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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 25


COBA To Break New Ground

The College of Business Administration at Sam Houston State University has come a long way since the days of Sam Houston Normal Institute, when business offerings were called "commercial courses."

COBA, as it is now known, has made great strides in curriculum, faculty and respect among peer institutions, culminating in its accreditation in 1996 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than a third of business education programs have received that accreditation.

On Tuesday at 9 a.m. COBA will take another great step, with groundbreaking for an expansion to the Smith-Hutson Business Building.
The $8.3 million 47,475 square feet structure will add an auditorium, 15 classrooms, 39 faculty offices and two departmental suites to current space.

R. Dean Lewis, dean of the College of Business Administration, said the new space scheduled for completion in May 2005 "will match our strong academic program, improve the quality of the educational experience for our students, and deliver growth capabilities we currently do not have."

Participants in the groundbreaking in addition to Lewis will include Bobby K. Marks, SHSU president emeritus and former COBA dean, President James Gaertner, SHSU regents and university officials, architects, contractors and building committee members.

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Art Opens Semester With Two Exhibits

An exhibit of work by the current faculty of the art department will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery through Feb.12.

The 44th Annual Art Department Faculty Exhibition features work in a variety of media, including sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, animation, printmaking and graphic design.

The SHSU faculty includes artists who have exhibited work in museums and galleries throughout the United States and who have been featured in national and international publications.

“It’s one of the best shows of the year, I think,” said Debbie Davenport, art slide librarian.

In addition, works from students in the “painting one” class during the fall semester will also be on display in the Sofa Gallery, in Art Building A.

Receptions for both shows will be held on Thursday (Jan. 29) from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the receptions.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, in Art Building F, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Davenport at 936.294.1317.

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Sammy, Dance, Cheer Place At Nationals

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The Orange Pride dance team wins second place at the College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship last week.

Sammy the Bearkat placed in the top 15 at the

College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship last weekend.

Sammy placed 12th over University of Kentucky’s Wildcat, Penn State University’s Nittany Lion, Texas Tech’s Red Raider and University of Iowa’s Herky the Hawk, among others.

The Orange Pride dance team advanced from the semi-finals in its division to place second overall, topping such universities as University of Delaware, Southwest Missouri State, Northern Arizona and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

In addition, the SHSU cheer squad claimed ninth place in their division. Texas State University, the only other competitor in the Southland Conference, placed fifth.

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Theatre Prepares For Regional Competition

The SHSU theatre department will present its production of Tennessee William’s “Not About Nightingales” as part of the Region VI competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Feb. 24-28.

SHSU will compete against seven other universities in the competition, hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., for a chance to perform at the national festival in Washington D.C.

Four to six of the best and most diverse college productions from the eight regions will be chosen to participate in the national festival, which will be held April 12-18 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center, individual students have the chance to be recognized with scholarships and awards in design, acting, directing, criticism and playwriting during the festival.

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Edens Named Associate Editor For Psychology Journal

John Edens, associate professor of psychology, has been appointed associate editor for the psychology journal Assessment.

As one of the associate editors, Edens will be responsible for having manuscripts reviewed by editorial board members and ad hoc reviewers, and then making the ultimate recommendation as to whether these papers warrant publication.

Assessment is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles derived from psychometric research, clinical comparisons, or theoretical formulations and literature reviews in the domain of clinical and applied assessment.

Assessment was recently ranked by the Journal Citation Reports as the second highest psychological assessment journal in the field of clinical psychology.

In the preceding year, Edens was also appointed as an editorial board member for several other psychology journals, including the Journal of Personality Assessment, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, and Law & Human Behavior.

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‘Of Birds And Texas’ On Display At Library

The Newton Gresham Library has launched an ongoing display of one of its most important holdings this month.

“Of Birds and Texas,” a two-year project for the entire Holman family of printers, is the largest book ever produced in Texas.

The plates can be seen, one per week accompanied by the artists’ commentaries, in a display located on the second floor of the library, in the main lobby area.

With only 525 copies produced and owing to its cost, large libraries and major collectors around the world comprise most of the purchasers, according to Paul M. Culp, Jr., special collections librarian.

This huge imperial folio is not bound, but boxed, in order to facilitate the display of its superb color plates, Culp said.

“Of Birds and Texas” was a landmark in Texas Publishing, as was Audubon’s “Birds of America” at its first appearance in 1837, he said.

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Rice Professor To Speak At Physics Colloquium

Michael Deem, professor in the bioengineering and physics departments at Rice University will be the guest speaker at the Physics Colloquium on Thursday (Jan. 29).

Deem will discuss the “Natural Evolution, Disease and Localization in the Immune System” from 2-3 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 207.

The colloquium is open to the public. For more information, contact Barry Friedman at 936.294.1604.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Jan. 25, 2003
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