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SHSU Update For Week Of July 30


Dance To Audition Youth For ‘Nutcracker’ Performances

The Sam Houston State University department of theatre and dance will host community-wide auditions for children ages 6-14 to perform in the 2006 production of the classic holiday ballet “The Nutcracker.”

Auditions will be held Aug. 15-16, at 4 p.m. in the Academic Building III Dance Theatre, located at the corner of Sam Houston Avenue and 20th Street.

The department will seek to fill the roles of Maria, her mischievous younger brother Fritz, 10 girls and four boys for a party scene, as well as 14 children of either gender to play mice and soldiers for the scene under the Christmas tree.

In addition, up to six will be cast as understudies.

“Some roles, such as Maria and her older friends, require previous dance training; however, most will not,” said dance program coordinator Jennifer Pontius.

Those auditioning need not attend both auditions.

Rehearsals for the Nov. 29 through Dec. 3 performances will begin on Aug. 29, with party scene rehearsals taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:30 p.m. and mice and soldier rehearsals being held on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.

All rehearsals will be held in the AB III Dance Theatre and performances will be held at the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage.

“The Nutcracker” tells the story of a holiday party, a young girl named Maria, her mysterious Godfather Drosselmeier, and Maria’s adventures on the way to the Land of the Sweets with the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

For more information, call Pontius at 936.294.1300.


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College To Discuss Teaching At Conference

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will kick off the semester by giving professors an outlet for discussing issues they may face this year with the Fall 2006 Teaching Conference on Aug. 17.

The conference is open to anyone teaching at the university.

“The conference is a great way for faculty to discuss issues related to teaching with their peers,” said CHSS associate dean Kandi Tayebi.

The conference will begin at 12:15 p.m. in Academic Building 4’s Olson Auditorium with a greeting by new dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences John De Castro, followed by a keynote presentation by Delia Saenz from Arizona State University, who will speak about “Creating Optimal Learning Environments in the Diverse Classroom.”

The event will also consist of three different one-hour sessions, during which attendees can select from nine different presentations on topics such as the IDEA faculty evaluation system, technology and the classroom, academic integrity, service learning, and the challenges of diversity.

In addition, there will be a reception following the event at 5:15 p.m. in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, located in AB IV Suite 210, where refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

Professors can register online at

There is no sign-up deadline, but seating is limited.


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Activities To Welcome Students Back

The Office of Student Activities will introduce incoming freshman to SHSU and welcome the rest of campus back for the fall semester with two weeks of events beginning Aug. 16.

"Welcome Week is an opportunity for the university to put its best foot forward with the students and give them a warm welcome to college life,” said program coordinator Brandon Cooper. “It's an opportunity to familiarize as well as entertain them while they are transitioning into their new surroundings.”

Welcome Week will kick off with New Student Move-In on Wednesday from 10 a.m. 2 p.m.

“Different student organizations and some SHSU athletic teams help students to move into their residence,” Cooper said. “Volunteers are there to aid the parents and students in lifting and carrying their belongings into their new home-away-from-home.”

On Aug. 20, Student Activities will teach students about the many traditions at SHSU during Ravenfest, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quad. Prizes such as televisions and gift certificates will be given away and students who have a meal plan will be allowed to eat through Aramark Dining Services.

On Aug. 21-22, the office and KSAM radio will host Bearkat Mania from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

“Huntsville businesses and organizations have booths and giveaways to familiarize students with what the community has to offer,” Cooper said.

Students will be able to try their luck with the annual Casino Night, on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom.

Games will include slot machines, black jack, craps and roulette, and participants will be given chips to play with that allow them a chance to win free prizes.

In addition, an expert on study skills will show students how to enhance their study habits and improve their grades with “Better Grades In Less Time” on Aug. 24. The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

Events such as those held during Welcome Week help new students with the transition to college life while providing entertainment for both new and returning students, Cooper said.

“By attending these events, students walk away with a new perspective on what lies ahead for them at Sam Houston State University,” he said. “It also gives them a chance to learn things they didn't know previously and meet new people."

Welcome week will also include many other events, which will be held through Aug. 31. For a complete schedule of events, visit or call 936.294.3861.


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Students Awarded For Dissertations

Dissertations by three doctoral students in the clinical psychology program were recently awarded by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

Krissie Fernandez, Wendy McCoy and Siji John will all receive $500 for their works.

Fernandez’s dissertation was on "Validity scales of the Spanish-Language Personality Assessment Inventory," McCoy’s was on "Predicting Treatment Outcome and Recidivism in Juvenile Sex Offenders: Utility of the JSOAP-II and ERASOR in an Outpatient Treatment Program" and John’s was on "A Taxometric Analysis of Psychopathy in an Incarcerated Female Population."

Each year the AAFP, national organization of those who are board certified in forensic psychology, holds competition offering cash awards for worthy dissertation projects in the area of law and psychology.

“SHSU was the only school to have more than one winner,” said Mary Alice Conroy, director of clinical training for the psychology doctoral program, “and we are very proud of them and the work they are doing.”


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Sororities Recruiting For Fall

Panhellenic Council
Panhellenic Association members, with advisers Brandon Cooper and Leah Mulligan.

The SHSU Panhellenic Association is seeking incoming freshmen, upperclassmen and transfer students who would like to be a part of the university’s Greek life during its annual recruitment Aug. 11-15.

“Sorority life is considered a valuable and rewarding experience for all ladies who are looking at or are already attending a college or university,” said Brandon Cooper, program coordinator for Student Activities who serves as an adviser to the council.

Sororities within the Panhellenic Association include Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Chi Omega, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha.

In order to be eligible for participation, students must be enrolled full time.

Registration can be completed online, and a $90 registration fee must be paid online via Visa or Mastercard prior to Aug. 7.

For more information about recruitment or the SHSU Panhellenic Association, visit or call the Office of Student Activities at 936.294.3861.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
July 30, 2006
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