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SHSU Update For Week Of Dec. 7


Laverne Warner
Members of Sam Houston State University's Kappa Delta Pi Teacher Education Honor Society received an Achieving Chapter Excellence Award recently at the organization's national convention in St. Louis. Those involved in the presentation were: from left, Michael Wolfe, executive director of the national organization; Laverne Warner, adviser of the SHSU chapter; Leigh Richburg, SHSU chapter 2003 president; Blossom Nissam, international president; and Jennifer Vaughn, SHSU 2003 vice president.


President Announces University Pay Raises

President James Gaertner released the following statement early Friday:

“As most of you know, the Texas State University System Board of Regents authorized a 3 percent pay raise for all budgeted faculty and staff positions. After consultation with the President's Cabinet and other interested parties, a decision has been made to implement the pay increase across-the-board for those eligible employees who were employed on or before April 30, 2003. The increase becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2004.”

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Alpha Chi Inducts 65 New Members

Sixty-five SHSU students were inducted into the Texas Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Society at a ceremony on Nov. 25.

New members include: Rose Allison, Dianna Anderson, Jennifer Ashley, Carissa Barosh, Jacqueline Bauer, Megan Becker, Jessica Berry, Abigail Boettler, Rebekah Bowen, Jennifer Boyd, Teresa Cannady, Annette Carr, Wesley Carter, Clarissa Chapa, Marie Clark, Dustin Cole, Mindi Cook, Courtney Cooke, John Denton, Lindsey Desadier, Russell Firestone and Ashley Fournier.

Also, Jonathan Gallen, Natasha Gilbert, Abigail Glisan, Stefanie Hall, Ginger Hamilton, Lindsay Hardy, Cheryl Hawkins, Keith Herzog, Cheri Hudgeons, Melissa Hunziker, Deborah Jones Kerri Kuretsch, Lindsey Little, Charlotte McDonald, Nicole McKinley, Courtney McNutt, Laura Milton and Tiffany Mitchell.

Also, Tolee Nguyen, Sheena Oriabure, Leslie Padilla, Samuel Pair, Kristin Peacock, Sarah Pilgrim, Romita Puri, Melanie Ross, Sarah Sherman, Michelle Siers, Laura Smith, Candice Stamport, Joyce Stewart, Joel Suurmeyer, Crystal Swinson, Kristy Towles, Sonya Turner, Tuppence Weix, Syble Wigley, Sandra Williams, Virginia Wilson, Patsy Winder, Dayva Young, Juliane Zapalac, and Mary Zoch.

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COBA Receives Two Donations

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Chris Seaman (right), store manager of the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Huntsville location, presents a check for $1000 to COBA associate dean Leroy Ashorn.

The SHSU College of Business Administration recently received two gifts from the Wal-Mart Foundation and Marathon Oil Company.

The Wal-Mart Foundation made a contribution of $1000 to the college in recognition of its commitment to higher education.

The second donation, designated for the accounting department, was made by the Marathon Oil Company Foundation for $3000 and will be used for faculty and curriculum development.

“The department of accounting is grateful for the on-going and generous support provided by the Marathon Oil Company,” said Ross Quarles, accounting department chair.

The gift was made in recognition of that department’s tradition of service to the business community and quality of its program, according to Jennifer L. Evans, assistant business manager for the foundation.

The Marathon Oil Company Foundation was established in 2001 to respond to the local needs and interests of Marathon Oil Company employees and their neighbors. Through its foundation, the company has helped provide support for many educational, environmental, civic, and social programs throughout its area of operations.

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Public Relations Students Available to Help

Sam Houston State University students in the spring Public Relations Case Studies class will again be working with community and campus organizations.

If you need public relations help in such areas as problem-related research, news releases, advertising, special events, public service announcements or Web page development contact course instructor Frank Krystyniak by e-mail at or at 936.294.1833.

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Kelley Speaks To Colombian Cattlemen

Stanley Kelley, associate professor of animal science, was invited by the American Brahman Breeders Association and AsoCebu to give a presentation at the National Cebu Show and annual conference, held this year in Medelline, Colombia.

The title of his presentation was ‘Performance Resources and Expected Progeny Differences.’ His goal was to better educate Colombian beef cattle producers on how to use data collected by the breed associations to enhance the quality of their livestock through improved genetics.

“I was very impressed with the quality of the Colombian cattle, and the producers are really interested in making better use of technological advancements in their breeding programs,” Kelley said.

Since Colombia is a foot and mouth disease area, cattle are unable to be exported into the states. However, the elite breeders in Colombia are making use of genetic resources from throughout the world and are continually importing cattle to make improvements in their herds, according to Kelley.

While in Colombia, Kelley toured the national breeding show, local agricultural production systems and became familiar with the Colombian cattle and meat marketing programs.

“While the methods of raising cattle in Colombia for their markets are quite different from practices employed in the U.S., we share a common goal to put a desirable and consistent product in front of the consumer,” Kelley said. “That can only be accomplished through better employment of genetic information in our breeding programs.”

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Christian Musician To Perform At Indoor Arena

The Walker County Cowboy Fellowship will have Christian country recording artist and songwriter Justin Todd Herod perform on Tuesday (Dec. 9).

The fellowship and performance will be held at 7 p.m. at the SHSU indoor rodeo arena, on Interstate Highway 45 and Avenue M.

The event was started by Jeff Young, from the Bryan Cowboy Church, along with Butch Davis, Kirk Brenton, Jim Sprague and others.

For more information, call 936.435.0947.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Dec. 7, 2003
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