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SHSU Update For Week Of Aug. 26


SHSU To Unveil GO Station At Tailgate Party

Go Kats Go Center Logo

The Enrollment Management division will officially unveil SHSU's version of the Mobile GO Center, its new name and will allow people to tour the station during the tailgate party for the season-opening football game on Thursday (Aug. 30).

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 5:20 p.m. in Bearkat Alley, where the tailgate party also will be held.

The "Go Kats Go Center," submitted by Jennifer Gulliams from the Registrar's Office, was selected as the winning entry for the naming contest. As the winner, Gulliams will receive five Blue Bell gift certificates, according to Susie Houston, Enrollment Management specialist who is in charge of the program.

The 42-foot trailer, with a gooseneck-style hitch, as well as the truck that will pull it was purchased through a $127,000 grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation, which will be recognized at halftime during the football game.

The trailer was built by Magnum Custom Trailers from Austin, and a customized graphics wrap highlighting SHSU was created by Houston Wraps in Houston.

A university-sponsored technological station, the center will provide as many as 21 computer terminals to give high school-aged students Internet access and help in applying for admission and financial aid, Houston said.

The Go Kats Go Center, the largest in the state, will travel around Texas to recruit students at such places as county fairs and high school football games.

Members from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the College for All Texans Foundation, and Magnum Custom Trailers, as well as Texas State University System Chancellor Charles Matthews will also be in attendance for the pre-game ribbon cutting.

The football game, versus Angelo State, will begin at 6 p.m. at Bowers Stadium, and the tailgate party will begin at 4 p.m. in Bearkat Alley, on the north side of the stadium.

For more information on the Go Kats Go Center or scheduling the unit to come to a specific area, contact Houston at 936.294.1063 or


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Health Center Extends Hours For Fall, Spring

In order to provide students with more convenient access to its services, the Student Health Center has extended its hours on Mondays through Thursdays.

During the fall and spring semesters, clinical services will now be available until 6 p.m., with the last appointment time at 5:35 p.m. This is a full hour later than previously offered.

“We know that there are many students with busy class and work schedules and by adding an hour to our appointment schedule, we might be able to accommodate them better,” said Michelle Lovering, SHC health programming coordinator. “During the regular semesters, all available appointment times are filled very quickly. We expect the later appointments to be filled just as quickly.”

The pharmacy and laboratory will still close at 5 p.m. daily and the last appointment time on Friday will remain at 4:35 p.m.

The SHC provides all the routine health care services that a family doctor provides, Lovering said, including routine illness and minor injury treatment, referral services, nursing care, allergy injections, immunizations, women’s health services, physical exams, wound care/dressing changes, minor suturing and suture removal and, asthma management.

The onsite laboratory allows for quick testing for pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, anonymous HIV screening, glucose screening, and for the purpose of diagnosing respiratory or other infections.

Both the laboratory and pharmacy can perform tasks ordered by any licensed medical practitioner in Texas, including refilling prescriptions from other doctors and transfers from retail pharmacies.

The Student Health Center sees patients by appointment only, which may be made either in person or by telephone.

Patients are advised to schedule their appointments as early as possible in order to obtain a desirable appointment time, Lovering said.

For more information about the Student Health Center, or to schedule an apointment, call 936.294.1805.


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More Activities Lined Up For Welcome Week

As SHSU enters its second week of school, the Department of Student Activities will continue introducing students to what SHSU has to offer with its Welcome Week activities.

On Monday (Aug. 27) students will have the opportunity to learn about SHSU’s student organizations and meet various university administrators, who will serve them hamburgers or hotdogs and side dishes.

The Organizations and Administrators Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

"Joining student organizations is important in the holistic growth of college students because it allows them to cultivate and apply skills that will be extremely useful after graduation,” said Angie Burns, assistant director for Student Activities. “Being involved in organizations teaches students about responsibility, leadership and the importance of teamwork."

Student Activities will teach students how to nutritionally subsist on pizza, burgers and chips with "Fighting the Freshman 15" on Tuesday (Aug. 28), at 6 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

Speaker Tom Ryan will share tips on waking up your brain before an exam; how to exercise less than three hours per week and still be in great shape; eliminate the beer gut; and short circuit campus cravings, among others.

On Wednesday (Aug. 29), students can try their luck during the annual Casino Night, at 6 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom.

Participants will be given chips to play such games as slot machines, blackjack, Texas Hold'Em, craps and roulette, for the opportunity to win free prizes.

Events such as those held during Welcome Week help new students with the transition to college life while providing entertainment for both new and returning students, Student Activities program coordinator Brandon Cooper said.

"By attending these events, students walk away with a new perspective on what lies ahead for them at Sam Houston State University," he said. "It also gives them a chance to learn things they didn't know previously and meet new people."

For more information, visit the Student Activities calendar or call 936.294.3861.


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Virtual Bar To Teach Students Blood-Alcohol Lessons

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative will teach students about alcohol serving sizes and how servings contribute to one’s blood alcohol concentration on Tuesday (Aug. 28) with a trip to the “Virtual Bar.”
The program will be held at 3 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 110, next to the Kat Klub.

During the event, students will participate in a computer simulation, during which they enter basic information such as gender and weight and then “go to bar.”

At the bar, participants will select drinks and then choose how quickly they would like to consume the drink, by either slamming it, drinking it over 20 minutes or sipping it over 40 minutes.

“The computer keeps track of the time and the number of drinks consumed, and can then calculate their BAC (blood alcohol content),” said Michelle Lovering, ADAI proactive prevention chair. “It also tells students how long it would take for their body to process that amount of alcohol and when they would reach a BAC of zero again.”

Students will also be able to see how friends of different body weights and gender would be affected by alcohol.

“In the end, students will leave with a better understanding of the alcoholic content of different drinks and how quickly their BAC can reach dangerous levels, even ending in death,” Lovering said.

The “Virtual Bar” is the first of the ADAI’s Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training program, an educational series aiming to increase awareness of alcohol abuse issues among students, for the fall.

“The first six weeks of the semester is identified by the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse as a high-risk period, particularly for incoming freshmen,” Lovering said.

Prizes are awarded at each SWAAT event, and the more activities students attend, the more prizes they receive.

“The prizes will get better as they come to more,” Lovering said. “We keep track of their attendance with SWAAT cards, which they can pick up at the first event.”

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


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Departments To Send Students On Ultimate Road Trip

On average, the retention rate for first-time college freshmen returning for their second year at a four-year university is approximately 73.6 percent in the United States and only slightly higher (74.3 percent) in Texas, according to a 2002 study by The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems Information Center.

To enable even more of SHSU’s first-year students to return for their second year, the Student Activities Department, Career Services and the First Year Experience Office will take them on "The Ultimate Road Trip: Campus2Career" on Wednesday (Aug. 29).

The program will be held from 3-4 p.m. and again from 5-6 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 320.

The presentation will give students tips on successfully managing the transition into college, “studying and succeeding in college-level courses, having fun and building your future through clubs and organizations, getting internships and work experience to help shape your career path,” according to Pam Laughlin, Career Services director.

“It’s real upbeat,” Laughlin said. “It’s all about the choices they make and how those choices can turn their potential into success.”

The program, through MonsterTRAK and, will be delivered on campuses across the nation this fall to more than 350,000 students.

For more information, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Students, Employees To Scavenge Campus For Prizes

Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with campus and search for hidden treasure during the Scavenger Hunt on Tuesday (Aug. 28).

The pirate-themed hunt will begin in the Student Activities office, located in Lowman Student Center Suite 328, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In order to participate, students, faculty and staff will follow the easy-to-navigate map provided at the starting point to different destinations on campus and claim prizes at the different departmental booths.

After the treasure hunt, students will be given a ticket for a chance to win one grand prize that will be raffled off at the end of the day.

For more information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services at 936.294.1784.


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Dance Team Seeks New Members During Try-Outs

The Orange Pride Dance Team will fill its roster for the 2007-2008 year during an open try-out on Friday (Aug. 31).

Try-outs will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the Health and Kinesiology Center’s Aerobics Room.

“This is an excellent opportunity to become a part of a highly-recognized and successful program while having the opportunity to experience Sam Houston like few can,” said Jared King, spirit programs coordinator.

Candidates must be able to perform the following moves: triple pirouettes, right and left leap, leap in second, switch leap, turning switch leap, calypso leap, leg hold (demonstrating flexibility), and fouettes.
In addition, dance team members must be full-time students and have proof of medical insurance. An application fee is also required.

Applications are available online at

For more information, contact King at 936.294.4239, or visit the spirit programs Web site at


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Alumni Relations To Party With Faculty, Staff

The Office of Alumni Relations will welcome faculty and staff members back to campus for the fall during a Party on the Patio on Tuesday (Aug. 28).

The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. on the Alumni Patio of the Visitor and Alumni Center, located at the corner of the Estill Building and University Avenue.

The event is geared towards new faculty and staff as a meet and greet and welcome to campus, according to Alumni Relations director Charlie Vienne.

Appetizers and drinks will be served and faculty and staff will be offered Alumni Association membership for a reduced fee of $25.

For more information, call 936.294.1841.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Aug. 24, 2007
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