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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 9


Fall Enrollment Continues To Reach New Heights

For at least the fifth consecutive year, Sam Houston State University’s fall enrollment has grown to a new record.

The 2005 fall semester count is 15,364, a 993 student increase from last fall, during which time that number accounted for one of the largest enrollment jumps in the university’s history.

This number is unofficial until the official numbers are tallied for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which receives its report sometime after Nov. 2, said Rita Caso, director of Institutional Research.

Leading SHSU’s population are the freshmen, making up slightly over 24 percent of the student body with 3,729 students; followed by 3482 seniors; 3014 juniors; and 2977 sophomores.

Graduate students account for 1,630 of SHSU’s students, with the remainder of the population classified as post baccalaureate (280) and doctoral students (252).


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Denim Day To Raise Funds For Breast Cancer

October marks National Breast Cancer Month, and the SHSU Student Health Center is encouraging students, faculty and staff to participate in Lee National Denim Day-the world’s largest single day fundraiser for breast cancer on Friday (Oct. 14).

“ Breast cancer does not discriminate; it strikes the very young as well as the elderly,” said Crystal Birdsong, SHC nurse practitioner. “It is important to start screening early by doing self breast exams.”

As part of Lee National Denim Day, students, faculty and staff are invited to wear denim or pink apparel to work or class in exchange for a $5 donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Whether you choose to donate or not, Denim Day is about awareness of breast cancer,” said Michelle Lovering, SHC health programming coordinator. “I hope this day will encourage students, faculty and staff to seek out more information that may help prevent or improve outcomes for this disease.”

Lee National Denim Day is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a fundraising goal of $10 million, a goal to which SHSU is working hard to contribute, Lovering said.

Those who wish to participate may drop off donations at the SHC through Oct. 14, or visit the Denim Day table in the LSC Atrium between 10-2 p.m. on Friday. Donation pick-ups can be arranged for departments if necessary.

Cash, checks and money orders will be accepted. Checks should be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and donation receipts are available upon request.

For more information, contact Lovering at 936.294.4347 or


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Counseling Center To Screen For Depression

According to a 2004 survey by the American College Health Association, nearly half of all college students report feeling so depressed at some point that they have trouble functioning, and 15 percent meet the criteria for clinical depression.

Because of this, the SHSU Counseling Center will sponsor a Depression Screening Day for students on Tuesday (Oct. 11), from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“ This program is designed to provide information about the signs, symptoms and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and postpartum depression,” said Counseling Center secretary Sherrill McDowell. “It gives individuals the opportunity of find out if they may be suffering from one of these disorders by taking a written screening test and discussing the results with a mental health professional.”

After students fill out the free and anonymous screening, which takes approximately 15 minutes, a counselor will do an evaluation of their answers.

“ If the counselor deems that they (the student) need to come back, they will make that recommendation for the student,” McDowell said. “Then we will set up an appointment for the student if they wish to come back.”

Major depression affects nearly 20 million adults in the US in any given year, with an estimated one out of four young adults experiencing a depressive episode by age 24 years.

Depression, which affects people in all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups, runs in families, and females have depression twice as commonly as males.

No appointment is necessary for the screening, and students should allow about 45 minutes for the whole process.

The Counseling Center is located in Lee Drain Building’s north annex. For more information, call 936.294.1720.


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Dances@8 To Benefit Student Scholarships

Dance majors and non-majors will showcase their talents at the Dances@8 concerts on Tuesday and Thursday (Oct. 11-13), at 8 p.m. all three days in the Academic Building 3 Dance Theatre.

The performances are produced by Chi Tau Epsilon, the SHSU dance honor society and are all student choreographed.

The shows generally include a variety of dance genres, such as hip hop, jazz, lyrical and modern.

Admission is $5 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Chi Tau Epsilon scholarship fund.

For more information, call the dance department at 936.294.1875.


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Fair To Educate Job Seekers About Potential Positions

Almost 80 school districts and regional services from around the state will be on hand for the Fall Teacher Job Fair 2005 on Wednesday (Oct. 12). The fair will be held from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Some of the participating school districts will include Dallas, San Antonio, Galveston, College Station, Brownsville, Nacogdoches, Huntsville and Round Rock, as well as many Houston-area schools such as Aldine, Alief, Humble, Klein and Spring.

Those looking for a teaching job, including alumni and students, are encouraged to bring numerous copies of resumes and dress professionally.

In addition, free copies of the “Job Search Handbook for Educators” will be distributed, and door prizes will be given away.

For more information, call Career Services at 936.294.1713 or visit their Web site at


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Garner ‘Distinguishes’ Himself On UHCL’s Wall Of Honor

Randy Garner, associate dean and professor in the College of Criminal Justice, will be honored as one of the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s 2005 distinguished alumni at the 2005 UHCL Alumni Celebration on Saturday (Oct. 15). The celebration, which coincides with the alumni association’s 25th anniversary, will be held at the Lakewood Yacht Club on NASA Parkway.

A portrait of Garner will also be unveiled at a private reception on Oct. 14, after which it will permanently be displayed on UHCL’s Wall of Honor.

Garner graduated summa cum laude from UHCL in 1986, with a Bachelor of Science in psychology, and also received his Master of Arts in psychology in 1989 from UHCL.

He began his policing career in 1976, working at all levels of command, including Pearland’s Chief of Police.

An honors graduate from both the 139th FBI National Academy and the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, he is also a certified forensic hypnotist, was licensed as a Texas polygraph examiner, was a master instructor in the police academy and was a certified firearms instructor.

After earning his doctorate, Garner served on the faculty of the University of Houston and was the associate director of behavioral medicine before coming to SHSU in 1996, where he has continued to remain active within the College of Criminal Justice.


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Hart Reception Rescheduled For Oct. 24

The College of Business Administration will host a retirement reception for Sara Hart on Oct. 24, from 2-4 p.m. in Austin Hall.

Hart began her career at SHSU in 1965, teaching a niche course in office administration.

Witnessing COBA grow from a department with a few courses to the college it has become, Hart developed courses in the discipline, publishing her research in 40 journals, and serving as a consultant and presenter in over 48 workshops.

In addition, she has served both the university and community through various committee work, such as Sam Houston’s 200th Birthday Bicentennial Celebration committee, overseeing Martin Anisman’s inauguration and investiture receptions for Bobby K. Marks and James F. Gaertner, and supporting the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and the historical Wynne Home restoration.

Special remarks will be made during the reception at 3 p.m.

For more information, call COBA at 936.294.1254.


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Theatre To Get ‘Exonerated’

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will give audiences a glimpse of their 2005-2006 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival entry with “The Exonerated,” Wednesday through Saturday (Oct. 12-15).
Show times are 8 p.m. all four days, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

“ The Exonerated” is based on the real stories, told by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, of six people who are wrongly convicted, put on death row and then exonerated.

Composed of interviews, investigation files and letters, the audience hears the characters’ stories and gains insight in to their struggles while facing execution.

The cast includes SHSU theatre and musical theatre majors Katie Clark, Bernard Davis, Lacy Williams, Conner Bartley, George Oliver, Greg Hall, Ariana Cook, Steven Chambers, TJ Chasteen and Garett Graham.

The play is directed by SHSU theatre faculty member Tom Prior, with students Tasheena Miyagi and David Deveau serving as assistant stage managers and theatre major Bekah Harris serving as stage manager.

Designers are theatre majors Anthony Rose, set; JC Coughlin and Megan Erskine, sound; and Richard Chamblin, lights. Theatre faculty member Kristina Hassen is the costume designer and staff member Larry Routh is the technical director.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, with group rates available. The show contains adult content, and children under the age of three will not be admitted.

For reservations, or more information, call the University Theatre Center at 936.294.1339.


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Donation To Give New Program Scholarships

A recent donation by the Houston chapter American Society of Industrial Security will benefit the students of an upcoming Master of Science program in the College of Criminal Justice.

ASIS president Darin Dillon presented a check for $9,133 to CJ Dean Richard Ward at the group’s monthly meeting in August, specifying that the funds go toward scholarships for the newly approved master’s degree in security studies, a program that will formally begin in 2006.

“ We are pleased that ASIS-Houston is supportive of our educational programs, and we look forward to working more closely with the chapter as we implement this important new degree in the field of security studies,” Ward said.

The degree will offer two tracks, in the areas of private security and national security. The broad educational objective of the program is to prepare managers and future leaders who are better qualified to address the growing demand for security specialists.

For more information on the program, call the College of Criminal Justice at 936.294.1635.


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Oct. 9, 2005
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