From the Hill, An Update from President Denise M. Trauth
 
2014 Fall II
 
 
Dear Friends,
 
The first full month of the 2014-2015 academic year is in the books, and already we have some favorable news to share.
 
Our preliminary enrollment figure this fall topped 36,700 students and represents a roughly 3.5 percent increase from a year ago. If enrollment figures reported by the state's public universities are verified as submitted, Texas State would be the state's fourth-largest university, up one spot from last fall. That means only Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Houston will have larger enrollments than Texas State. Although our growth poses some space challenges, what's also telling is that Texas State has become a top destination among prospective college students.
 
There was more favorable news for us in September as the university experienced an influx of several significant grants. And that good fortune came just one month after the university received its largest grant ever -- $15 million -- from NASA. Collectively, the September grants totaled close to $10 million. The grants of $1 million or more, each of which includes a significant research component, are as follows:
 
$1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education to help better prepare Texas public schools for emergencies. The funds were awarded to the Texas Education Agency, which in turn contracted with our Texas School Safety Center, which will administer the program;
 
$1.6 million from the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas, which was awarded to our School of Criminal Justice and will be used to provide evidence-based curricula to improve their performance;
 
$1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which was awarded to our School of Social Work and will be used to increase the number of qualified social workers; and
 
$1 million from the U.S. Department of Education, which was awarded to Texas State's School Psychology Program to help produce more bilingual school psychologists.
 
Additionally, nine other grants which exceeded $100,000 each were awarded to the university during September, and those cumulatively amounted to nearly $3.5 million. Clearly, it was a remarkable month for Texas State, and it demonstrates the importance of our university's research and training capabilities.
 
These awards come at a time when our university is ramping up its research activities to reach our goal of becoming a National Research University. Texas needs more research institutions to ensure a more skilled workforce for the state's future. That goal is still some years away, but it's exciting to experience these milestones along that path.
 
As we moved into October, we took time to celebrate our past and honor our traditions. We dedicated the recently renovated Comal Building, a stately building in the Quad built in 1918 that used to serve as a laboratory school for San Marcos High School students in the 1940s and 1950s. The building later housed Psychology and is now home to Computer Science and Philosophy. Several former students of the laboratory school took part in the celebration, and they are pictured in an image below.
 
San Marcos High School alumni from the '40s and '50s
 
San Marcos High School alumni from the '40s and '50s
 
It was as much a treat for them to revisit their old high school as it was for us to host them, and we were pleased this event took place during Homecoming Week, so they could experience the spirit on our campus.
 
Speaking of Homecoming, there are several events taking place beginning this weekend that we hope may entice you to visit Texas State. Our volleyball team plays Louisiana Lafayette at 1 ​p.m. Saturday at Strahan Coliseum; our football team plays Idaho at 6 ​p.m. Saturday at Bobcat Stadium; and soccer plays Appalachian State at no​on on Sunday at the Bobcat Soccer Complex. Also, Texas State's stage production of Rent runs from Octo​ber 7-​12 at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre in the Performing Arts Center.
 
Sincerely,
 
Denise M. Trauth
 
 
 
 
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