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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 5


Health Center Sponsors Denim Day For Cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the SHSU Health Center will host the Lee National Denim Day fundraiser on campus on Oct. 10.

This university wellness committee-endorsed fundraiser is the largest one-day fundraiser to aid the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and its fight against breast cancer.

Participants are asked to make a $5 donation and wear jeans or denim to work or class to show support against the fight to end breast cancer. Join the Student Health Center and the University Wellness Committee in the fight against breast cancer and show the world that “Denim is Powerful Stuff! ”

Faculty and staff should look for additional information coming to their department through interdepartmental mail. Students may contact Jennifer Holderman, peer educator, at 936.294.4347 for more information.

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Res Life Sponsoring Dining Facility Naming Contest

Residence Life is sponsoring a contest to name the new dining facility on the south side of campus. All students are eligible to enter the contest, and can submit entries at the front desk in the Residence
Life Office or by e-mailing the entry to

Students will be able to participate in the selection of the winning name on Oct. 20-21 by voting for their favorite on the SHSU home page.

The person who submits the winning entry will win $100 in Bearkat Express to be used at Café Belvin or the Paw Print. If more than one person submits the winning entry, the prize will be divided amongst all the winners.

All entries must be received by 5 pm on Oct. 15. For more information, call Residence Life at 936.294.1816.

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Mental Health Screenings To Be Administered Tuesday

The SHSU Counseling Center will hold its annual fall Mental Health Awareness Day on Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Counseling Center.

Free information and confidential screenings for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol abuse, and eating problems will be provided.

Anyone concerned about themselves or others is encouraged to attend to learn more about these issues. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 936.294.1720.

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Teacher Job Fair To Be Held Wednesday

Over 80 school districts will be represented at the Fall Teacher Job Fair, sponsored by Career Services. The event will be held on Oct. 8, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

All students and alumni interested in a career in education should plan to attend and are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resumé, as well as dress professionally.

Students and alumni will be admitted to the coliseum floor at 12:30 p.m. on the day of this event. Job seekers are encouraged to attend early in the afternoon, as some representatives leave early.

For more information, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.

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Dean Of Students Seeks ‘Who’s Who’ At SHSU

The Dean of Students Office will be accepting nominations for “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” until Oct. 10.

“Selection for Who's Who is a distinction intended for only our top-ranking students,” the nomination form states. “Selections should be made on the basis of academic performance, citizenship, service to the institution, and responsible participation in extracurricular activities.”

Administration and faculty may nominate three students based on the following criteria: undergraduate students must be at least in junior standing by the beginning of the current semester, hold a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 and be currently enrolled for at least 12 credit hours. Transfer students must have at least two long semesters at SHSU, with a total of 30 semester hours, in addition to the other qualifications. Graduate students must have an undergraduate degree from SHSU and be presently enrolled for 9 hours, with the exception of assistant instructors who are teaching a full load of six hours and enrolled in six hours.

Students who do not meet the requirements will be withdrawn from the selection ballot.

Nomination forms should be turned in to the Dean of Students Office, located in Lowman Student Center Room 215.

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Douglass To Serve As Student Services Council Chair

Thelma Douglass, SHSU vice president for Student Services, has been elected to serve a two-year term as chair of the Texas Council of Student Services Vice Presidents, Texas Public Universities, beginning this month.

Council membership is made up of 40 Texas public universities, including four-year colleges and universities, health science centers and members of university systems within the state.

The council's purposes are to facilitate communications among the senior student affairs officers of Texas public universities, serve as a resource for information regarding legislative and other governmental activities that impact the work of the profession; and serve as a forum in which opportunities or issues confronting the profession or campuses may be discussed.

"The vote of confidence of my colleagues in the State of Texas to serve as chair is humbling, while at the same time, a great opportunity to serve an organization in higher education," Douglass said.

Douglass has served as a vice president at Sam Houston State University since June 1996 and prior to that as associate vice president for Student Services and dean of students, beginning in 1993.

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Speech Professors Get Research Published In Textbook

Associate professor of speech communication Richard Bello and assistant professor of speech communication Frances Brandau-Brown have had their published research cited and discussed in the most recent edition of Interplay, a widely-used textbook in the field of interpersonal communication.

One of their co-authored studies, which appeared in volume 66 of the Southern Communication Journal in 2001, was the subject of a “focus on research" sidebar in the chapter on emotions and communication.

“The sidebar went into some detail about our research, which dealt with the effects of negative emotions, such as loneliness, on interpretations of messages, focusing on aspects that would be most interesting and useful to undergraduate students of interpersonal communication,” Bello said.

“When I first found out that our work was cited in the text, I went and looked it up and thought it would just be a brief citation. But what was really interesting is that they took a whole half a page just to discuss that one article,” he said. “That’s more than you normally get, so that was really exciting.”

In the same edition of the text, another article by Bello, co-authored with Louisiana State University professor Renee Edwards, which recently appeared in volume 27 of Human Communication Research, was cited in a discussion of equivocal communication.

“It’s (equivocal communication) communication that is intentionally vague,” Bello said. “The text emphasizes how this research shows that equivocal language can sometimes be used to save face while simultaneously communicating the intended content meaning of the sender.”

The textbook is published by Oxford University Press.

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Museum To Exhibit Artifacts For Archaeology Month

In honor of Texas Archaeology Month, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum will present an exhibit and a program focusing on the Mexican Army.

Beginning Oct. 7, artifacts from the Mexican Army’s retreat in 1836 and photos of archaeology digs around the state will be on exhibit in the Walker Education Center Atrium. “The Mexican Army and Archaeology in Texas” will be on display through Oct. 31.

On Oct. 9, “Mar de Lodo: Tracking the Mexican Army Through the Sea of Mud April 29-May 9, 1836,” a program and reception featuring avocational archaeologist Gregg Dimmick, will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Walker Education Center Auditorium.

Dimmick will give a slide lecture on his archaeological discoveries, tracing the routes and campsites of the Mexican Army following the Battle of San Jacinto during the Texas Revolution.

The Katy and E. Don Walker, Jr., Education Building is located at 1402 19th St. For more information, contact the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832.

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Artists Display Works In Gaddis Geeslin Gallery

art logoThe works of Mark Eshbaugh, Leighton McWilliams and Rachel Weinstein will be on exhibit in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, located in Art Building F, through Oct. 23.

A photographer from Chelmsford, Mass., Eshbaugh will show selections from his current body of work, “Day’s End.”

In his works, Eshbaugh prints black and white photographs of landscapes straight from the negative and then manipulates the prints with a variety of chemical toners to achieve subtle colorations, a process which interacts with the timeless beauty of the landscape to create an emotional response in the viewer.

A photographer from Arlington, Texas, McWilliams combines photos with found objects in hand-made mahogany boxes. These pieces, called “photo-constructions,” have a personal reference that alludes to an event in his life.

Weinstein, who lives in Providence, R.I., creates ethereal landscapes using oil on linen and charcoal paper. Weinstein’s images of forest spaces evoke the cycle of seasonal renewal and capture the subtle nature of change.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Debbie Davenport in the art department at 936.294.1317.

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Outdoor Recreation Plans Biking Trip

The Outdoor Recreation division of Recreational Sports will sponsor a Double Lake mountain bike trip on Oct. 14 from 4-8 p.m. in Coldspring, approximately 45 minutes east of Huntsville.

Transportation, Cannondale F400 bikes and water and sport drinks will be provided, as well as guidance and instruction. Participants should prepare for a new stop on the Suburau Texas Fall Cup mountain bike racing series.

The cost for the trip is $10 for students, $12 for faculty/staff and $15 for guests. Participation is limited to 6, and there will be a pre-trip meeting on Oct. 13, the sign-up deadline, at 5:30 p.m. in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104.

For more information, contact Marvin Seale in outdoor recreation at 936.294.3656 or at

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Boeske To Attend International Education Program

Brenda Boeske, coordinator of operations for the Office of International Programs, has been accepted into NAFSA: Association of International Educators' Academy for International Education, a two-year training program intended for institutions interested in developing or expanding their international education services.

“I believe that education is the key to success in my position as coordinator of operations for the Office of International Programs at SHSU,” Boeske said. “Participating in the Academy for International Education is an excellent way for me to obtain my goals and objectives. SHSU's top administration has shown a commitment to internationalizing our campus by centralizing international student, study abroad, and exchange scholar services into one office.”

Over the two-year period, participants will attend six conferences and seminars, three per year, covering all aspects of international education. The first will be held in New Orleans, La., from Oct. 27 to Nov. 1, in conjunction with the regional conference.

The goal of the program is for participants to gain knowledge in all aspects of international education; to learn skills for developing and managing international education programs and services; and explore new strategies for managing the office with one-on-one mentorship and by networking with other NAFSA colleagues, according to Boeske.

“I hope to gain, from the experience of others, information that will strengthen our international student processing and international student services,” she said. “But more than that, I hope to begin the process of creating an exciting and viable study abroad program that is tailored to the needs and wants of SHSU's students.”

NAFSA was founded in 1948 as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers to promote the professional development of American college and university officials responsible for assisting and advising the 25,000 foreign students who had come to study in the United States after World War II. By 1990, as the number of foreign students in the United States approached the 400,000 mark, there were 6,400 NAFSA members on 1,800 campuses, and increasing numbers of U.S. students were studying abroad.

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Pate Elected To Education Council Executive Committee

Ruth Pate, journalism instructor, has been elected to a two-year term on the executive committee of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication.

The board, which is comprised of nine elected members of the executive committee, meets twice a year. The group will meet next during the Southwest Symposium in Salt Lake City on Nov. 7-8.

The SWECJMC is the regional affiliate of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the accrediting body for journalism programs. There are 45 schools who hold memberships in SWECJMC, including Baylor University, University of Texas-Austin, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University and Brigham Young University, among many others.

“Since the president of SHSU (James Gaertner) has expressed support for accreditation, it would seem this is an excellent opportunity for the university to gain visibility and status,” Pate said.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Oct. 5, 2003
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