SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 25



Activities To UniDiversify Campus

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services will raise awareness of issues related to gender and society during UniDiversity week beginning Monday (Oct. 26).

The week will kick off with a presentation on domestic violence at noon that day in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

Domestic violence is an issue many college students face, with nearly one-third of college students reporting having physically assaulted a dating partner in the previous 12 months, according to MISS coordinator Donielle Miller.

“I cannot comment on current statistics on our campus, but women between the ages of 16-24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence,” she said.

On Tuesday (Oct. 27), Stacy Nadeau, a spokeswoman on healthy body image who was also a part of the Dove Real Women with Real Curves campaign, will challenge today's young women and men to think differently about beauty.

“Embracing Real Beauty” will be held at 6 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

Cortney Franklin, assistant professor in the College of Criminal Justice, will clarify some “MISSconceptions” on crime and prejudice on Wednesday (Oct. 28), at 11 a.m. in LSC Room 304.

On Thursday (Oct. 29), students will be encouraged to engage in a dialog about current topics involving gender roles in our society, including higher education, as well as taking a look back to see how gender roles have evolved over a Think Tank Breakfast at 10 a.m. in LSC Room 307.

Finally, on Friday, MISS will celebrate Dia de los Muertos, the “day of the dead,” with refreshments at 11 a.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

“The purpose of UniDiversity week is to educate students on different topics about diversity,” Miller said. “We aim to bring all types of students together through a series of events and use this time to highlight current issues and have intelligent dialogue and discussion.”

For more information, call the Office of MISS at 936.294.3588.


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Professor To Address Picasso Project Move

Spanish professor Enrique Mallén will discuss the new version of his Online Picasso Project, recently moved to SHSU, on Wednesday (Oct. 28).

The foreign languages scholarly seminar will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Pace Center President's Conference Room, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room C02.

The Picasso Project is an online catalogue of all of the famous Spanish artist’s works, including his literary achievements, created by Mallén in 1997 while working as a professor at Texas A&M. It is now available at

“The new Picasso Project is completely different in every respect,” Mallén said. “It is written in a different programming language: PHP; it also provides many features that the previous Picasso Project lacked.

“I will be talking about its structure and functionality, the improvements we have made and the future goals,” he said.
This lecture is open to the public.

For more information, call the foreign languages department at 936.294.1441.

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A&M Professor To Give Biology Seminar

Kirk Winemiller, a Regents Professor in Texas A&M University’s department of wildlife and fisheries sciences, will “disentangle ecological complexity” on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The Biological Sciences Department Seminar Series lecture will be held from 4-5 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 214.

During the lecture, Winemiller will discuss his research on "Disentangling Ecological Complexity—Food Web Research on a Tropical Floodplain River."

Held each Thursday, the seminar series is intended for the public and addresses current research being conducted by a guest professor in a way that the general public can understand.

For more information, contact Chad Hargrave, assistant professor of biological sciences, at 936.294.1543.


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Alumni, Friends To Connect At Margarita’s SamWorks

Huntsville-area SHSU alumni and friends will have the opportunity to build the Bearkat network on Nov. 5 during SamWorks.

The meet-and-greet event, hosted by the SHSU Alumni Association and the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant.

“SamWorks is a fun Bearkat casual event to network with fellow Bearkats, SHSU administrators and business leaders,” said Donna Gilbert, SHSU Alumni Relations assistant director for membership and marketing.

Door prizes will be given away.

SamWorks is free and open to both Alumni Association members and non-members.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 936.294.1841.


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Student Services To Scare Up Halloween Fun

Student Services will haunt Lowman Student Center on Friday (Oct. 30) with a costume contest and other games and treats from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Halloween Scare Fair will be held in LSC Room 320.

Costumes will be judged at noon, with the best costume winner receiving a 8 GB iPod touch. Participants must be present to win. Only current students are eligible.

Participants will receive a “KAT-Enstein” T-shirt, while supplies last, and can enter a drawing for other prizes.

For more information, call the VPSS office at 936.294.1784.


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President To Treat Faculty, Staff To Picnic

SHSU employees will get a Halloween treat, a free lunch, on Friday (Oct. 30) during the annual faculty and staff picnic.

The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Old Main Pit.

Employees are encouraged to wear orange to the picnic and will be served hamburgers.

For more information, contact the President’s Office at 936.294.3415 or


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Repertory To Stage ‘As It Is In Heaven,’ ‘Talk Radio’

The department of theatre and dance will present performances of “As It is in Heaven” and “Talk Radio” as part of the Raven Repertory beginning Tuesday (Oct. 27).

Show times for “As It is in Heaven” are Tuesday and Thursday (Oct. 29) at 8 p.m., as well as a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee on Oct. 31. “Talk Radio” show times are Wednesday (Oct. 28), Friday (Oct. 30) and Saturday at 8 p.m.

All performances are in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

Arlene Hutton’s “As It is in Heaven” revolves around 1830s Shaker community in Pleasant Hill, Ky.

When Fanny, a newcomer to the community, claims to have seen angels in a meadow, her vision divides the Shakers and encourages the women to discover their “gifts.”

“Talk Radio,” by Eric Bogosian, explores the world of Cleveland late night shock jock radio host, Barry Champlain on the eve of his show receiving national syndication.

Faced with tremendous pressures from his callers, studio personnel, and the station manager, Barry’s, usual insults and wild behavior elevate to a new level with disastrous consequences.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, with group rates available.

“Talk Radio” contains adult content and language.

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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Music To Host Guest, Wind, Drum Concerts

The SHSU School of Music will present a trio of concerts, beginning on Tuesday (Oct. 27) with a music therapy guest artist performance.

That day, the SHSU Music Therapy Student Organization and guest pediatric music therapists Jim Newton and Paul Hill will lead a children’s sing-along at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

On Wednesday, SHSU faculty members will perform “established” works by Bozza and Dring, as well as more contemporary works by Draganski and Wanamaker, according to faculty clarinetist Patricia Card.

The Woodwind Faculty Chamber Recital—featuring Kathy Daniel, flute; Spring Hill, oboe; Card; Scott Phillips, bassoon; Scott Plugge, saxophone; and Mieun Lee, piano—will be held at 7:30 in the Recital Hall.

“The recital will use different combinations of the woodwinds instruments, providing a variety of sounds and styles,” Card said.

Finally, the SHSU Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Group will present "Drums Along the Pacific" on Friday (Oct. 30), at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

“We're featuring an all American music program with historically important works for percussion ensemble as well as some new compositions,” said John Lane, assistant professor of percussion. “All of the works are somehow connected to the idea of the Pacific coast, either by way of geographical location of the composer, or a more general historical/cultural thread of connection.

“The SHSU Percussion Group is performing one of the seminal works in percussion literature by John Cage, ‘Third Construction,’” he said.

All three performances are free and open to the public.

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


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Planetarium To Show ‘Bad’ Side Of Astronomy

The physics department will continue its voyage into outer space with its planetarium series program presentation of “Bad Astronomy” on Friday (Oct. 30).

The series, designed to show attendees which constellations, stars and planets they can expect to see in the upcoming weeks, will be from 7-8:15 p.m. in the planetarium, in Farrington Building Room 102.

Based on the popular book and Web site of the same name, “Bad Astronomy” features "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait, who “takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show audiences how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims,” said Michael Prokosch, physics department staff laboratory assistant.

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.

Other showings of “Bad Astronomy” will be on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, while the final showing of the planetarium’s other presentation, “Two Small Pieces of Glass,” will be held Nov. 13.

For more information on current show times for the planetarium or the observatory, call 936.294.3664 or e-mail Prokosch at or visit the Planetarium WikiPage at


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Spring Registration Opens Nov. 6

Registration for the spring 2009 semester will begin on Nov. 6.

Honors students will be allowed to register for classes that day, followed by doctoral, graduate, post-baccalaureate and seniors on Nov. 9-10; juniors on Nov. 11; sophomores on Nov. 12; and freshmen on Nov. 13.

Registration, which will close at 8 a.m. on Dec. 4, will open at 5:30 p.m. for each classification and follow the alphabetical schedule published in the Schedule of Classes.

Students subject to mandatory advisement must see an adviser before they can register for the spring.

Advisement appointments can be made in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, located in College of Humanities and Social Sciences Room 170, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each school day, as well as from 5-6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, by calling 936.294.4444.

Walk-ins will also be accepted during the registration period; however, waiting times may be longer for walk-ins. To find the advising location for a particular major, visit

Registration assistance will be available Nov. 9 through Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Registrar's Office, located on the third floor of the Estill Building.

For more information, call the Registrar's Office 936.294.1052.


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SAM Center Offers Grad School Advice

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will give students considering graduate school all of the information they need with three informational seminars beginning on Thursday (Oct. 29).

The first Graduate School Information Session will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 190B.

Among the topics that will be discussed are how to choose a graduate program, financial aid, organizing applications and the grad school timeline. A question and answer session will follow.

A second on-campus session will be held Nov. 16 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the CHSS fourth floor conference room, as well as a session at The University Center in The Woodlands that will be held on Nov. 7 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Space is limited, and students should sign up in the SAM Center, located in CHSS Building Room 170.

For more information, contact Emily Kennedy at or call the SAM Center at 936.294.4361.

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Hatton Named Texas Educator Of The Year

Debbi Hatton, instructor of speech communication, has been named “University Educator of the Year” by the Texas Speech Communication Association.

The award is presented for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service in the field of speech communication.

“This is the highest award presented by our state association and typically goes to older faculty for a lifetime of work. I was honored just to be nominated and truly humbled to win,” Hatton said.

For 13 years Hatton coached the nationally recognized SHSU debate squad, she has been a finalist for the SHSU Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Service awards, as well as being elected as the chair to the Freedom of Expression division and the Legislative Council for the National Communication Association.

She has taught at SHSU since 1990.

Recently she was asked to serve as an expert witness to the State Board of Education hearings on graduation requirements.


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Mallén Publishes Book On Latin-American Poets

A book by SHSU Spanish professor Enrique Mallén that examines poetry by a number of prestigious Latin-American poets was published this week.

“Antología Crítica de la Poesía del Lenguaje” is a 378-page book, written in Spanish and published by Mexico’s Editorial Aldus.

The book includes a thirty-four page critical analysis of “language-oriented” poetry, an introduction to each of the anthologized poets and an extensive bibliography, according to Mallén.

“The book is a critical introduction to this type of poetry, which concentrates on the creative use of language,” he said.

It features such prestigious Latin-American poets as Carlos Germán Belli, Carmen Berenguer, Coral Bracho, Gerardo Deniz, Roberto Echavarren, Eduardo Espina, Reynaldo Jiménez, José Kozer, José Morales Saravia and David Rosenmann-Taub.

These poets are part of a literary movement rooted in Latin America that is similar to North American "language poetry," Mallén said.


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CHSS Building Recognized For Design Innovation

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building has received the “Award of Excellence” for its innovative design and contribution to the community and will be featured in the December issue of Texas Construction.

The constructors of the building, SpawGlass Construction Corporation, took part of the annual Texas Construction Best of 2009 competition held in September.

The competition acknowledges commercial construction and design excellence from across the state and in Oklahoma. Twenty-one projects, including the CHSS Building, were big winners in an “Award of Excellence” category.

SpawGlass submitted photos of the CHSS Building under the subcategory of higher education/research project. SHSU’s building was the only higher education/research project to win in the “excellence” category.

The competition, held by Texas Construction magazine, received 150 nominated projects. Each project was divided into categories including, “Best Of,” “Excellence” and “Special.”

The judges reviewed each project based on safety, innovation, contribution to the community or industry; construction quality and craftsmanship; and function and aesthetic quality of design.

Winners in each category also will be honored at an awards luncheon in Dallas on Dec. 8.


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