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SHSU Update For Week Of March 9


Campus To Close One Day For Spring Break

Sam Houston State University staff members will join faculty and students on Spring Break with offices closing on Friday (March 14).

Spring Break is March 10-14 for all faculty and students.

Residence Halls closed at 6 p.m. on March 7 and will reopen at 2 p.m. on March 16.

Classes will resume March 17.


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Biology Grant Purchases New Analyzing Equipment

Students in the biological sciences and digital forensics departments have a new way to study DNA sequences thanks to a $102,000 grant from Beckman-Coulter, Inc.

The biological sciences department used the one-time grant to purchase the GenomeLab CEQ genetic analyzer for half price, according to Chris Randle, assistant professor of biology and the grant’s principal investigator.

“It's a great machine. It provides users with DNA sequences, but also can be used for DNA fingerprinting methods (fragment analysis),” Randle said. “This kind of flexibility is important for a small but active department, as we have a number of applications for which we need such a machine.”

The genetic analyzer will be used in studies of the specialties of many of SHSU’s faculty members, including biomedical science, in microbiology and molecular biology; evolutionary biology, in such areas as fish, micromoths and parasitic plants; and even with the forensics program, Randle said.

Because SHSU previously outsourced to commercial services, having the equipment on campus will “greatly speed up the rate at which data can be gathered and decrease the price,” he said.

“Further, we currently have four teaching labs that will use the genetic analyzer, providing our undergraduates with access to state-of-the-art technology,” he said. “One nice thing about the machine is that it can process eight samples simultaneously which will allow all kinds of high throughput applications.”

The machine, which was recently installed and is located in Lee Drain Building Room 135, should be producing real data within the next week or two.

Co-principal investigators for the grant included faculty members Sibyl Bucheli, Paula Deaton, Anne Gaillard and Todd Primm.


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Students Perfect Match For Psychology Internships

All seven of SHSU’s clinical psychology doctoral students applying for internships have been matched with top tier entities this year.

After this year’s “Match Day” (Feb. 22), SHSU was notified that its students will be headed all over North America to complete their year-long clinical internship as a final requirement for their degree, according to Mary Alice Conroy, SHSU’s director of clinical training.

“The most impressive thing about this internship match comes in comparison to doctoral programs throughout the country,” she said. “The years 2007 and 2008 were the worst years in history for successful internship matches, with national match rates of 75 percent and 79 percent respectively.

“In both years, 100 percent of SHSU internship applicants matched with APA (American Psychological Association) accredited sites,” she said.

Clinical internships around the country are very competitive, with candidates typically applying a year in advance, Conroy said.

Candidates must apply and are then invited to come for interviews at the various internship sites, which then cull the interviewees down to their top candidates and submit rank order lists to the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

“Candidates also submit rank order lists of their preferred sites, and on ‘Match Day’ each year students are notified if they have successfully matched with an internship,” Conroy said.

Among this year’s matches were: the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester; the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Services; the U. S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo.; Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wis.; the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn.; Baylor College of Medicine in Houston; and Western State Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.

“The psychology program faculty was especially excited by the quality and reputation of the sites selecting our students,” Conroy said. “Five of the seven were internships where SHSU students had not been before.”


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Professor’s Book On Poet Gets Published

A book written by one of SHSU’s foreign language professors that examines the “language poetry” of Uruguayan poet Eduardo Espina was recently published by Editorial Aldus, a Mexican publishing company.

“Poesía Del Lenguaje: De T. S. Eliot A Eduardo Espina,” written in Spanish by SHSU professor Enrique Mallen, will be formally presented at a book signing in Houston this semester.

The book analyzes Espina’s style in relation to "language poetry" in general. "Language poetry" not only implies the poetic value of language but also refers to an avant garde literary group that emerged in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Mallen said.

“I argue that, in both instances, there is a concentration on the structure of language which is determined by a shared interest in the creative value of linguistic representation,” he said. “That is, the writing of these poets goes beyond pure representation, having as its final goal a deeper perception which is closely linked to language.”

To do so, he traces the “genealogy of this time of ‘language-oriented’ poetry,” in a similar manner as Charles Altieri, who has examined the poetics of such authors as T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound and Wallace Stevens, according to Mallen.

“Their poems revalue complexity, making their self-conscious inaccessibility and difficulty part of their fascination and seduction,” Mallen said. “Espina's autoreferential poetry advocates a slower, more attentive reading, a reading that highlights the particularities of language, while simultaneously extending its limits. Attention is forced onto the poem as a created object, as a thing in itself, an opaque element to be looked ‘at’ rather than ‘through.’”


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Bankhead Granted Acceptance Into Honorary Group

James Bankhead, director of the SHSU School of Music, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Mu, an international school bandmaster fraternity.

Bankhead was inducted at the honorary organization’s new member’s breakfast on Feb. 16 in San Antonio.

In order to be considered for membership in Phi Beta Mu, one must have at least 10 years of successful teaching experience and must have produced and maintained an outstanding and consistent band program in the public schools and/or universities.

His membership was sponsored by Lowell Graham, of the University of Texas at El Paso, Dennis Fisher, of the University of North Texas, and Fred Velez, of Sam Houston State University.

Prior to being appointed director of SHSU’s School of Music, Bankhead served as chair of the department of music at California State University—Chico, and a commander/conductor of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.

Established in 1938, Phi Beta Mu has approximately 300 active members in Texas, with additional chapters in most of the 50 states as well as Canada, Japan and Europe.


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McNair Scholars Present At National Conference

Ten scholars traveled to the University of North Texas in Denton for the 10th Annual Texas National McNair Research Conference from Feb. 15-17.

Three scholars presented their original research in a 15-minute symposium, including senior history major Elizabeth Jackson, who discussed “Tracking the Skinheads: Historical Evaluation of Skinhead Migration and Motives;” junior psychology major Nicole Lozano, who discussed “The Effects of Knowing a Rape Victim on Empathy and Reactions to a Victim of Rape and Robbery;” and senior psychology major Jason Randall, who discussed “An Investigation of the Developmental Differences in False Memories Between Adults and Children.”

“One of the most unique aspects of the McNair program is the opportunity to conduct a research study with the assistance of a faculty member,” said program director Lydia Fox. “This provides the scholars with an opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship with a faculty member whose interests are closely related to that of the student.”

Faculty mentors include assistant professor of history Yvonne Davis, who works with Jackson; assistant professor of psychology Heather Littleton, who works with Lozano; and assistant professor of psychology Jeffery Anastasi, who works with Randall.

The McNair program is a federally-funded program that strives to prepare students for a doctoral education, serving students from low-income families, first-generation college students and underrepresented minority students.

Extensive training in research methods is only one of the benefits students achieve by becoming part of this unique program, according to Fox.

For more information about the McNair Program, call 936.294.3279, e-mail or visit the program’s Web site at


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Budding Public Servants Compete On SHSU Campus

BHS student competitors

Burleson High School students conduct a felony traffic stop, "arresting" SHSU criminal justice major Ruben Carerra during the Texas Public Service Association's state competition, held on the SHSU campus Feb. 24-25.

Fifteen high schools from across Texas recently visited the SHSU campus for the Texas Public Service Association’s state competition.

Held at the Criminal Justice Center Feb. 24-25, participants were able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have learned in criminal justice, law, public safety, corrections and security.

“The competition also helps students develop self-confidence, self-respect and respect of others through competition and leadership training,” said SHSU undergraduate advising coordinator Candice D. Williams. “Students learn through demonstrating their skills in competitive events designed by career professionals in Public Service Education.

“The state competition’s goal is to keep the legacy of public service alive through dedication to the ideals of integrity, loyalty, courage, honesty, compassion, to the public they will serve,” she said. “We stress ethics very much in these activities.”

In addition, a number of SHSU criminal justice majors volunteered as actors and judges for the competition, including Adam Dockery, Jo Karge, Ibukun Adepoju, Domonic Pollone, Ruben Carrera, Nicole Juarez, Megan Barfield, Robert Sandoval, Tina Ho, Brittany Litaker, Warren McGalliard and Heather Liner.

This is the second year the event has been hosted at SHSU.

“TPSA serves as a recruiting tool for the College of Criminal Justice,” Williams said. “By hosting this competition at the Criminal Justice Center it allowed the high school students the opportunity to view the Sam Houston campus as well as meet criminal justice students and ask them questions about their experience and college life.”


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March 7, 2008
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