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SHSU Update For Week Of Nov. 12


Campus To Open For Potential Students Nov. 18

Prospective students and parents will have the opportunity to visit the Sam Houston State University campus to see what the university has to offer on Saturday (Nov. 18).

Saturday @ Sam, sponsored by the Visitor Center, will begin with check-in and parent coffee from 8-9 a.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, followed by an opening session from 9-11 a.m.

Throughout the day, students and their parents can meet with academic advisers at the university’s Student Advising and Mentoring Center, have academic sessions with two different colleges of potential majors, tour residence halls and the campus, attend an organizations fair, and get information from various departments on campus.

Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase throughout the day at the Johnson Coliseum concession stands. Lunch will also be available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Café Belvin for $5.40 and the Paw Print.

The next Saturday @ Sam will be held on March 24, 2007.

Registration forms, online registration, directions to the university and more information is available online at

More information may also be obtained by calling 936.294.1844 or e-mailng


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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. 15).The sixth "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 students who have applied for December 2006 graduation, including all bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

There will be a Destination Graduation T-Shirt giveaway, while supplies lasts, and freebies from the Registrar’s Office and many of the other departments.

For more information, contact Jennifer Guilliams at 936.294.1035,, or visit


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Carolina Prof To Give Economics Seminar

Stephen C. Miller, assistant professor of economics at Western Carolina University, will discuss his research on "Economic Beliefs, Intelligence, and Ability Bias: Evidence from the General Social Survey" on Thursday (Nov 16).

The lecture, part of the economics and international business department’s Fall 2006 Seminar Series, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Building Room 139.

Miller, whose research interests include the education, public, Austrian and public choice economics, joined the WCU faculty in 2006.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Towson University and his master’s degree and doctorate from George Mason University.

The event is open for all SHSU students, faculty and staff.

His paper can be downloaded at

For more information, call 936.294.1265.


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Organization, Guests To Discuss Internationalization

The International Student Organization will share different points of view on internationalization during a lecture on Thursday (Nov. 16).

Part of International Education Week, the event will be held at 5 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

“Often times, people have somewhat separated image about international students. Whenever people hear the word international, many will take that as (meaning) cultural stuff,” said ISO president Yonghwa Kim.

“I want everybody, both internationals and American students, to realize that introducing cultures is just the one way of promoting internationalization,” he said. “The real benefit of internationalization is exceptionally high but, with our current situation in SHSU, it is difficult to identify because of the low awareness.”

The conference will include Nobuaki Takayama, from Interesse International, Inc., sharing his perspective of the topic from the international corporate community member’s view, and a faculty member’s perspective through a presentation by Amir Fazlagic, a Fullbright scholarship recipient from the general business and finance department.

In addition, student opinions, taken from a survey, will be discussed, and Kim will discuss how the organization can support and be a bridge for these viewpoints.

“In the movement of globalization today, the goal of this organization is to support the University and shape new values within communities and students,” Kim said. “We are currently trying to move the university along with the movement of globalization.”

The ISO is a newly-established organization at SHSU that works closely with the Office of International Programs. The group is seeking prospective members from both the student body and faculty, according to Kim.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, call the International Student Organization at 936.294.3892.


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Speaker To Discuss Club, Volunteer Opportunities

Michelle McKinsey, from the Boys and Girls Club of Walker County, will discuss after-school programs that are offered to children in the Huntsville area and Walker County, through the Boy's and Girl's Club during the Non-Traditional Student Organization meeting on Tuesday (Nov. 14).

The meeting will be held from 1:45-3 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 319.

“We have a large majority of members who are parents, and single parents, who wish to be more informed about what the community has to offer in regard to child care assistance, especially due to the closing of Bearkitten Academy,” said Andrea L. Woodlief, NTSO business manager.

McKinsey will also discuss volunteer opportunities and ways for the non-traditional students to become more involved in the SHSU and Huntsville communities.

The Boys and Girls Club offers after-school programs to the children of Huntsville and Walker County, as well as volunteer opportunities for students who wish to become more involved, according to Woodlief.

The club offers enrichment for children and methods of learning, and gives the children a safe place to socialize and interact with other children after normal school hours, she said.

Anyone who would like to become a member of the NTSO may do so by visiting the group’s Web site, at

For more information on the Boys and Girls Club, contact McKinsey at 936.291.6054, and for more information on the NTSO, contact Andrea Woodlief at


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Photography Students To Show ‘Personal Narratives’

The works of students in Rebecca Finley’s Photography 363 class will be on display in the Lowman Student Center Gallery through Nov. 22.

“Personal Narratives,” named after the seminar class for photography majors, will include presentations of “one photograph from a larger body of work they have been developing throughout this semester,” according to Finley, who is an assistant professor of photography.

“A wide variety of subject matter is explored as students deal with issues ranging from death and mortality to spirituality and identity,” she said.

Students will also be graded on their presentations.

The artists featured the exhibition include Jamaal Bachelor, Leanne Bray, Shannon Donohue, Stacey Farrell, Jessica Hatch, Inga Howard, Samuel Isenhower, Joshua Jones, Willie Keener Jr., Patrick Kennedy, Leslie Lowe, Amanda Mahler, Kenneth Morton, Jennie Navarrete, Dustin North, Candace Powers, Jennifer Tumalad, Debra Voss, Gary Williams and Sarah Willy.

A reception will be held on Thursday (Nov. 16), from 5-7 p.m.

For more information, contact Finley at


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Music To Hosts Quartet Of Concerts

The SHSU School of Music will present wind, classical, jazz and horn recitals beginning Wednesday (Nov. 15).

That day, director of wind and percussion studies Matthew McInturf will lead the Wind Ensemble in a concert featuring the works of composer Vincent Persichetti at 7:30 p.m. in the Mance Park Middle School Auditorium.

“More than any other major American composer, Persichetti poured his talents into the literature for wind band,” said Patricia Card, SOM assistant chair.

Along with Persichetti’s three more popular works, the ensemble will also play Giovanni Gabrieli's “Conzona Per Sonare No. 2” and the lighthearted “Honey Boys on Parade” by Edward Cupero, she said.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and children, free for students, faculty and staff with an ID.

On Friday (Nov. 17), director of jazz studies and SOM associate chair Scott Plugge, playing the alto saxophone, accompanied by director of keyboard studies Sergio Ruiz on the piano, will perform a variety of late-19th and 20th Century pieces.

The classical saxophone concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Among the pieces the duet will play are Robert Muczynski’s “Sonata Op. 29,” Libby Larsen’s “Holly Roller” and Maurice Whitney’s “Introduction and Samba.”

On Nov. 20, the SHSU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Bands will kick off two pre-Thanksgiving concerts with a concert filled with swing, Latin and funk music.

The ensemble will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium.

Among the songs that will be performed are Arthur Herzog, Jr., and Billie Holliday’s “God Bless the Child,” featuring senior music major Brian Best on alto saxophone; “In Her Family” and “So May It Secretly Begin,” both by Pat Metheny; and Gordon Goodwin’s “Sing, Sang, Sung,” with guest faculty performer John Lane on drums.

SHSU horn students will perform a collage of solos and pieces for piano and horn on Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Recital Hall.

The horn studio recital will also include one large piece, entitled “The Grand Canyon Suite,” performed by the horn choir, according to associate professor of horn Peggy DeMers.

Admission is free for all three concerts.

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


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Library Faculty Discuss Survey Analysis At Conference

Newton Gresham Library faculty members, Ann Jerabek and Lynn McMain, both associate professors, recently presented a paper at the Brick and Click Symposium annual academic library conference.

“From Far and Near: Analysis of On-Campus and Distance Learning Students’ Responses to a Library Assessment,” analyses responses to a survey administered to over 2200 SHSU students in 2004, was presented on Nov. 3.

The paper was also co-authored by S. Thomas Kordinak, SHSU professor of psychology, who provided vital support for the statistical aspects of the survey, and Joe Hardenbrook, from the Staley Library at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., according to McMain.

Hardenbrook is a former SHSU Newton Gresham Library faculty member.

The Brick and Click Library Symposium is sponsored by Northwest Missouri State University in order to offer academic librarians a forum for sharing practical information, according to the organization’s Web site.
The peer-reviewed sessions provide a small, collegial atmosphere in which to discuss diverse topics, current issues and solutions.


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Speech Profs’ Articles Get Published

Three papers by two speech communications professors were recently accepted for publication.

“Communicating Dislike of Close Friends' Romantic Partners," written by speech communication assistant professor Shaungyue Zhang and a professor from Ohio State, appeared in a recent issue of “Communication Research Reports.”

The paper investigated how college students express dislike of a friend's romantic partner and how the disclosure may influence their friendship and the friend's romantic relationship, according to Richard Bello, associate professor of speech communication.

Another paper co-authored by Zhang was chosen to appear in an upcoming issue of “Communication Monographs,” the most prestigious of all North American journals in the field of speech communication, Bello said.

The paper, titled "Relational Communication in Computer-Mediated Interaction Revisited: Three Studies Comparing Participant-Observer Perspectives," examines people's impression formation processes in online settings.

It was also accepted for presentation at the Western States Communication Association's annual conference in Seattle in February 2007, where it will be given the top paper award for the association's Interpersonal Communication Interest Group.

In addition, Bello recently had a paper accepted for publication in an international communication journal, “The Journal of Pragmatics,” volume 38, 2006, pages 1430-1441.

“‘Causes and Paralinguistic Correlates of Interpersonal Equivocation’ is an experimental study and extension of the most prominent theory of the causes of equivocation within interpersonal settings,” he said. “It also established a profile of the kinds of verbal disfluencies that are most likely to accompany equivocal messages."


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Nov. 12, 2006
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