Welcome to the 2019 fall semester!
An email from President Denise Trauth to all students, faculty, and staff on August 27, 2019
What an exciting time to be a Bobcat! This semester, more than 6,300 freshmen, the largest class in Texas State University history, join us on this transformative journey to pursue knowledge and personal growth. I am proud to walk alongside all of you in the Bobcat family.
As I mentioned in my convocation address to faculty and staff, this will be a year to celebrate discovery, diversity, and distinction. We are achievers, breaking new ground and pushing the boundaries of discovery in research, scientific exploration, and creative expression. We are not only diverse in our demographics, but in our ideas and how we express them. At Texas State, we have set the bar high and are committed to helping our students discover their place of distinction in the world.
We continue to enhance the Texas State experience for our Bobcat community.
- This fall, we launched six new degree programs to prepare our students to thrive in a global workforce.
- A Safety and Security Task Force is rolling out initiatives to help create an environment where members of the Bobcat community feel safe, and raise awareness of existing safety and security programs. Watch for the new TXST SAFE campaign on university social media channels to learn more.
- By early 2020, we expect to complete the expansion of the LBJ Student Center and the renovation of the Albert B. Alkek Library, to grow space for learning and engaging.
- Our Common Experience theme, Truth, kicks off with two inspiring speakers: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a public health advocate named among the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and Grammy-winning hip hop artist, actor and activist, Common.
- We have enhanced the Bobcat home football gameday experience to be even more exciting for fans. Come cheer on our volleyball team at Strahan Arena on August 30, our soccer team at the Bobcat Soccer Complex on September 1, and our football team at Bobcat Stadium on September 7.
We are stronger when we share our voices and ideas. Transparent, timely communication is key to moving forward together. Visit Stay Informed Bobcats to learn about the many ways the university shares important information with you throughout the year. I encourage you to read TXST Connections, a bi-weekly email that addresses topics impacting students, faculty, and staff. Soon, we will be releasing a schedule for several university-wide forums planned to encourage productive community dialogue. I encourage you to participate. You are always welcome to email or direct message me.
I believe in the power of a diverse community where we flourish, individually and collectively. To that end, I am committed to increasing Texas State’s capacity to build an inclusive culture, one that unites us in our diversity. Thanks to the work of many, we have made impressive strides:
- Our new Inclusion and Diversity website is live, and includes our strategic goals as well as updates on several inclusion initiatives.
- We developed and published our Capacity Building Action Plan, which serves as our roadmap moving forward.
- This fall, we will launch Bring it Up Bobcats, a tool that enables students, faculty, and staff to report non-criminal conduct perceived to be motivated by prejudice and bigotry.
- To support productive dialogue on our campuses, early this fall we will launch guidelines for demonstrations on university property, and a Free Speech website with frequently asked questions about what the First Amendment does and does not protect.
At Texas State, we are vigilant in upholding free speech, and in protecting the safety and wellbeing of our community. Racism and bigotry have no place here. I cannot reiterate forcefully enough that there is no place for bigotry at this university. I denounce white supremacy and will do everything in my power to confront and reject all manifestations of discrimination and hate.
I believe in the indomitable Bobcat spirit, working together for the common good, and pushing each other to find our greatest potential. Thank you for being part of the Texas State family. I wish you a productive and successful year.