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SHSU Update For Week Of March 7


Rec Sports To Host Poker Walk, Spring Break Survivor

The Department of Recreational Sports will host the spring Poker Walk and Survivor Spring Break on Wednesday (March 10).

The Poker Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area. The top three hands of the day will win a prize, and the most spirited departments will be able to compete for the Maverick Award.

In addition, students will learn tips on having a safe spring break with activities and giveaways for everyone.

Rec Sports will also give students a chance to put together a Spring Break Survivor kit, including sun screen and lip balm, as well as other items, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. also in the LSC Mall Area. In addition, Spring Break Survivor will include fun activities and inflatables.

Both events are co-sponsored by the Barnes and Noble University Bookstore, Dean of Students' Office, Student Health Center, Sam Houston Press, SAM Center, Student Activities, American Cancer Society, Program Counsel, Coca-Cola and KSHU.

For more information, stop by the Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104 or call 936.294.1985.

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Alumni Association To Host Senior Sign-Up Day

The Alumni Association will offer graduating seniors association membership for $10 at senior sign-up day on Tuesday (March 9).

Hot dogs and soft drinks will also be distributed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

Those who sign up at the discounted rate will receive a free “I am Sam” T-shirt. Membership on non-sign-up days is $25 for graduating seniors.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 936.294.1841.

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Poet To Present Workshops, Reading

Internationally-known poet Marilyn Nelson will present two poetry writing workshops on Thursday and Friday (March 11-12). The Thursday workshop will be held at 4 p.m., and the Friday workshop will be held at 10 a.m., both in the Evans Building.

Participation is limited to 15 per session and sign ups will be held on a first-come, first-serve basis for each workshop, which will be about an hour long. The workshops are free.

Nelson will also share some of her works at a reading on Thursday (March 11) at 7 p.m. in the Smith-Hutson Auditorium.

An English professor at the University of Connecticut-Storrs and the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut, she is the author of “For The Body,” “Mama’s Promises,” “The Homeplace,” and “The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems,” among many others.

In addition, she is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Arts Award, among others.

Nelson received her bachelor’s degree University of California-Davis, her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

The poetry reading, sponsored by the English department, is free and open to the public. For more information or to sign up for a workshop, call Melissa Morphew, SHSU associate professor of English, at 936.294.1944.

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Author To Present Workshop On Travel Writing

Author, world traveler and lifestyle observer Joei Carlton Hossack will be the guest presenter at a “Travel Writing Workshop” on Wednesday (March 10) from 2-5 p.m. in Evans Building Room 105.

The event is sponsored by the SHSU English, geography and geology departments.

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Hossack has traveled to many countries and observed numerous cultures to extensively research and gather stories.

Some of Hossack’s works include “Alaska Bound and Gagged,” “Restless from the Start,” “Everyone’s Dream Everyone’s Nightmare,” “Kiss This, Florida, I’m Outta Here” and “A Million Miles from Home.”

The speech is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Don Albert, assistant professor of geography, at 936.294.1453.

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Workshop To Explore Healthy Relationships

Miscommunication is one of the biggest problems people face in a relationship, according to Pamela McManus, interim director of the Counseling Center.

To help students gain a better understanding of these and other issues, the Counseling Center will host an “Exploring Healthy Relationships” workshop on Wednesday (March 10). The workshop will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the center, located across from the Lee Drain Building and next to the Farrington Building.

The workshop focuses on what a healthy relationship is comprised of, McManus said.

“There’s a lot of miscommunication that goes on, mind reading, about what the other’s expectations are, so I like to make that open so people will understand,” she said. “A lot of assumptions are made by one party or the other, or both, and they don’t check things out and things just escalate because of that.”

The workshop has been so popular in the past that McManus has gone around campus to present it, she said.

“It’s an issue, developmentally, that students are struggling with at this stage in their lives,” McManus said. “This is the time that they’re meeting their life partners and looking forward to establishing some kind of ongoing relationship, and that’s just a natural part of what goes on in that stage in life.”

Space is limited, and those who are interested should sign-up at the center or by phone at 936.294.1720. For more information, visit the Counseling Center Web site.

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Teske Named To ‘Criminology’ Editorial Board

The American Society of Criminology board of directors recently appointed Raymond Teske, Jr., to the editorial advisory board of “Criminology: An Interdisciplinary Journal.”

Teske, a criminal justice professor who has been a faculty member since 1973, specializes in victims of crime, hate crimes, family violence and child abuse, including the modus operandi of predatory pedophiles, as well as German criminal law and procedure.

Teske said he had not anticipated his appointment to the editorial advisory board, adding that he believes this is the first time anyone from SHSU has received such appointment.

“It is normally made by the board as an honor acknowledging scholarly accomplishments and publications,” he said.

The journal is the flagship journal of the American Society of Criminology, founded in 1954.

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SGA, Organizations To Go ‘Back Down Memory Lane’

The Student Government Association and campus organizations will take a trip "Back Down Memory Lane" on March 30.

The mixer, put together by the SGA communications committee, will be held in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom at 7 p.m.

“It is a chance for everyone to mingle and get to know their student representatives,” said SGA vice president Betsy Dominguez.

SGA will provide food, games, music and giveaways, and all student organizations are invited to participate, Dominguez said.

Those who wish to attend should RSVP by March 25 by calling the SGA office at 936.249.1938 or by bringing a list of participants to LSC Room 326.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
March 7, 2004
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