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Fall 2010

Students in the General Science class on a field trip
Students in the General Science class on a field trip

August 10: Honors Student Association BBQ
September 10: "Take Back the Tap" Event
Gallery Exhibit: Sustainability Must Be Beautiful
October 2: Freshman Retreat
October 7: Meet the Professor Night
October 11: Tree Planting Ceremony
October 16: Bobcat Day
October 29: National Collegiate Honors Council Conference
October 22: Colin Beavan Reception
October 27: Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Students at the HSA BBQ in Sewell Park
Students at the HSA BBQ in Sewell Park

November 11: Poems on the Act of Attention
Fall 2010: Teaching Poetry to Children
November 17: Honors Student Association Multicultural Dinner
December 2-3: Undergraduate Research Conference
Fall 2010: GS 3310 Field Trip

GS3310 Field Trip

How & What:  Students from the Honors section of GS3310 went on a field trip with Professor Lemke to Canyon Gorge and the McDonald Observatory.

When: Fall 2010

Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Who & What: The Office of the Associate Vice President for Research and the Honors College sponsored the 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.  Each year, they sponsor an Undergraduate Research Conference (URC).  The goal of the event is to showcase and celebrate Texas State undergraduate student work from the different colleges and disciplines.  The URC is a wonderful way for students and faculty to learn about the different research projects that are occurring on the Texas State campus.

When: 2 & 3 December, 2010

Where: LBJ Student Center 3-9.1 and 3-14.1

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Jason Reed, Texas State University, Department of Photography 

"Borderland Collective: Research to Create Change"

Professor Jason Reed, director of the social art project Borderland Collective, will use his personal work as a model of research that has a basis in personal passion, high ideals, necessary utility, and social sustainability. With the desire to create social and cultural change through his research Professor Reed founded Borderland Collective in 2008. Using diverse creative mediums such as photography and creative writing, Reed and his colleagues facilitate collaborative storytelling between artists, teachers, youth and families living in the US/Mexico borderland region, exhibit and publish the results of their collaborations, and preserve the work in an archive that puts forward an alternative history of our time driven by everyday voices.

The Fall 2010 research presentations were very competitve and well-presented. The first place prize was $250 and the second place prize was $150. The winners were:

First place:
Danielle Faurie, "Uranium Remediation in Hanford Vadose Zone Sediments by Ammonia Gas Treatment"

Second place:
Lucinda Choules, "The Efficacy of Garlic as an Antibacterial Agent"

Honorable mentions:
Sherille Bradley, "Changes in Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa Grown in Mixed Culture for 500 Generations"

Amanda Duran, "Characterization of Singlet Oxygen Generated DNA-Protein Cross-links"

Joseph Whitt, "Trafficking Patterns of Candida albicans Cell Mutants Within Murine Macrophages Upon Phagocytosis"

HSA Multicultural Dinner

Who & What: The Honors Student Association hosted its annual Multicultural Dinner this fall.  Attendees were invited to bring a dish of their choice to share with everyone.  Honors faculty, students, and staff enjoyed delicious food in a very relaxing atmosphere.

When: Wednesday, 17 November 17, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Lampasas 501

Teaching Poetry to Children

Honors professor and Associate Director Diann McCabe taught HON 3392R Teaching Poetry to Children in the fall semester.  Students in this course study the work of poet Kenneth Koch to learn how to teach children to read and write poetry. Using classical poetry and a "poetry idea," students teach poetry to children in elementary and middle school classes, prepare books of the children's original poems, and hold children's poetry readings in the classrooms and in the library.

Please read the Texas State blog entry about the Honors Teaching Poetry to Children course.

Sustaining the Moment: Poems on the Act of Attention

Who & What: The Department of English, the Honors College, and the Common Experience sponsored a night of jazz and poetry reading.  The Montecristos played live music at 6:00 p.m.  This preceded poetry readings by MFA faculty on the subject of "sustaining the moment" at 7:00 p.m.  Refreshments were served. The event was free and open to the public. 

When: Thursday, 11 November, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407

Día de los Muertos Celebration

Who & What: The 4th annual Día de los Muertos event was sponsored by the Honors College. This annual Common Experience event preserves and sustains cultural traditions as well as ties between the University and the San Marcos community. All Texas State students, faculty, staff, and the San Marcos community were invited to participate in the festivities, which included interactive arts & crafts, folkloric dance by Grupo Ocotochtli, San Marcos Mariachi Academy, traditional food, and games.

Everyone from the University and community was encouraged to bring photos of loved one from October 18-17 to contribute to the community altar as an act of sustaining cultural traditions.

When: Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407

Colin Beavan Reception

Colin Beavan: In November 2006, Colin Beavan launched a year-long project in which he and his family attempted to live with as little environmental impact as possible - in New York City.  Beavan’s experiment is the subject of his book, No Impact Man, which is the 2010-2011 Common Experience text.  A reception for Beavan was held prior to his Common Experience speech in Strahan Coliseum on October 22 at 7:00 pm.

When: 22 October, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, LAMP 407

National Collegiate Honors Council

National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC): Honors staff and students attended the NCHC Conference. This conference is designed to allow honors groups to exchange and promote ideas that have been successful within their particular honors association.  NCHC 2010 was attended by Honors student Beatriz Gomez and Honors staff, Dr. Heather Galloway and Professor Diann McCabe.  They presented "Staying Hungry: Creativity and the Low-Budget Freshman Retreat".

When: 20 October - 24 October, 2010

Where: Kansas City, Missouri

Bobcat Day

Who & What: Bobcat Days are an opportunity for potential Texas State students to visit the University campus and gain insight into life as a Bobcat. During these visits, prospective students meet with faculty, staff, and student representatives from the various colleges, departments, and programs on campus.

The Honors College hosts a table at each Bobcat Day where Honors staff discuss the benefits of the program.  An oral information session is also offered where staff and Honors students also talk about the program and its classes. 

When: 16 October, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Where: LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Tree Planting Ceremony

Who: Students in Dr. Catherine Hawkins' "Universal Human Rights: A Global Perspective" class planted a tree in honor of Wangari Maathai - founder of the Greenbelt Movement.  The ceremony also coincided with 10/10/10, which was the Global Work Party Day: A Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions.

When: 11 October, 2010

Where: Outside of Strahan Coliseum

Meet the Professor Night

Meet the Professor Night: Honors professors gave presentations on the courses they offered in Spring 2011.  This was a time for professors to recruit students and for students to learn more about potential classes, and to meet professors.

Where:  Honors Coffee Forum

When: Thursday, October 7, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Freshman Retreat

Fall Freshman Retreat: The retreat was designed to build and strengthen the honors community at Texas State. It included various workshops, a time for play, and a talent show. The retreat incorporated ideas from this year's Common Experience theme of sustainability.

HSA coordinated the morning icebreakers with the freshmen.  Students made collages inspired by a Walt Whitman poem in Dr. Heather Galloway and Professor Diann McCabe's workshop.  Dr. Steve Zinkgraf and Professor John Hood hosted a Shakespearan swordfighting workshop, which gave students the opportunity to hurl Shakespearean insults and one another while swordfighting.  HSA inspired students to imagine their own honors courses and share it with others.

When: Saturday, 10 October, 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas Hall

Sustainability Must Be Beautiful

"Sustainability Must Be Beautiful" reception: The theme of the art exhibit coincides with the 2010-2011 Common Experience theme of sustainability as each work of art reflects ideas of the environment itself, environmental awareness, education, or is made out of recycled materials.

When: 30 September, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, 407 Lampasas

Take Back the Taptap

Who & What: Supporting Women in Geograpy hosted “Take Back the Tap” as part of a national campaign by Food and Water Watch.  This organization handed out water bottles to students, faculty, and staff with the intent of encouraging people to stop drinking from plastic bottles in exchange for consuming tap water for environmental and health benefits.

When: Wednesday, September 10, 2010

Where: The Quad


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

When: August 2010

Where: Sewell Park