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Sam Houston Professors Deliver Speeches As If They Were Their ‘Last Lecture’

Bob Maninger, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, tells Houston Matters about the SHSU Last Lecture series, what is often discussed, and what he hopes people take away from the lectures. Details. 

Education Profs Talk Diversity In Chronicle Of Higher Ed

Professors Rebecca Bustamante, Ricardo Montelongo and Paul Eaton—all of SHSU's Department of Educational Leadership—recently discussed strategies for teaching diversity online in a feature in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Contact: Rebecca Bustamante, Ricardo Montelongo, or Paul Eaton

Global Center Director Talks Labels, Endorsements On HPR

Kelli Arena, executive director of the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy, provided a journalistic perspective on the use of labels in discussing groups in the media as part of a panel on identity and labels on Houston Matters, a public affairs show on Houston Public Media. She also served as a Houston Matters panelist discussing the influence of newspaper endorsements of political candidates.

Contact: Kelli Arena

CJ Professor Explores Prison Rodeo History On Houston Radio

Mitchel Roth, professor of criminal justice, talked about his new book "Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo" on Houston Matters, a public affairs show on Houston Public Media. The piece chronicles the 50-year history of the event, which grew to become the largest sporting event in the state. Listen to the interview here.

Contact: Mitchel Roth

Education Prof Addresses Tuition Costs In Houston Area

Assistant professor of educational leadership Matthew Fuller reflected on the impact of the economy on college attendance in a Community Impact News article on the rising cost of postsecondary education in the Houston area. In the story, Fuller discussed how community college enrollment is countercyclical and that when the economy is worse, students often decide to go back to school to diversify their possibilities.

Contact: Matthew Fuller

Counseling Prof Featured For Unique Teaching Technique 

SHSU distinguished professor of counseling Richard Watts was featured in "Counseling Today," a publication of the American Counseling Association, for his unique approach to teaching students about rational emotive behavior therapy. Watts sings song's he's written to illustrate the irrational beliefs Albert Ellis outlines to combat REBT.

Contact: Richard Watts

Economist Responds To 'Financial Gaps' Listing

A recent article by, ranking states by wage disparity by race, included an interview with economics professor Mark Frank, who discussed the reasons for the disparity and what can be done to curb inequality. Frank's research interests include the economics of alcohol advertising, income inequality, and telecom regulation.

Contact: Mark Frank



Prof Comments On 'Dismantling' Of Houston's African American History

Associate professor of history Bernadette Pruitt questioned why African American history is "so easily discarded" in an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle. Her piece explored the history of the area of Houston designated as Freemen's Town, which, in being upgraded could remove the original bricks laid by former slaves. Pruitt is an expert on African American urban history, internal migrations and civil rights. Read her article, here.

Contact: Bernadette Pruitt



Roth Interviewed On France's Terror Attacks

Criminal justice professor Mitch Roth was interviewed by KPRC-TV, Channel 2, in Houston for his comments about the recent terrorist attacks in France.

Contact: Mitch Roth



VP For University Advancement Discusses Alumni Association Dues Model

Vice President for University Advancement Frank Holmes discussed the “Hybrid Model” used by SHSU’s Alumni Association for membership dues in the feature article “Dues or No Dues,” which appeared in the April 2014 issue of Currents magazine. The magazine is the official publication of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Contact: Frank Holmes



History Professor Recalls Tax-Cut History For Wall Street Journal

Brian Domitrovic, chair of the history department, co-wrote a piece with Larry Kudlow that appeared in The Wall Street Journal on March 4, 2014, on the history of the Democratic Party champion tax cuts. The article was written to recognize the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing sweeping tax cuts and discussed the historical effects of that legislation.

Contact: Brian Domitrovic




Economics Professor Shares Thoughts On Income Inequality

Professor of economics Mark Frank discussed his data on income inequality in Texas since the 1970s in a Dallas Morning News article. His statistics show the disparity in the income taken home for the top 10 and top 1 percent of earners and suggest that the gap has widened between the rich in the poor since the 1970s. His research also has appeared on NPR and in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Contact: Mark Frank




Sociology Professor Comments On Aftermath Of Colorado Flooding

Andrew Prelog, assistant professor of sociology, was quoted in The Coloradoan about the lack of looting following the recent flooding in Colorado. He explained that altruism was the most likely reaction.

Contact: Andrew Prelog



Student Money Management Expert Discusses Building A Budget

Kristy Vienne, assistant vice president for student services, talked about building a budget before making long-term financial commitments in an article about eliminating student loan debt for Fox Business.

Contact:  Kristy Vienne



Criminal Justice Professor Comments On Spotting Terrorists

Phillip Lyons, a professor in the College of Criminal Justice and executive director for the Center for Policing Innovation, was recently featured in a Discovery News article on how to spot a terrorist before they act. Lyons stressed the importance of community policing and the need for citizens to report suspicious activity to police.

Contact: Phillip Lyons



Professors Discuss Financial Literacy With Online Outlet

Nicole Garrison, a lecturer who teaches business principles and personal finance, and Timothy Jones, an associate professor of education, discussed financial literacy among Texas college students and in high schools with Card Hub, a research tool that allows people to search, compare and apply for credit cards.

Contacts: Nicole Garrison, Timothy Jones



Junior Fellows Get Press For DC Trip

Sam Houston State's Junior Fellows have been featured in several media outlets for their 2013 inauguration trip, including Bryan/College Station's KBTX (click on the screencap to watch the video), the Tyler Morning Telegraph and the Tyler television station KLTV (also via the screencap).

Contact: Mike Yawn



Houston Chronicle Features Mitch Roth's Newest Book

Criminal justice professor Mitch Roth's latest book "Houston Blue: The Story of the Houston Police Department" was featured in an article in the Houston Chronicle on Nov. 25.He also was featured more recently in a half-hour podcast on the book at Police Magazine.

Contact:  Mitch Roth


Halmari Comments On Person-First Language

Department of English professor and chair Helena Halmari discussed the use of person-first language in a recent article in the Canadian Medical Journal.

Contact:  Helena Halmari


KAGS Explores Holiday Spending With Peer Counselor

KAGS TV, an NBC affiliate in College Station, recently interviewed junior Samantha McKinley, a peer counselor with SHSU's Student Money Management Center, for a story on holiday spending. The SMMC is a financial outreach and educational program created to improve the financial well-being of our students by providing the unbiased education, counseling, tools, and solutions students need in order to achieve financial independence.

Contact: SHSU's Student Money Management Center



Ruffin's New Book Featured in Jackson Magazine

The Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion Ledger/Jackson Magazine recently ran a piece on Paul Ruffin's new collection of essays, Travels With George In Search of Ben Hur. Ruffin is the 2009 Texas State Poet Laureate, a Texas State University System Regents Professor, and Distinguished Professor of English at SHSU.

Contact:  Paul Ruffin



Bytheway, 'Body Farm' Featured In Houston Chronicle

Joan Bytheway, director of SHSU's Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility, and the facility itself were featured in a Houston Chronicle article by Allan Turner on the work done there. STAFS is one of four willed body donation sites in the world for the study of forensic science, especially as it pertains to human remains, for crime scene and criminal investigations. Before joining SHSU, Bytheway evaluated mass graves in Iraq, which led to the conviction of Saddam Hussein.

Contact: Joan Bytheway



Department Chair Talks Taxes On CSPAN

History department chair Brian Domitrovic gave a talk at the Cato Institute on Aug. 14, 2012, on income inequality and taxes that was covered by CSPAN.

Contact: Brian Domitrovic




Professor Profiled For 'Texas Economy'

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Management Victor Sower answered questions on his latest book Better Business Decisions Using Cost Modeling: For Procurement, Operations, and Supply Chain Professionals, co-authored with his son Chris, in a profile for the Texas Economy, a website run by the Texas Comptroller's office that provides news, trends and analysis on issues affecting the state's economy.

Contact: Victor Sower



Policing Program Highlighted On 'Voice'

Sam Houston State University's police exchange program with Zhejiang Police College in China was recently featured on Voice of America in a story on Chinese/American policing collaborations. The story profiled Chinese police cadets who study for a year at the College of Criminal Justice and a video of their internships with the Alvin and League City Police Departments.

Contact: Ling Ren, Jurg Gerber



Article Examining Reagan's Gas-Price Policy Features Domitrovic

History department chair Brian Domitrovic was interviewed by Investor's Business Daily for an article that examines President Ronald Reagan's "vital lesson on reducing gas prices." Domitrovic argues that when Reagan's energy, monetary and tax cut policies were in full swing in early 1983, "the whole energy crisis was on the cusp of vanishing from the scene."

Contact: Brian Domitrovic



Houston Station Features Forensic Scientist

Joan Bytheway, director of the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility, was recently featured on Houston's CBS affiliate KHOU-TV. Bytheway helped the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office piece together a 2010 murder case, leading to a post plea confession by the suspect.

Contact: Joan Bytheway



Prison Historian Featured In International News Story

Criminal Justice professor Mitch Roth was quoted in an Associated Press story about the deadly prison fire in Honduras on Feb. 14. He was also featured on Al Jazeera television in Houston on the topic. Roth is a noted prison historian.

Contact: Mitch Roth




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