SHSU Update For Week Of April 4




Manhein To Give ‘Distinguished’ Lecture Thursday

Physical anthropologist and bioarchaeologist Mary H. Manhein, who has handled more than 1,000 forensic cases during her 27 years of experience in field recovery and analysis of human skeletal remains, will present the Sam Houston State University Faculty Distinguished Lecturer discussion on Thursday (April 8).

"Forensic Anthropology in the 21st Century: Myths, Miracles, and a Dose of Reality" will be presented at 2 p.m. in the Smith-Hutson Business Building’s Mafrige Auditorium.

Manhein is the director of the Louisiana State University Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Lab, director of the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing Persons Information Program, and Professional in Residence in Anthropology in LSU’s Department of Geography and Anthropology.

She has also served as deputy coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish since 1993 and is certified as an expert witness in forensic anthropology for Texas and Louisiana.

A member of the National Disaster Medical System DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response) Team, Region VI, Manhein assisted with recovery of the astronauts from the Columbia disaster and with cemetery recovery work during Hurricane Ike. She also participated in field retrieval and analysis of forensic cases involving major disasters at several oil refineries, and she has been called upon many times to serve as a consultant or investigator in the excavation of historic burial sites.

Manheim has appeared on various national network programs including America’s Most Wanted, Discovery Health, and New Detectives and has been featured in special reports by CSNBC news and MSNBC news.

She has been a guest on more than 25 appearances of Fox TV’s “Missing” program in which clay facial reconstructions completed in her laboratory on unidentified persons were publicized over regional television. In 2004, Manhein’s work on Precious Doe was featured on A&E network’s “Cold Case Files.”

The lecture is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

For more information, contact the Office of the President at 936.294.1013.


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Director To Share Work On Extending Cancer Research

Brant Fulcher, director for global business development at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, will discuss “Eliminating Cancer: Extending the Mission to the World” on Wednesday (April 7).

The sixth global business series lecture, sponsored by the department of management and marketing, will be held at 11 a.m. in the Bud and Joan Haney Auditorium, located in Smith-Hutson Business Building Room 186.

As director for global business development, Fulcher identifies, investigates and qualifies external business opportunities for the institution. He has served in that capacity since 2008.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, with a bachelor’s degree in economics, he previously worked for GartnerGroup; Deloitte Consulting, in their healthcare practice; and Healthcare Technologies International, which partners with hospitals around the world to jointly develop premier oncology programs.

In 2000, Fulcher began work with Varian Medical Systems, the world’s leading provider of radiation therapy equipment to treat cancer. He held various positions within Varian’s sales organization, including Sales Manager of Latin America and leading sales efforts in Texas and the Northwestern United States.

For more information, contact Irfan Ahmed, assistant professor of marketing, at 936.294.1276 or


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Mentor, Protégé Nominations Sought For New Award

Students and faculty who want to honor their mentor or mentees have until April 15 to submit their nominations for the inaugural SHSU Mentoring Award.

The fund, disseminated through the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, will annually recognize one student and one faculty or staff member with a $1,000 prize.

“Students benefit significantly from the informal education that mentors provide on how to navigate an often unfamiliar territory, whether it be moving through the ranks of higher education, continuing their academic career into post-graduate study, or even transitioning successfully into their first professional job,” said Candi Harris, SAM Center staff associate. “I believe this new award opportunity speaks to the value placed on mentoring relationships in higher education.”

Students who want to nominate a faculty or staff mentor should submit a one-page essay about why their mentor should be chosen and how their mentor has made a difference in their life. Mentors also submit a one-page essay on their student, including why he or she should win the award and what kind of change they have seen in their student as a result of their mentoring relationship.

Mentors and protégés do not both have to be nominated to win, nor do they have be a part of an official mentoring program.
Nominations are due by 5 p.m. and can be turned in to Harris, in College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 190.

Winners will be announced the week of April 26, and a reception will be held to honor participants at 3 p.m. on April 29 in the SAM Center. The reception is open to the university community.

The criteria are also listed online at

For more information, contact Harris at 936.294.4628 or


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Production To Bring ‘Big Love’ To Showcase Theatre

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will present a modern retelling of a Greek tragedy with Charles L. Mee’s “Big Love” Tuesday through Saturday (April 6-10).

Show times are at 8 p.m. each day, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

A modern version of Aeschylus’s “The Suppliant Woman,” the play follows 50 sisters who flee to a villa on the Italian coast in order to escape from their arranged marriages.

Beset by this problem of marriage to the 50 grooms who pursue them, the brides, devise a plan to “take care” of the situation.
“Big Love” explores the themes of love, sexuality, masculinity, feminism and social expectations.

In an interesting twist the role of the three main brides and grooms are double cast and each performance will feature a different ensemble of wedding party.

The cast includes musical theatre majors Whitney Coulter, Jared Cummings, Adrianna Jones, Kristina Kee, Max Pierce, Cole Ryden, Liz Tinder and Kim Truncale, as well as theatre majors Josh Fehrmann, Allegra Fox, Calvin Hudson, Trey Kroon, Patrick Massey, Aaron Phillips, Carlos Salinas, Katie Stefaniak and Autumn Woods.

The production is directed by theatre faculty member David McTier, who also designed the sound.

Other designers include theatre majors Veronica LaCombe, costumes, and Jeff Lindquist, lights, set and props.

The stage manager is SHSU theatre education major Brittni Merritt.

Tickets are $8 for general admission.

“Big Love” contains adult content and language; therefore, children under the age of three will not be admitted.

For more information, call the University Theatre Center Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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20 Flute Students To Perform In Two Recitals

Music majors from the SHSU Flute Studio will play a range of music styles, from Baroque to 20th century pieces, during two recitals on Sunday (April 11).

The recitals will be held at 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Eighteen composers—from the Baroque, Classical, French Romantic and 20th century periods—will be represented during the concerts, performed by freshmen through graduate students who have academic emphases in flute performance, music education and music therapy.

They will be accompanied by students from the “Collaborative Piano” class and staff pianist Mieun Lee.

“Most of the instrumentation is for flute and piano, but several pieces are for flute alone and there is one flute quartet on the second program,” said Kathy Daniel, associate professor of flute. “The flute and piano students have been working diligently to prepare for these performances.”

Performers for the 2:30 p.m. concert include Shelbi Charanza Craig, Mayra Hernandez, Brooke Piskator, Allison Rainwater, Kristen Sillyman, Amanda Ernst, Torie Gatlin, Courtney Alexander, Kiersten Ortiz and Heather Lemieux, accompanied by Rebeca Geabou, Andreea Mut and Christian Restrepo.

Performers for the 3:45 p.m. recital include Chase Scott, Alissa Brown, Mariah Marquez, Kaitlin Vaughn, Amber Hrynczyszyn, Lauren Lee, Haley Shelton and LeAnn Roth, with a final piece played by Hrynczyszyn, Roth, Krysta Russell and Vicky Williamson. Lee, Mut and Jessica Hernandez will accompany the performers.

Admission for both recitals is free.

For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.


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Art Students Design ‘Something Digital’

Art created digitally by nine SHSU art students will be on display in the SHSU art department’s SOFA Gallery Monday through Friday (April 5-9).

“Something Digital” includes art from a variety of media by Aaron Ashton, Dane Classen, Jay Cronin, Katherinne Diaz, Jeffrey Loh, Olivia Stinebower, Kara Phillips and Justin Weyand.

The exhibit is curated by a group of students enrolled in the department’s “Museum and Gallery Practices” class, designed to teach students to organize exhibits and learn the operations of museums and galleries.

As part of the class, student curators sent out a call for entries to all art students and selected the works in the exhibit from printed and digital pieces submitted by artists.

A reception will be held for the artists and curators on Thursday (April 8), from 5-7 p.m.

The SOFA Gallery is located in Art Building A, on 20th Street and Sam Houston Avenue.

For more information, contact Michael Henderson, associate professor of art, at 936.294.1318 or


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Beta Gamma Sigma Inducts 66

Sam Houston State University’s College of Business Administration has “tapped” 66 of its “Best in Business” for their academic success into the James E. Gilmore Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma.

During the induction ceremony, on March 26 in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom, the international honor society also recognized university president Jim Gaertner as a Chapter Honoree, according to Mark Tuttle, associate professor in the department of economics and international business and Beta Gamma Sigma faculty adviser.

“Only the best business students in the world, and the professionals who earned the distinction of ‘the Best in Business’ during their academic careers, can claim membership in Beta Gamma Sigma,” he said. “This year’s Beta Gamma Sigma inductees from Sam Houston State University have certainly earned that title.”

Only schools accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—are eligible to have chapters of Beta Gamma Sigma. Students ranking in the top 7 percent of the junior class; top 10 percent of the senior class; and top 20 percent of graduate programs in the College of Business at Sam Houston State are eligible for this invitation.

Among the spring inductees are: Alexandra Nichole Paterni, Alysia R. Houston, Amanda Nicole Baske, Amy Lynn Bell, Andrei A. Sardo, Andrew Milton Charl Taylor, Anna Elisabeth Bailey, Arlen Aidee Alanis, Aspen Nicole Fagan, Benjamin Frank Roper, Brad Ellett Bickmore, Brandon Davis, Brittny Regine Singleton, Charles Fredrick Vogel II and Chelsea Rene Peverill.

Also, Christopher David Nelson, Courtney L. Goffinet-Pourteau, Crista Cobbs, Daniel William Cloud, David Adam Courtade, Debbie Marie Campbell, Delynn Louise Dudley, Diane Louise Nailor, Emily Jean Flower, Eric Anthony Steglich, Gordon Lesesne Wilson, James H. Burton, Jared William Albrecht, Jaron Abrian Moore, Jennifer Amanda Mohler, Kenneth Anthony Stavinoha and Kristina Tekla Dowgun.

Also, Kyle Alan Rhodes, Kymberly Joy Loving, Laura Elizabeth Cameron, Lauren Nicole Stout, Lidiya Igoryevna Tsurkanu, Lyndee M. Bullock, Marisol Amanda Saenz, Melanie Ann Kalisek, Melinda Marie Pellegrino, Melissa Ann Barrett, Michael A. Bosquez, Michael Nolan Bates, Mindy Michelle McHenry, Natalie Yvonne Gonzalez, Naybi Estefania Aguiar Rubio and Rachel Elizabeth Fly.

And finally, Rodolfo B. Hernandez Jr., Ryan Elizabeth Murphy, Scott David Clark, Seth Colton Newsome, Stephen Dale Covell, Steven Glenn Blair, Steven Nathan Montgomery, Therese Hager, Traci Irene George, Tracy Kittell Schultz, Valerie Beth Merkel, Vicki Lynn Palmer, Whitney Noelle Wetuski, William Charles Caron, Yatendra R. Rajapaksa and Yoojin Lee.

Mitchell Muehsam, COBA dean, serves as chapter president.


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Senior Earns Honor Society Scholarship

SHSU senior Anna Bailey has been selected as the recipient of the Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society scholarship.

Bailey has received $1,000 “for her superior performance in the study of business,” according to Mark Tuttle, associate professor in the department of economics and international business and Beta Gamma Sigma faculty adviser.

“By definition, those who earn honor society membership, especially in the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma, are the very best among their peers,” he said. “To receive a Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship, however, indicates that a student has earned the right to be considered the absolute best at one of the world’s finest business schools.”

Bailey, an accounting major, plans to graduate from SHSU in December.

Since 1988, the society and its member deans have awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to outstanding student members from around the world.

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate (undergraduate) or post-baccalaureate (master’s) program at a school accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

To be eligible for membership, the academic ranking of those being considered must place them in the upper 7 percent of their junior class, upper 10 percent of the senior class or upper 20 percent of the graduating master’s class.


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