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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 16


SHSU Company To Present Dance Spectrum

The SHSU department of theatre and dance’s student company, SHSU Dance Company, will present Dance Spectrum in Concert Thursday through Saturday (Nov. 20-22) on the University Theatre Center Mainstage. Shows begin at 8 p.m. nightly, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday.

Choreographers Jennifer Pontius, Cindy Gratz, Kista Tucker, Melissa Wynn and Jonathan Charles, all members of the SHSU dance faculty, will be presenting works in ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary dance forms.

Dance Spectrum in Concert is a presentation of an array of dance forms and themes showcasing the talent of the dance program. Entertaining, engaging, and stimulating, this concert will offer something for everyone, according to Tiffany Nirider, graduate teaching assistant and spectrum producer.

Ensemble!, choreographed by Jennifer Pontius, celebrates the traditions of ballet interwoven with familiar motifs of character dance. Driven by the lively strains of The Chieftains’ The Fiddling Ladies, the 11 dancers progress from a restrained and formal unison, through myriad interactions that culminate in a joyous tapestry of dancing.

After Images is a reconstruction of a 1992 award-winning piece by Cindy Gratz. It is a compelling work that investigates stages of recovery for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Kista Tucker will be presenting two pieces in the performance. The first is The Korean War, Forgotten No More: Walking, Battle, Dead and Wounded, also known as the Korean War Veterans Memorial Project. This SHSU performance will depict the first three scenes of the work in progress. The project, made possible through a $26,500 developmental grant awarded to Tucker by SHSU’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, will premiere as a full work June 19, 2004, at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies’ Biennial Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Tucker’s second piece, Three Faces of Woman: Determined, Understanding, Passionate, depicts three of the many aspects of a woman’s nature. Yann Tiersen, recently known for his music in the movie, Amélie, composed the music.

Choreographer Melissa Wynn combines elements of text, dramatic theatre, video and set design to create a complete environment that extends much beyond the scope of conventional modern dance in Dreams of X Within the Time and Space Continuum, which takes an abstract look at the absurdity and oddity of human interactions within the timings of their occurrences.

Jonathan Charles’ Red Tango is a tribute to the tango, Argentina’s second national anthem. Forget the mannered ballroom dancing image, this tango is the source of real roots music—very rhythmic and passionate. This piece is the product and a tribute to the men dancing it and for that matter, a tribute to male dancers everywhere.

Tickets for Dance Spectrum are $10 general admission and $8 with SHSU or senior citizen ID. For more information, call 936.294.1875 or 936.294.3988.

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Advance Registration Extended To Dec. 4

Advance registration for the spring 2004 semester has been extended to 4 p.m. on Dec. 4.

Until that date, students may register or make changes to their schedules online. Registration will reopen at 8 a.m. on Dec. 17 and continue through Jan. 13.

Students not on financial aid must pay for advance registration by 4 p.m. on Dec. 4 to retain class schedules. Students, including those on the installment plan, who increase the total number of semester credit hours after their initial registration and tuition payment, must pay the additional tuition/fees due by Jan. 21. If payment is not received, the additional course(s) added will be dropped from the schedule.

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Rec Sports To Host Turkey Trot Nov. 24

You don't have to walk far; you don't have to walk fast. In the Turkey Trot you could be the winner even if you cross the finish line last.

The Turkey Trot, a prediction walk and food drive sponsored by Recreational Sports and Golden Key International Honour Society, will be held on Nov. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will start and finish in the LSC Mall Area and is open to all faculty, staff and students.

In a prediction walk the participant predicts, before the event begins, how long it will take to walk the course. The winner is the person who crosses the finish line closest to the predicted time.

“This is a very non-competitive atmosphere,” said Tina DeAses, Recreational Sports wellness director. “Participants can trot or walk at their own pace and still win.

“It is a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Sam Houston State University campus, spend some time ‘outside of the office’ with your fellow co-workers and win an entire Thanksgiving dinner - turkey included,” she said.

First place receives a turkey, bag of potatoes, can of cranberries and pumpkin pie; second place receives a ham, yams and box of instant stuffing; and third place receives a box of instant mashed potatoes and a can of pumpkin filling.

The registration fee is two non-perishable food items or $1 and will benefit the area food bank.

For more information, please contact DeAses at 936.294.1985 or

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Health Center To Host Smoke-Out Events

The SHSU Student Health Center is encouraging students to participate in the Great American Smoke-Out on Thursday (Nov. 20).

The Peer Educators will be in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering information on the Health Center's smoking cessation program, free carbon monoxide monitoring and other giveaways.

This event challenges people to stop using tobacco and raises awareness of the many effective ways to quit, according to Health Center director Keith Lott.

For more information, call the Peer Education Office at 936.294.4347.

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Venue For Alcohol Speaker Changes

The location of the Courage to Care presentation with Carolyn Cornelison has been changed from the Lowman Student Center Ballroom to the Mafrige Auditorium, in the Smith-Hutson Business Building. The event will be held Tuesday (Nov. 18) at 7 p.m.

For more information, call the Counseling Center at 936.294.1720.

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Chemistry Course To Be Offered In Europe

For those who are looking for a science elective, "Discoveries in Chemistry and Textiles" (CHM 495) will be offered in Germany and France May 17-31, 2004.

The deadline for class registration is Dec. 1, 2003.

The course is an advanced elective and requires the successful completion of chemistry 135 or 138.

Class topics will include early Nobel Prize winning chemists, the times in which they worked and the impact their work had on society. Students will visit Rothenburg, Würzburg, Munich, Heidelberg, Freiburg and Paris.

For additional information, contact Rick White in the chemistry department at 936.294.1060 or, or Janis White in family and consumer sciences department at 936.294.1184 or

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Raven Run Dashes Participation Record

lineupOver 60 students, faculty, staff and alumni participated in the annual 5K Raven Run on Nov. 7. The event was sponsored by Recreational Sports as part of the Homecoming 2003 activities.

“This was the largest turnout we have ever seen at the Raven Run, and we hope it continues to grow,” said Megan Thomas, graduate assistant for club sports. “Thanks to all who came out to participate and show your support.”

Participants were divided into four divisions to compete. Winners for each category, in male and female divisions, include Student division—male: Frankie Flores (19.02), first place; Matt Buehner (19.04), second place; and Woodrow Smith (22.26), third place. Student division—female winners include: Jenny Uniacke (25.28), first place; Kendra Stanford (25.59), second place; and Candis Smith (26.10), third place.

Raven Run 2003 participants line up between the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum and the Health and Kinesiology Center on Nov. 7.

Faulty/Staff division winners include: male—Wesley Boyd (22.31), first place; Christopher Wilson (23.45), second place; and Gerald Kohers (25.32), third place; and female—Suzette Kohers (25.30), first place; and Melinda Miller (31.35) second place.

Alumni division winners include: male—Robert Duncan (19.45), first place; Craig Greening (23.30), second place; and Earl Jones (29.49), third place; and female—Lisa Jump (34.59), first place.

Student Organization division winners include: male—Chance Brumley (21.08), first place; Sergio Chavarria (21.32), second place; and Jonathan Knapp (22.25), third place; and female—Brandi Collins (29.08), first place; Kelly Cheeseman (33.35), second place; and Chelsea Hayes (34.58), third place.

The winners who have not received their medals are asked to call Recreational Sports at 936.294.1985 by Friday (Nov. 21) to make pick-up arrangements.

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Astrophysicist To Explain The Stars

The physics department and the SHSU Society of Physics Students will host a public talk by astrophysicist J. Craig Wheeler on Wednesday (Nov. 19), at 2 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 109.

Wheeler, who currently holds the Samuel T. and Fern Yanagisawa Regents Professorship of Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss supernovae and the catastrophic deaths of massive stars, a topic for which Wheeler is one of the world's leading experts, according to physics department chair Rex Isham.

Specifically, he will discuss whether a star's magnetic field and rotation rate help trigger certain types of supernovae, the only remnants of which are rapidly rotating, compact stars called pulsars. He will also explore the connection between pulsars and the so-called "gamma ray bursters," mysterious objects which have attracted media attention in the past few years because of their unpredictability and enormous power output.

Although a weighty subject, Wheeler's many teaching awards at UT Austin indicate that he can bring the universe down to earth for the public,” Isham said.

The talk will last approximately an hour, and refreshments will be served.

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International Programs To Distribute Study Abroad Info

The Office of International Programs will set up a "Study Abroad" table and distribute information about scholarships, as well as scholarship application forms, to students interested in taking summer courses in foreign countries on Thursday (Nov. 20), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the LSC Mall Area.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate International Education Week, designated as Nov. 17-21, and to raise awareness on campus of the international student population, according to Donna Rogers in the Office of International Programs.

Information will include courses led by some of our SHSU faculty members, as well as courses sponsored by outside agencies such as American Institute for Foreign Studies. Multicultural and International Student Services, two Indian groups, the International Hispanic Association, history professor Nick Pappas, and English professor Christie Fox have signed up to promote their programs and groups, as well as Grettle Payne who has signed up to promote "Travel with Sam Houston" through Continuing Education.

International Program staff members will be present to answer general questions students may ask about participating in study abroad, finding courses that are right for them and scholarship eligibility.

International students will be present to talk to students and to hand out promotional material, exhibit items from their culture and sell finger foods traditional in their home countries. Several international students will dress in attire from their home countries, and other international students pass out globe key chains.

There will also be an international display set up in the Newton-Gresham Library during International Education Week.

“We would like to invite participation from the general campus population by encouraging those who have traveled abroad to wear T-shirts or other clothing they purchased in foreign countries during their travels, and to join us in the Mall Area, near the fountain, on Nov. 20 and share the details of their experience abroad with other American students,” Rogers said.

In case of rain, the event will be held in the LSC Atrium.

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Club Tennis To Host All-Night Game Party

The SHSU club tennis team will host an all-night tennis party on Friday (Nov. 21) beginning at 9 p.m. on the McAdams Tennis Courts.

Pizza, fun and music will be provided, and the courts will be reserved solely for event games, such as king of the court.

The all-night party is not a competition and is only for fun. People of all skill levels are encouraged to participate, even those who have never played before.

Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the gate, and can be purchased by calling Vanessa McRill at 936.661.6036 or Curtis Stevens at 936.293.8567.

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Watercolor Works To Be Displayed In LSC Gallery

Artwork from students taking the “Painting In Aquamedia”class will be on display in the Lowman Student Center Gallery beginning on Tuesday (Nov. 18).

The pictures, done in watercolor, will be in the gallery through November, according to Martin Amorous, art chair and associate professor of painting.

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Nov. 16, 2003
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