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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 6


Raven Village Wins Naming Contest

Over 1700 students voted in the Department of Residence Life’s “Name the Residence Hall" contest through online voting on Oct. 27-28.

With approximately 35 percent of the student body vote, Raven Village will be presented to university President James F. Gaertner, as well as the Texas State University System Board of Regents for approval before the name can become official.

The five students who submitted the name Raven Village will each receive a $20 gift certificate to the Barnes and Noble University Bookstore.

Over 700 different names were submitted for consideration and were narrowed down by a panel of faculty, staff, and students to five names: Raven Village, Lone Star Village, San Jacinto Hall, Templeton Hall, and Frank Cloud Hall.


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Cavalry, History Dept To Give Vet Day Demonstration

The SHSU history department and the 11th Texas Cavalry Reenactment Group will celebrate Veterans’ Day on Friday (Nov. 11) with “The Life of Billy Yank and Johnny Reb,” a U.S. Civil War demonstration.

The demonstration will include cavalry members teaching history students from professors Susannah Bruce’s and Caroline Crimm’s classes about the lives of American Civil War soldiers, the basic maneuvers these men performed on the battlefield, the weapons used and how weapons were loaded and fired.

The event, which is open to the Huntsville community, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on the Sam Houston Memorial Museum grounds, between the Woodland Home and 19th street.

For more information, contact Bruce at 936.294.3659 or


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‘Mystique’ Author To Discuss Pulitzer-Winning Book

'Mystique' author Sheridan Prasso

Pulitzer-prize winning author Sheridan Prasso will discuss her book, “The Asian Mystique: Dragon Ladies, Geisha Girls and Our Fantasies of the Exotic Orient” on Tuesday (Nov. 8), at 11 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

Prasso, a writer, editor and Asia specialist with more than 15 years of experience covering the region, writes about global issues and international affairs, particularly from cultural, economic, and business perspectives.

Her articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Times, Fortune, BusinessWeek, TIME, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and The World Policy Journal, among other publications.

In addition, Prasso spent eight years with BusinessWeek, as its New York-based Asia editor, as a senior news editor, and as a contributing editor; served as Cambodia bureau chief for Agence France-Presse from 1991 to 1994, setting up the first permanent Western news bureau to reopen in Phnom Penh since 1975; and worked with The Associated Press in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, and later worked in New York as an AP business writer; among other positions.

She holds a master’s degree in social anthropology from Cambridge University, and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University.

Among her accolades, she is the recipient of a Human Rights Press Award for coverage of Cambodian land mine victims, and shared in six awards for team coverage of the Asian financial crisis and its aftermath.

Her book, “The Asian Mystique,” is published by PublicAffairs press.

A book signing will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the community.

The event is sponsored by the SHSU history department and the Asia Society of Texas. For more information, contact Tracy Steele, associate professor of history, at 936.294.1480 or


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Texas Professor To Speak For Beto Series

Sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin Mark Warr will be the featured speaker for the College of Criminal Justice’s Beto Chair Lecture Series on Tuesday (Nov. 8).

Warr will discuss “Safe at Home: The Transition from Public to Private Life in the United States, 1960 – 2000” from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center’s Kerper Courtroom.

The lecture will be followed by a discussion in the Bates Room for graduate students, and a reception will also be held in the Alumni Room from 4-5 p.m.

For more information, call 936.294.1635.


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Beta Gamma Sigma Taps 14 For Membership

Angela Kober (center) was one of 14 recently tapped into the business organization Beta Gamma Sigma by COBA Dean R. Dean Lewis and faculty adviser Elsie Ameen. An induction ceremony will be held Nov. 14.

Fourteen students were recently tapped into the James E. Gilmore Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter at Sam Houston State University.

Those students who will be inducted into lifetime membership at a ceremony on Nov. 14 include William Alexander, Victoria Marie Conarroe, Anne Therese Downs, Keith Mark Gabrysch, Shahnawaz Jivani, Angela T. Kober, Kyle Edward Reinhardt, Bina Devi Rollo, Anna Melissa Smith, Holly Janelle Sommer, Britany Alexis Vinsant, Ruba Khalil, Jessica Leigh Stevenson and John Michael Wood.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor fraternity for colleges of business accredited by the AACSB-International.

Members must be juniors in the top 7 percent of their class, seniors in the top 10 percent based on overall GPA or graduating master’s students in the top 20 percent. In addition, members must meet other criteria.

R. Dean Lewis, dean of the College of Business Administration, serves as chapter president and Elsie Ameen serves as secretary-treasurer and faculty adviser.


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Company To Perform Range Of Dances

The SHSU Dance Company will allow audiences to “fly with us” through a wide variety of performances with its Fall Spectrum concert on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 10-12).

Ballets and modern routines choreographed by the SHSU dance department faculty members will be showcased on the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage Theatre at 8 p.m. each day, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

In addition, there will be a guest performance by a group from North Harris Community College, choreographed by the dance director there, Pamela Heard, and a ballet choreographed by a guest artist from Houston performed by the company.

The concert will include a wide range of works, including a contemporary, “jazzy” ballet; a modern piece with an African feel, through music and movement, a tango piece and a “hysterical” work called “Bean Soup,” which addresses 40 to 50 different kinds of beans, according to assistant professor of dance Kista Tucker.

There will also be a work, choreographed by Tucker, which she describes as making a “social statement,” called “Two Tears In The Dirt.”

Based on the famine and war in Somalia in the early 1990s and the experience of one reporter who witnessed massive amounts of death while in the country, the piece is about “the way society works” and the way those in the “higher echelons” made the decision to allow people to die, Tucker said.

“Somebody asked her (the reporter) what was the worst thing she saw or experienced while there. She said the worst thing, and she didn’t even have to think, she already knew what it was, was the people were dying everywhere, and it was terrible,” Tucker said.

“One day, she looked over to the side where they were burying more people and in this one grave, they were burying this little boy who was probably about four or five years old, and she saw two tears come out of his eyes as they were putting dirt on him,” she said. “The kid really wasn’t dead; he probably would have died very, very shortly after that, but people were dying so quickly that he was just assumed to be dead.”

The SHSU Dance Company is a group comprised of over 40 graduate and undergraduate students.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for SHSU students and senior citizens. For more information, call the dance department at 936.294.1875 or to purchase tickets call 936.294.3988.


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Horn, Piano, Orchestra Recitals Scheduled For Week

The School of Music will present three concerts, including piano, French horn and orchestra recitals, beginning Monday (Nov. 7).

Students from the horn studio, under the direction of associate professor of horn Peggy DeMers, will play a variety of solos from various composers and all eras, at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall.

Accompanied by piano professor Jay Whatley, the group will explore different genres, such as concerti, sonatas, and various other works, DeMers said.

The concert is free and is open to the general public, as well as students.

On Tuesday (Nov. 8), Sergio H. Ruiz, director of keyboard studies, will present the first of what will become the John Paul Piano Scholarship Series concert, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The performance will feature works by Mozart, Liszt, Granados, and Prokofiev, Ruiz said.

The concert also is free to the public, though donations will be accepted at the door, with proceeds benefiting piano scholarships.

On Saturday (Nov. 12), director of orchestral studies Carol Smith will lead the SHSU symphony orchestra in a tribute to Smith’s mentor, teacher and friend A. Clyde Roller at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights Baptist

“Clyde Roller was my teacher and friend who died about two weeks ago,” Smith said. “He is the former resident conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

“Two years ago, he came and spent two weeks with our students on campus and conducted the Beethoven Symphony No. 5,” she said.

The concert will feature Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in f minor, Opus 63.

“The Tchaikovsky we are going to play is one of the most well-known symphonies of Tch and one of the most difficult technically,” Smith said. “I do think that this performance may be the most accomplished and the most exciting and most satisfying of my 27-year career at SHSU.”

Tickets are free for SHSU faculty and students with an ID, $8 for adults and $5 for children. For more information on any event, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.


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Albert Named To Journal Editorial Board

Donald Albert, associate professor of geography, has been invited to join the editorial board of “Complementary Health Practice Review.”

As an editorial board member, Albert will help ensure the continued success and growth of the journal by being involved with the areas of recruitment of publications, promotion of the journal and manuscript development.

For over a decade the international, peer-reviewed journal has published manuscripts on a broad spectrum of topics related to alternative, complementary and integrative health care.

The journal’s mission is to disseminate communications of the highest quality on topics that impact complementary and integrative practice, promoting discussion across disciplinary, organizational, and specialty boundaries.

Both quantitative and qualitative research is considered, as are evidenced-based literature reviews.


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PC To Make Students Laugh, Lower Stress

The Program Council will bring two comedians known for their hip-hop dancing and side-splitting comedy with PC Comic View: Alfred and Seymour on Tuesday (Nov. 8), at 7 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

Winners of the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities’ 2004 and 2005 Comedy Act of the Year award, the duo has appeared on the Tonight Show, the Jenny Jones show and have music videos used for such commercials as Pepsi, Sprite, and American Express.

Alfred and Seymour, cousins, have also performed around the world, appearing as the People’s Choice Award winner in Halifax, Canada, and did national tours in China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

“Alfred and Seymour are the perfect cure for the common comedy series,” their Web site said. “The comedy is rad, the dancing phat, and you’ll leave their show a better person for their message of love, life, and laughter.”

For more information on the two, visit their Web site at

Also this week, the PC will teach students the Chinese practice of positioning objects in patterns of yin and yang with Feng Shui on Wednesday.

The program, held at 11 a.m. in the LSC Art Gallery, will show students how to move their furniture around to lower stress levels, according to PC vice president of public relations Jeff Oribhabor.

For more information on either event, contact the Program Council at 936.294.1763.


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Nov. 6, 2005
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