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Fall 2011

Meet the Professor

Honors professors gave presentations on courses they offered the following semester. This was a time for professors to recruit students and for students to learn more about potential classes, in addition to meeting professors.

Combat Paper

The Combat Paper Project utilizes art making workshops to assist veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences as well as broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture.

Through papermaking workshops veterans use their uniforms worn in combat to create cathartic works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper. Veterans use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms as art and begin to embrace their experiences in the military.

The organization travels across the United States, and for the month of October, found its home at Texas State University. The Combat Paper Project's work here was sponsored by the the Common Experience, Honors College, Residence Life, Lime Kiln Bed & Breakfast, and Veterans Alliance Texas State.

So far they have had demonstrations in the quad, and workshops in the community and in Honors. A reception with an exhibit of the work from Texas State University and from members of the San Marcos community will be held Thursday, November 3, from 3-5 p.m. in the Honors coffee forum.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

The celebration for the traditional Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos was held in the Honors Coffee Forum on Friday, October 28.

Pictured at right are members of the Ballet Folklorico group, Young at Heart, dancing outside of Lampasas Building before the audience of students, faculty and community members.

Thanks to organizer Michelle Sotolongo (Honors alumna and advisor for University College) and to Dr. Ana Juarez, Department of Anthropology, and Honors freshman Antonia Gonzalez for their work on this event.

Soledad O'Brien Reception

Soledad O'Brien, the Lyndon B. Johnson Distinguished Lecturer and Fall 2011 Common Experience Speaker, joined Honors for a welcome reception. Soledad O'Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. O'Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award winning, record-breaking, and critically-acclaimed documentaries on some of the most important stories facing the world today. 

Before giving her Common Experience speech on the First Amendment at Strahan Coliseum, O'Brien was interviewed by Texas State Journalism students.

Below are photos from her reception.

Graduate School Workshop

Dr. Joseph L. Brown,  Graduate Diversity Recruiting Officer for the School for Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University and graduate of the Honors College at Texas State answered students' questions about applying for graduate school.

MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2011, 3:30-5 pm in LAMP 501
Followed by:
"Our anemic support for freedom of speech: An explanation from social
 psychology...and a recommendation"
--A talk by Joseph L. Brown, PhD.

Dr. Brown remained at Lamapasas Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 19 and advised students in one on one sessions to help them plan their path to graduate school. Below are photos from Dr. Brown's speech and advising.

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: the first amendment.

HSA coordinated the morning icebreakers with the freshmen.  Students made collages, learned to swordfight, created their own honors courses, had a dinner with faculty and an alumni speaker.

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Images of the First Amendment

Every year, the Honors Coffee Forum houses a different exhibit that correlates to that year's  Common Experience theme. The theme of the 2011-12 academic year was The First Amendment. This year, the Gallery of the Common Experience displayed art pieces that either advocated free speech, or sparked free speech through their controversial nature. Zoha Shafiq's art piece, a painted flag, even facilitated free speech, as students were encouraged to write their opinions on the flag.