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2010-2011 Common Experience

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August

August 12
Integrated Pest Management & Ethically Applied Entomology in a Sustainable Community
Thursday • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. • San Marcos Public Library
A free workshop about insects, with lots of hands-on activities, by Paul B. Martin and Marvel Maddox. Martin has a Ph.D. in entomology, and he worked for the Texas Department of Agriculture under the Hightower Administration. Website: http://ediblesanmarcos.wordpress.com/

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Wear the Sun
Wear the Sun

August 16
Video Premiere:
Wear the Sun: A Look at Solar Drying
Monday • 9:15 a.m. • Strahan Colesium • Maroon & Gold Room
Moving from 16 students in former Business Law Honors class to the McCoy College Net Impact Undergraduate Student Organization to motivating over 4,000 entering freshman at Texas State University to use environmentally-friendly drying racks in lieu of coal-burning electricity using dryers, Wear the Sun highlights the benefits of solar drying and using drying racks. Net Impact Facebook group: click here

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Jack Higginbotham
Freshman Convocation: Jack Higginbotham

August 23
Freshman Convocation
Monday • 3:30 p.m. • Strahan Coliseum
Jack Higginbotham will be the featured speaker at the annual Freshman Convocation. At La Vernia High School, Higginbotham was the State 3A 200-meter champion and entered Texas State University-San Marcos on a track scholarship. He lettered four years and was the Texas State Track and Field team captain in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Higginbotham graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Geography-Water Studies and currently is a Project Manager for a water quality improvement program of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He is also a rising star on the Texas music scene and will share his Texas State experiences and musical talents with the audience. Jack Higginbotham's schedule and a sampling of his music can be found at http://www.jackhiggmusic.com

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September

Sustainability Must Be Beautiful
Sustainability Must Be Beautiful

September 1 - December 15
Exhibit: "Sustainability Must Be Beautiful"
Gallery of the Common Experience • Lampasas Hall
"Sustainability Must Be Beautiful," the Fall exhibit at the Gallery of the Common Experience features more than 60 artworks reflecting diverse media and thematic interpretations by both student and professional artists. From signs of language saved from extinction, a salvaged car hood peeling out, area environmental efforts showcased, and dresses made from recycled materials, the exhibit is aptly described by Heather Carter's mixed media installation quoting
naturalist John Muir: "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." Sponsored by the University Honors Program and the Common Experience, the Gallery of the Common Experience is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Call 512.245.2266 for more information.

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African American Leadership Conference
African American Leadership Conference

September 9 - 12
18th Annual African American Leadership Conference
Main Speaker: Dr. Fred A. Bonner II • September 11 • 12:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom
The mission of the conference is to lay a foundation for educational success of incoming and returning African American students by providing the opportunity for networking and learning. The African American Leadership Conference originated in 1992 when several ambitious upperclassmen set out to revive and encourage leadership. This group of students had a focus: preparing students for success and for the sometimes difficult transition from home to college.  The conference is held each September to make a strong impact on students and ensure preparedness for their first semester. Conference website: http://www.msa.txstate.edu

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Dr. Fred Bonner
Dr. Fred Bonner

September 10
Diverse Millennial Students in College: Implications for Faculty and Student Affairs
Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Alkek 105
Dr. Fred Bonner, associate professor and associate dean of faculty at Texas A&M University, will provide insights and recommendations for sustaining diverse millenial students. Contact Ms. Jonnie Wilson at 512.245.2278 for more information. For more information about Dr. Bonner, click here. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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September 13 - 19
Black and Latino Playwrights Conference
Theatre Center

A workshop and showcase of the work of student and professional Black and Latino playwrights, conducted by professional guest directors / artists. The Department of Theatre and Dance annually sponsors a Black and Latino Playwrights Conference that includes professional guest directors and actors, auditions, 3-5 days of open rehearsals, and in-class presentations by professional guests artists, culminating with staged reading performances open to the campus and community. The mission of Texas State University’s Black and Latino Playwrights Conference is to study the craft, to nurture the artist, and to celebrate multicultural theatre. Artistic Director: Eugene Lee. For more information, visit http://www.txstate.edu/mcgs/special-projects

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Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt
Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt

September 14
Skills for No Impact Living: A Community Discussion
Tuesday • 7:00 p.m. • San Marcos Public Library • 625 E. Hopkins St.

Families and individuals are reducing the impact of their lifestyle on the environment and taking a serious look at how reducing consumption and waste can lead to long-term increases in health, wealth, and happiness. A one-year experiment by New York author Colin Beavan is chronicled in No Impact Man, the 2010 Common Experience text for Texas State University-San Marcos. The skills that are needed to reduce our net impact are not new. Following WWII, Americans learned how to live in the current consumer lifestyle.  Many of the sustainability skills needed for our future are rooted in our past.  Join other community members for this discussion on the wealth of sustainability skills present in the San Marcos community. Presenter Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt of Texas State University’s Department of Family and Consumer Science researches the lifestyle of ‘health and sustainability’ consumers and has conducted studies on the marketing of locally produced fiber products, animal friendly wool products, and social responsibility labeling. Copies of No Impact Man are available for loan and are displayed near the Information Desk. Library events calendar: click here. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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September 15
Student Volunteer Connection Fair
Wednesday • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center 2nd Floor Paseo and Patio
Texas State students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn about local volunteer and public service opportunities from dozens of San Marcos area non-profits, United Way of Hays County agencies, schools, and other organizations. Sponsored by the Student Volunteer Connection, the fair will feature opportunities to connect with meaningful civic activities. For more information, please call the Student Volunteer Connection at 512.245.1687 or email svcoffice@txstate.edu

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Take Back the Tap
Take Back the Tap

September 15
Take Back the Tap: Texas State
Reusable bottle distribution: Wednesday • 10:00 a.m. • Quad
Screening of Tapped: Wednesday • 7:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater
Did you know that 40% of bottled water is just filtered tap water and that 2.4 million tons of plastic ends up in landfills each year from the U.S. consumption of bottled water alone? There are many problems associated with our consumption of bottled water, including negative health impacts, local issues, environmental impacts, and cost. To become better informed of these problems, and to be part of the solution, students at Texas State have gathered together to host a "Take Back the Tap" day on campus. The events will feature distribution of 1,000 reusable water bottles in the Quad and a screening the film Tapped in the evening. For more information visit the event's Facebook group or email questions to tbtt.txstate@gmail.com. Sponsored by Texas State’s Environmental Service Committee, Food and Water Watch, and Supporting Women In Geography (SWIG). Event poster: click here (pdf)

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September 17 - 18
Sustainability Exploration
Friday 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. • Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Meet at LBJ Student Center

In an effort to promote environmental sustainability, students at Texas State have created the first ever Sustainability Exploration event for students. Twenty to 25 freshmen will be selected from an application process to attend. The goal is to educate students on the importance of sustainability, on and off campus. University faculty and staff, local San Marcos businesses, and organizations will be participating. Students will meet on campus for a tour of various locations and be introduced to the efforts made to make our campus sustainable. They will participate in a wilderness appreciation tour at Aquarena Springs, visit the Community Gardens, visit Tantra Farmers Market and end with a canoe trip on the San Marcos River to learn about water conservation and the importance of keeping the river clean.

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September 17
Join the Discourse Event:
How Constitutional Interpretation Impacts Public Policy
Friday • 6:30 - 7:30 pm • Evans Liberal Arts 225
Panel Discussion: What happens when the Supreme Court reinterprets legislative measures pertaining to the environment?

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Fuel
Fuel

September 21
Film Screening: Fuel
Tuesday • 7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater
Josh Tickell's stirring, radical and multi-award winning Fuel may be known by some as the "little energy documentary," but in truth, it's a powerful portrait of America's overwhelming addiction to, and reliance on, oil. Having been born and raised in one of the USA's most oil producing regions, he saw first-hand how the industry controls, deceives and damages the country, its people and the environment. After one too many people he knew became sick, Tickell knew he just couldn't idly stand by any longer. He decided to make a film, focusing both on the knowledge and insight he discovered, but also giving hope that solutions are within reach. A "regular guy" who felt he could make a difference, he spent 11 years making his movie, showing himself — and others — that an individual can indeed make a difference. Part of the SACA Common Experience film series. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided. IMDb.com film listing: click here. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Colin Beavan
Colin Beavan

September 22
Colin Beavan

Wednesday • 7:00 p.m. • Strahan Coliseum
In November, 2006, Colin Beavan launched a year-long project in which he, his wife, his two-year-old daughter and his four-year-old dog went off the grid and attempted to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible. The point of the project was to experiment with ways of living that might both improve quality of life and be less harmful to the planet. It also provided a narrative vehicle by which to attract broad public attention to the range of pressing environmental crises including: food system sustainability, climate change, water scarcity, and materials and energy resource depletion. Beavan’s experiment in lifestyle redesign is the subject of his book, No Impact Man (the 2010-2011 Common Experience text), and a Sundance-selected documentary film. Beavan writes and administers the provocative environmental blog No Impact Man, which has become a meeting point for discussion of environmental issues. Beavan is director of the No Impact Project, a visiting scholar at NYU, an advisor to the University’s Sustainability Task Force, and sits on the board of directors of New York City’s Transportation Alternatives and on the advisory council of Just Food.
• Official speaker bio: click here (pdf)
• Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Solar Power Demonstration
Solar Power Demonstration

September 25 - October 2
Solar Demonstration Project
Monday - Friday • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Between Roy F. Mitte and Supple Buildings

Stop by the solar charging station to charge your laptop, cellphone, or electric bicycle with a carbon-free energy source. Take the solar survey and record your ideas for making solar power a permanent part of Texas State’s environment. For more information, visit http://www.soldesignlab.com/. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Discover Texas State GreenFest
Discover Texas State GreenFest

September 25
Discover Texas State GreenFest

Saturday • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Mall Area
Everyone is invited to attend GreenFest, Texas State University's celebration of sustainability. A fusion of education, service, and awareness of how we can "green" our homes, lives, and communities, GreenFest will feature 20 booths with hands-on educational demonstrations and information about conservation, preservation, and stewardship of natural resources. Giveaways, continuous live entertainment, and more. Held in conjunction with Discover Texas State, the university's premier open-house event, featuring information sessions from 10:30 to noon. Free parking in the LBJ Student Center. Open to the public. Call Community Relations at 512.245.9645 for GreenFest booth and other information.

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ASID Fall Kickoff
ASID Fall Kickoff

September 25
Texas State ASID Fall Kickoff

Do-It-Yourself Day and Furniture "Freecycling" Design Competition
Saturday • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Courtyard
This exciting afternoon will feature a four-hour Trash-to-Treasure furniture design competition showcasing our design students' abilities, as well as Do-It-Yourself booths featuring popular home improvement topics for both students and the community. Event offers a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for all design professionals that wish to attend. Cost: $3 for students/faculty, $5 for general admission, free for kids under 12. American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Texas State Chapter event website: click here. For more information email president@txstateasid.com or visit www.txstateasid.com

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No Impact Week
No Impact Week at Texas State

September 26 - October 3
No Impact Week

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the No Impact Project, based on Colin Beavan’s book, No Impact Man. Texas State’s No Impact Week runs from September 26 Through October 3. This one-week carbon cleanse is designed to help you discover easy ways to decrease your overall environmental impact — and have a good time.

Become a fan the Texas State No Impact Week group on Facebook: click here

For a complete schedule of No Impact Week events and what YOU can do to participate, CLICK HERE (PDF)

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► Sunday, September 26: Consumption
• The Story of Stuff: video
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Monday, September 27: Trash
• Sponsored by Texas State Recycling & Waste Management (website or 512.245.7733)
• Recycling / trash info tables, Quad, 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
• Film: I Love Trash, Alkek Teaching Theater, 7:00 p.m.
• Encourage use of reusable containers
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Tuesday, September 28: Transportation / Take Action
• Sponsored by The Bike Cave (512.245.4567) and Texas State Tram (website)
• Bike / walk / bus to school
• Plan bike route: website
• The Hub bike shop will offer tune-ups in Quad
• Film: A Crude Awakening, LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater, 7:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, September 29: Food
• Sponsored by Edible San Marcos (contact Suzi Fields): website | email
• Farmers Market on Campus (sponsored by Edible San Marcos), Quad, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
• Composting demonstrations, Quad, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
• James McWilliams (History Department) lecture: "Just Food," Education Building 4062, 2:00 p.m.
• Film: Food, Inc., Centennial 157, 7:00 p.m.
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Thursday, September 30: Energy
• Sponsored by Net Impact student organization (Facebook group). Contact Janet Hale: jh29@txstate.edu
• Energy conservation in dorms and classrooms
• Treadmill tours, Student Recreation Center, 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
• Energy Resource Management featuring professor Mark Carter on "Reducing Your Coal Footprint" and a screening of Wear the Sun by Net Impact student organization, McCoy 243, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
• Living Off the Grid featuring Rick and Stephanie Ertel of Kerrville, McCoy 233, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
• Energy Options and Savings featuring Steve Harvey (Sustainable San Marcos) and Bigelow Homes (San Marcos), McCoy 240, 2:00-3:15 p.m. Info: click here (pdf) or here (pdf).
• Elliptical "Calories to Kilowatts" program tour, Student Rec Center lobby, 2:30 p.m.
• San Marcos Engery Panel featuring Angela Riley (bio pdf) and Kyle Dicke (bio pdf) of San Marcos Electric Utility, James Harkins (student) and Ruben Becerra (Gil's Broiler/Phoenix Energy), McCoy 240, 3:30-4:50 p.m.
• Keynote Speaker: Karl R. Rábago of Austin Energy, McCoy 233, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Speaker bio: click here (pdf)
• Film: Bill Moyers Journal: Obama's First Year / America's Energy Challenge, LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater, 7:00 p.m.
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Friday, October 1: Water
• Sponsored by Aquarena Center. Contact Ron Coley: rc13@txstate.edu
• WaterAid Chapter @ Texas State, Quad, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
• "State of Texas Water" panel discussion with Ron Coley and Dianne Wassenich, Derrick 227, 2:00 p.m.
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Saturday, October 2: Giving Back
• Sponsored by Student Volunteer Connection: website. Contact Kelly Stone: ks26@txstate.edu
• Service learning opportunities
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Jean Kazez
Jean Kazez

September 27
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Jean Kazez, Southern Methodist University (Philosophy)
"Necessities and the Meaning of Life
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Monday • 11:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Jean Kazez
Jean Kazez

September 27
Jean Kazez, Southern Methodist University (Philosophy)
"Brave New Animal: Advancing Ethics through Technologye
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Monday • 2:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

In the face of increasing attention to the moral dimensions of human diet, especially in the industrialized world, there are many new and developing technologies that could make meat-eating more morally acceptable. What are they, and do they succeed — either in providing human nourishment or in changing the moral dimensions of animal agriculture and meat-eating? These technologies include: lab meat, animals genetically engineered to feel no pain, animals genetically engineered to emit less methane, and reproductive technologies that make dairy farms female-only and thereby reduce killing of the unwanted males.

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September 29
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Nichole McNiel (Sociology Graduate Student) and Deborah Harris (Sociology)
"The Feminine Ethos of Wilderness Recreation Advertising
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Wednesday • 2:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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September 29
Writing Beyond the University
Wednesday • 4:00 p.m. • Flowers Hall G-04
Dan Quinn, Texas Freedom Network's Communications Director, will be the first speaker in the "Writing Beyond the University" speaker series at the Texas State Writing Center. Using his own experiences as a journalist, textbook publisher, and current communications director for TFN, he will discuss the importance of writing in all professions. Q&A will follow the session and refreshments will be provided.

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Art Opening + Solar Charging Station
Art Opening + Solar Charging Station

September 30
Art Opening for "Sustainability Must Be Beautiful"
Thursday • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. • Honors Coffee Forum • Lampasas 407

Art Opening for "Sustainability Must Be Beautiful" along with artist and designer Beth Ferguson, who will talk about her Solar Charging Station, which will be on campus outside the RFM Building from September 25 to October 1. Sponsored by the University Honors Program and the Common Experience, the reception is free and open to all. For more information, call 512.245.2266. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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September 30
Historic Textiles and Apparel Gallery
From Field to Fantasy: The Art of Costume Produced for the Texas Citrus Fiesta
Thursday • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. • Family & Consumer Sciences Building 158
"From Field to Fantasy: The Art of Costume Produced for the Texas Citrus Fiesta" is the theme selected by Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Family and Consumer Sciences' Fashion Merchandising Program, as it inaugurates its Historic Textiles and Apparel Gallery. Located on campus at FCS Building #158, the Historic Textiles and Apparel Gallery will open its doors with its first exhibition featuring handcrafted costumes made of dried, powdered, and crystallized fruits and vegetables. These costumes were featured in the annual Citrus Fiesta Product Costume Show. For more information, contact Ann DuPont at ad23@txstate.edu or 512.245.2444.

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Food, Inc.
Food, Inc.

September 30
Join the Discourse Event:
Politics of Film Series presents: Food, Inc.
Thursday • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Centennial Teaching Theater
Film screening of Food, Inc. (2008). Director Robert Kenner's Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry's detrimental effects on our health and environment. IMDb.com film listing: click here

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October

October 4
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Nichole McNiel (Sociology Graduate Student) and Vincent Lopes (Aquatic-Biology)
"Relational Ecology: Reconciling the Boundaries of Humans and Nature
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Monday • 11:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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► NOTICE: 
Events scheduled for October 4th featuring Nobel Peace Prize recipient

Wangari Maathai have been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

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October 7
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages
"Sustainability, Desire, and the Culture of Stuff
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Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Dr. Jerald Winakur
Jerald Winakur

October 7
Jerald Winakur
Memory Lessons: A Geriatrician's Tale
Thursday • 7:00 p.m. • San Marcos Public Library • 625 E. Hopkins Street
Dr. Jerald Winakur will give a lecture that will focus on family caregiving for persons with dementia within the current U.S. health care system. In addition to the lecture, Dr. Winakur's wife, Ms. Lee Robinson, will read a short selection of her poetry related to the topic. The lecture is sponsored by the Vistacare Hospice Foundation and the San Marcos Public Library, with involvement of Texas State University School of Social Work and area hospices. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Sustaining Community Through the Arts
Sustaining Community Through the Arts

October 10
Sustaining Community Through the Arts: A Public Discussion Series
Sunday • 2:00 p.m. • Performance by Hill Country Youth Chorus and Mariachi Infantil • San Marcos Public Library (Outside)
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. • Panel discussion with Lynn Brinckmeyer, Kaitlin Hopkins, and John Lopez • San Marcos Public Library Conference Room

Three highly accomplished artists who coordinate Texas State community outreach programs will participate in a panel discussion, sharing their stories about developing community arts programs in San Marcos and discussing the role and power of arts in the community. Please join Artistic Director of the Hill Country Youth Chorus Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer, Texas State Musical Theatre Director Kaitlin Hopkins, and Coordinator of Multicultural Music and Director of Mariachi Infantil  John Lopez. This discussion series is sponsored by the Center for Community Arts at Texas State University. Contact Grady Hillman at gh24@txstate.edu for more information or call 512.245.1318.

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Tree Planting Ceremony
Tree Planting Ceremony

October 11
Tree Planting Ceremony in Honor of Wangari Maathai
Monday • 2:15 p.m. • Strahan Coliseum, East Side Near Athletics Administration

Students in Dr. Catherine Hawkins' Universal Human Rights Honors class will plant a tree in honor of Dr. Wangari Maathai and the Greenbelt Movement, coinciding with the 10-10-10 Global Work Party: A Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions. Everyone is invited to this event; students will have the opportunity to contribute to a videotaped message for Dr. Maathai. This event is sponsored by the University Honors Program and the Texas State Grounds Operations. Contact Dr. Hawkins at ch11@txstate.edu or 512.245.2622 for more information or see http://greenbeltmovement.org/index.php Event poster: click here (pdf). Event photos on the CE photo gallery page: click here

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October 13
Join the Discourse Event:
Looking Forward to the 2010 Election
Wednesday  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Evans Liberal Arts 118
Panel Discussion: How do elections affect policies related to sustainability?

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Sir Harold Kroto
Sir Harold Kroto

October 15
Sir Harold Kroto

Science, Society, and Sustainability
Friday • Reception: 2:00 p.m. • Talk: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. •
Wittliff Collections • Alkek Library, 7th Floor

RESTRICTED AUDIENCE | LIMITED SEATING

Sir Harold Kroto, 1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and a professor of chemistry at Florida State University, is an advocate of science education, promoting careers in science to young people. Kroto's discussion of sustainability develops the concept that society has the power to use technology so that it can be of benefit or be detrimental. On the latter score, one should note that political decisions have resulted in the existence of some 28,000 nuclear weapons worldwide. In addition, it now appears that our technologies may well have also catalysed a mindless mass-production driven plundering of the planet’s resources. We may be hurtling towards disaster — we may not need an asteroid. For a 50/50 chance of surviving into the next century, every segment of society — from industrialists, engineers, and scientists to politicians, farmers, and fishermen — must now recognise that these issues are the most serious that the human race has ever confronted. Our only hope for survival rests on the shoulders of those who take survival and sustainability issues seriously — and do something about it.
• Nobel Prize profile: click here
• Florida State University profile: click here

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David Kaplan
David Kaplan

October 18
Panel Discussion: "Food, Ethics, and Society
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Monday • 11:00 a.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Moderator: Craig Hanks (Philosophy). Panel: Matthew Buchanan (Chef, the Leaning Pear, Wimberly), Marla Camp (Editor, Edible Austin), David Kaplan (Philosophy, University of North Texas), Harold "Skip" Connett (Greengatefarms). Co-sponsored by NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities and the Philosophy Dialogue Series. More info: http://food.unt.edu/

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October 18
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
David Kaplan: "Techno-Food
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Monday • 2:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

Guest speaker: David Kaplan, Philosophy, University of North Texas.

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October 19
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages
"Eating Sustainably, Eating Well
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Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 20
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Theresa Frederick (Philosophy Graduate Student)
"Feminism and the Ethics of Vegetarianism
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Wednesday • 11:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 21
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages
"Is Food the New Sex?
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Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Going Global: Writing to Reach the World
Going Global: Writing to Reach the World

October 21
Writing Beyond the University Speaker Series:
"Going Global: Writing to Reach the World"
Thursday • 4:00 p.m • Flowers Hall G-04

Sam Martin is the director of content strategy at frog design, where he is responsible for frog’s global thought leadership, social media strategy, and content initiatives and partnerships. He is also the editor-in-chief of frog’s print magazine design mind. His talk will focus on the resurgent demand for content and the growing need for writers and editors in a variety of professions. Refreshments will be provided.

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Mass Communication Week: A Sustainable Future
Mass Comm Week: A Sustainable Future

October 25 - 28
Mass Communication Week

Media: A Sustainable Future
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is hosting its annual Mass Communication Week, October 25-28. It’s your chance to look to the future and hear professionals discuss issues, trends and careers in mass media. Check out the content on the site, watch the live streams and recorded videos and join the fun on Twitter and Facebook. Complete schedule of events: click here

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William Powers
William Powers

October 25
Technology and Values, Fall 2010
What’s Your 12 X 12: Environmental Justice, Policy, and Personal Choices
William Powers
Monday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
William Powers has worked for over a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, Washington, D.C., and Native North America. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the community components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won a 2003 prize for environmental innovation from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune and on National Public Radio. MrPowers has worked at the World Bank, and holds international relations degrees from Brown University and Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. He is the author of the Liberia memoir Blue Clay People, the Bolivian memoir Whispering in the Giant's Ear, and the memoir of living "off the grid" in a  cabin, Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream. He is currently based in New York City, and is freelance writer, speaker, and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. Speaker bio: click here

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October 25
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Marco Grimaldo (Bread for the World)
"Feeding the People of the World: Who’s Responsible?
"
Monday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 25
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Interdisciplinary Panel: "Environmental Justice and Human Rights
"
Monday • 2:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

Panelists include Brock Brown (Geography), Marco Grimaldo (Bread for the World), Catherine Hawkins (Social Work), Vincent Lopes (Aquatic- Biology), Vincent Luizzi (Philosophy), Chad Smith (Sociology). More information: click here (pdf)

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October 25
Artist's Lecture: Mark Schatz
Monday • Time TBA • JCM 2121

Using commonly available as well as found and reclaimed materials such as cardboard, wood, and Styrofoam, Schatz’s work explores ideas around the impact of urban sprawl and our ever-expanding suburban worlds.  

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October 26
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Rebecca Raphael (Philosophy)
"Natural Disasters and the Rhetoric of Divine Punishment
"
Tuesday • 9:30 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 26
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages, Guest Speaker: Catherine Hawkins (Social Work)
"Universal Human Rights: Environmental Implications
"
Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 26 - November 21
Mark Schatz: Signs of Life
JCM Gallery I, School of Art & Design

Opening Reception: Tuesday • October 26 • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Sculptor Mark Schatz exhibits an installation of works that create a smaller "universe" of his own making within the larger gallery space. Using commonly available as well as found and reclaimed materials such as cardboard, wood, and Styrofoam, Schatz's work, which has been included in Arthouse at the Jones Center's New American Talent, the Austin Museum of Art's 22 To Watch, explores ideas around the impact of urban sprawl and our ever-expanding suburban worlds. 

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Public Debate on Sustainability
Public Debate on Sustainability

October 26
Public Debate on Sustainability:
Oxford and Cambridge join Texas State for a Common Experience Debate
Tuesday • 6:00 p.m. • Centennial Hall Room G02

Two of Oxford and Cambridge's best debaters will participate in a public debate against two Texas State debaters. The topic for debate is: "This house would incentivize environmentally sustainable choices." Lewis Iwu graduated in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford. At Oxford Lewis won the 2008 World University Debating Championships held in Thailand. Mary Nugent has just graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Social and Political Sciences. While studying for her degree, she was Director of Debating at the Cambridge Union Society where she coordinated all of Cambridge's debating activity, while also representing Cambridge at competitions in the UK and abroad. Luis Baez and Laura Driver of Texas State recently advanced to quarterfinals of the 2009 US Universities Debating Championship. The debate is open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information email lb1361@txstate.edu.

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Dia de los Muertos Celebration

October 27
Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Wenesday • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. •
Honors Coffee Forum • Lampasas 407
The 4th annual Dia de los Muertos event is sponsored by the University Honors Program. This Common Experience event preserves and sustains cultural traditions as well as ties between the University and the San Marcos community. All Texas State students, faculty, staff, and the San Marcos community are invited to participate in the festivities which include interactive arts & crafts, folkloric dance by Grupo Ocotochtli, San Marcos Mariachi Academy, traditional food, and games. We invite you to bring photos of loved ones from 18-27 October to contribute to the community altar as an act of sustaining cultural traditions, or just stop by to enjoy the evening on the 27th. Contact the University Honors Program at 512.245.2266 or Michelle Sotolongo at ms84@txstate.edu for more information. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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October 28
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Vivek Sharma (Engineering Technology)
"Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED)
"
Thursday • 11:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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October 28
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages
"Distributive Justice and the New Tragedy of the Commons
"
Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Escape from Suburbia
Escape from Suburbia

October 28
Join the Discourse Event:
Politics of Film Series presents: Escape from Suburbia
Thursday • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Centennial Teaching Theater
Film screening of Escape from Suburbia (2007). After condemning America's oil dependency in his 2004 documentary The End of Suburbia, filmmaker Gregory Greene here addresses the solutions that will avert catastrophe, outlining the issues actively moving the energy crisis from theory to reality. IMDb.com film listing: click here

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November

November 1
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Nico Schüler (Music)
"Happiness and / in / through Music
"
Monday • 11:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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November 2
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages

"The Pursuit of Happiness: Are We There Yet?
"
Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Dr. Susan Tortolero
Dr. Susan Tortolero

November 2
Dr. Susan Tortolero 
"The Power of Prevention: What Doesn’t Happen to Improve Teen Health"
The Inaugural Brennan & Smith Lecture Series Presentation
Tuesday • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater

Six critical types of adolescent health behavior contribute to the leading causes of death, disease, disability, and social problems among youth and adults. These preventable behaviors are typically established during childhood and persist into adulthood. Texans do very little to prevent these behaviors and sometimes implement policies that discourage the use of effective programs and practices to promote healthy teens. Dr. Susan Tortolero will discuss what doesn’t happen in Texas and what parents, professionals, and policy makers can do to improve the health of Texas. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Lovell Lecture: Dr. Brent Yarnal
Lovell Lecture: Dr. Brent Yarnal

November 3
12th Annual Lovell Lecture
and 2nd Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students
Keynote Address: Dr. Brent Yarnal, Professor and Associate Head, Penn State University
"The Local Dimensions of Climate Change: People, Places, and Policy"
Wednesday • Reception: 6:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Dr. Brent Yarnal's research focuses on global change in local places — the ways that local activities contribute to global environmental change, and the consequences these global changes have on people and the places they live. His research bridges the physical and social sciences and integrates climate change, land-use change, natural hazards, and the use of environmental information in decision-making. For 25 years, Dr. Yarnal has been at Penn State University, where he teaches courses in climate science, global change, and natural hazards. He has been a contributor to the last two national climate impact assessments, he currently serves on five journal editorial boards in geography and climate science, and is former editor of the international journal Climate Research. For additional information consult the Department of Geography website: www.geo.txstate.edu or the Graduate College website: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/rsrch_conf.html

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November 4
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages
"Living the Good Life in the Digital Age
"
Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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November 8
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages
"Dialogue in Business Ethics, Leadership Ethics, and Professional Ethics
"
Monday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Eat Pray Sustain
Eat Pray Sustain

November 8
Eat Pray Sustain: Religion & Ethical Eating Public Forum
Monday • 7:00 p.m. • San Marcos Activity Center • 501 East Hopkins Street
Get to the core of what it is to eat ethically while sustaining our planet and our values. Moderated by Minister Brian Ferguson, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, with panelists Pastor James C. Bouzard, Lutheran–Christ Chapel Campus Ministry; Rev. Karl Brown, United Methodist–Retired; Rev. April Coldsmith, Presbyterian–Chaplain; and Rev. Jill Sullins, First Christian Church–Disciples of Christ. Everyone is invited to hear the panel and meet a variety of local green food producers. For more information, contact Jeannie Lewis at 512.353.2872 or visit http://www.smuuf.org/current.shtml. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Environmental Job and Internship Fair
Environmental Job and Internship Fair

November 9
Environmental Job and Internship Fair
Tuesday • 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom
The Environmental Job and Internship Fair will provide an opportunity to network with employers who represent companies and agencies focused in water and environmental fields. Attendees will be able to discuss internships and job opportunities in this field. Hosted by Career Services, the Texas Rivers Center and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and Agriculture. For additional information and registration for the event consult the Career Services website at http://www.careerservices.txstate.edu/Students/job-fairs.html

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November 9
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages
"Can Corporations Be Trusted?
"
Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Sustaining the Moment
Sustaining the Moment

November 11
Sustaining the Moment: Poems on the Act of Attention
Thursday • 6:00 p.m. Live Music • 7:00 p.m. Poetry Reading • Honors Coffee Forum • Lampasas 407

Live music provided by Texas State music students precedes poetry readings by MFA faculty on the subject of "sustaining the moment." Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Department of English, the University Honors Program, and the Common Experience. For more information, contact the University Honors Program at 512.245.2266. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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November 12
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Seminar: "Business and Sustainability
"
Friday • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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November 14
Sustaining Community Through the Arts: A Public Discussion Series
Presents: Linda Kelsey-Jones, Christopher Hanson, and Beverly Mangham
Sunday • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. • Price Seniors Center, The 1910 Room • 222 W. San Antonio Street
Three highly accomplished San Marcos community artists will participate in a panel discussion to share their stories about developing community arts programs in San Marcos and discuss the role and power of arts in the community. Please join presenters Linda Kelsey-Jones, Christopher Hanson, and Beverly Mangham; this second discussion in the series focuses on these three artists as they share the stories of their personal journeys, successes, obstacles, and community outreach endeavors. Members of the SMART Orchestra will perform beginning at 2:00 p.m. This discussion series is sponsored by the Center for Community Arts at Texas State University. Contact Grady Hillman at gh24@txstate.edu for more information or call 512.245.1318.

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Documentary: No Impact Man
Documentary: No Impact Man

November 15
Documentary: No Impact Man
Monday • 6:15 p.m. • Round Rock Higher Education Center, Avery Building Room 252
The Round Rock Higher Education Center presents a free viewing of the documentary No Impact Man, which will conclude with a moderated discussion. The documentary is about Colin Beavan, a New York City writer, who embarks on an experiment to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible. The problem is the project requires his wife and their daughter to be fully on board. The family embarks on a journey of no electricity, television, cars, toilet paper, elevators, or newspapers. This event is free and open to the public.

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Government Information Fair
Government Information Fair

November 17
Government Information Fair
Wednesday • 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

2010 marks an exciting event in the Alkek Library this fall — our 55th year as a depository of government information. The federal depository designation was awarded to Texas State University’s library in 1955 as a result of Senator Lyndon B. Johnson’s request for his Alma Mater, during his term as Senate Majority Leader. The Government Information Fair will showcase the wide variety of government information and will feature representatives from both state and federal agencies who will be available to answer questions and distribute information.  Sustainability resources will be especially encouraged. For additional information contact: Alkek Library Government Information unit at 512.245.3686 or govdocs@txstate.edu. Website: click here

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A Glimmer of Hope
A Glimmer of Hope

November 17
A Glimmer of Hope: Schools for Schools Ethiopian Awareness
Wednesday • 3:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center, Room 3-5
A Glimmer of Hope works to fund and help build self-sufficient communities in Ethiopia. Glimmer's Schools for Schools program is designed to bring awareness of the conditions in Ethiopia and give students the opportunity to organize their own campaign to fundraise for Ethiopia. With the help of students, A Glimmer of Hope can continue to fulfill their goals of building sustainable communities in rural Ethiopia. Join us for a brief video presentation and opportunity to get involved with the Austin non-profit organization. Website: www.aglimmerofhope.org For more information, contact Kim Gandy at kg1255@txstate.edu or James Cisneros at jc1806@txstate.edu

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Mystery Event
Mystery Event

November 17
Common Experience Mystery Event
Wednesday • 4:50 p.m. • Quad

Just be there! Sponsored by Dr. Heather Galloway of the University Honors Program and arranged by her Honors University Seminar class, a surprise awaits! Be in the Quad for a Mystery Event that raises awareness about sustainability and explains the easy steps a student of Texas State University can take to live a more sustainable life. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Dr. Lloyd Potter
Dr. Lloyd Potter

November 17
Dr. Lloyd Potter, UTSA, State Demographer
"Demographics and Sustainability"
Wednesday • 7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

In addition to serving as the state’s demographer, Dr. Potter is the director of the UTSA Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research and interim chair of UTSA’s Department of Demography and Organization Studies.  Dr. Potter also has served as the director of the National Suicide Prevention Center (funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he managed youth violence and suicide prevention efforts. For additional information, consult Sarah Naper at sn21@txstate.edu or 512.245.3778. Website: http://txsdc.utsa.edu/

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Texas Recycles Day
Texas Recycles Day

November 18
Texas Recycles Day
Thursday • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • The Quad
This year the Texas State University Recycling program will be set up in the Quad, celebrating Texas Recycles Day on Thursday, November 18th. Representatives from the Texas State Recycling program will be present to provide information, resources, and small giveaway items. Please look for our information booth that will be displaying a Texas Recycles Day banner. The theme for TRD is "it all comes back to you," emphasizing the themes reduce, reuse, recycle, and rebuy. The National Association of Environmental Professionals will also be present in the Quad to promote recycling and environmental sustainability. Visit our website at http://www.facilities.txstate.edu/grounds/recycling for recycling pickup schedules and lists of items you may recycle through the Texas State Recycling Program. Questions can be directed to Mario Garza at 512.245.7733.

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Unplugged
Unplugged

November 18
Unplugged: A Free Acoustic Concert and Variety Show
Thursday • 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Amphitheater

Celebrate sustainability and No-Shave November with an earth-friendly Common Experience acoustic show, sponsored by Dr. John Hood's University Seminar sections. The event showcases artists in acoustic performances which convey a message of sustainability in music and entertainment. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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From the Ground Up: An Evening with Austin's Urban Roots
From the Ground Up

November 18
From the Ground Up: An Evening with Austin's Urban Roots
Thursday • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. • Centennial Hall Teaching Theater
Urban Roots is a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as means to affect lasting change for youth participants and to nourish East Austin residents who currently have limited access to healthy foods. Young people will cultivate a local two- to five-acre, diversified organic farm, selling a portion of their harvest in the Austin area and donating a portion to local hunger relief programs. Through Urban Roots, young people can connect to the land and learn the benefits of growing, eating, selling and donating organic food, as well as leadership, entrepreneurial and life skills, and the importance of giving back to their community. Staff and students from Urban Roots will be sharing information at Texas State about their farm and mission and facilitating a discussion about sustainable agriculture and the importance of place. For more information, email ct32@txstate.edu or visit Urban Roots' website: www.youthlaunch.org/programs/seeds.php

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November 19
FashioNation's Go Green TRASHION SHOW
Friday • 7:00 p.m. • Bar One41 • 141 East Hopkins Street
This show is open to all of San Marcos and surrounding areas; all ages welcome. All looks are being created from donated and recycled clothing. We will also be debuting one-of-a-kind designs created by Texas State students. There will also be giveaways worth over $100, so be sure to come out, support the cause, and be inspired to renew and reuse clothing in your own closet! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $5 entry, $3 entry with two clothing item donations. All clothing collected and featured in the show will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos. FashioNation website: http://www.txstatefashionweek.webs.com/ Facebook event page: click here

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James McWilliams
James McWilliams

November 23
Sustainable Food Event
Tuesday • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Room 3-15.1

This event will feature John Mackey of Whole Foods and Texas State history professor James McWilliams. John Mackey is CEO of Whole Foods Market, which he had co-founded in 1980. Named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Mackey is a strong supporter of free market economics and is one of the most influential advocates in the movement for organic food. James E. McWilliams is associate professor of history at Texas State, specializing in American history, the colonial and early national period, and the environmental history of the United States. McWilliams writes for the The Texas Observer and the History News Service and has published a number of op-eds on food in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. The event is open to the public.

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December

Undergraduate Research Conference
Undergraduate Research Conference

December 2 & 3
Undergraduate Research Conference
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Oral Presentations:
Thursday • 8:30 - 5:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center • Room 3.14.1
Friday • 8:30 - 3:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center • Room 3.14.1
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Poster Presentations and Reception:
Friday • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center • Room 3.9.1
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Keynote & Awards:
Friday • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center • Room 3.14.1

Keynote Address:
Professor Jason Reed, Texas State University, Department of Photography
"Borderland Collective: Research to Create Change"
The 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference will be held December 2-3, 2010. Each year, the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research and the University Honors Program sponsor the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). The goal of the event is to showcase and celebrate Texas State undergraduate student work from the different colleges and disciplines. The URC is a wonderful way for students and faculty to learn about the diverse research projects that are happening on the Texas State campus. Contact the University Honors Program at 512.245.2266 or email honors@txstate.edu for more information. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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2011


January

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 19
MLK Poetry Slam Contest
Wednesday • 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

A competitive poetry slam event rated by panel of judges and audience support.
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January 20
MLK March and Keynote Program
Thursday • 6:30 p.m. • Begins at Old Main • Keynote Program at LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Keynote Program to follow march, featuring Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner. Rep. Turner was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1988 and serves as a member of the State Affairs Committee, Business and Industry Committee, Criminal Justice Legislative Oversight Committee and is also serving as Chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and Co-Chair of the Harris County Legislative Delegation.

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January 20 - March 1
SUBstainability
JCM Galleries I & II, School of Art & Design

Opening Reception: Thursday • January 20 • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. • JCM Gallery Foyer
As part of Texas State University's Common Experience topic of Sustainability: Science, Policy & Opportunity, this group exhibition, co-curated by Andrew Campbell and Mary Mikel Stump, seeks to take a more expansive approach to the word — so as to subvert and complicate the dominant deployments of (environmental) sustainability while exploring the larger undercurrents of the word, thus the neologism SUBstainability. Emotional, mental, and physical/bodily sustainability are the true foci of this exhibition. Bodily disappearance is part of the narrative here, but so are growth, regeneration and vulnerability. It is from loss and depression (emotive and physical states) that new ways of understandings the world are produced. Many of the works in the exhibition point to these lineaments of emotive life, history and production, and in so doing work to complicate larger conversations about the original notion of sustainability. 

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RecycleMania
RecycleMania

January 23 - April 2
RecycleMania
Join us this year for RecycleMania 2011, a ten week recycling competition between universities nationwide to see who can collect the most recyclables. RecycleMania promotes recycling and waste management awareness by encouraging campuses to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The event takes place January 23rd through April 2nd. This year we are submitting weights for paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, and recycled cell phones for the RecycleMania contest. To learn more please contact the recycling center at 512.245.7733 or visit the RecycleMania website at http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/index.htm

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February

► Notice: Due to extremely cold weather, the Farmer's Market event originally scheduled for February 2nd has been moved to February 16. See information at that date below.

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► Notice: Due to inclement weather and changes in the campus class schedule, the Mama's Kitchen event originally scheduled for February 3rd has been moved to March 3rd. See information at that date below.

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Citizen Architect
Citizen Architect

February 7
Citizen Architect: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Monday • 7:00 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater
Film screening of Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio. Panel discussion to follow with Stephen Ross (University Of Texas), Jack "Jay" Sanders, Sam Wainwright Douglas. About the movie: Citizen Architect is a documentary film on the late architect Samuel Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program known as the Rural Studio. Hale County, Alabama, is home to some of the most impoverished communities in the United States of America. It is also home to Auburn University's Rural Studio, one of the most prolific and inspirational design-build outreach programs ever established. Citizen Architect is a documentary film chronicling the late Samuel Mockbee, artist, architect, educator and founder of the Rural Studio. Citizen Architect explores Mockbee's effort to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Revealing the philosophy and heart behind the Rural Studio, the documentary is guided by passionate, frank, and never-before-seen interviews with Mockbee himself. Website: http://www.citizenarchitectfilm.com/

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February 10
Coffee House on Social Justice
Thursday • 6:00 p.m. • George's in the LBJ Student Center

Special entertainment guests will include Austin Neo Soul/South Flavor Entertainment.

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Jarid Manos
Jarid Manos

February 10
Ghetto Plainsman: One Man's Journey towards Ecological Health
Thursday • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. • Evans Liberal Arts 116
Jarid Manos, founder of the Great Plains Restoration Council (www.gprc.org) and author of Ghetto Plainsman will be speaking about his incredible life journey which is a deeply spiritual story of redemption and healing through America's underbelly and soul, from a rural childhood to the inner city streets to the even more violent outback of the American West. This journey led Jarid to find solace in nature, and he now works to restore and protect our shattered prairies and plains by promoting Ecological Health. Jarid believes that protecting wild nature is a matter of public health, and participating hands-on in its recovery offers therapeutic modalities for many social and physical ills. His own life has been a testimony to that, as he will share from his memoir Ghetto Plainsman, which was recently reviewed by the Huffington Post: click here. Ghetto Plainsman website: click here. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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February 14 - 17
Business Leadership Week Interactive Fair
A Look at Local Sustainability
Monday - Thursday • 10:00 a.m. • 3:00 p.m. • Wells Fargo Atrium, 1st Floor of McCoy Hall

Area businesses, government agencies, and non-profits relating to sustainability will be on hand to network with students and guests. Stop by and experience sustainability! Sponsored by McCoy College and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. For more information contact Arin Ely at ae19@txstate.edu or 512.245.1993. Website: click here. Business Leadership Week event poster: click here (pdf)

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Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
Graciela Tiscareño-Sato

February 15
Business Leadership Week Distinguished Lecture: Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
"Entrepreneurial Successes in the Green Economy: Role Models and Innovations from the Latino Community"
Tuesday • 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. • Gary V. Woods Teaching Theater, McCoy Hall 119
Participants seeking entry points and opportunities into the green economy will gain insight into ten industries in transition from wasteful to sustainable. You’ll learn about the strong leadership and innovation coming from the Latino community that is deeply (and culturally) rooted in environmental protection. You will see career paths to emulate and hear specific actions to take to join these leaders. If you’re curious about who’s creating green careers today or if you’re interested in someday creating your own company to create sustainable jobs for Americans, this presentation is for you. Presented by Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, author of Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them. Sponsored by McCoy College and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. For more information contact Arin Ely at ae19@txstate.edu or 512.245.1993. Website: click here. Business Leadership Week event poster: click here (pdf)

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February 16
Texas State Farmer's Market
Wednesday • 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Quad
Visit the Quad for fresh, local, sustainable food from our food shed. Eat on the spot with fresh tamales, including vegan and vegetarian varieties, or try out your hand on some British food from Full English Foods. Try fresh beignets or pralines for desert with coffee. While at the market pick up grass-fed beef and raw cheese, fair-trade organic coffee, fresh produce, organic soaps, lotions, granola, nuts, salsas, fish, jewelry, and more. We will have the market first Wednesday of each month. For more information email ediblesanmarcos@gmail.com. Edible San Marcos website: click here. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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February 16
Hip Hop Poetry Workshop and Performance Workshop
Wednesday • 3:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center room 3-15.1
Special Performance at 6:00 p.m. • Centennial Hall

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February 17
Business Leadership Week Mini Case Competition Presentations
Building Sustainable Business
Thursday • 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. • McCoy Hall 243

Teams from McCoy College student organizations will present their response to a case in sustainable business. Sponsored by McCoy College and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. For more information contact Arin Ely at ae19@txstate.edu or 512.245.1993. Website: click here. Business Leadership Week event poster: click here (pdf)

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L. Celeste Bottorff
L. Celeste Bottorff

February 17
Business Leadership Week Keynote Address
L. Celeste Bottorff, Vice President of Living Well, Coca-Cola North America
Thursday • 3:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. • Dennis and Cindy McCoy Teaching Theater, McCoy Hall 233

Celeste Bottorff is responsible for building the strategic corporate reputation framework for Coca-Cola North America. In this capacity, Celeste’s work is instrumental in designing and communicating the Company’s vision for how it delivers on its promise to consumers all across the country that Coca-Cola can be counted to make a positive difference in their lives. Celeste will share her perspective and experiences with sustainability in this informative address. Sponsored by McCoy College and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. For more information contact Arin Ely at ae19@txstate.edu or 512.245.1993. Website: click here. Business Leadership Week event poster: click here (pdf)

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February 17
Spinning Hope in Rwanda: Sustainability through Local Enterprise

Thursday • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. • H. L. Grant Catholic Student Center • 100 Concho Street
Ms. Diana Wiley, founder and Executive Director of True Vineyard Ministries, headquartered in San Marcos, will discuss sustainability in the context of her organization’s support for widows who have struggled in Rwanda following the genocide of 1994 and its catastrophic effects on Rwandan society and the economy. Ms. Wiley’s organization has helped widows develop the skills to make and market products created from local materials. She will review the recent history of Rwanda, outline activities and plans designed to support the widows, and discuss challenges and opportunities aid organizations like hers face while working to bring hope to devastated communities. For more information, contact the H. L. Grant Catholic Student Center, the sponsor of this event, at 512.392.5925 or Professor Dan Lochman at 512.245.3237.

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February 18
Philosophy Dialogue Series
Sustainability Seminars:
Paradigm Shift and "True" Sustainability
Sustainability, Human Rights, & Environmental Justice in the Global Era
Friday • 10:00 a.m. •
Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132
Featuring Chad Smith (Sociology) and Catherine Hawkins (Social Work). More information: click here (pdf)

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Research and Networking Fair: Children and Families across the Life Span
Research and Networking Fair: Children and Families across the Life Span

February 21
Research and Networking Fair:
Children and Families across the Life Span

Monday • 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom
The focus of this fair will be connecting new faculty and students with existing researchers and community agencies to make new interdisciplinary connections both on and off campus. The event will include tables on Human Rights and Sustainability. Sponsored by the Center for Children and Families, the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research, the Council for Interdisiplinary Research and Grants, College of Applied Arts, and College of Education. For more information, contact Catherine Hawkins at ch11@txstate.edu

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Peter A. Y. Gunter
Peter A. Y. Gunter

February 21
Big Thicket Paradigm Case Study:
Why and How to Sustain a Natural Habitat Conservancy

Monday • 5:30 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater
Peter A. Y. Gunter, Regents Professor at the University of North Texas, provides the San Marcos community a guideline for how to preserve the diversity and sce- nic beauty of the San Marcos River. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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February 23
For Colored Girls
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday • 6:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

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February 24
Mr. Debonair Pageant 2011
Thursday • 7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Scholarship pageant competition for African American men, hosted in conjunction with Black Student Alliance.

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February 25
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Gwendolyn Hustvedt (Family & Consumer Sciences)
Sustainability Seminar: Topic TBA
Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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February 26
Gospel Fest Featuring Twinkie Clark
Saturday • 6:00 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater
Hosted by the Gospel Expression Association.

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March

March 3
Mama’s Kitchen Celebrates Black History Month
Thursday • 12:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom
For more information contact the Multicultural Student Affairs office at 512.245.2278 or MSA@txstate.edu

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March 3
Texas State Farmer's Market
Thursday • 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Quad
Visit the Quad for fresh, local, sustainable food from our food shed. Eat on the spot with fresh tamales, including vegan and vegetarian varieties, or try out your hand on some British food from Full English Foods. Try fresh beignets or pralines for desert with coffee. While at the market pick up grass-fed beef and raw cheese, fair-trade organic coffee, fresh produce, organic soaps, lotions, granola, nuts, salsas, fish, jewelry, and more. For future events, we will have the market first Wednesday of each month. Edible San Marcos website: click here

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March 4
Symposium
Women and Gender, Population, and the Environment:
Towards a Greater Understanding of the Intersections between Social
and Reproductive Justice, Health, and Sustainability Issues
Friday • 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Followed by Buffet Reception • LBJ Student Center Ballroom
The Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies’ Women and Gender Research Collaborative at Texas State University-San Marcos has organized this symposium to coincide with the university’s 2010-2011 Common Experience theme on "Sustainability: Science, Policy, and Opportunity." This event will provide a forum for diverse perspectives on sustainability and population policies and their impact on women around the globe. Scholars from Texas, the United States, and the world have been invited to present papers discussing various issues related to social justice, reproductive justice, health, and population policies. The collaborative is especially interested in papers with a focus on Latin America and Africa, but all geographical areas are welcome. Two women’s studies scholars from Peking University, Beijing, China, have committed to presenting. Addressing China’s current population policy and how it will influence China’s kinship system is Dr. Yun Zhou, professor of anthropology and population research. Dr. Jie Tao, professor of literature, will bring her services as a translator and discussant. Joining the team will be Dr. Lijun Yuan, associate professor of philosophy at Texas State University, on China's population policy change, aging problem, and sustainability. In addition, the event will feature a number of women’s studies scholars from Texas State and around the country.

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March 4
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Vince Luizzi (Philosophy)
Sustainability Seminar: "Sustainability and Leadership Ethics"
Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Janisse Ray
Janisse Ray

March 8
Altar Call for True Believers: Being the Change We Imagine
Tuesday • 3:30 p.m. • UCM-Wesley • 510 N. Guadalupe

Janisse Ray writes with passion and wit about growing up poor, white, and fundamentalist in the midst of an auto junkyard; Ray not only explores the dilemma of owning her "cracker" heritage but also bears witness to the destruction of the longleaf pines of southern Georgia. Ray, who holds an undergraduate degree in biology and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana, lists "radical sustainability" among her interests. An organic gardener, tender of farm animals, slow food cooker, and seed-saver, Ray attempts to live a simple life on the family farm in southern Georgia. When traveling on speaking engagements, she takes the train rather than flying. Excerpts from her award-winning book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, will be among the work featured in this year's Juilliard Joins Texas State for a Common Experience in the Arts on March 10. Sponsored by the University Honors Program and the Common Experience, her reading is free and open to the public. For more information email honors@txstate.edu or call 512.245.2266.

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March 9
Creating a Sense of Place:
Janisse Ray Reading & Discussion
Wednesday • 7:00 p.m. • San Marcos Public Library • 625 E. Hopkins St.

How does a writer create a sense of place? Janisse Ray writes with passion and wit about growing up poor, white, and fundamentalist in the midst of an auto junkyard. Ray not only explores the dilemma of owning her "cracker" heritage but also bears witness to the destruction of the longleaf pines of southern Georgia. Sponsored by the San Marcos Public Library, the University Honors Program, and the Common Experience. Ray’s readings are free and open to the public. For more information call 512.393.8200 or email SMPL@sanmarcostx.gov

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Juilliard Rejoins Texas State
Juilliard Rejoins Texas State

March 10
Sustaining the Moment: Reflections of Art and Nature
Juilliard Rejoins Texas State for a Common Experience in the Arts
Thursday • 7:30 p.m. • Evans Auditorium

The Juilliard School's best musicians, dancers, and actors return for the fifth annual collaboration with outstanding performers of Texas State University, directed by Texas State alumnus and award-winning composer, pianist, and Juilliard faculty member, Dr. Wayne Oquin. For more information email honors@txstate.edu or call 512.245.2266. Seating is limited; doors open at 7:00 p.m. For video of the Juilliard dance performace from the 2010 performance, click here (YouTube). Juilliard 2011 event poster: click here (pdf)

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World Water Day
World Water Day

March 22
World Water Day
Hosted by the WaterAid Chapter at TXTST
Tuesday • 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. • The Quad

World Water Day is an international event started by the UN in 1992 to celebrate people's right to water and to use the day as an educational opportunity. So please join the WaterAid Chapter in the Quad to honor this important day and to learn more about local water conservation and the global water crisis. We will be registering walkers for the Walk for Water event and have goodies for sale. Websites: http://studentorgs.txstate.edu/wateraid/ and http://www.worldwalksforwater.org/eng/

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Paul Watson
Paul Watson

March 23  
Whale Wars: Paul Watson
Wednesday • 7:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Canadian animal rights and environmental activist Paul Watson is the founder and president of the Sea Shephered Conservation Society, a direct-action group devoted to marine conservation. The organization and its activities act to halt whaling are the focus of a reality TV series, Whale Wars, airing on Animal Planet. The March 23rd program is a collaboration between Common Experience and the Student Association for Campus Activites. For more information contact SACA@txstate.edu or call 512.245.8263.

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March 25
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Matthew Eichler
Sustainability Seminar: "Listening to the Bees"
Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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March 25 - 26
International Conference on the Sustainability of Modern Music
Friday • 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. • Music Building, Recital Hall
Saturday • 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Music Building, Recital Hall
The International Conference on the Sustainability of Modern Music will feature Keynote Speakers Professor Mirjana Veselinovic-Hofman (March 26 at 11:00 a.m.) and Professor Srdjan Hofman (March 26 at 3:30 p.m.), both from Serbia, as well as lectures, posters, and music performances. Among 23 music performances are 14 world premiere performances. For detailed information visit http://www.txstate.edu/musicconf/ or contact Dr. Nico Schüler at nico.schuler@txstate.edu.

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Walk for Water
Walk for Water

March 26
Walk for Water
Hosted by the WaterAid Chapter @ TXST
Saturday • Event Starts at 9:00 a.m. • See Below for Location Details

The Walk for Water is a global event demanding action to address the world's water and sanitation crisis. The 5K (~3-mile) walk around the San Marcos River is in honor of the women and children around the world who are forced to walk great distances to collect unsafe, unclean drinking water for their family. Participants are encouraged to bring their own re-useable water bottle to carry along the walk and can choose to carry an additional water jug of varying size and weight. Starting at 9:00 a.m. from the Outdoor Center located in Sewell Park, we will walk to Rio Vista Park and then back to the O.C., where we will have our reception at around 10:30 a.m. The event will also feature live music. Individual registration fee is $15, group registration of 5 or more is $10, and day-of registration is $20. To register online, click here. Please come out and show your support. Websites: http://studentorgs.txstate.edu/wateraid/ and http://www.worldwalksforwater.org/eng/

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San Marcos Green Living Showcase
San Marcos Green Living Showcase

March 26
San Marcos Green Living Showcase

Saturday • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Embassy Suites San Marcos • 3110 South IH 35
The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd annual "Green Living Showcase" will bring together hundreds of homeowners and business people for a great day of workshops, exhibits, and demonstrations and will provide all participants with many tools and resources to help them move toward a clean and green future. There will be tips on green building, energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, commuting solutions, alternative energy ideas, and earth-friendly products. For more information go to the Green Living Showcase website at http://www.glshowcase.com/ or call the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce at 512.393.5900. Facebook group page: click here

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March 28
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
JD Hill (Philosophy Graduate Student) and Vince Lopes (Biology)
"Sustainability, Liberation, and Society"
Monday • 12:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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The True Cost of Coal
The True Cost of Coal

March 28
The True Cost of Coal
Visual Workshop and Storytelling with the Beehive Design Collective
Monday • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. •
Honors Coffee Forum • Lampasas 407
The Beehive Design Collective will be on hand for a visual workshop and storytelling session to explore how we are all impacted by coal and how we all play a part in the system that demands coal as fuel. The Beehive's True Cost of Coal Campaign aims to help more people understand the real impacts of our national energy choices so that we can build a sustainable future. Organized by a team of Honors students curating the Gallery of the Common Experience, this event promises refreshments, stories, artwork, and fresh insights. For more information on the Beehive Design Collective, see
http://www.beehivecollective.org/english/aboutus.htm. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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March 29
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages: Becca Covington and Ethan Watt
"Ecology, Society, and Morality"
Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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March 29
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Tuesday Afternoon Film
Tuesday • 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

Host: Jeffrey Gordon (Philosophy). More information: click here (pdf)

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Illegal Immigration: A Look at All Sides
Illegal Immigration: A Look at All Sides

March 29
Roundtable 360
Illegal Immigration: A Look at All Sides

Tuesday • 6:00 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater
Sponsored by Texas State Equity and Acess and the McCoy College of Business,
this event features leading experts on this complex "hot topic" who will look at all sides of the issue. The panelists are Julian Aguilar (Texas Tribune, Texas legislature, immigration journalist); Dr. Ricardo Ainslie (University of Texas, educational psychologist/filmmaker); Dr. Frederick Day (Texas State demographer); Dr. David Molina (University of North Texas, immigration economist); Special Agent in Charge Mr. Jerry Robinette (ICE, Department of Homeland Security); and Ms. Michelle Saenz-Rodriguez (Baylor Law professor, immigration attorney). Event poster: click here (pdf)

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March 30
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Craig Hanks (Philosophy)
"Building Cities as if People Mattered"
Wednesday • 11:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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March 31
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages: Frankie Bayne, Marc Coquis, and Brandon Christensen
"Public Good and Private Freedoms"
Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Hiding
Hiding

March 31
Film Screening:
Hiding by Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)
Thursday • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. • Evans Liberal Arts 116
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), with the help of the WaterAid Chapter, invites you to participate in a global movement for human rights in North Korea. The screening of the documentary called Hiding is a 40-minute look at what life is like for North Korean refugees hiding in China. The purpose of the presentation is twofold: to educate attendees on one of today's most overlooked humanitarian crises and, more importantly, to engage people to become leaders and active participants in this global effort. There will also be LiNK "nomads" to answer any questions after the screening. Website: http://www.linkglobal.org/

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April

Dr. Steven Moore
Dr. Steven Moore

April 1
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Steven Moore (Architecture, University of Texas)
Sustainability Seminar: Sustainable Urbanism
Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

Dr. Steven Moore is Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor of Architecture and Planning in School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also Simon Visiting Professor, the University of Manchester School of Environment and Development, and Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sponsored by the NEH Teaching Professorship in the Humanities, Philosophy Dialogue Series, Department of Philosophy, The College of Liberal Arts, University Honors Program, The Common Experience, and the Graduate Program in Sustainability Studies. More information on Philosophy Dialogue Series: click here (pdf). Event poster: click here (pdf)

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April 1 - 2
Feria del Mariachi
Main Concert: Saturday, April 2 • 7:00 p.m. • Strahan Coliseum

Focusing on cultural and educational sustainability, the goal of the annual Mariachi Festival hosted by Texas State University is to educate students, faculty, staff, and the community through workshops, competitions, concerts and a scholarly Mariachi conference.

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A Day of Native American Film
A Day of Native American Film

April 4
A Day of Native American Film
Monday • 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Hosted by the Native American Student Association of Texas State University, the first "Day of Native American Film" will include documentaries and independent films on the topics of religious freedom, treatment of sacred Indian sites, sustainable economies, sovereignty, traditional beliefs, and social realism in the struggles of reservation life. Discussions will follow the film showings. Free and open to the public, the day of film is sponsored by The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Multicultural Programming Committee, and Cornucopia Health Food Store in San Marcos. Coffee and breakfast treats will be provided for morning moviegoers. Snacks, coffee, water, and soft drinks will be provided to attendees all day. A Native American vendor will also be selling wares just inside the Ballroom. For additional information or special accommodations, please contact faculty advisor Roxana Tuff rt15@txstate.edu or the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at 512.245.2278, at least 48 hours prior to the event. Detailed schedule on event poster: click here (4MB pdf)

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April 5
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages
"Life and the City: Transforming Urban Spaces"
Tuesday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

Guest speaker: Matthew Lewis (City of San Marcos Development Service). More information: click here (pdf)

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Jeffrey G. Davis
Jeffrey G. Davis

April 5
Dean's Seminar
Jeffrey G. Davis

"The Sustainable Discipline: 
Exploring the Realities, Challenges, and Futures of Communication Design"
Tuesday • 4:00 p.m. • J.C. Mitte 2121

Dr. T. Richard Cheatham, Dean of Fine Arts & Communication, invites all to attend the Dean's seminar, featuring Jeffrey G. Davis, associate professor in the communication design program at Texas State's School of Art and Design. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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Dr. Michael Rosenzweig
Dr. Michael Rosenzweig

April 5
Having Our Land and Sharing It Too: A World of Reconciliation Ecology
Dr. Michael Rosenzweig, Professor of Ecology, University of Arizona
Tuesday • 5:30 p.m. • Alkek Teaching Theater

For more than 40 years, Michael L. Rosenzweig participated in some of the most innovative ecological research of the 20th century. He has been the discoverer and creator of such seminal ecological concepts as the stability of predator-prey dynamics, the relationship between primary production and evapotranspiration, theories of habitat selection, and, perhaps most importantly, the competitive speciation hypothesis. Rosenzweig served on two committees of the National Academy of Sciences to develop early warning indicators of environmental health and identify the most important challenges in environmental science. He has written three books: And Replenish the Earth: Evolution, Consequences and Prevention of Overpopulation (1974), Species Diversity in Space and Time (1995), and Win-Win Ecology (2003). In 2008, Rosenzweig was awarded the Ecological Society of America's Eminent Ecologist Award. Website: http://winwinecology.com/index.html For additional information consult Susan Schwinning at ss54@txstate.edu or 512.245.3753.

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April 7
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Sophists and Sages: Cade Mitchell and Zach Wedig
"Humanity, Geography, and Hope"
Thursday • 12:30 p.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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April 7
Texas State Farmer's Market
Thursday • 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Quad
Visit the Quad for fresh, local, sustainable food from our food shed. Eat on the spot with fresh tamales, including vegan and vegetarian varieties, or try out your hand on some British food from Full English Foods. Try fresh beignets or pralines for desert with coffee. While at the market pick up grass-fed beef and raw cheese, fair-trade organic coffee, fresh produce, organic soaps, lotions, granola, nuts, salsas, fish, jewelry, and more. We will have the market first Wednesday of each month. Edible San Marcos website: click here

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April 8
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Audrey McKinney (Philosophy)
Sustainability Seminar: "McDonough and Cradle to Cradle Design"
Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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Bobcat Build
Bobcat Build

April 9
Bobcat Build
Saturday • San Marcos Community
Show your Bobcat Pride and help the San Marcos community by joining us in saying "thank-you" to the San Marcos community. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in Texas State's largest service event. You can sign up as a group or individually. The kick-off rally is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Bobcat Stadium East parking lot. Volunteers are encouraged to carpool, and parking will be available in the West Parking Lot or across the street at Bobcat Village. Only VIPs or trucks with permits to collect tools may park in the East Lot. For more information about Bobcat Build, visit www.bobcatbuild.txstate.edu, or call 512.245.4245.

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Dr. Russ Pate
Dr. Russ Pate

April 13
Spring 2011 Brennan and Smith Lecture
Policies to Promote Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents
Wednesday• 6:30 p.m. • Centennial Hall 157

The Department of Health and Human Performance is pleased to announce that Dr. Russ Pate will present the Spring 2011 Brennan and Smith Lecture. Obesity rates have skyrocketed among U.S. children and youth, and this alarming trend is almost certainly due in part to declining physical activity. In recent decades numerous societal changes have had the effect of reducing physical activity in young people. In an effort to reverse these trends, public health organizations have proposed adoption of policies aimed at promoting physical activity through initiatives in multiple settings. This lecture will provide an overview of policy approaches to promotion of physical activity in children and youth; emphasis will be given to initiatives in school, community, and mass media settings. Research evidence related to these policy initiatives will be summarized. Dr. Pate is Professor of Exercise Science and Vice Provost for Health Sciences at the University of South Carolina. For more information visit the department web site: http://www.hhp.txstate.edu/Brennan-Smith-Lectures.html

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April 15
Philosophy Dialogue Series:
Steve Dietz
Sustainability Seminar: 
"Developing a Sustainable Economy in a Fractured Society: A Close Look at Afghanistan"
Friday • 10:00 a.m. • Philosophy Dialogue Room • Psychology 132

More information: click here (pdf)

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April 16
3rd Annual RecycleNow Electronic Waste Collection
Saturday • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. • East End of Strahan Parking Lot
Texas State is partnering with PSC Environmental Services for the third consecutive year on this event, which has collected and recycled over 40,000 pounds of electronics from the community. All net proceeds from this event support sustainability efforts on the campus and the international charity World Bicycle Relief. Universal Recycling Technologies of Fort Worth is providing the recycling and transportation of the electronics. During the event a variety of electronics will be accepted for proper recycling at no charge to San Marcos residents, Texas State University students, faculty and staff. Accepted items include computers, cell phones, printers, scanners, TVs, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and a variety of other electronic devices. Unacceptable items are appliances, microwaves, and household hazardous waste.  Texas State students, faculty and staff may bring personal items only. University-owned items must continue to be processed through the Central Receiving Warehouse. Owners can protect their identity and security by cleaning electronic devices with tools at the Texas State IT Security website: click here. For additional information, contact Sue Bruning at sbruning@PSCNow.com or Lisa Arceneaux at ea20@txstate.edu.

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April 16
Spring Alive Art Auction and Benefit Show
Saturday • 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. • Tantra Coffee House • 217 W. Hopkins Street
The first Spring Alive Art Auction and Benefit show, hosted by the WaterAid Chapter. Art auction starts at 6:00 and ends at 7:00 p.m., then Pokahauntus, The Couch, and The Equals will play until midnight. A $5 entry fee gets you entered into the raffle drawing which will include gift cards and more. All proceeds will go towards our goal of raising $1,000 at the end of the semester. We are now accepting art donations for auction; all mediums allowed. Please contact WaterAidArt@gmail.com for entries. Website: www.studentorgs.txstate.edu/wateraid

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April 21
Earth Day / Bike to School Day
Thursday • All day

The Earth Day / Bike to School Day celebration is an annual event hosted by the Environmental Conservation Organization and the Bike Cave of Texas State. This event will feature exhibits by a variety of different sustainability and bike-oriented businesses, agencies, and student and community organizations. Exhibitors will offer an array of volunteer opportunities, business opportunities, give-aways, and educational interactive displays. Hosted by ECO and The Bike Cave. This event is open to the public and parking is available in the LBJ student center garage.

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1/2 Teaspoon of Coal
1/2 Teaspoon of Coal

April 21
1/2 Teaspoon of Coal
Thursday • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Quad
It is easy to forget that coal is more than a commodity. We plan to use cast manifestations to show equivalencies of the energy used from coals. Casts will be made into familiar objects like water bottles and cell phones to examine the amount of coal it takes to produce that product. Located on the quad of Texas State campus will be a public display of energy policy and the individual's use of energy. Students will visualize their own carbon footprint. This Common Experience event is sponsored by the Environmental Services Committee of Texas State University and the Gallery of the Common Experience in the University Honors Program.

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Campus Master Plan Update: Sustainability
Campus Master Plan Update: Sustainability

April 27 - 28
Campus Master Plan Update: Sustainability
Wednesday • Open Session with Students • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater
Thursday • Open Session with Faculty and Staff • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. • LBJ Student Center 3-15.
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Thursday • Open Session with Faculty and Staff • 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. • LBJ Student Center 3-15.1
Thursday • Open Session with Students • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. • LBJ Student Center 3-14.1

In December 2010, Texas State began work on an update to the 2006-2015 Campus Master Plan, which will be presented to the Board of Regents for approval at the November 2011 meeting. Phase 1, Analysis and Assessment, is completed and currently we are in the final stages of Phase 2, Symposia. Workshops are scheduled this month to review sustainability and what it should mean for Texas State. You can learn more about sustainability and various activities occurring on campus by going to http://www.fss.txstate.edu/sustainability/. Workshop discussions will culminate in recommendations that will be incorporated in the Master Plan update. If you cannot make the workshop, notes from the discussions at each of the workshops will be posted to the Master Plan Update web page http://www.fss.txstate.edu/cmp-update/symposia.html. Upon review of those discussions, you can voice your comments by emailing nn01@txstate.edu.

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April 28
Texas State Farmer's Market
Thursday • 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Quad
Visit the Quad for fresh, local, sustainable food from our food shed. Eat on the spot with fresh tamales, including vegan and vegetarian varieties, or try out your hand on some British food from Full English Foods. Try fresh beignets or pralines for desert with coffee. While at the market pick up grass-fed beef and raw cheese, fair-trade organic coffee, fresh produce, organic soaps, lotions, granola, nuts, salsas, fish, jewelry, and more. We will have the market first Wednesday of each month. Edible San Marcos website: click here

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Earth Day Saturday
Earth Day Saturday

April 30
Earth Day Saturday
Saturday • 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. • Aquarena Center
Texas State's Aquarena Center will host its 5th annual Earth Day Saturday event. The public is invited to visit more than 55 regional information booths on the shores of Spring Lake. Activities are planned that are designed to help citizens become better stewards of the Earth. Topics cover food, art, gardening, water resources, environmental stewardship, political participation, transportation, recycling, energy, and more. The San Marcos Springs will be blessed in a multi-denominational ceremony, as a tradition of the Aquarena Earth Day Celebration. The event will feature a keynote address by a nationally recognized leader in sustainability as well as local leaders. Several musicians will perform. Snacks and drinks will be available from San Marcos businesses. For more information and a complete schedule go to the Aquarena Center Earth Day Celebration website: http://www.aquarena.txstate.edu/Events/Earth-Day.html. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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May

May 2 & 11
"Sustainability in Stages": A Performance Piece in Process
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"Sustainability in Stages" Fresh Fruits Workshop Performance
Monday • May 2 • 1:15 p.m. • PSH Studio Theatre • Theatre Building

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Sustainability in Stages" Fresh Fruits Workshop Performances
Thursday • May 11 • 12:00 p.m. & 12:45 p.m.
• PSH Studio Theatre • Theatre Building
The Actor Artist Aesthetic class shares ensemble-based workshop segments of an original performance piece developed during the spring semester. "Sustainability in Stages" features writing and performances by 15 students in a theatre class exploring themes, notions, and dreams regarding sustainability.

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Dare to Wear
Dare to Wear

April 25 - May 4
Dare to Wear
Honors Coffee Forum • Lampasas 407
For a recent project entitled "Dare to Wear," a group of students wore the same pair of jeans everyday for one week straight without washing them. One of the goals of this project was to explore the habits, conceptions, and attitudes consumers have regarding their laundry while providing valuable information to the consumer about their options for not only laundering their jeans, but their entire wardrobe as well.  The results as well as the actual jeans worn in the project will be displayed in the Honors Forum (Lampasas Building) from April 25 until May 4. Any questions or requests for information should be directed to Jon Lindsey at jl1525@txstate.edu or Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt at gwhust@txstate.edu. Event poster: click here (pdf)

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April 25 - May 13
Pack It Up and Pass It On
Recycling in Its Purest Form: REUSE
"Pack It Up and Pass It On" is the annual university recycling program that allows our students to leave behind items they no longer need to benefit needy San Marcos residents.  Last year, we diverted an estimated seven tons of student donations from landfills and assisted more than 1,000 needy residents as they "shopped" for free items in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Get involved! Clean out your closets and garages! Faculty, staff, departments, divisions, student organizations and programs are asked to consider "adopting" a residence hall. All you have to do is visit "your" hall once a day from April 28 to May 13, bag items that students leave in the Pack It Up barrels, and transport them to a storage POD near the hall for safekeeping until sorting begins. If you can help, please e-mail Kim Porterfield at kp10@txstate.edu or call Community Relations at 512.245.9645. Volunteer shifts are flexible enough to meet any schedule. If you have items to donate, you can drop them off at a POD May 1-14. Donations are also being accepted from non-student residents. Call 512.245.9645 to make drop off arrangements. Visit www.txstate.edu/community to view brief video.

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