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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 25


SHSU Continues To Outgrow Other Colleges

Spring enrollment figures released this week by the Office of the Registrar show that Sam Houston State University continues to be a state leader in enrollment growth.

Spring enrollment for 2007 is 14,968. This is 594 students more than last spring--an increase of 4.1 percent.

Figures available from other colleges and universities throughout the state included 3.58 and .80 percent decreases at Lamar University and the University of Houston, as well as increases of 1.8 percent at Stephen F. Austin, 3.1 percent at the University of North Texas, 1.4 percent at Texas State University—San Marcos, 2.38 percent at Texas A&M at Commerce, and 2 percent at Texas A&M.

A comparison of this spring enrollment against last spring's shows small increases in freshmen (1.2 percent) and sophomores (2.6 percent). The biggest increase was in juniors--8.7 percent. SHSU has agreements with 14 community colleges to ease their students' transfer to upper level studies.

SHSU enrollment in its five colleges includes 3,630 in Arts and Sciences, 3,014 in Business Administration, 2,040 in Criminal Justice, 2,876 in Humanities and Social Sciences, and 3,408 in Education.


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Display To Show ‘Beauty Among Old Main’s Ashes’

A commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the burning of the Old Main Building will be on display on the second floor lobby area of the Newton Gresham Library through March 12.

“Beauty among the Ashes” will include a pictorial history of the building, photographs and memorabilia from the Feb. 12, 1982, fire and its aftermath, and a special display of recovered Old Main stained glass, according to university archivist Barbara Kievit-Mason.

The exhibit also will feature artifacts recovered during an archeological dig of the building remains done by state archeologist Mark Denton in April 1982.

These artifacts were returned to the Sam Houston State University campus by the Texas Historical Commission in 2005 and include door locks, door hinges, pieces of slate chalkboard, wood, bricks, nails, a whiskey bottle, stained glass window pieces and various other items.

In addition, Kievit-Mason is looking for an Old Main T-shirt from the Sigma Alpha Iota professional music fraternity for women, which was sold after the fire.

For more information on the display or on how to donate Old Main or SHSU-related items to the archives, contact the University Archives at 936.294.3699 or e-mail Kievit-Mason at


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German Professor To Discuss Studying Abroad

Heiko Ihmels, professor at the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Siegen in Germany, will discuss exchange opportunities for students with the University of Siegen on Tuesday (Feb. 27).

The discussion will be held at 3 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 319.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Reiko Clark, SHSU director for International Programs, at 936.294.4611 or


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Theatre To Show ‘Life x 3’

SHSU’s department of theatre and dance will tell the story of an American couple living in France three times and in three different ways during its production of “Life x 3,” Feb. 28 through March 3.

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

Written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, “Life x 3” focuses on Henry and Sonia, the American couple living in France and trying to contend with their restless newborn son, Arnaud.

Henry attempts to publish the results of years of astronomy research and to impress his boss, Hubert, by having him and his wife, Inez, over for dinner.

When the guests of honor show up a night early, a cataclysmic series of events is set into motion, which threatens to tear the couples apart.

The story is told three times, in three different ways, to illustrate how much can change because of a seemingly innocuous event.

“Life x 3” stars Jeff Barba as Henry, Grace Marie Walton as Sonia, Shannon Holt as Arnaud, Glen Philip as Hubert, and Ashtyn Sonner as Inez.

The play is directed by senior musical theatre major Julie Hall, and designers include theatre majors Craig Brossman, set and lights; and Jared Pike, costumes.

Brossman also serves as the technical director, and theatre major Kent Coppock is the stage manager.
Tickets are $8 for general admission.

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

For more information, call the UTC Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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Symphonic Band, Symphony To Perform

The SHSU Symphonic Band will perform the first of two concerts scheduled by the School of Music on Thursday (March 1) in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Alfredo Vèlez III, the concert will feature two pieces by John Philip Sousa and one Sousa-inspired piece by Hollywood composer Ira Hearshen.

Composer Christopher Tucker, from Dallas, will also be in the audience, as one of his original band compositions will be performed by the symphonic band.

On Saturday (March 3), the SHSU Symphony will give audiences “an evening of gorgeous French and German music” during its concert at at 7:30 p.m. at the University Heights Baptist Church.

The concert will feature faculty violinist Andrew Wilson performing the Bruch “Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G Minor”; “the fabulous Viennese waltz of French composer Maurice Ravel” and the “Fanfare: La Peri” by Paul Dukas, according to conductor Carol Smith, SHSU director of orchestral studies.

Admission for both concerts is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, non-SHSU students and children over the age of 12. SHSU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their identification card.

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


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Dance Company To ‘Whisper’, ‘Shout’ At Concert

The Kista Tucker Dance Company will perform “Whispers, Shouts, and Other Voices from the House of Stir” on Thursday and Friday (March 1-2).

The concert will be held at 8 p.m. in the Academic Building III Dance Theater.

Freshly back from a three-stop tour in upstate New York, the company will premier Tucker’s “Simple Stick People,” as well as “Snow,” “Two Tears in the Dirt,” “Trio,” “I am, we are,” “The Road,” and one of Tucker’s signature solos, “Fractured.”

Tucker, assistant professor of dance at SHSU, created the Kista Tucker Dance Company in 1996.
She has performed and had her work presented throughout the country, in Europe, Japan, Mexico and Canada.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students.

For more information, call 936.294.3988 or 936.294.3525.


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Performance To Raise Money For Local SAAFE House

SHSU theatre students, alumnae and a Huntsville community member will bring the V-Day campaign, a global movement to end violence against women and children, to Huntsville with a presentation of “The Vagina Monologues” March 5-6.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on both days at The Stardust Room, located on the Square in downtown Huntsville.

Organized by SHSU alumna Kandice Harris, the cast includes SHSU theatre students Rose Angus, Veronica Bruce, Megan Caillier, Andrea Cooper, Amanda Gutierrez, Kim Kramis, Alissa Palmeri, Regina Promise, Kathleen Seeley, Sara Stark, Katie Stephaniak and Nicole Wooddell. Also part of the cast are SHSU alumna Marjean Creager and Huntsville community member Barbara Morrison.

The V-Day campaign raises funds and awareness to end violence against women and girls through benefit productions of playright and founder Eve Ensler’s award-winning play.

In 2006, more than 2,700 V-Day events were held around the world.

To date, the movement has raised more than $40 million and educated millions.

Tickets are $5 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit Huntsville’s SAAFE House.

The play contains adult content.

For more information, contact Harris at 936.714.3764 or e-mail


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Workshop To Help Non-Traditional Students Build Resumes

The Non-Traditional Student Organization will help students with their resume writing during a workshop on Tuesday (Feb. 27).

Career Services employment specialist Vinessa Mundorff will give a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation for the "Resume Writing Workshop for the Non-Traditional Students" from 2-3:15 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 308.

Mundorff will discuss the basic structure of how a good resume is built, along with issues that might relate to non-traditional students, such as career changes and returning to college after being away for a number of years, according to NTSO business manager Andrea Woodlief.

She will also highlight tips for interviewing and give suggestions for how to land a professional job, as well as career placement and testing at SHSU’s Career Services to help students figure out what they should focus on.

In addition, the NTSO will sponsor a social gathering for non-traditional students and their families on Monday (Feb. 26) from 7-9 p.m. at the McDonald's Playland in Huntsville.

For more information about the organization, or to sign up to receive news about the group or to become a member, visit the NTSO Web site or contact Woodlief at


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Professors, Students To Present At Baylor

More than 20 SHSU faculty members and students will present their research in the fields of anthropology, botany, cell and molecular biology, chemistry and biochemistry, environmental science and terrestrial ecology in Waco during the 110th annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Science.

More than 450 scientists from dozens of universities across the state will be in attendance at the conference, held March 1-3 on the Baylor University campus.

Those representing SHSU and conducting the 11 different presentations include Alicia M. Kennedy, Patrick J. Lewis, Monte L. Thies, Candace Wise, Joan E. N. Hudson, Rachelle J. Alderson, Todd P. Primm, W. Ryan Williamson, Ted Brummel, Darren L. Williams, Bassam Alnasleh, Benny E. Arney Jr., Tiffani Thompson, William Donaldson, Rick C. White, Mahesh Paladugu, Paul Loeffler, Guadalupe Quiroz and Diane L. H. Neudorf, Sheena K. Humbird and Mallory J. Brodrick-Christian.

The Texas Academy of Science is one of the oldest science organizations in the state.


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Library Science Hosts Illustration Conference

Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Coretta Scott King Award winning illustrator, discussed the use of illustration to enhance stories during a conference for students, librarians and other participants on Feb. 3.

The approximately 50 participants were also given the opportunity to experiment with illustrating with pencil and ink washes during the event.

“Ms. Gilchrist's presentation voiced the importance of an illustrator's unique interpretation of an author's story while always remembering to remain true to the author's intent,” said Amy Owens, library science graduate student.

She stressed the importance of not comparing one's art to another person’s; but instead, to remember “no one knows what medium will suit them best, and that children must be allowed to experiment to learn what media they enjoy most,” Owens said.

“She reminded the group that art is an expression, and that how someone expresses themself through art cannot be judged as incorrect,” she said.

The library science department offers conference such as this one twice a year. The next conference will be held in the fall, featuring Denise Fleming, author and illustrator of the Caldecott honor book “In the Small, Small Pond.”

“I believe the greatest benefit of these workshops was being able to share thoughts and ideas in a small group,” Owens said. “Unlike many conferences this one offers participants the opportunity to interact directly with the illustrator, and learn how the approach the task of creating books.”

For more information on upcoming conferences, call 936.294.1151.


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Feb. 25, 2007
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