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SHSU Update for Week of Aug. 24

Offices Move Over Summer

It has been a summer of moving for many offices and departments throughout the university. Five offices spent time during the summer packing their belongings and unpacking them at a new location, with several more planning to make a move by mid-semester.

Both moving from the Bobby K. Marks Administration Building to the Estill Building, the Payroll Office will now be located in Room 228, and the Registrar Office will be on the third floor. Earlier this year, the Human Resources and Purchasing offices also moved to the third floor of Estill Building.

Dick Eglsaer, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, said the move of all of those offices in the Estill Building was devised to make access easier for students.

"The concept, referred to as 'one-stop' shopping, suggests that it is easier for the students to take care of their business, if all of the relevant offices are close to each other," he said. "Many times students have to make multiple visits to the various offices to complete their business. If this process requires them to make multiple walks across campus, the task becomes more difficult."

The Graduate Studies Office was relocated from Academic Building 3 to Frels Building Room 131.

Moving from the University Advancement Building, the Office of Public Relations moved into Room 115 of the Administration Building and the Phonathon moved to Room 120 of the Frels Building.

By the end of the year, the vice president for University Advancement will move from the University Advancement Building to the first floor of the Administration Building; Residence Life will move from Gidley House to the University Advancement Building; and the Bearkat OneCard Services Office will move from the second floor of Academic Building 3 to the third floor of the Lowman Student Center.

Physics Department To Host Mars-Viewing Event

Mars will come closer to Earth than it has at any time in the past 59,540 years, and you are invited to witness this historic event.

The Physics Department and Society of Physics Students are hosting a public Star Party on Aug. 26 at 8:30 p.m. at the SHSU campus observatory. Go here for directions to the observatory. The rain and cloud date for this event is Aug. 27 at 8:30 p.m. Call 936.294.3664 for information on the status of the observatory.

Davidson Named Assistant Director Of Institute

Following an exhaustive search, Christie Davidson has been named assistant director of the SHSU Correctional Management Institute of Texas.

Davidson, who began her career with CMIT in 1994, has held positions of increasing responsibility. For the past four years she has served in the capacity of CMIT project coordinator and chief of staff.

"In addition to possessing a MBA degree in management from Sam Houston State University, Ms. Davidson has developed excellent working relationships with both institutional and community corrections professionals, and her area of influence extends beyond the boundaries of Texas," said Dan Richard Beto, CMIT executive director. "She is widely respected for her professionalism, work ethic and her ability to bring closure to projects in a timely manner."

For the past several years, Davidson has managed the Texas Probation Association and the National Association of Probation Executives, as well as managing the secretariat services for the Texas Association for Investigative Hypnosis and the Texas Association for Court Administration. Davidson is also responsible for delivering the Executive Development Program for new probation and parole executives and the Mid-Management Leadership Program.

"In reviewing the applications and considering the job requirements, it soon became apparent to Dean (Richard) Ward and me that the best candidate for the job was already working for the institute," Beto added. "Ms. Davidson's knowledge of, and commitment to, the mission of the institute commended her selection for this position."

Prentice Publishes New CJ Prof's Book

Willard M. Oliver, associate professor of criminal justice in the SHSU College of Criminal Justice has published the third edition of his book "Community-Oriented Policing: A Systemic Approach to Policing" with Prentice Hall.

The textbook explores both the philosophy and practices of community-oriented policing throughout the United States, as well as in various countries around the world. Community-oriented policing is a method of policing that has developed over the past two decades that is based in developing the relationship between the police and community by moving them toward working in partnership to address the problems of crime and disorder.

Oliver is a new member of the faculty at Sam Houston who comes to the college with nine years of teaching experience and having served as both a police officer in the Washington, D.C. area and a military police officer.

For more information on the book, visit the Prentice Hall Website, the Amazon Website or the Barnes and Noble Website.

Ag Professor Receives 'Teacher Fellow Award'

Sam Houston State professor of agricultural mechanization William R. 'Billy' Harrell was one of the seven recipients of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture's Teacher Fellow Awards, given out this summer at the organization's 49th annual conference.

"This award is given to a very select few individuals who have had an exemplary program in that field," said agricultural sciences department chair Bobby Lane. "We are extremely proud that he (Harrell) has been recognized for his dedication through receiving the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award. No one has ever been more deserving, in my opinion." Like most professors within the department, Harrell, who has been a professor of ag mechanics at SHSU since the late 60s, is a member of NACTA.

"Dr. Harrell, through his tireless commitment to 4-H and FFA youth, our students, and to countless agriscience teachers, has made Sam Houston State University one of the most respected academic programs in agricultural mechanization and agricultural sciences throughout this state and nation," Lane said.

"He's one of the most outstanding professors we've ever had in that field."

NACTA is a professional society that focuses on promotion and recognition of excellence in teaching agriculture and related areas at the post secondary level in North America. Members of NACTA are from two-year and four-year colleges, public and private, and have a common bond of teaching agriculture and related subjects.

OneCard Gives Students 19 Reasons To Use It

Over 3,800 students, faculty and staff will be receiving the OneRewards benefits that accompany the use of the Bearkat OneCard, according to Troy Voelker, director of Bearkat OneCard Services.

"OneRewards is an innovative program in which community merchants can participate with SHSU and Higher One to provide additional benefits to SHSU OneCard users," Voelker said. With the OneRewards program, participating merchants designate a participation level from which OneCard users attain points when the OneCard user shops at that merchant's store.

"The OneRewards points system is based on a percentage of a cardholder's total purchase," said Sean Glass, vice president of marketing for Higher One. "So, for example, if a student were to make a purchase at a participating OneRewards merchant who is offering a 10 percent Reward level, the cardholder would receive 10 points for every dollar spent. If a cardholder were to make a $5 purchase at that particular business they would receive 50 points for that purchase.

"Likewise, if a merchant were at a 20 percent level a student would receive 20 points for each dollar spent. Subsequently, a $5 purchase at that merchant would yield 100 points."

Points may be redeemed online at the OneRewards Redemption Center. for a wide variety of merchandise and gift certificates, which will be redeemable at many of the participating merchants.

"Point values will be assigned to each individual item based on the actual value and nature of the reward," Glass said. "HigherOne will work with students, faculty, and staff to establish rewards options that will be the most appealing."

Participating OneRewards merchants at this time include: Amaya's Collision Center, Inc.; Any Occasion Gifts; Casa Tomas, Inc.; Cici's Pizza; CJ's Café; Clothes 'N Time; Comet Cleaners; El Chico Restaurant; Ernst Jewelers; Gathright Studio; Heartfield Florist; Huntsville Auto Center; Mister Hamburger; Mt. Vernon Gift Shop; Papa John's; Pizza Pro; Rose Cleaners; University Cleaners; University Hotel.

The new BearkatOne is the official university ID card. Its use as a debit card is optional.

Gallery Opens With Works By Guest Artist

Oil paintings by Leslie Bell, professor of art at St. Ambrose University, will be on display at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, located in Art Building F, from Aug. 25 through Sept. 18. A reception will be held on Sept. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bell, who has shown his works in solo and group shows, is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A preview of his work is available online.

Bridges Retirement Reception To Be Held Aug. 29

After 14 years of service to SHSU, registrar assistant Dixie Bridges will retire to spend more time with her family in the New Braunfels area.

A reception for Bridges will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 29 in the Registrar's Office, located on the third floor of the Estill Building.

For more information, contact Cathy Johnson at 936.294.1061.

Student Center To Be Site Of Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt for students, faculty and staff will take place in the Lowman Student Center Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Grand prizes for students include free textbooks for the spring semester, a free dinner, SHSU clothing, Kat Klub parties, a 27-inch television, an alumni brick, and miscellaneous electronics.

Prizes for faculty and staff include SHSU clothing, a Kat Klub party with sundaes for 25 guests, electronics, a University Club luncheon for 10 guests, and more.

Entry forms are available at the Lowman Student Center Information Center. The event is presented by the Lowman Student Center and Student Activities, the Dean of Students Office, Program Council, Student Government Association, Barnes & Noble University Bookstore and the Aramark dining services company.

CJ Prof Delivers Speech On Women And Violence

Raymond Teske, Jr., professor of criminal justice, lectured at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Penal Law in Freiburg, Germany, this summer on the subject of "Special Legal Procedures for the Protection of Women From Violence."

Teske was also invited to attend a reception at Schloss Bellevue in Berlin hosted by Johannes Rau, president of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was in Berlin as the guest of the Alexander von Humbodlt Foundation for the 50th anniversary celebration of the post World War II re-establishment of the foundation.

As a former Humboldt fellow Teske was also invited to participate in a colloquium to discuss future developments of the foundation's programs. The celebration included special concerts and other social events.

Teske said participants were informed that since 1953, 38 former fellows and prizewinners were subsequently awarded a Nobel Prize.

While in Europe, Teske, who was accompanied by his wife Jane, met with the dean and members of the law faculty of the University of Miskolc in Hungary. He is currently working on a joint project with German colleagues comparing the prosecution of hate crimes in Germany and the United States.

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Aug. 24, 2003
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