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SHSU Update for Week of September 10

'Dames at Sea'

"Dames at Sea," described as a return to a time when Broadway glittered with the hopes and dreams of performers and spectators alike, is the Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Dance's first production of the year, Wednesday (Sept. 13) through Saturday (Sept. 16).

Performances are at 8 p.m. in the Showcase Theatre, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Set in 1930 and in the tradition of the Busby Berkley era musicals, the story is centered around a small-town girl named Ruby (Diana Fox) who goes to New York to become an actress. She is swept off her feet by Dick (Chris Zelko), a Broadway hoofer with a heart of gold.

When Ruby joins the cast of the show, Joan (Johnna Meyer) takes Ruby under her wing, while Mona (Leanne Hill), the company's current star, plots to keep Ruby's talent from the public eye. Suddenly, the Works Progress Administration closes the theatre, and the cast is forced to find a new vessel for their performance.

Directed and choreographed by Jonathan Charles, "Dames at Sea" also features Matt Tompkins, Sara Kendrick, Molly Hannon, Spencer Plachy, Stephen Pavalock, Tye Blue, James Lane, Clint Jackson, Matt Daugherty, Shara Armstrong, Rhonda Curfman, Nicole Nicholson and Leah Jordan.

LouAnn Miles, executive secretary for SHSU Career Services, is the musical director for the production with D. J. McHenry as stage manager. The set was designed by junior theatre major Jeremy Byford, with McHenry doubling on lighting design and Charles on costumes.

Tickets are $12 or $10 with SHSU or senior citizen identification. For information call the University Theatre Center Box Office at 936.294.1339. Penelope Hasekoester, at 936.294.1330, is theatre manager.

Organizations/Administrators Fair

The Organizations' and Administrators' Fair will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 13) in the LSC Mall Area from 10:45 a.m. until 1:15 p.m.

The Fair gives student organizations an opportunity to promote themselves to new and returning students who might be looking to join a student group. As well, new students will have the opportunity to meet the student leaders of the student organizations on campus.

During the Fair, Aramark will provide lunch, which will be served by faculty and staff from all over campus. Students who eat on a campus meal plan will have their lunch in the Mall area. The meal will cost $5 for anyone who does not have a campus meal plan.

Any student organization which would like to register for the Fair should visit the Department of Student Activities (LSC Suite 316) or call 936.294.3861.

Any faculty or staff member interested in serving lunch during the Fair, should contact the Office of Student Life at 936.294.1785.

Study Skills Groups Expanding

Study skills sessions are scheduled beginning this week at the Counseling Center and the Newton Gresham Library lobby.

At the Counseling Center groups attend six sessions of an hour each, covering basic information needed to be successful at a university, on such subjects as procrastination, time management, and test taking.

Interested students should call the Counseling Center at 936.294.1720 to save a spot.

Because these Counseling Center sessions have been so successful, the Center in conjunction with Student Activities is offering study skills sessions in the lobby of the Gresham Library on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 12.

During these sessions there will be a formal presentation on a study skills topic and then specific questions or concerns will be addressed.

Bernice Straus, counseling center director, said that no sign-up necessary for the library sessions-- "just come along."

Diverse Populations Conference

The Seventh Annual Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Populations Conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Teacher Education Center at Sam Houston State University, with registration at 7:30 a.m.

Theme for this year's conference is "Technology-Odyssey into the Classroom." Fees range from $15 - $35. Lunch is included.

Honorees and guest speakers are Minerva Perez and Raul Hinojosa. Other conference highlights include a Scholastic Book Fair, Essay Contest and Technology Exhibit.

The conference is sponsored by the Bilingual Education Student Organization at SHSU. For more information, contact Donna Goodner at 936.294.4869.

Organization Meetings Required

The Department of Student Activities will host required student organization meetings Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. and Sept. 21 at 4 p.m., both in the Lowman Student Center Theatre.

All registered student organizations should send at least two representatives to one of the meetings. Student organizations are urged to send new officers and members who have not attended the meetings before.

At the meeting, student groups will receive information about services offered through the Department of Student Activities and information about Homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Operation Orange, and other special events.

For more information, students should contact the Department of Student Activities at 936.294.3861 or visit LSC Suite 316.

Student Wins Conference Scholarship

Wendy Gilbert, a graduate student in computer science and full time computer programmer in the Computer Services Department at Sam Houston State University, has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Cape Cod Thursday (Sept. 14) through Saturday (Sept. 16).

Rita Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation, will be the conference keynote speaker.

"We have a very small number of women in our computer science department," said Gilbert. "And the great majority of our computer science profs are male. This conference is partially intended to give women in computer science a way of meeting other women interested in the same research and/or ideas, so that we don't feel like such minorities in our field and to provide female role models to look to."

Gilbert is doing her thesis on artificial intelligence and there will be a special session that subject. She expects to graduate in May 2001.

She credited David Burris, who chairs the Computer Science Department, for assisting her in the scholarship application process.

Debate Team Faces Busy Schedule

The 2000-2001 SHSU debate team of Jason Courville, Terri Easley, Andy Lambert, Phillip Rolen, Jason Thomas, Lee Washington, and Lawrence Williams will compete in six tournaments this fall.

Their locations and dates include Johnson County Community College (Sept. 22-24), Middle Tennessee State University (Oct. 6-8), Sam Houston State University (Oct. 13-15), North Harris Community College (Nov. 3-5), LSU-Shreveport (Nov. 17-19) and University of North Texas (Dec. 2-4).

The 2000-2001 intercollegiate debate topic for policy debate is: Resolved: that the United States federal government should substantially increase its development assistance, including increasing government to government assistance, within the Greater Horn of Africa.

New Risk Management Guidelines

As of this fall, all student organizations at Sam Houston State University will be governed by new risk management guidelines which have been printed in the 2000-01 edition of Student Guidelines.

The University has instituted these new guidelines to help student groups reduce some of the risk inherent in operating a student group and sponsoring events. The target areas in the policy include alcohol and drugs, hazing, sexual abuse and harassment, and travel.

All student organizations should send at least two representatives to one of the following meetings--Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. or Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. in the LSC Theatre.

For more information, contact the Department of Student Activities at 936.294.3861 or visit LSC Suite 316.

Working With Windows

Working With Windows--Level lI will be presented by the Small Business Development Center, 2424 Sam Houston Avenue, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 12).

Fee for the course is $25. For questions or reservations call 936.294.3737.

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Sept. 10, 2000
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