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SHSU Update For Week Of March 11


Cheerleaders To Appear On ESPN2

Bearkat cheerleaders and mascots—at your party and on TV.

ESPN2 will replay top performances from the top Division I teams, including SHSU, from the 2007 Universal Cheerleaders and Dancers Collegiate National Championship.

Part one of the competition is expected to be recast on March 11, at 3 p.m., and part two is expected to be recast on March 25 at 3 p.m., though the specific division showings have not yet been released, according to Jared King, spirit programs coordinator.

The SHSU Co-Ed Cheerleading squad finished third in Division I during this year’s competition, which was held in Orlando, Fla.

“The third place in finish 2007 marks the first time in seven years that the Co-Ed program has been in the top three and is part of a four-year streak of continuous improvement at competition,” he said.

Times and dates for the replay will be posted at

In addition, the co-ed squad is available to perform at various events both on and off campus.

Sammy Bearkat, and Airkat, as well as members of the cheerleading or dance teams will bring “an exciting dynamic” or “additional spirit” to events such as birthday parties, according to King.

Appearances are free and requests can be made through an online form found at

“We can accommodate specific needs and make every effort to fill each request,” King said.

For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at 936.294.3861 or contact King at


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Art Professors Showcase Works In Houston

Three SHSU art professors will be exhibiting their works through March 29 at the Commerce Street Artists Warehouse in Houston.

The exhibit, "Falling to Earth," includes works by Martin Amorous, Brian Benfer and Michael Henderson, as well as works by Robin Germany, who teaches photography and digital imaging at Texas Tech University.

“All of the artists in the exhibit create work that references the landscape of the earth from non-traditional and alternate points of view,” Henderson said. “Their works displace viewers from in front of the ‘window’ of the canvas and reposition them in spaces where the landscape is fluid and abstract and refers to the body, time and the act of creation.

Amorous, who teaches painting, creates large paintings through poured paint washes that bleed across the canvas.

“Landscapes appear in the veils of paint, but the works teeter back and forth between deep vistas and abstraction,” Henderson said.

Benfer, who teaches ceramics, uses the earth itself to create installations.

“Benfer will throw clay on the floor of the space, placing the viewer in a form that has come out of the earth,” Henderson said.

Henderson, who teaches computer animation, uses digital video and computer animation to create works that involve nature, time and language.

His loops of geometry, landscape and language have no clear beginning or end and can become pardoxical as the viewer interprets them, he said.

Germany's night photographs of plants in the forest become “weird abstract images that seem more like interiors of the body or medical illustrations than landscapes,” according to Henderson.

The Commerce Street Artists Warehouse is located at 2315 Commerce St. in Houston.

For more information, visit, or contact Henderson at


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Biology Students Win Big At Science Conference

Students from the Department of Biological Sciences swept the first place awards at the recent 110th annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Sciences at Baylor University in Waco.

Joanna Hayes received first place in the master's level research grant competition and won $1,000 for her presentation, entitled "Patterns of Gregarine infection in Argia species Across Biogeographical Provinces in Texas."

Alicia Kennedy won $1,500 and a $100 travel grant for her first place win in the undergraduate level research grant competition for "Preliminary Analysis of the Fossil Herpetofauna, Koanaka Hills, Botswana."

Finally, Candace Wise won $300 and best undergraduate podium presentation for her talk entitled "Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography to Identify Gibberellin and Gibberellin-Like Compounds from Anemia mexicana Gametophyte Culture Media."

More than 450 scientists from dozens of universities across the state will be in attendance at the conference, held March 1-3.

The Texas Academy of Science is one of the oldest science organizations in the state.


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HUB Show To Be Held March 12

Sam Houston State University, along with several other local entities, will host the 11th Annual Vendor/HUB Show on Monday (March 12).

Vendor booths for Historically Underutilized Businesses will be set up in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. until noon to showcase products and services available to departments, as well as opportunities in which departments can increase SHSU's HUB participation.

The event, co-sponsored by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the City of Huntsville, Walker County and the SHSU Small Business Development Center, is open to all faculty and staff.

For more information, call Kathy Roberts in the Purchasing Department at 936.294.1894.


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Alpha Chi Inducts 60

SHSU’s Texas Omicron chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society recently inducted 60 members to the organization.

Among those inducted were: Donna R. Abajian, Todd J. Bartkowiak, Lindsey R. Bates, Travis G. Brackin, James J. Branch, Jennifer Brannon, Monica N. Brown, Erica A. Carrales, Jason N. Cochran, Adrien R. Cooper, Ashley Cross and Haley D’Ann Deveau.

Also, Elise N. Diaz, Luke T. Dildy, Jennifer Denease Dixon, Samantha A. DuBroc, Jennifer L. Gann, Juan Carlos Garcia, Jennifer R. Gaulitz, Caroline R. Gottfried, Tawnia Haas, Aimee Hamm, Elizabeth H. Hartwell and Daniel Hirsch.

Also, Krystle NiCole Hooper, Elke Horn, Diana L. Jennings, Carmen C. Kelleher, Ashley C. Kelly, Randi V. Kizer, Lindsay Latimer, Jeanna M. Lensing, Jesse Lisenby, Kira L. Lowe, Melissa J. Mauck and Molly Anne Mayer.

Also, Jason R. McKnight, Galynn Murray, Laura E. Obenhaus, Lynn Park, Eryn M. Pendley, Shalane L. Powell, Whitney Y. Powell, Paul Provost, Emma M. Quintero, Marrissa Rawlins, Patti Sexton and Stephen M. Shahan.

And finally, Tricia Nicole Shipman, Landis R. Shoemaker, Andrea K. Silvola, Heather N. Simmons, Matthew Arness Thomas, Stephen S. Thompson, Lacy True, Tiffany C. Wiggers, Kendra D. Withers, Cody Justin Wortham, Christopher Worthen and Jamie A. Zahradnik.

To be eligible for membership, students must have at least a 3.7 grade point average as a junior or a 3.6 GPA as a senior.


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Gibson Awarded As Texas Mediator

James Gibson
Gibson received the highest honor obtainable by a mediator in Texas, the Susanne C. Adams Award, on Feb. 23.

James W. Gibson was awarded the highest honor obtainable by a mediator in the State of Texas on Feb. 23 during the Texas Association of Mediators annual conference in San Antonio.

Gibson, student legal adviser with SHSU’s Students’ Legal Services Office, received the Susanne C. Adams Award, created in 1997 to honor Adams, a visionary, leader and pioneer in mediation, and those who, like her, set an example for the rest of the mediation community to follow in Texas, he said.

Gibson received the award based upon his 18 years of contributions to the advancement of mediation in Texas and the nation.

He serves on the board of the Texas Mediators Credentialing Association and is the secretary of that organization.

In addition, he was formally on the board of directors of the Texas Association of Mediators, the Texas Mediators Trainers Roundtable, and is past president and treasurer of the Greater Houston Chapter Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (now ACR).

A member of the State Bar of Texas, he has been honored for outstanding service to that organization’s ADR Section.

Gibson’s writings have been featured in many of the Texas publications for mediators and for lawyers and constitute or form a part of numerous training manuals.

He published Texas’s first training manual for criminal mediation, and co-authored the highly acclaimed book” Capitalizing on Conflict,” published in 2002.

The Texas Association of Mediators is a statewide, interdisciplinary organization whose mission is to provide leadership and education in the field of mediation, and valued benefits to the organization’s members.


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Grant Named President Of Housing Officers Org

Dana Grant

Dana Grant, assistant director for the Department of Residence Life, was recently selected as president-elect for the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers at the organization’s annual conference in Oklahoma City.

SWACUHO is an association of university housing administrators who are interested in educational and research purposes that contribute to the improvement and coordination of various aspects of student residence, food service, developmental programming, administration and related operations.

Her duties as president include presiding over the association and executive meetings, coordinating the training of new officers, overseeing association policies and procedures, preparing an annual report, overseeing the conference committee chairs and acting as a liaison with regional and national organizations.

Grant has been a member of the organization since 1997, serving as the exhibits and displays chair for two years and as the newsletter editor for two years, as well as serving on various other committees.

Currently, SWACUHO supports a membership of 80 schools representing two-year colleges, professional and graduate schools, and four-year institutions in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

SWACUHO is an affiliate of The Association of College and University Housing Officers-International.


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Students Give Boy Scouts Chemistry Lessons

Boy Scout doing chemistry
A local Boy Scout observes the results of an electro-chemical reaction during the Chemistry Merit Badge Scout Day activities.

Darren Williams, assistant professor of chemistry, and 11 SHSU student volunteers from the J.C. Stallings Chemistry Club and the Society of Forensic Science Students recently assisted 19 Boy Scouts in completing the requirements necessary to obtain their Chemistry Merit Badge.

The Boy Scouts participated in a six-hour program of lab experiments and lectures, using laboratory notebooks to record observations of experiments with abrasive cleaners, batteries, caramelized onions and chemical separations.

They demonstrated their knowledge with written examinations on the seven merit badge requirements covering topics such as the chemistry of cooking, chemical hazards, pollution, governmental agencies and the chemical disciplines, Williams said.

Student volunteers for the project included Tricia Chapela, Michael Eckhoff, Shannon Gross, Christine Henry, Daniela Ide, Tim Johnson, Casie Jupe, Shamah Lloyd, Hudson Pace, Rebecca Reyna and Angela Ripley.

The Chemistry Merit Badge is offered every spring during the Sam Houston State University Scout Saturday.

For more information, contact Williams at


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FCS Faculty Present Work At Conference

Three family and consumer sciences faculty members presented their research during the 89th Annual Meeting of the Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The "Mission Control: FCS of the Future" conference was held March 1-3 in Clear Lake, Texas.

FCS faculty presenters included Laura K. Burleson and Janis H. White, discussing their poster presentation, "Use of Available Data to Identify Learning Outcomes: Response to Current Evaluation Trends," and Paula J. Tripp, discussing "Higher Education Classes Out of the Classroom: Preferences and Practices."

Among other presentations and speakers at the event were NASA's dietitian discussing "Food in Space," information regarding the Texas Education Agency's "Achieve Texas" initiative, insights into how NASA technology has been transferred from space into homes and child-centered designs for apparel merchandising.

The statewide delegates represented higher education, secondary schools, government agencies, cooperative extensions, and business and industry.


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March 11, 2007
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