From the Hill, An Update from President Denise M. Trauth
2015 Summer I
Dear Friends,
I am excited to tell you about some very generous gifts from longtime supporters and partners of Texas State that will help us build two critically needed buildings for our campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. The most recent is a $5 million gift and comes from the St. David's Foundation, and it will be used to help build a health professions building for our Round Rock Campus. The other gifts total $7.1 million and come from Drs. Bruce and Gloria Ingram and the company they founded, Ingram Readymix Inc. – and will be used to help construct a new engineering and science building for our San Marcos Campus.
What's more is that the $5 million gift from the St. David's Foundation – and one of the gifts from the Ingrams for $5 million – are eligible to be matched, dollar for dollar, through the state's Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP).
You may recall these two buildings have been among Texas State's highest priorities for several years. In the legislative session that ended in May, legislators authorized $3.1 billion in capital construction bonds to build dozens of higher education facilities across the state, including those two. The legislative funding does not cover all of the construction costs, which means universities and colleges must come up with the difference to complete their respective building projects.
The gift from St. David's and the TRIP-eligible match will go toward construction of a 107,000-square-foot building that will house three of our expanding programs within the College of Health Professions: physical therapy, respiratory care, and communication disorders. These three programs currently are offered at our San Marcos Campus and moving them to the new building will be the next step in our long-range goal of moving all of our College of Health Professions programs to the Round Rock Campus.
Physical Therapy is among three academic units moving to Round Rock
The Ingrams' gifts will help build a 122,000-square-foot engineering and science building, allowing us to implement programs in civil and environmental engineering and in civil and environmental engineering technology.
Constructing these new buildings is significant not only because it allows us to accommodate new or expanding academic programs, but because it also helps with our mission of producing graduates in disciplines that are important for the well-being and vitality of this state. As an example, the clinics associated with the health professions programs will provide additional channels for health care delivery to Central Texas, a fast-growing region that already is underserved in health care services.
We are very grateful to the St. David's Foundation and the Ingrams for these gifts. We are very fortunate to have visionary supporters who understand our state's needs – and Texas State's charge to address them.
Engineering programs are growing quickly at Texas State
On a final note, I want to talk about an extraordinary effort from the university community in the wake of the devastating flood that occurred over the Memorial Day weekend. Some people suffered tragic loss and others sustained severe property damage, including many members of the university family.
Immediately following the flood, hundreds within the Bobcat community joined the volunteer effort, serving meals, distributing clean-up kits, and even helping remove debris and repair homes in the San Marcos and Wimberley communities. The university provided emergency shelter to more than 200 faculty, staff members, and students – as well as their families. The university set up a special fund to help members of the Bobcat community in need, raising about $10,000 from nearly 100 donors. Coupled with some existing emergency funds, the university distributed more than $27,000 to help assist Bobcats in distress.
Bobcat volunteers responded promptly in flood relief efforts
Although the event was tragic, it was heartening to see an inspiring display of true Bobcat spirit – and to realize that, no matter how severe the crisis is, Bobcats are always there to take care of their own and their communities.
Denise M. Trauth
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