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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. 

Roses come in many colours. / Violets mostly one. / If you can write a crappy poem / Come Friday for some fun. // Thanks to Dr. Daniel Helbert of WTAMU's Dept. of English, Philosophy, & Modern Languages for stopping by High Plains Morning today to encourage bad poets of the Panhandle to come together FRIDAY NIGHT, April 5th for the school's first-ever Bad Poetry ContestIt's from 6-8p CT at the Legends Club (Jack B.

Folks, you don't want to miss this year's Spring Membership Campiagn, which runs this Thursday, April 4th through Monday, April 8th. We're celebrating "HPPR Land," with a deep focus on LANDSCAPES across our listener region.  Tune in to  High Plains Morning weekdays during the drive for great music, fabulous interviews, giveaways, and more! Here's what we have in store:

Dr. Marty Kuhlman is a Professor of History at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. He hosts a fantastic classic rock show called Psychotic Reaction on WT's student station in Canyon, TX, 91.1 FM (The One), every Friday night from 7:00 to 9:00pm CT, and he’s also teaching a cool continuing education class this April.

Thanks to author Katie Young Foster for sharing her work with us today on High Plains Morning. She's got a reading tonight, March 7th, at Burrowing Owl Books (419 16th Street) in Canyon, TX from 7-8pm CT. It's a free event.   

Thanks to Jill Ludington for stopping by High Plains Morning today to share info about her event, LIVE OUT LOUD, which is this Sunday, February 24th at WTAMU’s Branding Iron Theatre at 3:30p. This panel discussion and storytelling session is an opportunity for folks across the TX panhandle to engage with local leaders from the LGBT+ community. “This is an opportunity for members of the LGBT+ community, their family, friends, and allies to come to together,” Jill says.

Thanks to Dr. Daniel Helbert for stopping by High Plains Morning today to explains the particulars of tonight's Haiku Death Match

From 7 to 9pm on Friday, November 2nd (TONIGHT!), meet a motley crew of Panhandle poets at the Evocation Coffee Roastery (2300 SW 7th Ave., Amarillo) for a serious slam of 5-7-5'ers. That's right: you'll go head to head with other haikus, so bring your best and get ready to throw down.

Thanks so much to Evgeny Zvonnikov for stopping by High Plains Morning to remind folks about the upcoming Season Opening Concert for the Harrington String Quartet on Friday, November 9th at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens. 

Hear all of the details in our interview below:

Times are tough for many of our area residents. However, don't just sit around and STEW about it! Make a direct impact at this year's EMPTY BOWLS in Amarillo, happening Thursday, Oct. 25th at the Southwest Church of Christ (4515 Cornell St.).  For a $10 donation, you can choose a handmade ceramic bowl keepsake, designed and donated by local potters, and slurp to your heart's content—and it's all for a great cause.

There will be up to 40 different soups, stews, chowders, chilis, and more. This year, your donation will support Snack Pack 4 Kids, which provides weekend sustenance for kids facing food insecurity over the weekend.  

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Next week, the Center for the Study of the American West will screen two classic Westerns in Amarillo, with a brief introduction to both films by Western scholar Alex Hunt.

The films are the legendary John Wayne-John Ford collaboration, The Searchers, on Wednesday, and John Huston's 1960, The Unforgiven, on Thursday. Both movies are set in West Texas.

Today on High Plains Morning, we had a full house in the studio thanks to TWO SHOWS happening this Friday in Amarillo. (Scroll down for details!)

For someone with five horses, two dogs, three cats, a donkey, a rabbit, and a husband, Chera Hammons sure gets a lot of work done. She stopped by High Plains Morning, with Dr. Eric Meljac of the High Plains Poetry Project, to promote an upcoming reading with an impromptu literary throw down (ahem, a reading).

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A new wind turbine in the Texas Panhandle is the largest in the United States.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the turbine is located at the UL Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility at West Texas A&M University, in Randall County.

The hub of the turbine stands 427 feet above the ground, and the tip of a blade at its highest point rises to 654 feet. By comparison, that’s one hundred feet taller than the Washington Monument, and over twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty.

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West Texas A&M University will welcome Brandon Stanton tonight, as part of its distinguished lecture series.

Stanton is known as the founder of the "Humans of New York" photoblog, which tells the stories of everyday New Yorkers, and has now expanded into a worldwide phenomenon. Stanton has traveled the globe, telling the stories of everyday citizens.

In a phone interview last week, Stanton said that he isn't interested in the opinions of his subjects, political or otherwise, but rather the core humanity beneath those opinions.

The West Texas A&M University Distinguished Lecture Series will present Dr. Travis Langley in a presentation titled “Psychology of Superheroes” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in the Hazlewood Lecture Hall at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM). Langley’s talk will explore heroism and psychology in connection with PPHM’s recently opened PDr. Travis Langleyop Culture exhibit.

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A recently implemented program at West Texas A&M University’s School of Music has been gaining a good deal of attention.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, WT’s partnership with Belmont University in Nashville gives students in the Panhandle a pathway toward careers in the music industry. Darrell Bledsoe, coordinator of music business at WT, said the program is exploding in popularity, adding: “It’s amazing.”

West Texas A&M University will host a prominent water conservation expert on Tuesday night, as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series.

Dr. David Sedlak is a professor of environmental engineering at UC Berkeley, and he has gained an international reputation for his clear-eyed solutions to a crowded world increasingly threatened by water shortages.

In a 2016 TED talk, Sedlak outlined a four-part plan for rethinking water supply sources in water-starved cities like San Francisco. Dr. Sedlak further expanded on these ideas in his book, Water 4.0.

The Gary L. Nall Lecture Series in Western Studies presents Brian DeLay: “The Texas Gun Frontier & the Travails of Mexican History.” 

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West Texas A&M University has selected a site for its new football stadium, reports Amarillo.com.

As university president Walter Wendler announced last week, the new stadium will be located on Russell Long Boulevard in Canyon, on the north side of the campus near the other athletic facilities.

Did you know that in addition to performing the standard classical repertoire, the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra also showcases emerging contemporary composers? Through West Texas A&M's Composer's Initiative and other commissions, listeners across the High Plains have access to new, original classical music. This week on Amarillo Symphony Presents, we'll enjoy works from several of these musical visionaries. So show your regional pride, and tune in for this special program!

   

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As he closes in on the one year anniversary of his hiring, West Texas A&M University President Dr. Walter Wendler has been making the rounds promoting his ideas for educational growth on the High Plains.

Wendler is the former chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and he was formally named president of WTAMU last September.

Among President Wendler’s main concerns is the heavy burden of student debt in America, and especially how that issue affects residents on the High Plains.

People of the Plains: Spiritually engaged

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Theologians tell us there are three things in things in a Christian’s life that are going to affect them. Number one is the world, another is flesh, and number three would be sin.  Those three things affect us and this is all a scheme of the one who is like a lion seeking those whom he may devour. The bible is not some fictitious mythical document rather there is truly a spiritual battle happening that many people would not advocate.

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West Texas A&M University in Canyon took a big hit this week, as the budget approved by Governor Greg Abbott slashed funding to the school by almost $2 million.

Meanwhile, the A&M flagship university in College Station received a hefty increase of $14 million in funding.

Programs receiving cuts at WT include agricultural research and small-business development. The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum also had its funding slashed.

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West Texas A&M University and the Center for the Study of the American West are welcoming a luminary of the American literary scene this Thursday night. S.C. Gwynne is the author of one of the most celebrated books ever written about the High Plains: Empire of the Summer Moon, a magisterial history of the Comanches and Quanah Parker.

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