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SHSU Update For Week Of April 11


Exhibit To Show Student Life Throughout SHSU History

The 125th anniversary celebration will officially kick off with an exhibit of photographs from the university archives on Monday (April 12) in the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery.

The 24 images will be on display through April 24 and will show different aspects of student life throughout the years at SHSU.

“We went through a lot of the older available images, and we were thinking about the student center and relating it to the students, so there are images of student activities in there,” said Mac Woodward, display committee chairman in the 125th anniversary steering committee. “It’s a variety of views of the university throughout the years.”

Another photo exhibit of university images will be held in May in the Walker Education Center as part of the celebration.

The LSC Art Gallery is located in the lobby of the Lowman Student Center and is open Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; on Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and on Sunday, from 3-10 p.m.

For more information, visit the 125th Anniversary Web Site at


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LSC Promotes Anniversary With ‘Orange Light Specials’

The Lowman Student Center will offer several “orange light specials” in honor of SHSU’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Specials for April 12-16 include the Program Council movie night showing of "House of Sand and Fog" on Friday (April 16) at 7 p.m. in the LSC Theater, with $1.25 popcorn and a beverage for the movie Night courtesy of ARAMARK; and the Bearkat OneCard Office’s “Walk In and Win” contest.

To participate in the Onecard contest, visit the OneCard Office in LSC Suite 330 and be entered into a drawing for 1250 reward points.

More “orange light specials will be held next week. For more information, call the Lowman Student Center at 936.294.1759.


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Travel Fair To Be Held Monday

To celebrate the first anniversary of Travel with Sam Houston State University, there will be a Travel Fair on Monday (April 12), from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Criminal Justice Center Lobby.

Edwin Williams
Edwin Williams

Presentations will focus on upcoming tours to Greece, China, the Grand Canyon, Kenya, New England, Ireland and Hungary, and four travel partners will be on hand to answer questions and share information.
Professor Edwin Williams, president of TraveLearn, will also present a travel talk entitled “China: the Sleeping Giant Wakes” at noon.

Williams, who has traveled to China many times during the past 20 years, will focus on China's spectacular economic growth since the inception of a "free-market economy."

He has been honored as "Ambassador of International and Cultural Understanding" at the 2,550 birthday celebration of Confucius at his birthplace in Qufu, Shandong Province; has traveled on the Yangzte River during the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1999; and was most recently in China during the 16th party congress of the Community Party.

Travel with SH is a great way to connect or reconnect with the university, according to Grettle Payne, Travel with SHSU coordinator.

The program's goals for travelers are to expand their horizons, continue their education, renew and make lasting friendships, and even those with no previous relationship with the university can join SH alumni and friends at the Travel Fair and on any of the university's sponsored tours, she said.

For more information, contact Travel with Sam Houston State University by phone 936.294.4725 or toll-free 1.866.BEARKAT; by e-mail at or on the web at


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Professors Seek Box Turtles For Study

Two professors in the SHSU department of biological sciences are asking for public assistance in a conservation effort the two are working on.

Everett Wilson and William Lutterschmidt are sampling local box turtles in Walker County as a conservation project to investigate the distributional status of the two species found in the county.

Their research will help determine if there is a hybrid turtle formed by the breeding of the two different species.

“One species is mostly in The Woodlands, and one species mostly in the prairie, going west from here towards Shiro,” Wilson said. “We’re trying to see if they do actually interbreed, because there is some question about that.

“A partial wildlife man has said he’s found some he can’t identify exactly, which means there might be some hybrids,” he said. “So that’s what we’re doing. We’re running DNA samples from a little drop of blood to see if we can see that difference.”

The public can participate in the project by catching box turtles found in Walker County and submitting them to one of four sampling stations.

Wilson said three turtles were brought in on Thursday and can be differentiated by river turtles because they close up completely in the front.

“It (the box turtle) is the one that has a fairly good dome on them, they’re usually olive green or splotched with yellow and they can actually close up the front, with the head and legs in completely tight,” he said.

The four sampling stations are located at the Huntsville Pet Clinic, at 2902 Montgomery Road; Animal Hospital, at 368 Highway 75; U.S. Forrest Service, at 394 FM and 1375 West; and at the department of biological sciences, in Lee Drain Building Room 300, on the university campus.

All turtles submitted must have precise locality data to be accepted and used in the study, and each turtle will be returned to their capture site after acquiring a blood sample and evaluating reproductive status.


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Alpha Chi Named ‘Star,’ Outstanding Chapter

The SHSU Alpha Chi Texas Omicron chapter was recognized again this year as a “Star Chapter” and was selected as Outstanding Chapter for Region II at the Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society's Region I and II Convention, held at the University of Texas at Arlington on April 2-3.

The Texas Omicron chapter has been acknowledged as a “Star Chapter” for the nine years that the award has existed and will compete at the 2005 national convention in St. Louis, Mo., for the President's Cup for Outstanding Chapter in the Nation. Alpha Chi has approximately 350 chapters.

Six SHSU students and alumni also presented their works and helped sponsor Patricia Williams present an Alpha Chi workshop for all participants.

Dance major Sarah Pilgrim, whose presentation was entitled “The Journey," was selected as the runner-up for the Region II Edward Gaston Scholarship. Pilgrim also received the $500 local scholarship.

Other participating students include: May Mour, whose presentation was entitled "Top of the World and Scent;" Mary Sue Zoch, "Training a Musical Savant;" Ashley Turner, "Alternative Photographic Processes;" Sarah Hewitt, "Eye Contact: Poems for Painters;" and Laura Springel, GLBT Youth: Culture Shock."

Ashley Turner is the chapter president, and Laura Springel is the student delegate. Chapter sponsors are Frank Fair, Teresa Ringo, and Williams.

On April 27, the chapter will help host a reception for outstanding writers, with university president James Gaertner as the scheduled speaker. This event will be held from 2-4 p.m. in Austin Hall.


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SAM Center To Answer Grad School Questions

The SAM Center will host a graduate school information night on Tuesday (April 13) at 5 p.m.

Representatives from financial aid, various departments, and the SAM Center will be present to answer students questions and provide information on applying for graduate school and how many graduate programs function.

For more information, contact the SAM Center at 936.294.4444 or e-mail at


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MISS To Give SHSU A Taste Of Diversity

The SHSU community will have the opportunity to celebrate diversity through food at the “Taste of SHSU” on Wednesday (April 14) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services, will feature Hispanic-based organizations passing out chicken quesadillas, fruit cups with fruit seasoning, sopaipillas and tropical punch.

“Nothing brings cultures together like food,” said Jennifer Roberts, MISS program coordinator. “We’re highlighting the (Hispanic) Americans so that students, as well as faculty and staff, can know what the food from that particular region tastes like.”

The participating organizations will also tell about their groups, Roberts said, and the event will be held in conjunction with the Program Council’s “Make Your Own Salsa” event, which will be held at noon in the LSC Mall Area.

The next “Taste of SHSU” event will highlight Africa and the African nations.

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Services at 936.294.3588.


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Counseling Center To Explore Career, Image Issues

The Counseling Center will host a career exploration workshop on Wednesday (April 14) from 1-3 p.m.

A “Body Image and Eating Issues” workshop will also be held on Friday (April 16) from 9-11 a.m.

An estimated 25 percent of college-aged women have an eating disorder. Even if it does not reach that level, 91 percent of college-aged women have attempted to control their weight through dieting, according to SHSU counseling psychologist Beth Charrier.

“Body image and eating disorders are certainly an issue near and dear to our students at Sam,” she said. “We want students who may be worried about this issue or struggling with what to do to know more about what they can do to improve their body image and also be aware of treatment options available to them.”

Both workshops will be held in the Counseling Center, across from the Lee Drain Building and next to the Farrington Building and are free for all students. Those who would like to participate are asked to sign up beforehand so the Counseling Center can have enough materials for everyone.

For more information or to sign up, call the Counseling Center at 936.294.1720.


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Writing Center Pens Three April Workshops

The SHSU Writing Center will host a workshop on “Using Other People’s Words: How to Quote Effectively,” with presenters Alice Marcom and Jennifer Rudolph, on Wednesday (April 14) at 1 p.m.

The workshop will focus on conventions for incorporating quotes and paraphrasing, as well as using textual evidence appropriately to create seamless prose and maintain your own voice.

On April 20, presenters Mary Cook and Debi Greene will review the basics of punctuation in a friendly, non-threatening environment with “Simple Steps for Perfecting Your Punctuation.” The workshop will be held at 2 p.m.

A “Basics of APA Documentation” workshop will also be held on April 29 at 2 p.m., with presenters Jennifer Sanders and Ryan Hoover.

This workshop will teach the basics of citing sources within a paper, compiling a reference list and using headings according to the latest version of the APA manual, which is used in psychology, criminal justice and other social sciences.

All workshops will be held in the Writing Center, located in Wilson Building Room 114. For more information, or to sign up for a workshop, call at 936.294.3680, or e-mail

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April 11, 2004
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