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SHSU Update for Week of October 29

Concert to Honor John Paul

On Nov. 5 the SHSU Department of Music will honor the memory of pianist and longtime SHSU faculty member John Paul in a concert entitled John Paul: A Musical Life.

"The concert will be a release party for a compact disk containing some of the finest live performances Dr. Paul ever performed," said Robert Walzel, who chairs the music department. "The recordings have been professionally re-mastered and have been included in an attractive two-CD set. Everyone purchasing a ticket to the concert will receive a complimentary CD set as a musical memento of this wonderful artist."

The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall on the SHSU campus. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling the Department of Music at 936-294-1360. Ticket prices are $40 each and are tax deductible. All proceeds go to benefit the John Paul Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

Featured on the program will be SHSU faculty pianists Clive Swansbourne and Hiromi Matsunaga performing the Mozart Sonata for 2 Pianos. The program also includes SHSU faculty pianist David Fleming and retired faculty member Charlotte Tull playing the original chamber orchestra version of the ever-popular Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-S”ens.

A highlight of the program is expected to be Hiromi Matsunaga, a former student of John Paul, performing George Gershwin's blockbuster Rhapsody in Blue in the rarely performed original orchestration.

The afternoon event will end with a dessert reception in Austin Hall sponsored by the SHSU Friends of Music.

Walzel said that only 500 copies of the CD set were produced. Anyone making a $40 contribution to the John Paul Memorial Scholarship Endowment will receive a copy. Contact the SHSU Department of Music at 936.294.1360 for further details.

Library Provides Online Books

Computer and Internet users may not know it yet, but their libraries have recently grown by 14,000 volumes. And while the books are only on loan, readers never get fined for returning one late, because that is done automatically.

The Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University has announced the availability of 14,000 eBooks from netLibrary.

"netLibrary is the most comprehensive collection of online books (eBooks) and resource material available," said Ann Holder, Gresham Library interim director. "An eBook is an electronic version of a printed book. Using netLibrary, you can access a wide range of scholarly and reference material entirely online."

Holder said that the Sam Houston State University agreement applies only to SHSU faculty and students, but that the general public will have access to eBooks from netLibrary through public libraries. The State Library and Archives is providing about 5000 titles to all TexShare participants, which now includes public libraries, she said.

With netLibrary, you can search every word in the entire collection, as well as search within a particular eBook. There are two types of collections within netLibrary, Library and Public. The Library Collection contains eBooks that the Newton Gresham Library purchased. The Public Collection contains public domain eBooks that are free to everyone.

eBooks can be viewed online from any computer connected to the Internet. eBooks can be previewed for 15 minutes for quick reference, or checked out for 24 hours.

Users don't have to worry about returning them. eBooks are automatically returned at the end of the checkout period. During the eBooks checkout process, the computer will ask users to create a user account. Holder suggests that SHSU faculty, staff and students use their SHSU computer username and password.

"The Library acquired these books by participating with over 90 libraries in the Southwest in a Shared Resource Collection provided by netLibrary," said Holder. "TexShare provided additional titles. The netLibrary collection is available from the Newton Gresham Library homepage."

Writing Workshop

David Jolliffe, professor of English at DePaul University and an expert in workplace literacy, is the speaker for Sam Houston State University's 12th Across-the-University Writing Program Faculty Development Retreat Nov. 10 and 11 at Waterwood.

Jolliffe is the author of "Writing, Teaching, and Learning: Incorporating Writing Throughout the Curriculum." He will discuss creating, responding to and evaluating writing assignments.

Patricia Williams, director of the Across-the-University Writing Program, said that the retreat will focus on enriching the writing-enhanced courses in all departments. A writing-enhanced course is one in which writing assignments account for 50 percent or more of the semester grade.

All undergraduate students, except for transfer students who have fewer than 30 hours to complete their degrees, are required to take six writing-enhanced courses as a prerequisite to graduation.

Jolliffe has authored or co-authored eight books on writing, produced a video, and contributed numerous articles, chapters and technical reports and made more than 35 conference presentations on the subject.

He has received several grants, awards and honors including the DePaul University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998.

UnityFest 2000

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services at Sam Houston State University will sponsor UnityFest 2000 this week Tuesday (Oct. 31) through Thursday (Nov. 2).

Events begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom with a program entitled Makari Mediterranean Music and Dance, including a costume contest with a monetary prize, and refreshments.

On Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Walker Education Center Gazebo there will be a performance by the Root 1 Reggae Band, with free barbecue.

Thursday's program, at 7 p.m. in Dance Building Studio 104, will be Living Well with Yoga and Personal Meditation.

For more information, contact Mosadi Porter, coordinator of Multicultural and International Student Services, at 936.294.3588.

Profs to Present Geoscience Papers

Chris Baldwin and Dennis Netoff, professors in the Department of Geography and Geology at Sam Houston State University, will present papers on their research Nov. 9 and 10 in Nevada.

The presentations will be part of the 112th Annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Reno, Nev., hosted by the University of Nevada-Reno Desert Research Institute and the Geological Society of Nevada. Approximately 7,000 geoscientists are expected to attend.

Baldwin's paper is entitled "The Paleocology of the Bright Angel Shale in the Eastern Grand Canyon."

Baldwin concluded that deposition of the Bright Angel Shale was strongly influenced by tides as well as repeated flushings of fresh water, and that 1945 research on that area is made clearer by recent field studies.

Netoff's paper is entitled "Eolian Activity Associated with a Giant Sandstone Weathering Pit in the Navajo Sandstone in Arid South-Central Utah: Preliminary Findings."

Netoff's research was centered on changes occurring in a sandstone weathering pit in an area southeast of Escalante, Utah, and the effect and strength of winds relating to the local topography.

Alpha Chi to Honor Faculty

Members of the Sam Houston State University chapter of Alpha Chi, national college honor scholarship society, will invite faculty members who have significantly contributed to their academic success to a Nov. 15 reception in Austin Hall.

Bobby K. Marks, Sam Houston president, will speak to members of the Texas Omicron Chapter and their guests. The 7 p.m. reception will also honor the group's new members.

Requirements for Alpha Chi membership include a 3.7 grade point average for juniors and 3.6 grade point average for seniors. Members are recognized during commencement exercises.

Spring Registration

Registration for the Spring 2001 semester is Nov. 6-10, but Robert Dunning, university registrar, said that students subject to mandatory advisement will not be able to register until they complete the advisement process.

Advisement is required of all students whose current overall SHSU grade point average is below 2.5, all students subject to the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP), and all students who do not have an SHSU GPA (new freshmen and new transfer students).

Information on the process is available on the SHSU web page by clicking on "advisement." Questions and problems relating to mandatory advisement should be directed to the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Lee Drain Building, Room 200 (telephone 936.294.1400) or to the office of the dean of the student's major field of study.

AIDS Quilt

The Department of Residence Life is bringing part of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Sam Houston State University Nov. 7 and 8 in the LSC Ballroom from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt program provides information on HIV and AIDS and raises funds to fight the AIDS epidemic throughout the world.

For more information, call 936-294-1818 or visit the AIDS Memorial Quilt website.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May
Oct. 29, 2000
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