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URL=HTTPS://WWW.USNEWS.COM/BEST-COLLEGES/TEXAS-STATE-UNIVERSITY-3615, ACCESSDATE=19 SEPTEMBER 2016, |undergrad = 34,276|postgrad = 4,573492km2}}NCAA Division I – Sun Belt Conference>Sun BeltTexas State Bobcats>Bobcats|mascot = Boko the Bobcatweblink{{color box>#501214}} {{color box|#8D734A}}|affiliations = {{unbulleted listTexas State University System>TXST SystemAssociation of Public and Land-grant Universities>APLUCoalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities>CUMUConsortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration>CONAHEC}}www.txstate.edu}}250px)}}Texas State University is a public research university located in San Marcos, Texas, United States. Established in 1899 as the Southwest Texas State Normal School, it opened in 1903 to 303 students. Since that time it has grown into the largest institution in the Texas State University System and the fifth-largest university in the state of Texas with an enrollment of over 38,000 students for the 2017 fall semesterweblink It has 10 colleges and about 50 schools and departments.Texas State is classified as a research university with higher research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching]weblink and an emerging research university by the State of Texasweblink The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Faculty from the various colleges have consistently been granted Fulbright ScholarshipsWEB,weblink Fulbright US Scholar Directory, 2011–2012, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, January 14, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111216233552weblink">weblink December 16, 2011, WEB,weblink Fulbright US Scholar Directory, 2010–2011, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, January 14, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111216233617weblink">weblink December 16, 2011, WEB,weblink Fulbright US Scholar Directory, 2009–2010, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, January 14, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120628214422weblink">weblink June 28, 2012, WEB,weblink Fulbright US Scholar Directory, 2008–2009, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, January 14, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090526223032weblink">weblink May 26, 2009, WEB,weblink Fulbright US Scholar Directory, 2007–2008, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, January 14, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111023142821weblink">weblink October 23, 2011, WEB,weblink Fulbright US Scholar Directory, 2006–2007, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, January 14, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111023142810weblink">weblink October 23, 2011, WEB,weblink Fulbright US Scholar Directory, 2005–2006, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, January 14, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120628231022weblink">weblink June 28, 2012, WEB,weblink Fulbright US Scholar Directory, 2004–2005, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, January 14, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120224193221weblink">weblink February 24, 2012, resulting in Texas State being recognized as one of the top producing universities of Fulbright Scholars.WEB,weblink Texas State recognized as among top producers of Fulbright students, Brad, Rollins, October 21, 2009, San Marcos Mercury, January 14, 2012, NEWS,weblink Texas State recognized as Fulbright leader, November 23, 2010, San Marcos Mercury, January 14, 2012, The 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, graduated from the institution in 1930weblink State's main campus consists of 245 buildings on {{convert|492|acre|km2}} of hilly land along the San Marcos River. Additionally, it has a satellite campus at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus (RRC) in the greater north Austin area. The university operates the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park, a technology commercialization and applied research facilityweblink The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State is the largest forensics research facility in the world.Steinberg, R.U.. "Listening to the Bones", The Austin Chronicle, Austin, 4 April 2008. Retrieved on 31 May 2013.Texas State University's intercollegiate sports teams, commonly known as the Bobcats, compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Sun Belt Conference.

History

The Southwest Texas State Normal School was proposed in a March 3, 1899, bill by State Representative Fred Cocke. Cocke represented the citizens of Hays and surrounding counties where the school was to be located. While there was opposition to the bill, with the support of State Senator J.B. Dibrell, it was finally passed and signed into law on May 10, 1899, by Governor Joseph D. Sayers.WEB,weblink Fifty Years of Teacher Education: A Brief History of Southwest Texas State Teachers College, San Marcos, Texas, 1901–1951, Journalism and Mass Communication, School of, 2–3, December 14, 2011, The school's purpose was to provide manual training and teach domestic sciences and agriculture. Any students earning a diploma and teaching certificate from the school would be authorized to teach in the state's public schools.BOOK, Blanton, Annie Webb, Marrs, S. M. N., The Public School Laws of the State of Texas, The Department of Education, State of Texas, January 1922, 1-151-06900-0, 203, {{google books, pe0NAQAAIAAJ, 203, yes, |accessdate=December 14, 2011}} In October 1899, the San Marcos City Council voted to donate {{convert|11|acre|m2}} of land at what was known as Chautauqua Hill for the school to be built on. It was not until 1901 that the Texas legislature accepted this donation and approved $25,000 to be used for construction of buildings on the site.ENCYCLOPEDIA,weblink Texas State University, Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association, March 11, 2014, December 14, 2011, The building now known as Old Main was completed and the school opened its doors to its first enrollment of 303 students in September 1903.In 1912, the San Marcos School Board began a partnership with the school to allow Southwest Texas State Normal School students to instruct local school children as part of their training to become teachers. The San Marcos East End Ward School, comprising the first eight grades of the school district, was moved onto the Southwest Texas State campus in 1917. In 1935, a formal contract between Southwest Texas State Teachers College, as it was known then, and the San Marcos school district for the "Public Schools [to become] the laboratory school for said Teachers College." The school would be under the control and supervision of the city of San Marcos but Southwest Texas State was responsible for providing and maintaining buildings and equipment for the city's elementary and junior high schools.THESIS, Master of Arts, A History of Southwest Texas State Teachers College, Roger Franklin, French, August 1939, Southwest Texas State Teachers College, San Marcos, Texas, June 8, 2012,weblink PDF, {{rp|15–18}}The college enrolled its first African American students in 1963, following a federal lawsuit brought by Dana Smith, who became one of the first five African Americans at the institution when a district court judge ruled that they could not be denied admission based on race.NEWS, Marissa, Barnett, Texas State University to honor five African-Americans who integrated campus in 1963, Austin American-Statesman,weblink April 30, 2014, May 25, 2015, On November 8, 1965, the school's most famous alumnus, United States President Lyndon B. Johnson, returned to his alma mater to sign the Higher Education Act of 1965, which was part of his Great Society.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Regents agree to statue honoring LBJ at Texas State, Texas State University, August 26, 2005, April 1, 2009, In a speech, held in Strahan Coliseum on the school's campus, prior to signing the bill, he recounted his own difficulties affording to go to college: having to shower and shave in the school's gymnasium, living above a faculty member's garage, and working multiple jobs.WEB,weblink Johnson signs legislation into law, LBJ Library and Museum, October 23, 2009, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070714005531weblink">weblink July 14, 2007,

Expansion

The campus has grown substantially from its original 11 acres in 1899. During the first 40 years of the school's history, the campus was expanded to accommodate 18 buildings around the original Main Building. These buildings included academic buildings, a library, buildings to house the San Marcos school students, dormitories, a dining hall, and men's and women's gymnasiums.{{rp|18–31}} In 1926, 90 acres of land adjacent to the San Marcos River was purchased by A. B. Rogers to build a hotel, glass-bottom boat rides and other water-based attractions to become the Aquarena Springs theme park. The university bought the property in 1994 intending to use the land as a research and education center. In 2002, this piece of land became known as the River System Institute and offered educational tours including a wetlands boardwalk and continued to offer glass-bottom boat rides.THESIS, Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future: A Geographic History of San Marcos, Texas and Texas State University-San Marcos, Hickey, Joan Inman, 2011, Texas State University-San Marcos, 15, Master's thesis,weblink June 8, 2012, In 1996, the school began offering courses in Round Rock, Texas on the campus of Westwood High School. It originally offered night classes that allowed students to earn graduate degrees in Business Administration and Education. As enrollment in these programs increased and with a gift of {{convert|101|acre|km2}}, the Texas State University Round Rock Campus was constructed and opened in 2005.

Name changes

The school has been through a number of name changes since its opening. The first change occurred after the Board of Regents, in 1916, approved the school to start granting degrees and became a senior college. It then became known as Southwest Texas State Normal College in 1918.{{rp|8}}{{rp|55}} In 1921, there was a desire to improve academic standards of normal schools in Texas to more closely meet the requirements of the University of Texas at Austin.BOOK, Brown, Ronald C., Beacon on the Hill: Southwest Texas State University, 1903-1978, Faculty Publications-University College, Texas State University-San Marcos, 1979,weblink {{rp|60}} These changes resulted in the school's second name change, in 1923, when the Texas Legislature renamed the school to Southwest Texas State Teachers College.{{rp|40}} The state legislature approved another name change for the school and became known as the Southwest Texas State College on September 1, 1959. Ten years later, in 1969, the Texas Legislature again changed the school's name, this time to Southwest Texas State University.In 2003, the school's then, Associated Student Government (ASG), approached State Senator Jeff Wentworth requesting that the school be renamed Texas State University at San Marcos. The ASG had unanimously approved a resolution supporting the name change citing 20 reasons for the change, including that the current name reflected too much regionalism for a university attempting to reach top-tier status. The ASG further said that donations from the school's alumni would go to implementing the name change so that state tax dollars would not be required.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Bill filed today to change Southwest Texas State University's name, Office of State Senator Jeff Wentworth, March 6, 2003, December 14, 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120119105220weblink">weblink January 19, 2012, Students and alumni protested the change, saying no vote was taken on the matter.NEWS,weblink A shock to the system, Diana, Reinhart, May 3, 2003, Beaumont Enterprise, April 22, 2015, A bill, sponsored by Senator Wentworth, was passed and on September 1, 2003, the school officially became known as Texas State University–San Marcos. The city was originally included in the name to differentiate from other schools in the Texas State University System who were, at the time, expected to change their names to Texas State University (e.g. Texas State University–Lamar, Texas State University–Sam Houston, Texas State University–San Angelo). With those name changes not occurring and Texas State expanding with a campus in Round Rock a request was made, in 2013, to remove the city from the school's name. A bill to change the school's name was passed by the Eighty-third Texas LegislatureNEWS,weblink Texas State University to shed San Marcos, Kolten, Parker, April 11, 2013, San Antonio Express News, May 5, 2013, and was signed by Governor Rick Perry.NEWS,weblink Euthanasia, cyber security measures among 35 bills signed by governor so far, Mark, Wiggins, KVUE TV, May 13, 2013, May 14, 2013, yes,weblink" title="archive.is/20130615063755weblink">weblink June 15, 2013, The name was officially changed on September 1, 2013.

Campus

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The Texas State University main campus is located in San Marcos, Texas, midway between Austin and San Antonio along Interstate 35. It spans {{convert|492|acre|km2}},WEB,weblink Texas State Facts, Institutional Research, Texas State University, January 22, 2009, April 1, 2009, including the original land donated by the city of San Marcos consisting of Chautauqua Hill which Old Main still sits atop. Other parts of the Texas State property including farm and ranch land, residential, recreational areas and commercial incubators cover more than {{convert|5038|acre|km2}} of additional land. On the eastern end of campus is Sewell Park, which is on the banks of the spring-fed San Marcos River. The river bank, leased by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, was built up from the river bottom by university workers. Initially named Riverside Park, it was later renamed Sewell Park in 1946 in honor of Dr. S. M. "Froggy" Sewell, a mathematics professor who helped form the park.WEB,weblink Sewell Park, Texas State University, April 1, 2009, The Quad is the heart of campus because it is surrounded by the majority of the academic buildings on campus and the bus loop where most of the university bus routes stop on campus. Since many students pass through the quad, it is the primary gathering place for student organizations to man booths and tables promoting fundraisers and events.WEB,weblink Traditions - Quad, Texas State University, September 8, 2009, The west end of the Quad has a 17-foot high aluminum sculpture of two horses, called The Fighting Stallions.WEB,weblink The Fighting Stallions, (sculpture), Art Inventories Catalog, December 30, 2011, This area is declared the University's free speech zone and was subject to one of the first court challenges to the creation of such zones after the suspension of ten students protesting the Vietnam War.JOURNAL,weblink From Parks to Free Speech Zones: Spatial Frameworks and the Regulation of American Dissent in Public Space, David S., Allen, June 2011, Twenty-First Century Papers, December 30, 2011, COURT,weblink Bayless v. Martine, 430, F 2d, 873, 1970, The east end of the Quad goes up to the top of the highest hill on campus where the University's oldest building, Old Main, sits.The main campus in San Marcos served as the location of the fictional school TMU (Texas Methodist University) in the NBC TV series Friday Night Lights.WEB,weblink Lights, Camera & Action, txstatebobcats.com, April 7, 2007, April 1, 2009,

Old Main

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Built in 1903 and originally called the Main Building, Old Main was the first building on the Texas State campus. The design was closely patterned to the Old Main Building of 1889 at Sam Houston State University, designed by Alfred Muller of Galveston. E. Northcraft was the engineer at that construction, and 14 years later built the Texas State University Main Building, in form as a red-gabled Victorian Gothic building.WEB,weblink Southwestern Historical Quarterly, April 1974, The Texas State Historical Association, 465, June 5, 2009, It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.WEB,weblink National Register Information System, National Register of Historic Places, June 3, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101204052104weblink">weblink December 4, 2010, In more than a century of use, and a number of renovations, the building has served many purposes from being the university's administration building to an auditorium and chapel to now housing the offices for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication as well as the College of Fine Arts and Communication.WEB,weblink Old Main, Texas State University, April 1, 2009,

Alkek Library

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The university's library was named in 1991 for an alumnus, Albert B. Alkek, who became an oilman, rancher, and philanthropist. The Albert B. Alkek Library serves as the main, central academic library supporting the Texas State University community. It is a "select depository" for United States and Texas government documents, receiving a large number of government publications from the state and 60% of all federal publications. The library also encompasses niche collections and papers including the Wittliff collections, the largest US repository of contemporary Mexican photography, the King of the Hill archives, major works of Cormac McCarthy and Sam Shepard, and the Lonesome Dove miniseries collection.WEB,weblink About the Library, Texas State University, April 1, 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080708190410weblink">weblink 2008-07-08, yes,

Sewell Park

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Sewell Park is a park located on the Texas State University campus along the San Marcos River in San Marcos, Texas. The park neighbors City Park, the San Marcos Mill Tract and Strahan Coliseum.It was opened in 1917 by the university, then known as Southwest Texas State Normal School, and was called Riverside Park. The land was owned by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries and leased to the school. It was originally used by students to learn how to swim and for general recreation.BOOK, M.A., Roger Franklin, French, 1939, Southwest Texas State Teachers College, San Marcos, Texas, 18–19, June 8, 2012,weblink In its formation, mud from the river bottom was removed to build up the banks. In 1949 the park was renamed to Sewell Park in honor of mathematics professor S.M. Sewell.WEB,weblink Sewell Park, Texas State University-San Marcos, June 8, 2012, In February 2008, over 15,000 people gathered in Sewell Park to attend a rally for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama.San Marcos Record - Obama: 'This is our time'Thousands Expected At Obama Rally In Sewell Park Tonight - CBS NewsUniversity Drive to close for Obama Rally - Texas State UniversityA long time fixture of Sewell Park, local legend Dan Barry better known as "Frisbee Dan" can be seen on just about any sunny day of the year tossing his frisbee and keeping a watchful eye on the parkweblink

Round Rock Campus

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Avery Building at the Round Rock Campus
The Round Rock Campus (RRC) is a campus of Texas State University that is located in Round Rock, Texas, located {{convert|20|mi|km}} north of Austin. Texas State University Round Rock Campus, previously known as the Round Rock Higher Education Center (RRHEC), was established in 1996 with just a few classes and grew rapidly. By 2004, the 15 temporary buildings in a lot adjacent to Westwood High School were full to capacity. In 2003, the Avery family of Round Rock donated 101 acres in northeast Round Rock to allow the former RRHEC to create its own campus. Construction of the Avery Building began in 2004, and the building opened its doors on August 26, 2005. The 125,000-square-foot Avery Building was designed to offer instruction and student support in one building. It includes classrooms, labs, offices, and a library. In 2010 the Round Rock Campus opened the 77,740-square-foot, three-story Nursing Building. The St. David's School of Nursing admitted the first class of junior-level nursing majors in the fall 2010 semester. Ground Breaking for the Health Professions Building addition to the Texas State Round Rock Campus is May 2016weblink

Curriculum

The Round Rock Campus offers the junior and senior level classes to complete a bachelor's degree as well as graduate degrees, post baccalaureate certification and continuing education programs. Students can complete their first two years (freshman and sophomore level classes) at the Texas State University San Marcos campus, any community college, or transfer to the RRC from another school. Courses at the RRC are offered at convenient times close to where students live and work. Students who complete their degree requirements at the Round Rock Campus earn their degrees from Texas State University.WEB,weblink Bachelor's Degrees: Round Rock Campus, Texas State University, May 17, 2011, WEB,weblink Master's Degrees: Round Rock Campus, Texas State University, May 17, 2011, WEB,weblink Certification and Continuing Education Programs: Round Rock Campus, Texas State University, May 17, 2011,

Curriculum

Student body

As of the fall 2018 semester, Texas State University had a total enrollment of 38,694.NEWS,weblink exas State University enrollment reflects Texas demographics, Jayme, Blaschke, Texas State University Office of Media Relations, April 23, 2018, August 23, 2018, This follows a trend of record enrollment numbers over several years.NEWS,weblink Updated: Corrected Texas State enrollment figures, September 15, 2010, San Marcos Daily Record, January 13, 2012, Of the student body, 31,032 are undergraduate students with the remaining 4,536 students being post-baccalaureate or graduate students. The university accepted 57.6% of freshmen applicants who applied to attend the fall 2012 semester.BOOK, Texas State University By the Numbers 2012-2013, Texas State University Enrollment Management and Marketing, April 2013, This includes the guaranteed acceptance of any Texas high school graduate with a grade point average that ranked them in the top 10% of their high school class.WEB,weblink Additional information for applicants, ApplyTexas.org, January 13, 2012, Between 61% and 64% of undergraduate students earn their degree after six years.NEWS,weblink Enrollment, diversity skyrocket at Texas colleges, Jeannie, Kever, Houston Chronicle, September 29, 2010, January 13, 2012, Hispanic students made up 30% of the student body in 2013, which increased to 32% in 2014,{{citation|url=http://www.ir.txstate.edu/reports-projects/highlights.html|title=Total Enrollment by Race Ethnicty|publisher=Txstate.edu|date=Jan 2016|accessdate=January 20, 2016}} qualifying the University to be designated as a Hispanic-serving institution.NEWS,weblink Enrollment, diversity on the rise at universities, Melissa, Ludwig, September 19, 2010, San Antonio Express-News, January 13, 2012, Additionally, the student body consists of approximately 55% female students, 80% students who live off-campus, and only 10% students who are members of a fraternity or sorority.

Rankings









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Texas State University is ranked as a National University by U.S. News & World Report {{as of|2018|lc=y}}.WEB, Texas State University,weblink U.S. News & World Report, 10 Mar 2018, The Princeton Review has also ranked Texas State as one of America's Best Value Colleges.WEB,weblink America's Best Value Colleges by State, The Princeton Review, January 13, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120111072054weblink">weblink January 11, 2012, The university also has the distinction of being the 13th best four-year school for veterans according to Military Times EDGE magazine.NEWS,weblink Best for Vets: Colleges 2011, Military Times Edge, January 13, 2012, NEWS,weblink Texas State among top colleges for vets, KXAN, November 7, 2011, January 13, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111109171749weblink">weblink November 9, 2011, Washington Monthly ranks Texas State as 169th in the nation.NEWS,weblink 2016 College Guide and Rankings, Washington Monthly, January 20, 2017, The University's School of Social Work has been listed 7th in a ranking of top colleges for online social work programs.WEB,weblink Top colleges for online social work programs for 2011–2012, TheBestColleges.org, January 13, 2012, Poets & Writers has ranked the Master of Fine Arts program as 45th in the nation.WEB,weblink 2012 MFA Rankings: The Top Fifty, Poets & Writers, January 13, 2012, The College of Education is ranked 140th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, tied with Drake University, the University of Akron and others.WEB,weblink Texas State University-San Marcos, U.S. News & World Report, January 13, 2012, The Department of Theatre and Dance was ranked No. 9 in the country by best-art-colleges.com for their bachelor's and master's degrees in 8 art programs.WEB,weblink Schools Offering Performing Arts Programs, best-art-colleges.com, September 13, 2015,

Colleges

Texas State University offers degrees in 97 bachelor programs, 88 master programs and 12 doctoral programs.WEB,weblink About Texas State, Texas State University-San Marcos, January 13, 2012, The university has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1925 and had its last review in 2010.WEB,weblink Member, Candidate and Applicant List, Southern Association of College and Schools, August 2011, January 13, 2012, yes,weblink July 25, 2011, These programs are offered through ten academic colleges, including:{| style="border:1px solid #ddd; background:#fefefe; padding:3px; margin:0;"
  • Honors College
  • The Graduate College
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • University College

Research

In January 2012, Texas State University was designated an emerging research university by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. To achieve this status a university must spend at least $14 million in its research endeavors and either offer at least 10 doctoral degrees or have at least 150 enrolled doctoral students. At the time of being designated as an emerging research university, Texas State was spending almost $33.5 million on research and had 400 students enrolled among its 12 doctoral programs. This classification places the university at the same level as the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas at San Antonio.NEWS,weblink Texas State designated as emerging research institution, opening door to research money, Ciara, O'Rourke, Austin American-Statesman, January 12, 2012, January 15, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120115091536weblink">weblink January 15, 2012, One of Texas State's facilities includes its Center for Research Commercialization that was approved by the Texas State University System Regents in May 2011 with a focus on environmental sustainability and biotechnology.NEWS,weblink Regents approve technology commercialization center at Texas State, San Antonio Business Journal, May 23, 2011, January 15, 2012, The facility is funded through multiple grants including $1.8 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and $4.2 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.WEB,weblink Texas State University jumps into commercialization, Austin Business Journal, August 13, 2010, January 15, 2012, The facility will serve as a location for university faculty to perform advanced research and to commercialize that research into startup companies.NEWS,weblink Texas State University and City of San Marcos win $1.85M research development grant, Patrick, George, Austin American-Statesman, August 12, 2012, January 15, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100815220921weblink">weblink August 15, 2010, The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State is one of the four extant body farms in the United States and the largest such forensics research facility in the world.In August 2012, Texas State's River Systems Institute was renamed The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. This name change was the result of donations totaling $5 million from The Meadows Foundation in Dallas, Texas. The university plans on earning a total of $10 million from The Meadows Foundation and other sources for the center to study interactions between water and the overall environment. These studies include an examination of springs, drought and their effects on public water supplies. The center was founded in 2002 with funding, in part, from The Meadows Foundation. Since that time it has focused its research on the San Marcos Springs and Spring Lake, the second largest spring in the Southwest United States.NEWS,weblink Texas State planning $10 million water-research center, Ralph K.M., Haurwitz, Austin American-Statesman, August 24, 2012, August 24, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120828045841weblink">weblink August 28, 2012, Faculty from the various college have consistently been given Fulbright Scholar grantsresulting in Texas State being recognized as one of the top producing universities of Fulbright Scholars.

Extracurricular activities

Residential life

Approximately 20% of Texas State students live in on-campus or in university-owned housingWEB,weblink Texas State University-San Marcos, Student Life, U.S. News & World Report, January 19, 2012, including about 95% of freshman students.NEWS,weblink Trauth: Texas State faring well despite economy, Brad, Rollins, San Marcos Mercury, August 24, 2011, January 19, 2012, Beginning in August 2012, there were approximately 6,353 beds in a variety of housing options including traditional dorms and apartment-style housing offered by the university.WEB,weblink 2012 Housing Comparison Chart, Texas State University-San Marcos, June 3, 2012, {{Dead link|date=June 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=no }}

Student organizations and Greek Life

{{See also|List of Texas State University Greek organizations}}Texas State University has more than 300 student organizations registered with its Student Involvement department. These organizations include Greek organizations, academic groups, honors societies, service groups, sports clubs, and common interest groups. Texas State has more than 30 fraternities and sororities, including 13 fraternities from the North-American Interfraternity Conference, 9 from the historically African-American National Pan-Hellenic Council, 8 sororities from the National Panhellenic Conference, and 9 multicultural fraternities and sororities from the National Multicultural Greek Council. After the death of a Phi Kappa Psi pledge in November 2017, Texas State University halted all Greek life activities.NEWS,weblink Texas State Halts Greek Activities After Fraternity Pledge Dies, The New York Times, 2017-11-22, English, 0362-4331,

Music groups, student government, performance groups

(File:Texas State Bobcat Marching Band.jpg|thumb|left|250px|The Bobcat Marching Band performs during halftime of a football game|alt=The Bobcat Marching Band performs during halftime of a football game)The Bobcat Marching Band is the collegiate marching band of Texas State University. Nicknamed "The Pride of the Hill Country," the band began in 1919 as a casual association of student musicians on campus. It later evolved into a formal organization that performs at Texas State football games, NFL football games, professional soccer games, two presidential inaugurations, and a number of Hollywood movies and marching band oriented videos.WEB,weblink History : University Bands, Texas State University–San Marcos, December 2, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100529222903weblink">weblink May 29, 2010, The school's student government is an organization of both undergraduate and graduate students who represent student's interests with the university administration. Student government has dealt with issues including concealed carry on campusNEWS,weblink TX State students back concealed carry, Jackie, Vega, KXAN, November 30, 2010, January 18, 2012, and the University's anti-tobacco policy.NEWS,weblink Texas State kicks-off tobacco-free policy, Sean, Batura, San Marcos Mercury, August 1, 2011, January 18, 2012, Student Government also administers a scholarship fund that any Texas State student can apply to earn.WEB,weblink ASG and University Bookstore Scholarship, Texas State University-San Marcos, January 18, 2012,
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A number of honors societies exists on campus including Golden KeyWEB,weblink Golden Key International Honour Society Honor Society Chapters, Association of College Honor Societies, January 18, 2012, and the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.WEB,weblink Member Institutions, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, January 18, 2012, Texas State was a charter member of Alpha Chi when it was created as the Scholarship Societies of the South in 1927.{{rp|47}} Texas State also has an active chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity.The Texas State Strutters are a precision dance team formed in 1960, the first of its kind at a four-year institution in the United States.NEWS,weblink Jerry and Linda Fields donated $250,000 to Strutters Commitment, Blake, Doelle, San Marcos Mercury, January 19, 2011, The group performs to a variety of music including high kick, jazz, funk, and hip hop.NEWS,weblink Strutters to perform at Strahan Coliseum, Bill, Peterson, San Marcos Mercury, April 13, 2009, January 19, 2012, The Strutters have performed nationally and internationally in 26 countries spanning 4 continents.WEB, Strutters - History,weblink Texas State Bobcats, October 5, 2014, Performances include two presidential inaugural parades, two Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades, several NBA and NFL halftime shows, and America's Got Talent.NEWS,weblinkweblink" title="archive.is/20120918155735weblink">weblink yes, September 18, 2012, Strutters advance in 'America's Got Talent', San Marcos Daily Record, July 31, 2008, January 19, 2012, NEWS,weblink Texas State Strutters To Perform At Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, KGNB 1420 AM, November 15, 2012, November 22, 2012, They are the first university dance team to be invited to the People's Republic of China.Bobcat Build is a yearly community service event that began in 2001 and is the largest such event run by students at the university.NEWS,weblink Reconstructing Bobcat Build, San Marcos Daily Record, December 14, 2006, January 18, 2012, Based upon Texas A&M University's "The Big Event", it allows student organizations and individual Texas State students to sign up to perform service projects throughout the San Marcos community.WEB,weblink Bobcat Build FAQ, Texas State University-San Marcos, January 18, 2012, yes,weblink" title="archive.is/20120730210245weblink">weblink July 30, 2012, The event has received recognition from state and national politicians including former State Representative Patrick RoseNEWS,weblink Bobcat Build this Saturday, Chris, Doelle, San Marcos Mercury, April 4, 2008, January 18, 2012, and U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett.NEWS,weblink Doggett congratulates Bobcat Build organizers, Brad, Rollins, San Marcos Mercury, March 31, 2010, January 18, 2012,

Media

The oldest form of student media at Texas State was a yearbook originally called the Pedagogue and later renamed the Pedagog. It was first published in 1904 and served to record each year's events through photographs and articles. It was temporarily discontinued in 1975 due to a combination of the cost to publish the annual and a lack of student interest. It was published again in 1978 as part of the school's seventy-fifth anniversary. In 1984 it resumed regular publication. However, it was last published in 2000 after university committees recommended replacing the printed yearbook with a video disk containing the same contents.BOOK, Up the Hill, Down the Years, Ronald C., Brown, David C. Nelson, 1999, The Donning Company Publishers, 84–85, June 29, 2012,weblink The annual has since been discontinued entirely. Now called the University Star, it publishes coverage of the college's news, trends, opinions and sports. The newspaper is published on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays while classes are in session in the fall and spring semesters.WEB,weblink Texas Newspapers, MondoNewspapers, August 4, 2010, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100804025958weblink">weblink August 4, 2010, The paper is published five times during the summer. The Star has a web site which contains videos, blogs and podcasts in addition to the articles that are published in the print version of the paper. The Star and its staff have received awards including merits from Hearst Journalism,NEWS,weblink Student photographer places in prestigious photojournalism competition, Sean, Wardwell, San Marcos Mercury, February 28, 2009, January 15, 2012, the Texas Intercollegiate Press AssociationNEWS,weblink A Congratulations To The University Star Staff, The University Star, March 28, 2010, January 15, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150402142628weblink">weblink April 2, 2015, and the Society of Professional Journalists.PRESS RELEASE, SPJ announces 2010 Region 8 Mark of Excellence Award Winners, Society of Professional Journalists, March 11, 2011,weblink January 15, 2012, Located in the Trinity Building, Texas State's FM radio station, KTSW, broadcasts at 89.9 MHz and provides sports coverage of Texas State Athletics and independent music. The KTSW website provides live-streaming broadcasts, and the Texas State television channel employs KTSW broadcasts as background music. KTSW's morning show, Orange Juice and Biscuits, gained recognition in 2007 for being a finalist in Collegiate Broadcasters Inc.'s "Best Regularly Scheduled Program" award. In October 2008, as it was among Austin360.com's top ten-rated morning radio shows.PRESS RELEASE,weblink KTSW morning show makes waves in Austin 360 poll, October 7, 2008, Lauren, Lamb, University News Service, September 15, 2009,

Athletics

Texas State currently competes at the NCAA Division I level and are members of the Sun Belt Conference. Texas State teams and athletes from multiple sports have won national and regional championships as well as medalists in the Olympic Games.WEB,weblink Championships, Texas State Athletics, March 14, 2012,

Mascot and logo

In 1920, Texas State adopted its first official mascot, the bobcat, at the urging of Oscar Strahan, who became the school's athletic director in 1919. Strahan suggested the bobcat because the cat is native to central Texas and is known for its ferocity. The bobcat did not get a name until 1964. At that time, Beth Greenlees won the Name the Bobcat contest with the name Boko the Bobcat.WEB,weblink Boko's History, Texas State University, April 4, 2009, The athletic logo, or spirit mark, is referred to as the SuperCat logo.WEB,weblink Office of University Marketing - Athletics, Texas State University-San Marcos, March 14, 2012, The current version of the logo was designed by a student in 2003.WEB,weblink Bobcat Logo, Texas State University, September 16, 2009, In August 2009, Texas State refined the logo with the addition of the Texas State lettering.WEB,weblink Texas State Refines Athletics Mark, August 12, 2009, TxStateBobcats.com, September 16, 2009, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110717162536weblink">weblink July 17, 2011, WEB,weblink Branding Standards and Graphic Identity Tool Kit, 42, Texas State University-San Marcos, March 14, 2012,

Rivalries

A thirteen-year rivalry with Nicholls State University ended with the 2011 football season. It began in 1998 when the annual football game between the two schools was at first cancelled due to severe flooding in San Marcos, where the game was to be played. The athletic directors and coaches later decided to postpone the game from October to November. To remember those affected by the floods, including some people who had died in it, a wooden oar was made with each school's colors and initials. The winning school would take possession of the oar for the next year and have the score inscribed on it. This rivalry became known as the Battle for the Paddle. The oar was last traded in 2010 when Nicholls State received it following 47-44 win over Texas State after four overtimes. Prior to the schools' meeting in 2011, Rob Bernardi, the Athletic Director for Nicholls State, said that they would not be bringing the oar to San Marcos and would leave it on display in the Nicholls State athletic offices. Due to Texas State changing conferences, Bernardi said it was unlikely that the schools will face each other in football again and that the rivalry was ending.WEB,weblink Battle for the Paddle, Texas State University, September 21, 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111006224501weblink">weblink October 6, 2011, NEWS,weblink Goodbye to the paddle, Kelly, McElroy, The Courier / HoumaToday.com, September 30, 2011, March 14, 2012, NEWS,weblink Texas State paddles Nicholls State, 38-12, Jerry, Briggs, San Antonio Express News, October 2, 2011, March 14, 2012, The rivalry with the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is dubbed the I-35 Showdown for the interstate highway that links San Marcos and San Antonio. A trophy consisting of an Interstate Highway 35 sign was originally given to the winner of the men's basketball game, but that tradition has been expanded to all sporting events between the two schools.WEB,weblink UTSA Jargon, University of Texas-San Antonio, March 14, 2012, WEB,weblink I-35 Maroon vs Orange Rivalry Series, Texas State University-San Marcos, March 14, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120222121750weblink">weblink February 22, 2012, Even though the two schools will be moving to different athletic conferences in 2013, Texas State Athletics Director Larry Ties expressed hope that the potential rivalry will still occur.NEWS,weblink Texas State to defect to Sun Belt as WAC unravels, Josh, Brown, May 2, 2012, The University Star, May 2, 2012, yes,weblink" title="archive.is/20121212103941weblink">weblink December 12, 2012, Texas State's only in-state Sun Belt conference rival is the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington). The rivalry never ceased as both schools moved from the Southland Conference to the Western Athletic Conference then on to the Sun Belt Conferenceweblink(File:Bobcat Stadium West Side.jpg|thumb|right|alt=Bobcat Stadium, West Side Complex|Fields West Side Complex at Bobcat Stadium completed in 2009)

Transition to FBS

In the summer of 2007, University President Denise Trauth created the Athletic Strategic Planning Committee with the purpose of evaluating a move for the football team to go to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The committee released its final report in November 2007 which included a series of tasks that would need to be completed to make the move. The university called its efforts The Drive to FBS.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Texas State to host second public meeting on tailgating, Mark, Hendricks, University News Service, Texas State University-San Marcos, March 14, 2012, Following the release of the committee's report, the university's Associated Student Government passed a bill for a student referendum to be held the following spring to obtain the student body's endorsement of an increase in fees to help pay for the move to the FBS.NEWS,weblink With eye on the big time, Texas State considers move to next level in NCAA, Brad, Rollins, San Marcos Mercury, February 1, 2008, March 14, 2012, In February 2008, almost 80% of the students who voted in the referendum, approved a raise in the athletics fee by $10 over the next five years.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Texas State students approve increased athletics fee, Mark, Hendricks, University News Service, Texas State University-San Marcos, February 13, 2008, March 14, 2012, Another set of milestones for The Drive involved improvements to Texas State's football stadium, Bobcat Stadium. Three phases of construction were completed to double the seating capacity of the stadium to almost 30,000, add luxury boxes, improvements to the press box, and replace the visitors' locker room.NEWS,weblink Texas State unveils plans to expand Bobcat Stadium, Mark, Rosner, Austin American Statesman, September 1, 2010, March 14, 2012, NEWS,weblink Regents approve design for $33 million stadium expansion, San Marcos Mercury, February 14, 2011, March 14, 2012,

Alumni

File:Paul_Goldschmidt_in_st.louis_2017.jpg|Paul Goldschmidt6-time MLB All-StarFile:37_Lyndon_Johnson_3x4.jpg|Lyndon B. Johnson36th President of the United StatesFile:Robert_L_Rutherford.jpg|Robert L. RutherfordGeneral, United States Air ForceFile:JohnSpencerSharp2013.jpg|John SharpChancellor of the Texas A&M University SystemFile:George_Strait_2014_1.jpg|George StraitCountry music singerTexas State University's most notable alumnus is U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson attended the university, then known as the Southwest Texas State Teachers College, from 1926 until 1930 when he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. As a student, Johnson participated on the debate team and was an editor for the student newspaper, then known as the College Star.WEB,weblink President Lyndon B. Johnson's Biography, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, March 16, 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120118090054weblink">weblink January 18, 2012, WEB,weblink The Student Editorials of Lyndon Baines Johnson, Texas State University-San Marcos, March 16, 2012, As of the 2016 elections, Johnson remains the only U.S. President who graduated from a university in the state of Texas.WEB,weblink LBJ Statue, Texas State University-San Marcos, November 3, 2012, Another notable alum is Grammy Award-winning American country music singer George Strait. Strait graduated in 1979 from the university, then known as Southwest Texas State University, with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture. As a student, Strait performed his first show with the Ace in the Hole Band at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos.WEB,weblink Cheatham Street Warehouse History, Cheatham Street Warehouse, May 16, 2018, In 2006, Strait was given an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by University President Denise Trauth.NEWS,weblink Strait Presented Honorary Doctorate, CMT News, May 30, 2006, March 16, 2012, PRESS RELEASE,weblink Country superstar Strait receives honorary doctorate, Texas State University-San Marcos, May 30, 2006, March 16, 2012, Other notable alumni include: General Robert L. Rutherford, United States Air Force; writer and Academy Award nominee Kim Krizan; Texas country singer Randy Rogers of the Randy Rogers Band; Texas country singer Troy Wayne Delco of THE BEAUMONTS; ATP Oil and Gas Chairman and Chief Executive Officer T. Paul Bulmahn; musician Scott H. Biram; actor Powers Boothe;WEB,weblink Emmy-Winning Actor Powers Boothe, July 2007, Cross & Crescent, June 3, 2012, {{Dead link|date=June 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=no }} writer Tomás Rivera;WEB,weblink Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Winners, Austin Public Library, April 4, 2009, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090324035129weblink">weblink March 24, 2009, Texas State Representative Alfred P.C. Petsch; columnist "Heloise" (Ponce Cruse Evans);WEB,weblink Who Is Heloise?, Heloise Inc., January 24, 2012, mathematician and former president of the American Mathematical Society R. H. Bing; and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

References

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