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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 7

'Lives Of Others' To Be Second 'Burning Issues' Film

The American Democracy Project will explore non-democratic societies and discuss what liberties the U.S. Constitution affords through its second "Burning Issues" film, "The Lives of Others," on Saturday (Oct. 13).

The Academy Award-winning movie will be shown at at 7 p.m. at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center.

The foreign-language film, in German with English subtitles, deals with what it was like to live in East Germany before the Berlin Wall came down.

"A major theme is the fact that the secret police regularly spied on people over a long period of time," said John Newbold, the film series coordinator for the ADP.

"The Lives of Others" will also be shown at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 16-17 in the Lowman Student Center Theatre.

All three "Burning Issues" showings are free and open to both the SHSU and Huntsville communities.

In addition, each showing will be followed by a brief reception with punch and cookies, and a discussion, which will vary depending upon the subject matter of the film and the guest discussants.

"The purpose of the 'ADP Burning Issues Film series' is to contribute to the academic and cultural life here at SHSU by bringing in films that address or relate to critical issues facing the world today," Newbold said.

Written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, "The Lives of Others" stars Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch and Ulrich Tukur. It won the 2006 Oscar for "Best Foreign Film."


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Seminar To Give Students 'A Night To Remember'

Students' Legal Services will show students a real-life account of a girl arrested for driving while intoxicated and the consequences she faces during a DWI educational seminar on Tuesday (Oct. 9).

The seminar will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

The event will feature a 35-minute film produced by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Hays County Courts called "A Night to Remember," which details the accounts of a student's experience from party to arrest to jail to trial and finally conviction.

After the movie, students can enjoy pizza and soft drinks in the Kat Klub during a question and answer session with a panel of criminal attorneys, police officers and SHSU's student legal adviser, James Gibson.

"We want students to be aware of what could happen (if they drink and drive) because we see a lot of cases where students get in trouble for that," said Debora Dominguez, student research assistant. " We want them to be aware of the consequences."

When the event is over, participants will also be allowed to utilize the Kat Klub for free.

For more information, contact Teresa Garcia, with Students' Legal Services, at 936.294.1717.


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Pierce To Get 'Up Close And Personal' With Students

Assistant professor of history Katherine Pierce will be the second to get "Up Close and Personal" with the campus as part of the Student Advising and Mentoring Center's speaker series on Wednesday (Oct. 10).

"Designed to help our students and university community build mentoring relationships with our outstanding faculty," the 30-minute lunchtime presentation will be held at noon at the Farrington Pit, said Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs for the SAM Center.

Pierce is a graduate of Allegheny College, from which she received her bachelor's degree in political science; and the University of Virginia, from which she received her doctorate.

She taught at the University of Virginia and participated in a teaching roundtable with Oxford University before coming to SHSU in 2006, according to her vita.

Pierce's current publication involves "Murder and Mayhem: Violence, Press Coverage and the Mobilization of the Republican Party in 1856," which will be included in the anthology "Words at War: The Civil War and American Journalism."

Students are encouraged to bring their lunches for the brown-bag event.

In the event of inclement weather, the series will be held at the bookstore atrium on the first floor of the Lowman Student Center.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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Workshop To Teach Employees About Budgets, Funding

The Office of Research and Special Programs will address the "single most asked request" the office receives when faculty are writing grants during a workshop on Tuesday (Oct. 9).

The "Budget Development And Funding Searches" workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. in the Roy Adams House, across from Academic Building IV.

ORSP staff members Delia Gallinaro, Trisha Allen and Eva Strickler will assist faculty and staff in such areas as how to calculate budgets for grants; budget development for National Science Foundation, National Institute of Justice, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Department of Education and Foundations.

"Budget development assistance is the single most asked request from our office when faculty are writing grants," said Gallinaro, ORSP assistant director.

The workshop is part of a series the office will host monthly on various grant topics that will be held on the second Tuesday and the third Wednesday of the month.

The "Budget Development" workshop will also be held on Oct. 17.

Registration is required, as space is limited to 20 people; however, if the demand for the workshop is high, another will be scheduled in November in the Lowman Student Center, Gallinaro said.

For more information or to register, contact Gallinaro at 936.294. 3621.


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Speaker To Discuss Indian Money Management

R. Arunachalam, senior professor of economics at the University of Madres in Chennai, India, will discuss monetary management in the country on Thursday (Oct. 11).

The lecture, part of the SHSU Economics Fall 2007 Seminar Series, will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Building Room 139.

An emerging economic power, India ranks third only after the United States and China in terms of Gross Domestic Product, measured in international dollars (Purchasing Power Parity dollar), according to recently-released World Bank statistics.

"Indian economy has been growing very fast - at about 8 percent annually in recent years and has poised to become a major player in the emerging global economic order, which has been characterized by global integration of financial markets," said Hiranya Nath, associate professor in SHSU's economics and international business department.

"Therefore, a sound financial system in India is very important for global financial stability and only prudent management of monetary policy can guarantee a sound financial system," he said. "In a globally integrated financial market equipped with modern information technology any disturbance in Bombay Stock Exchange (the major Indian Stock Market) may quickly have repercussions in New York Stock Exchange. The Asian financial crisis of 1997 and even the recent turmoil in U.S. stock market and their worldwide effects are good examples."         

Arunachalam has taught for 31 years, 18 of which have been in University of Madras' economics department.

His areas of specialization include poverty and agrarian structure, international trade, monetary and macroeconomics and issues relating to economic reforms in India.

Arunachalam has more than 50 research publications in journals and seminar volumes, including two major and two minor research projects.

For more information, contact Nath.


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Archaeologist To Discuss Battlefield Excavation

In honor of Archaeology Month, held in October in Texas, chief archaeologist of the San Jacinto Battlefield will discuss on Thursday (Oct. 11) the current excavations at the site, the reasons for surveying it and plans for the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site park.

"Peering Through The Fog Of War--Conflict Archaeology At San Jacinto Battlefield," which will include a PowerPoint presentation, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center Auditorium.

An informal wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, where attendees can meet Moore, will be held before the lecture at 6 p.m.

"For the last four years, Texas Parks and Wildlife, with Dr. Moore's private firm and the Texas Historical Commission's archeological stewards, have been surveying the San Jacinto Battleground," said Sandy Rogers, a THC steward and registrar at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. "The park, of course, plans to restore the battleground to its 1836 environment."

Using metal detectors, the group has "uncovered lots of artifacts," including a bayonet, ram rod and cannon balls, which will be on display in the museum during Archaeological Month, Rogers said.  

"The battlefield over the years has changed," she said. "It was just swampy marshy area, where the last battle took place between Santa Anna's army and Sam Houston's army and where Texas won independence in 1836."

Because it is a state park, one of the most popular in the state, according to Rogers, the TPWD wants to restore it the way it looked back when the battle was fought.

"They wanted to know where the real campsites, where Sam Houston's camps and where were Santa Anna's camps were," she said. "There are markers there, but they're not necessarily correct, so this will finalize it."

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Other Archaeology Month events include an archaeology fair for fourth graders from Gibbs Elementary on Oct. 12, a presentation series by Rogers to Huntsville school district seventh graders, an exhibit of images of the Alamo in the Walker Education Center through Oct. 26 and an exhibit of San Jacinto battlefield artifacts in the Sam Houston Memorial Museum rotunda Oct. 1-24.

The Walker Education Center is located at 1402 19th St.

For more information, call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832.


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Districts To Meet Prospective Teachers At Oct. 10 Fair

More than 70 school districts from across the state will be seeking qualified educators during Career Services' Fall Teacher Job Fair on Wednesday (Oct. 10).

Representatives from schools and districts of all sizes, including many Houston-area schools, will be at the fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Johnson Coliseum.

Students and alumni are encouraged to dress professionally and to bring numerous resume copies.

Students may also research school districts and their career opportunities, as well as access to a list of Web site addresses, in advance through "Jobs 4 Kats Quick Links," which requires registration.

For more information, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Tour To Give 'MoonDreams,' 'Autumn Sky' Info

  The physics department will give a second public tour of "what's currently up in the autumn night sky" during its planetarium series program on Friday (Oct. 12).

The "Autumn Sky" and "MoonDreams," 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.

"MoonDreams" tells the story of Perseus and Andromeda and talks about our moon and where it comes from, as well as introduces other moons in the solar system, according to Michael Prokosch, staff aide for the physics department.

In addition, each show will include a discussion about this year's Dec. 24 Mars Opposition and the "Mars Hoax," an e-mail that circulates every August making exaggerated claims about the planet's visibility from Earth, Prokosch said.

The show will last approximately one hour.

The Planetarium seats up to 29 visitors and includes a dome that is approximately 18 feet in diameter and more than 20 feet high in the center, according to Prokosch.

Admission is free.

Other showings for the semester will be held Nov. 16 and Dec. 7, both at 7 p.m. The December show will also include information on the annual Geminid Meteor Shower and why it is unique compared to other meteor showers, Prokosch said.

For more information on current show times for the Planetarium or the Observatory , call 936.294.3664 or e-mail Prokosch.


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Art Students To Give Pieces Of Themselves For Exhibit

Students in the Museum and Gallery Practices class will show their peers off during an exhibit beginning Monday (Oct. 8) in the Student of Fine Arts (SOFA) Gallery.

The student-curated exhibit, in the SOFA gallery through Friday (Oct. 12), will feature self-portraits by artists from throughout the department and campus, though not by students in the Museum and Gallery Practices class themselves, according to Michael Henderson, assistant professor of art.

Students submitted their pieces to the Museum and Gallery Practices class, which in turn selected the pieces for the show.

The course is designed to teach students all aspects of organizing an exhibit, from curating (or selecting the works) to designing the exhibition, installing the works and lighting them," he said. "The class meets as a group to discuss the submissions and choose what will be in the show."

The submitted pieces could come from any medium, whichever the artist chose, because the works were not a class assignment, he said.

A reception will be held on Thursday (Oct. 11), from 5-7 p.m., in the SOFA Gallery, which is located in Art Building A Room 101.

For more information, contact Henderson by e-mail, or by phone at 936.294.1318.


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Poets To Read In Austin Hall

The Department of English at Sam Houston State University will host poets Steve Gehrke and Nadine Sabra Meyer to Austin Hall for a reading from their work on Tuesday (Oct. 9) beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Gehrke's third book of poetry, "Michelangelo's Seizure" (U. of Illinois Press), was selected for the National Poetry Series. His previous book, "The Pyramids of Malpighi" (Anhinga Press), won the Philip Levine Poetry Prize.

He has received a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. He is an assistant professor of English at Seton Hall University.

Meyer's debut collection of poetry, "The Anatomy Theater" (Harper Perennial), was selected for the National Poetry Series. Her poems have won the New Letters Poetry Prize and a Pushcart Prize. She is a visiting professor of English at Gettysburg College.

Previous selections for the National Poetry Series include: Naomi Shihab Nye, Reginald Gibbons, Sherod Santos, Alice Fulton, Thylias Moss, Mark Doty, Billy Collins, Kathy Fagan, Denis Johnson, Larry Levis, Kevin Young, Terrance Hayes, Jack Myers,   Stephen Dobyns, William Olsen, and Rafael Campo, among others.

For more information, contact Scott Kaukonen, assistant professor of English by email or phone (936.294.1407).


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W. O. W. Lecture Series Under Way

The Fall W.O.W. (Words of Wellness) Lecture Series is a free four-week series that takes place every Wednesday from noon - 12:50 p.m. in Room 315 of the L.S.C. Participants are invited to bring lunch, and drinks will be provided.

The first lecture, "Eating, Activity, and Body Weight: The good, The bad and The ugly" was by John De Castro, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

On Oct. 10 Rosanne Keathley, associate professor of health, will speak on "You Are What You Drink: How Alcohol, Caffeine, and Sugar Affect Your Health."

On Oct. 17 Johann Robert, certified yoga instructor, will speak on "Fighting Fatigue with Active Relaxation."

On Oct. 24 David Ficklen, M. D., associate professor of health and kinesiology, will speak on "Know Your Numbers: The Importance of Knowing and Controlling Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Glucose."

For more information about the lectures, contact Mindy Oden by e-mail or phone (936.294.1307).


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