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SHSU Update For Week Of March 26


Spring Fair To Encourage Healthy Body, Mind, Spirit

Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to be screened for cholesterol levels, body fat composition and high blood pressure during the 2006 Spring Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday (March 29).

The event, sponsored by the SHSU Student Health Center, Counseling Center and Recreational Sports Department, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

“The fair offers a unique opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about the numerous wellness resources on campus and in the community,” said Michelle Lovering, SHC health programming coordinator.

In addition, the fair will include numerous health and safety demonstrations, including biofeedback, self-defense and rock climbing for the adventurous, and dietetic interns will be available to discuss healthy eating choices and staying fit, just in time for springtime fun in the sun, Lovering said.

Students will also have the opportunity to pick up giveaways and enter their names into a drawing for grand prizes, such as free personal training sessions, free nutritional counseling, and free rock climbing at the Health and Kinesiology Center.

The screenings will be free to students and offered at a minimum cost to faculty and staff.

In the case of cold or rainy weather, the event will take place in the LSC Room 320.

For more information, contact Lovering at 936.294.4347 or


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Job Fair Attracts School Districts Of All Sizes, Areas

School districts from across the state will be in SHSU’s Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum on Wednesday (March 29) looking for prospective teachers during the Spring Teacher Job Fair.

The event, which will be held from 12:30-3:30 p.m., is hosted by Career Services.

Representatives from districts from Texas’ metropolitan areas, as well as smaller school districts, will visit with any student or alumnus who may be interested in a position.

In addition, agencies such as Texas Teachers - Alternative Certification, Harris County Dept. of Education, Uplift Education and IDEA Public Schools and Regions 4, 6, 10 and 20 will be available to discuss other employment possibilities.

Students are encouraged to bring copies of resumes, dress professionally and wear a smile.

For more information, call Lena Munn at 936.294.1713.


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Office To Prepare Students For ‘Destination Graduation’

The Registrar's Office will give upcoming graduates a one-stop 'destination' where all their questions can be answered on Wednesday (March 29).

The fourth "Destination Graduation" will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Health & Kinesiology Center.

Departments from across campus will be on hand to answer such questions as "Where do I go for the ceremony," "Is there anything else I need to do," or "What do I do after graduating?"

"We just want to offer students a way to find out what is going on so that there are no surprises at the end of graduation," said Maria Busby, assistant registrar.

The event is open to all students who have applied for May 2006 graduation, including all bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

Various door prizes, such as tanning certificates, a free round of golf, pizza, Quizno's subs and a Visa gift card will be given out. There will also be an opportunity to win a diploma frame donated by the Registrar's Office.

A big turnout is expected due to the growing number of students that attended in the fall and the more than 1,400 degree candidates this semester, according to Busby.

For more information, call 936.294.1040 or visit


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Coalition To Discuss Underage Drinking

The Roots of Change Coalition will take on underage drinking with a town hall meeting on the SHSU campus on Thursday (March 30).

The event will be held from 7-8 p.m. at the LEMIT Amphitheater, located in LEMIT Building Room 202.

Among the topics to be discussed are the impact of underage drinking on the community, the consequences of underage drinking, prevention methods and what members of the community can do about it.

Similar town hall meetings will be held in The Woodlands, at the McCullough Junior High Nancy Bock Auditorium, on Tuesday (March 28) from 7-8 p.m., as well as in Conroe, at the Conroe High School gymnasium, on Wednesday (March 29), also from 7-8 p.m.

For more information, call Marcia Baker 713.426.2637 or Ann Hall 936.756.8682.


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Day To Raise Awareness, Funds For Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, exceeded only by lung cancer in annual cancer deaths.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States, 146,940 people will have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2005 and 56,290 deaths will occur.

Furthermore, one in 18 people will develop colorectal cancer over their lifetime.

Fortunately, colorectal cancer is easily detectable with screening techniques that can catch the cancer while it is still treatable, according to Student Health Center health programming coordinator Michelle Lovering.

To raise awareness of this disease, the SHSU Wellness Committee and Vicki Barrilleaux, coordinator for the Huntsville Voices chapter and colon cancer survivor, will host the SHSU Colorectal Cancer Denim Day on Friday (March 31).

“The Denim Day aims to raise funds for the Colon Cancer Alliance and, more importantly to educate the community about the importance of early detection for colon cancer survival,” Lovering said. “It is the Colon Cancer Alliance's mission to end the suffering caused by colorectal cancer.”

Those who want to participate in the denim day can do so by donating at least $5 to the Colon Cancer Alliance in exchange for the opportunity to wear jeans to work on March 31, she said.

Donations should be submitted to Vicki Barrilleaux, in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, by contacting her at 936.294.1584 or, by stopping by the colorectal cancer information table at the Spring Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday (March 29) in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

For more information on the Colon Cancer Alliance, visit


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Group To Test Student, Prof Trivia Knowledge

What happens when you mix a popular board game, SHSU students, and SHSU English faculty?

The answer: a night of fun and entertainment, according to Sigma Tau Delta public relations officer Penny Pitrucha.

Last semester, the international English honor society, along with students from all disciplines, challenged the English faculty to a game of Trivial Pursuit Book Lover’s Edition.

“The students won the contest hands down,” Pitrucha said.

On April 6, the professors will get the chance to avenge themselves as Sigma Tau Delta hosts “Students vs. Professors: Trivial Pursuit Book Lover’s Edition, The Rematch.”

The event will be held at Kaldi’s Coffee House beginning at 5 p.m.

“All professors and students, regardless of discipline, are invited to join us for what is sure to be another evening of laughter and learning,” Pitrucha said.

For more information, contact Sigma Tau Delta president David Sweeten at


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Dances@8 To Benefit Student Scholarships

SHSU dance students will have the opportunity to showcase some of their own works and talents during Chi Tau Epsilon’s Dances @ 8 Tuesday through Thursday (March 28-30).

The performances will be held at 8 p.m. all three days in the Academic Building 3 Dance Theater.

The student-choreographed concert will feature a variety of works in a different concert each evening.

Admission is $5 per person, and seating is limited for each concert. All proceeds benefit the Chi Tau Epsilon scholarship fund.

For more information, call the dance program at 936.294.1875.


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School Composes A Lecture, Four Concerts For Week

The School of Music will host a variety of events, including a lecture and four concerts, beginning on Sunday (March 26) with a flute lecture-review.

Anne McCutchan, author of “Marcel Moyse: Voice of the Flute,” will discuss her book that day at 5 p.m. in Fine Arts Building Room 205.

On Tuesday (March 28), Allen Hightower, director of choral and vocal studies, along with several graduating conductors, will present the Spring Festival of Choirs at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights Baptist Church on Sycamore Avenue.

Both the SHSU Concert Choir and the SHSU Chorale will perform a variety of works, ranging from early classical works to modern compositions and gospel tunes.

Many of the works are in English, with a few compositions using other languages such as Italian and German.

The symphony and chamber orchestras will feature the “Hungarian Rhapsody of Franz Liszt” and the “Ritual Fire Dance of Manuel De Falla” at a concert on Thursday (March 30).

Conducted by Carol Smith, director of orchestral studies, the SHSU horn quartet will also perform a movement from a “Hindemith Sonata for 4 Horns” at the Thursday performance, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the University Heights Baptist Church.

The chamber orchestra will perform again on Saturday (April 1) evening, playing the “Third Suite” of Respighi's “Ancient Airs and Dances” and celebrating the 100th birthday of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich by performing one of his chamber symphonies.

The chamber concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights Baptist Church, will open with the SHSU saxophone quartet performing two movements of a work by Jean Riviera, Smith said.

Admission for the chamber and symphony orchestras’ concerts is $8 for adults, $5 for children 13 and older, and students with IDs and seniors are admitted free.

Finally, the SHSU flute studio will perform its Spring Studio Recital on Sunday (April 2) at 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The recital will feature the students of Kathy Daniel, assistant professor of flute, and will include works from such composers as Mozart, Bach, Handel and Debussy for flute and piano as well as unaccompanied works for the flute.

The recital is free and open to the public.

For more information on any of these events, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.


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Art Students Take On Business In New Exhibit

The “Kra¯t sho¯,” an exhibition of the business of art students, will be on display in the Student Organization of Fine Art Gallery through March 30.

The show includes the work of art students Austin Hamilton, Natalie Ishimoto, Samuel Masterson, Feather Nelson, Aaron Russell, Katy Stover, Michelle Tolbirt, Thomas Trucharo, Jeremy Wagoner, Andrea Ward, and Ashley Ward.

A closing reception will be held on Thursday (March 30) from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery.

The SOFA Gallery, coordinated by the SHSU Student Art Association, is located in Art Complex Building A.

The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact Debbie Davenport, slide librarian, at or 936.294.1317.


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'PC Springs Into The Season With Three Events

The Program Council will host three events for its Spring Fling March 28-31, beginning with a drive-in movie.

The PC will show the comedy “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” starring Steve Carell and Catherine Keener, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Colony Park.

On Wednesday (March 29), comedian Christian Finnegan will make it the “best week ever” for SHSU students at 7 p.m. in the Old Main Pit.

Finnegan, part of the ensemble on the VH1 television show "Best Week Ever," has made many TV appearances, including the Dave Chappelle Show. The show is free.

Finally, on Friday (March 31), the PC will host a free live concert featuring Foreign Oren, Makeshife, Por Victoria and Auto Escape beginning at 7 p.m. in front of Austin Hall.

For more information on any of these events, contact the PC at 936.294.1763.


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March 26, 2006
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