Camden Scarborough

Department of Agriculture awarded $1 million USDA grant

The Department of Agriculture has been awarded a four-year, $1 million grant from the USDA’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program (HIS).

The grant will be used to fund the education of 21 students studying agriculture and agriculture-related sciences through a program called Southwest Agriculture and Food Security Education: Preparing Future Leaders for a Safe and Secure U.S. Food Supply System (SAFE), said Ryan Saucier, project director and assistant agriculture professor.

“We’re trying to prepare the workforce of the future,” said Jaime Chahin, dean of the College of Applied Arts.

Apartment pool party results in police intervention, $1,400 fine

Almost 2,000 people attended the pool party heard ‘round the world last Saturday at The Retreat.

Promoted by the Texas State Trendsetter hashtag #TXSTSummerBash, hundreds of people were at the party, which ended in a $1,400 fine for the complex.

The “Second Annual Summer Bash” was planned by the apartment complex, which hired Endless Entertainment to run an ad campaign using the Texas State Trendsetter hashtag, said exercise and sports science junior Shawn “Big Neechi” Onyechi, representative for Endless Entertainment.

The party totaled well over twice the pool’s capacity of 750, said Police Chief Chase Stapp.

Promotions began four days before the event but were halted after two days due to an estimated 15,000-to-20,000-person turnout, Onyechi said.

Joann Cole Mitte building to undergo renovations, increase space

The Joann Cole Mitte building, home to the School of Art and Design, is undergoing a large-scale facelift to help increase space and decrease crowded classrooms.

The $6.2 million project will address the inefficiencies of the current facilities, creating more classroom, studio and faculty office space. The comprehensive “capital project” is scheduled to begin in summer 2015 and will be completed the next fall, said Juan Guerra, associate vice president of Facilities. Six smaller projects included in the overall renovation plan will begin this year.

Construction has not yet begun on the project, but plans are complete for the six smaller projects, Guerra said.

Meadows Center introduces glass-bottom kayak tours

Meadows Center Kayak

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is offering new glass-bottom kayak tours of Spring Lake aimed at tourists who visit during the summer months. 

The Meadows Center is a non-profit organization that has been giving glass-bottom boat tours of Spring Lake for the last 60 years, said Assistant Director Deborah Lane.  The center now offers glass-bottom kayak tours for up to six people.

The kayaks offer several unique advantages over the traditional boat tours, said Josiah Reese, kayak guide at the center. Many areas of Spring Lake are too shallow for the glass-bottom boats to reach, but kayaks are quiet and non-invasive to the endangered species in the lake, making them ideal for tours.

ACT helps students find high-quality housing

Students can now have protection and assistance when finding off-campus living in communities that are friendly, safe and affordable.

Achieving Community Together (ACT) is a collaboration between Texas State and the people of San Marcos that aims to hold housing communities to a high standard of maintenance and management, according to the city’s website.

The program started primarily for the benefit of permanent residents but later expanded to meet students’ needs, said Joslyn Johnson, community engagement coordinator. Educating students on how to move off-campus, as well as making sure apartment complexes meet standards similar to those of on-campus housing, are some of the benefits ACT offers.

Texas State Enactus chapter to compete in worldwide competition

The Texas State University chapter of Enactus was named national champion at the Enactus United States National Exposition and will be representing the U.S. at the Enactus World Cup in Beijing, China.

Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), is an international business organization based on the concept of entrepreneurial action. According to the Enactus website, student teams develop community outreach projects to help and empower people in need by applying of business concepts.

As the national champions, Texas State will travel to the Enactus World Cup in October in Beijing, said Chelsea Watkins, Enactus president-elect. The group will be competing against teams from 36 countries that make up Enactus International as Team America.

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