Talking History with Stephen Harrigan

by Brian Aldaco

Not long ago, the LEAP Ambassadors traveled to Austin, TX, and interviewed Best Selling Author, Stephen Harrigan, which Michael Foster’s wonderful crew turned into video trailer for Let’s Talk.

Already having a relationship with Harrigan and knowing much about him, we were looking forward to visiting with him again.

The Ambassadors, along with bright students interested in hearing from Mr. Harrigan, gathered at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Holcombe Room. With a wonderful top-floor view of campus, we shared and insightful conversation with Mr. Harrigan. We were familiar with his Texas Historical Fiction works and were already amazed by his writing.

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However, his latest project had us all captivated; a multi-volume collection of Texas’s History commissioned by UT Press.  The book isn’t yet out–in April he was working on the 1970s and 1980s–but UT Press did release what amounts to a preview of the book, “They Came From the Sky.”

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Stephen Harrigan, Gates of the Alamo, They Came From the Sky

Through our conversation we were granted a glimpse of the amazing stories of our state’s past this new project will include. From comical anecdotes, like Eastland’s Old RIP, to the tragedies that have also shaped Texas, such as Charles Whitman’s UT shooting, Mr. Harrigan provided an in-depth overview of some of the most interesting events throughout the years.

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Our now fully accomplished guest also shared his reputation-building experience from when he was a young writer in Austin. He mentioned that when he sent his first article proposal, he was amazed when the magazine publishers accepted it. Although he was shocked, he eventually wrote his article and a month later received his first writing pay-check from none other than “Rolling Stone.”

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Stephen Harrigan, Gates of the Alamo

We were all thankful that we got a chance to speak with Mr. Harrigan. After we finished our conversation, we grabbed our copies of his latest publication “They Came from the Sky” (a preview of his soon to come history of Texas) and asked for the author’s autograph. The LEAPsters will wait in anticipation for his epic publication , but there was no need to say a definite goodbye to Mr. Harrigan as we would see him later that day at SHSU’s Let’s Talk.

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Rise and shine, it’s Mock LSAT time!

Saturday mornings tend to be a time to relax and sleep in. However, on this Saturday morning, for thirty- three future lawyers that would not be the case.  Every semester, for the past 8 years or so, the LEAP Center provides a free Mock LSAT for SHSU students who are considering law school.

The LSAT, an acronym for Law School Admissions Test, is a challenging exam that assesses student’s reading comprehension, logical thinking, and critical thinking skills. The offered Mock LSAT, is a full-length exam taken under timed conditions to mimic those of the real LSAT. Princeton Review, who is one of the main companies that offer LSAT Prep Courses, also provides mock exams like these to get the appropriate training for the real LSAT.

Such an intense exam should not be taken likely and may seem quite foreboding….

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But it’s actually quite user friendly.  More than anything the LEAP Center encourages students to attempt the Mock LSAT so that they can get their footing on what they need to work on and get an idea about how they would do in the real thing. The LSAT is scored from a 120-180.  Most law schools need an average of a 151 and above to get in.  It takes a lot of hard work on behalf of the student, which is why the Mock LSAT is so imperative to future law school students.

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All of this was mentioned by Ambassador Bianca, who was briefly interviewed before the exam by a Mass Communication student, Raven Cheek, for a class project.

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We hope this Mock LSAT helped students find their strengths and weaknesses before taking the actual LSAT and plan accordingly. The LEAP Center would also like to thank Michelle Bell, the proctor for the Princeton Review, for making the trip to Sam Houston.

 

 

 

 

Career Service’s 11th Annual Etiquette Dinner

In an effort to become well-rounded professionals, the LEAP Ambassadors were eager to attend Career Service’s Annual Etiquette Dinner. Some Ambassadors had previously attended the Etiquette Dinner while others were exposed to it for the first time. However, we all knew that we would gain a lot from this experience, especially since it was being led by Diane Gottsman, a world renowned etiquette specialist and founder of The Protocol School of Texas. The dinner was bound to be engaging and insightful!

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Career Services Etiquette Dinner. Dianne Gottsman

Our meal began by learning where and how to place napkins on our lap.  The straight edge of the napkin belongs parallel to your waistline in order to best protect your clothing. We also learned a cool tip on how to see which bread and drink were yours. To determine which drink is yours and which bread plate is yours, Ms. Gottsman taught us to make the letters “b” and “d” with our hands which would show you which side your bread and drink will be. This little trick lessened our anxiety and gave us a clever way to remember the placement for the future.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Career Services Etiquette Dinner. Dianne Gottsman

Our first course was served; meatball soup. In order to properly eat soup, you spoon the soup from the side to glide the liquid onto the bowl of the spoon. For creamy soup, we learned you eat from the side of the spoon. For chunky soup, you eat the soup from the front of the spoon.

During the main course of the meal, we learned how to hold our silverware properly. There are two dominant ways to hold the silverware, American and European style. American style is typically loud because of the scraping of the silverware against the plates whereas European style is a cleaner and quieter way of using your utensils. For European style, you hold the utensil with your index finger on the spine to glide it while cutting or bringing food to your mouth. We practiced with our chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans. The meal was wonderful practice! While we are not experts after eating one meal, we certainly gained valuable practice.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Career Services Etiquette Dinner. Dianne Gottsman

Our third course (and possibly everyone’s favorite!) was dessert. We had a mix of strawberry cheesecake and chocolate fudge cake. We continued practicing our eating style and learned some helpful tips for networking and job interviews. The discussion ranged from appropriate interview attire to what to order during an interview over a meal.

The dinner quickly passed as we tried to soak up all the knowledge we could. The Career Services Etiquette Dinner was a great event! We learned new etiquette and brushed up on what we previously learned. Diane Gottsman provided a comfortable learning environment for us all to learn without fear of embarrassing ourselves. Thank you to Diane Gottsman, Vinessa Mundorff, and Career Services for the opportunity to learn!

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Career Services Etiquette Dinner. Dianne Gottsman