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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 29


Science Building To Take Parking Spaces

While parking is still available on the Sam Houston State University campus, it is not as convenient as it once was, and it is getting scarcer with each new construction project.

This is the word from Dennis Culak, assistant director for the university's public safety services division. Culak said that some students returning from spring break March 22 might find their favorite parking spaces have become part of a new science building.

A portion of the parking lot southwest of Ave. J. and Bowers Blvd., near the new SouthPaw campus dining facility, will be used for the new $18 million, 60,000-square-feet facility.

The new facility will house the chemistry and forensic science programs, while physics will remain in the Farrington Building. Completion is expected by late spring of 2005.

Culak said that the Bowers Stadium parking lot has the capacity to provide the needed spaces, and that some students may opt for the new parking garage if they are on campus for a short time.

Rates in the parking garage, located just north of the Lowman Student Center, are $2 for the first hour and $1 per hour for each hour after that to a maximum of $8 per 24 hours. Contract spaces are available for $200 per semester.

Culak also suggested that visitors attending fine arts and other events in that area should consider the garage.

Additional faculty and staff parking is almost always available in the lot east of the library, he said.

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Staff Excellence Nominations Sought

The Office of the President is now seeking nominations for those who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence for the Staff Excellence Award.

The nominee must be a full-time non-temporary staff member with a minimum of two years service at the time of nomination who has not been a previous recipient.

Nominees should also show meritorious performance; display proven commitment to excellence in service; excel in his/her job; demonstrate outstanding abilities; innovative ideas, efficient operations and a high level of motivation; and be respected by the university community.

In addition to the recognition, one exempt and two non-exempt staff employees will be awarded with a $2000 stipend.

Any full-time member of the SHSU faculty or staff may nominate one or more employees. Forms are available through the Human Resources Department, on the third floor of the Estill Building.

Forms should be returned in a sealed envelope to: Human Resources Department, Box 2356, SHSU. All nominations must be submitted by March 24.

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SHSU Offers Opportunity To Study Abroad In France

Sam Houston State University students have the opportunity to study in France for six weeks this summer, thanks to an agreement between SHSU and the University of Auvergne.

Students will attend classes in Auvergne from the end of May until the first week in July.

Participating students will pay tuition and fees to SHSU and study at the University of Auvergne without further charges for tuition. The University of Auvergne has arranged for the students to stay in campus housing while they are attending classes.

Although a knowledge of French would be helpful, it is not required.

Studies will include French language training and introductory lectures on a variety of business topics.
More information and applications are available in SHSU's Office of International Programs. The application deadline is March 25 at 12 p.m.

A $650 scholarship is available through the Office of International Programs, located in Frels Building Room 207. The deadline for submitting an application for the scholarship is March 8 at 5 p.m.

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Biology Establishes Award In Honor Of Former Student

The SHSU biological sciences department is establishing the Daniel Joseph “Joey” Harrison Student Research Award to honor the memory of the late alumnus, who received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2000.

The award, due to the generosity of the Harrison family and friends, honors the memory of Joey Harrison for his love of and dedication to the biological sciences, according to Andy Dewees, biology professor.

“Joey exhibited a curiosity for the workings of science that was contagious to all those around him,” he said. “Prior to his untimely death, Joey had completed requirements for the Master of Science degree in biology, and the university conferred this degree to Joey posthumously in August 2003.”

In memory of Joey’s pursuit of knowledge in biology, the award will be given yearly to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in biology or environmental science.

The monetary award, administered by the department’s faculty research committee, will be used to support the student’s research project.

Interested donors can send checks, made out to: Sam Houston State University - Harrison Award, in care of Dr. Monte Thies, Box 2116, Dept. of Biological Sciences, SHSU, Huntsville, Texas, 77341.

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Clay Club To Sell Hand-Made Mugs

For the second year, the SHSU Clay Club will sell ceramic mugs filled with hot cocoa on Monday and Tuesday (March 1-2) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

The hand-crafted cups were made by the students and alumni of the SHSU ceramic arts department and will be available for $10 to $15.

Proceeds from the fund-raising event will benefit a student art trip to the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts conference in Indianapolis. The meeting is the largest clay conference in the nation.

For more information call the art department at 936.294.1322.

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Golf Tournament Swings Into Raven Nest Saturday

Students, faculty and staff are being sought to participate in the Golf Tournament or fast run/walk on Saturday (March 6) at Raven Nest Golf Course.

The fast walk/run will be held from 8-9 a.m. Participants can choose between a 9-hole, approximately 2.69 miles, run/walk or and 18-hole, approximately 5.36 miles, run.

The cost to participate is $10, which includes a T-shirt, and pre-registration is not necessary. Lunch will also be available for $10.

The golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and will cost $75 per person, which includes green fees and golf cart rental, range balls, lunch and a T-shirt.

All proceeds benefit the Huntsville Beautification Committee and are tax deductible. In the event of rain, lunch will be served and rain checks will be given out, but the tournament will not be rescheduled.

To sign up for a team, contact Dean Lewis, dean of the College of Business Administration, at 936.294.1254 or to register for golf, call Ryan Polzin at 936.438.8588.

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Outdoor Recreation Reschedules Two Events

The Outdoor Recreation division of Recreations Sports will give participants another opportunity to ‘howl at the moon’ with a nighttime canoe and kayak trip on Friday (March 5).

The trip is being repeated not only for its popularity over the past two semesters but because the first outing, which had been scheduled for Feb. 4, was cancelled due to rain, according to Marvin Seale, associate director of outdoor recreation.

The event will be held at the Huntsville State Park, and participants should meet at the Health and Kinesiology Center, where transportation will be provided, at 6 p.m. The return to campus is scheduled for no later than 9:30 p.m.

Those interested must sign up by 10 p.m. on March 4 in HKC Room 104. Participants also must complete a waiver and brief health questionnaire, and an information sheet will be available that includes tips on what to wear and bring.

Participation is limited to 12, and the minimum number of sign-ups required to hold the event is four. The cost is $5 for students, $7 for faculty and staff, and $10 for guests.

In addition, the “Pedal Power” mountain biking trip at the Huntsville State Park has been rescheduled for March 8. Departure time for the trip will be at 3 p.m. on Feb. 23, and participants are expected to return by 6 p.m.
The cost is $15 for students, $17 for faculty and staff and $20 for guests, which covers bike rentals, and if a participant brings his/her own bike, there is a $10 discount. The sign-up deadline is Friday (March 5) at 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Outdoor Recreation division at 936. 294.3656.

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ASU Trio To Perform Ocotillo Winds Concert

Three faculty musicians from Arizona State University will perform an Ocotillo Winds State Trio Concert on the SHSU campus on Thursday (March 4). The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The Ocotillo Winds, which are comprised of Robert Schuring playing oboe, Robert Spring playing clarinet and Jeffrey Lyman playing bassoon, will play a variety of classical music for the reed trio, a combination of the three instruments, according to Patricia Card, assistant professor of music and woodwinds area coordinator.

“They are touring in Texas and have been invited to perform at SHSU,” she said.

Also that day, Spring will present a clarinet master class at 3 p.m. in Fine Arts Building Room 219, and Lyman will host a bassoon master class at 3:30 p.m., also in the Fine Arts Building.

The concert is free and is open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.

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Workshops To Explore Test Anxiety, Career Options

The Counseling Center will repeat its Decreasing Test Anxiety workshop on Tuesday (March 2), from 2-3:30 p.m.

It will also host a Career Exploration workshop on March 8, from 9-11 a.m.

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

Those interested should sign up beforehand 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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Alumnus To Speak At Physics Colloquium

Jaakko Halmari, graduate student in the department of mechanical engineering at Texas Tech University, will be the featured speaker at the Physics Colloquium on Thursday (March 4)
Halmari, who received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from SHSU in 2001, will discuss the "Development of a Hydrogen Powered Hybrid Electric Vehicle" from 3-4 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 207.

The colloquium is hosted by physics professor Charlie Meitzler.

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Alumni Receptions To Be Held In Dallas, Ft. Worth

The Sam Houston State University Alumni Association will host two Bearkat alumni receptions for graduates in the Fort Worth and Dallas areas on March 25.

The Fort Worth luncheon will be held at Joe T. Garcia’s, at 2201 Commerce, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15 per person or $25 per couple, and business attire is requested.

The Fort Worth event is also sponsored by the Law Offices of J. Warren St. John, class of ’79.

The Dallas reception will be held at Del Frisco's of Dallas, at 5251 Spring Valley Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20 per person or $35 per couple, and business attire is requested.

The Dallas event is also sponsored by Lee Drain, class of ’50.

University president James F. Gaertner will be the featured speaker for both events.

Reservations for either reception can be sent to: SHSU Alumni Association, P.O. Box 2022, Huntsville, Texas, 77341-2022. The registration deadline for both is March 19.

For more information, contact Chrissy Price, Alumni Association alumni/events coordinator, at or 1.800.283.7478.

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Feb. 29, 2004
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