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SHSU Update for Week of Dec. 2

Victim Studies Institute Receives Grant

The National Institute for Victim Studies in Sam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice has received a $50,000 grant from the Texas Youth Commission for a study on issues relating to the commission's facilities.

James Marquart, institute director, and Janet Mullings, assistant professor in the College of Criminal Justice, will be the principal investigators for the project. They will examine the relationship between detention facility size and location, occupant mal-treatment, gang membership, and recidivism.

"This is a significant project for the National Institute for Victim Studies and for Sam Houston State University," said Marquart. "The results of our research are expected to be used in future planning for the Texas Youth Commission and in their requests for the next session of the Texas Legislature."

Marquart and Mullings will begin work on the study Dec. 1, with conclusion scheduled for Dec. 2002 and their report to the Texas Youth Commission due in April 2003.

The National Institute for Victim Studies is a partnership between Sam Houston State University and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The Institute opened in 1995 at the University of North Texas and moved to SHSU in 1999.

Symphonic Choir and Orchestra Present "The Creation"

Franz Joseph Haydn's "The Creation" will be performed by the SHSU Symphonic Choir and Orchestra Tuesday (Dec. 4) at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre Center.

Allen R. Hightower is the conductor, and the soloists are SHSU music faculty members Kristin Hightower (Gabriel), Dorothy Maddison (Eve), Wayne Barrett (Uriel), Christopher Michel (Adam), and Brian Miller (Raphael).

Haydn is one of the major composers from the period known as the "classical era," also known as the "Age of Enlightenment." His life spanned most of the 18th century. This oratorio, a sacred work for chorus, soloists, and orchestra, tells the story of the creation of the universe from the Genesis account in the Bible, with additional references to Milton's "Paradise Lost."

"The work is a joyous and colorful work which is sung in English," said Hightower. "To my knowledge, this is the first time this work has been performed in Huntsville, though a number of choruses from the work, such as 'The Heavens are Telling,' will be familiar to choral music fans."

Sam Houston State University students, faculty and staff will be admitted free of charge. General admission is $8 and Senior Citizens with identification will be admitted for $5.

Tackett To Be Honored For Service

Charles Tackett, director of the Department of Public Safety Services and chief of University Police, will be honored for 51 years of service to law enforcement at a reception at 3 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7) in the LEMIT Building on campus.

Tackett began his career on Nov. 1, 1950, when he joined the Corpus Christi Police Department as an officer in the patrol division. He moved up the career ladder and was eventually promoted to the position of commander of police.

An honor graduate of SHSU, Tackett returned to his alma mater in 1973, and assumed the head position of the university's police and public safety services department, which he has held since then.

The public is invited to attend.

Parents' Association Offers Encouragement

Sam Houston State University Parents' Association officers and volunteers will distribute free apples and Scantrons on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 3-4) in the mall area by the Lee Drain Building, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. (or while supplies last) to encourage students during final exams.

Each semester, the Parents' Association hosts two Apple Days giving out more than 1,200 apples and 5,000 Scantrons to Sam Houston students. The association provides the items simply to give students a treat before finals.

"We know how stressful the end of the semester can be, so we like to show our support to the entire student body and hope they each do well on their tests and final projects," said Ginny Melancon, president of the association.

Purchasing Department Hosts Training Program

The Purchasing Department invites all university departments to attend a presentation by the Texas Industries for the Blind and the Handicapped on Monday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Bill Blackwood Room of the Criminal Justice Center.

The Purchasing Department requests that a purchasing representative from each department attend. Representatives should RSVP by Thursday (Dec. 6), and reservations can be made by contacting Marilyn Meshell at 936.294.1905.

The program will update departments on legislation relating to Texas Industries and institutions of higher education. Representative from the group will present and demonstrate their products. There will also be an opportunity to obtain a paper catalog or a catalog on CD and ask questions.

Recital Features Student Guitarist

Jeremy Wells will present a guitar recital on Sunday (Dec. 2) at 5 p.m. in the Recital Hall on campus. He will be accompanied by Paul Peacock, Matt Boozer and Ryan Ogradowicz.

His program will feature popular music including "Autumn Leaves," "When I Fall In Love," "Killing Me Softly," "Blue Train," "Chameleon," among other selections, as well as his own composition, "The Gospel Truth."

Museum To Be Site of Angel Show and Cultural Demonstrations

From Dec. 8-31, the Cooperative of Women Artists will display angels and other holiday-related artwork in the Walker Education Center Gallery on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. Items will be on sale daily from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

On Saturday (Dec. 8) the Museum will feature a demonstration of Cherokee Indian Culture and Crafts in the Exhibit Hall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

A pottery-making demonstration will take place on Dec. 15, and a weaving and spinning demonstration will be held on the front porch of the Woodland Home. Both demonstrations are from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information about these and other museum programs, contact the museum office at 936.294.1831.

Jewish Students Establish Organization

Next semester, Jewish Bearkats will have their own student organization. The organization Hillel has been established on campus and has affiliated with the International Hillel organization.

"In years past, Sam Houston students would travel to Texas A&M to participate in activities with fellow Jewish youth," said Jason Plotkin, Hillel student representative. "Starting in the spring semester, Jewish Bearkats will be able to participate in Hillel activities on campus."

Hillel's goal is to make students aware of Judaism both on campus and in the community through social, cultural, religious and educational programs.

For more information on Hillel, contact Plotkin at

Clay Club Holds Pottery Sale

The art department's Clay Club will host its bi-annual pottery sale on Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 4-5) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between the Lowman Student Center and Academic Building I.

Ceramic sculpture, pottery and tiles by art students and faculty will be for sale. Proceeds will be divided between the participating artists and the Clay Club. The club uses its allotment to bring visiting artists to SHSU and to fund scholarship opportunities for students.

For more information on the pottery sale contact the art department at 936.294.1315.

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Dec. 2, 2001
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