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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 5


Health Center Sets Faculty, Staff Flu Vaccination Dates

The SHSU Student Health Center will administer the flu vaccine for faculty and staff through Nov. 17.

Vaccines will also be offered for students again on Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Atrium.

Faculty and staff may receive the shot based on the times and dates outlined in the center’s alphabetical schedule beginning Monday (Nov. 6), with employees whose last names begin with “A” from 8–11:30 a.m. and “B” from 1–4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday (Nov. 7), employees with a last name beginning with “C” will be given vaccinations from 8–11:30 a.m. and “D” from 1–4:30 p.m.; on Wednesday, “E”s and “F”s from 8–11:30 a.m. and “G”s and “H”s from 1–4:30 p.m.; on Thursday, “I”s and “J”s from 8–11:30 a.m. and “K”s and “L”s from 1-4:30 p.m.; and on Friday, “M”s and “N”s from 8-11:30 a.m. and “O”s and “P”s from 1–4:30 p.m.

On Nov. 13, “Q”s and “R”s will be administered the vaccine from 8–11:30 a.m. and “S”es from 1–4:30 p.m.; and finally, on Nov. 14, “T”s through “V”s from 8–11:30 a.m. and “W”s through “Z”s from 1–4:30 p.m.
Two make-up days will be Nov.16-17, from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1–4:30 p.m.

However, because students will continue to be served during the times, “it is imperative that all faculty and staff adhere to the schedule,” according to Health Center director Keith Lott.

Employees should bring their SHSU ID and a signed informed consent form on the scheduled day.

Those who did not sign up to receive the vaccine may be added to the list if authorization is received from that employee’s vice president, Lott said.

The vaccine will not be administered to any person 17 years or younger, or who is pregnant or nursing.

All vaccinations are free and will be given at the Student Health Center.

For more information, call 936.294.1805.


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Theatre Gets ‘Grand’ Results At Festival

The SHSU department of theatre and dance was one of three programs to advance to the next level of the 2006-2007 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival during the recent Region IV Texas I Festival at San Jacinto Community College South.

“Grand Canyon,” written by SHSU theatre major Scott McCarrey, received “The Directors’ Choice Award” and will compete in a video-tape round, during which the KCACTF committee members decide who will perform in the regional level, sometime in the spring, according to theatre manager Kandice Harris.

The department received an “Excellence in Supporting Original Works Award,” and theatre majors Steven Chambers, Garrett Graham and Cody Hinson were all nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Award Scholarship.

Among the other honors SHSU’s entry received were the “Excellence in Directing Award” to Larry Routh, SHSU’s technical director; the “Excellence in Playwriting Award” to McCarrey; “Excellence in Costume Design Award” to theatre major Rebecca Cobo; “Excellence Award” in both set and light design to theatre major Richard Chamblin; and “Excellence in Make-up Design” to theatre major Natalie Gasaway.

In addition, the play was entered as a participating entry in the Michael Kanin National Student Playwriting Award, The Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Award, and the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award, the winners of which will be determined at the end of the festival, held annually in Washington, D.C.

The other two schools that advanced during the competition were Lamar and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

For more information, contact Harris at 936.294.3968.


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Design Students Decorate Utility Room Of $2M House

ASID room layout
The utility room designed by SHSU students and professors will be on display through Nov. 12.

The interior design work of two SHSU professors and six senior students will be on display in The Woodlands through Nov. 12.

The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers show house, located at 14 Georgian Row in the East Shore subdivision in The Woodlands, is a 7,299 square foot home valued at more than $2 million.

SHSU designers were invited to decorate the utility room of the house, with faculty participants selecting the cabinets and tile design over the summer and student designers selecting and installing furnishings, window treatments and accessories.

“The Greek Revival style of the Woodland’s ASID Showhouse served as the inspiration for the design of the laundry room,” said Laura Burleson, assistant professor of interior design. “Materials and accessories were chosen for their appropriateness and to enhance the function of the space.

“The tile design in the backsplash and floor were designed to echo the formality of the home and the architectural elements of the room serve to reinforce that feel,” she said. “The warm, red hue of the walls continues that sophisticated ambience.”

The seniors are also responsible for serving as a guide for their room while the show house is open to tourists.

Interior design students and professors who worked on the utility room include: (row one, left to right) Allison Falldorf, Pamela McConnell, Kim Kowis, Laura Burleson, and (row two, left to right) Courtney Cottingham, Crystal Darneal, Johnna Key and Donna Pharris.

Those who worked on the utility room design include Burleson, Donna Pharris, lecturer in the family and consumer sciences department; and senior interior design students Courtney Cottingham; Crystal Darneal; Allison Falldorf; Johnna Key; Kim Kowis; and Pamela McConnell.

There were 18 other designers from two other schools involved in decorating the show house, which was built by John Post of The Woodlands.

The house will be open for public tours on Wednesday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, from noon to 5:30 pm.

Showhouse tour tickets for all ages are $15 at the door, or $12 if purchased in advance through ASID by phone 713.626.1470.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit GastroEsophageal Cancer Foundation, Inc.

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A&M Kingville President To Share His ‘Roots’

Rumaldo Z. Juarez

Rumaldo Z. Juárez, president of Texas A&M University at Kingsville, will discuss his life and field questions from students during the Student Advising and Mentoring Center’s Grassroots Speaker Series lecture on Wednesday (Nov. 8).

The discussion will be held at 5 p.m. in Academic Building IV’s Olson Auditorium.

Named Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s president in August 2002, Juárez worked in education for many years prior to his appointment, including serving as a dean and professor at then-Southwest Texas State and as a department chair and professor at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, among others.

A Robstown native, Juárez has published research pertaining to the Hispanic elderly, vital and health statistics, Texas-Mexico Border demographics and health statistics, diabetes in Hispanic populations and educational aspirations of Hispanic youth.

He has received several awards, including the Association of Schools of Allied Health Cultural Pluralism Award, the Texas Society of Allied Health Professions Outstanding Service Award, LULAC Outstanding Service Award, UT-Pan Am Service Award and UT-Pan Am Distinguished Faculty Award.

Juárez received his doctorate in rural sociology from Penn State University and has bachelor's and master’s degrees in sociology from Texas A&M University in College Station. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps and is a Vietnam Veteran.

A reception, during which attendees can meet and chat with Juarez, will immediately follow in the SAM Center, in AB IV Suite 210.

The event is sponsored by the academic support programs of the SAM Center, the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program, the International Hispanic Association, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority and the Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program.

The “Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community” lecture series was established in April 2003.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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Professor To Link Animal Cruelty, Family Violence

The connections between animal cruelty and various forms of family violence are called the web of violence or the tangled web of abuse, according to criminal justice instructor Stephanie Frogge.

To expand on the connections between the two, Catherine Faver, professor of social work at the University of Texas—Pan American, will discuss "Animal Cruetly and Family Violence: Untangling the Web of Abuse" on Monday (Nov. 13).

The lecture, sponsored by the College of Criminal Justice, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center’s Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.

“Adults who abuse animals often abuse their partners and/or children. Children who abuse animals may be victims of child maltreatment,” Frogge said. “Learning about these connections and building bridges between human service professionals and animal welfare professionals can help us to prevent or intervene more effectively in all forms of family and community violence.”

Faver’s areas of specialty include connections between animal and human welfare and the link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence.

The free program is open to the public, with a reception immediately following.

For more information, contact Frogge at 936.294.4174 or


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Golf Tourney Raising Funds For Softball Team

Golfers will have the opportunity to support the SHSU softball team during the team’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at Raven Nest on Sunday (Nov. 12).

The four-person Florida scramble will begin at noon with a shotgun start, though the day’s activities will begin at 10 a.m. with registration and lunch at 11 a.m.

Numerous contests, door prizes and gifts will be given away, including sports tickets, dinners, movies and cash prizes.

The cost to participate is $125 per player, or $400 per team, which includes a cart fee, tee prizes, lunch, beverages on the course, and range balls.

Entry forms are available at and should be returned to Bob Brock, SHSU Softball Coach, Box 2268, Huntsville, Texas, 77341-2268, or can be faxed to 936.294.4168.

All proceeds benefit the SHSU softball team, and checks should be made payable to the SHSU Softball Enrichment Account.

The deadline to sign up is Nov. 10.

For more information, call 936.294.3920.


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Grad Student To Discuss NASA Telescope

Dale Jackson, graduate student and research assistant in the University of Minnesota’s department of astronomy, will discuss recent progress made with the Spitzer Space Telescope, as well as discuss new questions about how star formation and death differ in the various types of galaxies on Thursday (Nov. 9).

The lecture, "The Spitzer Space Telescope Unveils the Dusty Universe," part of the Physics Colloquium, will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 214.

As a research assistant, Jackson and astronomy professor Evan Skillman have studied “Dust at Low Metal licity: A Spitzer Survey of Local Group Dwarf Galaxies” since 2003.

He received his bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from the University of New Mexico in 2001 and is anticipating his doctorate to be completed in 2007, according to his vitae.

The Spitzer Space Telescope is the fourth and final component of NASA's Great Observatory program.

“One of its primary missions is to see into the dark, dusty regions of galaxies that are hidden from the optical telescopes most astronomers use, to learn about how stars form and the impact they have on their surroundings as they die,” Jackson said.

For more information, call 936.294.1601.


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Choirs, Orchestra To Perform In Two Concerts

The SHSU School of Music will present two concerts beginning on Thursday (Nov. 9) with the SHSU Chorale, Concert Choir, and Women's Chorus’ Fall Festival of Choirs performance.

The concert, which will feature approximately 140 student performers, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the University Heights Baptist Church.

“The choirs will sing a wide variety of choral literature. Over 500 years of great choral music will be represented,” said Allen Hightower, director of choral and vocal studies, adding that songs from the classical, folk song and gospel traditions will all be included.

Conducted by Hightower and faculty member James Franklin, the program will include well-known composers such as Bach and Mendelssohn, as well as beloved folk songs such as "Shenandoah," Hightower said.

On Saturday (Nov. 11), the SHSU Symphony Orchestra will present "An Evening of Artist Faculty Performers and Music of Mozart, Strauss, Mussorgsky and Canteloube."

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the University Heights Baptist Church.

The program will include Richard Strauss’ “Weiner Philharmoniker Overturen,” Modest Moussorgsky’s “Tableaux D’une Exposition” (“Pictures at an Exhibition”), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante in Eb Major” and Marie-Joseph Canteloube’s “Chants d’Auvergne, Series I.”

Conducted by director of orchestral studies, the concert will feature School of Music faculty members Kathryn Daniel, flute; Spring Hill, oboe; Peggy DeMers, horn; Scott Phillips, bassoon; and Mary Kay Lake, soprano.

In addition, School of Music director J. Michael Bankhead and graduate assistant in orchestral studies Ryan Gilbhrist will serve as guests conductors.

Admission for both concerts is $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and non-SHSU students, and free for SHSU students, faculty and staff members with a valid identification card.

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


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Senior Artist To Take LSC On ‘Adventures In Space’

Daniel McFarlane and work
McFarlane's "Studio Trash" will be one of five pieces he will display during his "Adventures in Space" exhibit Nov. 6-11.

The Lowman Student Center Art Gallery will be an “adventure in space” during senior studio art major Daniel McFarlane’s exhibit beginning Monday (Nov. 6).

The five-piece exhibit, on display through Saturday (Nov. 11), is a personal narrative that should be viewed from left to right, according to McFarlane.

“The show is about the language of objects and how they relate to each other,” he said. “It’s telling a story of my life experiences and the interactions I have with things in my life. It’s not so much a look at myself as it is a look at self-development.”

“Adventures in Space” will include “We Were Here,” a spray paint on Masonite piece; a gigantic wall installation called “Studio Trash,” composed of “canvas, paper, spray paint, glue, just about everything but the kitchen sink;” “Social Distortion,” a five-panel, acrylic on canvas painting that will be put together to make a 20x12 feet piece; “Adventures in Space,” an acrylic on canvas; and an untitled acrylic on canvas, according to McFarlane.

“The show is not meant to be angsty; there is no angst involved,” he said. “But in life, life’s not full of happiness all of the time; there are roadblocks and things that happen, sorrow.

“I just wanted to make the show as real as possible and truthful,” he said.

A reception will be held on Thursday (Nov. 9), from 5-7 p.m.

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


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SAM Center To Give Grad School Info

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will give students considering graduate school all of the information they need with an information night on Monday (Nov. 13).

The presentation, which will include a question-and-answer session, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 306.

The seminar is designed to provide a general overview of the graduate school application process for students who are interested in attending graduate school, according to Gerri Johnson, SAM Center graduate assistant.

To sign up for the program or for more information, e-mail Johnson at or call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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Students To Present At International Conference

Three SHSU students who are actively involved in student organizations on campus will present at the Alliance of Universities for Democracy conference Nov. 5-8 in Katowice, Poland.

SHSU’s students will be the only students on the undergraduate level to present at the event, according to political science major and student presenter Armando Lopez.

The presentations will revolve around democracy and incorporating democracy into programs.

“The purpose of the conference every year is to help Eastern European Countries develop their democracy and educate them on how it works,” Lopez said, adding that this year’s theme is “The University and the Challenge of Transition Facing Societies in Eastern, South-Eastern, and Central Europe.”

Speech communications major Amelia McGlone will present on “Setting Up the Office of Student Volunteer Programs,” Lopez will present on “Political Activism in the Student Government Association” and international business major Jamie Phillips will present on “Community Service and Student Involvement.”

The students’ trips will be funded by several departments, administrators and student organizations on campus, including the Student Government Association, the College of Business Administration, Vice President for Student Services Frank Parker, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs David Payne, the political science and speech communications departments, and outside donor Missy Smith, according to Lopez.


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Nov. 5, 2006
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