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SHSU Update For Week Of April 2


Health Center To Screen For Alcohol Abuse

Is your life on the rocks because of your excess drinking?

Recent research says that alcohol abuse on college campuses is strongly related to accidents, sexual assault and injury and even death.

In conjunction with National Alcohol Screening Day on April 5, the Sam Houston State University Counseling Center will present the straight facts on alcohol and how if affects one’s body, the risks that may be faced by drinking too much and what can be done to regain control.

Alcohol screening sessions will be held for free in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to the screenings, students can ask questions and talk to a health professionals about alcohol or alcohol-related issues.

For more information, call 936.294.1720.


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Summer Class To Look At, Analyze Bollywood

Need an elective this summer that requires watching films and major discussion?

The English and foreign languages department is offering “Bollywood Cinema: New Directions in Language.”

"I decided to offer this class because Bollywood films have become popular and successful in the United States," said Shirin Edwin, foreign language instructor.

Bollwood refers to the Bombay-based Indian film industry.

Discussion of the aesthetics of Bollywood themes: romance, marriage, technical styles, music and identities of the Indian characters will be incorporated into the class, Edwin said.

The class will also view and study a selection of recent international films, such as “Bend it like Beckham,” “Monsoon Wedding,” “Bride and Prejudice,” according to Edwin.

The class has been scheduled as English 267W 01 and will be held in the first summer session.

For more information, contact the foreign language department at 936.294.1441.


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Rounds Up At ‘6th Best’ Raven Nest

Sam Houston State University’s Raven Nest Golf Club is becoming better known near and far, and its rounds played and revenue figures are showing it.

The course was recently ranked 6th in Texas by the Dallas Morning News for courses with fees of $44 and under. A number of new programs have also increased interest among area golfers, according to Nate Nye, PGA head professional.

Nye said that rounds played are up 68 percent from a year ago, prior to SHSU’s taking over management of the course, and revenue is up 50 percent. He attributes the increases to several factors.

Nye believes that the electronic messaging sign sponsored by First National Bank is bringing the course's value to the attention of Interstate 45 travelers. New programs such as the Men’s and Women’s Golf Associations, junior programs, and yearly membership plans are becoming more popular with area and local players.

In addition, more university students are playing. Nye said that 25 percent of all rounds played are by SHSU students.

“The pro shop is fully stocked, and we’re open rain or shine, even when the course is closed,” said Nye. “That’s also the case with the new food, drink, and snack operation.”

Jason Burnett, a Huntsville High School product who has expanded his catering business, operates The Grille at Raven Nest, which is becoming known for its breakfast burritos and cheeseburgers, said Nye.

“We’ve got new patio furniture, and a lot of folks are stopping by to eat even if they’re not playing,” said Nye.

Rates including green fee and cart are $36 on weekends and $26 weekdays. City, county, and TDCJ employees can play for $30 and $24, and SHSU faculty, staff, and alumni for $25 and $20. Students can play for $20 and $17, and seniors (60 and older) for $5 less than the full rates.

Nine hole rates are also offered. More information is available on the Raven Nest Web page at


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Ag, A&M To Host SAM Workshop For Ranchers

To address the need for basic information in agriculture among new or inexperienced ranchers, SHSU, in conjunction with Texas A&M University, will host the Successful Agricultural Management Workshop April 19-21.

The workshop, which will be held on the SHSU campus in Huntsville, will begin with the check-in from 7:30-8 a.m. on April 19.

Topics to be discussed at the two-and-a-half-day workshop include basics of forage establishment, management and utilization, and basic livestock management and production.

In-field demonstrations of various ‘how to’ methodologies of planting, calibrating sprayers, inoculating legume seed, castrating, vaccination, de-horning calves, and pasture and livestock management will also be taught.

Due to limited enrollment, workshop attendees will have ample time to visit with SHSU and TAMU faculty and staff to discuss various aspects of forage production and livestock management.

Registration will be held on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment is limited to 50.

The cost is $350 per participant, which includes a workshop manual containing dozens of publications on pasture and livestock management, two noon and two evening meals, as well as break refreshments, and participants will receive a special monogrammed shirt and cap.

Pre-registration can be done by sending the $350 fee to Sam Houston State University, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Attention: Bobby Lane, Huntsville, Texas, 77341-2088.

Registration information can be obtained at or by calling 936.294.1215.


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Theatre To Perform Rock Opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will explore the last three days of Jesus’ life on earth with its rendition of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Timothy Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” Wednesday through Saturday (April 5-8).

Show times are 8 p.m. each day, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, in the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage Theatre.

The story, told from the viewpoint of Judas (Jon-Michael Hammon), explores the personal angst of a man who wants to do right but ultimately betrays Jesus (Derrick Davis).

Depicting the gentle and loving teacher-disciple relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene (Briana Resa), the story is infused with the zeal of Jesus’ ever-loving apostles, chiefly Simon the Zealot (Nkrumah Gatling) and Peter (Adam Gibbs).

The play forces the audience to see the cruelty set upon Jesus in both Pontius Pilate’s (Aaron Thacker) and King Herod’s (James Arrington) courts.

The rock opera premiered on Broadway in 1971, heralding Weber into musical theatre history.

Student designers are Trey Carnely, sound, and Amanda Gutierrez, props, and faculty designers include Don Childs, lights and set, and Kristina S. Hanssen, costumes.

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

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

For reservations, or more information, call the UTC at 936.294.1339.


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Museum Hosts Cutting-Edge Art Quilt Exhibition

Michelle Naranjo-Brackett's "Betty’s Meadow" is among those on display in the Walker Education Center through April 30.

Elements from the Front Range Contemporary Quilters, an exhibit of quilts made using unconventional materials such as paint, paper, beads, metal and wood, will be on display in the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center ‘s Exhibit Gallery through April 30.

Called “some of the most innovative quilt work being done today,” these art quilts show a wide range of creativity that melds ideas of home and hearth with cutting-edge technologies of the digital age, according to David Wight, museum curator of exhibits.

Juror Robert Shaw, author of “The Art Quilt,” has selected 40 new works for this exhibition from members of the Front Range Contemporary Quilters, one of the oldest art quilt guilds in the United States.

Front Range Contemporary Quilters is made up of artists, both women and men, from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Kansas, and has sponsored annual juried exhibitions since its inception in 1988.

The members of Front Range Contemporary Quilters share a common interest not only in the art of quilting, but also in a prevailing theme surrounding the elements themselves. Weather, water fluctuations, wildfires, and expanding population, among other challenges, heavily impact the Front Range area, Wight said.

The natural elements—earth, air, fire, and water—intertwine with the locality and geography of the group to provide both poetic and practical subject matter, he said.

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

It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, call 936.294.1832.


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Art Works To Be Judged For Scholarships

Art and photography students will have the opportunity to display the pieces they have worked on throughout the fall and spring semesters and compete for art scholarships and other awards at the 7th annual Juried Student Show.

The show will be held April 3-27 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, located in Art Building F.

Students will have their pieces judged by guest juror and artist Francesca Fuchs for scholarships and prizes.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on April 20, at 6 p.m. in the Art Auditorium, located in Art Building E Room 108.

A reception will be held the same day from 5-7 p.m. in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.

In addition, the department will host ‘open studios,’ where attendees will be able to walk through the art classrooms to see where the students work, as well as art on the walls, said Debbie Davenport, slide librarian.

“This is a great opportunity to visit the SHSU art department, meet faculty and students, and get an overview for the facilities and programs the art department offers,” she said.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call Davenport at 936.294.1317.


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Festival To Feature Contemporary Music, Composers

The School of Music will present a variety of music during the 44th annual Contemporary Music Festival Wednesday through Friday (April 5-7).

The concert will be held at five different times.

The Wednesday performance, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall will feature compositions of SHSU School of Music students.

On Thursday, a 2:30 p.m. concert will be held in the Recital Hall featuring chamber music and a 7:30 p.m. concert of chamber music and featuring the Faculty Brass Quintet will also be held in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium.

An afternoon concert will feature chamber music on Friday, at 2:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, and the last concert, at 7:30 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium will feature chamber music and the SHSU percussion and wind ensembles.

The concert series will feature works by Donald Grantham, who will be a guest composer at the event, as well as other contemporary composers.

Grantham, an Austin resident and professor of composition at the University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in composition.

His music has been praised for its "elegance, sensitivity, lucidity of thought, clarity of expression and fine lyricism" in a Citation awarded by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

In recent years his works have been performed by the orchestras of Cleveland, Dallas, Atlanta and the American Composers Orchestra among many others, and he has fulfilled commissions in media from solo instruments to opera.

His music is published by Piquant Press, Peer- Southern, E. C. Schirmer and Mark Foster, and a number of his works have been commercially recorded.

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


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Clarinet, Piano Duo To Perform Recital

Duo Karudan, a guest artist to the School of Music, will perform a clarinet recital on Tuesday (April 4), at 7:30 in the Recital Hall.

The duo, comprised of Christopher Ayer, clarinet assistant professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, and his wife Kae Hosoda-Ayer, piano, will play music written during the late Romantic Era through the early 20th century, according to Patricia Card, SOM assistant chair.

Ayer, a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, also coordinates undergraduate and graduate clarinet study at SFASU and performs with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet.

He has studied with Thomas Martin, associate principal clarinetist with the Boston Symphony, and Ronald de Kant, former principal clarinetist of the Vancouver Symphony.

Prior to his appointment at SFA, Ayer was the clarinet professor and orchestra conductor at Eastern New Mexico University.

In July, 2005, he presented a lecture- recital at the International Clarinet Conference held in Tokyo, Japan.

He selected the 2004-2005 Texas All-Region audition etudes and presented a clinic on these at the 2004 Texas Bandmaster's conference in San Antonio.

Hosoda-Ayer received her master's from the New England Conservatory of Music after completing her bachelor's degree at Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo.

She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where, in April 2004, she won first prize in the Sidney Wright Endowed Presidential Scholarship Competition in Piano Accompanying.

She has performed throughout the United State and Japan as a soloist and accompanist.

Ayer will give a master class for the clarinet studio students earlier in the day.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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


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Bookstore To Host Employment Sessions For Students

Looking for a job? The Barnes and Noble University Bookstore will host two student employment sessions on Thursday (April 6) and Friday (April 7).

The informal meetings, held at 4 p.m. on Thursday and 2 p.m. on Friday, will inform students of what employment opportunities are and will be available in the store.

Potential applicants are asked to bring a completed application, which can be obtained in the store beforehand, and class schedules for this spring, summer and fall 2006, if available.

University bookstore employees receive a 20 percent discount on textbooks and up to a 35 percent discount on other merchandise.

For more information, call the bookstore at 936.294.1862 or visit


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Choreographers, Students To Perform ‘Entropy’

Students in the dance graduate program will present "Entropy" on Monday and Tuesday (April 3-4).

The concert, choreographed by the graduate students, will be held at 8 p.m. both nights in the Academic Building III Dance Theater.

Eight group and solo dance pieces will be presented by graduate students Samantha Angus, Cheryl Callon, Megan Lasher, Courtney Mulcahy, Kyla Olson and Mary Zepeda.

“Most of the choreography is modern dance, but all different styles of modern,” said Zapeda. “There is also a performance art piece and an improvisation.”

Performers will include undergraduate dancers, as well as students in the modern II dance class taught by Mulcahy, and two of the solos will be performed by Lasher and Mulcahy.

Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 936.294.3988.


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April 2, 2006
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