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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 17


Spring Enrollment Continues To Rise

SHSU’s official spring 2008 enrollment is 15,376, another record.

As released by the Office of the Registrar after the 20th class day, this figure is 408 students more than last spring’s 14,968 enrollment.

This also accounts for a 2.73 percent enrollment increase.


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Law Partner To Serve As Grassroots Speaker

Doris Rodriguez, one of the first women Hispanic partners at a major Houston law firm, will share her roots and field questions on Wednesday (Feb. 20).

The lecture, part of the Student Advising and Mentoring Center’s Grassroots Speaker Series, will be held at 5 p.m. in Academic Building IV's Olson Auditorium.

A partner with Andrews Kurth LLP firm in Houston, Rodriguez began her legal career in 1980 and has focused on a broad range of domestic and international corporate and finance transactions, particularly involving Latin American companies and projects.

The Houston native, who speaks five languages—including French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, has also worked in 11 Latin American countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Honduras, Panama and Peru.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and her juris doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center.

Following her lecture, a meet-and-greet with refreshments will be held in the SAM Center, located in AB IV Room 210.

The event is sponsored by the academic support programs of the Student Advising and Mentoring Center; the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program; Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.; and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

For more information, contact Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs for the SAM Center, at 936.294.4455.


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Theatre To Present ‘Skin Of Our Teeth’

The department of theatre and dance will take a trip through time with the Antrobus family during its presentation of “The Skin of Our Teeth” on Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 20-23).

Show times are at 8 p.m. on all four days, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, in the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage Theatre.

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy follows the trails and tribulations of the Antrobus family as they roar through the world’s history in three acts, each set in different time periods and places, including the Ice Age and the present.

The play features SHSU theatre students Angela Bell, Jeremy Brown, Megan Callier, Marcus Cumby, Megan Davis, Jacqui Grady, Jennifer Grainger, Autumn Hill, Eric Holm, Shannon Holt, Jack Ivy, Mark Ivy, Brittany Jackson, Nathan Lahay, Ashley Lowe and Sara Luke.

Also, Patrick Massey, Wes Miles, Daniel Nepveux, Brooke Riley, Jarell Rochelle, Addison Roush, Carlos Salinas, Sam Sanchez, Ryan Segovia, Amanda Spindola, Brett Suydam, Omar Torres Vasquez, Johann Wood, Lauren Wood and Rachel Weiser.

“The Skin of Our Teeth” is directed by theatre professor Maureen McIntyre, with designers including theatre faculty members Eric Marsh (lights and sound) and Kristina Hanssen (costumes) and senior theatre major Bich Do (set).

The technical director is Larry Routh and the stage manager is senior theatre major Nicole Wooddell.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 with an SHSU or senior citizen ID.

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

For more information, call the UTC Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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Fellows To Help Future Lawyers Practice For LSAT

Students considering law school post-graduation will have the opportunity to sample the LSAT and see what lies ahead for them during a program on March 1.

SHSU’s Political Science Junior Fellows, in conjunction with the Princeton Review, will host the free sample Law School Admissions Test from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on that day in the Lowman Student Center.

In addition to the sample test, a representative from the Princeton Review and other SHSU representatives will provide an overview of the law school application procedures and strategies, according to Mike Yawn, political science visiting professor and junior fellows adviser.

Scores on the sample LSAT will be mailed to students following the test.

The sign-up deadline is Feb 22.

For more information, or to sign up for the program, e-mail Yawn at


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Program To Show Facing ‘Decisions Under The Influence”

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative will give students a “survival kit” for dealing with a number of substance-related issues during “Decisions Under the Influence” on Thursday (Feb. 21).

The interactive program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Room 304.

“This program uses a non-threatening environment to examine potentially harmful situations which may arise with alcohol or drug use,” said Kim Baechtel, ADAI steering committee member. “Students will be encouraged to share their own experiences and to examine different actions and outcomes.”

The ADAI will also help students develop a “survival kit,” with information on the iDrive program, emergency numbers, what “consent” is and condoms, as well as ways to handle certain scenarios they may be faced with, such as how to defuse an angry situation, protection against date rape drugs, what happens if an encounter was forced and, procedure and resources for dealing with alcohol poisoning.

“The goal of the program is to empower the students with correct information regarding campus resources, preventative behaviors, and specific interventions to minimize harm,” Baechtel said.

In addition to the LSC event, the program will also be presented within residence halls at various times and places.

“The goal is to reach approximately 250-300 residents, the vast majority of which are under legal drinking age and a significant number who are freshmen,” Baechtel said.

“Decisions Under the Influence” is part of the Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training program, an educational series aiming to increase awareness of alcohol abuse issues throughout the Bearkat community.

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

For more information, contact Rosanne Keathley, coordinator for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative, at 936.294.1171.


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Sixty-Six Businesses Look To Cash In At Career Fair

Approximately 66 companies will be on hand during the College of Business Administration’s Business Career Fair on Tuesday (Feb. 19).

The fair, for students and alumni seeking full-time jobs or internships, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Among the financial institutions and banks scheduled to attend are Amegy Bank, Farm Credit Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank—Houston branch, Houston Community Bank, Texas Department of Banking, Wachovia Dealer Services and Wells Fargo Financial.

Other companies include the California State Franchise Tax Board, CenterPoint Energy, ExpressJet Airlines, Halliburton, IMG Financial Group, the Mattress Firm, Pappas Restaurants, Progressive Insurance, the Target Corporation, Temple-Inland, Total Petrochemicals, and the United States Secret Service.

While the fair is centered around business-related companies, many of those entities have expressed interest in other potential employees; therefore, the fair is open and may be of interest to students from all academic backgrounds, according to Carol Shaw, assistant to the dean.

For more information, call the College of Business Administration at 936.294.1254.


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Workshops To Give Interview, Negotiations Tips

Career Services will walk students and alumni through the steps one would take after turning in an application during two workshops beginning Wednesday (Feb. 20).

The Successful Interviewing Skills Workshop, held from noon to 1 p.m. that day, 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.

Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.

On Thursday (Feb. 21), Career Services will teach all of the skills necessary in evaluating job offers and negotiating salaries, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

“The workshop will teach students the seven factors to consider when evaluating a job offer, three ways to respond to a job offer, and strategies on how to navigate salary negotiations,” said Rachel Phelps, Career Services counselor.

While there is no need to register beforehand for any of the workshops, which will all be held in the Career Services Library, space is limited to less than 50 people.

For more information on any of the workshops, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Four Artists Draw Up Exhibits In LSC, GG Galleries

Two exhibits beginning on Monday (Feb. 18) will look at nature and life from various perspectives, including that of a senior art student and three other artists.

Senior art major Yinghui Feng paints about "Nature and Beauty" in her Lowman Student Center Art Gallery exhibit, which will be held through Feb. 23.

The exhibit, featuring watercolor on paper and oil on canvas paintings, will include “On the moon” a mixed media piece created with sand and oil paint, and “Before and After,” a printmaking piece, which Feng said is one of the most interesting pieces she has done.

An award-winning artist, Feng’s watercolor painting "Blue Lagoon #2" won the best over all and first place and her "Eastham Thomason" won the second place in the Brazos Valley Art Leagues Juried show last year. Her "Candle Light" also was selected in the 31st International Exhibition of the Watercolor Art Society in Houston.

The "Anderson, Lorio, McFalls" show, in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery through March 20, will include photography and painted wood and mixed media sculptures.

A California artist, “Anderson’s art treats human identity as a composition of layered stories,” her artist’s statement said.

Lorio, from Texas, uses “a metaphor of natural forms to reflect on my life experiences.

“My constructed works become poetic allusions to the recognizable attributes of natural forms,” he said. “The imagery employs motifs derived from the surrounding landscape embracing myth and allegory.”

Mike McFalls, an assistant professor of art at Columbus State University in Georgia, develops pieces “organically” by “layering intensely pigmented plaster over the top of waste materials to reference geological phenomenon,” he said.

“By engaging in the deconstruction/construction process, I am attempting to redirect the viewer’s awareness toward that which is taken for granted and beckon them to reconsider its potential meaning(s),” McFalls said.

A reception for the exhibit will be held on Feb. 28, from 5-7 p.m., in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.

For more information, contact Feng at 281.386.8678 or the art department at 936.294.1318.


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Group To Give Insight Into Music Therapy Profession

Music therapy as a profession is growing, and the Music Therapy Awareness Weekend at Sam Houston State University Friday and Saturday (Feb. 22 and 23) will expose more people to its uses and benefits.

The event is being sponsored by Mu Tau Omega, a student organization that promotes the study of music therapy. It is free and open to anyone in the university and off-campus communities.

Topics and times include "Music Therapy and Cotreatment in Neurologic Rehabilitation, 3-5 p.m. Friday; MTO Coffehouse featuring the Sam Houston Steel Band and a German folk band composed of Randy Adams, Wolfgang Kayser and Amanda Kayser, 7-9:45 p.m.

Friday's events are in rooms 202 and 201 of the School of Music Building. Saturday's schedule, which begins at 8 a.m. with donuts and coffee, will be in the Recital Hall.

The Saturday events include "Music for Little Ears--Music Therapy in the NICU," 8:30-9:30 a.m.; "Pain Processing and Music Analgesia: Clinical Applications, 9:45-10:45 a.m.; "The Ins and Outs of Private Practice, 1:15-2:15 p.m.; and Closing Session-Drum Circle, 2:30-3:15 p.m.

On Saturday there will also be a business meeting of the Gulf Coast Music Therapy group at Margarita's restaurant from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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Music To Host Trumpet, Choir Concerts

The School of Music will showcase two of its professors in one of two concerts beginning on Monday (Feb. 18).

The Faculty Trumpet Recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. on that day in the Recital Hall.

The concert will feature Randy Adams, associate professor of trumpet, accompanied by pianist Ilonka Rus, visiting assistant professor and collaborative artist, as well as professor Steve Warkentin, who will assist during a piece.

Works performed will include music from the late romantic era by Oskar Bohme, performed on a German rotary valve trumpet; a concerto for two trumpets by Vivaldi, performed on piccolo trumpets; the hymn “Amazing Grace,” and an original piece by Adams called “Flugelhorn.”

Admission is free for the recital, which will be approximately one hour in length.

On Saturday (Feb. 23), the school also will present a choir concert at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Huntsville.

Admission is $10 for adults and non-SHSU students seven years of age and older and $5 for SHSU students and senior citizens with an ID.

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


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SAM Center To Prepare Students For Grad School Tests

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will help graduate-school bound students with their Graduate Record Exam or Graduate Management Admission Test during two workshops beginning on Monday (Feb. 18).

The seven-night program will be held Feb. 18-21 and Feb. 25-27 from 5:30-7:30 each evening. A mini-program will be held on Feb. 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and March 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the University Center in The Woodlands.

The prep course will address test-taking techniques, so students need to get a study book from any bookstore for the subject review, according to Margaret Ferguson, SAM Center staff associate.

"We have excellent professors present, one from the math department and one from the English department," she said. "The morning session is math techniques and the afternoon is English techniques.

"Whether you are taking the GRE or the GMAT, the test-taking techniques will apply," she said.

The seven-night program will be held at the SAM Center, located in Academic Building IV Room 210.

For more information or to register, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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Victor Hugo's Architecture Is Scholar Series Subject

Victor Hugo is sometimes called France's greatest poet. He is also known for his novels and plays, and less known for his more than 4,000 drawings.

Yet another little-known side of Hugo will be explored from 3-4 p.m. Monday (Feb. 18) during the foreign languages department's February FL Department Scholar presentation.

Yasser Derwiche Djazaerly, assistant professor of Arabic, French and German, will make a multi-media presentation on "A Medieval Code: Hugo and Gothic Architecture." The presentation is billed as "a new interdisciplinary approach to Hugo's interpretation of Gothic architecture."

Djazaerly joined the SHSU foreign languages department in 2004.

He received his bachelor’s degree in French and German from the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 1992 and his doctorate in German studies and interdisciplinary studies in humanities in 2004.

The presentation will be held in Evans 320. There is no admission free and it is open to anyone who is interested.

For more information, call 936.294.1441.

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Feb. 15, 2008
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