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Texas State reacts to Supreme Court DACA decision

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Sarah Hernandez and Daniella Carrera

July 13, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block an end to the DACA program was met with feelings of relief and joy among DACA recipients and allies. While DACA students and faculty at Texas State celebrate the decision, they acknowledge there still remains a level of uncertainty surrounding the fate of...

Texas State offers additional Roadmap to Return resources for students and faculty

Texas State students walk through the university's Quad area on a sunny day outside.

Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

July 10, 2020

As part of its return to face-to-face instruction in the fall, Texas State announced additional resources for faculty and staff in its Roadmap to Return. Expert Videos  The university added new videos from Texas State experts such as Chief Medical Officer Emilio Carranco, Chair of the Clinical Lab...

President Trauth responds to ICE announcement on international students

Texas State arch near the PACE center, empty of students

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

July 9, 2020

July 9 update: University President Denise Trauth released a statement July 9 in response to the announcement from ICE limiting nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students' online course loads at risk of leaving the country. Trauth said the Texas State Roadmap to Return states the university will operate in a hybrid format, delivering classes bo...

(Photo Gallery) Texas State kicks off Summer II, introduces new Alkek Design Lab

An empty quad on Texas State campus.

Sydney Swatsworth, Multimedia Contributor

July 6, 2020

Texas State announced July 2 it would be moving the majority of face-to-face classes for summer II to an online format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The only exceptions are classes that require a face to face component for licensure or degree requirements. A campus usually occupied by thousands...

Texas State students speak out against plan to return to campus

An illustration of three masked students in a classroom, socially distanced in desks.

Marilyn Espericueta, News Contributor

July 5, 2020

After Texas State moved classes online for the latter half of the spring 2020 and summer I and II semesters, students are criticizing the university's plans to resume in-person campus activity in the fall as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in San Marcos and Hays County. In early June, President Denise...

Texas State moves summer II classes to online delivery

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Carson Ganong, News Contributor

July 2, 2020

Provost Gene Bourgeois announced that nearly all face-to-face classes will transition to online delivery for the summer II semester with the exception of classes that require a face-to-face component for licensure or degree requirements. About 200 students are enrolled in courses that will continue...

Texas State promotes 65 faculty members, approves tenure for 35

A concrete sign reads 'Texas State University... Established 1899'.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

July 1, 2020

Texas State promoted 34 associate professors, 31 assistant professors and approved tenure for 35 faculty. The promotions and tenure will go into effect Sept. 1. Faculty promoted from associate professor to professor: Farhad Ameri (engineering technology) Angela R. Ausbrooks (social work) Car...

Texas State announces schedule for virtual commencement

Thousands of students and their families sit in Strahan Coliseum for a graduation ceremony in 2019.

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Editor

June 30, 2020

Texas State's commencement ceremonies for spring and summer 2020 graduates will take place virtually Aug. 8 on the commencement website. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gene Bourgeois, in a June 30 email to current students and staff, said the main commencement ceremony will feature tr...

Texas State administration building reports multiple COVID-19 cases

The J.C. Kellum Administration Building at Texas State from the view of the street, with a Texas State flag in the foreground.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 28, 2020

Texas State released a statement to The Star reporting an unspecified number of faculty, staff and students tested positive for COVID-19, including reports from some individuals in the J.C. Kellum Administration Building. The statement was given following a request from The Star. The Star followed up with...

Q&A with President Trauth about Texas State’s ‘Roadmap to Return’

Texas State President Denise Trauth speaks at an Alumni Luncheon during 2018 Homecoming Week. Photo courtesy of Chandler Prude.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 25, 2020

On June 25, Editor-in-Chief Jaden Edison spoke with President Denise Trauth, Dr. Lisa Lloyd and Sandy Pantlik about Texas State's 'Roadmap to Return' to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Obviously, you know, with everything going on, the big question that I just want to go ahead [and put forth] rig...

President Trauth announces changes to diversity, equity and inclusion

A person walks through the Quad, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State.

Carson Ganong, News Contributor

June 25, 2020

University President Denise Trauth announced several changes to the organizational structure of diversity, equity and inclusion at Texas State. The goal of these changes is to consolidate the university’s DE&I efforts and elevate them to an institutional level. As of June 1, the Office of Student...

San Marcos transit services to require face masks

City of San Marcos brick sign

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 24, 2020

The City of San Marcos will expand the interurban and the fixed-route transit services starting July 6 to meet transit needs as Texas State University students resume on-campus and virtual classes. New safety measures include requiring masks and encouraged social distancing. Passengers are now required...

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