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SHSU Update For Week Of April 17


Warner To Retire At End Of Semester

After 40 years in the education field, 30 of which were spent at SHSU, Laverne Warner, coordinator and professor of early childhood education, will retire at the end of May.

A retirement reception, hosted by the department of language, literacy and special populations, will be held May 6, in the Lowman Student Center from 4-6 p.m. Former students and colleagues across campus are invited to attend.

Warner, who taught in Texas, Vermont and Indiana, received her doctorate in early childhood education from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas, in 1977.

Among her contributions to SHSU are becoming the first woman president of the SHSU Phi Delta Kappa Chapter; working with Michele Hewlett-Gomez on a department of education grant for bilingual education from 1991 to 1994; serving as counselor of the SHSU Delta Theta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi for 20 years; winning SHSU’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1992; and assisting the SHSU Texas Student Education Association win three statewide awards as “Best Chapter.”

Other professional achievements include winning the “Outstanding Teacher Educator Award” from the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children in 1992; teaching at the University of Baku in Baku, Azerbaijan, for two weeks in August, 1996; writing six teacher resource books, with colleagues, and one textbook in the field of early education, with one more in press; and writing approximately 100 articles in state, regional, national and international publications through the years, among many others.

In her retirement, Warner will continue to teach on the university’s half-time plan beginning in the fall 2005 semester.

Other retirement plans include writing at least three more books; spending quality time with family, especially her mother and her sister; and traveling when she can afford it, she said.

“ Thanks to everyone at SHSU for making each of my years here memorable,” Warner said. “I’ll miss you, but I won’t be far away. Go, Kats! Eat ‘em up!”


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Channel 7 To Broadcast Live Mayoral Debate

KSHU Channel 7 will host a live debate featuring the mayor candidates for Huntsville’s 2005 mayor election on Wednesday (April 20), from 7-8 p.m.

The candidates will be presented questions from the Huntsville community and each given an opportunity to respond.

Those who would like to submit a question to possibly be asked of the candidates should e-mail the question, along with the person’s name and phone number, to

For those who miss the live broadcast, it will be rerun every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on KSHU TV 7 through the May 7 election.

For more information, please e-mail Patric Sleightholm at


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Grant Helps Female Students Attend Conferences

A $2,000 grant recently received by Jacqueline Jensen, assistant professor of mathematics, will allow female math students to participate in regional and national conferences.

The grant from the Mathematical Association of America was given for a program called “Introducing Women To The Mathematics Community,” which directly allows female undergraduate and graduate students to attend the conferences by giving the university travel money, according to Jensen.

“ We just had so many students who were interested in doing these projects that it got too hard to fund internally and through fundraisers; it just kind of grew faster than our fundraising abilities,” she said. “So we just started asking for money, and people started giving it to us.”

More specifically, the money will be used to fund travel to the two “big” conferences, “Math Fest,” the national conference for the Mathematical Association of America, which is “one of the two big math associations in the country,” and the Texas section of the MAA, the regional version of the national conference, Jensen said.

“ The conferences have a lot of chances for students to present research and a lot of student-oriented talks,” Jensen said. “One of the interesting things about this is that our students don’t get any course credit for doing these projects. They’re all doing research, and they’re doing it for no credit, no honors credit, no courses, no anything.”

Because of SHSU’s strong education program, Jensen said a large number of the department’s math students are female and go on to be secondary math teachers.

“ We are rather remarkable in that if you walk into one of our upper-level courses, there’s actually a lot of women in the course, and sometimes the guys are outnumbered, which is really unusual for math programs,” she said.

Though this grant is just for females, the male math students have not been left out. College of Arts and Sciences dean Brian Chapman agreed to match the MAA funding to allow male students to attend the two conferences as well.


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MISS To Recognize Graduates, Scholastic Achievement

Students from underrepresented populations who are graduating this May or have shown outstanding academic achievement will be honored at the “Multicultural Scholars and Graduate Ceremony,” sponsored by the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services on May 10.

The event, which will be followed with refreshments, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

“ We would like to commemorate the efforts of scholars from underrepresented populations because it’s not an easy journey for them,” said MISS coordinator Jennifer T. Roberts. “So this is just to show them that Sam Houston appreciates them, and they do have a support group here.”

Along with graduating seniors, minority students who have earned a 3.0 grade point average or better will be recognized with a certificate and a lapel pin, Roberts said.

Bernice Strauss, Student Advising and Mentoring Center director of academic support programs, will be the guest speaker at the third annual event.

“ Last semester, we had over 200 attend,” Roberts said, “and we’re expecting 200 with guests this time.”

The deadline to RSVP for the event is May 6.

For more information, call the Office of MISS at 936.294.3588.


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Music To Host Guitar, Choir And Orchestra Concerts

The SHSU choir and orchestra, as well as guitar students, are scheduled to perform this week as the School of Music begins winding down for the semester.

On Thursday (April 21), guitar instructor Gerald Blakeman and students will perform a variety of works, ranging from early classical compositions to modern jazz works, for a Guitar Ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Students performing include Justin Fowler, Serenity James, Chris Monica, Jody Moseley, John Nichols, Nick Peterson and Daniel Wilson, with guest artist Ryan Ogrodowicz on drums.

On Saturday, the choirs and orchestra will join the Cypress Creek Community Chorale at the Centrum in Spring, Texas, to perform “Elijah,” Felix Mendelssohn's popular oratorio for soloists, orchestra and chorus. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Music professor Christopher Michel will sing the role of the prophet Elijah, with choral and vocal studies director Allen Hightower conducting.

The concert will take place at the Cypress Creek Christian Church, at 6823 Cypresswood Drive, near Interstate 45 South. Admission is free.

For more information about either concert, call 936.294.1360.


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Texas Hold’Em Comes To A Draw With Final Tournament

The cards have been laid down, and winners from this year’s, as well as last year’s Texas Hold’em tournaments will now compete in the Kat Klub’s “tournament of champions” Wednesday and Thursday (April 20-21).

“ This year has been wonderful,” said Kat Klub director Gary Roark. “The kids really have a good time. My whole room in the back is full of kids enjoying themselves (every tournament).”

Those who have won a tournament, either this year or in 2004, and would like to participate in the tournament of champions should attend a meeting on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

The tournament will be broadcast on Cable Channel 7, Roark said, adding that he doesn’t know how many will participate due to students graduating.

Tournament entry is free, but is limited to previous Texas Hold’Em winners. The winner of the champions’ tournament will receive a gold bracelet.

For more information, call Roark at 936.294.1722.


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Outdoor Rec To Go Biking At Lake Bryan

The Outdoor Recreation division of Recreational Sports will give bikers a “step up from Huntsville in terms of technical terrain” with a mountain biking at Lake Bryan trip on Wednesday (April 20).

The trip will be held from 4-9 p.m.

The cost for the trip is $20 for students, $22 for faculty and staff and $25 for guests, which includes transportation, park entry and bike rental.

The sign-up deadline is Tuesday (April 19) at 10 p.m. in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104.

For more information on the Outdoor Skills Series, call 936.294.1778.


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SAM Center To Answer Grad School Questions

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will host a graduate school information night on Monday (April 18), from noon to 1 p.m. The event will be held in the SAM Center, in Academic Building 4 Room 213.

Representatives from financial aid, the SAM Center and various other departments will be present to answer students’ questions and provide information on applying for graduate school, the graduate school timeline and academic requirements.

For more information, contact the Gerri at 936.294.4444 or e-mail at


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
April 17, 2005
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