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March 31, 2017                                               Download New Submission Format [.doc] [.pdf]

Thesis Concert: “25”

When: March 25, 8 p.m.
Where: James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center
              Dance Theatre

SHSU Dance major Jaime Fruge will give audience members an interactive and intimate viewing experience like no other in her thesis dance concert, “25,” inspired by true accounts of the effects of mass incarceration. To fulfill her Masters’ requirement, Fruge will not only perform with the cast but choreograph and produce the evening work as well. The space is limited, only 15 people will be permitted to each show in order to create special and personal relationships between the cast members and the audience.  Admission is free.

Contact: Dionne Noble (

QEP Town Hall Meetings
SHSU’s Next Quality Enhancement Plan
What Should it Be?

When: Monday, March 27, – 2 – 3 p.m.
            Tuesday, March 28, 3 – 4 p.m.
            Thursday, March 30, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Lowman Student Center, Room 320

SHSU needs YOU to help select its next Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)! As part of the institution’s reaffirmation efforts, our campus community must develop a QEP focusing on improving undergraduate student learning.  Faculty and staff interested in learning more about the QEP process are invited to a series of Town Hall meetings to discuss potential QEP topics.  Faculty and staff may also provide QEP topic ideas by submitting a mini-white paper using the template below.             

Contact: Somer Franklin (4-­1009;
Downloads: QEP Website, QEP Town Hall Handout,
                     QEP Topic White Paper

BE THE MATCH – Bone Marrow Registry

When: Mon-Thurs, March 27-30, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Two Locations - CHSS Turnaround and
                                       In front of the Library

Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer – 360 people a day; 15 people each hour – YOU could be the cure.  Participate by signing up for the Bone Marrow Registry.  The more people we add to the registry, the more lives we save!            

Contact: Courtney Wallace (
                Susie Stone (
Downloads: Flyer

Summer 2017 Study Abroad Language Opportunities

Registration Deadline: March 27
Where: Destinations across Europe, Asia, and the Americas

Want to learn a new language or improve your language skills? Need language credit for your degree plan? Always dreamed of visiting another country? Stop by the Office of International Programs to learn more about our summer study abroad language programs for students learning Spanish, French, German, or Japanese.

Contact: Dana Van De Walker

Internship Opportunity in Japan for 2017-2018

Registration Deadline: March 27
When: September 2017 – July 2018
Where: Tokyo, Japan

Sam Houston State University partner school, Toyo Gakuen University, is seeking a full-time intern for the 2017-2018 academic year. The intern should be an upperclassman or recent SHSU graduate and will work in the International Exchange Center and the English Education Development Center. He/she will receive a monthly stipend, paid off-campus accommodation, and visa sponsorship. If interested, please contact the Office of International Programs.

Contact: Dana Van De Walker

Criminal Justice Graduate Spring Fair

When: Tuesday March 28, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Beto Criminal Justice Center Lobby

Come to the Criminal Justice building to learn all about our Masters and Doctoral level programs here at Sam Houston! It is a chance to meet with the advisors in the program, find out requirements and learn what the future can hold for you! Food and shirts available while supplies last.

Contact: Victoria White (4-­3783;
Download: Flyer

Naturalization Exam Preparatory Course

When:  Five Tuesday evenings – March 28 through April 25
Where: Huntsville Public Library

SHSU and the Huntsville Public Library join together to bring local immigrants who hope to become United States citizens closer to their “American Dream” with a naturalization exam preparatory course beginning March 28. The free, five-week course will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. through April 25. Covering eligibility, paperwork, interviews and the naturalization exam, the program will help guide immigrants through the citizenship process. The program is designed for immigrants with at least an intermediate command of the English language. For more information contact Professor Yawn.

Contact: Professor Mike Yawn (4-1456;

Graduate Spring Fairs

When: Wednesday March 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Lowman Student Center Ballroom

The College of Science and Engineering Technology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Business Administration will be available to meet and talk with prospective students who may be interested in a Masters or Doctoral degree here at Sam! Food and shirts available while supplies last.

Contact: Victoria White (4-­3783;
Download: Flyer

College of Education Spring Fair

When: Thursday March 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Teacher Education Center

Our College of Education is here to assist you in the abundant amount of programs offered at the Masters and Doctoral Level. Come and ask questions about the programs, talk to the advisors, and see what future options you may have! Food and shirts available while supplies last.

Contact: Victoria White (4-­3783;
Download: Flyer

Mock Law Class for Pre-Law Students

When:  March 30, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The LEAP Center is partnering with South Texas College of Law at Houston for a “Mock Law Class,” taught by STCL Law Professor Val Ricks.  The class is taught using actual law-school readings in the Socratic method, and is a great way for students to get a feel for law school. The class is open to all, but registration is required.

Contact: Professor Mike Yawn (4-1456;

Webinar: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure

When: Thursday, March 30, 12:00 1:15 p.m.
Where: 319 Teacher Education Center (TEC)

Join us to watch the webinar Navigating the Academy: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure. This webinar is with Patricia A. Matthew, the author of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure - and is important in discussing the unique challenges faced by diverse faculty in the tenure and promotion process.  This webinar is important for faculty, department heads, and others involved in the discussions about retaining diverse faculty on campus. Co-sponsored by the COE Equity in Action and CHSS Diversity Committees.

Contact: Paul Eaton (
Download: Flyer

Free Screening of “Tower”

When: March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Where: James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center
              Dance Theatre

Join the SHSU Department of Art’s animation program for a free screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, “Tower,” an animated feature that retells the tragedy of the 1966 University of Texas school shooting in a unique and authentic way. “Tower” reminds us that where there is darkness, there is also unbounding light. Admission is free.

Contact: Edward Morin (

Bill Watrous Jazz Festival

When: March 31, 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
             April 1, 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center

Come experience the annual SHSU Bill Watrous Jazz Festival, a competitive, educational event, where high school and college jazz bands perform every 30 minutes throughout the day and receive critique sheets from each of the nationally known jazz educators. Awards will be announced and presented during the SHSU Jazz Ensemble closing performances with Bill Watrous and featured guest artist, Michael Dease. Finale concerts take place on March 31 and April 1, at 7:30pm. (Daytime performances are free 9am-5pm.) Tickets are available through the SHSU box office.

Contact: Aric Schneller (


When: March 31 & April 1; April 7 & 8
Where: SHSU I-45 Greenhouse

The SHSU Horticulture Club will host their annual spring plant sale for the community.

Contact: Dr. Tim Pannkuk (4-3333;
Download: Facebook page

Mock LSAT for Pre-Law Students

When:  April 1, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The LEAP Center hosts a Mock LSAT for SHSU pre-law students.  The Mock LSAT is an actual LSAT, professionally scored, but the results are not official nor made available to any law schools. The test provides an excellent way for students to begin their law-school preparations.  The test is free and open to the all students, but reservations are required (location will be provided when a spot is reserved).

Contact: Professor Mike Yawn (4-1456;

College of Health Sciences Graduate Spring Fair

When: Tuesday April 4, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Lee Drain Building

Come to the Lee Drain building to learn all about our Masters and Doctoral level programs here at Sam Houston! It is a chance to meet with the advisors in the program, find out requirements and learn what the future can hold for you! Food and shirts available while supplies last.

Contact: Victoria White (4-­3783;
Download: Flyer

College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication
Graduate Spring Fair

When: Wednesday April 5, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Gaertner Performing Arts Center

Our College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication is here to assist you in the abundant amount of programs offered at the Masters and Doctoral Level. Come and ask questions about the programs, talk to the advisors, and see what future options you may have! Food and shirts available while supplies last.

Contact: Victoria White (4-­3783;
Download: Flyer

10th Court of Appeals Comes to SHSU

When: April 5 @ 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Where: Kerper Courtroom, CJ Center

The Center for Law, Engagement, And Politics (LEAP) will host Oral Arguments for the 10th Court of Appeals on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.   This unusual event gives local residents and students the opportunity to gain an up-close view of their legal system at work.  The event is open to the public, but the court enforces a dress code and seats are limited.

Contact: Professor Mike Yawn (4-1456;

MFA Reading & Book Signing: Ching-In Chen

When: Monday, April 10, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Austin Hall

Ching-In Chen, assistant professor of English at SHSU and poetry editor of the Texas Review, will read from their just-released book, recombinant (Kelsey Street Press). Poet Craig Santos Perez writes: “Ching-In Chen’s recombinant is an innovative and powerful collection about genealogy, migration, survival, gender, memory, and ecology. The poems unearth and recombine fragments from museum artifacts, laws, census data, and historical archives with lyric reflections and open-heart composition strategies.”

Contact: Dr. Scott Kaukonen (4-1407,
Download: Flyer

5th Annual Raven’s Call Ceremony

When: Friday, April 7 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Ron & Ruth Blatchley Bell Tower

The SHSU Orange Keys will host the 5th Annual Raven’s Call Memorial Ceremony that will honor and celebrate the lives of students, faculty, and staff who have passed away within the previous year. There will be a tribute in the LSC Art Gallery where portraits and memories will be displayed honoring those who have passed from Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7.  We encourage you to come and share your memories. 

Contact: Dean of Students’ Office (4-1785;
Downloads: Flyer; Website

2017 – 2018 SHSU Common Reader
Book Reveal Luncheon & Presentation

When: Friday, April 7, 12:00 1:30 p.m.
Where: LSC 320

Please join us for lunch, free books, curriculum guides, and faculty presentations as we reveal the 2017/2018 SHSU Common Reader book selection and introduce ideas for including the book in your curricular and co-curricular programs. 

Contact: Kay Angrove (4-3423;
Download: Flyer

SHSU Teaching & Learning Conference
Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: April 7, 2017

The 14th Annual SHSU Teaching and Learning Conference will be held Thursday, August 17.  This is an open call for proposals for any instructor to present one of the concurrent sessions.  These fifty minute interactive sessions typically have 20-50 participants.  Sessions are a chance for you to share an innovative and practical teaching idea/experience with fellow instructors at SHSU.  Proposals should be in the attached form and must be emailed to

Contact: Todd Primm (
Download: Proposal Form

LEAP Center’s Charity Football Game

When: April 8, 12:00 p.m.
Where: Upper Pritchett Field

The LEAP Center is sponsoring its 9th annual “Democrats & Republicans Charity Football Game,” featuring students, faculty, and local community leaders—Democrats and Republicans—who are competing to raise funds for the John Holcombe Scholarship Fund and Huntsville YMCA. This event is free, open to the public, and includes half-time activities for children.  The event has raised $35,000 for scholarships in the past eight years.

Contact: Professor Mike Yawn (4-1456;

BETO CHAIR LECTURE: Professor Edward R. Maguire

When: April 13, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Where: Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Edward R. Maguire, a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, will present “New Directions in Procedural Justice Research.” The presentation will be available live at

Contact: Beth Kuhles (4-4425;


Application Due Date: Monday, July 17
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
              LSC, Suite 303 

Contact your top performing academic students involved in co-curricular and leadership activities. Personally encourage them to apply for an opportunity to receive a prestigious $2,500 scholarship. Click here for a list of selected student scholars. Texas State University System (TSUS) – Regents’ Scholar Program Application

Contact: Lynn Clopton (4-1780;


Our First Alert team in the SAM Center is ready to help faculty and staff identify and refer students who are in need of or interested in academic enrichment! If you have students who are in academic jeopardy (e.g., demonstrate poor academic performance, have frequent or unexcused absences), then visit our First Alert page at this link and choose the most convenient referral option for you!

Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

Last Lecture Series – Keynote speaker is Dr. Matthew Fuller

Thursday, April 20, 2 p.m.
LSC Theater

Contact: Sherry Hirsch

10th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Saturday, April 29
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Contact: Dr. Tracy E. Bilsing

May Graduation Ceremonies

Thursday, May 11, 7 p.m.
College of Education

College of Health Sciences
    School of Nursing only

Friday, May 12, 9:30 a.m.
College of Criminal Justice

Friday, May 12, 2:30 p.m.
College of Health Sciences
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Saturday, May 13, 9:30 a.m.
College of Business Administration

Saturday, May 13, 2:30 p.m.
College of Sciences
College of Fine Arts &
      Mass Communication

Cathi Gillette
Assistant to the Vice Provost


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