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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 30


Tree Of Light To Be Held Thursday

tree of light signThe 83rd Annual Tree of Light will be held on Thursday (Dec. 4), at 6 p.m. in the plaza east of the Bobby K. Marks Administration Building.

University president James Gaertner will speak at the event, and Soul Lifters Gospel Choir and the SHSU Chorale will perform.

In the spirit of giving, the Office of Student Activities is asking those who attend to bring an ornament for the tree, as well as a donation of a canned food or a toy.

For more information, contact Student Activities at 936.294.3861 or by e-mail at

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Museum Brings Sam Houston’s Christmas To Huntsville

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will get into the holiday spirit on Saturday (Dec. 6) with the Sam Houston Family Christmas Festival.

Events will begin at 9 a.m. with a holiday decorations tour in the Woodlands Home, Steamboat House and Houston’s Law Office. The decorations may be viewed until 4:30 p.m.

Held in conjunction with the Cooperative of Working Artists, the annual Angel Show Art Exhibit and Sale, where area artist sell unique holiday crafts, will be held in the Walker Education Center Gallery from 9 a.m. 4 p.m.

At 10 a.m., “Raven’s Rendezvous” will include blacksmithing, pottery, waving and spinning and Cherokee Indian culture demonstrations. The event will be held on the museum grounds until 2 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the authors of Texas history books and Sam Houston biographies at the “Meet the Authors” book signing, from 1-4 p.m. in the Walker Education Center Atrium.

For more information on any of these events, call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832.

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Author To Tell Tales Of World Travel

Author, world traveler and lifestyle observer Joei Carlton Hossack will tell of her “Solo World Travel” on Dec. 2 in the Olson Auditorium, in Academic Building 4.

The event, which will be held from 2-3 p.m., is sponsored by the department of geography and geology and the Geographers of Sam Houston.

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Hossack has traveled to many countries and observed numerous cultures to extensively research and gather stories.

Some of her published works include “Restless from the Start,” “Everyone’s Dream Everyone’s Nightmare,” “Kiss This Florida, I’m Outta Here,” “A Million Miles from Home,” and “Alaska Bound and Gagged.”

In addition to contributing travel articles for many publications, she has been the subject of articles for The Hamilton Spectator, The Welland Tribune, The Gypsy Journal and Highways Magazine, among many others.

The international radio and television personality has been a professional speaker for many years, lecturing on such topics as “A Summer of Archaeological Digging In England,” “Traveling Solo to Alaska,” “Traveling through Turkey, the Greek Islands and Cyprus,” and “Traveling through Morocco.”

The speech is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.

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Dance Dept. Ends Semester With Three Performances

The SHSU dance department will wind down the semester with three dance performances beginning on Monday (Dec. 1).

A non-majors dance workshop will be held on Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 1-2) at 7 p.m. in the Academic Building 3 Theatre. The workshop allows students who are taking dance classes to show off what they have learned throughout the semester to fellow students.

Admission for the workshop is free, and everyone is invited to attend.

The department will have its final in-house performance for the dance majors’ workshop and junior barrier on Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the AB3 Theatre.

The dance majors’ workshop is held for all dance majors and gives students the chance to showcase their talents and abilities to the public. Junior barrier will also be held after the dance majors workshop to allow students the chance to audition for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Senior dance majors will have their final dance recital before receiving their degrees on Dec. 4 during the department’s Dance Mini Festival, which offers seniors the chance to showcase their abilities as they perform dances choreographed by fellow students.

Festivities will start at 7 p.m. in the AB3 Theatre.

For more information on any of these events, contact the dance department at 936.294.1875.

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School Of Music To Present Holiday Concert

The SHSU Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will bring you “Home for the Holidays” with an evening of Christmas carols and familiar holiday tunes on Friday and Saturday (Dec. 5-6).

The concert, with conductors Allen Hightower and Carol Smith, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on both days at the University Theatre Center.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Admission for SHSU students and faculty is free with proper identification.

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

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Four RTV Students Win At Regional Conference

Several members of the SHSU chapter of the National Broadcasting Society picked up wins for their television programs submitted during the NBS regional convention, held in Oklahoma City on Nov. 22-23. Accompanying the group was radio-television assistant professor Jeff Porche.

"Shopping in the Media," hosted by Oklahoma Christian University, included lectures, panel presentations and screenings.

Nadia Musallam and Eddie Garcia won first place for their TV drama "Shattered," Scott Eilers' "Samaritans" won first place for experimental programs and Ronard Patton garnered a first place with his news feature package on "World Champion Jump-Roper, Shawn Hamilton."

All three of these productions will be sent on to the national competition, which will be held in Miami in March.

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Education Group Donates Display Case To TEC

SHAEYC members and Dean Brown
Education and Applied Sciences dean Genevieve Brown (second from left) accepts the donated display case. From left are Dr. Sharon Lynch, president; Brown; Angie Sutton, vice president for programs and services; and Cynthia Simpson, immediate past president and affiliate representative to the Texas AEYC board of directors.

A plate collection and replicas of gifts from the “father of kindergarten” are on display on the first floor of the Teacher Education Center thanks to the donation of a display case by the Sam Houston Association for the Education of Young Children.

The case, dedicated on Nov. 1, was donated to highlight the accomplishments of the early childhood education program at SHSU, SHAEYC and faculty in the early childhood education, according to Laverne Warner, early childhood education professor.

SHAEYC purchased the case specifically to display a UNICEF plate collection of children around the world, said Warner, who was a SHAEYC founding member in 1987 and currently serves as the group’s vice president for membership and treasurer.

“It started because I donated the plates to the organization with the thought that they might use them as door prizes,” she said, “but the board decided they wanted to keep the collection, and so the issue came up that they didn’t have a place to house them.”

In addition to the plates, which will be a permanent fixture in the case, replicas of Froebel Gifts, which were teaching materials from the 1800s developed by the “father of kindergarten,” as well as publications by faculty members, are currently being displayed.

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Nov. 30, 2003
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