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SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 30


Health Center To Give Free Flu Shots

As flu season approaches, the SHSU Student Health Center will offer students free vaccines against the illness Tuesday through Thursday (Oct. 2-4).

Vaccinations will be administered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Atrium.

All students must present their student identification card (Bearkat OneCard) and fill out a consent form in order to receive a vaccination.

Also on Tuesday, the Student Health Center, Counseling Center and Recreational Sports Department will distribute information on how to achieve peak physical and mental health during the Fall Campus Wellness Fair.

During the fair, students can have health assessments performed in the LSC Atrium and earn free prizes.

Peak flu season varies each year, but usually occurs between late December and March, according to Michelle Lovering, SHC health programming coordinator.  

"Obtaining the vaccine in early October allows ample opportunity for a person to be immunized before the peak season begins," she said. "In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October and November are the best months to be vaccinated."  

Students who have chronic illness or conditions like asthma and diabetes should especially obtain the vaccine as having chronic illness increases the likelihood of complications from the flu, Lovering said.

"Contrary to popular belief, the influenza vaccine cannot cause the flu," Lovering said. "In most cases, the only side effect from vaccination is soreness at the site of injection."

For more information about the influenza vaccine or the vaccination process, call the Student Health Center at 936.294.1805 or visit


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Homecoming Parade To Roll Out 'Orange Carpet'

SHSU is preparing for its "Night on the Orange Carpet" by accepting applications for the 2007 homecoming parade until 5 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Applications are available online at and should be returned to the Student Activities office, located in the Lowman Student Center Suite 328.

Organizations from the Huntsville community, as well as SHSU groups, may participate in the parade, which will be held on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Student organizations' floats will be judged, with first place receiving $1000, second place receiving $500 and third place receiving $250.

Applications can also be mailed to: Student Activities; Lowman Student Center Suite 328; P.O. Box 2507; Huntsville, Texas, 77341; or faxed to 936.294.3652.

For more information, call the Student Activities Department at 936.294.3861.


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Regent To Give Grassroots Lecture

Dora Alcalá, member of the Texas State University System Board of Regents, will discuss her life, as well as field questions, on Friday (Oct. 5).

The discussion, part of the Grassroots Speaker Series, will be held from 4-5 p.m. in Academic Building IV's Olson Auditorium.

Alcalá was appointed to the TSUS Board of Regents by Gov. Rick Perry in July 2004.

During her career, she has served as mayor of Del Rio, chairwoman of the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition Transportation Committee and spent 37 years working in various capacities for the United States Air Force.

She also served abroad in Madrid, Spain, and in the continental United States at the Pentagon, in Albuquerque, San Antonio, and Montgomery, Ala.

The recipient of numerous distinguished awards, Alcalá is a graduate of Sul Ross State University and Webster University in St. Louis, from which she received a master's degree. She is also a graduate of the Air University's Academic Instructor's School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

After the lecture, a meet-and-greet with refreshments will be held in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, located in Academic Building IV Room 210.

The event is sponsored by the academic support programs of the Student Advising and Mentoring Center; the Bearkat Learning Community; 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.


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ADAI To Give Another Interpretation Of DWI

Peer educators from Respecting Ourselves and Others Through Education (ROOTED) will show students the effects of a different kind of DWI--dating while intoxicated--in a comical play on Tuesday (Oct. 2).

"The Interpreters," an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative program, will be held at 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

"This play depicts a common scenario, where students use alcohol to make the art of conversation easier," said Michelle Lovering, ADAI proactive prevention chair.

"The characters begin without the ability to converse with a potential partner because of anxiety and a lack of communication skills, and they end the play still unable to speak to each other because of severe intoxication," she said. "In the end, the characters make some sexual decisions they might not have made sober."

Throughout the play, ROOTED members, the "interpreters," provide suggestions about what they should say to the potential partner.  

The play introduces some very real sexual consequences of alcohol consumption, according to Lovering.

The 2004 Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Survey reported that approximately 5 percent of respondents have had sexual intercourse when he/she was too intoxicated to consent.  

"Many more have surely had sex while under the influence, or 'tipsy,' even though they may not have indicated this on the survey," Lovering said.

Texas law states that a person cannot legally consent to sex while under the influence of alcohol; therefore, sex under the influence is rape.  

"Furthermore, having sex while intoxicated may decrease the likelihood that a person would choose to use a condom for STI and pregnancy prevention, and it would certainly decrease the likelihood that a person would be able to use a condom correctly even if they choose to use one," Lovering said. "Simply put, sober sex is safer."

In addition, the program will include a discussion of the program, and all attendees will receive a special condom compact designed to "protect their protection."  

For more information, contact Lovering at 936.294.4347 or .


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Association To Go 'Away' On Chartered Buses

Students, faculty, staff or any Bearkat football fan who would like to hit the road with the team for the upcoming away games in Nacogdoches or San Marcos can travel with the Sam Houston State University Alumni Association, which is offering charter bus transportation to both games.

The SFA game will be held on Oct. 27, and Texas State University--San Marcos will be held on Nov. 15.   

The alumni bus for the SFA game will depart Bowers Stadium parking lot at 10 a.m. for the Saturday game.  

The cost for the SFA package is $35 per person, which includes bus transportation, a game ticket and pre-game tailgating.

The TSUSM bus will depart Bowers Stadium parking lot at 2 p.m. for the Thursday night game and will cost $45 per person, which includes bus transportation, game ticket, and pre-game tailgating.

A minimum of 35 passengers are required to secure the TSUSM charter bus.

Buses will return immediately following both games.

The reservation deadlines are Oct. 20 for SFA and Nov. 1 for Texas State.

To reserve a seat and game ticket, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 936.294.1841 or visit the alumni Web site at


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Career Services To Give Job Fair Basics

Career Services will prepare students for the upcoming Fall Teacher Job Fair, on Oct. 10, with a number of workshops that will help them perfect their résumés and sharpen their interviewing skills.

On Tuesday (Oct. 2), the "Effective Résumé Writing Workshop" will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Students can learn the benefits of attending job fairs, general professional etiquette, how to best prepare for the event, and what to do after it's over on Wednesday (Oct. 3) during the "How To 'Work' The Career Expo" workshop, which will be held from 3-4 p.m

Finally, on Thursday (Oct. 4), Career Services will give students "Successful Interviewing Skills" from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The workshop will cover general professional etiquette and appropriate dress; describe various types of interviews; and discuss important interviewing strategies, how to best prepare for interviews, and how to answer difficult questions.

While there is no need to register beforehand for any of the three workshops, which will all be held in the Career Services Library, space is limited to less than 50 people.

For more information on any of the workshops, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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SAM Center To Prepare Students For Grad School Tests

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will help graduate-school bound students with their Graduate Record Exam or Graduate Management Admission Test with a mini-prep session on Saturday (Oct. 6).

The session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University Center in The Woodlands.

The prep course will address test-taking techniques, so students need to get a study book from any bookstore for the subject review, according to Margaret Ferguson, SAM Center staff associate.

"We have excellent professors present, one from the math department and one from the English department," she said. "The morning session is math techniques and the afternoon is English techniques.  

"Whether you are taking the GRE or the GMAT, the test-taking techniques will apply," she said.

For more information or to register, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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Symphony To 'Open' With Concert

The SHSU School of Music will present an "Opening Night at the Symphony" on Wednesday (Oct. 5).

Under the direction of Carol Smith, the symphony orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the University Heights Baptist Church, on Sycamore Avenue.

Featuring classical and more modern works, the concert will include Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" from Symphony No. 3, Ludwig van Beethoven's "Overture to Prometheus Opus 4" and George Gershwin's "Concerto in F Major for Piano and Orchestra," among others.

The concert will also feature music student and pianist Yanira Soria; faculty members and guest conductors Matthew McInturf and Allen Hightower; and the SHSU Symphonic Choir.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for SHSU faculty and staff members and music majors.

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


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Continuing Ed Cancels Fall EMT Course

The Introduction to the Level of Emergency Medical Technician program scheduled to begin Monday (Oct. 1) has been canceled.

"The EMT program was canceled because the contractor had a procedural issue with the State of Texas," said Patsy Collins, Continuing Education staff associate. "Once this is resolved, we'll review and possibly offer the program again."

Refunds will be processed and disturbed by mail within two weeks.  

For more information, call the Office of Continuing Education at 936.294.3869.


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McNair Scholars Present Research

Three SHSU McNair Scholars recently presented their research at a symposium at the University of The Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

Scholars from several universities from across the state, including SHSU's Elizabeth Jackson, Nicole Lozano and Jason Randall, were invited to participate in the event, held on Sept. 7.

"SHSU McNair Scholars delivered excellent presentations of the research that they have been conducting for the past nine months," said Lydia Fox, McNair Scholars program director.

Jackson presented her paper "Tracing the Skinheads: A Historical Evaluation of Skinhead Migration and Motives," Lozano presented on "Assessing the mental health needs of former foster youth who have exited the foster care system;" and Randall discussed "An Investigation of the Developmental Differences in False Memories between Adults and Children."

Other universities that participated in the symposium included St Mary's University, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Edward's University and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement program is designed to provide talented low-income, first-generation and ethnic minority undergraduate students with effective preparation for doctoral study.

The SHSU McNair program encourages graduate studies by providing opportunities for undergraduates to define their goals, engage in research, and develop the skills and faculty mentor relationships that are critical to success at the doctoral level.


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Professors' Presentation 'Makes Things Brighter'

Six professors in the family and consumer sciences department recently gave tips to low-income families on how they can save money on their electric bills.

The presentation, "Low-cost, No-cost Energy Management," was part of a workshop hosted by Entergy on Sept. 13 at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center.

Assistant professors Laura Burleson, Zaheer Kirmani, Claudia Sealey-Potts, Paula Tripp and Janis White, as well as adjunct faculty member Jeannine Grantham, discussed ways to cut energy costs by doing simple things in the interior of their homes.

"I discussed how your apparel choice can impact the amount of energy you use to keep cool or stay warm," White said. "Dr. Sealy-Potts talked about the use of cooking methods.

"They're already at the poverty line, so they don't have money to spend to make improvements," she said.

The "Making Things Brighter" workshop also included presentations by representatives from U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady and Texas Sen. Robert Nichols' offices.


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Sept. 30, 2007
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