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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 14


Center To Screen Students For Depression

Depression can affect students in many ways, including their personal lives and their academic careers, according to William Metcalfe, director of SHSU’s Counseling Center.

“When a person is depressed or anxious, they tend to miss class more often, they have problems concentrating, they aren’t able to retain information as well; they just overall are not performing as well in the classroom,” Metcalfe said. “It also tends to affect their interpersonal relationships. They feel that people don’t want to be around them, so they might tend to isolate themselves even more, which tends to make them more depressed.”

To educate students about the illness and how to treat it, the center will host a depression screening for SHSU students on Wednesday (Oct. 17).

The free assessment, which requires students to fill out a brief questionnaire, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. in the Counseling Center, located in Lee Drain Building’s north annex.

After students fill out the questionnaire, counselors will meet with them individually to tally up responses and give feedback, a process not expected to take more than 10-15 minutes, according to Metcalfe.

For those who seem to experience a large number of symptoms associated with depression or anxiety, the counselor will discuss those issues and inquire as to whether the student would like to set up an appointment with a counselor on campus or receive a referral for an off-campus counselor. Services offered at SHSU’s Counseling Center are free for students.

Symptoms of depression and anxiety include changes in appetite, sleep patterns or energy levels, losing interest in things, and feeling sad, blue or having crying spells.

The center will also hand out literature about depression and how to deal with a family member who may be depressed.

Depression and anxiety are the two most common diagnoses made at SHSU’s Counseling Center, which is typical of most university counseling centers, and both are treatable, Metcalfe said.

The screenings are confidential, and students do not have to make an appointment to participate.

For more information, call 936.294.1720.


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Speaker To Discuss Houston’s Port Authority

Robert Morgan, Jr., trade development manager for the Port of Houston Authority, will discuss the industry on Wednesday (Oct. 17).

“Port of Houston Authority: Texas' Gateway to the World,” part of the College of Business Administration’s “Global Business Lecture Series,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Business Building Room 186.

As trade development manager for customer service with the Port of Houston Authority, Morgan directs international business, marketing, management and sales for nine marine terminals.

A Donaldsonville, La., native, Morgan holds a number of degrees, including undergraduate degrees in accounting, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, and in data processing, from Panama Canal College in the Republic of Panama; a Master of Business Administration in management, from National University in San Diego, Calif.; and a Master of Science in transportation from Texas Southern University.

He is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, where he completed the Joint Staff Officer course from the National Defense University in Norfolk, Va.

Serving on active duty in the United States Navy, Morgan also held various top-level management and leadership assignments worldwide.

For more information on the lecture, call the management and marketing department at 936.294.1256.


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Opera Workshop To Perform Italian Comedy

The SHSU Opera Workshop will present a black comedy revolving around the disinheritance of the relatives of the rich Buoso Donati in Giacomo Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 19-20).

The last part of Puccini’s “Il Trittico” (“The Trilogy”) will be sung in Italian, with English surtitles, at 7:30 p.m. on both days in the Recital Hall.

In the opera, Donati has just passed away, and all of the action takes place at his deathbed, according to Dawn M. Padula, assistant professor of music and director of the Opera Workshop.

“The relatives reluctantly call upon the services of Gianni Schicchi, a known charlatan, in the hopes of changing the will (illegally) and gaining back their inheritance,” she said. “As one can imagine, the plot is full of many interesting twists and turns.”

The production will be presented in full costume, set in the 1920s, and with set pieces donated by the theatre and dance department.

In addition, the production is “double-cast,” meaning each night will showcase a different cast of performers, according to Padula.

“Double-casting gives more School of Music students the opportunity to learn and perform these roles,” she said. “In that regard, patrons are encouraged to come to both nights of performances so that they can see both casts’ interpretation of the roles.”

Padula also is the musical director, stage director and producer of the one-act opera, which includes accompaniment by piano professor Ilonka Rus, assistant conductor and graduate student Landon Gilmore, and director of choirs Allen Hightower.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for non-SHSU students and senior citizens; and free for SHSU faculty, staff and students with an ID.

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


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Department To Shake Up Theatre Center With ‘Quake’

The department of theatre and dance will “explore the geography of the human heart” with its production of Melanie Marnich’s “Quake” on Wednesday through Saturday (Oct. 17-20).

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

Lucy is on a cross-country mission, looking for the love of her life, a journey that takes her across the American landscape, through life-changing relationships in which time and emotion pass in a warped instant.

When her quest becomes intertwined with that of a quirky astrophysicist turned serial killer, the landscape changes once again, as they cross state lines and fault lines, exploring the geography of the human heart.

“Quake” stars Amy Burn as Lucy and Ashtyn Sonner as the serial killer, as well as Jordan O’Hara Smith as Dr. Psychiatrist/Clerk/Attendant/Bridesmaid, John Muller as Brian/Angel/Nice man/Drilled guy, Mike Sims as Man/Cooper/Pilot and Calvin Hudson as Roger/Jock/Guy/Janitor.

The play is directed by senior theatre major Christie DeBacker, and designers include theatre faculty member Eric Marsh (lights), senior theatre major Craig Brossman (set) and junior theatre major Bich Do (costumes).

The stage manager is theatre major Sara Hodgin and the technical director is Larry Routh.

“Quake” is SHSU’s participating entry in the 2007-2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Tickets are $8 for general admission.

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

For more information or to reserve tickets, call the UTC Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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Doctoral Student Wins $500 Higher One Prize

Second-year criminal justice doctoral student Kyung Yon Jhi has been declared the winner of Higher One’s “12 Weeks of Summer” Sweepstakes - a $500 prize.

The contest, which ran from May 29 through Aug. 20, awarded $100 to a different winner each week during the time period, as well as one $500 grand-prize winner.

Both $100 and the $500 winners were selected from a pool of people that included students from more than 60 colleges and universities around the county, according to Kari Zella, Bearkat OneCard Services staff assistant.

Jhi entered the contest in May when he received an e-mail from Higher One inviting him to register for the “12 Weeks of Summer” promotion.

Once registered, each signature-based purchase made with the Bearkat OneCard resulted in another entry to win.

Jhi, who said it is “very convenient” to use his Bearkat OneCard to purchase things around campus, was very excited to hear that he had won the grand prize of $500, Zella said.

“I think I will have some fun with my family,” Jhi said. “Perhaps have a party.”

Promotions such as this one happen “all the time” through Higher One, Zella said.

To participate, students should visit their OneAccount profile and verify their e-mail address, where promotional information is sent.

The current promotion, which runs through Oct. 15, is the Campus Cash Sweepstakes, for which each signature purchase counts as an entry to win $5,000.

To register, visit


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University Gifts, Participation Increase in 2007

Figures released by the Office of University Advancement for the fiscal year ending in August show strong five-year increases in the number of Sam Houston State University donors, total dollars and overall participation percentages.

In 2007, 6,136 donors provided $8,044,878, a five-year increase of 72 percent in number of donors and 256 percent in the amount raised.

Even with an increase of 60 percent in the number of prospects, the overall participation percentage increased from 7.57 percent to 8.18 percent in that period.

“These are encouraging figures and indications that our advancement efforts are paying off,” said Frank Holmes, vice president for University Advancement. “They are due to the commitment to this effort by President Jim Gaertner, a growing love for and appreciation of this university by our alumni and friends and the hard work by our advancement staff.”

Before Gaertner made fund-raising an emphasis of his administration when he took office in 2002, the number of donors was 1,600 and the amount raised averaged $2.4 million annually for the previous five years, said Holmes.


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Exhibit To Feature Works Of Retired Professor

Works spanning the years of retired art professor Jimmy Barker will be on display in the Lowman Student Center Gallery beginning Monday (Oct. 15).

Organized by students in the Museum and Gallery Practices class, the exhibit will include drawing, painting, jewelry and sculpture.

Barker retired this year after 37 years of teaching drawing and jewelry in the art department. He also served as department chair from 1984-95.

A reception for the exhibit, which will run through Oct. 26, will be held for Barker on Oct. 25, from 5-7 p.m.
For more information, contact Michael Henderson, assistant professor of art, at 936.294.1318.


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Air Force’s Clarinet Quartet To Perform

Members of the United States Air Force Band of the West’s Clarinet Quartet will share their talent and knowledge with the SHSU and Huntsville communities with a performance and a masterclass on Wednesday (Oct. 17).

The performance, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Music Building Room 202, will include a variety of pieces from the 18th through 20th centuries, including Johann Sebastian Bach's “Solfeggietto,” Gioacchino Rossini’s “Overture to the Barber of Seville” and George Gershwin’s “Summertime,” among many others.

Earlier that day, the quartet will give a masterclass at 2 p.m. in Music Building Room 328. A masterclass involves guest performers working with students by listening to them play and giving them feedback.

The Clarinet Quartet from the United States Air Force Band of the West, stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, is comprised of Eb, Bb and Bass Clarinets, according to Patricia Card, School of Music assistant chair.

“The members of the Clarinet Quartet bring to the United States Air Force many years of professional experience with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, touring shows and today’s popular artists,” she said. “Currently the ensemble performs for civilian and military audiences throughout the southwestern region of the United States.”

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


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Faculty Member To Present Geological Research

John Degenhardt, assistant professor in the geography and geology department, will present results of his summer research on a Colorado glacier at a professional meeting Oct. 27-31.

Degenhardt’s presentation will be a part of the 119th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Philadelphia.

Degenhardt and two researchers from Texas A&M studied the Gilpin Peak Rock Glacier in the San Juan Mountains near Ouray, Colo. Ground penetrating radar and electromagnetic induction surveys were conducted on a furrow of the glacier.

“The mixtures of rock debris and permafrost that comprise rock glaciers are typically insulated by a one-to-two meter thick mantle of blocky rock debris in which seasonal snow and ice is stored,” said Degenhardt.

“This zone is referred to as the ‘active layer’ because the amount of water and ice contained within fluctuates with variations in snowfall accumulation rates, seasonal climatic conditions and talus accumulation rates.

“This characteristic of rock glaciers makes them especially sensitive to climatic changes that affect alpine environments, and thus, they may serve as principal climatological indicators, particularly at latitudes and elevations below those of glaciers.”


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Cashion Named Historical Association Fellow

Ty Cashion, associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University and author of “Sam Houston State University/An Institutional Memory: 1879-2004,” has been elected to fellowship in the East Texas Historical Association.

According to the association, its fellows are those members who publish East Texas history of outstanding quality and interest. Fellowship is limited to 20 individuals at any given time.

This past spring Cashion was elected to membership in the Texas Institute of Letters.

While he was recognized for his books and other publications on Texas history, Cashion has also paid his dues to the association, serving as its president, vice president and second vice president, as well as other assignments.

In addition to the SHSU history written for the 125th anniversary of the university's founding, Cashion has a number of other books, journal articles and publications, as well as book reviews and conference presentations.

One of his most popular efforts is “Pigskin Pulpit: A Social History of Texas High School Football Coaches,” a book he wrote in 1998 after interviewing a number of coaches, including his father.

Cashion earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Austin College in 1979, his master's in history from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1989, and his doctorate in history from Texas Christian University in 1993.

After earning his doctorate, he taught at Texas A&M Commerce before joining the SHSU history faculty in 1999.


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Oct. 12, 2007
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