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SHSU Update For Week Of March 5


Department To Show Off New Space

The language, literacy and special populations department will give the campus its first official look at its new home on Tuesday (March 7).

The open house will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. on the first floor of the Teacher Education Center. The dedication will be held at 4 p.m.

The department moved into a renovated first floor at the beginning of the fall semester after a six to nine month renovation period, according to department chair Mary Robbins.

“We have added five new classrooms and renovated two existing ones,” she said. “We also added a testing suite, two conference rooms, an open concept office space for graduate assistants, an instructional materials lab and a break area for students, and 23 new faculty offices.”

When the Teacher Education Center opened in the late 1970s, the approximately one-fourth of the first floor was used to house a now-defunct speech pathology program, according to Robbins.

“That space was so unique to that program that it was difficult to use it in any meaningful way (after the program’s elimination in the 1980s),” she said.

Another half of the floor was dedicated to a lab for preschool children and one for infants and toddlers with disabilities.

“Both of the labs were closed in the late 1990s,” she said. “So basically, three-fourths of the space was not usable.

“At the same time, we needed classroom space and offices for faculty in the Teacher Education Center,” Robbins said, which is why the floor was renovated for their department. “The faculty in the department of language, literacy and special populations is delighted to be together—at last—on one floor, and we love this beautiful work environment.”

Refreshments will be served during the event.

For more information, call the LLSP department at 936.294.1108.


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SUNY Prof To Serve As Beto Chair Lecturer

State University of New York at Albany criminal justice professor David Bayley will discuss “America's Role in International Criminal Justice: Description and Assessment” on March 21.

The discussion, part of the Beto Chair Lecture Series, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom, located in the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center.

Bayley is a specialist in international criminal justice, with particular interest in policing.

He has done extensive research in India, Japan, Australia, Canada, Britain, Singapore and the United States, focusing his work on strategies of policing, the evolution of police organizations, organizational reform, accountability and the tactics of patrol officers in discretionary law-enforcement situations.

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

For more information, call the College of Criminal Justice at 936.294.1635.


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UT Biology Professor To Discuss Frog Communication

Michael J. Ryan, professor of evolutionary biology and animal behavior at the University of Texas, will discuss “Calling for Sex: The Sexual Communication System in a Frog” during the third Biennial Edward O. Wiley Lecture on Thursday (March 9).

The seminar will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Academic Building 4’s Olson Auditorium. It is sponsored by the SHSU Vertebrate Museum.

Ryan received his doctorate in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University and has become an authority on communication mechanisms in frogs and fishes.

His research investigates how these mechanisms of communication are involved in mate attraction and evaluates the evolutionary consequences of sexual selection.

Ryan will share his research experiences and present current research.

The lecture is open to the public, and refreshments will be served afterward.

For more information, call William I. Lutterschmidt at 936.294.1556.


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Poet, Mathematician To Speak, Read At Two Events

Clark University professor Lee Rudolph

The English and math departments at SHSU are joining to bring to campus a world-famous mathematician and poet, Lee Rudolph of Clark University, for two events on Wednesday (March 8).

Rudolph will speak at a mathematics colloquium at 2 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 400 and will read from his new book of poetry at 7 p.m. in Academic Building 4’s Olson Auditorium.

Rudolph is the author of more than 50 mathematical papers, which have appeared in some of the top mathematics journals in the world, and has been an active researcher in the areas of knot theory, low-dimensional topology, algebraic geometry and visualization since 1976.

More recently he has also become interested in mathematical psychology, mathematical aspects of robotics, and motion planning.

Author of “Calculus of Elementary Functions” (1969), he continues to publish, with three publications already scheduled to appear in 2006.

His work has contributed to numerous doctoral degrees in mathematics, and his work continues to influence upcoming generations of mathematicians.

As a poet, Rudolph was the founding editor of the Alice James Poetry Cooperative.

His “A Woman and a Man, Ice-Fishing” was published last fall by the Texas Review Press, an adjunct of the SHSU English department, and won the 2004 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize out of a field of nearly two hundred manuscripts submitted as part of an annual international competition.

He has published two other books of poetry: “Curses” (1974) and “The Country Changes” (1969).

“It is not often that you find this combination of poet and mathematician,” director of Texas Review Press Paul Ruffin said. “Poe’s famous detective, C. Auguste Dupin, upon whom Sherlock Holmes was based, observed that the criminal he was trying to track down in ‘The Purloined Letter’ was going to be difficult to catch because he was a poet and mathematician. I don’t think that Lee is a criminal; but if he is, he’s probably a very good one.”

Copies of his book will be on sale at both events. The public is invited, and there will be no charge for either event.


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General Meeting Scheduled For Faculty

There will be a general faculty meeting on Tuesday (March 7), at 2:30 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium.

Dean of graduate studies Mitchell Muehsam will discuss elements that are critical to the university’s preparation for the Southern Association of College and Schools accreditation visit.

Also on the agenda is provost and vice president for Academic Affairs David Payne sharing the academic report that was presented to the Texas State University System Board of Regents at its recent meeting.

All faculty members are invited to attend.


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Music To Present Piano, Violin, Band Concerts

Faculty members and students from the SHSU School of Music will perform an array of pieces during three concerts Tuesday through Thursday (March 7-9).

On Tuesday, director of keyboard studies Sergio Ruiz and violin professor Andrew Wilson will play together for a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m.

The concert, which will be held in the Recital Hall, will include classical pieces such as W. A. Mozart’s “Sonata for Piano and Violin in B Flat Major, k. 454” and Johannes Brahms’ “Sonata #1 in G Major, opus 78,” as well as more modern pieces like Lillian Fuchs’ “Deux Danses a la Mode Ancien.”

“We will take this concert and perform it in Albuquerque, N.M., the following Saturday,” Ruiz said.

On Wednesday, Ruiz’s piano students will perform classics by Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin, at a performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Both concerts are free to the public. Any donations will go toward scholarships for students.

Finally, the SHSU symphonic band will perform wind band literabure written in the past 50 years during its concert on Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium, in the Criminal Justice Center.

In addition, the SHSU trumpet ensemble will perform a trumpet quintet that they will be competing with later this month in the finals of the National Trumpet Competition, according to associate director of bands David Clemmer.

“From calming and serene to intense and forceful, listeners will enjoy an enthusiastic variety of music that will leave them asking for more,” he said.

Admission for this concert is also free and a reception will follow.

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


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Annual HUB Show To Be Held March 14

Sam Houston State University, along with several other local entities, will host the 10th Annual Vendor HUB Show on March 14.

Vendor booths for Historically Underutilized Businesses will be set up in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. to noon that day showcasing products and services available to departments, as well as displaying opportunities in which departments can increase SHSU’s HUB participation.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

The show is co-sponsored by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the City of Huntsville, Walker County and the SHSU Small Business Development Center.

For more information, call Kathy Roberts in the Purchasing Department at 936.294.1894.


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Air Force To Bring ‘Singing Sergeants’ To Campus

The United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants will perform at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum on March 23 at 7 p.m.

The performance is free and open to the general public. However, tickets must be obtained from the Huntsville Item. To obtain up to four tickets, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to The Huntsville Item; Attn: USAF Band Tickets; PO Box 539; Huntsville, TX 77342.

The United States Air Force Band is the Air Force's premier musical organization, endearing itself to millions of listeners for more than 60 years through its exhilarating music, engaging concerts and masterful recordings.

Since 1941, the United States Air Force Band has brought superb music and exciting entertainment to music lovers throughout America and around the globe.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the event.


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Student Newscast Named To Top 3

The SHSU “News 7” newscast has been selected as a top three finalists for the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

The first place winner will be selected at the Exhibition and Festival of Media arts on April 26 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The BEA Festival is one of the largest in the nation, competing with schools nationwide. The exhibition includes recognition, showcase and awards presentations.

News 7 is produced entirely by Mass Communications students and airs live every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. on KSHU-TV Channel 7.

Spanish News 7 airs on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. as well.

The “News 7 Intro” and “News 7 Anchor Promo” previously won first place at the National Broadcasting Society conference last November and are up for national competition at the NBS national meeting at Washington D.C. in March.


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Scholars Present At Annual Research Conference

McNair scholars and staff memebers attending the conference include: (bottom row, left to right) Roxanne Sustaita, Ashley Jones, Juanita Garcia, Karen Escobar, (middle row) director Lydia Fox, Maria Delgado, Belen Polanco, (top row) Carlye Schulte, Kathryn Liptrap, Andrea Shanks, and Nelda M. Axley.

Five McNair scholars presented their research at the 8th Annual National McNair Scholars Research Conference Feb. 17-19 at the University of North Texas in Denton.

The conference included McNair scholars and staff members from across the country.

SHSU McNair scholars who made presentations at the conference include: Nelda M. Axley, who discussed "The Relationship between Perceived Emotional Support and Quality-of-Care and Coping Strategies Among Nursing Home Residents"; Maria M. Delgado, who discussed "Inmates' Perspective Regarding Staff and Offender Inappropriate Relationships"; Ashley R. Jones, who discussed "Consumer Attitudes, Knowledge, and Cognition in Regard to Designer Knockoff Merchandise"; Kathryn M. Liptrap, who discussed "Comparison of State Definitions of Autism to the IDEA Federal Definition"; and Roxanne A. Sustaita, who discussed "Advocacy Advertisements: Believe It or Not?"

“McNair scholars from SHSU did a magnificent job with their presentations,” said Lydia C. Fox, director of the McNair Scholars Program.

Five other scholars, including Karen Escobar, Juanita Garcia, Belen Polanco, Carlye Schulte, and Andrea Shanks, attended the conference and had an opportunity to meet and network with other McNair scholars and with staff members, Fox said.


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March 5, 2006
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