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SHSU Update for Week of April 22

Scholarships 'Target' Retail Security

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Jose Alvarez presents a big check to Bruni Kline, left, and criminal justice faculty member Laura Myers.
It is estimated that shoplifting occurs 380 -440 million times per year at a loss of $9.5 - $11 billion dollars. There are other retail security problems as well, such as bad checks and employee theft.

This concerns people like Jose Alvarez, district assets protection team leader for the Target Corporation, who says it should concern shoppers as well, because they end up paying the cost.

Alvarez recently presented a check for $3,000 to Sam Houston State University to be used for scholarships for students planning to enter the corporate security field.

"We're in business to make money," said Alvarez, speaking for the entire retail industry. "We end up passing along the losses to consumers."

Alvarez graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1980 with a degree in criminal justice, and went to work for the Houston Police Department. In 1987 he discovered an opportunity in corporate security with the Target Corporation, and has been thinking of ways to increase training for students interested in that area ever since.

Last fall Alvarez invited Richard Ward, dean of the College of Criminal Justice, to visit a Target store to see some of the technology they were using. Ward indicated he was interested in the possibility of developing a master's degree in corporate security.

Alvarez then met with Bruni Kline, assistant director for university advancement, and set up the Target Corporation Scholarship of Excellence, which will provide three $1,000 scholarships per year.

"There's a whole world out here in corporate security that most criminal justice majors don't know about," Alvarez said. "Until now there has been little emphasis on academic programs for that field."

Pirates, Fairies, Sailors, English Lasses, Oriental Maidens

The Sam Houston State University Opera Workshop will present an overview of major themes and ideas from English Operetta scenes from the 19th century at 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 27) and Saturday (April 28) in the Recital Hall.

Works will include famous songs and ensembles from the major works of Gilbert and Sullivan, including "The Pirates of Penzance," "Iolanthe," "Ruddigore," "Patience," "H.M.S. Pinafore" "The Mikado," and "The Sorcerer."

The review will also include music by composers of the Victorian and Edwardian eras who are not well known today, including Frederic Norton, Lionel Moncton, Sidney Jones, Edward German, and Howard Talbot.

Featured soloists include graduate student Alison Lund, and undergraduates Sarah Cuddy, Shaun Terry, Amara Chinn, Rashida Moore, Jael Miller, Haley Dyes, Andrea Gauthier, Steven Bayless, Frank Rich, La Trina Johnson, Jessica Black and Kelly Gotshall. Special guest appearances include SHSU track team member Joe Smith as the Lord High Chancellor in "Iolanthe."

The workshop is directed by Dorothy Maddison, SHSU voice instructor, who lived and worked as a professional soloist in England. Assisting Maddison is the accompanist and coach, Professor Mary Starnes, who also works at Houston's Theater Under The Stars. Student directors making their directing debut with the group include Haley Dyes, Alison Lund, and Steven Bayless.

General admission is $8 adults, $5 students, but the performance is free to all SHSU students and staff. Call the SHSU Music Office at 936.294.1360 for further information.

Music Week to Include Beethoven, Recitals, Concerts

"Beethoven's Music in Its Time," the final of four concerts by pianist Clive Swansbourne, will highlight a busy music week at Sam Houston State University. The series is sponsored by a University Faculty Research Grant.

Each recital in the series includes works by Beethoven alongside works of his contemporaries, both well known and lesser known.

"This last recital consists of two of Beethoven's sonatas in C minor, the "Pathetique," and the sublime last sonata," said Swansbourne. "There will also be a lively and attractive sonata by the little known master, Dussek, and two impromptus by Franz Schubert."

The program is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 24) in the Recital Hall. Admission is free.

On Sunday at 1 p.m. Erica Thonsgard (flute) and Liz Niblett (oboe) will present a student recital in the Recital Hall.

Jeremy Wells (guitar) will present a student recital at 4 p.m. in the University Theatre Center Mainstage Theatre. Also performing will be Paul Peacock on soprano and tenor saxophones, Brandon Bickham, acoustic and electric bass, Ryan Ogrodowicz on drums and Ray Hilley on organ.

On Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, Randy Adams will present a faculty recital on trumpet.

On Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall the Horn Studio will present a recital, with the Sam Houston Horn Choir under the direction of Peggy DeMers, faculty members Jay Whatley (piano), David Fleming (piano), and horn students Melissa Scott, Emily Hays, LeAnn Stover and LeighAnn Moya.

Also scheduled are a Chamber Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 25) in the Recital Hall and a performance of the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Matthew McInturf, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (April 26) in the University Theatre Center Mainstage Theatre.

Admission to the Wind Ensemble concert is $8 adults, $5 students, and free to SHSU employees and students. For more information on music events call 936.294.1360.

Two Awards Events This Week

It should prove to be an award-winning week on the Sam Houston State University Campus as two big events highlight achievements of both individuals and organizations this Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday (April 24) the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services presents the first "Excellence Awards for Scholarship and Service." This event celebrates the achievements of students of color at SHSU from a cultural perspective, with the main focus of the evening on scholastic achievement.

In addition to the presentation of 31 individual awards, each organization will have the opportunity to recognize a specific person, event, or program that has stood out over the past year through a Highlights of Excellence presentation.

Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Theater Center.

On Wednesday (April 25) the Department of Student Activities presents the Seventh Annual "Sammy Awards." This event honors outstanding student leaders, advisers, and student organizations.

Past winners and SHSU student leaders will present 37 awards, winners of which have been selected through student and adviser nominations. New awards for this year include the Fun and Funky Fundraiser Award, the Most Spirited Bearkat Organization, the Party People Award, the Crazed Community Service Award, and the Publicity Plus Award.

Between presentations, a variety of entertainment including the Soul Lifters Gospel Choir, a dance performance, and a jazz band will be offered. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre Center.

All are invited to attend these free events.

Writing Expert on Campus Monday

Kenneth Henson, a writing specialist from Eastern Kentucky University, will present a daylong seminar on Writing for Publication, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday (April 23) in the Criminal Justice Center. This seminar is open to SHSU faculty and graduate students.

Henson, who has made presentations at SHSU before, is actually back by popular request, said Patricia Williams, director of the Across-the-University Writing Program. He has 24 books and more than 200 publications to his credit.

During his visit, copies of his "Writing for Professional Publication" will be available, and he has agreed to autograph them for anyone interested.

Henson encourages those who may be working on journals with the intent of publishing them to bring them for critique.

There will be three separate workshops. Participants may attend the entire day or individual sessions. Session A is 8 - 11:50 a.m. in the Bates Conference Room A206. Session B is Noon - 12:45 p.m. -- Blackwood Conference Room A208. Session C is 1 - 3 p.m. -- Bates Conference Room A206.

To register for the workshops, contact Carol Simpson in the Academic Enrichment Center 936.294.1957. Enrollment is limited to the first 45 individuals who register. Registration is especially requested for the noon session.

Anyone with questions can contact Simpson, Williams at 936.294.1143 or Susan Strickland at 936.294.3128.

Reception to Honor Student and Faculty Writers

"Demystifying the Art of Writing" will be the topic for Gene Young, professor of English, who will speak at the 12th Annual Reception Honoring Student and Faculty Writers.

The reception is scheduled for 3 - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 24) in the Academic Enrichment Center, Room 115 of the Newton Gresham Library.

Some 146 writers have been nominated for awards. The Dr. A. J. Koinm Best Freshman Composition Award winner will receive a $100 check, a plaque, and have his or her essay printed in the Across-the-University Writing Program newsletter. A $50 check and a plaque will go to the runner-up and $25 gift certificates to honorable mention winners.

Judges for the contests were Pat Bagley, Teri Lesesne, Darci Hill, Traci Marcontell and Elena Martinez. Sponsors for the program are the Student Government Association, Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society, and the Across-the-University Writing Program.

An Old-Fashioned Texas Luau

On Sunday (April 29) the Theater and Dance Department of Sam Houston State University will present Dance Spectrum in Concert, a celebration of dance and music, on the Sam Houston Museum grounds.

The concert is free and will begin at 3 p.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m. Following the concert will be a luau banquet with authentic Hawaiian cuisine by the Hula Halau Ohana Elikapeka catering company. Tickets for the meal are $12 each and may reserved by calling 936.294.1875.

The SHSU Dance Ensemble will present an eclectic program, jazz and tap dances performed to live accompaniment by the SHSU Jazz Ensemble, traditional hula to live drumming and contemporary dances to spoken word.

Also featured on the program will be the SHSU Jazz Ensemble, Musical Theater Ensemble, Huntsville High School Band and Grenadier Guard.

Youth groups from the Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church will offer faith-inspired step and drill performances and the SHSU Soul Lifters, Greater Zion and New Zion choirs will sing traditional and contemporary gospel music.

Campus Debate to Raise Funds for Africa

The Sam Houston State University debate team is having a public debate on campus Thursday (April 26). The topic is whether or not the United States should assist in the development of what is known as the Greater Horn area of Africa.

The debate, at 7 p.m. in the Ron Mafrige Auditorium of the Smith-Hutson Building, is free, but donations will be accepted. Donations will be given to the Sudan National Committee on Traditional Practices, an organization working on female health issues in Sudan.

The debate is open for anyone to attend--students, faculty, administrators and community members.

In a related fundraising event, on May 8 any diners at the El Chico restaurant that night who identify themselves with the debate team will have 10 percent of their check donated to the Sudan project.

Vendor Show is This Week

The Purchasing Office and Small Business Development Center of Sam Houston State University and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will co-sponsor the 5th Annual Vendor/Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Show at the Johnson Coliseum on Tuesday (April 24) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The purpose of the show is to connect end users (departments) with vendors that supply to the Huntsville area. Departments will be able to see new products available, obtain literature and meet area representatives.

"In the past vendors have had free product samples, giveaways, etc.," said Renee Starns of SHSU's Purchasing Department. For more information, contact Starns at 936.294.1906.

December Degree Applications Due

The December commencement exercise at Sam Houston State University may seem far in the future, but not for those who plan to graduate.

Students who anticipate graduating on Dec. 8 should file degree applications by May 1 in the Registrar's Office in the Administration Building.

Final exams for those graduating on that date will be Dec. 3 and 4.

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April 22, 2001
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