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SHSU Update For Week Of April 8


Counseling Center To Screen, Educate For Alcohol Issues

Is your life on the rocks because of your excess drinking?

Recent research has strongly tied alcohol abuse on college campuses to accidents, sexual assault, injury and even death.

In conjunction with the National Alcohol Screening Day on Wednesday (April 11), the Sam Houston State University Counseling Center will present the straight facts on alcohol, how it affects your body, the risks you may face if you drink too much and what you can do to regain control.

Screening sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third floor of the Lowman Student Center, where health professionals will also be available to answer questions and talk.

In addition, an information booth will be set up in the LSC Mall Area and a “What Happens when you Drink” beer goggles demonstration will be set up in the LSC Atrium.

For more information call 936.294.1720.


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Office To Prepare Students For ‘Destination Graduation’

The Registrar's Office will give upcoming graduates a one-stop 'destination' where all their questions can be answered on Wednesday (April 11).

"Destination Graduation" will be held from 1-4 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Departments from across campus will be on hand to answer such questions as "Where do I go for the ceremony," "Is there anything else I need to do," or "What do I do after graduating?"

"We just want to offer students a way to find out what is going on so that there are no surprises at the end of graduation," said Maria Busby, assistant registrar.

The event is open to all students who have applied for May 2007 graduation, including all bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

There will be a Destination Graduation T-Shirt giveaway, while supplies last, and freebies from the Registrar's Office and many of the other departments.

For more information, contact Deanna Briones at 936.294.1035 or visit


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SHSU’s ‘Outstanding’ To Be Honored At Sammy Awards

SHSU and the Student Activities Department will recognize more than 18 organizations and students for their contributions to the community and for their leadership abilities during the 13th Annual Sammy Awards on April 18.

The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The event will include performances by SHSU’s theatre and dance department, the SHSU Jazz Ensemble, the Opera Workshop and senior Jeremy Holzbach.

Among the awards that will be presented are outstanding first-year, sophomore and junior student leaders, the McDermett Memorial Award for a female senior, the Creager Memorial Award for a male senior, the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Leader award and the Sammy Award, as well as outstanding organization awards and excellence in service awards from each of the five colleges.

The Sammy Awards is the official ceremony that recognizes SHSU’s outstanding student leaders and organizations.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for all to recognize the amazing students that SHSU has to offer,” said Brandon Cooper, program coordinator for student activities.

The event is free for anyone who wants to attend.

For more information, visit The 13th Annual Sammy Awards Web site at or call 936.294.3861.


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Physics To Show Spring Skies, Orion

The physics department will continue its series of planetarium showings by giving students, faculty and staff a glimpse of the “Spring Skies and Orion” on Friday (April 13).

The series, which shows attendees which constellations, stars and planets they can expect to see in the upcoming weeks, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Planetarium, located in Farrington Building Room F102.

The program, which began last 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 will last approximately one hour and will include a tour of the winter constellations and the department’s prearranged movie, "Orion," specifically formatted for viewing on a dome-shaped screen.

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 final program for the semester will be presented on May 11 at 7 p.m.

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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Music Hosts Trio Of Concerts April 10-12

The SHSU School of Music will present a variety of concerts this week, including an organ recital and performances by the chamber music society and brass quintet.

On Tuesday (April 10), assistant professor and area coordinator of keyboard studies Jay Whatley will perform a variety of works for Lent and Holy Week.

The faculty organ recital, which will be held at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, will include pieces by Bach, Manz, Sowerby, Kirnberger, Near, Bossi, Willan, and Langlais, he said.

On Wednesday, the SHSU Chamber Music Society and Symphony Strings will perform at 6 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The program will include such pieces as Antonio Lucio Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Trumpets in C major,” Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins,” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “String Quartet No. 3,” among many others.

On Thursday, music faculty members will show off their talents for the Faculty Brass Quintet, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The ensemble, which includes Randy Adams and Steve Warkentin playing trumpet, Peggy DeMers playing horn and alphorn, Henry Howey playing trombone and Bob Daniel playing tuba, will include works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Ingolf Dahl, Jean Daetwyler and Eric Ewazen, several of which have been transcribed by Howey, according to Adams.

Admission is free.

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


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Weekend Concerts To Include Choir, Opera

The School of Music will give patrons a weekend of music April 14-15 that will include a choir concert, guest artist and a performance by the SHSU Opera Workshop beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

That day (April 14), the SHSU Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus will feature the Britten 'Ceremony of Carols,' as well as folk songs from Scandinavia, Great Britain, Germany and the USA.

The performance, under the direction of conductor James C. Franklin, will be held at the University Heights Baptist Church, on Sycamore Street.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for non-SHSU students, and free for SHSU faculty, staff, and students.

Later that evening, Steinway guest piano artist Han Boepple will perform as part of the John Paul Scholarship Series at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

A professor of piano at Santa Clara University since 1978 and department chair since 1995, Boepple has been presented as guest soloist with distinguished American orchestras since his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 10.

He will perform pieces from J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Alexander Scriabin and Frederic Chopin during his SHSU concert.

Admission is free, though donations will be accepted to benefit piano scholarship students.

Boepple will also teach a masterclass with SHSU students on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Music Building Room 205.

Finally, on Sunday, the SHSU Opera Workshop will present a free showcase for the public, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

“This show is also being presented at a few area high schools for the purpose of showcasing the operatic vocal talent we have here at SHSU,” said Dawn M. Padula, visiting assistant professor of music.

"An Opera Showcase" features several “action-packed, high-energy scenes” from Verdi's “Falstaff,” sung in Italian with English surtitles; Britten's “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” sung in English; Lehar's “The Merry Widow;” Offenbach's “Orpheus in the Underworld,” sung in English; and Rossini's “Il Barbierie di Siviglia,” sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Several of these scenes are audience favorites from Opera Workshop productions past, often with new cast members, she said.

The majority of the scenes will be performed by the Opera Players, the more advanced group of students, while the show's finale features students from both sections, the Opera Player and the Opera Workshop.

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


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Students To Take A Break From Tutoring To Present

SHSU’s Writing Center will be closed on Thursday and Friday (April 12-13), when 11 of its undergraduate and graduate tutors will present at and host the International Writing Centers Association conference in Houston.

“They will be helping to run the conference, which will be attended by over 500 writing center tutors and administrators from the United States, Hong Kong, Qatar, Korea, France, Greece and other countries,” said Diane Dowdey, director of the writing center.

Presenters include English graduate students Jose de la Garza and Semira Taheri, who will discuss “Cultural Space: Launching Concepts in the Space of Understanding” on their experiences as bilingual writing center tutors, and Samuel Unger, who will discuss “Tutoring our Elders: Writing Centers and Cultural Space for the Non-Traditional Student.”

History graduate student John Fennessy, criminal justice undergraduate student Amanda Nolan, and English undergraduate student Christina Norum will present “The Writing Center as Oz.”

In addition, undergraduate tutors Kris Gottlieb, David Clarke, and Allison Newton will present on “The Matrix Factor,” while David Sweeten and John Paul Ewing will be “Putting Aristotle and Plato to Work: Using Classical Rhetoric in Writing Center Tutoring Sessions.”

“The chance to meet people who had the same commitment to helping students learn to write was wonderful,” said Jennifer Rudolph, a writing center tutor who presented at a previous IWCA conference. “Attending the conference also helped me see what a great center we have here.

“It was amazing the number of people all over the world who had heard about our writing center,” she said.
No other university has as many tutors accepted to present as Sam Houston State University, Dowdey said.

Writing tutors and administrators from Stanford, Duke, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue, University of Texas, Texas A&M, and University of Wisconsin are among those who will be presenting.


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Beta Gamma Sigma Inducts 54 For 10th Anniversary

The James E. Gilmore Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for students enrolled in collegiate business programs at AACSB International accredited institutions, inducted 52 students and two faculty members into the organization during its annual banquet on March 22.

Among those inducted were graduate students Jolene Bon-Jorno, Galina Lamont, Andreas Sadlier and Anna Turri.

Seniors inducted into the group included Ros Brown, Jessica Butler, Kelli Cain, Laura R. Castillo, James Clarke, Huong Julia Clay, Nicole David-Nickolay, Jackson Felder, Amber Garrison, Jennifer Gaulitz, Hayley Harris, Daniel L. Hirsch, Yvonne Holcomb, Adam Jackson, Katelyn Jackson, Christine Joines, Timothy Karamitsos and Bill Manning.

Also, Eddie Mayo, Courtney McMinn, Kimberly D. Meaux, Brandon Montagne, Stephen J. Monych, Maegan Nappier, Isioma Okwuwa, Gregory O’Neill, Amy Payne, Luke A. Prihoda, John Ratchford, Amanda Richmond, Zachary Schindler, Tricia Shipman, Elizabeth Simmons, Samuel Vaughn, Bobbie Warner and Brandon Wigent.

Junior inductees included Scott Bishop, An Dang, Robin Dosie, Steven Dreibelbis, Stephanie Emig, Megan Englishbee, Morgan Hill, Deanne Lehner, Annie Miller, Michelle Moul, Christine Smart and Mary Taylor.

In addition, faculty members who are not Beta Gamma Sigma members are invited to join upon being awarded tenure, which included Mark Frank, associate professor in the department of economics and international business and Philip Morris, associate professor in the department of accounting.

The chapter, which commemorates its 10th anniversary this year, also awarded two scholarships during the ceremony, a $1,000 scholarship to Benjamin Smith, a senior accounting major, and a $500 scholarship to Karamitsos, a senior accounting major.

To be eligible for membership with the organization, second-semester juniors must be in the top 7 percent of their class based on overall grade point average, seniors must be in the top 10 percent and graduating master’s students in the top 20 percent.


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Tri-Beta Honored For ‘Chapter Excellence’

SHSU’s Delta Tau chapter of the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society won the District 2 Chapter Excellence Award during the organization’s annual conference March 30 through April 1.

“The last time we won this award was in 2001-2002,” said Carlye Schulte, Delta Tau public relations officer. “This award basically lets everyone know that Sam Houston State University’s Delta Tau chapter of Tri-Beta is the best chapter in the Texas region.”

SHSU’s chapter, which had 21 student and faculty member representatives participating in the conference, also served as the host of the event, which was held at the Oklahoma University field station on Lake Texoma.

“We had an awesome turnout of about 140 students and faculty from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas,” Schulte said.


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April 6, 2007
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