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
Annual festival celebrates music
of Mexico, young performers
Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generación will perform at the Feria del Mariachi concert March 23.
By Audrey Webb
The origin of the word mariachi has been the source of some debate. Some linguists believe it comes from the French word mariage (marriage), while others claim its origin is in the name of the wood commonly used for dance floors in Mexican dance halls. If you want to know the true meaning of mariachi, we suggest you leave the lingo wrangling to the historians and just attend this weekend’s 14th annual Feria del Mariachi. Continue reading
Campus newspaper shines light, trains up-and-coming journalists
By Andrew E. Osegi
Tucked away in the cozy Trinity Building on the Texas State University campus, dedicated students write, manage and edit their way to success through journalism.
The Trinity Building on the Texas State campus is University Star headquarters.
The University Star covers happenings and issues on the Texas State campus and in the San Marcos community. Published every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the Star distributes approximately 8,000 copies in and around the San Marcos area to keep local citizens and students informed.
Founded in 1911, the Star’s mission since its inception has been to embody the voice of Texas State, a task that falls to the 120 student reporters, photographers, designers and members of the student editorial board who work together to produce the paper. Given the multitude of honors and awards the Star has received over the years, they accomplished their mission regularly. Continue reading
Posted in Around Campus, Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Students, Uncategorized
Tagged Andrew Osegi, Austin Humphreys, Beth Brown, Bob Bajackson, career, David Nolan, editing, Hollie O'Connor, journalism, Kym Fox, Photojournalism, San Marcos Texas, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, student media, student newspaper, student workers, Texas State, Texas State University, University Star
Take your research mobile!
By Lisa Ancelet, Head Reference Services Librarian
Mobile apps help you research on the go.
Do you often find yourself conducting research on your mobile device or wishing you could? Alkek Library at Texas State University offers students, faculty and staff many different options to make mobile research not only possible, but easy. Continue reading
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Tagged Alkek Library, arcXi, EBSCOHost, Evernote, Medscape, Mendeley, Nature, PubMed, RefWorks, Research Mobile Apps, Research Tips, SciVerse, Scopus, Simplenote, SpringerLink, study tips, Texas State University
Plan ahead to maintain your academic rhythm over Spring Break
By Texas State SLAC
Plan time to study over Spring Break.
Spring Break is almost here! Unfortunately, semesters don’t always end when a college student’s vacation begins. Learning to manage working while enjoying your time off is an essential skill for college life and beyond.
First: Make a plan. Since your brain is still in college mode, take advantage of it. Just as in the regular semester, put what you have to get done and related deadlines on a calendar and make a schedule to be sure you study some each day and more on days you aren’t actively involved in extracurricular fun. Making a plan now will prevent stress later and keep you from completely losing the rhythm of academic life. Continue reading
Bobcats plan to give back through alternative Spring Break trips
By Billi London-Gray
Texas State is known for its warm sense of community and welcoming atmosphere. Each spring, groups of Bobcats dedicate time over the March break to share that ethos of helpful generosity by volunteering for service projects and events around the state.
Bobcat Break — Harris County
Student Volunteer Connection (SVC) organizes the annual Bobcat Break service trip.
Texas State’s Student Volunteer Connection (SVC) organizes a service trip — Bobcat Break — each year during Spring Break. With a focus on habitat issues, Bobcat Break projects include travel to and service in a community that is living with a particular habitat problem. This year, Texas State volunteers will work with Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Harris County, outside Houston, to build affordable housing and serve the community. Continue reading