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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 1


AAI To Explain How Alcohol, Sex Is ‘Risky Combination’

National statistics show that 400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 have had unprotected sex while intoxicated, and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they even consented to having sex, according to the College Drinking Task Force.

To address possible consequences of mixing alcohol and sex, the Alcohol Abuse Initiative will host “Risky Combination,” on Tuesday (Oct. 3), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

“Alcohol can increase a person's libido and make them more outgoing, but it will decrease a person's ability to make good sexual decisions,” said Michelle Lovering, AAI member and health programming coordinator for the Student Health Center. “In addition to having unplanned sexual encounters and putting themselves at risk for sexual assault, while intoxicated, they may not even have the ability to use a condom correctly.”

The event will include an activity to simulate the difficulty of using protection while intoxicated, and participants will be given “condom compacts,” which are containers designed to protect the “protection” from punctures and damage that can make them ineffective.

The compacts have a message to remind students that mixing alcohol and sex is a risky combination, according to Lovering.

“Unprotected sex can lead to sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and can lead to an unplanned pregnancy, all outcomes that can greatly affect one’s ability to pursue an education,” she said.

The event is part of the AAI’s Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training program, an educational series aiming to increase awareness of alcohol abuse issues among students. Through SWAAT, students earn prizes by attending events, which accumulate as students attend more programs.

For more information, contact Lovering, at 936.294.4347 or, or visit the AAI Web site at


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Caricatures To Be Exhibited In Walker Center

The works of Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias will be on display in the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center Exhibit Gallery Oct. 3 through Nov. 26.

Considered one of the foremost Mexican artists of the 20th Century, Covarrubias was a social critic who drew caricatures that provide a window into the social, cultural and political milieu of the 1920s and 1930s America.

His works and celebrity caricatures have been featured in “The New Yorker” and “Vanity Fair” magazines.

A true Renaissance man, Covarrubias also made important contributions to the disciplines of anthropology and archaeology and to the creative fields of dance and theater.

As an anthropologist, he documented a vanishing way of life on the Indonesian island of Bali.

He was also an expert in indigenous Mexican art and culture, amassing with his wife Rosa a private collection of considerable historical breadth and artistic quality, according to the Web site for the Texas Council for the Humanities, which loaned the exhibit to the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.

He died in 1957.

An exhibit opening reception will be held on Friday (Oct. 6), from 6-8 p.m. in the Walker Education Center’s Atrium.

For more information, call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832.


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Music To Give ‘An American Salute’

The SHSU Symphony Orchestra will salute America with a number of patriotic songs, as well as a song arranged by former School of Music chair Fisher Tull, on Saturday (Oct. 7) at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights Baptist Church.

Conducted by director of orchestral studies Carol Smith, “An American Salute” will feature songs such as John Williams’ “Summon the Heroes,” written to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic games in 1996 in Atlanta, Ga.; New York City native Morton Gould’s “An American Salute;” and “From Sea To Shining Sea,” with special guest conductor School of Music chair Mike Bankhead.

What is “likely the premiere” of Tull’s arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Love Is Here To Stay” will also be performed by the orchestra and will be dedicated to the memory of Isaiah William Ray, a May 2006 SHSU graduate and former principal trombone of the SHSU symphony and wind ensemble who died on Aug. 6, according to Smith.

In addition, music faculty members Kristin Hightower, soprano, and Christopher Michel, baritone, will perform during Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” which will be conducted by faculty member Allen Hightower, and faculty member Sergio Ruiz will accompany Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” on the piano.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and non-SHSU students, and free for children under 11, as well SHSU faculty, staff and students.

University Heights Baptist Church is located at 2400 Sycamore Ave.

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


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Chamber Musicians To Give ‘Winded’ Recital

The School of Music faculty musicians will present four selections during the Woodwind Faculty Chamber Recital on Tuesday (Oct. 3).

The concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, will feature faculty member Kathy Daniel playing flute, Spring Hill playing oboe, Patricia Card playing clarinet, Scott Phillips playing bassoon, and Scott Plugge, playing saxophone, as well as special guest Jay Whatley playing piano.

Featured pieces will include Paul Harvey’s “Trio,” a lighthearted work for flute, clarinet and saxophone; Dan Welcher's “Mill Songs,” for oboe and bassoon, based on melodies written by Schubert, according to Card.

In addition, Ch. Koechlin’s “Epitaphe de Jean Harlow, Op. 164,” a “wonderful work for flute, saxophone and piano” and Jean Francaix's “Quartuor,” featuring the flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, will also be played.
The recital is free and open to the public.

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


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Animator To Discuss Gaming Design

Migo Wu, a senior animator with Farsight Studios, will discuss his contribution to the company’s most recent video game titles, as well as introduce some of the methods he uses to generate texture maps for the PlayStation Portable, Xbox and PlayStation 2 as a speaker for the SHSU animation program on Monday (Oct. 2).

The lecture will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 213.

Wu, who previously worked as the lead texture artist at Artifacts Entertainment on the MMO Horizons, will explain some of the intricacies involved in designing the HUD, the interface used by the player, for a game as well as video editing for game cinematics.

Farsight Studios, an experienced developer of video games on many different platforms that has been in business since 1988, has produced such games as Pinball Hall Of Fame for Crave, ESPN NFL Primetime 2002 for Konami, and NASCAR road racing for Electronic Arts.

In addition, the company developed the NCAA '98 and '99 series for EA Sports, which won the Editor's Choice Award from PC Gamer magazine, and was honored as runner-up Sports Game of the Year at the 1999 Game Developers Conference.

Farsight Studios’ football games alone have sold over two million units worldwide.

For more information, contact David Dawson, assistant professor of art and animation, at 936.294.3200 or


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Activities To Increase Cancer Awareness

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Program Council and several sororities on campus will host a week full of events to “remember those who have suffered from breast cancer and to spread and encourage awareness,” according to PC president Catie Duhon.

Activities slated for the week include a kick off on Sunday (Oct. 1) that will include tying ribbons on trees around campus and information and ribbon distribution on Monday by the PC, Zeta Tau Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., at 11 a.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

On Tuesday, a mini-breast cancer march will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the LSC Mall Area in remembrance of breast cancer survivors and victims. Cake and pink lemonade will also be served.

The events will be rounded out on Thursday with an ice cream social at 3 p.m. in LSC Room 320.

“The social is for faculty and staff, and we will be recognizing survivors of breast cancer as well as remembering and paying tribute to the victims of breast cancer,” Duhon said. “We hope that we can spread the importance of breast cancer awareness and stress the importance of being tested early.”

For more information, call the Program Council at 936.294.1763.


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SAM Center Offers Grad School Advice

On Tuesday (Oct. 3), the Student Advising and Mentoring Center will host the second of three Graduate School Seminars.

The workshop will discuss the application timeline and hints regarding letters of recommendation, writing a personal statement and financial aid.

Time will also be reserved for a question and answer session. The final grad school information night of the semester will be held on Nov. 13.Space is limited, and students must call or stop by the SAM Center to sign up.

For more information, e-mail Gerri Johnson at, call 936.294.4444 or visit the SAM Center, in Academic Building 4 Room 210.


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CJ Prof Studies Prisons For ‘Global Encyclopedia’

Sam Houston State criminal justice professor Mitchel Roth has a new book titled “Prisons and Prison Systems: A Global Encyclopedia,” that tells you everything you may need to know about prisons and more.

Roth’s study of prisons worldwide gives a glimpse of important prisons, prison reformers, famous prisoners, prison architecture, prisoner culture, and many other subjects.

“This book is dedicated to offering the most current research available on all the prison systems in the world, past and present,” Roth said, “there is no other comparison book out there like this one.”

The body of the book consists of nearly 500 alphabetically arranged, cross-referenced entries ranging in length from a paragraph to several pages.

It also covers some writings by prisoners and prison employees, prison museums, French prison slang from Devil’s Island, and some prison argot/glossary/slang.

“The scope is impressive, covering everything from famous prisons (Alcatraz), famous prisoners (Nelson Mandela), and prison reformers (Dorothea Dix) to prison architecture (panopticon), prison innovations (supermaximum prisons), prison terminology (“parole”), prison slang (“shank”), prison organizations (Amnesty International), and much more,” according to Choice Reviews.


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McNair Scholars Present At Research Conference

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Eight McNair scholars recently presented their research on the SHSU campus in preparation for conference presentations later in the year.

Eight students in the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program recently presented their research to the campus community in preparation for regional and national conferences they will attend later in the year.

“As part of the McNair Program, scholars are required to collaborate on a research project with a faculty mentor and present it to the campus community at the end of the summer,” said Lydia C. Fox, McNair program director.

Participating students included Karen Escobar, who discussed “A Continuing Epidemic of Femicide in Juarez, Mexico: Justice Not Served;” Perla Hernandez, who discussed “English Language Learners’ Anxiety when Solving Mathematical Word Problems;” Belen Polanco, who discussed “Attitudes of South Texas Chicanos Towards Mexican Immigration and the Minuteman Project;” and Angela Quebedeaux, who discussed “Mock Jurors’ Expectation of Witness Nervousness: Does the Yerkes-Dodson Model Apply?”

Other presenters included Andrea Shanks, who discussed “Adolescents’ Perceptions of Closeness to Grandparents from Divorced and Non-divorced Families;” David Sweeten, who discussed “Essence of the American Epic: Truth, Justice, and the Homeric Way;” Jerry Westergaard, who discussed “The Crash at Crush: A Media Event for the 19th Century;” and W. Ryan Williamson, who discussed “ Molecular Genetic Analysis Of Two Long-Lived Mutations In Drosophila Melanogaster.”

The McNair Program strives to prepare students for a doctoral education, serving students from low-income families, first-generation college students, and underrepresented minority students.

Faculty mentors for the program include Kimberly Bell, English; Marc Boccaccini, psychology; Ted Brummel, biology; Tony DeMars, mass communication; Margo Frasier, criminal justice; Marsha Harman, psychology; Craig Henderson, psychology; Michele Richter, criminal justice; and Jennifer Schulenberg, criminal justice.

For more information on the program, call 936.294.3279, e-mail or visit


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Oct. 1, 2006
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