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Fall 2012

HylaryEthiopian Coffee Ceremony

On November 26, Honors professor Dr. Catherine Hawkins shared stories, pictures, and interesting information about her recent trip to Ethiopia. Dr. Hawkins travelled to the rich cultured country to learn more about their burgeoning educational structures and to begin organizing a possible abroad course there.

Honors student Hylary Ahrendt also spoke about her experience in India as a teacher and "sister." Hylary currently has photos from her journey on display in the Coffee Forum at this semster's Common Experience exhibit. She presented her photos at the event as well.

Finally, Honors student Zoha Shafiq shared and described her family photos on display in the exhibit as well. Zoha's family is from Pakistan and she shared their personal experience and history through the photos.

poemWorld Enough and Time: Poems of World Travel

Hear images of world travel in an early evening of live music and poetry in the Honors Coffee Forum. The Art Carvajal Quartet will start with jazz selections, followed by featured poets including John Blair, Ogaga Ifowodo, Roger Jones, Kathleen Peirce, and Steve Wilson, all from the MFA Program at Texas State

Del Shores

Philosophy Dialogue Series

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 2:00 pm | DERR 111
Del Shores presented a joint Philosophy Dialogue Series lecture with the Honors College's Introduction to LGBTQ Studies class.

Sordid Lives Performances
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 8:00 pm | Wimberley Players (Preview Performance)
November 9, 2012 – December 2, 2012 (Regular Performances)
Del Shores attended a preview performance of his play Sordid Lives. There was a talk­‐back discussion with the author following the performance.
 Wimberley Players continued to perform "Sordid Lives" from the opening night on Nov. 9 to Dec. 2, with performances on Friday evening at 8pm, Saturday evening at 8pm, and Sunday matinee at 2:30pm.
An Evening with Del Shores
Thursday, November 8, 2012 | 7:30 pm | PSH Studio Theatre, Theatre Building

The Theatre Department hosted an informal presentation of Del Shores’ monologues and commentaries; a reception followed!
Mr. Shores’ participation in these events is funded by the Honors College, Equity and Access Fund, and the University Lecturer’s Committee at Texas State University–San Marcos.

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations

The Honors College in conjunction with the Center for International Studies celebrated this holiday by making our own altar, which was located in the Honors College Coffee Forum. Stop by from now until November 1 to make your own contribution in remembrance of those who have passed.

Día de los Muertos Campus and San Marcos Community Celebration

An evening filled with art, music, dance, food, and crafts in the tradition of the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos. Free and open to the entire campus and local community, this event was sponsored by Hombres Unidas, Latinas Unidas, the Honors College, the Center for the Study of the Southwest, Multicultural Programs, and El Centro Hispano Culturo de San Marcos. Bring altar contributions like photographs of your loved ones!

5:30 p.m. - Meet in Centennial Hall, Room G02 for “Dressed for Eternity" **
6:00 p.m. - Board bus by the Bobcat statue—watch for guides
6:15-8:30 p.m - A Community Celebration of Dia de los Muertos at El Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos
8:30 p.m. - Board bus back to campus

Ethan Zuckerman

On October 29 in the Evans Auditorium Ethan Zuckerman gave the Texas State Fall 2012 Common Experience speech.A senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, Ethan Zuckerman is an Internet activist and scholar whose work
focuses on the global blogosphere, free expression and social translation
in the developing world. As the director of the MIT Center for Civic
Media, he contributes both to the understanding of the role and power of
civic media in the broader media ecosystem, and builds tools
that help communities around the world share their perspectives and
For more information on Ethan Zuckerman, see his TED Talk, read some of his ideas and his biography

A Global Odyssey Film Festivalfilm

The Common Experience presents the A Global Odyssey Film Festival: Three films over three days, as well as a discussion of the films by director David Redmon after each screening.
The films:
Shot over the course of 5 years, this film is an in-depth portrait of Cecy and Camilo Ramirez, a young couple struggling to make ends meet in Reynosa, Mexico. They have recently left their 2-year-old daughter, Loida, with Cecy's mother in Santa Maria in the hopes of building a proper home and after one year, they return to visit her for the Christmas holidays. However, their vacation is barely the respite the couple expected, as Loida hardly recognizes her parents, and a sudden tragedy threatens to tear the family apart. Ashley Sabin and David Redmon use a mixture of digital video, Super 8, and 16mm film stocks for their intense and, at times, surreal film.
Mardi Gras Made in China
This examination of cultural and economic globalization follows the life-cycle of Mardi Gras beads from a small factory in Fuzhou, China, to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and to art galleries in New York City.
Girl Model
Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. Girl Model follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. After Ashley's initial discovery of Nadya, the two rarely meet again, but their stories are inextricably bound. As Nadya's optimism about rescuing her family from their financial difficulties grows, her dreams contrast against Ashley's more jaded outlook about the industry's corrosive influence.

Lampasas Hall Dedication

On Thursday October 11, along with President Denise M. Trauth, we celebrated the 100 year anniversary and dedication of Lampasas Hall. Lampasas Hall is the second oldest building still standing on the Texas State University Campus, was originally built as the Manual Arts Building in 1912. By 1942, it was known as the Home Economics Building. In 1947, it was renovated and converted into the university's first student center. The Department of Art moved into the building in 1962, when the upper patio was enclosed to create more classrooms. In 1977, the arched patio on the lower level was enclosed to create faculty offices. The building was named Lampasas Hall in 2003. In 2005, it became home to the Honors College and the Center for International Studies. The building paint was stripped from the original structure in 2007 revealing the unique brickwork. In 2012, art studios on the second and third floors were reconfigured to provide faculty offices.

Freshman Retreat

October 6 Saturday 12:15pm Lampasas

At the Freshman Honors Retreat, Honors faculty and staff helped build community among  Honors freshmen by providing an opportunity for them to get to know each other, to engage in fun, creative activities together, and to envision their futures as Honors students. The day concluded with a dinner to which faculty and honors alumni were invited.

Meet the Professor Night

Attending Meet the Professor Night can help you make decisions about which honors courses you will take. Meet the Professor Night is held prior to the beginning of early registration every semester. At this event, honors professors pitch their classes to honors students. This event also gives students the opportunity to pre-register for honors courses. For each honors class a student wishes to take, he or she will fill out a form, and turn it in to an honors staff member.

If the number of students who fill out forms for a given class is less than the number of seats in the class, all of the students who filled out forms will be able to register for that course during Early Registration. If the number of students who fill out forms for a given class exceeds the number of seats, the students will be entered into a lottery for the spots.

After Early Registration, all Honors courses are open to all Honors students on a first come, first served basis.

kelseyKelsey Timmerman

September 27 • Thursday • 1:30 PM • Honors Coffee Forum
Timmerman held a book signing and Q & A.

Thursday • 7:00 PM • Strahan Coliseum
When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, he began a journey that would take him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. Where Am I Wearing?, the 2012-13 Common Experience reader intimately describes the connection between impoverished garment workers' standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle. By introducing readers to the human element of globalization—the factory workers, their names, their families, and their way of life—Where Am I Wearing bridges the gap between global producers and consumers. All are invited to hear Timmerman describe his experiences in this talk.

Fetus Envy Film

September 13 • Thursday • 2:00-3:00pm • Lampasas 502B

After the screening, writer and director, Melissa Maxwell will be on hand for a discussion. This event is open to all.

Visit for more information on the film.

From the website, about the film:

"[FETUS ENVY]...a timely, political satire that takes a sobering look at the “War on Women” and the criminalization of reproductive rights, by examining where our culture is headed when critical decisions affecting women’s healthcare are commandeered by ambitious politicians and faceless bureaucrats.

Think this sounds ridiculous? Think this is over the top? Think this would never happen? THINK AGAIN! “In South Carolina alone, an estimated 300 women have been arrested for actions taken during pregnancy. Rennie Gibbs of Mississippi age 15 faces life in jail after a miscarriage, Bei Bei Shuai of Indiana has been charged with foeticide and sits in jail without parole, and Amanda Kimborough of Alabama, mother of 3, faces 10 years behind bars if convicted of causing her miscarriage…and her three children risk losing their mother.”

The war on women is real — and dangerous. This isn’t about left or right. This is about putting the power of women’s health and reproductive rights back where it belongs:


Fetus Envy, it’s not just a film; it’s a movement!"

Forum of Music

All semester long, the Honors College invited its students to sign up to perform. The performances ranged from the gospel favorite "Amazing Grace" by then Honors Graduate Assistant Kristen Verrill, to Jazz Studies major Darja Tomanovic on the piano.

Spaces, Sounds, and Souls: A Global Odyssey

Every year, the Honors Coffee Forum houses a different exhibit that correlates to that year's  Common Experience theme. The theme of the 2012-13 academic year was A Global Odyssey. This year, the Gallery of the Common Experience displayed art pieces that illustrated both the diversity of human experience and the diversity of the global landscape.