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August 28, 2015                                               Download New Submission Format [.doc] [.pdf]


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Contact: Service Desk (294-1950;
Website: IT@Sam Newsletter – SHSU Mobile is Live

WELCOME WEEK (Aug. 31 – Sept. 3)

The College of Criminal Justice introduces students to the many unique opportunities available at the Criminal Justice Center during Welcome Week. Hope to see you there!

Faculty Meet and Greet
August 31, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Criminal Justice Center Lobby

Internship 101
When: September 1, 2 p.m.
Where: Criminal Justice Center Courtroom

Movie Night “Traffic” and Discussion
When: September 2, 3 p.m.
Where: Criminal Justice Center Courtroom

Student Organizations Fair
When: September 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Criminal Justice Center Lobby

Beth Kuhles (4-4425;


When: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2 – 4 p.m.
James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center
             Payne Concert Hall

Please join President Hoyt in honoring your fellow faculty and staff members for their continuing service to the University. President Hoyt’s presentation will explore her first five years in office and address strategies and objectives for the years ahead. Door prizes!

Contact: President’s Office; 936-294-1013

Thesis, Dissertation, & Capstone Project Awards

Deadline: September 4
Office of Graduate Studies

The Office of Graduate Studies is soliciting nominations for Thesis, Dissertation, & Capstone Awards. Any student who has written a thesis, dissertation, or capstone project between August 2014-August 2015 is eligible for this award. Please see the flyer for details.

Contact: Weston Rose (4-2359;
Downloads: Event Flyer, Nomination Form

59th Annual American Studies Association of Texas Conference

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 5

The SHSU English department will host the 59th Annual American Studies Association of Texas Conference November 12-14. This year's theme is "Contextualizing Conflict, Culture and Community." This is an interdisciplinary forum that welcomes abstract submissions from tenured, tenure-track, adjunct, and retired faculty, as well as graduate students (with faculty sponsors) and non-academic professionals. For more information, please contact Barbara Miles, President/Conference Coordinator, ASAT 2015.

Contact: Barbara Miles,
Download: Event Flyer

REAL TALK w/CJ: Stevee Franks,
Homeland Security Planner, Harris County

When: September 15, 2 p.m.
Criminal Justice Courtroom

Alumna Stevee Franks is responsible for planning for disasters in Harris County, the third largest county in the country with 4.4 million people. Learn more about what it takes to plan for a disaster and about job and volunteer opportunities in the emergency management field. The presentation is also available LIVE at

Contact: Beth Kuhles (4-4425;

CMT Awareness Night –
SHSU vs. Texas State Volleyball Match

When: September 15, 6:30 p.m.
Bernard Johnson Coliseum

Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) is a progressive neuromuscular disease that kills the nerves in the arms, legs, hands and feet, resulting in muscle atrophy and sensory loss, and affects 2.8 million people worldwide. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help fund the CMTA’s Strategy to Accelerate Research (STAR) program, which is committed to finding a cure for CMT. Individuals may purchase STARs at the match for $10 each, or 3 for $25. All of the proceeds from this event will go to the CMTA’s STAR initiative.

Contact: Brenda Gray (936-­294-­1736;
Download: Donor Letter

ADAI “Establishing a New Norm” Summit

When: Sept. 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LSC’s third floor and ballroom

The ADAI will work to build a safer, more successful SHSU community through a series of presentations addressing preconceived “norms” of alcohol and drug use. The 10th annual summit will include a free lunch, and door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Faculty interested in sending their classes to sessions can contact Eddie Gisemba to learn more about the schedule. Student participation reports will be sent to professors.

Contact: Eddie Gisemba (936.294.2228;
Download: Event Flyer

Annual Joan Prouty Conference in Early Literacy

When: Saturday, Sept 19, 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Lowman Student Center

Our conference theme centers on “Transforming Lives through Literacy.” All students, faculty, staff, alumni, and educators from the surrounding community are invited to be part of this conference.

Contact: Drs. Alma Contreras-Vanegas & Benita Brooks
                (294-1238; &
Downloads: Webpage; Registration


When: Saturday, Sept 19, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Woodlands Center, 3800 College Park Drive 77384
              Room 109

Set aside a day to write surrounded by other graduate students committed to dissertation completion. A computer lab will be available with individual template support.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please save your spot with an email to Bernice Strauss at Hope to see you there.

Contact: Dr. Bernice Strauss

2015 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition

When: Saturday, Sept 19, 1 – 4:30 p.m. (Competition)
                                                 7:30 p.m. (Gala concert)
Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall

The world’s best up-and-coming jazz trumpet players will converge at SHSU to compete for $15,000 in prize money. The afternoon competition will include five finalist performances accompanied by the University of North Texas faculty jazz trio. The Gala Concert will feature finalists, judges, the Sam Houston All Star Big Band and awards/prize presentation. All events are free and open to the public.

Contact: Amanda Pepping (4-1360;


Deadline: Enhancement Research Grant (ERG) – Oct. 1, 5 p.m.
                 Faculty Research Grant (FRG) – Oct. 12, 5 p.m.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

The 2016 Internal Grant Guidelines and Application Forms are posted and can be accessed at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website under the Internal Grants section. Tenure, tenure-track faculty, and full-time researchers are encouraged to apply.  The ERG will run from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017 and is a maximum grant of $15,000.  The FRG will run from June 1, 2016, through August 31, 2016, and is a maximum grant of $5,000. 

Contact: Peggy Ellenberger (4-3866,
Download: Internal grant guidelines and application forms

Call for Papers: Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought

Deadline to submit an abstract: November 1
Notification of acceptance:
December 15

Sam Houston State University will host Texas’ Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought on April 7-9, 2016, in the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center.  Faculty and graduate students specializing in language, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, history, art, dance, and theater of this time period are invited to send a 250-300 word abstract to Darci Hill, Conference Director.

Contact: Dr. Darci Hill, Conference Director
Download: Event Flyer

Call for Papers and Online Registration

Call for Papers Online: March 15, 2016

All undergraduates, regardless of their major, are invited to participate in the ninth URS on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., in the CHSS building. Students may submit a 75-100 word abstract and the name of their faculty advisor at The URS is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to share their scholarly work in a professional academic conference and receive feedback from peers and faculty free of charge and travel expenses.  All scholarly projects and creative endeavors on any topic are encouraged.

Three $500 scholarships will be awarded to qualified students for outstanding presentations.

Contact: Dr. Maria Holmes,

SHSU Common Reader Program
Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario

When: Fall 2015
SHSU Main Campus

Engage in the Common Reading Experience with this year’s Common Reader, Enrique’s Journey, by ● Purposefully integrating the Common Reader into your class; ● Encouraging your students to participate in scholarships and contests; ● Participating in the Author’s Forum (November 16-19) ○ As a faculty presenter, discussing themes in Enrique’s Journey through the lens of your area of interest; ○ Scheduling your class to attend presentations by guests Sonia Nazario and Lourdes Pineda, SHSU faculty, and fellow SHSU students. A free copy of the book is available for faculty in the Student Success Initiatives Office. 

Contact: Kay Angrove (4-3423,
Download: Curriculum & Library Website
                   Contests & Scholarships Website

SHSU Common Reader Scholarships and Contests Program: Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario

When: Fall 2015 – Check various scholarship deadlines
SHSU Main Campus

Earn a scholarship or win a contest by reading the book and participating in the 2015-2016 SHSU Common Reader Scholarships and Contests Program. Students interested in learning more, please visit the resource link below. A full array of scholarships and contests are available from departments across the disciplines. Meet author Sonia Nazario and Enrique’s mother Lourdes Pineda during the Author’s Forum November 16-19.

Contact: Kay Angrove (4-3423,
Download: Contests & Scholarships Website

Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

Study Skills Marathon

Sat., Oct. 3, 1-5 pm
The Woodlands Center
3380 College Park Drive
The Woodlands, TX

Contact: Dr. Bernice Strauss

Flu Shots for SHSU Faculty & Staff
– Main Campus

Tues. & Wed., Oct. 13 & 14
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Gaertner Performing Arts Center Lobby

Contact: Lisa Chaddick Clarkson

Flu Shots for SHSU Faculty, Staff, &
Students – The Woodlands Center

Wed., Oct. 21, 16 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Woodlands Center, Room 109

Contact: Lisa Chaddick Clarkson

59th Annual American Studies Association of Texas Conference

November 12-14
SHSU - Main Campus

Contact: Barbara Miles,
Download: Flyer

SHSU Common Reader Author’s Forum: Enrique’s Journey
by Sonia Nazario

November 16-19
LSC- Main Campus

Contact: Kay Angrove @ 4-3423

An Evening with Education

November 19
The Woodlands Center, Room 430

Contact: Molly Doughtie
Download: Event Flyer

Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought

April 7-9, 2016
Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center

Contact: Dr. Darci Hill

The Woodlands Center 3rd Annual Research Symposium “Ideas that Inspire, Transform and Lead”

April 9, 2016
The Woodlands Center
3380 College Park Drive

The Woodlands, Texas

Contact: Dr. Bernice Strauss
Download: Application

9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 23, 2016
CHSS Building

Contact: Dr. Maria Holmes

Cathi Gillette
Assistant to the Vice Provost


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