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SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 24


Class Informing, Registering Students For Election

voter registration table
Students register to vote as part of the American Democracy Project's Fall 2006 Election Initiative. ADP will be set up in the Mall Area through Oct. 6.

The SHSU American Democracy Project, the Political Engagement Project and students in the introduction to collegiate studies class, SAM 136, are registering students to vote this November and providing election information as part of the ADP’s Fall 2006 Election Initiative.

Student volunteers and ADP members will be running voter registration tables through Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students must be registered to vote before Oct. 6 in order to participate in the election, according to Dana Grant, ADP steering committee member for ADP.

“The Initiative seeks to maximize college students’ participation in and exposure to the election process by encouraging student voter registration and distributing information about the November 2006 elections,” Grant said.

Election information will also be distributed Oct. 9 through Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The voter registration and election information tables are located in front of the main entrance of the Lowman Student Center.

For more information about voter registration and the elections, contact Tamara Waggener, assistant professor of political science, at 936.294.1466 or


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Office To Inform Students Of Rights, Liabilities

The Students’ Legal Services Office will teach students about their legal rights and risks in regard to criminal or any legal issues during a seminar on Tuesday (Sept. 26) evening.

Registration will begin at 5:45 p.m. for the program, which will begin at 6 p.m., in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

“Students will learn not only their rights as citizens, but also the risks they assume with particular behaviors associated with students living in a university atmosphere,” said Mohamed Dumbuya, student assistant.

“With an increased understanding of their rights and responsibilities, SHSU students will be able to make informed decisions regarding behavior that might impact their university career and even their future,” he said.

Former president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas Greg Gladden will discuss the rights of citizens when stopped, questioned, arrested or taken to a police station, as well as when police officers ask to come into a home or apartment that is not under the university’s jurisdiction; and Huntsville defense attorney J. Paxton Adams will discuss exercising your legal rights to help minimize the chances of conviction in criminal cases and when citizens need a defense attorney.

The Dean of Students’ Office will also discuss “Your Rights and Liabilities under the Students Code of Conduct at Sam Houston State University.”

After an intermission, with food and drinks provided, there will be a question and answer session and prizes will be given away. The event is expected to end at 8 p.m.

The first 200 students to sign up will receive a free T-shirt.

For more information, call 936.294.1717.


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Workshop To Bring Spirituality Into Counseling

Graduate counseling students and counseling professionals from schools and community agencies will have the opportunity to learn about the roles that religion and spirituality play in the lives of clients they serve during a workshop on Saturday (Sept. 30).

The event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m., will allow participants to earn up to six hours of continuing education credit and is also open to the public.

The workshop will include a lecture and activities, including the discussion of such topics as counselor self-awareness and self-exploration of spiritual beliefs; spiritually sensitive counselors; spirituality in a cultural context; and knowing one’s limits.

That afternoon, there will also be a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with religious and counseling professionals, including Joseph McGee, director of ministry at SHSU’s Catholic Student Center; the Rev. Rick Nance, senior pastor at St. Paul United Methodist in Huntsville; Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs at SHSU’s Student Advising and Mentoring Center; Jerry L. Terrill, director of counseling program for the Graduate School of Theology; the Rev. Howard Turnley, senior pastor at Disciples United Methodist Church in Houston; and the Rev. Patricia R. Williams, minister of congregational care and development for Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston.

The workshop will be held in Teacher Education Center Room 333, at 1908 Bobby K. Marks Dr., next to the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Participants can sign up and pay at the door.

The event is sponsored by the SHSU counseling program and the Beta Kappa Tau Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, SHSU’s counseling academic and professional honor society.

For more information, contact Carol Parker, associate professor in SHSU’s educational leadership and counseling department, at 936.294.4414, 713.703.0442 or by e-mail at


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AAI To Thank Designated Drivers

Designated drivers will be rewarded and students will learn about the newest benefits of taking on the role during the Alcohol Abuse Initiative’s “Have Someone For The Road,” on Thursday (Sept. 28).

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southpaw Dining Facility.

“All too often, students serve as the designated driver for their friends and don’t even get a thank you from them,” said Michelle Lovering, Student Health Center health programming coordinator and AAI member. “These are the students who are being responsible by caring for their friends, and they are keeping our roads safe.”

As a formal “thank you,” the AAI will give away prizes for students who stop by to tell about the last time they were a designated driver.

The AAI will also inform students about a new program that will be kicked off soon by the group and collaborating bar owners to provide incentives for students who choose to be designated drivers.
“We need energetic students to stop by our table and pose for photos to be a part of the program publicity,” Lovering said.

The event is 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. Through SWAAT, students earn prizes by attending events, which accumulate as students attend more programs.

For more information, contact Lovering, at 936.294.4347 or, or visit the AAI Web site at


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Health Center Offers New Insurance

The SHSU Student Health Center can treat all students’ routine health care needs, including laboratory tests and prescription medications, at minimal cost.

However, cases may arise that require specialty or emergency care services that cannot be provided by the SHC.

“In some cases outside testing, such as x-rays or special lab work is needed in order to evaluate a medical problem,” said Crystal Birdsong, SHC nurse practitioner. “Student insurance is very beneficial in these circumstances due to the expensive nature of diagnostic testing.”

While the majority of students at SHSU are covered under their parents’ private health insurance plans, the SHC is offering its own student health insurance for those who are not.

The new student health insurance plan, underwritten and administered by Academic Health Plans, offers coverage 24 hours a day, for both on and off campus, including hospitalization, surgery, x-rays and prescription services, as well as laboratory testing.

“The plan provides substantial protection against medical expenses,” said SHC Director Keith Lott. “Consequently, it reduces the chances of a student having to drop out of school so they can pay for their health care.”

It is estimated that college students incur $100 million to $300 million in uncompensated inpatient medical expenses alone annually without medical insurance, according Aetna, a leading health insurance provider.
“One visit to the hospital for illness or injury without insurance can cost several thousand dollars without being admitted,” said SHC physician Tom Hill.

All registered students taking six or more credit hours are eligible to purchase the plan for an annual rate of $645 and may also insure their dependents for an additional fee.

All international students are required to purchase coverage unless proof of comparable coverage is provided and a waiver obtained.

Every student at SHSU pays a medical service fee along with tuition, which allows students to receive free SHC office visits, only having to pay for laboratory, pharmacy and any special procedures and services.
Private insurance is not required when visiting the SHC.

Students must make their appointments either in person or by telephone up to one day in advance by calling 936.294.1805 or online at

For more information on the Student Health Insurance, visit or contact Academic Health Plans at 888.308.7320.


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Society To Host ‘Pizza With The Prof’

SHSU associate professor of history Rosanne Barker will serve as the guest speaker while students have dinner during the Walter P. Webb Historical Society’s “Pizza with the Prof” on Wednesday (Sept. 27).

The event will be held from 5-6 p.m. in Academic Building IV Room 307.

The society will host a variety of events throughout the semester including book and bake sales in the AB IV Olson Auditorium Lobby on Oct. 23-26 and Nov. 13-16, and shows movies about US history as part of the Sam Cinema Series every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. in the AB IV Olson Auditorium.

Other “Pizza with the Prof” events will be held on Oct. 18 and Nov. 29, from 5-6 p.m. on both days in AB IV Room 307.

The group meets on Wednesdays, from 506 p.m. in AB IV Room 307.

The Webb Historical Society is open to all students who are interested in history and different aspects of historical culture, such as learning pioneer skills, Dutch oven cooking, shooting blackpowder.

There is no grade point average requirement, but students must pay $10 in dues per semester.

Members participate in such activities as Huntsville’s Fair on the Square and Scare on the Square, costumed reenactments, and “having fun with history,” according to Crimm.

For more information, contact Caroline Crimm at or 936.294.1487.


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Clinic To Teach Horse Breaking

The SHSU Horseman's Association will teach people how to work with untrained, unbroken horses for riding and advanced maneuvers during its three-day colt starting clinic Friday through Sunday (Sept. 29 through Oct. 1).

Lifelong horseman Charlie Hill, from Arizona, will conduct the clinic, which will be held at Cowboy Country, at 637 FM 247.

“The purpose of the clinic is to provide professional hands-on experience to local horse owners as well as support for the SHSU Horseman's Association,” said Matt McMillan, equine program director.

The cost is $500 for those who want to bring a horse for all three days. Those who just want to watch can do so for $25 per day or $60 for all three days.

The clinic is open to the public and there is no sign-up deadline.

For more information, or to sign up, contact McMillan at or 936.294.1214.


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Music Faculty To Tune Up Concert Season

The School of Music will kick off the concert season with the annual Faculty Gala on Thursday (Sept. 28) at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The recital will feature music faculty members performing pieces ranging from serious to lighthearted, from Claudio Monteverdi to John Williams, according to Patricia Card, assistant chair of the School of Music.

Works for voice, woodwinds, strings and brass, including “Viktor’s Tale,” from the movie “The Terminal;” Gwyneth Walker’s “Raise the Roof;” and an original piece by music theory professor Trent Hanna, entitled “A Tiburon Panorama,” will provide something for everyone, according to Card.

In addition, the Fisher Tull Endowed Scholarship winner will be announced.

The competitive scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman music student based on a performance and interview with music faculty members, as well as Tull’s widow Charlotte Tull.

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


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Roth, Sever Present At NATO Terrorism Workshop

Mitch Roth, associate professor of criminal justice, and Marat Sever, graduate student from Turkey, recently represented Sam Houston State University at a NATO workshop on terrorism held in Washington, D. C.

On Sept. 8-9, the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at the American University and the Turkish Institute for Police Studies co-sponsored the NATO Advanced Workshop on "Understanding and Responding to Terrorism: A Multi-dimensional Approach."

Hundreds of representatives came from 20 different countries, Roth said, and organizations that included the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Roth and Sever presented a paper dealing with barriers to international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, such as languages and religions.

"There is growing agreement that efforts must be more multi-lateral and respectful of cultural differences," said Roth.


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Professors Participate In World-Wide Communication

Speech communication faculty members Mary Evelyn Collins and Deborah Hatton have been invited, and have accepted, to serve on the American Communication Association's board of directors for the upcoming year.

Other speech communication faculty members have also been active professionally, having papers competitively selected for presentation at this past summer's meeting of the International Communication Association in Dresden, Germany.

Two of the papers, both dealing with facets of relational repair among re-married couples, were co-authored by J. D. Ragsdale, Frances Brandau-Brown, and Richard Bello. One of these papers received an ICA Top Ten Award within the Interactive Session category.

A third paper, written by the same three authors along with Terry Thibodeaux, dealt with museums as forms of visual persuasion.

Also, Shaungyue Zhang had a paper accepted for presentation that concerned threats to the image of ourselves that we attempt to project to others, created by honest, hurtful messages in a romantic relationship.


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Sept. 24, 2006
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