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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 9

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SANE Nurse To Give ‘Voice’ To Sexual Assault Victims

For years, Charmin White helped guide victims of sexual assault through the medical and legal processes as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson General and Quentin Mease Community hospitals in Houston.

Now, White shares her skills with nursing students at Sam Houston State University School of Nursing.

Charmin White
Charmin White

She will discuss the role of SANE nurses and the Sexual Assault Response Teams in communities as part of the College of Criminal Justice’s Voices Lecture Series on Wednesday (Nov. 12).

The presentation will be from 2-3 p.m. in the CJ Center’s Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.

White will define the problem, identify risk and protective factors, discuss prevention strategies and offer several ways to attempt widespread adoption using awareness, education and training. The goal, White said, is “to stop sexual violence before it begins.

“The needs are phenomenal because of the epidemic proportion of cases first responders and health care providers are treating in this country that are impacted by sexual violence,” she said.

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is a registered nurse who provides comprehensive care and attends to the medical-legal needs of victims and their families as well as the perpetrators of crime, violence and abuse. The nurse collects forensic evidence and may provide expert testimony as well as education to juries.

Sexual violence can and does occur at any stage in the life process and is the No. 1 underreported crimes in our society, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. According to research, one in four women and one in 6.1 men will be the victims of a sexual assault during their college careers.

Forensic nurses also provide best practice to victims of child abuse, elder abuse and intimate partner violence, White said.

Many victims of sexual violence wind up in emergency rooms in hospitals across the country, which may or may not have Sexual Assault Response Teams that may consist of SANE nurses, physicians, psychiatrists, law enforcement agencies, social workers, child life specialists, hospital chaplains, and patient advocates.

According to the literature, with accurate evidence collection and more prosecutions, more sexual assault felons will be incarcerated thus reducing the opportunity for offending against more victims, therefore making for a healthier community. The message that a survivor receives when a SANE program is developed is that sexual assault is a problem for the entire community, not just victims and local sexual assault programs.

Plans are expected for SHSU to provide a full course preparation for adult/adolescent and/or pediatric SANE courses in 2015 at SHSU.

For more information about sexual assault on college campuses, visit notalone.gov.


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Colloquium To Explore Research Of Female Physicist

University of Houston physicist Margaret S. Cheung will discuss her research on protein folding and report new discoveries and testable predictions from her research group’s studies on Monday (Nov. 10).

The SHSU physics department’s Physics Colloquium presentation will begin at noon in Farrington Building Room 209.

At UH, where she serves as professor and researcher in their physics department and in their Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, her research group—The Cheung Group—studies the behavior of biological molecules in cells using physics theories, modeling and computer simulations.

"This knowledge will impact disease-related research, so we can detect how symptoms develop at an early stage," Cheung said in an interview with UH’s news outlet. "For instance, in diseases like infectious diseases and cancerous diseases, we use computer simulations and modeling to try to understand and predict their behavior inside a cell, particularly under normal and under disease conditions."

Her talk at SHSU, “Protein folding and recognition in the cell—an in silico approach,” will explore that work on protein interactions in a cellular environment using a coarse-grained molecular simulations approach.

Cheung's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, which in July 2009 awarded her $219,000 to study the behavior of protein folding and interactions in a cell.

Cheung received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in Taiwan, where she’s from, and her doctorate in physics from the University of California at San Diego. She completed her postdoctoral work at the University of Maryland and began teaching at UH in 2006.

For more information, call the physics department at 936.294.1601.


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Army Bands Target SHSU For Concerts, Master Classes

Two U.S. Army bands will march into Sam Houston State University on Monday (Nov. 10) for a series of concerts and master classes with students in the School of Music.

Army Pentagon Winds
The Pentagon Winds

The Pentagon Winds will launch the series, as part of their official tour of the country, with a recital at 4 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Following the performance, the ensemble will teach a master class with winds students in Music Building Room 202.

The Pentagon Winds includes Staff Sgt. Gina Sebastian, flute; Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Brimhall, oboe; Master Sgt. Matthew Kanowith, clarinet; Sgt. Maj. J. Daniel Bowlds, bassoon; and Master Sgt. Alan White, horn.

Formed in 1999, the Pentagon Winds is an active part of the Army Field Band’s educational outreach program, performing recitals and clinics throughout the nation for audiences, ranging from the youngest elementary school students to the nation’s finest universities and colleges, according to the U.S. Army Field Band website.

At 5 p.m., the U.S. Army Field Brass Quintet will play in the GPAC Recital Hall.

Prior to their concert, they will “drill” brass students through a master class at 3 p.m. in Music Building Room 201.

The field brass quintet was created in 1998 and showcases the finest and most challenging literature in the brass quintet repertoire, according to the U.S. Army Field Band website.

Army Brass Quintet
The U.S. Army Field Brass Quintet

It is “composed” of Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Kennedy Johnson, trumpet; Sgt. 1st Class Ward Yager, trumpet; Master Sgt. Robert Cherry, horn; Master Sgt. Aaron Kadrmas, trombone; and Master Sgt. Scott Cameron, tuba.

“Recognized for their versatility as well as their technical skill, the Army Field Band Brass Quintet combines standard quintet works, band and orchestral transcriptions, commissions, and original compositions to present one of the most diverse and entertaining chamber ensemble programs heard today,” the site says.

All of these events are free and open to the public.

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


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Fourth Annual Event To Take Art To Huntsville’s Streets

The Student Art Association and the SHSU Department of Art will fill Downtown Huntsville with student-created pieces for this year’s fourth annual “Art Walk.”

woman vaccuming the ceiling
a painted sketch of random people
man and woman walking

The three-night event, Nov. 13-15, will include student art installations in the storefront windows at Avenue L Café, at 1215 Sam Houston Ave., and an exhibition inside the building.

During the Friday night reception, there also will be live performance art and outdoor video projections, and a Bachelor of Fine Art senior exhibit will be open at the Satellite Gallery, at 1216 University Ave.

Now in it’s fourth year, the “Art Walk” is a grassroots student event that aims to develop a dialogue between SHSU art students/alumni and the larger Huntsville community concerning contemporary art practice and the role that art plays on a local level, according to Annie Strader, SHSU assistant professor of art, SAA faculty adviser and gallery coordinator.

“Through using non-art specific spaces—such as storefront windows and empty lots—the students seek to engage visitors that might not typically seek out the gallery on campus and to make more people aware of the new Satellite Gallery downtown,” she said.

The “Art Walk” exhibition will include work created by current students and alumni in all media.

Refreshments will be served at the reception, which will begin at 6 p.m. at Avenue L Café.

The exhibit inside the café will be open on Thursday, from 5-7 p.m.; on Friday, from 6–8 p.m.; and on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Strader at srs033@shsu.edu or 936.294.1322 or SAA president Katy Strouse at kas020@shsu.edu.


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‘A Funny Thing Happened’ To Open Nov. 12

With something familiar, something peculiar, something appealing, and something appalling, there's something for everyone in the musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” which opens Wednesday (Nov. 12) at the University Theatre Center’s Erica Starr Theatre.

The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre production will be showcased at 8 p.m. each evening during its four-night run, with a 2 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 15) matinee.

Inspired by the farce of ancient playwright Plautus, “Forum” employs classic slapstick comedy and puns to tell the story of the clever Roman slave Pseudolus (played by Ryan Smith), who tries to earn his freedom by helping his master, Hero (Nathan Wilson), win the affection of the young and lovely, Philia (Connor Lyon).

His wits are tested as his journey to freedom sends him juggling through twists and turns, mistaken identities and fast-paced action.

The musical is punctuated by vaudeville-style songs written by Stephen Sondheim, including the well-loved opening show tune “Comedy Tonight.”

"‘Forum’ was the first show for which Sondheim wrote both the music and lyrics," said director Laura Avery, associate professor of voice and musical theatre.

The musical’s original 1962 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and “Best Author of a Musical.” A revival of “Forum” was produced on Broadway in 1996 and starred Nathan Lane as Pseudolus.

The play is based on the book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, who created and produced the hit TV show “M*A*S*H.”

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for SHSU students and senior citizens. Discounted tickets are also available for groups.

For tickets, call the University Theatre Center Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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Faculty, Student Musicians To Serenade Audiences In Two Concerts

Performances by faculty wind musicians and the SHSU Symphony Orchestra will highlight international pieces in two concerts beginning Tuesday (Nov. 11).

A quintet of faculty will present music for the flute, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone and piano that day for a free recital beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Kathy Daniel, flute; Patricia Card, clarinet; Nathan Koch, bassoon; Masahito Sugihara, saxophone; and Ilonka Rus-Edery, piano, will showcase five selections, including
"Air and Simple Gifts," written and arranged by John Williams for President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009.

“The piece is based on the traditional Shaker hymn ‘The Gift to be Simple’ and is beautiful piece for the flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano,” Card said.

Other works include Antonin Dvorak’s "Slavonic Dances," including the “very popular” No. 6 and No. 8; Sugihara’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s "Overture from the Nutcracker Suite," which is “guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit;” and Nikolai Tschemberdschi’s “Concertino,” the most contemporary piece on the program but “still has plenty of audience appeal,” Card said.

The final selection, Robbie McCarthy’s "The Surfing, Dancing Fleas," is a new work that has a lot of jazz influence and a “fantastic” bassoon cadenza.

“It will be a fun piece to end the program,” Card said.

On Friday (Nov. 14), the Symphony Orchestra will present its second concert of the academic year beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the GPAC Concert Hall.

The program will include Hector Berlioz's “rousing” Hungarian March from "The Damnation of Faust;" Sergei Prokofiev's “characterful” Suite No. 2 from the ballet "Romeo and Juliet;" and Ludwig van Beethoven's “energetic and pioneering” Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, according to Jonathan Pasternack, visiting director of orchestral activities.

The ensemble, comprising 70 student musicians selected by audition at the beginning of each semester, is conducted by Pasternack, who joined the SHSU faculty this fall.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for senior citizens and $5 for SHSU students.

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


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Senior Exhibition To Examine Traditional Gender Roles

“1991,” a senior exhibition featuring the works of Krissty Batres, Colton Clifford and Justin Zachary, will be on display Monday (Nov. 16) through Nov. 16 in the Satellite Gallery.

The exhibit is a millennial look, from the artists all born in that year, at the gender roles passed down from generation to generation.

1991 promo image“Our work investigates the gaps that can be found in the building blocks of this heritage, when our worlds start to differ and become more layered,” Clifford said. “‘1991’ will collectively show the different values that have been instilled on our lives, individually, and how they lead to dialog between one another.”

An opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Thursday (Nov. 13) from 5-7 p.m.

Batres is a Hispanic-American artist whose works create narratives concerned with social roles, norms and experiences based on cultural understandings. She is anticipating graduating in December with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio arts.

Clifford’s photography is focused primarily on gender roles, sexuality and identity.

“I am inspired by the everyday woman using wigs, makeup, and costume as means of portraying the characters,” he said. “My work has a sense of cinema, with bold color contrasts between muted and neon tones.”

Clifford anticipates graduating with a BFA in photography in May.

Zachary’s works are inspired by personal experiences dealing with family relationships, sexuality and death, drawing inspiration from memories and current issues within in his family and social life.

Zachary is currently completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and anticipates graduating in May.

The Satellite Gallery is located at 1216 University Ave., in downtown Huntsville.


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Philanthropy Day To Allow Students To Thank Donors

In honor of National Philanthropy Day, the Sam Houston State University Annual Giving office will recognize the support given to the university with a giant “thank you.”

On Thursday (Nov. 13), the office will offer students the opportunity to express their appreciation through a signable banner in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., all students can stop by their table and sign the banner that will be promoted through social media for donors to see, according to Meggan Thompson, assistant director of Annual Giving.

“We are hoping this banner will raise awareness for the students about the importance of the many philanthropic gifts that are made to SHSU,” she said.

Donors support SHSU by providing gifts that fund scholarships, academic programs, technology and laboratory equipment and student activities, Thompson said.

SHSU receives less than a third of its operating expenses from state appropriations, so gifts are often crucial for offsetting operating costs that aren’t covered by tuition and fees.

National Philanthropy Day is held annually in November, this year on Nov. 15, as a means of putting into action the celebration of “the love of humankind” and of recognizing the change that philanthropy has brought to our communities.

“NPD is a celebration of philanthropy that highlights the accomplishments that charitable giving makes to our society,” said Cindy Truax, director of Annual Giving.

For more information, call the Office of University Advancement at 936.294.3625.


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Submit Update Items Here

In order to assist members of the Sam Houston State University community in publicizing events, the SHSU Communications Office (Today@Sam) is now requesting that students, faculty and staff submit information about events, accomplishments or ideas for feature stories online.

Submission criteria and guidelines, including deadlines, have now been placed online, at shsu.edu/~pin_www/guidelines.html. This information is also accessible through the “Submissions” link in the right-hand navigation on Today@Sam.

From there, those submitting ideas can access forms that will allow them to provide detailed information about their idea, as well as attach event calendars, vitas/resumes or photos, depending on the type of submission.

Ideas submitted to the SHSU Communications Office are directly utilized in several ways: as news stories, “slider” or SHSU home page stories, hometown releases, and on the Today@Sam calendar.

If your submission qualifies for distribution, we will either contact you for more detailed information, or we will edit the information using SHSU/journalistic style and forward the final release to the appropriate media.

All information is verified before release, so please provide complete, accurate and timely information. Please type all responses in appropriate upper and lower cases.

For more information, contact the Communications Office at 936.294.1836 or today@sam.edu.



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