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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 23


Regents Approve Dining Facility Name

The Board of Regents approved “SouthPaw” as the name for the new south campus dining facility on Friday (Nov. 21) during its meeting at SHSU. SouthPaw is scheduled to be completed Dec. 2 and to open in the spring.

A random panel of students, faculty and staff recommended the name of the facility, to be approved by the regents, after Residence Life opened a contest for student submissions. The top three choices, out of 174 proposed names that were voted on electronically, included “Bearkat Café", "Eat ‘em up Kafe" and "SouthPaw."

The winning proposal was submitted by three students: Andy DiMambro, Jason Plotkin and Kara-Lea Roberts. Those students will receive $100 Bearkat Express, divided between the three.

The other two finalists, Barbara Roberts and Jessica Gallow, will each receive $50 Bearkat Express.

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University To Break For Thanksgiving Holiday

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no classes from Wednesday (Nov. 26) through Friday (Nov. 28).

The holiday break will officially begin at 9 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 25) for students and faculty, with residence halls closing at 10 p.m. Halls will re-open on Sunday (Nov. 30).

In addition the university will be closed on Thursday and Friday for all staff members.

Final examinations will be held Dec. 8-11, with residence halls closing at 10 p.m. on Thursday for the Christmas break. The spring semester will begin Jan. 14, with residence halls opening at 11 a.m. on Jan. 11.

The university will be closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1.

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Lane Elected To National Office

Robert Lane
Robert Lane

Robert Lane, agricultural sciences department chair, was elected president of the American Association of Schools and Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources at the national conference in early October.

“I’m honored,” said Lane, who served as president-elect during the past year. “I only hope I have the ability to accomplish most or all of the initiatives our members are hoping I can achieve. I have a great board of directors to work with, and I’m confident our organization will make great strides this year.”

As president, Lane and other board members will work closely with representatives from the land-grant universities, United States Department of Agriculture and congress to address the needs of higher education in agricultural sciences.

Lane’s major goals are assisting in the planning and organization of an Academic Summit, to be held in March 2005 in Washington, D.C., and promoting a competitive capacity building grants program for the non-land-grant universities with agriculture programs, he said.

The Academic Summit will bring together university, industry and government representatives from all segments of the agricultural profession to deal with recruiting and educating those seeking a career in the highly diverse disciplines of agriculture. Over 400 individuals are expected to take part in this landmark conference, which promises to bring about some major curricular changes at both land-grant and non land-grant institutions.

Lane and others within AASCARR have been working to establish federal funding assistance for non land-grant universities through a competitive grants program.

“Many of the AASCARR schools have outdated and inadequate facilities to carry out our constantly evolving mission,” Lane said. “State budgets just can’t keep up with what we need to teach our students and conduct meaningful agricultural research.

“We are trying to get a funding line established in the USDA budget that will allow us to apply for funding to improve our laboratory facilities and upgrade our equipment. I’m optimistic we can get it done, but it’s going to take a lot of time, effort and patience working with a slow-moving bureaucracy.”

Lane’s term as president ends next October, but he plans to continue serving on the board of directors, as he has done for the past six years.

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KSHU Conducting Listener Survey

KSHU radio, 90.5 FM The Kat, will be conducting an online listener survey throughout the month of November to provide feedback on various aspects of the station.

“We’re trying to get an idea of what the listeners want to hear on KSHU, what we’re doing right, what we’re not doing so well, those kinds of things,” said John Nelson, broadcast operations assistant in the radio-television department. “It’s kind of an impromptu effort to gauge our audience.”

Feedback from the short survey will help to determine ways improvements can be made to the station, as well as who the station’s audience is and ways to build the audience, according to Nelson.

“We’ve been trying this fall to start making some changes and improving the way KSHU sounds and improving the music and the information that we put out on it,” he said.

“There are going to be a lot more positive changes, and we’re working hard to be Huntsville’s choice for variety, not just for Sam Houston, but for Huntsville, for Walker County and up to Madisonville and that area too.”

The survey can be accessed at the station’s Web site at

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Clay Club To Sell Pottery

The Clay Club will have a pottery sale beginning Dec. 1 on the lawn in front of Art Building F and will continue on Dec. 2-3 in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Prices for each piece will range from $5 to $100, with most costing no more than $25. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Clay Club, the artist and club events such as having visiting artists give speeches and other art-related educational programs.

For more information, call the art department at 936.294.1322.

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French Club Visits Houston Museum Of Fine Arts

L'Alliançe Française, the SHSU French club, visited the Audrey Jones Beck Building of the Houston Museum of Fine Art, where they ate lunch in the museum bistro and viewed The Heroic Century Masterpieces, 200 paintings and sculptures from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, on Nov. 9.

The group was accompanied by English and foreign languages professor Nancy Wilson and French professor Mary Gutermuth.

“The club was privileged to see many works by modern French masters as well as American masters including Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, Pollock and Warhol,” Gutermuth said. “It was an exceptional opportunity, as this is the first and probably the only time many of these works of art will be shown outside of New York.”

Once the Museum of Modern Art remodeling is finished, the works will return to New York City, according to Gutermuth.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Nov. 23, 2003
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