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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 20


Ceremony Dedicated To First African-American Student

Sam Houston State University will honor the memory of the first African-American student to be admitted into SHSU with a commemorative brick ceremony on Tuesday, (Feb. 22).

The ceremony for John A. Patrick, who came to SHSU in 1964, will be held at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Garden, next to the Lowman Student Center

This event acknowledges an important part of university history and honors such a worthy man, according to Multicultural and International Student Services program coordinator Jennifer T. Roberts.

All students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Huntsville community are invited to the event.

The program is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Student Services, and Office of Student Activities. For more information, please contact Student Activities at 936.294.3861.


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Theatre To Take ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ To Regionals

Sam Houston State University’s department of theatre and dance will be one of eight colleges to present its production as part of the Region VI competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival from February 22-26 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

The department will perform its rendition of “Smokey Joe’s Café” in hopes of being selected to compete at the national festival, held April 18-24, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Four to six of the best and most diverse college productions from the eight regions go on to the national festival.

Other colleges competing at the regional competition include: Grayson College, Southeastern Louisiana University, Tarrant County College-Northeast, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Texas at Tyler, University of Tulsa, and West Texas A&M University.

In addition to the chance to perform in Washington, D.C., students will also be competing for the opportunity to win eight individual honors, which includes scholarships and awards for outstanding performances, designs and writers.


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Internship, Summer Camp Fair To Be Held Wednesday

Looking for a fun summer job or internship?

Career Services is expecting approximately 25 camps and businesses during its Summer Camp and Job Fair on Wednesday (Feb. 23).

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Casual dress is recommended, and popcorn and door prizes will be given away.

For more information contact Career Services at 936-294-1713 or visit the Web site at


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Over 50 Companies To Attend Business Career Fair

The SHSU College of Business Administration has scheduled its Spring 2005 Business Career Fair for Tuesday (Feb.) 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

More than 50 companies have registered, including British Petroleum, ConAgra Foods, CenterPoint Energy, DXP Enterprises, the Federal Reserve Bank, Temple-Inland, and the United States Secret Service.

Company representatives can meet students majoring in 10 business fields— accounting, banking, economics, finance, general business administration, human resource management, international business, management, management information systems and marketing—as well as students from other colleges on campus.

For more information, go to and click on the "Career Fair" link.


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Rec Sports To Bring Midnight Mayhem To HKC

There will be plenty to do at this year’s Midnight Mayhem with the Department of Recreational Sports, which will be held on Wednesday (Feb. 23), from 7 p.m. to midnight.

The event will be held in the Health and Kinesiology Center.

This year's event will include activities such as Texas Hold 'Em, a mechanical bull, the Iron Man Challenge and slam ball. There will also be dodgeball and 3-on-3 tournaments, as well as a Rent-A-Center Sports Lounge, which will have movies, snacks and mocktails.

Rec Sports will be giving away food and prizes, such as T-shirts, textbooks from the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore, massages, a half-court shot for $500 and other door prizes.

Those interested in competing in one of the tournaments must register by Monday (Feb. 21) at 5 p.m.
For more information, call Megan or Andy at 936.294.4720.


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‘Health Bites’ Host To Talk About Dieting On Feb. 22

Zonya Foco, star of her own PBS show “Health Bites,” will assist students, faculty and staff in “Finding Your Way Through the Diet Jungle” on Tuesday (Feb. 22).

The discussion on fad dieting, metabolism, pills and potions, as well as real ways to get healthy, will be held at 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theatre.

Foco, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Speaking Professional, has been featured in “Men's Health,” “Prevention” and many other magazines.

The event is free and is sponsored by the University Wellness Committee.

“ We want to invite the entire SHSU community, faculty staff and students to hear this dynamic presentation,” said wellness committee chair Tina DeAses. “Her message is great and her delivery is even better.

“ Come and learn how to make the ‘right’ food choices and have a fun time with others in the SHSU community,” she said.

For more information, contact DeAses at 936.294.1985.


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Rice Prof To Discuss Nanoscale Electronics At Colloquium

Douglas Natelson, professor in the department of astronomy and physics at Rice University will be the guest speaker at the Physics Colloquium on Tuesday (Feb. 22).

Natelson will discuss “Quantum Effects in Nanoscale Electronics” from 4-5 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 207.

“ As electronic devices approach the nanometer scale, it becomes necessary to worry about quantum corrections to their electronic properties,” Natelson said. “I will give an overview of these effects and will discuss the unusual and interesting physics that our group observes in single-molecule transistors.

“ These three-terminal structures, where conduction occurs through individual organic molecules roughly 2 nm in length, are excellent examples of systems where quantum effects control the flow of electrical current,” he said.

Among Natelson's many honors is the prestigious Packard Fellowship for 2003-2008.

The talk, open to the public, should be understandable for undergraduate physics majors.


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Exhibit Allows Visitors To ‘Float’ In Gaddis Geeslin Gallery

An installation by AFWE, an artists’ collaborative from Texas A&M University’s Visualization Laboratory, will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery from Feb. 21 through March 11.

“ Float,” a presence sensitive 3-D environment, was made using four video projectors, computer, DVD player, 5.1 audio system, and a customized presence detection system.

“ From a stylized boat, water surfaces of translucent mesh stretch into the distance, becoming screens for animated 2D textures,” an artists’ statement about the exhibit said. “The environment evokes memories of traveling on a river of light.”

The installation allows viewers to feel as though they have taken “a place on rough wooden seats of an ephemeral boat,” floating down a river, seeing shapes in the distance and hearing sounds “they can almost, but not quite, recognize,” the statement continues.

AFEW, which stands for “Air, Fire, Earth, Water,” is comprised of Texas A&M professors Karen Hillier, Carol LaFayette and Mary Saslow, and visualization laboratory director Bill Jenks.

There will be a gallery reception Thursday (Feb 24), from 5-7 p.m.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information contact Debbie Davenport, slide librarian in the SHSU art department, at 936.294.1317.


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NTSO To Discuss Financial Aid, Elect Officers Thursday

The Non-Traditional Student Organization will discuss upcoming events and elections at its next meeting on Thursday (Feb. 24), from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third floor of the Lowman Student Center.

A representative from the Financial Aid department will also be in attendance to discuss the financial aid process and scholarships available for non-traditional students.

The group will also announce the details of Formal Night, the upcoming fundraising event; baseball night for NTSO members to bring their families to an SHSU baseball game; and April officer elections for the 2005-2006 academic year, according to NTSO president Frances Crawford Fennessy.

Cookies and drinks will be served, and RSVPs are requested, though not required.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Fennessy at 936.294.1995 or by e-mail at


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SAM Center To Give Grad School, Study Advice

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will prepare students for graduate school and teach “highly motivated students” how to study with two workshops Feb. 21 and Feb. 28.

Representatives from financial aid, various departments, and the SAM Center will be present to answer students’ questions and provide information on applying for graduate school on Monday (Feb. 21) at 5:30 p.m.

Graduate School Night will also include information on academic requirements and a graduate school time line.

The Study Skills for Highly Motivated Students series will consist of five weekly one-hours sessions, held from 4-5 p.m. weekly beginning on Feb. 28. These advanced sessions are designed to improve academic success, as well as critical thinking skills.

Students are encouraged to sign up for the study skills series as soon as possible.

Both workshops will be held in the SAM Center, located in Academic Building IV Room 210. For more information, contact Geri at or at 936.294.4444.


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SGA To Pit Orgs Against Each Other In Blood Drive

The Student Government Association is encouraging the student body to give the gift of life through the Battle of the Organizations Blood-drive, co-sponsored by Delta Sigma and Alpha Chi Omega.

“ We want all the organizations to come together for a common cause and commit for life by giving blood,” said Armando Lopez, SGA student life committee chair.

Organizations are urged to sign up as many people as possible for their organization by Feb. 25 to commit to giving blood on March 7 in the LSC Ballroom.

Organizations can sign members up by calling the SGA office at 936.294.1938 or by coming by the SGA office in Lowman Student Center Room 326.

The drive is not limited to student organizations; all students, faculty, and administrators are encouraged to sign up and give blood as well, Lopez said.

The winning organization will receive a plaque of appreciation from a representative from SGA, Delta Sigma, and Alpha Chi Omega.


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PC To Bring Winter To Campus

The Program Council will give students a taste of the winter scene up north with Snow Day, part of Winterfest ’05, on Wednesday (Feb. 23), at 11 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

Along with snow machines to create the winter atmosphere, the group will serve hot chocolate, snowflake cookies and crystal rock candy.

In addition, the PC will sponsor contest, with the winner receiving a $25 gift certificate to the Barnes and Noble University Bookstore. There will also be an igloo for photo ops.

For more information, call Jeff Oribhabor, PC vice president for public relations, at 936.294.1763.


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Feb. 20, 2005
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