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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 22


Health Fair To Be Held On Tuesday

The Student Health Center, Recreational Sports and the Counseling Center will sponsor a spring health and wellness fair on Tuesday (Feb. 24). The fair will take place in the LSC Mall Area and Atrium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will feature several interactive activities including a drunk driving simulator and giant inflatable games, as well as numerous give-a-ways.

Students will also have access to a wide variety of health and wellness demonstrations conducted by university departments, student organizations, and various community representatives.

The event promises to be a fun, educational experience, according to health center director Keith Lott.
In the case of cold or rainy weather, the event will take place in the LSC Ballroom. For more information, call 936.294.4347.

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LSC To Host Murder-Mystery Scavenger Hunt

Who “murdered” dean of students Frank Parker?

That is the riddle the Lowman Student Center Office wants solved during the Mardi Gras Murder Mystery scavenger hunt on Tuesday (Feb. 24). The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Grand prizes for student participants include a catered dinner for eight, free use of textbooks for a semester, a digital camera, college survival kits and Kat Klub parties.

Prizes for faculty and staff scavenger hunters include coffee and pastries for 10 in Cyber Confections, a Sony Walkman, Kat Klub Party with sundaes for 25, an Alumni Association shirt and 10 one-hour sessions with an SHSU personal trainer.

The LSC scavenger hunt is held once a semester and is sponsored by the Lowman Student Center, Student Activities, Dean of Students’ Office, Program Council, Student Government Association, the Barnes and Noble University Bookstore, and ARAMARK.

For more information, contact the LSC Office at 936.294.1759.

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SHSU Impresses Former Russian Professor, Visitor

Irina Naoumova, a former faculty member from Kazan State University in Russia, believes that Sam Houston State University is well-positioned to take advantage of globalization.

Naoumova, who also serves as a consultant for several Russian firms on international business issues, visited SHSU and spoke to communications and business classes Monday and Tuesday.

SHSU has some “amazing faculty members,” she said Wednesday before returning to her present position as a visiting associate professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

She called the faculty members she met “very professional,” “very friendly.”

She was impressed at the sense of teamwork she found at SHSU, she said. “You are a real family.”

She was also impressed by SHSU's international initiatives.

“I believe the future belongs to those universities who are actively concerned about their international image,” she said, “and not many can say that.”

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SHSU To Play Host To Regional Dance Festival

Sam Houston State University will host the American College Dance Festival Association’s festival for the South-Central Region on Saturday (Feb. 28).

Approximately 550-600 dance students are expected to attend the festival from 31 different universities, including Southern Methodist, University of Houston, Texas Christian, Lamar and Texas Woman’s, according to Kista Tucker, assistant professor of dance.

“During the festival, we have around 70 classes being taught by guest teachers from the different schools and 10 concerts are being held,” Tucker said.

“There will be three adjudicators to look at works from various schools,” she said. “Then the pieces that represent the best quality, as far as choreography and performance, will go into a major concert that’s called the gala concert on Saturday evening at the University Theatre Center.”

At this year’s gala three pieces from the concert will be selected to compete in Washington, D.C., because it is a “national” year, according to Tucker.

Due to the lack of seating space, neither the performances nor the gala concert will be open to the public.
For more information, call the dance department at 936.294.1875.

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Program Council To Teach Self-Defense Techniques

The Program Council will offer students the opportunity to learn how to defend themselves with the “Protect Yourself! PC Self-Defense Seminar” on Tuesday (Feb. 24). The seminar will be held at 7 p.m. in the Health and Kinesiology Center Aerobics Room.

Also this week, the PC will host a diversity luncheon, on Wednesday at 12 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 320 and a PC picnic at 11 a.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

For more information, call the Program Council office at 936.294.1763.

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Music Professor To Play Solo Piano Recital

Sohyoung Park, School of Music instructor of piano, will give a solo piano recital on Tuesday (Feb. 24) at 7:30 pm in the Recital Hall.

Park’s program includes A Minor Partita by J.S. Bach, C Major Sonata by J. Haydn, and all 12 etudes, op.10 by F. Chopin.

“It is a rare opportunity to listen to the whole set of Chopin etudes in a live performance,” Park said.

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Art Dept. To Display Two Exhibits Through March 25

The works of two “complicated” artists, English-born Margaret Realica and Chinese-born Lampo Leong, will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery from Feb. 23 to March 25.

Realica, who attended the School of Art in Leicester, in England, moved to Hawaii in 1971 where she became interested in ceramics, taking classes at the University of Hawaii. She now lives in Northern California and specializes in porcelain sculptures.

“Her work has been exhibited widely and has permanent collections at the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Contemporary Museum in FHB (First Hawaii Bank),” said Debbie Davenport, art slide librarian.

Realica’s work is assembled and cemented with rods, Plexiglas and electrical pieces, also using tubing and transparencies to achieve her effect.

“It’s not like ceramics,” Davenport said. “It’s very different looking, and it’s very interesting looking.”

Leong received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Guangzhou Fine Arts Institute in Guangdong, China, where he was born in 1961, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Calif. He is now an assistant professor of art at the University of Missouri.

His latest series, Contemplation Forces, incorporates rhythm of cursive calligraphy in the dynamic quality of Western abstract painting and uses very bright colors, Davenport said.

“He does oriental calligraphy on rice paper, collaging them on canvas and then enlarges the painting by advanced digital imaging,” Davenport said. “Then he repaints on top of that five, six seven layers of paint.”
A public reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday (Feb. 26) from 5-7 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is located in Art Building F. For more information, call Davenport at 936.294.1317.

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Alumnus To Speak At Physics Colloquium

Mark Spearman, a 1976 graduate in physics of Sam Houston State University, will present a colloquium entitled, “Opportunities in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research for Physicists, ” on Tuesday (Feb. 24). His speech will be given at 2 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 207.

Spearman received his doctorate in industrial engineering in 1986 from Texas A&M University. He has served as a faculty member at Northwestern University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Currently, he is chair of the department of industrial engineering at Texas A&M University.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Feb. 22, 2004
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