The Common Experience and The Texas State Honors College collaborated to bring Texas State students together with different aspects of the world for a “common experience.’
Tibetan monks took over the LBJ Student Center to create a mandala sand painting to promote peace and unity within the Texas state community and the world.
But this was just no random event, Diann Mccabe, Co-Chair of the common experience says it took a year’s worth of planning…
“Everyone’s ideas, students, faculty, staff, even people in the community, are relevant and we all look at those ideas together, Daris Hale from the school of music, a year ago suggested bringing the monks here.”
- Diann Mccabe
With this year’s Common Experience theme being the Global Odyssey; Exploring Our Connections to the Changing world Mccabe was optimistic about the interest levels of students…
“People are walking by. I saw an email from a student that said “she was just going to stay for an hour but she loved it so much she stayed several hours.’ When I went to the opening Monday, the look on the people’s faces who had come was really inspiring and made me so happy we did this.”
- Diann Mccabe
During the closing ceremony the mandala will be broken down and some of the sand used to create it will be taken during precession to the San Marcos River for a blessing of the river.
As far as other upcoming events through the common experience Mccabe says there is more to come.
Montreal Williams, KTSW News.