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SHSU Update For Week Of April 9


Chinese Professor To Discuss Culture, Traditions

Hong Xu, Chinese visiting scholar in the foreign languages program, will discuss Confucius, Fengshui and other cultural and social traditions at a lecture on Wednesday (April 12).

The 50-minute discussion will be held at 2 p.m. in Evans Complex Room 313.

Xu will also discuss Beijing Opera, the Chinese way of life, economic development, places of interest and well-known cuisines in an effort to “help the audience better understand China and Chinese people,” she said.

“It will also be useful to people who want to do business with Chinese people or want to study or visit China,” Xu said.

Chinese food and tea will be served after the talk, and a door prize will be given.

Xu, who is visiting SHSU through the Fulbright program, is from Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China, where she teaches translation in the English school. She was raised in Sihong, China, a county a few hundred miles from Shanghai, she said.

She has previously discussed the Chinese Spring Festival as part of the lecture series, which she said, “turned out quite successful.”

For more information, call Xu at 936.294.1443.


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Women’s Study Prof To Take On ‘Aggressive Girls’

Meda Chesney-Lind, professor in the women's studies program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will discuss “Bad Girls, Mean Girls, or Just Girls: Trends in Girls' Aggression and Violence” on Thursday (April 13).

The discussion, part of the Beto Chair Lecture Series, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Kerper Courtroom of the Beto Criminal Justice Center.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a discussion and reception in the Texas Room for graduate students.

For more information, call Christie Davidson at 936.294.3757.


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McNair Scholars Sought For Next Academic Year

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is seeking 11 SHSU students who are interested in future doctoral studies to participate in the program next year.

The McNair program is a federally-funded undergraduate research program that offers a stipend to first-generation, low-income or minority students.

“We target those three groups because they are underrepresented, and we want to increase their representation in graduate schools,” said Lydia Cruz Fox, McNair program director. “We try to search for students who are interested in getting a doctoral degree.”

Students who are accepted into the program receive a $1,600 stipend, disbursed in three payments throughout the academic year, and are paired with a faculty member in their discipline to complete a research project.

McNair scholars also receive other benefits, such as free graduate school preparation workshops, a tuition waver for a three-hour spring research class, paid travel to research conferences and for visits to prospective graduate programs, and the use of a laptop computer, as well as graduate application fee wavers, among other incentives.

“If you are an undergrad and you have research experience and you’ve been to or presented in conferences, that makes your odds of being accepted into a graduate program increase dramatically,” Fox said. “So we try to make our students as competitive as possible.”

Applicants must be classified as at least a junior at SHSU, have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and be a permanent U.S. resident.

The application deadline is April 21, and interviews will be conducted the first week of May. Applications are available online at

For more information, contact the McNair Office, located in Academic Building III Room 216, at 936.294.3279, or visit the Web site


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Alumna, Local Realtor To Exhibit Art

Silent Witness painting
Markham's award-winning "Silent Witness" will be on display in the LSC Gallery through May 5.

Huntsville landscape artist and SHSU alumna Pam Markham will show the community she is "CRAZY for COLOR" with her exhibit in the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery beginning April 24.

Many of the paintings in the show, which continues through May 5, are interpretations of local scenes and the colors depict familiar settings in unfamiliar ways, according to Markham.

"I have been an artist, in spirit, all my life," said Markham, who received a fine arts degree from SHSU in 1969 and started working seriously in watercolor when she was about 23 years old.

While teaching during the next few years, she had two children and the painting went to the back burner and then to the attic, she said. In 1981, she and her husband, Jeff, opened Markham Realty in Huntsville.

About 20 years later, Markham returned to her art and discovered a new medium: soft pastels.

"I love the immediacy, the texture and the color,” she said. “My style is very loose, and I love painting the light and shadows of the subject.

“Most of my paintings are started ‘en plein air’ (out of doors) and completed in the studio,” she said.

Recently one of Markham's paintings, entitled “Silent Witness,” won an "Award of Excellence" at an international art show, and she has won numerous awards at other art exhibits.

She travels from coast to coast during the year to paint and often is an assistant workshop instructor for an artist from the Cape Cod School of Art.

"Because I have a full time real estate career, my paintings are my passion, not my job," Markham said. "I enjoy every single minute at the easel."

The show is open to the public daily.


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Prof To Discuss Commandments On History Channel

Mitch Roth, associate professor in criminal justice, who also teaches courses in history, is one of the “legal, religious and historical scholars” who will be interviewed during a History Channel special on the Ten Commandments.

Promising to tell “the real story behind history’s most famous written document,” the two-part series is on at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Roth’s segment is scheduled for Thursday.

Roth, who spent two hours this past November taping the show in California, said his segment discusses murder and theft in the Ten Commandments.

Promos for the show say that the special will examine three different—and sometimes contradictory—biblical accounts of Moses on the Mount, and then will look at each of the commandments in historical context.

Also examined will be the other 603 commandments prescribed by Moses that are lesser known—“what was in these commandments and why have they been largely forgotten.”

Author/lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Old Testament expert Daniel Smith-Christopher will also be interviewed.


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Percussion Ensemble To Perform April 11

The SHSU Percussion Ensemble will perform a variety of works from the late 19th and 20th centuries at a concert on Tuesday (April 11).

The event, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium, will feature such pieces as Antonín Dvorák’s “Carnival Overture,” Michael Udow’s “African Welcome Piece,” and Donald Grantham’s “Houston Strokes,” among others.

The performance is free and open to the public.

The SHSU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of faculty conductor Timothy Maynard, is comprised of music students Jamie Broussard, Daniel Burkeen, Jr., Jennah Burleson, Christopher Cargill, Benjamin Guillotte, Ross Eckhard, Scott Highsmith, Lacey Howard, Douglas Maake, Amanda MacDonald, Malory Picard, Scott Simmons and Tamara Williams.

For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.


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SAM Center To Give Grad School Info

Thinking about continuing your education beyond undergraduate studies?

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will host a Graduate School Information Meeting on Monday (April 10), from noon to 1 p.m.

Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions regarding such issues as financial aid, academic requirements and the graduate school time line.The meeting will be held in the SAM Center, located in Academic Building IV Suite 210.

For more information, contact Gerri Johnson, SAM Center graduate assistant, at or call 936.294.4444.


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December Graduation Applications Due April 24

Students who anticipate graduating on Dec. 16, 2006, should file degree applications by April 24 with the Registar’s Office, located on the third floor of the Estill Building.

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

Applying late may also result in names not appearing in the commencement program or the honors program.

Final exams will be held Dec. 11-14.

For more information, call 936.294.1040.


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Ruffin To Read Selections From His Books

On Wednesday (April 12), distinguished professor of English Paul Ruffin will read from his two newest books at 7 p.m. in the Olson Auditorium in Academic Building IV.

He will be reading from “Here's to Noah, Bless His Ark” (2005) and “The Segovia Chronicles,” due out this summer.

Ruffin is the editor of The Texas Review and director of the Texas Review Press.

He has written two novels, two books of short stories, five collections of poems and two books of essays, as well as editor of several other books.

Copies of Ruffin's books will be on sale at the event, which is open the public at no cost.

There will be a reception following the reading.


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Ministry Group Wins Competition At National Retreat

Acting on Faith members
Members of the Acting on Faith Praise Dance Ministry receive their first place trophy for the second year in a row.

The Acting on Faith Praise Dance Ministry of the Soul Lifters Gospel Choir won first place at the National Baptist Student Union Retreat this past weekend.

This is the second year in a row the group has won the title.

Competition in the event included Prairie View A&M, Fort Valley State, and Henderson State University, according to director Nicole Simpson.

The National Baptist Student Union Retreat brings together schools from all over for seminars, fellowship, and spiritual growth.

Acting on Faith, a student organization at SHSU, has 23 members that minister through dance in Huntsville and across Texas.


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April 9, 2006
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