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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 13


S.W.A.A.T. Panel is Thursday

The semester is flying by, but there are still several opportunies for students to earn S.W.A.A.T. credit and free prizes. On Thursday, (Nov. 17) the Alcohol Abuse Initiative will host an alcohol victims panel, during which students, faculty, and staff members will speak about how alcohol has affected their personal and professional lives.

The panel members will talk about their experiences and how they have coped with their individual tragedies. Students in similar situations will be directed to health professionals on campus and in the community who can assist them. The presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

"This event will be an informal opportunity for students in the audience to share their personal stories and discuss coping strategies with each other," said Rosanne Keathley, who chairs the camus Alcohol Abuse Initiative Committee. "Any faculty member who wishes to send students for extra credit may do so and we will provide a sign-in sheet."

For more information, contact Keathley at 936.294.1171 or by e-mail. To view the remaining scheduled S.W.A.A.T. activities and learn about the S.W.A.A.T. program visit the Alcohol Abuse Initiative events schedule.


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Jeopardy! Champ To Serve As Presidential Speaker

All-time record-holding Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings will follow a line of lecturers that includes David Robinson, Dan Rather and Debbi Fields for the President’s Speaker Series on Tuesday (Nov. 15).

The discussion will be held at 11 a.m. in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium.

Appearing on the game show for over an unprecedented 70 times, he made television history as the “All-Time Top TV Game Show Winner in the World,” winning a record $2.35 million, and growing.

Later that day while at SHSU, Jennings will compete against two groups of students and faculty members in a “Can You Beat Ken Jennings” game-show challenge at 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

The President’s Speaker Series was created in January 2002 by James F. Gaertner, SHSU president, to introduce Sam Houston State University students, many of whom are first generation college students, to people who are living successful and principled lives. It is supported by a grant from long-time SHSU benefactor Lu Ellen Gibbs.


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Colloquium To Feature UH Professor

Hui Fang, from the University of Houston, will discuss the “Development of MgB2 Superconducting Wires for Electric Power Applications” at a Physics Colloquium on Thursday (Nov. 17).

The discussion will be held from 3-4 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 213.

For more information, call 936.294.1601.


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Trot To Give Winners Turkey, Mission Food

The Department of Recreational Sports will have students, faculty and staff “Turkey Trot” donations to the Good Shepherd Mission with its annual event on Wednesday (Nov. 16).

The non-competitive prediction walk will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., beginning in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

Rec Sports will give participants a map of the course on the day of the event, and before the event begins, that person must guess how long it will take them to walk the course. Whoever finishes closest to their estimated time wins, according to Tina DeAses, assistant director for wellness programs.

“We hope to promote walking, exercising and life-long fitness through a fun, non-competitive event,” she said.

The winning faculty or staff member will receive a turkey, a ham, a bag of potatoes, and a pie, while the student who wins will take home five hungry-man Thanksgiving meals and a pie, DeAses said.

All participants are asked to bring either two cans of food or $2 to enter, and all proceeds will benefit the Good Shepherd Mission. Participants can sign up on the day of the event.

Last year’s trot was cancelled due to the weather, but the first year’s event had about 25 participants, according to DeAses.

“This year we are hoping to make it bigger and better since we have so much community involvement,” she said. “Local businesses have given us great raffle prizes, and we are really looking forward to having lots of food to donate to the Good Shepherd Mission.

“Everyone has a chance to win something with our raffle,” DeAses said. “It should be fun and we hope this will kick-start some walking programs with different SHSU faculty, staff and students.”

For more information, call DeAses at 936.294.3658 or stop by the Recreational Sports Department office in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104.


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Former Associate Dean To Give Talk

William Powell, former associate dean of SHSU’s Student Life department, will share his roots on Wednesday (Nov. 16) as the next “Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community” speaker.

Powell served in the position from 1972-1987.

The discussion will be held at 5 p.m. in Academic Building 4’s Olson Auditorium.

A reception will immediately follow in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, located in AB4 Suite 210.

The event is sponsored by the SAM Center’s academic support programs, the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program, International Hispanic Association, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., the NAACP, Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Women United.

For more information, call 936.294.4444.


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Office To Prepare Students For ‘Destination Graduation’

The Registrar’s Office will give upcoming graduates a one-stop ‘destination’ where all their questions can be answered on Wednesday (Nov. 16).

The third “Destination Graduation” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Departments from across campus will be on hand to answer such questions as “Where do I go for the ceremony,” “Is there anything else I need to do,” or “What do I do after graduating?”

“We just want to offer students a way to find out what is going on so that there are no surprises at the end of graduation,” said Maria Busby, assistant registrar.

The event is open to all December 2005 graduating students in the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.

Door prizes, such as Wal-Mart gift cards, tanning certificates, a free game of golf and pizza, will be given out, and there will be games throughout the event.

“We know that students love free stuff, and we encourage all graduating students to stop by and have their questions answered and grab some freebies,” said registrar assistant Tiffany West.

A big turnout is expected due to he growing number of students that attended in the spring and the more than 1,000 degree candidates this semester, according to Busby.

For more information, call 936.294.1040 or visit


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Prospective Students To Check Out Sam On Saturday

SHSU will open its doors for potential students to check out the campus and have questions answered on Nov. 19 with the fall Saturdays@Sam.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a check in and parent coffee in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, followed by the opening session at 9 p.m.

Students and parents will then visit the college of their first and second academic choices for a major from 9:45-11:45 a.m.

At 11 a.m. at the Coliseum, the Office of Student Activities will sponsor an organizations’ fair, and the Enrollment Management division will have a help desk where event-goers can talk to representatives from the Admissions Office, the Army ROTC, the Bearkat OneCard Office and Career Services.

Over 40 lenders will be at the Health and Kinesiology Center, across the street from the Coliseum, as well as the First Year Experience, the Honors Program, orientation, the Registrar’s Office, Residence Life from noon to 2 p.m.

Other activities slated for the day include a residence halls open house, 40-minute campus tours, and a tour of Gibbs Ranch for prospective agriculture students.

Lunch wil also be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at both Café Belvin, which will cost $5.40 for all you can eat, and the Paw Print, located in the Lowman Student Center.

Another Saturdays@Sam will be held on March 25.

Registration forms are available online at or to print out and mail in the registration form, visit

For more information on the event, visit


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Jazz Ensemble To Jive At Old Town Theatre

The SHSU Jazz Ensemble will give audiences a “rip roarin’ time” at a concert on Tuesday (Nov. 15), according to music theory and composition area coordinator Trent Hanna.

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Town Theater.

Songs slated for the concert include “Minuano,” the Pat Metheney chart; a jazz standard “Lullaby of Birdland;” “A Time for Love,” featuring student trombonist Sean Nelson; the “West Side Story Suite” arrangement of the classic; and “What is Hip?” a “rockin’ funk chart,” Hanna said.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.


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International Students To Converse At Dinner

The Office of Multicultural International Student Services will host a free dinner and conference for international students on Tuesday (Nov. 15), as part of International Education Week, held Nov. 14-18.

The event will be held at 5 p.m. on in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The purpose of the conference is to open dialogue between the MISS Student Council and SHSU’s international students, to learn what programs and activities the international students would like to see offered on-campus, according to Donna Rogers, Office of International Programs coordinator and international student adviser.

Reservations are required and can be made at or by calling 936.294.3878. Seating is limited to 50.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States, according to the government Web site.


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Gwyn To Give Art Talk Nov. 17

Californian artist Melissa Gwyn will discuss her paintings, which are currently on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, on Thursday (Nov. 17), at 4 p.m. in the art auditorium, in Art Building E Room 108.

“The paintings in this exhibit are part of a 14-year investigation of the subject of molecular biology, the forms of still-life, decoration and abstraction,” Gwyn said. “ In my work, I use ecstatic color and detail to attract and hold the viewers attention.

“Good craft in painting, like a flirt’s craft with language, becomes a tool for beginning a relationship with the viewer,” she said.

Gwyn’s paintings are on display along with the works of three other very talented artists: Anne Mondro, Anthony Pontius and Bryan Ritchie, according to slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, located in Art Building F, will stay open after Gwyn’s presentation for the audience to view the exhibit, which is open to the public and will be on display until Nov. 17.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from noon until 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Davenport at 936.294.1317 or by e-mail at


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Students Read French Poetry For National Week

Six SHSU students in Shirin Edwin and Mary Gutermuth’s French classes were selected as winners in the department’s “Concours de Poesie,” or poetry reading contest, held in conjunction with National French Week.

Intermediate and advanced prize winners included Karly Pavlicek, who read “le Pont Mirabeau” by Guillaume Apollinaire; Tatiana Gonzalez, who read “L’Hymne a la Beaute” by Chalres Baudelaire; and Deniz Goloulal, who read “Dejeuner du matin” by Jacques Prevert.

Elementary level winners included Michelle George, who read “Le Ciel est par dessus le toit” by Paul Verlaine; Katie Foster, who read “Bord” by Michel Deguy; and Daniel Barto, who read “Correspondances” by Charles Baudelaire.

All participants received prizes donated by the Swiss Consulate; TV5, a French commercial channel; and foreign language faculty members.


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PC To Provide ‘Clear Images,’ Golf Lessons

The Program Council will give students a crystal clear image of themselves and a lesson in golf through two events beginning Monday (Nov. 14) with “Clearly You: Crystal Imaging.”

The event will give students a chance to receive a crystal with an image of his or her face created by lasers. Co-sponsored by the art department, the event will begin at 9 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Atrium.

On Tuesday (Nov. 15), the PC will have a general meeting in LSC Room 320 to discuss upcoming programs. Food will be provided.

Finally, the group will host “Caddy Shack: A Lesson in Golf” at noon on Thursday (Nov. 17) in the LSC Ballroom.

For more information on any of these events, contact Jeff Oribhabor at 936.294.1763.


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CJ Students Compile ‘Valuable Resource’

A book by two SHSU graduate students was recently published by The Office of International Criminal Justice.

Virginia T. Wilson, a master’s student and research assistant to the dean of the College of Criminal Justice, and Daniel J. Mabrey, a doctoral student and director of SHSU’s Institute for the Study of Violent Groups, worked together to write “Intelligence in Plain View: Symbols, Logos, Markings, And Non-verbal Clues Suggesting Involvement in Domestic Extremism, Illegal Gangs, And Illegal Drug Activities,” a manual that consolidates information exposed to law enforcement personnel and other criminal justice practitioners.

The book, which has been called a “rational and easily accessible format to assist criminal justice professionals to become more effective and safe in doing their respective jobs,” by the Texas Corrections Association, identifies various organizations affiliated with supremacy, militias, gangs and terror groups, among others.

It also provides information relating to gang affiliation, membership in extremist groups and illegal drug related activities, not unlike those working in law enforcement or criminal justice one would encounter in a daily routine.

In addition, it contains a comprehensive collection of images, logos, symbols, slogans, symbolic-jargon, slang, tattoos, stickers, decals, phrases and non-verbal clues associated with such groups.

“In ‘Intelligence in Plain View,’ Wilson and Mabrey have produced a valuable resource for criminal justice professionals,” a review from the Texas Corrections Association said. “Law enforcement agencies, adult and juvenile probation departments, parole offices and agencies engaged in the delivery of human services would benefit by having their employees become familiar with this publication.”

The book came out in May 2005.


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Nov. 13, 2005
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