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SHSU Update For Week Of June 26


Employee Scholarship Applications Due July 1

Applications for the President’s Employee Scholarship Program for the fall 2005 semester are due Friday (July 1).

Forms, which can be accessed at EmployeeScholarship.pdf, should be submitted to the Human Resources Department, at Box 2356 or in Estill Building Room 334.

The scholarship is for full-time, benefits-eligible staff and faculty through the rank of assistant professor, who desire to take one class or one class and a lab at SHSU, or a four-semester credit hours maximum.

Applicants must have a minimum of one year full-time continuous employment at SHSU and have earned at least three semester hours at SHSU with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA or greater will be given first priority, and graduate students with a 3.5 GPA or greater will be given second priority.

Employee GPA, length of employment and student classification level are the primary consideration factors.
For more information, contact Sandra Blair at or 936.294.1068.


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'The Distance From Here' in Showcase Theatre Monday and Tuesday

The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Dance will bring audiences a low-class, high-drama story when it presents the Summer Repertory Theatre production of "The Distance From Here" by Neil LaBute. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (June 27 and 28) in the Showcase Theatre.

Published in 2003, the play (by the author of "The Shape of Things" and "Fat Pig") takes a look at the darker side of the youth of our generation, set in verge-of-poverty suburbia.

Two angst-ridden young men, Darrell and Tim, spend their time searching for ways to curb their boredom. When Darrell discovers evidence that his girlfriend has been unfaithful to him, and that his best friend Tim was involved, it proves to be more than he can handle, sending him off on a violent rampage in the play's climax.

Senior theatre major Christie DeBacker directs a cast that includes senior theatre major TJ Chasteen as Darrell, junior English major and theatre minor Scott McCarrey as Tim, and junior theatre Amber Sortino as Jen/Girl.

The cast also features senior theatre major Ashley Flatt as Cammie, senior theatre major Christopher Wingler as Rich, sophomore theatre major Alissa Palmeri as Shari, and sophomore theatre major Zak Shanks as Boy/Employee.

Tickets are $5 and can be bought at the door. Children under the age of three are not allowed. The play contains adult language and situations. For more information, call the box office at 936.294.1339.


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Bookstore Welcomes Creed As New Manager

A manager with Barnes and Noble College Booksellers since shortly after beginning working with the company as a student at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, John L. Creed, III, was recently named bookstore manager at SHSU’s university bookstore.

The Tomball native, who served in the Army for a year and a half as a firefighter based out of San Angelo, began working with the company in 1999 in Tennessee and was quickly promoted to textbook manager before being approached by the company to move to Brooklyn, N.Y.

“ While working at the bookstore there (in Tennessee), I was offered positions to be promoted, which I took over school,” he said.

He and his fiancé then moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and later to Dallas, where he worked with Virgin Entertainment for about five years combined.

While in Dallas, he was approached once again to return to the Barnes and Noble company, which he said was his “desire as well” and began with SHSU on June 13.

Among his goals in the new position is to finish his degree at SHSU, he said.

“ I’ll be basically fine tuning my management skills, but I do have the desire to finish my degree once I can work it out with my schedule,” he said.

Creed replaces Jesse Nelson, who accepted a Barnes & Noble promotion and moved to another university bookstore at the end of May 2005.


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Volleyball Team Turns Trash Into Cash

The SHSU women’s volleyball team recently picked up a little extra cash by bagging a lot of trash.

The City of Huntsville Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Beautification Advisory Board, awarded the 2004-2005 team $300 for collecting 630 pounds of litter along Bearkat Boulevard.

The contest, which was open to all student organizations, was held from the first Friday in November until the first Friday in May.

SHSU’s Golden Key International Honour Society picked up second place with 355 pounds of litter, gathered between Palm Street and Bearkat Boulevard along Sycamore Avenue.

The “Bag Some Litter” program is an effort for student groups to make a positive impact on the Huntsville and university community, according to Cindy Blaylock, solid waste superintendent for the City of Huntsville.

“ If you live in a dirty house, you don’t feel good,” she said.

The program is aimed at educating people about how to keep the community clean, with special attention being drawn in such areas as Lake Road, 11th Street, the avenues and Highway 75.

Since May 2002, city employees and community volunteers have collected 60,160 pounds of litter from Huntsville’s streets.


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Rugby Player To Benefit From Tuesday’s Blood Drive

A blood drive benefiting SHSU rugby player George "Jack Black" Largent will be held on Tuesday (June 28), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

The drive is being held to ensure that “any medical attention he needs wouldn’t be postponed,” according to Tina DeAses, assistant director of wellness programs for the Recreational Sports Department.

“ Anytime you donate blood, the one pint you donate gets circulated and can end up helping three people,” DeAses said. “He will receive all the blood credits from this blood drive.

“ I can't exactly say what illness has fallen upon him, but surgeries are cancelled at hospitals due to blood shortages more often than people think,” she said.

Thirty donors are needed in order for the University of Texas Medical Branch to hold the drive on campus, but DeAses said their goal is to double that number.

Those who wish to donate in Largent’s name should bring a photo identification card with them and are encouraged to contact Kirby Dorman at

For more information, call Recreational Sports at 936.294.3658.


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SAM Center Offers Study Advice For Summer Sessions

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will host its second study skills summer workshop series beginning Tuesday (July 5).

The four, one-hour sessions will introduce study skills, as well as discuss procrastination, time management, reading textbooks, test taking and stress management.

The workshop series for the second summer session will be held through July 26.

For more information, or to register, call 936.294.4444 or drop by the Student Advising & Mentoring Center, in Academic Building 4 Room 210.


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Band, Athletes Host More Camps In July

Summer camps at SHSU are still going strong, with a variety of activities for youth of all ages to participate in through the rest of the summer.

The School of Music will sponsor camps for orchestra and, in July, for choir and piano. More information on any of these can be accessed at or by calling 936.294.1360.

In addition, different athletic groups will also sponsor camps for soccer, including a college prep camp; baseball; and tennis; and in July, camps for quarterbacks and receivers and baseball.

More information, as well as applications, can be accessed at or by calling the Athletics Department at 936.294.1726.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
June 26, 2005
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