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SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 9


ADP To Tackle Burning Issues In ‘Flags Of Our Fathers’

The American Democracy Project will examine the ‘burning issue’ of war-time propaganda on Saturday (Sept. 15) with the kickoff of its new film series.

“Flags of Our Fathers,” the first “Burning Issues Film” for the series, will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center.

“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,” said John Newbold, the film series coordinator for the ADP.

“Flags of Our Fathers,” will also be shown at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 18-19 in the Lowman Student Center Theatre. All of the monthly “burning issues” films will be shown three times to accommodate local Huntsville residents, as well as SHSU students.

“We are hopeful that students and townsfolk alike will find these films a great opportunity to see some films that ordinarily might not show in this area,” Newbold said.

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.

Admission to all shows is free.

Based on true events, “Flags of Our Fathers” deals with the World War II battle at Iwo Jima and war-time propaganda surrounding the most famous photograph in military history, taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.

Based on the novel by James Bradley, the movie stars Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford and Adam Beach and was directed by Clint Eastwood.

“This isn't so much a conventional war movie as it is a thought-provoking meditation on our collective need for heroes, even at the expense of those we deem heroic,” Newbold said.

“Eastwood takes us deep into the horror of war (in painstakingly authentic Iwo Jima battle scenes) while emphasizing how three of the surviving flag-raisers became reluctant celebrities—and resentful pawns in a wartime publicity campaign—after their flag-raising was immortalized in the most famous photograph in military history.”


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Distinguished Educator Nominations Due Oct. 12

The SHSU College of Education is seeking alumni educators who have made significant contributions to the field for its “2008 Distinguished Educator of the Year” awards.

Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 12 in five categories: Distinguished Elementary Teacher, Distinguished Secondary Teacher, Distinguished Support Professional, Distinguished Administrator/Supervisor and Friend of Education.

Support professionals include, but are not limited to, counselors, specialists, diagnosticians and librarians; and the Friend of Education award recognizes individuals or businesses that have made a significant contribution to the field of education.

Nominees must be a SHSU College of Education alumnus and have demonstrated expertise or outstanding service, either current or retired, in the classroom, school, district and/or community. The Friend of Education is not required to be an SHSU alumnus.

A letter of recommendation describing why the nominee should receive a Distinguished Educator of the Year Award should also be included with the application.

Self-nominations are also welcome.

A semi-formal, black tie optional ceremony recognizing award winners and nominees will be held on March 1, 2008, in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Nominations forms are available online and should be submitted to SHSU College of Education; Attn: Event Coordinator; Box 2119; Huntsville, TX, 77341; or by fax to 936.294.1102.

For more information, contact Sherry Hirsch, COE events coordinator, at or 936.294.1101.


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Gaertner To Get ‘Up Close And Personal’ During Lecture

University President Jim Gaertner will kick off the Student Advising and Mentoring Center’s “Up Close and Personal” speaker series with a discussion on Wednesday (Sept. 12).

The 30-minute lunchtime presentation will be held at noon at the Farrington Pit.

The series is “designed to help our students and university community build mentoring relationships with our outstanding faculty,” said Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs for the SAM Center.

Gaertner, an SHSU alumnus, became the university’s 12th president in August 2001.

He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SHSU and his doctorate from Texas A&M University, where he taught from September 1973 to August 1976.

In addition, Gaertner spent seven years as an assistant and associate professor at the University of Notre Dame, including a year as director of the Notre Dame London MBA program.

At the University of Texas at San Antonio, he served as professor and director of the division of accounting and information systems, dean of the College of Business, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

His publications include more than 35 articles, books, book reviews and refereed presentations. He has given more than 100 lectures in the United States, England, China, Canada and Mexico and presented executive education courses on various topics.

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

For more information, call the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, at 936.294.4444.


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ADAI To Play Alternative ‘Game Of Life’

Students will have the opportunity to be a winner at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative’s “more realistic” version of the game of life on Wednesday (Sept. 12).

“Game of Life” will be held at 3 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 110, next to the Kat Klub.

The game, redesigned by the members of the peer education organization, ROOTED (Respecting Ourselves and Others Through Education), incorporate more than the usual "get married" or "pay taxes" life cards, according to Michelle Lovering, ADAI proactive prevention chair.

“This game will include real consequences of excessive alcohol consumption, should that be a part of someone's life,” Lovering said. “This program is designed to be both fun and educational.”

The game will be played multiple times to allow all students to participate, and those waiting for their chance to play will be able to play other games, such as cards and dominos.

The Game of Life is part of the ADAI’s Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training program, an educational series aiming to increase awareness of alcohol abuse issues among students.

Through SWAAT, students earn prizes by attending events, which accumulate as students attend more programs.

For more information, contact Lovering at 936.294.4347 or


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Series Brings Mathematician To Campus

Rice University mathematician Shelly Harvey will discuss "Knots in 4 Dimensional Space" on Wednesday (Sept. 12), from 2-3 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 214.

The talk, part of the Piney Woods Lecture Series, will introduce the knot theory via an open problem first posed in the 1950's because of its relation to classifying 4-dimensional manifolds, according to an abstract of the speech.

Harvey has served as an assistant professor of mathematics at Rice since 2005. She previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Postdoctorate Research fellow, according to her vita.

She has given more than 37 invited addresses on some her research interests, which include Low-dimensional topology and geometry, group theory and non-commutative algebra.

Following the lecture, a reception will be held on the fourth floor of the LDB that will give students the opportunity to meet and talk with Harvey.

This is the second year of the Piney Woods Lecture Series, which is funded by the Mathematical Association of America and the Tensor Foundation and the SHSU department of mathematics and statistics, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences.

The lecture series is designed to “invite well-known female mathematicians to the SHSU campus to speak, and therefore provides SHSU graduate and undergraduate students exposure to well-known female mathematicians in a variety of research areas,” according to Jacqueline Jensen, assistant professor of mathematics.

For more information, call the mathematics and statistics department at 936.294.1563.


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Michigan Prof To Discuss Childhood Obesity

David E. Frisvold, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, will discuss the economic implications of childhood obesity on Thursday (Sept. 13).

Frisvold will present his paper, "Childhood Obesity and Exposure to Head Start Services," as part of the SHSU Economics Fall 2007 Seminar Series at 3:30 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Building Room 139.

“Nowadays the frontiers of economic research have gone far and beyond what people would typically think to be economics topics,” said Hiranya Nath, associate professor in SHSU’s economics and international business department. “David’s research belongs to health policy issues which are very much part of health economics.”

Frisvold’s paper estimates the impact of an intervention, such as Head Start, on childhood overweight and obesity, according to the paper’s abstract.

“While Head Start is more commonly known as an educational intervention, a large part of the program includes nutrition services and nutritional education to parents and children,” the abstract said. “For black children, Head Start participation is shown to reduce the likelihood of being obese in later childhood.”

Frisvold earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in 1998 and both his master’s and doctorate in economics from Vanderbilt University.

His research and teaching interests include labor and health economics, economics of education, econometrics and public economics.

For more information, contact Nath at or visit


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Career Services To Give Résumé, Interviewing Tips

Career Services will prepare students for its annual Career Expo with a number of workshops beginning on Tuesday (Sept. 11).

That day, students can learn the benefits of attending job fairs, general professional etiquette, how to best prepare for the event, and what to do after it’s over during the “How To 'Work' The Career Expo” workshop, which will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Career Services Library.

On Wednesday (Sept. 12), Career Services experts will give needy students some “Résumé Rescue” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

Students can also have their resumes critiqued during another “Résumé Rescue” on Sept. 17. The event also will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area except in the event of rain, in which case it will be held in the LSC Atrium.

Finally, the office will give students “Successful Interviewing Skills” tips on Thursday (Sept. 13), from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Career Services Library.

The workshop will cover general professional etiquette and appropriate dress; describe various types of interviews; and discuss important interviewing strategies, how to best prepare for interviews, and how to answer difficult questions.

While there is no need to register beforehand for the Career Services workshops, space is limited to less than 50 people.

The Career Expo will be held on Sept. 19.

For more information, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Music To Host Flute, Choral Concerts

The School of Music will present two concerts highlighting a variety of musical periods beginning Thursday (Sept. 13).

Christina Guenther-Scott, an assistant professor of flute at Stephen F. Austin State, will lend her expertise to SHSU students with a masterclass, during which Jessica Borski, Amy Kennedy, and Sarah Bunk will perform, from 2:30-3:45 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Through a masterclass students play in front of their peers while the guest instructor works with them. It provides an opportunity for the performing student and the audience to learn from the teacher, according to Kathy Daniel, SHSU assistant professor of flute.

That evening, Guenther-Scott will perform sonatas from Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Reinecke and Bohuslav Martinu at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Both the masterclass and the concert are free and open to the public.

On Saturday (Sept. 15), 13 students, two continuo players and associate director of choral studies James Franklin will show their “Lamentations” through literature from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

The early music choral concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Huntsville.

The concert, which “explores music that deals with weeping or lamenting,” will feature a “very moving” piece by Giacomo Carissimi entitled “Jephte,” Franklin said.

An adaptation of the biblical passage from the Book of Judges, “Jephte” tells about Jephthah, the leader of the Gileadites, who asks God to grant him victory over his enemy.

“In exchange for his victory, Jephthah vows to sacrifice as a burnt offering whatever comes out of his door, upon his arrival back home, to meet him,” Franklin said. “Much to his surprise and heartache, his daughter (Filia) is the first to greet him. Filia then asks if she might go up to the mountains with her companions for two months and bewail her virginity, virginity being a metaphor for innocence and lack of having truly lived a full life.”

The choir will also perform two J.S. Bach chorales, one from the St. Matthew Passion and the other from the St. John Passion, and two “very poignant” settings of the death of King David's son Absalom will be sung.

Tickets are $10 adults and children, $5 for SHSU student and senior citizens, and free for SHSU faculty and staff members and music majors.

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


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Golf Tourney For Theatre, Dance Tees Off Sept. 15

Golfers can still sign up for the SHSU department of theatre and dance’s first Scholarship Golf Tournament to be held on Sept. 15 at the Raven Nest Golf Club.

Poncho Roberts, who is nearing completion of his degree at SHSU and is taking theatre and dance courses, is the tournament chairman.

“We're going to make this the best scholarship golf tournament Huntsville has ever seen," Roberts said. "Not only will it be fun but the profits will go to a great cause--scholarships for deserving students."

The tournament schedule includes registration at 8 a.m. and a shotgun scramble start at 9 a.m. Lunch, prizes and awards are scheduled for about 1 p.m.

Roberts also said Wiesner of Huntsville is offering a new car as the tournament's "Hole in One Award." The entry fee of $400 per four-person team includes all fees and a number of extras.

For more information, call Roberts at 936.291.0057 or Sarah Elder at 936.294.1329.


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SAM Center To Give Study, Transfer Tips

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will teach students to “study smart” and help transfer students “successfully transition” with two programs beginning on Monday (Sept. 10).

The first Study Skills Workshop Series is comprised of six one-hour sessions that focus on studying smart, procrastination, time management, reading textbooks and note taking, test taking strategies and stress management.

Sessions will be held on a variety of days and times through Nov. 19 to accommodate student schedules, and a second session will begin on Oct. 22.

Tips for Transfers, a 50-minute workshop for transfer students that will provide an overview of support services and academic expectations, will be held at noon and again at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10.

Sessions will also be held on Sept. 11, at 6 p.m.; Sept. 13, at 9 p.m.; and Sept. 14, at noon.

All sessions for both workshops will be held in the SAM Center, located in Academic Building IV Room 210.

Space is limited, and students are encouraged to 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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Library To Open House For Faculty, Staff

The Newton Gresham Library will introduce faculty, staff and administrators to the research and curriculum information available at the library, as well as its podcasts, during its open house on Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 12-13).

“2008 @ Your Library” will be held from 2-4 p.m. on both days in Newton Gresham Library Room 155.

Refreshments will be served, and attendees can sign up for a drawing that will give away flash drives.

For more information, contact Jennifer Skains, in the NGL, at 936.294.1613 or


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SHSU Grad Student Wins $10,000 Scholarship

SHSU graduate student Ronald Proctor, Jr., was recently selected as one of 15 “exceptional students from across Texas” to receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation.

Proctor will be recognized during a luncheon ceremony on Nov. 5 at the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio.

"Each one of these 2007 scholarship recipients personify the values that the Hall of Fame most hopes to perpetuate: entrepreneurial spirit, integrity and personal drive to make the most of themselves and the community around them better places to live,” said foundation chairman Harriet Marmon Helmle.

“These students are gaining the final touches to their formal education that will allow them to compete, contribute and thrive in this new increasingly interconnected Global Market Place."

To date, the TBHF has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to students pursuing a business education at Texas’ leading institutions of higher learning.

Students seeking a scholarship from the foundation must be nominated by the dean of their MBA school, maintain a 3.5 grade point average or better, have completed at least one semester in an MBA program and demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit.

Other selected students represent such universities as Acton School of Business, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas State University at San Marcos and Texas A&M University, among others.

In addition to the scholarship winners, the foundation will honor four Texas Business leaders during its luncheon.

The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization of 75 directors who are business leaders from cities throughout the state.

The organization’s mission is to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Texas business leaders, to perpetuate and inspire the values of entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity and community leadership in all generations of Texans.

For additional information, call the TBHF office at 713.993.9433 or visit


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Sept. 7, 2007
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