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SHSU Update For Week Of March 6


Rec Sports To Ante Up Poker Walk, Help Survive Break

All bets are on as SHSU students, faculty and staff walk across campus and stop by five department booths for the annual Poker Walk on Wednesday (March 9), hosted by the Department of Recreational Sports.

Participants will be ‘dealt’ in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area. After stops at the Counseling Center, Dean of Students’ Office, Sam Houston Press, Student Advising and Mentoring Center and Student Activities tables, participants will return to the beginning, where their hands will be revealed.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three hands of the day, as well as for the high roller challenge, where departments compete for the title of “most spirited” by showing energy, enthusiasm and even dressing up. The deadline for departments to register for the challenge has been extended to Tuesday (March 8), according to Amy Swingle, assistant director for club sports and special events.

At the same time, also on Wednesday, the department will help students ‘survive’ Spring Break by giving away sunscreen, Chap Stick and water.

“ We bring students out and have a great time while re-emphasizing the importance of having a safe Spring Break,” said Tina DeAses, assistant director for wellness programs. “We have a fun ‘natural high’ day, with a climbing wall, relay races, prizes and inflatables.”

For more information, call Swingle at 936.294.1967 or DeAses at 936.294.3658.


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Alamo ‘Sleuth’ To Discuss Book On March 9

James E. Crisp, author of "Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution," will present a slide lecture on March 9 at 7:45 p.m. in the Sam Houston Museum's Walker Education Center auditorium. A reception and book-signing will also be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Walker Center atrium.

A native Texan, Crisp has spent the last dozen years trying to squeeze a few reliable truths out of the myths of early Texas. "Sleuthing the Alamo" is the culmination of this research, which has been called "a brilliant and original investigation into the birth and myths of the Texas Republic [by] a master historian and detective."

In his Walker Center presentation, Crisp will relate how he stumbled onto the true identity of the author of a viciously anti-Mexican speech that for years had been falsely attributed to Sam Houston.

" This discovery opened the door to many others," Crisp said, "and by the middle of the 1990s I found myself in the middle of the biggest Texan historical controversy of them all--the circumstances relating to the death of Davy Crockett at the Alamo."

Crisp will explain how he uncovered a rare document in the Yale University archives that unlocked the mystery of a tattered Mexican manuscript held by the University of Texas at San Antonio. The manuscript, which described Crockett's gruesome death by execution, made its way into Guinness World Records by the year 2000.

Admission is free, and all interested in Texas history are invited.

The Walker Center is located at 1402 19th Street. For more information, call 936.294.1832 or visit the museum Web site at http://www.SamHouston.Memorial.Museum.


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Oriental Paintings, Calligraphy In Education Center

Traditional Oriental paintings and calligraphy will be on display at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center through March 27.

" Observing the Bamboos upon Hearing the Waterfall" is a collection of 26 works by artist Sheng Chi Lee.
A World War II veteran, Lee was born in 1923 in China, but moved to Taiwan in 1949.

He studied the traditional Chinese painting under the guidance of the greater masters, such as DeWen Chang, Juan Fu Fu and Chi Chao Dai. He also learned Chinese calligraphy from Dr Reilten Chen.

A painter for 30 years, Lee uses a Chinese paintbrush and ink stick for his Oriental painting and calligraphy.

" When I paint I join with the spirits to express my thoughts and give depth to and enrich my life," Lee said. "Each painting has it's own unique inspiration such as the bamboo represents people who are open-minded , noble and virtuous and the waterfall represents lifes long history of water flowing forever."

Lee’s works have been exhibited in Zhong Zheng Memorial Hall, State Father (Yexian Sun) Commemoration Hall and the Taiwan National Gallery of Art and Education.

" This is a rare opportunity for the people of Huntsville and Walker County to view an outstanding collection of original traditional Oriental painting," said Dave Wight, Sam Houston Memorial Museum curator of exhibits.

The Walker Education Center is located at 1402 19th St.

It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 936.294.1832 or visit the Web site www.SamHouston.Memorial.Museum.


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Alumni Association Seeks Distinguished Alumni

The Sam Houston State University Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2005 Distinguished Alumni awards.

This honor is for graduates or former students who have distinguished themselves through personal and professional achievements and who have made significant contributions to SHSU or society, and thus have brought honor and distinction to our university, according to assistant director Emily deMilliano.

Nomination forms are available online at, and the deadline to nominate is March 25.
For more information, call 936.294.1841.


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Sam Houston ‘Walking Stick’ To Be Featured In Exhibit

A cane owned by Gen. Sam Houston is one of many currently being displayed at the Heritage Society Museum in Sam Houston Park in Houston.

The collection of walking canes, “Walking Sticks: Fashion and Function,” has never before been assembled and is offered to the public and will be on display through May 29. The museum and historic structures are open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Museum admission is free.

The canes, on loan for this exhibition, range from those with significant local and national provenance to highly stylized canes made from exotic materials.

Canes owned by Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and William Henry Harrison, as well as a cane presented by President Andrew Jackson to Mr. John Breathitt, governor of Kentucky, will also be highlighted.

Some canes will include tools of a trade hidden inside, such as a physician’s syringe or a mortician’s measure, while some double as weapons such as swords or guns, while other canes include devices to support the habit of smoking.

The Heritage Society Museum is located at 1100 Bagby in Sam Houston Park. Founded in 1954, The Heritage Society is a non-profit organization which strives to preserve the complete history of the community and region through preservation and restoration of historic structures, exhibition of historic artifacts, and presentation of educational programs focusing on Houston and Harris County's past and its relationship to the present and future.

For more information about The Heritage Society call 713.655.1912.


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Foreign Language Professor To Visit Spain For Program

Spanish professor Frieda Koeninger will spend her spring break in Spain participating in the 2005 Trade Mission Program for U.S. Educational Institutions.

Koeninger was invited to participate in the program by the trade commissioner at the Spanish Embassy from March 12-20, she said.

“ We will visit a number of Spanish educational companies and institutions in Madrid, as well as in the area of Castilla-Leon,” she said.

The group will also travel through Avila, Salamanca, León, Burgos, and Aranda de Duero.

Koeninger said she is excited about the all-expenses paid program because of the opportunities it could bring for the university.

“ I am hoping to find out about opportunities for our students to study abroad in Spain and to obtain internships in Spanish businesses,” she said. “Also, I'm hoping to make personal contacts at each of these places in order to enhance Sam Houston's relationship with European institutions.”


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Health, Kinesiology Profs To Present At April Convention

The SHSU health and kinesiology department will be well represented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, which will be held April 12-15 in Chicago.

Professor Gary Oden will present “The Answer Man,” a program developed for corporate worksite health promotion where employees can e-mail any health or fitness questions and an answer will be posted for all workers to read.

Oden and health education program coordinator Bill Hyman will discuss how “Little Things Add Up.” This presentation will address the integration and reinforcement of content from other disciplines, such as math, reading or science, into a health or kinesiology curriculum.


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PC To Bring Irish Charm To SHSU Early

The Program Council will host “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” on Thursday (March 10), at noon in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

“ We usually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, but we will be on Spring Break so we will have to celebrate it on March 10,” said Jeff Oribhabor, PC vice president of public relations.

The event will include a potato bar, where students can build their own baked potato with trimmings, and the McTeggart Irish Dances of South Texas will perform traditional Irish dances to the sounds of Gaelic melodies.

Phi Delta Theta fraternity will co-sponsor the event by serving the potatoes and hosting a “guess how many charms” contest, where the student who comes closest to guessing how many charms are in a jar will win a prize.

For more information, call Oribhabor at 936.294.1763.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
March 6, 2005
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