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Regents approve table of programs for Texas State

Date released: 11/22/04

SAN MARCOS —The Texas State University System Board of Regents has approved a modified table of programs for Texas State University-San Marcos.

The table of programs will be submitted for the approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. It includes new degree programs that Texas State is considering proposing over the next four to five years.

Those new degree proposals include doctoral degree programs in computer science, mathematics education, discrete mathematics and criminal justice.

It also includes master’s degree program proposals in materials science and engineering, accounting and information technology, nutritional biotechnology, athletic training, and nursing.

Proposed bachelor’s degree programs include electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and nursing.

The regents met Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18 and 19, in San Marcos on the Texas State campus.

In other action, the regents approved the appointment of John Smyth to hold the Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Chair in School Improvement in the Texas State College of Education.

Smyth has served as Foundation Professor of Teacher Education at Flinders University in Australia and as director of the Flinders Institute for the Study of Teaching. He has held distinguished visiting fellowships at universities in Canada, has been a senior Fulbright research scholar and a recipient of the Palmer O. Johnson Award for Outstanding Research from the American Educational Research Association.

    In other Texas State related business, the regents:
  • Authorized the university to issue purchase orders not to exceed $500,000 for upgrades and expansions of departmental microcomputer laboratories.
  • Increased the student publication fee from $6 to $8, the medical service fee from $48 to $49 and the computer use fee from $12 to $13 effective in the 2005 fall semester.
  • Acknowledged gifts to the university of $5,000 or more:

The Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Foundation made a contribution in support of the five Mitte Chairs and the Mitte Scholarship Program.

The Angel Foundation donated in support of the Katherine Anne Porter House.

The McCombs Foundation contributed in support of the Gary V. Woods Business Endowment.

The Woods Foundation contributed in support of the Gary V. Woods Business Endowment.

A bequest was received from the estate of W. Morgan and Lou Claire Rose for the Rose Trust Account.

A joint gift was received from Lila L. and Wallace D. Dockall designated to the Wallace and Lila Dockall Annuity.

Two gifts were received from Sac-N-Pac Stores for the Department of Athletics.

Three gifts were received from CenturyTel for a variety of campus programs.

The H.E. Butt Grocery Co. donated in support of the CenturyTel-Texas State 2004 Celebrity Classic.

A gift in-kind was received from the Nautilus Group and designated for use in the sleep lab in the College of Health Professions.

The American Recovery Association made a contribution to the Kenneth Long Memorial Endowment.

The Hays Energy Limited Partnership donated in support of the CenturyTel-Texas State 2004 Celebrity Classic.

Billy J. Kaiser made a donation designated for the Betty Kaiser Scholarship.

The Raytheon Charitable Gift Fund donated in support of the Texas Watch Program.

James A. Wiatt made a donation to the Southwest Writers’ Fund.

  • Authorized the university to sell .77 acres of right of way and grant an easement to Hays County for the widening of McCarty Lane.
  • Authorized a maintenance easement to the city of San Marcos for an existing wastewater line on university property parallel to Holland Street.
  • Extended the current contract with the Web Service Co. for laundry service to residence halls.
  • Received the annual reports of the Texas State Alumni Association Foundation, the Bobcat Athletic Foundation, the Development Foundation, the Friends of the Fine Arts and Communication Foundation, the Parents Association and the Support Foundation.
  • Approved out-of-country study programs in China, England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Mexico.
  • Received 12th class day enrollment reports and approved routine curriculum changes, course fees, personnel matters and budget adjustments.

The TSUS Board of Regents governs Angelo State University in San Angelo, Lamar University in Beaumont, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas State and Sul Ross State University in Alpine, including the Rio Grande College with campuses in Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde.

Members of the nine-member board are Alan W. Dreeben of San Antonio, chair; Kent Adams of Beaumont, vice chair; Dora G. Alcala of Del Rio; Patricia Diaz Dennis of San Antonio; John E. Dudley of Comanche; Dionicio “Don” Flores of El Paso; Bernie C. Francis of Addison; James A. “Jimmy” Hayley of Texas City; and Pollyanna A. Stephens of San Angelo.