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March 25th, 2010
Bobcat Build to be biggest ever

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Texas State officials expect nearly 4,000 students, faculty and staff to participate in Bobcat Build Saturday. Texas State photo.

STAFF REPORT

University officials say they’re expecting a record turnout Saturday for Bobcat Build, Texas State’s annual community service day.

Officials said that nearly 3,900 Texas State students, faculty and staff plan to participate at 170 job sites. The first Bobcat Build in 2003 drew 700 students to 40 locations.

“I have seen this program grow in ways I would have never imagined in just a few short years,” said Drew Shelton, operations chair for Bobcat Build 2010.

Student organizations and anyone who is a student or employee of Texas State are invited to take part. The event will begin with a rally at Bobcat Stadium’s east parking lot, featuring San Marcos band Ransom Jack. Volunteers will receive a free breakfast, t-shirt and necessary tools.

Jobsites include painting homes, yard work, residential outdoor beautification, working with non-profit organizations, and trail building, among other activities.

This year’s goal is to raise awareness of environmentally conscious ways to care for the community and to make this year’s Bobcat Build the most sustainable ever. To meet this goal, said Bobcat Build officials, students have come up with creative and useful ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, such as using old newspapers and squeegees instead of paper towels for cleaning windows, recycling all of the waste at the kick-off event (including composting food waste into the university’s new project, “Bobcat Blend”) and reusing and printing on the back of recycled paper.

“It has always been an amazing program, but making it a ‘green’ event ensures that it will be the best Bobcat Build ever,” said staff advisor Kelly Stone.

Sponsors include the Non-Traditional Students Organization, LBJ Student Center, Vice President for Student Affairs Office, Interfraternity Council, Associated Student Government and Texas Disposal Systems. Local businesses are encouraged to help support Bobcat Build by donating food and drinks, tools, supplies and other items.

For more information about Bobcat Build, visit www.bobcatbuild.txstate.edu, or call the Bobcat Build office at (512) 245-4245.

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