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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 24


Community To Commemorate Namesake’s Birthday

The Huntsville and SHSU communities will celebrate Gen. Sam Houston’s 215th birthday with a weekend of festivities beginning Saturday (March 1).

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will host a reception that day featuring food, music and programs about the general from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center.

During the public event, the Huntsville community will get a first glimpse at Denton Florian’s not-yet-finished documentary on the life of Gen. Sam Houston, can hear the Huntsville Children’s Choir perform and hear a shorter version of the museum’s Gone To Texas Program, in which Una Grace Nash portrays Sam Houston’s wife, Margaret, according to museum director Pat Nolan.

The museum will continue the celebration on Sunday (March 2), the general’s birthday—also designated as Texas Independence Day, Texas Flag Day and Walker County Pioneer Day—during a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at the Walker Education Center.

At 1:30 p.m., the SHSU history department and the Walter P. Webb Historical Society will continue its traditional “March to the Grave,” beginning at Austin Hall.

Author, columnist, publisher and Texas historian Bob Bowman will speak at the ceremony, held at Oakwood Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Finally, the day will end with a toast to Texas and birthday cake at the Wynne Home Arts Center, at 1428 11th St., immediately following the ceremony.

The cost for Sunday’s luncheon is $15. All other events are free and open to the public.

Sunday’s festivities are also sponsored by with the Walker County Historical Commission, the Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center and the Wynne Home Arts Center.

On Monday (March 3), SHSU's Program Council will continue the celebration with hot dogs and birthday cake from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

Sammy the Bearkat is also scheduled to join the party, as well as Sam Houston's great grandson, who will take pictures with attendees.

The Walker Education Center is located at 1402 19th St., and the Oakwood Cemetery is located at Sam Houston Memorial Drive (Avenue I) and 9th Street. In the event of rain, Sunday’s memorial ceremony will be held at Mance Park Middle School.

For more information, call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832 or the Program Council at 936.294.1763.


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Event To Encourage Walking ‘Across Texas’

The SHSU community and people around the state will begin its annual “Walk Across Texas” on Thursday (Feb. 28).

The statewide physical fitness program will kick-off with a 5 p.m. registration and ceremony, followed by a 5:30 p.m. walk at Intramural Field No. 1.

Through the program, individuals or teams of eight will log the miles they walk from March 2 to April 26 with the goal of reaching 830 miles, the equivalent of walking across Texas.

This activity has no cost, but “you need the desire to meet new friends and walk for good health,” according to Kathy Turner, Walker County Extension agent for the Texas Cooperative Extension, which cosponsors the event with SHSU.

“Last year we had weekly walks in the Huntsville area and plan on doing the same this year,” she said.

The first 300 participants registered will receive pedometers to track their progress during the eight-week activity that helps promote regular exercise.

Once a team is formed, captains will be updated through e-mails and individual contacts.

Captains can register a team by contacting Turner at 936.435.2429 or e-mailing

Participants can also register during the day of the kick off, though they are preferred before Feb. 28, according to Turner.

“Walk Across Texas” is open for anyone to participate.

For more information, or a registration form, visit


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UTA Dean To Study Conjectures For Piney Woods

Minerva Cordero-Epperson, associate dean of the honors college at the University of Texas at Arlington, will look at several problems and long-standing conjectures and how they have been solved by using several areas of mathematics on Wednesday (Feb. 27).

“Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computers: Connections and Interplay,” the second spring Piney Woods Lecture Series presentation, will be held from 2-3 p.m. in the Lee Drain Building Room 214.

A Puerto Rico native whose mother only completed the seventh grade, Cordero took her own initiative to purchase an SAT review book while in high school.

Her SAT score has remained the highest ever achieved at her high school, Miguel Melendez Munoz High School, in Cayey.

Cordero attended graduate school at the University of Puerto Rico and was awarded a National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Fellowship, which allowed her to attend the University of California at Berkeley, from which she received her master’s degree in mathematics in 1983.

She continued her graduate studies at the University of Iowa, receiving her doctorate in 1989, and has been a faculty member at UTA since 2001.

In 2007, she was recognized by the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America for “Distinguished University Teaching.”

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

The Piney Woods Lecture Series is funded by the Mathematical Association of America, the Tensor Foundation, the SHSU mathematics and statistics department, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The 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 or visit


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Event To Create Mayhem At HKC

Mayhem will ensue at the Health and Kinesiology Center on Wednesday (Feb. 27) when the Department of Recreational Sports gives students a night of food, games and prizes.

Midnight Mayhem will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight.

“The purpose of the event is for students to come and enjoy a fun night, meet other students on campus and relieve stress, without alcohol,” said Tina DeAses, Rec. Sports’ senior assistant director for marketing, promotions and special events.

The gladiator-themed event will include a costume contest, gladiator obstacle course and a joust inflatable, as well as dodge ball.

Rec. Sports will also give away T-shirts, a TV, iPod and a half-court shot at the end of the evening worth $500.

In addition, there will be food and raffle drawings.

For more Information, call DeAses at 936.294. 3658.


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ADAI To Help Students ‘Write’ Their Passages

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative will ask students to share their “rites of passages” visually on Wednesday (Feb. 27).

"wRite of Passage," a “community art project,” will be held from 2-3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Room 304.

During the event, students will be asked to share their stories about the major events in their lives traditionally considered to be "rites of passage.”

“There are many rites of passage or transitions during the journey between childhood and adulthood,” said Kim Baechtel, ADAI steering committee member, including puberty, driving, a first date, losing one’s virginity, graduation and marriage. “Although these events can be positive and joyful experiences, they may also be painful, negatively affecting the person's self-image. If alcohol and/or drugs were involved, the adverse effects can be even greater.

“Because human beings ‘construct’ their sense of self out of emotions, experiences, thoughts, and beliefs, ‘rite of passage’ events can have a dramatic affect on a person's self-concept,” she said.

Expressing these feelings and experiences on paper during “wRite of Passage” will allow students to create a sense of detachment that will enable them to reflect and find new insight, Baechtel said.

“The art project is effective because it is often easier to express something personal in a non-verbal way,” she said.

“wRite of Passage” is part of the Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training program, an educational series aiming to increase awareness of alcohol abuse issues among the Bearkat community.

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

For more information, or a complete schedule of events for the semester, visit the ADAI Web site at or contact Rosanne Keathley, ADAI coordinator, at 936.294.1171.


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Class To Host Fashion Show For Charity

SHSU family and consumer sciences students will give back to the community while showing off the latest spring fashion trends during a charity show on Saturday (March 1).

The annual fundraiser, benefiting Habitat for Humanity, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Town Theatre, located at 1023 12th St., just off the square downtown.

Produced by FCS lecturer Harriet Griggs’ “Fashion Promotion” class and guided by Habitat for Humanity’s fundraising committee, Huntsville community members will model clothes provided by local businesses.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 at Audies, Baskin’s Department Store, Cavender’s Boot City, Comet Cleaners, Curves for Women, Fabric Carousel, The Facemaker, J.C. Penney, Kaldi’s, McNease Drugs, Style In and Walker County Hardware.

For more information, call Griggs at 936.294.4512.


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Program To Honor ‘Outstanding’ Underclassmen

“Academically-talented” underclassmen who would like to learn about what SHSU can offer them through scholarships and organizational activities can do so during the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program’s “Reception for Outstanding Freshmen and Sophomore students” on Wednesday (February 27).

The event will be held from from 1-3 p.m. at Austin Hall.

The honors program student ambassadors, the honors council and faculty advisers will be on hand to provide information about honors education, academic scholarships, study abroad programs and such academic organizations as Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key, Orange Keys, Alpha Chi and the McNair Scholarship Program.

“Academically-talented” students include those with a 3.4 cumulative grade point average or better within all majors.

Refreshments will be served at the event, which can also serve as a networking opportunity for “meeting other outstanding undergrads,” according to honors program staff member Maria Holmes.

To RSVP, or for more information, contact Holmes at 936.294.1477 or or visit the Honors Program Office in Academic Building IV Room 105 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


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Disney To Recruit Monday, Tuesday

If your ideal internship includes spending some time with Mickey, Minnie and Pluto, the Career Services Office can help make it a reality.

The Disney College Program will be on campus recruiting students from a variety of academic backgrounds to work at Disney World in Orlando during the fall semester on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 25-26).

Monday's session will be held at 5 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Building Room 134, and Tuesday's session will be held at 2 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 302.

Interns can work “onstage,” performing such tasks as vacation planning, working the rides or theatre shows, guest monitoring, performing in characters, food service, hospitality, merchandise sales or even life guarding. “Backstage” roles include costuming or working in the kitchen.

During the program, Disney will also provide interested students information on housing, the educational opportunities that accompany the internship, the application process and other benefits of the internships, according to the Disney College Program Web site.

Internships with the Walt Disney World Resort are paid, according to Nicola Rowell, Disney recruiter.

“This is a great opportunity to be part of the Disney magic and start building a strong résumé,” she said.

A complete overview of the Disney College Program is available online at

For more information on the presentation, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Music To Present Trio Of Concerts

The School of Music will spread some post-Valentine’s Day romance and give patrons triple the listening pleasure with three concerts beginning Monday (Feb. 25).

“Doubles,” an evening of chamber music for two clarinets and piano, will be held at 7:30 p.m. that day in the Recital Hall.

The duo clarinet concert will feature SHSU clarinet professor Patricia Card, Stephen F. Austin State clarinet professor Chris Ayer and Baylor University piano professor Kae Hosoda-Ayer playing works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, McCabe and a fairly new work by Gary Schocker, according to Card.

“The music is great, and we have all thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration on this project,” she said.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Ayer also will give a clarinet masterclass at 2 p.m. on Monday in Music Building Room 328, during which students will play and receive comments from Ayer.

On Tuesday (Feb. 26), associate director of bands Alfredo Vélez will conduct the SHSU Symphonic Band in a concert featuring the works of such famous musicians as John Philip Sousa, Darius Milhaud and Samuel Hazo.

The performance, featuring trumpet soloist and graduating senior Edgar Jaime, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium.

The concert is free.

Finally, the SHSU Symphony Orchestra will present an evening of “Favorite Romantic Symphonic Works” on Saturday (March 1).

The concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the University Heights Baptist Church, will feature cellist Marilyn Tovy, a student of cello professor Daniel Saenz.

The program will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Overture to Prometheus, Opus 43” and Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Opus 64.”

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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‘Stars’ Rise For Professor, Alumnae

Two criminal justice alumnae, one of whom is also a professor at SHSU, were listed among the “Twenty Academic Stars” singled out in a research paper published in the “Journal of Criminal Justice Education.”

Criminal justice associate dean and associate professor Janet L. Mullings and Leanne F. Alarid, a 1996 graduate who now teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio, were both selected as “stars” out of a pool of “88 female scholars who graduated between 1996 and 2006 from 18 North American doctoral programs in criminology and criminal justice,” according to the paper.

Mullings is also a 1996 SHSU graduate.

“Academic Stars” were selected based on “article placement in the 22 academic and nine elite journals based on the Carnegie Classification of the scholars’ respective employers.”

The study, “Research Trajectories of Female Scholars in Criminology and Criminal Justice,” is found in the journal’s November 2007 edition.


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Feb. 22, 2008
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