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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 6


Theatre Relives Reagan Term With ‘Halcyon Days’

The SHSU Department of Theatre and Dance will take patrons back to the 1983 American invasion of Grenada with “Halcyon Days,” playing on the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre beginning Wednesday (Feb. 16). Show times will be at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, through Saturday (Feb. 19).

Revisiting the Reagan administration’s controversial dealings with both foreign and domestic policy, “Halcyon Days” tells the story of two senators, Eddie and Tommy, who are informed about the White House plans to invade Grenada in the aftermath of a major tragedy in Lebanon.

Government officials in charge of the invasion claim their motive for the war is to protect American students on the tiny island after a coup overturns the government.

Relationships are challenged as individuals are forced to confront personal definitions of patriotism. Eddie’s son, Alex, is one of the American students in Grenada who determines his own fate because of his acceptance of government bribes.

The “Halcyon Days” cast includes theatre majors Josh Amyx as “Eddie,” Daniel Tiner as “Raper,” Danny Colosky as “Blonigen,” Daniel Morin as “Alex,” Rick Olvera as “Tommy,” Veronica Polo as “Patricia,” Crystal Morgan as “Linda,” and Rosemary Dean as “Ruby.” Also, James Arrington, Tasheena Miyagi and Byron Shoemaker play the “Men in Black.”

The play is directed by senior musical theatre major Matt Tompkins; stage manager is theatre major Chimmy Gunn; lighting designer is theatre faculty member Don Childs; technical director is theatre staff member Larry Routh; costume designer is theatre major Lacy Williams; sound designer is theatre major Nick Custer; and props designer is theatre major Mike Rose.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, and group rates are available.

The play contains adult content and language, and children under the age of three will not be admitted.

For more information, or to reserve a ticket, call the University Theatre Center at 936.294.1330.


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‘Flyboys,’ ‘Flags’ Author To Serve As Distinguished Lecturer

Author James Bradley, who told the stories of the men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima and the pilots who were shot down and captured near the island, will be the 29th Faculty Distinguished Lecturer speaker to appear at SHSU on Tuesday (Feb. 15).

Bradley will speak at 11 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater. Faculty, staff, students and interested members of the community are invited to the event, and admission is free.

Bradley’s first book, "Flags of Our Fathers" is about the six men who raised the flag, one of whom was Bradley's father. Written in collaboration with journalist Ron Powers, it achieved New York Times #1 bestseller status.

Bradley's second book, "Flyboys," is about the pilots who were shot down and captured on their mission over an island near the better-known Iwo Jima. A New York Times #2 bestseller, the book includes what one Associated Press writer called a "mention" of the one who was captured, survived, and became president—George Herbert Walker Bush.

Bradley was raised in Wisconsin, studied at the University of Notre Dame, Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan and graduated with a degree in East Asian History from the University of Wisconsin. Before becoming an author he produced corporate films.

He is president of the James Bradley Peace Foundation, which fosters understanding between America and Asia. The foundation sends American students to Japan and China to study.

Bradley is working on his third book, "The China Mirage," scheduled for publication in 2007.


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Lessons On Classroom Service Integration To Be Taught

Robert Bringle, the national service-learning expert who spoke at Sam Houston State University Feb. 8, said that service learning has two basic components: volunteerism and curriculum.

SHSU students can take advantage of the university’s new co-curricular transcript to improve their job marketability through volunteer work outside the classroom, and faculty members can integrate service learning into their courses.

The SHSU American Democracy Project Steering Committee, which sponsored Bringle’s visit, is following up with two sessions next week directed toward integration of service learning in the classroom.

Carol Parker, associate professor of education and a steering committee member, will present one workshop from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 16) in LSC 304.

Another committee member, Marilyn Rice, assistant professor in education, will direct a similar session from 10-11 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 24) in LSC 304.


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Item To Honor ‘Citizen Of The Year’ Randleman On Feb. 23

Former Bearkat head football coach Ron Randleman will be honored as The Huntsville Item’s “Citizen of the Year” for 2004 at a reception on Feb. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Katy and E. Don Walker Education Center.

The reception, open to the public and catered by The Homestead restaurant, will also honor five other finalists for the award. The finalists include: Nancy Etheredge, Ronnie Brame, Brooke Addams, Mary Francis Park and Charlotte Oleinik.

In addition to the reception, each person will be the focus of an in-depth feature story in the Item's annual progress edition "Walker County Proud," which will be published Feb. 27.

Randleman was selected by the newspaper’s Reader Advisory Board members.


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Permian Basin Administrator To Be Grassroots Speaker

Patricio Jaramillo, recently-retired vice president for Student Services at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, will share anecdotes from his life and how his experiences have led to his understanding of diversity as the next speaker for the Grassroots series.

The event will be held on Wednesday (Feb. 16), at 5 p.m., in the Olson Auditorium of Academic Building IV.
Jaramillo was one of the first Hispanics to earn his license to practice psychology in Texas, according to Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs at the Student Advising and Mentoring Center.

In addition, Jaramillo worked in a private practice and was “a wonderful psychologist” before teaching psychology on the college level.

A reception will follow the speech in the SAM Center, in AB IV Suite 210.

The event is sponsored by the academic support programs of the SAM Center, the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program, the Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program, the International Hispanic Association, Women United and Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.

For more information, call 936.294.4444.


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Softball Team To Tee Off Annual Golf Tourney

The SHSU softball team is hoping to make a little “green” with its inaugural Golf Tournament on March 13. The tournament, open to the public, will be held at the Panorama Country Club in Conroe.

Registration will be held from 10-11 a.m. on the day of the tournament, followed by an included lunch at 11 a.m. and a shotgun tournament start at noon.

The entry fee for the four-person Florida Scramble tournament is $400 for a four-person team or $125 for a single player, which includes green fee, cart, driving range, lunch and beverages.

Prizes will also be awarded for gross score, closest to the hole and long drive hole. All awards and prizes will follow the tournament.

All proceeds will benefit the SHSU softball team to help with travel expenses for a trip to Arizona next season.

Entry forms can be found on the softball page of the SHSU athletics web site, at Completed entries should be sent to softball coach Bob Brock, SHSU Softball, Box 2268, Huntsville, Texas, 77341.

The sign-up deadline is March 7 and is limited to 144.

Hole sponsorships are also available for $100, which includes a sign on the tee box.

The Panorama Country Club is located at 73 Greenbriar Drive, between Willis and Conroe. For more information, call the athletics office at 936.294.1726.


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Jumbo Hot Dog Night To Be Held At Nicholls State Game

On Thursday (Feb. 17), Bearkat basketball fans will have the opportunity to cheer on the men’s and women’s teams and maybe cheer on other fans as well.

The Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum staff will be hosting another 25-cent jumbo hot dog night as both teams take on Nicholls State, beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Jumbo hot dog night has become increasingly popular during its 10-year span, with the Jan. 27 game/hot dog night selling 2,588 hot dogs of the 2,640 in stock, a new record, according to coliseum assistant director Ed Chatal.

“ Our staff had a great supporting cast,” Chatal said. “Phi Chi Theta and SH Athletic Trainers Association should be recognized for their hard work, keeping our concession stands fully stocked with dogs.”

In addition, one band member was reported to have eaten 21 dogs Jan.27, Chatal said.

So while Thursday night’s games are going on, if excessive cheering is coming from the band’s section, it may be that a record is being broken off the court.


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Student Activities To Host Valentine’s Extravaganza

The Office of Student Activities will help celebrate Feb. 14 with a Valentine’s Extravaganza.

The event, a dance, will be held from 7-9 in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom, and will include a deejay, refreshments and Sammy the Bearkat.

“ It will be a fun time for all students, faculty and staff to let loose, dance and have a night out,” said Angie Burns, student activities program coordinator.

The extravaganza is free for everyone with an SHSU ID, as well as their guests.

Semi-formal attire is requested, which includes “night out” clothes, such as dresses, skirts and ties for the men, according to Burns.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Burns at or 936.294.3861 by 5 p.m. on Feb. 14.


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Saumell-Munoz To Discuss Rights At Illinois State

Former political prisoner Rafael Saumell-Muñoz, who is currently a foreign languages professor at SHSU, will speak on human rights and freedom of expression in Cuba on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Illinois State University.

Saumell, a specialist on Cuban culture, politics and literature will discuss “The Question of Bread and Freedom: National Priorities in Cuba."

He has written extensively on literature written in Cuban prisons and about the experience of political prisoners, with his works appearing in prominent journals and newspapers in Cuba, the United States, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Franc, and Spain, and his commentaries have appeared on the BBC, Radio Martí, Voice of America, Tele-Mundo and The Christian Science Monitor.

From 1975 to 1981, Saumell was a radio and television producer and scriptwriter, eventually becoming the assistant to the president of the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television. In 1980, he received an award as a scriptwriter for Best Musical and Variety Show, “Todo el Mundo Canta,” and was also a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba.

Following the publication of a collection of short stories, Saumell was detained by Cuban security forces on the charge of spreading “enemy propaganda,” which is often used to control harass and incarcerate pro-democracy Cubans.

He was sentenced to five years in prison, and upon his release was prevented from working in radio and television. He emigrated to the United States in 1988, and completed doctoral studies at Washington University in St. Louis before coming to teach at SHSU.


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Distinguished Alumna Exhibits Art In LSC Gallery

In honor of Valentine’s Day, floral and landscape portraits painted in watercolor will fill the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery. The exhibit, painted by Patty S. Davis, will open on Monday (Feb. 14) with a wine and cheese reception from 5-7 p.m.

Davis is a 1956 SHSU graduate with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, who also received a Master of Arts degree in 1959. Her exhibit will be in the gallery from Feb. 14-28.

Also a 1999 distinguished alumna, Davis said she has been painting in watercolor for about six years.

The LSC Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 3-10 p.m.


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Outdoor Rec To Host Valentine’s Day Trip

Romance on Lake Raven? Grab a date or come alone to paddle at Huntsville State Park on Valentine’s Day, from 6-9:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the outdoor recreation division of Recreational Sports, the canoe and kayak trip will cost $5 for students, $7 for faculty and staff and $10 for guests, which includes transportation and drinks.

The sign-up deadline is 5 p.m. on the day of the trip in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104, and a pre-trip meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Rental Building.

Lake Raven is located at the Huntsville State Park.

For more information on the Outdoor Skills Series, call Marvin Seale, associate director of Recreational Sports, at 936.294.3656.


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Program Council To Display Cultural Art

The SHSU Program Council will sponsor a cultural calendar art extravaganza on Wednesday (Feb. 16), at noon in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

The Hispanic heritage committee event will include Hispanic art displayed in the mall area, as well as handing out 2005 calendars with pictures of the displayed art.

For more information, call Jeff Oribhabor at 936.294.1763.


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Feb. 13, 2005
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