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SHSU Update For Week Of April 25


Spanish Prof To Offer Class On ‘Native Americans’

Rafael Saumell-Munoz, associate professor of Spanish, will offer a class on "Native-Americans and Afro-Hispanics in Spanish-American Literature" under Spanish 470 during the second summer session.

The class will focus on selected literature in the form of poetry, short story, novel fragments and essays revolving around the Native Americans of the Central and South Americas.

“We are talking about the people who are Maya, Aztecs, Incas,” Saumell-Munoz said. “Peoples from the former big empires in pre-colonial North and South America; the Aztecs from Mexico, the Mayas from the region we call Southern Mexico and Central America, meaning Yucatan, Mexico and Guatemala, and the Incas from South America, like in Peru, Ecuador, even to the north of Argentina.”

Afro-Hispanics refers to people of African descent or mulattos, people of black and white ancestry, living in Hispanic countries. Discussion will also include slavery in the Americas and the descendants of former slaves.

Saumell-Munoz said this topic has not been taught at SHSU during the 11 years he has been teaching here and is particularly suited for students who are Spanish majors or minors.

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, and the CID number is 8523.


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Employee Scholarship Application Due May 3

Applications for the President’s Employee Scholarship Program for both summer sessions are due by May 3.

Forms should be submitted to the Human Resources Department, Box 2356, Estill Building Room 334, and can be accessed online at

The scholarship is for full-time (1.0 FTE) benefits eligible staff and faculty, through the rank of assistant professor, who desire to take one class or one class and a lab at SHSU (4 semester hours maximum).

Applicants must have a minimum of one year full-time continuous employment at SHSU and have earned at least three semester hours at SHSU with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA or greater will be given first priority, and graduate students with a 3.5 GPA or greater will be given second priority.

An employee’s GPA, length of employment and student classification level are the primary consideration factors.

For more information, contact Sandra Blair by e-mail or at 936.294.1068.


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Puebla Study Abroad Meeting To Be Held Tuesday

SHSU is again offering students a unique learning experience through the Puebla Field School during the first summer session.

An orientation meeting for all participants, as well as those interested in studying in Mexico, will be held on Tuesday (April 27) from 5-6 p.m. in Evans Building Room 251.

SHSU professors Carolyn Robinson, Michael Henderson, Sanjay Mehta, Kay Raymond and Frieda Koeninger will teach the courses on the beautiful campus of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla, Mexico, Koeninger said.

Thirty-five students have signed up to attend courses in agriculture, art, business and Spanish.

Pizzas and soft drinks will be served at the meeting, and the sign-up deadline is April 28. For more formation, or to sign up, call Koeninger at 936.294.1443.


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Magazine Highlights Texas Review, Quotes Ruffin

Sam Houston State University's “The Texas Review” was one of 14 literary journals featured in a recent article by literary agent Nat Sobel in Poets & Writers Magazine.

“The Texas Review” editor, Paul Ruffin, who is also founder and director of the Texas Review Press, was quoted along with editors from such prestigious publications as the “Michigan Quarterly Review,” “Shenandoah” (Washington and Lee University Review), “New Orleans Review”, and “Confrontation.”

In the Sobel article Ruffin advised aspiring writers that the opening scene of a story is the most important element in it--"It is here that you snag an editor or he gets away."

Ruffin also presented, in a colorful way, his opinion that it is not necessary for an editor to read an entire manuscript to know if it is good or not.

"I am of the opinion that 'One does not, after all, have to devour the entire ox to know that the meat is tough...'"

Ruffin was awarded the title Distinguished Professor of English last fall in recognition of his work to establish "The Texas Review" and the Texas Review Press.


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Theatre To Perform ‘30 Plays In 60 Minutes’

The SHSU theatre will go ‘bare’ for its production of “30 Plays in 60 Minutes” on April 29-30. Barebones Productions will be held at 8 p.m. on both days in the Showcase Theatre in the University Theatre Center.

“Barebones is a production company that is student-run and student-produced, and it is, as its name suggests, barebones,” said assistant professor of theatre Penny Hasekoester. “There are no special lighting effects; we use whatever is hung, we use the UIL set pieces. It’s very simple in nature.”

The script, “30 Plays in 60 Minutes,” was put together by the Neo-futurists, a Chicago-based ensemble of writers, performers and directors founded in 1988. The plays will be directed by junior theatre major Connor Bartley.

“Essentially they are very short scripts, some of them are a minute and a half, some of them are two and three minutes,” Hasekoester said. “The students performing basically have a book of approximately 120 plays, and they selected the 30.”

Tickets are free, but donations will be accepted at the door, and the material is not appropriate for children.

For more information, call the theatre department at 936.294.1339 or 936.294.1329.


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LSC Offers More ‘Orange Light Specials’

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

The Kat Klub will have happy hour, when all games can be played for free with a valid SHSU identification card, on Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m.

Other events include the Sammy Awards on April 28, at 7 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom; Turner-Kawashima Photo 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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Fall Graduation Registration Deadline Approaches

Students who anticipate graduating in December 2004, are to file degree applications by April 26 in the Registar’s Office. After this date, late fees will be assessed.

The Registrar’s Office is located on the third floor of the Estill Building.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
April 25, 2004
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