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SHSU Update for Week of April 13

Theatre Productions Offer Double Feature

The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents a spring double feature beginning April 22--Samuel Beckett's "Endgame," directed by senior theatre major Jayson Rivera, and Christopher Durang's "Beyond Therapy," directed by senior musical theatre major Tye Blue.

"Endgame" opens at 8 p.m. April 22, with performances also at 8 p.m. April 24 and 2 p.m. April 26. "Beyond Therapy" opens at 8 p.m. April 23, with performances also at 8 p.m. April 25 and 26.

"Endgame" deals with life in the house of Hamm (Danial Colosky), a frustrated paraplegic who is preparing for the last day on earth, attended by his manservant, Clov (Austin Robinson). The last day on earth finds Hamm irritable, constantly badgering Clov for his painkillers and news of the outside world.

In two trash bins set out of the way suffer Nagg (Grant Gonsoulin) and Nell (Haruna Kajino), Hamm's aging parents, who must face life separated only by inches of metal but never able to take comfort in each other's arms. Hamm's frustration extends to them as well, professing to put up with them because they are his parents and for no other reason.

"Beyond Therapy" recounts the story of Prudence (Samantha Sutton), a woman looking for true love in Bruce (Nick Viega), a man uncertain of his way in life. Their first meeting is the result of a personal ad that Bruce has placed in the newspaper.

As the blind date continues, it becomes apparent that the relationship will never work out.

However, fate draws them together once more as Prudence responds to a different ad, only to find that Bruce is the man waiting for her once again. The "Beyond Therapy" cast also includes Zach Arrington, Kati Torgerson, Bobby Martinez and Byron Shoemaker.

For "Endgame" Tracy Crowston is stage manager and Kristina S. Hansen designed costumes. For "Beyond Therapy" Lee-Anna Hamilton serves as stage manager and Kira Brasel designed costumes.
The sets for both shows were designed by sophomore theatre major Steven Kemp, sound design for both shows is done by Chimmy Gunn, and Crystal Lee designed lighting for both shows.

All tickets for both productions are general admission and are priced at $8. For reservations or information, call 936.294.1339 or 936.294.1330.

Teacher Job Fair Takes Place This Week

A Teacher Job Fair will be held in the Bernard Johnson Coliseum on Tuesday (April 15) from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For more information see the Career Services
website or call 936.294.1713.

International Coffee Hour Scheduled

The Office of International Programs will host a Coffee Hour in the Kat Klub of the Lowman Student Center on Thursday (April 17) from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Members of the university community are invited to come by and meet the five summer interns who arrived from France last week.  Refreshments, provided by the Office of Student Activities, will be served.

The International Coffee Hours are held each month to offer extra-curricular activities for SHSU international students, and to help them to integrate into the regular university population.
"The event allows the international students to get to know each other, as well as any American students who stop by, in a relaxed, fun atmosphere," said Donna Rogers of the international programs office.

Deadline Approaches For Mexican School Registration

Next June, over 50 students and six professors will head to Mexico to participate in Sam Houston State University's Puebla Field School.
Students will take courses in agriculture, business, drawing, photography and Spanish, taught by SHSU professors Carolyn Robinson, Edward Blackburne, Michael Henderson, Chuck Drumm and Rafael Saumell.  Frieda Koeninger coordinates this program.

Classes will be held on the campus of the Universidad Iberoamericana, where students will be able to use the computer services, library, sports facilities and even the clinic.

Students have two options for lodging and meals: to stay at a hotel in downtown Puebla or to live with a family.  The home stay has become very popular, said Koeninger, with at least 30 students expected to use it this year.

Field trips to local factories, museums and important anthropological sites are planned.

The deadline to sign up is April 30.  For more information,  contact Koeninger by e-mail or phone at 936.294.1443, or visit the field school website.

Biology Grad, SHSU Campus To Appear On PBS

Rebecca Bodily's study of the mating behavior of mockingbirds will be one of the components of "Roy Bedichek's Vanishing Frontier," a one-hour PBS documentary which will be shown on April 21 at 9 p.m.
Bodily received her master of science degree in biology from Sam Houston State University in May 2002. Her thesis was under the direction of SHSU biology professor Diane Neudorf. Bodily now teaches at Tomball College.
Some of the filming of the documentary took place on the SHSU campus.
Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Rob Tranchin recently discovered Bedichek's classic 1947 work, "Adventures with a Texas Naturalist," and was inspired to rediscover the love of nature that he felt as a young boy.  
Tranchin's road trip across the modern landscape of the Southwest leads him to discover the changes and unlikely similarities that exist when early 20th century writings are compared to the world of today. 

As he revisits the sites that were both points of inspiration and observation for Bedichek, he crosses paths with Bodily on the SHSU campus, noted author John Graves who wrote "Goodbye to a River," and the staff of a sewage treatment plant that completes a natural recycling process by converting  waste into rich soil.
As Tranchin interacts with these modern-day naturalists, he realizes that Bedichek's issues and concerns are as relevant today as they were in the 1940s.

Honor Group Receives National Recognition

The Sam Houston State University chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, was recognized as one of the top four in the nation at the society's national convention in Washington, D. C.
Eleven SHSU students made presentations at the convention, including Krystal Willeby, who was selected as an alternate for the prestigious Nolle Scholarship.
Howard Griffin, a retired faculty member in political science, received an Outstanding Service Award.
The Sam Houston chapter also has 36 new members. They are: Melissa Allen, Shauna Anderson, Tara Anderson, James Ballard, Kristen Bonner, Norman Bush, Amy Cashdollar, Beverly Corley, Cynthia Dickey, Brian Drake, Angie Ezell and Jennifer Gilbert.
Also, Sara Guidry, Michelle Henderson, Bridget Hepner, Adam Hitt, Matthew Hilbert, Jennifer Jacobs, Adam Jenke, Carrie Kemp, Amy Koenig, Tamara Lewis, Kimberly Mangus and Krystal Patterson.
And, Ronald Ramcharan, Brandi Roberts, John Scott, Hilary Smith, Kimberly Smoot, Kacie Starr, Jessica Waggoner, Catharine Wakefield, Joy Walker, Debra Westergaard, Rachel Wheat and Belinda Zurovec.
Alpha Chi has chapters on more than 300 campuses in 45 states and Puerto Rico. An honor society for all academic fields, it inducts no more than the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors.

Local Leader To Kick Off Series

Wendell Baker, a longtime Huntsville civic and civil rights leader, will be the first speaker in a new series presented by Academic Support Programs of the SAM Center at Sam Houston State University.
The series is called "GRASSROOTS: Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community."  The presentation is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. April 23 in the Olson Auditorium in Academic Building 4.
Baker was recognized by the Texas Legislature in 2001 as "an accomplished Texan whose extensive contributions to his community, state, and nation are all the more remarkable for the considerable barriers he overcame."
After graduating from high school in Huntsville, he attended Samuel Huston College in Austin, traveled as a member of a musical group to raise money for the school, and served in the U. S. Army in World War II.
He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at Texas Southern University and taught for 12 years in the Huntsville school district. He then worked as a chemical engineer for Goodyear Tire and Rubber, and now operates BaCorp, Inc., an installation and contract service company, with his son.

The legislative resolution lauds his "significant role in the desegregation of Sam Houston State University on June 10, 1964," and his organization work on behalf of the Walker County Voters League.

Also listed were his other civic activities including "involvement in repairing city streets, certifying local police officers, and developing a housing project and the Walker county Housing Board." 

Attention Fall Graduation Candidates

Students planning to graduate on December 13 should file degree applications by April 28 with the Registrar's office in the Marks Administration Building.

Student who do not apply by the deadline will be assessed a $25 late application fee, and their names may not appear in the commencement program or honors program list.

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April 13, 2003
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