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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 16


Firefest To Add Some Heat To Rivalry Game Week

The Office of Student Activities will ‘fire’ students up for the Battle of the Piney Woods with its annual spirit rally on Wednesday (Oct. 19).

Members of the SHSU marching band, cheerleaders and representatives from the football team, who will say a few words about the upcoming game, will all be on hand for Firefest, at 8 p.m. on Intramural Field 3.

“There will be lots of free food, games and giveaways,” said Christi Byerley, Student Activities student assistant.

Activities planned include Sumo wrestling, wax hands, bash-a-car, Sammy Buzzcuts, a quarterback challenge, a variety game, three-point shoot-out and slam dunk contest, as well as the bonfire, and fire show.

For more information, call 936.294.3861.


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MAES Vice President To Serve As Grassroots Speaker

Keith Marrocco, national vice president of operations for Mexican American Engineers and Scientists, will accept questions from students as part of the Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community speaker series on Wednesday (Oct. 19).

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

This semester’s discussion will follow a slightly different format, with a more question-and-answer type feel, though the speaker will be at liberty to add to or digress from the question, according to Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs for the Student Advising and Mentoring Center.

A reception, during which attendees can meet and chat with Marrocco, will immediately follow in the SAM Center, in AB 4 Suite 210.

The event is sponsored by the academic support programs of the SAM Center, the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program, the International Hispanic Association, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program, the NAACP, Women United and Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The Grassroots series was established in April 2003.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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Spirit Could Win Student Groups $100

Student organizations will have the opportunity to show who has the most school spirit and pick up a few bucks during SHSU’s volleyball game against Stephen F. Austin State on Tuesday (Oct. 18).

The game will begin at 7 p.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, where organizations should sign up to compete.

The group that is wearing the most orange and is the loudest will win $100 as the “most spirited organization.”

For more information, call spirit programs at 936.294.4239.


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SGA To Let Students Beef About Their Griefs

Have a beef with financial aid, intramural sports or anything else campus-related?

The Student Government Association will provide an outlet to vent those frustrations while offering up a Burger King Whopper with its annual “Beefs for Griefs” program on Tuesday (Oct. 18).

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

“Basically, if they give a grief, something they’re having problems with on campus, they will get a coupon to go down stairs and have a Whopper,” said Sarah Reed, SGA grievance committee chair. “We just get the questions for the people, and then we are going to try and solve the problems or find someone who can.”

Grievances will be accepted in written forms, which will be provided, including a name and telephone number, as well as a Sam ID number for the Dean of Students’ Office records, and are placed in a box.

“They won’t be read there (at the event),” Reed said.

Problems submitted often affect SGA legislation, and after they are solved or questions are answered, committee members will contact the person who submitted the inquiry to let that person know SGA has looked into their problem.

Reed said submissions should be as specific as possible and that they are expecting to hear about issues related to financial aid and intramural sports, as those kinds of problems have arisen in the past.

The committee won’t, however, be accepting parking-related issues, as those are generally out of their hands.

“Unfortunately parking issues aren’t something we can handle, at least not right now,” Reed said. “This next year, we’re not going to take parking issues at all, so we can get better feed back on things we can (handle).”

For more information, contact Reed at 936.294.1938 or


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Drive To ‘Give Gift Of Life’

The department of Recreational Sports will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday (Oct. 20), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Students will be set up in the LSC Mall Area Monday through Wednesday before the drive for anyone who wants to sign up for a time.

“We had a very successful blood drive last month, with 160-plus participants and six student organizations co-sponsoring the blood drive,” said Tina DeAses, assistant director of wellness programs. “We'd love to match or beat that number.

“The blood drive is really going to help out the American Red Cross right now,” she said. “With all the emergencies that have recently happened, blood is in high demand right now.”

For more information, contact DeAses, at 936.294.3658 or


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Center Focuses On Writing Right

The SHSU Writing Center will give students tips on writing thesis statements, citing correctly and proofreading during four workshops in the next two weeks.

On Monday (Oct. 17), Courtney Howe and Crissy Ayres will show students how to move from selecting a topic to defining a paper’s focus to writing a convincing thesis statement with “From Idea to Thesis Statement,” at noon.

On Wednesday, Internet sources and citation styles will be the topic for discussion with “Don’t Get Bit by the Internet: Correctly Quoting and Citing Internet Sources In the Humanities,” led by Brook Barnes and Melanie Machost, at 1 p.m.

Next week, on Oct. 25, Beau Walsh and Katie Magouirk will give “Proofreading Strategies” at 4 p.m.

Finally, on Oct. 27, Jennifer Rudolph and Katherine Echols will explain another citation format with “APA Citations: Don’t Get Kicked Out of the University,” at noon.

All workshops are conducted by graduate and undergraduate tutors and are held in the Writing Center, located in Wilson Building Room 114.

For more information, call the Writing Center at 936.294.3680.


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SAM Center Offers More Study Advice

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will teach students how to “study smart” with its second Study Skills Workshop series of the semester beginning Monday (Sept. 24).

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

Sessions will also be held at a variety of times to accommodate student schedules.
The first workshop series will last through Dec. 9.

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


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Morphew Reads Her Work At Poetry Fest

Melissa Morphew, associate professor of English, served as one of two guest poets at Houston's Twentieth Anniversary Poetry Fest, which was held Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-9.

Morphew read several poems from her soon-to-be released book, “Fathom,” for approximately 20 minutes on Oct. 9, at the University of Houston Downtown.

As a guest poet, which she was asked to serve as based on her reputation and publications, the Houston Poetry Fest will also publish her poem “The Thrill Seekers” in the 2005 Poetry Fest Anthology, she said.

Morphew’s participation in the festival also gave her exposure for other events. While at Poet Fest, she was asked to do a reading on Oct. 15 in the Barnes and Noble Woodlands Poetry Reading Series at The Woodlands Mall.

“I feel quite honored by the entire thing,” Morphew said. “The Poetry Fest was a lot of fun. I met a lot of wonderful Houston area poets and made some new friends.

“I hope to get my students to enter the contest next year and have some of them become juried poets for the festival,” she said. “This was the first I knew of it. Not being from this area, I am always discovering new and wonderful literary opportunities for myself and my students.”


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Watts Gives Talks In Turkey

richard watts and tunch erem
Watts (right), with Tunch Erem, president of Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey, during his visit to the country.

Richard E. Watts, professor and director of the Center for Research and Counselor Education, was one of three Americans invited to serve as a keynote speaker for the Turkish Psychological Counseling Congress Sept. 21-23.

Watts was invited by the Turkish Psychological Counseling Association to present a lecture and a workshop for the congress, held on the campus of Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey.

His keynote speech was titled “The Contemporary Relevance of Adlerian Therapy,” and the workshop was given on “Counseling with Toys: Basic Principles and Procedures of Play Therapy.”

Although Watts is a new faculty member at SHSU, previously teaching at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Kent State University and Baylor University, he is not new to SHSU.

He attended SHSU from 1976-1980 and received his undergraduate degree in music education in 1980 and returned “home” to teach this past fall, he said.

Watts has published over 70 professional articles and book chapters. His fifth book, “Adlerian Therapy: Theory and Practice,”the first Adlerian-oriented book ever published by the American Psychological Association Press, is due out in October.


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PC To Bring Laser Tag, Soul Food, Speaker To SHSU

The Program Council will host a variety of events this week, beginning on Tuesday (Oct. 18), when the Lowman Student Center Ballroom will be set up for laser tag from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Wednesday, the PC will pit student organizations against one another to see who can make the best “soul food,” with “Soul Food: Sam Style,” beginning at 11 a.m. in the Quad Area.

Finally, on Thursday, guest speaker and entrepreneur Steve Harper will share his insight for building a purposeful life by creating a culture of selflessness and reaping the benefits. The program, called “The Ripple Effect: Maximizing the Power of Relationships,” will be held at 2 p.m. in the LSC Theatre.

For more information about any of the PC events, call Jeff Oribhabor at 936.294.1763.


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Oct. 16, 2005
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