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Around Campus: Essential Tips

Being a Bobcat: Essential Tips for a GREAT Texas State Experience

The Rising Star of Texas

By Andrew Osegi

To the incoming freshman, the transfer student, the misinformed undergrad or the curious prospect, Texas State University can be a maze of hills, stairs, majors and student orgs. To help you navigate that maze, you need some essential insider knowledge.

With input from a few fellow students, I’ve compiled the following tips to help you make the most of your Texas State experience. These secrets can greatly impact your time at Texas State. Remember them, and you’ll do just fine. Continue reading

Around Campus: Baseball and Softball

Texas State athletics leads off
to a bright spring season

Two softball players high-five on fieldBy Billi London-Gray

The first pitch of the Texas State softball season will be thrown this morning as the Bobcats take on Syracuse University in the Kajikawa Classic at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Texas State will play six games in the three-day meet, also facing Brigham Young University, the University of California, Arizona State, the University of Washington and the University of New Mexico.

According to the Texas State Athletics Department, Texas State opens the 2012 softball season as the favorite to win the Southland Conference Championship. Thirteen letterwinners will return to the field, including three-time all-conference and all-region selection Chandler Hall and the team’s two other pitchers from last year, junior Anne Marie Taylor and sophomore Crystal Alaniz. Continue reading

Happenings: Homecoming Week

Bobcat spirit roars at Texas State Homecoming events

By Catherine Harper

soapbox derby cars crossing finish line

Soap Box Derby

Year after year, Texas State University shines when its brightest alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the public join in the tradition of Homecoming.

Starting the fourth week in October, Texas State will fire up a slate of Homecoming events including tailgating, Powderpuff Football, the annual Soap Box Derby and more, showcasing the ferocity of the Bobcats who keep the traditions alive. It all leads up to the Homecoming football game Oct. 29.

Check out some Homecoming history and upcoming events below:

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Texas State Updates: Bobcats in Baseball

Goldschmidt, Field, Miller invited
to major-league training camps

Miller

Three former Texas State baseball players are working out with their major-league teams this spring as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Paul Goldschmidt, Thomas Field and Matt Miller are “non-roster invitees,” which means they are practicing with their organization’s major-league players this spring but are not officially on the major-league roster.

Typically, teams have anywhere from 20-30 non-roster invitees early in spring training, then gradually send the players back to their projected minor-league teams as workouts and exhibition games progress. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Welcome to the WAC

WAC invites Texas State,
UTSA, Denver to join in 2012

From the Western Athletic Conference

The Western Athletic Conference today announced that invitations for membership have been issued to and accepted by the University of Denver, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State University to join the conference effective July 1, 2012.

The announcement was made by the chair of the WAC Board of Directors and Utah State University President Stan Albrecht and WAC Commissioner Karl Benson after the Board unanimously voted to issue the invitations earlier this week.

“The Board of Directors is extremely dedicated to the long-term stability and growth of the Western Athletic Conference,” said Albrecht. “The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas State University and the University of Denver are three very strong institutions, both in their commitment to building athletic excellence and in their commitment to academics. We believe that all three will help us in our quest to make the WAC one of the outstanding athletic conferences in the country.”

“The addition of these three schools clearly sends a message that the WAC and its member schools are prepared to move forward to build a ‘new’ WAC,” said Benson. “And as the WAC prepares to begin its next 50 years as an athletic conference, I am confident that these three new members along with the six other WAC schools will continue to compete at the highest level of the NCAA.”

The two Texas schools are currently members of the Southland Conference and will be making the move up from the Football Championship Subdivison (FCS) to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2012. Denver becomes the first full member in WAC history to join the league without a football program. The additions mean that for the 2012-13 season, the WAC will consist of nine full-time members, eight of which will play football.

Benson added that the WAC will continue to explore the possibility of adding additional members to the league.

Denver, currently a member of the Sun Belt Conference, is a private institution with an enrollment of 11,644 and is located nine miles northwest of the WAC’s headquarters. The Pioneers sponsor 17 sports and has won 28 national championships in their history. The men’s and women’s basketball teams play in the 7,200-seat Magness Arena, part of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center. Last year’s men’s basketball team won 19 games, its third straight year of improving its number of wins.

UTSA, founded in 1969, has an enrollment of more than 30,000 students on its three campuses (Main, Downtown and Institute of Texan Cultures). The University has grown quickly in its relatively short history and it has plans for $265 million in construction over the next three years. The Roadrunners have won 48 Southland Conference Championships since joining the league in 1991-92 and they won the 2007-08 Commissioner’s Cup as the top overall athletics department. The newly-created football program will play its games in the 65,000-seat Alamodome, while the basketball and volleyball teams play in the Convocation Center (4,080).

Texas State, founded in 1899, has an enrollment of 32,586 and is located in San Marcos, Texas, 50 miles northeast of San Antonio. Texas State sponsors 16 men’s and women’s sports and plays its home basketball games in Strahan Coliseum (7,200) and its home football games in Bobcat Stadium, which will undergo an expansion project next May to increase its seating capacity to nearly 30,000. The Bobcats have won 33 Southland Conference championships since 2000, including the 2005 and 2008 football titles. They advanced to the 2005 FCS semifinals and appeared in the 2008 FCS playoffs, while their volleyball team has averaged 22 wins and made two NCAA appearances the past three seasons.