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August 2016 - March 2017 Classes

Life-Long Learning Program
Schedule for August 2016 to spring 2017

The Texas State Retired Faculty and Staff Association (RFSA),

in partnership with the San Marcos Library and San Marcos Parks and Recreation’s 50+ Program are offering the following course for the Greater San Marcos Area.


Presentation Series held at the SAN MARCOS LIBRARY

Free Attendance with Limited Seating

No Fee, Registration Requested by Calling
San Marcos Library at 512.393.8200


Living Art/Dying Art: The Historical Human Impulse to Tattoo

Date:              Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Time:             1:00 to 2:00 PM

Throughout history and across all cultures, humans have yielded to the mystical impulse to etch permanent marks into their skin. Individuals often willingly submit to hours of nearly unbearable pain for the sake of the art. In this presentation, we will look at tattooing throughout history, as well as examine the varied yet universal reasons humans tattoo themselves. We will also examine changing trends in tattooing, as well as the timeless images that date back to the early days of the craft.

Presented by Morgan Haberle Egan who graduated from Texas State in 2006 with a B.A. in Art. While attending the university, she worked as an artist in downtown San Marcos at Classic Tattoo. In 2005, she purchased the business that she successfully continues to operate at 237 N. LBJ. Egan is very involved with the San Marcos community as reflected by her serving on the Board for the San Marcos River Foundation. Not only is she a fine tattoo artist, Egan knows the history and practice of the art.


Prepare for More Detours!

Date:              Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Time:             1:00 to 2:00 PM

Join us in learning of the impending road construction and improvement projects in San Marcos…and who is paying for them.

Presented by Jane Hughson, San Marcos City Councilmember, Place 4.

Jane is a long-term resident of San Marcos, currently serving you on our San Marcos City Council. She served previously from 1996 to 2002. In addition to her city service, she has been president of the Heritage Association of San Marcos, the Hays County Food Bank, and Leadership San Marcos. She retains her memberships in the League of Women Voters, Chamber of Commerce, and other service organizations.



The Gault Site: the history and current research on the people of the Americas

Date:              Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time:             1:00 to 2:00 PM

New research reveals that people came to the Americas 15,000-20,000 years ago. But how they came to be here is unclear. Dr. Clark Wernecke brings to light evidence of people in Texas from around 15,000 years ago. The Gault site is playing an important role in the current, ongoing discussion regarding the peopling of the Americas. Join Dr. Wernecke to learn more about the beginnings of our long-ago past.

Presented by Dr. Clark Wernecke, Executive Director for the Gault School. He brings a unique blend of scholarship and experience to the project with degrees in history, business and anthropology specializing in the management of large archaeological projects. Clark has worked in the Middle East, Mesoamerica, the American Southeast and Southwest, and Texas. His knowledge is outstanding and ability to share that knowledge with non-anthropologists is a joy.


Fire Hazards and Safety in Your Home

Date:              Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Time:             1:00 to 2:00 PM

Presented by Firefighters of the San Marcos Fire Department


Author’s Day

Date:              Sunday, November 6, 2016

Time:             2:00 to 4:00 PM

This will be the 13th annual Authors’ Day hosted by the San Marcos Library and this your partnered by the Texas State Retired Faculty and Staff Association’s Life-Long Learning Program. During the event, local authors will be available to discuss their works. Books will be available for purchase and signing. In addition, a panel of writers, moderated by Dr. Steve Beebe, will discuss “the writing process”. More information on attendees and panelist members will be forthcoming.


Lecture Series held at the SAN MARCOS LIBRARY

Free Attendance with Limited Seating

No Fee, Registration Requested by Calling
San Marcos Library at 512.393.8200


How to Look at and Understand Great Art

Dates:            Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2 and 9

Times:           10:30 to 11:45 AM

How to Look at and Understand Great Art continues with six weeks of unique classes centered on the history of art. Beginning with the Early Renaissance, Northern Renaissance and High Renaissance and concluding with classes on Mannerism, the Baroque and Rococo, you will become familiar with the great masters of great art. Artists like Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo will be studied along with much, much more. Attend one session or six and you will find your world expanded. Additional to each class local artists or arts related individuals will share their work bringing the past to the present.

Presented by Becky Duval Reese, former director of UT Austin’s Huntington Art Gallery (now the Blanton Museum) and the El Paso Museum of Art.  Becky holds a MA in Art History with a focus on Texas artists.


C.S. Lewis:  Master Communicator

Dates:            Tuesdays, January 31, 2017; February 7, 14-no class, 21, 28; and March 7

Time:             6:30 to 8:00 PM

C.S. Lewis is among the most notable authors and speakers of the 20th Century. His Narnia Chronicles continue to sell millions of copies annually. Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Abolition of Man also appear on many “must read” lists. Lewis was a writer of both depth and breadth, who wrote in many genres, including children’s literature, Christian apologetics, literary criticism, novels, poetry, and science fiction. This course examines Lewis as communicator by investigating the rhetorical underpinnings of his work. Whether the student is a new or seasoned reader of C.S. Lewis, this course is designed to look at Lewis in a fresh, new way.

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “What you see and what you hear depends a good deal on where you are standing.” This course views Lewis from the standpoint of communicator—teacher, broadcaster, lecturer—and the implications of his use of communication, language, and words on his work.

Suggested reading:

Lyle Dorsett (Ed.), The Essential C.S. Lewis. New York: Simon & Schuster (1996).

George Sayer. Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books (1994).

Presented by Dr. Steven Beebe, Regents' and University Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at Texas State where he served as chair of his department for 28 years. He is the author or co-author of 12 books with most in multiple editions totaling more than 75. Dr. Beebe’s works have been used at hundreds of universities throughout the world making him one of the top communication textbook authors in the United States. He has taught a course about C.S. Lewis and communication for the past decade both at Texas State and at Oxford University, Oxford, England. Dr. Beebe made international headlines a few years ago when he discovered an unpublished manuscript fragment for a book titled Language and Human Nature that Lewis was to have co-authored with J. R. R. Tolkien. More recently while conducting research at Oxford, he discovered an unknown and unpublished poem by C.S. Lewis.



With Varying Locations

Tour of STAR Park: a first for Texas State University

Location:      STAR Park, 3055 Hunter Road, San Marcos, Texas

Date:              Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Time:             1:00 to 2:00 PM

Limited Attendance (20):  contact Marianne Reese at or call 512.216.6427 for more information

The Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park is Texas State’s first facility dedicated to research and commercialization efforts. Completed in 2012, expansions of the space are already underway to support the needs of a broad range of users requiring chemistry, materials and life sciences lab space to advance a business, product or concept.

Texas State Provost Gene Bourgeois, noted “Future economic development in the greater San Marcos area stands to be significantly enhanced by business activity generated at an expanded STAR Park."

Presented by Mr. Steve Frayser, Executive Director of STAR Park.


Seed Ball and Spiral Garden Construction

Location:      Discovery Center (the renamed San Marcos Nature Center)

When:            Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time:             10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (lunch provided)

Registration:  via City of San Marcos (for more info contact: Marianne Reese

Seed Balls (also known as Earth Balls) are a whole habitat in a tiny clay ball, just need to add water and sun light. They are used to restore lost vegetation with native, non-invasive vegetation.

Join us for an event for the WHOLE FAMILY. Each participant will go home with “seed balls” as well as having helped construct a permanent spiral garden for the City of San Marcos…and the knowledge to do so at your home.

Presented by Jim Bones, photographer, writer, and filmmaker, who will lead us through the hands-on process of making Seed Balls as well as a Spiral Garden planted via Seed Balls. The garden will be a permanent structure at the San Marcos Discovery Center. You will go home with expanded ecological knowledge, seed balls of your own, and satisfaction of having helped construct a garden for all to watch grow. (Check out both “seed balls” and “spiral gardens” on the web for more info.)



Courses Held Through the

San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department

**Registration Required**

To register, please call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512.393.8280.

A minimum number of registrants is required for these classes to make.


Watercolor Course I                                  **Registration Required

Location:   Cephas House

When:         Fridays, September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4

Time:          1:00 to 3:00 PM

Cost:           $40.00

The course is an introduction to the basic materials and techniques of watercolor for the beginner. Through a series of demonstrations and guided projects students will explore basic techniques of wash, graded wash and dry-brush as well as studies in value, color and composition. The course is intended to give the beginning watercolorist a foundation for continued study of the medium.

Materials List for Beginning Watercolor (Hobby Lobby should have most of the supplies)

Paper:  Watercolor paper tablet 11x15 in. 140 lb., cold press. (Notable brands are Strathmore, Arches, and Winsor and Newton, but any 140lb cold press is acceptable.) Paint: Staedtler Paint set 24-count watercolors. Brushes: Master’s Touch Fine Art Studio Brush Set (382648) round brushes. If you can’t find these, buy a round watercolor #22 and round watercolor #8 at least. Other Supplies and Materials: Bag, box, or tool box for supplies; Artist’s Palette 6 wells plastic; Master’s Touch 2B pencil kneaded eraser; old toothbrush for splattering paint; paper towels; water jar; Multi-surface Frog tape, 1.88 inches or 3M Safe-Release Blue Painter’s tape. Optional Supplies: small sea sponge Chinese white gouache (opaque Zinc watercolor); Frisket and nib for applying (this is liquid Latex. Only buy if you are not allergic to latex); Gummed 2” watercolor tape (brown Kraft tape for taping down wet paper to board); 18 inch metal ruler; and exacto knife.

Presented by Roxana Tuff is a metalsmith and illustrator who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a MFA in Painting. She has taught in the art studio area at Texas State for 14 years and for Life-Long Learning since its inception.


Watercolor Course II                     **Registration Required

Location:   Cephas Hous

When:         Fridays, September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4

Time:          10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Cost:           $40.00

This course continues the development of creative and technical skills through a series of structured watercolor projects. The course focuses the continuing development of confidence in your watercolor painting, strategies, and the knowledge, maintenance, and care of materials. Further, to develop compositional skills, a personal use of color, personal imagery and aesthetic judgment.

Materials List: As for Watercolor I PLUS 1/4 inch thick piece of tempered Masonite (Hardboard) that is at LEAST 16X20 but no bigger than 18x24 inches from Lowe’s or Home Depot.and the smallest tube of Chinese (Zinc) white Gouache (opaque watercolor).

Presented by Roxana Tuff who is a metalsmith and illustrator who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a MFA in Painting. She has taught in the art studio area at Texas State for 14 years and for Life-Long Learning since its inception.