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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 3


Conference To Diversify Campus, State

The SHSU community and universities from across the state will take a two-day “Recess” Feb. 22-23 to discuss race, ethnicity, cultural education, sexual and social issues.

The 4th Annual Diversity Leadership Conference at SHSU will include “America’s Hottest Speaker on Diversity” Stan Pearson II, performer Michael Fosberg, singer/songwriter Diedre McCalla and keynote speaker and chief executive officer of A. Success Training Andres Lara.

“The purpose of the Diversity Leadership Conference is to promote diversity dialogue among and between college campuses in Texas and beyond,” said Ashley McDonough, program coordinator for the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services, which sponsors the event.

“The conference gives voice to many issues arising on college campuses today in regards to multiculturalism and diversity education.

“This topic is especially important on a campus such as Sam Houston State University, where 25 percent of the student population is considered minority status,” she said.

Registration forms are available online, at, and should be returned to the Office of MISS, located in the Department of Student Activities in Lowman Student Center Suite 328.

There is no cost for SHSU students, faculty and staff through Feb. 8; however, the cost for late registration, which ends on Feb. 22, is $20, which includes meals during the conference, McDonough said.

For more information, call the Office of MISS at 936.294.3588.


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Film To Address ‘Burning Issues’ Of Alzheimer’s

The American Democracy Project will explore the issues associated with Alzheimer's disease and the methods and costs associated with caring for America’s aging population during its first "Burning Issues" film of the spring semester, "Away From Her," on Saturday (Feb. 9).

The Academy Award-nominated movie will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center.

“Away From Her” tells the story of a man, coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease, who faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man.

“With the American population aging, this is a disease that is growing in prominence in the U.S.,” said John Newbold, ADP film series coordinator. “Alzheimer's centers are being established everywhere there is a concentration of senior citizens.

“As the film very poignantly depicts, it is a difficult disease to cope with, with mental facilities failing before most physical abilities...loved ones find themselves saying ‘goodbye’ before the afflicted actually die,” he said.

"Away From Her" will also be shown at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 12-13 in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

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

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," Newbold said.

Directed by Sarah Polley, “Away From Her” stars Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie and Michael Murphy.

Christie recently won the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” and has been nominated for an Academy Award in the same category. The film itself has been also nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)” category.

For more information, contact Newbold at 936.294.1274.


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Education Conference To Feature Autistic Speaker

Internationally-renowned speaker and Colorado State University associate professor Temple Grandin will serve as the keynote speaker during the Sam Houston Council for Exceptional Children’s Fifth Annual Special Education Conference on Feb. 29.

The event will feature two separate breakout sessions with more than 12 speakers and covering topics ranging from applied behavior analysis to social skills training.

Several sessions will be geared towards undergraduate and graduate students, as well as parents and diagnosticians in the presentation of research-based special education practice, said SCEC president James E. Williams Jr.

Grandin, “inarguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world,” has been featured on major television programs such as ABC's “Primetime Live," the "Today Show," "Larry King Live," "48 Hours" and "20/20," Williams said.

She has also appeared in stories in such national publications as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and New York Times.

In addition, the cable network Bravo did a half-hour show on her life, and she was one of the "challenged" people featured in the best-selling book “Anthropologist from Mars.”

The registration deadline is Feb. 15, and there will be no on-site registration.

The cost to register is $35 for undergraduate students, $55 for graduate students, and $75 for regular registration or anyone else interested in participating, which includes breakfast and a customized cloth conference bag and program.

The Special Education Conference is held in collaboration with the Region VI Education Service Center in Huntsville.

For more information, or to register, contact Williams at 832.452.3155 or at


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Economics Speaker To Discuss International Purchasing

Ming Chien Lo, associate professor of economics at St. Cloud State University, will discuss “Nonlinear PPP Deviations: A Monte Carlo Investigation of Their Unconditional Half-Life” on Thursday (Feb. 7).

The lecture, part of the Economics Spring 2008 Seminar Series, will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Building Room 139.

“His paper will discuss some new findings on the purchasing power parity (PPP) hypothesis which essentially says that, adjusted for exchange rates, prices of commodities should not be different across countries in the long run,” said Hiranya Nath, associate professor in SHSU’s economics and international business department.

Lo, a Hong Kong native, has taught at St. Cloud State since 2002. He previously served as a visiting scholar for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Virginia.

His research interests include international macroeconomics and finance and nonlinear time series econometrics, according to his Web site.

Lo received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hong Kong, his master’s degree from the London School of Economics and his doctorate from the University of Washington.

For more information, contact Nath or the economics and international business department at 936.294.1265.


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TABC To Explain ‘Faking It’ Consequences

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative will warn students of the consequences of “faking it” during a program on Wednesday (Feb. 6).

During "Don't Fake It," from 11 a.m. to noon in Lowman Student Center Room 302, Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission agent Scott Zella will explain the applicable laws and consequences of misrepresenting your age, according to Lisa Joyner, ADAI assistant.

“He will show them what they look for when they are busting individuals for fake IDs, and he will also give them some life situations in which he has busted someone,” Joyner said.

“Students are now making fake IDs through the computer with scanners, or they are taking a friend’s ID who looks similar to them, and they are even going as far as taking a friend’s old ID and putting their picture in it,” she said.

The event is part of the Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training program, an educational series aiming to increase awareness of alcohol abuse issues among the Bearkat community.

Through SWAAT, students earn prizes by attending events, which accumulate as students attend more programs.

For more information, or a complete schedule of events for the semester, visit the ADAI Web site at or contact Rosanne Keathley, ADAI coordinator, at 936.294.1171.


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Professor, Students Give Expertise In CSI Exhibit

Assistant professor of criminal justice Joan Bytheway and several students in the forensic science program recently lent their expertise to the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences for its crime scene investigation exhibits.

The group, accompanied by forensic science program coordinator Sarah Kerrigan, toured the exhibits on Wednesday (Jan. 30), before they opened, “to see how well done they are,” Bytheway said.

In addition, the HMNS asked Bytheway to serve as the “forensic expert for the media that would be writing up articles” on the exhibit, she said.

She was interviewed by the Rumbo magazine in an article that appeared on Jan. 25, and the group was interviewed by the Houston Chronicle on Jan. 30.

The “CSI: The Experience” exhibit, which allows visitors to discover hands-on science in a multi-media environment to show them what it is like to solve a crime, is on display in the HMNS through April 30.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for children ages three to 11, seniors citizens and college students with a valid ID; $9 museum members; $5 school groups; and $11 for groups of 20 or more.

For tickets, or more information, visit or call 713.639.4629.


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Foreign Languages Offers Free Spanish Tutoring

SHSU students, faculty and staff who would like to brush up on their Spanish, or even their English, will have the opportunity to do so during the foreign language department’s new “Charla/Chat.”

The “peer-driven experience,” which began Jan. 29, will allow participants to either learn the language or be tutored during a 30-minute session once a week, according to Debra Andrist, foreign languages department chair.

Spanish-dominant speakers can meet on Tuesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m. in Evans Building Room 317 or from 8-8:30 p.m. on the landing of the third floor of the Evans Building.

“We are doing options 1 and 2 (listed above) as service learning to assist Spanish-dominant, especially staff, to learn English and all the options to give our students informal opportunities to speak/practice Spanish,” Andrist said.

A third session will be held on Tuesdays from 12:30-1 p.m., also on the landing of the Evans Building’s third floor, for those who are studying Spanish and would like assistance.

Each session will also have designated “themes” and a schedule will be available for participants, Andrist said.

The “charlas” are free for SHSU faculty, staff and students, and participants are encouraged to bring a lunch as applicable.

For more information, contact Debra Andrist, foreign languages department chair, at or 936.294.1414.


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Dance To Present Lewis-Themed Concert, Lecture

SHSU graduate student Cheryl Callon will present her interpretation of the C.S. Lewis novel “Till We Have Faces" on Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 7-9).

“Bareface,” featuring students from the theatre and dance department, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Academic Building III Dance Theatre.

The “narrative work of dance theatre” is Callon’s graduate thesis concert, which is choreographed and produced by her.

On Friday afternoon, Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College and C.S. Lewis scholar, will discuss the book at 2 p.m. in the Smith-Hutson Building’s Mafrige Auditorium.

The free lecture, open to the public, is being held in conjunction with the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences.

All performances are free, and reservations are encouraged.

To reserve tickets, call the dance program box office at 936.294.3988, and for more information on the lecture, call 936.294.3342.


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Career Services To Teach Résumé, Job Fair Techniques

Career Services will prepare students for several upcoming job fairs with a number of workshops that will help them perfect their résumés and “work” the job fair.

On Tuesday (Feb. 5), the "Effective Résumé Writing Workshop" will be held from noon to 1 p.m.

Students can learn the benefits of attending job fairs, general professional etiquette, how to best prepare for the event, and what to do after it's over on Wednesday (Feb. 6) during the "How To 'Work' The Career Expo" workshop, which will be held from 3-4 p.m.

Repeats of the "Effective Résumé Writing Workshop" will be held on Thursday (Feb. 7) from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Feb. 14 from noon to 1 p.m., while a repeat of the "How To 'Work' The Career Expo" workshop will be held from 3-4 p.m. on Feb. 11.

While there is no need to register beforehand for any of the workshops, which will all be held in the Career Services Library, space is limited to less than 50 people.

The Summer Camp and Job Fair, for summer employment opportunities, will be held on Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom, and the Business Career Fair, for students seeking full-time jobs or internships, will be held on Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom.

For more information on any of the workshops, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Exhibits To Visit Underground Railroad, Folk Festival

The Program Council and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services will kick off Black History Month by remembering many heroes of the Civil Rights Movement beginning Monday (Feb. 4).

The "Underground Railroad Journey" exhibit will be on display in the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery through Feb. 15.

"It is important to physically show how black people in America have made their journey and changed along the way," said Ashley Poyer, PC multicultural committee chair.

"The exhibit features various types of artwork," she said, "The pieces range from Malcolm X to Martin Luther King."

A reception for the exhibit will be held on Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the gallery.

The LSC Art Gallery is located in the lobby of the Lowman Student Center and is open during lobby hours.

On Tuesday (Feb. 5), the Sam Houston Memorial Museum will look back at past General Sam Houston Folk Festivals with an exhibit of "Folk Festival Snapshots" in the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center.

The exhibit will run through March 31, while the 21st annual folk festival will be held May 2-4 on the museum grounds.

For more information, call the PC office at 936.294.1763, the Office of MISS at 936.294.3588 or the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832.


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Center To Give Grad School Advice

Students considering graduate school after receiving their bachelor’s degree will have to look no further than the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, which will help students prepare for post-graduate programs during a session on Thursday (Feb. 7).

The Graduate School Information Meeting will focus on financial aid, organizing the application and the grad school timeline beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the SAM Center, located in Academic Building IV Room 210.

Space is limited, and students are encouraged to call or stop by the SAM Center to sign up.

For more information, call 936.294.4444 or e-mail


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Spanish Profs Get Textbook Published

A recent publication of a Spanish textbook bears a familiar name for students taking the “Introduction to the Literature of Spanish America” class.

“Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana: Una selección de Voces de Hispanoamérica,” written by Spanish associate professor Kay Raymond and assistant professor Alejandro Latínez, has been published by Thomson-Heinle and is now being used in the professors’ Spanish 374 classes.

“We made the compilation and wrote the introduction based on a college text ‘Voces de Hispanoamerica’ by Chang-Rodriguez and Filer,” Latínez said. “Part of our motivation was to enable students to buy a less expensive text.”

The textbook is available for $46.10 for a used copy or $61.45 for a new copy at the SHSU Barnes and Noble University Bookstore.


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Feb. 1, 2008
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