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The Common Experience offers themed events, exhibitions, and performances throughout the year, including opportunities to interact with some of the world's leading voices.

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March 2019

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until March 31
Location:
Texas State Galleries
Joann Cole Mitte Building
; Texas State Galleries
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
mkh102@txstate.edu
512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, Common Experience, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies at Texas State, and private contributors.
This exhibition runs March 25 to April 19, 2019
 

Strong as an acre of garlic is an immersive installation by artist-designer Bryony Roberts that reflects on the lives of female ranchers in Texas. Operating in professions that foreground physical strength and endurance, women ranchers are creating complex articulations of femininity and transforming existing conventions related to riding, animal husbandry, and land management. Roberts has gathered extensive research on their practices through interviews, ranch visits, and historical research. Inspired by these observations, Roberts has designed a multifaceted landscape of textiles and wooden structures that reference ranch houses and other support structures. Within, the structures contain immersive information about the ranchers interviewed and their experiences.

What to Expect
An intriguing and immersive reflection on the roles that technology plays in seemingly "natural" processes.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
Texas State Galleries
 
 
more about event
Location:
Texas State Galleries
Joann Cole Mitte Building
; Texas State Galleries
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
mkh102@txstate.edu
512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, Common Experience, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies at Texas State, and private contributors.
Opening reception March 25, 5-6 p.m.
This exhibition runs March 25 to April 19, 2019
 

Strong as an acre of garlic is an immersive installation by artist-designer Bryony Roberts that reflects on the lives of female ranchers in Texas. Operating in professions that foreground physical strength and endurance, women ranchers are creating complex articulations of femininity and transforming existing conventions related to riding, animal husbandry, and land management. Roberts has gathered extensive research on their practices through interviews, ranch visits, and historical research. Inspired by these observations, Roberts has designed a multifaceted landscape of textiles and wooden structures that reference ranch houses and other support structures. Within, the structures contain immersive information about the ranchers interviewed and their experiences.

What to Expect
An intriguing and immersive reflection on the roles that technology plays in seemingly "natural" processes.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
Texas State Galleries
 
 
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
; Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Philosophy Dialogue Topic:
Tau Talks: Engineering Collectively Constructed Spaces

Presenter:
Patrick Gonzales, Philosophy Alumnus

About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.

What to Expect
Lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
 
 
more about event
Location:
Comal Building
Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
; Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Philosophy Dialogue Topic:
Is Reality a Human Construction Project?

Presenters:
Hunter Griffith, Dialogue Student
McIntosh Woodruff, Dialogue Student

About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.

What to Expect
Lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
 
 
more about event
Location:
San Marcos Public Library
625 E. Hopkins St.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Camrie Pipper
Department of Philosophy
512.245.2285
cp1292@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy
Philosophy Dialogue Topic:
Ayurveda: A Holistic Perspective on Mind and Body

Presenter:
Jon Lasser, Educational Psychology, Texas State

About the Series
The Philosophy Dialogue Series is a unique program of lectures, interactive presentations, and discussions — as many as 60 presentations each semester. Faculty and student presenters come from all 10 colleges on campus, and the Department of Philosophy recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Everyone is welcome to attend, and organizers encourage informal dialogues among faculty, students, and visitors.

What to Expect
Lively exchange and critical evaluation of diverse ideas.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

Website
Philosophy Dialogue Series
 
 
more about event

Location:
Bruce and Gloria Ingram Hall
310 W. Woods Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
Cost:
Free
Contact:
College of Science and Engineering
Office of the Dean
512.245.2119
Campus Sponsor:
College of Science and Engineering
The College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University is hosting an open house to provide tours of the newest building on the San Marcos campus: Bruce and Gloria Ingram Hall.

The STEM-filled afternoon will offer exciting hands-on activities suitable for family members of all ages. Self-guided tours will showcase Ingram Hall's five floors, including research labs, maker spaces, high-tech classrooms, and collaborative learning spaces designed to support active discovery in science and engineering.

The open house will feature activities and exhibits from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Mathematics, and Physics — as well as the Ingram School of Engineering and the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization (MSEC) program.

What to Expect
Opportunities to explore Texas State's newest facility for fostering innovation.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship

Website
» College of Science and Engineering
 
 
more about event

April 2019

until April 19
Location:
Texas State Galleries
Joann Cole Mitte Building
; Texas State Galleries
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
mkh102@txstate.edu
512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, Common Experience, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies at Texas State, and private contributors.
This exhibition runs March 25 to April 19, 2019
 

Strong as an acre of garlic is an immersive installation by artist-designer Bryony Roberts that reflects on the lives of female ranchers in Texas. Operating in professions that foreground physical strength and endurance, women ranchers are creating complex articulations of femininity and transforming existing conventions related to riding, animal husbandry, and land management. Roberts has gathered extensive research on their practices through interviews, ranch visits, and historical research. Inspired by these observations, Roberts has designed a multifaceted landscape of textiles and wooden structures that reference ranch houses and other support structures. Within, the structures contain immersive information about the ranchers interviewed and their experiences.

What to Expect
An intriguing and immersive reflection on the roles that technology plays in seemingly "natural" processes.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
Texas State Galleries
 
 
more about event

Location:
Alkek Library, Room 119; Room 119
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Donna Dean
dgd33@txstate.edu
512.245.5752
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Dean Brennan
db58@txstate.edu
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Tricia Boucher
squirrel@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Alkek Library
This workshop will offer hands-on video-editing experience using Adobe Premiere. You're encouraged to bring your inspiration and creativity to get started. Innovate in a new medium and learn skills that will create opportunities for creativity both in the classroom and in future careers.

What to Expect
Practice basic skills to start editing your own videos and combine content in new and creative ways.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts

Website
Alkek Maker Day: Video Editing
 
 
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Brittany Davis
The Graduate College
brittanydavis@txstate.edu
512.245.2581
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
» Note: Registration to compete in the 2019 3MT® has closed.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition in which master's students on a thesis track and Ph.D./Ed.D. students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their research and its significance. The 3MT® promotes presentation and communication skills, provides opportunities and feedback for students to work on explaining their research to a non-specialized audience, and in general helps students hone their “elevator pitch” discussions of their dissertations

Preliminary Group Rounds (March 27-28)
Groups will consist of doctoral and master's students. Each group will send the top-scoring doctoral student, top-scoring master's student, overall runner-up, and the people's choice winner to the University Final.

University Final Competition (April 2)
Awards at the University Final Competition are not categorized by master's or doctoral level, and include first place and runner-up (awarded by judges) and people's choice (awarded by the audience). First place and runner-up can also win the people's choice because the latter is awarded separately by the audience in attendance at the 3MT®.

What to Expect
Innovation in research and scholarship from Texas State's outstanding graduate students.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship

Website
» 3MT®: Three Minute Thesis
 
 
more about event
Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center
Room 275
; Room 275
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Millie Cordaro
Department of Psychology
mc71@txstate.edu
512.245.3161
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Psychology
The field of positive psychology emphasizes the importance of fostering one's strengths and resources to increase psychological well-being. Through this lens, we can build-up happiness, our sense of well-being and overall life satisfaction. Creativity is one avenue for enhancing everyday life to create more satisfaction and fulfillment on a daily basis. The focus of this talk will be on defining creativity as a psychological character strength, the role of divergent thinking as a core feature of creativity, the psychological benefits of creativity including enhanced well-being, and simple strategies for implementing creativity to increase life satisfaction.

What to Expect
A look at the role of creativity as a type of innovative and divergent mode of thinking and the benefits for psychological well-being.

Areas of Exploration
Research + Scholarship
Teaching + Learning
 
 
more about event

until April 30
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall, 4th Floor
; Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tafari Robertson
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
cegallery@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Gallery of the Common Experience
Spring 2019 Exhibition II
Exhibition runs April 4 to May 6, 2019

The Gallery of the Common Experience presents its second Spring 2019 exhibition. Details coming soon.

What to Expect
Details coming soon.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
» Gallery of the Common Experience
 
 
more about event
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall, 4th Floor
; Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tafari Robertson
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
cegallery@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Gallery of the Common Experience
The Gallery of the Common Experience presents its second Spring 2019 exhibition. Details coming soon.

What to Expect
Meet with other student artists and engage with themes surrounding the culture of innovation.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
» Gallery of the Common Experience
 
 
more about event
Location:
Evans Auditorium
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Erika Nielson
Assistant Director of the Common Experience
erika.nielson@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience and the Texas Commission on the Arts
In The Legend of Big Bend, chamber music group Montopolis turns West Texas tales into song in this live-score performance and film inspired by Big Bend National Park. The performance weaves science, history, poetry and personal stories into music inspired by the land and the people who have walked upon it. Music and story are accompanied by breathtaking video that captures the epic grandeur of the vast high desert wilderness.

Montopolis is an indie chamber music group from Austin, Texas, that performs the works of composer Justin Sherburn. Their music folds country and folk idioms into modern classical arrangements with inventive instrumentation to create "stunning and transcendent" (Austin Chronicle) concerts. Their programs are audience-engaging, multi-media events that combine live music with video and interactive storytelling. The Montopolis musicians include members of the Austin Symphony, Okkervil River, Tosca String Quartet, and the Mood Illusion.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reserved spaces; seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
» Parking information
What to Expect
An innovative combination of the views, sounds, and interpretations of Big Bend through film, spoken words, with the film's musical score performed live onstage by Montopolis and Texas State student musicians.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Film Website
» Montopolis: The Legend of Big Bend
 
 
more about event

Location:
Locations throughout the city
San Marcos, Texas
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Bobcat Build
LBJ Student Center 4-7.1
bobcatbuild@txstate.edu
512.245.4245
Campus Sponsor:
Bobcat Build, Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, Common Experience
» Register to Volunteer

Bobcat Build started 15 years ago as a way to say “Thank You” to the San Marcos community. It has become a Texas State University tradition — the largest service project on campus. It is also the second largest, one-day community service project in the state of Texas. The name itself symbolizes our goal of strengthening the bond between Texas State and the community of San Marcos. Every spring semester, students volunteer their time to complete various service projects throughout the community, such as landscaping, painting, or cleanups at residents’ homes, local schools, parks, churches, and neighborhoods. Over the past 10 years, the event has grown in participation from approximately 700 volunteers at 50 jobsites to 5,000 volunteers at over 300 jobsites in the San Marcos community!

What to Expect
An opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to focus on the needs of the community surrounding Texas State. Through campus collaboration and direct volunteer service, Bobcat Build bridges the gap between the campus community and the citizens of San Marcos

Areas of Exploration
Community Partners

Website
» Bobcat Build
 
 
more about event

until April 26
Location:
LBJ Student Center
Rooms TBD
; Ballroom and TBD
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Melanie Liddle
Honors College
ugresearch@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Conference runs April 24-26, 2019

The Undergraduate Research Conference provides a venue for students to present their Honors theses to the academic and university communities. Along with providing leadership development for students in presentation skills, the conference is a celebration of the culmination of students' self-driven academic projects. 

Two and a half days of Honors thesis presentations followed by an undergraduate research poster session. Poster session open to all undergraduates. Submission deadline is Monday, March 25, 2019. See link below.

Website
Undergraduate Research Conference
 
What to Expect

Inspiration and the spirit of academic curiosity for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship
 
 
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Melanie Liddle
Honors College
ugresearch@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Poster Session

The Undergraduate Research Conference provides a venue for students to present their Honors theses to the academic and university communities. Along with providing leadership development for students in presentation skills, the conference is a celebration of the culmination of students' self-driven academic projects. 

Two and a half days of Honors thesis presentations followed by an undergraduate research poster session. Poster session open to all undergraduates. Submission deadline is Monday, March 25, 2019. See link below.

Website
Undergraduate Research Conference
 
What to Expect

Inspiration and the spirit of academic curiosity for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship
 
 
more about event

Location:
Education Building
301 Moon Street
Texas State University
; Rooms will vary by session
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Shaunna Smith
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
shaunna_smith@txstate.edu
512.245.4377
Campus Sponsor:
College of Education
» Conference registration required

Texas State University’s Educational Technology Program invites attendees to the EdTech 2019 Conference, which is open to everyone. The conference will be held at the College of Education on the San Marcos campus with sessions focused on the theme, "Play, Discover, Collaborate." The goal is to encourage educators to come "play" with the latest tools in EdTech, "discover" new ways to use technology to support teaching and learning in their classroom, and "collaborate" with like-minded educators. All presentations will emphasize interactivity, best practices, classroom-relevant examples, and hands-on activities. The conference is free and attendees will receive CPE credit hours. There will be free breakfast, snacks, and door prizes.

What to Expect
Opportunities to grow as innovative educators.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

Website (includes parking)
» EdTech 2019 Conference
 
 
more about event

May 2019

until May 06
Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall, 4th Floor
; Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tafari Robertson
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
cegallery@txstate.edu
512.245.2266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Gallery of the Common Experience
Spring 2019 Exhibition II
Exhibition runs April 4 to May 6, 2019

The Gallery of the Common Experience presents its second Spring 2019 exhibition. Details coming soon.

What to Expect
Details coming soon.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
» Gallery of the Common Experience
 
 
more about event

Location:
Various locations in Comal Building and Flowers Hall
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Aimee Roundtree
Associate Dean of Research, College of Liberal Arts
akr@txstate.edu
512.245.2317
Campus Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts Research Expo will feature innovative research and scholarship by undergraduates in the humanities and social sciences.

What to Expect
An inspiring showcase of student research, highlighting the innumerable areas of academic exploration at Texas State.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship

Website
College of Liberal Arts
 
 
more about event

About Starred Events
A few events each year are included in the Common Experience as part of annual or ongoing partnerships that are not necessarily related to the theme. These events are recognized as key opportunities for common experiences that build community; they are designated with a Texas State star in their titles.