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SHSU Update For Week Of March 30


College, Alumna To Remember Bowers At Dedication

SHSU’s College of Education will dedicate a statue donated by the daughter of former university president Elliott Bowers on Tuesday (April 1).

The ceremony for the Frances Handley Bowers Statue, which depicts a boy pushing a girl on a swing, will be held at 3 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Teacher Education Center.

The statue was given to the university last year by alumna Linda Bowers Rushing and her husband, Charles, who purchased the statue during a fundraiser auction at Alpha Omega Academy, where their daughter teaches.

“It reminded me of how my mother always taught school,” Rushing said. “It was the first thing I saw when I walked through the door, and I decided on the spot that I wanted to buy it.

“It’s very whimsical, and I thought it was a very sweet statue,” she said.

A Huntsville resident for more than 50 years, Frances Handley Bowers’ ties to SHSU and the community ran deep.

She came to Sam Houston State University as a drum major for the Bearkat Marching Band and earned her bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the university.

One of her master’s theses was on the history of the Country Campus, “the second largest city in Walker County” that housed 850 veterans after World War II and where the Bowers family had lived for five years, Bowers had said in an interview.

She also taught, mainly the fifth grade, within the Huntsville school district for 25 years and “stayed busy” in the Huntsville community through civic organizations after she retired.

She died in 1999.

A reception will follow in Teacher Education Center Room 279.

For more information, call the College of Education at 936.294.1101 or the University Advancement office at 936.294.3625.


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Tournament To Benefit ‘Legacy’ Of Students

The SHSU Alumni Association will build its legacy on April 12 by teeing off “fore the students” during the second annual Legacy Golf Tournament.

The four-man scramble will begin with registration at 11:30 a.m. at the High Meadow Ranch Golf Club near Magnolia, followed by lunch, range warm up and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Entry fees are $125 per player, with corporate sponsorships of $1,000 (bronze), $2,500 (silver) and $5,000 (gold). Hole sponsorships are $150. The sign-up deadline is April 7.

Team prizes will be awarded for three places in two flights, with individual awards for long drive and closest-to-the-pin.

After the tournament, a crawfish boil and awards ceremony will be held. Those who aren’t participating in the tournament but would like to join in for the Alumni Crawfish Boil may purchase tickets for $25 per person.

In addition, the association will raffle a 52-inch LCD television with a helicopter ball drop, during which a helicopter will drop numbered golf balls onto a green, with the winning ball being the one that falls into the hole, according to Charlie Vienne, Alumni Relations director.

Tickets for the helicopter ball drop raffle are $10 each, and participants do not have to be present to win.

Individuals, teams and sponsors can register using credit cards on the Office of Alumni Relations Web site at or mail payment to: Office of Alumni Relations; Box 2022; Huntsville, Texas; 77341.

All proceeds benefit the Alumni Legacy Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships to students of all levels.

For more information, call Brigitte Peres, events coordinator for the Office of Alumni Relations, at 936.294.4123.


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Author To Discuss Role In ‘Literal’ Magazine Publishing

RoseMary Salum, award-winning Lebanese-Mexican author, will get “literal” with students, faculty and staff on Thursday (April 3).

Salum will discuss her role as founder and publisher of the award-winning bilingual magazine Literal: Latin American Voices as part of the Foreign Languages Speaker Series from 12:30-2 p.m. in Evans Building Room 320.

A master’s graduate of the University of St. Thomas, Salum now teaches bilingual journalism there.

She is the author of “Spaces in Between” a book of short stories and co-author of “Vitrales,” also a fiction book, and her poems and short stories have been included in anthologies in the United States, Argentina, Mexico and Spain.

Salum has received many international awards for her literary and editorial work including a Hispanic Excellence Award nomination, the Terra Austral, the Lone Star Award and a Maggie Award nomination, among others.

She was recently recognized by the U.S. Congress.

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


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Speaker To Bring ‘Super Powers’ To SHSU

Author and “creative guy” Kirk Demarais will present "Creativity is Your Super Power" on Wednesday (April 2).

The art department lecture will be held from 5-6 p.m. in the Art Auditorium, located in Art Building E Room 108.

An animated e-cards creator for Dayspring, a subsidiary of Hallmark, Demarais is the author of "Life of the Party," a pictorial history book of the world's oldest prank and magic company S.S. Adams, for whom he also designs.

He has directed three short films, including the Rondo Award-winning "Flip," and maintains his "retro culture" Web site

Demarais will also be the juror in SHSU’s upcoming 9th annual Juried Student Exhibition, which will be held April 7 through May 1 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.

For more information, contact Debbie Davenport, art department audio/visual librarian, at 936.294.1317 or


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Theatre To Join ‘The Revolution’ With ‘Marisol’

The SHSU theatre department will look at a world where God is tired and the angels have declared war against him in its production of Jose Rivera’s “Marisol” Wednesday through Saturday (April 2-5).

Show times are 8 p.m. each evening with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

In the play, Marisol Perez, a young Latina woman who is a copy editor for a Manhattan publisher, is called by her guardian angel to “join the revolution already in progress” against an old and senile God who is dying and "taking the rest of the universe with him," according to the book synopsis.

The war in heaven spills over into New York City, reducing it to a smoldering urban wasteland where giant fires send noxious smoke to darken the skies, where the moon has not been seen in months, where the food has been turned to salt and water no longer seeks its level.

“Marisol” stars Monica Brown as “Marisol” and Tasheena Miyagi as the “guardian angel.”

It also features SHSU theatre students Allegra Fox, Zachary Lewis, Michael McClure, Ashtyn Sonner, Katie Stefaniak, Garrett Storms and Nyseli Vega.

“Marisol” is directed by musical theatre student Robby Bardwell, with assisting staff including Larry Routh (technical director) and students Charles Page (lighting design), Nathan Stanaland (set design), Allison Keogh (costume design), Teruhisa Uchiyama (sound design), Nathan Sapio (scenic painting design) and Calvin Hudson (stage manager.)

Rivera is the first Puerto Rican to be nominated for the “Best Adapted Screenplay” Academy Award.

Tickets are $8 for general admission.

Because the show contains adult content, children under three will not be admitted.

For more information, call the University Theatre Center Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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Opera Workshop To Visit Queen Victoria’s Reign

The tale of a young lad mistakenly apprenticed to a band of pirates will be told on Friday and Saturday (April 4-5) when the Opera Workshop will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.”

The original two-act, English-language opera, with the assistance of English surtitles, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on both days in the Recital Hall.

Set on the coast of Cornwall, the most southwesterly county in England, during the reign of Queen Victoria, the story revolves around Frederic, a young lad who has been mistakenly apprenticed to a band of pirates until his 21st birthday.

Though not a fan of piracy, he carries out his duty nonetheless, until he finally completes his indentures.

After meeting a beautiful maiden, Mabel, whom he wishes to marry, the Pirate King and his nurse-maid, Ruth, reveal the secret surrounding his date of birth, which causes him to reluctantly rejoin his band of pirates and delaying indefinitely his union with his newfound love.

“Swashbuckling, yet tender-hearted pirates—complete with swords, beautiful, swooning maidens, a cowardly, yet highly choreographed police squad, and a multitude of British accents color this high-energy, light-hearted and whimsical farce,” said Dawn Padula, assistant professor of voice and Opera Workshop director.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” or “The Slave of Duty” as it’s alternately known, is “double-cast,” with each night showcasing a different group of performers, according to Padula.

Padula also is the musical’s director and producer, accompanied by piano professor Ilonka Rus and assistant conductor and graduate student Eric Posada.

Period costumes are provided by Dena Scheh and the Performing Arts Supply Company of Houston.

Ticket are $10 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens and students with an ID, and free for SHSU School of Music students with their concert attendance cards.

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


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Music To Host Horn, Ensemble Performances

Two horn recitals will kick off a week of performances for the SHSU School of Music on Tuesday (April 1).

Students in the Horn Studio, comprised of undergraduate students of all levels who are studying the instrument, will perform classical pieces that are accompanied by the piano during a recital at 7 p.m. in Music Building Room 202.

Afterward, the Horn Choir, comprised of both majors and non-majors, will perform pieces solely for the horn at 8 p.m. in Music Building Room 202.

“The horn choir concert will contain music (originally for strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion) arranged from the symphonic repertoire for horns,” said Peggy DeMers, associate professor of horn.

Other performances scheduled for the week include a wind ensemble concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (April 4) at the University Heights Baptist Church, and a concert by the new music ensemble, Intersection, at 7:30 p.m. on April 6 in the Recital Hall.

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


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Education Methods Registration Begins Tuesday

Methods registration for academic studies and secondary education students will be open from April 1 to May 1.

During this time, students can go to Sam Web, log in and then go to student records and click on “methods application” for the fall ’08 semester.

“Once they do this, they will put all their information on the screen, and after they hit ‘submit’ they will get a confirmation that their application was sent,” said curriculum and instruction department secretary Susan Hayes.

After submitting an application, the department will check for placement eligibility, Hayes said.

For more information, call Hayes at 936.294.3896.


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Book On Professor’s ‘Project’ Deemed ‘Outstanding’

Foreign languages professor Enrique Mallén’s "The Comprehensive Lexical Concordance of Picasso's Literary Works" has received the Adele Mellen Prize for "outstanding work."

Mallén created an online catalogue of all of the famous Spanish artist’s works including his literary achievements, named the “Online Picasso Project,” in 1997 while working as a professor at Texas A&M.

A book version of the concordance, available through the Picasso Project Web site at, will also be published in dictionary form by Edwin Mellen Press in 2009 with the title “Pablo Picasso: A Lexical Concordance.”

The concordance, an alphabetical index of the principal words used by an author—in this case, Picasso’s literary works—is the outcome of two years of intense collaborative work with Texas A&M University’s computer science department.

Now that he is on the Sam Houston State University foreign languages faculty, a "new" Picasso Project at SHSU will run in parallel with the one currently hosted at TAMU, both of which Mallén maintains, according to foreign languages chair Debra Andrist.

The address for the alternate Picasso Project will be

Three SHSU students will be using the new Picasso Project as the topic of their master’s theses, Andrist said.


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Spanish Honorary Society Inducts 20

Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish honorary society recently initiated 20 new members into its Kappa Zeta chapter.

Those inducted on March 25 include Consuelo Lizet Ayala, Mayra Elizabeth Baltazar, Amber Michelle Baxter, Chance Lee Christiansen, Mario Alberto Díaz, Beatriz A. Duarte, Elsa Gónzalez, Lorena Hiracheta, Audrey Hopson, Phyllis Cynthia Kirkby, Flor Camelia López, Bethany Nesbit, Trisha O'Bryon, Mónica Berenice Ramos, Jandra Riascos, Iris Emperatriz Rivera, Brenda Rodríguez, Rosa Salgado, María de Jesús Van Dine and Vanessa Zúñiga.

Sigma Delta Pi members must have taken at least 18 hours of Spanish in college with a "B" average in Spanish and rank in the upper one-third of their graduating class.

The ceremony was conducted by Laura Kubala and Idalia Rodríguez, officers of the Kappa Zeta chapter at SHSU.


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March 28, 2008
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