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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 12


Enrollment Continues To Break Records

Sam Houston State University’s 2006 spring enrollment is 14,411, a new spring semester record and an increase of 766 students, or 5.6 percent, over the 2005 spring enrollment.

The spring increases were similar to those reported last fall, when a record fall enrollment of 15,364 was reached. University enrollments are typically smaller for spring semesters than fall semesters.

Spring figures show increases in almost all categories of students: 15.5 percent in beginning freshmen, 5.4 percent in returning/transfer freshmen, 14.9 percent in sophomores, 5.9 percent in juniors, 4.2 percent in seniors, almost 6 percent in graduates, and 11.4 percent in doctoral. Post graduate/unclassified declined by almost 200 students, or 40 percent.

This spring there are 67 beginning freshmen, 2,425 returning/transfer freshmen, 3,038 sophomores, 3,147 juniors, 3,640 seniors, 1,563 graduates, 296 post graduate/unclassified, and 235 doctoral students.


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Ring Order Days To Begin Feb. 14

Students with over 75 credit hours completed will have the opportunity to order their official class ring with Ring Order Days, Tuesday through Thursday in the Lowman Student Center Atrium.

Orders can be placed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, and those students who order rings during the month of February will be eligible to participate in the Ring Ceremony in April.

The popularity of SHSU class rings has increased since the inception of the official ring and ring ceremony, according to assistant director for Alumni Relations Emily deMilliano, adding that almost 600 participated in the second annual ceremony last spring.

“To ensure your order is included in the April 6 Ring Ceremony, I encourage any interested students with more than 75 hours to go by and visit with the representative,” deMilliano said.

For more information on purchasing a class ring, or the ring itself, visit the SHSU Official Ring Web site at or call 1.866.BALFOUR.


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Art Major Exhibits 'Robots And Slow Motion'

The works of junior art major Daniel McFarlane will be on display in the Student Organization of Fine Arts Gallery through Feb. 24.

A public reception will also be held for "Robots and Slow Motion," a collection of McFarlane's paintings, at 7 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 16).

The SOFA Gallery is located in Art Building A.

For more information, contact McFarlane at 281.433.1128.


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Reading Center Moves To Farrington

The Reading Center's new home is "like heaven," according to Wally Barnes, director of the center.

The move from the old Wilson dormitories to the Farrington Building began last Monday (Feb. 6), and the center is expected to be complete by Monday (Feb. 13).

"The new building is marvelous," Barnes said.

Students who want to use the Reading Center during the transition period can call 936.294.3114 to confirm that the services they want are available.


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Leadership Conference Deadline Nears

Derek Greenfield, a national diversity speaker, will discuss “Confronting Ourselves: Making Cultural Competence a Reality” as one of the many programs and activities slated at the 2nd annual Diversity Leadership Conference on Feb. 24-25.

The conference, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services, is geared toward making people more aware of diversity, according to MISS program coordinator Jennifer T. Roberts.

“Last year’s conference was a success and this year it is going to be even better.” said DLC chair LaQuita Hancock.

Highlighted speakers will include Mack Hines, assistant professor in the educational leadership and counseling department; Given Kachepa, a student at Stephen F. Austin State who was selected by Teen People Magazine as one of the “20 Teens Who Will Change the World”; and Rita Watkins, executive director of SHSU’s Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute of Texas, as well as Greenfield as the keynote speaker.
In addition, the event will include over 25 interactive workshop sessions on such topics as white privilege, disability etiquette and leadership.

Regular registration is open for all SHSU students, faculty and staff, and until Wednesday (Feb. 15) for $20. Registration for members of the surrounding community is $45.

Registration fees include four meals, entertainment, prizes, workshops, T-shirt and much more.

For more information, call 936.294.DVST or e-mail


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Kolkhorst To Speak At Teachers’ Conference

Chair of the Texas House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Education and State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst will be a guest speaker at the East Region of the Texas Association of College Teachers’ spring conference on Saturday (Feb. 18).

The conference, open to all faculty members, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Teacher Education Center Room 153.

Discussions will also involve legislative issues that should be part of TACT's agenda in 2007.

In addition, Don Freeman, associate professor of economics, will discuss the consequences of the costs of higher education, and Keri Rogers, director of the First Year Experience Office, will address successful communications strategies with the current generation of college students.

Registration is $20, including lunch, and can be paid at the door; however, reservations are required through Debra Price at 936.294.1135 or


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Businesses, Camps Seek Summer Interns, Counselors

Over 35 companies, including the Target Corporation, Cingular Wireless, CAMP TV Media, Inc., and a slew of camps will all be visiting the SHSU campus on Wednesday (Feb. 15), for the Summer Camp and Job Fair, sponsored by Career Services.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Camps, such as Camp Olympia, Camp Tejas, Deer Creek Adventure Camp, Sea World Adventure Camp, Victory Camp, YMCA Camp Cullen and Camp Arrowhead, among others, will be looking for temporary help through the summer, according to employment specialist Vinessa Mundorff.

In addition, other companies will be looking for internships, with the hopes that students will work for them after graduation, she said.

Students are encouraged to bring numerous copies of resumes, dress professionally and wear a smile.

For more information, contact Lena Munn at 936.294.1713.


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‘Tartuffe’ To Tell Story Of Hypocrisy, Greed

SHSU’s department of theatre and dance will bring a 17th century play into modern times with its rendition of “Tartuffe,” beginning Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 15-18).

Show times are 8 p.m. each day, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, in the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage Theatre.

“Tartuffe,” directed by department chair Penelope Hasekoester, confronts deception, hypocrisy and greed, as the imposter Tartuffe, posing as a prominent religious figure, becomes more than merely a guest in Orgon and Elmire’s household, and soon outstays his welcome.

The cast includes SHSU theatre and musical theatre majors Jeff Barba, Veronica Polo, Mike Sims, Cadien Dumas, Michelle Vanegas, Cody Hinson, Garrett Graham, Christie DeBacker, T.J. Chasteen, Rick Olvera, Scotty McCarrey, Amber Sortino, A.J. Salazar, Molly Ball, Glen Philip and Rocky Bobbitt.

The assistant director is theatre major Karen Roberts and the stage manager is theatre major Lindsey Luker.

Designers are theatre majors Richard Chamblin, lights; James Arrington, costumes; and theatre faculty member Gregg Buck, set.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens and SHSU students with a valid ID. Group rates are also available.

The show contains adult content; therefore, no children under the age of three will be admitted.

For more information, or for reservations, call the UTC Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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Music To Showcase Faculty Talent

The School of Music will showcase five of its faculty members and give the community a preview of materials to be performed at an upcoming convention with its Faculty Brass Quintet performance on Monday (Feb. 13).

SHSU musicians Randy Adams and Steve Warkentin, playing trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn; Peggy Demers, playing French horn; Henri Howey, playing trombone and euphonium; and Robert Daniel, playing tuba will all be featured at 6 p.m. in Music Building Room 202.

“This concert will consist of material we will be presenting at the Texas Music Educators Association convention on Feb. 17,” Adams said. “The program will feature contest pieces for various levels of student brass players from middle school through advanced high school students.”

Pieces they will perform will include original brass quintet music and transcriptions by Bach, Adson, Pezel, Greig, Calvert, Jones, Ewald, Bernstein, Dahl and SHSU’s own Fisher Tull, as well as an arrangement by Howey “of the lively and extremely technical Goedicke Concert Etude,” according to Adams.

“There's something for everyone in this recital,” he 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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SAM Center To Give Grad School Info

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will give students considering graduate school all of the information they need with an information night on Monday (Feb. 13).

The presentation, which will include a question-and-answer session, will be held from 5-6 p.m. in the SAM Center, located in Academic Building 4 Room 210.

“The Graduate School Information Program is designed so that students may ask questions regarding graduate school,” said Gerri Johnson, SAM Center graduate assistant. “Items such as financial aid, an application timeline and letters of recommendation will be covered.”

To sign up for the program or for more information, e-mail or call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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OIP To Host V-Day Coffee, Billiards

The Office of International Programs, along with the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services, will host a Valentine’s Day International Coffee Hour on Tuesday (Feb. 14).

The event, which allows students to play billiards for free for an hour, will be held from 4-5 p.m. in the Kat Klub, located on the first floor of the Lowman Student Center.

“It’s just a wind-down time for them (international students) to visit with friends they already have and meet some other international students they haven’t met before,” said Donna Rogers, OIP coordinator of operations.

“One of the main goals is to integrate them (international students) into the regular campus community so that they will have an opportunity to meet other students as they come in,” she said.

Refreshments will be served, and the event is open to all students, faculty, staff and “anybody who would like to come and get better acquainted with some of our international students,” she said.

“The International Coffee Hour and other events sponsored by OIP and MISS are part of our effort to internationalize our campus,” Rogers said.

For more information, call 936.294.3892.


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Art Department To Reveal ‘A Mysterious Clarity’

“A Mysterious Clarity,” an exhibition of paintings by three landscape artists with very different artistic backgrounds, will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery through March 9.

Ray Burggraf, Mark Messersmith and Lilian Garcia-Roig, who all teach painting at Florida State University, all see Florida in different ways, yet have a shared response to the fragility of nature, as well as a common respect for its mystery, beauty, and power, according to slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

Burggraf, who moved to Florida in 1970, creates colorful designs that appear to be free-flowing abstractions that were created spontaneously in a burst of inspiration, Davenport said.

Meticulously crafted by hand and painted in acrylic on shaped wood with aluminum supports, his works are primarily about the ever-changing light and atmosphere of the ocean in the southern latitudes as well as the abstract colors and shapes of the tropics.

Messersmith, who moved to Florida in 1985, creates “eccentric large-scale canvases (that) are filled with intense action that spills over into attached boxes and carvings,” Davenport said.

Painted realistically with deft brushwork in lush oil, his works describe a landscape still dominated by animals and plants trying to survive.

“In Messersmith’s mythological world, human activity seems to be just another animal joining the fray,” Davenport said.

Garcia-Roig, who moved back to Florida in 2001, usually paints on-site and works all day in dense forest spaces.

“In her work, the viewer feels surrounded by foliage even when viewing the paintings from a distance. Up close, the abstract qualities of her painting style are apparent through her use of texture,” Davenport said. “She often squeezes paint straight from the tube for an extreme effect.

“Her technique reveals a drive to maintain an intimate connection with both the act of painting and how it feels to submerge oneself in nature,” she said.

A reception will be held on Thursday (Feb. 16), from 5-7 p.m., in the gallery. Burggraf will attend the reception and give an informal gallery talk.

Hours for the gallery, located in Art Building F, are Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. and will be open until 7 p.m. on the night of the reception.

For more information, contact the art department at 936.294.1315.


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MISS To Address Interracial Dating

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services will look at love from a different perspective with its Interracial Dating Program II, on Wednesday (Feb. 15).

The event will be held at 2 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 320.

The event allows students, faculty and staff to voice their opinions on this timely topic through "agree,” “disagree,” and “neutral" cards.

A guest speaker will also lead a discussion at the event, which has previously been held twice on campus, with a successful turnout, according to MISS program coordinator Jennifer T. Roberts.

“The interracial dating program is one of the most anticipated events for the Office of MISS,” she said. “I encourage everyone to come early, because the seats get filled quickly.”

For more information, call 936.294.3878.


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LEMIT Series Draws Chronicle Attention

The Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas recently held its second Texas Police Chief Leadership Series Crisis Intervention Techniques conference, addressing the issue of how officers should handle people with mental illness.

The topic, discussed Jan. 23-27, is a new subject recently mandated by the Texas Legislature and received special attention during the session, according to Jana Richie, who is in charge of development and publications for LEMIT.

CIT advocates Patsy Gillham, her sister Stennie Meadours, and their brother Stann Sterling, all driving forces in the passing of the Bob Meadours Act, attended the CIT training block, Richie said.

“We continue to meet such memorable folks along this pathway of healing,” Gillham said.

The event also attracted the Houston Chronicle, which had a writer and photographer sit in on the class, Richie said.

LEMIT hosted the TPCLS pilot program, offering the first state-mandated CIT training to Texas police chiefs in September 2005.

Entitled “The Bob Meadours Act, S.B. No. 1473,” the class was taught by Houston police officer Frank Webb.

The CIT program consists of 16 hours of de-escalation and crisis intervention techniques to facilitate interaction with persons with mental impairments. This training is being delivered during the current TPCLS two-year training cycle that began Sept. 1, 2005, and ends Aug. 31, 2007.

For more information on the TPCLS curriculum, training dates and training sites, visit the LEMIT Web site at


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Feb. 12, 2006
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