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SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 3


Faculty, Staff Mentors Sought

The Dean of Students’ Office is seeking faculty and staff members to serve as mentors for freshman students through the fall and spring semesters.

The Freshman Learning About Sam Houston program matches mentors and students at random, though in some cases, pairs are matched by special skills, needs, major, hobbies or interests.

Mentors provide support and encouragement to freshmen as they adjust to college life, answer questions and discuss problems, according to Mary Ellen Sims, assistant dean of students and coordinator of the mentor program.

“The amount of time required is not great, but the rewards can be outstanding for our new students,” Sims said.

Students and mentors meet periodically and will be invited to special events at which they can interact throughout the year. Matching will be completed by mid-September.

A reception, the first activity scheduled, will be held on Sept. 20 from 2:30-4 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 320.

For more information, contact Sims at 936.294.3026,, or in the Dean of Students' Office, in Lowman Student Center Suite 215.

More information can also be found at the FLASH Web site, at


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AAI Two Host Climbing Events

The Alcohol Abuse Initiative will give students two opportunities to “get high” and learn about alcohol-free ways to have fun with events beginning Tuesday (Sept. 5).

That day, the SHSU Army ROTC and the AAI will have the rock-climbing wall set up in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area to show students how they can “get high” without drugs or alcohol, according to AAI member and Student Health Center health programming coordinator Michelle Lovering.

On Sept. 14, the AAI will team up with Recreational Sports to host “Vertical Happy Hour With Free Mocktails” from 5-7 p.m. at the Recreational Sports’ Rock Climbing Wall, in the Health and Kinesiology Center.

During happy hour, fees normally associated with the Rock Climbing Wall are waived for all students, faculty and staff.

Free non-alcoholic cocktails will be served and students can learn about all the activities Rec Sports offers throughout the semester, Lovering said.

Both programs are part of the AAI’s Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training program, an educational series aiming to increase awareness of alcohol abuse issues among students.

“The first six weeks of the semester is identified by the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse as a high-risk period, particularly for incoming freshmen,” Lovering said.

Prizes are awarded at each SWAAT event, and the more activities students attend, the more prizes they receive.

“The prizes will get better as they come to more,” Lovering said. “We keep track of their attendance with SWAAT cards, which they can pick up at the first event.”

For more information, contact Lovering at, at 936.294. 4347 or visit the AAI Web site at


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Alumni Association Charters Bus For SMU Game

The SHSU Alumni Association is offering Bearkat fans the opportunity to hitch a ride to the first road tailgate party when the football team takes on Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Sept. 16.

The sign-up deadline to ride on the 55-seat charter bus is Wednesday (Sept. 6). The cost for the bus ride is $30.

The bus will depart from the Bowers Stadium parking lot at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday for the 5 p.m. pre-game tailgate party. The game will begin at 7 p.m.

In addition, the Alumni Association will offer packages for the tailgate party, the bus trip and a game ticket for $60 per person.

Individual tickets are $30 for the bus ride, $15 for the tailgate party and $15 for the game ticket.

The SHSU alumni tailgate area will be set up in front of Moody Coliseum, on the corner of Binkley and Airline, on the SMU Campus.

Tailgate packages and individual tickets for other football road trips this season may be purchased at, as well as by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 936.294.1841 or by e-mailing Jessica Cates at before next Sept. 6.

To view the complete 2006 alumni tailgating schedule, visit the alumni Web site at


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Retirement Reception To Be Held For Carlow

After 34 years of service to Sam Houston State University’s Finance and Operations division, Charles R. Carlow retired as business manager on July 31.

A reception will be held in Carlow’s honor on Monday (Sept. 11), from 2-4 p.m. in Austin Hall.

For more information, call Debbie Birdwell at 936.294.1017.


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Education Music Specialist To Give Workshops

Gervacio Brondial, an internationally-known elementary music education specialist, will discuss “Kodály with a Dalcroze Touch” during two clinics on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 8-9).

Brondial, an assistant professor of music at Cal State Long Beach, will talk about music concepts used with elementary school students, a topic which may interest teachers as well as musicians, according to Kathy Daniel, assistant professor of music.

“It will be technical, but non-musicians will be able to understand,” Daniel said.

The first session will be held from 6:30-9 p.m., and the second session will be held from 1-4 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Music Building Room 201.

While the “informative and entertaining” workshops are two separate sessions, the second session will be a continuation of the first; therefore, Daniel recommended that participants attend the first session if they are only planning to attend one of the two, she said.

The cost is $25 per session and is free for students.

For more information, contact Daniel at or 936.294.1367.


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Group To Host Development Opportunity

The Sam Houston Student Council for Exceptional Children will offer education majors the opportunity to obtain one hour of professional development credit during its first meeting on Monday (Sept. 11).

Attendees will receive a certificate for earning one hour of professional development credit, which is needed by education majors as a course requirement for certain education classes, according to SCEC President James Williams.

“If a member has no class that requires professional development credit for completion, then we encourage them to put it in their portfolio and share their involvement with employers and other relevant parties,” he said.

The meeting is open to all majors, even those outside of the College of Education.

“We definitely want more non-special education majors because they usually benefit the most from our meetings,” Williams said.

Pizza, cookies and drinks will be served at the meeting, which will be held from 5-6 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 320.

SCEC is an education organization designed to promote the special education profession and advance the lives of individuals with exceptionalities, Williams said.

For more information, contact Williams at or call 832.452.3155.


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Outdoor Rec To Take ‘Mystery,’ Fishing Trips

The Department of Recreational Sports’ Outdoor Recreation division will offer a trip for the adventurous and a “Fall Gulf Getaway” during the month of September.

On Sept. 23, Outdoor Rec will give participants a surprise with its Equinox Mystery Trip.

“At the pre-trip meeting, you will be given instructions as to where to show up and what to bring, but you won’t know where you’re going or what you’ll be doing until you get there,” said Stephen Thompson, Rec Sports assistant director for Outdoor Recreation.

“The trip will have a theme or central mission—think Survivor meets the Amazing Race—but you won’t need any special skills to participate,” he said.

The cost of the trip is $5 for students, $10 for faculty and staff and $15 for guests.

A weekend on the Gulf of Mexico and camping at Galveston State Park is planned for Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 that will include deep sea fishing, surfing, kayaking or relaxing on the beach.

The cost for the Fall Gulf Getaway is $40 for students, $45 for faculty and staff and $50 for guests.

The sign-up deadline for both trips is Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Rock Climbing Wall desk in the Health and Kinesiology Center, and a mandatory pre-trip meeting will be held at the Climbing Wall the Wednesday evening before the trip.

For more information, call 936.294.3656 or e-mail


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SAM Center Offers Study, Grad School Advice

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will teach students how to “study smart” with its Study Skills Workshop series beginning Sept. 11. 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.

A second series will begin Oct. 23 covering the same material.

On Sept. 12, the SAM Center will host one of three Graduate School Seminars to discuss the application timeline and hints regarding letters of recommendation, writing a personal statement and financial aid.

Time will also be reserved for a question and answer session.

Other grad school information nights will be held Oct. 3 and Nov. 13.

Space is limited, and students must call or stop by the SAM Center to sign up.

For more information, e-mail Gerri Johnson at, call 936.294.4444 or visit the SAM Center, in Academic Building 4 Room 210.


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Grad Student Wins $7,500 Business Scholarship

Sam Houston State University graduate student Rebecca Jewell was one of 15 students across the state to be named a recipient of a $7,500 Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation scholarship.

Jewell and the other recipients will be honored at a luncheon at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston on Oct. 26.

The scholarship is awarded to students working towards their master’s degrees in business administration at Texas colleges and universities,

"Each one of these 2006 scholarship recipients personify the values that the hall of fame most hopes to perpetuate: entrepreneurial spirit, integrity and personal drive to make the most of themselves and the community around them better places to live,” said foundation chairman Carter Overton. “These students are gaining the final touches to their formal education that will allow them to compete, contribute and thrive in this new increasingly interconnected Global Market Place."

The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization of 75 directors who are business leaders from cities throughout the state.

The organization recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of Texas business leaders, perpetuates and inspires the values of entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity and community leadership in all generations of Texans by inducting honorees at an annual dinner, publicizing their accomplishments throughout the state and providing financial support for business education in Texas.

To date, the hall of fame has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to students pursuing a business education at Texas’ leading institutions of higher learning.

Students seeking a scholarship from The Texas Business Hall of Fame must be nominated by the dean of their Master of Business Administration school, maintain a 3.5 grade point average or better, have completed at least one semester in an MBA program and demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit.

For more information, contact the TBHF office at 713.993.9433 or visit


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Kelley Takes Education Outside The Classroom

Stanley Kelley with bull
Stanley Kelley (far right) teaches the proper skeletal design of cattle during one of his lab classes.

Stanley F. Kelley, associate professor of animal science, utilizes all available resources to enhance his animal science courses.

In a recent lab, Kelley used a bull to not only illustrate the proper skeletal design of cattle but also demonstrate the action of the skeleton when he puts the animal in motion.

He uses actual bones acquired from the SHSU meat science laboratory to illustrate the placement of bones on the live animal, identifies the joints with paint and then connects the painted joints with painted lines to show how the skeleton looks on the live animal.

One of the advantages of using this as a teaching method is that as the animal walks the student is able to visualize the location of the bones by watching the painted skeleton on the animal and then observe how the animal’s bones actually function while in motion, according to Kelley.

“This method of demonstrating skeletal design has been a very effective way to explicitly explain skeletal function to students rather than using pictures or videos,” he said.

He also uses specific bones from retail cuts of meat, so his audience can comprehend where specific steaks and meat products are removed from the animal when fabricating cattle for beef.

Kelley has been an invited speaker to various livestock programs and short courses to discuss this topic with this unique teaching technique and states that this live animal demonstration has been popular with audiences of both young and old.

“My effectiveness as a teacher is effortless when you are an animal scientist and have a resource like Gibbs Ranch,” he said, adding that he and his colleagues consider Gibbs Ranch as their living classroom and laboratory. “With the available livestock at the ranch it is very easy to develop creative teaching methods.”


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Sept. 3, 2006
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