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March 27, 2015                                               Download New Submission Format [.doc] [.pdf]


When: Saturday, Mar. 28, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: SHSU Agriculture Center

The Horticulture & Crop Science Club will offer vegetable transplants, bedding plants, and ground covers. 

Contact: Dr. Tim Pannkuk (4-3333;

GRE Prep Program

When: Saturday, Mar. 28, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: CHSS Building – Room 206

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requires preparation.  There is a FREE prep program for SHSU students and alumni planning on going to graduate school.  Sign up is required (CHSS Bldg, Rm 190) and space is limited.

Contact: Margaret Ferguson (4-4361;
               Jordon Story 936-202-5002
Download: Flyer


When: Saturday, Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gaertner Performing Arts Center
            Concert Hall

Hosted by SHSU School of Music, the event is the oldest jazz festival in Texas. Middle school, high school and college jazz competition performances throughout the day are open to the public with FREE admission starting at 9 a.m. Evenings conclude with a 7:30 p.m. finale concert featuring a performance with jazz legends, Bill Watrous and Allen Vizzutti and the SHSU Jazz Ensemble. Tickets for evening concerts available at 936-294-2339 or

Contact: Aric Schneller (4-1381;

Arabian Nights by Mary Zimmerman

When: Saturday, Mar. 28, 8 p.m.
Where: University Theatre Center
             Showcase Theatre

When he discovers his wife in the arms of another man, King Shahrayar vows to ruthlessly murder every virgin in the kingdom. His brutality is interrupted only when he encounters a cunning maiden whose captivating stories may just save her life.  Presented by the Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre in the Showcase Theatre. Directed by Kevin Crouch. Tickets available at 936-294-1339.

Contact: Katie Stefaniak (4-3968;


Monday, Mar. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall

Jerome Lowenthal, acclaimed American classical pianist and member of the piano faculty at New York’s Juilliard School, visits SHSU for a guest recital presenting a preview of what he will perform this summer at the famous Berlin Philharmonic. Among other pieces, he will play Beethoven's Sonata Op. 106 (known as the Hammerklavier Sonata), considered one of the most challenging works of piano literature. Tickets at: or 936-294-2339.

Contact: Josu De Solaun (4-1360;


Tuesday, Mar. 31, 4 – 6 p.m.
            Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Dan Rather Bldg., Ground Floor

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to have their professional headshots taken for LinkedIn, grad announcements, auditions or business cards. PRSSA presents “Oh Snaps!” Professional Headshots -- $10 for THREE photos!

Contact: Misti Jones,
Download: Facebook; Website

The LEAP Center Hosts 10th Court of Appeals
Oral Arguments

When: April 1 @ 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 2 p.m.
Where: Criminal Justice Building
             Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom (A-260)

The Center for Law, Engagement, And Politics (LEAP) will host Oral Arguments for the 10th Court of Appeals on Wednesday, April 1. The arguments will be heard in the Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes. The oral arguments are the actual court proceedings, up-close and live. The event is open to the public, but seats are limited.

Contact: Mike Yawn (4-4156;


When: Thursday, Apr. 2, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Olson Auditorium, AB4 220

The Book Talk is for all of the SHSU community (faculty, staff, and students). Presenters review some of the award-winning children’s books and provide a children’s book to each attendee. Light refreshments are served. See flyer for more information. Register through PACE (, 936-294-2688). Info needed includes name, department, e-mail, and phone number.

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


When: Now through April 3

The Academic Success Center is hosting an essay contest to showcase SHSU students’ commitment to civic engagement and the betterment of their communities. The theme of the contest is “the Measure of a Life is its Service.” Scholarships for the fall 2015 semester will be awarded to first place ($1000), second place ($750), and third place ($250) submissions. Essays must be submitted by April 3 to

Contact: Ann Theodori (4-1438;
Download: Flyer


When: Now through April 6

The Academic Success Center invites faculty to recognize their finest undergraduate and graduate student writers with the Excellence in Writing certificate. Faculty may recognize students from Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 classes who have excelled in writing; students will be notified of this honor and invited to attend our annual Excellence in Writing Reception on April 14. Nominations should be submitted by April 6, by sending students’ names, e-mail addresses, and Sam ID numbers to

Contact: Ann Theodori (4-1438;

Bearkat Buyers Group, Walker County Fair

When: April 9
            Donor Form requested by April 3
Where: HuntsvilleWalker County Fairgrounds

Show your Bearkat spirit and help us support the youth of Walker County as we purchase their livestock projects at the annual county fair! Last year, we spent over $6,300 to reward these kids for their hard work, and many intend to use the proceeds for their future college expenses. Help us let our youth know that the Bearkats stand behind them and believe in their goals! Please submit Donor Form by April 3.

Contact: Dwayne Pavelock (4-1186;
               or Bobby Lane (4-1225;
Download: Donor Form

“To Your Health! Images of Illness and Wellness in Art
and their Relationship with Contemporary Social Health Issues”

When: Tuesday, Apr. 7, 4 – 5 p.m.
Where: Olson Auditorium, AB IV

The College of Health Sciences Department of Health Services and Promotion at SHSU celebrates National Public Health Week by hosting a presentation that addresses the expression of health, illness, and wellness in fine arts. The presenter is Kaia L. Magnusen, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art, SHSU.

Dr. Miguel Zuniga (4-1039;
Download: Event Flyer

GCJD Guest Speaker: Zak Ebrahim:
“The Terrorist’s Son, My Path to Peace.”

When: Tuesday, Apr. 7, 5:30 p.m.
Where: LSC Theater (live)
             & The Woodlands Center (streaming)

When Ebrahim was seven years old, his father assassinated a Jewish leader and began planning attacks in New York City, eventually implementing the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. As an adult, Ebrahim realized the only way to overcome the challenges of his past was to help others understand that hatred only begets hate, but belief in non-violence heals. Ebrahim has twice spoken at TED events, and will now share his story with the SHSU community.

Contact: Jesse Starkey (4-2479;
Download: Event Website

Give Blood in Celebration of National Public Health Week

When: Wednesday, Apr. 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Academic Building III, Room 101

The College of Health Sciences Department of Health Services and Promotion at SHSU will coordinate a blood drive in celebration of National Public Health Week. The sponsor will be Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Courtney Wallace (4-4034;
Download: Event Flyer

Alfred Bryant, Child Protective Services

When: Wednesday, Apr 8, 2 p.m.
Where: Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Alfred Bryant is with the Centralized Placement Unit for Child Protective Services in Houston and assists with the Preparation for Adult Living for foster children who are aging out of the system. He will discuss careers in Child Protective Services and provide tips on how to get a job in the field.

Contact: Beth Kuhles (4-4425,

Can you ACE an online class? Oh Yes!

When: Friday, Apr. 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: LSC 302

Are you wondering if your online class (graduate or undergraduate) can have a community engagement component? Would you like to know how other professors teach their online ACE courses? If so, join us for snacks, and we can help you with ideas and techniques. We have 20 seats available for participants – seating is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, April 3.

Contact: Dr. Joyce K. McCauley (; 4-4559)


Saturday, Apr. 11, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Woodlands Center
             3380 College Park Drive
             The Woodlands 77384

Please join undergrads, graduate students, faculty, and staff for the 2nd Annual Research Symposium. This is an opportunity to be a part of “Community of Scholars” as students present their research in a context of questions and ongoing dialogue. For further information contact Bernice Strauss, Academic Mentor.

Contact: Bernice Strauss


Sam Houston State University faculty and staff should watch their email inbox for the annual “Great Colleges To Work For” surveys. SHSU has been recognized as a “Great College To Work For” for five consecutive years and was also named to the Chronicle’s "Honor Roll," highlighting institutions that earned the most recognition. Feedback from this survey helps you mold the culture of excellence you wish to see at Sam. Your opinions help us know what we're doing right and what needs improvement. Those who are randomly selected to participate in the survey have until April 13 to voice their opinions online. The email will come from ModernThink™.

Contact: Bruce O’Neal, 936.294.1833,
Advancing Health Equity through Cultural Awareness,
Sensitivity, and Responsiveness

When: Tuesday, Apr. 14, 4 – 5 p.m.
Where: Olson Auditorium, AB IV

The College of Health Sciences Department of Health Services and Promotion at SHSU will host a presentation that addresses health disparities in Texas. The presenter is Rosanna Barrett, DrPH, MPH, Director, Office of Minority Health & Health Equity Center for Elimination of Disproportionality & Disparities, Texas Health & Human Services Commission

Contact: Dr. Miguel Zuniga (4-1039;
Download: Event Flyer

The LEAP Center Hosts Michael Morton

April 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: CHSS 120

After serving twenty-five years in Texas prison for a crime he did not commit, Michael Morton comes to Sam Houston State University to share his story of injustice, exoneration, and redemption.  Morton, author of “Getting Life,” discusses his wrongful conviction, the work done by the Innocence Project to release him in 2011, and the subsequent passage of the Michael Morton Act, which ensured a more transparent and fair discovery process. Morton graduated from SHSU in 1995 while in prison. The event is open to the public, but seats are limited.

Contact: Mike Yawn (4-4156;


Call for Grant Applications – April 15
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;
Downloads: Flyer, Webpage


Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Where: The Woodlands Center (TWC), Rm 302

Anyone interested is invited to attend these lectures.  Lecture 23: The Anatomy of a Great Teacher and Lecture 24:  Teaching and Civilization. Light refreshments are served.  Register through Talent Management or contact PACE ( or x4-2688) for assistance.  Please see flyer for additional information. This ends the series for this group. Stay tuned for what’s next.

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


April 16, 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: SHSU-Northwest Campus
             20515 SH 249, Houston, TX 77070

SHSU at University Park, along with our university partners, will be hosting the annual ‘Open House’ event at our Northwest campus. Learn more about SHSU and various opportunities our University has to offer. This event will be open to the public and all those interested are encouraged to attend.  It will be fun, exciting, and informational. We welcome all current and future Bearkats to join us!

Contact: Tiara Gatewood, (281-290-2900;


When: Friday, April 17, Noon – 3:00
Where: LSC 308

Due to the April 3rd holiday, the IDEA Workshop is rescheduled as above. Completing the Faculty Information Form (FIF) and Interpreting Results are addressed in the workshop. This is must-know info. To register, contact PACE ( or x4-2688). Participants are limited to eight so that each can receive individual attention if desired.  Lunch is served at noon.

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


This issue of CJ Mandate, the alumni newsletter for the College of Criminal Justice, is dedicated to celebrating 50 years of service. Learn about the beginning of the program; the people, programs and events that made us a success; the heroes that have passed through our doors; the research generated at the College; and training programs for professionals.

Contact: Beth Kuhles (4-4425,


The College of Criminal Justice is looking for enthusiastic and involved students to serve as ambassadors for our College at events at the Criminal Justice Center. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

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

Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 25
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Dr. Maria Holmes

Cathi Gillette
Assistant to the Vice Provost


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