Category Archives: Texas State Updates

Faculty: Steven Furney

Long-time faculty member honored for excellence in teaching

Dr. Steven Furney is the 19th faculty member at Texas State to be named a Piper Professor.

By Audrey Webb

Steven Furney, university distinguished professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, has an office tucked in a corner on the first floor of the Jowers Center. The walls of his workspace there are covered with frames displaying some of the highlights of his life. Pictures of family – he’s a father to three and grandfather to five – share space with his numerous awards and his multiple diplomas, one of which he says he got unintentionally. Continue reading

Around Campus: Bobcats move to FBS

Bobcats’ move to FBS advances university’s mission to excel

Bobcat football players entering field

Go, Cats, go!

By Andrew Osegi ’14

Texas State University has taken another step forward in its quest to be nationally recognized as a top tier institution by achieving Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) status in NCAA Division I athletic competition.

Alongside the university’s designation as an Emerging Research Institute in January 2012 and as a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2011, Texas State’s move to the FBS — when the university joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) this summer — was a landmark achievement. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Net Impact

San Marcos organizations lend
support to Texas State Net Impact

By Gary Gannon

organization logoThe Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce are lending support to the Texas State University Net Impact Program’s 2012 Green Impact Campaign by helping them align their program with local companies who are interested in participating.

Students from Texas State Net Impact, a service group committed to making a positive difference in the world with sustainable projects relating to economic, environmental and social issues, are offering free energy audits to local businesses and nonprofits that are looking to potentially reduce their operating costs and minimize their energy use. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Energy Conservation

Help Texas beat the heat:
Conserve during peak hours

From the Texas State University Facilities Department

Texas has been experiencing extreme high temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for over 70 days. The forecast for the last days in August ranges from 100-108 degrees. This extreme heat is expected to create high electricity demand across the state, including Central Texas and San Marcos. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, is asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. daily until the extreme temperatures break.

Texas State offices and the campus community need to do their part to reduce electric consumption during this time to lessen the potential for rolling blackouts. The Facilities Department is implementing internal measures to reduce electric use. Texas State also needs your help to reduce our power consumption on campus.

Texas State offices are conserving energy through the following initiatives:

  • Increase space temperature settings to 75 degrees starting at 3 p.m.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Minimize the use of electric equipment and appliances 3-7 p.m.
  • Minimize the use of elevators. Continue reading

Updates: E-bills

Texas State goes green with
e-bills, new direct deposit

From Student Business Services

Texas State is moving to a new student information system, and with the move come a few great changes to reduce the university’s environmental impact. Beginning in the fall 2011 semester, the university is going green by eliminating paper bills. E-bills are scheduled to be sent to students’ Texas State e-mail addresses the first week of August.

Sign up for direct deposit by Aug. 10 to win an iPad!

Direct deposit is another way students can go green (and receive refunds faster). Plus, students who sign up for direct deposit before Aug. 10 will be entered in a drawing to win an iPad.

Students who have had direct deposit through CatsWeb in previous semesters will need to sign up for direct deposit again in the new system.

To sign up, visit the Student Business Services website and access the new direct deposit link.

And remember, payment of tuition and fees is due for all fall students by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011.

For more information, visit the Student Business Services website or contact the office at 512.245.2544 or

Updates: Parking Services

Parking Services offers alternatives
for purchasing fall parking permits

Texas State University is implementing a new student information system for the fall 2011 semester. While converting to the new system, Parking Services may be temporarily unable to offer an online payment option for purchasing parking permits. (If this service is available, you will be able to login on the Parking Services website.)

In order to provide students with multiple ways to purchase parking permits while the system conversion is being completed, Parking Services is offering the following options: Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Bobcats in Baseball

Former Bobcat continues drive
to Major League Baseball


Paul Goldschmidt, a first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted in 2009 from Texas State, is on the roster for the 2011 MLB All-Star Futures game, to be played at Chase Field in Phoenix on July 10. Reviewer John Sickels writes that he is a “tremendous power bat with superb plate discipline, a sleeper prospect who has truly blossomed.” Goldschmidt is expected to enter the majors in the 2012 season.

Here’s the weekly update on former Texas State student-athletes playing professional baseball around the country: Continue reading