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Books & Bytes—Library Newsletter

When: Monthly

The Newton Gresham Library monthly newsletter, Books & Bytes, has changed format for ease of use and viewing.  The recent release is available online now and features new librarians, Black History Month, The Woodlands Center Librarian Tyler Manolovitz’s regular column Not Dead Yet, and the premiere of Scholarly Communications by Librarian Erin Cassidy, and more for February.

Contact: Michelle Martinez (4‐1629;

Dr. Gregory Mankiw, Robert M Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University will present the talk “Today’s economy and its discontents”

When: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2 p.m.
Where: Ronald Mafrige Auditorium SHB 128

During the recent presidential election, many voters expressed dissatisfaction with how the economy is doing.  What are those trends? What is causing them? How should policymakers respond? In addition to his teaching and research, Professor Mankiw has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office. From 2003 to 2005 he served as Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers.         

Contact: Dr. Fidel Gonzalez (4-4796;
Download: Flyer

Last Lecture Series
Keynote speaker is Dr. Terry Thibodeaux

When: February 22, 2 p.m.
Where: LSC Theater

The Last Lecture is designed to connect students and faculty at Sam Houston State University in an informal setting to encourage reflection on their common challenges with a life-long journey.  The popularity of The Last Lecture became nationally recognized in 2007, when Dr. Randy Pausch gave his Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University. The intent at Sam Houston State University will be to carry this legacy forward.

Contact: Sherry Hirsch (4-3304;

“As You Like It”

When: February 22-24, 8 p.m.
             February 25, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where: University Theatre Center
              1740 Bobby K Marks Drive

The SHSU Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre invites you to experience the Shakespearian comedy, “As You Like It.” The 1599 play follows its heroine as she flees from persecution to find safety and love in the Forest of Arden. Tickets are available through the SHSU box office website:

Contact: Katie Stefaniak (

Reception Honoring Outstanding Freshmen and Sophomore Students

When: Thursday, Feb 23, 1 – 2 p.m.
Where: Peabody Library

The Honors College invites academically talented freshmen and sophomores in all majors with a 3.4 cumulative GPA, or better, to enjoy refreshments while meeting other outstanding undergrads. Honors Student Ambassadors and Honors faculty advisors will provide valuable information about opportunities, including Academic Scholarships, Undergraduate Research, Seminars, Study Abroad, and additional resources for high-achieving students. To reserve, contact Dr. Maria Holmes, Associate Dean, at 294-1477,, or visit the Honors College Office in AB4, Room 201.

Contact: Dr. Maria Holmes (4-4157;

Faculty ConFab

When: February 24, 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: CHSS 400 (Holcombe Room)

Need a drink? Come join us for a relaxing time and to talk with other professors outside of your college! Often time, professors don't get to interact with their colleagues outside of their department, the Faculty Confab was created to change that! A selection of drinks will be available for purchase! (Cash only). See attached flyer.

Contact: Joyce McCauley or Lee Miller (
Download: Flyer

AIM Grade Check Forms

Are you in the SAM Center Academic Improvement Mentoring (AIM) program this semester?  Return your completed grade-check form to a mentor in CHSS 190 or e-mail it to by Friday, February 24!

Design of Blended Courses:
Online Tools and Face-to-face Courses

When: February 24, 2 p.m.
Where: Olson Auditorium, AB4 Room 220

PACE and SHSU Online are hosting an online interactive seminar on evidence-based practices in blended course design as part of the virtual book tour of Dr. Katie Linder.  Topics include writing course goals and objectives, developing assessments, designing learning activities, and effectively leveraging technology for student success.  There will be time for a Q&A with the author.  See flyer for more information.  To register, please email  Light refreshments served.

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

CJ CAREER WEEK – February 27 – March 1

The College of Criminal Justice will hold a series of events to help students prepare for the CJ Career Fair, which will feature more than 50 employers in law enforcement, corrections, victim services, and homeland security as well as law schools.

Navigating USAjobs with FBI Analyst Adam Hitt
When: February 27, 2 p.m.
Where: Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Internships and Preparing for Career Fair
with Dr. Jim Dozier and Vinessa Mundorff

When: February 28, 2 p.m.
Where: Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

CJ Career Fair
When: March 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Lowman Student Center Ballroom

Contact: Beth Kuhles (4-4415;

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition -
Preliminary Rounds

When: Tuesday, February 28 at 6 p.m.
Where: Huntsville Campus, Mafrige Auditorium

When: Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m.
Where: The Woodlands Center, Room 110

Join us as the Office of Graduate Studies will host the preliminary rounds of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition at Sam Houston State University. 3MT® is a research communication competition that gives graduate students three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. Admission is free.

Contact: Alli Miller or Stephanie Bluth
Download: Preliminary Information Poster;
                  Registration and Information Website

Doctorate of Education in Developmental Education Administration (Ed.D.) now accepting applications through Apply Texas

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

The Doctor of Education in Developmental Education Administration is a fully online interdisciplinary doctoral program designed to prepare educators to develop and administer programs for underprepared community college and university students in math, reading, and/or writing.  Cohorts begin each summer.

Contact: Dr. Patrick Saxon;
                Brenda Rusk (4-1109;
                Educational Leadership Office 4-1147
Download: Website
Like us on Facebook:  #SHSUDevEd

Texas Supreme Court Visits Campus for Hearings

When:  Thursday, March 2
Where: James & Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center

The Texas Supreme Court will visit campus on Thursday, March 2.  The Court will hear two cases, one from 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. and one from 11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.  The times, which have been scheduled to overlap entirely with 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Thursday classes, are ideal for professors who would like to bring their classes.  With tight security measures in place, the public is encouraged to visit or contact Mike Yawn about appropriate attire and prohibited items.

Contact: Professor Mike Yawn (4-1456;
Download: Website

Free Classic Film: “Singin’ in the Rain”

When: March 2, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Old Town Theatre (1023 12th St)

Following the recent death of legendary actress Debbie Reynolds at age 84, the renowned entertainer’s most famous movie, “Singin’ In The Rain” has been dancing back onto the silver screen in theatres across America. The Mass Communication Department will present the 1952 musical film which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. The screening will include an introduction by Ralph Pease, Professor Emeritus of English. Mass Communication Professor Grant Wiedenfeld will present a post film discussion. Admission is free.

Contact: Grant Wiedenfeld (

New Research Series for Undergraduates:
ProfSPEAK 2016-2017 – Dr. Ervin Malakaj
(Dept. of World Languages & Cultures)
Post-68 Nostalgia and the Personal Labor of Women in
Helma Sanders-Brahms’ Under the Pavement Lies the Strand

When: Wednesday, March 8, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: EV 105

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.

Contact: Dr. Kimberly Bell
Download: Description of Presentations


When:  March 10, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

José R. Almirall, a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) at Florida International University (FIU), will present “Physical evidence examinations and comparisons from basic research to standardized forensic practice.” The presentation also will be available live at

Contact: Beth Kuhles (4-4415;

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;

American Democracy Project – Book Lunch for Start Talking

When: March 22, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: LSC 304

Looking for concrete strategies to promote civility and civil discussion in the classroom? Join SHSU’s American Democracy Project Committee at this semester’s book lunch for Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education. We’ll discuss feasible strategies from the book that can used in courses at all levels and across the curriculum. A pdf of the book is available through the link below. Let us know you’re coming and if you have any dietary restrictions through this form. Please contact Ashly Smith, ADP Committee Co-Chair, with any inquiries.

Contact: Ashly Smith (
Download: Start Talking PDF; Flyer


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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