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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 15

University To Observe MLK Day

Sam Houston State University will be closed and classes will be dismissed, on Monday (Jan. 16) in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The university will re-open, and classes will resume as scheduled, on Tuesday.


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Students Get Last Shot For Influenza Vaccine

It is not too late to receive a free flu vaccine. The Student Health Center still has over 200 vaccines available while supplies last.

The American College Health Association recommends annual vaccinations for “college students at risk of complications from the flu such as diabetics, asthmatics or patients under certain immunodeficiencies, and any student who wants to minimize disruption of routine activities during epidemics.”

“A vaccination received in January will reduce the risk of developing influenza throughout the remainder of the flu season, which typically continues through March,” said SHC physician Dr. Tom Hill.

Students can receive the vaccine at the SHC between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Calling ahead to check for availability is recommended.

Students must read and complete the flu vaccine consent form prior to receiving the injection.

“Getting the flu at the beginning of a semester could take a toll on your courses,” said Michelle Lovering, health programming coordinator. “I encourage students to come in and get a free vaccine so that their semester can begin with a healthy start.”

For more information, call the center at 936.294.1805 or visit the Web site at


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Rec Sports To Hold Intramural Sign-ups, Officials’ Clinics

The Department of Recreational Sports will open registration for several spring intramural sports beginning Tuesday (Jan. 17).

Registration will be held for men’s, women’s and co-rec seven-on-seven soccer through Feb. 13; men’s and women’s racquetball doubles through Feb. 15; men’s and women’s basketball skills competition through Feb. 15; and men’s and women’s tennis doubles through March 1. The sign-up deadline is 5 p.m. for all sports.

Captain’s meetings for all events will be held on the last day of registration, at 6 p.m. in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 241.

Registration will end for men’s, women’s and co-rec five-on-five basketball on Jan. 23 at 5 p.m., with a captain’s meeting at 6 p.m., and for men’s, women’s and co-rec four-on-four flag football on Jan. 30 at 5 p.m., with the captain’s meeting at 6 p.m.

In addition, Rec Sports will host official’s clinics for those who want to officiate intramural sports.

The basketball clinic will be held Jan. 23, from 7-9 p.m.; Jan. 24, from 6-8 p.m.; Jan. 25, from 5-9 p.m. and Jan. 26, from 5-9 p.m.

The four-on-four flag football officiating clinic will be held Jan. 30, from 7-9 p.m.; Jan. 31, from 6-8 p.m.; Feb. 1, from 5-9 p.m.; and Feb. 2, from 5-9 p.m.

The seven-on-seven soccer clinic will be held Feb. 13, from 7-9 pm., and Feb. 15-16, from 5-9 p.m. both days.

Finally, a softball clinic will be held March 6, from 7-9 p.m. and March 7-8, from 5-9 p.m. on both days.
Those interested in officiating must attend all clinics, which will be held in HKC Room 241, for that specified sport.

For more information on any intramural sport or officiating clinic, call 936.294.1985.


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International Students, Friends To Gather For Coffee

The Office of International Programs will welcome students back to campus, and possibly the country, with an International Student Coffee Hour and Billiards event on Wednesday (Jan. 18).

International students, office volunteers and anyone who would like to meet SHSU’s students from abroad are welcome at the event, which will be held from 4-5 p.m. in the Kat Klub.

“It is an opportunity for relaxation and refreshments and meeting new friends,” said Donna Rogers, OIP coordinator of operations.

International Coffee Hour is held several times each semester, and the turn-out is generally “great,” with approximately 40 people attending each event last semester, Rogers said.

The Kat Klub is located on the first floor of the Lowman Student Center.

For more information, call 936.294.4737.


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Library To Give Profs Lesson On Plagiarism Tool

The Newton Gresham Library will teach professors the basics of Turnitin, a major plagiarism deterrent system, with two workshops in January.

“ is a database which compares submitted papers to millions of pages of Internet content and tens of thousands of previously submitted papers and materials on proprietary databases and reveals improperly duplicated material,” said Ann Holder, NGL director of library services. “ is the foremost anti-plagiarism tool available to educators."

The session will be held on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at 2 p.m. and again on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.
Both workshops will be held in NGL Room 157.

For more information contact Jess Nevins at 936.294.3587, 936.294.1599 or at


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Kat Klub Kicks Off Spring Tourneys With Hold’em

The Kat Klub will deal the first of many game tournaments beginning Wednesday and Thursday (Jan. 18-19) with a Texas Hold’em tournament.

The tournament, the winner of which will go on to compete in the tournament of champions April 19-20, will be held from 5-9:45 p.m. in the Kat Klub, on the first floor of the Lowman Student Center.

Also in January, the Klub will host a 9-ball billiards tournament, at 5 p.m. on Jan. 26. There is a $1 entry fee for the 9-ball tournament.

All tournaments are open to students, faculty and staff.

Other tournaments scheduled for the semester include blackjack, 8-ball billiards and table tennis, and a schedule for the spring can be found at

Klub hours for the spring semester are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, from 1-5 p.m.; and Sunday, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Gary Roark at 936.294.1722.


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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.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Jan. 15, 2006
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