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October 28th, 2009
'Discover Texas State' displays university's rapid rise


Texas State is rolling out the maroon and gold carpet for alumni and friends on Oct. 31 for Discover Texas State, an event highlighting the university’s innovative programs and recent successes.

“This is an opportunity for people to see what makes Texas State ‘The Rising Star of Texas,'” said Texas State Director of Community Relations Kim Porterfield. “It’s a chance to get a look at some of our new initiatives, world-class academic programs, cultural centers and upcoming building projects.”

The event is free of charge, but registration is required and enrollment is limited to 200. To participate, visit or call (512) 245-2396. Transportation to sessions will be provided. The registration deadline is Wednesday.

Sign-in for the day begins with breakfast at the LBJ Student Center from 8-9:30 a.m. Guests will be welcomed by Texas State President Denise Trauth before setting off for sessions of their choice. The various sessions will be between 9:45-11:30 a.m.

Participants may select one session/tour from a list of choices.

∙ Campus walking tour – Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this scenic tour of campus.

∙ Athletic facilities tour – Includes newly remodeled baseball and softball complex and football stadium expansion.

∙ ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training ) tour – Visit the national center that has trained more than 21,000 first responding police officers to deal with active shooter situations.

∙ Master Plan update – More than $650 million in construction projects are under way or in design at Texas State.

∙ Texas Music – Discover the sound and rhythm of Texas history.

∙ Geography alive! – Learn from the faculty of the largest geography program in the country.

∙ River Systems Institute – Hear what it being accomplished at the forefront of water research and resource preservation.

∙ Freeman Ranch tour – Visit the 4,200 acre working ranch that serves as a unique educational resource for Texas State.

To see the full schedule of sessions, visit

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