Institutional name change records
Scope and Contents
These materials document the work done by University administration following the 2003 legislation that changed the name from Southwest Texas State University to Texas State University-San Marcos.
Materials include personal notes, communication plans, correspondence, opinions, news clippings, meeting minutes, other papers, and artifacts. Rowe was the head of the communications team for the name change in 2003. Included in this accession is a copy of “Name Change in Ten Weeks,” which was a booklet outlining the change of the university’s name with a timeline. This booklet was distributed to University faculty.
Also included is information related to University name changes in 1959 (to Southwest Texas State College) and 1969 (to Southwest Texas State University), and an attempted name change in 1975.
- 1958-2005, 2013
- Majority of material found within 2000-2003
- Texas State University. University News Service (Organization)
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Open to researchers without restriction.
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Copyright held by Texas State University. Educational reproduction is allowed without permission. Authorization to publish must be obtained from the University Archives. Please contact email@example.com.
Changing the name of Southwest Texas State University to "Texas State University" was proposed by and brought to the Texas legislature by three students: Robert Doerr, Justin Fisher and Ernie Dominguez. On June 18, 2003, Senate Bill 928 and House Bill 1961 was signed by Governor Rick Perry, which changed the name of the institution to Texas State University-San Marcos.
Once the name change bill was passed, the task of updating the name across campus was managed by T. Cay Rowe, Director of Media Relations and Publications. Rowe holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree from Texas Christian University. Her career began in the Texas Christian University office of communication in 1973. She accepted a public affairs position at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in 1980. She joined Texas State University (then Southwest Texas State University) as Director of University Relations in 1988. She became Director of Media Relations and Publications at Texas State in 1994, which was the position she held during the 2003 name change. She was named Assistant Vice President for University Advancement in 2004 and retired from this position in December 2011.
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Language of Materials
This collection documents the work done by University administration following the 2003 legislation that changed the name from Southwest Texas State University to Texas State University-San Marcos.
Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice may be required for use.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred by T.Cay Rowe, 2011.
1) LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series medallion; 3” round metal with picture of LBJ on front and LBJ quote and signature on back.
2) LBJ signing of the Higher Education Act 2005 commemoration paper weight
3) Two Champaign flutes etched with 1985 commemoration of LBJ signing Higher Education Act
Moved To: 1) Moved to established record series - 11.200.LBJLecture 2) Separated into LBJ Signing of Higher Education Act series that will be established after processing 3) Separated into LBJ Signing of Higher Education Act series that will be established after processing
- Institutional name change records
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- 2019 July : ArchivesSpace migration revisions by Eric Robertson-Gordon.
- 2020 November: Materials added, revised for DACS compliance by Nicole Critchley