Breaking Boundaries with
By Brittnie Curtis
“This expression of art connects people of different races, backgrounds and ideas.” – Naomi Faltin
Each year, Common Experience at Texas State chooses a different theme to get students, faculty and staff to think outside of themselves. The themes are meant to cultivate intellectual conversation across campus and build a sense community that spans across campus and beyond.
This year’s Common Experience theme was inspired by the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Texas State University. The theme, From Segregation to Integration, is spread across campus through various events. One of those events is Campus Canvas, which is hosted and sponsored by the Gallery of Common Experience and the Honors College at Texas State, and is in affiliation with the The Honors Learning Community in Laurel Hall.
“It’s just a way to get a bunch of people’s ideas together and create community artwork,” Naomi Faltin, Laurel Hall resident assistant, says. “So we set out these two blank canvases and art supplies. There are no rules; we’re just asking people in the Quad to contribute. It’s a way for everyone to participate even if they’re not artists.”
Along with Faltin, a few residents of Laurel Hall were there helping and supporting the cause. Electrical engineering major Logan Young said being creative plays a big part in people’s daily lives.
2014 Campus Canvas
“I think everyone has a basic need for expression, and with some majors and careers, you don’t really get that sort of give-and-take or room to play,” Young says. “They can come up no matter what gender, ethnicity or religious affiliation. Anyone can come up and put whatever they want on there. It’s really cool to see that combination of different mindsets and expressions.”
The 2013 Campus Canvases can be found in the Honors College in Lampasas. They’ve been hanging up since last year and soon will be replaced with the 2014 Campus Canvases.
Posted in Around Campus, Uncategorized
Tagged art, Campus Canvas, Common Experience, community, creativity, Different, Honors College, integration, students, Texas State
Bringing Home Life Lessons
by Brittnie Curtis
“It’s always been important to me to help other people and communities as a whole.” – David Vela
In May 2014, six graduate students in the Department of Agriculture at Texas State traveled to Costa Rica for two weeks. The trip was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant obtained by animal science professor Dr. Charles Rahe. Costa Rica’s warm climate and fertile soils make it perfect for sustainable agriculture production. The graduate students had the opportunity to learn about crops that are not commonly grown in the U.S., the fishing industry and raising livestock in tropical climates.
Posted in Around Campus, Students, Uncategorized
Tagged America, Coffee, Costa Rica, Grant, Juicy Fruit, Student, Study Abroad, Texas State, Travel, USDA
Welcome, Class of 2018!
by Tiffany Young, Student Body President
You are now in Bobcat Country! This is a community filled with friendly and diverse students. As you already know, ours is a lovely campus that provides many beautiful backdrops, plus activities for so many of your future memories.
A great way to start your time here at Texas State is to get involved. It is important to find your niche on this campus. We have great organizations that provide endless opportunities. Continue reading
Agriculture students prepare for tomato crop
by Emily Arnold
This past Friday, students from the Fruit and Vegetable Production class (AG 4302) met at the field for their lab. They constructed a hoop house, which consists of PVC pipe and warming tarp.
The purpose? To draw heat into the tunnel and trap it. Tomatoes prefer climates that are consistently warm, so the hoop house will keep them at their preferred temperature until the cooler temperatures leave the Central Texas area.
Want more information? Visit the farm’s Facebook page.
All photos by Bethany Hicks
San Marcos offers wide array
for outdoor summer fun
The San Marcos River is a popular destination.
By Mindy Green
San Marcos is full of summer hot spots and cool escapes — especially if you know where to look. Take advantage of its beautiful climate and visit some of these nature destinations, all within a few miles of campus.
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Tagged Adventure Trip Program, Aquarena Center, Aquarena Springs, Aquarium Exhibit, Discovery Hall, Edwards Aquifer, glass-bottom boat, New Student Outdoor Adventure, Outdoor Center, Prospect Park, San Marcos, San Marcos River, San Marcos Texas, Sewell Park, Texas, Texas State University, Texas State University-San Marcos, Trail
Cat Camp gives new students an inside track to Texas State life
By Mindy Green
2013 Cat Camp Counselors
Instead of fearing the unknown about coming to college, freshmen can become acquainted with their peers and get ahead of the game when it comes to learning about being a Bobcat. Cat Camp, a two-day retreat offered every year, is Texas State University’s only spirit, pride and traditions summer camp. Continue reading
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Tagged Bobcat Pride, Boko, Camp Young Judaea, Cat Camp, Class of 2017, San Marcos, Texas State, Texas State Bobcats, Texas State Pride, Texas State University, Wimberley
Many local groups focus on enjoying, protecting the Jewel of Central Texas
By Andrew Osegi
The natural beauty of San Marcos, Texas is one of the most compelling reasons why so many people love to visit and live here. Located on the Balcones Fault, where the Texas hill country meets the coastal plains, San Marcos is geographically primed for its natural springs and abundance of wildlife.
The San Marcos salamander’s only habitat is the San Marcos River. It is considered a threatened species.
The San Marcos River, what many residents consider to be the life source of the city, starts its journey at Spring Lake, bubbling up from the underground Edwards Aquifer. The aquifer is home to many endangered and threatened species; those found in the San Marcos area include the Texas blind salamander, Texas wild rice, the fountain darter, the San Marcos gambusia, the Comal Springs riffle beetle, the Comal Springs dryopid beetle, the Peck’s cave amphipod and the San Marcos salamander. Continue reading
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Tagged Conservation, education, endangered species, Environment, local habitats, Nature, Texas endangered species, Texas State, Texas State University, visitors, Wildlife