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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 31


Forum To Give Students The F.A.C.T.S.

Students will have the opportunity to sit down with administrators and deans, including university president James F. Gaertner, at this year’s Bear F.A.C.T.S. Forum, on Wednesday (Nov. 3), from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Kat Klub.

The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Dean of Students’ Office.

Bear F.A.C.T.S., which stands for Fielding Academic and Co-curricular Topics for Students, will consist of a question and answer-type forum. An emcee will walk around fielding questions from the audience, according to SGA student life committee chair Armando Lopez.

“ Students have questions, and this is the time to get answers,” he said. “Every student should be there if they have any concern regarding the university.”

Since topics are open to attendees, they will probably vary, Lopez said, adding that the most recent issues will more than likely be discussed.

“ I think one thing will probably be the mass communications department; that seems to be an issue these days. And, I am sure with the recent event involving the Houstonian, we will see a question about that,” he said. “Also, I am sure something will come up regarding the crosswalk issue along 17th Street.

“ Topics are up for the students to decide; we just ask that questions be appropriate.”

Free pizza and refreshments will be available, and the SGA will be giving out prizes to those who attend.

For more information, call SGA at 936.294.1938, or stop by LSC Suite 326.


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Spring Registration Begins Oct. 29

With only six weeks left in the fall semester, the Registrar’s Office, in cooperation with the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, will begin spring 2005 registration on Oct. 29.

The registration schedule will be as follows: Oct. 29-Nov. 1, honor students; Nov. 1, doctoral/graduate students/post-bac students/seniors; Nov. 2, juniors; Nov. 3, sophomores; Nov. 4, freshmen; and Nov. 5-12, open registration.

Registration begins at 10 p.m. on the previous evening, and will close at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Registration assistance will be available in the Registrar’s Office, on the third floor of the Estill Building, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1-4.

Advising will continue for all students during these times from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours of 5-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. Walk-ins are welcome but will not be accepted until after Nov. 1.

For the location of advising for a particular major, visit, or call the SAM Center, in Academic Building Room 210, at 936.294.4444.


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Alumna To Present On ‘Philanthropy In The Economy’

Mary M. Vitek, a 1986 graduate of SHSU and the chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, will address “Philanthropy in the American Economy” on Thursday (Nov. 4)

The event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Ron and Linda Mafrige Auditorium in the Smith-Hutson Building, is part of the “Executive-in-Residence” program, sponsored by the College of Business Administration.

In her position as CEO of one of the nation’s largest Girl Scout Councils, a position she took in 1998, Vitek oversees a 21-county area of southeast Texas with an annual budget of $12 million.

She received her BBA in accounting and, the same year, was designated by COBA as an “Outstanding Accounting Graduate.”

A certified public accountant, Vitek began her career with the accounting firm KPMG, and joined the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council as a controller in 1994.

For reservations for the presentation, call 936.294.4997.


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Rice Prof To Speak At Colloquium

Rice astronomy and physics professor Reggie Dufour will discuss the "Hubble Space Telescope Observations of Planetary Nebulae" at the physics colloquium on Thursday (Nov. 4).

The colloquium will be held from 1-2 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 109.

For more information, call 936.294.1601.


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Sculptures, Paintings Being Shown In Gaddis Geeslin Gallery

Paintings by J. Michael Simpson and sculptures by William Pergl will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery from Nov. 1 through Dec. 2.

Pergl’s sculptures of wood are made like finely crafted furniture. The forms are elemental abstractions that evoke simple useful objects but remain mysteriously unidentifiable, according to art department slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

Pergl, a resident of Iowa City, Iowa, who teaches sculpture at Grinnell College, has shown his works in galleries around the United States and has received numerous awards.

Simpson’s paintings depict large fragments of terrain that “reflect the struggle of place while bringing to mind the spiritual connection and cultural importance of the sublime,” he said.

Somewhat muted in color, the works are full of fluid movement and dramatic space, Davenport said.
A Rock Hill, S.C., resident, Simpson also has an extensive resume of exhibitions and awards.

The paintings and the sculptures in this exhibit share a dialogue on form and simplicity and can allow a viewer an opportunity to contemplate places and things that are not elsewhere encountered, Davenport said.

There will be a gallery reception on Thursday (Nov. 4), from 5-7 p.m. The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call Davenport at 936.294.1317.


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Library Science To Host Children, Young Adult Conference

World-renowned children’s author and educator, Mem Fox, will be featured at the SHSU department of library science’s Children and Young Adult Conference on Saturday (Nov. 6), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Award-winning authors Pam Munoz Ryan, Sharon Draper and Sonya Sones will join Mem Fox as keynote speakers.

The conference will also include workshops on a variety of topics of interest to teachers and librarians, with local authors featured in some of the workshops.

Anyone interested in attending should call the library science department at 936.294.1151.


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Workshop Offers Six Opera Excerpts

Scenes from “A Little Night Music,” “La Traviata,” “Carmen,” “Don Giovanni,” “Manon” and “The Old Maid and The Thief,” will all be a part of the Opera Workshop weekend sponsored by the SHSU School of Music.

The concert, “A Weekend At the Opera,” will be held Friday and Saturday (Nov. 5-6), at 7:30 p.m. both days in the Recital Hall.

“ The audience will laugh, cry, and everything in between, making ‘A Weekend at the Opera’ a weekend evening well spent,” said Mary Kay Lake, director of operatic studies.

Tickets are available at the door for both performances, although seating is limited. General admission is $8 and for seniors, students and children is $5. Admission is free for SHSU faculty, staff and students with an ID.

For more information, call 936.294.1395 or 936.294.1360.


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Preview Concert To Feature Alumna

The School of Music, will host a preview concert for its Eastern European tour on Tuesday (Nov. 2), at 7:30 p.m. in Killinger Auditorium.

SHSU alumna and native Houstonian Melanie Holliday, as well as music faculty Kristen Hightower and Andrew Wilson, will serve as a featured performer at the concert.

The School of Music group and Holliday, as well as those taking the Travel with SH tour, will leave for Budapest, Hungary, their first stop on the tour which will also include Vienna and Prague, that Friday for the 10-day trip.

Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, children 12 and over, and non-SHSU students. Children under 11, as well as SHSU students, faculty and staff, are free.


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Rec Sports To Help Kids Kickbox Their Way To Health

The Department of Recreational Sports will teach both parents and children about the benefits of proper nutrition and exercise through kickboxing activities during the second Family Fun and Fitness night on Friday (Nov. 5).

The event, designed to target child obesity, will be held at 5 p.m. in the Health and Kinesiology Center’s Multi-purpose Room, Room 147.

The program will consist of a 30-minute workout designed specifically for children four to 12, followed by basic food facts, according to wellness supervisor Amanda Martinez.

“ It’s (the program is designed) to help the family as a whole, for the parents to help the children eat right because there are so many overweight children these days,” Martinez said. “We’re just trying to inform them at an early age that it is healthy to exercise and eat right and at the same time enjoy it and have fun.”

The third, and final, fitness night session for the semester will be held on Dec. 3 and will include activities that parents can do with their children.

The program is free for students and for faculty and staff is $5 for the family for one day or $10 for all three days.

For more information, call Recreational Sports at 936.294.1985.


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Outdoor Rec To Offer An ‘Adventure Weekend’

SHSU Outdoor Recreation will give participants “a true outdoor adventure weekend that includes climbing instruction and camping on Lake Travis” with its climbing and biking expedition at Reimers Ranch on Oct. 6-7.

The cost to participate is $65 for students, $70 for staff/faculty and $75 for guests, which includes transportation, four meals, climbing and camping fees, bike rental and more.

The sign-up deadline is at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 3) in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104.

For more information, please contact Marvin Seale at 936.294.3656.


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Sociology Prof Lectures On His Research In Brazil

Sociology department chair Alessandro Bonanno discussed his most recent research on technology’s impact on society and its global implications at three lectures in Brazil October 18-24.

Bonanno was invited to speak by the Federal University of Pernambuco, the Department of Scientific Research of the Brazilian state of Sergipe and the Program Committee of the VI Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Systems of Production.

He first addressed “A Periodization of Globalization,” delivering the speech in Portuguese to faculty members, students and local residence, at the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil.

Bonanno then traveled to Aracaju, Brazil, to deliver the VI Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Systems of Production’s opening lecture.

There, he also delivered a public lecture entitled “Technology and Social Inclusion” at the “Brazilian Symposium of Social Technology” organized by the Department of Scientific Research of the state of Sergipe.

His lectures were warmly received, according to Kandi Tayebi, associate dean for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the talks bring international recognition to Sam Houston State University.


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Organization Forms For Non-Traditional Students

Non-traditional students are invited to become members of the newly formed Non-Traditional Student Organization at SHSU.

NTSO meets once a month between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the sofas in the Lowman Student Center lounge in an effort to socialize and discuss special topics related to non-traditional student needs.

The meetings are open; students can come and go according to their schedule and offer a free lunch for those who attend. Students’ children are also welcome.

Meetings are also informal, and “we do not concern ourselves with strict rules about protocol, except during elections,” according to NTSO president Frances Crawford Fennessy.

To be a NTSO member, students must meet the following criteria: be a member of the student body who is over 25 years old, a parent, married, been out of school for years or “just feel as if you do not fit in with younger students,” she said.

There are no fees, no dues and few requirements that need to be met in order to become a member. As of Oct. 25, 172 students have signed up to be members.

“ This is absolutely incredible considering the fact that we have not even had our first meeting yet,” Fennessy said.

To join the organization, please subscribe to the listserv at

For more information, call Fennessy at 936.436.0493 or 936.294.1995.


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SHAEYC To Host Fall Workshop Nov. 8

The Sam Houston Association for the Education of Young Children will have a fall workshop on the second floor of the Teacher Education Center on Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. until noon.

University of Texas-Austin professor Kathy Morrison will be the keynote speaker, discussing "Changing Childhood."

Local educators Pam Payne and Heather Kaldis will present "Discovery Science" and “Make-N-Take” sessions, respectively.

“ Make-N-Take sessions are a craft project presented to the conference attendees, who then may make the craft on-site and take that sample home with them for an activity project for their students,” said SHAEYC publicity chairperson Alegra Hardy, “thus making learning more fun and interactive both for the conference attendee and for that attendee's students.”

The workshop is open to anyone “interested in quality education of the pre-school child,” Hardy said.
The cost is $5 for student SHAEYC members, $10 for SHAEYC community members and for SHSU non-member students and $25 for community non-members.

For more information, call Melinda Miller, assistant professor of reading, at 936.294.1357.


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Oct. 31, 2004
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