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SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 23


Fall Enrollment Continues To Climb, Set Records

Sam Houston State University enrollment for the 2007 Fall Semester is a record 16,416 students, a 3.3 percent increase over last fall's 15,893.

Preliminary figures from other Texas universities indicate that SHSU's percentage increase is again among the tops in the state. Both Stephen F. Austin and UT San Antonio report preliminary decreases, with Texas State showing a 2.4 percent gain.

Heather Crowson, vice president for Enrollment Management, said Sam Houston State is also gaining ground on the University of Texas-Pan American to become the 10th largest university in Texas. UT-Pan Am now stands at 17,351 with an increase of 14 students this fall.

Enrollment gains were less than expected at most universities throughout the state, while community colleges in general showed healthier increases. More and more SHSU students are coming from community colleges, at least partially as the result of the university's articulation agreements, which make transferring easier and offer other benefits.

The new enrollment figures comparing full-time equivalent faculty members and full-time equivalent students also compute to an improved faculty/student ratio of slightly better than 1:20.


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Fulbright Deadline Approaches

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program will award approximately 1,400 grants this year for students to travel to more than 140 countries.

SHSU students who would like to participate in the program should submit their applications, available at, to Jurg Gerber, professor of criminal justice, by Oct. 5.

“For over 60 years, the federal government-sponsored Fulbright U.S. Student Program has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research, and teach in other countries,” Gerber said.

“Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.”

Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage and full or partial tuition.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant and do not have to be currently enrolled in a college or university.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright program has provided more than 279,000 participants worldwide with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the international community.

For more information, contact Gerber at 936.294.3172 or


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‘Friends’ Gala To Benefit Faculty, Student Musicians

The School of Music will officially kick off the performance season with a benefit gala on Thursday (Sept. 27).

The Friends of Music “New Beginnings” Gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oervres, followed by a special musical program and a Fisher Tull Endowment Scholarship presentation.

The recital portion of the event, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., will include performances by a mixture of SHSU music faculty members and students, including horns, flutes, percussion, saxophone and a scene by the opera workshop.

Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $15 and may be purchased at the door, as well as in advance through the School of Music.

Proceeds from the gala benefit the Friends of Music fund, which helps offset various expenses throughout the year such as instrument and music purchases for student and faculty use.

In addition, Friends of Music memberships will be available at the event.

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


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Theatre To Bring Thebes To SHSU For ‘Oedipus’

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will tell Seneca’s story of a country seeking salvation from a horrible plague with its production of “Oedipus,” Wednesday through Saturday (Sept. 26-29).

Show times are 8 p.m. each evening, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, in the University Theatre Center’s Mainstage Theatre.

Vowing to find the person responsible for the pestilence that has consumed Thebes and execute all involved, King Oedipus questions everyone in the palace, including his own wife, Jocasta.

Eventually, the blind seer Tiresias is called upon for assistance, but Oedipus is dissatisfied with his prophesies and accuses Jocasta’s brother Creon of plotting to usurp the throne.

It is not until a messenger from a foreign land arrives that a horrified Oedipus solves the mystery of the plague, and of his own birth.

“Oedipus” stars Michael Keeney as Oedipus, Kara Durrett as Jocasta, Aaron Thacker as Tiresias, Scott McCarrey as Creon and Glen Philip as the messenger.

The show also features theatre students Rodrick Randall as Phorbus, Roxana Collingwood as Manto, and Tasheena Miyagi as the slave, and the chorus is comprised of Lala Babin, Chantel Balch-Oliver, Chelsea Ryan McCurdy, Amanda Gutierrez, Samm Lind, Angela Bell, Josh Fehrmann, Sara Anne Luke, Marcus Cumby, Robby Bardwell, Garret Storms, Greg Hall, Christina Stroup, Carlos Salinas and Trent Brocato.

Directed by theatre professor Ron Song Destro, the designers include theatre faculty members Gregg Buck, set and lights, and Kristina S. Hanssen, costumes, and theatre major Teruhisa Uchiyama, sound.

The stage manager is theatre major Nicole Wooddell, and the technical director is Larry Routh.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 with an SHSU or senior citizen ID.

Because the show contains adult content, children under the age of three will not be admitted.

For more information, call the UTC Box Office at 936.294.1339.


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ADAI To Teach Students What’s ‘Too Much’

Thirty-five percent of SHSU students have admitted to driving after drinking, which is a full 5 percent higher than the national average, according to the 2004 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Survey.

Because of this, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative will show students how much alcohol it would take to impair one’s driving abilities with “Too Much For The Road,” on Wednesday (Sept. 26).

The event will be held at 3 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 110, next to the Kat Klub.

Using blood alcohol concentration calculators, students will find out approximately how much alcohol would result in BAC levels that significantly impair one's ability to drive.

“Students know the law: that minors (under 21) can be charged with DUI (driving under the influence) with any detectable amount of alcohol and that over 21 drinkers can be charged after a BAC of 0.08 percent,” said Michelle Lovering, ADAI proactive prevention chair. “However, students often underestimate the amount of alcohol that would produce a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher.

“Most have no idea what ‘too drunk to drive’ feels or looks like,” she said.

The program also will discuss alternatives to drinking and driving, such as using designated drivers, and attendees will receive updated information about the iDrive Designated Driver Incentive Program, along with special prizes related to iDrive.

“This program aims to inform students that any amount of alcohol can impair driving, and that for some, even one beverage can render a person over the legal limit to drive,” Lovering said.

For more information, contact Lovering at 936.294.4347 or


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‘Excellent’ Professor To Inaugurate Series

David Gerling, past recipient of the Sam Houston State University Excellence in Teaching Award, will share some of his secrets on Monday (Sept. 24), from 2-3 p.m., during a new series sponsored by the department of foreign languages.

The Excellence in Teaching Series will be held on the fourth Monday of each month, is open to all interested faculty and students, and will be held in Evans Building Room 317, said Debra Andrist, the new department's new chair.

In addition to winning the university's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002, Gerling was named in October 2006 as the Outstanding Teacher in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“All of us have known a teacher who inspired us, influenced us, and exemplified good teaching,” de Castro said. “David Gerling is exactly this kind of instructor.”


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UTA Prof To Give Second Piney Woods Lecture

Barbara Shipman, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington, will explain the “surprising” connections between mathematics, biology and physics that she encountered during her journeys on Monday (Sept. 24).

The Piney Woods Lecture Series discussion, "Manifolds, Differential Equations, Honeybee Dances, And Physics: Some Unexpected Connections,” will be held from 2-3 p.m. in Lee Drain Building Room 214.

“We will look at examples of manifolds and how they are used to study the geometry of certain systems of differential equations,” Shipman said. “This geometry turns out to be related to the dance language of honeybees, which in turn leads to far-reaching consequences in physics that are currently being developed.”

Shipman received both her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona.

She taught at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., for three years before moving to UTA in 1998.

Shipman studies the geometry of Hamiltonian systems of differential equations and is working with her father on physics experiments to develop a new form of energy derived from the force of gravity.

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 Shipman.

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.


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Events To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is held annually Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services will host a number of events to give students insight into the Hispanic culture.

On Tuesday (Sept. 25), MISS will introduce the SHSU community to various Latin American-inspired dances at 6 p.m. in the Health and Kinesiology Center’s Multipurpose Room No. 3.

Instructors will teach students different styles of dances and will also perform during the free class.

On Oct. 5-6, dance graduate student Mary Zepeda will perform her works based on the Mexican bingo game "Lotería" at 8 p.m. in the Academic Building III Dance Theater.

Finally, MISS, in conjunction with the Program Council, will give students a taste of Latin America with foods from 10 different countries on Oct. 10.

The "Hispanic Heritage Taste Test" will allow students to sample different foods from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area, as well as collect the recipes so they can make the foods at home.

In addition, prizes will be given away.

“The purpose of Hispanic Heritage Month is to learn about the Hispanic culture and a little bit more than what most Texans know as culture near the Mexican border, including Latin American cultures,” said Ashley McDonough, MISS program coordinator.

For more information, call the Office of MISS at 936.294.3588 or the dance program at 936.294.1875.


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Artists Take On Human Figure In Exhibit

An exhibit showcasing “three very diverse attitudes toward using the human figure as a mode of expression” will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery beginning Monday (Sept. 24).

“Figure This,” featuring the figurative works of two painters and a sculptor, will be on display through Oct. 19.

“Michael Hart is a New Mexico artist with a devilishly subtle sense of humor,” said art department audio/visual librarian Debbie Davenport. “He invents worlds that defy logic and reason.

“In contrast, Alfred Quiroz, from Arizona, deals with overtly political/social issues thru satire,” she said. “Michael Ferris employs a decorative approach to the human figure with his inlaid wood sculptures.”

Hart will give a gallery talk on Oct. 4 at 4 p.m., followed by a public reception from 5-7 p.m.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is located in Art Building F.

For more information, contact exhibit curator Martin Amorous at 936.294.1378 or


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Workshops To Give Job Evaluation, Negotiation Lessons

Career Services will teach students and alumni all of the skills necessary in evaluating job offers and negotiating salaries on Tuesday (Sept. 25).

The workshop will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Career Services Library.

“The workshop will teach students the seven factors to consider when evaluating a job offer, three ways to respond to a job offer, and strategies on how to navigate salary negotiations,” said Rachel Phelps, Career Services counselor.

The workshop is free to all students and alumni. Registration is not required; however, space is limited to less than 50 people.

The Job Offer And Salary Negotiation Workshop will also be held on Oct. 9, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Career Services Library.

For more information, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Continuing Ed Offers Online Employee Training Courses

Businesses looking for an easy way to train their employees in a variety of areas, as well as individuals looking for personal enrichment, have a new medium for achieving their goals.

Thanks to a partnership with ed2go, the SHSU Office of Continuing Education has begun offering hundreds of online, instructor-facilitated employee training courses in areas such as basic computer literacy, grant writing and non-profit management, graphic design and languages.

New sessions of each of the six-week courses will begin Oct. 17, Nov 14, and Dec 12.

The program provides students flexibility to study at their own pace, with two lessons released each week for the six-week duration of the course. There is also a two-week grace period at the end of the course for lessons to be completed, according to Patsy Collins, in the Continuing Education Office.

“The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments,” she said. “A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback and facilitating discussions.”

Because the SHSU Continuing Education and ed2go host the entire operation, participating businesses looking to train employees don't have to hassle with purchasing, integrating, administering, or supporting the technology, according to Collins.

The online courses cost $89 and include “expert instructors, many of whom are nationally-known authors,” Collins said.

For more information, or a complete list of courses being offered, call Continuing Education at 936.294.4568 or visit


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Sept. 21, 2007
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