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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 15


Brady To Field Questions At Meeting

Congressman Kevin Brady, who represents Texas’ 8th district, will host a question and answer session on Monday (Oct. 16) from 10-11 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

The town hall meeting is open to students, faculty and staff to discuss and learn about current issues and legislation affecting the economy today.

Among the topics Brady will discuss are the affordability and rising costs of higher education and the reductions in state funding for financial aid.

Huntsville community members are also invited to attend.

Brady is currently serving his fifth term in Congress, representing Montgomery, Walker, San Jacinto, Tyler, Polk, Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Orange and parts of Trinity and Liberty counties in the U.S House of Representatives.

For more information, contact the President's Office at 936.294.1013 or the Office of Student Activities at 936.294.3861 or


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Baseball Team To Raise Funds With Golf Tourney

Golfers will have the opportunity to support the SHSU baseball team, as well as meet the team’s new coaching staff, during the 5th Annual Bearkat Baseball Golf Scramble on Friday (Oct. 20) at the Raven Nest Golf Course.

The fundraiser tournament will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start, though the day’s activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a lunch, social hour and meet-and-greet.

At 12:30 p.m., the head baseball coach, Mark Johnson will welcome participants and at 12:45 p.m., participants will travel to the starting holes.

The cost to participate is $125 for an individual or $500 for a team of four.

Sponsorships are also available for $100 per hole or $1000 as a tournament sponsor. Team/player and sponsorship packages are also available, and donations to the team will also be accepted.

All golfers will receive one round of golf, including range balls and cart fees, lunch, and SHSU baseball golf hats and gifts.

“We have high expectations for our team, but we need your financial support to help us reach our goals,” said Johnson. “All money raised in this venture will go directly toward our baseball program.”

Participants are asked to register early and may do so by contacting coach Justin Hill at 936.294.4435, 318.381.7777 or

Checks should be made payable to Bearkat Partners—Baseball and sent to the SHSU Baseball Office, Attn: Coach Justin Hill, Box 2268, Huntsville, Texas, 77341.


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Author To Discuss Incarceration As Beto Speaker

Marc Mauer, executive director for The Sentencing Project, will discuss “The Collateral Consequences of Incarceration” on Tuesday (Oct. 17).

The Beto Chair Lecture will be held from 9:30–11 a.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center’s Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.

The author of some of the most widely cited reports in the field of criminal justice, Mauer has directed programs on criminal justice reform for 25 years.

His 1995 report on racial disparity and the criminal justice system led the “New York Times” to editorialize that the report “should set off alarm bells from the White House to city halls -- and help reverse the notion that we can incarcerate our way out of fundamental social problems.”

In addition, his 1999 book on criminal justice policy, “Race to Incarcerate,” was named a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

He has served as a consultant to the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections and is a member of the American Bar Association's Committee on Race and the Criminal Justice System.

During his tenure with The Sentencing Project, he has testified before Congress to address a broad range of national and international conferences, and appeared frequently on radio and television networks.

Mauer received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan.

Founded in 1986 to provide defense lawyers with sentencing advocacy training and to reduce the reliance on incarceration, The Sentencing Project, a non-profit organization, has become a leader in the effort to bring national attention to disturbing trends and inequities in the criminal justice system with a successful formula that includes the publication of groundbreaking research, aggressive media campaigns and strategic advocacy for policy reform.


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Student Group To Give Children Hands-On Education

Approximately 1200 children across the area are expected to attend the 12th Annual Block and Bridle Children's Barnyard on Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 18-19.)

The event, for children ages 3-8, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the Indoor Rodeo Arean, located at the Ag Center, on Interstate Highway 45 and Avenue M.

“This is an educational event for local youth,” said Block and Bridle adviser Marcy Beverly.

“We include short educational stations, and displays, which will explain the nutritional importance of milk, eggs, meat,” she said. “Each child will be allowed to play with chicks, goats, sheep, ponies, rabbits and calves.”

The event serves as a community service activity for the SHSU Block and Bridle student organization, the university’s animal science club, according to Beverly.

Not only do students from public and private schools attend the event, but children from area day cares also attend, she said.

For more information, contact Beverly at or 936.294.1222.


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Group To Walk For Education

SHSU’s chapter of Phi Delta Kappa will host a walking fundraiser to support area schools on Tuesday (Oct. 24).

Walkers will meet in the first floor lobby of the Teacher Education Center at 5:30 p.m. to participate in the walk through the SHSU campus, which is expected to last for approximately 30 minutes.

Donations collected by participants will stay in the local community for projects identified through the local Phi Delta Kappa, according to Maggie McGuire, PDK vice president for programs and services.

The Walk for Education is open to anyone in the university or Huntsville community who wishes to participate, and sign-ups will be held through the day of the event.

Phi Delta Kappa is the premier professional association for educators dedicated to promoting high-quality education, in particular publicly-supported education, through leadership, research and service in education.

For more information, to walk or to sponsor a walker, contact McGuire at or 936.294.4638.


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Ensemble, Octubafest To Show Off Students, Faculty

The SHSU Wind Ensemble will present its first concert of the season on Tuesday (Oct. 17) at 7:30 p.m. at Mance Park Middle School.

The concert will feature Brian Balmages’ “Fanfare Canzonique,” conducted by Matthew McInturf, director of wind and percussion studies; Joseph Spaniola’s “Escapade,” conducted by Alfredo Velez, the School of Music’s new associate conductor of bands; Gustav Holst's “Hammersmith,” an older work for wind band that has become a standard in the wind literature; and Shafer Mahoney’s “Sparkle.”

In addition, guest conductor Frank Troyka will lead the group in “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Grainger, a “beautiful work” based upon the tune "Danny Boy" that “highlights all of the instruments of the band,” according to music assistant chair Patricia Card.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and non-SHSU students and free for SHSU students and faculty with an identification card.

On Sunday (Oct. 22), School of Music faculty members will celebrate the tuba and euphonium with Octubafest 2006.

The recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The concert will feature Robert Daniel, tuba; Henry Howey, euphonium; Jay Whatley, piano; and John Lane, percussion, performing a variety of works written for the brass instruments.

Solo literature and chamber works, including Walter B. Rogers’ “Land of the Free,” Jay Unger’s “Askokan Farewell,” and George Frideric Handel’s “The Lord is a Man of War,” from “Israel in Egypt” and arranged by Howey, will be among those performed.

Octubafest is free and open to the public.

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


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Speaker To Discuss New SHSU Class, Animation Work

Geoff Mellon, a lead artist at Vicarious Visions, will discuss a class he will be co-teaching with the SHSU animation programs faculty in the spring on Monday (Oct. 23).

The presentation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 213.

Mellon is currently leading a team of artists in working on a title based on a feature film for the Nintendo Ds for Vicarious Visions, a game studio in Albany, N.Y.

“Computer Animation for Interactive Games” is a new course in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation program that will be taught at SHSU for the first time in the spring of 2007.

The game Mellon is currently working on is breaking new technological ground, and he will describe how the course will incorporate some of the work flows and procedures utilized in production at Vicarious Visions, according to David Dawson, assistant professor of art and animation.

“The class utilizes an innovative approach which allows professional artists from game studios all over the United States to co-teach in the animation program,” Dawson said.

For more information, contact Dawson at 936.294.3200 or


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Offices To Provide ‘Ultimate Money Skills’

The Bearkat OneCard, Student Activities and First Year Experience offices will teach students “Ultimate Money Skills” on Tuesday (Oct. 17) and Wednesday (Oct. 18).

The Tuesday session will be held from 6-7 p.m. and the Wednesday session will be held from 9-10 a.m., both days in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

The program will teach students how to develop smart money management skills in college that will lead to a lifetime of financial independence, including the appropriate use of credit, the basics of banking, designing a budget, taking control of student loan debt and protecting your identity.

Prizes will be given away, including a $200 cash prize for the organization with the most representatives at the event.

For more information, call the Bearkat OneCard Office at 936.294.CARD (2273) or the Office of Student Activities at 936.294.3861.


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Thesis Concert To Show Horror Within Dance

Dance graduate student Courtney Mulcahy will present an evening of “dark and horrific choreography” during her graduate thesis concert, “Within,” on Thursday and Friday (Oct. 19-20).

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on both days in the SHSU Dance Theatre, located in Academic Building III.

The program will feature approximately five modern dance performances, including Mulcahy’s graduate thesis research on horror in dance choreography, “Stripped,” which was inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 Gothic short story “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

“’The Yellow Wallpaper’ is an eerie portrayal of a woman’s struggle with lunacy, but I found the real horror to be what women of the 19th century faced on a daily basis,” Mulcahy said.

It is from this perspective of horror that Mulcahy adapts her own chilling version of the classic short story with Megan Condon dancing the principle role, she said.

Also to be included in the concert is “Hush,” featuring dance soloist Mary Zepeda.

First choreographed by Mulcahy in 2005, this piece was selected to represent Sam Houston State University in the 2006 American College Dance Festival in Laramie, Wyo.

“Its stunning and unique visualizations were met with enthusiastic reviews as the piece is only lit by three bare light bulbs,” Mulcahy said.

Other performances during the concert include a solo by 2005 dance graduate Sarah Pilgrim, who is currently working on her master’s degree in dance at Texas Woman’s University, and a duet, “Epitaph,” an investigation of anger as a reaction to death, performed by TWU students Megan Odom and Kristin Diggs.
Friday’s evening performance will be followed by a reception.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. For more information, call the Dance Box Office at 936.294.3988.


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Professors To Battle In ‘Biology Bowl’

The Delta Tau chapter of the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society will pit professors against one another to answer Jeopardy-style questions during the bi-annual Biology Bowl on Thursday (Oct. 19).

The competition will be held at 4 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 214.

“It is basically a fun game-type atmosphere where people can just support the bio faculty, and have fun watching them trying to understand/answer questions they expect students to know,” said Tri-Beta public relations officer Carlye Schulte. “We have different categories as well outside of the biology field, such as school information and celebrity trivia.”

Professors scheduled to participated in the game include biology professors Jerry Cook, Joan Hudson, Anne Galliard, Chad Hargrave, William Lutterschmidt and philosophy professor Glenn Sanford.

The event is open for everyone, and Tri-Beta members “would like to have more non-bio majors show up and support the professors,” Schulte said.

SHSU’s Delta Tau Chapter was installed on March 5, 1965. One of the original faculty charter members, Everett Wilson, still teaches at SHSU.

To be invited into Tri-beta, students must be a biology major, minor or pursuing an environmental science degree and have a “B” average in biology coursework.

For more information, contact Schulte at


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Seminar To Recruit Potential Teachers For Program

The McNair Scholars Program is looking to “deepen the pool of talented minorities entering the teaching profession” during an Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers Program seminar on Thursday (Oct. 19).

The seminar, presented by IRT coordinator of recruitment and admissions Marla Love, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 315.

IRT is a program that helps students who are strongly interested in a career in education through the graduate school application process, according to Tamika Backstrom, McNair Scholars Program graduate mentor.

IRT students receive many benefits, including counseling as to which graduate programs are appropriate for the candidate’s academic background and goals; assistance in fine-tuning statements of purpose; an advocate for each student’s admission to graduate school; and an endorsement of each student’s candidacy for fellowships and assistantships, Backstrom said.

The program is open to all humanities, social science, mathematics, and education majors who have a 3.0 grade point average or higher and is seriously consider a teaching, counseling, or administrative career at the kindergarten through 12th grade or university level.

Participants do not have to sign up beforehand.

For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program at 936.294.3279, by e-mail at, or stop by the office, in Academic Building III Room 216.


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Works Exhibited In LSC, SOFA Galleries

Student assistants working in the Lowman Student Center who represent a variety of degree fields on campus will showcase their artistic sides with an exhibit in the LSC Art Gallery through Oct. 21.

The “LSC Students & Floral Design Exhibit” will include paintings, drawings, photography, poetry, stained glass, and ceramics, as well as flower arrangements from the agricultural sciences department’s floral design class.

A reception, hosted by the Lowman Student Center with refreshments provided by ARAMARK Classic Fare Catering, will also be held on Tuesday (Oct. 17) from 5:30-7 p.m.

The reception is open to all faculty, staff and students.

The LSC Gallery is also accepting reservation requests for the spring semester, according to Gayle Bullard, LSC reservations coordinator.

As a new service to all students who exhibit their works in the LSC Gallery, the LSC will now finance an ARAMAKR-catered reception for all student exhibits.

The service is not limited to just art and photography students, according to Bullard.

For more information on the exhibit, or to reserve the gallery, call Bullard at 936.294.1760.

Kent's Kinetic Sculpture
DeCardenas' moving sculputre will be in the SOFA Gallery through Oct. 21.

Kent DeCardenas’ "Kinetic Sculpture" will also be on display in the Student Organization of Fine Art Gallery through Oct. 21.

The “Kinetic Sculpture,” a large piece made of wood and welded steel, moves around, according to Brian Benfer, assistant professor of ceramics.

Decardenas, a sculptor who currently resides in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dallas and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University in 2002.

The SOFA Gallery, located in Art Building A, is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact Benfer at 936.294.1322 or by e-mail


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Destination Diversity To Showcase Cultures

Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority, Inc., and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services will show off a variety of cultural traditions during “Destination Diversity: Multicultural Festival” on Saturday (Oct. 21).

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the gazebo on the Sam Houston Memorial Museum grounds, next to the Walker Education Center.

Destination Diversity will include food, games, prizes, dancing and music.

The free event is open to all students, as well as the Huntsville Community.

The gazebo is located at 19th Street and Avenue O.

For more information, or to participate in the event by showcasing a culture's traditions though a booth, contact Trina in the Office of MISS at 936.294.DVST (3878) or


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Music Prof To Judge At International Contest

John Lane, assistant professor of percussion in the SHSU School of Music, has been selected in a nation-wide search to be the adjudicator and clinician for this year's Rainbow Invitational Marching Festival at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

The largest showcase for Hawaii high school marching bands in an educational, non-competitive setting, the festival will take place from Nov. 8-13.

In addition to judging the festival, Lane will give a clinic at the University of Hawaii sponsored by Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion and Pearl Drums.

The clinic, "Musical Benefits of Marching Percussion," will focus on techniques and pedagogy of percussion as it relates to the marching idiom, according to Lane.

Sixteen to 20 bands, this year including groups from Japan and the mainland, will present their field shows during the festival to an audience of 7,000-10,000.

Mainland judges, nationally renowned for their expertise in marching band, give constructive and practical feedback on each performance. Bands are provided with tapes of the judges' comments and a videotape of their performance.

The Rainbow Invitational Marching Festival is an annual event that has been held since 1979.


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Oct. 15, 2006
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