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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 19



Series To Teach Students About 'Dollars And Sense'

Bearkat OneCard Services will teach students about “Dollars and Sense” through a series of workshops beginning on Oct. 29.

Robert Stretcher, faculty member in the College of Business Administration, will kick off the Financial Seminar Series at 3 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 304. The program, slated to run two hours, will be the only one in the series held this semester.

The workshops, which focus on financial basics targeted towards students, will discuss budgeting basics, credit essentials, basic investments and challenges students may encounter in making financial choices in today’s complex market.

All students are invited to participate.

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University Seeks Volunteers For Academic Challenge

Volunteers are needed to serve as question reviewers, moderators and judges for the Academic Challenge regional competition, to be held on Nov. 15.

Question reviewers are responsible for evaluating questions within their area of expertise, assessing the question’s clarity and the answer’s accuracy prior to the competition; moderators are responsible for reading questions in rounds of about 30 minutes each; and judges settle disputes and answer questions that arise during matches.

SHSU administrators, faculty, staff and honors students have participated in the competition for the past 10 years, and coffee and pastries in the morning, as well as lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided. The event also serves as a way to earn Faculty Evaluation System University Service points.

Over 20 high school teams are expected from the greater Houston area to participate in the competition.

Volunteer forms can be accessed at For more information, or to volunteer, contact Mitzi Mahoney at 936.294.1464 or at

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Orange Attack Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

With a rather large turnout, the first Orange Attack was a success, according to Brandon Cooper, student coordinator for Student Activities.

“We had so much enthusiasm from students,” Cooper said. “We didn’t pack the house but there were a lot of people there. It was really great to see all them there and really supporting the team. Everyone was so pepped up, yelling and screaming.”

The Ag Council received first place in the most spirited organization contest, and the Baptist Student Ministry won second.

Cooper said staff in the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Student Services, Student Activities and Program Council, who sponsored the event, are very appreciative of the reaction by members of the SHSU community.

“We just wanted to thank everyone for coming out and showing support,” he said.

In addition, Cooper said they have been receiving feedback from different departments and students with different suggestions for future Orange Attacks, which will become a traditional event whenever SHSU plays Stephen F. Austin.

“People are really showing a reaction to it,” he said. “We’re going to try to make this a more annual thing, where we do it all SFA games, and hopefully in the spring, when the basketball team plays SFA, we’re going to try to do it and make it even bigger and better.”

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Spanish Prof Receives Grant To Research In Spain

The Spanish government recently awarded one SHSU professor a grant to go to Madrid for a month to research in the Madrid National Library.

Frieda Koeninger, Spanish professor, will continue the research that she has already been doing in the National Archives in Mexico City.

Her project, entitled “Silenced Voices: Political Dissidents in the Times of Carlos IV,” follows cases where citizens were wrongly arrested by Carlos IV, former King of Spain (1748-1819).

Carlos IV was feeling threatened by these political dissidents because of the radical views, and unlawfully tried and imprisoned several innocent people.

The grant will allow Koeninger to research the archives and its contents of hundreds of handwritten documents from the 1790s.

Koeninger plans to leave on Dec. 26 and return to SHSU on Jan. 24.

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Wellness Program To Host 'Lunchtime Learning'

Ever wanted to learn about fitness, nutrition and how to lead a healthy lifestyle but didn’t have the time? The Wellness Program will host a six-week course entitled “Lunchtime Learning” beginning on Oct. 21, from 12-1 p.m.

The program, which will be held on Tuesdays, will run through Nov. 25.

Scheduled topics include cardiovascular endurance, nutrition, goal setting, muscular strength, body composition, fitness assessment and more.

Course registration is limited to 15, and the registration deadline is Oct. 20. Participants are also asked to bring their lunches.

For more information, contact Tina DeAses at 936.294.3658 or by e-mail at

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Alumna Speaks At Physics Colloquium

SHSU alumna Heidi Hensen discussed her work as a doctoral student in geophysics at Baylor University at the Physics Colloquium on Thursday (Oct. 16), in Farrington Building Room 207.

Hensen, who received her Bachelor of Science degree in geology and physics from SHSU in 2001, told students the about “Multi-Frequency Acoustic Profiling of Reservoir Sediment,” the research she is a part of at Baylor.

“Specifically, we are surveying lakes, and we are trying to figure out how much sediment has accumulated in the lakes over the lifespan of the reservoir,” she said. “It (a transducer) emits a sound and when it gets to the bottom (of a reservoir), it sends a reception off the bottom back up and we see that. We also take physical samples of the sediment and we calibrate the acoustic response in it. That way we can map the whole lake and see how much sediment is in there.”

Currently, Hensen is working on two research projects, one funded by the Texas Water Development Board in Austin for research on major reservoirs and another funded by the USDA for research on smaller flood water structures.

“We’re trying to estimate sedimentation rights in these reservoirs and figure out where the sedimentation is coming from, and try to figure out if it’s coming in on a continual basis or during specific flooding events,” she said.

“They are significantly filling up and these reservoirs are used for major water supplies and also recreation, which is a billion-dollar industry; so they don’t want these reservoirs to fill up, but they’re dammed up so there’s nowhere for the sediment to go.”

Because of the high costs of dredging, these companies hope to find out, though research such as what Hensen is working on, what they can do to keep the sediment from being in the lake.

“The USDA is trying to figure out some way to divert the sediment before it comes into the lake,” she said, “but you’ve got to know when to do that, and you’ve got to know where to do that.”

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SHSU Gets Recognized In Alpha Chi Newsletter

Three members and alumni members of the SHSU Texas Omicron chapter of Alpha Chi were recently mentioned in the fall 2003 edition of the Alpha Chi Newsletter.

Krystal Willeby, a senior history major, was one of five chosen as an alternate for the Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship, which carries a stipend of $1,500. Though not one of the 10 selected to receive the scholarship, if, for any reason, one of the recipients chooses not to pursue their degree, Willeby could be awarded the national scholarship, according to Patricia Williams, Alpha Chi faculty adviser.

“It’s a really high honor to be nominated for the national scholarship,” Williams said.

Retired professor and long-time sponsor of the SHSU chapter Howard Griffin was one of 15 honored with the Distinguished Service award at the 2003 national convention. Griffin also served on the Alpha Chi national council from 1977 to 1979.

In addition, Williams was recognized in the newsletter for her completion a four-year term as president and 12 consecutive years on Alpha Chi’s national council.

The Texas Omicron chapter was also nominated by its region for the President’s Cup, an award given every two years by the organization.

Ten SHSU students made presentations during the 2003 national conference, held in March in Washington, D.C., Williams said.

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Museum To Tell Story Of Wright Flight

In lieu of the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ historic first flight, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum will be hosting a presentation entitled, “The Story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.”

The program and reception will be held from 6–10 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the Walker Education Center Auditorium and will feature Patrick Nolan, museum director.

Nolan, who has written a book on the famous brothers, will give a slide lecture on the life and work of the Wrights.

Prior to coming to the Sam Houston Museum, Nolan directed the Center for the Study of Early Flight at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and organized exhibits of Wright photographs.

For more information call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832.

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Opera Workshop To Be Held This Weekend

SHSU’s Opera Workshop will present “All Things Operatic,” a concert of operatic arias and ensembles, on Friday (Oct. 24) and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The repertoire, presented by some of SHSU’s most talented musicians, comes from some of the world’s greatest and beloved operas including Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville and many others, according to professor of voice Mary Kay Lake.

General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. All SHSU students, faculty and staff are admitted for free.

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

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Oct. 19, 2003
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