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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 2


Several Events Rescheduled After Rita

Due to the university’s closing Friday afternoon and Monday for Hurricane Rita, several events have been rescheduled.

The World Wrestling Entertainment live event scheduled for Sunday (Oct. 2) has been postponed. All previously-purchased tickets will be honored when WWE returns, at a date to be determined.

For refunds on purchased tickets, visit the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum box office, located at door No. 1, starting Monday (Oct. 3), with the tickets in order to process the refund.

Box office hours are Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 936.294.3021.

For information on the WWE rescheduled date, visit or call 203.352.8600.

Parent/Family Weekend, originally set for Sept. 23-25, has been rescheduled for Nov. 4-6, with more details to come.

The Hurricane Katrina Benefit concert, featuring the SHSU jazz band, New Orleans evacuee and professional vocalist Betty Shirley, and jazz combo Straight Ahead, will now be held on Saturday (Oct. 15).

The benefit will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Jane Monday Amphitheater, located at 1212 Avenue M, behind City Hall. The concert is free to the public, though monetary or gift card donations are encouraged for Katrina survivors. Katrina evacuees are also encouraged to attend.

For more information, call 936.294.1376.

Finally, the SHSU Department of Theatre and Dance’s rendition of “The Exonerated” has been rescheduled to Oct. 12-15. The play will run at 8 p.m. daily, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, in the Showcase Theatre. For more information, call 936.294.1339.


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Physics Prof To Speak At Colloquium

Joel Walker, professor in the physics department, will discuss “Grand Unification and Proton Decay” during the physics colloquium on Friday (Oct. 7).

The speech will be held from 3-4 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 209.

For more information, call the physics department at 936.294.1601.


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SECC Campaign Kicks Off For 2005

After the most successful contribution effort made by SHSU last year, the State Employee Charitable Campaign committee is hoping to exceed giving by at least 25 percent with this year’s campaign, which is now under way.

The SECC gives each employee an opportunity to support a favorite charity or charities on a regular basis, with each donor controlling to whom funds are given, as well as how much is given and when. Contributions may be made as a one-time gift or through payroll deductions.

The SECC is the only campaign that is authorized to be conducted for charitable organizations on the SHSU campus.

Forms have been sent out across campus and can be sent through campus mail to SHSU’s SECC committee representative John Holcombe at Box 2149.

The submission deadline is Oct. 14.

For more information, visit


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Essay Contest Deadline Extended

The American Democracy Project has extended the deadline for its “essence of democracy” essay contest to Oct. 17 due to Hurricane Rita.

The contest is open to students, faculty and staff, and the winner of each category will receive $1,000.

Faculty and staff should write a 20-page paper on “The Soul of Democracy,” graduate students should write a 15-page paper on “Living Democratically” and undergraduate students should write a paper on “Why Democracy?”

Papers for all three categories should be double-spaced and in APA style. The length of the paper excludes references.

Winners will be selected after each essay is blindly reviewed by members of the department of English and foreign languages, for general organization, grammar, style and syntax; then by members of the ADP committee, for consistency, logic, literary value and creative imagination; and finally by a committee of SHSU distinguished professors, who will select the winning essay among the five finalist submissions in each category based on the essay’s overall excellence and literary distinction.

A copy of the essay should be submitted both to Diane Dowdey, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Box 2146 SHSU, as well as to Joyce McCauley, Chair, SHSU American Democracy Project, Box 2119 SHSU.


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CJ To Honor Friel For Retirement

charles friel

Former dean and distinguished professor of criminal justice Charles M. Friel will say goodbye to SHSU after 38 years of service with a retirement reception on Oct. 6.

The reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center Lobby.

In 1967, Friel began his career with SHSU as the first professor hired to teach criminal justice in the Institute of Contemporary Corrections and the Behavioral Sciences, now the College of Criminal Justice.

He served as the institute’s director from 1967-1976, which included the development and maintenance of a statistical software library to support student and faculty research, grant writing and supervision of the institute’s programming staff.

In 1986, he was appointed dean and director of the College of Criminal Justice, and during his five year tenure, he oversaw new developments such as the CJ alumni association, a series of practitioner-oriented books, new endowment and scholarship programs and specialized credentialing programs for undergraduate students.

In 1997, he received SHSU’s distinguished service award and was named distinguished professor in 2001.

In his professional career, Friel has earned the distinction of being both an exceptional scholar and dedicated teacher. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, grants and contracts, has written over 170 publications and government reports and has given more than 600 addresses and presentations to professional groups.

For more information, call the College of Criminal Justice at 936.294.1634.


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Policing Institute Makes Across-Town Move

The Texas Regional Community Policing Institute celebrated its grand opening at a new location on Sept. 20.
Formerly housed at Sam Houston State University, the TRCPI recently relocated at the recommendation of its governing board to the Bank of America building, located at 1 Financial Plaza, to accommodate the addition of new staff members and increased training schedules.

“This is a milestone for us,” said director Phillip Lyons. “We have come a long way since our modest beginnings in a small office at the university.”

Now, with a staff of six and a much larger office space, the institute is able to work more efficiently and offer substantially more training.

“Since our inception, we have provided 91,458 training hours to 12,381 participants,” Lyons said. “We have served more than 400 police departments from 130 counties which comprise 91 percent of the population of Texas.”

The TRCPI has offered interactive video training on such community policing topics as Volunteers in Police Service, Fear Reduction, Terrorism, Citizen Complaints and Early Warning. Most recently, the TRPCI hosted a conference in San Antonio on DNA Evidence and Homeland Security.

Lyons said he looks forward to offering more programs and continuing to address the most pressing needs of law enforcement across the state of Texas, especially those of small and mid-sized agencies which may lack the training infrastructure to provide the timely and responsive specialized instruction.

The TRCPI is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services and is responsible for providing training and dissemination of community policing materials to criminal justice agencies and community groups throughout the state.

For more information on training and other activities, call 936.294.3747 or visit the institute online at


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Theatre To ‘Be Aggressive’

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will present Annie Weisman’s “Be Aggressive” Wednesday through Saturday (Oct. 5-8) in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

Show times are 8 p.m. all four days, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Directed by SHSU musical theatre major Ashley Flatt, “Be Aggressive” tells the story of Laura and Leslie, two high school spotters for the varsity cheerleaders whose optimism and enthusiasm for cheering causes them to take the spirit of cheer to a whole new level.

Each girl’s personal struggles reveal how their families are also affected by the girls’ desperate need to fit in through the play, which attempts to bridge the gap between adolescence and adulthood.

The cast includes theatre and musical theatre majors Jen Lucy, Ann Christianson, Cody Henson, Sarah Brune, Lindsay McCallum, Michelle Vanegas, Cadien Dumas, Megan Caillier and Sue Ann Cameron.
The stage manager is theatre major Ashley Simone, and designers include theatre majors Mike Rose, set; Richard Chamblin, lights; Nick Custer, sounds; Lindsay Custer, props; and Rebecca Cobo, costumes.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, with group rates available. The show contains adult content, and no children under the age of three will be admitted.

For more information, call the theatre department at 936.294.1329.


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Kat Klub Deals Poker, Pool Tournaments

The Kat Klub will pit students against one another, as well as against faculty and staff members, with a variety of tournaments in October.

On Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 5-6) and again on Oct. 19-20, participants will compete for the opportunity to earn a spot at this year’s tournament of champions during the Texas Hold’em tournament, at 5 p.m. all nights.

On Oct. 11, an 8-ball tournament will be held at 5 p.m., and on Oct. 13-14, blackjack the newest addition, tournaments will be held at 5 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

Finally, a 9-ball tournament will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 26.

There is a $1 fee for both pool tournaments, and all events will be held in the Kat Klub, on the first floor of the Lowman Student Center.

The Kat Klub is open Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, from 1-5 p.m. and Sunday, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information, call Gary Roark at 936.294.1722.


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Two Earn Horticulture/Landscape Scholarships

Two SHSU students are among 21 who were recently selected as Texas Nursery and Landscape Association Education and Research Foundation scholarship recipients for the 2005-2006 year.

Daniel Lane Hirsch, a general business major and horticulture/landscape design minor, received the “In Honor of Ray Haynes Scholarship,” sponsored by Excel Garden Products. The junior from Tomball hopes to one day own a full-service landscaping firm, according to a TNLA newsletter.

Agricultural sciences graduate student Sharon Frey is the recipient of a TNLA general scholarship. A teaching assistant for plant science labs, Frey plans to either continue a teaching career she left when she decided to attend graduate school or start a horticulture enterprise, the newsletter said.

The TNLA Education and Research Foundation was established in 1992.

Managed by a nine-member board of trustees, plus two staff-appointed positions, the foundation serves two main purposes, including conducting fundraising activities on behalf of and to support the overall purposes of the foundation and operating exclusively for the purposes of awarding funds to horticulture/landscape students for their continues education and to award funds for research in horticulture/landscape areas of interest in Texas.

For more information, visit the foundation’s Web site at


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Oct. 2, 2005
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