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SHSU Update For Week Of May 9


Signups Under Way for Mickey's Memorial Tourney

Not all great music events are held in concert halls.

One of the most noteworthy of Sam Houston State University's School of Music is held on a golf course each year. Mickey's Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 18 at the Wedgewood Golf Course in Conroe. Entry deadline is June 11.

The tournament is held in honor of the late music professor-composer Fisher A. "Mickey" Tull, distinguished professor of music at Sam Houston State University, and has been a successful raiser of music scholarship funds and good will since 1996.

In addition to great fun for a worthy cause, participants will have the chance to win a car for a hole-in-one, and there will be trophies for long drive (men and women), closest to the pin (men and women), farthest from the hole, and for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

Format for the event is a four-person scramble. Play is scheduled to begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Players may enter as members of teams or individually, to be placed on a team.

The entry fee of $99 per player includes practice balls, cart, refreshments and lunch. Hosting this year's event will be Charlotte Tull and Rod Cannon, chair of the SHSU school of music.

For those unable to play in the fund-raiser, sponsorships are also available at $100 per hole, with advertisements on a tee box, and $99 to sponsor a music/student golfer as a "designated hitter." Direct contributions to the scholarship fund are also appreciated.

Participants who contact Cannon at 936.294.3808 by June 11 will be sent a map, score card and course layout.


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Three Receive Parents’ Association Scholarships

Thibodeaux, Bates and Pappas
Spring Parents' Association scholarship winners include (from the left): Grant Pappas, Lindsey Bates and Mark Thibodeaux.

The Sam Houston State University Parents’ Association has announced the winners of their spring 2004 scholarships. Lindsey Bates, Grant Pappas and Mark Thibodeaux have been selected to receive $1,000 awards from the group this semester.

Lindsey Bates is a freshman from Lumberton. She is an animal science major and plans to attend Texas A&M University to study veterinary medicine after graduation. She is historian for Best Buddies and a key volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is the daughter of Rita Bates and the late Ricky Bates.

Grant Pappas is a sophomore radio/television major from Bryan. He is vice president of Circle K, a member of the Bearkat Marching Band and the Texas Association of Broadcast Students. He also volunteers with the Brazos Valley Hospice Association. He is the son of Nicholas and Sheri Pappas and plans a career in broadcasting after graduating from SHSU.

Mark Thibodeaux is a junior animation/graphic design major from Huntsville. He is in the SHSU honors program and is a student assistant in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center. He teaches study skills courses at SHSU and to at-risk students at Kingwood High School. He has also volunteered at the Huntsville Main Street Project. After graduation, Mark plans to attend graduate school to continue his study of 3-D computer animation. He is the son of Terry and Paula Thibodeaux.

The SHSU Parents’ Association awards three scholarships each long semester. To be considered for this award, applicants must have completed 12 semester hours, be enrolled for 12 hours during the semester for which the scholarship is given, have a SHSU GPA of 3.0 and cannot be a previous Parents’ Association Scholarship recipient. Only students of active members of the Parents’ Association may apply for these scholarships.

For more information contact Mary Ellen Sims, assistant dean of students at 936.294.3026 or


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Conroy Testifies Before State Senate Committee

Mary Alice Conroy, associate professor of psychology and director of clinical training for the forensic clinical psychology program, recently testified before the Texas Senate Jurisprudence Committee regarding the insanity defense.

Conroy’s testimony was given regarding the insanity defense and the committee’s consideration to pass legislation on the issue. As a forensic psychologist, she has previously served on a senate taskforce on forensic issues and is currently chair of the Texas Psychological Association Forensic Special Interest Group.

“I tried to make clear to the committee the complexity of those issues, some of the available empirical data they should examine and the interdisciplinary nature of the problem to be addressed,” Conroy said about her testimony, adding that because she testified as a TPA representative, her personal position wasn’t given.

Interest in the matter has stemmed from the high-publicity cases that have caught public and political attention, such as the Andrea Yates and Deanna Laney decisions, according to Conroy.

“The recent case of a man found NGRI (not guilty by reason of insanity) in 1996 for killing his sister, subsequently going off his medication, and recently killing his girlfriend’s child was an important issue in considering changes in how those found NGRI are managed,” she said.

Legislation under consideration could make significant changes in the way in which insanity is evaluated, the qualifications of evaluators and the way individuals found “not guilty by reason of insanity” are treated following the verdict.

“Carefully crafted legislation could be very positive in making certain justice is served, in protecting the public, in assuring due process rights for defendants, and in assuring persons with mental illness receive appropriate treatment,” Conroy said.


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Psychology, Philosophy Wins Kaldi’s Contest

The department of psychology and philosophy won the first Kaldi’s Coffee House Trivia Contest by a “landslide, amidst really tough competition from other departments,” according to department chair Donna Desforges.

The contest, designed as “department happy hours” at the café, pitted all 24 of SHSU’s departments against one another.

After each department played their Trivial Pursuit game, a "final round competition" was held on May 6 between the eight highest scoring departments.

As the winner of the finals competition, the psychology and philosophy department received a $100 donation, and each participant from the winning team received a complimentary latté.


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Museum Exhibits Archived, Historical Photos

A pictorial history of Sam Houston State University will be on display through June 1 in the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center Exhibit Gallery.

The exhibit includes archived pictures of the university, students, athletic teams and student activities and events throughout SHSU’s 125 years, according to David Wight, curator of exhibits.

The Walker Education Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Sunday, from 12-4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
May 16, 2004
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