• SamWeb iconSamWeb
  • My Sam iconMy Sam
  • E-mail iconE-mail
  • SHSUOnline | Blackboard

Fast Links

Today @ Sam

SHSU Update For Week Of June 5

Share |



Raven Nest To Scramble With Mid-Week Tournaments

Raven Nest Golf Club will host its annual Wednesday Night Scramble this summer with four-person tournaments every other week beginning June 15.

The nine-hole scrambles, held on Wednesdays through Sept. 7, will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Participants must sign up either individually or as a team beginning a week prior to the scramble. Each Wednesday Night Scramble is limited to the first 18 teams that sign-up.

“As the summer continues the event becomes more popular,” said Paul Kopecky, Raven Nest assistant golf professional. “It really is a fun event that everyone truly enjoys.

“With this event, we want to give the Huntsville community a fun golfing experience in the middle of the week to get them through to the weekend,” he said.

The cost is $25 per person, which includes a golf, cart, food, drink and prizes. Winners will receive Pro Shop credit towards merchandise or golf.

The summer scrambles will also be on June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24 and Sept. 7.

For more information, or to sign-up, call the Raven Nest Pro Shop at 936.438.8588.


Back to top


Museum Sponsoring Annual Photo Contest

Avid amateur photographers can get exposure for their work and compete for cash prizes during the Sam Houston Memorial Museum’s 2011 Amateur Photo Contest.

The contest will recognize photographers in six different categories, including “Huntsville,” “Sam Houston Museum,” “Floral,” “People,” “Architecture,” and “Animals.”

Prizes will include $100 for “Best in Show” and $20 for first, $15 for second, and $10 for third place in each of the six categories.

Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 9 and will be judged in a private session by a panel of judges. Winners will be contacted by phone.

There are no residency requirements to enter the contest.

All entries and the winners will be featured in an exhibit Oct. 3 through Nov. 25 in the Walker Education Center’s Exhibition Gallery.

The cost per entry is $5 and only cash will be accepted as payment.

Photographs must be submitted as full 8-by-10-inch glossy prints, unmounted, unframed, and with no border, without exceptions.

Photographers may enter as many categories as they like, but no more than two photographs will be accepted per contestant and per category.

Each photo entry must have its own entry form, which can be found, along with more information and rules for the contest, at www.samhouston.memorial.museum/News/.

Application forms can be picked up at the museum any time during museum hours, or downloaded directly from the museum website.

For more information, contact exhibits curator Casey Roon at 936.294.3292 or cmr022@shsu.edu or marketing coordinator Megan Buro at 936.294.3839 or mlb044@shsu.edu.


Back to top


Alumni To Take Annual Trip To Astros Game

Sam Houston State University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends can watch the Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers during the SHSU Night at Minute Maid Park on June 28. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m.

Food and drinks will be served at a pre-game reception at Champions Pavilion inside the park. The reception will begin at 6 p.m.

“The event has grown over the years from its inception with approximately 65 attendees to more than 300 attendees last year,” said Alumni Relations director Charlie Vienne. “This year the SHSU ROTC Color Guard will present the colors for the National Anthem prior to the game.

“We anticipate an even larger gathering of alumni and friends this year,” he said.

The Alumni Association will provide chartered transportation to the game departing from Bowers Stadium at 4:30 p.m.

A total trip package including transportation, the reception and game ticket is $60. Packages with game tickets and the pre-game reception, or for game tickets and the reception, are also available through the association for $40 per person, or season ticket holders can attend just the reception for $20 each.

The reservation deadline for the charter bus and reception is June 22.

Individuals not choosing to purchase an alumni package can obtain game tickets online through the Houston Astros website at www.astros.com/. Various seating options are available.

For more information, or to make a reservation for the chartered bus or pre-game reception, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 936.294.1841 or 800.283.7478, or visit http://ww2.shsu.edu/alum02wp/.


Back to top


Theatre To Present Four Plays For Summer Rep

The SHSU theatre and dance department will presents four productions beginning Saturday (June 25).

The Summer I Repertory Theater will open with a collection of short plays by Christopher Durang on June 25-26, including “Desire, Desire, Desire” and "The Philadelphia and Sure Thing."

Directed by SHSU theatre staff member Katie Stefaniak, Desire, Desire, Desire” tells the story of Stella, Blanche, Maggie, Big Daddy and other familiar Tennessee Williams characters thrown together to create a whirlwind of chaos.

“The Philadelphia and Sure Thing” will be directed by theatre major Ryan Darcy and will be presented the same evening.

“Rabbit Hole,” by David Lindsay-Abaire, will be presented on June 26-27.

Directed by senior theatre major Richard McKinney “Rabbit Hole” follows a young couple through their journey to survive a family tragedy.

Finally, the first summer series will close with “Awesome 80’s Prom” on June 28-29.

Directed by theatre major Brianna Buth, “Awesome 80’s Prom” is the blast-from-the-past interactive show that reunites class presidents, the head cheerleader, and the football star, set to music from the decade.

All performances will begin at 8 p.m. each evening in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

Parking is available behind the Newton Gresham Library. Due to parking lot construction, a complimentary golf cart will be available to assist patrons to the theatre door free of charge.

For more information, call the UTC Box Office at 936.294.1339, or contact SHSU theatre manager Katie Stefaniak at 936.294.3968.


Back to top


Watts Named President-Elect Of Adlerian Society

Richard E. Watts, distinguished professor and director for Sam Houston State University's Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Counseling Education, was recently elected president-elect of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology.

As president-elect, Watts will serve as a member of the NASAP board of directors and learn the logistics of being president under the mentorship of the current president, according to Watts.

He will become president of the society in June 2012 and serve a year as past-president in 2013.

Watts said he was encouraged to seek a position on the NASAP board by members of the elections committee and agreed to do so “because the promotion of Alfred Adler’s psychological theory/therapy and the things that NASAP stand for have been a priority in my career.”

Among his 115 publications, Watts has published three books and more than 40 journal articles and book chapters specifically on Adlerian psychological theory and counseling practice and has been invited to teach Adlerian theory and practice in Turkey, Romania and Switzerland over the last six years.

Adlerian Psychology, originally developed by Alfred Adler, is a comprehensive theory of human behavior that has had broad impact on the fields of education, social sciences, family life, psychology, and psychotherapy.

Alderian psychology stresses the need to understand individuals within their social context, according to the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology website, which says the group is dedicated to fostering and promoting the research, knowledge, training, and application of Adlerian Psychology, maintaining its principles and encouraging its growth.

“Adler’s work is fundamental to the professions and practices of school psychology, school counseling, the community mental health movement, and parent education,” Watts said. “As a dynamic and vital view of human development, Individual Psychology continues to grow and thrive in a changing world.

“Today Adlerian concepts are being used creatively in education, community programs, business and the arts, as well as psychology and other mental health programs,” he said.

Watts has been affiliated with NASAP since 1994, serving previously on the organization’s board of directors in the past as board member-at-large and treasurer. He has also served on the editorial board of The Journal of Individual Psychology as a consulting editor and, currently, as co-editor of the “Psychological Strategies” section of the journal.

Watts has taught at SHSU since 2005.


Back to top


Summer Graduation Applications Due June 17

Students who anticipate graduating this August are to file degree applications by June 17 with the Registrar's Office.

Those who fail to apply by the deadline will be assessed a $25 late application fee in addition to the $25 graduation fee.

Students can apply online through SamWeb by going to "Student Records," and selecting "Application for Degree" from the drop down menu. Online payments can be made with Mastercard, Visa or American Express.

The Registrar's Office is located on the third floor of the Estill Building.

For more information please visit the Destination Graduation website at http://www.shsu.edu/~reg_www/destination/index.html or call 936.294.1111.


Back to top


Museum Featured On VOA, Bing Travel

The legacy of Gen. Sam Houston and the museum named after him were recently featured in articles on the Voice of America news website and Bing Travel.

Written by Greg Flakus for the May 26 article on the VOA website, “Sam Houston Lives On - In Texas Museum” looks at the general’s life in Texas, interviewing Sam Houston Memorial Museum director Patrick Nolan and Houston biographer James Haley.

Flakus’s article described the “Big Sam” statue that stands along Interstate 45, Houston’s accomplishments in the face of adversity, his war record and time in office, and his stance on slavery at that time.

“He is really the only man in our history who was president of an independent country, also governor of two states, the only man to have that distinction, Tennessee and Texas, United States senator from Texas, commanding general in a very successful war,” Nolan is quoted as saying.

In the story, Flakus also mentions the Sam Houston Memorial Museum as the place that holds many of Houston’s belongings and promotes his legacy.

In addition, Bing Travel has listed Huntsville and the museum as one of 14 of “America's Must-See Civil War Sites.”

“A few Confederate leaders, including Lee, fought not for slavery but for their own notions of regional loyalty. What’s far less known is that some Southern leaders spurned the Confederacy, period,” the paragraph that accompanies the slideshow begins. “Sam Houston, former governor of Tennessee, legendary ‘father’ of Texas independence and two-term Texas president was, in 1861, governor of the Lone Star State.

“He opposed secession and refused to swear a Confederate oath of loyalty. The Texas legislature booted him from office and he died in figurative exile in 1863,” the paragraph continues. “This little-known story of courage is told at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville, his last hometown, a pretty, oak-shaded university town halfway between Dallas and the huge city that now bears his name.”

Huntsville and the museum are listed by Bing Travel among sites such as Washington, D.C.; Gettysburg; Andersonville, Ga.; Glorieta Pass, N.M.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; New Haven, Conn.; Manassas, Va.; Pea Ridge, Ark.; Harper’s Ferry, W.V.; Cincinnati; Chancellorsville, Va.; and Appomattox Courthouse, Va.

To read the entire VOA article, visit http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/people/Sam-Houston-Lives-On---In-Texas-Museum-122653609.html and to see all 14 of “America's Must-See Civil War Sites” visit http://www.bing.com/travel/content/search?q=America%27s+Must-See+Civil+War+Sites%3a+Washington%2c+D.C.&FORM=TRSSPG.


Back to top


Graduate Student Receives Water Research Grants

SHSU agriculture graduate student Rebecca Hammond has been named one of 10 students from across the state to receive funding for her water-related research from the Texas Water Resources Institute.

Hammond has been awarded $5,000 for her work on “Landscape Coefficients in Mixed Species Landscapes.” Her research adviser is Tim Pannkuk, assistant professor of horticulture/agronomy.

The TWRI also recently funded 10 water-related research projects for graduate students from Texas A&M University, the University of Texas, West Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Texas State University, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Students were awarded up to $5,000 to begin, expand or extend water-related research projects. The institute funds the graduate student projects with funds provided by the U.S. Geological Survey as part of the National Institutes for Water Research annual research program, according to said B.L. Harris, TWRI acting director.

“This program is an excellent use of federal funds because it not only provides research for stakeholder-identified water resources problems, but also provides needed education and training for the next generation of water resources scientists,” he said.

TWRI will publish articles and reports about the progress of each project.

The Texas Water Resources Institute, part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, provides leadership to stimulate priority water resources research and educational programs for AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension as well as throughout Texas.

For more information about the grant program and students’ projects, visit http://twri.tamu.edu/funding/usgs.


Back to top


Constables Trained in Law Enforcement Management

ConstablesMore than two dozen constables and their top command staff from throughout Texas recently completed an intensive management training program at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

The seventh class of the Texas Constable’s Leadership Program included 28 constables and command staff from 20 precincts across the state.

Modeled after the highly acclaimed Leadership Command College that trains future law enforcement leaders in the state, the three-week constable program covers all aspects of modern law enforcement management techniques, styles and philosophy.

“I learned how to be a better manager in my office,” said Constable Omar Rosales, of Kleberg County Precinct 2. “It can help the county to provide innovative ways to work with the resources we have.”

Among the topics covered in the program are practical psychology for policing; internal affairs, leadership and ethics; professionalism; communications skills and styles; human resources management; intergovernmental relations; cultural diversity and team building; officer-involved shooting; incident command simulation training; suicide terrorism; etiquette; legal liability and civil rights issues; and progressive approaches to mental illness.

The program is provided at no cost to the agencies through LEMIT, a nationally recognized institute offering premiere professional development opportunities in policing.

In addition to highly interactive classes, participants keep a journal to develop their own philosophy of leadership and supervision and complete a comprehensive written research project on topics of interest to their agency.

“I now have broader abilities in leadership,” said Constable Robert Chody, of Williams County Precinct 1. “I can lead by example.”


Back to top


Team Wins Rec Sports Golf Tourney By Five Strokes

Rec sports tourney winners
(From left) The team of Bill Hyman, Dick Eglsaer, Gary Oden, and Keith Jenkins earned a final score of 60, 11 under par for the course, to beat the approximate 102 golfers that participated in the Recreational Sports Departmentís 17th Annual SHSU Faculty/ Staff Golf Tournament. The tournament was held on May 16 at the Raven Nest Golf Club. Second place went to Roger Abshire, Bradley Myers, Bill Green and David Lee, with a score of 65.


Back to top


Today@Sam Seeks Summer Calendar Info

The University Communications Office is now collecting information on campus events for its summer and fall calendar pages.

Departmental calendars or events can be sent to today@sam.edu or jenniferg@shsu.edu or faxed to 294.1834. Please include the date, location and time of the event, as well as a brief description and a contact person.

Information collected for the Today@Sam calendar pages, at http://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/calendars/, is used by various media outlets, as well as the Communications Office for news stories and releases.

All information, including story ideas and update items for Today@Sam, should be sent a minimum of a week in advance of the event in order to make necessary contacts and write a story.

For more information, call 936.294.1836.


Back to top


Send Update Items Here

Information for the SHSU Update can be sent to the Office of Communications electronically at Today@Sam.edu or to any of the media contacts listed below.

Please include the date, location and time of the event, as well as a brief description and a contact person.

All information for news stories should be sent to the office at least a week in advance to give the staff ample time to make necessary contacts and write the story.

For electronic access to SHSU news see the Communications Web page Today@Sam.



- END -


SHSU Media Contacts: Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
June 3, 2011
Please send comments, corrections, news tips to Today@Sam.edu




This page maintained by SHSU's Communications Office
Director: TBD
Assistant Director: Julia May
Writer: Jennifer Gauntt
Located in the 115 Administration Building
Telephone: 936.294.1836; Fax: 936.294.1834

Please send comments, corrections, news tips to Today@Sam.edu.

Sam Houston State Logo

Sam Houston State University | Huntsville, Texas 77341 | (936) 294-1111 | (866) BEARKAT Member TSUS
© Copyright Sam Houston State University | All rights reserved. | Contact Web Editor