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SHSU Update for Week of Dec. 8

Exhibit Features Engravings from 19th Century West

In 1832, Prince Maximilian zu Wied (1782-1867), a respected German naturalist and scholar, set out on a two-year journey to explore and document the western wilderness of North America. He took with him a young Swiss artist, Karl Bodmer (1809-1893), to produce reference drawings and illustrate the book Maximilian planned to write. The 81 prints produced from Bodmer's drawings are recognized today as one of the most illuminating documents of the 19th-century American West.

The engravings will be on display in "Travels in the Interior of North America: The Maximilian-Bodmer Expedition," in the Walker Education Center Gallery from Dec. 15 through Jan. 18, 2003.

In the exhibition museum audiences have the opportunity to see these extraordinary prints and gain an appreciation for both their artistic beauty and their value as historical and scientific documents.

Maximilian's observations on the expedition, along with Bodmer's illustrations, are still considered an important record for ecologists today. In Mouth of Fox River (Indiana), and other engravings, Bodmer displays his skill as a scientific illustrator as well as his affinity for picturesque views. His landscapes recorded the western frontier so accurately that the landmarks---where they have not been altered by time or settlement---are identifiable today.

The engravings in the exhibition were produced from the original 19th-century printing plates, which are owned by the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Neb. Pulled on a hand-operated, flat-bed press and then hand-colored, the 20th-century edition has been made in the same fashion and to the same standards as the 19th-century sets.

For more information visit the exhbit's Web page online or call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832.

SHSU Announces Continuing Education Courses

Registration is underway at Sam Houston State University for the following continuing education courses:

Professional Phlebotomy, Yoga Level I and Level II, Spanish for Medical Personnel, Spanish for Attorneys, Ballroom Dancing, Genealogy, Beginning Photography, Photography and Darkroom, Aviation Ground School, Food Management, and Food Handler classes.

Also, real estate courses offered by home study, paralegal certification online, A+ Certification, Network+ Certification, MSCE Core Classes, Certified Internet Webmaster Training (in partnership with Quick Strike), Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement (off site courses), How to Get People to Pay, and Supervising People and Leading a Team seminars.

To receive a 2003 spring/summer catalog, contact the SHSU Office of Continuing Education at 936.294.3701.

Swansbourne to Perform Fourth Recital in Series

Clive Swansbourne will perform the fourth of eight recitals comprising the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven on Sunday, Dec. 8. The concert starts at 4 p.m. in Killinger Auditorium in the Beto Criminal Justice Center. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted towards the piano scholarship and enrichment fund.

The five sonatas in the program will include the famous "Les Adieux" Sonata, which charts Beethoven's conflicting emotions as his friend and patron, the Archduke Rudolph, had to pack up and leave Vienna during Napoleon's attack on that city in 1809. Especially noteworthy is the joyousness of the last movement, when the Archduke returns.

Swansbourne resumes the series on Jan. 26, 2003.

Employees Set Record for Charitable Campaign

Sam Houston State University employees raised almost $17,000 for the State Employee Charitable Campaign this year.

Not only was the amount almost $7,000 more than was raised the previous year, but the participation rate increased from 35 individuals to 152 individuals in this year's campaign.

Co-chairing the event were the university's internal auditor, Karon Murff, and Emmette Jackson, professor of photography.

Hoops Over the Holidays

For those who will be in the Huntsville area during the break, there will be lots of basketball action at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. the Ladykats will host the Houston Jaguars in an exhibition game.

On Saturday, Dec. 21, the men's team will host UT-Dallas at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 28, the women's team will host Lamar at 4 p.m., and the men will play at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 2, the Ladykats will play Southeastern Louisiana at 5:30 p.m., and the men will play at 7:45 p.m.

The teams will be in action again on Jan. 4, when they take on Nicholls State. The women will play at 4 p.m., and the men will play at 7 p.m.

Tickets for individual games are $6 for adults and $3 for non-SHSU students. Chairback season tickets are $75. For more information, contact the SHSU Department of Athletics at 936.294.1726.

Semester Draws to an End

Final examinations for the fall 2002 semester will take place Dec. 9-12. Residence halls will close at 10 p.m. on Dec. 12.

The university will be open during regular business hours through Dec. 20, and staff employees will return on Jan. 2.

Residence halls will be open for occupancy between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, and daytime classes will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Public Relations Students Available to Help

Sam Houston State University students in the spring Public Relations Case Studies class will again be working with community and campus organizations.

If you need public relations help in such areas as problem related research, news releases, advertising, special events, public service announcements or Web page development contact course instructor Frank Krystyniak by e-mail at or at 936.294.1833.

SHSU Update

Please send information for the SHSU Update to the Office of Public Relations at SHSU. For electronic access to SHSU news see the public relations web page Today@Sam.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May
Dec. 8, 2002
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