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Engineering senior project builds solar-electric car

Engineering senior project builds solar-electric car

Julie Gonzales, News Reporter

June 11, 2019


Filed under News, Research, University

Texas State has taken many steps to promote a green lifestyle for students by having recycling bins around campus and switching from plastic to paper straws. Inspired by this change, two students put their efforts toward the cause. Electrical engineer seniors Alex Greer, project manager and Beau S...

Facial recognition technology allows autistic children to communicate

Facial recognition technology allows autistic children to communicate

Julie Gonzales, News Reporter

June 5, 2019


Filed under News, Research, University

Members of the Texas State research and innovation group High-Performance Engineering have developed a mobile app benefiting children with autism spectrum disorder. Damian Valles, HiPE research group director, Maria Resendiz, associate professor of communication disorders and Inzamam Haque, in the ele...

Kerbey Lane Café expected to open spring 2020

Kerbey Lane Café expected to open spring 2020

Mia Estrada, News Reporter

June 5, 2019


Filed under News, San Marcos, University

Construction will begin fall 2019 on the Saltgrass Steakhouse site, as Kerbey Lane Café is set to replace it and open for spring 2020. Kerbey Lane Café signed a 10-year lease, two five year renewals with Texas State, and got approval from the Texas State University System Board of Regents May 23. Saltgrass...

Texas State switches from TRACS to Canvas

Texas State switches from TRACS to Canvas

Naomi Wick

June 4, 2019


Filed under News, University

Texas State announced the replacement of TRACS, the current learning management system, with Canvas May 22. After beta-testing for nearly a year, the new system will fully decommission TRACS by the beginning of 2023.Canvas is used by over 1,250 universities and colleges, as well as K-12 institutions throughou...

Kerbey Lane Café to take over Saltgrass Steakhouse location

Kerbey Lane Café to take over Saltgrass Steakhouse location

Christopher Green, News Reporter

May 24, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News, San Marcos, University

Kerbey Lane Café, a popular Austin-based restaurant, will assume operations of the university owned location of Saltgrass Steakhouse. On May 23, the Texas State University System Board of Regents approved a 10-year contract with Kerbey Lane which will include two five-year renewal options. The...

Hiring a part-time immigration attorney proves to be a year long process

Hiring a part-time immigration attorney proves to be a year long process

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor in Chief

May 22, 2019


Filed under News, University

The Attorney for students office offers free legal advice for a variety of legal issues ranging from criminal offenses, lease management and most recently, immigration status. The U.S. Department of Education granted Texas State University-San Marcos official recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution...

Canvas replaces TRACS

Canvas replaces TRACS

Julie Gonzales, News Reporter

May 22, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, University

On May 22, Texas State University announced its learning management system purchase to switch from TRACS to Canvas. The Division of Information Technology and the Office of Distance and External Learning in academic affairs have reviewed and researched this decision for more than two years. During...

Student workers keep Alkek open 24 hours for finals week

Student workers keep Alkek open 24 hours for finals week

Anika Adams, News Reporter

May 14, 2019


Filed under News, University

Alkek student workers help keep the library open 24 hours for students during finals season by choosing to work late hours in the night. Student workers enjoy the benefits of helping other students, while studying for their own exams and earning higher pay. Alkek is open 24 hours weekdays starting...

The workings of Parking Services, what students can expect

The workings of Parking Services, what students can expect

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

May 9, 2019


Filed under News, University

Texas State's Parking Services is nothing short of complex, but it is not the money-hungry monster students may perceive it as. Parking Services is a financially self-supported branch of the university. Texas State does not give Parking Services any general funds to operate; its budget is based...

61st Faculty Senate is voted on

61st Faculty Senate is voted on

Julie Gonzales, News Reporter

May 9, 2019


Filed under Faculty Senate, News, University

May 8, the last Faculty Senate meeting of the semester, the senate discussed and voted for the 61st Faculty Senate. The newly elected officers include the new Chairman Janet Bezner of health professions, Vice Chair Natalie Ceballos of liberal arts and Secretary David Nolan of fine arts and communication. Leaving...

Texas State forms alliance to save endangered toad species

Texas State forms alliance to save endangered toad species

Mia Estrada

May 7, 2019


Filed under Hays County, News, University

Toads are on the brink of extinction, but Texas State is attempting to save the Houston toad found in neighboring cities. Texas Park and Wildlife has teamed up with Texas State to begin the process of encouraging landowners living in the Houston toad range to comply with safe harbor agreements i...

Engineering students get hands-on experience at NuPlasma

Engineering students get hands-on experience at NuPlasma

Chase Rogers

May 6, 2019


Filed under News, San Marcos, University

A team of engineering students is working with NuPlasma, a local blood bank, for their senior design course, providing them with valuable real-world applications of their studies. The team was tasked with creating a 3D model representative of NuPlasma’s freezers, containing blood and plasma donations,...

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