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SHSU Update For Week Of July 29


Planetarium To Show ‘Colors Of Summer,’ ‘Ring World’

The physics department will continue its public planetarium program this summer with “Ring World” and “The Colors of Summer” on Tuesday (Aug. 7).

The series, which shows attendees which constellations, stars and planets they can expect to see in the upcoming weeks, will be held at 3 p.m. in the Planetarium, located in Farrington Building Room F102.

The program will include a “tour of what’s currently up in the summer night sky with ‘The Colors of Summer,’” as well as the summer feature, ‘Ring World,’ “a fantastic journey to perhaps the most beloved planet in the solar system: Saturn, the true Lord of the Rings” specifically formatted for viewing on a dome-shaped screen, according to Michael Prokosch, staff aide for the physics department.

The show will last approximately one hour.

The Planetarium, which seats up to 29 visitors, includes a dome that is approximately 18 feet in diameter and more than 20 feet high in the center, Prokosch said.

Admission is free.

The final summer showing will be held on Aug. 14, also at 3 p.m.

One-day visitor parking passes for off-campus attendees are available at the Visitor Center.

For more information on current show times for the Planetarium or the Observatory, call 936.294.3664.


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PR Seeks Calendar Info For Fall

The Public Relations Office is currently accepting information to be used in its calendar pages for the fall semester.

Departmental or organization calendars or events may be sent to or

Please include the date, location and time of the event, as well as a brief description and a contact person.

These calendars, located at, are continuously updated throughout the year and are used by various media outlets, as well as PR itself, for news stories and releases.

All information for news stories should be sent to the office at least a week in advance to give the PR staff ample time to make necessary contacts and write the story.

For more information, call 936.294.1836.


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Alma Mater Names Del Carmen ‘Outstanding’

SHSU distinguished professor of criminal justice Rolando del Carmen has been named ‘outstanding’ by the Silliman University Law Alumni Association, Inc., for his “notable deeds as legal advocate and educator and for leading an honorable life.”

Del Carmen will receive a “plaque of distinction” on Aug. 25 during Silliman University’s 19th SULAW General Assembly, when its Wall of Fame, including his name, will be unveiled.

He was chosen as this year’s “Outstanding SULAW Awardee” in the field of legal education from a list of nominees, his award letter said.

Del Carmen graduated magna cum laude from Silliman University, located in Dumaguete City in the Philippines, with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1956 and cum laude in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts.

He also has earned master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University and the University of California-Berkley, as well as a Doctor of the Science of Law degree from the University of Illinois.

Del Carmen came to SHSU in 1974 and was named a distinguished professor in 1995.


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Criminal Justice Prof To Be Honored For ‘Stellar Career’

Assistant professor of criminal justice Jennifer Schulenberg has been recognized by her alma mater, the University of Waterloo, as one of the its first Arts in Academics Program nomination recipients.

Schulenberg will be honored on Sept. 28 at the William M. Tatham Centre, on the University of Waterloo campus, located in Waterloo, Ontario in Canada.

“We asked each department to nominate an alumnus working in the academic field who has had a stellar career,” said Alexandra Lippert, arts alumni officer for UW. “Jennifer was chosen from the sociology department.”

During the lunch and formal presentation, Schulenberg will receive a gift, and a plaque in her honor will be displayed in the sociology department, Lippert said.

Schulenberg earned her doctorate in sociology from UW in 2004, a bachelor’s degree from York University and a second bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, both in sociology and anthropology, from the University of Guelph.

She joined the College of Criminal Justice in 2005.

She specializes in the use of discretion, decision-making, and specialized units in policing; social control; policy analysis; juvenile delinquency; community-based corrections; and research methodology.

In 2005, Schulenberg was awarded one of the Governor-General’s Gold Medals for outstanding scholarship, a national award given by the Canadian government to a maximum of 15 recipients a year.


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Lutterschmidt Named Associate Editor For Journal

William Lutterschmidt, associate professor of biology, has been appointed an associate editor for “Herpetologica,” a top tier journal in the field of herpetology.

Lutterschmidt, who has been a member of the scientific society that publishes the journal since 1990, was appointed to the position by the editor “based upon qualifications and the prestige, influence, and reputation of the scientist and his work,” he said.

His duties, which will include editing all scientific manuscripts submitted for peer review in the area of physiological ecology, will begin on Aug. 15.

Herpetology is the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians.

Lutterschmidt’s current research laboratory is dedicated to the investigation and study of ectothermic vertebrates (which includes amphibians and reptiles, as well as fish) and their unique physiologies as they are influenced by temperature and other environmental factors, according to his Web site.

“Herpetologica,” established in 1936 by Chapman Grant, is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December by The Herpetologists' League, Inc. It is devoted to articles that further the knowledge of the biology of amphibians and reptiles.

For more information on the journal, or to view the most recent edition, visit


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McNair Scholar Presents At A&M Research Symposium

San Juanita Garcia

SHSU senior criminal justice and Spanish major San Juanita Garcia recently presented the results of her study, “Punitive Incarceration Ideologies: An Analysis of Texas Residents,” at the Research Experience for Undergraduates Symposium at Texas A& M University.

The symposium, held on July 20, was sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Garcia began her academic career as a participant in the freshman Bearkat Learning Community program.
She has been active in Kappa Delta Chi, and as a junior applied and was accepted to Sam Houston’s Ronald McNair Scholars Program.

She will graduate from SHSU on Aug. 4 and has been accepted to the doctoral program in sociology at Texas A&M for the fall.

She said she hopes to return to SHSU eventually as a faculty member.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
July 27, 2007
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