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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 3


Doctoral Program To Host Ethics Institute

The counselor education doctoral cohort two will sponsor an "Ethics Institute" on Saturday (Oct. 9), from 9 a.m. to noon on the first floor of the Teacher Education Center.

Three hours of licensed professional counselor (LPC) and licensed marriage and family therapy (LMFT) specializations continuing credits will be available through participation.

The cost is $25, and checks can be made out to Beta Kappa Tau. Participants can register at the door.

For more information, e-mail Judy Detrude, director of the Center for Research and Counselor Education, at


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Travel With SH To Visit Mayan Civilization

Travel with Sam Houston will offer a seven-days, six-nights Mexico Mayan Art Treasures trip Feb. 17-23.
The sign-up deadline, with the final payment due, is Nov. 1.

The tour will take participants through areas in the Northern Yucatan, including Uxmal, Labna, Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum, all cities that were inhabited by the Maya civilization.

The land and air package for the trip, offered through Gates Travel International, LLC, is $1,950, which includes roundtrip airfare to and from Houston, accommodations in first class hotels, meals, a private motor coach, baggage handling and all service charges and taxes.

In addition, the cost will include lectures by guide Phillip Leonard, a lecturer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and staff lecturer in appraisal studies at George Washington University.

For more information, or to make a reservation, call the Travel with Sam Houston office at 936.294.4725, toll-free at 1-866-BEARKAT, extension 4725, or by e-mail at


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Students, Departments To Tailgate Before Tarleton Game

Registered student organizations are encouraged and invited to sign up to take part in the SHSU vs. Tarleton State pre-game party on Thursday (Oct. 7), from 4-6 p.m.

The Student Activities sponsored event will take place in the parking lot of Bowers Stadium, where free chicken legs and sausage will be given to the organizations to barbeque. Free drinks and entertainment in the form of three local bands will also be provided, as well as numerous giveaways, such as T-shirts, foam paws and mini-footballs.

Student Activities said they expect numerous organizations and departments, such as ROTC, the SHSU Alumni Association, and Chi Alpha, along with various fraternities and sororities, to take part in the festivities.

Organizations interested in taking part should register by 10 a.m. the day of the game. For more information contact the office of Student Activities at 936.294.3861.


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Marquart To ‘Talk-Back’ After Play

James Marquart, director of the SHSU Texas Crime Victims’ Institute and criminal justice professor, will lead the Alley Theatre’s Talk-Back on Oct. 10, following a performance of “The Exonerated.”

Marquart will be one of several members of the national and local legal community to speak at the Talk-Back following every performance of the play, which runs Oct. 1-31 on the Neuhaus Stage at the Alley Theatre.

“ The Exonerated” shares the true stories of six individuals who were wrongly convicted of murder and spent years on death row before being found innocent and freed.

Recently named Time Magazine's Best Play of the Year, “The Exonerated,” by husband/wife team Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, has been called "an artful and moving evening of documentary theater" that "pays handsome tribute to the resilience of human hearts and minds," by Charles Isherwood of Variety.

Tickets to the performance can be purchased online through the Alley Theatre Web site,, or by calling the box office at 713.228.8421.


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Students To Meet Scholarship Donors At Luncheon

Student scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to meet and thank those who endowed the scholarship at the sixth annual Scholarship Benefactor and Recipient luncheon on Friday (Oct. 8).
The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

University president James F. Gaertner will emcee the event, and students Michelle Smith and Christian Dorsey will serve as speakers.

The event is sponsored by the University Advancement division for those scholarships set up through the division.

For more information, call Darlene Andrews at 936.294.3623.


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Staff Council To Host Fall Social

The SHSU Staff Council will host its annual fall social on Friday (Oct. 8), from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Grounds, by the Sam Houston home.

The come-and-go picnic lunch will be held for full-time staff to foster interaction between SHSU employees, according to Debbie Birdwell, assistant to the vice president for Finance and Operations.

“ It’s a meet and greet your fellow employees as we’re starting the new year,” she said.

In the event of rain, the luncheon will be moved to the Katy and E. Don Walker Education Center.

For more information, call Birdwell at 936.294.1017.


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MISS To Spread ‘UniDiversity’ With Week Full Of Events

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services is working to foster an existing unity on campus through UniDiversity Week, being held Oct. 4-8, according to MISS program coordinator Jennifer Roberts.

“ We feel that a lot of people know about other cultures, but they don’t try to embrace different cultures,” Roberts said, “so we’re trying to get Sam Houston to embrace other cultures and expand their knowledge base.”

The week will kick off with “The Magic Box,” a diversity workshop that will be held on Monday in Lowman Student Center Room 302. The event, open to faculty, staff and students, will be held at 4 p.m. and will last about an hour.

“ This activity is going to be based on stereotypes and dispelling those stereotypes,” Roberts said. “It’s a great activity for people who want to learn about the cultures of other people.”

On Tuesday, MISS will work with the Program Council for their Oktoberfest celebration, which will provide root beer and information about the event that stems from the German celebration.

A “Wall of Prejudice” workshop will be held on Wednesday, at 4 p.m. in LSC Room 302 and will focus on “breaking down the barriers and building a community at SHSU,” Roberts said. This workshop will also last for about an hour.

On Thursday, MISS will focus on building fraternity and sorority unity with a “Greek Organization Think Tank Breakfast.”

“ Three people from each governing board from all four governing boards on campus will be asked to attend,” Roberts said. “It’s a free breakfast for them, and they get to bring certain ways to build Greek unity on campus.”

Those who want to participate in any of the events do not need to sign up in advance. For more information, call the Office of MISS at 936.294.3588.


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‘ Rimers of Eldritch’ To Play On Mainstage Oct. 6-9

The SHSU theatre department will tell the story of how innocence is corrupted and morality is questioned as an upstanding community member is tried for the murder of the town outcast in “The Rimers of Eldritch,” from Oct. 6-9 at the Mainstage Theatre in the University Theatre Center.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. nightly, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

The play, written by pulitzer-prize winning author Lanford Wilson, looks at the code of personal ethics in the small town of Eldritch as the outcome of the trial is revealed.

Directed by theatre professor Maureen McIntyre, faculty member Don Childs designed the lights and set and Kris Hansen designed the costumes. Theatre student Sheena Cooper will design the sound, and senior theatre major Kyle Schreck is the stage manager.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens and SHSU students with an ID. Group rates are also available.

The play contains adult content and children under the age of three are not permitted in the theatre.

For more information, or to reserve tickets, call the theatre box office at 936.294.1339.


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CJ Faculty, Staff, Students To Participate In Conference

The annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice will be held Oct. 7-9 in Houston at the Hilton Houston Plaza. This year’s conference theme will be “Researching Criminal Justice Organizations.”

SHSU faculty members who will be attending and presenting papers include Sam Souryal, Willard Oliver and Glen Kercher. The Criminal Justice Center will also be well-represented by doctoral students Kelly Cheeseman, Amanda Farrell, Jiletta Kubena, Vesna Markovic, Robert Morris, Sunghoon Roh and Robert Worley, who will serve on panels and present papers.

In addition, criminal justice Alpha Phi Sigma honor students, Brett Finn, Abby Glisan, Lisa Lee, Allison Newton, Ronmel Urbina, Chris Valdivia, Spencer Walker and Ginny Wilson will be in Houston to attend and participate in their first academic conference in order to learn more about criminal justice topics and interact with other university students throughout the six-state region.

Dean Richard Ward, associate deans Wesley Johnson and Randy Garner, and assistant dean Janet Mullings will represent the interests of the CJC at the conference. Deans Garner, Mullings, and Johnson will participate in a special workshop on criminal justice program accreditation.

Johnson serves as a trustee to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).

The SWACJ, comprised of criminal justice educators and practitioners from Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas is a regional affiliate of ACJS. The association strongly encourages the participation of students in its annual meetings.


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Writing Workshops ‘Quote’ Documentation Steps

The Writing Center will teach students ‘how to quote effectively’ with their “Using Other People’s Words” workshop on Wednesday (Oct. 6).

The workshop, which will be held at noon, will focus on using textual evidence appropriately and gracefully in a way that creates seamless prose and maintains the writer’s voice.

Writing Center undergraduate- and graduate-level tutors Gary Wilkens, Brook Barnes and Maren Salyers will also teach students the conventions for incorporating quotes and paraphrasing, as well as how to use source material from non-literary papers.

On Thursday (Oct. 7) at noon, the center will help prevent students from getting “bit by the Internet” with its quoting and citing Internet sources in the humanities workshop.

Conducted by Jennifer Rudolph, Veronica Mosely and Melinda Freeman, the workshop will focus on MLA documentation style for Internet sources and will discuss what needs to be documented.

The Writing Center is located in Wilson Building Room 114. For more information, call 936.294.3680.


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Three Profs Display Works In Gaddis Geeslin

Professors Cory Cryer, Kristy Deetz, and Lari Gibbons will be exhibiting their works, in the forms of paintings, drawings, mezzotints and ceramics, in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery through Oct. 21.

A visiting assistant professor of ceramics in the SHSU art department this year, Cryer’s porcelain dinnerware expands on the importance that dishes play in our every day lives: how they provoke memories, contain sustenance and refer to identity, according to slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

Deetz, an artist who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, paints in encaustic, a paint made from beeswax and pigment, on wooden panels that are sometimes carved.

Her illusionistic paintings include tromp-l’oeil images of drapery, still life objects, landscapes and diagrammatic perspective lines. She said her works represent “points where ideas, people, cultures, and emotions cross and sometimes merge.”

An art professor at the University of North Texas in Denton, Gibbons uses charcoal drawings and finely detailed mezzotints as a stage in which commonplace objects, such as obsolete tools, household items and other detritus, are dislocated in time, place, function and scale.

Her multi-image compositions invite the viewer to explore, compare and ultimately reevaluate the relationships between natural and manmade objects, Davenport said.

A gallery reception will be held on Thursday (Oct. 7), from 5-7 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information contact, Davenport at 936.294.1317 or


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Library To Host Reception For Collection Installation

The Newton Gresham Library will have a reception for the permanent installation of the William J. Breitenbach Mexican Mask Collection on Friday (Oct. 8).

Champaign and hors d’oeuvres will be provided at the reception, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. on the fourth floor of the library.

For more information, or to RSVP for the reception, call 936.294.1613.


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PC Brings Oktoberfest, ‘Secret’ MTV Guest To Campus

The Program Council will be celebrating Bearkat Oktoberfest on Tuesday (Oct. 5) at 12:30 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area. This culture program will present the history of Oktoberfest as well as give students the chance to partake of free pretzels and root beer.

On Wednesday (Oct. 6), students will have a chance to meet a star from one of MTV’s numerous shows in the special MTV Celebrity Mystery Guest event, at 7 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. This guest is so secret that not even the Program Council knows who it is.

Finally, the Program Council will also be hosting a free screening of the summer comedy flick “White Chicks,” starring the Wayans brothers, on Friday, at 7 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

For more information on any of these events, call 936.294.1763.


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Education Organization To Teach About Job Interviews

The SHSU Student Council for Exceptional Children will host “Job Interviews-What You Need to Know” at their meeting on Monday (Oct. 4) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The meeting will be in the Teacher Education Center in Room 119.

“ The focus is on teachers applying and interviewing for employment after graduation from SHSU,” said SCEC publicity chairperson Alegra Hardy, adding that the meeting is open to anyone who wishes to come.

SCEC is the SHSU local affiliate chapter to the national Council for Exceptional Children. Both levels of the organization advocate for quality education of all children, with an emphasis for students with special educational needs getting equity in funding per tax dollars, access to an equal quality of education and quality training for those who work with this population, that goes from the severely physically and emotionally handicapped to gifted and talented students, Hardy said.

Both organization levels influence educators and Legislators on local, state and national levels to provide research-based information about those students and their needs; viable treatments for care; instructional methods and interactions that work with these children from pre-school to 22 years old, as well as beyond into college completion; and parental support information and community resources for parents and students.


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Sept. 26, 2004
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