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  April 2011
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Halloween Photo: Mentors at Student Advising and Mentoring Center

  Dear SAM Mentor  
Dear Sam Mentor is a column that will appear in each issue of the Transfer Times. If you have a question that you would like answered, email it to SAM Mentor at and you will receive a response. If we think it is of general interest we will publish it in the next news letter.

  Dear SAM Mentor  
I am a transfer student here at SHSU. I have been here for almost a year and I love it! I have pretty good grades and I am beginning to think about graduate school. I will graduate in December 2011 and I worry that I have left it too late and I don't even know where to start. HELP!!!

Dear Successful But Worried,
First of all well done! You have been academically successful!! You did not say in your letter what your major is so the information I am going to give you will be pretty general. I want to make four important suggestions.

  Tips from Transfers  

  1. Consider Transfer Orientation. It isn't mandatory but it can offer some useful tips
  2. We are looking for some more transfer students to sit on our Transfer Student Advisory Board. If interested contact Dr. Strauss at
  3. The Transfer Advisory Board is putting together a blog that will speak about the transfer experience. Keep your eyes open for the address. In the meantime here is a bio from Rachel Brass, a psychology major and a member of our Transfer Student Advisory Board.

  4. "My name is Rachel Brass and I am a transfer student from Lone Star College in the Woodlands, TX. This is my first semester at Sam Houston State, and it has been a struggle to find out everything, from where buildings are to what to do to look for housing and so much more. About a month-and-a-half into the semester I got an invitation to join the Honors College. I had no idea what the Honors College was or how to join or why I should join. I've never been to any orientation and as a result I never received any information about the college. I felt like I had been thrown into a huge body of students without the slightest idea of what I was doing.

    Does this sound even close to something you've experienced at Sam Houston? My suggestion; do what I have done. Join a club, talk to mentors, and be proactive. Now with the Transfer Times coming into circulation life is being made easy for transfer students. All the information you will ever need is in the transfer times. And if you have any questions you can email me at"

  5. Visit the Mentors at the Student Advising and Mentoring Center CHSS 190. We want to be of help in your academic problems solving

Mentor Profile: John Jordan (find him in the photo)

I'm a native of Huntsville and alumnus of SHSU, where I earned a B.A. in Philosophy, a M.A. in History, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction. I teach U.S. and World history survey courses in addition to University 1301. I also serve on one of the Honor's College Entrance Committees and help coordinate the Academic Challenge competitions on campus. My position as an Academic Mentor at the SAM Center allows me to interact with and help students who can benefit from a support structure on campus. It is always easier for students to ask questions of a familiar face and I like being that familiar face.


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