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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 14


SHSU To Be Closed On Monday

Sam Houston State University will be closed and classes will be dismissed, on Monday (Jan. 15) in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

The university will re-open, and classes will resume as scheduled, on Tuesday.


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Health Center Earns Three-Year Accreditation

Approximately three years after deciding to pursue accreditation, the SHSU Health Center has received the distinction for the first time from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Care.

In addition, the Health Center was awarded the highest degree of accreditation, a three-year term.

“This achievement is an important milestone in the growth of our department that has taken place over the past six years,” said Health Center director Keith Lott. “The favorable comparison of our departmental operations against the rigorous standards of a nationally-recognized entity provides formal confirmation that our department has achieved excellence. Accreditation is a tangible indicator of how far we have come.”

The accreditation process involves self-assessment by the organization, as well as a thorough review by the AAAHC’s expert surveyors.

The on-site survey was conducted this past September, during which the department’s performance in 24 broad categories, including “Quality of Care,” “Quality Improvement,” and “Administration,” were measured against rigorous and nationally-recognized standards.

SHSU joins the company of only four other public universities in Texas that have accredited health centers, including Texas A&M, Texas State-San Marcos, the University of Texas at Austin and UT-Pan American.

The distinction ensures patients and their families that the center is providing a high quality of care, Lott said.

“Such an accomplishment is not the result of one person’s efforts or simplistic tasks completed over a short period of time,” he said. “This accomplishment is a result of a sustained group effort effecting significant improvement in our department’s operation.”

The affiliation with the organization will also allow the center to receive outside reviews by independent experts in the field who will provide suggestions on how to further improve operations.

For more information regarding accreditation and AAAHC, visit, and for more information regarding the Health Center’s services, visit


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Ryan To ‘Meet The Team’ At Dinner, Auction

Bearkat baseball fans will have to opportunity to hear Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, meet the members of the 2007 SHSU baseball team and help raise money for the program during the Meet the Players/Night With Nolan Ryan dinner and auction on Feb. 3.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

With a blazing fastball and a work ethic like none other, Ryan dominated hitters for 27 seasons on his way to 5,714 strikeouts, an all-time record. He is credited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest pitcher of all time. A pitch he threw in 1974 was clocked at 101 mph using coherent infrared radar, which is considered more accurate than the radar guns used today.

During four decades of prominence, he totaled 324 victories and a host of major league records. Most notable of his milestones are seven no-hitters and 12 one-hitters.

The eight-time All-Star fanned a single-season record 383 batters in 1973, and his career strikeouts encompassed 1,176 different players.

"This is a great opportunity for baseball fans," said SHSU head baseball coach Mark Johnson. "Fans will have the opportunity to be in the presence and hear inspirational words from one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball, but also to meet the special young men who will be taking the field for the Bearkats in 2007.

“The banquet has all the makings for a very special occasion," he said.

Tickets for the event are $35 each individual, $50 for couples and $200 per table, with a maximum of eight at each table.

The evening will feature both live and silent auctions of various baseball items, with proceeds benefiting the Sam Houston State baseball enrichment fund, which supports the program through scholarships and other team expenses.

For more information, call the SHSU baseball office at 936.294.4435 or 936.294.4653.


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Association To Host Networking Event

The SHSU Alumni Association and the North Houston/Montgomery County Alumni Club will give Bearkat graduates the opportunity to mix and mingle during SamWorks on Jan. 30.

The networking event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Alamo Joe's Restaurant, located at 4747 Research Forest Dr. in The Woodlands.

The cocktail buffet and margarita event, sponsored by 1978 graduate H.W. "Turk" Eppes, will cost $5 for association members and $10 for non-members.

Reservations and payments are requested by Jan. 29 and can be made by mail to the SHSU Office of Alumni Relations; Box 2022; Huntsville, Texas; 77341-2022; or by credit card at either 800.283.7478 or online at


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Art Department To Showcase Faculty

Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to see the work of art professors outside of the classroom during the 47th Annual Art Faculty Exhibit beginning Tuesday (Jan. 16).

“This exhibit has a little of everything: pencil and charcoal drawings, acrylic and oil paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints, photography, video installation, animation and a wide variety of mixed media,” said art slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

The pieces will be on display through Feb. 1 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, located in Art Building F.

A public reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday (Jan. 18) from 5-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will feature the works of art and photography professors Martin Amorous, Jimmy H. Barker, Jack Barnosky, Brian Benfer, Kate Borcherding, David Dawson, Chuck Drumm, Rebecca Finley, Laura Fisher, Frank Golden, Matt Guest, Emmette Jackson, Michael Henderson, Taehee Kim, Pat Lawler, James Paster, Tedd Pettibon, Tom Seifert, Petrina Sowa, Tony Shipp and Tracy Viser.

For more information, call Davenport at 936.294.1317.


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Spring Concerts Tune Up With Organ Recital

Jay Whatley, assistant professor of keyboard studies, will kick off the SHSU School of Music’s spring semester with a solo faculty organ recital on Tuesday (Jan. 16).

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Huntsville’s First United Methodist Church, located on the northwest corner of 11th Street and Sam Houston Avenue.

The recital will feature works for solo organ by some of the best-known composers of classical music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, and Cesar Franck, as well as one piece by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, a lesser-known composer, according to Whatley.

“The recital program is centered on works that use as their basis the German Lutheran chorales of the 15th to the 17th centuries,” he said. “The intention is to demonstrate the many forms and disguises a composer can utilize when incorporating a chorale melody into his work.”

Among the pieces Whatley will perform are Choral-Improvisation on "Nun danket alle Gott," by Karg-Elert; Partita on "Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig," by Bach; and five Chorale Preludes by Bach and Brahms, among others.

The concert will be held off campus “to feature the magnificent instrument that is housed at First United Methodist Church, and because there is no organ on campus for such performances,” Whatley said.

There is no admission cost; however, a goodwill offering will be taken at the door to benefit the Organ Restoration Fund at the First United Methodist Church.

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


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Non-Traditional Organization Seeks New Members

The Non-Traditional Student Organization at SHSU is currently seeking new members, and faculty, staff participants for the spring semester.

NTSO was founded in the fall of 2004 and currently has more than 160 members.

To qualify as a non-traditional student you must be 25 years or older, returning to school after being away for many years, returning to school after military service, a mom or a dad, married, or feel as though “you just feel like you don't fit in with the rest of the college crowd,” according to Andrea L. Woodlief, NTSO business manager.

Among the activities planned for the spring are a resume-writing workshop with Career Services, a time management seminar with the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, a Spring Fling dance and a softball game for the non-traditional students.

“We welcome non-traditional students at SHSU, faculty, staff, and their families to attend our meetings and events,” Woodlief said. “Our meetings are filled with fun conversations and provide an opportunity for building new friendships.”

A meeting time for the spring has not yet been determined, but interested students can receive information about the organization and sign up to receive news about the group by visiting the group’s Web site at or by contacting Woodlief at


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Keyboard Prof To Return As Judge For Conference

Jay Whatley, assistant professor of keyboard studies in SHSU’s School of Music, has been invited to serve as an adjudicator for the final round of competitions at the 11th Annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference, to be held this year in Las Vegas on Nov. 4-7.

This will not be the first time Whatley has served as on the panel of judges for the conference, which is the largest international conference dedicated solely to the art of teaching piano.

He also served as an adjudicator for the final round of competitions at the 10th Annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference, held Oct. 25-28, 2006, in Atlanta, Ga.

Finalists in the competitions are selected following semi-final rounds, which were held in various international locations, including Sydney, Tokyo, Moscow, London, and New York. Preliminary rounds were held previously on at regional level.

" As a panel, we were to rank, in order, our choices for first through fifth place,” Whatley said. “At this level, even fifth place was an outstanding accomplishment, since it was a world-wide competition.”

“In addition, each judge provided individual written comments to each competitor, with the expectation that the competitor would then be able to draw on the ‘combined wisdom’ of the panel of judges that heard him/her play, and further improve and refine his/her playing and artistry,” he said.

In addition to the competitions, the conference included workshops and seminars that covered a variety of pedagogical issues.


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Jan. 14, 2007
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