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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 7


Mexican Professor To Address Research Method

Rafael Reyes Chavez, a visiting professor from Mexico, will present “Q Methodology” on Friday (Nov. 12), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Evans Building Room 338.

Q Methodology, which is a method of educational research that includes both qualitative and quantitative measures.

Reyes, a professor in the doctoral studies at both the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla in Puebla, Mexico, and the University of Tlxacala in its neighboring city, has been a Sam Houston State University liaison to Puebla, Mexico for the last 7 years.

During that time, he has and has successfully initiated contacts with Mexican educational institutions which include: private schools, public schools, normalista schools, and universities in the immediate area.

Each summer, Reyes, an expert in Mexican history, escorts visiting SHSU educational leadership and counseling doctoral students to many of the historical and tourist attractions at the heart of a traditional Mexico.

The lecture is open to the SHSU community.


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SFA President To Share ‘Roots’ Of Leadership

Stephen F. Austin State University president Tito Guerrero will address his “Thoughts on Leadership” as the next Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community speaker.

The speech will be held on Wednesday (Nov. 17), at 5 p.m. in the Academic Building IV Olson Auditorium, with a reception following in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, in AB IV Suite 210.

Guerrero was named SFA president in May 2001. Prior to his arrival at SFA, Guerrero served as president of the University of Southern Colorado at Pueblo and as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.

Guerrero received his doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University. His master’s degree in secondary and health education is from the University of North Texas and his bachelor’s degree is from Texas A&M.

The event is sponsored by the SAM Center’s academic support programs, Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program, International Hispanic Association, Women United and Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.


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Theatre To Visit ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will present “Smokey Joe’s Café,” a musical review by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and show concept by Stephen Helper and Jack Viertel, Wednesday (Nov. 10) through Saturday (Nov. 13).

Show times are 8 p.m. daily, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, on the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage.

The play will be SHSU’s 2004-2005 participating entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

With no spoken dialog, “Smokey Joe’s Café” is an award-winning musical featuring songs from the 1950s, including “Kansas City,” “Hound Dog,” and “On Broadway.”

The cast includes theatre and musical theatre majors Katie Clark, Bernard Davis, Raven Donnell, Khristen Dowdy, Nkrumah Gatling, Jon-Michael Hamman, Blythe Herring, Mikah Horn, Eric Mota, Onyie Nwachukwu, Matt Reddin and Matt Tompkins.

Faculty member Jonathan Charles is the choreographer and director, the musical director is School of Music faculty member Laura Avery-Hill, assistant director is Wesley Fruge, assistant choreographer is Jill Bitner, and conductor is Luke Kirkwood.

In addition, theatre major Lindsey Custer is the stage manager, and theatre majors Danny Colosky, William Burns, and Skye Krienitz designed the set, sound and costumes, respectively. Theatre faculty member Don Childs is the light designer.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens and SHSU employees and students with an ID. The play contains adult content, and no children under the age of three will be admitted.

For reservations, or more information, call 936.294.1339.


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Arabic Professor To Discuss Saudi Arabia Monday

SHSU Arabic professor Saleh Al-Quarni will discuss “Saudi Arabia: Figures and Facts” on Monday (Nov. 8), at 3 p.m. in Evans Building Room 313.

The speech will address the country in general, according to Al-Quarni, and will be divided into three parts: figures and facts, which includes the flag, emblem, language, location, weather, energy and culture; early and modern Saudi Arabian history; and the country’s higher education.

Anyone interested in learning about Arabic and the Saudi Arabian culture is welcome.

For more information, call Rafael E. Saumell, associate professor of Spanish and foreign languages program coordinator, at 936.294.1449.


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New Guinea Ambassador, Officials Visit SHSU

Ambassador to the United States from Papua New Guinea Evan J. Paki and a delegation of the country’s justice officials, including the Ministers of Justice, Corrections, and Police, traveled to Huntsville on Oct. 29 to meet with officials of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and representatives of the Criminal Justice Center.

The purpose of the visit was to tour several prison facilities and to discuss crime trends, sentencing policies, the death penalty and training.

During the delegation’s visit to the Criminal Justice Center, they met with Dan Richard Beto, executive director of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, David W. Webb, assistant director of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, and professor Phillip M. Lyons, director of the Texas Regional Community Policing Institute.

Paki spoke favorably of the cooperative relationship between the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and SHSU and was particularly impressed with the Criminal Justice Center and its varied academic and professional development programs, according to Beto.

Beto and Webb encouraged Paki and the ministers to consider sending law enforcement and corrections personnel to the center for training, a suggestion that was favorably received, Beto said.

Papua New Guinea, an independent country since 1975, is a group of islands, including the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, which it shares with Indonesia, between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean north of Australia. The country, with a population of almost six million, is governed by a constitutional monarchy with a democratically elected parliament.


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Geology Profs To Present On Class Field Project

Associate professors of geology Betsy Torrez and Brian Cooper will discuss their “Using Field Observations and Field Experiences to Teach Geoscience” at the 116th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America Nov. 7-10.

The meeting, held this year at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, will include approximately 6,200 geoscientists.

Torrez and Cooper, who is also the program coordinator of geology and mineralogy, will present on the undergraduate structural geology course they teach at SHSU that includes a field-based project in the Arbuckle mountains in southern Oklahoma.

The project is typically done in the spring semester, over a couple of weekends or during Spring Break, Torrez said.

“ The Arbuckles are ideally suited for student projects because of accessible, high-quality exposures, a variety of geologic structures, and thorough treatment in the literature,” Torrez said. “The half-semester long project is designed to coach students through all phases of an integrated geologic study: literature review, data collection and analysis, and 3-D problem-solving in the context of existing questions or controversies.”

Students are first required to review selected references and write a brief paper on the geologic history of the mountains and association controversies.

Then they visit the Arbuckles during one or two weekend field trips, and finally, students must write a paper that supports or refutes their hypothesis from the first paper, “interpreting their own field observations and data in the context of the views presented in the literature.

“ This project fosters the realization that students’ field-based data analysis can contribute to solving real geologic problems,” Torrez said.


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SHSU Staff, Students Walk To Earn $1,200 For Diabetes

Seven SHSU representatives raised over $1,200 for the American Diabetes Association’s Walk For Diabetes, held on Oct. 23 in The Woodlands.

Team “Sam Houston State University” was comprised of graduate students and team captain Dayna Birdwell, and university employees Debbie Birdwell, Mandy Carrell, Fawzi Noman, Cindy Allbright, Carol Shaw and Tammy Gray.

“ We walked in the rain, but still had a great time,” said Carrell, who is a staff member in the academic accounting department. “Each dollar we raised will be used in the fight to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.”

The annual event is a three-mile run/walk that helps to raise money for the disease that causes the death of more than 210,000 people each year.

The disease costs over $130 billion annually in direct and indirect costs.

Those interested in walking for Sam Houston next year can contact Carrell at, and she will send him/her information when the event approaches.


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Nov. 7, 2004
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