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SHSU Update For Week Of April 10


MISS To ‘UniDiversify’ Campus With Week-Long Event

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services will bring some ‘UniDiversity’ to campus with a week filled with activities to enhance awareness of other cultures, as well as foster unity within the campus community, beginning Monday (April 11).

“ UniDiversity Week will feature many highly interactive programs that will help students, faculty, and staff experience different types of diversity,” said MISS program coordinator Jennifer T. Roberts.

Food, music and “an awesome diversity activity” will kick off the week at 4 p.m. on Monday in Lowman Student Center Room 315.

On Tuesday, multicultural ambassador Willie Dean will guide participants down “The Middle Passage,” at 2 p.m. in LSC Room 315. Students will also have the opportunity to earn Multicultural Awareness Certification points through the program.

“ The Middle Passage is the journey that African-Americans took from Africa to the United States during slavery,” Roberts said.

On Wednesday, MISS will give participants a ‘taste of India,’ through food, crafts, music and prizes, all related to the culture, with its 4th annual Taste of SHSU. MAC points will also be awarded for the program, which will be held at noon in the LSC Mall Area.

Communicating in groups of diverse people will be the topic of Thursday’s lecture, “Dealing with Diversity in the Workplace,” at 2 p.m. in LSC Room 307. This program will also award MAC points.

“ This discussion is for juniors, seniors, graduate students, student organization leaders, and anyone who wants to learn more about workplace diversity,” Roberts said.

Finally, the week will end on Friday with a “Multicultural Think Tank Breakfast” at 8 a.m.

“ The topic for April is ‘Increasing Student Involvement in Diversity and Multicultural Events at SHSU,’” Roberts said.

All students are invited to state their opinions in the discussion, which will include a free breakfast. Those who plan to attend should RSVP e-mailing or by calling 936.294.3588.

For more information on any of the UniDiversity week events, call the Office of MISS at 936.294.3588.


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Ragtime To Give Musical Versions Of ‘American Dream’

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will present the timeless musical about three diverse families trying to achieve their versions of the ‘American dream’ with Ragtime, April 13-16. Show times are 8 p.m. each day, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, on the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage.

Set at the turn of the century, the families all try desperately to maintain their separate lives in the overflowing melting pot of America but find themselves inevitably interwoven in circumstances beyond their control due to the historical events in the 1900s.

Ragtime, based on the book by Lynn Ahrens, explodes with the syncopated rhythms of ragtime music while confronting the racial and ethnic conflicts still in existence in America today.

The cast includes theatre and musical theatre majors Onyie Nwachukwu as “Sarah,” Bernard Davis as “Coalhouse,” Katie Clark as “Mother,” Matt Redden as “Father,” James Lane as “Younger Brother,” Matt Tompkins as “Tateh,” Christie DeBacker as “Emma,” George Oliver as “Booker T. Washington,” Denise Williamson as “Evelyn,” and Charles Swan as “Houdini.” Also included are Sarah Lane as the “Little Girl” and Tristan Brown as the “Little Boy.”

SHSU theatre and dance chair Penelope Hasekoester will direct the production, with School of Music faculty member Laura Avery-Hill serving as music director, and theatre and dance faculty member Jonathan Charles serving as choreographer.

The stage manager is theatre major Bekah Harris, set and light designer is theatre faculty member Don Childs, costume designer is faculty member Kristina Hanssen, technical director is theatre staff member Larry Routh, and theatre majors JC Coughlin, William Burns and Taryn Fourny will design the sound, props and make-up, respectively.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $10 for students and senior citizens with an ID. Group rates are also available.

The play contains adult content and language, and children under the age of three will not be admitted.

For reservations or more information, call the University Theatre Center at 936.294.1339.


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The Kat To Broadcast At Relay For Life

SHSU’s student-run radio station KSHU-FM 90.5, the Kat, will team up with the Walker County chapter of the American Cancer Society and broadcast during the 2nd Annual Relay For Life. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on April 15 and will run through 7 a.m. on April 16.

This broadcast will be the first time KSHU-FM has participated with Relay For Life.

“ This recent partnership will allow students and participating members of Relay for Life to work together supporting this great cause for the American Cancer Society,” said Amy Cooper, broadcast operations assistant for KSHU-FM. “This live 12-hour broadcast will contain an eclectic mix of music, interviews and cancer awareness information.”

Some of the interviews to be included in the broadcast are “Stories of Hope,” which will feature the emotional strength and determination of those who have survived cancer, and “Stories from the Heart,” which will feature the challenges of losing a loved one to cancer, Cooper said.

The station will also carry on-location updates from relay members and teams participating at the event.

Those who would like to contribute to the ACS can do so in various ways at the event, including purchasing luminaries in honor or memory of someone for a donation.

For more information, contact Cooper at 936.294.1342 or at, or Brooke Adams, Relay For Life chair, at 936.295.2651.


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Two To Explore Their ‘Roots’ For Next Series Lecture

A university president, as well as an articulations services and university relations director, will serve as the speakers for the next Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community lecturer series on Wednesday (April 13).

Max Castillo, president of the University of Houston-Downtown, and Rosario Martinez C., district director for articulation services and university relations at The University Center, will discuss personal challenges and achieving professional success at 5 p.m. in Academic Building 4’s Olson Auditorium.

A reception will be held following the speech in the SAM Center, in AB 4 Suite 210.

The event is sponsored by the Academic support programs of the SAM Center, the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, the NAACP, and Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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Orange Pride Seeks Dance Team Hopefuls

The Orange Pride dance team will hold tryouts on Friday and Saturday (April 15-16) in the Health and Kinesiology Center.

On Friday, dance-team hopefuls will learn two tryout routines, a jazz and a hip hop, for the actual tryout at 8 a.m. on Saturday. This coming year’s team will consist of about 16 girls.

Judges will be looking for technique as well as ability to perform.

“ We will only be taking the best of the best so we may continue our reign as National Champs,” said team member Betsy Young.

Orange Pride dances at the football and basketball games, pep rallies, and also competes in Orlando, Fla., every year at the UDA College Dance Team Nationals. Their national title-winning routine was recently played on ESPN2.

For more information, visit the Orange Pride Web site, under SHSU Spirit Programs, at

A summer tryout will also be held at a later date.


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Performance To Feature Works Of Music Professor

School of Music adjunct faculty member Brian P. Herrington will share some of his own works with the help of other SHSU students and faculty members on Thursday (April 14).

" The Intersection of Time, Place and Spirit: A recital of works by composer Brian P. Herrington” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Some of the songs that will be included are "Symphonia Sacra II," featuring music faculty member and soprano Robin Cobb; and "Revealed by fire," featuring music faculty member and percussionist John Best.
Other featured faculty artists include instrumentalists Kathy Daniel, Patricia Card, Scott Phillips, Randal Adams and Henry Howey.

Before joining the SHSU faculty this school year, Herrington lived in London for three years, where he studied at the Royal Academy of Music.

A Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize winner, his music has been performed in Carnegie Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Admission is free for the event.

For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360 or visit Herrington’s Web site at


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BSM Dance Group Wins National Competition

Acting on Faith Praise Dance Ministries brought home a national championship from the National Baptist Student Union Retreat this past weekend in Atlanta, Ga.

The group beat out teams from such universities as Prairie View A&M, Lamar University, Fort Valley University, East Missouri and East Tennessee State.

The National Baptist Student Union Retreat is an annual retreat where Baptist Student Ministries from all over the United States come together for fellowship and spiritual growth.

Acting on Faith consists of 13 students, ranging from freshmen to seniors. The group ministers through song and dance.

“ We are very happy about our accomplishment,” said team member Selena Hamilton.


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SHSU To Hold Property Auction April 30

SHSU will have a public auction on April 30 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the property warehouse in the Sam South Complex, at 2424 Sam Houston Ave.

Items will be sold, “as is, where is,” piece by piece or in lots to the highest bidder.

Some auction items include office furniture, typewriters, air conditioners, televisions, refrigerators, tables, fax machines, chairs, file cabinets, copiers, bicycles, a projection screen, couches and ovens, among many others.

In addition, a 2000 and a 2001 Chevrolet Impala, a 1987 Nissan half-ton pickup and a 1989 Ford half-ton pickup will be auctioned off. Vehicles can be removed the day of the sale if paid by cash, or check with original current bank letter of credit guaranteeing payment. Otherwise, vehicles will be held for 10 working days to allow check clearance.

Cash or checks will be accepted as payment for other items, with proper identification. All items, except vehicles, must be removed after the sale until 2 p.m. or 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. the following week.

For more information, call Wayne Frosch at 936.294.1903 or 936.294.1908.


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April 10, 2005
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