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January 2019

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Location:
Begins at LBJ Student Center mall area
concludes at LBJ Student Center Ballroom
; Mall area and Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jonnie Wilson
Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion
jw25@txstate.edu
512.245.2278
Campus Sponsor:
Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion invites you to the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the SDI Office provides and sponsors a MLK Freedom March and Celebration Program to honor the legacy of Dr. King.
 
The MLK Freedom March at Texas State begins at the LBJ Student Center mall area (between the Student Center and Alkek Library) and concludes in LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Texas State students, organizations, faculty and staff reenact a march similar to those conducted during the Civil Rights Movement. Upon conclusion of the march, participants enjoy a celebration program held in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom that honors Dr. King and other civil rights leaders, as well as their impacts on our civil liberties.
 
What to Expect
Inspiration for creating a better future.
 
Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
 
 
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Location:
Performing Arts Center | Recital Hall
Texas State University
; Recital Hall
Cost:
Free for all students and faculty
Contact:
Robert Styers
Box Office Manager
robert.styers@txstate.edu
512.245.6500
Campus Sponsor:
School of Music, College of Fine Arts and Communication

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An advance ticket is required for this event.

The Stars At Night Concert Series will include a Faculty Showcase featuring Texas State music performance faculty performing several new compositions by Texas State faculty composers Michael Ippolito, Thomas Clark, Richard Hall, and Jack Wilds. The new musical works, some to be heard for the first time, come from a broad range of inspirations from poetry to particle physics and utilize creative techniques from canonic ostinato to video synthesis.

What to Expect
A diverse range of sonic and visual patterns woven into complex forms of beauty and temporal subtlety, stimulating abstract creative thoughts.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship
 
 
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February 2019

Location:
San Marcos Public Library
625 E. Hopkins St.
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Greg Moses
Department of Philosophy
rm95@txstate.edu
512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy, Philosophy Dialogue Series, Honors College, Department of History, University Lecturers Series, Common Experience, @JusticeTalkTXST, The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence
3rd Annual Acorn Symposium
Innovations in Peace Education: The Time is Now!
Colman McCarthy

From Washington Post columnist to teacher of peace in the American classroom, Colman McCarthy has written six books, founded the Center for Teaching Peace, and received the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award. Motivated to erase peace illiteracy in this country, McCarthy takes his knowledge to the classroom, where he makes peace a social norm in the lives of youth.

What to Expect
Survey the innovation of peace literacy and how to help it flourish.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Community Partners
 
 
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Location:
Alkek Library Teaching Theater; Teaching Theater | Room 250
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Greg Moses
Department of Philosophy
rm95@txstate.edu
512.245.2285
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy, Philosophy Dialogue Series, Honors College, Department of History, University Lecturers Series, Common Experience, @JusticeTalkTXST, The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence
3rd Annual Acorn Symposium
Innovations in Peace Education: The Time is Now!
Colman McCarthy

From Washington Post columnist to teacher of peace in the American classroom, Colman McCarthy has written six books, founded the Center for Teaching Peace, and received the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award. Motivated to erase peace illiteracy in this country, McCarthy takes his knowledge to the classroom, where he makes peace a social norm in the lives of youth.

What to Expect
Survey the innovation of peace literacy and how to help it flourish.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Community Partners
 
 
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until Feb. 23
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom; Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Laramie McWilliams
Assistant Dean of Students
lm41@txstate.edu
512.245.5321
Campus Sponsor:
Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office will host the Texas State Leadership Institute Annual Conference on February 22-23, 2019, with a theme of Leadership and Innovation. The primary purpose of the conference is to bring together students to learn leadership skills, engage in values-based activities that foster personal leadership development, build a unified community, cultivate social responsibility, and inspire students to adopt a new way of life while expanding their leadership potential.

What to Expect
Hear dynamic speakers and engage in small group dialogues with other student leaders to apply leadership lessons to your own experiences.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Community Partners

Website
Leadership Institute Annual Conference
 
 
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Location:
Hines Academic Center
Room 205
; Room 205
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Sean Patrick Roche
School of Criminal Justice
sean.roche@txstate.edu
512.245.2174
Campus Sponsor:
School of Criminal Justice
Thomas J. Bilach is a sergeant in the New York City Police Department. His areas of interest focus on policing, public policy, and organizational justice. He is currently assigned to the Office of Management Analysis and Planning where he writes department policy and conducts program evaluation.

Policing agencies across the United States have undergone rapid social and technological transformation in recent years. Evidence-based practices are the new gold standard of policing. But the question remains, is policing policy scientifically grounded? This lecture walks through several of the latest innovations of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). While the NYPD has touted its policy as proactively engineered and scientifically buttressed, its foundation is often rooted in high-profile legitimacy crises that plague the organization’s image. Major policy reforms such as the withdrawal of stop-and-frisk, overhaul of standard use-of-force reporting, and expansion of the body-worn camera program, were pursued, to a large extent, as a consequence of such crises. Many of the NYPD’s latest innovative programs and social interventions — reflexively regarded by policing officials as credible remedies — often lack the foundational support of evidence. Abdicating our responsibility of relentless follow-up and assessment of these programs may result in social policies that do more harm than good.

What to Expect
Policy changes, reforms, and innovations from one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the United States.

Areas of Exploration
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners
 
 
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Location:
Performing Arts Center
Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
Texas State University
; Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
Cost:
$13 General Adult | $10 Senior/Military/Child | $8 Student
Contact:
Nicole Wesley
Co-Artistic Director
nlw35@txstate.edu
512.245.2949
Campus Sponsor:
Division of Dance, Department of Theatre and Dance

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An advance ticket is required for this event.

Merge Dance Company presents:
Momento a Momento
Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1 at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Momento a Momento is a multimedia event that blurs the lines between artistic disciplines creating exciting, experimental, and innovative work, endemic of our times. Featuring Merge Dance Company and guests, the performance includes live dance, live music, and projecting images. Choreographers include Rocio Luna from Mexico, Matthew Farmer from Michigan, and NobleMotion Dance from Huntsville, Texas — as well as dance faculty Ana Baer, Christa Oliver, and Nicole Wesley.

What to Expect
Innovative blending of disciplines in creative performance.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts
 
 
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March 2019

until March 02
Location:
Performing Arts Center
Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
Texas State University
; Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
Cost:
$13 General Adult | $10 Senior/Military/Child | $8 Student
Contact:
Nicole Wesley
Co-Artistic Director
nlw35@txstate.edu
512.245.2949
Campus Sponsor:
Division of Dance, Department of Theatre and Dance

» TICKETS
An advance ticket is required for this event.

Merge Dance Company presents:
Momento a Momento
Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1 at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
 
Momento a Momento is a multimedia event that blurs the lines between artistic disciplines creating exciting, experimental, and innovative work, endemic of our times. Featuring Merge Dance Company and guests, the performance includes live dance, live music, and projecting images. Choreographers include Rocio Luna from Mexico, Matthew Farmer from Michigan, and NobleMotion Dance from Huntsville, Texas — as well as dance faculty Ana Baer, Christa Oliver, and Nicole Wesley.

What to Expect
Innovative blending of disciplines in creative performance.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts
 
 
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Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Susan Holtz
Department of Physics
susan.holtz@txstate.edu
512.245.2413
Campus Sponsor:
College of Science and Engineering
Registration is required.
Link to registration form will be shared here once available.
 
The WiSE Conference is encourages more women to pursue STEM as an exciting and fulfilling educational and career choice. The all-day conference includes hands-on STEM activities, guest speakers, a keynote event, a poster session, and concurrent events.
 
Plenary Speaker
The WiSE Conference proudly presents as its plenary speaker Ali Guarneros Luna from NASA's Ames Research Center in California. She has been honored for her significant technical contributions to NASA and to international space research, and recognized for her extensive community involvement. She has received the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Luminary Award, as well as the 2017 Space Technology Award from the American Astronomical Society. In May 2018, she received international recognition as recipient of the Reconocimiento Ohtli, awarded by the Mexican Government. She was also awarded the 2018 Women of Color (WOC) “Outstanding Technical Contribution Government Award” from NASA.
 
Keynote Speaker
Sarah Evans the founder of Well Aware, an Austin-based nonprofit organization that funds and implements clean water systems for impoverished communities in Africa. Under her leadership, Well Aware has benefitted more than 220,000 people, and the organization’s reputation for project success and cost effectiveness has prompted numerous collaborations with other non-profit organizations worldwide to guide their water infrastructure projects. She was honored as Toyota’s 2017 Mother of Invention and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, USA Today, and elsewhere.
 
Networking Circle Event
Helen Biller, an Engineering Manager for the Propulsion Technology Team of Boeing Commercial Airlines, will host the Networking Circle Event. In this event, professionals from a variety of fields will lead small groups of students in networking circle discussions. These discussions will focus on the importance of professional networking, career readiness and how to stage yourself for success in your chosen field.
 
Website
WiSE Conference
 
What to Expect
Inspiration and networking opportunities to shape your future in STEM fields.
 
Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners
 
 
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Location:
Comal Building
Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
; Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Kanon
Department of Philosophy
ek17@txstate.edu
512.245.6597
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Roundtable and brainstorming for faculty only.
Including Students in Your Research and Writing:
Logistic and Ethical Concerns


A roundtable/brain storming session for faculty on the topic of how researchers and scholars can effectively and ethically incorporate students into their own research projects. Dr. Dann Brown, Dean of University College, and Dr. Amy Roundtree, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Liberal Arts, will share their experiences in this area. After the presentations, faculty will be asked to brainstorm how they might include students in their own writing projects.

What to Expect
Innovation in encouraging student scholarship.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship
 
 
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April 2019

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
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
 
 
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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
 
 
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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
 
 
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more about event
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
 
 
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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
 
 
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more about event