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SHSU Update for Week of Oct. 28

United Way Sale-A-Thon Sets Record

The three-day Walker County United Way 2001 Sale-A-Thon on Sam Houston State University Cable 7 raised $10,000 in bids and donations, exceeding by $2,000 the amount of money raised in any previous telethon.

"It was a grand success," said Paula Anglemyer, executive director of United Way of Walker County. "It was the dedication and enthusiasm of the students that did it. They started gathering items in June, and followed through."

Anglemyer said that bidding results will be run on Cable Channel 7, and that items may be picked up at the Dan Rather Building, Room 123. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Items will also be available at West Hill Mall on Saturday (Nov. 3).

Anglemyer said that all prizes must be claimed by Friday, Nov. 9, and only cash or checks (no credit cards) will be accepted. She suggested that winners call (936) 294-1341 before going to either location to collect items.

Wiley is First Lecturer in Wiley Lecture Series

Edward O. Wiley, a Sam Houston State University graduate who is now curator of fishes at the natural history museum at the University of Kansas, will present the first in a lecture series named in his honor on Nov. 8.

Wiley will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Music Recital Hall, 17th at Ave. J, as the first guest in the Edward O. Wiley Lecture Series. His topic is "A Natural History of Museums in the 21st Century, What Are They Good For." The public is invited, and there is no admission fee.

William I. Lutterschmidt, founder and director of the Sam Houston State University Vertebrate Museum, said that Wiley is expected to address concerns that we are losing species daily, and the importance of cataloging them before they are gone.

Wiley obtained his master's degree from SHSU's Department of Biological Sciences, under the direction of Darrell Hall, an ichthyologist who is now retired and lives in Huntsville.

Wiley is also a world-renowned natural historian and systematist--an expert in the study of evolutionary relationships in organisms.

The SHSU Vertebrate Museum is located in Room 113 of the Lee Drain Building, and has displays of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. The museum sponsors summer programs for students, as well as programs for school groups, by appointment.

He said the displays and information presented is especially suitable for public school students in grades 7-9. He can be contacted at 936.294.1556, or by e-mail.

Marathon Oil Provides Funds for Data Base

The Department of Accounting in the College of Business Administration at Sam Houston State University has received a $5,000 grant through Marathon Oil Company from the USX Foundation to help support acquisition and integration of Oracle computer data base software into the curriculum.

United States Steel Company is Marathon's parent company.

"Oracle represents the leading relational data base system in use in modern business activity and serves as the operating data base for the majority of e-business in the world today," said Ross Quarles, professor of accounting, who designed the Dow Technology Demonstration Center in the Smith-Hutson Business Building.

"Integration of this data base system will provide COBA students with the leading data base technology tool for use in their careers. This acquisition and the accompanying expertise within COBA that it permits will also serve as a base for future technology enhancements to the COBA curriculum.

Integration of Oracle into accounting and management information system courses has already begun this semester and will be expanded in the future, said Quarles.

Sociology Club Works for Population Awareness

The Sociology Club at Sam Houston State University has been busy during the past week with activities in support of 2001 World Population Awareness Week. Their activities continue with a food drive for the Good Shepherd Mission, ending Wednesday (Oct. 31).

Representatives of the club have done in-class presentations for the Sociology Department. Johnny Bright, from the Youth Opportunities Movement in Houston, spoke on campus Oct. 25.

Student presenters included Scott Alexander, Keshia Garza, Mario Garza, Shannon Giles, Miranda Hubbard, Kacey Krystyniak, Janeen Longfellow and Stephanie Nelson.

World Population Awareness Week is a campaign to create awareness of patterns in world population growth, its impact on the planet, and actions sponsors of the program believe are needed.

The Population Institute, an international nonprofit organization, sponsors the event. Co-sponsors are the United Methodist Church, the Sierra Club, Rotary International, United Nations Population Fund, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the American Association of University Women.

Population Institute figures indicate that the world population, from the dawn of civilization, reached one billion in 1830. Since then it has grown to two billion in 1930, three billion in 1960, four billion in 1975, five billion in 1986, six billion in 1999, and nine billion by 2050.

SHSU Student One of Two Honored Statewide

Sara A. Peter, senior Sam Houston State University kinesiology major, has been awarded a $750 scholarship from the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Kweethai Neill, faculty sponsor for SHSU's Eta Sigma Gamma health honor society chapter, said that Department of Health and Kinesiology is especially proud of Peter because only two scholarships were awarded statewide this year. A SHSU student was one of two honored last year as well.

In addition to membership in the health honor society, Peter is a member of the Sam Houston Alliance for Wellness, a member of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and member of the Golden Key National Honor Society.

She is also on the Dean's List consistently with an overall grade point average of 3.6, is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Teacher Education Honor Society, and a recipient of the Margaret Powell Scholarship and Gibbs A. and Lela Wynne Scholarship.

In addition, Peter has been a volunteer coach at Gibbs Elementary, a substitute teacher in Huntsville schools, and a committee organizer for health fairs at Mance Park Middle School and the Retirement Center of Houston.

She is the daughter of Frankie and Judy Peter of El Campo and a 1998 graduate of Louise High School. After graduation she plans to be a teacher and coach.

Poker Walk Winners Named

A total of 127 walkers took part in the recent recreational sports Poker Walk, with top hands being turned in by student Nichole Payne, Cynthia Bennett of human resources, and Norma O'Bannon of administrative accounting.

Participants went on a 10-15 minute walk through the campus, picking up cards from "casinos" along the way. At the end, the best hands were declared winners.

"We're all very excited about the turn-out and look forward to doing it again," said Amy Swingle, the event coordinator.

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Oct. 28, 2001
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