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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 8


Health Center, Rec Sports To Sponsor Blood Drive

The SHSU Student Health Center and the department of Recreational Sports, along with American Red Cross, will host a blood drive on Thursday (Feb. 12) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom.

Each donor will receive a free T-shirt, and have his/her name placed in a “Sweet Week” drawing sponsored by Recreational Sports.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.

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CJ To Host Degree Informational Meeting

The College of Criminal Justice and the Crime Victim Services Alliance will be hosting an informational meeting about its Bachelor of Science degree in victim studies on Thursday (Feb. 12) at 3 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Criminal Justice Center in the Texas Room.

Students and others interested in learning more about the victim studies degree, which is the only degree of its kind offered in the United States, are invited to attend to learn more about the degree, potential careers and to visit with recent graduates.

For more information, contact Stephanie Frogge at 936.294.4174 or by e-mail at

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Business Executives To Present Banking Overview

The SHSU College of Business Administration will host two executives-in-residence on Tuesday (Feb. 10).

Don A. Sanders, vice chairman of the board of the Sanders Morris Harris Group and Robert E. Garrison II, president of SMHG, will present "Financial Services and Investment Banking: An Overview" at 9:30 a.m. in the Ron and Linda Mafrige Auditorium.

Sanders, a 1958 COBA graduate, has 45 years experience in financial services. A former director and executive vice president of E.F. Hutton, Sanders co-founded his own investment firm in 1987.

Garrison has 34 years experience in the securities industry and is the former chief executive officer of Pinnacle Management & Trust. He joined Sanders Morris Harris in 1999.

The Sanders Morris Harris Group, Texas' largest financial services holding company, manages more than $7 billion in assets and provides a full range of services to its clients.

An underwriter of public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, its primary operating subsidiary also provides institutional equity research, sales and trading activities, prime brokerage services for hedge funds and financial advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and recapitalizations.

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FitBucks Program Kicks Off

As an incentive for faculty, staff and students to stay active, the Recreational Sports department kicked off its annual FitBucks program on Friday (Feb. 6).

The program, which was initiated about two and a half years ago, rewards participants with prizes based on the number of points he/she earns.

“Faculty, staff and students send me a weekly log filled in with the time spent exercising,” said Tina DeAses, assistant director of Wellness Programs. “I send out a weekly e-mail showing how many "FitBucks" everyone has received.

“At the end of the semester, depending on how many "FitBucks" one accumulates, prizes are awarded,” she said.

Participants can earn points by doing several different forms of physical activity, including fitness and sports activities, as well as household activities, such as cleaning, or outdoor activities, such as gardening or raking leaves. Other activities may also be included, pending approval by DeAses.

Those who want to participate can begin at any time during the semester; however, before participation begins, he/she should e-mail DeAses, at, to receive a FitBucks ID number.

To download a workout log, to view approved activities, or for more information, visit the FitBucks page from the Recreations Sports Web site.

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MISS To Celebrate Diversity With Two Events

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services will set up a “Hearts for Diversity” display in the LSC gallery from Monday through Friday (Feb. 9-13).

The display will consist of written pledges in the shape of a heart of steps participants will take to increase awareness in diversity, according to MISS program coordinator Jennifer Roberts.

The pledges were collected last week by members of the Students on a Quest for Unity and Diversity committee.

“They each have a packet of hearts that they are going to pass out to the general student, faculty and staff population, and all the people involved will write what they plan to do for diversity, whether it is to attend a NAACP meeting, attend an IHA meeting, if they plan to work with someone of another race,” Roberts said.

It’s a project for the general population, every race, every color, everything.”

On Monday, the Office of MISS and SQUAD will also celebrate Alice Walker day with a raffle of four of her books in the LSC Mall Area at 12 p.m. The raffle, in honor of Walker’s birthday on that day, will be free.
The group will also give out candy and tell the history of Walker, who is still living and is known for her book “The Color Purple.”

“It’s one of many programs that celebrates the accomplishments of people from different backgrounds,” said Brandon Cooper, student coordinator for Student Activities.

SQUAD is one of many organizations affiliated with the Office of MISS and is designed to help the office develop programs and services that will foster a multicultural perspective for all students. Currently, SQUAD consists of 16 members, chosen by the office, who represent every race, ethnicity and ethnic background of the SHSU student body.

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'Frontier Days' To Be Held This Weekend

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will host “Frontier Days at Old Town Spring” on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 14-15).

The event will have several entertainment venues and something for everyone to enjoy, according to Patrick Nolan, Sam Houston Memorial Museum director.

“The Sam Houston Raven Rangers will help reenact the Civil War,” Nolan said. “There will also be a chili cook-off, cowboy camp, live music and crafts.”

The event, held in Old Town Spring, is a smaller version of the larger folk festival the museum hosts yearly, according to Nolan.

Old Town Spring is located 20 miles south of Conroe.

Admission to frontier days is free, and is open to the public. For more information, call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832.

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Hanagriff Receives Department Of Agriculture Grants

For the third year in a row, Roger Hanagriff, assistant professor of agricultural economics, has received funding from the Texas Department of Agriculture to analyze the effectiveness of their various marketing programs.

The grants allow Hanagriff to develop and analyze responses from questionnaires regarding various aspects of the highly popular “Go TEPP” and “Go Texan” campaigns, as well as a new rural development project called “Texas Yes.”

Working with Hanagriff on TDA projects are SHSU faculty members Dwayne Pavelock, Carolyn Robinson, Doug Ullrich, and Kevin Smith; Tim Murphy, assistant professor of agricultural education at Texas A&M University; and Charlie Hall, professor and extension economist at the University of Tennessee.

The reports provided by Hanagriff and associates are shared with members of the State Legislature in seeking additional support to expand existing markets and create new ones for Texas agricultural products.

“These projects are very beneficial to the agricultural producers of our state and I’m pleased that TDA has expressed continued confidence in me and my colleagues to compile and provide such essential information,” Hanagriff said.

“The projects continue to provide additional opportunities for us to meet some of the needs of Texas agriculture and gives our students a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on the effectiveness of a wide range of agricultural marketing strategies."

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Center To Counsel Students On Test Anxiety

The Counseling Center will sponsor a Decreasing Test Anxiety workshop on Wednesday (Feb. 11), from 10-11:30 a.m.

The free workshop will be held at the Counseling Center, across from the Lee Drain Building and next to the Farrington Building.

Those interested should sign-up at the center or by phone at 936.294.1720.

The Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit the Counseling Center Web page.

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Library Announces ‘Top 10’ Readers

Newton Gresham Library's contest results for the top 10 readers of the 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written are complete.

“A big thank you to everyone who entered,” said NGL staff member Sammie Phelps.

The top 10 readers include Diane Dowdey who has read 36 titles, followed by Gary Charles Wilkens, Michael Rose, Meredith Nudo, Joe Hardenbrook, Leslie Jordan, Marsha Dickens, Dianne Gemas, Regina Bouley and David A. Matthews.

Display books are back on the shelves and available for checkout, and a list of the titles is available at the reference desk.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Feb. 8, 2004
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