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Hero has Texas State ties
Kimberly Munley, the Fort Hood police sergeant who stopped the active shooter during the tragic events of Nov. 5, received active shooter response training offered by Texas State Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program. The program teaches first-responding police officers how to deal with active shooter situations and was developed after the Columbine tragedy. To date, more than 22,000 officers have been trained through ALERRT. Munley received basic ALERRT training in 2008 and later took a follow-up breaching class offered through ALERRT in 2009. News coverage of Munley’s heroism was nationwide, and mentions of her connection to Texas State’s ALERRT program were carried by the Austin American-Statesman , the San Marcos Daily Record, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Dallas Morning News, and others.
Texas State’s enrollment hit a record 30,803 in the 2009 fall semester. We remain the fifth-largest university in the state and have maintained our enrollment lead over Texas Tech and UTSA. The only larger universities in Texas are UT-Austin, Texas A&M, the University of Houston and the University of North Texas. Texas State’s enrollment growth is due to several factors, including the fact that we continue to attract a larger number of top students, and those students are succeeding here, thereby improving our retention rates. Read the university’s news release on enrollment here.
Noted in the American-Statesman
The Austin American-Statesman ran two in-depth stories on enrollment-related topics and both featured Texas State prominently. One examined how college enrollments are up in spite of the poor economy. It may be read here.
The second looked at the rising number of military veterans at Central Texas colleges. It’s available here.
Steve Davis, assistant curator of the Wittliff Collections, has written a new book, J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind. Davis launched the Dobie biography with a reading and book signing at the Wittliff Collections on Nov. 19. Read Davis’ interview with Texas Monthly here.
In other news from the Wittliff Collections, the Austin American-Statesman carried a feature on an exhibit there that illustrates the creative process in writing. The story may be read here.
A top Fulbright producer
Texas State has been recognized as one of the top producers of Fulbright Fellows among the nation’s colleges and universities. The Fulbright Program awards grants to students to study, teach English and conduct research in more than 125 nations. The Chronicle of Higher Education carried news of the recognition, and it may be read here.
The university news release on the topic is here.
The Austin American-Statesman ran a metro front page story Nov. 8 on the reunion for Aquarena Springs employees – from underwater aquamaids and clowns to Ralph the Swimming Pig. Read about it here.