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SHSU Update For Week Of Aug. 29


International Office, MISS Welcome Students With Picnic

The Office of International Programs will welcome approximately 210 students to Sam Houston State and to America with their third International Student Welcome Picnic on Sept. 11.

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Huntsville State Park and is open to all faculty, staff and international students, as well as anyone interested in the international students program.

The picnic will be catered by Mckenzie’s Bar-B-Que and activities planned include volleyball, Frisbee golf, horseshoes, bicycling, nature walks, canoeing, swimming and horseback riding.

The deadline to sign up is Sept. 3.

The Huntsville State Park is located six miles southwest of Huntsville off Interstate 45 on Park Road 40, which can be reached by taking Exit 109.

The event is co-hosted and the food is provided by the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services.

To RSVP, or for more information, call Tina at 936.294.3892 or e-mail


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Students To Hunt For Treasure In LSC

The Lowman Student Center will take students on a treasure hunt for grand prizes that include a DVD player, free books for a semester and paid tuition for a semester, among others, at the biannual LSC Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday (Sept. 1).

The hunt will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

With a “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme, students, faculty and staff can get acquainted with the LSC by following a map that will take them to the information desk; Java City; the ballroom; theater; offices for Student Life, the LSC, the Vice President for Student Services Office, Student Activities, Student Government Association, Program Council and the Bearkat OneCard; and finally, the Barnes and Noble University Bookstore.

The offices will have giveaways for all participants, and those who bring their Bearkat OneCard to that office will have a chance to receive 1000 reward points by swiping their OneCard.

The drawing for all grand prizes, which also includes college survival kits, a 35mm camera, a catered dinner for eight and free use of the Kat Klub for one hour, will be drawn at 5 p.m.

In addition, grand prizes for faculty and staff will be given away, which includes a digital camera, a portable DVD player and coffee for 10.

In order to be eligible for the grand prizes, participants must complete the hunt, with all stops stamped or checked on their entry form.

For more information, call the LSC Office at 936.294.1759.


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New College Hosts Teaching Conference

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences recently sponsored the inaugural Teaching Conference to bring a “spotlight to the important work of teaching done by faculty in the new college,” according to interim associate dean A. Jerry Bruce.

Launched by interim dean Terry M. Thibodeaux, faculty from all university colleges attended the conference, which was comprised of nine sessions from which attendees could choose.

Over 25 faculty members presented at the session on topics ranging widely from an overview of the new teaching evaluation system and the new American Democracy Project to fostering academic integrity, helping students succeed, using technology in the classroom, utilizing alternative learning activities, and teaching critical thinking across disciplines.

The turnout was tremendous with approximately 100 faculty members in attendance, with some sessions having to be closed during the registration process, and the feedback from those presenting and attending was very positive, Bruce said.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is, responsible for about 60 percent of the core curriculum at Sam Houston State University.

“It is only fitting that the college begin its existence on campus with a conference on the importance of teaching,” Thibodaux said. “Sam Houston State University has a long history of dedication to the idea of excellence in teaching among its faculty.”


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Travel With SH Offers Visit With ‘Quilting Queen’

Sam Houston alumni and friends will have the opportunity to meet the ‘quilt queen’ while participating in the 30th Anniversary tour of the Houston International Quilt Festival on Nov. 4.

The one-day tour to the “biggest gathering of women in the United States” will include VIP seating at a luncheon where alumna Karey Bresenhan, quilt show founder, will be a keynote speaker; a private tour of selected exhibits on the show floor with Bresenhan and her staff; and a behind-the-scenes chat with Bresenhan, according to Travel with Sam Houston coordinator Grettle Payne.

“For quilters, she’s (Bresenhan is) the queen, and for the quilt industry, she is one of the movers-and-shakers who transformed it from your grandmother quilting in her cottage to making it a multi-million dollar industry,” Payne said. “The hotels are already booked, and you can’t get a room in Houston during this time now because it’s such a huge event.”

The cost of the trip is $75, is limited to 100 people and also includes festival admission, an autographed copy of "Celebrate Great Quilts" by Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes, and an official 2004 quilt festival anniversary pin. Round-trip transportation on a charter bus from Huntsville and Conroe will also be available for $25.

“It should be a very nice one-day tour,” Payne said.

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to do “one of the things people like most about the quilt show:” shop, Payne said.

They can buy quilts or they can buy quilt supplies, a $20,000 long-arm quilting machine or a 50-cent postcard,” she said. “It’s the whole gamut.”

Bresenhan, a 1998 distinguished alumni honoree, said those who visit the festival will be amazed at the art on display at the festival, with its many facets.

“I'm delighted to welcome friends and colleagues from Sam Houston, where I was so happy years ago, to Quilt Festival, where we make so many people happy!” she said. “And Festival in Houston is THE place to see the best of all kinds of Southern Living once said, ‘Festival is the World's Fair of quilting!’”

For more information, or to download an application, visit the Travel with SH Web site at, call 936.294.4725 or e-mail The application deadline is Sept. 30.


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Retirement Reception For McCoy To Be Held Aug. 31

The Sam Houston Press and Copy Center will host a retirement reception for Westen McCoy on Tuesday (Aug. 31) at 3 p.m. in Austin Hall.

McCoy, who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in photography in 1975 from SHSU, began working at the Sam Houston Press as the staff photographer.

In 1982 he also received his Master of Science degree in agriculture from SHSU, and in 1994 he moved into his present position as the process camera/film assembly person.


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PC To Sponsor Belly Dancing, Picnic

The Program Council has a wide variety of activities going on during the first week of September, with activities involving everything from sandwiches to shaking bellies.

First up is “Belly Rama” on Wednesday (Sept. 1) at noon in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.
Demonstrators will be on hand to give attendees the history of belly dancing and its uses beyond stimulating audiences. Instructors will also give students a lesson in the art of belly dancing.

A Pre-Labor Day Picnic will be held on Thursday (Sept.) 2 at 11 a.m. in the LSC Mall Area. Program Council will be providing refreshments in preparation for the Labor Day holiday.

Following the picnic will be students can answer SHSU trivia and win prizes with “College Knowledge,” at noon, also in the LSC Mall Area.

For more information on these events, call the Program Council at 936.294.1763.


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Friends Of Music Seeks Donors

Last year, funds received by the SHSU School of Music’s Friends of Music organization were used to help support music scholarships, provide financial support for the performance activity and travel expenses by the SHSU ensembles.

This year, Friends of Music support will aide wind ensemble, chorale, orchestra, jazz ensemble and opera workshop tours throughout the state, as well as the symphony orchestra European tour to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Austria in early November.

“The under-girding of Friends of Music makes so much possible for our talented and deserving students,” said Rodney Cannon, School of Music director.

The program is comprised of six membership categories. Each category includes benefits, such as mail-outs detailing upcoming events, corresponding with the level of giving.

Passholders, who give $25, receive one season pass, good for free admission to all concerts and recitals sponsored by the School of Music.

Friends, who give $26 to $49, receive one season pass and have their names listed in each event program.

Donors, who give $50 to $99, receive two season passes and have their names listed in each event program.

Sponsors, who give $100 to $249, receive three season passes, have their names listed in each event program, and receive certificates for digitally-mastered CD recordings of two concerts.

Benefactors, who give $250 to $499, receive four season passes, have their names listed in each event program, and receive certificates for digitally-mastered CD recordings of three concerts, as well as special invitations to limited-attendance receptions following selected converts throughout the year.

Patrons, who give $500 or more, receive four season passes, School of Music mailings, receive certificates for digitally-mastered CD recordings of four concerts, and special invitations to limited-attendance receptions following selected converts throughout the year.

Friends of Music is a non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible, less $25 for each pass. For non-requested passes, an additional tax benefit of $25 will be received.

For more information, or to become a “friend” of music, call 936.294.1360.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Aug. 29, 2004
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