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SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 18


Career Service To Host Kick Off Party, Career Expo

Career services will give away prizes and popsicles during its 2005 Career Expo kickoff party on Tuesday (Sept. 20), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

The event will include music, as well as drawings for items donated by the Huntsville community and some of the over 99 companies that will be represented at the Career Expo, including an $85 certificate from Transmissions, Etc., for transmission work, as well as $25 gift certificates from local cleaners, Luby’s restaurants, and a $40 gift card and bag from Target, among others, according to employment specialist Vinessa Mundorff.

The Career Expo will be held on Wednesday (Sept. 21), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, KRTE TV, Kelly Scientific Resources, Farmers Insurance, Zachry Construction Corp. and US Comptroller of the Currency, as well as various financial institutions and police departments from across the state, will be in attendance.

Companies will be seeking students and alumni from all academic backgrounds for full-time positions and internships.

Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally, bring multiple copies of resumes and be ready to network, Mundorff said.

For more information, contact Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Xu To Introduce Chinese Culture Through Lecture Series

Chinese visiting scholar Hong Xu will give students some insight into the Chinese culture this semester with a lecture series beginning with a discussion on the Chinese Spring Festival on Sept. 28.

“ Chinese festivals are a very important part of the Chinese tradition and culture,” Xu said. “The most important is the Chinese Spring Festival.”

The Chinese Spring Festival, compared to Christmas in the West, marks the beginning of the new lunar year on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The first day of the first lunar month, the festival also marks the beginning of a month-long Spring Festival season, which includes the lion dance, fireworks and spring couplets, which are decorations, Xu said.

Along with the festival and its origin, Xu will discuss how people prepare for the festival, through themes, food and decorations, as well as things that are considered taboo. In addition, she will serve traditional foods served during the season after her discussion.

Xu, who is visiting SHSU through the Fulbright program, is from Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China, where she teaches translation in the English school. She was raised in Sihong, China, a county a few hundred miles from Shanghai, she said.

Her first speech will be held at 3 p.m. in the Evans Complex Room 313. Dates and times for Xu’s other discussions have not yet been decided.

Other topics slated for the semester include other festivals, cultural differences between Americans and the Chinese and sight-seeing cities.

For more information, call the foreign languages program at 936.294.1441.


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Offices Host ‘BOLD’ Workshop For Student Leadership

The Dean of Students' Office, in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities, will challenge students to be “BOLD” with its first daylong leadership program on Friday (Sept. 23).

The Bearkat Ongoing Leadership Development leadership program, a non-credit initiative created by the Dean of Students' Office, will consist of three separate one-day leadership development conference-style sessions focusing on different aspects of leadership development, according to Student Activities’ assistant director Leah Mulligan.

These leadership development workshops will target three themes: “The Emerging Leader,” “Spirituality and Leadership” and “Leadership in a Multicultural Society, she said.

The workshop on “The Emerging Leader” will focus on leader listening, examining some of the relevant dynamics of communication and the listening skills needed to be an effective leader; doing the right things right, which focuses on the idea of ethical leadership and social responsibility; developing a leader's attitude, a time of self-reflection activities for student assessment led by the instructor; and seeing the battlefield, focusing on being proactive in difficult situations versus acting reactively.

Students who attend these workshops will be able to indicate their attendance at BOLD programs on their SHSU Co-Curricular Transcript.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater on the first floor. There is no charge for the program, and lunch for conference attendees will be provided. The day is scheduled to at 4:30 p.m.

Two other conferences will be held for the other themes later in the fall and in the spring.

For more information, call Student Activities at 936.294.FUN1, or visit the office in LSC Room 328.


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Four Speeches To Mark Constitution Day Celebration

SHSU will help students understand the U.S. Constitution more deeply through its first Constitution Day celebration on Tuesday (Sept. 20).

An opening ceremony and introduction will begin the day at 8:30 a.m., with Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost David Payne welcoming attendees and showing a video on the historical events leading up to the creation of the consitution.

Discussions will be held throughout the day on various aspects of the constitution beginning at 9:30 a.m., when associate professor of political science John Domino will present “Originalism, Strict Construction, and the ‘Living Constitution’: Making Sense of the Fray Over Judicial Activism.”

History assistant professors Tom Cox and Jeff Littlejohn will discuss “Wartime Civil Liberties in Historical Perspective” from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., and from 12:30-1:50 p.m., philosophy assistant professor Glenn Sanford will discuss “Science and the Constitution: The Scopes Trial and the Continuing Controversy over Creation and Evolution.”

Finally, from 2-3:20 p.m., Dennis Longmire, director of the College of Criminal Justice’s Survey Research Center, will talk about “The Constitution and the Administration of Justice—Including a Special Look at Capital Punishment,” followed by the closing remarks by Interim Vice President for Student Services Frank Parker.

All sessions will be held in Lowman Student Center Room 320

A free copy of the pocket guide “The United States Constitution: What it says, what it means” will be provided to the first 500 attendees, courtesy of the Annenberg Foundation.

Coffee, doughnuts and other refreshments will also be provided.


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AAI To Host Three Awareness Events

The SHSU Alcohol Abuse Initiative will give students the “vital signs” of alcohol poisoning and other issues, as well as “sex signals” in communication with several events over the next few weeks.

The Sept. 20 presentation, “Vital Signs” will cover recognizing and responding to alcohol poisoning as well as stress the importance of calling for emergency assistance.

During the event, which will be held at 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater, Interfraternity Council president Trey Taylor will run through a demonstration on the Alcohol 101+ program, which illustrates the dose-response effect of alcohol and how it can lead to alcohol poisoning, according to Michelle Lovering, Health Center health programming coordinator.

“ This program is designed to emphasize the seriousness of alcohol toxicity and let students know that while a night of drinking or using Alcohol 101+ may be all ‘fun and games,’ that fun can lead to a life-or-death situation,” she said.

On Sept. 28, Catharsis Productions troop members will show “the good, the bad and the ugly about dating and relationships” with a presentation called “Sex Signals.”

The show, which blends “a unique combination of improvisational comedy, education, and audience participation,” will be performed at 7 p.m. in the LSC Theatre.

“ The event is actually an acting production with two actors who include lots of humor, improv and audience participation in their piece about communication between the sexes, dating and relationships and sex,” said Elizabeth Hayen Charrier, counseling psychologist at the Counseling Center. “The purpose of the event is to get students to consider how communication, and miscommunication, about relationships and sex happens.

“ The presentation is very entertaining and informative,” she said.

Finally, on Oct. 4, the AAI will give a “Head to Toe Perspective” of the health consequences of alcohol at 5 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

This program will discuss the physiological effects of alcohol poisoning, as well as “the short-term and long-term effects of alcohol consumption, including the fact that alcohol is a contributor to numerous chronic diseases,” Lovering said.

For more information, contact Lovering at 936.294.4347 or, or visit the Alcohol Abuse Initiative Web site at


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Graduation Application Deadline Approaches

Students who anticipate graduating May 13, 2006, should file degree applications by Oct. 14 in the Registrar’s Office, on the 3rd floor of the Estill Building.

For more information, call the Registrar’s Office at 936.294.1040.


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Three Artists’ Works Exhibited In Gaddis Geeslin

The works of three artists will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery Sept. 19 through Oct. 13.

A reception for the exhibit, which will feature sculptures by Martin Brief, photo collages by Nick Nelson and mixed media by Karen Shaw, will be held on Oct. 13 from 5-7 p.m.

Shaw, a New York artist, makes drawings and sculptures with a conceptual foundation using a process in which she designates a numerical equivalent to each letter of the alphabet.

She then takes found objects, such as receipts, newspaper ads and acupuncture charts and translates the numbers on these objects into esoteric poetry, according to slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

Brief, an artist from Farmville, Va., exhibits three small sculptures with openings that invite the viewer to look inside. The interior spaces are cavernous tombs filled with stacks of paper, books and boxes.

Nelson, an artist who lives and works in Statesboro, Ga., begins with color photographs and makes marks on them, applies thick gooey wax and adds insects, words cut out of magazines, and other found items.

His work juxtaposes the order of mathematical drawing with chaotic splatters of paint, and plays insects against images of stars as a means of comparing the miniscule to the immense, Davenport said.

Shaw, who will attend the reception, will also have a brief and informative slide presentation before the reception starting at 4 p.m. that same day in the Art Auditorium, located in Art Building E Room 108, according to slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is located in Art Building F. For more information, contact the art department at 936.294.1315.


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Anthology To Showcase Series Of Artists

A new DVD collection, “Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image,” will be played in the New Media/Projects Space in SHSU’s art department throughout the year.

The first work, by South African artist William Kentridge, will be shown Sept. 19-30.

Kentridge’s work, “Automatic Writing,” is a hauntingly beautiful series of animated black and white drawings that brings viewers into the artist’s unconscious using surrealist techniques to explore the point where writing and drawing intersect, according to slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

“ Point of View” was produced by the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. The anthology consists of a boxed set of 11 DVDs, each containing a commissioned work by an international video artist, and was put together by Dan Cameron, senior curator at the New Museum.

Each DVD also contains an interview with the artist, which viewers may see on request.

“ Automatic Writing” will be followed by a work by Francis Alys entitled “El Gringo,” from Oct. 3-13.

In “El Gringo,” viewers experience the discomfort of being an outsider when the camera is confronted by a pack of snarling dogs, Davenport said.

For more information, contact Davenport at 936.294.1317 or


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Sept. 18, 2005
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