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SHSU Update For Week Of April 3


Cavalry Regiment To Reenact Battles For Students

Are you fascinated by military history? The American Civil War? Texas history? The SHSU history department and the Sam Houston Memorial Museum will have members of the 11th Texas Cavalry Regiment on the museum grounds on Monday (April 4) as a special treat for history lovers.

Susannah Bruce's American Civil War graduate and undergraduate students, along with Caroline Crimm's Texas history undergraduate students, are working with a reenactment group to better understand the camp and battlefield experiences of Civil War soldiers.

Members of the cavalry regiment will work with students from 1-6 p.m. to teach basic drill and formations of Civil War soldiers, as well as instruct them in loading and firing era weapons.

U.S. History students, from HIS 163 and HIS 164 classes, will participate in the drill without weapons just as soldiers did in the 1860s. Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to handle and fire the weapons.

Regiment members will return for a second appearance during the annual Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival April 22-23 to perform a battle demonstration, explain more about soldier life and much more.

For more information, go to For more information on the 11th Texas Cavalry Regiment, visit


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Counseling Center To Screen For Alcohol Habits

The SHSU Counseling Center will offer free and confidential alcohol screenings to students on April 6 as part of the National Alcohol Screening Day. The screenings will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Counseling Center.

“ Each year, there are far too many incidents of assault, accident, sexual abuse, and even death related to the use of alcohol,” said Bill Metcalfe, Counseling Center director. “A recent study reveals that approximately 1400 students die each year because of alcohol.

“ Many students report academic consequences of their drinking that includes missing class, falling behind on assignments and doing poorly on exams, all resulting in lower grades,” he said.

The screening process involves a brief self-assessment that will ask about drinking habits and behaviors that have changed due to drinking.

Participants will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a health care provider and, if neceesary, will be directed to support or treatment services. There will also be several pamphlets and other educational materials available.

The Counseling Center is located in the Lee Drain Annex, between the Lee Drain and Farrington buildings.
For more information, call the Counseling Center at 936.294.1720 or 936.294.3786.


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Club Soccer To Host Workshop For Youth

The SHSU Women’s Club Soccer team will host a Bearkat Soccer Workshop for children 5-12 on Sunday (April 10).

The workshop, which will include “fun drills, skillful games, friendly scrimmages and team cooperation,” will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. at Pritchett Field, according to Mandy Adamson, intramural sports graduate assistant for the Department of Recreational Sports.

The cost is $15 for pre-registration and $20 for day-of registration, and all proceeds benefit the team.
Participants should bring shin guards, cleats, a soccer ball and water, and parents will be required to sign a waiver before their child can participate.

For more information, or to sign up, call Jenny Gann at 936.496.8893.


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Group To Bring Media Professionals To Campus

The Sam Houston State chapter of the National Broadcasting Society will host its 25th Annual Leadership Conference on Thursday (April 7), on the third floor of the Lowman Student Center.

“ This event brings professionals from the media industry from all over to come and share their experiences with students,” said NBS members Denetra Walker. “It is a chance to network and meet leaders of the radio, television and other outlets.”

Sessions will run from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., and the group requests that those who attend wear business casual attire.

For more information, e-mail


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Museum To Display ‘Snapshots’ As Folk Festival Preview

In honor of the 18th annual Gen. Sam Houston Folk Festival, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum will have a “Snapshots” exhibit in the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center Gallery April 4-30.

The exhibit includes pictures taken by curator of exhibits David Wight at past festivals, Wight said.
This year’s folk festival will be held April 22-24 on the museum grounds.

The Walker Education Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Sunday, from noon to 4:30 p.m.

For more information on the exhibit or the folk festival, visit the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Web site at or call 936.294.1832.


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Opera Workshop To Include Fairy Tale Stories

The Sam Houston State Univerity Opera Workshop will present “Once Upon a Time…,” an evening of music based on two well-known and beloved fairy tales, on April 8-9.

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. both days in the Recital Hall.

The first one-act opera to be presented is a setting of the story of “Beauty and the Beast.”

“ The music in Vittorio Giannini’s opera “Beauty and the Beast” beautifully captures and expresses the fairy tale’s theme: the power of love and acceptance,” said director of operatic studies Mary Kay Lake.
Following “Beauty and the Beast,” members of the Opera Workshop will present “The True Story of Cinderella” by Warren Martin.

Complete with narration, this is the “Cinderella” story as you have never heard it before, according to Lake, as it is filled with fun from the downbeat to the final cut off.

“ Both operas are guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages,” Lake said.

Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for senior citizens and students, and free for SHSU faculty, staff and students with an SHSU I.D.

Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 936.294.1395 or 936.294.1360.


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Art Works To Be Judged For Scholarships

Art and photography students will have the opportunity to display the pieces they have worked on throughout this year, and four will receive scholarships for the pieces, at the 6th annual Juried Student Show. The show will be held April 4-21 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, located in Art Building F.

Students’ works will be examined by three guest judges, who will pick the scholarship winners. The scholarships given at the juried show have no restrictions, unlike other art scholarships, and all photography and art students are eligible, according to slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

Guest judges for the show include SHSU retired art professor Gene Eastman, associate professor in the Texas A&M Viz Lab Carol Lafayette, and Bearkat Books co-owner Danny Slater.

The artworks have already been judged, Davenport said, and the winners will be announced at a reception and ceremony held on April 14.

The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery, and the awards ceremony, where non-scholarship winners will also be awarded for their works, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Art Auditorium.

In addition, the department will host ‘open studios,’ where attendees will be able to walk through all the art classrooms to see where the students work, as well as art on the walls, Davenport said.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information contact Davenport at 936.294.1317.


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Textile Designs from Mexico At the LSC Gallery

The works of students in the Textile Design Program at the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla will be on display in the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery through April 8.

“ Textile Designs from Mexico” includes printed fabric and surface designs for interiors, designs for knit and embroidered fabrics, and printed and woven yarn dyed fabric for clothing and interiors.

The works in the exhibit were created by students under the instruction of Robert Smith Carter, professor at Universidad Iberoamercana, and includes designs that were included in the Surtex International Student Design Competition 2004.

A public reception will be held on Thursday (April 7) from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery. Refreshments will be served.

The Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla is home of the Sam Houston State University Field School in Mexico.

Every summer, SHSU students and instructors travel to Puebla to study art, Spanish, business and political science.

This exhibit was organized by SHSU art professor Michael Henderson and Carter as a way to exchange ideas between the two universities and to share the cultures of our neighboring countries, according to art slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

The LSC Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Henderson at 936.294.1318 or by e-mail at For more information about the Puebla Field School, contact Frieda Koeninger in the English and foreign languages department at 936.294.1443 or by e-mail at


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A&M Professor To Speak On Leadership, Love

John Hoyle, professor of educational administration at Texas A&M University, will discuss “Leadership and the Force of Love” on Monday (April 4), at 10 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theatre.

The message will address leadership and organizational involvement and will apply to students’ professional life after college, according to Student Activities program coordinator Angie Burns.

Hoyle's message has been described as a “profound yet straightforward exploration of how leaders can inspire others to greatness through these six key actions: visioning, communicating, team working, empowering, mentoring, and evaluating,” Burns said.

Hoyle demonstrates how overcoming obstacles frequently faced by educators, such as the challenges of politics, hostility, selfishness, and violence, requires teamwork, motivation, empowerment, and communication.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 936.294.3861 or


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Yoga Introduced For Group Fitness Classes

SHSU students, faculty and staff who like to stretch their way to being stress-free will have the opportunity to do so on Sundays thanks to the addition of yoga into the Recreational Sports’ group fitness program schedule.

Yoga classes will be held at 5 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Health and Kinesiology Center.

Group fitness classes are open to the entire SHSU community at no cost.

“ We are very excited to be bringing in a very talented instructor to teach yoga Sunday evenings,” said Tina DeAses, assistant director of wellness programs. “We provide the mats, the music, the instruction, and the room—participants just need to bring themselves and any stress they are ready to get rid of.”

For more information, contact DeAses at 936.294.3658 or


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Organization’s Fashion Show To Benefit SAAFE House

The SHSU student organization Crime Victim Services Alliance will host a fashion show to benefit the SAAFE House on Tuesday (April 5), from 4-6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

“ Every semester, we do a community service project,” said CVSA president Cindy Lindquist. “This semester's service project is working with the SAAFE House to get the word out about Elite Repeat, the resale shop in Huntsville.

“ They have great clothing, and all of the proceeds go back to the SAAFE House for future use,” she said.
Along with people modeling clothes at the event, there will be other entertainment, food and music, Lindquist said.

The Crime Victim Services Alliance is an organization for students interested in working with crime victims as a career.

For more information, contact Lindquist at or 936.294.0780.


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Secondary Education Advisement To Be Held April 12

The department of curriculum and instruction will help its students “Become Enlightened” with an advisement opportunity for secondary education.

Students who already have secondary education as their minor or students who want more information about the program are encouraged to attend on Tuesday (April 12) in Teacher Education Center Room 319L.

The department will have eight one-hour sessions beginning at 9 a.m. and followed by a new session each hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“ We are excited to have the opportunity to get the method students in secondary education together and get them advised,” said department secretary Susan Hayes.

For more information, call 936.294.1146.


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December Degree Applications Due April 25

Students who anticipate graduating Dec. 17, should file degree applications by April 25 in the Registrar’s Office, located in the Estill Building.

Students who fail to apply by the deadline will be assessed a $25 late application fee in addition to the $25 graduation fee. Applying late may also result in the applicant’s name not appearing in the commencement program or the honors program.


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McNair Scholars Present At UNT Research Conference

Six McNair Scholars recently presented their research at the 7th Annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference in Denton.

The scholars and their presentations include: Penny Pitrucha, who discussed “Medical Satires of the Long Eighteenth Century: The 1719 Satires of Dr. Richard Mead and Dr. John Woodward;” Mayra Sanchez, who discussed “Analysis of a Rural Crisis Center--Women's Shelter;” Ronmel Urbina, who discussed “American Views on Terrorism and How Their Concerns May Affect Future Policies;” Frances Crawford Fennessy, who discussed “Didn't They Say The Comma Would Teach Itself?;” Sylvia Glasker, who discussed “Comparison of Young Adult Sexual Knowledge and Behaviors;” and Kacey Grimes, who discussed “An Analysis of Texas Consumers' Willingness to Purchase Organic Foods.”

With collaboration from their mentors, the six McNair Scholars successfully completed a research project that is very similar to a master's thesis, according to McNair Scholars Program director Lydia C. Fox.


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Comedienne To Bring Comic Relief April 6

The Program Council will offer a new perspective on life and inspire people to remember the child in them all through Wendi Fox, the next PC Comic View comedienne, on Wednesday (April 6).

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Fox’s stand up, called “educational and funny,” involves the comedienne taking the point of view of a child and focusing on kindness, compassion, optimism, life and bravery, according to the PC vice president of public relations Jeffery Oribhabor.

“ This program will be a great motivator for students who are about to graduate or are facing finals,” Oribhabor said.

Also, on Tuesday (April 5), the PC will host an April/May birthday celebration at noon in the LSC Mall Area. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about either event, call 936.294.1763.


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April 3, 2005
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