Murray Watson Jr. Student Recreation Center
The Student Rec Center (SRC), located on Campus Drive (see map), offers TSTC students the chance to experience campus life through a number of activities. At the SRC, students can participate in intramural events, student activities and clubs, or just enjoy a place to watch television or study. The SRC features a gymnasium for basketball and volleyball as well as two racquetball courts, a large weight room that provides both free weights and stationary machines and full size locker rooms.
The SRC game room features four pool tables and two ping pong tables. There are also five open computer labs located in the game room as well as four XBox machines for up to 16 players.
Adjoining the SRC are two softball fields, tennis and basketball courts, flag football and/or soccer field, as well as a lighted walking track.
The SRC opened its doors to students in 1995. It was built to provide TSTC students the opportunities to participate in various activities and campus life.
The center was renamed to the Murray Watson Jr. Student Recreation Center on April 29, 1999 for the Texas Senator who was instrumental in securing funds for the perpetuation of TSTC. Senator Watson was a champion of the bill signed by Governor John B. Connally to fund TSTC. It was because of the guidance of Senator Watson and the 61st Legislature that made TSTC independent from Texas A&M University and its renaming to Texas State Technical Institute.
The Student Rec Center was named in his honor as a tribute to Senator Watson's leadership and reflection of the college's gratitude for his past and current leadership in support of TSTC.