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Spring 2011

Students fundraise for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan
Students fundraise for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Gallery Exhibit: The Commons Experience
January 14: Nature & the Quest for Meaning: Camping Trip
February 21-25: The Combat Paper Project
March 10: Reception for Janisse Ray
March 10: Julliard Joins Texas State
March 28: Reception for the Beehive Design Collective
March 31: Meet the Professor Night
April 21: 1/2 TSP of Coal
April 28-13: Honors Awards Ceremony
April 28-29: Thesis Forum
May 3: Graphic Novel Release Party

Graphic Novel Release Party

Who & What: On May 3, students from Prof. Andy Campbell's Graphic Novel class held a release party to showcase their work from the semester.

Where: LAMP 501, 502B, and reception in LAMP upstairs kitchen

Honors Thesis Forum

Honors students in their senior year presented their thesis research in the Honors Thesis Forum.  Thesis presentations were held Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 39 in Lampasas 502B.

Honors Awards Ceremony

The Honors Awards Ceremony took place on April 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library.  Students, faculty, and staff were honored for their achievements and contributions to the Honors College.  Honors graduating seniors Victor Holk and Christian Wallace performed during the ceremony.

1/2 TSP of Coal

The 1/2 Teaspoon of Coal Demonstration took place on April 21 in the Texas State Quad from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This project was a public display of an individual's use of energy and general energy policy. The project's goal was to allow students to visualize their own carbon footprints.  This Common Experience event was sponsored by the Environmental Services Committee of Texas State University and the Gallery of the Common Experience in the Honors College.

Meet the Professor Night

During Meet the Professor Night, Honors professors gave presentations on courses they are offering in Fall 2011. This year's MTP Night was Thursday, March 31, from 4:00pm - 7:30pm.  Pizza was offered in Lampasas 501 from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

The Beehive Design Collective

Who & What: The Beehive Design Collective is a wholly volunteer enterprise to increase awareness regarding environmental degradation through illustrations.  A reception was held for the Beehive and provided this group the opportunity to discuss their latest campaign, "The True Cost of Coal." The Beehive visited Appalachia to hear the stories and concerns from residents there regarding mountaintop removal. The Beehive created a poster, which took two years to complete. The poster is an engrossing portrayal of the natural history of Appalachia, the industrialization process in the region, the backlash against pollution and unsafe-working conditions for miners, and the artists' hope for future revitalization of the communities and ecosystems.

The reception was participatory and interactive. Attendees were given portions of the giant coal poster to uncover the stories behind the graphics. The knowledgeable and passionate Beehive then gave a detailed narrative regarding the epic illustration and took questions over the food that had been provided. It was quite an inspirational treat for attendees to be swarmed by the Beehive and we hope they'll come by again on their next tour of the US.
The Beehive’s Mission:
To cross-pollinate the grassroots, by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as educational and organizing tools.
When: 28 March 2011
Where: Honors Coffee Forum (LAMP 407) 

Sustaining the Moment: Reflections of Art and Nature

Who & What: Juilliard Rejoins Texas State for a Fifth Annual Common Experience in the Arts

Texas State alumnus, graduate in the Honors College, and award-winning composer, pianist, and Juilliard faculty member, Dr. Wayne Oquin, returned to direct eighteen of Juilliard School's best musicians, dancers, and actors in the fifth annual collaboration with performers of Texas State University.  Through dance, drama and music, the concert, "Sustaining the Moment: Reflections of Art and Nature", provided an artistic response to the Common Experience theme of sustainability.

This year’s performance featured Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata performed by pianist and Juilliard faculty member Dr. Aaron Wunsch, Alban Berg’s "Lyric Suite" played by the Afiara String Quartet, and Frederic Rzewski's "To the Earth" featuring percussionist Michael Truesdell.  Along with Watersong, Oquin premiered a flute concerto composed for the concert. Excerpts from writer Janisse Ray's Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, were featured as well.  A reception for the Juilliard guests and Janisse Ray was held in the Honors Coffee Forum.  Sponsored by the Common Experience, this concert was free and open to the public.

Where: Reception - Honors Coffee Forum
             Concert - Evans Auditorium

When: Thursday, March 10
           Reception - 3:00 - 5:00 pm
           Concert - 7:30 pm

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.

Janisse Ray Reception

Who & What: A reception was held for author Janisse Ray.  Janisse Ray gave a guest lecture to students in Professor Susan Hanson's Nature & the Quest for Meaning class.  An excerpt from her book Ecology of a Cracker Childhood were read during the Juilliard concert.

Where: Honors Coffee Forum

When: Thursday, March 10, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

The Combat Paper Project

Who & What: The Honors College was one of many organizations on the Texas State campus that sponsored The Combat Paper Project.  The Project's website states

"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 uniform as art and begin to embrace their experiences in the military."

Where: Throughout the week, there were demonstrations in the Quad from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.  There were workshops from 2:00 - 6:00 pm in the RFM lobby.  Honors hosted a reception in the Coffee Forum on Thursday, February 24 at 6:00 pm.

When: Monday, February 21 - Friday, February 25, 2011

Nature & the Quest for Meaning Camping Trip

Who & What:  Professor Susan Hanson took students from her Nature & the Quest for Meaning class on a camping trip the weekend before classes started as a way to "introduce" them to nature.  Not only was this an opportunity for students to get to know one another, it was also a great way to start the semester.

Where: in nature

When: Friday, January 14, 2011

Gallery Exhibit: The Commons Experience

In celebration of the 2011 Common Experience theme of Sustainability, the Honors Forum used its Gallery to explore the interconnectedness of The Commons. The Commons is an expression that refers to environmental resources to which we all have joint “ownership” of or access to, such as the air or the oceans. Affirming that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect these natural systems, the Forum encouraged students, faculty and staff to participate in the curation/creation of the gallery.

The gallery sought to interweave images of the four natural elements with many other facets of the environment. These included images of objects external to the earth's systems (i.e. litter, landfills, and carbon footprints) and images of the organisms that are integral to it, such as the planet's many endangered species. The  Commons Experience Gallery explores the idea that each living being has a place in our global system and the idea that no one species has the right to exploit or eradicate others.