Tips for Planning Your Semester
A few hours spent in the library each week can do wonders!
There’s so much pressure in getting an education: parents wanting the best for you, employers looking for top-of-the-line students, and you expecting excellence from yourself and success for your future. It’s okay to want to make parents proud, find a good job and be successful, but the grades that allow these things depend to a large extent on how you plan. The following are some tips on planning your semester: Continue reading
Criminal justice doctoral student honored at the White House
Joe McKenna (center) contributes to the safety of students everywhere through his work at TxSSC.
By Mindy Green
It is unfortunate that safety in educational settings requires an extraordinary amount of research and preparation. Luckily for Texas State, one of the country’s most prominent research facilities on the subject is right on campus.
Posted in Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State
Tagged Community Emergency Response Team, education, emergency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, first response, Government, Joe McKenna, McKenna, school, Texas School Safety Center, Texas State University, United States, Washington, White House
History professor rewarded for his dedication and service to teaching
By Mindy Green
Kenneth H. Margerison is the 20th Piper Professor from Texas State University.
Faculty member Kenneth H. Margerison is fascinated by the past and the way that people in earlier time periods dealt with the opportunities and problems they faced. Convinced that we have much to learn from the experiences of previous eras, he provides the opportunity for his students to gain insight and respect for history.
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
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Tagged Conservation, education, endangered species, Environment, local habitats, Nature, Texas endangered species, Texas State, Texas State University, visitors, Wildlife
Wide-eyed. Wild. Wonderful.
It’s summer camp at Texas State!
Attendees test water samples in a university laboratory — one of the many hands-on science activities offered by the Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp.
By Billi London-Gray
The bustle of San Marcos slows as the temperatures rise and thousands of Texas State University students leave the city for their hometowns. But the bustle on campus continues as hundreds of new students — from toddlers to high schoolers — flock to Texas State for summer camps.
Creativity flows at Texas State summer camps, just as pure water flows from the San Marcos springs. Inquisitive young minds gather on campus each summer to explore their passions and discover new ones with the guidance of university faculty and staff. Texas State’s unique Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp exemplifies this experience. Continue reading
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Tagged Aquarena Center, Aquarena Springs, aquatic biology, Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp, education, Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center, glass-bottom boat, San Marcos, San Marcos River, Science, scuba, STEM, summer camp, Texas State University
Partnership program brings Texas State students into local classrooms
By Mary Kincy
Students examine slides under microscopes as part of a Flowing Waters exercise.
A partnership between Texas State and the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District is changing the way middle- and high-school students in San Marcos schools understand science — and just in the nick of time.
Studies show students in the U.S. are lagging in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and Flowing Waters is a hands-on program designed to engage students in the sciences, offering avenues of approach that promote interest and inspiration.
Each year, Flowing Waters places eight Texas State doctoral students in San Marcos schools, where these “resident scientists” encourage students to ask and answer their own questions using the scientific method. Continue reading