Approximately 3,000 canned goods were collected during the 96th Annual Tree of Light Ceremony and donated to the Good Shepherd Mission by the Bearkat community this week. Pictured on front row (from left) are: Good Shepherd Mission of Huntsville director Dave Smith; SHSU Student Activities staff members Steven Begnaud and Rachel Valle; SA student Aaron Flanagan; and SA director Brandon Cooper. Back row: SA staff member Kelly Patterson; and SA students Chase McCosham, Ian Bode and Brett Rojas. —Photo by Brian Blalock

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SHSU Update

For Week of Nov. 27


Natural History Museum Gets Buzz-Worthy Donation 


The Museum of Natural History at Sam Houston State University is now home to more than 300,000 parasitic wasp specimens that can be used for research and various biological functions. Details

LEAP Ambassadors Do Better Than ‘OK’ In Sooner State Trip LeapOK100

Five of Sam Houston State University’s LEAP Ambassadors recently made Oklahoma their residence for a four-day educational stay. The visit was part of the LEAP Center’s “Road Scholars” program, in which the ambassadors participate in an academic activity while also making the most of the cultural amenities of their destination. Details

Performance To Celebrate Ballet's 200th Anniversary Nutcracker100

Choreographed by Sam Houston State University dance professor Dana Nicolay, the Nicolay Dance Works production of “A Wynne Home Nutcracker” will include four, 40-minute performances Dec. 6-10, beginning at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. Details

Alumnus Donates Branch-Davidian Siege Memorabiliawaco mem100

Former McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch has donated memorabilia from the Branch-Davidian siege, including photos of the compound, maps that hung on the walls in the command center and copies of his testimony before Congress to Special Collections at the SHSU Newton Gresham Library. Details.

SHSU Trio Receives DOJ Grant To Evaluate Police Training FranklinCortney100

Cortney Franklin, Leana Bouffard and William Wells received a nearly $400,000 grant from the Office of Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice to study the effectiveness of training, which is aimed at reducing gender bias in police responses to these crimes. Details.

Coliseum Renovations Offer Upgraded Amenities  ColiseumBoardMain100

Sam Houston State University’s Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum has officially reopened its doors as of Nov. 5 after a six-month renovation process. The renovation is the first major upgrade of the coliseum since it opened 40 years ago and is both a physical and behind-the-scenes enhancement. Details

Alumni To Speak At December Graduation Ceremonies Nan McRaven

Public affairs consultant Nan McCraven will address Dec. 9 graduates at 9:30 a.m. from the Colleges of Criminal Justice and Fine Arts and Mass Communication and at 2:30 p.m. graduates from the Colleges of Health Sciences and Science and Engineering Technology. Insurance broker Kenneth Ross will address Dec. 10 graduates at 9:30 a.m. for graduates from the College of Business Administration and at 2:30 p.m. for graduates from the Colleges of Education and Humanities and Social Sciences. Details

FormulaOrange copySmStudent Services Becomes Student Affairs

The name of SHSU's Division of Student Services has been changed to the Division of Students Affairs, effective immediately, following a review of the division's objectives, as well as its development of a student success formula. Details.

Orange Keys Recognize Faculty, Staff For 'Excellence' Keys Of Excellence

The Orange Keys Student Ambassadors honored Sam Houston State University faculty and staff who have made an impact on their lives with the first Keys of Excellence Award ceremony on Nov. 8. Details

Study Finds Police Receive Little Elder Abuse Training ElderAbuseImage100

Law enforcement officers are often the first to respond to and investigate suspected cases of elder abuse, but nine out of 10 officers receive no training on how to handle these cases, according to a study by the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University. Details



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