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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 22


Alumni Association To Give Away Tuition For A Year

The SHSU Alumni Association will raffle off one year’s tuition to a currently enrolled student.

Tickets will be sold for $5 each or 6 for $25, and one winner will be chosen to receive $2,880, the value of 24 in-state undergraduate hours of tuition.

The winner must be a full- or part-time student at SHSU enrolled as an undergraduate or a graduate student.
The drawing will be held on Nov. 30, and tickets can be bought through Nov. 27.

The winning student will receive notification that he or she has won through a special surprise visit to his or her classroom shortly after the drawing.

“Arrangements will be made with his or her professor in advance, and we will make the presentation during that student's class,” said Charlie Vienne, interim director for Alumni Relations.

Proceeds from the drawing will benefit association-related scholarships.

To purchase tickets, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 936.294.1841 or 1.800.283.7478 or visit


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Meeting To Focus On Increasing Athletic Interest

In an effort to increase school spirit and attendance at sporting events, the Athletics Department will host a focus group discussion on Tuesday (Oct. 24).

The meeting will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 327.

“The purpose of this group is to meet with students and discuss ways to improve athletics awareness and exposure on campus with students,” said Bobby Jordan, athletic development coordinator. “We are going to get insight from them on things that work and don't work as well as activities at games that will make everything more entertaining for everyone.”

Topics that are scheduled to be discussed include increasing giveaways and contests at games, as well as how to boost attendance.

The meeting will be open to anyone who wishes to attend, and other focus groups will be held at later dates, according to Jordan.

For more information, call Jordan at 936.294.3443.


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BOLD Speaker To Address Leadership

CampusSpeak lecturer Elaine Penn will discuss student leadership during the Dean of Students Office’s emerging leader portion of the Bearkat Ongoing Leadership Development program on Wednesday (Oct. 25).

Penn will discuss “Strategies for High Impact Student Leaders” from 4-5 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theatre.

The lecture will focus on students who are already in leadership positions, to accelerate their leadership and to teach students how to make a positive difference in the campus community by being a stronger leader, according to Dean of Students Office support staff member Sue Knight.

From 7-8 p.m., Penn will address students who want to identify their leadership potential during “Personal Traits of a Great Leader.”

The second session will also be held in the LSC Theatre.

The “emerging leader portion” of the BOLD program is the second of a three-part series.

“We try to start on the freshman level and help students hone their leadership skills and take that on out into the real world,” Knight said. “It’s important that we don’t just produce educated students but educated leaders.”

The programs are open to all students, even those who did not attend the first part of the series, Knight said.

For more information, call the Dean of Students Office at 936.294.1785 or visit


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Literary Scholar To Discuss Margaret Fuller, Civil War

Distinguished American literature scholar Larry Reynolds will discuss "Righteous Violence: Margaret Fuller and the Civil War" on Thursday (Oct. 26).

The lecture, sponsored by the department of English, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Peabody Memorial Library. A reception will follow.

Reynolds is Thomas Franklin Mayo Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University and director of the American Studies Program there.

He is the author of “European Revolutions and the American Literary Renaissance,” published by Yale University Press in 1988, and editor of “A Historical Guide to Nathanie Hawthorne,” “National Imaginaries, American Identities: The Cultural Work of American Iconography” and “Women in the Nineteenth Century” by Margaret Fuller.

He is also a past president of The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society and co-founder of The Margaret Fuller Society.

For more information, call 936.294.1403.


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Professor Hopes to Organize Toastmasters Club

Anthony Harris, associate professor in the department of educational leadership and counseling, is asking anyone interested in helping form a Huntsville/SHSU Toastmasters Club to contact him.

Harris said that Toastmasters enhances participants' skills in communicating more effectively with others, one-on-one, in small groups, and with large audiences.

It is also an excellent tool for improving leadership skills as participants learn more about how to communicate their ideas more effectively and to conduct meetings more efficiently, he said.

Participants learn to speak extemporaneously through Table Topics, whereby they are given one to two minutes to speak on a topic with no preparation.

Each participant has the opportunity to advance through the various speakers' manuals as they master various types of speeches, such as humorous, motivational, giving a toast, persuasion, etc. They learn to avoid the use of filler words and phrases, such as "uh" and "you know."

Harris has been a member of the Outspoken Toastmasters Club in Conroe for about two years. He said he believes the training the program offers is valuable to anyone, and especially those preparing to be teachers and school administrators.

"The two factors that make Toastmasters so successful is that it teaches skill building and is fun," he said.

He said that 20 people are needed for the group to be issued a charter.

More information on Toastmasters is available online at or by contacting Harris at 936.294.1155 or by e-mail at


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Workshop To Feature ‘Arthur,’ ‘Hatchet’ Authors

Marc Brown, the author of “Arthur,” and Gary Paulsen, author and three-time winner of the Newbery Honor Medal for “Hatchet,” “Dogsong” and “The Winter Room,” will be the guest speakers for the department of library science’s annual Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference on Nov. 4.

The conference will begin at 9 a.m., with registration starting at 7:45 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center.
In addition, the conference will include a series of workshops for participants to choose from for all age groups.

“We have had as many as 800 participants from Texas and several surrounding states (in the past),” said library science department chair Mary Berry.

Workshop presenters will include writer Louise A. Jackson, discussing “Eight Great Responses to Any Historical Novel;” illustrator Alan F. Stacy, discussing “Illustration Insights;” author Shirley Duke, discussing “Picture Book Vocabulary: Facilitating Language Acquisition Using Picture Books;” and author and librarian Aileen Kirkham, discussing “Extraordinary Library Teachers: Programs, Lessons & Practices.”

Also presenting are librarian Lee LeGrand, discussing “A Place for Historical Fiction in the YA World;” consultant Kaye Price-Hawkins, discussing “A Celebration of Books for TAKS!;” author Betty J. Stone, discussing “Spicing up the Curriculum with Trade Books;” librarians Marjie Podzielinski and Lois Buckman, discussing“IRA Teachers’ Choice Selections;” author Linda Ayers, discussing “Got Readers? Get Writers! Encouraging Elementary Students to Write;” and adjunct instructor Holly Weimar, discussing “PRINT – Professional Reading: Importance, Needs & Time.”

Registration is $150, and the registration deadline is Oct. 30. Information packets, including registration forms, can be found at

For more information, contact conference coordinators Mary Berry or Teri Lesesne at 936.294.1151 or by e-mail at, or


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Dances@8 To Benefit Student Scholarships

Dance majors and non-majors will showcase their talents at the Dances@8 concerts on Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 25-26), at 8 p.m. on both days in the Academic Building 3 Dance Theatre.

The performances are produced by Chi Tau Epsilon, the SHSU dance honor society and are all student choreographed.The shows generally include a variety of dance genres, such as hip hop, jazz, lyrical and modern.

Admission is $5 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Chi Tau Epsilon scholarship fund.

For more information, call the dance program at 936.294.1875.


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Music To Host Quartet Of Concerts

The School of Music will present four concerts featuring faculty members and students beginning on Tuesday (Oct. 24).

The faculty recital, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, will feature violinists Cassandra Brosvik and Jennifer Davis, viola player Lisa Burrell, cellist Peter Kempter and hornists Peggy DeMers and Debra Mitchell.

“The recital will be a nice easy listening type event, classical, romantic and modern (folk influenced) music for the horn,” DeMers said.

Among the pieces that the group will play are Joseph Rheinberger’s “Sonata in Eb Major for Horn and Piano, Opus 178,” Malcolm Arnold’s “Fantasy for Horn,” and L von Beethoven’s “Sextet in E-flat major, Op. 81b.”

The concert is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday (Oct. 25), the SHSU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Laboratory Band will play works performed or written by famous jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker, Henry Mancini and Buddy Rich at 7:30 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium.

Both ensembles are "big bands," consisting of about 20 players in each ensemble, including five sax players, four to five trombones, four to five trumpets, and a rhythm section comprised of piano, bass, drums, and sometimes guitar and percussion, according to music theory professor and composition area coordinator Trent Hanna.

The concert will feature the jazz version of “Pictures of an Exhibition,” with a solo by the lead alto saxophonist Brian Best; “Hello, Young Lovers,” from the musical “The King and I,” featuring Sean Nelson on trombone; “Donna Lee,” an “up tempo tune” that features the entire sax section; and “Fuego Azul,” with solos from Adam Wiggins (piano), Nic Alaggio (trumpet), Pablo Tani (sax), Ben Guillotte (drums), and Nathan Bamdor (percussion).

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and non-SHSU students and free for SHSU students, faculty and staff with an identification card.

Assistant professor of percussion John Lane will present an evening of new music on Thursday (Oct. 26) during the faculty percussion recital.

The concert, with guests Mary Kay Lake, Ann McCutchan and Kazuaki Shiota, will be held at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

McCutchan, a poet, writer, and professor from the University of North Texas, and Lane will perform their piece "Possible Paths: For Percussion and Narrator;" Shiota, a Japanese composer, and Lane will perform their collaborative effort “Rocks,” which will also feature an electronic instrument, "Transpell" designed by Shiota; and two John Cage compositions, "Child of Tree" and "The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs," will be featured.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Finally, Kimberly Walter-Clark, a flute professor at the University of Houston and a widely-recognized pedagogue of flute techniques, will present a concert on Sunday (Oct. 29) at 4 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The performance will be followed by a masterclass with SHSU flute students, and she will be working with
several music majors during her visit here, according to Kathy Daniel, assistant professor of flute.

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


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SHSU To Hold Property Auction Oct. 28

SHSU will have a public auction on Saturday (Oct. 28) beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the property warehouse in the Sam South Complex, at 2424 Sam Houston Ave.

Items will be sold, “as is, where is,” piece by piece or in lots to the highest bidder.Some auction items include office furniture, typewriters, air conditioners, televisions, refrigerators, tables, fax machines, chairs, file cabinets, pianos, a candy machine, theatre lights and a riding lawn mower, among others.

In addition, a 1988 Chevrolet 1⁄2 ton pickup, a 1992 GMC Safari van and a 1990 Ford Aerostar Wagon will be auctioned off.

Vehicles can be removed the day of the sale if paid by cash, or check with original current bank letter of credit guaranteeing payment. Otherwise, vehicles will be held for 10 working days to allow check clearance.

Cash or checks will be accepted as payment for other items, with proper identification.

All items, except vehicles, must be removed after the sale until 2 p.m. or 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. the following week.

For more information, call Wayne Frosch at 936.294.1903 or 936.294.1908.


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Speech Profs Get Published, Awarded

A paper written by speech communication department faculty members Richard Bello, J. D. Ragsdale, Frances Brandau-Brown and Terry Thibodeaux was recently published in the journal “Intercultural Communication Studies.”

The paper, titled "Cultural Perceptions of Equivocation and Directness II: A Replication and Extension of the Dimensional Hypothesis," appears in volume 25 (2006) of the journal on pages 23-32.

In addition, the department was recently recognized by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences for its outstanding teaching within the college for the year 2005-2006.

At the same convocation, Brandau-Brown received the departmental outstanding teacher award and Bello received the departmental award for outstanding researcher.


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Professors, Students Present At Speech Convention

Speech communications professors Mary Evelyn Collins and Debbi Hatton, along with two speech communication students, recently attended the convention of the Texas Speech Communication Association.

Hatton presented a special program on course offerings in Texas public schools and colleges and chaired a meeting of a committee that focuses on policies in higher education during the convention, held Oct. 4-7 in Amarillo.

Collins chaired a special panel honoring Richard Cheatham, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Texas State University of San Marcos and gave an encore presentation of "The Rhetoric of the Texas Rock House.”

The presentation was first given this past summer at the International Communication Association meeting in Peru.

In addition, students John Cartwright and Chelsea McCoy presented original research papers as part of a special panel to honor some of the outstanding undergraduate work of speech communication majors from around the state of Texas.

Cartwright discussed his rhetorical study of a recent popular movie, "'Crash': A Narrative Critique," while McCoy presented her work on "The Declaration of Sentiments: A Feminist Critique."


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Artist Demonstrates, Teaches Skills For Seminar

Illustrator James Ransome recently demonstrated his art techniques to 39 children during the library science department’s second Art Seminar in Children’s Book Illustration on Oct. 7.

Ransome shared his life, his art and his books, as well as allowed participants to paint their own pictures, according to Mary Berry, chair of the library science department.

“The art seminar is (designed) to expose students to a variety of art techniques and learn how various children's illustrations use different art styles,” Berry said. “We were pleased with the turnout since we only had space for 40 students.”

In addition, he autographed copies of books with his illustrations, including “Uncle Jed’s Barbershop;” a Coretta Scott King honor book; “Satchel Paige,” written by his wife Leesa; “This Is the Dream”; and “Aunt Flossie’s Hats (And Crab Cakes Later).”

“It’s a magical day working with a talented but congenial artist, understanding his process and marveling at his ability to communicate with children through his art,” Berry said.

The department plans to have other art seminars in the future and are hoping to host one each semester, according to Berry.

For more information, call the library science department at 936.294.1151 or e-mail Berry at


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Oct. 22, 2006
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