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New Amenities Ready For Use In HKC

A 10,000-square-foot state-of-the-art weight room, a new outdoor swimming pool and more rooms for aerobics and other group exercise activities are among the features SHSU students and employees can now enjoy with the recent completion of the Health and Kinesiology Center addition.

The $6.7 million, 26,000-square-foot project includes the heated swimming pool with lap lanes, scheduled to open in mid-March, among other additions, such as 34-foot rock climbing wall, a 15-foot climbing boulder and a changing room, according to Recreational Sports director Keith Jenkins.

“It’s (the old weight room was) very closed in, boxed in, claustrophobic, you might say,” Jenkins said. “The new one is wide open; it’s very open, very airy, very appealing.”

In addition, the old weight room will be split in two, eventually being converted into an additional, small multipurpose room and a private weight room for health and kinesiology classes.

“In the past, the weight room has been closed from 8 (a.m.) to noon for academic classes, and the new addition won’t be closed,” he said, adding that the private room will still be available to students with IDs for private use and classes.

Everything in the HKC will remain the same, with the exception of the old weight room changes, and the center will house three multipurpose rooms of varying sizes after those conversions, Jenkins said.

The facility is currently opened under a “soft period,” where the project is substantially completed and ready for move-in, but not completely finished. The grand opening is slated for January.

Currently, the HKC is open during its holiday hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. In the spring, it will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight, until hours are formally determined by collecting data from the heaviest hours of student usage.
“We’re a year late, but I think it’s going to be well worth it,” Jenkins said. “Those who use these types of facilities are going to be impressed. We are second to none.”

The facility is open to students, faculty and staff with IDs, but community members can gain access to it through two steps: first by purchasing a Century Club or higher membership through the Alumni Association, and then purchasing a semester-long HKC membership pass. Guests of card-carrying members can also use the facility for $5 a day.


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Military Science Commissions Two

Two senior ROTC cadets will join the ranks of the second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during the SHSU military science department’s winter commissioning ceremony on Friday (Dec. 16) afternoon.

Kenton Arthur Manion will receive his Bachelor of Science degree in political science, with a minor in military science, at Saturday’s commencement ceremonies.

A four-year JROTC member in high school, Manion transferred to SHSU in 2002, after enlisting in the Army Reserves while at New Mexico State University.

In February 2003, he was deployed to Iraq with his reserve unit in Las Cruces, NM, the 281st Transportation Company, which went on to receive the Meritorious Unit Commendation for its overseas actions. He returned to SHSU in the spring 2004 semester.

Manion will begin his career with the Army as an infantry officer in January 2006, when he will report to the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga., after which he will be assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy.

Jason D. Perez will receive his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice, also with a minor in military science, at Saturday’s commencement ceremonies.

After earning an associate’s degree from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where he attended on a baseball scholarship, Perez enlisted in the Army Reserves.

He transferred to SHSU in 2003, during which time he earned the 2004 Rookie of the Year award for the SHSU rugby team and held simultaneous membership as a cadet at the 7/6 Cavalry Regiment in Conroe, where he also served as an acting platoon leader.

Perez will begin his Army career on active duty as an Army Military Intelligence Corps Officer and will report to the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

The commissioning ceremony was held in Academic Building 4’s Olson Auditorium.


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Former Chair Endows Scholarship, Helps Build Another

Mattie Bea Medford recently donated more than $12,000 to scholarship endowments to the department which she chaired, taught in and retired from.

Medford gave $10,000 to establish the Rachel Mary Prather Allen Family and Consumer Sciences Endowed Scholarship in honor of her sister.

Allen graduated from Sam Houston State in 1937 with a bachelor's degree in home economics education and completed her master's degree in 1958.

Allen began her college training in 1930 during the Great Depression, and left to work for the Works Progress Administration in Centerville for three years before coming back to school in 1935.

After earning her degree, she taught high school home economics in Oakwood, worked again for the WPA, supervised school lunch programs in Anderson, Leon and Madison counties, worked as an assistant tax assessor/collector in Leon County, taught at Concord High School, taught at Centerville Elementary School, and was assistant county school superintendent in Leon County.

Allen died this past March at the age of 91.

Medford also donated $2,041 in order to bring the endowment of the Family and Consumer Sciences Memorial Endowed Scholarship up to the amount of $10,000.

"That scholarship was started by Dr. Medford and several other faculty members over 40 years ago," said Janis White, who now chairs that department. "Students today still benefit from the funds that have been donated over the years."


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SHSU Opens Its Doors For Annual Ag Events

Seventy-five years ago, the Vocational Agriculture Club at Sam Houston State Teachers College had an idea to do "something that would contribute to the training of high school vocational agriculture students and also bring recognition" to the club and the college.

The result was what is now known as the State FFA Leadership Development Events, which this year culminated with 1,300 FFA members, advisers, parents, judges and industry representatives gathering at Sam Houston State University Dec. 3.

The first year the leadership contests were held there were two events-public speaking and debate. This year there were 12. Conducting the contests were some 70 collegiate FFA chapter members and Department of Agricultural Sciences faculty members.

This year's winners, who came from 10 geographically-arranged FFA areas throughout the state, were: Greenhand Chapter Conducting—East Central High School, San Antonio; Senior Chapter Conducting—Midlothian High School; Greenhand FFA Skills—Stamford High School; Senior FFA Skills—Stamford High School; Greenhand FFA Creed—Klondike High School; Senior FFA Creed—Langham Creek High School, Houston; Greenhand FFA Quiz—Southland High School, Slayton; Senior FFA Quiz—La Vernia High School; FFA Radio—Cleburne High School; Public Relations—Klondike High School; Job Interview—Valley High School, Turkey; and Agricultural Issues—Progreso High School.

"Over the years, this event has provided great training for high school students and for our students preparing to become vocational agriculture teachers and FFA advisers," said Bobby Lane, agricultural sciences chair. "This year, two teams from each area qualified for each event, doubling the size of the state contest and giving more students the opportunity to compete at the state level."


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Raven Nest Advisory Council To Meet Tuesday

The first meeting of an 18-member Raven Nest Golf Club Advisory Council is scheduled for Tuesday (Dec. 20).

"The primary purposes of the council are to enhance the operation of the club and to better serve all constituents of the club," said R. Dean Lewis, dean of the College of Business Administration at Sam Houston State University. "The council is made up of a cross section of individuals who can provide needed expertise and represent various stakeholders of the club."

Since the club’s operation was taken over by SHSU in September, rounds and memberships are steadily increasing and food service and a marquee message center have been recently added, according to Lewis.

Council members include Rich Ballinger, Gary Brizendine, Sam Burris, Mike Dirks, Kevin Evans, Karen Gray, Eric Gubser, Keith Jenkins, Frank Krystyniak, Bobby Lane, R. Dean Lewis, George Miles, Nate Nye, Frank Parker, Kris Ruiz, Doug Smith, Bobby Williams and Steven Wright.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Dec. 15, 2005
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