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SHSU Update For Week of Oct. 26



'Not About Nightingales Opens Wednesday

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will tell the stories of several inmates in an American prison during the 30s in its production of Tennessee Willams' "Not About Nightingales."

A secret love and inmate/guard relations are two of the plotlines of the controversial play inspired by a Pennsylvania prison scandal that shocked the nation with the horrific treatment of prisoners who organized a hunger strike in 1938.

The play will be shown Wednesday (Oct. 29), through Saturday at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, in the University Theatre Center. The play will also be the 2003-2004 entry into Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a nation-wide college competition set to begin on Nov. 8 at the University of Texas in Tyler.

SHSU's production of the Tony Award-winning play will be directed by musical theatre alumnus Patrick Pearson.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for SHSU students, faculty, staff and senior citizens. Group rates are also available. Because of adult language and content, the play is not recommended for children.
To reserve tickets, call the University Theatre Center Box Office at 936.294.1339.

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Homeland Security Expert To Speak

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Jonathan H. Cofer, deputy director for antiterrorism/force protection for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D. C., will speak on "Homeland Security" at Sam Houston State University.

Cofer's presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Beto Criminal Justice Center Killinger Auditorium. All are invited to attend this event sponsored by the College of Criminal Justice.

Cofer, who attended the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College, also has a bachelor's degree from La Salle University and master's from Central Michigan University.

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Ceramic Artist To Present Slide Lecture, Workshop

Nationally known ceramic artist George Bowes will present a workshop and slide lecture on Nov. 3-4. The event is sponsored by the SHSU Clay Club.

Workshop sessions will be held in the Ceramics Studio, in Art Building A Room 102, on Monday, from 8-11 a.m. and from 12-3 p.m., and on Tuesday, from 8-11 a.m.

Bowes' slide lecture will be on Monday at 5 p.m. in the Art Department Auditorium, in Art Building E.
Bowes, who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cleveland Institute of Art and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California Davis, is currently teaching at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

His work encompasses both pottery and clay sculpture and is known for its rich and vibrant surfaces. His workshop will encompass the various techniques he uses to produce his work.

The workshop and lecture are free and open to the public and all are invited to attend.

For more information about or directions to the workshop or to find out more about the Clay Club, please contact Lynn Duryea, visiting assistant professor of art, at 936.294.1322 or by e-mail.

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Library Science To Host Book Festival

The Sam Houston State department of library science will sponsor the 21st Annual Children's Book Festival and the 17th Annual Young Adult Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 1).

Authors Joan Bauer, Todd Strasser, Bryan Collier and Willie Perdomo will be featured speakers at the event, which is designed for students of all ages.

Sign-ins will be held from 7:45-9 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center.

Registration is $100, and the late registration deadline is Thursday (Oct. 30). Registration includes lunch, conference materials and an activity packet from Texas Bluebonnet Books.

For more information, call the library science department at 936.294.1151.

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Rec Sports Warms Up For Raven Run

In affiliation with Homecoming 2003, Recreational Sports will host the 5K Raven Run 2003 on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

The 5K, or 3.2 miles, run will begin in front of the Health and Kinesiology Center and will track through the SHSU campus. For those who prefer to walk, there will also be a one-mile, non-competitive walking course.

Everyone who pre-registers for the event will receive a Raven Run T-shirt. Pre-registration forms should be turned into the Recreational Sports office, in HKC Room 104, by 5 p.m. by Nov. 5.

Student organizations can also earn homecoming spirit points by entering runners in the race; however, there is a five-runner limit per organization. Organizations interested in competing should call the Office of Student Activities at 936.294.3861.

Race day registration will take place from 4-5 p.m., and race packets may be picked up at 4:30 p.m. on that day.

For more information, contact Megan Thomas at 936.294.1985 or visit the Rec Sports Web site.

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Slam Poetry Night To Be Held Wednesday

Poet Jason Carney will share his perceptions on tolerance, respect and acceptance through his works during the P.C. Slam Poetry Night, sponsored by Program Council. The event will be held on Wednesday (Oct. 29) at 7 p.m. in the Old Main Pit.

Author of the book "Flesh is the Only Lucid Language" and a nationally recognized performer at colleges, youth centers and high schools, Carney has also appeared at universities across the country, as well as on HBO's "Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry."

Carney, who has been called one of the brightest, most insightful performance poets in the nation, uses his poetry to speak out to the world against the very troubled actions and views he once held.

Molding truth from a collage of images that he weaves with tactical precision and conviction, he pays homage to the richness of his southern heritage while managing to transcend stereotypes.

For more information on Slam Poetry Night or Carney, call the Program Council at 936.294.1763.

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Spring Registration Begins Monday

Registration for the 2003 spring semester will begin Monday (Oct. 27).

Honors students register through Monday; seniors, post baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral students may register on Tuesday; juniors, on Wednesday; sophomores, on Thursday; and freshmen, on Friday. Registration for all students begins at 10 p.m. on the previous evening, except honors students.

Registration assistance will be available in the Academic Building IV computer lab, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Advising will continue for students during these times and students are encouraged to make appointments with advisers between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. each school day. Walk-ins are welcome, but may have to wait.

The SAM Center will also make advising appointments between 5-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, but will not accept walk-ins until registration actually begins Monday.

For the location of advising for a particular major, visit the SAM Center Web page or call the SAM Center. To make an appointment with an adviser, call 936.294.4444.

Students subject to mandatory advisement must be advised before they can register.

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Oct. 24, 2003
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