Enrollment for the fall 1995 semester at Sam Houston State University is 12,439, down more than 3 percent from the record enrollment of 12,906 last fall. This is the first decline in three years.

Virtually all senior colleges in this part of the state are reporting similar declines in enrollment. Some officials attribute these declines to higher tuition and a smaller pool of high school college seniors.

On a positive note, SHSU's junior class has a higher enrollment which may signify the fact that more students enter senior colleges from community colleges rather than from high school.

This increase in the junior class enrollment may also reflect the success of the university's recruitment efforts in the community colleges.


Sam Houston State University's associate vice president for academic affairs, Dr. R.A. Reiner, will be honored on Monday, Sept. 18, with a retirement reception from 3-5 p.m. in Austin Hall.

Reiner, who received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English and history from SHSU, was an assistant professor of military science and acting professor of military science at Sam Houston State while on active duty in the U.S. military from 1961-'64.

He returned as civilian administrator in the Academic Affairs Office in 1972 after retiring from the U.S Army. For further information on the reception call the Academic Affairs Office at 294-1001.


Sam Houston State University business graduates can visit with college siblings, meet present and past faculty members and watch an exciting college football game all at the same time on Oct. 14.

The occasion will be the ninth annual College of Business Administration mixer, held in conjunction with the SHSU Bearkats vs. Northwestern State Demons homecoming football game.

The COBA mixer, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will be held in the Bearkat Lounge overlooking Elliott T. Bowers Stadium and will be open to COBA alumni, family and friends (16 years or older). The mixer will occur both during and immediately following the game. Refreshments will be served.

Those planning to attend the mixer should make reservations for football tickets by calling 409-294-1726. A ticket will be required for admission into the Bearkat Lounge.


The Across-the-University Writing Program and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Sam Houston State University are conducting two courses that can help administrators and staffers improve their writing skills.

Grant Proposal Writing and Writing for Publication will be taught by Dr. Kenneth Henson, dean of the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University. Henson is author of 17 books and over $2 million worth of funded grant proposals.

The Grant Proposal Writing course will be held in the Lowman Student Center room 312 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19. It includes helpful hints on making convincing and persuasive statements through writing, locating funds, making economical proposals, achieving clarity, developing an evaluation process and more.

The Writing for Publication course, a two-day institute, will be offered Friday and Saturday Oct. 20 and 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 312 of the Lowman Student Center. The course includes instruction in editing and the production of manuscripts, query and cover letters, research journals and grant writing.

"The fee for the two institutes is usually $470 per person," said Patricia Williams, director of the Across-the-University Writing Program. "Institute enrollment is limited to the first 40 faculty members who send in the registration form for each course."


The Office of University Relations and Development at Sam Houston State University is sponsoring a series of workshops to be held beginning Monday, September 18, in room 303 of the Lowman Student Center.

Dion McInnis, director of university relations and development, said that the purpose of the sessions is to develop a corps of volunteers from throughout the campus to assist in university relations and development activities.

After the initial session from 9-11 a.m. Monday, there will be similar sessions on Sept. 20, 25, 27, and 29, each covering a different aspect of university relations work.

The additional sessions, which will be held in locations to be announced, will cover media relations, publications and communications; prospect research and development information services; alumni relations; and development and proposal writing.

McInnis said that he believes the sessions will change the way advancement activities are perceived and done at Sam Houston State. For more information, contact the Office of University Relations and Development at 294-3625.


SHSU UPDATE is produced by the Office of Public Relations at Sam Houston State University. Faculty, staff, and students may contribute material by mail (Box 2105), (fax) 294-1834, e-mail, telephone (294-1836), or visit (212 Rather Communications Building).
Sept. 10, 1995