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Summer Enrollment Shows Little Change

Final enrollment figures for the 1998 Summer Session I show 4,790 students attending Sam Houston State University, down 16 students from the 4,806 who attended in the 1997 first summer session.

Key dates for the Summer I and Summer II sessions include Summer I finals scheduled July 7, Summer II registration July 8, Summer II finals Aug. 12, and Summer Commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 15 in Johnson Coliseum.

Classes for the 1998 fall semester will begin Aug. 26.

School Administration Workshop

More than 120 administrators from area schools are expected for the 24th Annual Workshop in School Administration Wednesday at Sam Houston State University.

Sponsored by the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling in the College of Education and Applied Science and the Region VI Education Service Center, the workshop is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center. The first general session is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

Speakers will include Mark Littleton, executive director of the State Board of Education Certification program; Jim Walsh, an Austin lawyer; Sandy Nolan, Linda Reaves and Carol Reid from the Region VI Education Service Center; Judi Benestante, superintendent of the Richards school district; Leonard Merrell, superintendent of the Katy district; and Toody Byrd, a motivational speaker formerly with the Eanes school district.

Marion Czaja, the conference coordinator, said that participants may still register for the event at 8 a.m., but will not be able to participate in the noon luncheon. For more information, contact Czaja at (409) 294-1148.

Abshire Honored by Department

College and university faculty members sometimes complain about the administrative abilities of their departmental chairperson, but rarely do they make a special effort to pay compliments.

But this is what happened recently in the Department of Management and Marketing in Sam Houston State University's College of Business Administration. Receiving the plaudits and a special award for administrative excellence was Roger D. Abshire, who has chaired the department since 1993.

In a light-hearted presentation ceremony, Nelson Thornton, senior faculty member in the department, observed that Abshire's experience as a tank commander was probably appropriate training for his current position.

Thornton remarked that faculty members appreciate Abshire's willingness to listen to their proposals, and that his management philosophy is captured by his frequent comment, "Let's talk about that."

Also attending the presentation were Bobby K. Marks, Sam Houston president; David Payne, vice president for academic affairs; R. Dean Lewis, dean of the College of Business Administration; Dean Emeritus James Gilmore; and Ross Lovell, who previously chaired the department.

Students Selected by Alpha Chi

A Sam Houston State University student has been selected for a prestigious scholarship in national competition and another elected to a regional office by Alpha Chi, the national academic honor society.

Patrik Lindkvist, a member of Alpha Chi's Texas Omicron chapter at Sam Houston State, was one of 10 students selected from 45 nominees for a $1,500 Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship.

Tannie H. Shannon of Sam Houston State was elected to a two-year term as a student representative for the society's Region II. The society has chapters on some 300 campuses, and is divided into seven regions.

Patricia Williams, professor of curriculum and instruction and director of the SHSU Across-the-University Writing Program, is the Sam Houston group's faculty sponsor, and has held several top positions regionally and nationally. She currently serves as national vice president.

The Sam Houston chapter was one of 28 recognized at the 1997 National Convention of Alpha Chi as a Star Chapter.

Faculty Members Receive Grant

Four Sam Houston State University faculty members in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science have received a $47,997 grant from the National Science Foundation.

David K. Ruch, Peter A. Cooper, Gregory D. Foley, and Mark L. Klespis, were awarded the grant for a project entitled "A Computer Lab For an Integrated, Introductory Mathematics and Computer Science Course."

Sam Houston State University will match the grant for establishment of the computer lab in the Lee Drain Building.

Cooper said that SHSU is combining introductory math and computing science courses into a six-hour integrated course based on inquiry learning and problem solving.

He said that educators believe that students learn best when confronted with the need for a particular skill, and that the new course will be built around the presentation of problems requiring math/computing science skills.

Study Skills Workshops Offered

The Sam Houston State University Counseling Center will offer four free comprehensive study skills workshops this summer.

The study skills groups meet twice a week for five, 90-minute sessions. Participants will learn time management skills, test taking strategies, how to read a textbook, and more.

The groups meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 15 and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 16.

For more information, call the SHSU Counseling Center at (409) 294-1720.

Children's Theatre Presentation

"Thumbelina," the Hans Christian Anderson tale, adapted for stage by Vera Morris, will be presented at 7 p.m. June 24-26 in SHSU's Mainstage Theatre.

Tickets to this Children's Theatre Festival presentation, directed by Maureen McIntyre, are $5 for adults and $2 for children.

For more information call (409) 294-1339 or (409) 294-1329.

Brass Quintet Sets Performance

The Sam Houston Brass Quintet will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pritchett Field Gazebo, located on the corner of Avenue O and 19th Street on the Sam Houston Memorial Museum grounds.

There is no admission fee.


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
June 14, 1998
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