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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 2

History Dept., Museum To Celebrate Veterans Day

The SHSU history department and the Sam Houston Memorial Museum will present the Second Annual Veterans Day Commemorations: "Recognizing the sacrifices of America's veterans, the value of public service and the importance of the study of military history" on Nov. 11.

James S. Olson, distinguished professor and chair of the history department and Joseph G. Dawson, III, professor of history at Texas A&M University will mark the occasion with addresses.

Olson will deliver an address on the meaning of Veterans Day at 9 a.m. at the Woodland Home, on the museum grounds. In addition, the SHSU Bearkat Battalion will present the colors; School of Music professor Christopher Michel will sing the National Anthem; SHSU senior and ROTC Cadet Melissa Davis, will play TAPS; and the Sam Houston Memorial Museum's Raven's Rangers will make a historic cannon salute in honor of veterans.

That evening, Dawson, who is also the past director of A &M's Military Studies Institute, will speak on "America's Soldiers and America's Veterans: Military Service in America," at 7 p.m. in the James S. Olson Auditorium, on the 2nd floor of Academic Building 4 on the SHSU campus.

Admission to both events is free and open to the public.

“We hope you will be able to join us on this historic day,” said assistant professor of history Susannah Bruce.

In case of rain on Tuesday morning, the speech will move into the auditorium in the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.

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Physics Prof Receives Grant To Research In Italy

C. Renee James, assistant professor of physics at SHSU, has been awarded a grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Women’s International Science Collaboration grant will allow her to perform research at the Rome Astronomical Observatory in Italy from Dec. 13 to Jan. 5.

While in Rome, James will begin collaborating with several members of the Rome Observatory to determine the chemical compositions and the motions of stars in the Carina dwarf spheroidal galaxy, a companion of the Milky Way.

This work will pave the way to a better understanding of the formation and evolution of the Milky Way and of the material universe as a whole.

James’ proposal was one of over 300 submitted for this program, from which only 50 received funding.

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Dining Facility Name Contest Narrows To Three

In early October, SHSU students submitted 174 possible names for the new south side Dining Facility, which were voted on online by students, staff and faculty Oct. 20 – 21.

Bearkat Café, Eat 'em up Kafe, and SouthPaw were the three names that garnered the most student votes and were presented to a panel of nine students, faculty and staff.

The panel agreed with the student vote, and that name has been submitted to the Board of Regents for approval. The official name of the Dining Facility will be announced on Nov. 21 after the Board of Regents quarterly meeting.

The students who submitted the finalist names include Barbara Roberts, Andy DiMambro, Jessica Gallow, Jason Plotkin, and Kara-Lea Roberts.

The student(s) who submitted the winning name will receive $100 Bearkat Express and the student(s) who submitted the other two finalist names will each win $50 Bearkat Express. If more than one student has submitted the winning name, the prize will be divided among the winners.

Once the name is official, the winners will receive their prize.

If there are any questions concerning the contest, contact Dana Grant in Residence Life at 936.294.1816.

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School Of Music To Celebrate Octubafest

The annual Octubafest celebration will take place in the SHSU Recital Hall on Nov. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
Monday’s recital will feature four of the School of Music’s faculty members— Henry Howey, euphonium and tuba; Robert Daniel, tuba; Robert Meaux, tuba; and Jay Whatley, piano and narrator.

A wide variety of music will be performed to include original compositions for the tuba and the euphonium, as well as arrangements. A tuba duet and trio will also be featured.

The Tuesday evening recital will feature student solos and chamber ensembles including a duet, a trio, and a quartet. The recital will conclude with a performance by the SHSU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.

For more information, contact the School of Music at 936.294.1360.

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Exhibit Opens Monday In Gaddis Geeslin Gallery

art collageThe works of Marie-Laure Ilie, Vince Koloski and Brenna Manuel will be on exhibit in the SHSU Gaddis Geeslin Gallery from Nov. 3-28. A reception will be held on Thursday (Nov. 6), from 5-7 p.m., and will feature Ilie giving a brief talk about her art.

A native of Paris, France, Ilie, a textile artist, is a Sorbonne graduate and a former Fulbright travel grant recipient. Ilie’s art can be described as avant-garde experiments with organza and transparent nylon. Fabric is the medium of choice in her search for reinterpretations of light and space.

This exhibit also reflects her interest in ancient Greek statues. Her robed figures are re-imaged on fabric, re-manipulated with draping and woven with transparent effects to create a collection of sensual mixed-media embodiments.

Koloski, of San Francisco, Calif., has been creating light-based work for 24 years.

“I work with light because of its emotional and symbolic power. It has a purity that is unmatched by any other energy or material,” Koloski said.

His neon sculptures combine glyphic or alphanumeric forms and the symbolism of light. Koloski’s use of electricity and advanced technologies has been described as creating a powerful iconic presence that appeals to both the conscious and subconscious yearnings.

Manuel received her Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her artwork is a display of the objects and materials that can be found in every day life, arranged in a matter that reflects a natural beauty.

“I follow my instincts and create arrangements of stacks, rows and piles of things that I like,” Manuel said.
Plant lights, masking tape, torn sheets and paper bags are transformed into glowing assemblages that highlight the beauty of very ordinary things.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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UIL Conference To Draw Large Student Crowd

Approximately 1,000 to 1,300 students from school districts throughout Central and Southeast Texas will be on the SHSU campus on Saturday (Nov. 8) for the University Interscholastic League Student Activity Conference.

The event, sponsored by the university, will acquaint students and coaches with the nature and rules of the UIL academic contests in approximately 15 different disciplines.

The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and will end at 1:30 p.m.

Students in Debi Hatton’s speech communications class, “directing speech activities,” have been helping build on the theme “Cruising Around The World” for the conference.

“We’re looking at making signs (for the buildings where sessions will be held) for Australia, Africa and South America to help the students navigate around the campus (for their sessions) and maybe learn about the campus too,” said Gabby Moore, public relations representative for the event.

SAM Center To Offer Grad School Insight

The SAM Center will offer a program called Grad School Night on Tuesday (Nov. 4) at 5 p.m.

This program will provide any student with all they need to know about the process of applying to graduate school, according to Bernice Strauss, SAM Center director of academic support programs.

Students will receive a time line of when to undertake specific tasks, and representatives from Financial Aid and various graduate programs will be available for questions.

“Come find out if you are grad school material and how to successfully apply to your particular program,” Strauss said.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.

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Kat Klub Serves Up Table Tennis Tournament

The Kat Klub will sponsor a table tennis tournament on Wednesday (Nov. 5) at 6 p.m.

Students can sign up to participate in Kat Klub, located on the first floor of the Lowman Student Center, where the tournament will be held.

Trophies will be awarded to winning participants.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Nov. 2, 2003
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