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SHSU Update For Week Of April 22


Reception To Officially Open Visitor, Alumni Center

The Visitor Center and Alumni Relations offices will show off their new home on Friday (April 27) during the Visitor and Alumni Center grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m.

University president Jim Gaertner, Alumni Relations director Charlie Vienne and Visitor Center director Joey Chandler will speak at 4:30 p.m., when the ribbon cutting ceremony with the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce will be held.

The come-and-go reception, which will be held until 5:30 p.m., will include ice cream and other refreshments, music and an appearance by Sammy the Bearkat.

In addition, the first 300 people will receive free gifts.

For more information, contact Maggie Collum, special events coordinator for the President’s Office, at or 936.294.3415.


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Rec Sports To Ante Up Poker Walk

All bets are on as SHSU students, faculty and staff walk across campus and stop by four department booths for the annual Poker Walk on Wednesday (April 25), hosted by the Department of Recreational Sports.

Participants will be ‘dealt’ in from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

After stops at the Student Activities, the Counseling Center, the University Wellness Committee, and the Office of the Vice President of Student Services booths, participants will return to the beginning, where their hands will be revealed.Prizes will be awarded for the best team spirit, best hand and the “Maverick Award.”

In addition, prizes such as T-shirts, mugs and SHSU apparel will be raffled off.

For more information, call Tina De Ases at 936.294.3658.


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Retirement Reception To Be Held For Lukaszewski

This May, political science professor Witold Lukaszewski will say goodbye to SHSU after 37 years of service.

In honor of his retirement, as well as his work at SHSU, the political science department will host a reception for Lukaszewski on Wednesday (April 25), from 3-4:30 p.m. in Austin Hall.

Lukaszewski, who taught on the topics of U.S. international relations, foreign policy and central European and post-Soviet area studies, was named a Piper Professor in 1992.

For more information, call the political science department at 936.294.1457.


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Former ‘Country Campus’ To Receive Historical Marker

A ceremony to place a historical marker on the property once owned by Sam Houston State University and known as the Country Campus is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday (April 27).

The marker will commemorate the site as one of the first prisoner of war camps built in the United States During World War II. The event is sponsored by the Texas and Walker County historical commissions.

The plaque that will be placed at 3299 Highway 19 reads: "Camp Huntsville was one of the first prisoner of war (POW) camps built in the U. S. during the war. On this site on September 18, 1942, construction was completed. Built to house 3,000 POWs, the camp had more than 400 buildings. The first POWs, members of Germany's Afrika Korps, arrived in the spring of 1943. By October of that year the camp's population peaked at 4840. As a large base POW camp it administered eight branch camps.

“Late in the war, Huntsville's status changed and it became a branch camp for Camp Hearne. In September 1945, the camp's German POWs were sent to Camp Hearne in preparation for the arrival of a small group of Japanese POWs before their return to Japan.

"The camp closed on January 5, 1946. Later that year the government transferred more than 800 acres and 405 buildings to Sam Houston State Teachers College for use as a Country Campus."

The property is now privately owned.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Country Campus Baptist Church.


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Roundtable To Discuss Future Of Homeland Security

Executive director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council Daniel Ostergaard will visit the SHSU campus on Monday (April 23) for the “Future Of Homeland Security Roundtable,” sponsored by the Criminal Justice Center and the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups.

The discussion will be held at 6 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center’s Kerper Courtroom.

Moderated by the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups director Daniel Mabrey, the discussion will also include Richard Ward, associate vice president for Research and Special Programs and former dean of the College of Criminal Justice; and Steve Young, a clinical faculty member in CJ and ISVG associate director for collection.

Ostergaad, who was appointed to his position on the advisory council in July 2004, provided advice and recommendations to the former and current secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff.

He has previously served as the liaison for Homeland Security and Criminal Justice in Washington, D.C., for the executive office of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the State of Florida.

He has also worked closely with other state and local governments and private industry to create partnerships and share best practices.

The discussion is open for all SHSU faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the Huntsville community. Questions and comments from the audience will be allowed at the end of the program.

For more information, call 936.294.3317.


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Trade Commissioner To Discuss US, Canadian Relations

Rod Johnson, consul and senior trade commissioner of Canada, will discuss “U.S.-Canada Trade Relations” on Tuesday (April 24).

The event, part of the College of Business Administration’s Global Business Lecture Series and sponsored by the management and marketing department, will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Business Building Room 186.

Johnson, who works for the Canadian Consulate General in Dallas, joined the Trade Commissioner Service in 1972. The Trade Commissioner Service is the foreign-service arm of Canada’s federal Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce.

To date, he has served with the Canadian High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand; the Canadian Embassy in Moscow; the Canadian Consulate General in Los Angeles, Calif.; the Canadian Embassy in Prague, Czechoslovakia; and the Canadian Consulate General in Düsseldorf, Germany; among others.

Johnson graduated with a B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Alberta.

For more information, contact Irfan Ahmed, in the management and marketing department, at or 936.294.1276.


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Professor To Discuss Paper For Economics Seminar

Derek K. Kellenberg, assistant professor of economics at Georgia Institute of Technology, will present his paper "An Empirical Test of the Pollution Haven Hypothesis with Strategic Environment and Trade Policy" on Thursday (April 26).

The lecture, part of the SHSU economics and international business department’s Spring Seminar Series, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Business Building Room 133.

Kellenberg joined the Georgia Institute of Technology faculty in the fall of 2004.

He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Colorado and his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, Salem, Ore.

Kellenberg’s specializations are in the fields of international and environmental economics, with particular interests in international environmental policy, the theory of multinational firms and investment in public goods, according to his Web site.

His two current lines of research are focused on the channels through which infrastructure development influences domestic industry, multinational investment decisions, and trade flows, as well as developing empirical tests of the pollution haven hypothesis.

For more information on the seminar, or to download a copy of Kellenberg’s paper, visit


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Program To Honor Seniors, Chairs With Ice Cream

The Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program will host a Honors Faculty and Student Ice Cream Social on Tuesday (April 24).

The event, which will recognize seniors in the program as well as honors thesis chairs, will be held from 1-3 p.m. in Austin Hall.

The social is open for all faculty members.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact the Honors Program office at 936.294.1477 or


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SHSU To Auction Property April 28

SHSU will host a public auction on Saturday (April 28) beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the property warehouse in the Sam South Complex, at 2424 Sam Houston Ave.

Items will be sold, “as is, where is,” piece by piece or in lots to the highest bidder.

Some auction items include office furniture, typewriters, televisions, refrigerators, tables, fax machines, chairs, file cabinets, copiers, bicycles, audio/visual equipment and an ice machine, among many others.

In addition, a 2002 Ford Crown Victoria and 1992 Chevrolet Lumina van will be auctioned off.

Vehicles can be removed the day of the sale if paid by cash, or check with original current bank letter of credit guaranteeing payment. Otherwise, vehicles will be held for 10 working days to allow check clearance.

Cash or checks will be accepted with proper identification.

All items, except vehicles, must be removed after the sale until 2 p.m. or 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. the following week.

For more information, call Wayne Frosch at 936.294.1903 or 936.294.1908.


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Chemistry Awards More Than 40 Scholarships

The chemistry department recognized its students during its annual awards ceremony on April 17 in the first floor and foyer of the Chemistry and Forensic Science Building.

Scholarship recipients included Krista Baldys, who received the James C. Stallings Scholarship; Katie Rothlisberger, who received the Ray E. Humphrey Scholarship; Stephanie Banuelos, who received the Jeffrey E. Zagone Scholarship; Jessica Berry and Jenna Sassie, who received Chemistry Alumni Scholarships; Ashley Pipkin, who received the Jason L. Moore Scholarship; and Steven Doss, who received the Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry.

Receiving chemistry academic scholarships were Victoria Alfaro, Charity Béhérec, Allison Burns, Wei Chang, Jeneé Farrar, John Fecco, David Gillaspie, Brittney Gonzalez, Amanda Henneke, Jacob Jones, Shamah Lloyd, Kristen Mack, Garret Marek, Sarah Martin, Ami Massenburg, Sharla Miles, Rebecca Montes, Kathy Navasard, Trisha O’Bryon, Jennifer Quinton, Laurie Raesz, Donald Ramirez, James Spurlin, Ranson Stillwell, Andelyn Weyerman, Emily Young and Somiyeh Zalekian.

Receiving Robert A. Welch Fellowships for research to be conducted this coming summer were Patricia Chapela, James Fox, Shannon Gross, Christine Henry-Smith, Casie Jupe, Shamah Lloyd, Ami Massenburg, Hudson Pace, Laurie Raesz, Sajini Randeniya, Michael Towler and Emily Young.


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Chemistry Profs Present At Waco Conference

Several SHSU chemistry faculty members attended the 110th Texas Academy of Science Meeting held in Waco in March.

Benny E. Arney, Jr., presented two papers: “Photochemistry of 2,2-dimethyl-1,2-dihydronaphthalene oxide,” which was co-authored by Tiffani Thompson, William Donaldson and Rick C. White; and “Authentic sample preparations associated with the photochemistry of indene oxides and dihydronaphthalene oxides,” which was co-authored by Tiffani Thompson and William Donaldson.

Paul A. Loeffler presented “Evaluation of nickel(II) cation in the ammonia recovery process,” which was co-authored by Mahesh Paladugu.

Finally, Darren L. Williams presented “Assignment of the UV/VIS spectra of nitroanilines using electron density difference maps,” which was co-authored by Bassam Alnasleh.


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April 20, 2007
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