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SHSU Update For Week Of April 10

April 10, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Tammy Parrett



Luncheon To Preview Common Reader Selection 

HadfieldThe Common Reading Program will introduce faculty, staff and administrators to its 2015-16 common reader selection on Friday (April 22). 

During the 9th annual Faculty Common Reader Preview Luncheon, committee members will discuss the book, how it can be incorporated into the classroom and about the events being held in conjunction with this year’s program. The event will be from noon to 2 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

This year’s common reader selection is the national bestseller “An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything” by Col. Chris Hadfield.

In “An Astronaut’s Guide To Life,” Hadfield recounts the decades he spent training as an astronaut and shares what he’s learned through some of his most harrowing experiences.

Through eye-opening, entertaining stories, his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth–especially your own, according to the book description on

Those interested in attending should RSVP to the First Year Experience Office by April 15 at 936.294.2227 or Those who attend will receive a free copy of the book and a curriculum guide.

External Talent Management credit will also be provided.


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Competition To Showcase Artist Collaboration

The second annual SHSU Art Song Competition, which promotes student singer and collaborative pianist achievement in the performance of song literature, will be held Sunday (April 10) in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The competition will begin at 2 p.m., the teams advancing to round two will be announced at 7 p.m., and the final round, in the form of a formal evening concert, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The competition also promotes degree studies at SHSU that encompass vocal and collaborative piano pieces by awarding scholarships to the teams that advance to the final round. 

The first place prize consists of a $1,000 scholarship for each team member, the second place prize will consist of a $750 scholarship for each team member, and the third place prize will consist of a $500 scholarship for each team member. 

Deborah Dalton, director of opera theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University, and Timothy Hester, director of keyboard collaborative arts at the University of Houston, will serve as judges for the competition.

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


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Edmonson To Give ‘Last Lecture’

Stacey EdmonsonStacey Edmonson, dean of the Sam Houston State University College of Education, will share her “last lecture” as keynote speaker in the Last Lecture Series on Monday (April 11) at 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

“When Randy Pausch, professor at Carnegie Mellon University, participated in his university's ‘last lecture’ series after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, his thoughts on life–overcoming obstacles, supporting others, seizing opportunity, achieving your dreams–inspired an entirely new sense of urgency and meaning,” Edmonson said.

“His lecture and the corresponding book became a worldwide sensation, an inspiration to many about the importance of deciding what matters most and sharing that with others,” she said. “In the spirit of community, the College of Education created the Last Lecture series at SHSU to reflect and share this sentiment with our friends, colleagues and university family.”

The lecture is free and open to students, faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Sherry Hirsch, assistant to the dean of the College of Education, at 936.294.3304.


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Workshop To Share Financial Travel Tips

Frugal TravelerWhen many people begin planning a vacation, they often don’t know how to ensure that they’re getting the best rate available on their flights, hotel rooms or rental cars. Once they arrive at their destination, they end up overspending on activities and meals as well.

The Sam Houston State University Student Money Management Center will explore these things during “The Frugal Traveler” on Wednesday (April 13) at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater. 

The presentation will discuss how to minimize cost and get the best deals on both local and international travels.

Students who attend three or more SMMC events will be entered into a drawing for one of two $400 scholarships. 

Pizza and refreshments will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis before the event. Food and drinks are not allowed in the theater.

Admission is free with an active Bearkat OneCard. 

For more information, contact SMMC at 936.294.2600. 



International Week To Showcase Diverse Culture 

International WeekSam Houston State University’s International Student Organization will host the 10th annual International Week beginning Saturday through Thursday (April 16-22) with events taking place across campus.

The week’s events will begin on Saturday (April 16) with International Children’s Story Hour from 1-2 p.m. at the Huntsville Public Library children’s room.

Monday’s events include “Around The World At SHSU,” featuring information, crafts and games from more than 15 countries, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

Attorney Dan McCarthy will present “Working in the United States: Pathways to Becoming a Permanent Resident” from 6-7 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

On Tuesday, SHSU students will showcase their home countries and regions in “Around The World At SHSU” from 3-8 p.m. in the Mafrige Auditorium in the Smith-Hutson Building.

Wednesday’s events continue with a study abroad fair featuring information from a variety of independent study abroad providers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area. 

Students can hear from study abroad participants in a panel discussion from 3-4 p.m. in the Ronald P. Mafrige Auditorium. Immediately following from 4-5 p.m., students can hear from exchange students who came to SHSU.

Thursday, Multiculural Student Services will host “Chat & Chew: Asian History” from noon to 1 p.m. in the LSC Room 302.

Later that evening, the Department of Dance will host “International Dance Blast!” from 6-8 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center.

The week’s events will conclude on Friday with “Flavors of the World: International Potluck” from 5-7 p.m. at the Baptist Student Center and “International Movie Night: Cool Runnings” from 7-9 p.m. at the Psychological Services Center.

Monday through Thursday, SHSU’s Old Main Market will sponsor an International Food Festival, featuring food from countries such as China, Turkey, Mexico, and India from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Main Market.

The events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dana Van De Walker, international student recruiter with the Office of International Programs, at 936.294.2746.


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Veterans To Showcase Creative Writing 

Sam Houston State University students currently enrolled in creative writing courses will host a Creative Writing Showcase on Tuesday (April 12) at 4 p.m. in the Dan Rather Mass Communications Building Room 126.

The showcase is part of the Center For Community Engagement’s Academic Community Engagement service project for creative writing students Garrett Sheaffer, Carnelius Greene and Paige Ruiz.

For the event, Sheaffer will join mass communication major Clayton Bradshaw, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper who was stationed in Germany and saw service in Iraq and Afghanistan, in presenting a number of poetry and spoken word pieces.

“We chose to focus on the experiences of veterans because they have a unique perspective of the world due to our past experiences,” said Sheaffer, a veteran U.S. Marine who was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and served in Iraq and the Republic of South Korea. 

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Sheaffer at


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‘Ronald Run’ To Raise Money For Charity

Sam Houston State University’s chapter of Alpha Delta Pi will host the 4th annual Ronald Run on April 16 at 11 a.m. at Pritchett Field.

The Ronald Run is a 5k “color run,” funds from which will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House charities.

In addition to the run, there will be a “finish line party,” in which participants can browse and meet a number of local vendors. The Rita B. Huff Animal Shelter will also be at the event with adoptable pets.

“The Ronald Run is not only a fun community event, but it is also a great way to raise money for the children and families in need at the Ronald McDonald House,” said philanthropy chair Lauren Galley. 

Registration is $25 per person and is available until the morning of the event.

Those interested in participating can contact any member of Alpha Delta Pi for registration forms. 

For more information, contact Galley at


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Art Auction To Showcase Student Work

Art Auction posterSam Houston State University’s Student Art Association will host its annual Student Art Auction from April 25-29 at the SHSU Student Satellite Gallery. 

The Student Art Auction provides students an opportunity to showcase and sell some of their work and the community an opportunity to support student artists, the organization and the SHSU Department of Art. 

The event will also include a silent auction, and winners will be announced at the reception, which will be held April 29 at 6 p.m. in the Satellite Gallery. 

The Satellite Gallery is open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., Fridays at 12-5 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is located at 1216 University Ave.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact SAA president Laura Miller at


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