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SHSU Update For Week Of Aug. 5


Parking Permits Now Available For Academic Year

As the academic year begins, SHSU faculty and staff will notice two changes when they go to the University Police Department to purchase their new parking permits: the permit itself and the price.

This year, faculty and staff permits will be in hang tag form, a decision made after the Public Safety Services department was approached by the Staff Council to consider the change, according to UPD chief Dennis Culak.

Faculty and staff, as well as the President’s Council, were in favor of the form change, he said.

Permits went on sale Aug. 1 for $75, a $15 increase from last year’s permits. Student permits, which will still be in sticker form, also increased $5 this year and can be purchased now if the student is registered for classes and has made a tuition payment.

“Part of that increase is just for cost factors for the department, parking maintenance, etc.,” Culak said. “The main thing is that with the faculty/staff stickers in the past, we had revenue that was obtained from not only buying a first permit but from buying a second one. Because you are only allowed to purchase one hang tag, we had to take that into consideration, and that cost was passed on to consumers.”

Remote parking permits will still be available for $25 but are only valid at the Sam South Center, Agriculture Mechanical Complex, and Bowers Stadium.

In addition, UPD is anticipating approximately 100 contract spaces in the parking garage to be available for the fall.

Those who currently have contracts in the garage are in “renewal period” and have until Aug. 10 to purchase a parking space for the fall. Those not renewed by Aug. 10 will go on sale to the general public on Aug. 13, Culak said.

Reserved parking garage spaces are $250 for each of the fall and spring semesters and $75 for both summer sessions.

A new parking lot will be built when the Colony Apartments complex is removed.


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Two Graduate To Second Lieutenants

2nd Lts. Owen and Prieto
SHSU ROTC cadets Genaro Prieto (left) and Jeffrey Owen received their rank as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during the summer Bearkat Battalion Commissioning Ceremony on Friday afternoon.

Two Sam Houston State University seniors took the Army Oath of Office and were commissioned as second lieutenants during the Military Science Department’s summer ceremony on Friday (Aug. 3) afternoon in the Academic Building IV Olson Auditorium.

Jeffrey Scott Owen, from Lufkin, came to SHSU in the fall 2005 after having enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2001.

While in ROTC, he served as a Simultaneous Membership Program Cadet in the Army National Guard in Lufkin; was a member, team captain and coach of the Ranger Challenge team; and served as the cadet battalion executive officer and the squad training exercise officer-in-charge.

In addition, he was awarded the distinguished RECONDO Badge and was on the Commandant’s list while participating in the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate, Owen will receive his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in general business administration with a minor in military science during Saturday’s commencement ceremony.

Receiving an active duty commission, he will serve as an infantry officer, and his first duty assignment will be with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy.

Genaro James Prieto, from Houston, played football for one year at Marietta College before transferring to SHSU in the fall 2004.

He entered the ROTC program in the spring 2005 semester and received a two-year Army scholarship.
During his time in the ROTC, Prieto served as the cadet battalion assistant S-3, the cadet battalion S-1, was a member of the Schuder’s Ranger Company and served on the Cannon Crew.

He will graduate on Saturday with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a minor in military science.

Receiving an active duty commission with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he will serve his first duty assignment with the HHC 4th Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis.


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Theatre, Dance To Host Scholarship Golf Tourney

The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Dance has scheduled its first Scholarship Golf Tournament to be held at the Raven Nest Golf Club on Sept. 15.

Poncho Roberts, who is nearing completion of his degree at SHSU and is taking theatre and dance courses, is the tournament chairman.

“We're going to make this the best scholarship golf tournament Huntsville has ever seen," Roberts said. "Not only will it be fun but the profits will go to a great cause--scholarships for deserving students."

The tournament schedule includes registration at 8 a.m. and a shotgun scramble start at 9 a.m. Lunch, prizes and awards are scheduled for about 1 p.m.

Roberts also said that Wiesner of Huntsville is offering a new car as the tournament's "Hole in One Award."

The entry fee of $400 per four-person team includes all fees and a number of extras. Team sponsorships of $400 are being accepted to allow theatre and dance students to play in the event.

Hole sponsorships are $100, which provides a hole sponsor sign at the tee box of each hole. Team and hole sponsors will also be recognized at all of the fall 2007 and spring 2008 University Theatre Center programs.

For more information, call Roberts at 936.291.0057 or Sarah Elder at 936.294.1329.


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Mickey’s Tourney Raises $15,400 For Scholarships

Charlotte Tull and James Bankhead
Charlotte Tull presents a $15,400 check to James Bankhead, chair of the School of Music.

Charlotte Tull has presented the Sam Houston State University School of Music a check for $15,400, representing the proceeds from this year's Mickey's Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tournament is held each year in honor of Fisher Tull, distinguished professor of music, who died Aug. 24, 1994. Proceeds from the tournament as well as other contributions go into the Fisher Tull Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Interest generated by the endowment is used to present a scholarship to an incoming freshman student each year. Selection is made based on faculty recommendation, musical performance, written mission statement, past achievements during high school years and an interview with a committee that includes two members of the Tull family.

Charlotte Tull said that 57 golfers participated in this year's event, which was won by the team of Ron and Margie Randleman, Jaime Hebert and Terry Thibodeaux.


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Poli Sci Major Awarded Chancellor’s Scholarship

When senior political science major Brandon Reese showed up June 8 for the groundbreaking ceremony for Academic Building V he had no idea that his service effort would be worth a scholarship.

Reese was one of 10 political science junior fellows who helped at the event, which was attended by Charles Matthews, chancellor of the Texas State University System. The system includes Sam Houston State University and eight other colleges and universities.

Matthews was so impressed with the ceremony and the junior fellows that he offered political science a $1,000 scholarship for a student of their choosing. Last year Matthews and his wife, Julie, began offering $1,000 scholarships to one department in each of the system's component institutions.

Reese, who expects to graduate next May and go on to law school, was selected as the recipient. He will also be invited to sit with Matthews and SHSU president Jim Gaertner at the scholarship awards luncheon this fall.

"The honor of Chancellor Matthews' attendance at our groundbreaking ceremony signaled his commitment to our university and students," said John de Castro, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. "His thoughtfulness and generosity in recognizing and supporting our outstanding students confirms it."

Other junior fellows who participated in the groundbreaking are Rowdy Salazar, Amy Jacks, Lacy True, Amy Kirker, Dustin Huffman, Ademide Adedokun, Amanda Dinbali, Alex Bello and Emily Johnson.

Mike Yawn, visiting professor of political science, is the group's faculty sponsor.


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Sororities To Recruit For Fall

NPC sororities
Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi and Sigma Sigma SIgma, SHSU's Panhellenic Association sororities, will recruit women on Aug. 11-14.

The SHSU Panhellenic Association is seeking incoming freshmen, upperclassmen and transfer students who would like to be a part of the university’s Greek life during its annual recruitment Aug. 11-14.

“Becoming a part of a sorority is a rewarding experience that alters your life in so many positive ways, from making friends for life to gaining knowledgeable leadership skills to having the opportunity to better your community,” said Brandon Cooper, program coordinator for Student Activities who serves as an adviser to the council.

Sororities within the Panhellenic Association include Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Chi Omega, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha.

“These groups have members that are involved in various groups including student government, program council, the honors program, cheerleader and dance teams, Orange Keys and the SHSU theater and dance programs, just to name a few,” Cooper said.

The registration fee is $105, which includes hotel accommodations for four days and three nights, transportation to and from recruitment parties, group events and recruitment operation costs. The registration deadline is Aug. 10.

For more information, or to register, visit, e-mail or call the Student Activities Department at 936.294.3861.


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Office Offers New Professional Courses

Beginning this fall, the SHSU Office of Continuing Education will offer professional courses for emergency medical technician and fiber optics technician certifications.

The Introduction to the Level of Emergency Medical Technician is a program that will include all the skills necessary to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with an ambulance service or other specialized service.

The course, which costs $840, will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from Oct. 1 through Dec. 5 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 2 through Dec. 6. Both classes will be held from 6-10 p.m.

Students are required to have CPR certification for the healthcare provider, or be in the process of receiving CPR certification; have current vaccinations for tuberculosis, measles, mumps and rubella, tetanus/diphtheria and a physical exam within the past year; and have completed the clinical component outside of normal class times, which includes 48 hours on the ambulance and 48 hours in the emergency room.

In addition, Certified Fiber Optics Technician, Certified Fiber Optics Specialist and Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist courses will be offered.

The CFOT program, which costs $600, will be held Dec. 10-12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all three days.

The two-day CFOS program, which costs $575, will be held Dec. 13-14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

The two-day CFOS/S program, which costs $575, will be held Dec. 15-16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The fiber optic courses are open to anyone; however, those wishing to become registered with the Fiber Optics Association as a Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Testing or Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Splicing must have taken and passed the Basic CFOT exam.

Participants should have a working knowledge of computers, be able to see and identify small items and be able to speak and understand the English language.

For more information or to register for a course, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 936.294.3869 or visit or


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Football Staff To Pass Knowledge Onto Women

The Bearkat football coaching staff will introduce novice female fans to the sport just in time for the SHSU 2007 season on Aug. 11.

The “State Farm Football 101 Chalk Talk For Women” will be held at 6 p.m. at the Ron Randleman Strength and Fitness Center, located adjacent to Bowers Stadium.

KSAM deejay Brooke Adams will serve as emcee for the event, which will include a discussion on offense, defense and special teams; a tour of the facilities; on-field instruction from coaches on throwing, catching and tackling; and the opportunity to run onto the field like the football team.

The event costs $20 per person or $140 for a table for eight in advance or $25 on the day of the event, which includes dinner and drinks, a T-shirt and other SHSU and State Farm items. A cash bar will also be available.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Bobby Jordan, assistant athletic director for the Athletics Department, at 936.294.1729 or


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Aug. 3, 2007
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