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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 14


Kennedy Festival To Play Six Shows This Weekend

The Sam Houston State University department of theatre and dance will host the Region IV Texas V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival this weekend.

Five schools will participate, including SHSU, performing “Smokey Joe’s Café,” with lyrics and music by Leiber and Stoller; McNeese State, performing David Auburn’s “Proof” and David Marnet’s “Oleanna;” Texas A&M at Prairie View, performing Robert Nemiroff’s “To Be Young, Gifted and Black;” Abilene Christian University, performing Jeff Berryman’s “Arthur: The Hunt;” and Midwestern State, performing Charlotte Jones’ “The Humble Boy.”

SHSU will perform first, on Thursday (Nov. 18) at noon, followed by McNeese State’s “Proof” at 8 p.m.

On Friday, McNeese State will perform “Oleanna” at noon, followed by Prairie View A&M at 8 p.m, and on Saturday, Abilene Christian will perform at noon, followed by Midwestern State at 8 p.m.

Following the last performance, an awards ceremony will be held.

The KCACTF is held annually to provide performances and workshops that are geared toward the enhancement of the quality of college and university theatre.

All performances are open to the public and will be held on the Mainstage of the University Theatre Center. Tickets are $5 for each performance.

Some plays may include adult content, and children under four will not be permitted into the plays.

For more information, call the University Theatre Center Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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Grant-Writing Workshop To Be Held Friday

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is presenting a basic grant-writing workshop on Friday (Nov. 19), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 304.

The purpose of this workshop is to present timely and detail-oriented techniques to facilitate the grant-writing experience.

Topics addressed will include grant funding searches, grant writing strategies, research priority topics of funding agencies, grant administration procedures pre-award and post-award, budget requirements, university compliance and facilitation of grant application.

The basic grant-writing workshop designed for faculty beginning their research efforts at Sam Houston State University.

Space is limited those interested are urged to contact the office at 936.294.3621 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.


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Health Center Offers Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine

Bacterial meningitis, a serious illness that affects the brain and spinal cord coverings and can cause blood infections, is most common in the late winter and early spring months.

While anyone can get meningitis, college students residing in dormitories are at particular risk due to the close contact with others.

To curb the risk of contracting the illness, the SHSU Student Health Center is offering a limited supply of the meningitis vaccine immediately available to students at $70 per dose.

Meningitis is spread through coughing, sneezing, kissing, and sharing drinks, food and cigarettes.

Early symptoms are flu-like, but the important difference is a rapid onset of symptoms, including high fever, vomiting, stiff neck, and confusion. If a person experiences these symptoms they should seek immediate medical attention.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all incoming freshmen residing in dormitories be inoculated with the meningitis vaccine, which is very safe and effective in preventing most strains of the infection. The protection lasts for approximately three years.

For more information on the vaccine, call 936.294.1805, and for more information about bacterial meningitis, visit the National Meningitis Association’s Web site at


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Career Day To Draw Yearbook, Newspaper Students

Several hundred budding journalism students from high school yearbook and newspaper staffs throughout Southeast Texas will visit the Lowman Student Center on Wednesday (Nov. 17) for the annual Communication Career Day, sponsored by the mass communications department.

The event, held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will introduce the students to the Dan Rather Communications Building, through tours, as well as SHSU’s student-run newspaper and television station, according to Kuyk Logan, holder of the Warner Endowed Chair in journalism.

“ There will be a variety of outside speakers to talk about different subjects, broadcast, public relations, reporting, the whole field,” Logan said. “Each student will be able to attend two lectures of their own choice.”

Speakers scheduled for the career day include: Brooke Adams, from KSAM radio; SHSU alumnus Ray Sepeda, from Univision, who is also the production manager for KXLN and KSTH television stations; Michael Graczyk, head of Associated Press in Houston; Dan Cunningham, assistant manager of sports for the Houston Chronicle; Lauren Moore, from Goodwill industries; Brian Hill, from the Houston Zoo; Richard Nira, photographer for the Huntsville Item; Micah Melder, from Ad2Houston; Charlie Thorp, from Graphic and Design and Jim Fredricks, editor of the Conroe Courier.

Logan said the event is held not only as a recruiting tool for the university but to give the students an overview of journalism as a career.

“ These are students who are thinking about going on into some aspect of journalism, and so they come here to not only get career advice from these speakers, but also to see our building and talk to us,” he said.

A “very popular” event, the career day is coordinated by a committee comprised of students, and last year’s career day had approximately 400 student visitors, Logan said.


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Students To Receive ‘A Powerful Lesson’ On DUI

Mark Sterner’s life changed drastically when three of his best friends and fraternity brothers were killed in a drinking and driving car crash during a spring break.

The “least drunk” of his friends, Sterner was intoxicated after a night of partying and ended up at the wheel of the car.

The next morning, three of the men were dead, and Sterner lay in the hospital critically injured and facing three felony counts of manslaughter. Instead of being the first in his family to graduate college, he would be the first to go to prison.

Sterner, from the CAMPUSPEAK program, will share his story with the Sam Houston State University community on Tuesday (Nov. 16), a lecture sponsored by the Student Health Center, the Office of Student Activities, the Interfraternity Council, the Department of Recreational Sports and the Alcohol Abuse Initiative.

The event, entitled “DUI: A Powerful Lesson,” will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theatre.


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Turkey Trot To Raise Food For Mission

The department of Recreational Sports will host the 2nd Annual Turkey Trot Prediction Walk/Run and Food Drive on Wednesday (Nov. 17), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall area.

To take part in the event, participants predict how long it will take him/her to walk/run the course. Afterwards, the person who comes closest to their predicted time wins.

The winner will receive a full Thanksgiving Day feast, complete with turkey and ham, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Student prizes include: a sweatshirt, long-sleeved T-shirt and other prizes.

Participants are asked to bring three non-perishable food items or $1, which will benefit the Good Shepherd Mission.

“ Everyone wins because we know others in need have been given a helping hand,” said Tina DeAses, assistant director for Wellness programs.

Anyone unable to participate at the event but would like to make a food donation can do so at boxes throughout campus. The department bringing the most canned food will receive 10-minute massages from a registered massage therapist.

The deadline for pickup will be after the event.

For more information, call DeAses at 936.294.3658 or Andy Lemons at 936.294.1929.


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Alumnus To Address Breast Cancer on Thursday

SHSU alumnus Frank Talamantes, a retired professor of endocrinology from the department of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, at the University of California-Santa Cruz will discuss "What we know and don't know about breast cancer" on Thursday (Nov. 18).

The lecture, to be held at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 214, is part of the 2004 Distinguished Lecturer Series in the Biological Sciences, sponsored by the department.

Talamantes, who received his Master of Arts degree in biology in 1970 from SHSU, began teaching in 1974 at spent his entire career at University of California-Santa Cruz.

Born in Los Angeles but raised in El Paso, Talamantes was named to a three-year term as vice provost and dean of graduate studies at UC-Santa Cruz in 2000.

The prominent endocrinologist has received numerous awards and honors for his scientific achievements, such as chairing a study section at the National Institutes of Health, serving as a past president of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1989 and being selected as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business Magazine in 1998.

As a researcher, Talamantes has done pioneering work on reproductive hormones and the growth hormone receptor, including studying the role of reproductive hormones in breast cancer susceptibility.

For more information, call the department of biological sciences at 936.294.1540.


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Microsoft Van To Visit Huntsville

The Microsoft Corporation's traveling technology tour will make a stop in Huntsville on Thursday (Nov. 11), hosted by the Sam Houston State University Small Business Development Center and Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce.

The Microsoft Across America van usually stops in larger cities, but will stop in Huntsville at 7:45 a.m. at the Golden Corral, 2050 11th Street.

A short presentation on business security awareness issues will kick off the event. Business representatives are invited for live demonstrations in the van and to see how their businesses can benefit from the latest technology.

Those visiting the van will receive a free "eSecurity Guide for Small Business" produced by Microsoft, Symantec, and the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

Those wishing to attend the event should call the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber at 936.295.8113 or the SBDC at 936.294.3737 to reserve a slot.


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Golden Key Inducts 3 Honorary, 323 Members

Three honorary members and approximately 323 students were inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society on Oct. 21. The ceremony was held at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.
Honorary members inducted include Bill Hyman, professor and coordinator of health education; Mitchell Muehsam, dean of graduate studies; and Terri Harvey, Testing Center coordinator.

“ Honorary members are selected by each chapter to recognize faculty, administrators and community leaders who have excelled in their research, teaching, profession or service," said Bill Green, chair of the department of economics and international business and Golden Key adviser.

" Honorary members play an important role in each chapter by attending chapter events, helping to sponsor trips to leadership conferences, talking to students about Golden Key and acting as role models and mentors," Green said.

Those selected as honorary members are first nominated by Golden Key officers and members and are discussed with Green and Valerie Muehsam, the second faculty adviser, before the nominees are asked to join the organization, according to Green.

“ Typically the officers nominations come from the faculty that have been one of the members teachers that made an outstanding impression, or a staff member that has been extremely helpful to students in staff responsibilities,” Green said. “Others are chosen because of their leadership positions and by being a role model for students.”

Eligibility requirements for Golden Key include having an undergraduate classification of “junior” or higher; an overall grade point average of 3.2 or higher; and SHSU residency, with a minimum of 25 of their hours completed at the university.


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SAM Center To Host Grad School Night

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will host a “Graduate School Information Night” on Monday (Nov. 15).

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the SAM Center, in Academic Building 4 Room 210.

Topics that will be covered include: entrance exams, life as a graduate student, financial aid, the admissions process and scholarship opportunities.

For more information, call Laura at 936.294.4444.


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Participants To Climb Enchanted Rock After Turkey Day

Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to work off all the turkey and dressing they eat on Thanksgiving Day with the Enchanted Rock Climbing Trip, sponsored by the SHSU Outdoor Recreation division of Recreational Sports.

Participants will leave on Friday (Nov. 26) for a weekend at Enchanted Rock, located approximately 17 miles north of Fredericksburg and about an hour and a half west of Austin.

“ Enchanted Rock is a granite playground for aspiring and experienced climbers alike,” said Marvin Seale, associate director of Recreational Sports. “I started my climbing career there over 12 years ago, and it's a great place for teaching beginners and enjoying the Hill Country.”

The cost is $75 for students, $80 for staff and faculty, and $90 for guests, which includes transportation, five meals, camping and climbing gear, and “no leftover turkey,” Seale said. In addition, participants will receive guidance from Seale in case of uneasiness about safety.

Participants will be responsible for bringing personal items, such as layered clothing in anticipation of weather conditions, toiletries, a sheet and pillow, hat, sunglasses, a camera, and for those riding with Seale from SHSU, money will be needed in order to eat on the road Friday and Sunday nights.

The sign-up deadline and pre-trip meeting will be at 5 p.m. in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104.

For more information contact Marvin Seale at 936.294.3656.


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The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Thursday for an item to run in the column the following week.


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Nov. 14, 2004
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