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SHSU Update For Week Of June 18


Sam Students, Mavs Fans Win Trip To Miami

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SHSU students Corey Ray and Dustin Joubert (from left), along with Taylor Ray and Sam Hudson, won an all-expenses paid trip to see the Miami Heat play the Dallas Mavericks in game three of the NBA finals last week for being some of the "craziest" Mavs fans.

Think you're a big sports fan? You'd probably have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat out the craziest Mavericks fans.

Dustin Joubert, Corey Ray, Taylor Ray and Sam Hudson won an all-expenses paid trip to Miami to see the NBA's game 3, Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat.

Joubert and Corey Ray go to Sam Houston State University, but all four are high school friends from Coppell, Texas. They have been painting themselves blue to show their support and win free seats to Mavericks games for 3 or 4 years.

When American Airlines offered the trip to Miami for painted fans who demonstrated the craziest antics in support of their team, Joubert and his friends were chosen.

"The best part was going to the game and seeing Miami. We ended up losing by two points, so it was a bittersweet trip," Joubert said.

He added that the paint takes about 20-30 minutes to scrub off and gets all over everything.


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Area Youth To Perform ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Thirty-six area youth will tell the story of Wilbur and his good friend Charlotte during the Children’s Theatre Festival production of “Charlotte’s Web,” June 20-22.

The performances, sponsored by Sam Houston State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the Huntsville Arts Commission, will be held at 7 p.m. nightly at the SHSU University Theatre Center’s Mainstage Theatre.

E.B. White’s timeless tale has received much praise throughout the years.

Called “the best American children’s book of the past 200 years” by the Children’s Literature Association, “Charlotte’s Web,” tells the story of a loving young pig named Wilbur who, with the help of his owner Fern, an extraordinary spider named Charlotte and a community of barn yard animals, tries to avoid being butchered.

The story of love and friendship takes the audience on a journey from Zuckerman’s farm to the County Fair, where Wilbur must win the blue ribbon in order to save his life.

The show, with a cast of youth from 10-16 years old, is directed by theatre and dance department chair Penelope Hasekoester.

The assistant director is theatre alumna Karen Roberts, stage manager is theatre major Jennifer Lucy, and designers include theatre staff Patti Osborne (costumes), Larry Routh (set), and theatre major Richard Chamblin (lights).

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 years old and younger.

For reservations, or more information, call the University Theatre Center at 936.294.1339.


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Destination Graduation To Be Held June 21

The Registrar's Office will give upcoming graduates a one-stop 'destination' where all their questions can be answered on Wednesday (June 21).

The fifth "Destination Graduation" will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Departments from across campus will be on hand to answer such questions as "Where do I go for the ceremony," "Is there anything else I need to do," or "What do I do after graduating?"

"We just want to offer students a way to find out what is going on so that there are no surprises at the end of graduation," said Maria Busby, assistant registrar.

The event is open to all students who have applied for August 2006 graduation, including all bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

There will be a Destination Graduation T-Shirt giveaway, while supplies lasts, and freebies from the Registrar’s Office and many of the other departments, as well as a diploma frame contest.

For more information, call 936.294.4245 or visit


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Today@Sam Seeks ‘Boasts,’ Calendar Info

The Public Relations Office would like to recognize Sam Houston State University's achievements with 100 Bearkat Boasts.

Individual or institutional honors that help explain why SHSU is such a great place with such great people should be submitted.

The list will be featured on Today@Sam and in potential advertising for the university.

Submissions should be sent to

In addition, Today@Sam is also accepting campus activity submission for its calendar pages.

Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 calendar pages are being created this summer.

Calendar submissions are generally used for the Today@Sam update column, which will be compiled weekly during regular semesters and as often as needed throughout the summer. The column is sent to area media outlets on Fridays.

Calendar submissions may be sent to or

Update items should be submitted no later than noon on Thursdays.


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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 (June 26), 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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Summer Repertory To Tell Four Stories June 25-30

The SHSU theatre and dance department will present a trio of plays and a staged reading as part of its Summer Repertory series that will kick off June 25.

On that night, as well as June 26, senior theatre major James Arrington will direct “A New Brain,” the story of a television show writer who finds out a problem in his brain will require life-threatening surgery and begins reassessing all the relationships in his life.

On June 27-28, senior theatre major Christie DeBacker will direct “The Pillowman,” the story of a writer and his brother who are arrested and questioned for the gruesome content of the writer’s short stories that bear similarities to a number of child murders occurring in town.

“The Winged Man,” directed by senior theatre major Ariana Cook June 29-30, will tell the story of a teenage girl named Daysi who encounters a winged man while exploring a cave. As she struggles to convince those around her that she’s seen an angel, she simultaneously debates her own questions of faith and the unknown.

After the play on both nights, senior theatre major Scott McCarrey will present his new work “Grand Canyon,” a staged reading involving Abraham Lincoln, Jack Kerouac and Joseph Stalin taking a trip to the scenic site.

“A New Brain,” “The Pillowman” and “The Winged Man” will all begin at 8 p.m. on both nights each are presented in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

Tickets for all three plays are $5 and may be purchased at the door. No reservations will be taken.
All of the plays contain adult language and situations, and children under three will not be admitted.

For more information, call the Univeristy Theatre Center Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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Ten Performers Earn Theatre Scholarships

The theatre and dance department recently awarded 10 student scholarships for outstanding contributions during its annual convocation.

Senior theatre major Daniel Morin was awarded the William F. Brown Endowment; senior theatre majors Jennifer Lucy and Amber Sortino both received the Kevin J. Dodson Memorial Scholarship; freshman musical theatre major William DeHorney was awarded the Charles A. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship; senior theatre majors Holly Flannery and Richard Chamblin were awarded the Erica Star Memorial Scholarship; and senior theatre major Rebecca Cobo was awarded the Katie and E. Don Walker Scholarship.

In addition, two new groups of scholarships were awarded this year.

The Bill and Ann Stokes Memorial Scholarship was awarded to senior theatre major Henry Gundacker.
The second scholarship, the Margaret A. Conwell Memorial Endowed Scholarship, was awarded to senior theatre major Michelle Vanegas, junior musical theatre major Adam Gibbs and sophomore musical theatre major Tony Johnson.

“The scholarship was established by her husband and family in the loving memory of Mrs. Conwell, who was an invaluable patron and devoted supporter of the SHSU theatre department,” said theatre manager Kandice Harris.

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Please send information for the SHSU Update to the Office of Public Relations at SHSU. For electronic access to SHSU news see the public relations Web page Today@Sam.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
June 18, 2006
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