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Spring 2010

Honors Awards Ceremony

At the Honors Awards Ceremony, which was held at the Wittliff Collections, students, faculty, and staff were honored for their achievements and contributions to the Honors College.  Honors graduating senior Torrey-Jean Laws-Nicola performed during the ceremony.

Thesis Forum

Each Spring, honors students in their senior year present their thesis research in the Honors Thesis Forum.  Thesis presentations were held Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30.  The presentations started at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday and 12:30 p.m. on Friday in Lampasas 502B.

This is Your Brain on Stage

Theatre students in Professor Nadine Mozon's course "Actor Artist Aesthetic" performed an original ensemble-based piece.  They explored varios improv techniques, poetry, storytelling, and other methodologies to create the theatre performance "This is Your Brain on Stage", which embraces the 2009-2010 Common Experience theme of The Whole Mind.

Where: Honors Coffee Forum (LAMP 407)

When: Monday, April 26, 4:00 p.m.

An Evening with Turk Pipkin

A reception was held for Filmmaker Turk Pipkin in the honors Coffee Forum.  Pipkin also showed a screening of his film, One Peace at a Time, following the reception.  One Peace at a Time is the sequel to Pipkin's documentary Nobelity.  The film screening was held in Flowers Hall, room 341, at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Honors Coffee Forum (LAMP 407)

When: Wednesday, April 21, 5:00 p.m.


Knighted for his work with the British educational system, Sir Ken Robinson is perhaps the world’s foremost expert on creativity--especially as it concerns creativity in educational institutions. Daniel Pink, the main Common Experience speaker last October, has commented, “Sir Ken Robinson is one of America’s finest imports.”  Sir Ken is also the author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.

More information on Sir Ken's talk can be found here.

Where:  Evans Auditorium

When: Wednesday, April 7, 8:00 p.m.

Storytelling at Cheatham Street

Who: Students in Professor John Hood's "Art of Storytelling" class gave several performances at Cheatham Street Warehouse.  Some students gave oral presentations, while others sang, conducted improv, or danced.  This event was hosted by Kent Finlay and his daughter, HalleyAnna Finlay, also a student performer.  Professor Hood remarked that the students received accolades from musicians who were scheduled to perform after the students.

Where: Cheatham Street Warehouse, 119 Cheatham St.

When: Wednesday, March 31, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Meet the Professor Night

Meet the Professor Night: Honors professors gave presentations on courses they offered in Fall 2010.  This was a time for professors to recruit students and for students to learn more about potential classes, in addition to meeting professors.

Where:  Honors Coffee Forum

When: Wednesday, March 24, 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Fulbright Scholar Luncheon

Fulbright Scholar Luncheon: Honors students and faculty broke away from meetings and classes to gather for lunch in Lampasas, Wednesday, March 24 with visiting Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Cecile Nyambe. A Senior Lecturer in the Department of African Literature at University of Yaounde I, Yaounde, in Cameroon, Dr. Nyambe’s research explores the ways in which authors Toni Morrison and Werewere Liking write the female body and cultural identity.

Her visit to Texas State was partly sponsored by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, the Provost's Office and the English Department. The Honors students enjoyed sharing a meal with this delightful and dynamic scholar.

When: Wednesday, March 24, 12:00 p.m.

Where: LAMP 407A

Julliard Reception

Juilliard Reception: The Juilliard School's best musicians, dancers, and actors returned to Texas State University for their fourth annual collaboration with some of the University's performers.  The Juilliard Event took place on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Evan's Auditorium.  A reception was held in the Coffee Forum the day before, which allowed students and faculty to meet the performers in an informal setting.

When: 3 March, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m

Where: Honors Coffee Forum (LAMP 407)

Video: 2010 Juilliard performance at Texas State directed and produced by Wayne Oquin.  It features Anthony Farrer's dance routine with percussion. The video was filmed and edited by API Productions.

Gallery of the Common Experience: Cartography of the Whole Mind

"Cartography of the Whole Mind" reception: The "Cartography of the Whole Mind" exhibit coincides with the Texas State University Common Experience theme "A Whole New Mind: Crossing the Boundaries of Disciplines."  The exhibit explores the multiple functions of our brains - how we think, feel, process, dream, calculate, imagine, organize, create, remember, forget, know, believe, analyze, synthesize, hypothesize, rationalize, generalize, sympathize, harmonize, memorize, characterize, galvanize, computerize, and empathize.  The artwork in this gallery is also an expression of how we use our five senses.

When: 17 February, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, 407 Lampasas

Richard Garriott Reception

Richard Garriott reception: Richard Garriott is known most recently for being the world's sixth private space explorer.  Richard Garriott grew up knowing that space flight ran in the family; he made his childhood dreams a reality when he ventured into space on October 12, 2008, joining the Russian Federal Space Agency for a short-term mission on the International Space Station (ISS).  Before his history-making space flight, Garriott was known as "Lord British," the creator of Ultima, the computer game series. His love of creating fantasy computer games led to an early career in game development, first making waves with his game entitled Akalabeth, which was distributed in 1980 in the unique packaging of Ziploc bags.

A reception was held in the Honors Coffee Forum and was hosted by Business students as part of McCoy's Business Leadership Week.  During the reception, students and faculty had the opportunity to meet with Richard Garriott.

When: 8 February, 4:00 - 5:20 p.m.

Where: Honors Coffee Forum, 407 Lampasas