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SHSU Update for Week of Sept. 7

Music, Theater And Dance To Host Galas

Gala time is here for both the School of Music and the department of theatre and dance.

On Sept. 9, the School of Music will host the Faculty Gala, at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

“It is a concert we sort of kick off the year with and various members of the faculty, from all the different areas, perform,” said School of Music associate director and associate professor of voice Wayne Barrett. “It’s especially geared towards the community, the friends of music, who support us throughout the year and help us with scholarships and who attend our concerts. We always have a reception following the concert.”  

The event, which is free to the public, will involve a variety of music.

“Because it involves faculty areas from all different areas, there are solos, there are combos, it’s jazz, piano, singing; it’s always a real variety of music,” Barrett said.

The department of theatre and dance is planning an evening of entertainment for it’s annual Scholarship Gala, which will be held on Sept. 13, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the University Theatre Center.

Hoping to raise $40,000 for scholarships this year after reaching a record $30,000 last year, theater, musical theater and dance majors will perform two 30-minute shows revolving around the “Great Bearkat Kaper” theme, which involves an adventure searching for the SHSU mascot, Sammy.

In addition, the show will include cabaret singing, dancers, hula performers from Texas World Dance, a fire twirler and a performance by alumni and friends of the university entitled “Blow Gabriel, Blow.” The evening will also include a live and silent auction, including items in all price ranges.

Tickets are $50 per person, with proceeds benefiting student scholarships. Two captain’s tables, which include tickets and seating for 10, are also available for $750 each.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling the University Theater Center at 936.294.1329.

Alumni Association To Hold Third Patio Party

The Alumni Association will present its 3rd annual Party on the Patio on Sept. 11, from 4-6 p.m., on the Alumni Association office patio, located in Academic Building II on the corner of 17th street and Sam Houston Avenue.

The party, for SHSU faculty and staff, is sponsored by alumnus David Mulligan ('95), owner of Freeway and Lone Star Liquor.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association office at 936.294.1834 or e-mail Chrissy Price at

Counseling Center Offers Support Groups, Workshops

Are you having trouble coping with your stress or anxiety?  Are you looking for direction for a major or career? Are you a non-traditional student having trouble adjusting to being in school? The Counseling Center offers a number of process and support groups to aid in students’ various needs.

“The groups and workshops offer students a place to work on their personal growth and learn skill in coping with life's problems.  The skills students learn will benefit them both at SHSU and for the rest of their lives,” said Counseling Center interim director Pamela McManus. “We view our services as an adjunct to their academic learning; utlizing the Counseling Center services will help a student be more successful in school.”

This semester, the center is offering a child abuse support group, on Thursdays from 9-10:30 a.m.; 25+ student support group, on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m.; sexual assault support group, on Tuesdays from 3-4:30 p.m.; and a stress and anxiety management group, on Fridays from 10-11 a.m. and Mondays from 1-2 p.m.
In addition, the Counseling Center is offering a new directions group, designed to explore addictive behaviors, raise awareness and provide skills to change behavior patterns that are not conducive to goal achievement, on Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m., and a women’s relational group, on Wednesdays from 1:30-3 p.m.

The center will also offer six two-hour long workshops, including: ‘Decreasing Test Anxiety’, on Sept. 17, Oct. 15 and Nov. 5, all beginning at 9:30 a.m.; ‘Finding Your Way—Me, Myself and My Career, on Sept. 15 and Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. and on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.; ‘Like the Way You Look—Body Image and Eating Issues’, on Sept. 16, Oct. 14 and Nov. 18, all at 10 a.m.; ‘Express Yourself—Assertiveness and Self-Esteem’, on Oct. 15 and Nov. 12, at 3 p.m.; ‘How Do I Know It’s Love?—Exploring Healthy Relationships, on Oct. 16 and Nov. 13, at 10 a.m.; and ‘Home for the Holidays—Surviving Thanksgiving and Winter Break,’ on Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.

Groups and workshops are open to all students for free and are held at the Counseling Center, located across from the Lee Drain Building and next to the Farrington Building.

Groups are comprised of four to eight students, who meet weekly, and workshops are comprised of 12 to 15 students, so seating is limited.

“For groups, students need to make an appointment with the group leader before attending group,” McManus said. “For workshops, while we would like students to sign up in advance, they are welcome to just show up, and they will be able to attend if space is available.”

 To sign up, call 936.294.1720 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Writing Center Pens Fall Schedule

During its first year, the Writing Center held more than 5,900 tutoring sessions and worked with almost 10 percent of the student body.  As the fall semester begins, Writing Center staff is looking forward to providing those services to even more of the student body and faculty.
The center will offer workshops throughout the semester on various writing topics, as well as one-on-one tutoring help by tutors who have completed the master’s level tutoring certification program and other student resources.
In addition, the center offers help to faculty members by copy-editing and proofreading manuscripts and proposals and aid in developing writing assignments for students. Writing Center director Diane Dowdey, English department chair Bill Bridges and graduate student writing tutors will also present programs to facilitate writing in various departments and have done presentations on developing more sophisticated sentence styles and basic grammar reviews in classrooms.

The Writing Center, located in Wilson Building Room 114, is open Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call the Writing Center at 936.294.3680.

Tuerack To Share His Tricks Of The Trade

The Department of Student Activities will bring motivational speaker Gary Tuerack to campus Wednesday, at 7 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Known for his dynamic presentation, Tuerack is one of the nations’ leading public speakers on maximizing the moment in higher education. His lecture is entitled "How to Read and Retain."

He was nominated by the National Association of Campus Activities and the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities as the 1999 best lecturer of the year, and he one of the most sought after speakers on the college circuit.

Tuerack uses humorous anecdotes and an interactive presentation style to accompany extensive research and interviews with some of the most highly regarded people in America.

His program is designed to enable students to enhance their memory capacity, double their reading speed and increase their comprehension.

The seminar is free and open to the public.

Gutermuth and Hendrickson

Mary Gutermuth (left) with Suzanne Hendrickson, AATF regional representative for the Pacific region.

French Prof Attends Conference In Martinique

SHSU French professor Mary Gutermuth recently attended the 76th annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French, held July 4-7 in the French Department of Martinique, located in the Lesser Antilles islands.

“It is the only specialized conference for French teachers held annually,” Gutermuth said. “This was especially important not only because it was for French teachers and we don’t have that many specialized (conferences), but it was in a French-speaking place and they had a theme for the conference of ‘the French-speaking world’, so the program centered around Martinique and the other islands, plus the French Carribbean literature.”
The convention consisted of more than 100 sessions and workshops on literature, culture, linguistics and pedagogy by eminent specialists and practitioners, as well as discussions, and animated conversations about techniques for teaching French, promoting the study of French and things to see and do in Martinique. The keynote speaker was noted Martinican author Suzanne Dracius and other speakers from Martinique, France, Canada and Belgium.
While there, convention-goers were treated to special events, such as a Martinican-themed evening with dancers, music and local cuisine, a number of excursions to explore the rest of the tropical island and its history and a visit to the capital Fort-de-France.

Founded in 1927, the AATF is the largest national association of French teachers in the world, with approximately 10,000 members, and is organized around 76 local chapters. Governed by 19 executive council members, the association’s national headquarters is located at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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Sept. 7, 2003
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