|Texas Lutheran University hosts many annual events that exemplify the rich tradition that defines our institution. From the poignant discussions of the Krost Symposium to the ethereal voices of Vespers to the pomp and circumstance of Graduation ceremonies, these celebrations of achievement, culture, service and spirit represent what it means to be a part of the Texas Lutheran community.|
WHAT: Buy a beautiful, hand-crafted ceramic bowl for $15, receive a bowl of soup, and help bring attention to hunger in our community
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: TLU Campus – Jackson Park Student Activities Center (on Fleming Drive)
WHY: To help fight hunger in our community. Proceeds from the event will go to area food banks
TLU’s annual Krost Symposium brings together scholars, journalists, government officials, community leaders and others to discuss relevant and important issues of our time. Past symposium topics range from nuclear war to health care to the theological concepts of suffering and salvation. The symposium is one element of the university’s Krost Life Enrichment Program, established in 1977 to foster the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of TLU students and the broader community. The program’s commitment to developing the whole person – body, mind and spirit – is a manifestation of, and central to, TLU’s mission of preparing young women and men for lives of purpose through leadership and service to others.
One of the founding fathers of the Krost Life Enrichment Program and Krost Symposium was Dr. Frank Giesber, professor emeritus of economics, who served Texas Lutheran as academic dean when the idea of the Krost program and symposium became a reality. In recognition of Dr. Giesber’s contributions to the establishment and on-going support of the Krost Program, the keynote presentation of each Krost Symposium is now titled the Frank Giesber Lecture.
|Brown Distinguished Lecture and Cultural Events|
The Brown Series is funded by the Brown Endowment, which was established by the late Jessie Schulz Brown, a 1938 Texas Lutheran graduate. Proceeds from the fund support lectures, concerts, art exhibits and other events to enrich the arts, sciences and culture at Texas Lutheran.
Past cultural events presented by TLU include Chanticleer, The Vienna Choir Boys, The Joffrey Ballet, The Guthrie Theatre, The Dixie Chicks, The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats and Canadian Brass.
Past speakers include Arun Ghandi, Bob Dole, Morris Dees, Barbara Ehrenreich, Harry Benson, Paul Roberts, John Besh and David Gergen.
In preparation for the holiday season, Texas Lutheran hosts its annual Christmas Vespers service. This celebration of music and word honors the integral role music has played in Texas Lutheran curriculum and cultural history. Audiences take advantage of the opportunity to hear the ethereal voices of the TLU choirs each year at both the Seguin and Austin performances.
Vespers tickets are free of charge, but must be reserved early due to the popularity of the holiday event. A freewill offering may be made in lieu of admission price. Check back in early November to reserve your tickets.
|Day of the Dogs |
Texas Lutheran University’s annual day of service, Day of the Dogs, takes place early in the spring semester, giving students the opportunity to reach out to the community through various service projects. As a fundamental element of the Texas Lutheran experience and education, service efforts continue throughout the student’s tenure.
Learn more about TLU volunteerism at the Center for Servant Leadership
|Choir Tour |
In an effort to share the gift of music, Texas Lutheran University Choirs take to the road with an exciting new program each year. Prospective students, parents, alumni, friends of the university and congregations gather in Texas’ cities to experience the otherwise inexpressible awe that is music.
|Student Academic Symposium|
As students and faculty alike wrap up the academic year, graduating seniors rally every lesson and experience from their academic career in preparation of a final culminating presentation. Each discipline showcases the talents and knowledge soon to be alumni have amassed over the years before sending graduates off on the next life journey.
Front Row is an annual fundraising event benefiting Texas Lutheran University’s 14 NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics teams. Since its inception in 2004, the event has raised more than $450,000. Guests have the opportunity to visit with and participate in a discussion with professional athletic figures. Past events have featured Matt Schaub, Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach.
Texas Lutheran University celebrates Commencement at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters for those students who have completed all requirements for graduation. A Baccalaureate Service is held the morning of Commencement where graduates and their parents are invited to join the TLU community in a final service led by the campus pastor before receiving diplomas.
|The Physics of Football|
Discover the science of bone-crunching hits, soaring field goals, and awe-inspiring passes when Tim Gay, professor of physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, brings his series of one-minute physics lectures to the Texas Lutheran University campus on Nov. 10 at 7:30 pm in the Moody Science Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. To view Gay’s Nebraska segments, go to http://physics.unl.edu/outreach/football.html
|Earth Day Chapel|
10:00 AM to 10:20 AM
Location: Outside the Chapel
|Plasma is Star Stuff: A journey from the cosmos to your computer chip with Saikat Chakraborty Thakur, Ph.D.|
Location: Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall
This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required.
Plasmas are all around us. They make smartphones possible and can be found in stars! Plasma is sometimes called the fourth state of matter and it is the most abundant form of known matter in our universe. Join Dr. Saikat Chakraborty Thakur to discover how plasmas similar those found in the cosmos are used in our everyday lives. Plasmas naturally occur right here on Earth, but there are extra-terrestrial examples to explore as well. Plasmas have many industrial applications that make them so much closer than you can imagine. Take a tour of plasma physics research facilities, learn about fusion plasma research and find out how you can enter the world of plasmas from a physicist who’s been there. Come learn just how close you are to the cosmos!
For more information, visit www.tlu.edu/physics
|TLU Band Concert|
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Jackson Auditorium
Location: Campus Wide