Texas State.

Accident leads to long recovery for professor

All Jerry Kovar could do after the accident was tell himself not to look down at the femur sticking out of his jeans.

Kovar, adjunct criminal justice professor at the Round Rock campus and captain of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, was travelling in January 2012 with a group of fellow law enforcers. His life took a turn for the unexpected on that Saturday morning motorcycle ride.

“I never thought that would happen to me,” Kovar said. “I was a careful rider. Being older, I wasn’t going to take any risky chances when I was riding.”

In the split second Kovar lost control of his bike, he was put to a mental and physical test that not even his training as a Marine Corps drill instructor required.

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