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August 23rd, 2010
Discover Texas State promises to be a real wing-ding


Texas State will pull out all the stops at its annual Discover Texas State event on Sept 24-25. The open house event will coincide with Family Weekend this year.

Discover Texas State will feature a green festival, a downtown wine walk, campus tours, information sessions and live performances as the university rolls out the maroon and gold carpet for visitors, alumni and families. Most events are free and open to the public.

“Discover Texas State will showcase the exciting things going on Texas State,” said Kim Porterfield, the university’s director of community relations. “Discover our world-class academic programs and cultural centers as well as our stellar faculty, staff and students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in and around the LBJ Student Center.”

Discover Texas State will start out on Sept. 24 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 a fee of $5, Texas State parents and members of the local community will sample food and wine from five unique San Marcos restaurants. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, 131 North Guadalupe Street.

“We’re pleased to show off our unique downtown as part of Discover Texas State,” said Scott Gregson, president of the Downtown Association.

The Greenfest on Sept. 25 will be held in conjunction with Texas State’s Common Experience theme of sustainability and will feature 20 booths hosted by local businesses and organizations. Live performances by Salsa Del Rio, the Hill Country Youth Chorus, San Marcos CISD Ballet Folklorico and more will highlight the event.

As Greenfest is getting started, Discover Texas State will host the Family Association Breakfast on the morning of Sept. 25 . Texas State President Denise Trauth will give remarks at the breakfast.

Following the meal, a variety of information sessions will take place on topics which include student service programs, the Wittliff Collections, McCoy College of Business Administration Trading Lab, Higher Education Awareness, Art and Design, Geography and the Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center, among others. A campus walking tour will also be part of the day.

The annual Family Weekend Golf Tournament will be held on Sept. 25, as well. The two-team, 18-hole scramble starts at 7 a.m. at the Texas State Golf Course on Post Road, just off Aquarena Springs Drive.

Capping off Discover Texas State  is the Texas State football game against Southern Utah at 6 p.m on Sept. 25.

For more information on these activities and more, visit or call the Texas State Office of Community Relations at (512) 245-9645.

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