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'Real Talk' To Feature Electronic Commerce Security Director

SHSU alumnus Chuck Andrews served as a law enforcement adviser to the Fox show “COPS.”

With the help of local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, Charles “Chuck” Andrews has been able to put hundreds of people behind bars and recover millions of dollars in restitution for the merchant and bank world.

As the director of security and investigations for First Data Corp USA Telecheck, the world’s largest third party financial payment company located in Houston, Andrews works with thousands of law enforcement agencies and loss prevention personnel in the investigation of fraud cases involving checks and financial transactions.

The SHSU alumnus will return to campus on Tuesday (Sept. 13) to discuss his 30-year career in law enforcement, corporate security, business risk and consulting for the College of Criminal Justice’s “Real Talk with CJ.” The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. in the CJava Café.

Andrews had led a diverse career in criminal justice, beginning as a Law Enforcement Explorer at the age of 13 and earning a commission as a peace officer at the age of 19 while a senior in high school. He attended SHSU and credits a study abroad trip with professor Raymond Teske to West Germany, Switzerland and France for sparking his interest in international culture and a realization that he could make significant change in this world.

Andrews had a successful career as a police officer in Colorado and Texas and attained the position of police chief. As the Director of Crime Prevention in Lafayette, Colo., he was the youngest person across the globe to be named “International Crime Prevention Officer of the Year.”

“Crime prevention should be all the energy and focus of law enforcement,” Andrews said. “It should always be the top priority. The second priority should be the response of getting violent people off the streets.”

After a successful career as a police officer, Andrews turned his sights on the corporate world, joining The Dow Chemical Company in 2000 to learn more about running a business and getting a second degree in chemical processing.

He served as vice president of corporate security and operations in the finance and retail industry, where he managed a $100 million company and sharpened his business acumen skills, and was also the law enforcement adviser to the Fox television series “Cops,” for which he helped promote several new technologies to assist police and security.

“My career has always been all over the place, intentionally,” Andrews said. “All the things that I have been involved in revolve around protecting officers, the public and corporate business.”

Andrews is currently pursuing a master’s degree in security executive management at the University of Houston-Downtown.

For more information, contact Beth Kuhles, College of Criminal Justice public relations officer, at 936.294.4425 or kuhles@shsu.edu.


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Paleontologist To Present Biology Seminar

Erik Seiffert, an associate professor in the department of anatomical sciences at Stony Brook University, will discuss his studies on the evolution of monkeys on Thursday (Sept. 15).

“What does the fossil record tell us about the early evolution of anthropoid primates,” the Biological Science Department Seminar Series presentation, will begin at 4 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 214.

“He is mainly a paleontologist and works in Egypt and various other African and middle eastern countries, like Ethiopia,” said Patrick Lewis, SHSU associate professor of biological sciences and host for the lecture.

Seiffert earned his doctorate at Duke University, his master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley.

The lecture is open to the public.

For more information, contact Madhu Choudhary, assistant professor of biological sciences, at 936.294.4850.


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Alumni Association To Bus Fans To Piney Woods Game

The SHSU Alumni Association will go on the road with the Bearkats for the 86th “Battle of the Piney Woods,” chartering a bus for football fans to travel to Houston.

The bus will depart from the Chemistry and Forensic Science Building parking lot, on the corner of Sam Houston Avenue and Bowers Drive, at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 8 and will return immediately following the game.

Once at Reliant Stadium, participants will have the opportunity to participate in all the tailgating festivities. The Alumni Association will prepare food for the first 1,000 fans to visit the alumni and university colleges tailgating area, which will be in the Blue Lot 22.

Bus seating is limited.

The cost is $25 per person, which does not include game ticket. Reservations are requested by Oct. 1.

“There are many alumni and friends in Walker County and nearby that do not want to fight the traffic in Houston and the parking and crowds at Reliant Stadium,” said Charlie Vienne, director for Alumni Relations. “With the charter bus, the Alumni Association is providing another opportunity to our alumni to show there are advantages to staying connected to the university and being an active Alumni Association member.

“At only $25 per person for the round-trip bus ride, this is an economical opportunity to make it to the game and cheer on the Bearkats," he said.

Kickoff for the annual Sam Houston vs. Stephen F. Austin rivalry game, presented by YP.com, is 2 p.m.

A total of 24,685 fans filled the lower bowl of Reliant Stadium for last year's game. More fans are expected for this year's game.

Approximately 26,000 tickets are available in the lower bowl, which can be purchased online at www.gobearkats.com/tickets.

For more information, or to reserve a seat, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 936. 294.1841 or go online to http://alumni.shsu.edu.


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Presentation To Teach Students About Payroll Deductions

“Many of our students will soon be graduating and entering the workforce, yet many do not fully understand why some of their hard earned money goes to someone else,” said Jessica Correll, peer counselor with the Student Money Management Center.

To help acquaint students with the importance of a W-4 and other payroll-related deductions, the center, along with several SHSU departments and the American Payroll Association, will present a workshop on Tuesday (Sept. 13).

The American Payroll Presentation will be held from 4-5 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 315.

Led by Karyl Horn, director of SHSU’s Payroll Office, the workshop will educate the students on the deductions taken out of their paycheck and how to calculate the amount of their next paycheck.

“We would also like for our students to walk away understanding the importance of their W-4 and how to correctly fill one out,” Correll said. “Hopefully students will gain an understanding of how the payroll system works and what options they have regarding their pay.”

This workshop is in accordance with National Payroll Week, an annual celebration of American’s wage earners and the payroll professionals who pay them. It is being presented as a collaboration between the SMMC, SHSU Comptroller’s Payroll Office, SHSU Career Services, and the American Payroll Association.

For more information, contact the Student Money Management Center at 936.294.2600 or smmc@shsu.edu.


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Local Businesses To Bring ‘Bearkat Mania’ To Campus

Nearly 50 Huntsville area businesses and organizations will be heading to Sam Houston State University for the 28th annual Bearkat Mania on Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 14-15).

Booths will be set up in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom and in the LSC Mall Area those days from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with great opportunities for all Bearkats, according to Brooke Addams, 101.7 KSAM Radio on-air personality.

“This event is the only such experience where local businesses can set up to familiarize new and existing students, along with faculty and staff, with their products and services,” she said. “Bearkats can ‘sample their wares,’ meet new people and gather a bagful of free giveaways including a valuable coupon book.”

Attendees can also register for free door prizes, participate in promotions, and sample foods.
The free event will include participants from local eateries, auto care, banks, shopping entities, and churches.

KSAM radio is the official sponsor for the event and will broadcast live throughout the event.
In addition, the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity assists in the annual event as a service project.

“This is a great partnership effort between KSAM radio and SHSU and it’s a great two day experience for Bearkats and businesses,” Addams said.

For more information, contact Addams or Steve Everett at 936.295.2651.


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‘Cowboy Astronomer’ To Visit Planetarium Program

The SHSU physics department will introduce participants of its planetarium series program to “The Cowboy Astronomer” with a semester of showings beginning Friday (Sept. 16).

The showing will be presented at 7 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 102.

Narrated by cowboy humorist Baxter Black, "The Cowboy Astronomer" provides an explanation of the night sky from the perspective of a cowboy sitting around a campfire.

“Our cowboy astronomer gives us his perspective of the night sky and the things he’s found out over a lifetime of stargazing,” said Michael Prokosch, physics department staff laboratory assistant. “He talks about star colors and temperatures, and we see how blue stars are hotter than red stars by the chili pepper ratings beneath them.

“We find the Andromeda Galaxy by hitting a first-base foul out of the park of the ‘Great Baseball Diamond In The Sky,’” he said. “Along the way, we learn about young stars and supernovae and various cultures called the Pleiades.”

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.

Admission is free.

Repeat showings of “The Cowboy Astronomer” will be held on Oct. 14, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, all at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Prokosch at 936.294.3664 or visit either the Planetarium WikiPage or the Planetarium Facebook page.


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Trombone Duo To Mix Classical, Jazz

A trombone duo performance including Jared Lantzy, bass trombonist for the Hawaii Symphony, and Ben Osborne, adjunct professor of trombone at SHSU, promises to be “a bit of a departure from a typical evening of instrumental music,” according to Osborne.

The concert will be held on Tuesday (Sept. 13), at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The program includes works by Georg Philipp, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Dmitri Shostakovich, “with a good portion of jazz in the mix,” Osborne said.

Lantzy was appointed bass trombonist for the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and is also a regular member of the orchestra for the Oregon Bach Festival. While in Hawaii, Jared was a member of the Honolulu Brass Quintet, the Hawaii Opera Theatre Orchestra, Ballet Hawaii Orchestra, and served as guest lecturer of tuba/euphonium at the University of Hawaii Manoa.

As a freelance musician, he has performed with groups across the nation.

He received his musical education from Texas Tech University and DePaul University.

Osborne has served on the SHSU School of Music faculty since 2010. He is currently the second trombonist of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and has performed on several occasions both with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

The Lubbock native received his bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University.

Admission is free.

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


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Today@Sam Submission Guidelines Change

In order to assist members of the Sam Houston State University community in publicizing events, the SHSU Communications Office (Today@Sam) is now requesting that students, faculty and staff submit information about events, accomplishments or ideas for feature stories online.

Submission criteria and guidelines, including deadlines, have now been placed online, at http://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/guidelines.html. This information is also accessible through the “Submissions” link in the right-hand navigation on Today@Sam.

From there, those submitting ideas can access forms that will allow them to provide detailed information about their idea, as well as attach event calendars, vitas/resumes or photos, depending on the type of submission.

Ideas submitted to the SHSU Communications Office are directly utilized in several ways: as news stories, “slider” or SHSU home page stories, hometown releases, and on the Today@Sam calendar.

If your submission qualifies for distribution, we will either contact you for more detailed information, or we will edit the information using SHSU/journalistic style and forward the final release to the appropriate media.

All information is verified before release, so please provide complete, accurate and timely information. Please type all responses in appropriate upper and lower cases.

For more information, contact the Communications Office at 936.294.1836 or today@sam.edu.



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SHSU Media Contacts: Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Sept. 9, 2011
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