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The SHSU Food Pantry, in conjunction with the Student Money Management Center and the Houston Food Bank, fed students' growling stomachs Thursday by Johnson Coliseum, where a truck carrying 10,000 pounds of fresh produce is stationed, gave out the fruits and veggies. —Photo by Brian Blalock


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SHSU Update

For Week of March 1



Remembrances Scheduled For Former CJ Dean, Research AVP

Richard WardFormer SHSU College of Criminal Justice Dean and Associate Vice President for Research and Special Programs Richard H. Ward passed away on Feb. 17 in Bethany, Connecticut. A memorial was held at the University of New Haven on Feb. 21, and another will take place in late March in Chicago, where he and his wife lived before coming to SHSU in 1999. During a stellar career in criminal justice, he was an NYPD officer, police detective, writer, educator, and university administrator. Memorial gifts can be made to the Richard and Michelle Ward Scholarship Endowment at SHSU. His obituary can be found here.




Vicki BarrilleauxSHSU To 'Go Blue' For Colon Cancer Awareness

Sam Houston State University admissions analyst Vicki Barrilleaux will lead the “SHSU Goes Blue” event on March 4, discussing the prevalence of colon cancer in recognition of the 7th National Dress in Blue Day. Details.




Jack StaggsSix Recognized For Distinguished Service In Education

The 2015 Distinguished Educator of the Year award winners include Meghan Zigmond, “Distinguished Elementary Teacher;” Cara Moreland, “Distinguished Secondary Teacher;” Tiffany Woods-Simon, “Distinguished Support Professional;” Pamela Wells, “Distinguished Administrator;” Steve Johnson, “Friend of Education;” and Jack Staggs, “Legacy Award” recipient. Details.



Tracy SteeleSaturday Memorial Scheduled For History Professor

The SHSU Department of History will honor and remember Tracy Steele, associate professor of history, during a public ceremony on Saturday (Feb. 28), at 3:30 p.m. at Austin Hall. Steele died Sunday afternoon at the age of 54 after having metastatic melanoma. Read Hannah Zedaker's Houstonian article on Steele's life here.




CHSS logoConference To Bring International Scholars To Campus

The Sam Houston State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences will welcome international scholars from across the disciplines to present their research March 4-5 for the Seventh Medicine, Humanities, and Social Sciences Conference. Students can attend sessions for free but must register to attend all of the conference's activities. Details.




TSUS logoRegents Approve Construction, Name Changes At Meeting

A summary of action taken regarding Sam Houston State University by the Texas State University System Board of Regents quarterly meeting on Feb. 19-20 can be found here.




Machinal groupTheatre To Perform At Kennedy Regional Conference

Sam Houston State University’s Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre is one of six schools invited to perform its production of Sophie Treadwell’s “Machinal” at the weeklong Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, this year in San Angelo. Details.  




Book cover for "An Eye For An Eye"CJ Prof's Book Takes Reader Deep Into Crime, Punishment

Mitchel P. Roth's latest book "An Eye For An Eye: A Global History Of Crime And Punishment" covers just about every crime and form of punishment imaginable from petty wrongdoings to serial murders and stoning to lethal injection, along with the role they have played in cultures and societies throughout the world.  Details.




Brendon UrieSammypalooza To Bring 'Panic' To Johnson Coliseum

Tickets for the Panic! at the Disco-headlined concert are available for students, faculty and staff through Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum Box Office No. 2. Ticket pickup requires an active Bearkat OneCard. Public tickets go on sale March 4. Details.




Sam's gravesiteAnnual March 2 Celebration Events Announced

Festivities for Texas Independence Day and Gen. Sam Houston's Birthday include a morning reception, a graveside ceremony, lunch, the dedication of the Gene Pipes Amphitheater, “Toast to Texas,” and birthday cake. Details.





green lightUPD Hearkens 'Green Light' Tradition In New Renovations

The Charles W. Tackett University Police Building now includes larger office spaces and an upgraded, brown exterior, replete with green lights that glow at night, hearkening a 17th-century tradition. Details.




David PyroozStudy Finds U.S. Juvenile Gang Membership Tops 1 Million

There are more than 1 million juvenile gang members in the U.S., more than three times the number estimated by law enforcement, according to a new study by Sam Houston State University assistant professor of criminal justice David Pyrooz. Details.




SHSU Offers First Multi-Disciplinary Ph.D. Program Forensic Science

Sam Houston State University launched the nation’s first interdisciplinary doctoral degree in forensic science to meet the growing needs of public and private crime labs and to train faculty for higher education programs in the expanding field. Details.




Caroline Castillo CrimmRetired Professor, Alumnus Named To CHSS Wall Of Honor

A Sam Houston State University alumnus and a long-time professor will join a dozen others whose personal and professional accomplishments have earned them a place on the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’s “Wall of Honor." The induction ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 27. Details.





Upcoming Performance To Take Audiences 'Beyond!'

Dreams, adventure and memory are just a few of the themes that Nicolay Dance Works explores in its newest dance creation—“Beyond!”—being presented on Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. at Old Town Theatre in downtown Huntsville. Details.




Bryan AlexanderTeaching Conference To Explore Online Education

Sam Houston State University Online will engage professors in topics related to distance education during its fourth annual Teaching and Learning Conference, March 26-27 in the Lowman Student Center. Details.




Michael Williams‘Let’s Talk!’ Scholarship Event Scheduled For March 19

Sam Houston State University will host its eighth annual “Let’s Talk!” scholarship benefit event on March 19, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. Details.














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