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SHSU Update For Week Of March 18


Campus To Open For Potential Students March 24

Prospective students and parents will have the opportunity to visit the Sam Houston State University campus to see what the university has to offer on Saturday (March 24).

“Saturdays@Sam!,” sponsored by the Visitor Center, will begin with check-in and parent coffee from 8-9 a.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, followed by an opening session from 9-9:30 a.m.

Throughout the day, students and their parents can meet with academic advisers at the university’s Student Advising and Mentoring Center, have academic sessions with two different colleges of potential majors, tour residence halls and the campus, attend an organizations fair, and get information from various departments on campus.

Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase throughout the day at the Johnson Coliseum concession stands. Lunch will also be available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Café Belvin for $5 and at the Paw Print.

The next “Saturdays@Sam!” will be held on in the fall.

Registration forms, online registration, directions to the university and more information is available online at

More information may also be obtained by calling 936.294.1844 or e-mailing


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‘Excellent’ Staff Members Sought

Nominations for the Staff Excellence Award and Recognition of Service Program are due April 2.

The annual Staff Excellence Awards “honor three employees who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence,” including one exempt and two non-exempt staff employees, according to the nomination form.

Non-exempt employees are those subject to overtime pay.

A recipient must be a full-time, non-temporary staff member with a minimum of two years service at time of nomination; demonstrate outstanding abilities, innovative ideas, efficient operations, high level of motivation; be respected by the university community; and cannot be a previous recipient.

A list of previous recipients can be found at

Recipients also receive a financial stipend.

Any full-time SHSU faculty or staff member can nominate, and faculty and staff may nominate more than one person. Selections are made by the university’s eight-member staff excellence committee.

Forms also may be picked up and returned to the Human Resources Department, in Estill Building Room 334, or through campus mail at Box 2356 SHSU.

For more information, or to nominate someone online, visit


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Indian Literature Expert To Speak

Anjali Daimari, an expert on Indian literature, will discuss “Voices of the Northeast: New Writings in Indian English Literature” on Monday (March 19).

The lecture, sponsored by the English department, will be held from 5-6 p.m. in Evans Building Room 105.

Daimari is a lecturer of English literature at Gauhati University in India. Her research interests include Indian writing in English, feminism and questions related to “self,” “silences,” and “identity.”

She is also an expert on Indian English writers U. R. Ananthamurthy, author of “Samskara;” Gopinath Mohanty, author of “Paraja;” and Mahasweta Devi, author of “Rudali.”

Daimari will be in Huntsville visiting friend and SHSU assistant professor of economics Hiranya Nath.

“Since Dr. Daimari is an expert on Indian literature, and since we heard of her visit in Huntsville, we wanted her to give a talk in her expertise, Indian literature, in the English Department, where one of the fields of study is multicultural literature,” said Helena Halmari, associate professor of English.

“This is most fitting to the curriculum in the English department, where the study of literature—all over the world—is the main target,” she said.

For more information, contact the English department at 936.294.1403 or Halmari at 936.294.1420.


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Registration Dates Change

Registration for the summer and fall semesters has been changed to March 23 through May 2.

Opening dates and times have changed for each classification and will begin at 1 p.m. on March 23 for honors students.

Doctoral, graduate and post graduate students, as well as seniors may register beginning on March 26; juniors may register on March 28; sophomores, on March 29; and freshmen, on March 30.

Registration will begin at 1 p.m. for all undergraduate students.

For more information, call the Registrar’s Office at 936.294.1040.


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SAM Center To Give Study Skills Advice

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will teach students how to “study smart” with its second Study Skills Workshop series of the semester beginning March 19.

The six, one-hour sessions will introduce study skills, as well as discuss procrastination, time management, reading textbooks, note and test taking strategies and stress management.

Sessions will also be held at a variety of times to accommodate student schedules.

Space is limited, and students must call or stop by the SAM Center to sign up.

For more information, call 936.294.4444, e-mail or visit the SAM Center, located in Academic Building IV Room 210.


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Honors Student To Show ‘Order Of Movement’

Senior dance major Amy Wright will present “Kineseos Taxis,” an undergraduate honors thesis concert, on Thursday and Friday (March 22-23) at 8 p.m. in the Academic Building III Dance Theatre.

The concert will include six “extremely varied dances” choreographed by Wright and performed by undergraduate dance and musical theatre students, she said.

The program will incorporate styles including modern, theatre jazz, and tap, opening with a theatre jazz piece to music from Leonard Bernstein's "Wonderful Town."

The main work in the concert is a modern dance based on the William Cullen Bryant poem "The Flood of Years."

“This piece is about the lives of all kinds of people from all different walks,” Wright said.

The concert also includes two tap pieces: a trio of two modern dancers and a tap dancer “which explores the juxtaposition between these two very different but very beautiful genres” and another to a jazz piece by pianist Doug Smith, she said.

"Kineseos Taxis," which comes from Plato's laws, literally means "order of movement" and is how Plato defines rhythm, according to Wright.

“The concert is part of an honors thesis project that addresses the function of art, specifically dance, in the lives of the people in a society,” she said. “The purpose of the thesis is to prove how necessary art is to people.”

Admission to the concert is free.

For more information, call the Dance Box Office at 936.294.3988.


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Music To Host Quintet Of Performances

The SHSU School of Music will return from the Spring Break holiday on a high note, presenting five different concerts beginning on Tuesday (March 20).

On that day, three faculty members will present music for the clarinet, piano and saxophone at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Featuring faculty musicians Patricia P. Card playing clarinet, Sergio Ruiz playing piano and Scott Plugge playing saxophone, the concert will include pieces such as Johannes Brahms’ “Sonata in F minor, Op. 120 Nr.1” and Nikola Resanovic’s “The Ox and the Lark."

On Wednesday (March 21), the SHSU Steel Band will perform an eclectic set of music including Caribbean soca and calypso styles, reggae, Latin jazz and arrangements of popular music.

The performance will be held at noon at the Farrington Pit Stage, next to the Farrington Building.

A limbo contest will also be held during the event.

The ensemble, under the direction of John Lane, assistant professor of percussion, is available for future events or for hire, he said.

That evening, Trent Hanna, music theory professor, will perform a “contemporary classical” concert featuring some of his original piano compositions from his debut CD at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The CD, Sojournal (which is “a combination of the words sojourn and journal”) is based on different places Hanna has visited over the past few years, he said.

“Dorland,” completed in 2001, won first prize in the 2006 Contemporary Japanese and American Music Composition Contest and took him to Japan over Spring Break to perform two concerts of his works, he said.

“A Tiburon Panorama,” the most recently composed piece on the recital, depicts different places around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Another composition will include a choreographed piece by Kista Tucker, professor of dance, and will be performed by Jessalyn Pratka and Elspeth Erickson.

Also this week, the School of Music will host the SAI Musicale, on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall and a flute studio recital, on March 25 at 2 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

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


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Biology Group To Host Conference

The Delta Tau chapter of the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society will host the organization’s regional conference on March 31.

The chapter plans to bring approximately 20 student presenters and volunteers to host the regional meeting, where students from Tri-Beta chapters from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana will meet and present research work, according to Carlye Schulte, public relations officer for SHSU’s chapter.

The event will be held at the Oklahoma University field station on Lake Texoma, Schulte said, but as hosts, the Delta Tau chapter is responsible for making arrangements for the conference, including setting up catering and conference rooms, printing out schedules, assigning rooms and “just basically setting everything up and making sure everything runs properly.

“We are also involved in contacting everyone and getting everything together,” she said. “The volunteers from our chapter will help out during the conference and will present research work, which all add points to the regional competition for best overall chapter. We hope to get this honor.”

The group will also participate in a scrapbook competition, for which each presenter competes for best presentation and research work.

For more information, contact Schulte at


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March 14, 2007
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