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SHSU Update for Week of October 10

Stevens Named Associate Vice President

James A. Stevens, who has been associated with Sam Houston State University for almost 30 years, has been named the university's associate vice president for information resources.

"It is an exciting time to be in the information technology field at a university," said Stevens. "Our biggest challenge is to adjust to accelerating change."

In his new position Stevens oversees the university's computer services, telephone services, and institutional research programs, and the SHSU post office.

He has served as the director of computer services at Sam Houston State since 1975. From 1970-75, Stevens was an assistant professor and associate member of the graduate faculty in SHSU's College of Business, where he taught courses in statistics, business computing, and finance.

Stevens received the bachelor of arts degree in math from the University of Texas at Austin in 1960, and the master of engineering degree (industrial engineering/operations research) in 1969 from Texas A&M.

He is a member of the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications, and enjoys fishing and vacationing in the mountains in his free time.

Stevens' appointment was announced by SHSU Vice President for Finance and Operations Jack Parker and was effective September 1.

Distinguished Alum Returns to Speak

A Sam Houston State University alumnus who received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985 will be the 1999-2000 Distinguished Lecturer for the SHSU Department of Biological Sciences.

William R. Brinkley, a 1959 graduate who is now vice president for graduate sciences and dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 14) in the Lee Drain Building room 213. A reception will follow.

Brinkley is finishing his one year term as vice president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, a coalition of 17 scientific societies with a combined membership of 56,000 researchers in the biomedical and life sciences.

In addition to his vice president's position at Baylor College of Medicine, Brinkley is also Distinguished Service Professor of Cell Biology, and serves as co-director of the W. M. Keck Center for Computational Biology.

Brinkley received a bachelor's degree in 1959 and a master's degree in 1961 at SHSU, then went on to earn a doctorate in cell biology from Iowa State University in 1964. He served as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral trainee at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston from 1964-1966. He has been in his current position at Baylor since 1991.

Brinkley has been honored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute for his research of cell division and genomic instability in tumor cells.

The topic of Brinkley's talk will be "Centrosomes, genome instability and breast cancer: Boveri's hypothesis resurrected." Any interested parties may attend.

Homecoming Activities

Sam Houston State University's Homecoming 1999 starts Monday with elections for homecoming king and queen and ends Saturday with a full day of activities. In between will be events for students, alumni and community residents.

A highlight is expected to be the 2 p.m. Saturday football game between rivals Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin state universities.

A full listing of events is available on the Today@Sam Web page. More information about events is also available from the Office of Alumni Relations at 409-294-1841 and the Office of Student Activities at 409-294-3861.

New Books List Available on Web

Browsing the library stacks for new books can be a fun, but time-consuming activity. Now it is no longer necessary, with the Newton Gresham Library's "What's New" link on its Internet homepage.

Each month on this page, which is found easily from the Sam Houston State University homepage, the library lists the books acquired during the previous three months. Books found here are available for borrowing and have been arranged by call number under the appropriate subject heading.

Not included on the list are certain items the library receives on a regular basis, such as magazines, newspapers, bound serials, videocassettes, compact discs, standing orders, government publications (state and federal), and reference books.

When library users find something they like, they can stop by the New Books area, located on the main floor next to the current periodicals. New acquisitions are placed in this browsing area for approximately two weeks.

The library has also announced that a Web version of its online catalog, SamCat, is now linked to the library's homepage.

Use of the library's Web page is available to community members who have online access or at the library. Information on how to use the library's computer terminals is available at the library reference desk.

While use of Newton Gresham Library services is offered free to community members, those who wish do so can help assure continuation of such services by purchasing a courtesy card for $20 per year. The courtesy cards are available at the library's circulation desk, and are available to those 18 years of age and older.

Sam to Host Residence Halls Group

Students from Sam Houston State University's Residence Halls Association are busy making arrangements to host more than 500 residence hall students and residence life professionals Nov. 11-14.

The guests from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Mexico will be attending the Southwest Affiliate of the American College and University Residence Halls association.

E. Thayne King, director of residence life, said the conference will include educational programs, business meetings, and the opportunity for students and workers to network with others in the field.

"Along with the tremendous honor of hosting this conference comes responsibility and a great deal of work for the students who are coordinating this activity," said Evelyn "Scoobie" Woods, Residence Halls Association adviser. "They are responsible for every aspect of the conference, and they have shown great enthusiasm and determination to plan and carry out all phases successfully."

King and Woods invite SHSU faculty and staff to assist students if asked, and to plan to participate in activities including the opening ceremonies, programs, and a "roll call" of schools which includes humorous skits.

For questions, contact Woods at 409-294-4225.

Continuing Education Courses

The Office of Continuing Education at Sam Houston State University has announced that registration is under way for a number of courses.

They include Medication Aide Refresher, Medication Aide Training, Beginning Sign Language, dance courses, paralegal courses, Wood Pen Making, Medical Terminology, Medical Transcription, Microsoft Word for Beginners, Beginning Keyboarding, Web Page Design, Silk Flower Arranging and Spend Smart.

For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 409-294-3701 or its Web site at www.shsu.edu/~exl_www/.

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October 10, 1999
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