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SHSU Update For Week Of Aug. 26

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Bearkats Get Chance To Promote ‘My SHSU’ In 30 Seconds

From memories of activities to the opportunities an education has provided each of its alumni, Sam Houston State University has been many things to the hundreds of thousands of students, faculty and staff members who have walked on its grounds since it opened in 1879.

The university is giving those people an opportunity to share with the world what SHSU means to you through its My SHSU:30 contest.

Beginning Aug. 31, individuals and teams can submit 30-second videos of the people, places, and events that make “SHSU the experience that you will carry with you wherever life takes you,” according to Steven Keating, assistant director for university marketing.

Videos can be taken via cell phone, iPad, or any other instrument that captures images.

ontest information can be found at https://apps.facebook.com/shsuthirtyvideocomp or http://www.myshsu30.com. Submissions must entered online by Oct. 23.

The 10 videos with the most votes will be reviewed by a panel, who will determine the top three videos. The winners of the MySHSU:30 video contest will be announced during halftime at the last home football game of the season.

The winning video will be played on the big screen at halftime and aired regionally as a television commercial, and the winning individual or team will receive a Nook Tablet.

The second place individual or team will receive a Nook Color, and the third place team will receive a Nook Simple Touch.

Teams are limited to four individuals and can include SHSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, as well as university departments.

“The videos can be of anything you want to say; whatever you want do to,” Keating said. “This is a fun way to let the people who love SHSU promote the university and tell us why you love it.”

For more information, contact Keating at sjk010@shsu.edu.



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Exhibit ‘Pokes Fun’ At Running For Office

With the 2012 election in full swing, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum is paying homage to the tradition of running for office through a series of prints on display in the Walker Education Center.

“Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman” will be on display through Sept. 15 in the Education Center’s Exhibit Gallery.

Roosevelt cartoon
Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901 after the assassination of William McKinley, just six months into their term. After winning the 1904 election, Roosevelt announced he would honor the two-term tradition by retiring in 1909. However, Roosevelt proved immensely popular and supporters urged him to run for an unprecedented third term. In this cartoon Roosevelt, dressed as Hamlet, stages an alternative rendition of the famous Shakespearian soliloquy. With the first- and second-term presidential bees behind him, Roosevelt looks to the third-term bee and wonders, “Two bees or not two bees—that is the question!” —Cartoon from the National Archives

Created by the National Archives with the support of the Foundation for the National Archives and organized for travel by Humanities Texas, the exhibit includes 44 facsimile prints of exceptional pen-and-ink drawings that highlight timeless aspects of the American campaign and election process, according to Casey Roon, museum curator of exhibits.

“I wanted to bring this exhibit into Huntsville during the late summer/early fall to shed some humor on the political process during a time when our minds are all on the upcoming presidential election,” Roon said. “These cartoons, drawn between 1898-1948, poke fun at our political process while also raising awareness about issues important to all Americans, even today. Not only is the theme of the exhibit timely for the upcoming election, but the Berryman’s artwork is extraordinary.”

Political cartoons are unlike any other form of political commentary in that they provide “creative license” in a way other forms of commentary do not, according to the “Running for Office” webpage of the National Archives, where the collection is housed in Washington, D.C.

“Visual in nature, cartoons show altered physical traits and highlight minute details to make a specific point,” the page says. “With simple pen strokes, they foreshadow the future, poke fun at the past, and imply hidden motives in ways that elude written or spoken reporting. The result of this creative license is a unique historical perspective—entertaining, clever, and insightful.”

The collection divides Berryman’s cartoons into eight categories that span the election process: “Throwing Your Hat in the Ring!,” “Narrowing the Field,” “Running for Congress,” “The Campaign,” “The Voter,” “William Jennings Bryan: The Perpetual Candidate,” “The Homestretch,” and “The Results Are In!”

Among the pieces is one entitled “Two Bees or Not Two Bees—That is the Question!,” dated Oct. 28, 1906, which poses Theodore Roosevelt as Hamlet in his contemplation of seeking a third term. Roosevelt became president in 1901 after the assassination of William McKinley, just six months into their term.

Another, entitled “Ain’t Politics Grand?,” which debuted Oct. 18, 1924, shows the extent to which the political parties attempt to woo the voter with promises of lowered taxes and how the tax payer revels in all the attention.

While Berryman’s cartoons are set more than 60 years ago, these cartoons illustrate how the political process in our democracy has remained remarkably consistent and still provide relevant commentary and fascinating insight into the campaigns and elections of today, according to Roon.

For more information on the exhibit, contact the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832.



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Alumni Association To Charter Bus For Baylor Game

The Sam Houston State University Alumni Association is continuing to hit the road with the Bearkat football team this season and is taking along all of those who don’t want to fight the traffic or pay for parking.

The association is planning to sponsor a charter bus to the SHSU versus Baylor game in Waco on Sept. 15 that will take football fans to Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco.

The bus will depart the Chemistry and Forensic Science Building parking lot, on the corner of Sam Houston Avenue and Bowers Drive, at 1:30 p.m. on game day and return immediately following the game. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Once on site, the Alumni Association will also host a pre-game tailgate outside of Floyd Casey Stadium, serving fajitas and a beverage ticket.

The cost to ride on the charter bus is $30 per person and $10 for the pre-game reception. Game tickets should be purchased separately through the SHSU Athletic Ticket Office at 936.294.1729.

Seating is limited, and reservations for both the charter bus and the pre-game reception are requested by Sept. 12.

The Floyd Casey Stadium tailgate area is located at 3000 Dutton, behind the H-E-B on Valley Mills Drive.

For more information, or to reserve your bus seat and admission to the pre-game tailgate party, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 936.294.1841 or visit their website, at http://alumni.shsu.edu.



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Exhibit Goes ‘Beneath The Surface’ Of Human Bodies

Three Houston-based artists will go “Beneath the Surface” as they present their works to the SHSU and Huntsville communities in an exhibit in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.

Kristy Peet, Britt Ragsdale and Emily Peacock will present the photographic and mixed-media works Aug. 27 through Sept. 20. A reception for the three will be on Sept. 6, from 6-7 p.m. in the gallery.

"Beneath the Surface" refers to the fact that “within each artist's work there is a need to explore further,” according to exhibit curator Becky Finley, associate professor of art.

“All three are dealing with the body but everything is not as it seems on the surface,” Finley said. “Ragsdale's work looks at the body in detached form in her series, ‘Members.’ We will also be exhibiting her ‘Entre Nous’ instillation and video. This work invites the viewer to literally go beneath the surface of the sculptural installation and interact with other viewers.

“Peacock recreates the seminal work of photographer Diane Arbus as self-portraits in her ‘You, Me & Diane’ series,” Finley said. “Peet's series ‘How I Will Die’ deals with hypochondria and mortality.”

While on campus, all three artists will give public lectures and will meet with students in the photography program for critiques of student work.

Peacock’s and Peet’s lectures are scheduled for Sept. 6 at 5 p.m., and Ragsdale’s discussion is scheduled for Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. Both events will be held in the Art Auditorium, located in Art Building E Room 108.

“While our gallery does feature student work during the Annual Juried Exhibitions, Graduating Senior Exhibitions and Graphic Design Senior Exhibitions, we do focus on providing students with the opportunity to see professional art exhibitions,” Finley said. “Students gain exposure to various artists working in various media throughout the academic year.”

For more information, contact Finley at 936.294.3418 or bfinley@shsu.edu.



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CJ Offers Daytime Classes In The Woodlands

Students Outside Woodlands CenterThe College of Criminal Justice will offer four daytime classes this fall in substance use, crime scene investigation, police strategies, and research methods at Sam Houston State University’s newest facility, The Woodlands Center.

“The Woodlands Center offers a convenient location and a partnership with Lone Star College to provide a top-rated education close to home and work,” said Janet Mullings, executive director of the center. “Our programs are delivered by our world-renowned faculty as well as professionals in the field who bring real-world experience from a variety of area agencies.”

Joint admission is available at Lone Star College, which will enable students to seamlessly take classes at a single location to earn their associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, according to Mullings.

The 144,000-square-foot satellite campus has all the conveniences available in Huntsville, including classrooms, amenities and services.

It features 33 high-tech classrooms with saturated WiFi, a 120-seat auditorium, four computer classrooms, and an 80-seat computer lab. The site also provides library services, study areas, a testing center, community counseling, continuing education, and a food pod.

“All of our services are right here,” Mullings said. “At the One-Stop Center, you can get information on admissions, registration, academic advising and financial aid and scholarship.”

In addition to the daytime classes, the college also has scheduled evening selections in “White Collar Crime,” “Violent Offenders,” “Forensic Science,” “Intro to Methods of Research,” “Global Terrorism and Homeland Security,” “Substance Use and Abuse,” “Interviewing and Counseling,” “Police Strategies,” and “Criminal Justice and Social Diversity.” Additional classes will be available in future semesters.

The classes are led by faculty from the Huntsville campus as well as professionals in the field, who put theory into practice on a daily basis.

“It is a great and exciting place to begin your future career in the criminal justice field,” Mullings said.

The Woodlands Center also offers classes in other disciplines.

For more information, visit http://www.shsu.edu/woodlands/.



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Summer Camps Give Students Feel For CJ Fields

student demonstrating restraining device
(Above) An SHSU University Police officer demonstrates a restraining device.
(Below) Students get a taste of jail at the Texas Prison Museum. —Submitted photos
students at prison museum

This summer, more than 75 high school students from across Texas got to walk in the shoes of those who fight crime in the state during three summer camps hosted by the Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice.

High school students explored different career opportunities in the field from the professionals who live those jobs every day in federal, state and local agencies.

“The Criminal Justice Summer Camp provides high school students invaluable insight into the numerous job opportunities available within the Criminal Justice field, while also giving them a brief taste of college life,” said Fabia Mendez, College of Criminal Justice undergraduate advising coordinator.

Among activities that were part of the five-day sessions, students learned firsthand about the benefits of using search dogs from the Search and Cadaver Dog Network after 26 students spent 20 minutes outdoors searching for evidence in a small patch of grass. Noggin, the search dog, took only three minutes to find a bloody cloth tucked under the roots of a tree in much broader area.

Two U.S. Marshals gave students a glimpse into the world of tracking down and transporting fugitives across the globe, allowing students to experience the thrill of the hunt and capture by raiding a hotel room, equipped with real life protection gear, and handcuffing “suspects” with arm and leg chains for transportation.

The Harris County Firearms Examiners showed students the behind-the-scenes work of a crime scene investigator and gave them an opportunity to identify and lift fingerprints using a variety of methods, including ink and dye.

During a field trip to Montgomery County, students toured the jail and dispatch center, listening to real time police calls coming in from 9-1-1. They also got to visit with deputies assigned to various divisions, including Crimestoppers, the motorcycle unit and the homicide squad.

At the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science facility, participants toured the research facility and examined skeletal remains in the laboratory.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate trustees provided insight into the reasons behind and consequences of crime, while correctional officers showed the deadly weapons and creative contraband fashioned by offenders in jail. Students also toured the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville and got a taste of what it feels like to live behind bars.

Students also got the insider’s view of the wide variety of jobs available in the criminal justice field, as well as the steps needed to get there, and had the chance to experience college at SHSU during their stay, eating on campus and at local restaurants, swimming and playing basketball at the Health and Kinesiology Center, browsing at the book store and gift shop, and going bowling and to the movies.

The Criminal Justice Summer Camps are held annually for students 15-17 years old and require a nomination from school officials.

For more information about future sessions, contact Mendez at 936.294.1702.



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Today@Sam Seeks Fall Calendar Info

The University Communications Office is now collecting information on campus events for its 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.

To see a full list of the Today@Sam submission guidelines, or to access submission forms for news or feature stories, calendar submissions, or hometown releases, visit http://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/guidelines.html.

For more information, call 936.294.1836.



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Submit Update Items Here

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
Aug. 24, 2012
Please send comments, corrections, news tips to Today@Sam.edu




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