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SHSU Update For Week Of May 2


Office Accepting McNair Applications

Applications for the second cohort of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program will be accepted until June 4.

The McNair program will award students a $1,600 stipend during the summer semester, while conducting research. Participants will also receive paid travel to research conferences, as well as a tuition waiver for a 3 credit-hour spring research course.

Students will participate in a series of informational workshops during the fall semester, including research and computer workshops, SAM Center workshops, a GRE prep course and information on financial aid and the graduate school application process. In addition, students may be provided with graduate school application fee waivers for some programs.

Those interested may be accepted into the program one of two ways: they may qualify as a first-generation college student and meet income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education, or be a member of an ethnic group that is underrepresented in graduate education.

The U.S. Government currently defines “underrepresented groups” specifically as Native American, Native Alaskan, Hispanic or African-American. Students must be a U.S. citizen or be a permanent U. S. residenct and have junior status by Sept. 1, 2004, with a cumulative SHSU grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

The McNair program was established by the U.S. Department of Education in 1989 in honor of Ronald E. McNair. It is designed to provide talented low-income, first-generation and ethnic minority undergraduate students with effective preparation for doctoral study.

The McNair program at Sam Houston State University encourages graduate studies by providing opportunities for undergraduates to define their goals, engage in research, and develop the skills and faculty mentor relationships that are critical to success at the doctoral level.

Applications may be picked up in the McNair Office, in Academic Building 3 Room 216. For more information about the program call Lydia Fox or Edwina Reece at 936.294.3279.


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Apple Days To Give Students Food, Supplies For Finals

To help students during final exams, the SHSU Parents’ Association will hand out free apples, candy and Scantrons on May 3-4 in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area, from 8:30 a.m. until supplies run out each day.

Each semester, the Parents’ Association hosts two Apple Days, giving out more than 1,200 apples, several cases of candy, and 5,000 Scantrons to students to give students a treat before finals.

The SHSU Parents’ Association understands that the end of the semester is a stressful time for students, and the event is designed to offer support during final exams, projects, etc., according to Parents’ Association advisor Mary Ellen Sims.

“It is a pleasure to see the surprised look on the students’ faces when they are offered apples, candy and Scantrons – all for free,” said Kelly Clements, president of the association.

The Parents’ Association is an organization of Sam Houston parents who actively support students throughout the year, by raising funds from member dues and the sale of merchandise for its annual scholarships. The association co-sponsors Parents’ Weekend each fall semester, welcomes new Bearkat parents during New Student Orientation each summer, as well as sponsors Apple Days and awards six $1,000 scholarships each year.

For more information about membership, volunteering with the association or scholarships, call Clements at 903.581.5224 or e-mail at For general information call Sims, assistant dean of students, at 936.294.3026 or e-mail at


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Residence Life To Host 33rd Twilight Breakfast

The 33rd consecutive Twilight Breakfast will be held Thursday (May 6) from 10-11:30 p.m. in Café Belvin for students studying for finals.

“Twilight Breakfast is designed to provide encouragement to students as they prepare for final exams,” said Dana Grant, assistant director for finance and marketing for Residence Life.

In past semesters, students have enjoyed interaction with professors, coaches, administrators and support staff, she said.

For more information, call Residence Life at 936.294.1812.


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Cording, Taft To Be Honored At Receptions

Retired philosophy professor Richard Cording will be honored for being named Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at SHSU on Thursday (May 6).

The reception will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. in Austin Hall.

The dean’s office in the College of Arts and Sciences will also host a retirement reception honoring Judy Taft on May 12, from 1-4 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 200.

Those who wish to contribute a gift may do so by sending it to: Tammy Gray, College of Arts and Sciences, Box 2209, Huntsville, Texas, 77341-2209.


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Annual Faculty/Staff Golf Tourney To Tee Off May 17

The Department of Recreational Sports will host its 10th Annual Recreational Sports Faculty and Staff Golf Tournament on May 17 at the Raven Nest Golf Club in Huntsville.

This four-person scramble is open to any faculty, staff or university affiliate. The entry fee is $40 per person and includes green fee, a cart, golf balls, towel, tee marker set, barbecue lunch and special 10th anniversary prizes.

Tee time will be 8 a.m., with a putting contest beginning at 7 a.m.

Registration brochures will be available in the Recreational Sports Office, in the Health and Kinesiology Center.

The entry deadline is May 12 at 5 p.m., and entries can be mailed to: Rec Sports, c/o Golf Tournament, Box 2387, Huntsville, Texas, 77341.

For more information, contact Amy Swingle at 294-1967 or by e-mail at


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International Programs To Host Study Abroad Photo Contest

Are you studying abroad this summer? If so, don’t forget your camera.

The Office of International Programs will sponsor the first photo contest for students who submit photos taken during their study abroad experience.

To enter, students should submit the three best photos taken to the Office of International Programs, in Frels Building Room 207 or by mail to SHSU Box 2150, Huntsville, TX 77341-2150. The deadline is Oct. 1.

Each participant must be a full-time SHSU student during the fall 2004 semester; participate in an SHSU approved study abroad program; and take “lots of photographs during your study abroad experience,” according to Brenda Boeske, coordinator of operations and international student adviser for international programs.

Photos sized 4x6, 5x7, or 8x10, or digital files taken with a four-megapixel or higher camera, will be judged by associate professor and coordinator of photography Thomas Seifert.

Winners will need to submit an 8x10 of winning photos.

The top three winners will receive special recognition, and the top 20 photographs will be mounted and displayed in the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery during International Education Week, to be held Nov 8-19.


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Clay Club To Host Semi-Annual Pottery Sale

Pottery and clay sculpture created by SHSU ceramic students, alumni and faculty will be exhibited and sold at the Clay Club’s semi-annual sale, Monday through Wednesday (May 3-5) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

The sale will be on the Art Complex lawn in front of Art Building F on Monday and in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The SHSU Clay Club is a student-run organization whose mission is to expand education in ceramics through visiting artists, conferences and workshops. Annual events such as the pottery sale help to fund an active visiting artist program and student participation in national ceramic conferences.

For more information about the sale or the Clay Club, contact Lynn Duryea, visiting assistant professor of art, at 936.294.1322 or by e-mail at


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Student Services Reunites Past Organization Leaders

Student Services Luncheon
Thelma Douglass, vice president for Student Services, addresses the group of 30 present and former student leaders reunited at a luncheon.

Thelma Douglass, vice president for Student Services, recently hosted a reunion luncheon for 30 past and present Sam Houston State University student organization leaders.

James F. Gaertner, SHSU president, encouraged students to continue their hard work and to give back to those who provided time and resources in support of their efforts to achieve. In addition, Student Government Association president Angie Cartwright expressed her thanks to her fellow organization leaders for their hard work and their Bearkat spirit.

"These gatherings are an excellent opportunity for us to get to know the student leaders and to learn why they came to Sam Houston State University," said Douglass. "It is also important that students know they have a voice on campus and that the administration is listening."

Douglass said several suggestions from such meetings have been implemented during Gaertner’s administration.


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Outdoor Recreation To Push Your ‘Pedal Power’

The Outdoor Recreation division of the Department of Recreational Sports will give the SHSU community an opportunity the push their pedal power with a mountain bike trip at Lake Bryan on May 4.

Departure time for the trip will be 3 p.m., and participants are expected to return by 8 p.m. Outdoor Recreation will provide transportation and guidance throughout the trip.

“This is a popular mountain biking venue and hosts a stop on the Texas Championship Series,” said Marvin Seale, associate director of outdoor recreation. “More technical, though perhaps less strenuous than Huntsville State Park, Lake Bryan is still appropriate for all skill levels.

“A moderate degree of fitness, however, is required to fully enjoy the outing,” he said.

The cost is $20 for students, $22 for faculty and staff and $25 for guests, which covers bike rentals, transportation, park entry, drinks and guidance, and if a participant brings his/her own bike, there is a $10 discount.

There will be a pre-trip meeting on May 3, the sign-up deadline, at 5:30 p.m. in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104. For more information contact Marvin Seale at 936-294-3656 or at


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Experimental Theatre To Be Presented May 6-8

Students will have the chance to watch their peers in action this week when the theatre department presents works written, performed, and directed by its own students and faculty.

Alpha Psi Omega, in conjunction with the theatre and dance department, will produce the Experimental Theatre on Thursday through Saturday (May 6-8). Show times will be at 8 p.m. each day.

Larry Routh, technical director, said the performances will cover countless topics.

“Since all the works are original this event is going to be a little different from all the other events we produce,” Routh said. “The event will cover various topics and offer crazy and silly stuff.”

The Experimental Theatre will be held at the Showcase Theatre in the University Theatre Center. For more information, call the theatre department at 936.294.1339 or 936.294.1329.


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SHSU To Hold Property Auction May 15

SHSU will have a public auction on May 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the property warehouse in the Sam South Complex, at 2424 Sam Houston Ave.

Items will be sold, “as is, where is,” piece by piece or in lots to the highest bidder.

Some auction items include office furniture, typewriters, air conditioners, televisions, fax machines, refrigerators, tables, light fixtures, dumpsters, chairs, file cabinets, copiers, curtains, bicycles, paint, couches and doors, among many others.

In addition, a 2001 Chevrolet Impala, a 1990 Chevrolet Lumina van and a 1990 Ford Aerostar Wagon will be auctioned off. Vehicles can be removed the day of the sale if paid by cash, or check with original current bank letter of credit guaranteeing payment. Otherwise, vehicles will be held for 10 working days to allow check clearance.

Cash or checks will be accepted as payment for other items, with proper identification. All items, except vehicles, must be removed after the sale until 2 p.m. or 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. the following week.

For more information, call Wayne Frosch at 936.294.1903 or 936.294.1908.


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Sam Works To Be Held May 4

Sam Works, a networking opportunity for Bearkat alumni, will be held on Tuesday (May 4), from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Casa Tomas.

Free hors d'oeuvre will be served at the informal meet-and-greet, hosted by Casa Tomas and the Alumni Association. In addition, members of the Alumni Association will receive his/her first beverage for free.

For more information, call the Alumni Association at 936.294.1841.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
May 2, 2004
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