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SHSU Update For Week Of April 30


Apple Days To Give Study Snacks

An apple a day won’t make final exams go away, but they will provide students with a study snack on May 1-2.

The SHSU Parents’ Association will hand the fruit out, along with cupcakes and Scantrons, as part of the group’s semiannual Apple Days, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. daily in the Lowman Student Center, near the Alumni Fountain.

The end of the semester is a stressful time, and the association hosts the event to show its support to all students as final exams near and projects, papers and other work is due, according to Mary Doerfler, Parents’ Association president.

“It is a pleasure to see the surprised look on the students’ faces when they are offered apples, treats and Scantrons free,” she said.

During the spring semester, students receive a study day during which no classes are held. This spring’s study day is Friday (May 5).

The Parents’ Association is an organization of SHSU parents who actively support students by awarding scholarships and hosting special events through fundraising events, member dues and the sale of merchandise.

The association co-sponsors Parent/Family Weekend each fall semester, greets parents during summer orientation and Saturdays@Sam and participates in homecoming.

In addition, each semester, the association hosts two Apple Days giving out more than 1,200 apples and treats and 5,000 Scantrons to students.

For more information about membership, volunteering with the association or scholarships, contact Mary Ellen Sims, assistant dean students and Parents’ Association adviser, at 936.294.3026 or


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AAI To Give Summertime Safety Tips

The SHSU Alcohol Abuse Initiative will give students a “positive summer safety message before they leave for the semester” with Students for Alcohol Summer Safety on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 2-3), according to Michelle Lovering, Student Health Center programming coordinator.

“Those students who will take some time off, and even those who will be taking classes over the summer, will likely plan to have some fun in the sun,” Lovering said. “Summertime activities often involve parties at a beach, boating or jet-skiing on a lake, or tubing down one of Texas' sparkling rivers.

“All of these activities are great ways to relax,” she said, “but when mixed with alcohol and the Texas heat, they can be potentially dangerous situations.”

Designed to give students summer safety tips, Students for Alcohol Summer Safety, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area, will address dehydration when consuming alcohol in the heat, alcohol-related drowning statistics and information about Boating While Intoxicated offenses.

Alcohol use is involved in about 25-50 percent of the adolescent and adult deaths associated with water recreation, according to one study, Lovering said, and alcohol was involved in 31 percent of reported boating fatalities, according to another.

“Some students will just hang out at the apartment pool, but even a casual day in the sun with alcohol can be potentially dangerous since the sun-exposure and heat can intensify alcohol’s effects on balance, coordination and judgment,” she said.

Along with distributing information to students, the AAI will have activities such as a beach ball scavenger hunt, in which students will locate the beach balls in the LSC Mall Area with alcohol safety messages by them, and the group will play “Beer Goggle Bump, Set, Spike” with beach balls.

Participating students will be provided snacks and those who have Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training cards semi-completed should bring them to obtain the next SWAAT prize.

For more information, call Lovering, at the Alcohol Abuse Initiative, at 936.294.4347.


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Crimm To Discuss History Of Quilts

Caroline Crimm, associate professor of history, will share “Secrets in the Quilts,” the hidden messages and meanings in and behind quilts throughout history, during a lecture on Friday and Saturday (May 5-6).

The discussion, part of the Tall Pines Quilt Guild’s “Box Lunch Lecture,” will be held at noon at the Institute of Religion on Friday and at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday.

Crimm, a noted historian and author, was honored as one of the top professors in Texas in 2004 as a Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Award recipient.

“She combines her love of quilting and her memories of family quilts with her professional expertise as an historian and professor to captivate audiences with her stories, images, and information,” said Grettle Payne, vice president of the guild.

The cost of the lecture and lunch is $15, which includes a sandwich, chips, dessert and a drink.

The Institute of Religion is located at 1108 17th St., across from Sam Houston State University, and the First Methodist Church is located on the north west corner of the square in downtown Huntsville.

Also on Saturday, approximately 400 quilts will be on display around the square at the “Airing of the Quilts,” including the “Supper Quilt,” which will be in the Old Town Theatre.

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday (May 3).

For more information, call Payne at 936.295.6920.


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Trio Of Concerts To Wind Down Music’s Semester

The SHSU School of Music will wind down with three final performances for the spring semester, including a jazz concert, a piano recital and a class performance.

The SHSU Jazz Ensemble will kick off the week of music, playing such songs as Dan Gailey’s “Attack of the Tenor Titans,” Steve Spiegl’s “Then and Now” and Rob McConnell’s “Can’t Stop My Leg” on Tuesday (May 2).

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the University Theater Center.

Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and children 12 and over; and free for children under 11, as well as SHSU students and faculty with an ID.

The jazz ensemble is comprised of saxophonists Eric Daniels, Sandy McDowell, Pablo Tani, Erik Leon and Brian Klekar; trombonists Sean Nelson, Stephen Buescher, Robert Osborne, Reshard Westmoreland and Anthony Baragas; trumpeters Chris Chapman, Edgar Jaime, Jason Robb, Nic Alaggio and Aaron Levine; and in the rhythm section, Adam Wiggins, Daniel Wilson, Stephen Martin and Ben Guillotte.

On Wednesday (May 3), three music faculty members will perform works by Dmitry Shostakovich, Astor Piazzola, and Frank Bridge.

The piano trio recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall and will include Andrew Wilson, violin; Melisa Rose, cello; and Sergio Ruiz, piano.

The concert is free, but donations to the SHSU School of Music Scholarship Fund will be accepted, Ruiz said.

Finally, students in the Seminar in Electronic Music class will showcase their talents and the things they learned throughout the semester during a recital on Thursday (May 4).

The free, public concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

“This concert will be an audio presentation, in concert form, of the electronic art music created by the 11 students in the music 468-04 class,” said John Crabtree, instructor of music theory. “Unlike other School of Music concerts, this concert will be presented via CD playback.”

Along with the students' works featured during the concert, guest composer’s works, from composers Christopher Watts, William Price, Aaron Johnson, Carlo Vincetto Frizzo and Crabtree, will also be featured.

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


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Dance Majors, Non-Majors To Showcase Talents

The culmination of a semester of hard work for SHSU dance students will be displayed through three performances May 1-3.

On Monday and Tuesday (May 1-2) dance non-majors will perform various dances from the “beginners” classes at 7 p.m. in the Academic Building III Dance Theatre.

On Wednesday (May 3), dance majors will give the audience a glimpse into what goes on in upper-level classes at 7 p.m., also in the AB III Dance Theatre.

Following the Wednesday night performance will be an awards ceremony and reception to recognize the students and present scholarships.

For more information, call the dance program at 936.294.1875.


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Ag Student Advances to Final Four

Karla Smithson, agribusiness major from Lamesa, advanced to the final four, garnering a $200 cash prize and a finalist plaque at the 4th Annual Texas Farm Bureau State Collegiate Discussion Meet on April 15 in Waco.

Brittany Scott, agribusiness major from Broaddus, also competed in the discussion meet involving 20 students from nine other universities in Texas.  

Students were required to prepare and present a variety of viewpoints regarding a number of critical agricultural issues, offering their opinions and potential solutions to the issues addressed.  

Among the issues tackled at this year's meet were the national animal identification system, alternative fuels, genetically modified crops and the conflicting issues surrounding urban encroachment on agricultural production.   Students were judged on their abilities to quickly prepare and verbally present a sound case for their opinions.  

The competition supports the Texas Farm Bureau goal of providing the public with information on critical issues facing today's agricultural producers.


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Ballinger, Students to Present Woodlands Golf Program

Rich Ballinger, director of the PGA/Professional Golf Management program at SHSU, and several of the students in the program, will present a program May 5 at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center, 2301 N. Millbend Drive in The Woodlands.

The event begins with a reception at 4 p.m., followed by a lecture by Ballinger on the past, present and future of the golf industry. He is expected to cover how technology has impacted the game not only for professionals but for amateurs, and present information on the PGA/Professional Golf Management program at SHSU, the only one of its kind in Texas.

After the lecture, the SHSU PGA/PGM students will be available on the driving range to work with those attending.

The event is open to the public. Seats can be reserved by calling 936.294.2415.


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Animation Festival and Art Auction Set Thursday

The Animation Festival and Art Auction, a yearly exhibition of work by currently enrolled art students, is scheduled for 4 - 9 p.m. Thursday (May 4).

Each year students submit a wide assortment of two and three-dimensional computer animations for exhibit, with a number of pieces also submitted for auction.

The Animation Festival is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

The Silent Art Auction is scheduled for 4 - 9 p.m. directly outside the LSC Theater. The auction features student and faculty artwork, such as drawings, graphic design, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media.

Auction proceeds go to the SHSU chapter of SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group: Graphics), a national organization for both students and professionals involved in technology-based art forms.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
April 30, 2006
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