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University rolls out maroon and gold carpet for Discover Texas State

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
September 26, 2012

Race a solar car. Build a marshmallow tower. See Wall Street in action. Learn about robotics and tour a clean room. Learn about bee-keeping. Attend a solar lab demonstration. Get a jump on college.

Make healthy snacks. Play “trashketball” with recycled items. See elliptical energy recycling in action. Play “water” Jeopardy. Make a hat out of recycled paper. Trick your brain with a “mirror” box. Tour physical therapy and other labs. Learn about first responder research and training.

These are just a few of the activities that await San Marcos residents next weekend at Discover Texas State, the university’s premier open house event.

There will be something for everyone, from departmental open houses and campus tours to a free green and healthy living festival featuring hands-on educational activities and live entertainment, as Texas State University rolls out the maroon and gold carpet on September 29 for the San Marcos community during Discover Texas State.

“Texas State is your university, too. Discover Texas State showcases the exciting things going on at Texas State,” said Kim Porterfield, director of Community Relations. “Everyone is invited to discover our world-class research programs, academic centers and meet our stellar faculty, staff and students in and around the LBJ Student Center. There will be plenty of free, family oriented activities that will inform and inspire our guests.”

Events are free, open to the public and family-friendly. Parking will be available at all university lots. Other activities include and campus walking tours, college awareness presentations and a visit from Boko.

Many San Marcos CISD students will be attending and presenting. “We value our partnerships with San Marcos public schools. All local school students and their parents will be our special guests at Discover Texas State,” Porterfield said.

Students from Mendez and Crockett Elementary Schools will present science activities at GreenFest. Travis and Hernandez Elementary Schools, as well as Miller Middle School and San Marcos High School, will also participate.

Greenfest, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature 20 booths hosted by local and TxSt organizations businesses, and departments featuring educational activities about living “green” and healthy. Live entertainment by Hip Hop Congress will be presented in the LBJ Amphitheatre.

Hands-on educational activities supporting green and healthy lifestyles will be presented by the American Chemical Society Student Chapter, TxSt Exercise and Sports Science Club, City of San Marcos Public Services Department, TxSt Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO), Greenling Organic Delivery, San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau, Department of Campus Recreation, Mendez Elementary School, Crockett Elementary School, WaterAid, Hays County AgriLife Extension Service, Crescent Dental, Hispanic Business Student Association, Texas State Bee Keepers and United Way of Hays County.

Discover Texas State will also feature departmental open houses and presentations from folks in the McCoy College of Business Administration (Departments of Finance, Economics, Accounting and Marketing) Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, Psychology, Mexican American Engineering and Science student organization, ALERRT, Writing Center, College of Science and Engineering, College of Health Professions, Wittliff Collections and the University Art Galleries.

Discover Texas State kicks off Friday evening with a Downtown San Marcos Wine Walk, sponsored by the City of San Marcos, the LBJ Museum, Main Street Program and the Downtown Association for members of the university’s Family Association. “We’re pleased to show off our unique downtown as part of Discover Texas State,” said Scott Gregson, president of the Downtown Association. More than 350 out-of-town Family Association members are expected to visit almost 20 downtown venues.

Saturday’s activities begin with the Family Association breakfast, featuring Texas State President Denise Trauth as the speaker at 9 a.m. Also on Saturday, the annual Family Weekend Golf Tournament, a two team, 18-hole scramble, will be held at the Texas State Golf Course, with registration beginning at 7 a.m.

Event parking is available in all surface lots. Parking Services will not ticket visitors and guests vehicles for “No Permit” violations

Wrapping up the fun-filled weekend is the Bobcat football games against Nevada at 1 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium.

For more information on all activities, visit www.ua.txstate.edu/discover or call the Office of Community Relations at (512) 245-9645.