A two-year self-study is underway to examine the strengths and weaknesses of Sam Houston State University prior to re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Dr. Gerald Lord of the association met with SHSU officials Jan. 30 as the first step in the process which will include an accrediting team visit in the spring of 1999. Dr. Bobby K. Marks, SHSU president, has appointed Dr. James Goodwin, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to chair the self-study steering committee.

Other committee members include Dr. Paul Child, English; Dr. Caroline Crimm, History; Dr. Jo Ann Duffy, Business; Dr. Bill Hyman, Health and Kinesiology; Dr. Nancy Horton, Criminal Justice; Dr. Eren Johnson, Language, Literacy and Special Populations; Dr. Darryl Patrick, Art; Dr. Donald Coers, associate vice president for academic affairs and Dr. Mitchell Muehsam, associate dean of the College of Business.

"This is an important exercise in assuring the viability of Sam Houston State University as we enter the next century," said Marks. "I encourage all members of the university community to participate wholeheartedly in this process."


Spring enrollment at Sam Houston State University is 11,378, a decrease of 111 students, or less than one percent, from the 1996 Spring Semester.

A total of 6,319 women and 5,059 men are enrolled, including 2,145 freshmen, 2,324 sophomores, 2,427 juniors, 3,086 seniors, 957 graduates, 391 post-graduates and 48 in the Criminal Justice doctoral program.

The number of semester hours showed an even smaller percentage decrease than the enrollment total, with 424 semester hours less than the 138,122 for which students registered last spring.


Dr. Rolando del Carmen, distinguished professor of criminal justice at SHSU, has been selected to receive the 1997 Bruce Smith Sr. Award by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

The award is given to recognize "demonstration of leadership in the administration of criminal justice as an academic and/or professional discipline in a manner that reflects the highest standards of integrity; and performance and active involvement in criminal justice research or other endeavor which has made substantial contributions to the emerging body of knowledge in criminal justice."

The academy will present the award to del Carmen on March 13 at its annual meeting in Louisville, Ky.

Del Carmen has been a member of the criminal justice faculty at Sam Houston State since 1974. In addition to his success in the classroom, he is recognized for his research. He received the university's first Excellence in Research Award, in 1986, and he continues to produce numerous publications based on his research.

He has also received accolades from his peers for his public service endeavors. He served on the Texas Commission on Jail Standards for six years, while concurrently serving in an active consultant role with the National Institute of Corrections, the American Probation and Parole Association and several other organizations.

"Professor del Carmen has earned rare distinction in his field as both a superb scholar and a dedicated and effective teacher," said Dr. Timothy J. Flanagan, dean of the College of Criminal Justice. "He has served as a mentor for many professionals who have influenced criminal justice policy internationally. He is also the definitive role model for doctoral students and young faculty members."


"The Baltimore Waltz," the first Department of Theatre and Dance production of the 1997 Spring Semester, runs Wednesday through Saturday in the University Theatre Center Showcase Theatre. Performances are set for 8 p.m. each night, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

Faculty member Penny Hasekoester directs the show, which has been described as a giddy fantasy following the adventures of a brother and sister as they travel across Europe to find a cure for a fatal illness that afflicts one of them.

The brother, Carl, is played by sophomore musical theatre major Scott Sidler. The sister, Anna, is played by junior theatre major Christa Seekatz. A mysterious Third Man is played by sophomore theatre major Brian Morreale.

Backstage support is provided by students Keith Pitts (set design), Richard Amiss (lights and sound), Becky Kemp (costumes), Laura Penuel (stage manager), Mandy Whitlock (assistant director) and Jonathan Charles (choreography).

Tickets for the show, which is considered appropriate for adult audiences, are $5. Call 294-1339 for information or reservations.


Richard Schrader, who received a master's degree in business administration from SHSU in May, 1996, has been named first place winner of the American Production and Inventory Control Society, Inc. regional student paper competition.

Schrader, who now works in the Chicago area, received a $250 prize. His paper, entitled "DRP & Contract Logistics: Alternatives for Distribution Efficiency," concerned inventory, distribution and forecasting decisions to provide firms with reduced distribution costs, reduced lead times and increased inventory turnover.

Dr. Vic Sower, assistant professor of management, who worked with Schrader while he was a student, said that the organization which awarded the prize accepted entries from a number of prestigious universities throughout Texas and the Southwest. Sower said that Schrader's employment future looks bright.

"I think he's going to be one of our stars," said Sower.


"Explore Your World and Beyond" is the theme for SHSU's Summer Institute for Gifted, Creative, and Talented Students June 15-20. Applications are being accepted through May 6.

"This year we will focus on broadening students' knowledge base and teaching them communication skills," said Dr. Donna Owens, institute director. "University faculty members and prominent community members will provide a challenging program of activities, encompassing a wide range of areas so there will be 'something for everyone.'"

Topics include: Finding Picasso Within You (Dr. John Swartz); Get Hyped over Hyperstudio (Dr. Harry Bohan); Tensegrity, Tension and Compression (Patric Lawler); The Life and Crimes of Bonnie and Clyde (Dr. Mitchel Roth); Thinking Like an Economist (Dr. Bill Green); Exploring the Net (Dr. Jeannine Hirtle) and 12 others.

The tuition fee of $425 covers instructional costs, educational materials, housing, meals and recreation. Call Owens at 294-3972 or 294-1143 for information and application form.


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak

Feb. 9, 1997