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SHSU Update for Week of Feb. 2

Dedication, Lecture to Highlight Olson Tribute

In honor of his 31 years of service to Sam Houston State University, history professor James S. Olson will be recognized with several upcoming events.

The SHSU history department is sponsoring various activities that will take place Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6 and 7, on campus and in the Huntsville community.

On Thursday the new auditorium in Academic Building 4 will be officially dedicated in Olson's name during a ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. 

Distinguished Lecturer Peter Hammond Liddle, director of The Second World War Experience Centre in Leeds, England, and a foremost authority on World Wars I and II, will be the guest speaker, and a dedication ceremony and reception will follow Liddle's presentation.

The new building at 20th Street and Ave. I will house the history, psychology and philosophy, and library science departments, as well as a Student Advising and Mentoring Center and a new computer services laboratory.

On Thursday evening, a reception for Olson will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 19th Street. The history department has extended an open invitation for community members to attend the reception beginning at 7 p.m.

On Friday the events celebrating Olson continue with a "Reflections on History and Historians" Conference to be held in the Olson Auditorium.

The conference will feature five hour-long sessions beginning at 9 a.m.

The session titles include: "Careers in History: Why I Chose a Career in History," "The Historian as Teacher: Challenges and Rewards," "The Historian as Scholar: From Topic Conception to Publication," "The Historian as Public Servant: Law, Journalism, Library Science and Medicine."

Speakers for the first four sessions will be various scholars from universities across Texas and the country. The final session entitled "Reflections on the Profession" will be an address given by Olson himself.

Although the primary audience for the conference is SHSU students, the university community and other out of town guests will be welcomed. There is no registration fee for the event.

Closing out the events honoring Olson will be a final reception Friday evening at Austin Hall at 7 o'clock. Members of the university community and out of town guests are invited to celebrate Olson's accomplishments.

Guest Pianist to Perform

On Sunday evening, Feb. 2, at 7:30, guest pianist Robert Roux from Rice University will give a recital in Killinger Auditorium.

His recital includes Bach's "Italian Concerto," Liszt's monumental "Sonata in B minor," as well as works by Beethoven and Rachmaninov.

Roux began his career at age 10 with a performance on the nationally televised Lawrence Welk Show.  Since that time, he has been a winner of several piano competitions in the United States, including the United States Information Agency's Artistic Ambassador Competition and the International Piano Recording Competition. 

A Steinway Artist, Roux's performances include appearances at the White House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Library of Congress in Washington, DC., Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Stude Concert Hall in Houston on the Horowitz Steinway, St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, and Villa Pignatelli in Naples. 

He has toured as recitalist and concerto soloist in sixteen  countries; Nuremberg Nachrichten, Germany's third largest daily newspaper, deemed him "...a smart interpreter of Viennese classicism whom we should bear in mind." 

Clavier magazine, referring to a three-day American Liszt Society festival held in 2002, deemed Roux's performance of the Liszt Sonata "...the most stunning playing during the festival...for which the audience offered a well-deserved standing ovation."

Roux's students have been frequent prize winners and award recipients at the national and international level.   He is currently chair of the keyboard department at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.  He has been featured as a master teacher at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and also has taught on the faculty of the University of Southern California at Los Angeles.  

He has been associate director of the Prague International Piano Masterclasses since 1997, and has served on the faculty of the prestigious Van Cliburn Institute, the Moscow International Piano Masterclasses, the Paris International Piano Sessions, and the Association of German Music Schools.  

His list of teachers and coaches includes Lili Kraus, Adele Marcus, William Race, and Leonard Shure.  He is listed in Who's Who in America (2003) and is also interviewed as one of the top teachers in Benjamin Saver's publication, "The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA."

Admission to the recital is free. A masterclass will be held in the Recital Hall on Monday at 11 a.m.-1 p.m., also open to the public and free.

DeMars Conducts TV Enrichment Workshop

Students in the Cypress-Fairbanks School District in Houston attended a Television Enrichment Workshop on Saturday, January 25th, organized by Tony DeMars, associate professor of radio-television at SHSU. 

RTV alumna and Cy-Fair TV producer Denise Walker coordinated the program through the school district.

DeMars spent last fall visiting all the high schools in the Cy-Fair ISD discussing television news careers and helping faculty and students enhance their curriculum.

The event is part of a relationship based on a grant DeMars received from the Radio Television News Directors Association.  The overall goal of the association's High School Journalism Partnership Grant is to improve high school electronic journalism programs or help start new programs. 

Specifically, the association seeks to increase news career opportunities for young people, advance diversity in media, and increase awareness of the First Amendment among those studying broadcast journalism.

Other RTV faculty who gave presentations at the workshop were Jason Balas and Jeff Porshe.  RTV students who participated were Jesse Bernal, Laura Berryhill, Paul Nimon and Rachel Wheat.  Bernal, Nimon, and Wheat all attended one of the Cy-Fair ISD high schools.

Former SHSU RTV students participating in the workshop included Keith Tomshe from WB 39 News, Kammi Hirschfield from Fox Sports Net, and Laura Naquin from KRTS Radio.  Topics covered at the workshop included civic journalism; TV news shooting; editing; writing; creative shooting and editing; and Adobe Premiere editing.  

In addition to working with Cy-Fair ISD for more workshops and other activities, DeMars plans to develop a similar relationship with other high schools in the region.

New Museum Exhibit Goes Up

"Just Experience: A Texas Century of American Justice" will be on display in the atrium of the Walker Education Center through the end of March.

The U.S. Courts for the Southern District of Texas celebrated 100 years of service in March 2002.  The exhibit, on loan from the U.S. Courts, illustrates a century of the federal judicial process in action.

Several kiosks depict the U. S. Constitution's authority to establish the federal judiciary; the history of the U. S. Courts in the Republic of Texas and the demographics and growth over the last 100 years; the original federal courthouses, along with photos of the current courthouses of the seven divisions of the Southern District of Texas; and a discussion of the shaping of the history of southeast Texas, including illustrations of oil, agriculture and industry.

Other illustrations include a view of societal influences, including the 1920s Prohibition, heavy illegal immigration from Mexico, civil rights issues, drug trafficking, the Vietnam War protesters, and the 1980s recession.

Also, there are highlights of the first and a few of the most notable judges that have served the Southern District of Texas, as well as a listing of the current federal district judges.

Program Offers Reading, Writing Tutorials

The SHSU Department of Language, Literacy and Special Populations is offering reading and writing tutorials for children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

The tutorials will take place on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center on the university campus.

For more information on registration, call 936.294.4836 or 936.294.1108 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nominations Sought for Teaching Award

Nominations for the prestigious SHSU Excellence in Teaching Award will be accepted from Feb. 3-Feb. 21.

Voting is open to all students, alumni, faculty, and staff through the SHSU web page.  The award honors outstanding teaching service, and the recipient is recognized during spring commencement ceremonies.

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Feb. 2, 2003
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