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SHSU Update For Week Of Dec. 3


Basketball Toy Drive To Benefit Good Shepherd Mission

Fans who bring a new unwrapped, unopened toy to the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum for any of SHSU’s three pre-Christmas men's and women's basketball games will receive half-price admission during the teams’ Holiday Toy Drive.

The Holiday Toy Drive, which will be held during the Dec. 6, Dec. 17 and Dec. 22 games, will benefit the Good Shepherd Mission in Huntsville.

"The Bearkat Athletic Department and Good Shepherd Mission are happy to partner together to help our community in this worthy cause,” said SHSU athletics director Bobby Williams. “We are excited to offer area fans this opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit while enjoying three great basketball games.”

The Good Shepherd Mission will have a van outside the main entrance of the Johnson Coliseum on game day with a collection box for all toys.

Everyone who donates a toy will be given a voucher to redeem at the ticket window for half price admission. Each person must bring a toy to receive the half price admission, according to athletic development coordinator Bobby Jordan.

Regular admission price to each game is $6, or $3 for those who bring a toy.

The Bearkat men’s team will play Loyola-Marymount on Wednesday (Dec. 6) at 7 p.m. and Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. The women’s team will play Centenary on Dec. 17 at 5 p.m.

"Each one of the three contests matches our teams against a top NCAA Division I opponent,” Williams said.

“Loyola-Marymount was a finalist in last year's West Coast Conference tournament, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee was an NCAA tournament participant with a 22-9 record,” he said. “On the women's side, our past two meetings with Centenary have been decided by last minute baskets. These are three great games that we know the fans will enjoy."

The Good Shepherd Mission helps underprivileged children during the holiday season who might not otherwise have an enjoyable Christmas, Jordan said.

For more information, call Jordan at 936.294.3443 or visit


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Rec Sports To Provide Finals Relief

The Department of Recreational Sports will give students some alcohol-free study relief, as well as a quiet place to prepare from finals by opening the Health and Kinesiology Center on Monday (Dec. 11).

Finals Relief, which will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight, will include food, prizes and massages.

“This time of year, students are looking for stress relievers, and we want to offer them a positive way to relieve stress,” said Tina De Ases, assistant director for wellness programs.

Students who need a study break can take aerobic classes, color pictures, play games or watch funny movies, all of which Rec Sports will be hosting or providing.

Students who need a quiet place to study can also seek refuge in the HKC, and a limited number of computers for students to use throughout the event will also be provided, De Ases said.

“We have quiet study rooms and group study rooms for people who just need somewhere to study but also want to be close enough to some action to take a break when they need it,” De Ases said.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Alcohol Abuse Initiative.

For more information, contact De Ases at 936.294.3658 or


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History Professor’s First Book Gets Published

Harp and Eagle cover
The cover illustration of Bruce's recently-published book comes from an early-20th Century postcard found by Joe Gannon, managing editor of, in an antique shop in New York City.

A book detailing the motivations and experiences of Irish-American volunteers in the Union Army during the Civil War has received rave reviews.

Assistant professor of history Susannah Bruce’s first book, “The Harp and the Eagle:
Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865,” was published in November by New York University Press.

"Walt Whitman's famous caveat that anyone writing on the Civil War will never get the ‘real war’ into the books does not hold true for Susannah Bruce's ‘The Harp and the Eagle,’” said Randall M. Miller, history professor at Saint Joseph's University.

“With remarkable sensitivity and acuity she goes digging among the personal and public accounts of the Irish soldiers in the Union army to find and reveal a variegated and vigorous Irish commitment to and understandings of the Union cause, Irish ‘nationality,’ faith, and honor, among several topics she essays,” he said. “Much has been written about individual Irish regiments, but until now no one has entered the larger compass of the Irish experiences in the war.”

The 320-page book is grounded in extensive research in soldiers’ and civilians’ letters and diaries from U.S. and Irish archives, as well as church, military, and diplomatic records, and community newspapers.

It has been called “the first to offer a sweeping study of their service and the ideology behind (the Irish involvement in the war),” according to the book’s summary.

“The Harp and the Eagle” can be purchased for $22 for paperback or $70 for hardback through the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or NYU Press Web sites.

Bruce has also written “Hood’s Texans: A History of the Texas Brigade and Southern Society in the American Civil War,” which is under contract with Louisiana State University Press and is expected to be published in 2008, as well as served as editor for the book “Ethnicity in the American Civil War,” under contract with the University of Nebraska Press and expected to be published in 2007.

For more information or a complete summary of the book, visit Bruce’s Web site, at


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Internationally-Known Specialist To Discuss Math

Nira Dyn, a distinguished professor from Tel-Aviv University in Israel and an internationally-known specialist in the area of applied mathematics, will discuss "Subdivision Schemes for the Refinement of Geometric Objects" on Thursday (Dec. 7).

The lecture, part of the department of mathematics and statistics’ "Seminar in Applied and Constructive Mathematics" series, will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 418.

During the event, Dyn will review the theory of linear stationary subdivision schemes and its applications in geometric modeling.

“The first part is concerned with ‘classical’ schemes refining control points,” said mathematics professor Yuliya Babenko. “The second part reviews subdivision schemes refining other objects, such as compact sets and nets of curves.”

Currently a visiting professor in Rice University’s computer science department, Dyn works in the area of numerical analysis, computer aided geometric design, and multivariate approximation.

The lecture is open for all students.

In addition, refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in LDB 419 for students to meet and speak with Dyn, Babenko said.

For more information, contact Babenko at 936.294.4884 or


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Music Ends Semester On High Note

Two ensembles of student musicians will give the School of Music’s final performances of the fall semester beginning on Tuesday (Dec. 5).

On that day, the Raven Brass Quintet will present a variety of works written specifically for the instruments at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Coached by assistant professor Randy Adams, trumpet, the recital will include works such as Victor Ewald's “Quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major,” as well as Leonard Bernstein's “West Side Story,” arranged for brass by Jack Gale.

The Raven Brass Quintet is comprised of Edgar Jaime and Jason Robb, trumpet; Justin Lewis, horn; Stephen Buescher, trombone; and Casey Tucker, tuba.

On Wednesday (Dec. 6), the Piano Collaborative class will present a variety of piano duets and quartets, as well as works for instruments with the piano, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

This will feature many students from the School of Music, all of whom have been coached by Ilonka Rus, a piano faculty member.

Among the 10 pieces scheduled for the recital are “Polka” by Josef Low, “Three’s A Crowd Rag” by Joyce Grill, “Symphony op.67 No. 5” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Un Petite Suite” by Claude Debussy and “Overture to the Nutcracker Suite” arranged by Beatrice Miller.

Both concerts are free to the public.

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


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Exhibit To Display, Give Away ‘Pie’

picture from Guest Exhibit
Jennifer Guest's "There's a World Outside Your Own Misshapen Head," a 22 inch by 30 inch work on paper in colored pencil and acrylic, will be on display in the LSC Gallery through Dec. 18.

Senior art major Jennifer Guest will be exhibiting and giving away “Free Pie” during her exhibit in the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery beginning Monday (Dec. 4).

The eight-piece exhibit of paintings and drawings will include her “Hair Pie” and “Squid Pie,” which are referenced in the name of her exhibit, as well as "There's a World Outside Your Own Misshapen Head," a piece on paper in colored pencil and acrylic that measures 22 inches by 30 inches, she said.

“My work is influenced by outsider art, Surrealism, and the American vernacular,” Guest said.

As an incentive for people to attend, free pie, the dessert, and drinks will be served during her reception, on Thursday (Dec. 7). The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the LSC Gallery.

The exhibit will run through Dec. 18.

For more information, contact Gayle Bullard, LSC reservations coordinator, at 936.294.1760 or


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Graduating Seniors To Exhibit Works

Graduating art majors will reveal their paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, mixed media, animation and graphic design portfolios beginning Dec. 7 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.

The Graduating Senior Exhibit will be held through Dec. 16, when a reception will be held following the commencement ceremony.

The reception, expected to begin around noon, is open to the public, and refreshments will be served, according to slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

The exhibit will feature Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates, who will receive degrees in studio art, graphic design and photography.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, located in Art Building F, is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the art department at 936.294.1317 or visit


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Ag Student Earns Spot At ‘Prestigious’ Internship

SHSU agriculture major Asha Govia will be spending her spring semester in Lexington, Ky., after recently being accepted into the “very competitive and prestigious” Kentucky Equine Management Internship program, according to assistant professor of biology Justin Williams.

Govia was one of 29 who was selected nation-wide, from an “unusually large number of applications” for the class, according to her acceptance letter.

She is also the first SHSU student to be admitted to the program, Williams said.

The KEMI program “is dedicated to improving the opportunities for college students wishing to pursue an interest in the field of equine management,” that integrates academic studies with practical experience, leadership and responsibility according to the organization’s Web site.

The 22-week program, held on a Central Kentucky horse farm, is offered two times each year, once during the spring breeding and foaling season and once during the fall sales and yearling breaking and training season.


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Dec. 3, 2006
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