Texas State RRC hosts fourth “Imagine” arts event

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By Kristen McLaughlin

Have you noticed the new art displayed on campus this week?

The walls and hallways in the Avery Building at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus are adorned with many art forms, varying from sculptures to paintings. The art will be featured during the fourth annual Imagine event Friday, Feb. 24, from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in the Avery Building.

“I personally love the energy from the arts community and the excitement from the community to meet and talk to the artists about their work,” said Imagine 2012 Chair Kris Whitfield.

Imagine 2012 encompasses performances by local symphonies, theatre groups and local musicians. In addition, visual artists are also celebrated and honored through the display of their work in the Avery building. Imagine is organized by the Round Rock Area Arts Council. The event is free, but donations are encouraged at the door.

Whitfield said the main goals of the event are to feature local artists of many different mediums, whether in visual or performing arts; and to encourage, enhance and support the arts community in the greater Round Rock area and to encourage more arts-related activities in the area.

This year’s event features 46 paintings, 36 photos and 18 3D entries. One unique aspect of this year’s art entries is that more 3D pieces and sculptures are on display than ever before.

The event will include a VIP reception for those who reserve a spot. One change from previous years is that the VIP reception will be at the St. David’s School of Nursing, next door to the Avery Building. The art council is introducing a new Public Art Project at the reception and unveiling a prototype of a bronze sculpture of Dr. Robert Peters with his dog, Honey Bear. Peters was one of the first doctors in Round Rock, and has been recognized for his achievements. Entry to the VIP reception is $250 per couple.

The artists at the event will be judged in a contest. The winners will be announced at approximately 7 p.m. in the teaching theatre of the Avery Building. The art council will also be awarding arts grants to local organizations in Round Rock. The group created a matching grant of $5,000 with Atmos Energy, and all of the funds will be given to art groups.

For more information, visit http://roundrockarts.org/imagine.php or e-mail kris@roundrockarts.com. Students will have the chance to enjoy the visual art the rest of the school semester, Whitfield said, as it is slated to be displayed until May.


“Show Your Love Campaign”: Bobcats show love to Round Rock ISD

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One Stop Center employees Karen Ripley and Becca Johnson showcase donations during last year's "Show Your Love Campaign".

By Kristen McLaughlin

In the Valentine’s Day spirit, The Texas State University Round Rock Campus is participating in the “Show Your Love Campaign” by donating new socks and underwear for K-12 students to the Round Rock ISD Clothes Closet.

The Clothes Closet was established in 1976 and is one of the first community service projects, started by the RRISD Council of PTAs. The resource supplies families in need with five complete outfits of gently worn clothing as well as new underwear and socks two times during the school year. Students and families in need can benefit from the service project by talking to their campus nurse. The project has already benefited 1,000 children this fall.

During the “Show Your Love Campaign”, Texas State RRC and others in the community are hosting donation drop off locations for new socks and underwear. Donations can be dropped off on campus in the One Stop Center (Avery, Suite 201) by Feb. 20.

“It is a great chance to give back to an organization that does so much for our district, the PTAs and ultimately the children in our own neighborhoods,” said Michelle Jackson, RRISD Community Partnerships Supervisor. “Most of us are here because we believe every child deserves the best possible education, and having the basic necessities is a part of that.”

Last year, 1,100 donations were made by community members as a part of the campaign. Jackson said she hopes to exceed last year’s donations. Other partners for the “Show Your Love Campaign” include Round Rock Express, the Round Rock ISD Food Services Department, Zcore Business Solutions, O’Connell Robertson, The Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and The Lower Colorado River Authority.

The Clothes Closet has two locations, Anderson Mill and Voigt elementary schools. Each semester, the Clothes Closet serves more than 700 students. For more information about the “Show Your Love Campaign” or the Clothes Closet, e-mail michelle_jackson@roundrock0isd.org.

Between the “Show Your Love Campaign”, the Psychology Association Bake Sale and Bobcats Leaving Out Violence (BLOV) awareness day, Texas State University is honoring the generous spirit of Valentine’s Day. Below are some other events on campus this week:

  • Bobcats Leaving Out Violence (BLOV) Awareness, Feb. 14, 2nd floor atrium
  • Psychology Association Bake Sale (Valentine’s Day theme), Feb. 14-Feb. 16, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., 2nd floor atrium
  • SLAC Learning Style Workshop, Feb. 16, 5:15-6:15 p.m., Avery 419. Food provided to those who RSVP to js213@txstate.edu by 5 p.m. on Feb. 15.  Otherwise, walk-ins are welcome.
  • Trade Up Days, Feb. 13-Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., 2nd floor atrium. Trade up another college or university T-shirt for a new Texas State T-shirt. If you don’t have a T-shirt, bring a $5 donation.
  • Teacher Recruitment Program Information Session, Feb. 16, 5-6 p.m., Avery 454.

This is the first post for the Texas State Round Rock Campus blog. The blog is meant to inform students, staff, and faculty of events and programs and to increase awareness of the campus. We are in the process of choosing a name for the blog, and we would like your help! Please e-mail us your ideas. The winner will receive a fun Texas State giveaway. If you have suggestions or comments, please e-mail km1745@txstate.edu. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook by clicking on the icons at the top of the blog.


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The Texas State mascot Boko shows his school spirit at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus.

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