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SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 17


SHSU To Celebrate Constitution Day With Speakers

Professors from several departments on campus, as well as one from another university, will discuss the tradition of civil liberties, the "strict construction" of the Constitution, and the controversies over teaching evolution in the public schools during SHSU’s 2006 Constitution Day celebration on Tuesday (Sept. 19).

The day will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony and introduction by provost and vice president for Academic Affairs David Payne in Lowman Student Center 320, where all the presentations will be held.

The opening ceremony will also include a video, “Are We to be a Nation?” from the PBS series “Liberty: The American Revolution” and the recitation of the Preamble.

At 9:30 a.m., history professors Tom Cox and Jeff Littlejohn will discuss "The Civil Liberties Tradition in Modern America," followed by professor of political science John Domino discussing “Making Sense of the Fray over Judicial Activism: Originalism, Strict Construction, or a Living Constitution?” from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., and philosophy professor Glenn Sanford discussing “Science and the Constitution: The Scopes Trial and the Continuing Controversy over Creation and Evolution” from 12:30-1:50 p.m.

At 2 p.m., keynote speaker Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School’s President William McKinley distinguished professor of law and public policy, will present “Civil Liberties in Time of War: What We Can Learn from History,” and the closing ceremony will be held from 3:20-3:30 p.m.

The celebration is sponsored by the SHSU American Democracy Project, the History Department, the Political Science Department, and the office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Starting in 2005, the Constitution Day celebration was mandated by federal regulations for all universities that receive federal funding.

The event is open to everyone, and the first 360 attendees will receive a free copy of the Oxford University Press Pocket Guide to the U. S. Constitution.

Refreshments will also be served.

For more information, contact Frank Fair, at or 936.294.1509, or Tom Cox, at or 936.294.1474.


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Couples Sought For MTV Documentary

Are you in the beginnings of a relationship that your friends and family disapprove of because of your age differences?

Have you left your high school girlfriend/boyfriend at home and left for school and worry if it will last?

MTV is seeking couples with an age difference that causes problems with friends, family, or the relationship itself to be featured on its “True Life” documentary series.

The network is ultimately seeking three couples and hopes to have the six people cast within the next month, according to Julie Rukavina, who is working on the project.

Participants won’t be compensated monetarily but will receive some free meals, a T-shirt and “some MTV fame,” Rukavina said.

Those interested should e-mail with the details of their story, as well as contact information.


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AAI To ‘SWAAT’ Calorie Myths

“With all of the lifestyle changes that come along with the transition to college life, it's hard enough to maintain a healthy weight without discretionary or unnecessary calories,” said Michelle Lovering, health programming coordinator for the Student Health Center.

“Many students do not count their beverages in their diet and don't know the actual calorie content of their regularly consumed beverages,” she said.

Because of this, the Alcohol Abuse Initiative will host “Calories on the Rocks,” a come-and-go discussion about the nutrient content of alcoholic beverages and “how those sneaky calories can add up to a lot of weight gain,” Lovering said.

The event will be held on Thursday (Sept. 21), from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Café Belvin.

During the event, students will have the opportunity to compare the calorie content of alcoholic beverages to the content of meals and snacks and learn how many beers or margaritas equal one pound of weight gain.

“In general, the USDA food guide pyramid allows for 2,000 calories per day, coming from nutritious and healthy foods. When alcohol is consumed regularly in large quantities or in certain concoctions, a person's actual caloric intake can reach 3,000 to 4,000 per day,” Lovering said. “It is easy to see how the freshman 15 can turn into 20, 30, or 40 pounds of weight gain.”

Calories on the Rocks 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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‘Taste Of Mexico’ To Give Sample For Study Abroad

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Students who opt to study abroad during the summer with the Puebla Field School also have the opportunity to take field trips to various sites, museums and businesses in the area.

The Puebla Field School study abroad program will provide “A Taste of Mexico” on Wednesday (Sept. 20) for students who may be interested in traveling to Mexico during the summer 2007 sessions.

Tacos and other Mexican food, as well as music, will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Alumni Fountain in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area for those who want more information about the program.

This will mark the 10th year in a row that SHSU is offering students the study-abroad experience with its Mexican program, the Puebla Field School.

“We’ll have a special celebration next summer with our good Puebla friends, Lourdes Casillas and Gerardo Ruiz,” said Frieda Koeninger, program director.

The program offers courses in business, art, Spanish and political science, including International Finance and International Business, taught by Bala Maniam; Drawing and Basic Design, taught by Patric Lawler; World Political Systems and Economic Integration in the Americas, taught by John Bolus; Conversational Spanish and the Mexican Short Story, taught by Alejandro Latínez; and Intermediate Spanish, taught by Koeninger.

Students have the choice of staying with a family, for $1670, or at the hotel, Holiday Inn-Centro Histórico, for $1970. Host families are arranged by the Universidad Iberoamericana. Tuition is separate.

Classes are also held on the Iberoamericana campus, and participants go on a number of field trips to archeological sites, art museums, historical sites and businesses.

Every year approximately 35-55 students participate, according to Koeninger.

For more information, contact Koeninger at or 936.294.1443.


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Physics To Give Glimpse Of ‘Autumn Sky’

The physics department will give students, faculty and staff a preview of "The Autumn Sky" with a series that will show attendees which constellations, stars and planets they can expect to see in the upcoming weeks.

The series will kick off on Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Planetarium, located in Farrington Building Room F102.

The pilot program this semester aims at increasing public awareness and interest in the field of astronomy, according to Michael Prokosch, staff aid for the physics department and SHSU alumnus who also teaches elementary school at Lansberry Elementary in Trinity.

The show, which will last approximately one hour, will include a tour of the night sky, including any unusual events in the near future such as the Nov. 8 Mercury Transit, and one of the department’s prearranged movies specifically formatted for viewing on a dome-shaped screen.

This semester's feature movie is entitled "The Aurora."

The Planetarium, which seats up to 29 visitors, includes a dome that is approximately 18 feet in diameter and more than 20 feet high in the center, Prokosch said.

“Essentially a time machine, the planetarium's projector can show how the night sky appears to an observer at any point in time from any place on the earth, from 100,000 years in the past, to 100,000 years into the future,” he said.

The program also will be presented on Oct. 20 and Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. on both days. Though the three presentations will essentially be the same, the December show may include winter constellations, Prokosch said.

Admission is free, and if seating is full, a secondary show may be given if time permits.

For more information on current show times for the Planetarium or the Observatory, call 936.294.3664.


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CJ Professor To Discuss ‘Street Crime, Economy’

Richard B. Rosenfeld, professor in the department of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri—St. Louis, will discuss “Street Crime and the Economy: The Role of Consumer Sentiment” on Tuesday (Sept. 19).

The lecture, part of the SHSU College of Criminal Justice’s Beto Chair Lecture Series, will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center’s Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.

Rosenfeld, who specializes in the areas of violence and social organization, criminological theory and crime control policy, has authored or co-authored more than 40 articles, 17 book chapters and one book over various criminal justice topics.

He received both his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of Oregon in 1972 and 1984, respectively.

For more information, call the College of Criminal Justice at 936.294.1635.


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Career Expo To Include More Than 100 Companies

More than 100 companies are expected to be on hand to discuss potential job openings during the Career Expo on Wednesday (Sept. 20).

The FBI, Dillard's, Sanderson Farms Inc., JPMorgan Chase Bank, CenterPoint Energy, IMG Financial Group and the Houston Police Department will be among those set up at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.

“If students register on ‘Jobs 4 Kats’ (before the expo), they can get a specific, detailed list of the companies that are coming, what majors they are looking for and what positions they are hiring for, full-time, part-time or internship,” said Vinessa Mundorff, Career Services employment specialist.

All attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resumes.

On Tuesday (Sept. 19), Career Services will give students the opportunity to network with some of the representatives who will be in attendance at the Career Expo during a kick-off party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

“Company representatives will be out there to help pass out popsicles (and popcorn) and talk with students about career opportunities they have with their companies,” Mundorff said.

Along with food, a deejay will play music and prizes donated by local businesses and expo participants will be given away.

“The Mattress Firm has generously donated a futon, Bucca de Beppo gave a $100 gift certificate for their restaurant, and Robinson Brothers here in Huntsville donated a freshwater pearl necklace,” Mundorff said.

For more information, call Career Services at 936.294.1713, or to sign up for Jobs 4 Kats, visit


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Office To Open Its ‘House’

The Office of Research and Special Programs will open the doors of its new location in the Roy Adams House to faculty, staff and students on Tuesday (Sept. 19).

ORSP staff members will be available to update attendees on the office’s services and resources from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will also be served.

The Roy Adams House is located at 903 Bowers Blvd., across from Academic Building IV.

For more information, contact Toni Abshire, at 936.294.3691 or, or Trisha Allen, at 936.294.3876 or


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Mandatory Meeting To Be Held For Groups, Advisers

Student organizations will be required to attend one of two mandatory meetings, either on Tuesday or Wednesday (Sept. 19-20) in order to keep an active status with the Office of Student Activities.

Tuesday’s meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m., both in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

“This year, it’s really important that they come because we are moving to an online update system,” said Tiffany Flenoy, Student Activities program coordinator. “In the past, they’ve always turned in their update forms on a piece of paper, but this year, all of the organizations are getting assigned a username and password, and then they’ll go into the system and register that way.

“If they don’t go to the meeting, their organization will be inactive because they won’t get a username and password for the online system, and they won’t be able to use any of the services (available for organizations),” she said.

In addition, the Dean of Students’ Office will discuss the student guidelines book and following the student organizations’ policies, and the internal auditors office will discuss keeping track of financial records for the organizations’ account.

A mandatory meeting for advisers also will be held on Thursday (Sept. 21), at 5:30 p.m. in the LSC Theater.
“Advisers will be given a username and password too,” Flenoy said. “In the old system, advisers would have to sign a form, but in the new system, advisers will have their own log in, and they will go online verify all of the information.”

All three sessions are expected to last about an hour.

For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at 936.294.3861.


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Theatre To Give ‘The White Rose’

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will tell the true story of a group of students at Munich University in 1942 who actively protested the Nazi regime in Lillian Garrett-Groag’s “The White Rose” Wednesday through Saturday (Sept. 20-23).

Show times are at 8 p.m. each evening, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

In the play, the protesting students publish and circulate five anonymous leaflets, which they named “The White Rose,” calling for resistance and sabotage and advocating a German loss in World War II as the necessary means of overthrowing Adolph Hitler’s rule.

When they are captured and interrogated, Robert Mohr, the town’s police chief, is captivated by Sophie Scholl, the youngest of the group and the only girl.

The discussions between Mohr, Scholl and the other students reveal a complex story of faith, pride, honesty and personal convictions.

The show features theatre majors Steven Chambers as Mohr, Christie DeBacker as Scholl, Nathan Lahay as Hans Scholl, Dominic Di Felice as Alexander Schmorell, Mark Ivy as Christoph Probst, Wes Miles as Willhelm Graf, Trent Brocato as Anton Mahler, and Mitchell Greco as Bauer.

“The White Rose” is directed by senior theatre major James Arrington, with designers Mike Rose, costumes; Holly Flannery, set; Justin Beard, lighting; and Lindsay Luker, stage manager, all of whom are theatre majors.

Tickets are $8 for general admission.

The play contains adult content, and children under the age of three will not be admitted.

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


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Artists To Share Their ‘Sticky Vision’

The SHSU art department will offer a new way to see images and experience the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery as part of the work with its newest exhibit “Sticky Vision.”

The exhibit of installations by Houston artists Young-Min Kang, Barna Kantor and Teresa O’Connor will be on display through Oct. 19.

As installation artists, Kang, Kantor, and O’Connor all use digital images, video and projected light to create sculptural forms designed specifically for the spaces in which they are shown, according to exhibit curator and assistant professor of art Michael Henderson.

Kang received Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Seoul National University in Korea.

He uses large digital images in his works, cutting them up and reconfiguring them into sculptural entities. In one piece, the image of a woman’s face is wrapped around a group of large tubes, Henderson said.
“When ordinary objects and images are modified into a different space, dimension, scale and media, they provide a moment of clarity about their original medium and references,” Kang said.

Kantor, who also studied art at the University of Texas at Austin, creates machines that project light and manipulates it in ways that create patterns images that are like “four dimensional Moire patterns,” Henderson said.

O’Connor creates video installations in which multiple monitors are used to display video vignettes of characters and landscape imagery.

Her characters are given the attributes of singers, and their identities are formed by the viewer who is engulfed in a montage of imagery and sound, according to Henderson.

The artists will give a public speech on Thursday (Sept. 21) at 3:30 p.m. in the Art Auditorium, and a reception will follow from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery. Refreshments will be served at the reception and the artists will be present.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, located at 1028 21st St., in Art Building F, is open to the public Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call Debbie Davenport, art department slide librarian, at 936.294.1317.


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Sept. 17, 2006
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