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SHSU Update For Week Of June 24


Coordinator To Compete For Miss Texas Title

Ashley McDonough
McDonough's pageant debut will be televised live at 8 p.m. on July 1 on Houston's KHOU-TV Channel 11.

She has been SHSU’s Multicultural and International Student Services program coordinator for approximately six months, but on July 1, Ashley McDonough will be affiliated with another type of “miss:” the Miss Texas USA pageant.

McDonough will make her first pageant appearance ever as Miss Brazos County during the event, which will be televised live from Laredo on Houston’s KHOU-TV Channel 11 at 8 p.m.

“I’m only nervous in that I don’t really know exactly what to expect when I get there,” she said. “I think it’s something that’s almost kind of nice: since I’ve never done it before, I’m going in just wanting to make new friends and hopefully those girls will think the same thing.”

The College Station native was named Miss Brazos County after sending a biography and picture of herself and being selected by the state director. Qualifying pageants for Miss Texas USA “are only held in major cities,” she said.

McDonough graduated from Texas A&M University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and Spanish. She plans on continuing her education at the University of Wales at Swancea, in the United Kingdom, to earn her master’s degree in development and human rights.

Judging for the weeklong competition will be held on Thursday before live telecast, with the preliminary evening gown and swimsuit competitions on Friday and the announcement of the top 15 girls and the winner on Sunday.

McDonough will be one of more than 120 women from across the state competing for the title and a prize package that includes a brand new 2007 Ford Mustang, cash, gold and diamond jewelry, travel and wardrobe.

In addition, Miss Texas USA will represent the state in the nationally-televised Miss USA pageant next spring in hopes of moving on to the ultimate of pageants, Miss Universe.


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Employee Scholarship Application For Fall Due June 29

Applications for the President’s Employee Scholarship program for the fall 2007 semester are due by Friday (June 29).

The President’s Employee Scholarship allows full-time, benefits-eligible employees to take and be reimbursed for up to four semester hours, or one class or one class and one lab, at SHSU.

Staff and faculty members through the rank of assistant professor are eligible for the scholarship.

Applicants must have a minimum of one year full-time continuous employment at SHSU and have earned at least three semester hours at SHSU with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA will be given first priority, and graduate students with a 3.5 GPA or greater will be given second priority.

An employee’s GPA, length of employment and student classification level are primary consideration factors.

New applications forms, which have been revised to replace the social security number with the Sam ID number, can be accessed online here.

Forms should be submitted to the Human Resources Department, at Box 2356, Estill Building Room 334.

For more information, contact Sandra Blair at or 936.294.1068.


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Theatre To Perform 'Like You Like It'

Dan Acquisto and Sammy Buck’s “Like You Like It,” which has had quite a bit of success in its post-New York life with high school and university incarnations, will be landing in Sam Houston State University’s theatre department Thursday and Friday (June 28-29).

Show times are 8 p.m. on both nights in the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage Theatre.

The cast is a mixture of SHSU musical theatre and theatre students, as well as students from the Theatre Under The Stars’ Humphreys School. TUTS is one of the country’s top theatre companies.

An updated and set-to-music version of William Shakespeare’s ”As You Like It,” the play is “kinda like an old Molly Ringwald movie,” according to playwright Sammy Buck.

Set in the 1980s, the story takes place in a high school and at the opening of the new Arden Mall.

Told through a series of flashbacks and filled with 80s pop music, the script revolves around the romantic escapades of Orlando (Nkrumah Gatling), Rosalind (Briana Resa), Audrey (Amanda Spindola), Touchstone (Tony Johnson) and Celia (Grace Marie Walton) with a plethora of zany subplots, including mistaken identities and loves lost and found in the Shakespearean and Ringwald traditions.

A benefit performance will also be held on Sunday (July 1), at 7 p.m. at Zilkha Hall, for the TUTS Tommy Tune Awards Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are $8 for the SHSU performances and are $19.85 for the Houston performance.

For more information, call 936.294.1339 or to purchase tickets for the Houston performance, call 713.558.TUTS (713.558.8887).


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Award-Winning Recruitment Video Now Available

The 11-minute recruiting video "Where Education is Up Close and Personal," which is shown in the Sam Houston State University Visitor Center, is also available for viewing online and in digital video disk (DVD) format.

The video is shown on the Visitor Center's auditorium on five center screens, two additional plasma screens in the rear of the auditorium and four plasma screens in the atrium. These screens display six separate streams of graphics and high definition footage.

Joey Chandler, Visitor Center director, invites anyone who has not seen the video to stop by the center or to contact her for a DVD copy.

The video is also available for viewing online on the Channel Three Productions Web site, at

Chandler and Kris Ruiz, SHSU marketing director, worked with the Channel Three company to create the video.

Channel Three Productions announced that it has received a Telly Award for the standard definition DVD version of the video.


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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 (June 26).

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 aid 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.

Repeat showings will be held on July 10, July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 14, all at 3 p.m.

One-day visitor parking passes for those off-campus who would like to attend a showing can be picked up 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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Student Activities To Create ‘Summer Fun’

The Student Activities department will give students some relief before the finals with some “Summer Fun” on Tuesday (June 26).

The event, which will include ice cream, lemonade and hot dogs, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

In case of rain, the event will be moved to the LSC Atrium.

For more information, call Student Activities at 936.294.3861.


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Military Science Welcomes 13 For Junior ROTC Training

JROTC training
2nd Lt. Jacob Lopez, a Gold Bar Recruiter for SHSU's ROTC program (second from right), instructs the JROTC cadets in how to un-blouse their BDU bottoms for ventilation prior to running the Bearkat O-Course.

Thirteen Junior ROTC cadets from Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena conducted their JROTC Leadership Camp at Sam Houston State University June 18-21.

The event was hosted in large part by Lt. Col. Rick King, head of the SHSU Military Science Department and the Bearkat Battalion.

Several days were spent at Gibb’s Ranch bivouacking and using the ROTC facilities to participate in the obstacle and leaders’ reaction course, as well as conduct land navigation and practice basic leadership, according to retired Lt. Col. Alan Mooneyham, JROTC instructor for SRHS and former head of SHSU’s Military Science Department.

The JROTC cadets also had an opportunity to spend some time on campus during freshman orientation and at the Visitor Center and the Health and Kinesiology Center.

The 13 JROTC cadets were selected from the Rayburn JROTC program of over 200 high school students, according to Mooneyham.

“They are the best of the best,” he said. “They have all successfully passed TAKS (the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test), have a 4.0 grade point average or higher, are members of at least one high school organization or team, have met high physical fitness standards and hold leadership positions within JROTC.”

Mooneyham and King said this event is a win-win opportunity for both SHSU and Sam Rayburn.

“The leadership camp teaches basic leadership and self-discipline, while conducting it on a great university campus like Sam exposes high school students to an achievable alternative after high school,” Mooneyham said.

In addition, King awarded each of the cadets with their camp completion certificates, recognized seven for earning the RECONDO badge, presented two other cadets with a Bearkat Battalion commander’s coin and extended an invitation to SRHS again next summer.


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