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SHSU Update for Week of Feb. 9

Spring Enrollment Sets Another Record

Sam Houston State University enrollment for the 2003 spring semester is 12,335. This is 279 more students, or 2.3 percent more than in 2002, and a new spring semester record.

The previous spring semester record was last year, when 12,056 students enrolled.

Museum Exhibit Features Art as Historical Source

The autobiographical drawings of a Sioux leader are on display at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum through March 16.

The exhibit, "Everything I Say Here is Straight and True," provides a narrative of the circumstances of Chief White Bull's accomplishments and awards during the latter half of the 19th century in the Northern Plains.

Joseph White Bull, Minniconjou Sioux chief and nephew of Chief Sitting Bull, was a typical Sioux warrior. Because their culture was dependent on the fighting qualities of its men, the Sioux developed a social system that gave first position to the bravest warriors. White Bull, like other warriors, celebrated his achievements by depicting the events on a tepee cover or buffalo robe. These drawings, later transferred to ledgers obtained from Army or trading stores, provide both colorful art and historical record. 

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum's hours of operation are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. on Sunday.  For further information about all the activities and events at the museum, call 936.294.1832.

Beethoven Performance Moves to Recital Hall

Clive Swansbourne, director of keyboard studies at Sam Houston State University, will present the sixth of eight recitals surveying all of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m.

This recital will be performed at the Recital Hall on the university campus.  Admission is free.

The program features the late, trancendent sonata in E major as well as the "Funeral March" sonata and other works from different periods in Beethoven's career.  Swansbourne will provide spoken introductions to the performances.

The remaining dates for the series are March 9 and 30.  Both performances will take place in the Criminal Justice Center Killinger Auditorium at 4 p.m.

Theatre Department to Present Award Winning Play

The SHSU Department of Theatre and Dance will present Peter Shaffer's "Equus" Feb. 19-22 on the Mainstage of the University Theatre Center.

The Tony award winning script, directed by theatre professor Thomas F. Soare, centers around Alan Strang (Joel McDonald) who is sent to Martin Dysart (Jamey Rabold), a psychiatrist, after he blinds six horses in the stable where he works.

The show also features J. C. Coughlin, Jen Davies, Andrea Harring, Laura Kaldis, Matt Redden, Jeremy Sutton and Bianca Toscano. 

In secondary roles are Josh Amyx, Roxy Collingwood, Ian Dodds, Cadien Dumas and Sarah Pilgrim as five of the horses. 

Theatre major Tara Mininger is the stage manager.  The set was designed by faculty member Shawn W. Fisher, the lights by musical theatre major Paul B. Copenhaver, and costumes by theatre major Will Isbell.

The performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with a matinee performance on Saturday at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for all SHSU students, faculty, staff or senior citizens. 

For reservations or additional information, call 936.294.1339 or 936.294.1329.  The play contains adult language and situations.

Enjoy Cocoa on the Square This Week

The SHSU Clay Club will present "Cocoa on the Square" Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 11-12) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Courthouse Gazebo in downtown Huntsville.

Hand-crafted individual mugs made by the students and faculty of the SHSU ceramic arts department and filled with hot chocolate will be available for $10.

Proceeds from the fund-raising event will be used to send SHSU art students to the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts conference in San Diego next month.  The meeting is the largest clay conference in the nation.

The event is sponsored in part by Huntsville Main Street—City of Huntsville.  For more information call 936.294.1322.

Library Offers Workshops

The Newton Gresham Library is offering instruction on the library's online catalog, databases and web search engines through March.

The workshops are open to the SHSU community.  Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome if space permits.  Individual sessions can also be requested.

In addition to the workshop about the online catalog, sessions include information on research databases in business, the humanities, the sciences, the social sciences; plagiarism detection (for faculty only); basic research skills; and a laptop clinic.

One of the workshops teaches participants how to use SamCat, how to check user information, and how to set up an alert on new resources acquired by the library.   

Faculty can request office visits by a librarian.  Librarians can also provide instructional sessions on library research strategies, critical thinking skilss, and information literacy skills.

For more information about the Newton Gresham Library or the workshops, visit the library's Web page.

Reception to Honor Mildred Maxwell

Mildred Maxwell, a long time employee of Sam Houston State University, will be honored by the College of Business Administration with a retirement reception on Wednesday (Feb. 12).

The reception will be held in Austin Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. and special remarks will be made at 3 p.m.

Mrs. Maxwell had 38 years of service to the university.  She retired last month as administrative assistant to the dean of the College of Business Administration.

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Feb. 9, 2003
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