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SHSU Update For Week Of Aug. 22


Health Center Relocates To Estill Hall Parking Lot

Due to facility renovations, the SHSU Student Health Center will be temporarily housed in modular buildings in the Estill Hall parking lot, located behind the current facility, during the fall semester.

The interior renovations are scheduled for completion by summer 2005, according to Health Center director Keith Lott.

“I eagerly anticipate having a facility that reflects the quality of the services and programs that we provide to the students,” Lott said. “The inconvenience of moving and operating from a temporary location will be well worth it on the day that we move back into a completely renovated facility.”

Other than the relocation of the department, no major changes to services are expected, Lott said.

During the summer, the air conditioning and heating system, along with the ceiling and lighting, were replaced.


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SHSU To Become Orbitz Affiliate

Sam Houston State will soon reap the benefits of online travel booking without any cost to the person making a reservation.

Beginning Sept. 1, the SHSU Travel with SH office will officially launch its affiliation with, an online travel company.

Through the affiliation, the Travel with SH office will receive a commission when a person books his/her travel from the Orbitz Web site. In order for the university to receive commission, however, the person purchasing the reservation must link to Orbitz from the Travel at SH Web site.

By clicking on the link, found on the "travel partners" page on the Travel with SH Web site, “they know that you’ve come from the Sam Houston page” and the university will receive commission, according to Grettle Payne, Travel with SH coordinator.

Not only will SHSU receive commission for flights booked on Orbitz, but hotels, car rentals and cruises.

“It will be the same as on the Orbitz site, but by using our link, you are identified with SHSU, and we get that donation,” Payne said.

One of the most important things for all alumni, students, employees and friends to remember is that you get the same service, the same price and the same options for no additional charge, Payne said.

“The ticket costs you the same if you link from our site to Orbitz or just go on your own to,” she said. “So, it's a wonderful way to make a contribution without spending any extra money.”


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125th Anniversary Bobble Head Dolls Now Being Sold

The Barnes and Noble University Bookstore will be selling Sammy the Bearkat bobble head dolls in honor of SHSU’s 125th anniversary.

The dolls are approximately 6.5 inches tall, wear an SHSU jersey with 04 on the front, and have the 125th anniversary logo in front.

They can be purchased for $14.98 while supplies last, according to Keri Rogers, associate dean and director of the First Year Experience program, who served on the memorabilia subcommittee of the 125th anniversary steering committee.

Rogers said other universities have created bobble head dolls from their mascots, and the memorabilia subcommittee thought it was a good idea.

“My undergraduate institution had done them, and they were so cute that I took the idea to the committee,” she said. “We wanted to do something that the students would like, that we could put in the bookstore and that was affordable.”


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SHSU Recruiting For 2004 Heart Walk

This year in Texas alone the American Heart Association will spend more than $10 million on biomedical research in the fight against heart disease and stroke. More than 2,600 Americans die each day of cardiovascular disease, an average of one death every 29 seconds, and account for an estimated 34 percent of all deaths in Walker County alone.

To help combat cardiovascular disease by raising money for the AHA, Sam Houston State University is recruiting teams and members to participate in the Walker County Heart Walk, to be held on Sept. 25.

The walk/run, with a 2- and 4-mile route, will begin at 8 a.m. at Bowers Stadium, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. This year’s goal for the event is $45,000.

The university collected the most money out of all the participants for the AHA last year.

Those interested in participating in this year’s heart walk, or making a donation to the AHA, should contact Maggie Babcock, special events coordinator in the President’s Office, at or 936.294.3415. Donations will also be accepted there.


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Education Article Printed In ‘Bulletin’

An article addressing "Women Leaders Creating Equitable Schools," written by College of Education dean Genevieve Brown and Educational Leadership and Counseling department chair Beverly Irby was published in the summer 2004 issues of “The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin.”

“It talks about trying to create and sustain inclusive schools and how female principals and leaders can do that,” Brown said. “It’s more about leadership, what leaders do to have inclusive schools.”

Brown and Irby, who are both members of the Delta Kappa Gamma Texas Upsilon Chapter, have published many books and articles on the topic of gender equity, Brown said.

“We give some examples (in the article) of how we could sustain an equitable environment in public schools,” Brown said, “(with things such as) training, weekly team meetings and assigning mentors.”

“The Bulletin” is a refereed journal reviewed by an international editorial board and published by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Selection is based on relevance of the topics addressed, accuracy and validity, contribution to the professional literature, originality and quality of writing.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a professional honorary society of women educators with over 145,000 members in approximately 3,100 chapters in 14 countries worldwide.


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Fisher Named To Educational Council Executive Board

Alice Fisher, health and kinesiology interim department chair, was selected as an executive board member of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration on Aug. 6 at the annual summer conference.

Fisher’s selection was based on her record of scholarship and professional service to NCPEA and the profession of education administration, according to her award letter.

Established in 1947, the NCPEA provides information and leadership, works to improve the preparation of school administrators, encourages research and service, promotes high professional standards, focuses attention on educational problems and opportunities, promotes NCPEA membership, cooperates with other professional organizations interested in excellence of education and promotes participation in all activities deemed by the membership to be in the best interests of the council.


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Collins Awarded For ‘Distinguished Service’

Mary Evelyn Collins, SHSU associate professor of speech communication, was recently awarded the 2004 Johnson-Paget Distinguished Service Award from the Southern States Communications Association.

The recipient is selected from blind nominations, based on long-term service to the profession and to the organization. Collins was SSCA president from 2000-2001.

The SSCA is a not-for-profit organization that “exists for educational, scientific and literary purposes only,” according to its Web site.

Its purpose is “to promote the study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.”


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Aug. 22, 2004
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