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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 17


Counseling Center To Address Depression, Anxiety

Are you feeling depressed or anxious?

The SHSU Counseling Center will make evaluations on mood based on quick questionnaire answers during the National Depression Screening Day on Wednesday (Oct. 20), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in at the Counseling Center.

The free and confidential screening is “not a diagnosis, per se,” but a global evaluation on moods, such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Counseling Center director William Metcalfe.

“ If they think they may be feeling more depressed or anxious than usual, I suggest they come to the National Depression Screening Day,” Metcalfe said, “and we will make a recommendation from there.”

Though depression and anxiety aren’t necessarily epidemics across campus, they are the two primary reasons people visit the Counseling Center, he said.

In addition, the center will hand out brochures and additional information on the topics.

For more information, call the Counseling Center at 936.294.1720.


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Deadline Nears For Travel Tour Of Quilt Festival

The deadline to register for the Travel with SH trip to the Houston International Quilt Festival is Friday (Oct. 22).

The Nov. 4 trip will include a luncheon and meeting with festival founder, Karey Bresenhan, who is also an SHSU distinguished alumna; a private tour of the show floor; a book signing and behind the scenes chat with Bresenhan; and shopping time.

The tour cost is $75, which includes festival admission, lunch, a signed book, an official 2004 Quilt Festival 30th Anniversary pin; and the private tour.

“ This special day tour offers participants the unique opportunity of rubbing shoulders with one of the most successful women in the quilting industry,” said Grettle Payne, Travel with SH coordinator.

Those who want to attend should mail a check to Box 2477, Huntsville, TX, 77341, or visit the office at 1825 Sycamore. For more information, call 936.294.4725.


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Saturday Auction To Benefit Track And Field

The Sam Houston State men's and women's track and field programs will benefit from an auction being held on Saturday (Oct. 23).

Item viewing will be from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., when a social with refreshments and a silent auction will begin, in Lowman Student Center Room 320. The live auction will begin at 6 pm.

A limited number of football tickets for the SHSU versus McNeese State game on Nov. 6 will be distributed to the first patrons to make bids in the silent auction.

Auction items will include guided hunts, portable and home electronics, car speakers, sports memorabilia, home/bedroom décor items, a computer package, Sam Houston State sports team shirts, overnights at local hotels, homemade crafts and numerous local eating establishment and services certificates.

The live auction will be conducted by the Texas licensed team of Bob Case and Dwayne Stevens.

For more information, call track and field head coach Curtis Collier 936.294.3539.


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Octubafest Scedules Four Events

The annual School of Music Octubafest celebration will take place in the Recital Hall Oct. 18, 21 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

The recital on Monday will feature students from the euphonium and tuba studios of Henry Howey and Robert Daniel. A highlight of the evening will be the world premiere of work written for tuba and piano by a SHSU alum Ralph Trout.

The faculty recital on Thursday will feature Howey, euphonium, Daniel, tuba and Jay Whatley, piano. A wide variety of music will be performed to include original compositions for the tuba and the euphonium as well as arrangements.

The Oct. 25 recital will feature chamber ensembles highlighted by a performance by the SHSU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. The ensemble will be performing a portion of the music they will perform at the Texas Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference to be held in Lubbock at Texas Tech University later this year.

Octubafest 2004 activities will conclude with a special guest artist recital featuring Sumner Erickson, former principal tubist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He is an extraordinary musician who won the job in Pittsburgh at the age of 19 after one year at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. This recital will begin at 7 p.m. with a masterclass following at 8:30 p.m.


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Athletics To Recognize TDCJ With Appreciation Day

The Sam Houston State athletic department will recognize all current and former employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with an Employee Appreciation Day on Saturday (Oct. 23).

Bowers Stadium will celebrate the outstanding service TDCJ employees provide the community, state, and nation with special TDCJ information booths placed inside the stadium, a special presentation by the TDCJ Honor Guard, and a halftime recognition ceremony for all current and retired employees of TDCJ, according to athletic development coordinator Chris Park.

All current and former TDCJ employees and families are eligible to purchase discounted east side general admission tickets for $2.

These tickets can be purchased in advance at the SHSU Athletic Office between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or on game day at a special TDCJ ticket window on the west side of the stadium. To receive tickets at the discounted rate, employees and former employees should bring their TDCJ identification card.


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‘Underpants’ Filled With Humor, ‘Scandal’

Sexuality, fidelity and hidden desire are explored in an outrageously humorous manner in “The Underpants,” the next performance by the department of theatre and dance beginning on Wednesday (Oct. 20).

Show times for the play, which will run through Saturday (Oct. 23), will be at 8 p.m. nightly, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, on the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

“ The Underpants,” written by Carl Sternheim and adapted by Steve Martin, takes place in 1910 Germany when housewife Louise Maske is turned into an instant celebrity after her underpants accidentally fall to her ankles during the King’s Parade.

Her humorless husband, Theo Maske, becomes frenzied when he realizes that his job is in jeopardy if the king is made aware of this scandal.

Meanwhile, the Maske residence has a room for rent, and two men, who witnessed the event and decide to woo Louise, try to take full advantage of the opportunity to live near the famous underpants.

The admirers, Versati, a romantic poet, and Cohen, a hypochondriac Jewish barber, as well as a nosy neighbor, who urges Louise to live out her wildest sexual fantasies while young, add madness to the mayhem.

The play stars Anne Christiansen as Louise, Tom Lamb as Theo, Josh Amyx as Versati, Bobby Martinez as Cohen, and Sarah Brune as the nosy Gertrude.

Senior theatre major Connor Bartley will direct the production, with senior theatre majors Steven Kemp and April Keith designing the set/lights and costumes, respectively. Kandice Harris will be the stage manager.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, and group rates are available. The show contains adult content, and children under three are not permitted in the theatre.

For more information, or to reserve tickets, please contact the University Theatre Center Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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MISS To Define Multiculturalism Through Workshop

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services will host “Multiculturalism: What does it really mean?" on Wednesday (Oct. 20), from 2-3:30 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 302.

“ It’s going to be a group discussion where all attendees can talk about their culture, their upbringings and how it differs from other cultures so that people can compare and contrast to see how a lot of cultures are really a lot alike,” said MISS program coordinator Jennifer T. Roberts.

The workshop will be the next in a series of Multicultural Awareness Certification programs. Students who attend three or more during a semester can receive certification, “which is good for scholarship and resumes, as well as professional development,” according to Roberts.

MISS will host 10 certification programs this semester, and those sponsored so far have been well attended, Roberts said.

Light refreshments will be served at the program, and those who attend are not required to participate in discussion.


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Kat Klub To Host Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to go head-to-head in the Kat Klub’s Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments on Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 19 and 20).

There will be a different tournament for each night to allow more participants to play, according to Gary Roark, Kat Klub director. The tournaments will be held from 5-9:45 p.m. both days in the Kat Klub, on the first floor of the Lowman Student Center.

“ It is really crazy the way this has happened,” Roark said. “I was only going to do one a semester, but I have so many people wanting to play that I’m having to do it every first and third week, twice a week.

“ It’s very popular, so I’m trying to hit all the students,” he said.

Set up Las Vegas-style, each tournament will consist of five to six tables, with 10 people at each table.

“ We start out with $1,000 in play money and there’s no limit,” Roark said. “You can go in at any time, and the blinds go up every 30 minutes.”

The tournaments are open to faculty and staff as well as students, and there is no entry fee. Those who want to play should sign up ahead of time in the Kat Klub, though sign ups will be held on the tournament days as well, and participants can play on both days.

The tournament winners will receive a Kat Klub T-shirt that tells people he/she is a “Texas Hold ‘Em Champion.”

For more information, call Roark at 936.294.1722.


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PC To Host Columbus Day Celebration, ‘Kill Bill’ Night

The Program Council will kick off a week full of events with a Columbus Day celebration on Monday (Oct. 18). Activities will begin at noon in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

On Tuesday, the LSC Mall Area will be filled with entertainment for the “Videogame Extravaganza,” beginning at 10 a.m.

October birthdays will be celebrated with cake on Wednesday, at 11 a.m., also in the Mall Area.

Finally, on Friday, the PC will host a “movie night” screening of “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” the sequel to Quentin Tarantino’s “Vol. 1,” starring Uma Thurman. The movie will be shown 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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Writing Workshop To Improve Proofreading Skills

You have invested a lot of time into your paper. Before turning it in, you need to do one last thing: check for spelling and grammatical errors.

To teach students how to review their papers more effectively, the Writing Center will host a “Proofreading Strategies” workshop on Monday (Oct. 18).

The workshop, directed by graduate and undergraduate-level tutors Deirdre Lopez-Marquez, Courtney Howe and Rachel Sanders, will be held at 4 p.m. in the Writing Center, located in Wilson Building Room 114.

For more information, call 936.294.3680.


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Outdoor Rec To Kayak, Canoe On Lake Raven

The Outdoor Recreation division of Recreational Sports will take students, faculty, staff and guests on a canoe and kayaking trip on Lake Raven on Thursday (Oct. 21) evening.

Those who wish to participate should meet at 6 p.m. at the Outdoor Recreation Building for a pre-trip meeting. The group will leave for Lake Raven at 6:30 p.m. and are expected to return around 10 p.m.

The cost is $5 for students, $7 for faculty and staff and $10 for guests, which includes transportation and drinks

The sign-up deadline is at 6 p.m. in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104. For more information contact Marvin Seale at 936.294.3656.


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Childs Selected To Exhibit In World Stage Design Show

The lighting design for the SHSU department of theatre and dance's 2003 production of “Not About Nightingales,” created by professor of scenery and lighting design Don Childs, was recently chosen to be included in the World Stage Design 2005 Gallery Exhibit.

Childs’s design was selected from over 900 submitted by more than 600 designers by the World Stage Design 2005 International Selection Jury, which convened in New York City on September 24-25.

The jury made their decisions based on the images, the production title, and an indication of geographic region, in categories such as the Americas, Europe, Asia and other. The designs selected for the Gallery Exhibit represent designers from 35 of the 43 nations participating in WSD 2005, including 27 lighting designs.

" I'm very pleased that the jury selected me to be in the show, but I am almost as happy about the jury selecting a former student of mine, John Forbes, to be part of the exhibit as well," Childs said.

Childs has received numerous awards for lighting design throughout his career, including the Hollywood Drama Logue, Drama Critics Award and Drama Circle Awards. He designed the lights for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, winner of the 1987 Prague Quadrennial Gold Medal for Scenography, a combination of scenery and lighting design.

In 2000, Childs formed the Don Childs Group, a theatre consulting and design firm. He continues to work as a freelance designer and a consultant while teaching and designing at Sam Houston State University.


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Oct. 17, 2004
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