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SHSU Update For Week Of July 16


Tourney Raises Almost $8k For Scholarship Fund

Perkins Tourney winners
Christa Ashworth-Perkins, center, presents the first-place plaque to two members from the winning team after the inaugural Brad Perkins Memorial Golf Tournament on June 30.

Almost $8,000 was raised for the McKenna Perkins’ Educational Scholarship fund during the inaugural Brad Perkins Memorial Golf Tournament on June 30.

The winning team of Danny Becker, Charles Goodwin, Al Goodwin and Darrel Allen will have their names engraved on a custom-made, traveling award, donated by the SHSU Physical Plant.

Brad Perkins was an employee in the Physical Plant electrical division and was diagnosed in February 2006 with matastic melanoma.

He passed away in April 2006, and the Physical Plant staff set up the fundraiser to honor Brad and plan for his daughter's future education.

“I send a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who made this event possible and successful,” said Christa Ashworth-Perkins, Brad’s wife. “It's wonderful for Brad to be honored in this special way and McKenna's education has been planned for by the kindness and generosity of all those who participated.”


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Biology Undergrads To Present Posters In LSC

Seven SHSU undergraduate students will display their work for the 4th Annual Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Experimental Field Biology Poster Conference on Thursday (July 20).

The projects will be showcased in the Lowman Student Center Atrium from 1-3 p.m.

The students from SHSU, as well as colleges throughout the U.S., worked with faculty mentors in the biological sciences during the last 10 weeks, and the conference will serve as the result of this summer research, according to William Lutterschmidt, associate professor of biological sciences.

The program is supported by a National Science Foundation grant.


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Theatre Department Goes To The ‘Grand Canyon’

Senior theatre major Scott McCarrey takes on life, death, the afterlife and what comes in between in his play “Grand Canyon,” which will be presented Aug. 2-3 in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

Show times for the department of theatre and dance’s Summer Repertory production are at 8 p.m. each evening.

The play, directed by theatre staff member Larry Routh, tells a story about Abraham Lincoln, who embarks on a road trip to the Grand Canyon and along the way, picks up beat poet Jack Kerouac and former Russian dictator Joseph Stalin.

The three men journey on toward the Grand Canyon, all the while debating a multitude of topics, including life, death, legacy and fast food.

The cast includes Garrett Graham as Lincoln, Steven Chambers as Kerouac and Cody Hinson as Stalin.
Tickets are $5 and may be taken at the door. No reservations will be taken.

The play contains adult content and language, and no children under the age of three will be admitted.

For more information, call the UTC Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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Stan Musial World Series To Lead Off In Texas

Teams of collegiate and professional baseball players from across the United States and Puerto Rico will gather in Huntsville for the 2006 Stan Musial World Series competition Aug. 17-20.

The double-elimination tournament will feature the winners of regional tournaments and will be held at the SHSU Baseball/Softball Complex.

“The Stan Musial World Series is comprised of young men who have collegiate or professional baseball experience and want to continue their careers,” said tournament director Bob Maguire, adding that many former professional players, particularly major league pitchers, will be involved in the championship series.

The newly-created Huntsville Amateur Baseball Association, with support from the American Amateur Baseball Congress, will host the championship series, which was held in Battle Creek, Mich., for more than 60 years before moving to Huntsville last fall.

Tickets are $6 per day or $24 for the entire championship series and are available at the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce, Huntsville City Hall, the Huntsville City Service Center, University Hotel and the Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center.

Games are scheduled at Bearkat Stadium for Aug. 17 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Aug. 18 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Aug. 19 at 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.; and the championship game will be held on Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. There will also be games on Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Kate Barr Ross Park.

For more information about the tournament, visit; call the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800.289.0389 or 936.295.8113; or visit


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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 (July 17), from noon to 1 p.m.

Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions regarding such issues as financial aid, organizing your application, 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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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
July 16, 2006
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