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SHSU Update for Week of Nov. 4

SHSU Signs International Agreement

Not only is global awareness a crucial part of education, in many ways it has become necessary for advancement and survival. Sam Houston State University is doing its part to facilitate international knowledge and communication by promoting cultural exchange among the members of its community.

The university and Sichuan Dipont Visa Information Services Co. Ltd. in China have signed an agreement to establish policy and procedures for Chinese students to attend the university's courses and programs.

"We are delighted to formalize this agreement with Sichuan Dipont," said David Payne, SHSU's vice president for academic affairs. "We look forward to enhancing the diversity of our campus by bringing an increasing number of students from southwest China."

Signing the international agreement at Sam Houston State University last week were James F. Gaertner, president of the university, and Luxia Liu, an SHSU graduate student from China majoring in secondary education, who was authorized to represent Sichuan Dipont.

According to Liu, approximately 30 Chinese students from mainland China currently attend SHSU. Under the new international agreement, officials hope to see that number increase soon. Most of the current Chinese students attending Sam Houston State are graduate and doctoral students majoring in physics, computer science, political science, applied math, education, criminal justice, biology, and business administration.

Comedy and The Classics

Several fine arts activities are taking place on campus this week, including musical performances and a comedy.

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple: The Female Version," Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Showcase theatre. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. The play tells the story of a sloppy divorcee and a meticulous housewife who decide to room together after the housewife's marriage falls apart. The result produces a fast-paced and zany situation, as the two women learn about life, love, and each other as they struggle for control of the apartment and their lives.

The School of Music will present the Sigma Alpha Iota Musicale on Sunday (Nov. 4), at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall on campus. A range of selections from classical to contemporary will be featured, and the audience will have an opportunity to participate in a musical dedication to the victims and their families of the September 11 attacks.

On Tuesday (Nov. 6) the Faculty Woodwind Chamber Ensemble will perform in the Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. The program features compositions by several twentieth century artists as well as "Concertpiece No. 2 in d minor, op. 114" by Felix Mendelssohn. Performers include: Kathy Daniel (flute), Patricia Card (clarinet), Spring Hill (oboe), Scott Phillips (bassoon), Peggy DeMers (horn), Henry Howey (trombone), Clive Swansbourne (piano), and Wayne Barrett (narrator).

Health Screening

The Department of Health and Kinesiology is offering a health screening service to faculty, staff and student Nov. 12-15. Preregistration is not necessary, although appointments can be made by calling 294-1165.

The review consists of cholesterol screening and body composition evaluation. A registered nurse will administer the total cholesterol test and faculty members will conduct the digital caliper body composition analysis.

The testing will take place in the Heath and Kinesiology Center from 8 a.m.4 p.m. and a fee of $10 is required at the time of testing.

A Blueprint for the Next Decade

Doug Greening, director for the SHSU Physical Plant, will speak on "The SHSU Campus Master Plan--A Blueprint For The Next Ten Years" at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 7) in the Criminal Justice Center's "On the Concourse" area. He will answer questions about the future of the Lowman Student Center and parking on campus.

Greening's speech is sponsored by the Golden Key International Honor Society as part of their monthly "Coffee at 5:05" speaker series. More information is available on the Golden Key Website. Faculty, staff, students, and members of the community are welcome. There is no admission fee.

Beto Consults With British Officials

Dan Richard Beto, director of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, spent October 24-26 in New York City, where he consulted with British officials on issues relating to community corrections and police-probation partnerships. The meeting, held at the Harvard Club, was convened by Henry Olsen, executive director of the Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute, and Ray Raymond, political officer for the British Consulate-General in New York.

Beto is a member of the Reinventing Probation Council, a group of community corrections professionals organized by the Manhattan Institute who advocate a rational approach to the delivery of probation services, where public safety, offender accountability, and meaningful treatment are emphasized.

"In the past it has been my observation that probation practices in Great Britain have been about ten years behind those found in the United States," Beto said. "However, with the creation of the National Probation Service this past April, a strategic agenda that balances enforcement, rehabilitation, and public protection, and a commitment to employing those practices supported by research, it is my sense that our British colleagues have taken the lead.

"It is gratifying to note that Great Britain has adopted many of the strategies advocated by the Reinventing Probation Council. If successful in their reinvention efforts, our British colleagues could well create a model probation system worthy of replication in other jurisdictions," Beto said.

"Saturdays @ Sam!"

Prospective students are invited to attend "Saturdays @ Sam!" on Nov. 17. The next "Saturdays @ Sam!" event will take place on March 23, 2002. These biannual campus preview days are designed to provide high school and transfer students with information about Sam Houston State University.

Students have the opportunity to visit with faculty and to speak with representatives from Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and Residence Life. Tours of the campus are available and designated residence halls may be visited. There will also be an Organizations Fair so that potential students can learn about campus organizations. For more information call 936.294.1844. Students may register through the Internet at the "Saturdays@Sam!" website.

Graduate Student Receives Hall of Fame Scholarship

John Kyle Mays, a Sam Houston State University graduate student in business administration from The Woodlands, was named one of 20 scholarship recipients at the Texas Business Hall of Fame's annual scholarship luncheon and induction dinner on Oct. 16.

Mays is a former Air Force F-16 fighter pilot who served in Germany, Italy, Turkey and Iraq.

The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation awards scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each year to students pursuing their MBA degrees, full time in Texas Universities. Recipients are selected based on a number of criteria including leadership traits in academic and campus activities, academic credentials, outstanding moral character, and the demonstration of a propensity for entrepreneurial achievement.

Chemistry Department Presents Papers

Eleven students and five faculty members from the Department of Chemistry presented papers at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Antonio last month. The students and their papers included: Rukma Basnayake (Detoxification of Toxic Tellurium Species by Bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens K27) Janet Bius (Developing a Method for Determining the Mass Balance of Selenium Bioprocessed by a Selenium Resistant Bacterium in the Presence of Selenite), Suminda Hapuarachchi (Interference of Glasses in Selenium Determination by Atomic Spectrometry with Hydride Generation), and Joann Pugh (Determination of Method Detection of Tellurium in Sucrose Density Gradient Solutions by Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry).

Also, Jerry Swearingen (Using Sucrose Gradients to Separate Biologically Produced Tellurium Metal and Bacterial Cells with Detection by HGAAS and/or ICP/AES), Justin Turney (Ion Exchange Resin Distribution Coefficients), Mickey Richardson (Ammonia Extraction from Effluent Wastewaters), Courtney Poe (Selenium in Fish Breeder) Sorana Linder, Katherine White and Vicki Gloyd (Photochemistry of Tri- and Tetrasubstituted Epoxides).

Faculty members who participated in the meeting and are also directing the research include: Benny Arney, Tom Chasteen, Paul Loeffler, Mary Plishker and Rick White. The funds for the faculty and students to travel to the meeting and present their research results came from the Robert A. Welch Foundation in Houston which provides support through a departmental research grant.

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Nov. 4, 2001
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