By Brittnie Curtis
It’s getting closer and closer. January 20 will be here before we know it. Before school starts, familiarize yourself with a few things going on around campus. Here is some important information for the spring semester.
DINE ON CAMPUS
All dining locations on campus will be open on the first day of classes. On the Texas State dining website, you’ll find a schedule of the locations on campus that are currently open and a spring 2015 hours of operations schedule. There’s also a map of all the dining locations on campus.
Meal plans will be active on January 14 and can be purchased throughout the year. App on Campus, from Google Play Store or iTunes Store, has all of this information and much more. You can access it in the Texas State Mobile app under the campus resources tab or simply download the app itself. Keep up with dining services on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Bobcat Shuttle service will begin on January 20 at about 7 a.m. To plan your bus route ahead of time, check out spring routes and schedules. Clicking on one of the routes gives you a map of the route as well as the time period in which the shuttle operates. The Texas State Mobile app also offers an easy way to check where a shuttle will be at a specific time. For up-to-date notifications about campus transportation information, follow Transportations Services on Twitter.
Parking Services is selling parking permits for the spring semester. All permit prices and information can be found on their website. Before parking on campus check the parking map to be sure you’re parking in the right location for your permit. The Parking Services Business office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the first two weeks of the spring semesters, business hours are extended to 6:30 p.m. Permits can be purchased online or in person. If you do purchase it online, it cannot be picked up in the office, but will arrive by mail. Parking Services ask that you allow 10-15 business days for mailing.
January 13 and 14 have been set aside for new transfer and new freshman move-in. Residence halls will open for returning students January 18 at 9 a.m. If you are not returning to Texas State University for this semester, the Department of Housing needs you to cancel your housing contract.
January 9 and January 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. has been reserved for move-out, room inspections and key return. Other important dates for the rest of the semester can be found on the Department of Housing’s calendar and its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Here are a few links to some helpful online campus resources:
- Academic Calendar – Keep track of important dates, like Spring Break, March 15 to 22!
- University Calendar – Need to attend a university event for a class or simply for fun? The University Calendar is the place to find a lot of events going on around campus, including workshops, job fairs and performances.
- Athletics Calendar – The spring semester has many sporting events, from soccer to volleyball to basketball. Just about every week is filled with games to attend. And remember, entry is free with a valid Texas State I.D.!
- Spring 2015 Final Exam Schedule – It might seem a little early to start thinking about finals, but it never hurts to plan ahead. Check to see when your exams are so you can study accordingly. You should also check your syllabi to see when midterms are.