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Spring 2013

Zoha Shafiq, honors student, receiving an award from Dr. Galloway

Gallery Exhibit: Unity, Separation, and Cycles

January 25: Mandala Art Workshop

January 28: Mystical Arts of Tibet

Guest: Ambassador Nagy

Guest: Meagan Henry

March 22: Clothing Swap

March 28: A Grimm Reading

April 16: Peace Paper Project

April 19: Henna Workshop

April 24-26: Undergraduate Research Conference

April 25: Focus on Teen Pregnancy: An Interdisciplinary Panel

April 25: Honors Awards Ceremony

April 25: Vaquero Statue Dedication

Vaquero Statue Dedication

The bronze statue named "Vaquero", made its debut outside of Old Main and Lampasas Hall. The statue, which stands over 18-feet high, was built to celebrate Texas & Mexico's shared cowboy heritage, by the funds of Bill & Sally Wittliff.

Come check out our University's latest addition, in front of Old Main and Lampasas Hall, home of the Honors College.

Vaquero Statue Dedication Ceremony      
Thursday, April 25, 2013   4:00 p.m. Outside of Old Main & Lampasas Hall

Honors Awards Ceremony

The Honors Awards Ceremony is an annual event that recognizes outstanding Honors students and professors with scholarships and awards. The Stephany Goodbread Advisor award, the Honors Professor of the Year award, and the Mary Lou Bishop Staff Advisor of the Year award, are some of the awards faculty and staff receive. Students completing theses also receive medals.

Honors Award Ceremony Details    
Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 p.m. Alkek Teaching Theater

Focus on Teen Pregnancy: Interdisciplinary Panel

Three Honors students shared their thesis work on the controversial topic of teen pregancy. Texas has the highest pregnancy rate in the nation. The students briefly summarized their work and then answered questions. Attendees at the panel were able to observe the diversity of Honors theses as well as learn more about this important issue.

Jennifer Morgan

Supervising Professor: Mr. Jon Marc Smith, Department of English

Jennifer Morgan has written a screenplay for a pilot of a television series. The story of two mother/daughter pairs examines how each respond to a teen pregnancy, The work highlights issues about sex ed curriculum in high schools and how community views collide. The work inspires conversation and thought about a controversial topic.

Elia Bueno

Supervising Professor: Dr. Roque Mendez, Department of Psychology 

Elia Bueno has performed a psychology study to identify cultural issues related to Latinia pregnancy rates. The work questions issues such as contraceptive use, beliefs about unprotected sex and having an unplanned pregnancy among Latina teens in Texas. 

Molly Finneran 

Supervising Professor: Dr. Ani Yazedjian, School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Molly Finneran is designing a peer education program for sex education to be implemented in a majority of Hispanic schools in Texas. This thesis examines the curriculum used in Texas high schools now and advocates how a peer education program could improve sex education in high schools.

Focus on Teen Pregnancy Event Details    
Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:30-1:45 p.m. Lampasas 501

Undergraduate Research Conference

Each year, the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research and the Honors College sponsor an Undergraduate Research Conference.  The event is held to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students across the different colleges and disciplines to share their endeavors with the academic and University communities.

Honors theses, research (in any phase of completion), creative works, and course projects are all welcome for submission to the Conference.  In the spirit of academic curiosity and discovery, the major aim of the event is to showcase and celebrate the work of Texas State's undergraduate students.

The Conference also strives to serve as a leadership development experience for students as they move forward on their academic journeys and in their career paths.  Presentation, interpersonal communication, and public speaking skills are a few benefits students gain from participating in the Conference. 

URC Schedule Overview      
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Oral Presentations 8:00-5:00 p.m. Lampasas 407A
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Oral Presentations 8:00-Noon Lampasas 407A
  Focus on Teen Pregnancy Research Panel 12:30-1:45 p.m. Lampasas 501
Friday, April 26, 2013 Oral Presentations 8:00-Noon LBJ Student Center 3-5.1
  Poster Presentations Noon-2:00 p.m. LBJ Student Center 3-9.1
  Keynote Speaker & Awards 2:00-3:30 p.m. LBJ Student Center 3-5.1

Henna Workshop

The Henna Workshop offerd in April 2013 taught guests about the history and importance of henna to India. The art form known as henna has been around for centuries. Guests at the workshop had an opportunity to learn the art form as well as apply their own henna. 

**Chai Tea and biscuits were provided as snacks.
The Henna Workshop was open to all students and faculty, and was sponsored by the Honors College, Gallery of the Common Experience, and Indian Student Association (ISA).
Henna Workshop Event Details      
Friday, April 19, 2013   1:00-3:00pm Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407

Peace Paper Project Reception and Exhibit Openingpeace paper

In April, Honors hosted a reception for the Peace Paper Project. Refreshments were served with Peace Paper Project guests, Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan, and an exhibit of past paper creations and those made during Peace Paper Week on campus. Students also had the opportunity to hear about the Peace Paper Project art-making workshops held throughout the U.S., the Northern Iberian Peninsula, Turkey, and Spain with veterans, women's groups, universities, and local communities. 
Through hand papermaking, writing, book, and printmaking activities, Matott and Mahan have worked with local participants to transform significant articles of clothing into works of art that broadcast personal stories, mutual understanding, and healing. 
The event was sponsored by the Common Experience, the School of Art and Design, the Honors College, Multicultural Programs Committee, and the Office of Equity and Access, and the Veterans at Texas State (VATS), this event is free and open to the public. 
For more information, please check out the  Peace Paper Project  web page.
Peace Paper Project Event Details
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 3:30-5:00 p.m. Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407

A Grimm Readinggrimm

A Grimm Reading was held at the Honors College Coffee Forum to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the Brothers Grimm. The Common Experience event took place at the end of March 2013.

Students gathered around the forum to hear and read your favorite tales of the Brothers Grimm. Students, staff, faculty, and friends were all invited to join and participate. 
A Grimm Reading was sponsored by the Honors College and Department of English.
A Grimm Reading, Event Details    
Thursday March 28, 2013 5:00-7:00pm Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407

Clothing Swapswap

The Common Experience event, Clothing Swap's goal was to exchange clothes that were produced in different regions of the world, such as Guatemala or China, in a one for one system. For example, if Bob brings in five articles of clothing then he will leave with five articles of someone else's clothes.
Clothing Swap was sponsored by the Common Experience, Gallery of the Common Experience, and the Honors College.

Meagan Henryhenry

Honors Business alumna, Meagan Henry, (BBA Economics 2009), will visit Wednesday, March 20 through Friday, March 22. After working in India, Meagan has been working with the Burma Connection on humanitarian aid projects, orphanages, micro credit, and community self sufficiency projects in Myanmar since 2011. She is among those featured in "Global Odyssey: Bobcats Changing the World" in Alkek, First Floor. 
Meagan will be speaking to students in classes and events, including a Philosophy Dialogue titled "From Graduate to Guru in 8376 Miles: Using my Degree to be Useful." Each presentation is open to all.

Ambassador Nagynagy

The Honors College welcomed Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University, where he teaches on contemporary Africa. Pictured L-R John Hood, Diann McCabe, Jon Lasser, Ambassador Nagy, Catherine Hawkins, and Dean Galloway. Lasser and Hawkins met Nagy in Ethiopia last summer. Ambassador Nagy was on campus for a full day of talks as part of the Common Experience.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet

The members of the Drepung Loseling Monastery visited for a a week from January 28 to January 31. The Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. in Atlanta is dedicated to the study and preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion. Drepung Loseling provides a sanctuary for nurturing inner peace, community understanding, and global healing. To begin their week-long visit to campus, the monks will stage an opening ceremony before beginning a Mandala Sand Painting near the LBJ Student Center. The Mandala Sand Painting, a work of sacred art, will be created during the week of their visit.

Mandala Workshop

The Honors College kicked off the spring semester by holding a Mandala Art Workshop, where students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to create a mandala, which is a form of sacred art in Hinduism and Buddhism. The workshop was led by licensed art therapist, Bess Green.

Gallery of the Common Experience: Unity, Separation, and Cycles

Throughout time, the wrold has experienced continous cycles of birth, death, and rebirth - physically in the rotation of seasons and reproduction, politically in the rise and fall of nations, and metaphorically in the spiritual beliefs and emotional vicissitudes that guide many human lives. In support of the 2012-2013 Common Experience theme, the Gallery of the Common Experience offers this exhibition as a presentation of global polarities and unities: the meditative symmetry and symbolism of mandalas; the wheel of human experience in the 2011 documentary film Samsara; the downward force of World War II propaganda; and the upward force of recent popular protests.

At the opening of the gallery, the Honors College welcomed the monks of Drepung Loseling monastery in Tibet

Spring 2013 Gallery Exhibition Dates:      
January 30, 2013-May 12, 2013     Honors College Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407