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SHSU Update for Week of March 2

Program to Feature Social Commentator

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services and Program Council will host Preacher Moss's "End of Racism" comedy and lecture tour on March 11. 

The program will take place in the LSC Theatre at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Armed with sincerity, intellect and comedic ability, Moss has been playing to the hearts and minds of college students and administrators all over the country.  With his insights on "racial understanding vs. racial interaction," he has become known as one of the funniest social commentators on the college scene today.

Bill Maher of the former television show "Politically Incorrect" said of Moss, "He's rare.  He performed comedy, but quietly took a serious subject and performed surgery on the crowd.  Even the most racist person would have to laugh with this guy."

For more information contact the Office of Student Activities at 936.294.3861.

DeMars to Attend National Radio/TV Seminar

Tony DeMars, associate professor of radio-television, has been selected as one of the conferees for the upcoming International Radio and Television Society Foundation Faculty/Industry Seminar, March 5-9, at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. 

The theme of this year’s seminar is "From Content to Management: Searching for Answers in Puzzling Times." 

The society sponsors media educators from across the country in this annual seminar to help university professors be as in touch with the industry as possible. Distinguished media leaders will provide up-to-the-minute inside information from all sectors of the electronic media business to help professors prepare students for careers in an ever-changing industry. The seminar is a unique opportunity to meet the personalities behind major media decisions.  

The seminar also includes discussion of the challenges of providing successful news and entertainment programming in today's volatile environment, as well as the impact of regulation and consolidation on the business.

Each educator will also be assigned a corporate table during a major industry breakfast for informal networking.  Participants will also have a chance to compete for the Coltrin Award for Excellence in Communications Education, which includes a $2,500 cash stipend, by teaming up with other conferees to tackle a case study, which is kept secret until the conference.

Poker Walk to Take Place This Week

The Department of Recreational Activities will host is popular semi-annual Poker Walk on Wednesday (March 5) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will begin and conclude in the LSC Mall Area.

SHSU departments can pre-register as teams and enter some of the contests offered.  Booths will be sponsored by Barnes & Noble University Bookstore, the SHSU Office of Student Activities, the SHSU Dean of Students' Office and the Student Government Association, and the SHSU Counseling Center.

The Poker Walk is held each semester to encourage campus fitness and provide an opportunity for members of the university community to interact with each other.

For more information, contact Amy Swingle at 936.294.1967 or e-mail

Symphonic Band to Perform

The SHSU Symphonic Band will present a concert on Monday (March 3) at 7:30 p.m. in Killinger Auditorium of the Criminal Justice Center.

Robert Meaux is the conductor of the band, which is comprised of students of all majors at the university.

The band will be performing "Commando March" by Samuel Barber, "Introit" by Fisher Tull, "Southwest Saga" by Robert Sheldon, "Ye Banks and Braes O Bonnie Doon" by Percy Grainger and "Russian Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed.

The public is invited to attend the concert.

Beethoven Sonata Series Nearing Completion

Clive Swansbourne, director of keyboard studies at SHSU, will present the seventh of eight recitals surveying all of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas on March 9 at 4 p.m.

The recital will be given in the Killinger Auditorium of the Criminal Justice Center on campus.  Admission is free.

"The program features one of the profoundly beautiful last three great sonatas, as well as the 'Tempest' sonata, a work which is aptly titled, as much of it is tempestuous in nature," said Swansbourne.

"But the story goes that Beethoven, when asked by friend and biographer Anton Schindler to unlock for him the key to the meaning behind the work, Beethoven told him to read Shakespeare's 'Tempest'," said Swansbourne.

"Though the exasperated Beethoven, who believed that music had no extra-musical meaning, was playing Schindler for a fool, the delighted Schindler read the play and announced to Beethoven that now he understood the piece!" explained Swansbourne.  "One can imagine the master rolling his eyes in disgust!"

Swansbourne will provide spoken introductions to the performances.

For further information, call 936.294.1385.  The date for the final recital in the series is March 30 at 4 p.m.

Attention Graduating Seniors!

Students who anticipate graduating Aug. 9, 2003, are to file degree applications with the Registrar's Office in the Administration Building by Friday (March 7).

Students who fail to apply by the deadline will be assessed a $25 late application fee in addition to the $25 graduation fee.

Writing Workshops Offered This Month

Four Workshops will be presented in March by the SHSU Writing Center.

They include:  "Essay Exam Strategies" on Tuesday (March 4) at noon; "Where Does That Comma Go?" on March 13 at 3:15 p.m.; "Help with ESL Trouble Spots" on March 27 at 1 p.m.; and "Those Pesky Apostrophes" on March 31 at 3 p.m.

The workshops will be held in the Writing Center, which is located in Room 114 of the Wilson Building on campus. 

For more information call 936.294.3680.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May
March 2, 2003
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