Discover Texas State explores tradition, community on campus
The community of San Marcos and the surrounding areas are as intrinsic to Texas State University as its rolling hills. On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Discover Texas State invites the public, both near and far, to explore the Texas State campus with free, family-friendly events on Friday and Saturday of Family Weekend.
Discover Texas State opens the university’s doors to the public, offering members of the community the chance to experience the diverse aspects of life at Texas State, with events including educational activities, live entertainment and campus and community tours. Discover Texas State kicks off on Friday of Family Weekend with the Downtown San Marcos Wine Walk exploring the Square of San Marcos, a historic and interactive space in the community. Members of the Family Association can enjoy live performances from Texas State musicians, dinner discounts and horse-drawn carriage rides on the Square starting at 5 p.m., with a welcome by Mayor Daniel Guerrero. The event is sponsored by the city of San Marcos, the LBJ Museum, Main Street and the Downtown Association.
“We’re pleased to show off our unique downtown as part of Discover Texas State,” says Scott Gregson, president of the Downtown Association.
On Saturday, family and friends can enjoy a multitude of activities featuring every aspect of Texas State life. Events range from departmental showcases to healthy educational activities to live performances and Family Weekend activities. To start the day, the 9 a.m. Family Association Breakfast in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom will feature as its special guest speaker Texas State President Denise Trauth. Guests can mingle with administrative leaders and campus representatives while they enjoy a buffet.
Texas State’s most historic and noteworthy buildings will be featured in departmental showcases from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with open houses at several locations on campus, including at the Wittliff Collections, the McCoy College of Business Administration trading lab, the art and design galleries and the University Bookstore, among others.
Discover Texas State will also feature educational activities such as Greenfest, with local vendors and students on campus promoting healthy, green lifestyles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can check out live performances themed under the banner of of healthy living from Texas State student performers in the LBJ Amphitheatre. Featured vendors include:
- City of San Marcos Public Services Department
- TXState Environmental Conservation Organization
- Greenling Organic Delivery
- San Marcos Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Texas Disposal Systems
- WaterAid Chapter at TX State
- Texas State Assessment and Counseling Center
- Texas State Campus Recreation
- Waste Not San Marcos
- Supporting Women in Geography
Sports fans can experience a wide range of Texas State athletics and support their favorite Bobcat teams with events including the Texas State volleyball game against McNeese State at 2 p.m. and the Texas State football team’s home game against Nicholls State at 6 p.m. Registration for the annual Family Weekend golf tournament, an 18-hole scramble on the Texas State golf course, will open at 7 a.m. for the afternoon event.
Throughout the day, VIP guests and registrants can take an exclusive tour of campus on the “Pardon Our Dust” walking tour led by Nancy Nusbaum, associate vice president of Finance and Support Services Planning. The event is open to the first 20 registrants and will offer a behind-the-scenes look at more than $577 million in current and future investments and planning on campus.
Other activities include higher education awareness sessions, health and human performance demonstrations and student support resources browse sessions.
Texas State will host free parking in the LBJ Student Center parking garage off Comanche Street. Check out a map here.
For more information on all activities, visit www.ua.txstate.edu/discover or call the Office of Community Relations at (512) 245-9645.