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SHSU Update for Week of March 25

Huntsville McDonald's Creates Scholarship

check presentation
Bruni Kline, right, accepts a check from McDonald's owner Dan Leasure, center, and Amanda Monteleone, left, representing McDonald's student employees.
--Photo by Jim Balzaretti

In the past 17 years Sam Houston State University students have had to drive across town to enjoy a Big Mac. Now there is a new McDonald's closer to campus, and McDonald's is celebrating with the establishment of a scholarship for Sam Houston students.

Many Sam Houston State University students have also worked their way through college at McDonald's, and future McDonald's student workers will have an edge in the new scholarship's selection process.

Dan Leasure, who brought the first McDonald's to its Interstate 45 location in 1974, has announced the establishment of the McDonald's/Dan Leasure Endowment Fund.

Amanda Monteleone, an employee of the new McDonald's at 2502 Sam Houston Ave., recently joined Leasure for the presentation of $5,000 to Bruni Kline, assistant director for university advancement.

Monteleone, now a senior at Huntsville High School, works part time at McDonald's and expects to attend SHSU in the fall of 2001.

"The Sam students have treated us well, as employees and customers, so we decided to give them something in return," said Leasure.

The endowment will provide for one $500 scholarship per semester, beginning in Fall 2002. The scholarship will rotate each year among the departments of theatre and dance, athletics, and accounting, with McDonald's employees who are affiliated with those departments and otherwise qualified being given preference in the selection process.

Leasure said he chose those academic areas because he has enjoyed Sam Houston State University dance productions and basketball games and accounting majors have been especially helpful in his business operations.

In order to be eligible for the scholarships, students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Overall management of the endowment and scholarship accounts will be the responsibility of the academic affairs office.

'Fiddler on the Roof'

"Fiddler on the Roof," performed as a play in London and New York City and other cities throughout the world, and made into an award-winning movie, will be staged April 4-7 at Sam Houston State University.

Performances are at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre of the University Theatre Center, with a 2 p.m. matinee April 7.

The story takes place just after the turn of the 20th Century in Anatevka, a small village in Czarist Russia which is populated by both Jews and Christians. Tevye, a religious Jew, has personal conversations with God and lives by his traditions. He is repeatedly asked to bend tradition to permit his daughters to marry the men they love.

Further complicating Tevye's life is periodic government sponsored pogroms and dispossessions. One historical result was the emigration of millions to the United States in the period 1890-1920.

Russia was also alive with revolutionary resistance to the Czarist government. There were many revolutionary groups both communist and capitalist, authoritarian and democratic. As punishment, criminals, including revolutionaries, were sent to Siberia, a wild frozen land with little civilization. Most never returned.

"Fiddler on the Roof" has been called one of the best musicals ever written. It includes classic songs such as "Tradition," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "To Life," "Miracle of Miracles" "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I were a Rich Man."

Tickets are $12 or $10 for seniors and SHSU students. For reservations call the University Theatre Center Box Office at 936.294.1339.

International Conference Announced

The Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University will host a 10-day international conference Oct. 17-27 with participants expected from more than 25 countries.

The conference is sponsored by the International Center of Sociological, Penal and Penitentiary Research and Studies, based in Messina, Italy. The conference has been held in the past in such places as China, France, and Iran, and this is the first time it will be held in the United States.

The sponsoring organization has held annual International Course of Higher Specialization conferences since 1978 as a means of addressing various problems that jeopardize the safety of the international community.

Topics to be addressed this year include socioeconomic factors in policing and the world economy, the future of international law enforcement, and issues involving police cooperation in past years.

For more information, including questions concerning presentation of programming proposals, contact Sean Hill at 936.294.4875.

Stowe to Present at Warsaw Conference

Charles R. B. Stowe, professor of general business and finance at Sam Houston State University, will be a panelist at the annual conference of the European Foundation for Management Development June 24-26 in Warsaw, Poland.

More than 300 representatives of academic, governmental and corporate institutions worldwide will make presentations on the theme "One Europe? One World?" The president of Poland will open the session. Stowe's panel will discuss "Intellectual Entrepreneurship."

The panel will be moderated by Stefan Kwiatkowski, Stowe's mentor during his studies which led to a doctorate from the Warsaw University School of Management.

Stowe will also participate in the Second Global Conference on Intellectual Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development sponsored by the UNESCO Chair of Intellectual Entrepreneurship. This conference of scholars from around the world will explore the implications of the knowledge-based economy. It will be held June 28 - July 1 at Nieborow Palace near Warsaw.

Stowe's Warsaw connection began when he completed a tour of active duty as the senior military representative to the Republic of Poland working for the National Security Adviser to the President of Poland in 1994. Poland is now a member of NATO.

In November 1997 Stowe was appointed director, Office of International Programs, a half time administrative position at Sam Houston State University.

Stowe continues to serve in the United States Naval Reserve as adviser to the Commander of the Navy Recruiting Command and as Campus Liaison Officer.

Houston Job Fair is Tuesday

Sam Houston State University is one of 13 sponsoring institutions for Texas Job Fair 2001 Tuesday at the University of Houston.

More than 100 employers are expected to participate. Representatives from national and local corporations and government entities will be accepting rÈsumÈs and talking to qualified applicants in all career fields for jobs in and out of Texas.

While many participants will be upper class students seeking their first job, the event is also open to all students and graduates. Companies will be recruiting not only for full-time positions but also internship and co-op positions.

The event's organizers encourage even those students who are not seeking employment in the near future to attend to gather information and gain experience in the job hunt process.

They encourage participants to bring multiple copies of rÈsumÈs, dress professionally, and be ready for on-side interviews.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Athletics/Alumni Center on the University of Houston main campus. Admission is free.

For more information, call the Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers at (713) 525-3803 or SHSU career services at 936.294.1711.

Business and Government Career Fair

The Alpha Phi Sigma national criminal justice honor society and the Sam Houston State University career services office are sponsoring a Business and Government Career Fair from 12:30 - 4 p.m. April 4 in Johnson Coliseum.

Also participating are Alpha Kappa Psi, the Professional Marketing and Management Association, and the International Business Society.

More than 85 organizations are expected to participate, including such institutions as the FBI, Texas Parks and Wildlife, U. S. Secret Service, Walgreen's, KTRE-TV (Lufkin), and Harris County Sheriff's Department.

For more information call career services at 936.294.1713.


"Saturday@Sam!," a day for potential students to learn about Sam Houston State University and its academic programs, organizations and opportunities, is scheduled for Saturday (March 31).

Anyone planning to participate in this free event can register online, print out a registration form from the undergraduate admission Website or call 936.294.1844.

Activities begin with check-in from 7:30 - 8:20 a.m. in Johnson Coliseum, located at Ave. H & 20th Street in Huntsville. The general assembly begins at 8:30 a.m.

Help desks will be set up in the coliseum for general admissions questions, financial aid, new student orientation, residence life and Army ROTC.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit two academic areas to receive information and ask questions. At 11:30 a.m. student activities will present a program including entertainment by the Orange Pride Dance Team and SHSU cheerleaders.

Lunch will also be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Cafe Belvin, at a cost of $4. Campus tours and a residence hall open house are scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Field School Bazaar

A bazaar benefiting the Sam Houston State University Puebla, Mexico Field School will be held Saturday and Sunday (March 31-April 1) at the Sam Houston State University Agriculture Center indoor arena on the feeder road of Interstate 45.

The Field School is seeking donations of items, and renting booth space. Ten-by-ten foot antique/craft show booths are available for $30 for both days.

For more information or to request a pickup for donation items call 936.295.6532.

Racquetball Shootout

The SHSU Racquetball Club will hold its 2nd Annual Bearkat Shootout beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday (March 31) at the Health/Kinesiology Center. The tournament is certified by the United States Racquetball Association and will feature open players. Visitors are welcome. For more information call 936.294.1165.

SpeakEasies Golf Tournament

The SpeakEasies speech club will hold a scholarship benefit golf tournament beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday (March 31) at the Country Campus Golf Course near Riverside. Cost is $25 per player, and individual prizes will be awarded to members of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Call Kristen Dodson at 936.435.1544 for a registration form and information.

Journalism Awards Banquet

Ardyth Sohn, holder of the Warner Chair in Journalism at Sam Houston State University, will be the speaker for this year's journalism awards banquet at 7 p.m. April 5 at the La Quinta Inn.

Tickets are $5 each for journalism majors/minors and $10 each for others and must be purchased by April 2. The evening's meal will be an Italian buffet.

For tickets contact Sandy Baker in room 212 of the Rather Communications Building.

Football Dinner and Auction

The 13th Annual Sam Houston State University Bearkat Football Dinner and Auction has been scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. April 20 at the Walker County Fairgrounds.

A social hour and silent auction is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and auction to follow.

Tickets are $30 each, $50 per couple, or $200 for a table of eight.

For tickets and information call the SHSU football department at 936.294.1735.

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March 25, 2001
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