San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

September 8th, 2009
ACT creates neighbors

ACHIEVING COMMUNITY TOGETHER: San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz issues a proclamation to support the outreach effort by the City of San Marcos, Texas State University and neighborhood organizations for the Community Welcome at the Hills of Hays on September 10. Front row, left to right: Narvaiz, Dr. Joanne Smith, Griffin Taylor, Margarita Arellano, and Michelle Lopez. Back row, left to right: San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Commander Penny Dunn, City Councilmembers Kim Porterfield, Fred Terry, and John Thomaides, SMPD Assistant Chief Lisa Dvorak, Councilmember Gaylord Bose, and Uniuversity Police Department Seargent Daniel Benitez. Photo by Don Anders.


Texas State University and the City of San Marcos are co-sponsers of a community welcome taking place Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. in the Hills of Hays neighborhood located off Staples road.

The program is part of the Achieving Community Together (ACT) campaign, which reaches towards good relations between long-term residents and students through education, community connectedness and resources.

Teams of police officers, city and university staff and student and non-student residents will walk the neighborhood, distributing ordinance information and welcoming new residents.

“This is a great opportunity for us to welcome new residents to our town and promote positive relations between student and non-student residents,” San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz said.

“By emphasizing community, we want to express the value we place on relationships that create a quality, livable city, and the responsibility that lies with each of us to extend common courtesy to our neighbors,” Narvaiz added.

Dr. Joanne Smith, Texas State’s Vice President for Student Affairs, said, “We are incorporating the Achieving Community Together message into the culture of Texas State and hope that it also becomes the message for the culture of San Marcos.  The theme, ‘We are Texas State, We are San Marcos’ will be our message to all of our students.”

Added Smith, “ACT Committee messages to both students and non-student residents are critical to the success of the work we are doing to open communication, respect each other, and live together as neighbors in the San Marcos community. I am excited that the collaboration between Texas State and the City of San Marcos is already making a difference in the community.”

This support was also expressed by Student Body President Chris Covo, who said, “When the university and city come together and promote unity for all residents, both student and non – student, the whole can be successful and move forward to make this place better for everyone.”

A neighborhood representative from Hills of Hays, Elena Duran, embraces the outreach effort and the goal of community building.

“Everyone can help by getting to know your neighbors and respecting local laws,” she said. “A simple ‘hello’ goes a long way and is a good first step in building a good relationship.”

For more information on the program or to volunteer, contact Danny Arrendondo at (512) 754-2270 or email him at or contact Michelle Lopez at (512) 245-3219 or

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