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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 9

Speaker To Address Alcohol Misuse

The Counseling Center and Health Center, in conjunction with Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity, will sponsor motivational speaker Carolyn Cornelison, Ph.D., to address the consequences of alcohol misuse on Nov. 18.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mafrige Auditorium, located in the Smith-Hutson Business Building.

Cornelison, a former student athlete and Delta Zeta sorority member, takes a look at college drinking and helping those with alcohol-related problems in her Courage to Care message. She has spoken at over 300 campuses and conferences since 1991.

“Unfortunately, alcohol misuse occurs on most college campuses, and Sam Houston is not unlike other college campuses in regards to problems with alcohol. SHSU has had one suspected alcohol-related death and another possible drug-related death this semester,” said Deborah Probst, counselor at the Counseling Center. “Although we do not have specific data, anecdotally, this semester the Counseling Center has experienced an increase in the number of students seeking help for alcohol abuse or as a secondary issue.”

Alcohol misuse within college students is common nationally, according to Probst. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism published a report estimating that 1,400 college students die from unintentional alcohol-related injuries each year. It also found that alcohol is a large factor in unintentional injuries, assaults, sexual assault, lower grades and poor academic work, as well as unprotected sex.

“Having the motivational speaker on campus is a first step in addressing alcohol issues more comprehensively on campus,” Probst said. “Hopefully, we will convene a task force group consisting of students, faculty and staff as well as campus police and community groups that will offer various programs throughout the year.

“Currently, we offer individual and group counseling to students with alcohol problems. In addition, we sponsor an Alcohol Screening each spring,” she said. “SHSU has been acknowledged for the campus across the nation with the greatest number of participating students (in the screening).”

In addition, Kappa Alpha Order members are planning various awareness-raising activities, such as competitive games and memorials, before the event.

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Rec Sports, Honor Society To Host Blood Drive Monday

The Recreational Sports wellness program and Eta Sigma Gamma, the national professional honor society in health education, will host a blood drive on Monday (Nov. 10), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The blood drive donor coach will be parked in front of the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

For more information, contact Tina DeAses at 936.294.1985.

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Golden Key To Induct Over 300 Thursday

The SHSU chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society plans to induct over 300 new members, as well as five honorary members, at its induction ceremony on Thursday (Nov. 13). The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

New inductees are asked to participate in a community service project by bringing a new or slightly used children’s book in support of children’s education to the induction. Those who are unable to attend but would like to participate can turn books in to Smith-Hutson Building Room 209, the Office of Student Activities, the Teacher Education Center or arrange for pickup by contacting Golden Key.

Membership requirements for Golden Key include undergraduate classification of junior or higher, having a grade point average in the top 15 percent and meeting university residency requirements.

The SHSU chapter was founded on April 28, 1981, making it the second oldest chapter in the Southwest Region. The chapter has received several awards internationally, regionally and within the university via Sammy Awards.

For more information on Golden Key, or the induction ceremony, e-mail or visit the Web site

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OneCard Services To Host Faculty, Staff Forum Tuesday

The Bearkat OneCard Services Office will host a faculty/staff forum on Tuesday (Nov. 11), from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 304.

Casey McGuane, vice president of university operations for HigherOne, will be available to discuss topics of interest relating to the OneCard program.

All interested faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

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A&M Prof To Speak On Chicano Literature Wednesday

Manuel M. Martin-Rodriguez, associate professor and director of Hispanic studies at Texas A&M University, will deliver a message on Chicano literary history on Wednesday (Nov. 12) at 5 p.m. in Evans Building Room 251.

The lecture, titled “A Net Made of Holes: Re/writing Chicano Literary History,” is sponsored by the English and foreign languages department.

Prior to joining Texas A&M, Martín-Rodríguez was director of the Roberto Hernández Center for Latino Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an associate professor at Wayne State University, and an assistant professor at Yale University.

His publications include Life in Search of Readers: Reading (in) Chicana/o Literature (2003); Rolando Hinojosa y su "cronicón" chicano: Una novela del lector (1993); La voz urgente: Antología de literatura chicana en español (1995); essays in the Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States (1993); and the Cambridge History of Latin American Literature (1996, with Luis Leal), among other edited volumes; as well as in Modern Language Quarterly; The Bilingual Review; The Americas Review; Hispania; Revista Iberoamericana; Latin American Literary Review; REDEN; and Aztlán, among other journals.

He is currently working on a book on Latinos under contract with Palgrave Macmillan Press.

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School Of Music Arranges Three Performances

The School of Music has arranged several musical performances throughout the week, beginning on Thursday (Nov. 13).

On Thurday, the School of Music will give drummers a taste of East Indian Tabla performance principals at the Saudip Berman Percussion Clinic.

The clinic will be held at 2 p.m. in Fine Arts Building Room 201.

Berman, an accomplished artist in the field of East Indian music and drumming, will lecture and perform on a tabla, a small Indian hand drum, according to Rod Cannon, School of Music director and professor of music.

The clinic is free and open to everyone.

The SHSU Chorale, Concert Choir and Symphonic Choir will sing “Songs of Love and Devotion” at the annual Fall Festival of Choirs, also on Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium.

“All of the music is built around that theme,” said Allen Hightower, associate professor of music and director of choral and vocal studies. “The texts either deal with romantic love or with spiritual devotion.”
The choirs will sing classical music by composers such as Byrd, Bach, Brahms and Haydn, as well as by modern composers such as Norman Dello Joio, Daniel Gawthrop and Randall Thompson, in a variety of languages, including English, German, Latin and Spanish.

In addition, the SHSU Chamber Orchestra will join the choirs for a presentation of J.S. Bach's Cantata 150.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens and children under 11 are free. There is no charge for all SHSU students, staff and faculty.

On Saturday (Nov. 15), the Symphony Orchestra will present “An Afternoon with a view from the Planets” at 3 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium.

The orchestra will perform several songs from composers Michael Glinka, Henri Wieniawski and Gustav Holst, with music professor and director of orchestral studies Carol Smith conducting.

In addition, the concert will feature guest performer Andrew Wilson, SHSU assistant professor of music and strings area coordinator.

For more information on any of these events, contact the School of Music at 936.294.1360.

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Theatre Dept. To Present Moon Over Buffalo

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will follow the careers of two actors who miss their chance to make it big in the movies in its production of Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo.”

The play will be presented Wednesday through Saturday (Nov. 12-15), at 8 p.m. nightly, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday at the University Theatre Center.

Everything seems to go awry for these fading stars after missing their big chance to be in the movies with Frank Cappa. The battling spouses, played by SHSU students Kevin Crouch and Dorcus Sowunmi, create chaos and trouble for the cast when all goes wrong in this backstage drama with mistaken identities, a mixture of alcohol and an unforgettable plot.

The play also includes SHSU students Laura Kaldis, Brian Upchurch, Josh Amyx, Rebecca Cobo and Amber Sortino. Musical theatre student Sarah Ripper is directing the play.

“Moon Over Buffalo” contains adult language and situations. Tickets are $8; however, group rates are available. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 936.294.1339.

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Study Abroad Scholarship Deadline Set

The Institute of International Education, a NAFSA Global Partner, is accepting applications for the 2004-05 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren undergraduate scholarships for study abroad during summer 2004, fall 2004 and spring 2005.

These scholarships provide funding for U.S. students to study abroad in Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the NIS, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Award amounts range from a maximum of $10,000 a semester to $20,000 for an academic year.

The application deadline is Feb. 12, 2004, and applications may be turned into the Office of International Programs, in Frels Building Room 207.

For details and an application form, visit the Web site

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PC To Host Second Slam Poetry Night

Slam poet muMs will be the second this semester to share his work with SHSU at the PC Slam Poetry Night, sponsored by Program Council and the Poet’s Lounge.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 in the Old Main Pit.

Amateur poets will also have an opportunity to perform for an hour before muMs will perform, according to Program Council black history chair Kandice Harris.

“We want to broaden the campus’ perspective of poetry and its culture,” Harris said.

Slam Poetry Night is a great opportunity for people to come out and enjoy an event Harris said, and for those who are unfamiliar with the genre, it is a very dynamic form of poetry.

“(After listening to slam poetry) you leave with a better sense of yourself and what’s going on around you,” she said.

For more information, contact the Program Council Office at 936.294.1763.

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Nov. 9, 2003
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