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Innovation Week

INNOVATION WEEK

SEPTEMBER 24-28, 2018

Monday, September 24

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Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center
Outside of Lobby Entrance
; Outside of Lobby Entrance
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cedrik Chavez
Austin Electric Vehicle Technologies
cvc13@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Austin Electric Vehicle Technologies
✯ Innovation Week Event

During Innovation Week, Texas State students will see the future of transportation. Austin Electric Vehicles will be displaying their new commuter-focused, three-wheel, all-electric vehicle for campus, community, and cross-town travel. AEV representatives will be ready to answer any questions.

What to Expect
A first-hand look at innovation in transportation.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Community Partners

Website
Austin Electric Vehicle Technologies
 
 
more about event

Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall
Texas State University
; Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
kh1590@txstate.edu
830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College
Innovation Week Exhibition

The Gallery of the Common Experience will be exhibiting a collection of work from students and the community titled The Power of Thought. This exhibit is about highlighting one's innate innovative creative power. Works will include painting, drawing, photography, found-object work, metal art, mixed media, and other 2D and 3D mediums depicting, related to, or inspired by The Power of Thought. Innovation — the 2018-19 Common Experience theme — is about opportunity in creativity.

What to Expect
Exposure to works by artists from different backgrounds and methods of creating artwork, implementing innovative styles and processes to come to their end product.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
Gallery of the Common Experience
 
 
more about event

Location:
Flowers Hall, Room 230; Room 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Aimee Roundtree
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
akr@txstate.edu
512.245.2317
Campus Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts
Innovation Week Event

This 9 a.m. session will include activities and conversations about new perspectives on community action, history, religion, and dialogue.

Innovation in the College of Liberal Arts
On Monday, Sept. 24, the College of Liberal Arts will host activities and exhibits featuring new and creative ideas from current and emerging research and scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts. Students and visitors will interact with cutting-edge researchers and scholars, and they will engage in hands-on activities. Activities will highlight innovations in the humanities and social sciences.

Prizes will be awarded to the students who attend the most activities and events hosted by the College of Liberal Arts.

What to Expect
Opportunities to interact with innovative researchers. Hands-on activities. Applications of research and scholarship in the real world. New thinking on human problems and trends.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

Website
College of Liberal Arts Innovation Day
 
 
more about event

Location:
Texas State Galleries | Joann Cole Mitte Building; FLEX Gallery
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Rebecca Marino
School of Art and Design
rebeccamarino@txstate.edu
713.503.5570
Campus Sponsor:
School of Art and Design, Texas State Galleries
Innovation Week Exhibition

On view September 17 to 30.

Part experimental film, part music video and concept album, The Was is a collaboration between artist duo Soda_Jerk and electronic music group The Avalanches. Constructed from over 100 film samples, and accompanied by the sonic landscape of The Avalanche’s acclaimed album Wildflower, the film is a psychedelic detour through the neighborhoods of collective memory. The Was will be on view during gallery hours in the FLEX space.

What to Expect
A deeper understanding of the history of cinema, collaboration, free culture activism, and the politics of image and film.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
​FLEX Gallery
 
 
more about event

Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center
Room 379
; Room 379
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Aimee Roundtree
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
akr@txstate.edu
512.245.2317
Campus Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts
Innovation Week Event

This 10 a.m. session will include activities and conversations about addressing important international issues such as migrant remains, sex trafficking, nuclear ethics, mediation, and global engagement.

Innovation in the College of Liberal Arts
On Monday, Sept. 24, the College of Liberal Arts will host activities and exhibits featuring new and creative ideas from current and emerging research and scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts. Students and visitors will interact with cutting-edge researchers and scholars, and they will engage in hands-on activities. Activities will highlight innovations in the humanities and social sciences.

Prizes will be awarded to the students who attend the most activities and events hosted by the College of Liberal Arts.

What to Expect
Opportunities to interact with innovative researchers. Hands-on activities. Applications of research and scholarship in the real world. New thinking on human problems and trends.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

Website
College of Liberal Arts Innovation Day
 
 
more about event

Location:
Between Evans Liberal Arts and Flowers Hall
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
margo.handwerker@txstate.edu
512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, School of Art and Design, College of Fine Arts and Communication, McCoy College of Business Administration, Department of Housing and Residential Life, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education, College of Health Professions
Innovation Week Opportunity

TXST Portal runs August 29 to December 14
General open hours on weekdays, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Check website to verify availability: TXST Portal

Shared Studios is a global public arts initiative. Each Shared Studios portal is a gold shipping container equipped with immersive audio and video technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room.

Programming in the TXST Portal ranges from unstructured "open hours" to curated events, such as Shared Meals, expert roundtables, and performances. Student organizations, faculty members, and others are invited to inquire about the development of programming around a specific topic or theme

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

What to Expect
An immersive audio/video experience connecting to other portals throughout the world.

Website
Shared Studios Portal Overview
 
 
more about event

Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center
Room 382
; Room 382
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Aimee Roundtree
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
akr@txstate.edu
512.245.2317
Campus Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts
Innovation Week Event

This 11 a.m. session will include activities and conversations that translate the art, literature, geography, and technology from ancient to modern civilizations and history to better understand ourselves and our world.

Innovation in the College of Liberal Arts
On Monday, Sept. 24, the College of Liberal Arts will host activities and exhibits featuring new and creative ideas from current and emerging research and scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts. Students and visitors will interact with cutting-edge researchers and scholars, and they will engage in hands-on activities. Activities will highlight innovations in the humanities and social sciences.

Prizes will be awarded to the students who attend the most activities and events hosted by the College of Liberal Arts.

What to Expect
Opportunities to interact with innovative researchers. Hands-on activities. Applications of research and scholarship in the real world. New thinking on human problems and trends.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

Website
College of Liberal Arts Innovation Day
 
 
more about event
Location:
Flowers Hall, Room 230; Room 230
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Aimee Roundtree
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
akr@txstate.edu
512.245.2317
Campus Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience
Innovation Week Event

RSVP required for luncheon; limited seating.

This luncheon provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts to meet alumni from the College of Liberal Arts who are innovators in their field.

Innovation in the College of Liberal Arts
On Monday, Sept. 24, the College of Liberal Arts will host activities and exhibits featuring new and creative ideas from current and emerging research and scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts. Students and visitors will interact with cutting-edge researchers and scholars, and they will engage in hands-on activities. Activities will highlight innovations in the humanities and social sciences.

Prizes will be awarded to the students who attend the most activities and events hosted by the College of Liberal Arts.

What to Expect
Opportunities to interact with innovative researchers. Hands-on activities. Applications of research and scholarship in the real world. New thinking on human problems and trends.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

RSVP
Luncheon RSVP Webpage
 
 
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
✯ Innovation Week Event

Philosophy Dialogue Topic:
Innovation: Introducing the Common Experience Theme for 2018-19

Presenters:
• Twister Marquiss, Director of the Common Experience
• Dr. Erika Nielson, Assistant Director of the Common Experience and Common Reading Coordinator
• Kaylee Smith, Social Media Coordinator for the Common Experience

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:
Undergraduate Academic Center
Room 275
; Room 275
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Aimee Roundtree
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
akr@txstate.edu
512.245.2317
Campus Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts
Innovation Week Event

This 1 p.m. session includes activities and conversations about the groundbreaking work on behavior such as studies of chimpanzees, research on human consciousness and mental conditions, and scholarship on ethics and morality.

Innovation in the College of Liberal Arts
On Monday, Sept. 24, the College of Liberal Arts will host activities and exhibits featuring new and creative ideas from current and emerging research and scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts. Students and visitors will interact with cutting-edge researchers and scholars, and they will engage in hands-on activities. Activities will highlight innovations in the humanities and social sciences.

Prizes will be awarded to the students who attend the most activities and events hosted by the College of Liberal Arts.

What to Expect
Opportunities to interact with innovative researchers. Hands-on activities. Applications of research and scholarship in the real world. New thinking on human problems and trends.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

Website
College of Liberal Arts Innovation Day
 
 
more about event

Location:
Undergraduate Academic Center
Room 474
; Room 474
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Aimee Roundtree
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
akr@txstate.edu
512.245.2317
Campus Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts
Innovation Week Event

This 2 p.m. session features activities and conversations about the significant impact of race and gender on medical ethics, pop culture, politics and the Southwest.

Innovation in the College of Liberal Arts
On Monday, Sept. 24, the College of Liberal Arts will host activities and exhibits featuring new and creative ideas from current and emerging research and scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts. Students and visitors will interact with cutting-edge researchers and scholars, and they will engage in hands-on activities. Activities will highlight innovations in the humanities and social sciences.

Prizes will be awarded to the students who attend the most activities and events hosted by the College of Liberal Arts.

What to Expect
Opportunities to interact with innovative researchers. Hands-on activities. Applications of research and scholarship in the real world. New thinking on human problems and trends.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

Website
College of Liberal Arts Innovation Day
 
 
more about event

Location:
Evans Liberal Arts Building
Room 344
; Room 344
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Aimee Roundtree
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
akr@txstate.edu
512.245.2317
Campus Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts
Innovation Week Event

This 3 p.m. session will include activities and conversations about the transformational effect of location and mapping on how we understand literature, history, government innovation, environmental science, and health.

Innovation in the College of Liberal Arts
On Monday, Sept. 24, the College of Liberal Arts will host activities and exhibits featuring new and creative ideas from current and emerging research and scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts. Students and visitors will interact with cutting-edge researchers and scholars, and they will engage in hands-on activities. Activities will highlight innovations in the humanities and social sciences.

Prizes will be awarded to the students who attend the most activities and events hosted by the College of Liberal Arts.

What to Expect
Opportunities to interact with innovative researchers. Hands-on activities. Applications of research and scholarship in the real world. New thinking on human problems and trends.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

Website
College of Liberal Arts Innovation Day
 
 
more about event

Location:
Comal Building
Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
; Room 116 | Philosophy Dialogue Room
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Aimee Roundtree
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
akr@txstate.edu
512.245.2317
Campus Sponsor:
College of Liberal Arts
Innovation Week Event

This 4 p.m. session features activities and conversations about emerging research in gerontology, mental health, cognitive impairment, social psychology, and health mapping.

Innovation in the College of Liberal Arts
On Monday, Sept. 24, the College of Liberal Arts will host activities and exhibits featuring new and creative ideas from current and emerging research and scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts. Students and visitors will interact with cutting-edge researchers and scholars, and they will engage in hands-on activities. Activities will highlight innovations in the humanities and social sciences.

Prizes will be awarded to the students who attend the most activities and events hosted by the College of Liberal Arts.

What to Expect
Opportunities to interact with innovative researchers. Hands-on activities. Applications of research and scholarship in the real world. New thinking on human problems and trends.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners

Website
College of Liberal Arts Innovation Day
 
 
more about event
Location:
Evans Auditorium
Evans Liberal Arts Building
Texas State University
Cost:
Free | Tickets Required
Contact:
Twister Marquiss
Director of the Common Experience
twister@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Innovation Week Event


» TICKETS
Admission to this event is free and open to the public. However, an advance ticket is required. Texas State first-year students will receive a pre-sale code via email on Sept. 5. Public tickets available Sept. 10 via the link above.

The Common Experience Insight Series is proud to present Dr. David Eagleman and Dr. Anthony Brandt, authors of The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World (Catapult, 2017) — the 2018-19 Common Reading book at Texas State.

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and the New York Times bestselling author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and Sum. He is the writer and host of the Emmy-nominated PBS television series The Brain. Eagleman is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, a Guggenheim fellow, and the director of the Center for Science and Law. He has written for the New York Times, Discover Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, Wired, and many others, and he appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC.

Anthony Brandt is a composer and professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He is also Artistic Director of the contemporary music ensemble Musiqa, winner of two Adventurous Programming Awards from Chamber Music America and ASCAP. Brandt has received a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet-the-Composer and the Houston Arts Alliance. Brandt has written two chamber operas and works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, dance, theater, film, television, and sound and art installations. He has co-authored papers on music cognition published in the journals Frontiers and Brain Connectivity.

What to Expect
Exploration of the mind and human creativity, including new ideas and stories about innovation, ushering you toward the potential opportunities of tomorrow.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship

Website
Common Reading: The Runaway Species
 
 
more about event

Tuesday, September 25

Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall
Texas State University
; Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
kh1590@txstate.edu
830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College
Innovation Week Exhibition

The Gallery of the Common Experience will be exhibiting a collection of work from students and the community titled The Power of Thought. This exhibit is about highlighting one's innate innovative creative power. Works will include painting, drawing, photography, found-object work, metal art, mixed media, and other 2D and 3D mediums depicting, related to, or inspired by The Power of Thought. Innovation — the 2018-19 Common Experience theme — is about opportunity in creativity.

What to Expect
Exposure to works by artists from different backgrounds and methods of creating artwork, implementing innovative styles and processes to come to their end product.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
Gallery of the Common Experience
 
 
more about event

Location:
Texas State Galleries | Joann Cole Mitte Building; FLEX Gallery
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Rebecca Marino
School of Art and Design
rebeccamarino@txstate.edu
713.503.5570
Campus Sponsor:
School of Art and Design, Texas State Galleries
Innovation Week Exhibition

On view September 17 to 30.

Part experimental film, part music video and concept album, The Was is a collaboration between artist duo Soda_Jerk and electronic music group The Avalanches. Constructed from over 100 film samples, and accompanied by the sonic landscape of The Avalanche’s acclaimed album Wildflower, the film is a psychedelic detour through the neighborhoods of collective memory. The Was will be on view during gallery hours in the FLEX space.

What to Expect
A deeper understanding of the history of cinema, collaboration, free culture activism, and the politics of image and film.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
​FLEX Gallery
 
 
more about event
Location:
Woods Teaching Theater
McCoy Hall | Room 119
; Woods Teaching Theater | McCoy 119
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Denise Smart
Dean of McCoy College of Business Administration
512.245.2311
Campus Sponsor:
McCoy College of Business Administration
Innovation Week Event

This event will include a cross-section of 3M representatives from lab/technical, marketing, sales, and finance. The intent is to "take students through the journey of using our materials science, combining it with insights and needs, creating demand, valuing for return on investment, and culminating in great sales in the market." A panel moderator will lead the discussion/presentation and Q&A involving the audience.

Speakers:
  • Chad R. Henke (moderator), 3M Global Business Manager, Automotive Bonding & Joining Solutions, Industrial Business Group, Automotive and Aerospace Solutions Division (St. Paul, MN)
  • Dr. Terry Collier, 3M Global Technical Service and Application Development Manager, Electrical Markets Division, Electronics and Energy Business Group (Austin, TX)
  • Dr. Raha A. Been, 3M Strategy and M&A Manager, Consumer Business Group, Construction & Home Improvement Markets Division (St. Paul, MN)
  • Dan McGurran, 3M Sales and Marketing Director, Electronics and Energy Business Group (St. Paul, MN)
What to Expect
Real-world insights and connections from one of the world's corporate leaders in innovation.

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

Location:
Between Evans Liberal Arts and Flowers Hall
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
margo.handwerker@txstate.edu
512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, School of Art and Design, College of Fine Arts and Communication, McCoy College of Business Administration, Department of Housing and Residential Life, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education, College of Health Professions
Innovation Week Opportunity

TXST Portal runs August 29 to December 14
General open hours on weekdays, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Check website to verify availability: TXST Portal

Shared Studios is a global public arts initiative. Each Shared Studios portal is a gold shipping container equipped with immersive audio and video technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room.

Programming in the TXST Portal ranges from unstructured "open hours" to curated events, such as Shared Meals, expert roundtables, and performances. Student organizations, faculty members, and others are invited to inquire about the development of programming around a specific topic or theme

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

What to Expect
An immersive audio/video experience connecting to other portals throughout the world.

Website
Shared Studios Portal Overview
 
 
more about event

Location:
Off Campus - San Marcos Convention Center
Cost:
$50 Event Fee
Contact:
Giselle Myers
Greater San Marcos Partnership
info@greatersanmarcostx.com
512.393.3400
Campus Sponsor:
University College, Greater San Marcos Partnership
Innovation Week Event


» REGISTRATION
This event requires advance registration.

The Greater San Marcos region's economy is growing, thanks in large part to the strong presence of an Emerging Research University — Texas State University. The University's research and commercialization efforts, including the development of their research park called STAR Park, is already having an impact in transforming our region into a center of innovation, connecting Austin and San Antonio into an "Innovation Corridor."

This event is an in-depth look at the impact that higher education research, commercialization, and innovation have on the future of our regional economy. Speakers include Texas State University President Denise Trauth, along with a panel of leaders from the higher education institutions (UT-Austin, Texas State University, UT-San Antonio) to discuss how these three institutions working collectively will drive the future of our regional economy.

Also featured at this event, is the presentation of the 2018 Dick Burdick Award for Innovation. The Burdick Award, named after the late Dick Burdick, was created to help recognize area companies that are thinking outside the box and finding creative solutions to complete problems through innovative methods, ideas, products, and practices. Past winners include Paratus Diagnostics, MicroPower Global, Quantum Materials, and Thermon.

To nominate a business located in Hays or Caldwell Counties (including your own), please submit a brief statement describing the company's innovative method, idea, product, or practice to Cara Ryan at carar@greatersanmarcostx.com. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018.

What to Expect
A summit focused on innovation throughout the Innovation Corridor connecting Austin and San Antonio.

Areas of Exploration
Community Partners

Website
Greater San Marcos Partnership
 
 
more about event

Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Madison Taber-Smith
Career Services
careerevents@txstate.edu
512.245.2645
Campus Sponsor:
Career Services
Innovation Week Event

The STEM Career Fair is an opportunity for students to get face-to-face with recruiters from various companies interested in hiring Bobcats. Download the Career Fair Plus app to plan your day, or visit the event link to see the list of organizations that will be represented. If you’re exploring careers and internships in STEM or are ready to apply for your full-time job, this is the fair for you.

What to Expect
Opportunities to network and explore careers and opportunities in STEM fields.

Areas of Exploration
Community Partners

Website
STEM Career Fair
 
 
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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
✯ Innovation Week Event

Philosophy Dialogue Topic:
Is Innovation Value Neutral?

Participants:
Dialogue Glass
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:
Evans Auditorium
Evans Liberal Arts Building
Texas State University
Cost:
Free | Tickets Required
Contact:
Twister Marquiss
Director of the Common Experience
twister@txstate.edu
512.245.3579
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Innovation Week Event


» TICKETS
Admission to this event is free and open to the public. However, an advance ticket is required. Texas State first-year students will receive a pre-sale code via email on Sept. 5. Public tickets available Sept. 10 via the link above.

José Hernández, a former migrant farmworker, was selected by NASA as a member of their 19th class of astronauts in 2004. After completing his training, he was selected for a mission in 2007 and flew as the flight engineer in the 2009 14-day STS-128 mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station. In addition to his flight engineer duties, Hernández was also one of two principal robotic arm operators and the first to tweet in English and Spanish from space.

Before being selected as an astronaut, he worked at NASA as the Branch Chief of the Materials and Processes Branch at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. There he oversaw the branch’s activities in the areas of materials and processes, fracture control, nondestructive evaluation, failure analysis, and nanomaterials research. His branch was also instrumental in participating in the investigation to help find the root cause of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident and reporting those results to the President’s Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

Prior to his time with NASA, Hernández spent more than 15 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he worked on the development of a space deployed X-Ray laser as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative. He then went on to co-develop the first full-field digital mammography system for the earlier detection of breast cancer — thus opening a new area of research called computer-aided diagnosis — and was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for this important contribution. He was also the Deputy Program Manager of the Highly Enriched Uranium Implementation program, where his team was in charge of implementing a signed bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Russian Federation for the U.S. purchase of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in the form of low enriched uranium (LEU), derived from the dismantlement of Russian nuclear weapons.

After his 2009 space mission, Hernández was assigned to work at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served as a legislative analyst and helped in the development of space policy and NASA’s annual budget package; he also served as liaison with key Congressional members. Additional duties included the development of an effective strategy that promoted the President’s new vision on space exploration.

Hernández is a former candidate for U.S. Congress and the author of several books, including his autobiography, Reaching for the Stars, and the children’s version, The Boy Who Touched the Stars.

Today, he works as a consultant within the company he founded in 2012, Tierra Luna Engineering. He provides his expertise in business development and strategic operations to help clients develop optimum growth solutions through an integrated approach. He focuses these efforts on companies involved in aerospace technologies and renewable energies.

Hernández has been the recipient of numerous awards, including NASA Service Awards (2002, 2003), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory "Outstanding Engineer Award" (2001), Upward Bound National TRiO Achiever Award (2001), U.S. Department of Energy "Outstanding Performance Commendation" (2000), Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) "Medalla de Oro" recipient for professional and community contributions (1999), and the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award for “Outstanding Technical Contribution” (1995). Hernández has been awarded 7 honorary doctorate degrees including his alma mater, University of the Pacific.

What to Expect
Inspiration and motivation to reach for the stars — literally.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partnerships

Website
LBJ Distinguished Lecture: José Hernández
 
 
more about event

Wednesday, September 25

Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall
Texas State University
; Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
kh1590@txstate.edu
830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College
Innovation Week Exhibition

The Gallery of the Common Experience will be exhibiting a collection of work from students and the community titled The Power of Thought. This exhibit is about highlighting one's innate innovative creative power. Works will include painting, drawing, photography, found-object work, metal art, mixed media, and other 2D and 3D mediums depicting, related to, or inspired by The Power of Thought. Innovation — the 2018-19 Common Experience theme — is about opportunity in creativity.

What to Expect
Exposure to works by artists from different backgrounds and methods of creating artwork, implementing innovative styles and processes to come to their end product.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
Gallery of the Common Experience
 
 
more about event

Location:
Texas State Galleries | Joann Cole Mitte Building; FLEX Gallery
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Rebecca Marino
School of Art and Design
rebeccamarino@txstate.edu
713.503.5570
Campus Sponsor:
School of Art and Design, Texas State Galleries
Innovation Week Exhibition

On view September 17 to 30.

Part experimental film, part music video and concept album, The Was is a collaboration between artist duo Soda_Jerk and electronic music group The Avalanches. Constructed from over 100 film samples, and accompanied by the sonic landscape of The Avalanche’s acclaimed album Wildflower, the film is a psychedelic detour through the neighborhoods of collective memory. The Was will be on view during gallery hours in the FLEX space.

What to Expect
A deeper understanding of the history of cinema, collaboration, free culture activism, and the politics of image and film.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
​FLEX Gallery
 
 
more about event

Location:
Between Evans Liberal Arts and Flowers Hall
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
margo.handwerker@txstate.edu
512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, School of Art and Design, College of Fine Arts and Communication, McCoy College of Business Administration, Department of Housing and Residential Life, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education, College of Health Professions
Innovation Week Opportunity

TXST Portal runs August 29 to December 14
General open hours on weekdays, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Check website to verify availability: TXST Portal

Shared Studios is a global public arts initiative. Each Shared Studios portal is a gold shipping container equipped with immersive audio and video technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room.

Programming in the TXST Portal ranges from unstructured "open hours" to curated events, such as Shared Meals, expert roundtables, and performances. Student organizations, faculty members, and others are invited to inquire about the development of programming around a specific topic or theme

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

What to Expect
An immersive audio/video experience connecting to other portals throughout the world.

Website
Shared Studios Portal Overview
 
 
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Berry
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research
mb54@txstate.edu
512.716.4568
Campus Sponsor:
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, College of Education, Common Experience
Innovation Week Event

NASA Innovation Day
11-11:45 a.m.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Armstrong Flight Research Center
Presenters: Mr. Brandon Rodriguez and Dr. Barbie Buckner

Using the elements of art — shape, line, color, texture, value — participants make sense of images of planets, asteroids, comets and moons, honing observation skills and inspiring questions. Learners of all ages create a beautiful piece of art while learning to recognize the geology on planetary surfaces. The lesson begins with what we know here on Earth and then uses that awareness to help participants interpret features on distant objects in the solar system. Art and the Comic Connection offers a terrific bridge between Earth and space science, as well as a wonderful dive into the potential of science to inspire art — and art to empower science!

The LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State presents an entire day of events related to career paths in STEM fields and beyond.

What to Expect
Learning and inspiration to make big leaps, from Earth to the Moon to the cosmos beyond.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners
 
 
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Berry
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research
mb54@txstate.edu
512.716.4568
Campus Sponsor:
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, College of Education, Common Experience
Innovation Week Event

NASA Innovation Day
12-12:45 p.m.
Texas State University and Goddard Space Flight Center
Presenters: Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz and Dr. Deepika Sangam

In this session you will learn about the key milestones of NASA’s innovation portfolio that will enable long-duration human exploration of Earth’s Moon, Mars and beyond. These milestones have not only advanced Science, but have significantly impacted and improved our everyday life here on Earth through Spinoff Technologies. During this session you will also learn about examples of these Spinoff technologies in an interactive way.

The LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State presents an entire day of events related to career paths in STEM fields and beyond.

What to Expect
Learning and inspiration to make big leaps, from Earth to the Moon to the cosmos beyond.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners
 
 
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Berry
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research
mb54@txstate.edu
512.716.4568
Campus Sponsor:
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, College of Education, Common Experience
Innovation Week Event

NASA Innovation Day
1-1:45 p.m.
Kennedy Space Center and Ames Research Center
Presenters: Dr. Lester Morales and Dr. Samuel Garcia, Jr.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program: The next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide a safe, reliable, and cost-effective access to and from International Space Station and low-Earth-orbit. Let’s learn about the companies, the vehicles, and the crew.

The LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State presents an entire day of events related to career paths in STEM fields and beyond.

What to Expect
Learning and inspiration to make big leaps, from Earth to the Moon to the cosmos beyond.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners
 
 
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Berry
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research
mb54@txstate.edu
512.716.4568
Campus Sponsor:
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, College of Education, Common Experience
Innovation Week Event

NASA Innovation Day
2-2:45 p.m.
Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center
Presenters: Mr. Steven Smith and Mr. John Weis

Participants will get an overview of NASA’s plans for returning to the Moon and continuing on to Mars. Discussion will include the challenge of landing humans versus robots and equipment before closing with a hands-on design challenge to innovate a new lunar lander.

The LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State presents an entire day of events related to career paths in STEM fields and beyond.

What to Expect
Learning and inspiration to make big leaps, from Earth to the Moon to the cosmos beyond.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners
 
 
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Berry
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research
mb54@txstate.edu
512.716.4568
Campus Sponsor:
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, College of Education, Common Experience
Innovation Week Event

NASA Innovation Day
3-3:45 p.m.
John C. Stennis Space Center and Langley Research Center
Presenters: Mr. Stephen Culivan and Dr. Anne Weiss


Nearly 50 years ago, Apollo astronauts made humankind’s first landing on another world. It was no easy or small step. It took many people with different skills working as one team and countless new innovations to accomplish this historic, technological achievement. NASA is now planning to send humans back to the Moon and then on to Mars. What new careers and technologies will be needed to achieve this giant leap into our solar system? This session will explore that question and demonstrate the need for new innovations developed by people like you.

The LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State presents an entire day of events related to career paths in STEM fields and beyond.

What to Expect
Learning and inspiration to make big leaps, from Earth to the Moon to the cosmos beyond.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners
 
 
more about event
Location:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Michelle Berry
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research
mb54@txstate.edu
512.716.4568
Campus Sponsor:
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, College of Education, Common Experience
Innovation Week Event

NASA Innovation Day
4-4:45 p.m.
Glenn Research Center and Texas State University
Presenters: Ms. Susan Labarre-Kohler and Ms. Sara Torres


Look inside Boeing’s Starliner and Space X’s Crew Dragon, the commercial spacecraft that will fly astronauts from the U.S. to the International Space Station for the first time since 2011. Explore the skills needed to complete a mission that requires collaboration between NASA and multiple commercial companies that share a definite purpose and specific experiences. The LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State presents an entire day of events related to career paths in STEM fields and beyond.

What to Expect
Learning and inspiration to make big leaps, from Earth to the Moon to the cosmos beyond.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
Community Partners
 
 
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
✯ Innovation Week Event

Philosophy Dialogue Topic:
The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World
Texas State's 2018-19 Common Reading

Presenter:
Dr. Erika Nielson, Assistant Director of the Common Experience and Common Reading Coordinator

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:
Alkek Library | Teaching Theater
Texas State University
; Teaching Theater
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Twister Marquiss
Director of the Common Experience
512.245.3579
twister@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Common Experience
Innovation Week Event

The Common Experience Insight Series presents a roundtable discussion event featuring trendsetting business leaders and vision-forward municipal government.

Confirmed speakers:
  • Adriana Cruz (moderator), President of the Greater San Marcos Partnership
  • Paul Brown, President of Bautex Systems
  • Steve Frayser, Executive Director of STAR Park, Texas State University
  • Dr. Jennifer Irvin, Director of the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization (MSEC) Program, Texas State University
  • John Thomaides, Mayor of San Marcos
What to Expect
An overview of innovative ideas at work in the Innovation Corridor, as well as opportunities to become part of economic future of the region.

Areas of Exploration
Community Partners
 
 
more about event

Thursday, September 27

Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall
Texas State University
; Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
kh1590@txstate.edu
830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College
Innovation Week Exhibition

The Gallery of the Common Experience will be exhibiting a collection of work from students and the community titled The Power of Thought. This exhibit is about highlighting one's innate innovative creative power. Works will include painting, drawing, photography, found-object work, metal art, mixed media, and other 2D and 3D mediums depicting, related to, or inspired by The Power of Thought. Innovation — the 2018-19 Common Experience theme — is about opportunity in creativity.

What to Expect
Exposure to works by artists from different backgrounds and methods of creating artwork, implementing innovative styles and processes to come to their end product.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
Gallery of the Common Experience
 
 
more about event
Location:
Alkek Library, First Floor; Room 101
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Debbie Pitts
Alkek Library
dhp19@txstate.edu
512.245.4252
Campus Sponsor:
Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and University Libraries
Innovation Week Event​

GIS Specialist Dr. Nathaniel Dede-Bamfo will introduce you to some selected popular GIS applications useful for research in any academic discipline. Attendees will have a hands-on experience with GIS and learn how to make a basic map

Alkek Technology Day
Learn from campus and industry experts and explore the technology that is — or soon will be — available in the Alkek Library: Virtual Reality, GIS, 3D Printing, Coding, Prototyping and more. Choose one or more of the daytime technology workshops and/or work with a team in the evening 360-Minute Innovation Challenge to develop and propose a creative technology solution to a real-world issue with the help of industry professionals who can help you hone your ideas into a first-class proposal.

What to Expect
New ways to interact with and apply technology through workshops and fun problem-solving.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship

Website
Alkek Technology Day
 
 
more about event

Location:
Texas State Galleries | Joann Cole Mitte Building; FLEX Gallery
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Rebecca Marino
School of Art and Design
rebeccamarino@txstate.edu
713.503.5570
Campus Sponsor:
School of Art and Design, Texas State Galleries
Innovation Week Exhibition

On view September 17 to 30.

Part experimental film, part music video and concept album, The Was is a collaboration between artist duo Soda_Jerk and electronic music group The Avalanches. Constructed from over 100 film samples, and accompanied by the sonic landscape of The Avalanche’s acclaimed album Wildflower, the film is a psychedelic detour through the neighborhoods of collective memory. The Was will be on view during gallery hours in the FLEX space.

What to Expect
A deeper understanding of the history of cinema, collaboration, free culture activism, and the politics of image and film.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
​FLEX Gallery
 
 
more about event

Location:
Between Evans Liberal Arts and Flowers Hall
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
margo.handwerker@txstate.edu
512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, School of Art and Design, College of Fine Arts and Communication, McCoy College of Business Administration, Department of Housing and Residential Life, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education, College of Health Professions
Innovation Week Opportunity

TXST Portal runs August 29 to December 14
General open hours on weekdays, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Check website to verify availability: TXST Portal

Shared Studios is a global public arts initiative. Each Shared Studios portal is a gold shipping container equipped with immersive audio and video technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room.

Programming in the TXST Portal ranges from unstructured "open hours" to curated events, such as Shared Meals, expert roundtables, and performances. Student organizations, faculty members, and others are invited to inquire about the development of programming around a specific topic or theme

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

What to Expect
An immersive audio/video experience connecting to other portals throughout the world.

Website
Shared Studios Portal Overview
 
 
more about event

Location:
Alkek Library, First Floor; Room 101
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Debbie Pitts
Alkek Library
dhp19@txstate.edu
512.245.4252
Campus Sponsor:
Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and University Libraries
Innovation Week Event​

Get creative and get coding with Dr. Sean Justice from the School of Art and Design as he demonstrates the micro:bits controller. This revolutionary device from the BBC and Microsoft opens physical computing interfaces to a wide range of learners, from complete novices to advanced UX designers. No previous coding or programming experience required. This is a hands-on, collaborative workshop.

Alkek Technology Day
Learn from campus and industry experts and explore the technology that is — or soon will be — available in the Alkek Library: Virtual Reality, GIS, 3D Printing, Coding, Prototyping and more. Choose one or more of the daytime technology workshops and/or work with a team in the evening 360-Minute Innovation Challenge to develop and propose a creative technology solution to a real-world issue with the help of industry professionals who can help you hone your ideas into a first-class proposal.

What to Expect
New ways to interact with and apply technology through workshops and fun problem-solving.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship

Website
Alkek Technology Day
 
 
more about event

Location:
Alkek Library, First Floor; Room 119
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Debbie Pitts
Alkek Library
dhp19@txstate.edu
512.245.4252
Campus Sponsor:
Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and University Libraries
​✯ Innovation Week Event​

Learn the steps to create and print a 3D model in this workshop led by library and IT experts. This workshop will show you how 3D printing can be used for innovative problem-solving.

​Alkek Technology Day
Learn from campus and industry experts and explore the technology that is — or soon will be — available in the Alkek Library: Virtual Reality, GIS, 3D Printing, Coding, Prototyping and more. Choose one or more of the daytime technology workshops and/or work with a team in the evening 360-Minute Innovation Challenge to develop and propose a creative technology solution to a real-world issue with the help of industry professionals who can help you hone your ideas into a first-class proposal.

What to Expect
New ways to interact with and apply technology through workshops and fun problem-solving.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship

Website
Alkek Technology Day
 
 
more about event

Location:
Alkek Library, First Floor; Room 118
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Debbie Pitts
Alkek Library
dhp19@txstate.edu
512.245.4252
Campus Sponsor:
Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and University Libraries
✯ Innovation Week Event

Experience three levels of immersion through this guided workshop led by Dr. Jonathon Zmikly of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. See what possibilities are available through virtual and augmented reality.

Alkek Room 118, sign up for one 45-minute session that takes you through all three activities. Your choice of available start times either 12:30, 1:15 or 2 p.m.

Alkek Technology Day
Learn from campus and industry experts and explore the technology that is — or soon will be — available in the Alkek Library: Virtual Reality, GIS, 3D Printing, Coding, Prototyping and more. Choose one or more of the daytime technology workshops and/or work with a team in the evening 360-Minute Innovation Challenge to develop and propose a creative technology solution to a real-world issue with the help of industry professionals who can help you hone your ideas into a first-class proposal.

What to Expect
New ways to interact with and apply technology through workshops and fun problem-solving.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship

Website
Alkek Technology Day
 
 
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
✯ Innovation Week Event

Philosophy Dialogue Topic:
Heidegger’s Perspective on Technology

Presenters:
• Dialogue Class
• Hunter Chambers, St. Mary's University (special guest)

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:
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Madison Taber-Smith
Career Services
careerevents@txstate.edu
512.245.2645
Campus Sponsor:
Career Services
Innovation Week Event​

Meet employers from concrete and construction organizations who will be seeking summer interns, part-time and full-time employees.  A complete list of employers attending this event will be available in Jobs4Cats or by downloading the Career Fair App. Just search "Career Fair Plus" in the App Store or Google Play Store, then select "Texas State University" within the app. All majors are welcome to attend.

What to Expect
Opportunities to network and explore careers and opportunities in construction and concrete industries.

Areas of Exploration
Community Partners

Website
Career Services
 
 
more about event

Location:
Alkek Library, First Floor; Room 101
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Debbie Pitts
Alkek Library
dhp19@txstate.edu
512.245.4252
Campus Sponsor:
Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and University Libraries
Innovation Week Event​

Rapid Prototyping: Learn how to prototype an app or website with no programming to get your ideas across quickly to an audience and test it on real users. Prof. Grayson Lawrence of the School of Art and Design will teach you how to do rapid prototyping and user testing.

​Alkek Technology Day
Learn from campus and industry experts and explore the technology that is — or soon will be — available in the Alkek Library: Virtual Reality, GIS, 3D Printing, Coding, Prototyping and more. Choose one or more of the daytime technology workshops and/or work with a team in the evening 360-Minute Innovation Challenge to develop and propose a creative technology solution to a real-world issue with the help of industry professionals who can help you hone your ideas into a first-class proposal.

What to Expect
New ways to interact with and apply technology through workshops and fun problem-solving.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship

Website
Alkek Technology Day
 
 
more about event

Location:
Alkek Library, First Floor; Room 118
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Debbie Pitts
Alkek Library
dhp19@txstate.edu
512.245.4252
Campus Sponsor:
Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and University Libraries
Innovation Week Event​

Prof. Grayson Lawrence shows you how to organize ideas and target solutions before designing products or innovative solution designs. Students participating in the Alkek Technology Day Innovate-athon are encouraged to attend in this workshop.

​Alkek Technology Day
Learn from campus and industry experts and explore the technology that is — or soon will be — available in the Alkek Library: Virtual Reality, GIS, 3D Printing, Coding, Prototyping and more. Choose one or more of the daytime technology workshops and/or work with a team in the evening 360-Minute Innovation Challenge to develop and propose a creative technology solution to a real-world issue with the help of industry professionals who can help you hone your ideas into a first-class proposal.

What to Expect
New ways to interact with and apply technology through workshops and fun problem-solving.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship

Website
Alkek Technology Day
 
 
more about event
Location:
Alkek Library, First Floor; Room 105/106
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Debbie Pitts
Alkek Library
dhp19@txstate.edu
512.245.4252
Campus Sponsor:
Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and University Libraries
Innovation Week Event​

Spend an evening at the Alkek Library working with other students, guided by industry professionals, in this fun marathon competition. Your team will propose a solution to a real-world problem that involves the use of technology and innovation. You will record a presentation explaining your innovative solution before the end of the evening. The winning team will earn awards, bragging rights and a résumé-applicable honor. Competition winners will be announced at a Common Experience event the next evening. Participants are  encouraged, but not required, to attend at least one of the workshops offered earlier in the day as part of Alkek Technology Day. (First half-hour will consist of introductions and instruction.)

Alkek Technology Day
Learn from campus and industry experts and explore the technology that is — or soon will be — available in the Alkek Library: Virtual Reality, GIS, 3D Printing, Coding, Prototyping and more. Choose one or more of the daytime technology workshops and/or work with a team in the evening 360-Minute Innovation Challenge to develop and propose a creative technology solution to a real-world issue with the help of industry professionals who can help you hone your ideas into a first-class proposal.

What to Expect
New ways to interact with and apply technology through workshops and fun problem-solving.

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

Website
Alkek Technology Day
 
 
more about event

Location:
Centennial Hall Room 157
Texas State University
; Room 157
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Eli Kanon
Department of Philosophy
elikanon@txstate.edu
512.245.6597
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Philosophy, Religious Studies Program
Innovation Week Event

The Department of Philosophy presents the 3rd annual Space Settlement Symposium, a roundtable conversation on the United Nations Outer Space Treaty of 1967. Currently, this is the only regulatory agreement for the use of outer space. As more nations and private organizations innovate technology to access and pursue non-terrestrial resources, the question of how such innovation should be constrained and regulated in order to uphold the UN sentiment that "no one can own outer space" must be addressed. Discussion will include current regulatory practices of outer space and suggestions for future regulation.

What to Expect
New insights and motivation regarding an inevitable progression into humans living off-world, beyond Earth.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship

Website
Space Settlement Symposium
 
 
more about event

Friday, September 28

Location:
Gallery of the Common Experience
Lampasas Hall
Texas State University
; Gallery of the Common Experience
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kelsey Huckaby
Curator, Gallery of the Common Experience
kh1590@txstate.edu
830.387.0762
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College
Innovation Week Exhibition

The Gallery of the Common Experience will be exhibiting a collection of work from students and the community titled The Power of Thought. This exhibit is about highlighting one's innate innovative creative power. Works will include painting, drawing, photography, found-object work, metal art, mixed media, and other 2D and 3D mediums depicting, related to, or inspired by The Power of Thought. Innovation — the 2018-19 Common Experience theme — is about opportunity in creativity.

What to Expect
Exposure to works by artists from different backgrounds and methods of creating artwork, implementing innovative styles and processes to come to their end product.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
Gallery of the Common Experience
 
 
more about event

Location:
Texas State Galleries | Joann Cole Mitte Building; FLEX Gallery
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Rebecca Marino
School of Art and Design
rebeccamarino@txstate.edu
713.503.5570
Campus Sponsor:
School of Art and Design, Texas State Galleries
Innovation Week Exhibition

On view September 17 to 30.

Part experimental film, part music video and concept album, The Was is a collaboration between artist duo Soda_Jerk and electronic music group The Avalanches. Constructed from over 100 film samples, and accompanied by the sonic landscape of The Avalanche’s acclaimed album Wildflower, the film is a psychedelic detour through the neighborhoods of collective memory. The Was will be on view during gallery hours in the FLEX space.

What to Expect
A deeper understanding of the history of cinema, collaboration, free culture activism, and the politics of image and film.

Areas of Exploration
Creative Arts

Website
​FLEX Gallery
 
 
more about event

Location:
Sewell Park
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Donya Villarreal
College of Education
donya@txstate.edu
512.245.2150
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Health and Human Performance, College of Education
Innovation Week Event​

DrumCats research-based initiative will be showcased in Sewell Park. DrumCats features innovative drumming on large exercise balls to music as part of Drumtastic Ability Beats® program from Drums Alive, Inc. This an all-inclusive, comprehensive, multi-generational, culturally diverse Brain and Body program for all ages and abilities unlocks limitations and empowers participants to achieve healthy and happy lives through research-based fitness and wellness applications. Presented by Dr. Lyn Litchke.

What to Expect
Innovative empowerment in fitness and wellness.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
 
 
more about event

Location:
Between Evans Liberal Arts and Flowers Hall
Texas State University
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Margo Handwerker
Texas State Galleries
margo.handwerker@txstate.edu
512.245.2664
Campus Sponsor:
Texas State Galleries, School of Art and Design, College of Fine Arts and Communication, McCoy College of Business Administration, Department of Housing and Residential Life, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education, College of Health Professions
Innovation Week Opportunity

TXST Portal runs August 29 to December 14
General open hours on weekdays, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Check website to verify availability: TXST Portal

Shared Studios is a global public arts initiative. Each Shared Studios portal is a gold shipping container equipped with immersive audio and video technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room.

Programming in the TXST Portal ranges from unstructured "open hours" to curated events, such as Shared Meals, expert roundtables, and performances. Student organizations, faculty members, and others are invited to inquire about the development of programming around a specific topic or theme

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

What to Expect
An immersive audio/video experience connecting to other portals throughout the world.

Website
Shared Studios Portal Overview
 
 
more about event
Location:
Education Building
Rooms 1024, 1025, and 1026
; Rooms 1024, 1025, and 1026
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Donya Villarreal
College of Education
donya@txstate.edu
512.245.2150
Campus Sponsor:
College of Education
✯ Innovation Week Event

The College of Education’s first-floor clinic will be open for students on Friday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, to learn about the innovative ways in which the space is utilized by three of the College’s programs.

The Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation and Support (CARES) provides educational programs and services for individuals with autism and related developmental disorders. Their faculty and staff will be available to provide a tour of the clinic and share information about the services they provide both to their clients and to the local community. Located in ED 1024.

The School Psychology graduate program offers two assessment services as part of the Assessment and Counseling Clinic and CARES. The assessments focus on the challenges in the learning process and factors that impede the learning process, as well as the identification of autism. School Psychology faculty will share information about how the assessment clinic functions, the services provided, and some of the common tools used. Located in ED 1025.

The Professional Counseling graduate program operates two counseling and training clinics that serve the San Marcos and Round Rock communities. These clinics offer counseling for a variety of concerns. The space is also utilized by the Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy and the Institute for Play Therapy. Professional Counseling faculty will share information on the counseling services provided through the program and specialized clinic programming. Located in ED 1026.

What to Expect
Opportunities to explore and learn about impactful programs and innovative clinic space.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
 
 
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Location:
Jowers Center, Room 205
Texas State University
; Room 205
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Donya Villarreal
College of Education
donya@txstate.edu
512.245.2150
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Health & Human Performance, College of Education
Innovation Week Event​

The Department of Health and Human Performance in the College of Education invites distinguished scholars to deliver a Brennan and Smith Lecture every year. This fall, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Jared Russell of Auburn University will be visiting Texas State University and presenting several sessions on promoting diversity and inclusion in graduate and undergraduate programs in higher education. Dr. Russell will dialogue with faculty and students in the Department of Health and Human Performance on issues encompassing diversity and inclusion in HHP academic disciplines and related professional careers. Students participating in this event must pre-register.

What to Expect
Innovative insights into heath and human performance careers.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Research + Scholarship
 
 
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Location:
Lampasas Hall, Room 501; Room 501
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Sandy Rao
The Graduate College
sr02@txstate.edu
512.245.3790
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College, Graduate College, Common Experience
Innovation Week Event

The Honors College and the Graduate College present graduate student panels to discuss opportunities to pursue innovative research. Free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP by Wednesday, September 26, at the link below.

The Roads to Research Grad Chat series provides current Texas State undergraduates access to outstanding graduate students' research experiences first-hand. Three panelists will participate:
  • Amarilis M. Castillo, doctoral student in Developmental Education
  • Ryan Leach, master's student in Mass Communication
  • Eric Welch, doctoral student in the Material Science, Engineering and Commercialization (MSEC) Program
What to Expect
Paths forward in innovative research.

Areas of Exploration
Teaching + Learning
Creative Arts
Research + Scholarship

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Location:
Performing Arts Center
Recital Hall
Texas State University
Cost:
Free for students | $10 adult, $8 seniors/children
Contact:
Jonathan Babcock
School of Music
512.560.3317
jb211@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Stars At Night Concert Series, School of Music Dean's Showcase, College of Fine Arts & Communication
Innovation Week Event


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An advance ticket is required for this event.

Arnold Schoenberg’s melodrama Pierrot Lunaire stands as one of the seminal works of 20th century modern art. For this work, Schoenberg developed a startlingly innovative style of vocal delivery he called Sprechstimme (speaking-voice), which requires the text to be partly spoken and partly sung. The narrator is accompanied by flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. Using poetry by Belgian dramatist Albert Geraud, the work continues to amaze and disturb listeners over 100 years after it was first performed. School of Music faculty members Adah Jones (flute), Vanguel Tanguerov (clarinet), Lynn Ledbetter (violin), Karla Hamelin (cello), Joey Martin (piano), Myra Vassian (narrator) and Jonathan Babcock (conductor) will perform.

What to Expect
A style and sound of music that is likely unknown to many — innovation in the fine arts.

Area of Exploration
Creative Arts
 
 
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