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SHSU Update For Week Of May 27


College To Break Ground On New Home

Academic Building V Rendering
A rendering of what Academic Building V, future home to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, among other offices, will look like upon completion. The building will be located in the parking lot south of the Smith-Hutson Building and east of the Lee Drain Building.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will celebrate the groundbreaking of its new home, Academic Building V, on June 8.

The ceremony, which is scheduled to include addresses by a representative from the Texas State University System Board of Regents, CHSS dean John de Castro and university president Jim Gaertner, will be held at 9 a.m. at the construction site east of Lee Drain Building and south of the Smith-Hutson Annex.

A reception will follow the ceremony at the site, and the entire event is open to the public.

The tentatively-named Academic Building V will house several departments and offices currently in need of additional space due to the recent expansion of the university, according to CHSS associate dean Terry M. Thibodeaux.

Relocating to ABV will be the departments of political science, psychology, and sociology and the college dean’s suite, as well as Accounts Payable, the Business Office, Human Resources, Payroll and Purchasing. The Student Advising and Mentoring Center, currently in need of additional space to meet the increasing demand for their services, will also relocate into larger quarters, Thibodeaux said.

A new teaching enhancement center will be housed on the concourse floor, providing various services and programs for faculty and staff of the entire university.

The building, designed by WHR Architects, Inc., and to be constructed by SpawGlass Construction Corp., has a budget of $30 million and will be approximately 150,000 square feet, making it one of the largest buildings on campus, Thibodeaux said.


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Alumni To Take SHSU To The Ballgame

sammy and the stros
Sammy the Bearkat with Junction Jack, the Astros mascot, during last year's Night at Minute Maid Park.

SHSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university will all receive discounted rates when the Houston Astros take on the Oakland Athletics during the Alumni Association’s Sam Houston State University Night at Minute Maid Park.

The June 13 game will begin at 7:05 p.m.

The association will provide chartered transportation to the game departing from Bowers Stadium at 4 p.m. for $15 per person. Club-level game seating and a pre-game reception are also available through the association for $45 per person.

Food and drinks will be served at the pre-game reception, which will begin at 6 p.m. on the first base side of the stadium in sections 235 and 236, according to director for Alumni Relations Charlie Vienne.

To make reservations for the chartered bus or club-level seating and pre-game reception, call 800.283.7478 or visit

The reservation deadline for the charter bus is May 31 and for tickets is June 6.


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Rec Sports Offers Water Aerobics, Fitness Classes

The Recreational Sports Department will help students, faculty and staff stay in shape over the summer with two new “innovative classes” scheduled to begin June 4, as well as the continuation of its group fitness program beginning Thursday (May 31).

Bikini Body Building, which will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:10-6:10 p.m., is a water aerobics class held at the Rec Sports Outdoor Pool.

Held as a pilot program during May, the class combines traditional “land aerobics” with the buoyancy of the water to give participants a harder workout that is easier on the body, according to Mindy Oden, assistant director for wellness programs for Rec Sports.

“It will be a combo of cardio moves in the water and also using some pool weights, like water dumbbells, you’ll use that to work the upper body, your core and even your lower body,” she said.

“It’s a fantastic way to really work your body,” Oden said. “Whether you have joint problems or not, it’s a great complement to anything else you’re doing because it’s minimal impact but it’s such a neat resistance tool.”

Participants should bring a swimsuit and towel.

Rockin to the Core, a strength and conditioning class that will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:10-4:10 p.m., will use the Rock Climbing Wall’s free-standing boulder, stability balls and bands to work the upper body and core.

Though the class will use the boulder, climbing experience is not needed because “you don’t go that far off the ground,” Oden said.

Both innovative classes will be held through the second summer sessions, with modified classes during the breaks and fall classes anticipated, according to Oden.

In addition, the established group fitness classes, including boot camp, hip hop, yoga and kick boxing, will be held at various times and dates to accommodate schedules.

The HKC will be open on Memorial Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the heated pool open from noon to 6 p.m., and will begin its normal summer schedule on Tuesday (May 29), which is from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

All group fitness and innovative classes are free for SHSU students, faculty, staff and those with Health and Kinesiology Center passes.

For more information, call Oden at 936.294.1307 or visit the Rec Sports Web site for the full fitness schedule and HKC and pool hours.


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Summer Classes To Begin After Memorial Holiday

SHSU will close in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday (May 28).

The university will reopen on Tuesday, when residence halls will also open at 11 a.m. for summer occupancy and summer registration will be held.

The first summer session will begin on Wednesday and will be held through June 29, when final examinations will be held and residence halls will close at 10 p.m.


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Association To Tee Off For Scholarship Fund

The SHSU Alumni Association will drive to build the legacy scholarship fund during its Alumni Legacy Golf Tournament on June 2.

The tournament will be held at the High Meadow Ranch Golf Club, between Tomball and Magnolia in Montgomery County.

Registration and warm-up will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Following the tournament, there will be a dinner and awards ceremony.

The entry fee is $125 per person, or $500 for a team of four, which includes range balls, green fee, cart, lunch and dinner.

Sponsorships are also available for $150 for hole sponsorships and $1,000 for corporate team sponsors.

The registration deadline is Thursday (May 31).

For more information, or to register, visit or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 1.800.283.7478, and for more information on the High Meadow Ranch Golf Club, visit


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Alumni Reception To Be Held In The Woodlands

The North Harris/Montgomery County Alumni Club of Sam Houston State University will host a reception for SHSU alumni on June 5.

The reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Alamo Joe’s Restaurant, located at 4747 Research Forest Dr. in The Woodlands.

The event will cost $5 for alumni association members and $10 for non-members, which includes a complimentary appetizer buffet and one complimentary drink ticket.

Reservations can be made through the SHSU Office of Alumni Relations, Box 2022, Huntsville, Texas, 77341-2022; at; or by calling 1.800.283.7478. Reservations are requested by June 4.

The event is sponsored by H.W. "Turk" Eppes.


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SAM Center To Teach Summer Study Skills

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will introduce students to study skills during its summer workshop series June 4-25.

The workshop, comprised of four one-hour sessions, will also discuss procrastination, time management, reading textbooks, test taking and stress management.

A second series will be held July 9-30.

Both series will be held at a variety of times to accommodate student schedules, with a schedule outline found at

For more information, or to register, call 936.294.4444 or visit the SAM Center, located in Academic Building IV Room 210.


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Profs Recognized By Ag Organizations

Dwayne Pavelock, assistant professor of agricultural education, was recently named the American Association for Agricultural Education’s “Outstanding Young Member Award” for the organization’s western region.

The award is given to an agricultural educator with less than seven years in the field on the basis of teaching, service and research, Pavelock said.

Each of the AAAE’s three regions gives out one award in the category, and Pavelock was selected out of a region that includes approximately 15 states and one territory-Guam, he said.

“ I work with great people,” Pavelock said. “Any of my success is just because they provided support and guidance along the way.”

In addition, Pavelock and four other faculty members and graduate assistants will be recognized for teaching in June by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

On June 22, during the organization’s 2007 Annual NACTA Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award will be presented to Pavelock and Roger Hanagriff, associate professor of agribusiness; and the NACTA Teacher Award of Merit will be presented to Michael Lau, assistant professor of agricultural Business.

In addition, the NACTA Graduate Assistant Award of Merit will be presented to Alisha Bullion, and the NACTA Outstanding Graduate Assistant award will be presented to Reagan Machac.

Hanagriff was also named Rodeo Coach of the Year by the organization.

The five were selected based on the association’s criteria, which included recommendations from peers or supervisors, self-evaluations, as well as student evaluations and teaching philosophies, Pavelock said.


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May 25, 2007
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