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Professor travels to Guatemala to study deforestation

Professor travels to Guatemala to study deforestation

Lauren Rexroad

November 29, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

A professor travels from San Marcos to Guatemala and back to determine the cause of deforestation in South America. Jennifer Devine is an assistant professor in the geography department who studies the impacts of drug trafficking on deforestation inGuatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. Devine double...

Jewish Bobcats at Texas State react to anti-Semitic flyers on campus

Lauren Rexroad

November 15, 2017


Filed under Featured, Life and Arts

After anti-Semitic and white supremacy flyers were posted on campus, the Jewish Bobcats at Texas State have mixed reactions in response to the hateful climate. The flyers were posted between Oct. 16 and 17, calling for "global white supremacy" in America and encouraging students to go to a website...

Greek life continues tradition of haunted houses

Greek life continues tradition of haunted houses

Lauren Rexroad

October 31, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air, from the free candy to the creepy costumes, the season for haunted houses is here. During the month of October, haunted house attractions sprout up across Texas to bring thrilling experiences to fans of spooky adventures. These haunted attractions even show...

Annual Homecoming Soap Box Derby celebrates its 50-year anniversary

Annual Homecoming Soap Box Derby celebrates its 50-year anniversary

Lauren Rexroad

October 30, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

The sound of buggy wheels against the Texas heat concrete can be heard each year as chants fill the air at Texas State's annual Soap Box Derby in homemade cars. The race was originally started in 1967 and is a car race involving registered and chartered student organizations, residence halls and Greek...

Alumnus plans to bring international travelers to San Marcos through housing venture

Alumnus plans to bring international travelers to San Marcos through housing venture

Lauren Rexroad

October 20, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

A Texas State alumnus plans to attract international and bicycling tourists to San Marcos with the opening of the Yellow House Hostel in the spring of 2018. Matt Akins, alumnus, and co-owner of the Bike Cave on campus is opening a hostel in San Marcos. The hostel, located at 704 W Hopkins St., will...

Former inmate finds faith during false imprisonment

Former inmate finds faith during false imprisonment

Lauren Rexroad

October 17, 2017


Filed under Latest, Life and Arts

During a recent visit to Texas State, a former death row inmate said his faith in his God is what kept him alive, and brought him to where he is today. Anthony Graves, exonoree 138 and former inmate at the Allan B. Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas, spent 18 and a half years in prison. Twelve and...

Everything Bobcats need to know about graduate school

Lauren Rexroad

October 15, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

Faculty members in the graduate college give helpful advice to undergraduate students on how to apply for graduate school. GPA Maureen Keeley, professor and director of graduate studies in communication studies, advises future graduate applicants to have at least a 3.0 GPA when applying to grad sch...

Bobcat Bond program forms lifelong friendships

Bobcat Bond program forms lifelong friendships

Lauren Rexroad

September 28, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

Bobcat Bond mentorship match between a faculty member and a student has withstood family tragedy, graduation and more. Joanne Smith, Texas State Vice President of Student Affairs, sent out a call to junior and seniors to take part in the Bobcat Bond mentorship program. The program matches students...

Veterans choose Texas State after years of service

Veterans choose Texas State after years of service

Lauren Rexroad

September 23, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

Texas State has a population of over 1,000 veteran students who served in various branches of the United States Military. For these veterans, attending school can come with special challenges to veterans. According to Anson Davis, veteran's affairs coordinator at the Veteran’s Affairs It is not...

High school students benefit from Bobcat volunteers’ advice

Lauren Rexroad

September 8, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

Texas State students mentor high school students, encouraging them to graduate and go to college. The Upward Bound Program is designed to help low-income high school students prepare for college. The program provides several ways for students to prepare. It provides after school academic sessions,...

Professors offer advice for new senior class

Professors offer advice for new senior class

Lauren Rexroad

September 4, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

Some seniors go into their last year with a plan for the future, some go in with an open mind and others choose to hope for the best. Some of Texas State’s professors and advisors reflected on their senior years and are prepared to offer advice. Sam Heimbach, career advisor for career services helps...

Five tips for moving from a dorm to an apartment

Five tips for moving from a dorm to an apartment

Lauren Rexroad

August 24, 2017


Filed under Life and Arts

After students finish freshman year, most decide to move out of their residence halls and into apartments. Many of these students go into apartment-hunting with little know-how or assistance. Texas State has several resources students can use to avoid situations such as getting stuck in a bad lease. Kn...

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