The Family Association loves to give back to campus and community groups! In the past, funds raised through Family Association Memberships have been used to provide:
- A Student Emergency Fund within the Dean of Students office to assist students affected by house fires, family illnesses or deaths, and many other unforeseen emergencies
- An online career planning program offered by the Career Services Department to assist in the career decision making process
- Additional electronic databases in the Alkek Library to aid in research
- Travel expenses for students to attend professional conferences such as the Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Science conference, the American Dietetic Association conference, the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic and the College Band Directors National Association conference.
- Travel expenses for students to participate in competitions like the UCA college cheerleading national competition, the Lambda Alpha Epsilon (Criminal Justice Club) regional competition, and the Students in Free Enterprise USA competition.
- Classroom equipment such as a basic immobilization system for the Radiation Therapy Program, a laptop to display testing machine results, ventilators and test lungs, as well as a camcorder to record how-to guides and other online instruction.
- Study Lounge furnishings for the College of Education
- Tutoring for all majors, a pilot Student Instruction program focusing on the (very challenging!) Differential Equations course required of all engineering majors, as well as preparatory sessions for the TeXes tests necessary for teacher licensure.
Supported Program Highlights
The Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) provides academic support including walk-in tutoring with help in virtually all core curriculum. SLAC Lab also offers study materials, handouts, and computer-assisted instruction in a variety of topics and levels. SLAC’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, a non-traditional approach to collaborative learning, provides organized group study for courses ranging from the liberal arts to sciences and math. Other SLAC programs include presentations on topics such as test taking, learning styles, and time management, and the College Note Taking session of PAWS Preview. Students may visit SLAC for assistance in preparing for the THEA, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and GSP exams. Online resources include SLAC Lab’s tutoring schedule, the times and location of SI sessions, content area handouts, test preparation materials, and an Online Writing Lab (OWL) and a Math Online Lab (MOL), providing tutoring via email. SLAC services are paid for through student fees, departmental funding, and support from the Family Association, and are available to all Texas State students at no additional cost.
Career Services offers help to students in all aspects of finding and pursuing their careers. For example, through the online exploration site, Focus2, students can learn how their interests and abilities translate into majors, job skills, and a future. Career Services can also help students identify and gather career information related to specific undergraduate and graduate programs.
Alkek Library offers a wide range of learning resources and is a member of TexShare, a statewide resource-sharing program giving students borrowing privileges at nearly 150 university and community college libraries. There is also a microcomputer lab with PC and Mac workstations, laser printers and scanners.
Other student-related programs that have received funding include the Cheerleaders, Bobcat Marching Band, Strutters, Bobcat Bond, Alcohol & Drug Resource Center, Student Health Center, Residence Life, Panorama Steel Band, Campus Recreation, Student Life, Counseling Center, Scholarships, Writing Center, University Police, and others.