Today@Sam - SHSU Campus News Online Sam Houston State University Seal
In the News
SHSU Homepage

SHSU Experts
SHSU Stats
Sam the Man
SHSU History
Austin Hall

Heritage Magazine
Huntsville Item
The Houstonian
Gov. Links
Useful Links
Theater & Dance
SHSU Athletics
Rec. Sports
Request Info
General Info
Then & Now
The President
Public Relations
Post Office
Search SHSU

SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 21


Bob Dole To Give 'President’s' Speech On Monday

Former congressman and presidential hopeful Bob Dole will become the 12th of Sam Houston State University’s “President’s Speakers” Monday (Oct. 22).

Dole’s lecture will be held from 10-11 a.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center's Killinger Auditorium.

A former high school athlete and University of Kansas basketball player, Dole joined the U.S. Army in 1942. His injury in combat in the hills of northern Italy in 1945 led him to receive two Purple Hearts. He was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat "V" for valor for his attempt to assist a downed radioman.

After completing his law studies at KU, he was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1950, to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1960 and to the U.S. Senate in 1968.

He ran unsuccessfully for vice president in 1976 on a ticket headed by Gerald Ford and for the 1980 and 1988 Republican presidential nominations won by Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, respectively. Dole received the Republican nomination in 1996 but lost to incumbent Bill Clinton.

Since his retirement, Dole has worked part-time for a Washington, D.C., law firm, and pursued a second career of writing, consulting, public speaking, and television appearances.

Among his accolades are the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by President Clinton in 1997 and the American Patriot Award, which he received in 2004.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, housed on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas, was established to bring bipartisanship back to politics and opened in July 2003 to coincide with Dole's 80th birthday.

He has written several books, including one on jokes told by the presidents of the United States and his biography, "One Soldier's Story: A Memoir," which covers his World War II experiences and his battle to cope with his war injuries that was released in 2005.

The President’s Speaker Series was begun in 2002 to bring speakers to campus who have lived successful and principled lives.

For more information, call the President's Office at 936.294.3415.


Back to top


Health Center To Vaccinate Faculty, Staff

With flu season approaching, the Student Health Center will offer free influenza vaccinations to faculty and staff on Thursday and Friday (Oct. 25-26) in the Lowman Student Center Atrium. The vaccines will be administered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There are no assigned days for faculty and staff this year, and while those who wish to receive the vaccine may show up at whatever time is convenient for them, the 680 vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis, according to health programming coordinator Michelle Lovering.

Faculty and staff will need to check in with Student Health Center staff prior to receiving the vaccine, present an ID and complete the vaccine consent form.

“We ask that those receiving the vaccine come prepared with sleeves that can be easily adjusted to expose one’s shoulder,” Lovering said. “There will be an area to disrobe with privacy screens, but an easily accessible upper arm will make the process faster and more comfortable.”

Viruses in the “flu shot” are inactivated (killed), so you cannot get the flu from the vaccine.

“Protection against the flu develops at least two weeks after receiving the shot,” Lovering said. “Until then, you are still at risk for the flu.”

Flu vaccines should be received once a year, every fall prior to the flu season.

In the United States, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and roughly 36,000 people die from the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information about the influenza vaccine or the administration process, visit the Student Health Center Web site or call 936.294.1805.


Back to top


Ballerina To Serve As Grassroots Speaker

Lauren Anderson, retired principal ballerina and the first black dancer to be promoted to principal at Houston Ballet, will share her ‘roots’ and field questions on Wednesday (Oct. 24).

The lecture, part of the Student Advising and Mentoring Center’s Grassroots Speaker Series, will be held at 5 p.m. in Academic Building IV's Olson Auditorium.

A native Houstonian, Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets and appearing across the world to critical acclaim.

In 1990, she became the first black ballerina to be promoted to a principal dancer at the Houston Ballet and one of the few at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world, according to the Houston Ballet Web site.

In April 1999, Anderson was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and has also been featured in the magazines People and Pointe, as well as on the television programs "A&E Breakfast With the Arts," "CBS News Sunday Morning," and the game show "To Tell the Truth."

She has been honored by The Martin Luther King Foundation, Coalition of 100 Black Women, YWCA, by the Urban League, Delta Gamma Foundation, Texas Woman’s Chamber of Commerce, Houston City Council and the Texas Legislature.

In January 2007, Anderson assumed her new role of outreach associate in Houston Ballet’s education department, where she teaches ballet classes at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, conducts master classes at area schools and “lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas,” the Houston Ballet Web site said.

Following her lecture, a meet-and-greet with refreshments will be held in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, located in ABIV Room 210.

The event is sponsored by the academic support programs of the Student Advising and Mentoring Center; the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program; Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.; and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

For more information, contact Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs for the SAM Center, at 936.294.4455.


Back to top


Professor To Discuss Loyalty, Police

John I. Kleinig, professor in both the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University, will discuss “Loyalty and the Police” on Tuesday (Oct. 23).

The speech, part of the College of Criminal Justice’s Beto Chair Lecture Series, will be held from 9:30–11 a.m. in the Criminal Justice Center’s Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.

Kleinig has authored nine books, including those in progress, on such topics as ethical issues in various areas, policing and criminal justice, according to his vita.

Among his degrees are a bachelor’s and master’s degree, which he received from the University of Western Australia; a doctorate, which he received from the Australian National University; a bachelor of divinity from the Melbourne College of Divinity; and a fellowship of the academy from the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

He divides his teaching time between the United States and Australia, teaching from February through July at CAPPE and from August through January at CUNY, according to his vita.

The lecture will be followed by discussion in the Bates Room for graduate students.

For more information, call the College of Criminal Justice at 936.294.1635.


Back to top


St. Mary’s Mathematician To Move Students In Circles

Katherine Socha, assistant professor of mathematics at St. Mary's College of Maryland will discuss “Moving in Circles” on Wednesday (Oct. 24).

The discussion, part of the Piney Woods Lecture Series, will be held from 2-3 p.m. in the Lee Drain Building Room 214.

The talk describes some of the speaker’s favorite mathematical things and how they relate to circles, according to the abstract.

Socha received her bachelor’s degree from Reed College in 1990 and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002.
She spent two years teaching at Michigan State University before moving to Maryland to teach at the public liberal arts college, located near Chesapeake Bay, in 2004.

Following the lecture, a reception will be held on the fourth floor of the LDB that will give students the opportunity to meet and talk with Socha.

The Piney Woods Lecture Series is funded by the Mathematical Association of America, the Tensor Foundation, the SHSU department of mathematics and statistics, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The series is designed to “invite well-known female mathematicians to the SHSU campus to speak, and therefore provides SHSU graduate and undergraduate students exposure to well-known female mathematicians in a variety of research areas,” according to Jacqueline Jensen, assistant professor of mathematics.

For more information, call the mathematics and statistics department at 936.294.1563 or visit


Back to top


A&M Prof To Discuss Macroeconomic Consequences

Dennis Jansen, professor of economics at Texas A&M University, will present his paper, "The Macroeconomic Consequences of Remittances," on Wednesday (Oct. 24).

The lecture, part of the SHSU Economics Fall 2007 Seminar Series, will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Smith-Hutson Building Room 139.

Jansen, who also serves as director for graduate studies at Texas A&M, received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His research interests include monetary policy, inflation and business cycle fluctuations, stock market fluctuations, on which he has published extensively in respected publications such as the “Economic Journal,” “Review of Economics and Statistics,” “Economica,” and the “Journal of Money, Credit and Banking,” among many others, according to Hiranya Nath, associate professor in SHSU’s economics and international business department.

Jansen also served as the editor of “Economic Inquiry,” a highly-ranked general interest economics journal.

For more information, contact Nath at 936.294.1265.


Back to top


Program To Pass Along ‘Ultimate Money Skills’

The Bearkat OneCard and the Multicultural and International Student Services offices will team up to teach students 'Ultimate Money Skills' on Tuesday (Oct. 23).

Students can attend the program at either 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

The program will teach students how to develop smart money management skills in college that will lead to a lifetime of financial independence, including the appropriate use of credit, the basics of banking, how to design a budget, taking control of student loan debt, and protecting your identity.

"Our mission is to educate students on the 'tricks of the trade' to be more financially responsible," said Kristy Vienne, Bearkat OneCard Services director.

Prizes will be given away, including a $200 Barnes and Noble gift card for the individual grand prize and a $250 scholarship for the organization with the most representatives at the event.

The program is part of UniDiversity Week, hosted by the Office of MISS.

For more information, contact the Bearkat OneCard Office at 936.294.2273.


Back to top


Conference To Converge Math Professionals, Students

Professional and budding mathematicians will have the opportunity to learn from professors from around the world and the nation during the department of mathematics and statistics’ Second Annual Workshop on Constructive Function Theory on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 26-27).

The two-day conference will kick off on Friday at 2 p.m. in the Lee Drain Building with a colloquium on “Landau-Kolmogorov type inequalities and their applications” featuring Vladislav Babenko, Dnepropetrovsk National University in the Ukraine.

Other Friday talks include “Geometric constraints for finite elements: why they arise and how to deal with them” by Tatyana Sorokina, from Towson University; “Hyper-spectral image data dimensionality reduction” by Jianzhong Wang, from SHSU; and “Divergence-free SBFs on spheres and other surfaces,” by Francis Narcowich, from Texas A&M University.

Saturday will begin with coffee from 9:30-10 a.m. in LDB Room 419, followed by eight workshops, including “Norming Sets in Multivariate Approximation: An Overview” by Joe Ward, from Texas A&M; “Subdivision schemes induced from refinable scaling functions” by Jian-ao Lian, from Prairie View A&M University; and “Linear precision for toric patches” by Luis Garcia-Puente, from SHSU.

Friday’s workshops are scheduled to end by 6 p.m., and Saturday’s workshops are scheduled to end by 3:40 p.m.

No registration is required, and all lectures are open to any professors or students interested in the field.
The workshop is funded by the SHSU College of Arts and Sciences.

A full schedule of events is available at

For more information, contact Ken W. Smith, chair of the mathematics and statistics department, at or 936.294.3523.


Back to top


Organization To Draw Donors For Rivalry Blood Drive

The Sam Houston Association of Medically Oriented Students will take SHSU’s rivalry with Stephen F. Austin State into the blood bank.

In an attempt to rectify SHSU’s loss by one-unit last year, SHAMOS, in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, will host the second blood drive on Monday (Oct. 22), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Last year’s drive collected 105 units of usable blood, with 32 deferred donors.

“If we had just 2 of the 32 who so kindly came to give, we could beat them,” said Brian Louden, SHAMOS president.

Donors must bring a valid picture identification in order to give, must weigh at least 110 pounds and must be “in general good health, without any cold or flu symptoms,’ according to the Gulf Coast Web site.
Louden also encourages participants to eat a good breakfast.

“We had amazing turn out last time, but with the expansion of the university we should be able to double what SFA gives,” he said.


Back to top


Graduating Seniors Invited To ‘Destination Graduation’

It’s a “must go” if you’re interested in a hassle-free December graduation.

There will be free food, prizes and gifts, and a chance to take care of last-minute graduation details.

These are all attractions of Destination Graduation, an event for seniors graduating this fall, which will be held on Wednesday (Oct. 24), from 1-3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Various campus departments will also be on hand to give out information about that next big education destination—graduate school.

“This event is held to provide students a place to gather any last-minute details regarding graduation and take care of any issues affiliated with account information, graduation status information or GRE (Graduate Record Exam) questions,” said Zach Valdes, publications coordinator for the Registrar’s Office.

For more information, call the Registrar’s Office at 936.294.


Back to top


Music To Have Swingin' Concert, Marching Festival

The SHSU School of Music will play host to a jazz concert, as well as more than 30 high schools, with a concert and a contest beginning Tuesday (Oct. 23).

On that day, the SHSU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Laboratory Band, under the direction of music faculty member Trent Hanna, will perform a variety of swing, Latin and more modern works at 7:30 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium.

Among the pieces that will be performed are “Milestones” by Miles Davis, “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel and “Have You Heard” by Pat Metheny.

The concert will also feature the sax section on an arrangement of Cole Porter's “Easy to Love,” Hanna said.

The concert is free and open to the public.

On Saturday (Oct. 27), the Bearkat Marching Band and SOM will welcome more than 30 high school bands from Texas and beyond to perform and compete in the annual Sam Houston State Marching Festival. The contest begins at 8 a.m. at Bowers Stadium.

“This special event is one of the premier marching festivals in the country with well over 8,000 fans in attendance,” said Fred Vélez, BMB director.

Nationally-recognized judges place and adjudicate each group in a preliminary and finals format before crowning a grand champion at the end of the festival, he said.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and children under 6 are free for the entire day.

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


Back to top


Center To Give Study Skills, Grad School Advice

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will teach students to “study smart” and help students prepare for graduate school with two programs beginning on Monday (Oct. 22).

The second Study Skills Workshop Series of the semester is comprised of six one-hour sessions that focus on studying smart, procrastination, time management, reading textbooks and note taking, test taking strategies and stress management.

Sessions will be held on a variety of days and times through Nov. 30 to accommodate student schedules.

The Graduate School Information Meeting, where students can find out about financial aid, organizing the application and the grad school timeline, will be held on Monday from 6-7:30 p.m.

Both workshops will be held in the SAM Center, located in Academic Building IV Room 210.

Space is limited, and students are encouraged to call or stop by the SAM Center to sign up.

For more information, call 936.294.4444, e-mail or visit the SAM Center, located in Academic Building IV Room 210.


Back to top


Send Update Items Here

Please send information for the SHSU Update to the Office of Public Relations at SHSU. For electronic access to SHSU news see the public relations Web page Today@Sam.


Back to top


- END -

SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Oct. 19, 2007
Please send comments, corrections, news tips to

This page maintained by SHSU's Office of Public Relations
Director: Frank Krystyniak
Assistant Director: Julia May
Writer: Jennifer Gauntt
Located in the 115 Administration Building
Telephone: 936.294.1836; Fax: 936.294.1834