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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 18


Career Fairs To Offer More Than 100 Opportunities

More than 100 companies and summer camps are expected to be on campus next week during two career fairs, the Spring 2007 Business Career Fair on Tuesday (Feb. 20) and the Summer Camp and Job Fair on Wednesday (Feb. 21).

The Tuesday fair, sponsored by the College of Business Administration, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Representatives from more than 50 companies will be on hand to discuss current openings for jobs and internship opportunities with their organizations.

Among the financial institutions and banks scheduled to attend are Wells Fargo, Farm Credit Bank of Texas, Amegy Bank, Ameriprise Financial Services, Federal Reserve Bank of Texas, Sterling Bank, and Woodforest Bank, among others.

Other companies include the California State Franchise Tax Board, Sherwin-Williams Company, CenterPoint Energy, Inc., Chevron, Dillard's Department Stores, Keller Williams Realty, Mattress Firm, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Naval Officers Program, AFLAC and Target.

Wednesday’s fair, sponsored by Career Services, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom.

Internships and summer positions will be available at such organizations as AdvoCare, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Little Gym of Kingwood, the Girl Scouts, WhizResources, Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine, U.S. Marine Corps and Greater Houston Pool Management, among others.

Summer camps, such as Camp Arrowhead, Camp Barnabas TX, Camp Coyote, Camp Tejas, Victory Camp, Texas Lions Camp, Cho-Yeh Camp and Conference Center, Sam Houston Area Council Camps, and Kidventure Camps, among others, will also be on hand.

Both career fairs are open to all SHSU students and alumni.

For more information and a complete list of registered companies, visit the College of Business Administration Web site or call Margaret Quarles at 936.294.4997, or call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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AAI To Share ‘Dirty Laundry’

The Alcohol Abuse Initiative will be publicly airing out more than 125 students’ “dirty laundry,” tales of how alcohol has affected their lives, on Monday (Feb. 19).

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

The “art,” actual pieces of clothing with the stories written on them, was created by students in 11 different residence halls across campus over the past two weeks, according to Michelle Lovering, AAI member and health programming coordinator at SHSU’s Student Health Center.

“The stories range from the typical ‘my roommate got drunk and puked all over me’ to more dramatic stories of abuse and death,” Lovering said.

One student's laundry tells the story of a friend who became so intoxicated that he could not defend himself in a fight and consequently was severely beaten and drowned after the incident. Another student tells about a grandfather who has been abusing his wife for 12 years.

“No matter what the scenario, every negative effect of alcohol is significant,” Lovering said. “We hope that everyone can stop by to witness how much alcohol affects our students, and we hope that this event changes some thoughts about drinking.”

Students who did not have the opportunity to write out their “dirty laundry” will be invited to share their own experiences in the Mall Area on the day of the event.

For more information, contact Michelle Lovering at 936-294-4347.


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‘Excellent’ Teachers Sought

Nominations for SHSU’s annual Excellence in Teaching Award will be accepted online from Monday through March 2.

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students and alumni, and the recipient will be awarded a cash stipend of $5,000.

This is a very prestigious award, representing the highest level of teaching achievement at Sam Houston State University, according to committee chair Stanley Kelley. Previous award winners may not be nominated.

Those include: William Abbott, Elizabeth Andrews, Gary Bell, Harry Bohan, Susannah Bruce, David Burris, Charles Capps, Adrian Cooley, Richard Cording, Caroline Crimm, Earline Dolive, Jerry Dowling, Frances Elmer, Coralie Emmons, Frank Fair, William Fleming, Gaddis Geeslin, David Gerling, John Holcombe, Rita Huff, Virginia Irvin, William Jasper, James Johnson and Stanley Kelley.

Also, Doug Krienke, Valerie Muehsam, Thom Murray, Mary Ann Nolteriek, James Olson, Mary Frances Park, Phillip Parotti, Ralph Pease, Wayland Pilcher, Mozelle Powell, Debra Price, Daniel Reeves, Marcus Rigby, Carol Sangster, John Snelgrove, Victor Sower, Donald L. Stalling, Bill Waldron, Laverne Warner and Maynard Yoes.

Nominations may be made through an electronic ballot linked to the SHSU homepage or by sending a formal letter to Stanley Kelley, at Box 2088 SHSU, through the campus mail.

For more information, contact Kelley at 936.294.1189.


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‘Excellent’ Faculty Researchers, Philanthropists Sought

The Faculty Achievement Awards Committee is soliciting nominations for the Excellence in Research and Excellence in Service Awards.

The Excellence in Research Award honors a faculty member who has achieved excellence in the broad area of scholarly and artistic endeavor.

The achievement can involve a single action; a series of accomplishments in the area of scientific research, artistic creation, publication, performance, presentation; or other activities.

Nominations are encouraged from all areas of the university community.

The Excellence in Service Award honors a faculty member who has achieved excellence in the area of service to one’s profession and the university.

The achievement might be one action, a history of service to one’s profession, to a particular component of the university, or to the university as a whole.

Both award recipients will receive a $5,000 stipend.

Nominees must be full-time faculty members, including program coordinators, who have been employed at SHSU for at least five years.

Previous recipients are not eligible for the same award, and members of the Faculty Achievement Awards Committee may not be nominated, nor may they nominate others.

Committee members include David Burris, William Jasper, Chris Wilson, Ann Jerabek, Fidel Gonzales, Mary Nichter and Jennifer Pontus.

Nominations will be accepted until noon on Wednesday (Feb. 21).

For more information, or to see a complete list of previous winners, call Burris 936.294.1568.


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Event To Create Mayhem At HKC

Mayhem will ensue at the Health and Kinesiology Center on Wednesday (Feb. 21) when the Department of Recreational Sports gives students a night of food, games and prizes.

Midnight Mayhem will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight in the HKC.

“The purpose of the event is for students to come and enjoy a fun night, meet other students on campus and relieve stress, without alcohol,” said Tina DeAses, Rec. Sports’ senior assistant director for marketing, promotions and special events.

Among the activities planned for the event are inflatables, an eating contest, spelling contest, speed stacking, limbo, dodge ball, laser tag, guitar hero and more.

In addition, there will be food and raffle drawings.

All of the activities are free for students.

For more Information, call DeAses at 936.294.1985.


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Vice President To Share ‘Roots’

Frank Parker, vice president for Student Services at SHSU, will field questions from students about his roots on Wednesday (Feb. 21).

The “Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community” lecture will be held at 5 p.m. in Academic Building IV’s Olson Auditorium.

A reception will immediately follow in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, located in AB IV Suite 210.

A 27-year veteran of SHSU in the areas of student life and student services, Parker was named vice president for Student Services in June 2006.

He came to the university in 1980 as director of the Student Activities program and assistant director of the Lowman Student Center and was promoted first in 1987, to assistant dean of Student Life, then to associate dean of Student Life in March 2001.

He served in that position until he was named interim associate vice president for Student Services/dean of student life three months later and was named to that position permanently in February 2002.

Parker received bachelor's and master's degrees at Sul Ross State University at Alpine.

The event is sponsored by the SAM Center’s academic support programs; the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program; the International Hispanic Association; Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.; the NAACP; the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program; Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and Women United.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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State Demographer To Discuss Future Changes

Steve H. Murdock, official state demographer of Texas, will discuss “The New Texas Challenge: Population Change and the Future of Texas” on Feb. 26.

The discussion, sponsored by the College of Education and the Professional and Academic Center for Excellence, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

Murdock currently holds the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Demography and Organization Studies, and also is the director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research and the Texas State Data Center, at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

He earned his doctorate in demography and sociology from the University of Kentucky and is the author of 12 books and more than 150 articles and technical reports on the implications of current and future demographic and socioeconomic change.

Attendees will receive a certificate indicating 1.5 hours of continuing education credit toward a professional development certificate.

Those who would like the credit may sign in at the event.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Rebecca Robles-Pina, associate professor in the educational leadership and counseling department, at 936.294.1118.


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SHSU Prof To Speak At Physics Colloquium

SHSU philosophy professor and program coordinator Glenn Sanford will discuss "Science Ethics and Misconduct in Research" on Thursday (Feb. 22).

The lecture, part of the Physics Colloquium, will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Farrington Building Room 209.

Sanford, who earned his bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster and his doctorate from Duke University, wrote his dissertation on “Explaining Evolution: Genes, Culture, Environment, and Mechanisms.”

For more information, call the physics department at 936.294.1601.


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Professional To Address Student Budgeting

Max Jaffe, a certified public accountant and president of Spending Solutions, Inc., in Dallas will talk with students in the family and consumer sciences department on Friday (Feb. 23).

Jaffe will discuss “College Students' Financial Fuel Gauge” during FSC faculty member Harriet Griggs’ “Consumer Education” class, held from 9-9:50 a.m. in Academic Building II Room 301-302.

“He presented to this class last semester, and provided humorous and insightful perspectives on student budgeting,” Griggs said.

The session is open to other students as well.

For more information on Jaffe, visit, or call 936.294.1242.


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Reception To Recognize, Inform ‘Outstanding’ Undergrads

The Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program will host a reception for outstanding freshman and sophomore students on Feb. 27, from 1-3 p.m. in Austin Hall.

The Honors Student Ambassadors, the Honors Council and selected faculty will be on hand to provide valuable information about the Honors curriculum, Academic Scholarships, Study Abroad Programs, Alpha Lambda Delta and the McNair Scholarship Program, according to Maria Holmes, who works in the Honors Program Office.

Academically talented freshmen and sophomores from all majors with a 3.4 cumulative grade point average or better, are invited to attend and have refreshments while meeting other undergraduates, Holmes said.

To RSVP, or for more information, call Holmes at 936.294.1477, or visit the Honors Program Office, in Academic Building IV Room 105, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


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Voice Professor To Feature Talents In Recital

Anne Heath-Welch, adjunct professor of voice in SHSU’s School of Music, will perform several spiritual songs during a recital on Tuesday (Feb. 20).

The internationally-known soprano, accompanied by renowned British coach Phillip Thomas, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The concert will include Richard Strauss’ “Lieder,” Alban Berg’s “7 Early Songs,” Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” Beethoven’s “Abscheulicher, wo eilst du hin?” from “Fidelio” and three spiritual selections.

Heath-Welch lived and performed in Europe for approximately 21 years. Based in London, she sang as a principal soprano for the English National Opera in London and has performed as a principal soprano for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera Zuid in Maastricht, Holland, as well as having performed featured roles in various venues in Germany.

This event is free and open to the public.

An identical program will be performed on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston, located at 3471 Westheimer Rd.

The concert is also free; however, an offering will be taken to benefit the Bridges Fine Arts Academy’s outreach program to provide musical education to underserved public schools.

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


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Art Showing ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Through March 8

“Boys Don’t Cry,” an exhibition highlighting the works of two very different artists dealing with similar issues, is currently on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery through March 8.

Using vastly different media, artists Geof Teague and Aaron McIntosh both make works about identity, social culture and sexuality, according to Becky Finley, assistant professor of art.

“Both artists are interested ion-breaking gender stereotypes and questioning issues of masculinity,” she said.

Teague is a photographer from San Francisco whose work is a personal narrative about relationships, private moments, and finding ones identity through social interaction.

“He is also interested in breaking down the stereotypes associated with hero worship and the term: ‘Tough Guy,’” Finley said.

McIntosh, from Knoxville, Tenn., uses the traditionally southern and feminine media of quilting to explore issues of childhood memory, personal identity and control.

“His work references romance novels, gender roles and models of sexuality,” Finley said. “The juxtaposition of theses two artists creates a dialogue about traditional masculinity in American society.”

A reception with McIntosh will be held on Thursday (Feb. 22) from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, located in Art Building F, is open Monday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m.
The exhibit contains adult content.

For more information, contact the art department at 936.294.1317 or Finley at 936.294.3418.


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Crown Classic Tourney To Benefit Cancer Awareness

The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will take a swing at breast cancer during its 7th Annual Crown Classic Golf Tournament on April 21 at the Raven Nest Golf Course.

Registration for the tournament, which benefits breast cancer research, awareness and education, will begin at 7 a.m. and the tournament is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Player fees are $85 per person, which includes a round of golf, green fees, cart fees, a ditty bag and lunch. Sponsorships are also available.

Awards will be given for first, second and third place, as well as for the longest drive and closest to the pin.
In addition, Weisner Chevrolet in Huntsville has donated a “Hole in One” car.

The registration deadline is March 1.

For more information, call Jenny Gann at 832.419.3615.


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Warren, Parker Give Investigation Presentation

SHSU Chief Investigator Jason Warren and vice president for Student Services Frank Parker presented on the university’s judicial affairs program during the Association for Student Judicial Affairs International Conference Feb. 7-11 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

The two presented the model of adjudicating alleged violations of the “Code of Student Conduct” using an investigator.

"This type of program is only used by one other university in the United States but is fast becoming the buzz in judicial affairs across the country," Warren said.

Warren was invited to the conference by members of the ASJA board of directors, who wanted him to share this program with their membership after first hearing about it in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The system uses an investigator to examine alleged violations of the “Code of Student Conduct” and report back to the dean with an all-inclusive report.

"It gives the student the right to be heard and a chance for someone who has training to investigate the incident on behalf of the dean's office," he said.

Warren and Parker delivered the new system to deans, directors, vice presidents, and other student affairs administrators at the conference and received very positive reaction, according to Warren.

"Most schools wanted to know how they can start a program similar to the system we have in place," he said. "They were impressed with the program and the excellent cooperation we enjoy with other campus departments, such as University Police and Residence Life."

More than 750 student affairs professionals from around the world attended the conference.


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Feb. 18, 2007
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