Today on High Plains Morning, we caught up with Stephanie Price and Heather Friemel, both of whom are now heading up the Cultural Foundation of the Texas Panhandle, a new organization formed that will join forces of two established entities in our region: the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, which is best known for the production of the TEXAS Outdoor Musica

This week, High Plains Morning caught up with Sophia Britto, one of four students at West Texas A&M University taking part in the 2021 Public Relations Student Society of America Bateman Competition.

Attending academic discussions seems to be one of the few things that became more accessible during the pandemic. Thanks to West Texas A&M University’s Distinguished Lecture Series, listeners across the High Plains can enjoy live presentations by nationally-recognized scholars covering topics of interest to people of our region. Tomorrow night, March 2nd at 7:00 pm CT, you’re invited to join the latest lecture featuring Dr. Bryan M. Santin as he discusses “the rise of modern conservatism through a literary lens.”

It’s a new year, which means a new semester for students. At higher-education institutions across the region, administrators are gearing up for the graduating class to hit the job market. Today we spoke to Karl Kimsey at West Texas A&M University.

If you're feeling like you need some top-notch poetry in your life right now, mark your calendar for TONIGHT. As WT kicks off the Dorothy Patterson Poetry Series, they are featuring a treasure of the Texas Panhandle: writer, educator, and all-around rad dude, Seth Wieck. You can join the reading, which is ONLINE at 7 pm CT this evening via Zoom. To get the link, email Dr. Eric Meljac here and he'll send it straight away. A big thanks to Seth for his time, and see below for the text of the poem he read today on High Plains Morning. If you'd like to hear the full interview, click the link below.

It's been a LONG time coming, but it's finally here: the lecture presented by WTAMU's Center for the Study of the American West by Dr. José Limón.

Thanks so much to Bradley Behrmann, the Director of the new WTAMU Theatre Department's performance of  The Theory of Relativity, a musical song cycle that's opening this Friday online. If you're brain is longing for some arts, culture, and live performance, this will be a welcome addition to your weekend plans. The show streams at 7:30 pm on Friday , Oct.

When life gets heavy, as it has been this year, turning to poetry can be a welcome catharsis, allowing us to view life through another's experience. For those of you yearning for some raw human connection, tonight will be a treat.

Despite the many challenges posed, our High Plains arts community has certainly NOT shut down during the pandemic. This weekend, West Texas A&M University's Departmetn of Theatre has a treat for vintage radio lovers across the region.

“Equal suffrage, we beg for thee/ May we hide our wrongs in thee./May the ballot men have stole/ From their soiled hands be removed;/ If polluted, here’s the cure;/ Equal suffrage’ll make it pure./ ‘Vote for women’ is our cry;/ We will scream it till we die./ When we pass this earthly pale,/We may go to heaven or- well,/ Matters not our lot may be-/ Equal suffrage makes us free.”  

Today on High Plains Morning, I spoke with Dr. Daniel Helbert, Assistant Professor of English & Director of Undergraduate English Studies at West Texas A & M University’s Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages, in advance of tonight’s Great Books Discussion Series, happening online at 7p CT.

Thanks so much to aerial photographer Paul Chaplo for speaking with High Plains Morning today, sharing some insight and passion about his current photo exhibit on display at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM): Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country. Making its premiere at PPHM, the exhibit features Paul’s aerial photography of the High Plains of the Llano Estacado. It will be on display through January 23.

Unemployment is at an historic high, the global economy has seen better days, and a pandemic has shaken communities to their core. What a fine time graduate college, am I right? Well, thankfully, the professionals in charge of Career Services are doing all they can to take care of the students coming out of the Texas A&M system with their landmark Summer 2020 Virtual Career Fair, taking place on Tuesday, June 30th across the entire cyber landscape.

For live music lovers of the High Plains, this pandemic has been quite a challenge. While we are all trying to stay home and healthy, tucked away in our private spaces, our hearts grow ever fonder for the companionship and inspiration of getting lost in live performance. This Friday afternoon, arts communities to which we have grown accustomed.

Campuses have been closed down, but students everywhere are still studying, learning, and considering their futures. At West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX, the professors and administrators have been working from home, adjusting their courses to online platforms, and keeping in touch via email and video conferences. Like them, Karl Kimsey, the Employer Relations Coordinator at WT’s Career Services, wants to be sure they know his department is on the job.

Listen up, beer people (and you know who you are)! Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum invites you to the annual CRAFTS & DRAFTS 2020 fundraiser this Friday night, March 6th. Stephanie Price stopped in to High Plains Morning today to remind us about the fun evening of food, crafts, and draft beer samples. It runs from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Thanks to Eric Meljac of the High Plains Poetry Project and West Texas A&M University for stopping by High Plains Morning today to share the upcoming Spring/Summer 2020 readings will be held at the new Burrowing Owl Bookstore location in Amarillo (7406 SW 34th Avenue). Here’s a list of all forthcoming events. Mark you calendars! For our full interview, click the link below.

The 2nd annual Bad Poetry Competition is back, so I asked Dr. Matthew Harrison and WT student Haven Jock to stop in and share some insight and delightfully “bad” poetry. The contest goes down this Thursday night at 6 p.m., so start collecting and composing your most banal, smarmy and glib emotions into bite-sized prose for the masses.

This is it, folks! This week at West Texas A&M University, the Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) will host the Southern Plains Conference 2020 with the theme “Representing, Modeling, and Imagining Water on the Southern Plains.” The event kicks off this Thursday, February 20th and runs through Saturday, February 22nd in Canyon, TX. The conference will take place on campus at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (2401 4th Ave., Canyon). So today we welcomed back Dr. Alex Hunt to give us some updates and reminders. 

Famed Animal Scientist Temple Grandin To Speak At WTAMU

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As part of its Distinguished Lecture series, West Texas A&M will welcome Temple Grandin to speak on both autism and animal science on Tuesday.

Dr. Grandin first gained prominence after publishing a scientific article in which she presented the idea that livestock are sensitive to small details within their environments—and that tailoring their environment to feel less threatening can improve the lives of livestock, and in turn improve the taste of beef and other meats.

It’s always a good day when you can share some time discussing death with a man of the theatre—and today was a good day.

Thanks so much to the brilliant Stephen Crandall, Department Head of Art, Theatre and Dance at West Texas A&M University.

Today we welcomed Dr. Alex Hunt back into the studio to discuss the forthcoming Southern Plains Conference 2020, with the theme Representing, Modeling, and Imagining Water on the Southern Plains. Dr. Hunt heads up the Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX.

High Plains Morning was thrilled to welcome back Chamber Music Amarillo this morning. David Palmer, Michael Palmer, and Guli Manfredi stopped by to remind you that this Saturday, January 11th is their annual Concerto Extraordinaire!, the annual celebration of classical mastery in the Texas Panhandle. As always, it’s one night only & tickets go fast – so don’t miss it!

THIS SUNDAY NIGHT, poets of the Texas Panhandle need to come to 575 Pizzeria (7710 Hillside Road) for the HAIKU DEATH MATCH! This is the 2nd annual event, and Dr. Daniel Helbert (WTAMU) and Brian Kelleher (575 Pizzeria) stopped by High Plains Morning to spread the word.

You know what’s worse than applying for jobs? Pretty much nothing. Thankfully, there’s a quick and convenient way to make all the best connections in the Texas Panhandle in one place. HPPR wants to thank Karl Kimsey, Employer Relations Coordinator at West Texas A&M University, for stopping by the station this week to tell folks about WT’s upcoming 2019 Fall Career EXPO.

I think we busted any possible record for time limit on an in-studio interview for someone that DIDN’T have an instrument, but that’s how it goes when you get me in a conversation with a brilliant writer, HPPR "newsboi", and all-around great dude. Thanks so much to High Plains author, mentor, and journalist Jonathan Baker for stopping by High Plains Morning today.

Art lovers in Amarillo! Tonight, Friday, June 28, from 6-9pm , stop by  Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts (2717 Stanley) for the opening of the exhibition “Domestic Spaces” by WTAMU student and gifted painter Aaron Taylor. He stopped by High Plains Morning to discuss his show, his work, and his studies at WT.

"Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts...” ― Wendell Berry

HPPR thanks Jamie Adams for coming back to High Plains Morning to remind us that Empty Bowls 2019 is happening NEXT WEEK! This fabulous fundraiser was initially started by a high school teacher in Michigan in 1990 as a high school student project to help feed the needy and has grown into an international phenomenon. There are hundreds of Empty Bowls projects around the world, raising millions of dollars to feed the hungry and combat food insecurity.