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SHSU Update For Week Of March 23


Campus To Open For Potential Students On Saturday

Prospective students and parents will have the opportunity to visit the Sam Houston State University campus to see what the university has to offer on Saturday (March 29).

Saturdays @ Sam, sponsored by the Visitor Center, will begin with check-in and parent coffee from 8-9 a.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, followed by a 30-minute opening session at 9 a.m.

Throughout the day, students and their parents can meet with academic advisers at the university’s Student Advising and Mentoring Center, have academic sessions with two different colleges of potential majors, tour residence halls and the campus, attend an organizations fair, and get information from various departments on campus.

Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase throughout the day at the Johnson Coliseum concession stands. Lunch will also be available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Café Belvin for $5, as well as at the Paw Print.

The next Saturdays @ Sam event will be held on Nov. 22.

Registration forms, online registration, directions to the university and more information is available online at

For more information, call 936.294.1844 or e-mail


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‘Excellent’ Staff Members Sought

Nominations for the Staff Excellence Award and Recognition of Service Program are due April 2.

The annual Staff Excellence Awards “honor three employees who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence,” including one exempt and two non-exempt staff employees, according to the nomination form.

Non-exempt employees are those subject to overtime pay.

Recipients must be full-time, non-temporary staff members with a minimum of two years service at time of nomination; demonstrate outstanding abilities, innovative ideas, efficient operations, high level of motivation; be respected by the university community; and cannot be a previous recipient.

A list of previous recipients can be found at

Recipients also receive a financial stipend.

Any full-time SHSU faculty or staff member can nominate, and faculty and staff may nominate more than one person. Selections are made by the university’s eight-member staff excellence committee.

Forms also may be picked up and returned to the Human Resources Department, in Estill Building Room 334, or through campus mail at Box 2356 SHSU.

For more information, or to nominate someone online, visit


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Tunisia Native To Examine Middle East Relations

Aida Araissi, managing director for the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, will discuss “Improving US Relations in the Middle East: Can Commerce Pave the Way?” on Tuesday (March 25).

The department of management and marketing’s Third Global Business Lecture will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Building Room 186.

Araissi was born in Tunisia and was naturalized a U.S. citizen when her family immigrated to Houston.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Houston.

Araissi is credited as the founding director of the Bilateral Chamber, a Houston-based organization dedicated to promoting business, investment and cultural awareness between the U.S. and the Arab World.

Over the last decade, the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce has become one of the most recognized advocates of US-Arab relations in the world, according to its Web site.

Araissi, who has more than 15 years of experience in international trade advocacy, has organized, managed and advised numerous inbound and outbound trade delegations on behalf of public and private organizations and serves on a number of boards dedicated to international relations.

In addition, her non-profit works include assisting Doctors Without Borders, with which she coordinated and delivered via helicopter vital medicine to inaccessible earthquake stricken villages in Pakistan and Kashmir; and Tanks for Schools, which recycles weapons of war and donates the proceeds to fund education programs in Iraq, Ethiopia and Liberia.

For more information, contact Irfan Ahmed, assistant professor of marketing, at 936.294.1276 or


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Wiley Lecturer To Discuss Songbird Extinction

Migratory songbirds are disappearing at a frightening rate, according to Bridget Stutchbury, a world renowned ornithologist, conservationist and author.

“By some estimates, we may have already lost almost half the songbirds that filled the skies only 40 years ago,” she said.

Stutchbury will discuss this issue on Thursday (March 27) as part of the Sam Houston State Vertebrate Museum’s 4th Biennial Edward O. Wiley Lecture.

“Migratory songbirds: canaries in the coal mine?” will be held at 7 p.m. in Academic Building IV’s Olson Auditorium.

Stutchbury, a professor of biology at York University in Toronto, Canada, is the author of “Silence of the Songbirds,” in which she follows the birds on their 10,000-kilometer (six-mile) migratory journey to look at the most threatening factors in their extinction.

These factors include pesticides, the destruction of vial habitat, and climate change.

“We may well wake up in the near future and hear no songbirds singing,” her book synopsis said. “We won’t only be missing their cheery calls, we’ll be missing a vital part of our ecosystem.”

A reception and book signing in the atrium of the Lee Drain Building will follow the seminar.

For more information, call William Lutterschmidt, vertebrate museum director, at 936.294.1556.


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Writers To Share Their Fiction

Fiction authors Antonya Nelson and Robert Boswell will read from and discuss some of their combined 15 books on Thursday (March 27), at 6:30 p.m. in Evans Building Room 105.

“Not only do they enjoy stellar reputations as practitioners of the art of creative writing, but they’re also highly praised as teachers of the craft,” said Scott Kaukonen, assistant professor of English.

One of the New Yorker’s “20 young fiction writers for the new millennium," Nelson is the author of eight fiction books, including three novels and five collections of stories.

Her works, which have been the New York Times “Notable Books” on multiple occasions, include “Some Fun,” “Female Trouble,” “Talking in Bed” and “Nobody's Girl.”

Boswell, who is publishing two books of nonfiction in 2008, is the author of seven fiction books including “Century's Son,” “American Owned Love,” “Living to Be 100” and “The Geography of Desire.”

In addition, three movies have been made from Robert Boswell's fiction: “Glissando,” directed by Chip Hourihan, based on a Boswell short story; “Twelve Mile Road,” a made-for-television movie based on the novel “Mystery Ride”; and “Crooked Hearts,” a major motion picture based on the novel of the same title, which stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Juliette Lewis, Noah Wylie, Peter Coyote and Peter Berg.

Nelson and Boswell, who are married, share the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston and also teach in the Warren Wilson Master of Fine Arts Program at New Mexico State University.

The event, sponsored by the SHSU English department, is free and open to the public.

Copies of the couple’s works will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Kaukonen at 936.294.1407 or


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A&M Prof To Share His Roots

Rogelio Saenz, professor of sociology at Texas A&M University, will share his experiences and field questions on Wednesday (March 26).

The lecture, part of the Student Advising and Mentoring Center’s Grassroots Speaker Series, will be held at 5 p.m. in Academic Building IV's Olson Auditorium.

Saenz, who earned his doctorate at Iowa State, has more than two decades of experience as a sociologist at Texas A&M, specializing in the areas of demography, race, ethic relations and social inequality.

He also served as chair of Texas A&M’s sociology department for eight years.

Following the lecture, a meet-and-greet with refreshments will be held in the SAM Center, located in AB IV Room 210.

The event is sponsored by the academic support programs of the Student Advising and Mentoring Center; the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program; Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.; and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

For more information, contact Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs for the SAM Center, at 936.294.4455.


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Dinner To Teach Applicants Eating Etiquette

Career Services will explain the importance of dinner etiquette in job interviewing and give students insight on “which fork to use” during such events with a simulated dinner on April 3.

Certified Professional Etiquette Speaker Diane Gottsman, from The Protocol School of Texas, will present on proper etiquette at the table from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

“Many companies are inviting applicants to interviews that are had over breakfast, lunch or dinner and that applicant needs to be prepared,” said Vinessa Mundorff, Career Services employment specialist. “I think this information is invaluable for everyone to be aware of and hopefully will have a lasting impact on the student.”

The event is open to all juniors, seniors, graduate students and alumni from all academic backgrounds “because they are the ones who are going on interviews and need to polish those skills,” Mundorff said.

In order to make the event realistic, business attire is required.

Seating is limited to 70, and the cost of the networking session is $10, which includes a four-course meal.

The sign-up deadline is Thursday (March 27).

For more information, or to register, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Canadian ‘Master Teacher’ To Lead Language Events

Roger Moore, a professor of romance languages at St. Thomas University in Canada, will visit the SHSU campus on Monday and Tuesday (March 24-25) to lead a variety of discussions and read some of his works.

On Monday, from 10-11 a.m., Moore will give students creative writing strategies in Evans Building Room 251.

From 1-2 p.m., he will share some of his works during a reading in Evans Building Room 251, and from 3-4 p.m., Moore will lecture on “Don Quixote and the Chaos Theory” in Evans Building Room 317.

On Tuesday, Moore will examine women as the victim and violence against women through literature during two presentations from 12:30-2 p.m. and from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Evans Building Room 320.

Moore has taught at St. Thomas since 1972, and in 2000, he was recognized as a Canadian 3M, a master teacher.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bristol University, and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Toronto.

His specialty areas include creativity, Mexican Poetry, Spanish 20th century literature and Spanish golden age literature, including the poetry of Quevedo, whom Moore is expected to discuss on during his Tuesday presentations.

For more information, call the foreign languages department at 936.294.1441.


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Group Hosting Hug-Driven Fundraiser

The Students on a Quest for Unity and Diversity will share the love with Huntsville’s Good Shepherd Mission by hugging it out March 31 through April 4 during the organization’s inaugural Hug Drive.

Through the program, both individuals and student organizations can collect pledges for monetary donations or select items such as canned goods or Ziploc bags that will be donated to the Good Shepherd Mission, according to SQUAD member Jessica Kong.

At the end of the collection period, which is 5 p.m. on Thursday (March 27), students will add up the total donations and match that amount in hugs, Kong said.

“For ever dollar donated, a hug is received,” she said. “It'll be an entire week dedicated to gathering as many hugs as possible.”

Participants will receive a hug drive T-shirt.

Pledge and hug documentation forms and rules are available online at

A complete list of accepted donation items, including the number of corresponding hugs given for each item, is also available online at

SQUAD is a group of student leaders who dedicate their time to diversity and multiculturalism by educating fellow classmates, Huntsville residents through interactive presentations and workshops. The organization is part of the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services.

For more information, contact the Office of MISS at 936.294.3588 or


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Teacher Job Fair Attracts 143 Schools

Approximately 143 schools and school districts will be talking to potential employees during the Spring Teacher Job Fair on Wednesday (March 26).

The fair, open to all students and alumni, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

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

In addition, agencies such as Harris County Department of Education, the Texas Youth Commission—Crockett State School, Windham School District and Education Service Center Regions 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 and 20 will be available to discuss other employment possibilities.

Students are encouraged to bring copies of resumes and dress professionally.

Before the fair, students can polish and perfect their résumés during the Effective Résumé Writing workshop on Tuesday (March 25), from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

After the fair, students can brush up on “Successful Interviewing Skills” with a lunchtime workshop on Thursday (March 27).

The workshop, held from noon to 1 p.m., will cover general professional etiquette and appropriate dress; describe various types of interviews; and discuss important interviewing strategies, how to best prepare for interviews, and how to answer difficult questions.

Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.

Both workshops will be held in the Career Services Library. Seating is limited; therefore, students are encouraged to sign up early.

For more information, or for a complete list of participating agencies, call 936.294.1713 or visit


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Festivals To Tune Campus In To ‘Best’ In Cello, Jazz

The School of Music will bring musicians from all experience levels to campus this week for two music festivals, the first of which will kick off with two masterclasses on Wednesday and Thursday (March 26-27).

“Distinguished” cellist Carter Enyeart will lead the chamber music masterclass, where he will listen to musicians play and then give tips, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Recital Hall and a cello masterclass at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Music Building Room 201, according to cello professor Daniel Saenz.

On Friday, guest artists Yuri Maria Saenz, a soprano, and Rob Hunt, pianist, will join Saenz on cello for a recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Saturday will conclude the 2008 Cello Festival with three performances: a cello studio recital at 11 a.m., a guest artist recital featuring cellists Brian Snow and Louis Marie Fardet at 3 p.m. and a faculty recital featuring Saenz with guest pianist Mike Zuraw at 7:30 p.m. All three concerts will be held in the Recital Hall.

Admission to all of the cello festival events, which are also open to the public, are free.

Also on Saturday, middle, intermediate and high school students from across the state will gather in the Lowman Student Center for the 48th Annual SHSU Jazz Festival.

The competition, which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., brings together “some of the best in the state,” said percussion methods professor Rodney Cannon.

In addition to the 16 school performances, the SHSU Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Marshall Davies, will perform at noon, while the guest artist Pete BarenBregge will join the SHSU Jazz Ensemble, under Cannon’s direction, in its 7:30 p.m. performance.

During the jazz ensemble’s performance, awards will be presented to the winners of the festival’s competition, Cannon said.

All concerts associated with the jazz festival are free and open to the public.

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


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Orchestra, Tuba, Flute Concerts To Play Out During Week

The School of Music will present three concerts, including the orchestra, flute studio and a visiting quartet beginning Monday (March 24).

The SHSU Chamber Players will perform some of their “favorite solo encores,” with the help of the orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The concert, featuring the students of Lisa Burrell, Daniel Saenz, Deborah Dunham, Scott Phillips and Carol Smith, will include chamber music by Gioacchino Rossini, Joseph Haydn, Antonio Vivaldi and Giacomo Puccini, among many others.

On Tuesday (March 25), the highly-acclaimed, internationally-recognized Sotto Voce Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Music Building Room 202.

Sotto Voce features Demondrae Thurman and Patrick Schulz playing euphonium and Mike Forbes and Nat McIntosh playing tuba, all of whom are regularly-demanded performers, composers and clinicians, according to adjunct professor of tuba Bob Daniel.

Earlier that day, Sotto Voce members will work with tuba and euphonium students during masterclasses from 2-3:30 p.m. in Music Building Rooms 218 and 219.

All are free and open to the public.

On Sunday (March 30), undergraduate music education, music therapy, and music performance majors will provide a “sampling of just about every style” during the Flute Studio Recital, said Kathy Daniel, assistant professor of flute.

“You will hear music from the Baroque period composed by JS Bach, Marcello, and Telemann; from the Classical period composed by Mozart and Haydn; from the late Romantic period composed by Chaminade, Perilhou, Faure, Pessard, and Donjon; and Impressionistic music by Debussy and 20th Century music by Hindemith,” Daniel said.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

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


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Summer, Fall Registration Begins Friday

Registration by classification for the summer and fall semesters will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday (March 28).

Registration begins for honors students on that day, followed by doctoral, graduate, post baccalaureates, and seniors on March 31 through April 1; juniors on April 2; sophomores on April 3; and freshmen on April 4.

Registration will close at 4 p.m. on May 7.

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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Dances@8 to Benefit Student Scholarship

Dance majors and non-majors will display their talents at the Dances@8 concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday (March 25-26), at 8 p.m. both days in the Academic Building III Dance Theater.

The performances are produced by Chi Tau Epsilon, the SHSU dance honor society and are all student choreographed.

"The show includes a variety of dance styles, including hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern and lyrical," said Chi Tau Epsilon president Melanie Kendall.

Admission is $5 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Chi Tau Epsilon fund.

For more information, call the dance department at 936.294.1875.


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SAM Center Offers Grad School Advice

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will help students prepare for graduate school with an information night on Wednesday (March 26).

The workshop will discuss the application timeline and hints regarding letters of recommendation, writing a personal statement and financial aid. Time will also be reserved for a question and answer session.

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

For more information, contact Amanda at, call 936.294.4444 or visit the SAM Center, located in Academic Building IV Room 210.


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For electronic access to SHSU news see the Public Relations Web page Today@Sam.


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March 21, 2008
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