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SHSU Update For Week Of March 28


Physics Hosts Five-Planet 'Star Party'

The SHSU Physics Department, Society of Physics Students, and the Huntsville Amateur Astronomy Society are hosting a star party on Saturday (April 3) from 5:30-9 p.m.

Starting at sunset (6:30 p.m.), observers will be able to see all five planets that can be seen with the naked eye - something that won't happen again until 2036.

If the weather is cloudy, the star party will be postponed. For the latest information on the status of the star party, call 936.294.3664.

For a map to the SHSU Observatory, visit the SHSU Physics Department Website.

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Student Government Sets Academic Town Hall Meeting

On Thursday the Student Government Association is holding its Annual Academic Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m. in the back half of the LSC Ballroom.

This is a chance for students to ask deans from their college about present or future issues about their college. This is also a chance for students to meet their deans and SGA officers and senators.

There will also be food and prizes. For further information contact the Student Government Office at 936.294.1978 or Armando Lopez, Student Government Association caucus chair and senator by email.

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Dance Company To Perform ‘Flight’

The Kista Tucker Dance Company will present its performance of “Flight” from April 1-3 at the SHSU Dance Theater. All performances begin at 8 p.m.

“Flight,” will be comprised of seven dances, including the Korean War Veterans Memorial Project, “Forgotten No More,” and has expanded since its first performance last November to include two newly created sections.

The program also consists of group performance “Three Faces of Woman,” solo performance “Fractured,” quartet performances “In the Garden” and “Elvis,” and duet performances “The Archetypes” and “Progress.”

Fractured, the solo performed by Tucker, who is an assistant professor of dance at SHSU, utilizes five active coffee makers that brew coffee on stage during the dance. This coffee will be served to the audience after the concert.

“The title Flight represents the fact that KTDC is on the move, traveling about the country, and definitely in motion. Be prepared when attending the performance; there are vibrant, full range flying dances, introspective works, and entertaining “just fun” works that will leave the audience fully satisfied—like a well composed meal,” Tucker said.

The project is supported in part by a $26,500 grant from SHSU Research Enhancement funds.

Tickets for the concert are $8 for general admission and $5 with an SHSU or senior citizen ID. For more information on the Kista Tucker Dance Company or the concert, call 936.294.3525 or e-mail

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Art Auction To Honor Retiring Professor

The SHSU Art Association and the Clay Club will honor art professor Jimmy Barker at the 2004 Art Auction on Saturday (April 3). Works to be auctioned will be available for previewing from 5:30-7 p.m., with silent and live auctions beginning immediately afterwards.

The event will be held at Richmond Hall, at 1029 12th St. in Huntsville.

SAA and Clay Club members will raffle off jewelry made by Barker, who will retire after the fall semester, according to Sharon King, art assistant professor.

“It is a way for students and faculty to honor him and show our appreciation for his many years of dedicated service,” she said.

Featured artwork, including paintings, photography, ceramics, drawings, sculpture, jewelry and printmaking, usually sells from anywhere between $20 to $700, according to King.

Proceeds from the two- and three-dimensional artworks produced by faculty and alumni will benefit the endowed art scholarship, and proceeds from student artists will be divided, with 60 percent going back to the artist and 20 percent going to each of the two sponsoring organizations.

“It all goes back to the students,” King said.

The auction is open to the public, and cash and checks will be accepted for payment.

“We would love to have anyone come out who is interested in purchasing art,” King said.

For more information, call the art department at 936.294.1315.

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Crime Victim Services Career Fair To Be Held April 1

Representatives from more than a dozen crime victim services programs and agencies will be on hand to talk about their roles as crime victim advocates and to answer questions at the Crime Victim Services Career Opportunities Fair on Thursday (April 1).

The event, sponsored by the Crime Victim Services Alliance and the College of Criminal Justice, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Beto Criminal Justice Center.

A cross-section of programs representing the criminal justice system on the state and local level, as well as private victim assistance programs and membership organizations, will attend.

“This is a terrific opportunity for students in victim studies, criminal justice, social work, psychology and other helping fields to learn more about careers in crime victim services,” said Raymond Teske, event organizer. “With literally tens of thousands of victim advocates employed across the United States, it’s a growing field looking for sharp, committed men and women interested in working with victims of crime.”

SHSU offers the only Bachelor of Art degree in victim studies in the United States.

Participating agencies include: Texas Office of the Attorney General; Crime Victim Compensation; SAAFE House; Department of Public Safety, Victim Services; Disaster Mental Health Services; Montgomery County Women’s Center, TDCJ Victim Services; Arlington Police Department; Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Victim Services; Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Victim Services; Children and Adult Protective Services; Texas Victim Services Association, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Victim Services; and Texans for Equal Justice.

The purpose of the Crime Victim Services Alliance is to advance knowledge and awareness of victim services as a movement and a profession among students interested in the criminal justice system, crime victim rights, and crime victim services.

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Alabama Professor To Discuss Book On Tuesday

Amilcar Shabazz will discuss his latest book “Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equality in Higher Education in Texas” on Tuesday (March 30) at 6 p.m. in the Olson Auditorium, in Academic Building 4.

His book reveals how the development of black higher education in Texas played a pivotal role in the challenge to Jim Crow education nationwide.

In addition, Shabazz details the creation of the Texas University Movement in the 1880s and credits the efforts of blacks who fought for better resources for segregated black colleges in the years before the Brown versus the Board of Education decision.

Shabazz, co-editor of “The Forty Acres Documents: What Did the United States Really Promise the People Freed from Slavery?” is an American studies professor and director of the African American studies program at the University of Alabama.

The event, sponsored by the history department, is open to the public. For more information, call 936.294.1487 or 936.294.1491.

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Notable Scholars To Teach Summer Classes In CJ

The College of Criminal Justice will bring two internationally-known scholars to the SHSU campus this summer to offer courses in correctional policies, comparative law, and criminal justice systems.

Jess Maghan, a former assistant commissioner of corrections in New York City and retired faculty member from the University of Illinois in Chicago, will return to SHSU to teach a special topics, graduate level class, CJ 694.04, entitled “Efficacy Of Justice Agancies and Organizations” in the second summer session.

Maghan has lectured throughout the world on correctional systems and administration.

“I am looking forward to a ‘return engagement’ at Sam,” he said, “and to seeing some old friends and former students.”

Mamdooh Abdelhameed, who is currently a legal advisor to the Sharjah Police Department in the United Arab Emirates, will teach a course on comparative legal systems, CJ 477.03, in the first summer session and a course on comparative criminal justice, CJ 361, in the second summer session.

A former police official in Egypt, who also taught at the Police University in Cairo, Abdelhameed has written on issues related to international crime, terrorism and police systems in the Middle East.

Dean Richard Ward said the college is pleased to bring the two, who will help broaden the summer course offerings, to SHSU this semester.

“The courses that Dr. Maghan and Dr. Mamdooh will be offering should be of interest to any students on campus who wish to develop a better understanding of global issues related to crime and justice,” he said.

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UT Chair To Speak On Thursday

King Davis, holder of the Robert E. Sutherland chair in mental health and social policy at the University of Texas at Austin, will deliver a talk entitled "The President’s Commission and Cultural Competence: Promise and Reality" on Thursday (April 1).

The event, sponsored by the forensic clinical psychology program, will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Criminal Justice Center Courtroom.

Davis also serves as the executive director of the Hogg Foundation for mental health at UT.

His most recent book is entitled "The Color of Social Policy."

The event is open to all SHSU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact Donna Desforges, professor and chair of the department of psychology and philosophy at 936.294.1178 or

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Office Urges Students To ‘Walk-In And Win’

To familiarize cardholders with its new location and with the OneRewards program, the Bearkat OneCard Services Office and financial partner, Higher One, will host a 'Walk-in and Win' campaign throughout April.

Every cardholder who visits the OneCard office during the month will be entered into a drawing to receive 1250 OneReward points.

To participate students “simply visit the OneCard office and swipe your OneCard,” according to OneCard Services director Troy Voelker.

The Bearkat OneCard Services Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located Lowman Student Center Suite 330.

The OneCard office serves as a site for making deposits into students’ OneAccounts; card activation assistance; SHSU refund management assistance; temporary card issuance for damaged, lost, or stolen cards; and other card customer service issues.

Faculty, staff, retirees and alumni can be redeem OneRewards points for merchandise such as Pizza Pro pizza, gift certificates to Lee Baron and CD players.

“Currently these redemption options are managed through e-mail to Higher One,” Voelker said. “In April, Higher One expects to see the first phase of the online redemption center launch.

“This will allow cardholders to choose from an array of items on the Web site.”

For specific questions about OneRewards, both from cardholders and merchants interested in participating, call 936.294.2274.

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Health Center To Help Smokers Kick The Habit

You have the power to stop smoking with the SHSU Student Health Center’s Smoking Cessation Program, according to Keith Lott, director of the Health Center.

The program, consisting of four weekly sessions, will kick-off April 5-9 and is free to all currently enrolled students.

The program provides education, resources, and support for those wanting to kick the habit.

For more information, contact the peer education office at 936.294.4347.

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Librarians To Be On Location To Help Students

Grabbing a bite to eat at the Lowman Student Center?

Feed your mind with "Librarians on Location," research assistance in the LSC from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

During this time, SHSU librarians will set up a portable reference desk with wireless laptops, research handouts and promotional information about Newton Gresham Library.

Students can stop by to receive assistance in finding sources for papers and projects, learn how to navigate the library Web site, use the library catalog to find books and get hands-on help in searching the library's database to locate articles.

"The Newton Gresham Library is committed to finding better ways to serve the SHSU community. ‘Librarians on Location’ is an outreach program designed to bring Library services to the students where they congregate,” said Ann Holder, director of library services.

“The idea is not only to answer questions and assist in research, but to encourage students to go use library resources and librarians as their primary sources of information."

“Librarians on Location" is located on the 3rd floor of the LSC on Tuesdays evenings and on the ground floor near the food court on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The program began on March 23 and will run into April. For questions, call the NGL reference desk at 936.294.1599.

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Workshop Presents Comedy-Filled Opera

The SHSU Opera Workshop will present “Too Many Sopranos,” on April 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The opera tells the story of four divas who, upon arrival in heaven, meet St. Peter and Gabriel at the “pearly gates” and are informed that there are two many sopranos in the heavenly chorus due to the fact that so many tenors and basses are in hell.

After the divas audition, St. Peter struggles with a decision and is reminded by Gabriel of the “redemption clause,” which states if the sopranos go to hell and do a selfless deed, they can bring back to heaven as many tenors and basses as needed.

In the end, they all rejoice and vow to “never sing opera again.”

The opera, commissioned and premiered by the Cedar Rapids Opera Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2000, proves that not all opera is high brow and humorless, according to Mary Kay Lake, director of operatic studies.

“With its contemporary, yet engaging, music and broad comedy, it is sure to entertain everyone in the family,” she said.

Music for the comic opera was written by Edwin Penhorwood, with libretto by Miki L. Thompson.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for student and senior citizens and will be available at the door.

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Outdoor Recreation To Take Trip To Central Texas

The Outdoor Recreation division of Recreational Sports will host a Radical Reimers Weekend on April 3-4.
The mountain biking and sport climbing trip in Central Texas will take place at the Reimers Ranch in Bee Cave, Texas, with camping on Lake Travis and Pace Bend Park.

The sign-up deadline is April 1, with a pre-trip meeting at 5:30 in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104.

The cost to attend is $65. For more information, contact Marvin Seale, associate director of Outdoor Recreation, at 936. 294.3656.

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Library Rounds Up Texas, History Exhibit

From Sam Houston's birthday and Texas Independence Day on March 2 to the anniversary of the Alamo's fall March 6 and the Goliad Massacre on March 27, the month is filled with historical events for the state.

To celebrate Texas and Texas History, the Newton Gresham Library has displayed highlights of Texas heroes in the fight for Independence as well as more recent notable Texans.

Also on display is the “Of Birds and Texas” oversized bookplate featuring the state bird, the Mockingbird.
The exhibit will end March 31, and many display books are available for checkout.

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March 28, 2004
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