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SHSU Update For Week Of March 25


Fair To Give Wellness Tips

Students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to learn about important health resources, facilities and organizations that are available, both on and off campus during the 2007 SHSU Wellness Fair on Tuesday (March 27).

The fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area, will include a free chair massage, stress relief with biofeedback, hypertension and blood glucose screenings, nutrition advice and more.

"The fair offers a unique opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn about the numerous wellness resources on campus and in the community," said Michelle Lovering, SHC health programming coordinator.

Students will also have the opportunity to pick up giveaways and enter their names into a drawing for grand prizes, including T-shirts, water bottles, backpacks, Barnes and Nobles gift certificates, portfolios and a pack-and-go picnic cooler, among others.

This event is a collaborative effort between the Counseling Center, the Department of Recreational Sports, and the Student Health Center.

In the event of cold or rainy weather, the event will take place in the LSC Room 320.

For more information, visit the Health Center Web site or contact Lovering at 936.294.4347.


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Speaker, Day To Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month in March, the SHSU Wellness Committee and the Huntsville Chapter of “Voices” will teach people that “No one should die of embarrassment” and will sponsor a denim day on Wednesday (March 28).

Vicki Barrilleaux, colorectal cancer survivor and coordinator for the Huntsville “Voices” chapter, will discuss her personal story and her fight against colon cancer during the presentation, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 304.

For denim day, participants who donate $5 to the Colon Cancer Alliance will have the opportunity to wear blue jeans, with supervisor permission, to commemorate this important cause.

Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, killing roughly 30,000 men and women in 2003 alone.

However, 50 to 60 percent of CRC deaths could be prevented if men and women over the age of 50 were screened routinely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The Colon Cancer Alliance uses the phrase ‘preventable, treatable, beatable’ for this cancer,” said Michelle Lovering, SHC health programming coordinator. “Every person, regardless of age, should learn about what can be done to reduce the risk of developing and dying from CRC.”

Studies also suggest that by increasing physical activity, eating fruits and vegetables, avoiding tobacco and limiting alcohol, many people can reduce their risk of developing CRC.

All donations should be given to Barrilleaux in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, through Campus Mail Box 2418, or can be made at the colorectal cancer information table to the SHSU 2007 Wellness Fair on Tuesday (March 27) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Barrilleaux at 936.294.1584.


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Teacher Job Fair Attracts More Than 138 Schools

Approximately 138 schools and school districts will be talking to potential employees during the Spring Teacher Job Fair on Wednesday (March 28).

The fair will be held from 12:30-3 p.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Representatives from districts from Texas’ metropolitan areas, as well as smaller school districts and a few private schools, will visit with any student or alumnus who may be interested in a position.

In addition, agencies such as Harris County Dept. of Education, Texas Teachers - Alternative Certification, Windham School District and Education Service Center Regions 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 and 20 will be available to discuss other employment possibilities. Students are encouraged to bring copies of resumes and dress professionally.

For more information, or for a complete list of attending agencies, call 936.294.1713 or visit


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James Madison Prof To Discuss Sudoku

Laura Taalman, associate professor of mathematics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., will present "Sudoku: Questions, Variations, and Research" on Wednesday (March 28).

The discussion, part of the department of mathematics and statistics' Piney Woods Lecture Series, will be held from 2-3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

A reception for Taalman will follow in the Lee Drain Building’s fourth floor atrium.

Taalman received her doctoral and master’s degrees from Duke University in 2000 and 1996, respectively. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Univeristy of Chicago in 1994.

She joined the JMU faculty in 2000.

While serving as a graduate instructor of mathematics at Duke University, she spent four years developing, teaching, and writing materials for a combined calculus and precalculus course, according to her vita.

In 2004, her textbook, which combined calculus, pre-calculus, and algebra, was published by Houghton Mifflin.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Jensen 936.294.3517.


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Community Activist To Speak For ‘Grassroots’

Huntsville High School nurse and community activist Dalia Harrelson will field questions from SHSU students about her work and life on Wednesday (March 28).

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.

A reception will immediately follow 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, Inc.; the NAACP; the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program; Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and Women United.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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TCU Prof To Discuss Economics Issues

Kiril Tochkov, assistant professor of economics at Texas Christian University, will present his paper "A Drive Up the Capital Coast: Contributions to Post-Reform Growth across Chinese Provinces" on Thursday (March 29).

The lecture, part of the SHSU economics and international business department’s Spring Seminar Series, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Business Building Room 133.

Tochkov has been an assistant professor with TCU’s department of economics since 2005.

He received his doctoral and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton, as well as a master’s degree in economics and Chinese studies from the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

His research interests include macroeconomics, public finance, development economics and economics of transition in China, Russia and Eastern Europe.

For more information, or to download a copy of Tochkov’s paper, visit


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Orange Keys Applications Being Accepted

Applications for membership into the Orange Keys, one of Sam Houston State University's oldest organizations, are being accepted by the Dean of Students’ Office until April 6.

In order to be eligible for the Orange Keys, a student must be a sophomore or higher in class standing, possess a minimum 3.0 grade point average and be in good standing with the university.

The 15 students selected as Orange Keys represent the top strata of the student body, according to Jeanine Bias, assistant dean of students.

“Selection to this service-leadership group is one of the highest honors a student can receive at SHSU,” she said.

Orange Key members receive a $500 scholarship per semester.

Originally founded in 1959, members of Orange Keys have served as university ambassadors for over 45 years.

For more information, visit the Dean of Students' Office, located in Lowman Student Center Room 215, call 936.294.1785, or visit


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Festival To ‘Jazz’ Up SHSU

The School of Music will bring a weekend of jazz to the SHSU campus during the 47th Annual Jazz Festival March 29-31.

This year’s festival, the oldest jazz festival in the state, will feature guest artist and trombonist Ron Wilkins, a San Antonio native and Broadway veteran who has performed with notable jazz and popular musicians such as Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Dizzy Gillespie and The Temptations.

The three-day event will open on Thursday, with a class on jazz style and improvisation taught by Wilkins, at 11 a.m. in Music Building Room 216.

At 2 p.m., the SHSU Jazz Ensemble will have an open rehearsal in Music Building Room 205 as they work with Wilkins in preparation for their concert on Saturday, followed by a SHSU Faculty Jazz Combo concert with Wilkins at 5 p.m., also in Music Building Room 205.

Friday will feature a lecture by Wilkins at 11 a.m. in Music Building Room 205, an open rehearsal of the SHSU Jazz Lab Band lead by Wilkins at 2 p.m. in Music Building Room 205, and an open dress rehearsal for Saturday’s concerts at 5 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium.

The festival culminates on Saturday with competition performances of about a dozen of Texas’ best school jazz bands from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., a performance of the SHSU Jazz Lab Band at 3 p.m., and a performance of SHSU Student Jazz Combo at 5:30 p.m.

The awards gala concert, with the SHSU Jazz Ensemble, Wilkins and other featured artists, will be held at 6 p.m. All of Saturday’s activities will be held in the Killinger Auditorium.

Tickets to the Thursday and Saturday evening concert and festival performances, including the awards gala concert can be purchased at the door for $10. A combined ticket for the Thursday and Saturday events can be purchased for $15. All other events are free and open to the public.

All concerts are free for SHSU student, faculty and staff with an SHSU ID.

For more information, contact the festival director Trent Hanna, coordinator of jazz studies at; Daniel Pfannstiel, graduate assistant in theory/composition, at; or Pablo Tani, graduate assistant in jazz studies, at


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Music To Host Brass, Symphony Concerts

The School of Music will highlight its tuba and euphonium ensemble, as well as its symphony orchestra with two concerts this week.

On Tuesday (March 27), the SHSU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble will give audiences a preview of the performance the group and student soloists will give for the South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference on March 30-31 at the University of Texas at Austin.

The preview performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The ensemble will perform arrangements of music originally written for another genre, including Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod” movement from “Enigma Variations,” Jacob Arcadelt’s “Ave Maria,” and Arthur Pryor’s “Blue Bells of Scotland,” according to Robert Daniel, adjunct professor of tuba.

“This arrangement works extremely well for the tuba-euphonium ensemble,” he said.

Ensemble members James (Casey) Tucker, tuba, and Irving Ray, euphonium, will be featured as soloists on one of the student recitals at the conference, while Spencer Little has been selected as a finalist in the solo tuba competition.

“If Spencer wins this competition, he will be a featured soloist on the final concert of the conference,” Daniel said.

Under the direction of Daniel and low brass professor Henry Howey, the ensemble is comprised of euphonium players Ray, Joseph Walter, Adam Chitta, Steve Buescher and Paul Levine, as well as tuba players Tucker, Layne Gilley, Little, Alex Badour, Chris Lawrence and David Simon.

On Thursday (March 29), the SHSU Symphony Orchestra will bring “Mars” and “Jupiter” to Earth during a performance at 7:30 p.m. at the University Heights Baptist Church.

The event will feature graduate assistant in orchestral studies Ryan Gilchrist guest conducting two movements of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets, Opus 32: Suite for Large Orchestra” set to a PowerPoint presentation of NASA photography from the Hubble Telescope, according to conductor Carol Smith.

“It’s a huge production,” Smith said. “We’re bringing in two harps and a few other instruments we normally do not use as part of the orchestra.”

The concert will also interject performances by undergraduate student soloists in addition to the full orchestra, performing such pieces as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra” and Antonio Lucio Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Trumpets in C major, RV 537.”

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children and non-SHSU students, and free for SHSU students and faculty with their university ID.

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


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Art Students’ Works To Be Judged For Scholarships

The SHSU art department will open its studio doors to the public as art students compete for scholarships and awards through their works during the art department’s 8th Annual Juried Student Show beginning Monday (March 26).

The exhibit will be held in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, located in Art Building F, through April 26.

For the juried show, students submit their artworks to be judged to determine which pieces will be included in the show, according to art department slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

The guest judge for the event will be Ian McDonald, an artist living and working in San Francisco who has shown all over the US and Europe.

A reception and "open studios" will be held on April 19, from 5-7 p.m. and the awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m.

“Viewers can walk through the rooms where the classes are taught and art is created,” Davenport said. “Included in this ‘open house’ is the painting and drawing studios, sculpture and ceramic studios, and the printmaking and design studios.”

In addition, the Student Organization of Fine Art will host a “Refusal Show” April 16-20 in the SOFA Gallery for the works not picked for the juried show. The reception for that show will be held at the same time and date as the juried show.

“There will also be samples of artwork throughout the Art Complex studios in various stages of completion,” Davenport said. “This is an excellent opportunity to get an up close and personal look at the student work and the studios of the art department.”

The reception, as well as both exhibits, is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the art department at 936.294.1315.


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OneCard Program Wins National Marketing Award

The Bearkat OneCard Office was recently selected to receive the 2007 "Best Marketing" award from the National Association of Campus Card Users at its 15th annual national conference.

Kristy Vienne, director of Bearkat OneCard Services, submitted the winning entry, which included materials from all of the different ways the university utilizes the identification card program.

In addition to the basic identification purposes of SHSU’s Bearkat OneCard, the card is marketed through its use for payroll and financial disbursements, activation of the card, on campus sponsorship and marketing, Web site information, logos, and prizes such as card pouches, mouse pads and T-shirts, she said.

Bearkat OneCard cardholders also use their ID card to access Student Services and Athletic events, their designated Residence Hall, the Health and Kinesiology Center, the Newton Gresham Library, meal plans and Bearkat Bucks account, as well as other university sponsored programs and services.

"Our job is to provide a multi-functioning ID card that students can use on and off campus for programs and services,” Vienne said. “We strive to develop marketing pieces that will educate students on the services we provide as well as educate them on responsible financial money management.”

In addition to the glass trophy awarded at the awards luncheon, SHSU will also receive a free registration to the 2008 NACCU conference in Las Vegas Nevada, valued at $395.

NACCU is the national professional organization for university and institutional ID card programs. In addition to producing a monthly newsletter, hosting the national list serve, and maintaining a Web site with information on campus card issues, NACCU offers card industry employees a variety of networking and educational opportunities including hosting national and regional conferences.

The NACCU annual conference was held March 3-7 in Atlanta, Ga.


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PC To Have Fear-Filled ‘Fling’

The Program Council will test students’ “Fear Factor” during its 2007 Spring Fling beginning on Tuesday (March 27).

That day, magician Brian Brushwood will show off his “Bizarre Magic,” at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

On Wednesday, students can participate in “Fear Factor Fun,” with bumper cars, a Velcro wall and human bowling at noon in the LSC Mall Area.

Texas Snakes of Houston will help students face their fears of the reptiles on Thursday, when students can have their pictures taken holding live snakes, at 11 a.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

The “fling” will conclude on Friday and Saturday with the Sam Houston Challenge II, a weekend of mental and physical events during which teams can compete for a $600 prize. Teams can sign up in the PC office, located in LSC Room 324.

All PC and Spring Fling events are free.

For more information, call the PC at 936.294.1763.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
March 23, 2007
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