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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 4


‘Oleanna’ Showing To Raise ‘Burning Issues’

The American Democracy Project will explore and discuss “burning issue” of sexual harassment through its showings of “Oleanna” beginning on Saturday (Nov. 10).

The movie, starring William H. Macy and Debra Eisenstadt, will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center.

“Oleanna” tells the story of a college professor (Macy), who is confronted by a female student (Eisenstadt) failing his course.

The two spend a long time talking to each other, during which time John says a few things that can be taken the wrong way.

After the night the two spent talking, the professor is slapped with a sexual harassment accusation by his student and his career as a teacher begins to fall apart.

"Oleanna" will also be shown at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 13-14 in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

All three "Burning Issues” film series showings are free and open to both the SHSU and Huntsville communities.

In addition, each showing will be followed by a brief reception with punch and cookies, and a discussion, which will vary depending upon the subject matter of the film and the guest discussants.

"The purpose of the 'ADP Burning Issues Film series' is to contribute to the academic and cultural life here at SHSU by bringing in films that address or relate to critical issues facing the world today," said John Newbold, the film series coordinator for the ADP.


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Charitable Campaign To End Nov. 15

What would you give to change the world?

That is the question being asked to SHSU faculty and staff members as part of this year’s State Employees Charitable Campaign.

The SECC, the only statutorily authorized workplace campaign for state agency and higher education employees throughout Texas, will conclude on Nov.15.

“SECC provides state agency and university employees the opportunity to give to many of their favorite charities through an annual workplace giving campaign with the option of either a one time gift or a convenient payroll deduction,” said Kelly Benge, SHSU’s SECC committee chair.

Faculty and staff members who would like to contribute may do so by filling out a pledge form and returning it to Box 2084.

Pledge cards can be obtained by calling 936.294.3987.


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Ruffin To Discuss, Read Excerpts From Two Books

Paul Ruffin, Regents distinguished professor at SHSU, will discuss his two latest books during a reading on Tuesday (Nov. 6).

The readings from “Jesus in the Mist” and “The Segovia Chronicles,” sponsored by the English department, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Austin Hall.

Both books, collections of short stories and fictional essays respectively, have received favorable reviews.

Set primarily in the Deep South, and mostly in Ruffin's native Mississippi, “Jesus in the Mist” was released in September by the University of South Carolina Press and has been ranked as high as 55 on's "Hot New Releases."

"Collectively, these stories paint a panoramic view of southern culture as dynamic characters encounter destiny--and sometimes each other,” said a review from The New York Strand Bookstore. “With topics ranging from race, class, abuse, and poverty to mythology and morbidity, the stories here will captivate and entertain any reader."

Most of the essays and stories in “The Segovia Chronicles,” published in late 2006 by the Louisiana Literature Press, were taken from Ruffin's weekly newspaper column, Ruffin-It, which appears in several newspapers.

“In ‘The Segovia Chronicles,’ Paul Ruffin takes us into a world of proud, independent, self-made people living on harsh but beautiful land bristling with cacti and mesquite, where only rich river valleys lined with cedar-studded hills break the bleak landscape,” said the book’s description on

The reading and lecture is open to the public, and Ruffin will also sign copies of his books at the event.


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Flight Systems President, Pilot To Discuss Drone Planes

RP Flight Systems president Gene Robinson and chief test pilot Myron Smoorenburg will discuss and demonstrate how their small, remote-controlled airplanes are used in searches on Monday (Nov. 5).

The lecture, “Unmanned Airborne Vehicular Search and Future Sensing,” will be held in Lee Drain Building Room 214, followed by an operational flight demonstration, during which the UAV aircraft will be flown around campus, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Intramural Field No. 3.

RPFS’ camera-equipped drones have been used for forest fire observations, law enforcement intelligence gatherings and missing person searches, by collecting aerial photographs, according to its Web site.

SHSU math and computer science professors have been working on creating its own inexpensive version of RPFS’ remote-controlled aircraft, using WiFi wireless technology networks. They completed a tank this past spring.

The event is sponsored by the department of mathematics and statistics.

For more information, call 936.294.1564 or visit the PRFS Web site at


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Library Director To Teach Faculty About Effectiveness

Newton Gresham Library director Ann Holder will talk to SHSU faculty members about “Important Electronic Updates and Databases for Business Faculty” on Thursday (Nov. 8).

The presentation will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the College of Business Administration Auditorium, located in Smith-Hutson Building Room 186.

Though the program is directed toward business faculty, it is open to anyone from the university community, said Charles Capps, chair of the COBA Teaching Effectiveness Committee, which is sponsoring the event.

“It might be useful to have them understand databases and have access to it in other colleges, when they’re doing maybe social science research or for CJ students and professors,” he said.

The Teaching Effectiveness Committee hosts at least one of these types of seminars every semester, Capps said.

Refreshments will be served beforehand, beginning at 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Capps at 936.294.1895.


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Events To Say ‘Bonjour’ To French Culture

The foreign languages department will celebrate the French language and culture with three events as part of National French Week Monday through Sunday (Nov. 5-11).

On Monday, the department and the Office of International Programs will give students a taste of France with a “Soirée of French Cuisine,” at 4 p.m. in Evans Building Room 317.

Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to sample such foods as quiche, French cheese, croissants, couscous and French beverages and desserts, according to assistant French professor Shirin Edwin.

On Wednesday, both fluent and non-fluent speakers will be able to learn about the language during a poetry reading contest at 4 p.m. in Evans Building room 317.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services, the French Poetry Reading Competition will award students in two categories, one for elementary-level speakers and one for intermediate/advanced students.

Participants will receive certificates, as well as T-shirts.

The department will round out the week with a movie presentation of “Les Choristes,” on Friday, at 3 p.m. in Evans Building Room 313.

The award-winning French film tells the story of a music professor who begins teaching music at a school for “difficult boys.”

Released in 2004, “Les Choristes” won several grand jury prizes in European film festivals and was nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Foreign Language Film” category.

All three National French Week events are open to the entire university community.

For more information, contact Edwin or Madalina Akli at 936.294.4732.


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Exhibits To Honor Vets, Explore ‘Strangers’

Two art exhibits, one honoring Veteran’s Day and another a “narrative” on strangers, will be on display on the Sam Houston State University campus beginning Monday (Nov. 5).

"Veterans Appreciation," featuring government propaganda posters from 1917-1991, will be on display in the Lowman Student Center Gallery.

Local author Guy Hogue, who recently published “From Huntsville to Hell,” which chronicled the military career of Col. M.B. Etheredge, will help the SHSU Political Science Junior Fellows kick off the exhibit on Nov. 5 during a reception from 3-5 p.m.

“Col. Etheredge will also be on hand to sign copies of the book,” said Mike Yawn, political science visiting professor and junior fellows adviser. “ The event captures the goals of the junior fellows by promoting education, increased civic engagement, and greater interaction between students and local citizens.”

The exhibit also will be complemented by floral arrangements from Sharon Frey’s “Floral Design” classes offered by the agricultural and industrial sciences department, Yawn said.

Also beginning Nov. 5, Illinois artist Brian Gillis looks at what makes people who they are and how strangers infer others’ identities in his exhibit “On Strangers: The Latent Meta Narrative” in the Students of Fine Arts Gallery.

To create his works, Gillis used a “new technique to fuse high-resolution digital photographs of the subject’s faces fused onto head-sized glass cloches as the main imagery,” he said.

These images of individuals, ranging in age from 18 to 83, are accompanied by first person quotes that tell about a specific instance in a given subject’s life, at least one of which will be true while others are fictional accounts written by the artist “as an attempt to present a life filled with disparate themes and experiences.

“This project is rooted in questioning what makes a person who they are and who uninformed outsiders may assume they are,” Gillis said. “As most people are a product of their environment and experiences, I use images of individuals from a varied demographic as case studies to question how one becomes who they are and what leads to who outsiders assume they are.”

Both exhibits will be in their respective locations through Nov. 16.

The SOFA Gallery is located in Art Building A Room 101.


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School Of Music Tunes In With Three Concerts

A trio of concerts creates the lineup for the School of Music events beginning Monday (Nov. 5) with the faculty bassoon recital.

"Borrowed by the Bassoon," featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's “The Flight of the Bumblebee” and J. S. Bach's “Cello Suite No. 1” will be held at at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

“This fun concert features the versatile bassoon playing famous music that has been borrowed from other instruments or other venues,” said Scott Phillips, assistant professor of bassoon.

Guest musicians Robert Roux and Kris Becker will perform piano concertos by Frédéric Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninoff on Thursday (Nov. 8) as part of the concert artist series at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Roux, who began his career at age 10 with a nationally-televised performance, has played worldwide at such places as the White House; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; Merkin Concert Hall in New York; St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music; and Villa Pignatelli in Naples.

Becker also started his musical career as a child, learning to play by ear and compose at the age of three. He has performed, competed, and studied in the United States, Poland, France, the Czech Republic, and Italy.

Finally, the symphony orchestra will give Huntsville-area music aficionados a preview of the music they will perform for their 2007 China Tour on Saturday (Nov. 10).

The concert, featuring songs by Aaron Copeland, Ludwig van Beethoven and SHSU’s late Fisher Tull, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the University Heights Baptist Church.

Admission is free for the bassoon and piano concerts, while tickets for the orchestra concert are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under the age of 6.

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


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Workshops To Help With Transitions, Etiquette

Career Services will take the “Student to Professional” and give business etiquette tips during two workshops beginning Tuesday (Nov. 6).

The “Student to Professional” workshop, designed to help students with the “sometimes difficult transition from campus life to the career world,” will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on that day, according to Rachel Phelps, Career Services counselor.

“The presentation will define professionalism, discuss the key skills employers look for, identify how to handle workplace challenges, and learn about the 12 steps and strategies for achieving first year success,” she said.

On Wednesday (Nov. 7), students can learn the “working definitions of etiquette and professionalism while discussing ways to increase your professional image, cultivate positive workplace relationships, resolve workplace conflicts, and handle mistakes, stress, and criticism” during the Business Etiquette seminar, from 3-4 p.m.

Both workshops, part of a series sponsored by the department, will be held in the Career Services Library.
Workshops are free to all students and alumni, and while registration is not required, space is limited to less than 50 people.

For more information, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Spring Registration Begins Friday

Registration by classification for the spring semester will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 9).

Registration begins for honor students on that day, followed by doctoral, graduate, post baccalaureates, and seniors on Nov. 12-13; juniors on Nov. 14, sophomores on Nov. 15; and freshmen on Nov. 16.

Students from each classification will only be allowed to register at specific hours, alphabetically categorized by last name. The complete alphabetized schedule can be found online here.

Registration will close at 4 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Students subject to mandatory advisement must see an adviser before they can register for the spring.

Advisement appointments can be made in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, located in Academic Building IV Room 210, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each school day, as well as from 5-6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, by calling 936.294.4444.

Walk-ins will also be accepted during the registration period; however, waiting times may be longer for walk-ins.

To find the advising location for a particular major, visit

Registration assistance will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Registrar' s Computer Lab, located in Estill Building Room 331.

For more information, call the Registrar's Office 936.294.1052.


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Council To Bring TV, CPR Certification To Campus

The Program Council will give SHSU students a chance to spend this week enjoying their favorite television networks on campus during this years annual Fall Fest 2007: TV Guide week on Monday through Thursday (Nov. 5-8).

The mtvU: Road Trip will be on campus on Monday (Nov. 5) at 11 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

Students will have the opportunity to film their own commercial for the chance to have it aired during the Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as visit vendor booths, play on inflatables and receive free giveaways.

In the event of rain, mtvU will be moved to the LSC Ballroom.

Comedy Central is next on the TV Guide tour in the LSC Ballroom on Tuesday (Nov. 6). The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, an improvisational comedy group, will put on a comedy sketch free for students at 7 p.m., with door opening at 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday (Nov. 7) at noon, the Food Network will provide students with a 'grab-n-go' lunch in the LSC Mall Area, or in the LSC Atrium in case of inclement weather.

Students will have the chance to make their own music video while MTV is on campus on Thursday (Nov. 8) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will be superimposed into the music video of their choice and each participant will receive a copy of the music video to keep.

Students who arrive early and participate in events on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday will receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last.

The PC also will host a CPR certification class on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14.

Sign-up sheets will be available beginning Monday (Nov. 5) in the PC office, located in LSC Room 324.

CPR classes will be held in the Health and Kinesiology Center Room 248 on Tuesday (Nov. 13) from 2-4 p.m. and on Wednesday (Nov. 14) from 6-8 p.m. in Academic Building III Room 104.

The class is free and open to students and SHSU employees. Because classes are limited to 20 participants, sign-ups will be held on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact Laurie Orlando, PC vice president for public relations, at 936.294.1763 or


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Nov. 2, 2007
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