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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 12



Physics Prof Receives $96,000 Grant

SHSU physics professor Barry Friedman and California State University-Northridge physics professor Donna Sheng have been awarded a three-year research grant by the National Science Foundation.

The grant, which will bring $96,000 to SHSU, will aid in the research of the application and development of novel theoretical and computational approaches to strongly correlated semiconductor systems.

Semiconductor physics is present everywhere in modern technology. For example, the transistors used in personal computers are an application of semiconductor physics.

The research done in the project could lead to novel semiconductor devices, according to Friedman.
He, and several SHSU undergraduate physics majors, will apply state-of-the-art computational methods to try to gain insight into novel semiconductor systems.

Sheng is the principal investigator in the research, and Friedman is the co-principal investigator.

During the last 14 years in the physics department, Friedman has worked on a number of areas of theoretical and computational solid-state physics. He has spent two years in Japan, first on leave in 1990 as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow and second on sabbatical in 1999 as a National Science Foundation visiting scientist.

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Rec Sports To Deal Fall Poker Walk Thursday

Students, faculty and staff are invited to put their best hand, and foot, forward at the fall Poker Walk on Thursday (Oct. 16), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Poker Walk, designed to promote both fitness and fun, is a 10-15 minute walk through the campus, picking up cards from "casinos" along the way.

SHSU departments can pre-register as a team to enter two contests. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the department that displays the most energy, spirit and enthusiasm in the "High Roller Challenge," and the "Maverick Award" will be awarded to the best single hand from all department entries.

Departments must pre-register to be eligible for these contests, and the pre-registration deadline is 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 13).

All other participants can sign-up at the Rec. Sports tent, where the walk will begin, in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

The bi-annual Poker Walk is sponsored by Recreational Sports, the Barnes and Noble’s University Bookstore, the Dean of Students Office, the Student Government Association and Program Council.

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Military Science To Run Football For SFA Game

ROTC cadets from Sam Houston State University and Stephen F. Austin will participate in the traditional running of the football Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 15-16).

The annual event brings the game football from Nacogdoches to Huntsville, or vice versa, for the Battle of the Piney Woods.

“It’s promoting the rivalry,” said Major Christopher Wooten, military science recruiting operations officer. “It’s one aspect of leadership that we’re about—physical fitness.”

The run will begin Wednesday morning when ROTC cadets from SFA will begin running with the football in a relay-style manner.

On the second day, halfway to Huntsville, the cadets will pass the football off to ROTC cadets from SHSU, who will then bring the ball into the stadium for the beginning of the game. All of the cadets volunteer to participate in the run.

“It’s 110 miles, so we do about 55 miles each day. We do about 11 legs and assign each person five miles—each cadet,” Wooten said. “We start one morning, and end it on the first day; then we meet back up on the second day, in the morning, and then continue on in the run. Then we take the football at the end of the second day and run it into the stadium.”

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SHSU ‘Fires Up’ For SFA

SHSU students and faculty are gearing up for this year’s battle between SHSU and SFA. The university is holding several events to promote spirit for the rival game throughout the week in what the university is calling Operation Orange.

On Monday (Oct. 13), Orange Attack, a new traditional pep rally, will kick off the series of events being held throughout the week, with participants gathering in front of the Alumni Fountain at 11:30 a.m. and marching to the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in a large group.

Orange Attack activities include speakers; a “most spirited organization” award, which will include a $250 prize; a “second most spirited organization” award, which will include a $150 prize; and T-shirt and prize give-aways.

Another event, Firefest, is the annual event held to help students prepare for the Battle of the Piney Woods. Firefest will be held on Intramural Field No. 2 Wednesday and will kick-off at 8 p.m.

Events for Firefest will include inflatable games, a car bash, a bonfire, free food, free drinks, and giveaways for everyone in attendance.

The football team members, SHSU band, Sammy and Samantha Bearkat, cheerleaders and the Orange Pride dance team will all be present to assist with the Firefest festivities.

The Kat Kall begins at 9 p.m., and a firework display beginning at 9:30 p.m. will conclude the night’s festivities.

Other events held for students during “rival week” include Operation AXE the JACKS, on Thursday at 12 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area and a pre-game tailgate party, also on Thursday, which begins at 5 p.m.

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SHSU Seeks Photo IDs For Anniversary Celebration

One of the early steps in preparation for Sam Houston State University's 125th Anniversary celebration during 2004 will be an old photo showing, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum's Walker Education Center.

Some of the best photos from the SHSU archives will be displayed in the hope that university and community old-timers can provide details relating to the photos. Anyone who would like to loan old photos that can be copied and returned are also welcome and should bring them to the event.

“This is one of our first events as we begin to plan our celebration of Sam Houston State's 125th Anniversary," said Nancy Sears, event coordinator. "The photos will be used on the university Web site, in displays throughout Huntsville, and perhaps in the special edition 'coffee table' book that we plan to publish.

“Institutional and town memories can help us focus on what's special about Sam Houston State and its locale," said Sears. "We invite all who are interested to join us for refreshments and a trip down memory lane."

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SAM Center To Host Grad School Night Monday

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will sponsor Grad School Night, a program for any student considering graduate school, on Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. in the SAM Center, in Academic Building 4 Room 210.

The program will offer a time line for the application process and graduate students from a range of departments will be available to answer questions about what graduate school is like and how to apply.
Information about financial aid will also be available.

For more information, contact the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.

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Photography Profs Display Works Through Oct. 17

photo collageProfessors in the photography department will be displaying and selling some of their works through Oct. 17 in the Lowman Student Center gallery.

An opening ceremony for the Photo Faculty Exhibition, featuring pictures by Emmett Jackson, Jack Barnosky, Tom Seifert and Jim Paster, will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 14) from 5-7 p.m. in the LSC Gallery.

Refreshments will be served at the opening.

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Sutherland To Bring Clean Comedy To Campus

It will be all fun and games on Friday (Oct. 17) when Program Council brings comedian Buzz Sutherland to the Lowman Student Center Kat Klub for P.C. ComicView, beginning at 8 p.m.

Sutherland, who travels the country bringing smiles to the faces of college students and corporate professionals alike, is the original creator of the famous "DuckJob" sound clip that has been passed and posted around the globe in e-mails, Web sites and forums.

The five-time winner of the National Association for Campus Activities’ Comedian of the Year Award and Campus Activities Magazine's 2001 Comedian of the Year also holds the titles of the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities’ 2000 Comedian and Entertainer of the Year, as well as Campus Activities' Today Magazine's 2001 Comedian of the Year.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch has described Sutherland's show as "98-percent clean and 100-percent funny."

For more information, call Program Council at 936.294.1763.

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Faculty Musicians To Perform Chamber Recital

The SHSU Faculty Woodwind Quintet will present a chamber music recital on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The group consists of Kathy Daniel, flute; Spring Hill, oboe; Patricia Card, clarinet; Scott Phillips, bassoon; and Peggy DeMers, horn; with guest artist Jay Whatley, piano.

Music to be performed includes Suite for Woodwind Quintet by Fisher Tull (1934-94), a trio for flute, clarinet and bassoon by Francois Devienne (1759-1803), Concertino by Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) for flute, clarinet and piano and a recently discovered woodwind quintet by Sir Malcolm Arnold (b. 1921).

The concert is free to the public. For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.

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Oct. 12, 2003
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