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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 11


Staff Recognized For Commitment, Service

The Division of Student Services staff members were recognized for their dedication and service to Sam Houston State University at the annual Outstanding Leadership In Service Awards, held last semester in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The event was sponsored by the Division of Student Services and vice president for Student Services Thelma J. Douglass.

University president James F. Gaertner, and Douglass presented Paul Ridings with the Outstanding Exempt Employee of the Year award and Frieda Turner with the Outstanding Non-Exempt Employee of the Year award.

The Department of Recreational Sports and Activities also received the Team of the Year Award.
In addition, 12 staff members were recognized for their dedication and service, ranging from 5 to 30 years, to the university.

Those acknowledged include: 5 years: Greg Hinze and Bob Marlin; 10 years: Ed Chatal, Thelma J. Douglass, John C. Holder, Sue Knight and Kevin McKinney; 15 years: Ella Hoolahan and Pat Luna; 20 years: Chris Thompson; and 30 years: Paula Culak and Charles Tackett.

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Physics Society Wins Outstanding Chapter Award

The SHSU chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been selected as an outstanding SPS chapter for the 2002-2003 school year by the national organization.

Less than 10 percent of the SPS chapters nationwide, or about one per state, are honored with the award, according to SPS director Gary White.

Selection for the award is based on the depth and breadth of chapter activities in such areas as physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, hosting and representation at meetings, and providing social interaction for chapter members.

“Thank you for the time and energy you devote to the students and to their betterment,” White said in a letter informing the chapter of its receiving the award. “This award is a testament to your personal leadership skills as much as it is an acknowledgement of your chapter’s superior performance.”

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Museum Raises Texas’ 10 Flags For Exhibit

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will be showcasing reproductions of the flags used to promote Texas during the Texas Revolution. The exhibit entitled, “The Flags of the Texas Revolution,” began Jan. 6 and will be on display through Feb. 29.

Dave Wight, the exhibit curator, said the flags will help visitors obtain knowledge of the Texas Revolution.

“This exhibit will present more interesting facts to individuals wanting knowledge of the Texas Revolution,” said Wight, “The exhibit will cover the period between the years of 1835 to 1837 and will showcase flags that strictly came from Texas and the Texas Navy.”

There are 10 flags in the exhibit, some of which will include reproductions of the flag used in the Battle of San Jacinto and the flag flown at the Alamo.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 12-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

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RTV Engineer Receives Re-certification

Radio/Television chief engineer Steve Sandlin was recently re-certified as a personal broadcast engineer by the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

This is the highest level of professional certification available to a broadcast engineer, as there are fewer than 750 engineers so certified worldwide, he said.

Sandlin has held several levels of certification issued by the society and has held professional broadcast engineer certification for the last five years.

Sandlin has been employed as chief engineer of the RTV department for eight years and is responsible for all technical matters involving the department, including implementation of new technology for both radio and television.

A 29-year veteran of the broadcast industry, he has previously served as chief engineer at KBTX-TV in Bryan, KSAM radio in Huntsville and KLVI/KYKR in Beaumont.

In addition, he is frequently consulted on technical matters by broadcast interests and insurance companies.

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Theatre Prof Lauded For Play Costume Design

Kristina Hanssen, SHSU associate professor of theatre, was recently praised for her costume design work for Stages Repertory Theatre’s production of “Bat Boy.”

The play, which ran from Dec. 5 to Jan. 11 in Houston, was said to soar “with quirky humor” by Everett Evans in the Dec. 9 issue of the Houston Chronicle.

“I suspect Houston may have found its surprise hit of the holiday season with Stages’ ‘Bat Boy,’” he said.

In addition, he added that the design work, including Hanssen’s costumes, was “clever.”

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Museum To Host Workshop Thursday

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum will present “Inventing and Funding Community Heritage Programs,” a workshop on how to receive grants and other funding for humanities projects, on Thursday (Jan. 15).

The event, which will be held at the Walker Education Center, at 1402 19th St., is sponsored by the museum, the Texas Forest Trail, the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Heritage Trails Program.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m., with coffee and pastries being served until 10:30 a.m. in the WEC Atrium.

Michael L. Gillette, TCH executive director, and Kathryne Tovo, director of communications and public programs for TCH, will speak to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the WEC Auditorium.

“They will tell people about the Texas Council for the Humanities, and how they (the council) fund community, humanity, history and local grants,” said Patrick Nolan, museum director.

Lunch will be served and there will be networking opportunities from 12-12:45 p.m., followed by the Texas Forest Trail Region Board Meeting until 2 p.m.

The cost of the workshop, which includes lunch, is $15; however, Nolan said anyone may attend the speech for free.

For more information, contact Nolan at 936.294.1832 or Chay Runnels, director of the Texas Forest Trail, at 936.560.6162.

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Alumni Receptions To Be Held In San Antonio, Austin

The Sam Houston State University Alumni Association will host two Bearkat alumni receptions for graduates in the Austin and San Antonio areas on Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, respectively.

The Austin reception will be held at Scholz Garten, at 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $17 per person or $30 per couple, and the registration deadline is Jan. 29.

The San Antonio reception will be held in the Crystal Room of the Old San Francisco Steakhouse, at 10223 Sahara, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20 per person, and the registration deadline is Jan. 30.

The San Antonio event is also sponsored by Southwest Business Corp. owners Charlie Amato, class of 1970, and Gary Dudley, class of 1969.

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.

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

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Jan. 11, 2003
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