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SHSU Update For Week Of April 15


Folk Festival Volunteers Needed

The SHSU history department is seeking volunteers to help out in such areas as the children's tent, Dutch oven cooking, blackpowder shooting, ticket taking and costumed characters for the Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival on Friday through Saturday (April 20-22).

Volunteers will get free festival admission, receive a T-shirt and can eat for free at the Webb Society's Corn Crib Camp.

For more information, or a complete list of jobs, visit the Olson Auditorium lobby, located in Academic Building IV.


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Twentieth Folk Festival To Celebrate Life In 1800s

Approximately 18,000 visitors are expected to learn about life in the 1800s during the 20th annual Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival April 20-22 at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum grounds.

Returning to the president, governor and senator’s Scottish roots, the historical event will include live history re-enactors, costumed historical characters, folk life demonstrations, arts and crafts, dulcimer workshops, live acoustic music, a living history theatre and ethnic foods.

The festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under 5 years old. In addition, group rates, for a minimum of 15 people, are available for $3 per person.

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


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Retirement Reception Planned For Prof

The foreign languages department will celebrate the 43-year career of French professor Mary Gutermuth with a retirement reception on Thursday (April 19).

The reception will be held from 3:30–5 p.m. in Austin Hall.

Gutermuth came to SHSU in 1967 and during her tenure, served as the foreign languages program coordinator discontinuously for seven years. She will officially retire Aug. 31.

While program coordinator, Gutermuth supervised the purchase and installation of a computer lab and later on, helped install the Spanish faculty's evaluating of the Practice Texas Oral Proficiency Test.

During her career, she also taught at Loyola University in Chicago and for two different summers for the Peace Corps with Oberlin College in Ohio and in Quebec, Canada.

Any donations can be made in honor of Gutermuth to the “Friends of Foreign Languages.”

For more information, call 936.294.1404.


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History Prof To Share ‘Roots’ For Lecture

Bernadette Pruitt, assistant professor of history at SHSU, will field questions and discuss her ‘roots’ on Wednesday (April 18).

The “Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community” lecture will be held at 5 p.m. in Academic Building IV’s Olson Auditorium.

The first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in history from the University of Houston, Pruitt has been teaching at SHSU since 1996, according to her vita.

Her dissertation, “For the Advancement of the Race: African-American Migration and Community Building in Houston, 1914-1945,” examined the movement of black people into Texas’ largest metropolitan center from surrounding farms and small towns in eastern Texas and Louisiana.

Pruitt received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Southern University in Houston.

Her current research endeavors include black population patterns in southeast Texas and southern Louisiana, the development of black Creole and Creoles of Color communities in the Upper Texas Gulf Coast industrial region, and community development among Houston African Americans during the first half of the century.

A reception will immediately follow the discussion in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, located in AB IV Suite 210.

The event is sponsored by the SAM Center’s academic support programs, the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program, the International Hispanic Association, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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Association Tournament To Benefit Scholarships

The Sam Houston State University Alumni Association will sponsor a golf tournament to raise funds for its Alumni Legacy Scholarship Endowment Fund on June 2 at the High Meadow Ranch Golf Club near Magnolia.

The format is a 4-person scramble, with lunch and registration at noon and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner is included at the end of the round at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Entry fees are $125 per player, with corporate sponsorships of $1,000 (bronze), $2,500 (silver) and $5,000 (gold). Hole sponsorships are $150.

Team prizes will be awarded for three places in two flights, with individual awards for long drive and closest-to-the-pin.

Individuals, teams and sponsors can register using credit cards on the Office of Alumni Relations Web site at or mail payment to: Office of Alumni Relations; Box 2022; Huntsville, Texas; 77341.

For more information contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 936.294.1841.


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Faculty, Staff To Tee Off For Tourney

Registration is under way for the 13th Annual Faculty/Staff Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 14 at the Raven Nest Golf Course.

The entry fee of $40 per person includes a scramble format round of golf, a T-shirt, a golf towel, a goodie bag, raffle prizes, lunch, and more.

The first 80 entries received by May 9 will be accepted.

For more information contact Tina DeAses at 936.294.3658 or visit the Recreational Sports Web site.


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McNair Scholars Sought For Next Academic Year

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is seeking 13 SHSU students who are interested in future doctoral studies to participate in the program next year.

The McNair program is a federally-funded undergraduate research program that offers a stipend to first-generation, low-income or minority students.

“We target those three groups because they are underrepresented, and we want to increase their representation in graduate schools,” said Lydia Cruz Fox, McNair program director. “We try to search for students who are interested in getting a doctoral degree.”

Students who are accepted into the program receive a $1,600 stipend, disbursed in three payments throughout the academic year, and are paired with a faculty member in their discipline to complete a research project.

McNair scholars also receive other benefits, such as free graduate school preparation workshops, a tuition waver for a three-hour spring research class, paid travel to research conferences and for visits to prospective graduate programs, and the use of a laptop computer, as well as graduate application fee wavers, among other incentives.

“If you are an undergrad and you have research experience and you’ve been to or presented in conferences, that makes your odds of being accepted into a graduate program increase dramatically,” Fox said. “So we try to make our students as competitive as possible.”

Applicants must be classified as at least a junior at SHSU, have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and be a permanent U.S. resident.

The application deadline is August 10 and are available online at

For more information, contact the McNair Office, located in Academic Building III Room 216, at 936.294.3279, or visit the Web site


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‘Rejected’ Art To Be Featured In Show

SHSU art students will present the second annual “Rejected: A Student Art Show” April 16-20 in the SOFA Gallery.

The show will be held in conjunction with the art department’s Student Juried Show to provide an “unusual contextual twist much different than the show held last year,” said art/graphic design major Leah Fecteau.

A public reception will be held alongside the department’s open house on April 19 from 5-7 p.m.

Last year, art students hosted a “Salon des Refusés,” a show exhibiting artwork that had been turned away from the art department’s annual student juried show, during which students’ works are judged for scholarships.

The show “had a great turnout of both artists exhibiting in the show and viewers for the reception,” Fecteau said.

The SOFA Gallery is located in Art Building A.

For more information, contact Fecteau at 443.504.4730 or or Debbie Davenport at


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Art Student To Auction Works

The Huntsville and SHSU communities will have the opportunity to support student artists and the Student Art Association during the group’s annual Student Art Auction on Saturday (April 14).

The silent and live auctions will be held at 6 p.m. at 1421 Sam Houston Ave., formally known as Jose's Restaurant.

A viewing of the artwork will be held from 4-6 p.m., when the bids for the silent auction will be accepted for those unable to attend the live auction.

For more information, contact Debbie Davenport, art department audio/visual librarian, at 936.294.1317 or


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December Graduation Applications Due April 23

Students who anticipate graduating in December are to file degree applications by April 23 with the Registrar’s Office.

Students who fail to apply by the deadline will be assessed a $25 late application fee in addition to the $25 graduation fee.

Applying late may also result in names not appearing in the commencement program or the honors program.
Final exams will be held Dec. 10-13, with a study day scheduled for Dec. 7.

Commencement is scheduled for Dec. 15.

The Registrar’s Office is located on the third floor of the Estill Building.

For more information, call 936.294.1040.


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ADP Celebrates Democracy With Speech, Awards

Thirty individuals and five projects were recognized by the American Democracy Project at the group's recognition ceremony as part of Celebrating Democracy Week.

Other activities included a speech by former Cuban political prisoner Rafael Saumell-Munoz, professor of Spanish and coordinator of foreign languages at SHSU, and a showing of the documentary “Addicted to Oil.”

The projects recognized were “Voter Registration and Election Information;” “Rita B. Huff Animal Shelter Support;” “Dredging the Duck Pond at the SHSU Memorial Museum;” “the Harriet Beecher Stowe Program” at a Huntsville elementary school; and “Decorating Huntville for Christmas.”

Faculty members who have been featured on the Today@Sam service-learning spotlight series were recognized. They include Lee Miller, Corliss Lentz, George Moore and Jane Haggard, Stephanie Frogge, and Sanjay Mehta and John Newbold.

Instructors in the SAM 136 freshman seminar course were also recognized. They include Terri Harvey, Wally Barnes, Joellen Tipton, Tina Kuo, Jennifer Roberts, Kristy Vienne, Dana Grant, Sophia Polk, Beth Charrier and Jeff Kennon.

Also, Trey Charrier, Frances Fennessy, John Jordan, Tess Johnson, Pam Laughlin, Karen McIntush, Valerie Muehsam, April Murrie, Jessica Payne, Dannell Price, Amber Van Roekel, Gene Young and Keri Rogers.

SHSU's American Democracy Project is part of a national effort to increase student participation in government and public service.


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April 13, 2007
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