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SHSU Update For Week Of April 29


Semester Comes To An End

The spring semester will come to a close on Thursday (May 3).

There will be no classes on Friday for the final exam study day, with final exams being held May 7-10. Residence halls will close at noon on May 11.

To see the final exam schedule, visit

Commencement ceremonies will be held at 6 p.m. on May 11 for the College of Education, at 10 a.m. on May 12 for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Business Administration, and at 2 p.m. on May 12 for the Colleges of Criminal Justice and Humanities and Social Sciences. All ceremonies will be held in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Speakers for the three ceremonies will be Eduardo Sanchez and Rob Eissler.

Students may sell their textbooks back to the Barnes and Noble University Bookstore from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 10 in the Lowman Student Center Atrium.

In addition, from May 7-10 the bookstore will buy textbooks in front of the Newton Gresham Library and between the Lee Drain and Farrington buildings.

A student ID is required when selling textbooks.


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Physics To Give Final Glimpse Of Spring Skies, Orion

The physics department will host its final showing of the “Spring Skies and Orion” planetarium series on Friday (May 11).

The series, which shows attendees which constellations, stars and planets they can expect to see in the upcoming weeks, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Planetarium, located in Farrington Building Room F102.

The program aims to increase public awareness and interest in the field of astronomy, according to Michael Prokosch, staff aid for the physics department and SHSU alumnus who also teaches elementary school at Lansberry Elementary in Trinity.

The show will last approximately one hour and will include a tour of the winter constellations and the department’s prearranged movie, "Orion," specifically formatted for viewing on a dome-shaped screen.

The Planetarium, which seats up to 29 visitors, includes a dome that is approximately 18 feet in diameter and more than 20 feet high in the center, Prokosch said.

“Essentially a time machine, the planetarium's projector can show how the night sky appears to an observer at any point in time from any place on the earth, from 100,000 years in the past, to 100,000 years into the future,” he said.

Admission is free, and if seating is full, a secondary show may be given if time permits.

For more information on current show times for the Planetarium or the Observatory, call 936.294.3664.


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SHSU To Host Interest-Oriented Summer Camps

From music to video game art and even criminal justice, Sam Houston State University will be home to a variety of summer camps for youth of all ages.

Camp Invention, a day camp for youth in first through sixth grades that fosters creativity, teamwork, inventive-thinking skills and science literacy, will be held July 9-13.

For more information, contact Patsy Collins at or call 936.294.4661 or register online at

SHSU’s animation program will host a five-day introduction to the Maya animation interface and character animation for video games to serious campers who are interested in learning how to create the animations that bring real time characters to life.

The SHSU Video Game Art Workshop, for students in 8th through 12th grades will be held June 4–8. For more information, contact assistant professor David Dawson at 936.294.3200 or visit the Web site

Students ages 15-17 who are interested in a career in criminal justice can get a glimpse into the profession during the SHSU Criminal Justice Camp, a residential camp that will be held June 10-14, July 8-12 and July 22-26.

For more information, or to register, contact Doris Powell at or 936.294.3637.

Finally, the SHSU School of Music will offer a variety of camps for those musically-inclined students, including junior high band; junior high orchestra; junior high and high school piano; leadership, drum major and new marcher; and all-state choir.

Camps are offered as residential and day camps and will be offered throughout the summer.

A complete schedule of music camps, as well as registration information, can be found at or by contacting Nicole Alfred at 936.294.3994.


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Summer Camps To Teach Athletic Skills

The SHSU Athletics Department will help students fine-tune their football, soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball and softball skills during residential and day camps this summer.

Todd Whitten, head football coach, is offering three summer campus for young athletes with an interest in building upon their football skills and improving their strength and condtioning. Football residential camp is July 8-July 10, with day campus June 12 and July 19. Contact coach Trent Grona by e-mail or phone at 936.294.1732.

Directed by women’s soccer coach Marcia Oliveira, soccer residential camp will be held June 17-22 and day camp will be held June 4-8. For more information, contact Kelvin Riddler at 936.294.4138 or visit the Web site

The Mark Johnson Baseball Camps will be held June 4-6 for youth day camp (grades 1-6), June 11-12 for pitcher/camper camp (grades 7-12), June 18-20 for youth hitting camp (grades 1-6), June 18-20 for hitting intensity camp (grades 7-12), and June 13 and July 30 for collegiate prospect camp (grades 9-12).

For more information, contact Justin Hill at 936.294.4435 or by e-mail at

Young athletes with an interest in building upon their football skills and improving their strength and conditioning will have the opportunity to do so during the Todd Whitten Football camps, on June 12 and July 19 for day camps and July 8-10 for residential camp.

For more information, contact Trent Grona at 936.294.1732 or by e-mail at

The women’s basketball day camp, directed by SHSU head coach Brenda Nichols, will be held June 25-28. For more information, contact assistant women’s basketball coach Jamene Caldwell at 936.294.3915 or by e-mail at

The Bob Marlin Basketball Camp, for men’s basketball, will be held June 18-21. For more information on the day camp, contact assistant coach Jason Hooten at 936.294.1748 or by e-mail at

SHSU volleyball residential camp, lead by Bearkat head coach Brenda Gray, will be held July 8-11. For more information, contact Gray at 936.294.1736 or by e-mail at

Softball day camps, for girls of all ages and led by head coach Bob Brock, will be held at a variety of times throughout the summer, including June 11–13, June 18–20, June 25–27, July 9–11, July 16–18, and July 23–25.

For more information, or to register, contact Brock at 936.294.3920, 936. 294.1745, by e-mail at, or visit

Other athletics camps that will be held on the SHSU campus include cheerleading, soccer goalkeeping and jump roping.

The National Cheerleading Association residential and day camps, for junior high and high school students, will be held June 4-7, June 9-12, June 16-19, June 23-26, July 14-17 and July 21-24.

For more information regarding the National Cheerleading Association summer camps, contact Bill Patterson at 800.NCA.2WIN or by e-mail at or visit the NCA Web site at

The Star Goalkeeper Academy residential camp will be held June 10-14. For more information, visit the Star Goalkeeper Academy Web site at or call 860.659.5955.

USA Jump Rope’s Southern Jump Rope Camp, a residential or day camp, will be held June 30 through July 4. For more information, call 800.225.8820 or visit


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Music To End Semester With Four Concerts

The School of Music will wind down the spring semester with four performances beginning on Sunday (April 29).

The Bassoon Studio Recital will feature classical, romantic and 20th century music and will “poke fun at opera” during the concert, at 2 p.m. in the Recital Hall, according to Scott Phillips, assistant professor of bassoon.

On Tuesday (May 1), the tuba studio will perform a variety of more modern solos for the instruments at 2 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The Tuba Studio Recital will also include senior horn student Kira Lowe.

Among the pieces that will be included in the performances are Alexi Lebedev’s “Concerto in One Movement,” John Stevens’ “Elegy,” Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Two Classical Themes” and James Grant’s “Stuff,” among others.

“The studio recital is a wonderful opportunity for the students to perform as soloists in a formal recital setting,” said Bob Daniel, adjunct professor of tuba.

That evening, the electronic music class will present their “very impressive” projects and compositions completed for the MUS 468-08 class, as well as a few additional guest composer pieces, according to music lecturer John Crabtree.

The concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, will also be “somewhat informal” and audience “reactions are expected as well as encouraged,” he said.

“All compositions are electronic and generated from audio clips and purely synthesized sounds that the students created from simple sources,” Crabtree said. “We also plan to incorporate a 4.1 surround system during playback to enhance the sound landscape experience.”

Finally, director of keyboard studies Sergio Ruiz will perform pieces for the piano on Wednesday (May 2).

Ruiz’s faculty music recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The concert will include W. A. Mozart’s “Sonata in D Major,” Enrique Granados’ “Danza Española No. 5,” George Gershwin’s “Preludes for Piano” and Samuel Barber’s “Sonata for Piano, Op. 26.”

Admission is free for all of the performances.

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


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ROTC Acknowledged For Army-Benefiting Blood Drive

eglsaer and deneke
Associate vice president for Academic Affairs Richard Eglsaer recently accepted a plaque on behalf of SHSU for its work with the Robertson Blood Center. With Eglsaer is Capt. Grace Deneke, deputy director of the blood center.

Capt. Grace Deneke, deputy director of the Robertson Blood Center at Fort Hood presented a plaque to SHSU on April 18 for the ROTC program’s “excellent support in blood drives.”

Since 2004, the RBC has worked with the Bearkat Battalion and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 5871 to schedule blood drives and collect donations in support of U.S. military personnel deployed overseas and soldiers, as well as their families at military hospitals.

In 2006, the Bearkats sponsored a competition between Texas ROTC battalions that resulted in more than 600 units of blood collected at SHSU.

“This contribution made a substantial difference in the mission of the Army Blood Program and the lives of men and women supporting our nation,” said Perry Jefferies, RBC director.

Richard F. Eglsaer, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, accepted the plaque for the school during the Reserve Officer Training Corps’ Bearkat Battalion annual award ceremony. The plaque will be displayed in the Military Science Office.

“By working with the local VFW posts, the ROTC department is able to leverage the experience and volunteerism of the veterans of earlier conflicts while they are able to impart their experience to the future leaders of the armed forces,” Jefferies said. “The Bearkat ROTC Battalion is among the most successful in the country regarding recruiting and military-event competitions.”


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Senior Wins Finance Scholarship

SHSU senior finance major Zachary L. Schindler was one of 11 students recently awarded with a $2,000 scholarship from the Houston chapter of the Financial Executives International.

Financial Executives International-Houston Chapter is a preeminent association for Chief Financial Officers and other senior finance executives.

The organization’s scholarship foundation recognized Schindler and the other recipients during its 2007 Academic Honors Day Program in February.

Since 1970, FEI has awarded scholarships totaling approximately $250,000 through our Academic Honor’s Day Program, funded primarily through members’ dues and voluntary contributions.

“From the feedback we continue to receive over the years from scholarship winners, we are pleased to personalize the educational experience, with a focus on recognizing academic accomplishment by awarding scholarships to deserving students in assisting them in completing their degree programs,” said Rebecca McCulloch, communications chair.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
April 29, 2007
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