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SHSU Update For Week Of May 21


Young Actors To Tell Of ‘Charlotte’s Web’

The SHSU department of theatre and dance, in conjunction with the Huntsville Arts Commission and the City of Huntsville, is seeking 25 students aged eight to 18 to perform in this year’s Children’s Theatre Festival production of “Charlotte’s Web.”

Auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday (May 23-24), from 6-9 p.m. each day. Try-outs will be held at the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage Theatre.

The play, adapted from the E.B. White book by Joseph Robinette, tells the story of an affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur, who befriends a spider named Charlotte.

Performances will be held June 21-23 at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 936.294.1329.


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Phonathon Seeks Student Callers

Since its inception in 2003, the SHSU Phonathon has raised more than $610,000 in pledges for the university’s Annual Fund, collecting a higher amount of pledges with each passing year, according to Phonathon manager Brian Jordy.

In order to continue with its success and continue to grow, the Phonathon is seeking 10-12 student callers to work in the office beginning this June.

Callers solicit money from SHSU alumni and friends Sundays through Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. each evening. The positions are part time, from June 1 through July 31, and pay minimum wage.

Students also will have the opportunity to return to the position when calling begins again in the fall.

Students should be great communicators, demonstrate leadership skills and attention to detail and accuracy, and exhibit professional behavior.

In addition, student callers must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average, and a knowledge of the SHSU campus and activities would be beneficial, according to the job description.

Those interested should bring a resume and a State of Texas application, which can be obtained in the Human Resources Office in Estill Building Room 334, to the Phonathon Office, located in Frels Building Room 114.

For more information, contact Jordy at


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Clarke Interview, Performance To Be Broadcast On PBS

For those who were unable to witness SHSU alumna Katie Clark’s Broadway debut first-hand, Houston’s public broadcasting service will bring the theatre to television June 15-16.

Channel 8 will broadcast an interview with Clarke at 11 p.m. on June 15 and her performance in the play “The Light in the Piazza” at 8:30 p.m. on June 16.

The two will be aired during the station’s membership drive to collect money for the non-profit organization.
Clarke received her degree in musical theatre last December but was cast as “Clara Johnson” in November.

The award-winning musical earned Clarke’s predecessor a Tony Award nomination.


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Philippine Group To Dance At Two Performances

Sining Palawan, a dance troupe from Palawan State University in the Philippines, will perform traditional Philippine dances on Tuesday (May 23) in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

The performance will be held at 4 p.m., with a mix-and-mingle opportunity and refreshments served afterward.

The troupe will be visiting the SHSU campus along with several other PSU officials, including the president, vice president and several deans, from May 22-26 to explore the possibility of an exchange agreement between the two universities, according to Reiko Clark, director of the Office of International Programs.

The troupe is comprised of 11 student dancers who are chosen through a highly-selective process for scholarships.

The event is co-sponsored by the SHSU dance department and the Office of International Programs.

The group will also perform on Friday (May 26) in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium for the public. There is no admission fee for the Friday night performance, but donations will be welcomed.

For more information, call 936.294.3276 or e-mail


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Kolkhorst To Speak At Small-Business Luncheon

State Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst will address area small business owners at a celebration luncheon sponsored by SHSU’s Small Business Development Center on June 1.

The luncheon, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m., will be held in the Community Center at West Hill Mall.

“This luncheon celebration is to honor area businesses for their dedication and hard work,” said SBDC director Bob Barragan. “This past year has been an especially trying one for our business owners in light of two disastrous hurricanes.”

The event will also recognize the “2006 Reader’s Choice Awards” from The Huntsville Item, a co-sponsor of this event.

Other co-sponsors include: City of Huntsville, Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce, Walker County, The Rotary Club of Huntsville, Houston-Galveston Area Council, West Hill Mall and the U. S. Small Business Administration.

There are over 1.7 million small businesses in Texas, according to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.

These small businesses contribute significantly to the economic growth since they make up almost all employer firms in the state, Barragan said.

The luncheon is free, but seating is limited

For more information or to make reservations, call the SBDC at 936.294.3737.


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Taiwanese Photos To Be Exhibited In LSC

Colorful photographs reflecting various aspects of Taiwan will be on display at the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery from May 31 to June 16.

"The Many Splendors of Taiwan," a traveling photo exhibit, is sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston.

“As pictures are worth a thousand words, exhibit visitors will have an opportunity to experience Taiwan from afar,” said Joy Yen, in the press division of TECO. “The vibrant images taken by several famous Taiwan photographers express the island's scenic landscapes, wildlife conservation, festivals, arts and culture.”

The exhibit has been well received by viewers for the past three years across the southern US, including the cities of Dallas, Houston and Austin.

The LSC Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 3-10 p.m.

For more information, contact Yen, at 713.961.9465 or, or LSC reservations coordinator Gayle Bullard, at 936.294.1760 or


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
May 21, 2006
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