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Participants in Puebla Field School 2000 gather prior to June 5 departure.

SHSU Update for Week of June 4

Field School Departs Monday

Thirty-nine Sam Houston State University students, a number of whom received scholarships from the International Scholarship Fee committee and the College of Business Administration, will leave Monday (June 5) for a month in Mexico.

Accompanying them for the Puebla Field School 2000 headquartered in Puebla, Mexico, will be professors Doug Berg, who will teach a Seminar in International Business and Contemporary International Trade Issues; Rafael Saumell-Muñoz, who will teach Advanced Conversational Spanish and The Modern Mexican Short Story; Frieda Koeninger, who will teach Intermediate Spanish and is the field school director; and Robbie Wallace, who will teach Drawing and History of Mexican Art.

Besides the usual field trips that the group takes to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, several archeological sites, and the historical area of Puebla, this year students will go on a special art history tour of the center of Mexico City and to the museum of Frida Kahlo. The art tour is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Also for the first time this year students will be using the classrooms and computer services of the Universidad Iberoamericana Golfo Centro, a Jesuit university in the city of Puebla, in an arrangement funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Also, Berg and Saumell will each give a guest lecture on that campus and several of the Mexican professors will deliver talks to the SHSU students.

The students and professors are scheduled to return June 29.

Beto Elected To National Post

Dan Richard Beto, director of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University, was recently elected president of the National Association of Probation Executives. He will assume this office on July 1 and will serve a two year term.

Founded in 1981, the association is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of the field of community corrections by creating a national network for probation executives, bringing about positive change in the field of community corrections, and making available a pool of experts in probation management, program development, training, and research.

Beto and other members of the association have assumed a leadership role on the Reinventing Probation Council of the Manhattan Institute, which issued the highly acclaimed report "Broken Windows" Probation: The Next Step in Fighting Crime. This monograph charts a new course for the community corrections profession.

Beto, who earned both a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Sam Houston State University, has worked for more than 30 years in the criminal justice system.

Teske Returns From European Research, Lectures

Raymond H. Teske, Jr., professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University, has returned from a month in Europe in which he did research at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Penal Law and presented a number of lectures.

Teske's primary work at the institute in Freiburg, Germany was a research project focusing on hate crimes committed against homosexuals, asylum seekers, and foreigners in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg from 1994 to 1997.

"My German colleague and I, Professor Hans-Joerg Albrecht, have collaborated on this project for the past four years," said Teske. "We are also comparing our research in Germany with the processing of hate crime offenses and offenders in Texas."

Albrecht, who is director of the institute, has visited SHSU as a Beto Chair lecturer, and has hosted SHSU doctoral students at the institute.

Teske presented a lecture at the institute on "The Meaning of a Life Sentence in Texas Prisons."

"Virtually nothing has been written on life sentences in the United States," said Teske, "whereas this is a major issue in Europe, and is frequently addressed by legal scholars and criminologists."

Teske also presented two lectures at the National Police Academy of the Czech Republic, located in Prague. One was on the Organizational Structure and Education/Training of the police in Texas, and the other was on development and implementation of victim rights in Texas.

"Because it is a major crossroads, Prague has become a center for organized crime based in Russia, Poland, and other former eastern block countries," he said.

Early Learning Center Registration

The Bearkat Early Learning Center is conducting its registration drive for the Fall Semester 2000.

"Eligible children for the half-day program are three and four-year-olds who want a fun and challenging experience designed specifically for intellectual and social development," said Laverne Warner, coordinator of Early Childhood Education in the College of Education and Applied Science.

The program is housed on the first floor of the Teacher Education Center and is used as a lab program for university students seeking early childhood education certification. Jorja Davis, an SHSU graduate student with many years of experience with young children, will be the teacher in charge of the program, which follows the university's academic calendar.

For a registration packet, call Pat Sprott at 936-294-1108. For more information about the program, or a tour of the facilities, call Warner at 936-294-1120.

Summer Reading Safari

The Library Science Department at Sam Houston State University will be hosting a Reading Safari and Scholastic Book Fair the week of June 19-23.

Area residents are invited to bring children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or any child to enjoy storytelling and reading activities. Books for summer reading or for child care facilities may also be purchased.

Storytelling and activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. daily, with family night on Wednesday (June 21) from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Activities are scheduled for room 138 of the Gresham Library.

For more information, call 936-294-1947 or 936-294-1151.

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June 4, 2000
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