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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 22

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Seminar To Explore Leadership In Workforce, Community

Three Huntsville leaders in their respective areas will share with students keys that will help them to be successful in their own careers on Wednesday (Jan. 25) during the second annual Learning to Lead Speaker Series at SHSU.

Sponsored by Career Services, the College of Business Administration and the Veterans Success at Sam, the workshop will be from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Smith-Hutson Building’s Mafrige Auditorium.

Guest speakers will include Clyde Loll, vice president for quality, health, safety, and environmental protection for Nabors International; Lt. Col. David Yebra, head of the SHSU Military Science department; and Stanley Kelley, chair of SHSU’s agricultural and industrial sciences department.

“We have come to understand that one of the key things that employers are looking for in our Sam graduates is the ability to lead, leadership skills,” said organizer Darren Grant, associate professor of economics. “We want to impress upon our students the importance of these skills early enough in their college career that they can work on developing them before they graduate.”

The workshop is designed to provide students with a multi-faceted look at the importance of leadership skills and show them how these aspects play into their adult lives on the job and in the community through civic engagement.

“Our speakers represent three areas of leadership: civic, vocational, and military,” said Grant. “But what you end up seeing is that there are a lot of similarities and common themes among all three.

“We hope that our students will take away from this the value of these skills and the ways they can develop them,” he said. “Then, when they go out into the job market and the community, they are valued and able to contribute to their fullest potential.”

As a vice president for Nabors International, Loll plays a part in the company’s recognition as an industry leader in health and safety, reducing the rate of recordable incidents by 75 percent in the last decade. A former SHSU student, Loll was elected to the Huntsville City Council in 2011 and serves in various capacities with several local organizations.

Yebra has served with multiple regiments and divisions of the US Army in 14 different countries during his 21 years of military service. During three tours in Iraq with the 4th Infantry Division, he served as Operations Planner, Battalion Executive Officer, and Fire Support Coordinator. He was recently selected as 2011 Professor of Military Science for the U.S. Army Cadet Command for his work at SHSU.

In addition to his role as department chair, Kelley has hosted seminars on economical management practices for livestock, and maintains an active role in youth programs throughout the state, contacting over 25,000 Texas youth annually to promote leadership development, personal responsibility, and the importance of education. He received SHSU’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997, and was recognized by the SHSU Faculty Senate for outstanding leadership in academics in 2008.

For more information, contact Career Services at 936.294.1713.



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SHSU’s Finest Sought For Sammy Nominations

The Student Activities Department is seeking SHSU’s outstanding students, organizations and advisers for the 18th Annual Sammy Awards.

“The Sammys serve as SHSU’s official student award ceremony and really showcases our amazing student accomplishments,” said Brandon Cooper, Student Activities associate director. “The awards are a way for the university to recognize the outstanding students and organizations that we have.”

Awards will be given to a total of 25 individuals and organizations, nominated by the university community at large, as well as four individual graduating students and faculty/staff members, who are recognized for their “outstanding contributions and service to the university,” Cooper said.

In addition, six awards representing excellent service from a student in each of SHSU’s colleges will be awarded, nominated strictly by members of the SHSU faculty within each student’s college.

Students nominated for individual awards must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 and meet the minimum hours required for the class standings in which they are nominated.

Nomination forms, available online through the Student Activities website, should be returned to the Department of Student Activities, located in the Lowman Student Center Suite 328; through campus mail to SHSU Box 2507; or faxed to 936.294.3652.

Nominations are also now being accepted online through Org link at https://shsu.collegiatelink.net/form/start/7332 for general nominations and https://shsu.collegiatelink.net/form/start/7343 for individuals.

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb. 6.

"This is such a great time of year, when we are able to seek out those individual students and student organizations who have gone above and beyond for their university,” Cooper said.

“We encourage your participation and support of the Sammys,” he said. “It is a wonderful opportunity for all to recognize the amazing people SHSU has to offer.”

This year’s Sammy Awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on April 11 in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center’s Payne Concert Hall.

Emcees were announced in December and will include senior SuZanne Kelly and sophomore Risa Mitchell. This year’s announcer will be freshman Tyler Finzel.

For more information, call 936.294.3861 or e-mail sammyawards@shsu.edu.



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Planetarium Program To Tour ‘Extreme Planets’

The SHSU physics department will begin its spring planetarium program series by exploring the universe’s most “Extreme Planets” on Friday (Jan. 27).

“Extreme Planets,” which will begin at 7 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 201, shows visitors “how astronomers are discovering planets orbiting other stars and how the environment of some of these worlds might be, according to Michael Prokosch.

During the program, Prokosch will also point out stars and constellations that can be viewed from the winter and spring skies.

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.

“Extreme Planets” will also be shown on March 23 and May 11. The program “A Dipper Full of Stars” will be presented on Feb. 17 and April 20. All showings are free and will begin at 7 p.m.

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



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Center To Show Students How To Save For Spring Break

Though the semester has just begun, the Student Money Management Center is looking ahead to Spring Break, hoping to show students how to start planning for potential trips with a workshop on Tuesday (Jan. 24).

The “Saving for Spring Break” presentation will be from 3:30-4:20 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 315.

Led by financial peer counselors Jacob Brock and Erik Johnson, the workshop will show students the advantages of planning early, how to get the best deals, and provide financial tips every college student planning to travel during Spring Break should know, according to Brock.

“It is common for students to travel to Mexico, Florida, and many other destinations during Spring Break. These trips can cost up to $1,000, sometimes more,” Johnson said. “We want students to be able to travel and have fun without taking out loans, putting it on credit cards, and other financial no-nos.”

“In a lot of cases, students do not fully explore cheaper avenues,” Brock added. “We plan to show some of the prices of spring break in more detail and other alternatives that may be available.”

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



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Class Project Targets Dating Violence, Stalking

An SHSU victimology class has developed brochures that will be distributed by the Counseling Center to help fellow students learn about stalking and dating violence.

“College students are at a comparatively higher risk for being victims of stalking and intimate partner violence,” said Kate Fox, a professor in the College of Criminal Justice. “It can be difficult to recognize the signs of stalking and dating violence, and many students are unsure about what to do if they are victims.

“We hope these brochures will make it easier for students to learn about their options and get help if they or their friends become involved in an abusive relationship or stalked.”

The brochures were designed as part of a graduate class project in “Controversies in Victimology” during the fall semester, in which eight students wanted to raise public awareness among others about these important issues and thought a brochure might help.

“We were grateful that Dr. Fox and her students were willing to help bring attention to such important issues,” said Drew Miller, executive director for counseling and health services. “Both dating violence and stalking can be so subtle in their earlier phases that many people don't realize they're in a difficult situation until it's too late.

“This is particularly true on college campuses where you have a large population of individuals who might not have a lot of dating and relationship experience to begin with,” he said. “Any information to get them thinking about the health of their relationships is critical.”

Dating violence can include physical acts, such as punches, slaps, shoves, kicks or hits; sexual violence, such as forced acts; and emotional/verbal abuse, such as name calling, accusations of lying, excessive texts/calls, or spreading rumors. These may cause short-term or long-term effects for the victims.

Some of the signs of dating violence include control, dependence, dishonesty, disrespect, hostility and intimidation. The brochures offer suggestion for victims, including contacting someone who can assist, creating a safety plan and preparing to leave an abuser. It also provides resources for victims to contact for assistance.

“It may not seem serious until it happens to you,” the brochures stress.

According to “Stalking in Texas,” a report generated by the SHSU Crime Victims’ Institute, approximately one in 12 women and one in 45 men in America will be stalked at least once in their lifetimes. Based on a survey of Texas residents, more than 18 percent said they have experienced stalking behaviors over the last two years. Stalking is now a crime in every state in the country.

The brochures provides tips to protect yourself from stalkers, including staying alert, changing your routine, keeping your information safe, not sharing personnel information and not posting personal information online. For victims, it provides information on how to report and document harassment and resources on where to go for help.

According to the brochure, if you are being stalked, you should file a police report; keep letters, e-mails, texts, online posts, messages, call logs and gifts; write a diary with dates, times and methods of contacts; get a protective order; and tell friends and family.



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Today@Sam Seeks Calendar Info

The University Communications Office is now collecting information on campus events for its spring 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 Marketing and Communications Office for news stories and releases and the SHSU Facebook page.

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 on submissions, visit http://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/guidelines.html, and for more information on the calendar pages, 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
Jan. 20, 2012
Please send comments, corrections, news tips to Today@Sam.edu




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