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September 30, 2016                                               Download New Submission Format [.doc] [.pdf]


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 and choose the most convenient referral option for you!

BOOK TALK: Convict Cowboys with Dr. Mitchel Roth
Event Rescheduled

When: October 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Texas Prison Museum

Dr. Mitchel Roth of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology will read excerpts from his new book, Convict Cowboys: The Untold Story of the Texas Prison Rodeo, which recalls the glory days of the Texas Prison Rodeo in Huntsville featuring inmates from the Texas Department of Corrections.

Contact: Beth Kuhles (4-4425;

SHSU Common Reader Scholarships – Fall 2016

When: Submissions are due on various dates in October 2016 for more information.

Announcing October deadlines for the Fall 2016 Common Reader Scholarships. SHSU colleges and campus programs are sponsoring over $4000 in scholarships related to themes in the book. The entry deadline dates are quickly approaching. All of the contests require students to have read the book. If you need a book, please come by our office. Students are encouraged to enter to have a chance at winning!

Contact: Falasha Spruiell (4-3422;
Download: Flyer


When: Enhancement Research Grant (ERG) – Mon, Oct 3, 5 p.m.
            Faculty Research Grant (FRG) – Mon, Oct 10, 5 p.m.
Where: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

The 2017 Internal Grant Guidelines and Application forms are posted and can be opened at ORSP’s website under the Internal Grants section.  Tenured and tenure-track faculty are encouraged to apply. There have been a few changes in the format and application forms for FY2017.  So, please be sure to read all information pertinent to the program. Contact Peggy Ellenberger if you have any questions.

Contact: Peggy Ellenberger (4-3866,

Emmy Pérez Poetry Reading
(and afternoon craft talk)

When: October 4, 5 p.m. (poetry reading)
                            11 a.m. (craft talk)
Where: Austin Hall (poetry reading)
             Evans 212 (craft talk)

Join the MFA Program in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Department of Foreign Languages, and S.H. ELITE as we celebrate the release of Emmy Pérez's poetry collection, With the River on Our Face, which celebrates the land, communities, and ecology of the borderlands through lyric and narrative utterances, auditory and visual texture, chant, and litany that merge and diverge like the iconic river in this long-awaited collection.

Contact: Dr. Ching-In Chen (4-1944;
Download: Flyer


When: Wednesday, Oct 5, 6:30 p.m.
Where: CHSS 110

Dr. Phillip Lyons, Professor and Dean of Criminal Justice, will present “Myths about Latino Immigration.” Mr. Hipolito Acosta, retired District Director of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, as well as SHSU faculty Drs. Varela and Venta will then participate in a panel discussion and Q&A session regarding current debates and issues related to Latino immigration to the U.S.  Students will have the opportunity to ask experts their questions and participate in the discussion. Snacks provided!

Contact: Dr. Amanda Venta (4‐2436;
Download: Flyer


When: Wednesday, Oct 5 or Nov 2, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: CHSS Building – Room 262

Wondering what you need to do when applying for graduate school? This meeting gives a great overview of how to stay organized, request recommendation letters, and important financial information. The more prepared you are, the better you look as a candidate to any graduate program.  No reservation necessary just come and be informed.

Contact: Roynesha Julius (936-294-4361;
Download: Flyer

Dr. Ami Pedahzur, University of Texas at Austin

“The Next Steps in the Quest for Understanding Terrorism”

When: October 7, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. Pedahzur, a Professor of Government and the Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies, discusses an interdisciplinary framework for studying terrorism, which stresses the importance of understanding different roles and functions engaged in by individuals across terrorist groups. Available live on the web at

Contact: Beth Kuhles (4-4425;

GRE Prep Workshop

When: Saturday, Oct 8 or Nov 5, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: CHSS Building – Room 262

FREE GRE Prep Workshop for all of those needing to take the Graduate Record Exam to apply to graduate school. This is an all-day workshop. Sign up is online only through the SAM Center website under Academic Support – GRE Review. Just click on this link, fill out the form, and send it in.  Space fills up quickly so get your form in as soon as possible.

Contact: Margaret Ferguson
Download: Flyer

Mock LSAT for Pre-Law Students

When: October 8, 9 a.m. – 1:30 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 all students, but reservations are required (location will be provided when a spot is reserved).

Contact: Professor Mike Yawn (4-1456;


When: Saturday, Oct 8
Where: Lowman Student Center

This is a conference for current and future elementary educators interested in literacy in a multilingual context. There are two great speakers scheduled, along with a day full of sessions. Registration fee is $35 for SHSU students/presenters and $75 for others – which includes breakfast, lunch, and all materials.

Contact: Alma Contreras-Vanegas
Download: Flyer; Website


When: Monday, Oct 10, 3 – 4 p.m.
Where: CHSS C002, PACE Conference Room

Teaching is no easy task.  It’s an art form; one that requires craft, sensitivity, creativity, and intelligence.  Dr. Patrick Allitt of Emory University shares his teaching insights in The Great Courses: The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator.  October’s session will be: Lecture 2 - The Broad Range of Learners.  Register through Talent Management or contact PACE.  Light refreshments served.

Contact: Todd Primm (936-294-2688;
Download: Flyer; Website

CHRIS LYNCH - Irreversible Presentation

When: Wednesday, Oct 12, 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: LSC Theater

The College of Education hosts Chris Lynch to discuss his novel, Irreversible, and to have a conversation about rape culture and sexual violence. The highly acclaimed and national award winning author will discuss these topics with students, faculty and staff in the LSC Theater. The first 50 people to arrive to the event will receive a free copy of his newest book, Irreversible.

Contact: Sherry Hirsch (4-3304;
Download: Flyer


When: October 12, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The LEAP Center hosts the Dean of Recruitment from Texas Tech Law School to discuss (1) tips for applying to law school, (2) the importance of grades, the LSAT, and other admissions considerations, and (3) programs offered at Texas Tech Law.  A Q&A session will follow a 30-minute presentation.  The program is free and open to all students, but reservations are requested (location will be provided once a spot is reserved).  Business casual attire.

Contact: Professor Mike Yawn (4-1456;

New Research Series for Undergraduates:
ProfSPEAK 2016-2017 – Dr. Pamela Zelbst (Business)
3D Printing is Rocking our World!

When: Wednesday, Oct 12, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Center for Innovation and Technology

In a continued effort to promote undergraduate research, the Honors College is hosting a new series of informal lectures called ProfSPEAK. Each month, a different faculty member will share some aspect of his or her research with interested undergraduates from any discipline. All students, faculty, and staff are also welcome. For this presentation, seating is limited to 30.

Contact: Dr. Kimberly Bell
Download: Description of Presentations

Cesar Chavez y La Union

When: Thursday, October 13 @ 2 p.m.
Where: Olson Auditorium

Dr. Victor Fuentes, University of California Santa Barbara professor emeritus of Spanish, will present on his latest book, Cesar Chavez y la Union: Una historia victoria de los de abajo (Floricanto Press, 2015), a biography featuring less-documented aspects of the life of Cesar Chavez, one of the fathers of the Chicano Movement and founder of the United Farm Workers. SHSU Ballet Folklorico Dancers will perform and snacks will be provided!

Contact: Dr. M. Montserrat Feu-López


When: Thursday, October 13 @ 6 p.m.
Where: The Woodlands Center

Dr. Victor Fuentes, University of California Santa Barbara professor emeritus of Spanish, will discuss his extensive scholarship on Spanish and Mexican filmmaker Luis Buñuel. Next, faculty from SHSU’s Department of Foreign Languages will present on their own scholarship relevant to the Spanish Civil War. Presenters will include: Dr. Debra Andrist, Dr. M. Montserrat Feu-López, Dr. Ervin Malakaj, and Dr. Enrique Mallén.

Contact: Dr. M. Montserrat Feu-López


When: Friday, Oct 14, 12:30 p.m.
Where: LSC 304

Faculty Writing Circles are a new joint program at SHSU sponsored by PACE and Writing in the Disciplines, with the purpose of stimulating and supporting faculty academic writing. A circle consists of 3-4 faculty who have a similar writing goal for the semester, such as a book chapter. Through the key strategy of daily writing, the circles provide an encouraging community of accountability for the sometimes exhausting task of scholarly writing. Come see if the program is for you; lunch provided.

Contact: Todd Primm (936-294-2688;
Download: Flyer


When: Friday, Oct 14, 2 p.m.
Where: LSC 315

This workshop will explore how comics can be used in your classroom, both as lecture materials and supplementary reading assignments, and how you can create your own comic curriculum! While we will cover making your own comics, no drawing experience is necessary. The presenter, Dr. Carly Tribull, a visiting faculty member in Biological Sciences, has illustrated educational materials for the American Museum of Natural History and Scientific American. All academic disciplines welcome.

Contact: Todd Primm (936-294-2688;
Download: Flyer

60th Annual American Studies Association of Texas Meeting

When: November 10-12, 2016
Call for Papers Submission Deadline: Oct 15
Where: SHSU Lowman Student Center

Please join us for this year’s event. ASAT welcomes submissions that address the conference theme, “Intersections of Innovation, Ideology, and Imagination in American Studies” (see attached flyer). Conference registration is $65.00 (annual membership dues, mandatory for presenters, not included in the registration fee). For more information, please contact Barbara Miles, Conference Coordinator/President, ASAT 2016 or visit

Contact: Barbara Miles (
Download: Flyer

REAL TALK w/CJ: U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division

When: October 18, 2 p.m.
Where: Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Learn more about the Criminal Investigation Division for the U.S. Army and how to start a career in the unit right after graduation.

Contact: Beth Kuhles, CoCJ (4-4425;

The Slow Professor - Ideas and Theories Book Club

When: Tuesday, Oct 18, 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: TEC 279

Faculty are invited to join a discussion of The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber.  Please RSVP your interest in participating to Dr. Paul Eaton (  Participants will need to purchase, rent, or check-out their own book.

Contact: Dr. Paul Eaton (

IDEA Workshops

When: Wednesday, Oct 19, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
             Monday, Nov 7, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Where: PACE conference room, CHSS C002

SHSU uses the IDEA student ratings system for evaluation of all instructors.  Completing the Faculty Information Form (FIF), interpreting results, and use of the new online interface are addressed in the workshop. If available, bring recent IDEA scores for analysis and feedback. You will be better prepared for optimal use of IDEA following this workshop. Participants are limited to eight so that each can receive individual attention if desired. Lunch is served at noon. To register, email PACE or visit Talent Management.

Contact: Todd Primm (936-294-2688;

AERA Brown Lecture in Educational Research

When: Thursday, Oct 20, 5 – 6 p.m.
Where: CHSS C090

The College of Education and College of Humanities and Social Sciences invite all faculty, staff, and students to watch a livestream of this year's AERA Brown Lecture in Education Research.  This year's address, entitled Public Education and the Social Contract: Restoring the Promise in an Age of Diversity and Division will be delivered by Princeton University Professor Dr. Marta Tienda.  Following the lecture there will be a small reception.

Contact: Dr. Paul Eaton (
                 Pamela Gray (
                 Ervin Malakaj (
Download: Flyer


When: All semester at various times
Where: CHSS Building – Room 190

FREE Study Skills program consists of six, 1-hour sessions designed to address core skills for academic success. Our trained facilitators are students who understand the demands of college and how to balance recreation with academics. Topics addressed include procrastination, time management, note-taking, test-taking strategies, etc. We offer 16 classes per week, including an online option.  Sign up is easy, you can email, call or just come into our office in the CHSS Building, Room 190.

Contact: Margaret Ferguson
Download: Study Skills Schedule


Application Deadline: December 2, 2016
Where: Assessment Mini-Grants

The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment has funding available for assessment-related activities in the form of competitive Assessment Mini-Grants.  These grants are available to all faculty and staff at SHSU to help fund new or ongoing assessment practices within programs, offices, or departments; or to help fund travel to make assessment-related presentations at professional conferences.  For more information about the Assessment Mini-Grants, please contact Jeff Roberts.

Contact: Jeff Roberts (4‐1859;
Download: Application

10th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017

All undergraduates are invited to present research at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) being held in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences on Saturday, April 29, 2017. This conference allows students to put forward current or ongoing research in a professional environment, and three scholarships in the amount of $500 will go to best overall oral-media presentation, best overall research poster, and best overall Honors research. For more information, please visit the URS website via the Fast Links menu on the SHSU home page.

Contact: Dr. Tracy E. Bilsing (4-1477;

Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

New Research Series for Undergraduates:
ProfSpeak 2016-2017

Fall 2016

Wednesday, Nov 9, 4-5:30, EV 105
Dr. Gene Young (English)
Researcher or Grave Robber? It’s All the Same to Me

Spring 2017
Wednesday, Jan 25, 4-5:30, EV 105
Dr. Hannah Gerber (Education)
Not so Frivolous: What Videogames
Can Teach Us About Learning

Wednesday, Feb 8, 4-5:30, EV 105
Dr. Victoria Lantz (Theatre)
Robinson Crusoe’s Island?: Tourism, Erasure, and Heritage in Tobago

Wednesday, Mar 8, 4:00-5:30, EV 105
Dr. Ervin Malakaj (Foreign Languages)
Post-68 Nostalgia and the Personal Labor of Women in Helma Sanders-Brahms’ Under the Pavement Lies the Strand

Contact: Dr. Kimberly Bell
Description of Presentations

60th Annual American Studies Association of Texas Conference

November 10-12
SHSU Lowman Student Center

Contact: Barbara Miles

Last Lecture Series:
Richard Watts

November 17
LSC Theater

Contact: Sherry Hirsch
Download: Website

Cathi Gillette
Assistant to the Vice Provost


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