Breaking Boundaries with
By Brittnie Curtis
“This expression of art connects people of different races, backgrounds and ideas.” – Naomi Faltin
Each year, Common Experience at Texas State chooses a different theme to get students, faculty and staff to think outside of themselves. The themes are meant to cultivate intellectual conversation across campus and build a sense community that spans across campus and beyond.
This year’s Common Experience theme was inspired by the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Texas State University. The theme, From Segregation to Integration, is spread across campus through various events. One of those events is Campus Canvas, which is hosted and sponsored by the Gallery of Common Experience and the Honors College at Texas State, and is in affiliation with the The Honors Learning Community in Laurel Hall.
“It’s just a way to get a bunch of people’s ideas together and create community artwork,” Naomi Faltin, Laurel Hall resident assistant, says. “So we set out these two blank canvases and art supplies. There are no rules; we’re just asking people in the Quad to contribute. It’s a way for everyone to participate even if they’re not artists.”
Along with Faltin, a few residents of Laurel Hall were there helping and supporting the cause. Electrical engineering major Logan Young said being creative plays a big part in people’s daily lives.
2014 Campus Canvas
“I think everyone has a basic need for expression, and with some majors and careers, you don’t really get that sort of give-and-take or room to play,” Young says. “They can come up no matter what gender, ethnicity or religious affiliation. Anyone can come up and put whatever they want on there. It’s really cool to see that combination of different mindsets and expressions.”
The 2013 Campus Canvases can be found in the Honors College in Lampasas. They’ve been hanging up since last year and soon will be replaced with the 2014 Campus Canvases.
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Tagged art, Campus Canvas, Common Experience, community, creativity, Different, Honors College, integration, students, Texas State
Artists to bring transformative papermaking process to campus
Detail of a print on handmade paper by participants in the Peace Paper Project
By Billi London-Gray
As an artistic activity, papermaking dates back nearly 2,000 years to ancient China. The process of creating paper by hand — pulping fibers into a watery slurry, then straining the slurry with a screen to form the sheet of paper — has not changed much in the intervening millennia.
As part of the 2012-13 Common Experience theme, “A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections to the Changing World,” Texas State University will help students and the community explore the art of papermaking by welcoming the Peace Paper Project to campus April 11-16. Continue reading
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Tagged Combat Paper Project, Common Experience, community art, creativity, Drew Matott, free events, hand papermaking, Margaret Mahan, Peace Paper Project, rag paper, San Marcos Texas, Texas State University
Tibetan monks plan week-long visit to share art, music, culture of peace
The monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery
The monks of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery will be visiting Texas State University as part of their international tour, The Mystical Arts of Tibet, and the university’s Common Experience event series, A Global Odyssey. During their week-long stay, the monks will share Tibetan Buddhist culture through music and art.
Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the tour has three basic purposes: to make a contribution to world peace and healing; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.
Famed multiphonic singers, whose sellout performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center received national acclaim, the highlight of the monks’ visit to campus will be their concert, “Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing,” on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Continue reading
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Common Experience cultivates conversation on global connections
This map of Facebook friendships helped inspire the 2012 Common Experience theme “A Global Odyssey.”
By Callie Gordon ’12
In 2004, President Denise M. Trauth implemented a unique program to foster a campus-wide intellectual discussion. Eight years later, the Common Experience has become a unifying affair for Texas State students, staff, faculty and friends. This yearlong series of events, conferences, speakers and screenings is an opportunity for students to become more active in their educational experience.
“Early on, the vision was to connect entering students to a shared conversation,” Trauth writes on the Common Experience website, “but it quickly grew to include upper-level classes, student support services, campus activities, performing arts and the San Marcos schools and community.”
This year, the Common Experience addresses an increasingly relevant issue: globalization. The 2012-2012 Common Experience theme — A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections to the Changing World — was created to foster the community’s examination of the many international relationships that affect our daily lives. Continue reading
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Tagged A Global Odyssey, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Callie Gordon, Common Experience, community, Diann McCabe, Ethan Zuckerman, events, global awareness, globalization, Harvard University, Honors College, Kelsey Timmerman, MIT Center for Civic Media, San Marcos Texas, TED Talks, Texas State University, Where Am I Wearing?
Grad gives back through annual performance collaboration
By David King
Wayne Oquin directs students at Texas State.
The sound of teenage musicians, rehearsing as part of a summer orchestra camp, creeps through the walls of Gaila Raymer’s office in Evans Auditorium.
The air conditioner hums a white noise in the cavernous, cinderblock-walled room. The office of the production manager is home to everything from event posters to random theatrical props to odd pieces of who-knows-what.
There’s also an overstuffed couch, fronted with a cluttered coffee table. This summer afternoon, Wayne Oquin is resting on the couch, wearing a T-shirt and shorts and talking softly about topics ranging from his days of 30-credit-hour semesters to hearing Reverie, his composition for the organ, performed on National Public Radio. Continue reading
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Honors College shines spotlight
on San Marcos, university poets
These illustrations by Crockett Elementary School students were created in the "Teaching Poetry to Children" Honors College program.
The Honors College at Texas State University will host a pair of poetry events this week, featuring both poets from local elementary classrooms and established writers from the university community.
For six weeks, Texas State Honors students in professor Diann McCabe’s “Teaching Poetry to Children” class have made weekly visits to Crockett Elementary School in San Marcos to present poetry sessions to 19 first- through fifth-grade classes. The aim of the Tuesday morning sessions is to introduce poetry to children through reading great poetry and encouraging students to write their own poems in response. The results are 19 books of children’s poetry, written by the San Marcos students and compiled by the Honors undergraduates who presented the poetry sessions.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., young poets from these classes will read their favorite poems at the Hispanic Cultural Center in San Marcos, located at 211 Lee Street. Continue reading
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Tagged Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, Common Experience, Diann McCabe, First Amendment, Honors College, Honors Program, jazz, poetry, poetry reading, San Marcos Texas, Spanish Cultural Center of San Marcos, Teaching Poetry to Children