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Dear TXST Faculty and Staff,

The College of Science and Engineering is hosting an Open House! Come tour the newest building on the San Marcos campus-Bruce and Gloria Ingram Hall.

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:00, we promise you a STEM-filled afternoon with exciting “hands-on” activities suitable for family members of all ages. Join us for self-guided tours of Ingram Hall’s five floors including our research labs, Makerspace, high tech classrooms, and collaborative learning spaces designed to support active discovery in science and engineering.

The Open House will feature activities and exhibits from our CoSE Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Mathematics, and Physics – as well as the Ingram School of Engineering and the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Program. This is “STEM” for everyone!

A few highlights, not to be missed….

Gaze at the heavens in a planetarium, brought to you by our Department of Physics!And who doesn’t love bats??Virtual reality – experience cutting edge 3D technology!

Are you curious about the quality of your drinking water? Just stop by the EARDC labs before March 29th to pick up a free water testing-kit and bring your samples to the Open House on the 30th.

And so much more…..see you at the Open House!

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As a special offer for College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) Open House Attendees, the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center (EARDC) is offering free water quality testing to the first 50 Texas State University employees and alumni­ who respond**. If you are wondering about the quality of your drinking water, this is an opportunity to have your water tested by our very own on-campus NELAP accredited lab; especially if you have a well and use groundwater. To participate, just stop by the EARDC labs before March 29, 2019 to pick up a basic water testing-kit containing sample bottles and sampling instructions and meet with a staff-member who can answer your questions. On the day of the Open House, follow the sampling instructions and bring your samples to the CoSE Open House where EARDC will have a booth set up. EARDC staff will receive your sample for bacteriological analysis (E.coli absence or presence), perform basic on-the-spot water quality measurements (pH, Conductivity and Nitrates) and will collect your information so that the bacteriological tests results can be sent to you after the test is completed.

The Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center (EARDC) is a Texas State University Research Center in the (CoSE), and has been in continuous operation since 1979. We provide NELAP Accredited water quality analytical services, a variety of aquatic science educational programs (including offering summer camps for the past 31 years) and perform both basic and applied research on water quality and ecosystems TX aquifers. Stop by our booth to learn more about what we do in the Center, and to see and learn about some of the amazing animals that live beneath us in the Edwards Aquifer.

**Offer for free analyses is good for the first 50 participants. Call the EARDC if you have any questions: 512-245-2329. The EARDC is located on the second floor of the Freeman Aquatic Building (FAB), across from the Saltgrass Steakhouse at the headwaters of the San Marcos River on Sessom Drive. A free parking space is provided at FAB for customers – be sure to use it to pick up your sampling kit and avoid parking tickets.