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SHSU Update For Week Of Aug. 19


Faculty, Staff Mentors Sought

The Dean of Students’ Office is seeking faculty and staff members to help new students in their transition into campus life by serving as mentors for the fall and spring semesters.

The Freshmen 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.

Program participants develop positive, supportive relationships with fellow students, faculty, and staff under informal and non-threatening circumstances, thus feeling more connected to the university, according to Jeanine Bias, assistant dean of students and coordinator of the mentor program.

“Ideally, friendships will develop in such a way that students feel comfortable in approaching their mentors for help or referral with academic, social and personal adjustments concerns,” Bias said.

Students and mentors meet periodically and will be invited to special events at which they can interact throughout the year.

Applications are available online and should be returned to the Dean of Students’ Office by Aug. 31.

Matches will be made as applications come in, and all matches should be made by mid-September.

For more information, contact Bias at 936.294.1785 or or visit the FLASH Web site.


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Seminars To Teach Ins And Outs Of Social Web Sites

The Student Activities Department will give SHSU different perspectives on two popular online social networking Web sites during the MySpace and Facebook seminars on Wednesday (Aug. 21).

At 12:30 p.m., university employees can get an “interesting look into students digital lifestyles” with “Students Digital Identity: Understanding Facebook/MySpace for Faculty and Staff” in Lowman Student Center Room 320.

The program, which will include a free lunch, will teach faculty and staff members how to navigate the world of online social networks, as well as how to forge new relationships with students, according to Blake Whitaker, Student Activities graduate assistant.

At 2 p.m., Student Activities will delve into “The Secrets Behind: Facebook and Myspace” at 2 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

“In three years social networking Web sites like Facebook have become more popular than television,” Whitaker said.

Presented by technologists with extensive backgrounds in the web business and education theory, the seminar teaches how to protect yourself from identity theft and predators, market yourself to potential employers, create useful connections between students and faculty, and get more value out of the college experience.

For more information, contact Student Activities at 936.294.3861, or visit


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Rec Sports To Dive Into Year With Beach Bash, RavenFest

The Recreational Sports Department will bring the beach to SHSU on Sunday (Aug. 19) with a dive-in movie, sandcastle-building contest and slip and slide at the Health and Kinesiology Center’s pool and patio.

The Beach Bash 2007, which will be held simultaneously with the annual RavenFest, will be held from 7-11 p.m.

In addition to swimming and pool games, Rec Sports will show the movie “Jaws” on a 40-foot movie screen, provide food, give away T-shirts and raffle off a barbecue pit, T-shirts and other beach prizes, according to Tina DeAses, senior assistant director for Rec Sports.

Also during the event, the cheerleaders will teach students some of SHSU’s traditions, such as the fight songs and the “eat ‘Em up Kats” chant, for RavenFest.

For more information, contact DeAses at 936.294.3658 or the Student Activities Department at 936.294.3861.


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Profs Look At Art, Technology In Gaddis Geeslin Exhibit

Two of the SHSU art department’s newest assistant professors will showcase their work for the department’s first exhibit of the fall semester in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery Aug. 20 through Sept. 13.

For the “Faculty Spotlight” exhibit, Taehee Kim and David Dawson explore different aspects of art and technology.

Kim’s body of work is an investigation of “diverse physical phenomena and media” that examines “symbolic structures to express concepts of transcendence and spirituality in Buddhism,” she said.

“On deep levels, I have observed the natural beauty, richness, and complexity of organic forms,” she said. “This has led to exploration and experimentation in the area where the boundaries between the artistic and the scientific fields converge.

“Employing an interdisciplinary approach that includes art, science, and technology, I have expressed the spiritual meaning of Buddhist motifs and created a record of my own journey of understanding.”

Dawson’s work explores the relationship between the art form of animation and the technology used in video game development, such as in Nintendo’s new platform, the Wii.

In his interactive art, Dawson creates “animations that tell a viewer what a character is thinking makes playing a game a believable and fun experience,” he said.

“The technology used in game development has advanced to the point that games are as impressive as feature films,” he said. “Many game developers and publishers are focusing their projects around their ability to create amazing graphics.”

An artists’ reception will be held in the gallery on Aug. 30, from 5-7 p.m.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is located in Art Building F.

For more information, contact Debbie Davenport, audio/visual librarian for the art department, at 936.294.1317.


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Rec Sports To Recruit Employees During Fair

Undergraduate students looking for on-campus jobs can apply for a variety of positions with the Recreational Sports during its job fair on Thursday (Aug. 23).

The fair will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the Health and Kinesiology Center gym.

Jobs to be filled range from lifeguards, office staff, group fitness instructors, personal trainers, HKC and special events staff, as well as coliseum staff.

Students can bring resumes, but they aren’t required, according to graduate assistant Stacy Hazenberg.
Rec Sports employs approximately 300 students throughout the year, Hazenberg said.

For more information, call Tina DeAses or Hazenberg at 936.294.1985.


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Continuing Ed Offers Courses For Fall

The SHSU Office of Continuing Education is now accepting enrollment for pharmacy technician and dental assisting preparation courses.

The pharmacy tech program, a comprehensive 50-hours course that will prepare participants to work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, will be held Sept. 11 through Nov. 14.

Course content will include medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will also learn dosage conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, billing and reimbursement.

Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesday from 6:30-9 p.m. The course fee is $999, which includes books, plus an additional $4 parking fee.

The dental assisting program teaches students the steps necessary to assist the dentist while providing quality dental care within the community.

It will cover key areas and topics exposing the student to both classroom and laboratory hands-on instruction and practical experience including tooth charting, restorations, bridge implants, bite wing, panograph, and periapical x-ray and the mixing of dental cements.

Additionally, the 100-contact hour course includes an eight-hour Health Care Provider CPR certification course and covers the relevant material necessary to prepare students to take the three State of Texas Registered Dental Assistant exam.

Classes will be held from Sept. 25 to Dec. 18, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9:30 p.m. and some Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The course fee is $1,799, which includes books, plus an additional $5 parking fee.

For more information, or to register, call the Office of Continuing Education at 936.294.4568.


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Professors’ Book Earns Journal Directors’ Choice Award

An early childhood education book written by four SHSU faculty members has been recognized with the Earlychildhood News’ 2007 Directors' Choice Award.

The book, “Inclusive Lesson Plans Throughout the Year,” has over 150 lesson plans for early childhood teachers who work with children with special needs.

Each plan has a learning objective, materials list, directions for preparation, an assessment component, extension activities to connect the lesson plan to different areas of the curriculum, and adaptations for children with a variety of special needs.

In addition, each lesson plan has modifications for children with autism spectrum disorder; speech/language, visual, hearing or orthopedic impairments; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; and learning disabilities.

It was written by Laverne Warner, professor emerita of early childhood education; Sharon Lynch, professor of special education; and Diana Nabors and Cynthia Simpson, both of whom are assistant professors in the language, literacy and special populations department.

The Directors' Choice Award recognizes “excellence in the design and production of products for young children,” according to a press release.

Entries are judged by a panel of five early childhood experts and childcare directors.

Earlychildhood News is an online resource for teachers and parents of young children, infants to eight years of age.

“Inclusive Lesson Plans Throughout the Year” was published in May 2007 and can be purchased online for $29.95 (ISBN No. 9780876590140).


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Education Book Translated Into Indonesian

Indonesian teachers can now benefit from the knowledge and experience of two of the SHSU College of Education professors.

“Preschool Classroom Management,” by Laverne Warner, professor emerita of early childhood education, and Sharon Lynch, professor of special education, was translated into the language this year.

The book offers 150 teacher-tested techniques to tackle behavior issues in the classroom, both before they happen and when they do.

Chapters include working with challenging behaviors, teaching alternative behaviors, building a caring community in the classroom, teacher tips and techniques, and dealing with daily routines and schedules.

“Preschool Classroom Management” also was a 2005 Teachers' Choice Award from Learning magazine.

The 240-page book was published by Gryphon House in 2004.

The English version can be purchased online for $24.95.


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Aug. 17, 2007
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