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SHSU Update For Week Of April 18


Sammy Awards To Be Held April 28

It will be a night of great entertainment and recognition at the 10th Annual Sammy Awards, on Wednesday (April 28) according to Brandon Cooper, student coordinator for Student Activities.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

“The Sammy Awards is the university’s award ceremony for recognizing outstanding student leaders and outstanding student organizations,” Cooper said. “It’s the university’s way to show its gratitude to the hard work students put forth.”

Entertainment for the evening includes a theatre department performance from its current play “Guys and Dolls” as well as performances from the Orange Pride dance team, Soul Lifters Gospel Choir, and two solos by Sarah Salinas, the former Bearkat Idol winner, and Rachel Saines, operatic singer and SHSU music major.

Tickets are free and are available in the Student Activities Office, in Lowman Student Center Suite 328.


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Haley To Curate Exhibit, Give Gallery Talk

Author James L. Haley will serve as a guest curator for the Sam Houston Memorial Museum’s exhibit on “The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence” on Tuesday (April 20) in the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center, at 1402 19th St.

A reception will be held from 7-8 p.m., followed by a gallery talk delivered by Haley on the declaration signers and their varied lives, from 8-9 p.m.

The author of the award-winning biography “Sam Houston” will also have copies of the book available for signing.

The new exhibit was designed and circulated by the Texas Council for the Humanities.

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


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Ruffin To Be Honored At Reception

The English department will host a reception on Friday (April 23) to honor Paul Ruffin in celebration of his being named a distinguished professor.

The Texas State University System Board of Regents conferred the title on Ruffin at their November 2003 meeting, held on the SHSU campus.

The reception, which will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. in Austin Hall, will include refreshments. For more information, call the English department at 936.294.1403.


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Guys And Dolls To Be Presented On Mainstage Theatre

The SHSU theatre department will present the musical “Guys and Dolls” Wednesday through Saturday (April 21-24) on the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage Theatre. Show times will be at 8 p.m. each evening, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

The musical, based on the book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, centers around the love of gambling and the gamble of love.

Nathan Detroit (Dylan Godwin), the operator of a renowned floating crap game, is trying to establish a place for his next game, while Adelaide (Holland Vavra), a chorus girl and his fiancé of 14 years, is trying to establish their wedding date.

In the meantime, love blossoms when Sky Masterson (David Deveau), a larger-than-life gambler and womanizer, woos the devout Sarah Brown (Heather Scheffel), a missionary, in order to win a bet he made with Nathan.

The musical is directed by theatre faculty member Maureen McIntyre, with Laura Avery-Hill as the musical director and conductor and Jonathan Charles as the choreographer. Senior theatre major Kacie Starr is the stage manager, theatre faculty member Don Childs designed the sets and lights, Kristina Hansen designed the costumes and junior theatre major William Burns is the sound designer.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 with an SHSU ID and for senior citizens. Group rates are available and children 3-years-old and younger are not admitted.

For ticket information or to reserve tickets, call the SHSU box office at 936.294.1339.


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Speaker, Quilt Promote Diversity Week

A human rights activist and an AIDS quilt will be part of the Office of Student Activities’ Diversity Week, being held this week (April 19-23).

On Monday, Elizabeth Birch will speak on gay and lesbian rights and how to further promote diversity in the community at 7:30 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

Birch served as the executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization for nearly 9 years.

Under her leadership, the institution more than quadrupled its membership to 500,000 and became known nation-wide for its professionalism and cutting-edge advocacy techniques. In addition, she built the organization from grassroots into the modern corporate model with a senior management team and 100-person staff.

Also throughout the week, the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the LSC Atrium, which is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The AIDS quilt is a powerful reminder of the AIDS pandemic,” said Laura Springel, student coordinator for Student Activities. “More than 42,000 individual panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of complications related to AIDS, have been sewn together by friends, lovers, and family members.”

The quilt includes contributions from all over the world, containing panels from Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Romania, Uganda, South Africa and many other countries.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to remember and reflect upon the disease that has taken the lives of so many individuals from around the world,” Springel said.

For more information, call the Student Activities Office at 936.294.FUN1.


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MISS Seeks SAMentors For Fall

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services are rounding up students who would like to be a mentor for the Fall 2004 SAMentors program.

An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday (April 21) at 11 a.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 320. The event will feature food, fun, and information about the program.

Students who have a minimum 2.25 grade point average and possess leadership skills are highly encouraged to apply to become a mentor, according to Jennifer Roberts, MISS program coordinator.

Applications are available in the Office of Student Activities, in LSC Suite 328, and due by 5 p.m. on April 23. Interviews will be held during the following week.

The SAMentors program is a multicultural mentorship program for freshman and transfer students.

For more information, contact Roberts at 936.294.3588 or


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Dance Spectrum To Be Held April 22-24

The SHSU dance company will present their Spring Dance Spectrum Concert in the Dance Theatre of Academic Building 3. The event will encompass three days of dancing with performances on April 22-23 at 8 p.m., with a matinee showing on April 24 at 2 p.m.

The faculty choreographed the dances at the concert, and either undergraduate or graduate students will perform each dance.

Sissy Johnson, dance department secretary, said the performance would hold a special place in several students’ hearts.

“This event will have many last performances by graduating students,” Johnson said. “We encourage everyone to come out and support the dance students.”

The event will have an $8 ticket cost and proceeds for the event will help fund dance scholarships. For more information, call the dance department at 936.294.3988.


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CJ To Hold Honors Convocation

The College of Criminal Justice will be presenting their 23rd Annual Honors Convocation on (Thursday) April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium of the Beto Criminal Justice Center.

The event will honor students receiving scholarships for next semester and also recognize students in the honors program with a certificate of merit.

Richard Ward, dean of the College of Criminal Justice, will be on hand at the event to personally present students their awards.

“The Leadership Luncheon, Sundial Ceremony and Honors Convocation are the highlight of the academic year in the College of Criminal Justice,” Ward said. “These events provide an opportunity for us, as an academic community, to recognize the highest standards of academic achievement, to celebrate together the accomplishments of our very best students, and to remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.”

The ceremony will present 43 students with scholarships, and 70 honor students will be recognized for their outstanding achievements. For more information, call the College of Criminal Justice at 936.294.3799.


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SAM Center To Host Workshop For Non-Traditional Students

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will host a study skills and stress management workshop for non-traditional students on Wednesday (April 21) at noon in the Sam Center. The free 50-minute workshop will include lunch.

The SAM Center is located in Academic Building 4 Room 210. For more information, call Bernice Strauss at 936.294.4455.


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Library Displays Historic University Photos

In honor of SHSU’s 125th Anniversary, the Newton Gresham Library is hosting an exhibition of early university photographs in the library.

Five cases feature campus life through the years, special events group photographs, such as the golden anniversary in 1929 and centennial in 1979; presidents through the years; and campus development, including aerial photographs taken throughout the years.

In addition, one case highlights the 40th anniversary of the construction of Lowman Student Center.


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More ‘Orange Light Specials’ From The LSC

The Lowman Student Center will offer more “orange light specials” this week in honor of SHSU’s 125th anniversary celebration.

The Barnes and Noble University Bookstore will have a 125th Anniversary sale, with Yikes! rolled T-shirts for $12.50; U-Trau tank tops for 2 for $12.50; mystery supply grab bags for $1.25; 12.5 percent off of all long sleeve T-shirts; all greeting cards for $1.25; and 20 oz. soda and regular size candy bar for $1.25.

Other events include the SAMentors round-up on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in LSC 320; the SHSU 125th Anniversary Exhibit in the LSC Art Gallery; and the Bearkat OneCard Office’s “Walk In and Win” contest.

To participate in the Onecard contest, visit the OneCard Office in LSC Suite 330 and be entered into a drawing for 1250 reward points.

For more information on the “orange light specials,” call the Lowman Student Center at 936.294.1759.


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Rec Sports To Host Intramural Golf Tournament

The Sam Houston State University Recreational Sports Department will host an intramural golf tournament Friday (April 23) at Raven Nest Golf Course. The tournament will be open to university faculty, staff, and students.

Mandy Adamson, graduate assistant for intramurals, said this year’s event has great expectations.
“I think this year’s event will be a good time with a bigger turnout than last year’s tournament,” Adamson said. “This year’s tournament has spawned more interest than past events.”

A new addition to this year’s tournament will be a “longest drive” contest for tournament participants.
The winners of the tournament will receive T-shirts provided by the Recreational Sports.

The entry fee for the event is $25, and entries are due on Monday (April 19) at 5 p.m. in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104. A captain’s meeting will also be held on April 19, at 6 p.m. in HKC Room 241.

For more information, call Recreation Sports at 936.294.1985.


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Blindside To Play In LSC Ballroom

National recording artists Blindside will perform in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom on Sunday night (April 18).

Tickets are $14 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster and online at

Blindside, playing at SHSU with Paris Green and Passerby, will hit the road in May as the opening act for alternative group POD.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Seating is limited to 500 and will be on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information on the band, visit their Web site,

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April 18, 2004
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