Today@Sam - SHSU Campus News Online Sam Houston State University Seal
In the News
SHSU Homepage

SHSU Experts
SHSU Stats
Sam the Man
SHSU History
Austin Hall

Heritage Magazine
Huntsville Item
The Houstonian
Gov. Links
Useful Links
Theater & Dance
SHSU Athletics
Rec. Sports
Request Info
General Info
Then & Now
The President
Public Relations
Post Office
Search SHSU

SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 18


OneCard Office Makes New Home In LSC

The Bearkat OneCard office has moved from Academic Building 3 to Lowman Student Center, Suite 330.

“The Lowman Student Center facility places the OneCard in an ideal central access point,” said Troy Voelker, Bearkat OneCard Services director. “No matter which college a student is enrolled in or which classes are currently on the schedule, the LSC is quickly accessible, far more so than our prior location in AB3.

“Further, since our highest volume ATM is located in the same building as the OneCard office now, we are also in the right place for students with quick questions about the use of their OneAccounts,” he said.

The OneCard office provides several services, such as taking ID photos and issuing temporary ID cards when a cardholder loses a OneCard and needs campus access while waiting on their replacement.

In addition, students can deposit paper checks into their OneAccounts, receive assistance with card activation, get SHSU refunds, reset passwords and PIN numbers, re-order OneCards, and receive answers to other questions pertaining to using the card both on campus and in the local community in the OneCard office.

Back to top


Music Festival Pays Tribute To Former Professor, Chair

The School of Music will pay tribute to the life and music of former professor and department chair Fisher Tull at the 42nd annual Contemporary Music Festival on Feb. 3-4.

Performances will be at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. both days in the Recital Hall, with the Wednesday night concert being held in the Killinger Auditorium.

University of North Texas assistant professor of trumpet John Holt, who also plays with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, will be the guest performer at the Tuesday night concert, which will also feature faculty ensembles, the brass quintet and the woodwinds quintet.

The Wednesday night concert will be performed by the Sam Houston orchestra and wind ensemble and will feature the world premiere of a piano concerto by faculty member Trent Hanna, according to theory and composition coordinator Thomas Couvillon.

In addition, faculty member Randy Adams will play the trumpet in a piece called “Rhapsody for Trumpet and Orchestra” on Wednesday night.

Both afternoon concerts will be chamber music.

Prior to the Tuesday night performance, well-known trumpet specialist, and friend of Tull, Dale Olsen will give a lecture on the life and music of Tull in Fine Arts Building 201. He will also speak on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the same location.

All of the concerts, as well as the lecture, are free and open to the public.

Back to top


Library Displays 100 Most Influential Books

The Newton Gresham Library will display the 100 Most Influential Books ever written through January.
The selection is based on the 1998 publication of the same name by Martin Seymour-Smith and covers a period from 1500 B.C. to present.

In conjunction with the display, the library will recognize the top 10 students, faculty and staff who have read the most books on the list.

Titles within the selection include Homer’s “The Illiad” and “The Odyssey,” Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” Sigmund Freud’s “Interpretation of Dreams,” Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of the Species,” and Betty Friedan’s “Feminine Mystique.”

Those who wish to participate should look at the display and fill out an entry slip, listing the books they have read, while the books are on display.

The library collection contains copies of 95 of the 100 titles listed, which will be back on the shelves and available for checkout after Feb. 1, with the exception of the oversized two-volume set of Samuel Johnson’s 1755 Dictionary of the English Language, which may be viewed in the reference area.

In addition, a display honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be exhibited in the foyer of the library until Feb. 1.

Back to top


Dean Of Students Seeks Faculty/Student Mentors

The Dean of Students' Office is seeking faculty or staff to volunteer for the revived faculty/student mentor program for the spring semester.

The program will match incoming freshman students with volunteers to offer support and encourage students as they adjust to college life in their first semester at SHSU.

The amount of time required of a faculty or staff member is not great, and several events will be scheduled throughout the semester to provide an opportunity for mentors and students to interact.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Mary Ellen Sims, assistant dean of students, by Jan. 23 at 294.3026 or at

Back to top


Randleman Serves 5th Year On Association Board

SHSU head football coach Ron Randleman has been selected to serve his fifth year on the American Football Coaches Association board of trustees.

The AFCA board formulates policy and provides direction for the organization, which was founded in 1922 by Amos Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman and others.

Within the board, Randleman works with coaches from such colleges as the University of Mississippi, University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Kansas State University and New Mexico State University, among many others.

“It’s set up, the board is, of all college coaches that are NCAA coaches: a couple of Division III, a couple of Division II, a couple of Division I-AA, and about nine Division I-A coaches,” he said. “It’s quite and organization because there are over 10,000 members.”

Along with the basic operation of the association, the board, which meets twice a year for national conventions, has taken an active stance on many other issues.

“We’re very active in the child ID program; we’ve been very active in the Jason Foundation, which is to prevent teen suicide; we’re working with the youth football organizations to try to get that a little more standardized and to give them a little more direction in the head coaching and the practice organization,” he said. “So we really are involved in a lot more than just college football.”

The board met earlier this year in Orlando, Fla., and will meet again this summer.

“It’s really been a very interesting experience, and I’ve been very fortunate to be selected to be on that board because you don’t get many opportunities to serve on a board like that,” Randleman said. “I have certainly enjoyed it.”

Back to top


Doctoral Student Invited To Attend Exclusive Seminar

Doctoral student Bernell Peltier has been selected as one of 40 scholars in the United States and Canada to participate in the 25th Annual David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy.

Bernell, a student in the department of educational leadership and counseling, will travel to San Diego, Calif., in April for the two-day seminar.

Currently, she is a principal in the Houston Independent School District.

Back to top


Garner Receives Award From Texas Psychologist Group

Randy Garner, associate dean in the College of Criminal Justice, recently received a prestigious statewide award honoring outstanding contributions to the field of Social Psychology from the Social Psychologists in Texas.

Garner presented a discussion at the annual conference, which was held Jan. 9-10 in Corpus Christi, entitled “The Temporal Ordering of Gallus Domesticus versus Gallus Prezygoticus,” also known as “Which Came First, The Chicken or The Egg?: A Fowl Metaphor for Teaching.”

The nature of the talk centered on the use of humor, metaphor and analogy as a pedagogical tool in education.

Back to top


Office Receives Outstanding Services Award

The Sam Houston State University Office of Student Legal Services was awarded the outstanding services award in January by the Southwest Region of University Student Legal Services Association.

The award recognizes outstanding student legal services to SHSU students and contributions to the Student Legal Services Association.

SHSU was a founding member of the Student Legal Services Association a decade ago, and Jim Gibson, student legal advisor, is the current treasurer of the association.

In January 2002, the university won the President’s Award for Special Project Excellence, and in 1996, the Most Outstanding Students' Legal Services Office award.

Back to top


Camp To Recruit Students For Summer Jobs

Pine Cove Camps will be interviewing in the Lowman Student Center on Jan. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to recruit students to work at its Christian summer camps.

Annually, the group recruits and hires at least 500 college students to serve in full- and part-time paid positions at the nondenominational camps.

Pine Cove runs five distinct camps on more than 700 acres in the piney woods of East Texas, with all camps located within three miles of one another and 10 miles southwest of Tyler.

For more information on Pine Cove Camps, visit the camp’s booth or go to its Web site at

Back to top

Send Update Items Here

Please send information for the SHSU Update to the Office of Public Relations at SHSU. For electronic access to SHSU news see the public relations Web page Today@Sam.

Back to top


- END -

SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Jan. 18, 2003
Please send comments, corrections, news tips to

This page maintained by SHSU's Office of Public Relations
Director: Frank Krystyniak
Assistant Director: Julia May
Writer: Jennifer Gauntt
Located in the 115 Administration Building
Telephone: 936.294.1836; Fax: 936.294.1834