Today@Sam - SHSU Campus News Online Sam Houston State University Seal
In the News
SHSU Homepage

SHSU Experts
SHSU Stats
Sam the Man
SHSU History
Austin Hall

Heritage Magazine
Huntsville Item
The Houstonian
Gov. Links
Useful Links
Theater & Dance
SHSU Athletics
Rec. Sports
Request Info
General Info
Then & Now
The President
Public Relations
Post Office
Search SHSU

SHSU Update For Week Of March 20


International Programs Offers Study Abroad Scholarships

The Office of International Programs will help three students spend a semester studying abroad by giving $2,000 scholarships for either fall 2005 and spring 2006.

In order to be eligible, the students must study abroad for at least one long semester, according to OIP coordinator of operations Donna Rogers.

These scholarships are available to students for study that is not SHSU-faculty led.

“ It’s for those who want to continue their degree plan, but want to do it in a foreign country,” Rogers said. “They have to find a program they want to attend, and then they have to go to their adviser here at Sam and ensure that the program is going to (allow the student to) obtain credits that are transferable to their degree plan and transcript here.

“ If they do that, and provide us with information from the adviser that they are going to get transfer credit for the course, then they are eligible for the scholarship.”

This would allow students to spend a semester studying at such places as Oxford University in London, which has been a place of interest, Rogers said.

“ We have a couple of young ladies in the dance department who want to study at a dance school in France,” she said.

To apply, a student must complete the application form, which can be found at or can be picked up in Frels Hall Room 207; provide a statement of purpose for the study abroad; provide two letters of recommendation from professors; and provide evidence of transferability of academic credits.

The application deadline is April 30, and the recipients will be awarded on May 15.

The office also offers smaller scholarships for students to study abroad over the summer. SHSU is currently offering study abroad in 12 different departments in countries all over the world.

For more information, call 936.294.3892 or e-mail


Back to top


University To Run Shuttle For Rest Of Semester

To alleviate a potential parking problem due to the reduction of spaces in the Estill parking lot, the university will begin running a shuttle for the duration of the Spring semester on Monday (March 21).

The shuttle will run from the Bowers Stadium parking lot from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, making eight stops around campus.

Anyone can ride the bus and get on or off at any of the stops, which are marked by signs around the perimeter of campus.

The University Police Department has posted an online map of the bus route at

Parking spaces in the Estill lot have been displaced due to the beginning of construction of a SHSU Visitors’ Center at that location.

The loss of spaces in that parking lot have also led the university to re-designate faculty and staff parking in the northwest corner of the student commuter lot near the traffic light on Sam Houston Avenue.

In addition, parking garage fees have been lowered to $1 per hour, with a maximum of $3 per day per parking period for unreserved spaces in the garage. Individuals parking in the garage must use a Mastercard or Visa card to gain entry.

Automated equipment reads the credit card during the entrance and exit of the lot, and the individual’s account is billed automatically based on the time spent in the garage.


Back to top


Conference To Educate Hispanic Families On College

The department of educational leadership and counseling will host its inaugural “Yo Puedo Volar (I Can Soar)” conference for Hispanic parents and daughters.

The conference, a service-learning project hosted by Women in Educational Leadership, will be held on April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Sam Houston State University’s Lowman Student Center.

The free event will give Hispanic women in grades 9-12 information on financial aid, college admissions, student activities, academic majors and mentoring. In addition, presenters will discuss their true stories of success.

Lunch will be provided at the event.

The registration deadline is April 15, and space is limited to the first 75 young women.

For more information, see a school guidance counselor or register at Those with special needs can contact Linda Creighton at or 936.294.3181.


Back to top


Registrar’s Office To Help Students ‘Imagine Graduation’

The Registrar’s Office will make preparations for the May 2005 commencement a “one-stop-shop” with the first “Imagine Graduation,” on April 12.

The event will be held from11-2 in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. Students will be able to enter the coliseum on the west side, through doors 24, 25 and 26.

“ Imagine Graduation” will provide essential information from different areas of the university to allow students to take care of their last official SHSU business and “ease their minds as they move closer to graduation,” said Valerie Sparkman, registrar associate.

The event will also serve as an opportunity for the graduate program to provide information to students who may want to earn a master’s degree or doctorate.

Giveaways and door prizes will also be provided.

For more information, call Sparkman at 936.294.1037.


Back to top


Alumni Association To Host Sam’s Boat Sam Works

The SHSU Alumni Association will help build the Bearkat network through a Sam Works in The Woodlands on April 7.

Hors d’oeuvres and a free beverage will be served at Sam’s Boat, at 26710 I-45 North, for the event, which will be held from 6-8 p.m.

For more information, call 936.294.1841.


Back to top


Buyers Group Seeks Donations For Fair Project Sales

As the Walker County Fair rolls around this year, the SHSU Buyers Group will begin accepting donations to make purchases that will benefit various youth project sales at the fair. This year’s fair will begin Friday (March 25), with the youth project sales on March 31.

The livestock sale will be held at 7 p.m. on March 31 in the main building. A pre-sale dinner will be served at about 5:30 p.m.

“ By combining donations as small as $5 and as large as $250, they (last year’s buyers group) were able to purchase, in the name of Sam Houston, several projects,” said Larry Brown, coordinator of the buyers group. “This money goes to the youth, who usually put this money toward a college fund.

“ I was the benefactor of this type of sale during my youth, a long time ago, and the funds allowed me to go to college,” he said. “Believe me, it does help. Many of these young people attend Sam Houston State University.”

The group will represent SHSU at all of the sales, as funds permit, and the group attempts to purchase projects of children related to a faculty, staff member, retiree or alumni of the university.

All donations are tax-deductible and can be made to Larry Brown, SHSU Buyers Group, P.O. Box 2215, Campus. Donations will also be accepted the night of the livestock sale.

Anyone who knows of a participating youth related to someone affiliated with the university should call Brown at 936.294.1884, Gwynetta at 936.294.1021, or Debra at 936.294.1089.


Back to top


PC To Talk Body Image, Recognize ‘She-roes’

The Program Council will reflect on body images and celebrate Women’s History Month on Tuesday (March 22) and Thursday (March 24), respectively.

Peter Benedittis, a doctor, will discuss eating disorders at “Reflections on Body Images,” a Hispanic heritage committee event, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

“There are beauty ‘ideals’ within most cultures and the Hispanic culture is no exception,” said Jeffery Oribhabor, vice president for public relations. “Women in particular face body image concerns as they compare themselves to what the ‘ideal’ Hispanic beauty should look like.

“We will try to enforce that body images are manipulated in real life and women should appreciate themselves for who they are,” he said.

On Thursday, the PC will honor women who have helped break the many stereotypes they faced with “She-roes,” an exhibit in the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery.

For more information on either event, call Oribhabor at 936.294.1763


Back to top


Send Update Items Here

Please send information for the SHSU Update to the Office of Public Relations at SHSU. For electronic access to SHSU news see the public relations Web page Today@Sam.


Back to top


- END -

SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
March 20, 2005
Please send comments, corrections, news tips to

This page maintained by SHSU's Office of Public Relations
Director: Frank Krystyniak
Assistant Director: Julia May
Writer: Jennifer Gauntt
Located in the 115 Administration Building
Telephone: 936.294.1836; Fax: 936.294.1834