SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 17



First Career Week To Provide Info On Variety Of Skills

Career Services will show students how to dress for success and meet with departments that have job openings on campus as two of its Career Week activities.

The inaugural Career Week will kick off on Tuesday (Jan. 19) with “From Backpack to Briefcase,” at 10:45 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

During the fashion show, student will learn the “dos and don’ts” of professional dress, as well as interview suiting, business casual dress, job fair attire and dressing on a budget.

On Wednesday (Jan. 20), students can get their resumes critiqued, practice interviewing skills and learn about Career Fair etiquette in preparation for the many job fairs Career Services hosts. The Mock Career will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LSC Atrium.

Students can put that knowledge to use on Thursday (Jan. 21) when approximately 10 departments will be seeking student workers during the On-Campus Job Fair, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. Departments will be hiring both work-study and non-work study students, according to Paige Andrews, Career Services career fair and special events coordinator.

Finally, Career Week will wrap up on Friday (Jan. 22) by giving students an overview of the services offered by Career Services during an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Academic Building IV Suite 210.

Refreshments will be served and tours of the Career Services facility will also be offered.

Career Week was designed to provide “a convenient and effective means for students and alumni” to gain job skills, according to Andrews.

“We decided to have this event to meet three main needs we have seen among our students. The first is to provide them with marketable skills that will need to compete in this slowly recovering job market,” she said. “Secondly, students today are busy and attending the multiple workshops we offer is not always possible.

“The last reason is that there has been an expressed interest from employers to provide our students with current standards for interview attire, as well as the skills to effectively communicate,” she said.

For more information, call Career Services at 936.294.1714.


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Library Offers Text Messaging Reference Services

Students needing to know the hours for the Newton Gresham Library have a new means to find out.

The NGL can now be reached by text through the offering of free text message reference services.

“We're offering this because we want to make sure students have different options to get in touch with the library and the information they need regardless of where they're physically at,” said Michelle Martínez, assistant professor of library science and NGL reference librarian.

“Students might use this texting service to quickly get information about library hours, whether we have a certain book, how to pay fines or renew books, where on campus a certain office is located, or other questions like these that the Reference Desk often answers,” she said.
To utilize the service, students send a text message to 66746 and start the question with “AskSHSU;” for example, “AskSHSU What are the library hours on Saturdays?”

While students can text 24 hours a day, answers will only be provided during library hours.

“If we're closed they'll get a response letting them know that we're closed and to text us when we're open,” Martínez said. “Of course, there is some information that is too complicated to explain or too long to deliver through a text message, and in those cases we'll ask them to call or come into the library.”

For more information, contact the NGL at 936.294.1614 or Martínez at

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‘Look To The Stars’ Illustrator To Give Art Seminar

Wendell Minor, whose works have appeared in 44 children’s books, will be the featured presenter for the library science department’s spring Children’s Book Illustration Art Seminar on Feb. 6. The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Academic Building 4 Room 205.

“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, Minor will discuss his art and direct an art project using watercolors.

Afterward, he will also autograph a selection of his books that will be for sale.

The illustrator for Buzz Aldrin’s book Look to the Stars, Minor is from Aurora, Ill., and studied at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla.

His cover illustrations have been used for more than 2,000 works, including the covers of bestsellers Truman by David McCullough, The Prince of Tides and Beach Music by Pat Conroy, Fried Green Tomatoes and Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Julie's Wolf Pack by Jean Craighead George, Alaska by James Michener and Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry.

The cost is $25 for teachers and librarians, which includes all art supplies, and there is no cost for SHSU students.

The registration deadline will be Feb. 1. Seating is limited to 40 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 Minor, visit


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50th Exhibit To Showcase Faculty Works

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery will feature the works of many of the SHSU art department faculty members during an exhibit that will begin Tuesday (Jan. 19).

A public reception for the 50th Annual SHSU Faculty Art Exhibit, which will be on display through Feb. 11, will be held on Thursday (Jan. 21), from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery.

The exhibit will include a wide variety of mediums, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, electronic mixed media and video installation, according to Debbie Harper, art department audio/visual librarian.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is located in the SHSU Art Complex Room 101, in Art Building F.

It is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Harper at 936.294.1317 or


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White Selected As Board Member

SHSU chemistry professor Rick White has been unanimously selected as a board member of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

White has been associated with DAAD for over 10 years. In 1998, he received his first DAAD grant to go to the University of Würzburg where he worked with Waldemar Adam on the photochemistry of phenyl hydroxylamine.

White was able to return to Würzburg as a recipient of another DAAD grant in 2002 to work on the photochemical extrusion of nitrogen from cyclic azo molecules.

He also went to Germany in 2007 to work with Heiko Ihmels at the Universität Siegen on the photochemistry of oxiranes.

White and his wife, Janis, are the developers of a science-based course in which they take students to Germany to talk about prominent chemists, most of whom are Nobel prize winners, their historical times, how their historical times influenced their work and how their efforts continue to impact lives.

The German Academic Exchange Service is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.

The agency offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to over 55,000 individuals per year. They also represent the German higher education system abroad, promote Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build ties between institutions around the world.


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Team Earns Second Place In Video Contest

Sam Houston State University’s National Ag Marketing Association placed second in Alpharma’s 2nd annual Reach Teach Learn student video contest.

NAMA’s video, “Agriculture is our Soul,” received 60 votes less than the first place winner, from the University of Missouri, in the contest. The team won $2,000 for its effort.

“The theme of the video must be a positive message, so they decided that making it moving and informative would be the best route,” said Michael Lau, assistant professor of agricultural business and NAMA adviser. “They wanted to show that agriculture is a part of everyday life. SHSU used only clips from the video contest and no produced pieces.”

This is the first time SHSU has competed in the competition.

Lau said the prize money will be used to fund the team’s trip to Kansas City to compete in the National Agrimarketing contest against 35 other universities.

NAMA team members who participated in the making of “Agriculture is our Soul” include Hector Menendez, Ashraf Abdalla, Tia Bland, Marlena Lazo, James Merrifield, Kaitlyn Nachlinger, Victor Weishuhn, Ryan Dach, Destiny McGallion, Brian Crabb, Jessica Allen and Trent Baca. The other adviser is Michelle Santiaga, assistant professor of agribusiness.

The Reach Teach Learn program is a grassroots educational program that supports local school districts and colleges through initiatives that encourage students to learn more about agriculture and how their food is produced, and then share their insights and the information they learned.

To see all of the winning videos, visit


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Workshops To Teach Piano, Guitar

The Office of Continuing Education will help those who would like to learn how to play a musical instrument but feel too busy to do so with two workshops in February.

“Just Once Piano For Busy People” will be held Feb. 8 from 6-9 p.m., and “Just Once Guitar for Busy Adults” will be held on Feb. 9 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Led by Dottie Hershey, the piano workshop will teach students how to use chords instead of traditional note-by-note music reading and how to use sheet music in an entirely new way.

After taking this workshop each student will have the tools to play popular music using the chord method, according to Hershey.
Piano experience is not required.

Led by Alan Richards, the one-time, two-hour hour guitar class will teach the basic chords on the guitar that will help participants start playing their favorite songs right away, according to Carolyn Gaines, Continuing Education coordinator.

Richards also discusses some of the common mistakes people make and the hurdles that prevent them from learning the guitar.
“Just Once Guitar for Busy Adults” also is designed for the beginner.

While participants don’t need to know anything about music or the guitar to attend the class, an acoustic guitar is required.

Each workshop costs $30, plus a $29 materials fee that will be collected in class by the instructor for a workbook and practice DVD.

The registration deadlines are Feb. 3 for the guitar class and Feb. 4 for the piano class.

For more information or to register, call the Continuing Education Office at 936.294.3869.


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