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Around Campus: Common Experience Through Art

Breaking Boundaries with
Campus Canvas

By Brittnie Curtis

"This expression of art connects people of different races, backgrounds and ideas." - Naomi Faltin

“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

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.

Students: Stephanie Daul

Texas State junior awarded
prestigious scholarship

By Andrew Osegi

Stephanie Daul, a junior at Texas State University double-majoring in accounting and finance, was awarded the 2012 Jo Anne J. Trow National Undergraduate Scholarship this past summer. The highly prestigious scholarship is awarded to only 35 undergraduates across the United States.

Stephanie Daul, third from right, with friends during reception for Business Leadership Week

Daul received the $2,000 award through her membership in the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honor Society, which she has belonged to since her freshman year. Daul qualified for her scholarship due to her 4.0 GPA, involvement on campus and recommendations from well-acquainted professors. Diann A. McCabe, director of academic development in the Honors College, says Daul “demonstrates the kind of academic depth and leadership potential that we
 hope to see in all Texas State students.” Continue reading

Around Campus: Common Experience 2012

Common Experience cultivates conversation on global connections

Map of Facebook friendships

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

Happenings: Poetry Readings

Honors College shines spotlight
on San Marcos, university poets

A drawing illustrating student poetry.

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