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SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 8

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March To ‘Carry The Load’ For Troops, Civil Servants

Sam Houston State University will join forces with U.S. military servicemen and women by symbolically “carrying their load” during the fourth annual Military Ruck March on Oct. 19.

Carry the Load logoThis year’s competitive, eight-mile march will begin at 8 a.m. at the Huntsville State Park, six miles southwest of Huntsville off Interstate 45 on Park Road 40. Registration will begin at 6 a.m., followed by an opening ceremony.

The foot march began in 2010 as both a fundraising endeavor and a way to commemorate and bring attention to the physical, mental, and emotional “load” that military/veterans and civil service members carry daily, especially since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that led thousands of American to join the military, according to Jacob Bullion, recruiting coordinator for SHSU’s Veterans Resource Center.

Participants can enter the event individually or as two- or four-person teams. Prizes will be awarded in eight categories, with divisions for military personnel carrying 45 and 60 pound rucksacks, civilian and individuals.

The cost to participate ranges from $15 for individuals to $100 for a four-person team, with registration costs varying for military service and the weight of the rucksack carried.

All proceeds benefit the Warrior and Family Support Center at the Brooke Army Medical Center, the Walker County Sheriff's Department, and the Huntsville Volunteer Fire Department.

“Participation in the past three years has been pretty consistent at around 400 folks, and we're looking to exceed that this year,” Bullion said.

“The march is a great way to get out in the woods, get some great exercise while testing your endurance, and, most importantly, it is a great way to show support to our military, connect with our community and show some school spirit. It's all about competition and charity,” he said. “The trails out there are really good at the state park and make for a great event; not to mention the scenery is outstanding.”

Participants can pre-register online at shsu.edu/ruckmarch or by stopping by the Veterans Resource Center, in Academic Building III Room 116. Early registration is not required but is encouraged.

For more information contact Bullion at 936.294.4079 or veterans@shsu.edu.


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Event To Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

One in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and while the rates of breast cancer-related deaths have been decreasing since the 1990s, those death rates are still higher for women than those for any other cancer, besides lug cancer, according to Breastcancer.org.

To raise awareness of the cancer and its impact on both women and men, the Student Health Center will partner with iGoPink and Kroger on Tuesday (Sept. 10) for an event from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., during which time students can get their pictures taken in photo booth and pick up such giveaways as sunglasses, T-shirts, water bottle koozies, pens, folders, and more.

Tables also will be set up in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area promoting the I Go Pink upcoming Stiletto Sprint, a fundraising event scheduled for Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. in The Woodlands.

“The iGoPink motto is ‘Have Fun. Do Good,’” said Catie Fuller, marketing director for iGoPink. “Students can come out, take some silly photos, get free stuff and learn how to prevent breast cancer.

“Being on campus and allowing students to ‘Have Fun’ and ‘Do Good’ in our photo booth, we’re able to spread the message of a breast cancer preventative lifestyle, maximizing their potential for actually preventing breast cancer,” Fuller said. “We are excited for the opportunity to educate more Bearkats.”

The groups will also address the importance of lifestyle choices, including making wise nutritional and fitness choices, by offering sources on cancer-fighting food grocery lists, preventative lifestyle tips and information specifically for college students regarding breast cancer statistics in young women and men.

Those stopping by the come-and-go tables should bring their Bearkat OneCards.

For more information, contact Lisa Clarkson, Student Health Center program coordinator, at 936.294.4347.


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Alumna To Talk About Post-Grad Work In Health Sciences


Katelynn Stafford
Katelynn Stafford —From Johns Hopkins's "Student Pages"

The College of Health Sciences and the medical and allied health programs will host alumna Katelynn Stafford, who will give a presentation on her experiences at Sam Houston State University on Tuesday (Sept. 10).

Stafford, a current doctoral candidate in Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, will give advice to students interested in the health professions on applying and gaining entry to health professional post-baccalaureate programs.

Her presentation will begin at 3 p.m. in the Academic Building IV Olson Auditorium.

At Johns Hopkins, Stafford is studying in the molecular and translation toxicology division of the environmental health sciences department, primarily studying sex differences in heart disease.

She earned Bachelor of Science degrees in criminal justice and professional chemistry at SHSU, where she worked on associate professor of chemisty Ilona Petrikovics’s cyanide poisoning detection project for the Army Medical Research Center and completed an internship with a federal laboratory doing illicit drug analysis.

“Katelynn is enrolled in the highest-ranked and one of the most prestigious Ph.D. programs in public health in the world and has already become a leader within her research group over other Ph.D. students who graduated from leading American universities,” said Michael LaCourse, dean of the College of Health Sciences.

“She rose quickly at Johns Hopkins because she took advantage of opportunities provided to her by Dr. Petrikovics to actively participate in her research program, where she gained valuable knowledge and skills,” he said. “Students seeking similar opportunities at leading American research universities and health and medial science programs are likely to learn what it takes to reach that level.”

Pizza also will be served during her presentation.

For more information, contact Brandy Pace, secretary in the College of Health Sciences’ Dean’s Office, at 936.294.2300.


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ADAI To Examine ‘Influence’ In Art Exhibit, Program

As students celebrate the beginning of classes, the Sam Houston State University Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative will encourage students to “Rise Above the Influence” with events designed to encourage students to be responsible and informed.

Rise Above the Influence posterLeading up to the 8th annual Alcohol and Drug Summit, where the theme “Rising Above the Influence” will be fully explored, the ADAI will present some “influential” images during the “Rise Above the Influence” art exhibit, beginning Monday (Sept. 9) in the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery.

Throughout the week, students can browse popular marketing tactics that sell alcohol consumption as fun and cool, as well as music playlists that reference irresponsible alcohol use.

“We will have a number of popular magazines in the exhibit that will be marked to pages where there are tobacco and alcohol ads; this will enable attendees to see how these tactics are used in many of the popular subscriptions and explain how risky alcohol use is promoted in these campaigns,” said Eddie Gisemba, ADAI coordinator.

On Tuesday (Sept. 10), the ADAI will test students’ knowledge about alcoholic beverages, such as what constitutes a “drink” and how many servings of alcohol can be found in many popular drinks, while presenting some of the common negative outcomes associated with alcohol use.

“Alcohol 101” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

The interactive program will also provide students with legal information associated with drinking, from how blood alcohol content works to common avoidable violations.

“These topics are important because if students make the decision to drink, they need to at least know the basic information about alcohol,” Gisemba said. “This will enable them to conduct themselves in a responsible manner.”

For more information on the ADAI or any ADAI event, contact Gisemba at 936.294.2228.


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CJ To Host Welcome Week In September

The College of Criminal Justice will welcome its students back to campus with a week full of events to introduce them to the many opportunities available in the field and within the college.

“CJ Welcome Week” will be held Sept. 9-12 and will include programs on surviving the freshman year, introducing criminal justice student organizations, meeting faculty and staff, pursuing internships, and getting advice on undergraduate and graduate studies.

The week will begin Monday with a meet-and-greet with key staff and faculty members at the college from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center Atrium, as well as getting tips from student ambassadors, student leaders, and student workers on how to navigate college life, with “How to Survive Your Freshman Year,” at 11:30 a.m. in the CJ Center Kerper Courtroom.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, students can meet representatives from the eight student organizations available at the College of Criminal Justice from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CJ Center Atrium.

Among the student organizations are Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society; Lambda Alpha Epsilon American Criminal Justice Association; National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice; The Society of Forensic Science; Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity; Crime Victim Services Alliance; Graduate Student Organization; and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Also on both days, students can “Ask an Adviser” during panel discussions with members of the college’s undergraduate and graduate advisement centers beginning at 11 a.m. both days in the Kerper Courtroom. Advisers will be available to answer questions regarding undergraduate and graduate programs in criminology and criminal justice, victim studies, security studies and forensics.

The week will be topped off on Wednesday afternoon with a viewing of “Into the Abyss,” a documentary on a Death Row case from Conroe, followed by a discussion with CJ professor Dennis Longmire, an expert on capital punishment.

Finally on Thursday, clinical professor Jim Dozier will discuss the many internship opportunities available through the College of Criminal Justice in federal, state, county and local agencies and private firms, and the things students can do to prepare for their future career choices. In addition, he will provide an overview of the polygraph system, which is used by many employers as part of the application process.

“Internships: 101 and Polygraph” will begin at 11 a.m. in the Kerper Courtroom.

For more information on any of these events, contact CJ publications coordinator Beth Kuhles at 936.294.4425.


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Guest Musicians To Give ‘Adapted’ Performance

Sam Houston State University’s School of Music will welcome guest saxophonist Nathan Nabb, accompanied by pianist Chia-Ling Hsieh on Thursday (Sept. 12).

The two will perform a series of French- and Russian-composed works beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

“What's interesting about this program is that none of the pieces are composed for saxophone,” said Mas Sugihara, SHSU assistant professor of saxophone, who is friends with Nabb and helped bring him to SHSU for the concert. “Nathan is taking the clarinet sonata (Camille Saint-Saëns), piano piece (Maurice Ravel), and flute/violin Sonata (Sergei Prokofiev) and adapting them to be played on a saxophone.

“Because of the limited range (pitch) of the saxophone, these pieces are extremely difficult to play,” Sugihara said. “Non-saxophonists may also be interested in hearing the different take on otherwise familiar pieces.”

Nathan NabbNabb, who attended Northwestern University with Sugihara, currently teaches as an associate professor of saxophone at Stephen F. Austin State, and Hsieh teaches at Morehead State. The duo previously worked together at Morehead State and have played together for many years.

“When I met Nathan for the first time, he was only a sophomore and I was a master's student. I was blown away by the talent and maturity of his playing,” Sugihara said. “He is one of the leading saxophone performers and pedagogues in the country.

“Our students will learn greatly from watching and listening to the master saxophonist in action,” he continued. “We also want to start a close partnership between SFA and SHSU saxophone studios by planning faculty and student exchanges. This recital is the first of such events and hopefully it will be the beginning of a long tradition in our relationship.”

Nabb, who joined the SFA faculty in 2010, has two solo albums, Tangled Loops and Distances, released in 2009 and 2010, respectively; as well as albums with the Oasis Quartet and Northshore Trio.

An in-demand performer and clinician, he has performed across the United States, Asia and Europe.

Nabb earned his Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in saxophone performance from Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Music degree in saxophone performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

An award-winning pianist, Hsieh has appeared as a solo and collaborative artist—with a large range of repertoire for solo, instrumental, and chamber music—in the U.S. and Taiwan.

Her performances can be heard in Two Sextets for Piano and Winds and Distances. Hsieh earned her bachelor’s degree from the National Taipei University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, and master and doctoral degrees in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Tickets for their concert are $15 for general admission, $12 for senior citizens and $5 for SHSU students.

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


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Papua New Guinea Studies American Justice

Papua New Guinea delegation
Criminal justice professor Phillip Lyons (far right, standing) gives a delegation from Papua New Guinea lessons on the U.S. criminal justice system. —Submitted photo

The College of Criminal Justice recently hosted a delegation from Papua New Guinea on a mission to learn more about the American criminal justice system.

Seven top officials from the southwest Pacific Rim country, including representatives from the Prime Minister’s Department, the Attorney General’s Office, police, and corrections, visited the Criminal Justice Center and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from July 28 through Aug. 1.

Representatives got lessons in law enforcement, correctional and court systems in the United States.

Presentations were made to the delegation by Vincent Webb, dean of the College of Criminal Justice; Phillip Lyons, director of the Division of Professional Justice Studies at SHSU; and David Webb, assistant executive director of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. In addition, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice provided information on and tours of their facilities.

Among the officials that attended the session were Deputy Chief Secretary Trevor Maeuri and Principal Adviser Theresa Siaguru, of the Prime Minister’s Department; Eric Kwo, secretary of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission; Deputy Secretary Jack Kariko, of the Department of Justice and Attorney General; Deputy Commissioner Awan Sete, of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary; and Deputy Commissioner Michael Waipo and Assistant Commissioner Phil Eka, of the Department of Correctional Services.

Papua New Guinea, located north of Australia, has a population of about 6.3 million people.


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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
Sept. 6, 2013
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