From the Hill, An Update from President Denise M. Trauth
 
2015 Fall I
 
 
Dear Friends,
 
There is an energy that comes with each new academic year and with it comes a great sense of renewal and purpose.
 
Today I delivered my annual convocation remarks to faculty and staff. The speech serves as a state-of-the-university address, and I use the occasion to recognize outstanding achievement, reflect on the university’s progress, and map Texas State’s next steps.
 
Texas State faculty and staff at Convocation 2015
 
Texas State faculty and staff at Convocation 2015
 
Growth was a recurring theme in my address this year -- not just in the university’s size, but in its stature. This school year officially begins on August 24, and we expect to have yet another record number of students. This is evident in the fact that last spring we had 13 percent more applications for admission than in 2014, which also was a record year for enrollment.
 
We expect to increase restricted research expenditures by 20 percent over the previous fiscal year. This is a big achievement because it shows strong progress toward our goal of becoming eligible for the National Research University Fund, which is a state fund that helps institutions become nationally recognized research universities. There are several other metrics Texas State must achieve to become eligible to access that fund, and this will require us to grow our endowment, attract more high achieving students and distinguished faculty, and gain membership in the Association of Research Libraries.
 
Earlier this year, we were excited to have gained state funding for a new engineering and science building for our San Marcos Campus and a new health professions building for our Round Rock Campus. When completed, those buildings will go a long way toward elevating our program capabilities in those disciplines. We also are buying or leasing new space -- or renovating existing space -- to support programs in the colleges of Applied Arts, Liberal Arts, Fine Arts and Communication, and Education.
 
We are focused on expanding programs across all disciplines, especially at the graduate level. This fall, we are launching two master’s programs: one in engineering and the other in health information management. It takes extraordinary effort from all sectors of the university to do this, and it is most gratifying to see our faculty and staff working in unison to keep Texas State a university of the first class.
 
This academic year we also have several milestones to commemorate: the 25th anniversary of Alkek Library on September 23; the 20th anniversary of the Tómas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award on September 25 and 26; the 10th anniversary of our Round Rock Campus on October 14; the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act on October 26 and on November 3 and 4; and the Lonesome Dove cast reunion gala on March 31. More details on each of these events are included in my convocation address.
 
We also begin our third year competing in the Sun Belt Conference and hope that you can attend some of our games this year. Our soccer team plays its first home game on August 28; our volleyball team plays its home opener on September 3; and football kicks off at home on September 12.
 
We hope to see you there.
 
Sincerely,
 
Denise M. Trauth
 
 
 
 
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