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SHSU Update For Week Of April 16


Volunteers Sought For Upcoming Folk Festival

Students in costumes
Students dress in Civil War-era attire as volunteers during a previous General Sam Houston Folk Festival. Volunteers are currently being sought to help with this year's festivities.

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum and the SHSU history department are seeking students and community members to participate in the 19th annual General Sam Houston Folk Festival in various capacities April 21-23.

Volunteers are being sought for such duties as helping with the children’s tent, ticket sales and taking, rotunda and grounds security, courtesy van driving, working in the hospitality tent and helping to sell CDs for performing artists.

Volunteer coordinator Caroline Castillo-Crimm is also seeking people to dress in period costumes as historical “Ask me who I am” figures.

During the festival’s “Children’s Day” on Friday, students will be able to get the historical figure’s “autograph” in a book they will be given for the day by inquiring who the person is dressed as, Castillo-Crimm said.

“We have costumes for anybody who is interested,” she said. “If any mothers and daughters want to do costumed characters, we have some mother-daughter outfits that are just precious.

“It’s a really, really fun thing,” Castillo-Crimm said. “It’s something that’s exciting and entertaining and interesting.”

There will also be a Dutch oven cooking competition for six teams of four in which each team will create a meal consisting of a meat, a bread, a side dish and a desert using the cookware.

“Dutch ovens are big, round heavy cast-iron pots that have lids. What you do is put coals underneath them and coals on top of them so it makes an oven,” Castillo-Crimm said. “The students who participate are the ones who get to eat. They actually learn how to do Dutch oven cooking.”

Finally, participants are sought to help with the Civil War reenactment with the 11th Texas Cavalry on all three days.

Those interested must attend a training seminar on Monday (April 17) to learn how to shoot black powder rifles. Two different sessions will be held, at 9 a.m. and noon, at the museum.

Volunteers will work in three-hour shifts on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Shifts are from 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on all three days.

Those who want to participate can sign up in the history department, in Academic Building IV Room 441, by e-mailing or by calling 936.294.1475.


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Education Collecting Items For Local CPS

The College of Education and James Mathis, a retired faculty member in the college, are sponsoring a drive for baby clothes and supplies through April 21.

The items for the drive, which will benefit Huntsville’s Child Protective Services, can be dropped off in boxes outside Teacher Education Center Room 238 and Health and Kinesiology Center Room 208.

The area CPS serves children zero months through 18 years of age.

New clothing and items that will fit a child are requested, and the most needed items include shoes, baby clothes, plus-sized clothing, jeans and diapers, of all sizes.

Toiletries, such as baby wipes, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, ethnic hair-care products, deodorant, feminine hygiene products and lice shampoo and bedding spread, are also among the products requested.

For more information, contact David Henderson at 936.294.1130 or


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A&M Professor To Discuss ‘Roots’

Texas A&M University health and kinesiology associate professor B. Lee Green will share his roots on Wednesday (April 26) as part of a speaker series sponsored by the Student Advising and Mentoring Center.

The “Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community” discussion will be held at 5 p.m. in Academic Building IV’s Olson Auditorium.

Green, who is also the director of Texas A&M’s Center for the Study of Health Disparities, has been teaching at the university since 2002.

He is a graduate of Valdosta State University, in Valdosta, Ga., with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with his doctoral degree.

The discussion will include a question-and-answer format, though the speaker will be at liberty to add to or digress from the question, according to Bernice Strauss, director of the SAM Center’s academic support programs.

A reception, during which attendees can meet and chat with Green, will immediately follow in the SAM Center, in AB IV Suite 210.

The event is sponsored by the academic support programs of the SAM Center, the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program, the International Hispanic Association, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program, the NAACP and Women United.

The Grassroots series was established in April 2003.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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SHSU, Brazosport Sign Joint-Admission Agreement

David Payne and Millicent Valek
SHSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs David Payne and Brazosport College president Millicent Valek sign the agreement that will allow BC students to transfer to SHSU more easily.

David Payne, Sam Houston State University provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and Millicent Valek, president of Brazosport College, recently signed an articulation agreement that will help with the transfer of community college students to Sam Houston State.

Agreements such as those signed by SHSU and a number of area community colleges allow joint admission for students of both schools, and a number of additional advantages, such as the reverse transfer of hours earned at SHSU to apply toward a community college degree.

“If a student leaves the community college before they earn their associate’s degree, which is the most frequent thing, we're making it possible for them to transfer work from Sam Houston back and count it towards the degree, so that they can still get their associate's degree in addition to the bachelor's degree,” said David Burris, SHSU's articulation agreement coordinator.

Students who fulfill the admission requirements of both schools and are admitted jointly can utilize facilities and programs offered by both. Students can attend both schools simultaneously, get an SHSU picture ID, have student access to SHSU sporting events and access to SHSU computers, including an SHSU e-mail account.

State legislators including Lois Kolkhorst, Glenda Dawson and Gonzalo Barrientos have hailed the agreements as significant steps in the state's Closing the Gaps initiative to make higher education available to more Texans.

In addition to Brazosport College, SHSU now has agreements with Alvin Community College, Angelina College, Austin Community College, Blinn College, Hill College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Navarro College, North Harris Montgomery Community College and San Jacinto College.


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Centers To Give Students ‘Jump-Start’ On Job Search

The SHSU Counseling Center and SHSU Career Services will help students "Jump-Start Your Career Search" with a program designed to help the decision-making process on Wednesday (April 19).

Through this interactive and informative program, students will be able to assess and process the role that their values, interests, personality, and skills play in the career decision-making process, according to Career Services director Pam Laughlin.

The program will be held for four consecutive weeks on Wednesdays, and each event will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Career Services building.

Among the areas the workshop will address are choosing a major or career path, feedback for previous career testing, and support and feedback with the decision-making process.

“It is our hope to particularly serve students who may have a need to re-examine their career path as the semester draws to a close,” Laughlin said.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 936.294.1713 or 936.294.1720.


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Science Fest To Include Presentations, Faculty Lecture

The SHSU Society of Physics Students will host "Science Fest" on Wednesday (April 19), from 5-8 p.m., in the Lee Drain Building Atrium and the adjacent lecture hall.

The event will include poster presentations from undergraduate and graduate students highlighting the results of their recent research projects and mini-lectures from several faculty members on their current research endeavors. The mini-lectures will be held from 6-7 p.m.

At 7 p.m., C. Renee James, assistant professor of physics, will also give a public lecture on "Extreme Stars: The biggest, hottest, and weirdest stars in the Cosmos."

For more information, contact James at or 936.294.4888 or Derek Koger at


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Mentors Sought For Fall

SAMentors, a mentoring program that caters to the incoming freshman, is accepting applications for the fall through April 21.

The program pairs “seasoned” SHSU students with a freshman to help the new student get acquainted with the campus, as well as the Huntsville community.

Applications can be picked up in the Student Activities Office, in Lowman Student Center Suite 328, or online at

Interviews will be held April 24 through May 3, from 1-4:30 p.m. daily. Those interested in being a mentor can sign up for an interview time when applications are returned to the office.

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services at 936.294.DVST (3878) or at


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Museum Wins Brochure Design Awards

Sam Houston State University's Sam Houston Memorial Museum recently won three awards for brochures in the Texas Association of Museums Mitchell A. Wilder Publication Design Awards competition.

The awards included a “Silver Certificate” for their new “Program and Activities Guide,” a “Silver Certificate” for their new “Rack Card,” and a “Merit Citation” for their new “Guide to the Museum Grounds.”

All three were designed by Wayne Ford, an SHSU alum who owns Wayne Ford Design in Houston.

This year's Wilder design competition had 217 entries from museums of all sizes, regions and disciplines throughout the state. Submitted materials included posters, brochures, newsletters and invitations to Web sites and videos.

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum complex is adjacent to the academic campus of Sam Houston State University. It includes four historic buildings including General Houston's Woodland Home, a gift shop, an exhibits hall, the Memorial Museum, and an Education Center, as well as an 18-acre park.

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m. The museum recently dedicated a renovated exhibits area that took six years to complete at a cost of $1.2 million.

A highlight of museum activities each year is the General Sam Houston Folk Festival, which is upcoming April 21-23.


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Music To Host A Trio Of Performances

A performance by the SHSU Wind Ensemble will kick off a week of concerts for the SHSU School of Music on Tuesday (April 18).

The ensemble will play its last concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theater Center.

The program will include Ron Nelson’s “Rocky Point Holiday,” conducted by SOM chair Rodney Cannon; Martin Ellerby’s “Paris Sketches,” conducted by associate director of bands David Clemmer; and Percy Grainger’s “Colonial Song,” conducted by graduate conducting student Brian Eisemann.

“Mr. Clemmer will return to conduct the final piece of the evening, ‘Blue Shades’ by Frank Ticheli,” said SOM assitant chair Patricia Card. “‘Blue Shades’ is an exciting work full of jazz influences and features several student soloists.”

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and children over 12 and free for children under 11 years of age, as well as SHSU students and faculty members with an ID.

On Thursday (April 20), faculty pianist Yung-Euun Choe will present a recital featuring several well-known works by Schumann, Beethoven and Rachmaninov at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

A recent composition, “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues” by Frederic Rzewski will also be performed, according to Card.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Finally, voice instructor Robin Cobb and piano instructor Heather Wardrup will showcase their talents with a concert on Sunday (April 23), at 2 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The two will perform several works for soprano and piano, including pieces by Rachmaninov, Poulenc and Kurt Weill, and guest flutist Jason Blank will be featured on the second half of the program, Card said.
The recital is also free and open to the public.

For more information on any of these events, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.


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French Honor Society Inducts Seven

The Eta Iota Chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, initiated seven new members during a ceremony on March 28.

Those inducted include Regina Bouley, a senior French major with a 3.9 grade point average in French and a 3.8 overall GPA; Tatiana Gonzalez, a criminal justice major and French minor with a 4.0 overall GPA; Yuiko Kato, a junior journalism major and French minor with a 3.5 GPA in French and a 3.36 overall GPA; Sylvia Mostaccero, a senior Spanish major with a 4.0 GPA in French and a 3.3 overall; Miho Sahashi, a senior French major and general business analysis minor with a 3.2 GPA in French and GBA; and Sophie Suzylo, a graduate student in education and a French native with a 4.0 GPA in French.

The group also inducted Shirin Edwin as an honorary member. Edwin is a 2005 graduate from Vanderbilt University in French and is currently serving as an assistant professor of French at SHSU.

Welcoming the new members to the society were Mary Gutermuth, moderator and emerita executive director of Pi Delta Phi; president Leslie Mayen; vice president Frieda Koeninger and secretary Yasser Djzaerly.

The ceremony was held in the Evans Complex Foreign Language Seminar Room and was followed by dinner at Rincon Mexican Restaurant.


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April 16, 2006
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