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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 8


Health Center To Provide Flu Shots For Students

The Student Health Center will offer free influenza vaccinations to students on Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 11-12) in the Lowman Student Center Atrium.

Students must complete the influenza vaccination consent form, which can be printed from the SHC Web site, and bring the form with them in order to expedite the vaccination process. Students will be required to show their SHSU ID.

“The SHC administers the influenza vaccine to students every year,” said Keith Lott, director of the SHC. “We want to reduce their risks of getting the flu and missed class days due to illness.”

The flu shot Trivalent, an inactivated influenza vaccine, has been available in the United States since the 1940s, according to the Center for Disease Control Web site.

Viruses in the inactivated influenza have been killed, so you cannot get the flu from the flu shot.

“I hear stories every season about friends or family members who supposedly got the flu from the vaccine, but the truth is that the most that a person might get is a little soreness in the arm where the shot is given,” said Michelle Lovering, SHC programming coordinator.

However, protection against the flu develops at least two weeks after getting the flu shot. Until then, you are still at risk for the flu.

“Students with existing medical conditions should receive the vaccination,” said Tom Hill, SHC medical doctor. “The vaccine aims to decrease the severity and spread of the virus,” he continued.

Vaccines will be available to students on a first come, first-served basis. Additional vaccine doses will likely be available at the beginning of November.

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


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Teacher Job Fair Gathers 75 Districts

More than 75 school districts from across the state will be seeking qualified educators during Career Services’ Fall Teacher Job Fair on Wednesday (Oct. 11).

Representatives from schools and districts of all sizes, including Shepherd, La Grange, Needville, Brenham, Huntsville, Dallas, College Station and many Houston-area schools will be at the fair, which will be held from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Johnson Coliseum.

Students and alumni are encouraged to dress professionally and to bring numerous resume copies.

Students may also research school districts and their career opportunities, as well as access to a list of Web site addresses, in advance through the “Career Events” link on “Jobs 4 Kats,” at, which requires registration.

A full list of participating school districts, which is updated regularly, can be found at

For more information, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Raven Run To Race Participants Of All Fitness Levels

Runners and “future Bearkats” will race for prizes during the Department of Recreational Sports’ Raven Run on Saturday (Oct. 14), as part of SHSU’s homecoming activities.

The race will begin with a one-mile fun run for children at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Health and Kinesiology Center, followed by the 5K race and a one-mile walk at 8 a.m., that will take participants through campus.
Awards will be given for the fastest male and female participant in the five different divisions: alumni 5K, student 5K, faculty and staff 5K, 5-7 year old fun run and 8-12 year old fun run.

The cost to participate is $7 for students and children and $7 for faculty, staff and alumni. The first 20 to register will receive free T-shirts, which will also be sold for $5.

Sammy, Samantha and Aerokat will shoot the gun to start the races and cheer on participants.

Prizes will include bags filled with such items as free personal training sessions, free guest passes to the HKC, workout bags and towels, and other items.

Pre-registration will be held until Friday (Oct. 13), though day-of registration will also be held for an additional $1 cost. Day-of registration will be held from 6:15-7:30 a.m.

For more information, call 936.294.1985 or visit the Recreational Sports Web site, where you can download a course map and registration forms, at


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Dean Of Students Office Seeks ‘Who’s Who’

Faculty, administration and staff members who would like to recognize outstanding students for the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges must turn in nominations by Tuesday (Oct. 10).

Selection for Who’s Who is a distinction intended only for top-ranking students, and selections should be made based on academic performance, citizenship, service to the institution and responsible participating in extracurricular activities, according to John Yarabeck, interim dean of students.

Those nominated must also meet the following criteria: at least a junior in standing by the beginning of the current semester, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and currently be enrolled for at least 12 hours.

Transfer students must have at least two long semesters at SHSU with a total of 30 semester hours, and graduate students must have an undergraduate degree from SHSU and be presently enrolled for nine hours, with the exception of assistant instructors who are teaching a full load of six hours and enrolled in six hours.

There is no limit to the number of students one may nominate.

Nominations should be made by including the students’ names, SamID numbers and local mailing addresses and should be submitted to the Dean of Students Office, in Lowman Student Center Suite 215.

For more information, call 936.294.1785 or e-mail


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Archaeologist To Discuss Town Excavation

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A scene from the San Felipe de Austin excavation site.

In honor of archeology month, professional archaeologist Marianne Marek will discuss the excavations at San Felipe de Austin on Wednesday (Oct. 11), at 7 p.m. at the Katy and E. Don Walker Education Center Auditorium.

Marek is the principal investigator for the San Felipe de Austin project, which is attempting to uncover the town that was completely burned in1836 by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna.

Located in Austin County, San Felipe served as the capital of Stephen F. Austin's Texas Colony of the 1820s and 1830.

Founded in 1824, the town served as the political, social and economic center of Austin's Colony, and at the time it was burned, consisted of more than 45 buildings and 600 residents.

Yet little evidence of this history remains, and San Felipe has been largely overlooked as an historic site of great significance to Texas, according to the Web site for the Fort Bend Museum Association, which is one of six organizations working on the project.

Because the town was destroyed, archeology is key to understanding the town’s history and discovering tangible evidence of it useful in telling San Felipe’s story.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Walker Education Center is located at 1402 19th St.

For more information, call the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.1832.


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Fraternity To Place New Flags At Houston’s Grave

The SHSU Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity will present new American and Texas flags to fly over Gen. Sam Houston’s gravesite in Huntsville during a public ceremony on Wednesday (Oct. 11).

The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. at the gravesite, located in the Oakwood Cemetery at the intersection of Avenue I and 9th Street.

ATO undergraduates and alumni will present the flags to state and local dignitaries who are scheduled to attend, including State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, Huntsville mayor J. Turner and Huntsville city councilman Mac Woodward, from Ward 2.

Other members of the city council are also scheduled to participate, along with representatives of the Texas Historical Commission, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Sons of the Republic of Texas and Sam Houston State University.

“The members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Sam Houston State University recently became aware of the deterioration of the American and Texas flags flying over Sam Houston’s gravesite,” said chapter spokesman Herman Harris. “By donating these new flags, the members of Alpha Tau Omega want to show the proper respect for our university’s namesake while giving back to the community.”


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Colloquium To Feature Texas Tech Prof

Physics professor Mahdi Sanati will discuss the "Density Functional Theory And Its Application In Alloys" on Thursday (Oct. 12).

The lecture will be held from 3-4 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 105 as part of the Physics Colloquium, sponsored by the department.

For more information, call 936.294.1601.


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Faculty Musicians To Sing, Play For Recital

Two musicians from the School of Music faculty will perform a range of pieces during a recital on Tuesday (Oct. 10).

The performance, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, will feature Christopher Michel, assistant professor of voice, and Jay Whatley, assistant professor of piano.

The recital will open with “Six Songs” by Johan Sibelius, a Finnish composer who was very popular in the United States and England at the turn of the century, followed by “Fetes Galantes II” by French composer Claude Debussy.

Debussy's works are often called impressionistic—“a style of composition designed to create descriptive impressions by evoking moods through rich and varied harmonies and timbres,” according to Patricia Card, School of Music assistant chair.

The recital will conclude with “To Julia” by Roger Quilter.

“Quilter, born in the United Kingdom in 1877, wrote many beautiful songs for the voice,” Card said. “The song cycle, ‘To Julia,’ is dedicated to Gervase Elwes, a leading tenor of his time who died in a tragic train accident in Boston in 1923.”

The concert is free of change and open to the public.

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


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Tri-Beta To Induct Members, Tutors Biology Students

The Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society will induct approximately 25 new members during its initiation ceremony on Monday (Oct. 9), at 6:30 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 220.

A reception will follow, during which refreshments will be served.

Members of SHSU’s Delta Tau chapter are very involved on campus, according said Carlye Schulte, Tri-Beta public relations officer.

The group currently offers free biology tutoring for all non-advanced biology coursework on Tuesdays, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 144; on Wednesdays, from 2-3 p.m. in LDB Room 125; and also on Wednesdays, from 3-4 p.m. in LDB Room 308.

Other activities Tri-Beta sponsors include the Tri-Beta Biology Bowl, which pits professors against one another Jeopardy! style; an annual Science Saturday for local fifth graders; book sales and silent auctions with items collected from professors on campus; and this year, the organization will host the next annual South Central Region District 2 Tri-Beta Conference at the University of Oklahoma’s Biology Field Station at Lake Texoma, according to Schulte.

Members also volunteer at the local animal shelter and participate in other community services.

SHSU’s Delta Tau Chapter was installed on March 5, 1965. One of the original faculty charter members, Everett Wilson, still teaches at SHSU.

To be invited into Tri-beta, students must be a biology major, minor or pursuing an environmental science degree and have a “B” average in biology coursework.

For more information on the tutoring project, contact Jeff Wooley, Tri-Beta academic liaison, at, and for more information on the organization, contact Schulte at


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Degree Applications Due Wednesday

Students who anticipate graduating May 2007 are to file degree applications by Wednesday (Oct. 11) in the Registrar’s Office.

Students also may apply online through Sam Web, at

The Registrar’s Office is located on the third floor of the Estill Building.

For more information, call 936.294.1040.


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Association To Sponsor Open Horse Show

The SHSU Horseman’s Association will host its first Open Horse Show on Saturday (Oct. 14), beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Cowboy Country.

Twenty-three classes will be open for competition in four categories—halter, performance, leadline and youth walk/trot pleasure—as well as for youth and novices.

The show is open to all horses, no matter what breed or type of registration.

Participants must bring Coggins papers, issued by a veterinarian to certify that their horse is disease free.

“The term 'open horse show' indicates that this show is not a breed registry sanctioned show such as the American Quarter Horse Association or American Paint Horse Association,” said Matt McMillan, director of SHSU’s equine program.

“Many people are interested in open shows because they tend to be cheaper to show in and they also may not feel as intimidated to show in an open show,” he said. “Also, some people have nice horses that may not be registered, so this gives them an opportunity to show their horse.”

Many people have expressed interest in a show of this nature, and McMillan said the experience would be invaluable to Horseman’s Association members because it would provide a learning opportunity for how to prepare and conduct horse shows.

“We are expecting a big turnout,” he said.

Four custom-made belt buckles will be awarded to high point winners, and awards will also be given to reserve, grand and reserve halter, leadline and youth walk/trot 10 and under awards.

Entry fees are $8 for novice and youth classes, $10 for open classes and $5 for office charge/exhibitor. Only cash will be accepted for payment.

Proceeds benefit the Horseman’s Association for funds to travel to judging competitions and national events.
Cowboy Country is located at 637 FM 247 in Huntsville.

For more information, contact McMillan at 936.294.1214 or


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CJ Prof Named SWACJ President

Willard M. Oliver, associate professor of criminal justice, was elevated from 2nd vice president to president of the Southwest Association of Criminal Justice on Sept. 29 during the group’s annual meeting in Fort Worth.

Oliver will hold the office of president for one year, until the next conference, in October 2007 in Corpus Christi.

Oliver came up early as the 1st vice president retired and decided to step down from his leadership role.
The SWACJ is a regional association affiliated with the national criminal justice association - the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

In addition to serving as SWACJ president, he, along with CJ associate dean Wes Johnson, serves as a co-editor for the SWACJ journal, the “Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice.”


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Oct. 8, 2006
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