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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 28


Brady Discusses Financial Aid With Students, Staff

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady met with university administrators, officials and student leaders on Monday morning to discuss the state of financial aid, as well as get suggestions on things the federal government could do to alleviate issues affiliated with financial aid.

During the roundtable discussion, Brady talked about upcoming bills related to financial aid, as well as some that have already passed through the U.S. House of Representatives, including one that would cut the interest rate on student loans that “ended up not being quite what I had hoped for” and a bill that was passed last year that would increase the Pell Grant that “didn’t make it to the president’s desk,” he said.

Student leaders were asked to relate their experiences and problems with financial aid, bringing up such points as a need for more aid for middle-class students, whose families fall into the gap of not qualifying for grants because of their income, yet aren’t able to afford to help with college expenses; and aid that allows for cost-of-living expenses outside of tuition and fees.

Among other ideas presented to Brady by both financial aid officials and students were increasing the federal Pell Grant with a current maximum amount of $4,000 to at least $6000 to cover rising tuition costs, as well as expanding the eligibility incomes for the Pell Grant, and allowing academic performance to affect the amount of financial aid offered to students

Approximately 61 percent, or about 7,000, of SHSU’s students receive some form of financial aid. The cost of tuition and student debt approximately doubled in the past 10 years, while the amount of student financial aid has tripled, according to Brady.


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Program To Screen, Counsel Children With ADHD

The counselor education program at Sam Houston State University is offering group counseling for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) children and parents on Monday evenings from Feb. 19 through April 16.

Free assessment appointments will be held on Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12.

Groups will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p. m. once each week from mid-February to mid-April.

The sessions are specifically designed to help children ages seven to 10 and their siblings learn ways to deal with the symptoms of ADHD. Based on a model developed at the University of Maryland, counselors will meet with the children while other counselors will meet with parents.

"We hope you will consider participating if your child has a diagnosis or symptoms of ADHD, if you are interested in learning more about ADHD and if you want your child to develop new, positive social skills," said Rick Bruhn, professor and clinical coordinator for SHSU's counselor education program.

The sessions will take place at the Jack Staggs Counseling Clinic, located at 1932 Bobby K. Marks Dr. on the SHSU campus.

The cost for the group counseling sessions is a $150 donation to the university’s Graduate Counseling Student Scholarship Fund.

For more information or to reserve a 45-minute family assessment appointment, call the Jack Staggs Counseling Clinic at 936.294.1121.


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AAI To Discuss Dangers Of Club Drugs

The Alcohol Abuse Initiative will discuss the dangers of “designer drugs” and their effects when combined with alcohol during Club Drugs A-Z on Thursday (Feb. 1).

The event will be held at 4 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 304.

The presentation by Michelle Lovering, Student Health Center programming coordinator, and health intern Ladena King will show not only how club drugs such as Rohypnol, Ecstasy, GHB and Ketamine affect the body, but what they look like should someone see them at a party, what classes of drugs they are and what happens when they are combined with alcohol. There will also be a “surprise demonstration.”

Ketamine hydrochloride, or "Special K," is a powerful hallucinogen widely used as an animal tranquilizer by veterinarians; GHB is odorless and nearly tasteless, reportedly been used in cases of date rape; and Rohypnol, also known as the “date rape drug,” produces sedative-hypnotic effects including muscle relaxation and amnesia, according to

The Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study recently found that 1.2 percent of students admit to having used ecstasy in the past 30 days, and fewer than 0.3 percent have used GHB and Ketamine in the past 30 days.

“While these numbers seem low and are comparable to national averages, they are certainly worthy of our attention,” Lovering said. “We cannot emphasize enough the dangers of using designer or any other drugs, especially when combined with alcohol.”

“These drugs are dangerous by themselves, but when mixed with alcohol, they can be especially deadly,” she said.

“The Club Drugs: A-Z” is part of the AAI’s Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training program, an educational series aiming to increase awareness of alcohol abuse issues among students.

Through SWAAT, students earn prizes by attending events, which accumulate as students attend more programs.

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


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Lecture Series To Teach ‘Words Of Wellness’

The University Wellness Committee will share some “Words of Wellness” during a six-week lecture series that will kick off on Jan. 31 with David Ficklen, health education professor and doctor of internal medicine, discussing how to “Achieve Overall Wellness.”

The series, which will be held on Wednesdays from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 304 through March 7, will feature a different speaker and topic each week.

WOW is part of the university’s new WellnessWORKS employee wellness program, according to Mindy Oden, Recreational Sports assistant director for wellness programs.

The purpose of the series is to teach faculty and staff members “the whole gamut of overall wellness,” from exercise to nutrition to things that may affect those things, such as stress, Oden said.

Future WOW topics and speakers include “Stress Management,” with Rosanne Keathley and Susie Stone; “Dieting Myths,” with Bill Hyman; “Healthy Eating on the Run,” with Martha Bass; “Heart Health & Aerobic Exercise,” with Gary Oden; and “CORE Strength (Abs and Back)” with Kent Morgan, from Texas A&M.
Participants are invited to bring a lunch.

For more information on WOW or WellnessWORKS, contact Mindy Oden at or 936.294.1307.


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Rec Sports To Offer Massages

The Department of Recreational Sports will offer some hands-on stress relief with massage sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on Jan. 29.

Health major and registered massage therapist Sam Stillwell will provide massages by appointment from 4-6 p.m. during the trial basis of the program, which is scheduled to end March 7.

The cost is $10 for five minutes or $20 for 20 minutes.

Massages are open to all faculty, staff and students.

For more information, or to schedule a massage, call Mindy Oden, Recreational Sports assistant director for wellness programs, at 936.294.1307 or call the Rec Sports office at 936.294.1985.


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Presentation To Provide Korea Study Abroad Info

Steven Ahn, director of global exchange for Korea’s SoonChunHyang University, will discuss study abroad opportunities for Sam Houston State University students at SCH on Monday (Jan. 29).

The presentation will be held from 10:45-11:30 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 315.

As an incentive to study at SoonChunHyang University, located in Chungnam, Korea, the SCH will reimburse students for up to $800 in airfare, offer a full waiver for room fees and pay a weekly stipend of $160 per week, according to Reiko Clark, SHSU director for international programs. Tuition is paid at SHSU.

Since the exchange agreement was signed between SHSU and SCH in 2005, seven SHSU students have studied in Korea, including one who is studying there this semester, and four exchange students have come to SHSU, including two who are currently in Huntsville.

More SHSU students study abroad long-term at SCH University than any other single university in the world, Clark said.

Students, faculty and staff members are invited to the presentation.

For more information, contact Clark, at 936.294.4611 or


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Physics Society Named ‘Outstanding’

SHSU’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been awarded for its “superior performance” during the 2005-2006 school year by the national organization.

The Outstanding SPS Chapter awards are given based on the depth and breadth of the organization’s activities, such as research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, hosting and representation at meetings and providing social interaction for chapter members, according to the award letter sent to the group’s adviser, Renee James.

“This award is a testament to your personal leadership skills as much as it is an acknowledgement of your chapter’s superior performance,” the letter said.

For more information on the SPS, visit


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Jan. 28, 2007
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