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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 23


Mardi Gras To Come To SHSU

SHSU will celebrate Mardi Gras with a jambalaya band and a Cajun seminar on Feb. 3.

Activities for the 3rd Annual Cajun Mardi Gras Festival will kick off with a seminar on the Cajun culture and music, at 7 p.m. in Evans Building Room 105. Terry Thibodeaux, interim dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, along with various band members from the Jambalaya Cajun Band, will conduct the seminar.

Afterward, the Huntsville and campus community can put on their dancing shoes and join the Jambalaya Cajun Band with featured musical guest D.L. Menard for a Mardi Gras Dance in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The dance, open to the public, will be held from 9 p.m. until midnight. Dance admission is $10, or $5 for anyone with an SHSU ID.

Jambalaya, one of the premier Cajun bands in Louisiana, has been performing for over 30 years with mostly the same musicians. They feature Terry Huval on vocals, fiddle, accordion and guitar, and Reggie Matte on vocals and accordion.

In addition, Menard is a legend in Louisiana Cajun music, having recorded some of the genre's most popular songs of all time.

The band was a featured act at the Festivals Acadiens in Lafayette last September.

For more information, call Terry Thibodeaux at 294-2200 or e-mail at


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Bearkat Drive To Collect Blood Tuesday

In honor of National Blood Donation Month, the Department of Recreational Sports and the Student Health Center will host a Bearkat Blood Drive on Tuesday (Jan. 25), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

“ We want everyone to come out give the gift of life,” said Tina DeAses, assistant director of wellness programs.

Participants must bring a picture ID and be prepared to spend 20 - 30 minutes giving blood.

All donors will receive a T-shirt and free snacks.

“ Every pint of blood saves three lives, and we want to save at least 150 lives,” DeAses said.

For more information, call Michelle Lovering at 936.294.4347 or DeAses at 936.294.1985.


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SBDC Offers Computer Seminars In Spanish

The Sam Houston State Small Business Development Center will kick off a series of computer courses that will be taught in Spanish on Monday (Jan. 24), with “Trabajando con Windows XP, Nivel I (Working with Windows XP, Level 1).”

Level one will be followed-up on Tuesday with "Trabajando con Windows XP, Nivel II (Working with Windows XP, Level 2)."

Both seminars will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the SBDC Computer Learning Center and are led by Fabiola Sanchez, a student employee with SHSU’s Computer Services department.

The courses are open to the public and are free thanks to a grant the center received in the fall semester from Entergy, as well as funds from Walker County, which enables the center “to provide computer skills that are needed for Spanish-speaking participants to retain or obtain better employment opportunities and contribute to the local economy,” according to Cecilia Schlicher, SBDC training coordinator.

“ (The courses are offered) to assist in the retention of current jobs or the creation of new jobs in the local economy,” she said. “The Spanish-speaking population is the largest growing section of the Texas population and numerous industries have a Spanish-speaking worker base.”

The SBDC is located at Sam South, or 2424 Sam Houston Ave. For more information, call 936.294.3737.


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SAM Center To Teach Study Skills

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will begin its study skills workshop series on Jan. 31. The series is comprised of six sessions, each held on a weekly basis.

The series covers topics such as “studying smart,” procrastination, time management, reading textbooks and taking notes, test-taking strategies, and stress management.

Each topic will be covered in multiple sessions daily, and for those who cannot participate from Jan. 31 to March 7, the SAM Center will host a second series from March 21 to April 25.

The workshop series is free for students. For more information, or to register, call 936.294.4444 or stop by the SAM Center, in Academic Building 4 Room 210.


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YMCA Reps To Speak At Jan. 27 NTSO Meeting

The next Non-Traditional Student’s Organization meeting will be held Thursday (Jan. 27), from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the foyer on the third floor of the Lowman Student Center.

Guest speakers will include Kelly Prew and Sandra Clifton from the Huntsville Family YMCA.

The meeting will be come and go, but RSVPs are requested. If a large number of RSVPs are received, the meeting will be moved to the room adjacent to the foyer.

RSVPs are requested by Jan. 24 and can be sent to Frances Crawford Fennessy, NTSO president, at

For more information, call Fennessy at 936.294.1995.


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COBA To Present Successful Women Symposium

Sam Houston State University’s Gibson D. Lewis Center for Business and Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center, both College of Business Administration institutes, will host a “Successful Women Symposium,” on Feb. 25, from 12:30-4:00 p.m. in the Smith-Hutson Business Building.

This cross-cultural symposium will highlight the initial results of the Successful Women Worldwide Project, a research undertaking that began six years ago.

The project examines successful women throughout the world and will attempt to identify any similar characteristics of these women and any variations that may be attributable to cultural differences.

The first in a series of Successful Women conferences, the Feb. 25 symposium will focus on women living in the western hemisphere. Research data collected in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and the Caribbean will be summarized by B.J. Punnett from the University of the West Indies.

As the project expands, future meetings will examine research gathered from women in eastern regions.
Jo Ann Duffy, professor of management and director of the Center of Business and Economic Development, is the coordinator.

To reserve a seat, e-mail the center at or call 936.294.4154. For more information, including a program agenda, visit the symposium’s Web site at


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Outdoor Rec Pedals In Semester With Adventure

The outdoor recreation division of the Department of Recreational Sports will kick start a semester filled with excursions on Thursday (Jan. 27) with a mountain biking trip at Huntsville State Park.

Participants will depart SHSU at about 3:30 p.m., with an expected return at 6 p.m.

The cost is $15 for students, $17 for faculty and staff and $20 for guests, which includes transportation, park entry and bike rental.

The sign-up deadline is Wednesday (Jan. 26), at 10 p.m. in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104.

All outings are part of the Outdoor Skills Series, a collaboration of the outdoor recreation program and the Outdoor Adventure Club.

“ The goal is to offer a wide range of outdoor adventure activities available locally and emphasize the learning of basic skills that serve to enhance the experience by increasing the likelihood of success, safety and enjoyment,” said Marvin Seale, associate director of Recreational Sports

For more information, contact Seale at 936.294.3656 or by e-mail at


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Program Council Seeks Committee Members

The SHSU Program Council will have a recruitment party on Monday (Jan. 31) in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area at noon to introduce, or reintroduce, students to the organization, as well as to enlist committee members.

“ We want to try to reach as many students as possible so we can get a better knowledge of the types of programs they would like to see,” said Jeff Oribhabor, vice president of public relations for the Program Council. “The only way we can truly know is if we have enough committee members.”

The council has five regular programming chairs and two special committee chairs, of which four are new. In addition, the group has an executive board, which will have committee members as well, and also has spots open for public relations, retention and management.

For more information, call Oribhabor at 936.294.1763.


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Rice Prof to Give Physics Colloquium

Han Pu, professor in the Department of Astronomy and Physics at Rice University, will speak at 3 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 25) on "Coupled Atom-Molecular Condensates." The Physics Colloquium series presentation will be given in room 207 of the Farrington Building.

"In recent years, researches in ultracold molecules have been greatly intensified," said Han. "Cold molecules offer new possibilities in controlled chemical reactions, search for permanent electric dipole moment, more accurate determination of atomic collisional parameters, etc.

"In this talk I will first give a brief review on recent experimental progress in this area, then focus on the system of coupled atom-molecule condensates, particularly on creating stable molecular condensate from atomic condensate using a generalized STIRAP scheme, and on the stability properties of the coherent superposition state of the two types of condensates."

The public is invited.


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Jan. 23, 2005
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