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
Posted in Around Campus
Tagged Conservation, education, endangered species, Environment, local habitats, Nature, Texas endangered species, Texas State, Texas State University, visitors, Wildlife
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It’s summer camp at Texas State!
Attendees test water samples in a university laboratory — one of the many hands-on science activities offered by the Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp.
By Billi London-Gray
The bustle of San Marcos slows as the temperatures rise and thousands of Texas State University students leave the city for their hometowns. But the bustle on campus continues as hundreds of new students — from toddlers to high schoolers — flock to Texas State for summer camps.
Creativity flows at Texas State summer camps, just as pure water flows from the San Marcos springs. Inquisitive young minds gather on campus each summer to explore their passions and discover new ones with the guidance of university faculty and staff. Texas State’s unique Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp exemplifies this experience. Continue reading
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Tagged Aquarena Center, Aquarena Springs, aquatic biology, Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp, education, Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center, glass-bottom boat, San Marcos, San Marcos River, Science, scuba, STEM, summer camp, Texas State University
Partnership program brings Texas State students into local classrooms
By Mary Kincy
Students examine slides under microscopes as part of a Flowing Waters exercise.
A partnership between Texas State and the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District is changing the way middle- and high-school students in San Marcos schools understand science — and just in the nick of time.
Studies show students in the U.S. are lagging in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and Flowing Waters is a hands-on program designed to engage students in the sciences, offering avenues of approach that promote interest and inspiration.
Each year, Flowing Waters places eight Texas State doctoral students in San Marcos schools, where these “resident scientists” encourage students to ask and answer their own questions using the scientific method. Continue reading
Student’s commitment to education to be fostered by national award
By Mary Kincy
Gabriella Corales will be the first to admit life isn’t always easy. But for Corales, obstacles have proved to be opportunities in disguise, setting her on the path to becoming a mentor for those attending schools with high concentrations of at-risk students.
Corales, 21, will graduate from Texas State in May with a bachelor’s degree in English. Her minor is communication studies, and she plans to put that skill to work in reaching out to students she will teach in connection with her receipt of a 2012 fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund for Aspiring Teachers of Color.
Posted in Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Students, Texas State Faces, Uncategorized
Tagged Boston University, College of Applied Arts, College of Education, communication studies, Dr. C. Britt Bousman, Dr. Jaime Chahin, Dr. Jaime Majia, education, English, Gabriella Corales, Stanford University, Texas State, Texas State University, University of Massachusetts, Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeler Brothers Fund for Aspiring Teachers of Color