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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 8

Feb. 8, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Tammy Parrett


Student Government To Host Black History Month Program

The Student Government Association is teaming up with NAACP Unit 6816 to present their second annual Black History Month program “A Celebration Through Speech, Song and Dance” on Wednesday (Feb. 11) at 7 p.m.

The program, held in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom, commemorates the achievements of the African-American community and celebrates black culture.

The event will include performances by the Fade to Black dance team, the Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church’s choirs and drill team; Rashad Brown, and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” performed by SHSU alumna Diane Patrick.

“Our Black History Month program committee is composed of members from several campus organizations involved with the program,” said Troy Ross, caucus chair for the College of Criminal Justice. “We voted on possible performers and invited them to come out and be a part of the program.”

Guests will also hear from Bernadette Pruitt, associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University; and Terry Williams, former president of the SHSU Alumni Association.

A slideshow presentation will highlight African-American students, faculty, staff and alumni of SHSU.

“This program is a great way to kick off Black History Month, and it also gives students an opportunity to watch their fellow Bearkats showcase the great talent on our campus,” said Ross.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Ross at


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Seminar To Help Job Seekers With Disabilities Remove Barriers

Sam Houston State University’s Services for Students with Disabilities and Career Services will co-host a seminar designed to empower and assist students with disabilities to successfully enter the job market following their graduation on Thursday (Feb. 19) from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The seminar, “No Limits: Removing Barriers to Your Career Success,” will be held in the Academic Building IV Suite 210, the Career Services Seminar Room.

“We are fortunate to be part of a university that is increasingly diverse and inclusive,” said Pam Laughlin, director of Career Services. “Our students with disabilities are an important part of this diverse community, and their numbers are increasing. The directors of both Career Services and Services for Students with Disabilities have wanted to collaborate on programming to better serve this population for a long time, and we are excited to have the resources and staffing to host this event.”

Participants will learn how to write or improve their resumes, interview successfully, and dress for career success.

They will also benefit from discussions about the resources available to job seekers with disabilities, such as the Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities website, and about accommodations in the workplace.

Pizza and refreshments will be served.

For more information or to request accommodations, contact the SSD office by Feb. 12 at 936.294.3512.


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Colloquium To Examine Exploding Stars

Peter Brown, professor of physics and astronomy at Texas A&M University, will discuss his research on type Ia supernova on Thursday (Feb. 12)

The physics lecture, “Calibrating Exploding Stars for Precision Cosmology,” will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 209.

The talk will feature his research in errors made in previous methods of measuring distances and the expansion rate of the universe, He will also discuss the different expectations of metallicity, asymmetry and explosion differences.

For more information, contact the physics department at 936.294.1601.


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Trumpet Students To Perform Timeless Pieces

Trumpet students will perform during two trumpet studio recitals on Monday (Feb. 9) in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

Freshman and sophomore students will perform trumpet solos, accompanied by piano, in “The Early Show,” beginning at 6 p.m.

“The Late Show” will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature performances by upperclassmen.

Some pieces to be performed include classic trumpet solos like the “Haydn Concerto,” “Kennan Sonata,” “Goedicke Concert Etude,” and many other works from composers from the 1600s through the 20th century. 

“It’s a great variety of music and all of the students have worked very hard since November to prepare for their performances,” said Randy Adams, professor of trumpet at Sam Houston State University.

Admission to both performances is free, and both are open to the public.

For more information, contact Adams at 936.294.1359.


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Sinfonietta To Hold Inaugural Concert

The Sam Houston Sinfonietta will hold its inaugural concert Tuesday (Feb. 10) at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The sinfonietta will be joined by faculty soloists Javier Pinell, Naomi Gjevre, Ilonka Rus-Edry, and Mario Ascahuer, and will be conducted by Jonathan Pasternack.

The ensemble made its first appearance in fall 2014, in collaboration with the SHSU Choirs; however this is the first concert since the full sinfonietta program began.

“This program is a special one, as it will feature three SHSU music faculty members performing two of Johann Sebastian Bach's greatest works of the Baroque Era, the Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, and the Piano Concerto in D minor,” said Pasternack. “As a counterpoise to these two compositions, the sinfonietta will present the ethereal and evocative ‘Three Piece for Strings’ by the modern Polish composer, Henry Gorecki.

“The students will have the additional challenge of performing the Bach concertos in two very different styles: utilizing Baroque bows for their string instruments and a lighter, more incisive approach for the two violin concertos, and modern bows and a weightier, more sustained style for the piano concerto,” he said.

Aschauer, one of SHSU’s new musicology professors, will accompany the Sinfonietta on harpsichord for the two violin pieces.

Admission is free.

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


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Sorority To Collect Donations For SAAFE House

Alpha Chi Omega will host its 23rd annual “Hugs and Pampers” drive, in support of the Huntsville SAAFE House, on Wednesday (Feb. 18) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Austin Hall.

Through the drive, AXO has been able to provide tens of thousands of donated items such as toys, feminine products, cleaning supplies and childcare items to the SAAFE House, a local shelter for victims of sexual assault and abuse.

“This event is important to Alpha Chi Omega because our philanthropy is domestic violence awareness,” said Lindsey Ballard, AXO vice president of public relations and marketing. “To have a local SAAFE House in Huntsville, we can personally see how much of an impact we have on these women and children.

“We don’t have a set amount we’d like to collect; we just want to donate as much as possible,” she said. “Seeing everyone come together to support a local organization brings a smile to my face every year.”

For more information, contact Ballard at


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Nominations Sought For Sammy Awards

When you hear the phrases “outstanding student leader” or “outstanding student organization,” does a specific person or group come to mind? If so, Sam Houston State University’s Department of Student Activities wants to hear from you.

The Department of Student Activities is currently seeking nominations for outstanding student leaders and student organizations for the 21st Annual Sammys, SHSU’s official award ceremony.

Individual awards include Outstanding First-Year Student Leader, Outstanding Sophomore Student Leader, Outstanding Junior Student Leader, Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Leader, Outstanding Graduate/Doctoral Student Award, the Creager Memorial Award, the McDermitt Memorial Award, and the Sammy Award.

Organization awards include Outstanding Academic/Honorary Organization, Outstanding Social Fraternity, Outstanding Community Service Project, Outstanding Social Sorority, Outstanding Cultural Organization, Outstanding Special Interest Organization, Outstanding Recreational Organization, Outstanding Student Organization Adviser, and Outstanding Religious Organization.

“Excellence in Service” awards also will be given to one student from each SHSU’s seven colleges.

“The Sammys represents the university’s soul, which is the hard work, dedication and service of its students,” said Brandon Cooper, associate director for Student Activities.

Nomination forms are currently available in the Student Activities Office, in the Lowman Student Center Suite 328, or by visiting The Sammys website.

Forms are due in the Student Activities Office on Friday (Feb. 13) by 5 p.m. to be considered.

For more information, contact Student Activities at 936.294.3861.


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