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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;

“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


When: Wednesday, Apr. 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Brookshire Brothers, Huntsville, TX

Help moms and babies in need!  SHSU School of Nursing students are collecting items such as diapers and wipes that will be distributed by the Texas Department of State Health Services at a later date. If you've not able to make it to the event, check out our flyer for a list of local businesses where you can drop off items or visit to make a monetary donation online. All proceeds will go towards buying diapers and wipes.

Hillary Richter (
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,

HA-YOU Celebrates Its Fiftieth Birthday

When: Thursday, Apr. 9, 6 p.m.
Where: Olson Auditorium, AB4 220

Fifty years ago, dozens of local Huntsville youths took part in a series of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)-organized mass demonstrations—known as the Huntsville Action for Youth or HA-YOU Movement—for the purpose of desegregating business establishments, lunch counters, the courthouse, public facilities, and the city as a whole. Often the victims of police brutality, ongoing degradation, ostracism, and economic oppression, these students attempted to change the world. This program pays homage to these courageous freedom fighters.

Dr. Bernadette Pruitt (41491;
Event Flyer: Huntsville Action for Youth (HA-YOU)


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, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Bearkat Plaza

The 2015 Graduate Admissions Spring Fair will provide an informal environment where SHSU students and staff can meet with graduate advisors, faculty, and current students to learn more about SHSU’s graduate programs. Financial Aid, Graduate Studies, Career Services, and SHSU Online will also be available. Please view the event flyer for details.

Contact: Katrina Thornton (4-2370;
Download: Flyer


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

Yom Ha’Shoah Day of Remembrance

April 16, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: LSC Theater

On the day of Yom Ha’Shoah the greater Sam Houston community will participate in a remembrance of those lost in the Holocaust. The day will consist of a names reading ceremony that will be interspersed with a lecture on the history of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Dr. Jadwiga Biskupska, and a talk given by Dr. Tracy Bilsing on the work of Tadeusz Borowski. The ROTC Color Guard will end the day.

We currently need volunteers for the names reading ceremony.

Contact: Dr. Zachary Doleshal (4‐2233;
Downloads: Event Flyer, Schedule


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

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced - Main Campus

Beginning – Mon., Apr. 20, 2 – 3 p.m.
             Intermediate – Tues., Apr. 21, 3 – 4 p.m.
             Advanced – Mon., Apr. 20, 3 – 4 p.m.
Where: CHSS, PACE Conference Room

The Beginning group will continue with Lecture 7: Dynamic Lecturing.  The Intermediate Group will continue with Lecture 12:  Engaging the Discussion, Part 2. The Advanced group will continue with Lecture 18: Exam, Evaluation, and Feedback. Please come to any session that fits your schedule. Light refreshments are served before and after each session. Register through Talent Management or contact PACE ( or x4-2688) for assistance.  Please see flyers for additional information.

Contact: Marsha Harman (936-294-2688;
Download: Beginning; Intermediate; Advanced


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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