Buoyed by the success of raising some $55,000 last year, campus and community volunteers in the Sam Houston State University College of Arts and Sciences "Hoops for Scholars" fund-raising effort are at it again.

Money from the event goes into the Cording Scholarship Endowment, set up last year in honor of former College of Arts and Sciences Dean Richard Cording. Interest earned by the endowment will be used to provide general scholarship funds to attract outstanding students to the University.

The 2nd Annual "Hoops for Scholars" game is Monday, Feb. 17. The LadyKat basketball team, which co-sponsors the event, will play Northwestern State at 7 p.m. in Johnson Coliseum.

Volunteers have begun contacting potential donors for pledges to be multiplied by the number of points the LadyKats score. Based on the team's average of about 71 points per game this season, which could be more or less against Northwestern State, a person pledging $1 per point would donate $71.

Co-chairing the event are Morris and Jan Waller. A team of volunteers is taking pledges and distributing forms which can be mailed to the College of Arts and Sciences at Box 2209, SHSU, or turned in at any Bearkat game. Call 294-1401 for more information.


School spirit is stirring in Bearkatland.

Thursday, Jan. 30, has been proclaimed "Spirit Night" for the Sam Houston State University basketball games against Stephen F. Austin State. The LadyKat women play at 6 p.m., and the men at 8 p.m. in Johnson Coliseum.

Monday through Thursday in the LSC Mall the LSC Program Council will be trading limited print "Sam Houston-Dangerous Spirit" t-shirts for students trading in shirts from other colleges or universities.

On Thursday night the first 150 students at each game wearing SHSU clothing or Bearkat orange and white will receive either a free pennant or spirit tattoo.

Also on Thursday night, for the second of four Thursday home basketball games, Johnson Coliseum concessions will be offering JUMBO hotdogs for 25 cents each. Ed Chatal, coliseum manager, said that last Thursday almost a thousand of the big dogs were sold.


The Sam Houston State University annual Conference on the Teaching of Secondary School Mathematics was held Friday and Saturday.

The theme of this year's conference was "Applications Across the Curriculum," and featured presentations by outstanding mathematics educators on a variety of topics. Math teachers from throughout the area attended the conference, which included the dedication of the Daniel H. Reeves Center for Mathematics Education.

Conference presentations included illustrations of mathematical applications in middle school and high school, activities that model the new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills evaluation program, and workshops on the latest technology for the mathematics classroom.

The Daniel H. Reeves Center for Mathematics Education is directed by Dr. Mark Klespis, associate professor of mathematics.


Registration is underway for the Sam Houston State University Department of Library Science 15th Annual Children's Literature Festival.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

Authors Joni Bodart, Lee Bennett Hopkins and Don Wood are scheduled to speak. Additional activities will include workshops on a variety of topics, autograph sessions and book exhibits.

For additional information and registration forms contact Dr. Mary Berry, festival coordinator, at 294-1150.


Tony DeMars, assistant professor of radio/television, recently completed his doctor of philosophy degree at the University of Southern Mississippi.

DeMars' doctoral dissertation was entitled "From the Simpsons to the Bundys: A Critical Analysis of Disrespectful Discourse in Television Narratives."

DeMars recognized an increasing lack of respect for parental and educational authority on the part of children and students, and analyzed studies which blame television programming for such behavior.

"The conclusion of this research is that a society must have rules which require all those who enjoy the benefits of the society to contribute to making the society work," wrote DeMars. "Within such a reality, the influences created by disrespectful discourse as described in this study do not meet this need."


The 37th Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, featuring approximately two dozen paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and ceramic pieces, is underway through Feb. 6 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery in Art Building F in the Art Complex. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Call 294-1315 for more information.


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak

Jan. 26, 1997