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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 15


COAS, French Club To Sponsor Cajun Festival Thursday

The College of Arts and Sciences and the French club will sponsor the Cajun Mardi-Gras Festival on Thursday (Feb. 19) in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Cajun performers The Jambalaya Cajun Band and the legendary D.L. Menard will perform at the event, which will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight, and alcohol and snacks will be available.

In addition, there will be a Cajun music and culture seminar with members of the Jambalaya Cajun Band at 7 p.m. in Evans Building Room 105 and free Cajun dance lessons by native Cajun dance instructor Joe
Paris, from 8-9 p.m. in the Ballroom.

Admission is $2 for students, $5 for faculty and staff, and $10 for non-SHSU participants.

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Reverend, Civil Rights Activist To Address SHSU, City

The Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr., will meet with different sectors of the university and community to address the importance of peaceful, organized political activism on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 20-21).

The Civil Rights activist will give a speech to the student body and the Huntsville community on “The Power of Activism: Then and Now,” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the LSC Theatre on Friday. He will also hold a student leadership workshop for SHSU student leaders and Huntsville Independent School District from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 213.

On Saturday, Lawson will address university faculty and administrators, community leaders and Huntsville High School officials. His speech, “Strengthening Our Community: A Call to Activism,” will be delivered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Austin Hall.

From 6-9 p.m., he will discuss “Commemorating the Brown Decision and Rediscovering Lessons for Today” in the Killinger Auditorium, which will be open to all members of the community and university.

One of the principal architects of the Civil Rights Movement and an associate of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., Lawson is pastor of the Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.

The event is sponsored by the Elliott T. Bowers Honor Program.

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Prouty To Be Honored At Retirement Celebration

A retirement party will be held in honor of Joan Prouty, professor of curriculum and instruction, on Wednesday (Feb. 18).

The event will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Austin Hall.

Congratulatory letters and donations may be sent to: David Henderson, 1908 Bobby K. Marks Blvd., Box 2119, Huntsville, 77341.

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Sprinkles To Serve As Speaker Series Lecturer

Award-winning author and speaker Jonathan Sprinkles will share his message of “DiversiMe University” with the SHSU community via satellite as part of the Society of Success and Leadership speaker series on Tuesday (Feb. 17). The speech will be held at 6 p.m. in Academic Building 1 Room 213.

Sprinkles has devoted his life to pursuing his passion of “teaching beautiful people to act like it” through stories of his own struggles with self-limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging habits.

Author of “Why Settle? Be the Best YOU That YOU Can Be!” and “Student Success Stories,” Sprinkles has been recognized as a three-time honoree of the Top 10 Most Upstanding Men award by the African American Culture Committee, Dean’s Dozen and the Barbara Jordan Leadership Award winners.

The Society of Success and Leadership series is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities. For more information, call 936.294.3861.

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OneCard Office To Provide Info For Other Universities

The Bearkat OneCard Services Office and Higher One will share “some of the leading work it’s done in developing and deploying card-based solutions” of the OneCard to five universities on Wednesday (Feb. 18), according to Troy Voelker, office director.

The OneEvent will focus on OneCard implementation at SHSU, the benefits of a OneCard program, the lessons learned through implementation, and directions for future program growth.

Representatives from universities which are currently in the early searching or “request for proposal” stages of selecting a OneCard program will be in attendance. These include the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas State University-San Marcos, George Washington University, Southern University in Baton Rouge and New Mexico State University.

“The launch of the OneCard program has been quite successful and other universities are looking at our example,” Voelker said.

The office has recently completed a re-carding of the entire campus, adding card access functionality to non-traditional venues like parking and, soon, residence halls.

“We've additionally outsourced refund processing which allows direct deposit to students while reducing costs for the university,” Voelker said.

The OneEvent will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 304.

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Career Services To Host Internship, Summer Camp Fair

Career Services will host a summer camp and job fair on Wednesday (Feb. 18), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The event will allow students to look for a summer job and/or internship from many of today’s top summer camps and companies.

Various representatives presenting summer camp opportunities, such as YMCA’s Camp Cullen and Boy Scouts of America Sam Houston Area, will be in attendance to offer several job opportunities to SHSU students.

Students should bring many copies of their resumes, as well as copies of their unofficial transcripts to the event.

Dress for the summer camp and job fair is casual, and students who need to copy their resumes and transcripts can do so in the Career Library, which has free copy machines and computers for students.

For a complete list of representatives at the career fair or more information, call Career Services at 936.294.1713 or visit the Web site.

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SHSU Brings Romeo And Juliet To Mainstage Theatre

The SHSU theatre department will tell the timeless tale of William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in its production of “Romeo and Juliet.” The play will run from Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 18-21) at 8 p.m. nightly, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, on the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage Theatre.

Penelope Hasekoester, associate professor of theatre, will direct the production of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known tragedies, which focuses on the battle the two young lovers have with their feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets.

SHSU senior David Kenner and sophomore Cadien Dumas play the fated Romeo and Juliet. Also on cast are Matt Tompkins, Sarah Ripper, Josh Amyx, Paul Copenhaver, Kevin Crouch, Jennifer Dyer, Haley Dyes, Wesley Fruge, Kandice Harris, Spencer Plachy, Matt Radcliff and Christopher Wingler.

The set and costumes were designed by SHSU theatre faculty members Don Childs and Kristina Hansen, respectively; senior theatre major Crystal Lee designed the lights and freshman musical theatre major David Deveau created the sound design. Senior Tara Mininger is the stage manager and Dyes is the assistant director.

There is adult content within the play. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for SHSU students and senior citizens. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call the Theatre Box Office at 936.294.1339.

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Clay Club To Host Workshop, Slide Show

The SHSU Clay Club will present a workshop and slide lecture by nationally-known ceramic artist Wesley Anderegg on Monday (Feb. 16).

Workshop sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m., with a pot-luck lunch at 12 p.m. Both will be held in the Ceramics Studio, in Room 102 of Art Building A.

Anderegg’s slide lecture will begin at 5 p.m. in the Art Department Auditorium in Art Building E.

Anderegg, who lives in Lompoc, Calif., has been a studio artist for over 20 years and a people watcher all of his life. Often incorporating materials in addition to clay, his work has been extensively exhibited nationwide and is represented in public and private collections, as well as numerous publications.
The workshop and lecture are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lynn Duryea, visiting assistant professor of art, at 936.294.1322 or at

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PC To Give Students Different View Of Themselves

The Program Council will give the SHSU community an opportunity to see themselves in a whole new light with the Human Race Machine all this week (Feb. 16-20).

The Human Race Machine allows participants to see themselves with the facial characteristics of six different races mapped into their own visage by distorting a picture each participant takes in the machine.

The machine will be set up in the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
The purpose of the program is to introduce various viewpoints, diverse ideas and activities, stimulate discussions and encourage interaction among students.

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SAM Center To Answer Grad School Questions

The SAM Center will host a graduate school information night on Feb. 24 at 5 p.m.

Representatives from financial aid, various departments, and the SAM Center will be present to answer students questions and provide information on applying for graduate school and how many graduate programs function.

For more information, contact the SAM Center at 936.294.4444 or e-mail at

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Williams Profiled In Athletics Directors’ Newsletter

SHSU athletic director Bobby Williams was recently profiled in “Red Zone,” a quarterly newsletter of the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association.

Appearing in a section called, “High Profile,” Williams answered questions, in a fill-in-the-blank format, about both his career and home life.

In the profile, Williams said he considers his greatest accomplishments at SHSU the three football championships as assistant coach and one football and two men’s basketball championships as the AD.

One thing about Williams people would be surprised to know is that both he and his father played football and graduated from Rice University, he said.

Also, when asked which four guests at a fantasy dinner, either living or deceased and excluding family members, he would choose, he said, “King Solomon (wisdom), John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (vision), General Sam Houston (leadership), Gene Kranz (implementation)…sorry, but I had to have five. I will pay for the extra.”

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ComicView To Feature Theobald On Tuesday

Comedian Marc Theobald will provide students with a bit of comic relief at PC ComicView on Tuesday (Feb. 17). The event will be held in the LSC Theatre at 8 p.m.

The Brooklyn native who has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend uses a cast of characters including Peace Man, a black militant poet who talks about everything except peace, and W. Whitman, a talk show host who cares nothing about his guest, in his set.

A recent hit at the famed Caroline's Comedy Club in Manhattan, the versatile Theobald has also performed at a number of hoppin' spots, including New York Comedy Club, Catch A Rising Star, Stand-Up New York, and Uptown Comedy Club.

Theobald, who calls Chris Rock and Richard Pryor his inspirations, has been described as a creative, approachable and a likable comic with a strong point of view.

In addition to ComicView, the Program Council will sponsor “The Prize is Right,” an event celebrating Hispanic Heritage, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the LSC Theatre at 7 p.m. and will present the movie “Gothika,” starring Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr. and Penelope Cruz, for PC Movie Night on Friday (Feb. 20) at 7 p.m. in the LSC Theatre.

For more information on any of these events, call the Program Council at 936.294.1763.

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Workshop To Counsel On Anxiety, Stress Management

The SHSU Counseling Center will host an anxiety and stress management workshop on Wednesday (Feb. 18) at 1 p.m.

The workshop will give students the opportunity to learn stress management tips and how to cope with the anxieties of having stress in their lives, according to Pamela McManus, interim director of the Counseling Center.

McManus said she is very optimistic about the event because everyone can relate to having stress in their lives.

“Stress is a big problem in life for everyone,” she said. “Students should learn to cope with stress now because it is a lifelong problem for most people.”

There is no sign-up deadline for the workshop, but McManus encourages everyone to signup as soon as possible.

“Signing up is preferred because of the limited space we have in the center,” she said. “Acting now will ensure they have a space and someone to work with when they show up.”

The free workshop will be held at the Counseling Center, across from the Lee Drain Building and next to the Farrington Building.

For more information, or to sign-up, call 936.294.1720 or visit the Counseling Center Web site.

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Outdoor Recreation Plans Mountain Biking Trip

The Outdoor Recreation division of the Department of Recreational Sports will give the SHSU community the opportunity the push their pedal power with a mountain bike trip at the Huntsville State Park.

Departure time for the trip will be at 3 p.m. on Feb. 23, and participants are expected to return by 6 p.m.
Outdoor Recreation will provide transportation and guidance throughout the trip.

“This is a very popular trail for local and Houston-area mountain bikers,” said Marvin Seale, associate director of outdoor recreation. “We'll spend a couple hours enjoying a somewhat technical and fairly strenuous ride. While previous mountain bike experience isn't necessary, a moderate degree of fitness is.”

The cost is $15 for students, $17 for faculty and staff and $20 for guests, which covers bike rentals, and if a participant brings his/her own bike, there is a $10 discount.

While there are only four bikes available to rent, anyone who brings his/her own bike can participate.
The sign-up deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 20). For more information, call the Outdoor Recreation division at 936.294.3656.

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Feb. 15, 2004
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