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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 11


Foot-Soldiers To Bring Black History To SHSU

The history department will pay homage to Black History Month and the Civil Rights Era, while challenging popular misconceptions about the 1950s and 60s, on Thursday (Feb. 15) through a lecture by two foot-soldiers who fought to desegregate the public schools of Virginia.

“Defeating Massive Resistance” will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in Academic Building IV’s Olson Auditorium.

The discussion will feature Louis Cousins and Andrew Heidelberg, two high school students “who braved insults and threats to tear down an entrenched system of segregation in the heart of the South,” said Jeff Littlejohn, assistant professor of history.

“Their stories challenge the commonly-held belief that desegregation occurred smoothly and swiftly in the upper-South,” Littlejohn said. “In fact, they argue just the opposite: desegregation occurred slowly and painfully, requiring constant legal and social agitation.”

Cousins was the first African-American student to attend Maury High School in Norfolk, Va., in 1959, and Heidelberg was the first African-American student to play football on a desegregated high school team in the state in 1961.

“Heidelberg and Cousins faced many difficulties as they desegregated the first schools in Virginia,” Littlejohn said. “They were spit upon, cursed at, belittled, and ostracized. And yet, they persevered through the hardships, taking solace in their faith, family, and friends.

“We are the beneficiaries of their sacrifice,” he said.

For more information, contact Littlejohn by e-mail or phone at 936.294.4438 or visit the Department of History Web site.


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Sammy Award Nominations Sought

Nominations for the 13th annual Sammy Awards are being accepted in the Office of Student Activities through Feb. 23.

“Sam Houston State University and Student Activities annually hosts this event to recognize outstanding student leaders, student organizations and student advisors,” said Brandon Cooper, Student Activities program coordinator.

Sammy awards will be given to 18 individuals and organizations, and approximately four will be given to graduating students and faculty or staff members for outstanding contributions and service to the university, which require nominations from members of the university community at-large.

In addition, five new individual awards representing excellent service from a student in each of the five colleges at SHSU will be awarded, which require nominations strictly made from members of the SHSU faculty within each student’s particular college, according to Cooper.

The Sammys will be held on April 18 at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Nominations, which are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 23, can be picked up and returned to Student Activities, in LSC Suite 328. Forms are also available online.

For more information, call 936.294.3861.


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Departments To Give Opportunity To ‘Save A Hero’

The departments of Recreational Sports and Military Science are encouraging students, faculty and staff to “Be a Hero, Save a Hero” during a blood drive on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 12-13).

On those days from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., a veterans’ hospital in Fort Knox will set up in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom to accept donations, which will “go immediately to Iraq and our soldiers,” said Tina De Ases, senior assistant director of marketing, promotions and special events for Rec. Sports.

One donation can save the lives of three soldiers, “who spend 24/ 7 protecting our freedom,” she said.
In order to give blood, participants must bring a photo ID and be at least 18 years of age.

In addition, donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated blood in the last 8 weeks or 56 days, according to the American Red Cross Web site.

For more information, contact Maj. Chris Wooten in Military Science at 936.294.3805 or De Ases at 936.294.3658.


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SHSU To Open Doors To Boy, Girl Scouts

More than 450 boy and girl scouts are expected to earn merit badges with the help of Sam Houston State University professors, staff and administrators during the third annual Scout Saturday at Sam on Feb. 24.

Registration for the event will be held at 8 a.m. that day in Beto Criminal Justice Building, followed by a short opening program at 8:30 a.m.

Merit badge instruction will be held form 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., when scouts will be able to choose from a variety of classes to earn as many as two merit badges.

There will be 20 boy scout merit badge classes taught, including weather, law, medicine, farm mechanics, journalism, cinematography, animal science and citizenship in the world and in the nation, among others.

Girl Scouts will have 14 interest patch options, including childcare, dollars and sense, from stress to success, leadership, just jewelry, on a high note and Girl Scouts Investigate, among others.

Any scout in the Sam Houston Area Council can register for the event, which is free, until Feb 19.

Scouts and their parents may bring a sack lunch or purchase a meal and a drink for approximately $6.50.

For more information, or to sign up for classes, visit the SHSU Merit Badge Day Web site.


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Physics To Show Students 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 (Feb. 16).

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 turnout was excellent last semester, especially the last day,” he said.

The show will last approximately one hour and will include a tour of the winter constellations, including some observation tips for the March 3 total lunar eclipse, and one of the department’s prearranged movies specifically formatted for viewing on a dome-shaped screen.

This semester's feature movie is entitled "Orion."

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 March 9, April 13 and May 11, at 7 p.m. on all three days. The three presentations will essentially be the same, 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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Thesis Concert To Show Students’ ‘Perspectives’

SHSU dance graduate student Melissa Diamond will give audiences a glimpse of her “Perspectives” during her Master of Fine Arts Thesis Concert, featuring guest artist Cheryl Callon, Thursday and Friday (Feb. 15-16).

Curtain time is 8 p.m. on both nights in the Academic Building III Dance Theatre.

“The concert promises to be an exciting choreographic journey through the various permutations of emotional responses to the color green,” Diamond said.

The concert will feature student dancers Jilianne Barzilla, Allie DuFour, Natasha Freeman, Laura Harrell, Amber Kent, Amy Llanes, Cindy Parker, Kristen Roberts, Callie Roberson, Lesley Stone and Vicky Zahrndt performing pieces choreographed by Diamond.

“In ‘Jealousy,’ a dynamic exploration using text and music, the dancers convey jealousy as an emotion consisting of anger and insecurity—and always involving three people,” she said. “In ‘Tranquility,’ the sounds of wind chimes, water droplets, and the ocean waves create a calm atmosphere reminiscent of a meditative state as the dancers careen and flow as if on a timeless beach.”

Diamond will also present ‘A Bit of a Trip,’ which was presented originally during the spring of 2005.

In addition, Callon’s “Impressions,” containing a movement inspired by C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” and portraying the reactions of the four children upon hearing the name of “Aslan,” will also be performed.

“The concert promises to be entertaining and enlightening evening, featuring the outstanding talent of SHSU dancers,” Diamond said.

Tickets are $8 at the door, and early arrival is recommended, as seating is limited.

For more information, call 936.294.3988.


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Music Faculty To Present ‘Romantic’ Concert

Music faculty members Lisa Burrell and Jay Whatley will bring chamber music from great Romantic composers to audiences just in time for Valentine’s Day during a concert on Monday (Feb. 12).

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

Violinist Burrell and pianist Whatley will perform “grand, sweeping music,” for the instruments, accompanied by music faculty member Veronica Wilson, on viola, and Daniel Saenz, on cello, for the final piece, according to Scott Phillips, assistant professor of bassoon, who is in charge of programs for the School of Music.

The program will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Sonata in G Major for Piano and Violin, Op. 96,” Antonin Dvorak’s “Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75” and Robert Schumann’s “Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47.”

Admission is free.

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


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Warner Chair Puts SHSU On International Airwaves

Sam Houston State University is receiving international mention as the current home of a SHSU journalism professor who once hired Molly Ivins and edited her copy.

Ivins is described by Warner Chair Professor Mike Blackman as a "nationally renowned, left-leaning, populist writer who was a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and best-selling author."

That's what he wrote in a column for his and Ivins' former employer, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, when he heard that Ivins had died the evening of Jan. 31. The column was about his experience hiring her and editing her copy.

After it was posted on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Web site on the evening of Jan. 31 (the day she died), it was picked up by the New York Times and McClatchy newswire services the next day.

The Star-Telegram then ran the story in its Feb. 2 edition.

Blackman said he has heard from a number of Ivins' fans from across the country and even abroad, The British Broadcasting Company also interviewed him for a piece on one of its Sunday morning programs.


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Entergy Donates $1,000 To Prof

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Entergy representative Stan Foley presents a $1,000 check to accounting professor Carl Brewer on Wednesday.

The Entergy company has given $1,000 to an accounting professor to allow him to attend a conference which he expects to be a great benefit in his teaching and research.

Carl W. Brewer, associate professor in accounting, will attend the 2007 Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference in Rolla, Mo.

"I hope to gain insight into how to use mathematics to describe the accounting process and the auditing process, which are two different phenomena," Brewer said. "I also hope to obtain information on the Moore Method of learning mathematics from Dr. Tom Ingram."

The check was presented to Brewer and Richard Eglsaer, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, by Entergy representative Stan Foley.

"We greatly appreciate Entergy's support of SHSU through their contribution to our faculty improvement process," Eglsaer said.


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Organization Raffling Off V-Day Dinner

Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, is raffling off a chance to win a Valentine’s Day dinner for two at the Stardust Room.

Tickets can be purchased for $1 in Evans Building Room 458, as well as in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area on Monday (Feb. 12), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate and will be notified on Feb. 12 to claim the prize.
All proceeds benefit the organization.

The Stardust room is located on the square in downtown Huntsville.

For more information, contact Allison Newton, Sigma Tau Delta public relations director.


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College To Train High School CJ Instructors

The College of Criminal Justice will inform high school criminal justice instructors of “Emerging Issues in Criminal Justice” during its 2007 annual seminar Thursday and Friday (Feb. 15-16).

The purpose of the one and a half day seminar, which has been held since 2002, is to provide professional training directly related to the criminal justice field and special needs, according to Amy Proctor, High School Criminal Justice Instructors Training coordinator.

This year, 40 instructors are expected to participate in the seminar.

Among the topics to be covered are “Introduction to Criminal Justice for College Freshmen,” “Mental Illness and Criminal Justice,” “Victimology,” “Emerging Legal Issues in Criminal Justice,” “Current Issues in Corrections,” and “Forensic Science and Forensic Investigation Demonstration,” among others.

Participating teachers will receive eight hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education credit.

The Texas Occupations Code requires every peace officer to complete 40 hours of continuing education programs once every 24 months, and those who do not comply with this requirement may have his/her license suspended.

For more information, contact Proctor by e-mail or phone at 936.294.3631.


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Feb. 11, 2007
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