SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 18



University To Close for MLK Day

Sam Houston State University will be closed on Monday (Jan. 19) in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Classes will resume on Tuesday (Jan. 20), which is also the last day to register and process schedule changes for the spring semester.


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W-2s Available For Pick-Up Through Jan. 29

The Payroll Office is disbursing the W-2 wage and tax forms outside of the Cashier’s Office, on the first floor of the Estill Building, through the end of January.

The forms will be picked up by the Payroll Office after 5 p.m. on Jan. 29 and will be mailed out on Jan. 30.

Student W-2s are also available to be picked up and will be mailed out to whatever address is on the pay stubs.

In order to pick up W-2s, a photo identification card must be presented.

The Cashier’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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‘Little Red Cowboy Hat’ Illustrator To Give Seminar

Randy Cecil will be the featured illustrator for the library science department’s Children’s Book Illustration Art Seminar on Feb. 7. The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom A.

“The purpose of the art seminar is to enrich courses in children’s literature and to provide continuing education to area librarians and art teachers by providing an opportunity for participants to interact with and learn from a successful illustrator,” said Rosemary Chance, assistant professor of library science.

During the event, Cecil will make a presentation about his art and direct an art project using oil paints. Afterward, he will also autograph a selection of his books that will be for sale.

A Houston native, Cecil has been illustrating, and sometimes writing, children’s books for 12 years. He published 15 books, including “Little Red Cowboy Hat” and “Runaway Tortilla,” and three more in production.

The cost is $25 for teachers and librarians, and there is no cost for SHSU students.

The registration deadline will be Feb. 2. Seating is limited to 50 participants and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, or to register, contact Chance at or 936.294.1151, and for more information on Cecil, visit


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Group Garage Sale To Benefit Needy Children

Students in the biological sciences department’s PaleoBiology Lab will provide needy children with clothes, shoes and toys by selling some of their own.

The Koanaka Kids Project garage sale will be held on Saturday (Jan. 24) from 7 a.m. to noon at 2114 Avenue S.

“The Koanaka Kids Project is dedicated to helping orphans from Botswana by providing them with clothing, shoes and toys,” said KKP member Sophia Aguayo. “All proceeds from the garage sale will be used to purchase items for these needy children, many of whom are AIDS orphans.”

The sale will include primarily clothing, shoes and books, and while donations will also be accepted, “no offer will be refused," Aguyao said.

For more information, contact Aguayo at


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Art Exhibits To Showcase Faculty Works

Not one but two different art exhibitions will be available in the SHSU art department for viewing this week.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery will feature paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, printmaking, drawings and animation created by most of the current SHSU art faculty beginning Tuesday (Jan. 20). The exhibit will be open from noon to 5 p.m. through Feb. 6.

The Students of Fine Arts Gallery also will feature works by visiting scholar of graphic design JiYoon Kim through Thursday (Jan. 22).

“Digitype {Hangul}” is an “exploration of artistic ideas contrasted with Korean culture,” according to Kim, who is at SHSU from Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea.

“One example of unique Korean culture is Hangul, the Korean alphabet,” he said. “I have expressed the philosophical meaning of Hangul motifs and created the relationship between Hangul and digital media.

The Korean alphabet was invented in 1444 and promulgated it in 1446 during the reign of King Sejong, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty. Originally called “Hunmin jeongeum,” the alphabet means "the correct sounds for the instruction of the people,” Kim said.

Because this exhibition can only be viewed digitally, the show is by appointment only.

A public reception will be held for both shows on Thursday, from 5-7 p.m.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is located in Art Building F, and the SOFA Gallery is located in Art Building A. Both galleries are located in the SHSU Art complex.

For more information, contact Debbie Davenport Harper, audio/visual librarian for the art department, at 936.294.1317.


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Tour To Showcase Constellations, Give ‘Moon Dreams’

The physics department will explore Orion, Gemini, Taurus and other constellations currently visible during the “Winter Skies and Moon Dreams” on Friday (Jan. 23).

The planetarium series program will be held at 7 p.m. in the Planetarium, located in Farrington Building Room F102.

“‘Moon Dreams’ is a full-dome program that talks about man’s fascination with the moon, it’s effects on us, and how we have studied it,” said Michael Prokosch, staff laboratory assistant for the physics department.

The show will last approximately one hour, and admission is free.

“Winter Skies and Moon Dreams” also will be shown Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., March 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and March 27 at 7 p.m. In April, the program will change to showcase spring constellations.

The Planetarium seats up to 29 visitors and includes a dome that is approximately 18 feet in diameter and more than 20 feet high in the center, according to Prokosch.

For more information on current show times for the Planetarium or the Observatory, call 936.294.3664 or e-mail Prokosch at


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SHSU Media Contacts: Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Jan. 16, 2009
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