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October 31, 2014                                               Download New Submission Format [.doc] [.pdf]


To strengthen international awareness at SHSU, the Global Ambassadors Program is searching for faculty/staff interested in facilitating activities to help international students grow on SHSU’s campus.  We would like you to be a part of FASS GAP (Faculty and Staff Supporting Global Ambassadors Program) to share ideas for eventsWe are recruiting faculty and staff volunteers for the next 8 week session to facilitate our “Conversation Café” groups with international students and GAP members.  

Contact: Justin Ball ( or
               Cassie Cure (

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Deadlines: October 20 – November 6

There are six contests/scholarships offered to students this year in conjunction with The Bearkats Read to Succeed (BRTS) Ready Player One common reader program.  Contest entries are due beginning October 20 through November 6.  Check the website for submission details. Books are available while supplies last in the Student Success Initiatives office (ABIV Room 202).

Contact: Kay Angrove (
Download: Website


When: Friday & Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.
Where: University Theatre Center, Showcase Theatre

Just when you thought you'd heard every crazy 9/11 conspiracy theory, a stranger walks into the Yankee Tavern. There, inside the walls of this crumbling New York tavern, a young couple finds themselves caught up in what might be the biggest conspiracy of all. Steven Dietz's acclaimed and already widely produced dramatic thriller—a selection of the National New Play Network's Continued Life Project—is a fierce, funny, and ultimately mind-bending work of theatrical power that grips you until the final word. What you don't know can hurt you. For tickets call the University Theatre Center box office at 936.294.1339.

Contact: Katie Stefaniak (4-3968;


Deadline: November 3
Where: Across Campus

The Office of Graduate Studies and PACE are now soliciting nominations from faculty and undergraduate students for the 2014-2015 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards. The nominee MUST be a graduate student employed as a teaching assistant or graduate assistant. However, the TA does not have to be the instructor of record. The nomination form can be found on the Graduate Studies web page under Forms and Publications:

Contact: Weston Rose (4-2408;
Download: Outstanding TA Award Flyer


When: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 3:45 p.m.
Where: Smith-Hutson Bldg, Room 139

Presenter:  Aditi Bhattacharyya, PhD
                   Assistant Professor of Economics
                   Department of Economics & International Business
                   Sam Houston State University
Presentation: “Technical Efficiency of Paddy Farming and its
                      Determinants in the Flood Plains of Assam, India”

Dr. Bhattacharyya will discuss the measurement farm-level technical inefficiency of rice farming in Assam India and analyses of the determinants of such inefficiency.  Primary data was collected in 2009-2010 from 310 farm-households in four non-contiguous districts that are located in different agro-climatic regions in Assam.

Contact: Santosh Kumar, PhD (
Download: Event Flyer


When: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Estill Bldg., Suite 105

The Graduate Admissions Open House provides an informal opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to meet with the Graduate Admissions staff and learn more about opportunities for graduate education at SHSU.

Contact: Mary Pascarella (4-1971;


When: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m.
Where: Thomason Room
             (Fourth Floor, Newton Gresham Library)

The Newton Gresham Library will hold a special presentation on the history of the Walls Unit, which houses the execution chamber for death penalty cases in the state of Texas. The presentation will feature Jim Willett, former Warden of the Huntsville Unit (Walls Unit) and author of Warden: Texas Prison Life and Death from the Inside Out. He currently serves as Director of the Prison Museum in Huntsville. Following the lecture, there will be an exhibit featuring items from SHSU Special Collections. The Thomason Room includes collections about the history of criminal justice in Texas. Space is limited to the first 40 attendees. To RSVP, call (936) 294-1619.

Contact: Felicia Williamson (4-3290;
Download: Event Flyer

WHAT IS YOUR STORY - Speaker's Panel Sessions

November is National Career Development Month and What’s Your Story is designed to help students make confident decisions about their major and learn more about different careers in the workforce of today. Join Career Services as we sit down with ordinary people and hear their extraordinary stories about how they found the profession they love and the lessons they learned along the way.

November 5, 2014
Business & Community Relations Panel
LSC Room 315
2 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Public & Governmental Services Panel
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
CJ Building Room A260
3 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

November 6, 2014
Education & Social Services Panel
Garrett Teacher Education Center Room 279
11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

STEM & Health Sciences Panel
LSC Room 315
2 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Contact: Cenaiyda Carranza, (4-1713,


When: Friday, Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: TEC 153

The November IDEA Workshop will be held Friday, Nov. 7.  Please see flyer for more information.  To register, contact PACE ( or x4-2688).  Participants are limited to six so that participants can receive individual attention.  Reserve your place now for the one seat still remaining.  Lunch is served at 11:30. Completing the Faculty Information Form (FIF) and interpreting results are addressed in the workshop.

Contact: Marsha Harman (936-294-2688;
Download: Flyer

Free Mock LSAT Offered by LEAP Center

: Saturday, Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Center for Law, Engagement, And Politics (LEAP) is hosting a "mock LSAT" sponsored by Kaplan.  The LSAT is free, professionally scored, and is an actual test used by LSAC, but your score is not reported to LSAC or any law school.  To register for the event or for more information, contact Professor Mike Yawn by Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Spots are allocated on a first-contacted, first-filled basis.

Contact: Mike Yawn (4-1456;


When: Sunday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gaertner Performing Arts Center
             Recital Hall

Join the School of Music for a program of music and poetry featuring poet Nick Lantz and Lungta (Dr. Amanda Pepping, trumpet; Dr. John Lane, percussion). FREE admission.

Contact: John Lane (4-1360;

by Ernest Cline

When: November 11-13

The Bearkats Read to Succeed (BRTS) Author’s Forum will be held November 11-13. Ernest Cline will be a featured speaker along with SHSU faculty authors Andy Bennett; Michael Henderson; Andrey Koptelov; Kelli Arena; and SHSU Alumnus Dan Phillips. These enriching presentations surround themes in the book that span a wide range of disciplines relevant to your curriculum. Contact the Student Success Initiatives office to schedule your class today.

Contact: Kimberly Johnson (
Download: Website

Celebration for the Center for Community Engagement
Showcasing the College of Education

When: November 11, 3 – 4 p.m.
Where: Eleanor and Charles Garrett Teacher Education Center
             Room 279

The faculty, staff, and students in the College of Education are engaged in the community.  SHSU students work with children, families, and the community to enrich programs offered in Huntsville and the surrounding communities.  The Celebration will showcase some of the wonderful ways that SHSU students are engaged with the community as they cultivate mutually beneficial experiences that are tied to their College of Education coursework.

Contact: Dr. Diana Nabors (4-3950;

VOICE LECTURE SERIES: Charmin White, "SANE Nurses and the Sexual Assault Response Team"

When: Wed., Nov. 12, 2 p.m.
Where: Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Charmin White, a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and professor at SHSU’s School of Nursing, will discuss the role of SANE nurses and Sexual Assault Response Teams in hospitals for victims and perpetrators of sexual assault. The presentation will also be available live in Room 110 in The Woodlands Center and on the web at

Contact: Beth Kuhles (4-4425;

The 58th Annual American Studies Association of Texas Conference

When:  November 13 – 15
Where: Sam Houston State University

The English Department is hosting this year’s conference, and the theme is Rethinking, Reimagining, and Reflecting American Studies in the 21st Century. The keynote speaker is author and SHSU alumnus Ron Rozelle. Please plan to attend this event and join us in promoting American Studies and our university.

Contact: Barbara Miles, Program Chair (
Download: ASAT Website; Conference Website


When: Nominations due November 15
Where: Center for Community Engagement

The David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award honors a faculty member, who has achieved excellence in Academic Community Engagement, with a cash stipend of $5,000 and a commendation medal. Recipients of this award have taught SHSU students the value of community engagement and collaborated with community partners to meet community needs and improve the quality of life. Send nominations (name of faculty member and department) to: Dr. Lee Miller, on or before November 15, 2014.

Contact: Dr. Lee Miller (4-1517;
Download: Award Announcement


When: March 5-6, 2015
Where: Woodlands Center Campus

All submissions with an international theme are welcome. The paper/poster submission deadline is Saturday, November 15, 2014. You are encouraged to send a complete paper or an abstract and be a part of this great conference. The acceptance letters will be sent out on a rolling basis, in order for you to make your plans early. The papers/posters in each track/discipline will be considered for publication in our annual online monograph.

Contact: Dr. James W. Hynes (4-3576:
Download: Conference Website; Invitation

REAL TALK W/CJ: Karen Martin, Attorney General's Crime Victim Services Division

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

Karen Martin serves as a Regional Coordinator for the Texas Office of Attorney General's Crime Victim Services Division. The division administers the Compensation to Victims of Crime fund and offers training and outreach programs. The presentation also will be streamed live to Room 110 in The Woodlands Center and at

Contact: Beth Kuhles (4-4425;


When: Thursday, Nov 20, 1:00 p.m.
Where: LEMIT, Room 220

Dr. Scott Radnitz, Associate Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington, will discuss conspiracy theories.

Contact: Beth Kuhles (4-4425;


When: Thursday, Nov. 20, 5 – 8 p.m.
Where: Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice (NOHCJ) will debut its first undergraduate student organization at Sam Houston State University. Created in 2003, the national organization is dedicated to promoting high professional standards for criminal justice agencies and criminal justice personnel through the interchange of information and training between professionals in law enforcement, the courts, corrections and interested citizens.  The college will be hosting the inaugural to welcome students who are interested in joining NOHCJ. 

Contact: Kalyn Cavazos (4-1681;


Due: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m.
Where: CJ Advisement, Criminal Justice Center, A214

The College of Criminal Justice is seeking an elite group of enthusiastic and involved students to serve as ambassadors at various events on campus and to mentor new and prospective criminal justice students. In exchange, the student will receive a scholarship from the College as well as a polo to wear to events.

Contact: Kalyn Cavazos (4-1681;
Download: Application

Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

Project-Based Learning (PBL) Splash to Recruit Spring 2015 Cohort

Fri., January 23, 2015
LSC 320

Contact: Marsha Harman
Download: Flyer

18th Annual Graduate Research Exchange

February 18, 2015
Lowman Student Center, main campus

Contact: Weston Rose

College of Education Distinguished Educator of the Year Awards Ceremony

March 7, 2015
LSC Ballroom

Contact: Sherry Hirsch

2nd Annual Woodlands Center Research Symposium

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Woodlands Center

Contact: Bernice Strauss

Cathi Gillette
Assistant to the Vice Provost


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