What's New at Tarleton?
A lot has been happening while you have been gone! Take a look at all of the new stuff we have at Tarleton!
View information about:
>> Campus Shuttles and Parking
>> Library Commons, Study Grounds Cafe, Tech Spot
>> One Stop Shop for Student Services including Financial Aid, Registrar, Admissions, Texan Card, Housing
>> New Addition to O.A. Grant Building
Tarleton is piloting a new transportation option to assist students and employees traveling between off-campus apartment complexes, remote parking lots and in/around the university’s Stephenville campus.
The new public transit service, which provides handicap accessibility, is offered free to all passengers commuting to and from campus. The transit service connects The Grove, Mustang Ranch and Oak Tree apartment complexes to the Tarleton campus with a fleet of two shuttles. An additional shuttle will ferry commuter students and university employees to and from the campus remote parking lot adjacent to Tarleton’s softball and baseball fields.
A campus shuttle stop has been created near Parking Lot P20-East, adjacent to the north side of the tennis courts along Sloan Street, and just southwest of Wisdom Gymnasium. From there, passengers may opt for an inner-campus shuttle service of eight golf carts operating on three routes within the Tarleton campus.
- View shuttle pick-up times and locations
- View remote parking and apartment shuttle routes
- Read the full article about the new shuttle service
Fresh thinking on student engagement has led to a remarkable transformation of the main floor of the Dick Smith Library into a technology-rich, interactive Learning Commons.
Designed with student success in mind, the commons features collaborative workspaces and access to technology, easy access to resources/services that support and enable research, writing, and technology skills development, and comfortable study options for students who want to learn in social groupings.
The Tech Spot is staffed by Information Technology Services and the Blackboard Help Desk to deliver technical assistance with the campus network and Blackboard. The Writing Center and Tutoring Services have locations here as well, and library reference and periodical services remain nearby to help support student research and their academic work.
Study Grounds Cafe offers hot and freshly made paninis, quesadillas, and flatbread pizzas, along with Starbuck's coffee beverages. There is also a fountain drink dispenser with any type of soda you could possibly think of. You will recognize familiar faces running the cafe as much of the staff from the previous coffee bar have returned!
You can read more about the new library services and changes in the current issue of Tarleton Magazine.
One Stop Shop for Student Services including Financial Aid, Registrar, Admissions, Texan Card, Housing
The Tarleton Center is finishing up renovations for its one stop shop for all admissions, registration, housing, financial aid, and Texan Card needs. The Military Veterans Services Center is returning to the Tarleton Center from its temporary home in the Thompson Student Center as well.
These renovations include an information desk that will provide students with guidance as to which office they need to speak to within the building. An ATM and a cafe will be available in the Tarleton Center very soon.
The layout of the one stop shop should make it easier to navigate between offices and get answers to financial aid, registration, and other questions in a timely and comprehensive manner. Find out more information about the one stop shop on the Texan News website.
Using the One Stop Shop during the first couple weeks of the semester:
Although almost finished, please note that there may be continued construction and alternate routes around the building for awhile. Additionally, the first couple weeks of school may be hectic due to the high volume of students seeking assistance. Students having questions about their financial aid status are welcome and encouraged to seek assistance by:
- Coming by the financial aid office in the Tarleton Center. Given the high volume of students needing assistance this week, students are encouraged to expect a wait of 5-30 minutes depending upon the nature of their question and demand at the time.
- Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (ideally from the student go email account to assist with identification) with specific question(s) and sufficient identification/contact information. Students can expect to receive a response from financial aid staff within 72 hours.
- Calling the financial aid office at 254-968-9070. Call volume is consistently exceeding phone capacity, so students are encouraged to access one of the first two options if at all possible.
Construction of the new addition to the O.A. Grant Humanities building is wrapping up.
The project addition provides new and modernized spaces, including: the University Writing Center, learning and collaboration spaces, Department of Communication Studies suite, Texan TV News studio and media convergence center, public relations and event management space, video podcast rooms, student meeting spaces, and offices for the dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
An outdoor plaza, complete with a tiered-seating amphitheater, is also included to provide outdoor classroom space in the area of the existing grassy knoll. There are also several outdoor areas around the building with tables and television for lounging, meeting, and studying.
See more photos of O.A. Grant in the latest edition of Texan News.
Information Technology Services is pleased to announce a new benefit for students available through the go.tarleton.edu email accounts.
The new Microsoft Student Advantage Program which provides Microsoft Office 365 free of charge. Students will now be able to work in the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and much more. You can install Office 365 on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 mobile devices. All work can be saved online in OneDrive so it can be accessed no matter which device is being used. You can use this Office 365 subscription for as long as you are a registered student at Tarleton State University.
For more information about how to use this free service, please visit the Office 365 for Students information page.