October 1-3 & November 6, 2013
Inspired by Steven Johnson’s book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, the 2013 Krost Symposium will shed light on the birth of ideas, the influence of collaboration and what spurs creativity.
The Krost Symposium is an annual academic event that is free and open to the public.
|“Innovative Student Work Leads to Humanitarian Innovation”|Veronika Scott Frank Giesber Lecture
November 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Jackson Auditorium This event is free and open to the public.
This event will be streamed live online. Watch it here.
For Veronika Scott, what began as her student design project to make coats that also served as sleeping bags for homeless people has turned into a social movement. Scott, 23, founded the Empowerment Plan—a nonprofit organization based in Detroit that employs women from homeless shelters as full-time seamstresses. The women make coats that are given to homeless people free of charge. Scott’s success as a social entrepreneur has been profiled on CNN, NPR and the Discovery Channel and featured in Forbes, The New York Times and The London Daily Mail. She is a recipient of the 2012 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award—an award honoring individuals under 40 who inspire a new generation of public servants.Read more about Veronika Scott and The Empowerment Plan.
Skype interview with Tony Wagner, Ed.D.
October 1 at 12 p.m.
Dunne Conference Center, Tschoepe Hall
|“A Life of Innovation”|
Naomi Shihab Nye
October 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, Naomi Shihab Nye uses her multicultural experiences as inspiration for her poetry and writing process. Her life of living within two cultures allows her to write for both adults and children and she is known for bringing importance to everyday life, its people, objects and ancestry. Nye will discuss how innovation works for writers and their world of imagining things that don’t exist. Nye, who calls San Antonio home, is a chancellor of the American Academy of Poets and an alumna of Trinity University.Read more about Naomi Shihab Nye.
|“Facing Failure With Resilience”|
Mary Steinhardt, Ed.D., LPC, CHES
October 3 at 9:30 a.m.
Mary Steinhardt is a professor of health education at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the Transforming Lives Through Resilience Education program. Her research teaches people how to build resilience and strength in difficult situations. Steinhardt focuses on how resilient individuals build, grow and thrive by how they respond to change and stress.
Read more about Dr. Steinhardt's work.
|“Space For Innovation”|
Representatives of Barnes Gromatzkey Kosarek, Lammers and Associaties and Pfluger Associates
October 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Centennial Hall, Room 122
This panel of architects from various firms, who have designed buildings on the TLU campus, will talk about how the spaces we work and live in effect how we think. They will discuss functionality, as well as how corporate spaces can be constructed to promote networking and creativity. The panel will also lead a walking tour of campus after the discussion.
Destination Imagination Team
October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Destination Imagination is an educational program where student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments, developing skills like confidence, time management, collaboration, conflict resolution and creative and critical thinking.A team of facilitators from Destination Imagination and an experienced DI team will demonstrate to FREX 134 students how they can collaborate to find innovative solutions to challenges posed by the TLU community. Freshmen will have the opportunity to sign up for a challenge and spend one month coming up with realizable solutions. Groups will be given a budget guideline and the winning group will receive a grant to realize their idea during the spring semester.
Read more about Destination Imagination.
|About Krost Symposium|
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.
|Krost Life Enrichment Program|
Krost Life Enrichment Program received its first funding in 1977 by Dr. Frederick Elliott. After the first funding, others such as the Lily Johnson Foundation followed, which gave a stipend for the construction of the Krost Building. Generous donations have made it possible for students of Texas Lutheran to take part in an intellectual and physical application to life.
The Krost Life Enrichment Program seeks to promote a whole person approach to life, which integrates the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social well being of an individual. All students are urged to enroll in the program for a fitness evaluation, consisting of a graded exercise test to determine the fitness level and amount of body fat that exists. Counseling and planning sessions in which personal health practices, attitudes, and life objectives are explored follows the fitness evaluation and are incorporated into a wellness course.
The Krost program also provides academic enrichment opportunities for students in departments through internships and work-study programs. These internships and programs are sponsored by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, NASA, and Texas Medical Center depending on the field that interests the student. These sponsors also support the Krost Symposium that is planned to foster intellectual inquiry with speakers of national and international stature.
Going beyond Texas Lutheran, Krost Life Enrichment has supported the field of environmental science and the outdoor recreation program. Recently the Krost Program has also supported the Astronomy Club. The program also purchases student art at the TLU Student Art Show each year. The Krost program creates students at TLU that are more complete when they graduate and are more prosperous in the real world.
|2013 Krost Committee|
Professor of Communication Studies
Assistant Professor of Economics
Associate Professor of Geography
Professor of Business Administration
Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
The 2013 Krost Symposium includes a challenge for our incoming class: come up with an idea and a plan to change something for the better in our community.
We are looking for challenges to pose to groups of students for a month of innovative thinking… and the possibility of winning a $500 grant of seed money to bring their idea to full realization.
We welcome your suggestions for something you think needs to be done, and could be done with people and resources we can generate in our community.
For more information and to submit your idea, check out the Idea Map
.Now accepting idea submissions!
Deadline: October 7, 2013.