The University Star


Students receive awards from National Science Foundation for graduate research

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Shayan Faradineh

June 6, 2017

Two Bobcats were chosen by The National Science Foundation as this year's recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The GRFP provides three years of financial support to graduate study, including $34,000 as an annual stipend and a $12,000 allowance for the cost of education. These funds...

San Marcos voters pass city’s first bond election in over a decade

San Marcos Public library offers Story-time for children

Shayan Faradineh

June 3, 2017

In nearly a three-fourths majority, citizens of San Marcos voted in favor of three bond propositions that will benefit public safety, the library and the school district. The bond election was called by the City Council of San Marcos in February, with recommendations from the Community Improvement ...

Professor caps off career with prestigious award

Jonathan Gonzalez

May 23, 2017

A professor received the International Education Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers last month. The award was in honor of a 38-year career dedicated to the development and growth of innovative engineering curriculum at the university. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers presented...

Student uses art to involve community

The sculpture can be seen growing next to the art building

Daryan Jones

May 15, 2017

  A Texas State student used his sculpture assignment to create a sense of community within the campus. Gino “Puffy” Mindiola, sculpting and photography junior, was assigned to create a sculpture using Winter Rye Grass seed. However, he took it a step further and chose to do an interactive...

Commissioners Court recognizes May 6 as Hays CISD Day

Hays Historic Courthouse

Ashley Skinner

May 7, 2017

Hays County Commissioners Court is recognizing May 6, as Hays CISD Day in honor of the 50th anniversary of the school district. In addition to the recognition, the court thanked the administration and staff for being a unifying part of the community. “I know how important a school district is...

A tribute to Ramona Nevarez

Commencement ceremonies smaller after policy change

Bri Watkins

April 30, 2017

Ramona Nevarez was a dearly beloved custodial worker at Texas State University where she served for nearly a decade before her death in early February. She was assigned to the Honors College in Lampasas where she performed more than her daily duties. From the moment Nevarez started working for the...

University increases lighting and police presence on campus

Texas State student strolling through campus at night

Katie Burrell

April 26, 2017

The Texas State administration allocated over $3 million to improve safety conditions on campus. The initiative started this semester and will continue over the next three years. The safety improvements involve upgrades in campus lighting and landscaping, the Rave Mobile Guardian app and the addition...

Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion pushes for federal grant program to aid underrepresented students

A Texas State University Faculty Senate meeting Feb. 8.

Jonathan Gonzalez

April 23, 2017

Last month, University officials revealed an effort to bring to campus the McNair Scholars Program, a federal initiative that assists underrepresented students seeking doctorate degrees. The primary writer of the application for the grant was Cheryl McWilliams, director of Student Support Service...

Vandalism runs rampant in Jowers

Jowers Center

Katie Burrell

April 20, 2017

Texas State Jowers Center has experienced an increasing number of vandalisms throughout the past two academic years. The building—located on the banks of the river at Sewell Park—had more than 20 accounts of vandalism since 2015, according to a report given to faculty senate. Four of the total...

Congress introduced bill to simplify FAFSA

Sign stating,

Shayan Faradineh

April 14, 2017

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) introduced a bill to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which could affect nearly 70 percent of the Texas State students who receive financial assistance. The proposed bill—the Equitable Student Aid Access Act—aims to diminish complications...

Environmental aspect of Riverfest returns

Photo of Rebecca Bell-Metereau

Felipe Partida

April 13, 2017

Texas State’s Environment and Sustainability Committee created the Green Cat Challenge Awards to recognize those committed to ecological practices and helping the environment. The awards will be given April 21 at Riverfest, which takes place at Sewell Park. Riverfest is the annual spring concert...

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