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SHSU Update For Week Of March 4


Workshop Series To Give Career-Obtaining Skills

Career Services will assist in students’ transitions from college life to the career world after graduation during a workshop series beginning Tuesday (March 6).

“Our Spring Workshop Series will focus on developing resume, interviewing and business etiquette skills,” said Rachel Phelps, Career Services counselor. “You will also learn tips on how to transfer the skills you have learned as a student to skills that are crucial in the workforce.”

The series will kick off with a “Resume Writing Workshop” on March 6, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., and an “Interviewing Skills Workshop” from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Second resume and interviewing skills workshops will also be held on March 20, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., and March 21, from 3-4 p.m.

Also part of the series, a “From Student to Professional Workshop” will be held on April 3, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., and a “Business Etiquette Workshop,” from 10-11 a.m. on April 4.

Seating is limited, so participants are urged to come early.

All workshops will be held in the Career Services Library and are provided for free for SHSU students and alumni.

Career Services is located at 919 Bearkat Blvd.

For more information, call 936.294.1713 or visit


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Campus To Spring Break March 15-16

Sam Houston State University will join faculty and staff on Spring Break with offices closing on March 15-16.

Spring Break will be held March 12-16 for all faculty and students.

Residence Halls will close at 6 p.m. on March 9 and will reopen at 2 p.m. on March 18.

Classes will resume March 19.


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Rec Sports To Help Students Survive Spring Break

The Department of Recreational Sports’ wellness program will put students in the mood for Spring Break with music, door prizes and other give-aways on Wednesday (March 7).

Survivor Spring Break will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

Rec Sports will also disseminate information on how to stay safe during the break, on such topics as self-defense, nutrition, exercise, sun safety, alcohol and drugs and sexual protection.

“The purpose of Survivor Spring Break is to give students the knowledge they need to prepare for a safe Spring Break,” said Mindy Oden, assistant director for wellness programs. “This same knowledge and information will benefit students and employees for the rest of their lives, which is one of our goals.”

For more information, call Oden at 936.294.1307.


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Student Seeks Family Volunteers For Divorce Study

SHSU clinical psychology doctoral student Jessica R. Gurley is seeking families with children between the ages of 6 and 12 who either have finalized a divorce or are in the process of getting a divorce for her dissertation study.

“I am currently testing two treatment programs for families of divorce,” Gurley said. “A main focus of these programs is helping the children adapt to the changes; divorce can be really tough for children and these programs were designed to help children deal with their thoughts and feelings about the divorce.”

“Another focus of these programs is to help the parents help the children by teaching the parents things they can do to make this time as easy as possible on the children and themselves,” she said.

In order to participate, parents must have finalized a divorce in the past 30 months or be in the process of a divorce.

Participants also much be a custodial parent, having the children at least 50 percent of the time.

As a participant, volunteers will fill out a series of questionnaires at different times in a three-month period, and in addition to free treatment, families will be compensated by up to $50.

For more information, call Gurley at 936.294.3376 and leave a message with your name and phone number.


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Visitor Center Seeks Saturdays@Sam Volunteers

The SHSU Visitor Center is seeking volunteers to help with its campus preview day, "Saturdays @ Sam," which will be held on March 24.

Volunteers are needed to greet students and parents, conduct campus tours and assist with the many activities scheduled for the day.

Interested students should attend one of the information/training meetings in the Visitor and Alumni Center. Participants will meet in the center’s lobby and will be directed to the meeting room.

Meetings will be held on Tuesday (March 6) at 3:30 p.m., March 20 at 12:30 p.m. and March 21 at 5 p.m.
Volunteers can also earn community service credit.

For more information, call 936.294.4482 or e-mail


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Physics To Show Students Spring Skies, Orion

The physics department will continue its series of planetarium showings by giving students, faculty and staff a glimpse of the “Spring Skies and Orion” on Friday (March 9).

The series, which shows attendees which constellations, stars and planets they can expect to see in the upcoming weeks, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Planetarium, located in Farrington Building Room F102.

The program, which began last semester, aims at increasing public awareness and interest in the field of astronomy, according to Michael Prokosch, staff aid for the physics department and SHSU alumnus who also teaches elementary school at Lansberry Elementary in Trinity.

“The turnout was excellent last semester, especially the last day,” he said.

The show will last approximately one hour and will include a tour of the winter constellations and the department’s prearranged movie, "Orion," specifically formatted for viewing on a dome-shaped screen.

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.

“Essentially a time machine, the planetarium's projector can show how the night sky appears to an observer at any point in time from any place on the earth, from 100,000 years in the past, to 100,000 years into the future,” he said.

The program also will be presented on April 13 and May 11, at 7 p.m. on all three days. The remaining presentations will essentially be the same, Prokosch said.

Admission is free, and if seating is full, a secondary show may be given if time permits.

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


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Tech Professor To Discuss Social Security

Andres J. Vargas, assistant professor of economics at Texas Tech University, will present his paper, "The Effect of Social Security Contributions of Wages: The Colombian Experience," on Thursday (March 8).

The lecture, part of the SHSU Economics and International Business Spring 2007 Seminar Series, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Building Room 139.

Vargas joined the economics faculty at Texas Tech in the fall 2006 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin.

In his paper, Vargas estimates what fraction of social security contributions employers pass on to workers in the form of lower wages using the Colombian social security reform of 1993, which “transformed the institutional framework for pension funds and health care provision,” according to his abstract.

For more about the seminar, visit


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Faculty Concert To Feature Bassoon

School of Music faculty members Scott Phillips and Jay Whatley will perform pieces that span eras during the Faculty Bassoon Recital on Monday (March 5).

Phillips, playing bassoon and accompanied by Whatley, a pianist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Including music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century eras, the concert will include Romeo Cascarino’s “Sonata,” Alexandre Tansman’s “Sonatine,” George Perle’s “Three Inventions for Solo Bassoon” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191,” among others.

“You may not be familiar with the lovely sounds of a bassoon, but this recital will open your ears,” Phillips said. “All of it will feature the singing qualities and bouncy tones of the lowest woodwind instrument.”

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


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Graduate Choreographers Show ‘All Things Considered’

SHSU graduate dance students will present a variety of their own pieces on Wednesday and Thursday for "All Things Considered: A Graduate Choreography Concert."

The concert will be held at 8 p.m. in Academic Building III’s Dance Theatre.

Both graduate and undergraduate dancers will perform styles of dance ranging from modern to ballet to African to contemporary and even Caribbean.

The featured works were choreographed by graduate students Samantha Angus, Cheryl Callon, Melissa Diamond, Olney Edmondson, Melissa Harvey, Megan Lasher, Courteny Mulcahy, Kyla Olson, Heather Samuelson and Mary Zepeda.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.

For more information, call Zepeda at 936.294.4195.


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Cheerleaders Sought For All-Girl Squad

The SHSU all-girl cheerleading squad will host two remaining workdays as it prepares to fill approximately 16-20 vacant positions in April.

Anyone interested in trying out for the team can attend the workdays on March 24 and April 14, from noon to 2 p.m. on both days. The first workday was held March 3.

Workdays are optional and provide participants the opportunity to get to know the coaches, current team members and practice stunting, tumbling and other skills, according to cheer team coach Raelynn Deaton, who is also a professor of biology.

In order to be a member of the squad, ladies must have previous cheerleading or gymnastics experience, be able to stunt and tumble. Cheerleaders must be able to do a standing backhandspring and preferably a back tuck as well, though it isn’t required.

The all-girl squad cheers at football, girl's basketball and some men's basketball games, according to Deaton.

Team members also attend camp and practice twice a week during the summer, as well as one additional workout on their own.

Tryouts for the team will be held on April 27, from 6-10 p.m. and April 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Deaton at 936.294.1550 or


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Group Teaches Fifth Graders ‘Fun’ Science

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Approximately 50 area fifth graders made GAK, looked at bones and insects and found out with local plants were poisonous during the Tri Beta Biological Society's Science Saturday on Feb. 18.

Approximately 50 area fifth graders recently visited the SHSU campus for the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society’s Science Saturday.

Volunteers from the Delta Tau chapter assisted students as they visited four different labs in the Lee Drain Building during the event, which was held on Feb. 18.

Among the activities students participated in included “Weird Animals,” a comparative vertebrate anatomy lab where students could see and touch the bones of different kinds of birds, rodents, lizards and fish, and “GAK,” a chemistry-based lab where students made GAK, a rubbery putty, by using different non-toxic household chemicals.

The fifth graders also visited a “Botany” room, where students learned about different plants native to the Huntsville area, as well as which were poisonous, and made a small flip book of all the different types; and the “Invertebrates and Microscopes” lab, where students looked at insects of all types, as well as slides and live protest specimen, through microscopes.

Afterward, the students were served pizza in the LDB Atrium and received raffle prizes.

“The purpose of Science Saturday is to get young students involved and interested in the field of science, said Carlye Schulte, public relations officer for the organization.

Tri-Beta hosts Science Saturday every spring.

For more information, contact Schulte at


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McNair Scholars Present In Denton

McNair Scholar Carlye Schulte was one of two presenters from SHSU during the organization's 9th annual research conference on Feb. 17.

Two students from the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program recently presented their research during the 9th Annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference.

Spanish and criminal justice major San Juanita Garcia presented on "The Decision-Making Process of Juvenile Probation Officers: An Analysis of Probation Revocation" and biology and chemistry major Carlye Schulte discussed "Research Performed on Pentobarbital Withdrawal in Congenic Mice Strains using c-Fos Immunohistochemistry" on Feb. 17 in Denton.

These research projects are similar to a master’s thesis and are completed under the guidance of a faculty mentor, according to McNair Scholars Program director Lydia C. Fox.

Garcia’s faculty mentor was Jennifer Schulenberg, assistant professor of criminal justice, and Schulte’s faculy mentor was Ted Brummel, assistant professor of biology.

In addition, five other McNair scholars attended the conference, including Lyndsy Duet, Ashley Ligons, Nicole Lozano, Pete Nunez and Candice Withrow.

McNair scholars receive a $1,600 research stipend, which is disbursed in three amounts during the academic year and a tuition waver for a three-hour spring research class.

For more information on the McNair program, call Fox at 936.294.3264 or visit


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March 4, 2007
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