HSU Prof Publishes Book on Black Baseball in Texas

Dr. Rob Fink, assistant professor of education, has a newly released book from the Texas Tech University Press.

Playing in Shadows, Texas and Negro League Baseball is the untold story of black semiprofessional baseball in the Lone Star State.

From the cover:
"Fink adds significantly to our understanding of black baseball during the first half of the twentieth century and provides the most comprehensive study to date of black baseball in Texas. . . . He reminds us what is to be gained from close scrutiny of even the most limited . . . sources."
--Cary D. Wintz, from the foreword

"One more significant contribution to understanding the black experience in Texas. . . . a groundbreaking study."

--Bruce Glasrud

Excerpts from Glenn Dromgoole, Book Reviewer

"While baseball may have long been considered an all-American sport in which a melting pot could celebrate ethnic heroes like Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Connie Mack, and Stan Musial, racial segregation excluded blacks from an otherwise democratic picture.

Such was certainly the case in Texas, where, in the state's first professional matchup soon after the Civil War, the R. E. Lees faced the Stonewalls--and African Americans, not surprisingly, played no part.

Drawing upon oral histories and mining such rare sources as rosters and box scores from black newspapers, Rob Fink situates the semiprofessional West Texas Colored League against the rise and decline of professional Negro Leagues.

From the 1880s Galveston Flyaways through Dallas shortstop Ernie Banks's signing with the Chicago Cubs in 1953, Playing in Shadows brings to light an important but little-studied inning in American sport."

Fink is the author of numerous articles and encyclopedia entries in African American history. Fink is a graduate of Baylor and Texas Tech. His other publications cover topics from church history, women's history, baseball, and West Texas ghost stories.

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Hardin-Simmons University Nationally Recognized for Community Service

Hardin-Simmons University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Launched in 2006, the national program annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to community service.

Since the start of the 2009 fall semester, HSU students have logged more than 7,400 hours of community service with more than 600 students participating.

The three projects considered for the President's Community Service Honor Roll include a neighborhood renewal day by incoming freshman, students in the Department of Physical Therapy who have a long list of projects focused on the community surrounding the campus, and the students who participate with the ongoing projects by the Baptist Student Ministries.

The President's Honor Roll is meant to increase the public's awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole.

Dr. Michael Whitehorn, vice president for student development says, "When Dr. Hall and members of the Administrative Council saw the criteria for this award, we realized the criteria described community service activities that we've done and considered part of our mission for many years."

Those projects include:

A community service day during New Student Orientation at HSU.
Students participate annually on this Saturday set aside for community renewal. Students can be found throughout the neighborhoods around the campus painting houses, removing old appliances and furniture, and cleaning trash from alleyways and vacant lots.

It takes about three months to carefully plan and implement the many projects organized in which the students take part.

HSU also partners with the Neighborhood Enhancement Center and the City of Abilene by removing tons of trash, mowing miles of lawns, and building neighborhood connections and relationships. Students and neighbors top off the day with a party to celebrate the hard work and what it accomplished.

Students with the Baptist Student Ministries program put in over 2,000 service hours with Habitat for Humanity, Love and Care Ministries, Connecting Caring Communities, and local churches.
The BSM takes part in the Halloween Festival in support of the Abilene State School, hosts senior citizens from the area for Adopt-a-Grandparent, and collects toys each December for the House that Kerry Built.

HSU's physical therapy students participate in the Special Olympics: Bocce Tournament and Fitness Screenings for the participants. PT students also conduct blood pressure and grip strength assessments for the American Heart Association's Heart Walk.
Physical therapy students do blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration assessments for the campus community and the surrounding neighborhood.

Students also conduct fall risk assessments and balance screenings for the community, do therapeutic intervention during mission trips to Mexico and Nigeria, gather gifts and food at Christmas for families, and help with the wish lists for boys who live at the Ben Richey Boys Ranch.

The Corporation for National and Community Service announced the annual Honor Roll award recipients today, recognizing more than 700 colleges and universities for exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs.

The corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

HSU President Dr. Lanny Hall says, "It is very affirming to know that HSU has been recognized in this significant way."

Hall points to the HSU statement of purpose which encourages individuals to lead lives of service through active involvement in intellectual, cultural and religious life, both on campus and in the larger communities of Abilene and the world. "That this prestigious national organization affirmed the service component of our mission is especially gratifying," says Hall.

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HSU Community Helps with Health and Hope for Haiti

Six pairs of crutches and a cane are among the items donated by Hardin-Simmons students, faculty, and staff to the Haiti relief effort. Donations were so numerous they filled up every lab table in room 232 of the Sid Richardson Science Center as they were spread out for sorting.

Science professors Dr. Steven Rosscoe and Dr. Michelle Dose were the brains behind the collection. Rosscoe said he wanted to contribute something to the relief effort for Haiti and realized there were a lot of other people on campus who were looking to do the same, including colleague and associate professor of chemistry, Michelle Dose.

With the help of junior lab assistant Zach Rose, Dose and Rosscoe wrapped large boxes in paper and labeled them then distributed the boxes to seven locations around the campus. Every other day they emptied the boxes. Within a week-and-a-half they managed to collect enough items to fill up 24 large boxes of supplies, which will be leaving Houston for Haiti by the end of February.

Dr. Dose says the supplies will be distributed with the help of PROJECT C.U.R.E., which has already sent several shipments of supplies to the earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

PROJECT C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment) was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment, and services around the world. PROJECT C.U.R.E. builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the supplies and equipment that medical personnel need to deliver healthcare.

Dr. Dose says she has worked with the organization before, so she knew it would be the perfect avenue to get the HSU donations into the hands of the people who need them.

Dose and Rosscoe say students, faculty, and staff left grocery bags full of supplies in the collection boxes. "After three days, we realized we would not be able to count all of the items," says Dose. Among the items were at least 100 boxes of toothpaste, dozens of tooth brushes, bandages, gauze, peroxide, baby wipes, and diapers.

Holding up a box of Hanna Montana Band-Aids, she says, "This is one of the funniest items we collected. Some little guy or girl in Haiti will enjoy these."

The HSU donated supplies will be part of a sixth shipment by PROJECT C.U.R.E to Haiti. Since its inception, PROJECT C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to needy people in more than 120 countries.

Steven Rosscoe said of the university collection of supplies, "We wanted to help, and we could."

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Tonight! Art Students and Band Members Show Off Talents in Cultural Events

The Hardin-Simmons University senior art majors host an exhibition of various artworks that represent each unique educational experience.

Fourteen students will have their sample work displayed in the Roberts Studio tonight, March 11, 2010. The public is invited to view the work from 5:00 -8:30 p.m. during the downtown Abilene Art Walk.

"It really is a culmination of the skills and talents gained while obtaining their education at Hardin-Simmons University," says Steve Neves, HSU Assistant Professor of Art.

Also, the HSU Concert Band is back from its West Texas Tour. High School students across West Texas got a chance to see first-hand what the big fuss is all about during the free concerts on their campuses this week.

Dr. Dorothy says they do the tour every spring. It's really a way of getting to know potential new students who are interested in the band and the School of Music, which, by the way, was the first nationally accredited music program in Texas.

Surprisingly, however, students in the Concert Band, and even the Cowboy Band, come from virtually every major program in the university.

The concert band performs four HSU campus concerts every year, and puts on more than 40 concerts around the country.

By the way, you'll be able to catch Dr. Jeffrey Cottrell's premier of his latest composition for band, called THUMP, to be presented during the concert. Dr. Cottrell is an active performer, teacher, and award winning composer.

He has served on the music faculty at Hardin-Simmons University since 2004, where he teaches low brass, music theory, and composition. This newest composition is a sort of a heavy-metal/rock homage for band.

As for the art show, students participating include Brenden McGee and Jessika DiGiorgio, two of HSU's anticipated May 2010 graduates.

Brenden Mcgee, a B.F.A. graphic design major, focuses most of his work around pop art and surrealism.

Jessika DiGiorgio, a B.B.S. graphic design art major, transferred to HSU two years ago after receiving a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management. She focuses most of her work on social, environmental, and animal-rights related issues that touch her heart the deepest.

Cynthia Brennan finds joy in using not only the experiences of the here and now, but the lifetime of events that have occurred in her past. She uses these memories and experiences for inspiration.

Matthew Cody Brockett, a B.B.S. graphic arts major, views his design work to be about texture and depth of tactile interaction.

Jaclyn Lung will graduate with her B.F.A. in photography. Her main focus as a photographer is portraits. Upon graduation she plans to start her own business using her education in photography and her knowledge of graphic design.

Jaime Martinez, a B.A. graphic design and spanish double major, has experimented with his work through his various experiences. He continuously seeks new challenges that can broaden his work as a student and as a professional.

Krystal Maestas is an art student from El Paso, Texas. Upon earning her fine arts degree she plans to pursue a job involving her passion, documentary photography.

Miles G. McFarland is a graphic arts and design major. McFarland has always been fascinated with Disney and inspired by Pixar Animation, particularly "Toy Story." Through these inspirations, McFarland wishes to continue using his computer and art skills to help capture the world seen through the eyes of a child.

Cari Ritchie is anticipating graduating with a B.F.A. in graphic design. She believes her art is a reflection of who she wants to be, not necessarily who she is, a part of her life's journey. She finds the process of creating art very rewarding.

Kyle Shaffer strives to make aesthetically pleasing pieces whether in painting, sculpture, or pottery. His hope is that the viewer gets a sense of beauty from looking at the objects that he has created.

Lisa A. Smith is a B.F.A. painting and drawing major. Her interests are wide and so her art reflects this, but there is a strong theme of the human figure. Her work is also often rooted in personal experience yet universally relatable.

Stephanie Swaim will graduate in August of 2010. She will be exhibiting a photo series that discusses her experience and work as a print maker.

Andrew White is anticipating graduation in the spring of 2011 as a graphic design major and photography minor. He uses his photography as a form of expression and finds beauty in the richness of classic black and white photography.

"This senior exhibition is an important and necessary mark of achievement. It gives the students a chance to leave their last mark as undergraduates of the Hardin-Simmons University art program," says Neves.

You'll be able to see the work of these artists tonight downtown at the downtown Artwalk, and later, the concert band in Behrens Auditorium on the campus at 8:00.

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HSU Student Snowball Fighters on the Great Lawn

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HSU students Whitney Rankin, Mallory Moser, Jenny Davenport, Katelyn Hukill, Kelsey Evans, Lindsi Phipps, Angela Walker, Megann Lewis, Amy Meyer, and Kayla Bender take a moment to pose during a gigantic snowball fight on the Great Lawn.
Hannah Heffington, HSU sophomore from Azle, brings camera to fight instead of snowballs. Hannah is a history major.
More than 100 students duked it out with snowballs on the lawn in front of Sandefer after classes were cancelled for the rest of the day. AWESOME!

Cori Eggeling and friends are among the first students celebrating the cancelation of classes on Thursday morning.
The HSU Cannon is covered in snow as students throw snowballs nearby. The cannon has been a landmark on the HSU campus since World War I.

The cannon is named "Arizona Bill" in honor of Kenneth Burns, who was killed during WWI as he carried a message through a thick stream of fire.


Former Player and Coach Helps Fund HSU Golf Team

Fifty years ago Jeff Goodin remembers the fun he had as a member of the Hardin-Simmons golf team. In fact, Goodin enjoyed his experience so much that he came back to coach the team two separate times.

Goodin began his distinguished Hardin-Simmons career as a player from the fall of 1956 to the spring of 1960. He helped lead the Cowboys to one second and three third-place finishes in the Division I Border Conference.

After leaving Hardin-Simmons he went on to a decorated military service career. He returned to HSU as a member of the ROTC and also served as the golf coach in 1975 and 1976.

After his military career, he then returned back to Hardin-Simmons to coach the golf team from 1989 to 2000 and he had a highly successful run as the Cowboys' coach. His women's teams participated in nine national championships and earned the NAIA National Championship in 1994.

His men's teams qualified for seven national championships. During his tenure at HSU, Goodin coached 34 All-Americans and 24 Academic All-Americans. He was named conference coach of the year six times, regional coach of the year four times and national coach of the year twice.

He and his wife Marilyn have been active members of the Hardin-Simmons community during and after Jeff's tenure at the school. Marilyn was often considered the "assistant coach" to the many players that Jeff mentored throughout his time at Hardin-Simmons.

The endowment was established several years ago by Jeff and Marilyn Goodin, then called the HSU Golf Endowment. Today, it has been renamed the Jeff and Marilyn Goodin Golf Endowment. Funding will go to help with expenses for the program.

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International Violin Soloist Giora Schmidt Comes to HSU to Give a Masterclass.

HSU students Charles Robinson, Thomas Roberts and Nick Williamson will be performing works of Chausson, Prokofiev, and Barber for public performance and instruction from Mr. Schmidt. This event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Schmidt has appeared in concert with eminent musicians including Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum and Michael Tree.

He is a regular participant atthe Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and is a member of the Perlman/Schmidt/Bailey Trio. In 2000, Mr. Schmidt won First Prize in the Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Competition and is the recipient of the 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

In 2005, he won the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award. On Saturday evening, Mr. Schmidt will be performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Abilene Philharmonic.

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