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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 27


Student Activities To Deck Mall Area With Ceremony

Faculty, staff and students will celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with the 85th annual Tree of Light on Thursday (Dec. 1).

The tree-lighting ceremony will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the Academic Building 1 Mall Area.

University President James F. Gaertner will speak at the event, the Orange Pride dance team and university choir will perform and hot chocolate, hot wassail and cookies will be served.

In addition, the Office of Student Activities will collect canned goods at the ceremony for a drive to benefit the Good Shepherd Mission.

All students, organizations, faculty and staff are invited to participate, and canned goods should be brought to the ceremony.

In addition, the office will encourage students and organizations to bring one ornament to decorate the tree sometime before the ceremony, according to program coordinator Angie Burns.

For more information, call Student Activities at 936.294.3861.


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World AIDS Day Program To Give Facts

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services, the Student Health Center and UNICEF will co-sponsor a World AIDS Day program on Thursday (Dec. 1) from noon to 1 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 320.

The program will feature an informative discussion and interactive activities for all participants.

For more information, call 936.294.DVST or e-mail


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Departments Open Houses For Holidays

December is the time for fun, food and holiday cheer as departments and colleges across campus open their doors for annual open houses beginning on Thursday (Dec. 1).

The Lowman Student Center will kick off the open house season for all faculty, staff and students on Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon in the LSC Ballroom.

On Dec. 5, the College of Education will host its first open house from 2-4 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center’s west foyer.

The Alumni Association will gather on Dec. 13, from 6-8 p.m. for its open house in Austin Hall. Business attire is requested for the cocktail buffet. Reservations should be made by Dec. 9 at 936.294.1841.

Finally, the Bobby K. Marks Administration Building open house will be held on Dec. 14, from 2-4 p.m. The event will include all three floors, with appetizers on the first, meats on the second and sweets on the third.


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Terrorism Expert To Give Talk On Monday

Yonah Alexander, one of the foremost experts on terrorism in the United States, will discuss that topic on Monday (Nov. 28) in the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center’s Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. and is expected to last for one hour, with some time for questions following the presentation.

Currently a professor of international studies and director of the Institute for Studies in International Terrorism at the State University of New York, Alexander has an international reputation for his research and writing in the field.

A prolific author, Alexander has published over 70 books in the field of terrorism and international affairs and is the founding editor of “Terrorism: An International Journal.”

The lecture is open to the students, faculty, and staff of Sam Houston State University, as well as members of the Huntsville community.


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Theatre To Give ‘Sweet Charity’

The department of theatre and dance will tell the story of an eternal optimist with their rendition of Neil Simon’s “Sweet Charity” Wednesday (Nov. 30) through Saturday (Dec. 3). Show times are 8 p.m. each day, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, on the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage.

Charity Hope Valentine, the eternal optimist, is often taken advantage of by the patrons of the seedy Fandango ballroom.

Despite a string of bad relationships, she dreams of a better life. Charity surrounds herself with new people and places, and though still encountering a number of pitfalls along the way, she maintains a positive attitude, certain that good things will happen to her life and living “hopefully ever after.”

The cast includes musical theatre majors Blythe Herring, Jeff Barba, Nina Martinez, Grace Marie Walton, Dylan Godwin, Rachel Sanders, Derrick Davis and Nkrumah Gatling.

Directed by theatre and dance faculty member Jonathan Charles, the musical director is faculty member Laura Avery and conductor is music major Luke Kirkwood.

The stage manager is senior dance major Stephanie Beall, Danny Colosky is the technical director, and student designers are Katie Torgerson, set; David Deveau, lights; Nick Custer, sound; and Natalie Gasaway and Lacey Williams, costumes.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens and SHSU students with a valid ID. Group rates are also available.

The play contains adult content, and no children under the age of 3 will be admitted.

For more information, or for reservations, call 936.294.1339.


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MISS To Host ‘Star’ Party

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services will honor its ‘stars’ with a Hollywood-themed reception on Tuesday (Nov. 29) night.

The Multicultural Awareness Certification Reception, which will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom, will allow those who participated in four or more MAC programs throughout the semester to eat, as well as redeem their diversity dollars at a diversity auction, according to MISS program coordinator Jennifer T. Roberts.

In addition, prizes and activities are planned to recognize not only participants, but volunteers and supporters, Roberts said.

“Currently, we have almost 50 people from this semester alone that will be receiving their certification,” she said.

For more information, call 936.294.3588.


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Music Winds Down With Three Performances

Flute students will perform a range of Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century pieces for the flute studio recital on Friday (Dec. 2).

The concert will be held at 2 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Featuring such songs as Wolfgang A. Mozart’s “Sonata III in A Major,” Louis Moyse’s “40 Little Pieces” and Benjamin Godard’s “Allegretto,” student performers will be accompanied by piano faculty member Yung-Eun Choe, according to assistant professor of flute Kathy Daniel.

“Some of it is very melodic, and some of it is very technical,” she said.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Also this week is a guitar ensemble concert, on Tuesday (Nov. 29), at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, and the annual choir and orchestra Christmas concert, on Friday and Saturday (Dec. 2-3), at 7:30 p.m. both days at University Heights Baptist Church.

For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.


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RTV Students Win Big At NBS Competition

The works of students in the mass communication department will now compete on the national level after winning first place in several electronic media categories at the National Broadcasting Society conference in Austin on Nov. 12.

Radio/television major Patric Sleightholm won first place for “Video Program Opener” and “Promo,” both of which are featured on KSHU-TV News 7.

Sleightholm, as executive producer, along with Kristina Adams, Leah Burger, Dustin Dyer, Brian Hernalsteen, DeDe King, Courtney Lundgren, Kristen Lundgren, Zach Schroeder, and Alex Stivers claimed first place for the Sports Program category with “Bearkat Sports Report.”

In addition, Scott Eilers and Dan Landson won first place in the Documentary category with “Back to the Country.”

The competition is open to all NBS students across the region.

The conference is open to schools from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. Television and radio professionals are invited to speak to students about a various array of topics.

Winners of the national competition will be announced at the NBS national meeting at Washington, D.C., in March.


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Kappa Delta Pi Receives Achievement Award

SHSU’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi recently received its fifth Achieving Chapter Excellence award during the group’s 45th biannual convocation in Orlando, Fla.

The award was accepted by chapter president Melanie Parnell, vice president Amy Sanderson, who was also awarded a Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation scholarship, and group adviser Margaret Hammer.

The SHSU chapter received the award due to its increased attendance in meetings and by helping students meet state requirements by offering professional development credits for the meetings and programs.

More than 1,200 Kadelpians came together for the convention, which included guest speakers Harry Wong and Crystal Kuykendall, both teachers and authors.

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. Membership for the chapter is by invitation only, with qualification requirements such as a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and expressed intention of continuing in the education field.


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Professor Contributes To Recently-Released Report

A report developed at a conference attended by SHSU radio/television professor Tony DeMars is now available online.

The results from the conference, “A Wake Up Call: Can Trust and Quality Improve Journalism?,” can be accessed, complete with downloadable transcripts, mp3 audio files, photos and videos, at It was released Nov. 15.

The report was taken from the discussions of more than 100 academics and journalists who attended the event in San Antonio earlier this year.

“A Wake Up Call” is the centerpiece of the year-long “Journalism and the Public: Restoring the Trust” project. Partners in the project include Leonard Witt, the Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication at Kennesaw State University, and Cole Campbell, dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada-Reno in conjunction with Public Journalism Network and the Civic and Citizen Journalism interest groups within the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The conference preceded the annual AEJMC convention in San Antonio and was funded in part by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

For more information on the Restoring the Trust project, visit, or contact Cori Marguriet at 770.423.6924 or


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Nov. 27, 2005
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