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SHSU Update for Week of June 16

Campers Sample Collegiate Environment

The campus is buzzing with activity this summer, not only because of the Sam Houston State University students who are attending summer school, but also because of the younger students who are attending the various camps offered at the university.

Approximately 6500 campers will participate in activities, according to Norma Buxkemper, coordinator of academic scholarships and summer camps.

Among the offerings that are taking place are camps for working with horses, cheerleading, softball, band, football, baseball, pole vault, basketball, orchestra, tennis, journalism, jump rope, choir, piano, and natural history.

Although most of the campers come from Texas, some come from other countries as well. Buxkemper pointed out that the USA Jump Rope Camp brings students from all over the world.

"The majority of the campers will stay on campus, eat in Belvin Cafeteria, and use university facilities while they are here," she said.

Among the facilities which the campers use are the coliseum, health and kinesiology center, intramural and Pritchett Fields, agriculture facility, Bowers Stadium, and rooms in the Fine Arts Building.

"Most of our campus is exposed to these younger students while they attend our camps, and we hope they will like what they see and will want to come back," said Buxkemper.

She has already gotten positive feedback from the person who coordinated a football camp for youngsters last week.

"This was the first time to hold their camp here, and they loved our campus," she said. "The coordinator said they could not have asked for a friendlier athletic staff to work with, and that they are going to come back next year."

Although Buxkemper's office coordinates camp activities, she is quick to point out that it is a cross-campus team effort.

"The responsibility of summer camps is not just in my office," she said. "Every department on this campus makes a summer camp successful."

Enrollment Figures Show Increase

The Registrar's Office has released final enrollment figures for the first summer session, and they show a 4.1 percent increase over last year's summer I enrollment figures, for a total of 5,431 students enrolled this year.

Last year, 5,218 students enrolled for the first summer session.

The largest percentage increase came in the number of beginning freshmen, with an increase of 163.6 percent.

Classes for the first summer session will conclude with finals on June 27. Classes for the second summer session begin on July 2.

Alumni Invited to Bryan Reception

Area Sam Houston State University alumni are invited to a reception in Bryan on Thursday, July 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Messina Hof Winery.

SHSU President James F. Gaertner will be on hand to visit with guests.

The event is hosted by the SHSU Alumni Association together with Bryan co-hosts, including The Bryan/College Station Eagle, Target, Compass Bank and 1st National Bank.

Outdoor Recreation Hosts Summer Activities

The outdoor recreation program of SHSU's recreational sports department is coordinating three activities this summer for students.

The first is entitled "Central Texas Climbing" and will take place June 22 from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $35.

The second activity is "Lake Raven Canoe and Kayak" on July 9 from 5:45 p.m. until 8 p.m., and the cost is $3.

On July 20-21, students are invited to participate in "Galveston Island Fish and Fun." The cost for this activity is $15.

For more information, contact Marvin Seale, associate director, SHSU Recreational Sports, at 936.294.3656, or e-mail

Gaertner Names Advancement Interim

James F. Gaertner, Sam Houston State University president, has named Frank Krystyniak as interim vice president for university advancement, and a national search is under way for a permanent replacement for Gary Bouse in that position.

Krystyniak is director of public relations, one of three areas in university advancement at SHSU. Also under the advancement function at SHSU are alumni relations and development.

Krystyniak has two degrees from SHSU and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. He has worked in the public relations/communications area at SHSU since 1971.

R. Dean Lewis, dean of the College of Business Administration, is heading the committee searching for a replacement for Bouse, who will become associate vice chancellor for development and alumni relations at the University of Missouri. He will leave SHSU June 30.

Alumni Association Plans Texans Tailgate Party

The SHSU Alumni Association will host a tailgate party at the Houston Texans football game on Nov. 17.

Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased by Friday, June 28. The ticket price includes admission to the game, a barbecue meal, and drinks. The Alumni Association has chartered a bus for those interested in traveling with a group.

The tailgate party will begin at 1:15 p.m. at Reliant Stadium - Tailgate Village. Game time is 3:15 p.m.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 936.294.1841 or 1.800.283.SHSU, or email

SamWorks Event in July

The next SamWorks social is scheduled for July 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Zach's Bar and Grill.

SHSU President and Mrs. James Gaertner will be special guests.

SamWorks is hosted by the SHSU Alumni Association for local Bearkat alumni to get together and stay in touch.

For more information contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 936.294.1841.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May
June 16, 2002
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