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SHSU Update For Week Of July 25


Ag Department To Hold Catfish Dinner Fundraiser

The SHSU department of agricultural sciences will host the annual Agriculture Alumni Dinner and Gathering on Aug. 3. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Lytle Bend Ranch Pavilion, located on Potosi Road, in Abilene.

The dinner is being held in conjunction with the high school agriculture teachers’ conference being held there and is open to everyone.

The catfish dinner, with “all the fixings” and an adult beverage, will cost $20 per adult, $10 per child between 6 and 13, and children under 6 are free.

In addition, there will be silent and live auctions, with all proceeds benefiting the agricultural sciences department for things such as scholarships.

Tickets can be purchased through the agricultural sciences department at 936.294.1215 or at the door. However, an approximate headcount is needed prior to the event, so advance purchase of tickets is encouraged.


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Sororities Start Recruiting For Fall

SHSU’s four national and social sorority chapters, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Chi Omega, Zeta Tau Alpha and Sigma Sigma Sigma, will be searching for new members during Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment, from Aug. 17-20.

“Women should get involved in Panhellenic Recruitment because it is a great way to meet new people, get involved on campus, sharpen leadership skills, have a home away from home, and have life long friendships across the nation,” said Kimberly Duncan, vice president of recruitment for the SHSU Panhellenic Association.

“Sororities stand out from other organizations because of the life long commitment that continues after graduation,” she said. “I also know that my sorority has provided me with a large amount of support, and, at times, I don't know how I would have survived a crisis without my chapter behind me.”

The cost of the recruitment process is $70, which pays for three nights hotel stay at the University Hotel. Each night of recruitment involves different themed parties at each of the four SHSU chapters to acquaint attendees with each sorority.

Information and applications will be available in the Office of Student Activities, in Lowman Student Center Suite 328; by calling 936.294.3861; e-mailing the Panhellenic Council at; or visiting the Panhellenic Web site

The sign-up deadline to sign up is 5 p.m. on Aug. 16.


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Hasekoester Elected Vice Chair For Kennedy Region

Penelope Hasekoester, Sam Houston Sate University associate professor of theatre, has been elected as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI vice-chair for the state of Texas.

Hasekoester will serve as vice-chair until 2006 and then will become chair for Texas from 2006-2008.

The vice-chair is a voting member of the KCACTF Region VI regional committee, involving members from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas. Regional committee members are responsible for nominating and selecting the participants for the Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, to be held in Fayetteville, Ark., in February 2005.

In February 2004, Haekoester was nominated by the regional committee to be the Region VI nominee to the KCACTF Actors Center Teacher Development Program in New York. This prestigious nomination goes to a “teacher of acting who best exemplified the educational mission of KCACTF.”

KCACTF is a national theatre program whose goal is to encourage, develop and improve college and university theatre programs across the country. Each year over 18,000 students from colleges and universities from across the nation are involved with the program.


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Staff Member Receives Regional Award

SHSU Small Business Development Center administrative assistant Amy Viator was awarded the Network Administrative Excellence Award for the second year from the University of Houston’s SBDC in April. The UH SBDC is the central office for all of the development centers in the region, which includes 32 counties and 14-subcenters, according to Viator.

“I felt very honored and humbled,” she said. “The best in the business work in our region, and to be compared to all of them and still get it, it’s a great honor.

“I have a wonderful boss, and it’s the best group of people in the world (to work with),” she said. “For me to get that kind of award, it’s because they help me and make my job easy.”

Viator received the award at a regional staff meeting, which is held quarterly and coincides with some of the required professional development training all SBDC office personnel must complete annually.

The UH regional office selected Viator this year from approximately 30 candidates nominated by members from each center.

“I was very surprised,” she said. “I didn’t even know that my name had been submitted.”

Viator has worked for the SHSU SBDC for seven years and has worked for the university since 1991, she said.

Along with a crystal trophy, Viator received a cash award.


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Geography Professors Recognized In Newsletter

C. Allen Williams, SHSU professor of geography, was recently recognized in Perspective, the official newsletter of the National Council for Geographic Education for receiving SHSU’s Faculty Excellence Award, as well as its Excellence in Service Award.

Williams has served as geography coordinator or chair of the geography and geology department for the past 20 years.

In addition, Perspective recognized Don Albert, who is a regular contributor to the newsletter’s “Geography in the Classroom” feature, for his promotion to associate professor in the geography and geology department.

Perspective is sent out approximately 10 times yearly to members in the United States and Canada.


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July 25, 2004
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