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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 27


March To Sam Houston’s Grave Set For Wednesday

While March 2 may just be another day to the rest of the nation, any native Texan can tell you that the date signifies not only Texas Independence Day, but also the birth date of Texas’ first president, Gen. Sam Houston.

Periodically since that date in 1889, members of the university and Huntsville community have celebrated the holiday by walking from Austin Hall to Gen. Houston’s gravesite at Oakwood Cemetery.

This year will be no different, as the Huntsville and university community are invited to participate in the march on Wednesday. Participants will meet at Austin Hall at 10:30 a.m., with the ceremony beginning at 11 a.m.

Students from the history department, including US and Texas history students, will be dressed in costumes for the fourth annual event. In addition, the SHSU ROTC program, and a drum and bugle corps will participate in the festivities.

“ It was first started in 1889, 10 years after the founding of the school, and it was done from then on until 1932, when the depression ended it,” said Caroline Castillo Crimm, associate professor of history.

At Gen. Houston’s grave, James Patton and Texas historian Jeffrey D. Dunn will give speeches, and there will be a “21-gun salute for the celebration of Sam Houston’s birthday and for Texas Independence,” followed by a luncheon at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Crimm said.

“ It’s getting bigger and bigger every year,” Crimm said. “Last year it was 60 students; this year I’m hoping to see several hundred.”


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AAI Hopes To RID Students Of Alcohol Abuse

The SHSU Alcohol Abuse Initiative will host a series of events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area to raise awareness of alcohol abuse with RID (Reducing Irresponsible Drinking) Week, Feb. 28-March 4.

Monday’s event, “How Much Is Too Much?,” will address drink sizes and binge drinking. “Is alcohol really bad for me?” is the topic for a discussion at 1 p.m. Monday in LSC 320, led by psychology faculty member Chris Wilson.

SHSU alumna Susan Wagener will speak at 7 p.m. Monday in the Olson Auditorium in Academic Building 4 about the alcohol poisoning death or her son, who was a student at Texas A&M, in 1999.

Tuesday’s events—“Seize the Keys and Meet the Law Dawgs”—include the opportunity to talk with criminal justice officials from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, University Police Department, Huntsville Police Department, Department of Public Safety, and the district attorney's office.

There will also be a program by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and a 1 p.m. presentation by James Barrum of the criminal justice program on the employment consequences of alcohol offenses.

The health center's annual spring wellness fair will be one of the RID Week activities on Wednesday, focusing on “Alcohol Overdose,” and covering such topics as when to call 911, alcohol poisoning first aid, and sobering myths of alcohol use.

Thursday’s mall session is entitled “Sex, Violence, and 8 a.m. Classes,” and will cover sexually-transmitted disease, pregnancy, aggressive behavior, financial aid and college probation consequences, and a demonstration using special goggles of how alcohol affects vision.

Also on Thursday, at 1 p.m. in LSC 320, Mary Ellen Sims will lead a session on date rape and how not to become a victim with “It Can’t Happen to Me.”

“ Media Mania will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Friday in Health & Kinesiology Center room 241, with a Scavenger Hunt for Alcohol Marketing.

The Alcohol Abuse Initiative Web site has a great amount of information on the RID Week activities available under "Events."

For questions contact Rosanne Keathley, assistant professor in health and kinesiology, who chairs the Alcohol Abuse Initiative group, or Michelle Lovering, health programming coordinator at the SHSU Health Center.


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Theatre Gives SHSU, Community ‘Proof’

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will present David Auburn’s “Proof” Wednesday (March 2) through Saturday (March 5) in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre. Show times are at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is centered around Catherine, as well as her relationship with her mathematical genius father and her conservative uptight sister.

While dealing with the many changes in her life, Catherine is faced with the most daunting question of all: “How much of her father’s madness or genius will she inherit?”

Through “Proof,” Auburn asks us to consider not only the unpredictability of genius but also the human instinct toward love and trust.

The cast includes musical theatre major Ashley Flatt as Catherine, theatre major TJ Chasteen as Hal, theatre major Jen Lucy as Claire, and SHSU staff member Larry Routh as Robert.

“ Proof” is directed by senior theatre major Kevin Crouch, with theatre major Richard Chamblin serving as stage manager. Theatre majors Kati Torgerson designed the set, Craig Brossman designed the lights, Chuck Hazelgrove designed the sound, Allison Duke designed the costumes and Kyle Schreck designed the props. Routh is also the technical director.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, with group rates also available. The play contains adult content and language, and no children under three will be admitted.

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


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Degree Applications Due March 4

Students who anticipate graduating Aug. 6 should file degree applications by March 4 in the Registrar’s Office, on the third floor of the Estill Building.

Those who fail to apply by the deadline will be assessed a $25 late application fee in addition to the $25 graduation fee.


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Burris Discusses Cryptography At FBI-Hosted Meeting

David S. Burris, professor of computer science, addressed FBI agents and leading commercial infrastructure assurance professionals in the InfraGard Houston Members’ Alliance, hosted at the Houston FBI Headquarters, on Feb. 16.

Burris’s presentation on “Cryptography Basics,” provided an introduction to data encryption methodologies, approaches to managing data integrity and a cost benefit analysis of cryptanalysis, the art and science of breaking codes.

The SHSU computer science department, in conjunction with the College of Criminal Justice, supports research and training in information assurance and data security through the Center of Excellence in Digital Forensics, a federally funded center supporting the training of law enforcement personnel in the collection, identification, management and investigation of digital evidence.


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Outdoor Recreation To Go On Spring Break Trip

The Outdoor Recreation division of Recreational Sports will give students a spring break filled with climbing, canoeing and camping in a giant teepee at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas from March 14-18.

The cost for the week is $99 for students, $125 for faculty and staff and $150 for guests, which includes transportation, most meals, and climbing and camping gear.

The sign-up deadline and pre-trip meeting is March 7 at 5 p.m. in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104.

For more information on the Outdoor Skills Series, call Marvin Seale, associate director of Recreational Sports, at 936.294.3656.


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Health, Kinesiology Profs Evaluate Certification Exam

Three professors from the health and kinesiology department recently served as evaluators for questions to be included in the new version of the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) teacher certification exam.

Bill Hyman, Robert Case and Rosanne Keathley were all selected as evaluators because of their professional affiliations, Hyman and Keathley said.

The session lasted approximately seven hours, and the three have been sworn to secrecy about the exam and its contents, Keathley said.

She and Hyman served as two of the nine members of the health exam committee, while Case was on the physical education committee.

“ First we reviewed the exam to determine construct validity, compared it to the competencies established for the profession of health education, actually took one exam, and then reviewed the preliminary exams for future in regard for content validity,” Keathley said.

“ Dr. Hyman scored the best on the exam, I think he only missed one, and I missed four questions,” she said. “Interestingly, an author of a wellness text was in our group and he missed more than both Bill and I.”

Though the exam contents required confidentiality on the evaluators’ parts, Keathley said she feels SHSU students in their department can do well on it.

“ Bill and I feel that our students will be prepared for the exam and future exams because our curriculum content focuses on the competency areas that are required to be a health educator,” she said.

The three requested that SHSU serve as a piloting site for the next exams, Keathley said, though she does not know when that will be.


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Review Editor Wins Distinguished Achievement Award

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George Garrett, fiction editor for “The Texas Review,” which is published by SHSU’s Texas Review Press, was recently awarded the 2005 Cleanth Brooks Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Southern Letters by the Fellowship of Southern Letters.

The award, considered the most notable given by the organization, has been given to Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Elizabeth Spencer and Horton Foote in the past.

Recently retired as the director for creative writing from the University of Virginia, Garrett has served as fiction editor for nearly 20 years, and two of the press’s international book competitions are in his name.

Garrett has over 50 published books and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Sabbatical Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Grant, the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the T.S. Eliot Award, among many others.

“ George and his name have done more to enhance the prestige of our journal than anything else I can think of,” said Paul Ruffin, editor-in-chief of “The Texas Review.” “He has truly represented us well over the years—has even scrounged up several grants for us—and we owe him an enormous debit of gratitude.”


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Feb. 27, 2005
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