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San Marcos: Largest Fundraising Campaign in History of Texas State University to Facilitate Several Developments

Featured Illustration: Artist rendering for the proposed new music building, a state-of-the-art, 110,000-square-foot facility, that would include new classrooms and expand rehearsal space for music majors. Image: Texas State University.

Posted: 10-12-2021

San Marcos (Hays County)Texas State University recently announced the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the school.

The campaign is on pace to bring in $250 million to advance initiatives focused on student success, along with making the school a top-notch research university.

Since 2014, the NEXT IS NOW campaign has generated $172 million from over 40,000 donors and increased Texas State’s endowment from $165 million to $300 million in a silent phase.

Of the raised money, $10 million would go to expanding practice and training facilities for student athletes, along with the construction or renovation of nine facilities on the San Marcos and Round Rock Campuses for $26.9 million. 

“Texas State has come a long way in the past decade, and we’re excited about what comes NEXT,” said Texas State President Denise M. Trauth. “Our top priority remains fundraising for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships that bring a Texas State education within reach of brilliant students. 

“NEXT IS NOW is also laser focused on moving the university closer to our goal of becoming a Tier 1 research institution which brings tangible benefits to our students and to the state of Texas. Research creates new knowledge with the power to solve real-world problems. By recruiting outstanding faculty, we are elevating the university’s academic rigor and giving our students an exemplary education. Our donors are partners in these efforts, equipping Texas State to break new ground.”

Aligned with the university’s strategic plan, top NEXT IS NOW campaign priorities include constructing a new music building with space for 600 students and more than 80 faculty to accommodate the growing nationally recognized music program.

The proposed facility will contain nearly 110,000 square feet of space for classrooms, labs, studios, faculty offices, rehearsal and practice rooms, music library, instrument maintenance room, piano technician studio, storage and a student lounge.

Renovating The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment project calls for enhancement capabilities to study the impact of climate change and sharing of the science of conservation with the world, and the center’s Discovery Hall on the first floor will be transformed to accommodate the public, along with a $12.5 million renovation of the historic Spring Lake Hall into a premiere interpretive research laboratory. 

Edited from press release.

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Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.

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