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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 10


Sower To Give Career Advice During ‘Personal’ Lecture

One of SHSU’s Piper professors, Vic Sower, will discuss “the importance of planning in career selection/development and the need to be flexible in executing those plans” on Wednesday (Feb. 13) as part of the Student Advising and Mentoring Center’s “Up Close and Personal” speaker series.

"Designed to help our students and university community build mentoring relationships with our outstanding faculty," the 30-minute lunchtime presentation will be held at noon at the Farrington Pit, according to Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs for the SAM Center.

“Several times in my professional life I was presented with opportunities that I had not planned for and which caused me to take an unplanned—but good—turn in my career,” Sower said, noting that his undergraduate degree is in chemistry, and he is now a professor of operations management.

“So I suppose my main theme will be the importance of personal career planning but with openness to opportunities and preparation so that when opportunities present themselves you can take advantage of them,” he said.

Sower, who has taught SHSU since 1990, was the 1996 recipient of the SHSU Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2001 recipient of the SHSU Excellence in Research Award. In 2005, he became SHSU’s ninth professor to be named a Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a master’s degree from Auburn University and a doctorate from the University of North Texas.

Sower will also leave time during the event for questions from the students.

For more information, contact Strauss at 936.294.4455 or


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Professor To ‘Loosen Up’ Piney Woods Lecture

Keri Kornelson, assistant professor of mathematics at Grinnell College, will discuss "Loosen Up: Tight Frames in R^n" on Monday (Feb. 11).

The first of the spring Piney Woods Lecture Series presentations will be held from 2-3 p.m. in the Lee Drain Building Room 214.

Kornelson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and worked in the aerospace industry before returning to CU for her doctorate in mathematics.

She was a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University before moving to Grinnell, in Iowa.

Her research interests include wavelets, frames, and iterated function systems, and she recently co-authored a book about frames published by the American Mathematical Society.

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 Kornelson.

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


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Sammy Award Noms Due Feb. 22

The Sammy

The Student Activities Department is seeking SHSU’s outstanding students, organizations and advisers for the 14th Annual Sammy Awards.

"The Sammys is Sam Houston State University's official student award ceremony,” said Brandon Cooper, program coordinator for Student Activities. “It's truly a way for the university to recognize the outstanding students and organizations that we have.

“For 14 years the Sammys’ focus has been honoring the amazing contributions that students and faculty/staff make at SHSU, it's the university's way of saying thank you to those individuals and groups," he said.

Sammy awards will be given to 18 individuals and organizations, and approximately four will be given to graduating students and faculty or staff members for outstanding contributions and service to the university, which require nominations from members of the university community at-large.

In addition, five individual awards representing excellent service from a student in each of the five colleges at SHSU will be awarded, which require nominations strictly made from members of the SHSU faculty within each student’s particular college, according to Cooper.

Students nominated for individual awards must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 and meet the minimum hours required for the class standings in which they are nominated.

Nomination forms, due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 22, should be returned to the Department of Student Activities, located in the Lowman Student Center Suite 328; through campus mail to SHSU Box 2507; or faxed to 936.294.3652.

For more information, call 936.294.3861 or e-mail


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Lecture To Address Brain, Education Correlation

Janet N. Zadina, an award-winning neuroanatomy researcher, will discuss “Brain Research: Impact on Education” on Wednesday (Feb. 13).

The lecture, sponsored by the College of Education and the Professional and Academic Center for Excellence, will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theatre.

Zadina, who has presented keynotes and workshops on brain research and instruction internationally, is currently an assistant professor of cognitive neuroscience at Tulane University and in psychology at the University of South Florida engaged in neuroscience research.

She received her doctorate at the University of New Orleans, conducting her award-winning dissertation research on the neuroanatomy of dyslexia through collaboration with Tulane University School of Medicine.

Zadina continued her postdoctoral education with a fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at Tulane University School of Medicine, where she researched neuroanatomical risk factors for developmental language disorders through MRI brain scans.

The continuing education opportunity will provide certificates with documented clock hours and printed names for those who sign-in with an SHSU ID.

For more information, contact Rebecca Robles-Piña, in the College of Education, at 936.294.1118 or or Marsha Harman, PACE chair, at 936.294.3614 or


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Blood Drive To Benefit Wounded Troops

The SHSU ROTC will share the “gift of life” with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan through a blood drive on Monday and Tuesday (Feb 11-12).

The drive, open to both the Bearkat and Huntsville communities, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

All donated blood will be shipped to Iraq or Afghanistan within four days of donation for service members who have been wounded, according to 2nd Lt. Austin Huckabee.

Donors must bring a valid picture identification in order to give, must weigh at least 110 pounds and should be in general good health, without any cold or flu symptoms.

For more information, call the military science department at 936.294.1306.


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Fair To Provide Summer Job, Internship Possibilities

Students looking for summer jobs or internships will have approximately 27 entities to choose from during Career Services’ Summer Camp And Job Fair on Wednesday (Feb. 13).

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Positions will be available at such organizations as the Sherwin-Williams Company, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Enterprise Rent-A-Center, Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine and the United States Marine Corps Officer Selection, among others.

Summer camps, such as Kidventure Camps, YMCA Camp Cullen, Camp Arrowhead, Camp Island Lake and Forest Glen Christian Camp, will also be on hand.

Both career fairs are open to all SHSU students and alumni.

For more information and a complete list of registered companies, call Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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ADAI To Warn Of Drinking Away The ‘Stupid Cupid’

While Valentine’s Day is often thought of as the day for lovers, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative will think of those flying solo during “Stupid Cupid” on Thursday (Feb. 14).

The frank discussion about friendship, dating, sex and how these relationships are influenced by drugs and alcohol will be held from 2-3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Room 304.

During the event, licensed psychologist Drew Miller, from SHSU’s Counseling Center, will lead the discussion on the many ways in which people may choose to cope with Valentine’s Day: whether it’s drinking away the loneliness or turning to drugs or alcohol when their partner doesn’t meet their expectations, according to ADAI assistant Lisa Joyner.

“This day is a day when students do participate in risky behaviors,” she said. “For a lot of people, love is a very important thing, and they will do anything to feel that love, especially on Valentine’s Day.”

Miller will also warn students of the dangers of accepting drinks from strangers while celebrating at a bar or club that may contain date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, or GHB, which “are odorless and tasteless,” Joyner said.

“We want students to realize that there are other things they can be doing, other activities that they can be involved in, because once you mix, drugs, alcohol and love the results can be devastating,” she said.

“Stupid Cupid” is part of the Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training program, an educational series aiming to increase awareness of alcohol abuse issues among the Bearkat community.

Through SWAAT, students earn prizes by attending events, which accumulate as students attend more programs.

For more information, or a complete schedule of events for the semester, visit the ADAI Web site at or contact Rosanne Keathley, ADAI coordinator, at 936.294.1171.


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Tour To Explore ‘Winter Sky’ Through ‘Hubble Vision’

The physics department will give a public tour of “what’s currently up in the winter night sky” and information on the Hubble Space Telescope during its planetarium series program on Friday (Feb. 15).

The planetarium series program, which shows attendees which constellations, stars and planets they can expect to see in the upcoming weeks, will be held at 7 p.m. in the planetarium, located in Farrington Building Room F102.

The show will last approximately one hour and will visit the constellations visible during the long, cold months of the winter season, according to Michael Prokosch, staff aide for the physics department.

“They will hear the tale of Orion and meet other mythical figures represented as constellations, such as Gemini and Taurus,” he said. “‘Winter Sky’ mixes ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek astronomy lore.”

The program will also explore “all things Hubble,” from its launch, discoveries, and famous images taken, such as the Hubble Deep Field, Hubble Ultra Deep Field, the Pillars of Creation and more with “Hubble Vision,” according to Prokosch.

“The Hubble Space Telescope is expected to receive a final service mission from the space shuttle in summer of 2008 to extend its life well into the next decade,” he said. “Space will never again look the same.”

The planetarium seats up to 29 visitors and includes a dome that is approximately 18 feet in diameter and more than 20 feet high in the center, according to Prokosch.

Admission is free.

For more information on current show times for the planetarium or the observatory, call 936.294.3664 or e-mail Prokosch at


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Thesis Concert To Focus On ‘She’

The SHSU dance program will celebrate women with two performances on Thursday and Friday (Feb. 14-15).
“SHE” will be held at 8 p.m. on both days in the Academic Building III Dance Theatre.

The collaborative thesis dance concert will feature graduate students Samantha Angus and Kyla Olson.

Angus’ piece, “Woman Embodied,” is a choreographic interpretation of the feminist artist Judy Chicago’s composition “The Dinner Party” and looks at “the female body as subject versus object in art and dance,” according to Angus.

Olson will present “the unique coping strategies used by female Holocaust survivors” in her piece, You Who Give Us Courage; You Who Gave Us Hope.”

“It explores the distinctive female experience inside concentration camps and serves as a tribute to those remarkable women,” she said.

Admission is free, but seating will be limited. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 936.294.4195 or e-mail or


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Department Offers German, French Practice

Sprechen sie Deutsch? Parle vous français?

For those who do (speak German), the foreign language department has begun hosting a “German Table” every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center food court.

The peer-driven discussions, overseen by visiting assistant professor of German Frankki James, are open to German speakers of all skill levels, according to foreign languages department chair Debra Andrist.

German-speaking faculty are also encouraged to attend, she said.

The “Table français,” for French-speaking students, faculty and staff, will be held on the last Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in Evans 315.

Overseen by Madalina Akli, assistant professor of French, the French table will be held in Evans Building Room 315.

For more information, contact Andrist at or 936.294.1414.


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Music To Host Trumpet, Jazz Concerts

The School of Music will jazz up the week with three performances beginning Monday (Feb. 11).

On that day, the Trumpet Studio will perform works from the standard solo trumpet repertoire, spanning a time period between the mid-1500s to the mid-1900s, during two concerts.

Retired SHSU staff accompanist David Fleming will also join the group, which will perform at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Admission is free.

On Tuesday (Feb. 12), three student groups will come together for an evening of jazz at 7:30 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium.

Performances will include the SHSU Jazz Ensemble, with guest artist Scott Plugge, performing such pieces as “Lovely Lady,” “The Meaning of the Blues” and “Stairway to the Stars;” the SHSU Jazz Lab, performing the “Funky Cha-Cha” and “Meditation;” and Artistry in Rhythm, a group of vocal majors who like to sing jazz, performing “It Had to be You” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Tickets are $10, or $5 for SHSU students and senior citizens with an ID.

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


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Junior Fellows Follow Civil Rights Movement With Trip

Political Science Junior Fellows
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (third from left) and the fellows discussed civic engagement during their recent trip through the state and Tennessee, where they visited sites significant to the Civil Rights Movement.

SHSU’s Political Science Junior Fellows honored Black History Month last week by visiting locations significant to the Civil Rights Movement and discussed government with both the Arkansas governor and attorney general.

The importance of civic engagement and other happenings in Arkansas and Texas were the topics at hand when the fellows met with Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, on whose campaign the organization worked in 2005 and 2006.

The governor and his staff held the group up as an example of public-minded individuals coming together to “make a difference” and complimented the students on their “efforts to help change the way people see government and offering positive visions and constructive engagement,” according to junior fellows secretary Megan Bryant.

“It was great to hear about his (Beebe's) approach to solving public problems," said fellows president Ademide Adedokun. "His enthusiasm for service is contagious.”

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and his staff discussed the changes in the attorney general’s role over the past two decades, giving the students a comprehensive overview of the office and its responsibilities, Bryant said.

"The fellows, especially the prospective law students, were especially pleased with the visit," she said.

The trip also included a wide variety of educational destinations in Little Rock, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn., including the Clinton Presidential Library, the Little Rock Civil Rights Museum, the Douglas MacArthur Museum of Military History, the National Civil Rights Museum and Graceland.

“We chose destinations that were politically, historically and culturally significant,” said junior fellows secretary Megan Bryant. “Everyone is excited about the opportunity to learn while having fun.”

On Feb. 8, the organization visited Little Rock Central High, where nine African American students forced a constitutional showdown between federal and state governments over the issue of equal rights to educational opportunities.

Among the other activities the fellows visited were the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated and the current site of the National Civil Rights Museum; and the Sun Record Studios, where Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley began their careers.

“This trip broadens and enriches students’ education,” Adedokun said. “It’s exactly what we strive for as a civic organization.”

The trip is part of the organization’s ongoing effort to promote education through travel. Later this semester, the students will spend a weekend in College Station attending a campaign bootcamp, a two-day, 25-hour preparation for life on the campaign trail.

They also will be volunteering regularly at the Wynne Home, the HEARTS Veterans Museum and the Huntsville Public Library.

The Political Science Junior Fellows is a civic-minded organization that promotes civic engagement among youth, emphasizing public service, education and professionalism.

They were named the “Outstanding Academic/Honors Organization” at SHSU and named Chamber of Commerce’s “Community Service Organization of the Year” for 2007.


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Greeks Donate Money To Advocacy Group

Casa donation
(From left) Lacy True and Debbie Sapp, with CASA of
Walker County, accepted a $500 check on Feb. 5 from and Daniel Pawlowski, Interfraternity Council president and Cortney Mullman, Panhellenic Association president.

Members of SHSU’s Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association, the two governing bodies of social fraternities and sororities at Sam Houston State University, recently gave $500 to CASA of Walker County.

CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a non-profit organization that works to assist children to the best of their interest in court cases.

The groups presented the check on Feb. 5 to CASA of Walker County representatives Lacy True and Debbie Sapp after collecting the money during a “Holiday Bash” and T-shirt fundraiser in December, according to Student Activities program coordinator and group adviser Brandon Cooper.

“They had a discussion of several different charities,” Cooper said. “They decided that they definitely wanted to donate to a local charity and one that doesn’t get a lot of attention.”

SHSU’s IFC is comprised of 10 fraternities: Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, Sigma Lambda Beta, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Theta Chi.

The Panhellenic Association is comprised of four sororities: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Zeta Tau Alpha, and Sigma Sigma Sigma.


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Feb. 8, 2008
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