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Fall 2009

Events in Honors

Freshman Honors students participating in an icebreaker
Freshman Honors students participating in an icebreaker

August 27: Reception for Joseph Brown
September 9: Artists Respond: with Hope
September 18: Honors Student Association BBQ
September 19: Honors Student Retreat
October 5: Suzanne Keen Presentation
October 7: Meet the Professor Night
October 21: Fall Common Experience Speaker: Dan Pink
October 28: Día de los Muertos
October 28 - November 1: National Collegiate Honors Council Conference

A mariachi group performs during Día de los Muertos
A mariachi group performs during Día de los Muertos

November 4: My Mind Has a Mind of Its Own
November 11: The Whole Brain Tour
November 18: Symphony & Metaphor Gallery Reception
December 1: Our Stories, Ourselves: A Feminist Art Show
December 3-4: Undergraduate Research Conference & Thesis Forum


Undergraduate Research Conference & Thesis Forum

December 3-4

Each year, the the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research and the Honors College sponsor an Undergraduate Research Conference and Thesis Forum.  Poster presentations were judged and were eligible for prizes. The first place prize was $150 and the second place prize was $100. The Fall 2009 research projects were very competitive.  The winners were:

First place:
Deleigh Hermes, Christina Zambrano, and Benjamin Lamb
"Wurzbach Manor"

Second place:
Gabrielle Timmins, Risha Patel, and Chi Nguyen
"Value of Bat Subsidy Effects of Non-Cave Ecosystems"


Our Stories, Ourselves: A Feminist Art Show

December 1

Our Stories, Our Selves: The art exhibit "Our Stories, Ourselves" will be on display from December 1 - 11 in the Honors Coffee Forum (Lampasas 407A).  The exhibit was curated by Jennie Tudor Gray and features artwork, photography, writing, and performances.  A gallery reception was held on December 1 and was open to the public.  

When: 1 December, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Lampasas 407A


Symphony & Metaphor Gallery Reception

November 18

Symphony & Methaphor Gallery Reception:  The gallery was on display from October 12 – December 12.  It featured representations of elements of right-brained thinking--design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning.  Designed to illustrate the metaphorical and symphonic expression of beauty, the artists whose works were on display were inspired by divination practices, heritage, culture, medicine and even mathematics in the creation of their artistic works.

When: 18 November, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Lampasas 407


The Whole Brain Tour

November 11

Whole Brain Tour: This tour visited studio spaces and research labs in the College of Art and Design, Department of Technology, School of Engineering, and Department of Physics to see the inner workings of ideas in art, design, science, and engineering.  Everyone who has worked in either JCM or RFM and wondered what's on the other side of the building was welcome to attend, as well as the general public.

When: 11 November, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Began in the lobby of Joann Cole Mitte building and ended in the lobby of Roy F. Mitte building


My Mind Has a Mind of Its Own

November 4

My Mind Has a Mind of Its Own: The Common Experience, the Department of English, and the University Honors Program sponsored "My Mind Has a Mind of its Own: Poems about Perception".  This event included live music by The San Marcos Jazz Trio and a poetry reading by professors from the Department of English.

When: Wednesday, 4 November

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407


National Collegiate Honors Council Conference

October 28 - November 1

National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC):  Honors staff and students attended the NCHC Conference in Washington, D.C.  This conference is designed to allow honors groups to exchange and promote ideas that have been successful within their own honors associations. 

When: 28 October - 1 November, 2009

Where: Washington, D.C.


Dia de los Muertos

October 28

Día de los Muertos: The Honors College and Rincon Hispano Universitario presented the Día de Los Muertos Celebration, featuring speakers, folklorico performances, mariachi, and food.  Día de los Muertos is a time in which people symbolically bring back to life those who have passed away by remembering them and celebrating the idea that death is only a transition from one life to another.

When: Wednesday, 28 October

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, 407 Lampasas


Fall Common Experience Speaker: Dan Pink

October 21

FALL COMMON EXPERIENCE SPEAKER: Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink is a best-selling author and an expert on innovation, competition, and the changing world of work. His book, A Whole New Mind, is the 2009-2010 Common Experience summer reading selection for Texas State. A New York Times and Business Week best seller, the book charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and explains the six abilities that individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced and automated world. Pink held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He’s also worked as an aide to U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich, as an economic policy staffer in the U.S. Senate, as a legal researcher in India, and as a latrine builder in Botswana. Pink’s most recent book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need is being used as the focus of Career Month at Texas State. Pink is working on his next book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, due out in January 2010.

When: Wednesday, October 21, 8:00 p.m.

Where: Evans Auditorium and the LBJ Student Center Ballroom


Meet the Professor Night

October 7

Meet the Professor Night: Honors professors gave presentations on courses they are offering in spring 2010.  This was a time for professors to recruit students and for students to learn more about potential classes, in addition to meeting professors.

When: Wednesday, 7 October

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, 407 Lampasas


Suzanne Keen Presentation

October 5

Suzanne Keen: Suzanne Keen discussed using psychological approaches when studying the arts and literary narratives.  She also gave a presentation titled "Strategic Empathy and the Arts: The Novel-reading Mind" in the Wittcliff Collections in Alkek Library.  This talk discussed how empathy can create emotional responses in novels.

When: Monday, 5 October

Where: Lampasas 501


Honors Student Retreat

September 19

Fall Freshman Retreat: The retreat was designed to build and strengthen the Honors community at Texas State.  It included various workshops, a time for play, and a talent show.  The retreat highlighted the senses, design, symphony, play, and meaning as explored in Dan Pink's book, A Whole New Mind.

When: Saturday, 19 September

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, 407 Lampasas


Honors Student Association BBQ

September 18

Honors Student Association: HSA officers hosted an afternoon and evening BBQ in Sewell Park for HSA members and other Texas State students. 

When: Friday, 18 September

Where: Sewell Park


Artists Respond: with Hope

September 9

Artists Respond: with HOPE: The exhibit featured work by Austin-based documentary photographer, Alan Pogue, Seattle artist Deborah Lawrence, and Coronado Studio's Serié Project artists. Also featured were a series of limited edition prints created for HOPE by street artist, Shepard Fairey, and others.  The reception was with documentary photographer, Alan Pogue, and HOPE organizers, Andi Scully Steidle and Brian Steidle who spoke about their work and how artists' awareness and concern can cause real changes in the world.

When: Reception: Wednesday, 9 September, 3-5 p.m.; Gallery: August 1 - October 2

Where: The Gallery of the Common Experience, Honors Coffee Forum, 407 Lampasas


Reception for Joseph Brown

August 27

Dr. Joseph L. Brown: Reception for Dr. Joseph Brown, an alumnus of Texas State.  The reception preceded Dr. Brown's workshop, "Using the Whole Mind in Applying to Grad School", which took place on August 28. 

When: Thursday, 27 August

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, 407 Lampasas