From The Hill - An Update from President Denise M. Trauth - June 2008
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In the News

Texas State and its programs and people have been in the news quite a bit recently. It is interesting to monitor our news clips to see the variety of topics the media cover that are related to our university, and the variety of media outlets that carry our news.

Plants and productivity
If you’re interested in better employee productivity, for example, the solution may be as simple as adding a few potted plants to the office environment. That is what Tina Marie Cade, associate professor of horticulture in our Department of Agriculture, discovered during a recent research project.

Her findings were carried in numerous media outlets across the country, including Discover Magazine, the Environment News Service and Science Daily.

We always knew that plants around the office made it more attractive, and now we know they make us more productive as well.

Global warming
One can scarcely read a newspaper or watch the evening news these days without seeing some mention of climate change or global warming. We are not without our expertise in that regard at Texas State.

In fact, in late April, our River Systems Institute hosted a conference in Austin at the Texas Capitol titled "Forecast: Climate Change Impacts on Texas Water." The conference drew substantial media coverage, including a front page story in the Austin American-Statesman by reporter Asher Price. The story was subsequently carried by several other media outlets in Texas, including, for example, the Marshall News Messenger.

Boomers in the Hill Country
There is an interesting trend happening right in our backyard these days. The Texas Hill Country is becoming a retirement haven for the first round of retiring Baby Boomers. Geography professor Frederick Day has studied this trend and been interviewed by several of the state’s major daily newspapers on the subject, including the San Antonio Express-News and the Dallas Morning News.

Retirees, it seems, are learning what we Bobcats have known for a long time – the Texas Hill Country is a great place to be.

Olympic-style training
Our friend, Olympic gold medalist and Texas State Distinguished Alumnus Charles Austin, has opened his own training and fitness center here in San Marcos. It is a state-of-the-art fitness complex, and Charles is training world class athletes and armchair quarterbacks alike. His grand opening drew considerable media attention, including a big splash in the Austin American-Statesman.

Shrake at the SWWC
Texas literary pioneer Bud Shrake made a recent appearance at Texas State’s Southwestern Writers Collection. It was a delightful evening, and columnist Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram was on hand to chronicle the event.

Like Texas State, Bud Shrake is one of a kind.