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Signature Course Campus Co-Curricular Activities


Campus co-curricular activities connect the learner to authentic artifacts, objects, and, events that reinforce and connect concepts rooted in specific Signature Courses. These artificialities enrich the campus cultural experience.

  • TAMIU “Gems” 

Our campus has unique one of a kind treasures, or “Gems”. As much as possible, these authentic treasures should be integrated into courses. Below are a few to embrace.

    • Sharkey-Corrigan Organ

The primary duty of a pipe organ used in worship is to support congregational singing. The second duty is to accompany soloists and ensembles. The third duty is to play organ literature. A well-designed instrument, even a modest one, should be able to do all three.

A Kegg Pipe Organ is designed to play American worship services. It is not “copied” from a notable builder of the past, for no great artist becomes great by dogmatically copying another’s work. Rather, the past must be drawn upon for inspiration, and balanced with the requirements of contemporary worship needs, and American acoustical environments. A fine Cavaille-Coll organ sounds splendid in a reverberant French room, but the same organ would be quite overbearing in a typical small, dry American space. Therefore, one must strive to duplicate the effect of such instruments, rather than the instruments themselves. This requires an understanding of scaling and voicing which only time and experience can provide.

The Kegg Pipe Organ relies on foundation stops to provide volume and support. Upperwork provides color to this support. Drawing a Great Mixture does not double the volume of the chorus. It adds sparkling color. The Great Principal has a nobility that only a fine Diapason can possess. It is rich and full without being muddy. Principals are never bearded. Flutes and strings add allure. Chorus reeds blaze with rich, balanced fire. Tapered shallots are used frequently. Color reeds pique the ear to delight.

Above all, a Kegg Pipe Organ blends. All stops come together to weave the musical fabric. The result is a sound that surrounds and lifts the congregation in support throughout the dynamic range. A Kegg Pipe Organ provides an expressive, attractive, and worshipful sound. The Kegg Company does not build “Combination” instruments where electronic voices play a significant roll.

Located in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall (map)

Contact information:

Department of Fine and Performing Arts
5201 University BoulevardLaredo, TX 78041
956.326.2654
adrianam.garcia@tamiu.edu

For more information, click here.

    • LBV Planetarium

The TAMIU Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium’s mission is to create and present enlightening experiences that inspire wonder in learning about space and science.  We realize that science has a critical role to play in the lives of the residents of Laredo and the South Texas Region. As careers become progressively more technologically oriented, facilities such as the planetarium become even more important to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy.  All residents specially school aged children need to be informed and empowered in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to individually and collectively embrace the opportunities available today and in the future.

The vision of the Planetarium at TAMIU is that this region will, through science literacy and capability, achieve industrial and economic growth and high employment, and its residents will enjoy the consequent social benefits. The culture of science will become as integrated into peoples' lives as the culture of sport.

Located in the Lamar Bruni Vergara (map)

Contact information:

Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium
5201 University BoulevardLaredo, TX 78041
956.326-DOME (3663)
planetarium@tamiu.edu

For more information, click here.

    • Helen Richter Watson Art Gallery

The Helen Richter Watson Art Gallery is a light-filled aerie that embraces the empathic spectrum of her profound influence as both artist and teacher. The Gallery replicates Watson’s welcoming Houston Street studio, which openly mixed works of art within her home setting to create a gathering space where an artist celebrated, lived and worked her art daily. In addition to the artist’s works, visitors will find an impressive array of works by artists who were Watson’s colleagues, friends or artists whose works she collected.

Located in the First Floor, of the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library (map)

Contact information:

Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library
5201 University BoulevardLaredo, TX 78041
956.326.4483

For more information, click here.

    • St. John the Baptist Portrait 

A 17th Century portrait of St. John the Baptist by famed Mexican painter Juan Correa has been gifted to Texas A&M International University by Anthony Leyendecker, Jr. and now hangs in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library. 

Located in the First Floor, of the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library (map)

Contact information:

Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library
5201 University BoulevardLaredo, TX 78041
956.326.4483

    • St. John’s Bibles

The Saint John’s Bible, a massive seven-volume treatment true to the scale, beauty and artistic intent of the original manuscript, long considered a work of sacred art. TAMIU becomes the first public university in Texas to be home to the Edition, one of only 299 available worldwide.

The Saint John's Bible Fact Sheet

Located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library's Great Room (map)

Contact information:

Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library
5201 University BoulevardLaredo, TX 78041
956.326.2400

For more information, click here.

 

  • Presidential Lecture Series 

This is a series of guest lecturers who augment Signature Courses.  Lecturers bring their expertise to the campus, more info coming soon!

 

  • Campus Co-curricular Events and Activities

During any given term, there are numerous campus events which will enrich the interdisciplinary focus of Signature Courses.  Please check the calendar of events.