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January 25, 2019                                              Download New Submission Format [.doc] [.pdf]

Announcing the Launch of the OER Course Redesign Grant from RFY 

The Reimagining the First Year (RFY) Committee seeks ten faculty members to redevelop a course using only open-access or zero-cost textbooks. Participants will receive a $750 stipend and dedicated support from their librarian and SHSU Online instructional designer. To officially launch this grant, two lunch events will be hosted for any faculty who wish to learn more before applying; stay tuned for lunch event details. Complete grant details and application are online.

Contact: Erin Owens (4-4567;
Download: Website

All of Us & Your Health Educational Events

When:  Monday, Jan 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: SHSU, Lowman Student Center, White Ballroom
When:  Tuesday, Jan 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Lone Star College – Montgomery Campus, Theatre

SHSU’s School of Nursing, in partnership with the Newton Gresham Library, invites all SHSU students, faculty and staff to attend an educational event to learn more about the All of Us Research Program which is a new effort from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is an historic, longitudinal effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, socioeconomics, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine—or individualized prevention, treatment, and care—for all of us. 

Contact: Carla Clark (4-2315;
Downloads: WebsiteEvent Flyer

ORSP Mixer

When: Tues & Wed, Jan. 29 & 30, 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: LSC Art Gallery

Faculty welcome back! This semester, please join the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs for drinks and networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing you.

Contact: Clayton Cottle, Jessica Herzogenrath, Kathy Adair
Download: Invitation

Study Abroad 101

Tues, Jan 29, 2 – 3 p.m. – LSC 304
Wed, Jan 30, 12  1 p.m.  YouTube Live
Thurs, Jan 31, 5:15  6:15 p.m.  LSC 304

Do you want to study abroad but are not sure where to start? Attend our Study Abroad 101 information session! We'll go over our different programs, scholarships and funding, and what the steps are to study abroad.

Contact: Malin Hilmersson, Study Abroad Coord

Download: Event Flyer

The LEAP Center Hosts “Back to School Social”

When: Wed, Jan. 30, 4 – 5:30 p.m. (come and go)
Where: Holcombe Room (CHSS 400)

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to the LEAP Center’s kick-off the semester social. Join us for ice cream, cookies, punch, and coffee, while learning about upcoming LEAP Center events such as: book-signings (e.g., journalist Susan Page), an appearance by the 10th Court of Appeals, our 12th annual Citizenship Preparatory Course for immigrants, and numerous other fun and educational activities.

Contact: Mike Yawn (4-1456;

Call for Nominations – 
SHSU Faculty Excellence in Service Award

Nominations Due: February 1 by 5 p.m.
Where: Email submission

The Faculty Excellence in Service Award Committee is seeking nominations of tenured, tenure-track, or clinical faculty who have no fewer than five years of service at SHSU and demonstrated a consistent commitment to exemplary service activities that have had a significant, positive impact on SHSU. The award recipient will receive $5,000 and a medal. Nominations must be submitted with a nomination form and emailed to Committee Chair Kamphol Wipawayangkool. Please see flyer for additional details.

Contact: Kamphol Wipawayangkool (4-4049;
Downloads: FlyerNomination Form

Universality of Global Education Conference

Proposals Due: February 1

Conference Dates:
 February 28 – March 1
 Lowman Center Ballroom

Join us for our 6th annual Universality of Global Education Conference.  The highly-regarded conference brings together interdisciplinary scholars and students from around the world to discuss issues, theories, research, practices, and teaching in diverse international educational environments.

Contact:  Molly Doughtie (4-1105;
Download: Proposal Form

New PACE Positions Available

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) in the next SACS reaccreditation cycle for SHSU is focused on enhancing faculty usage of active learning methods. Coordination of the faculty development programs will occur via PACE. Positions available will be Associate Director for Development and Associate Director of Assessment. See attached flyer regarding position details and applicant information.

Contact: Todd Primm (4-2688;
Download: Flyer

Online Course Redesign and Faculty Certification
Spring 2019 Cohorts

When: Starting February 4, 2019
Where: University Plaza 410

Enrollment in the Spring 2019 cohorts of the Online Course Redesign and Faculty Certification program is now open. SHSU Online is offering five cohorts during the Spring 2019 semester. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants per cohort. See the program details webpage for dates & times.

Contact: Jacob Spradlin (4-3929;
Downloads: Program Webpage;
                     Program Details

Information Sessions: Undergraduate Research Symposium

 Tuesday, Feb 5, 3:30 p.m.
            Wednesday, Feb 6, 3 p.m.
Where: Lowman Student Center 230B

The URS will be held on April 27, 2019, but it is never too early to prepare! The URS allows students to put forward completed, current, or ongoing research in a professional environment. To that end all undergraduates and faculty are encouraged to attend an information session over the URS. We will begin with a brief overview of the conference, and then we will open the floor for questions. Free swag!

: Dr. Tracy E. Bilsing (4-1477;
Download: Flyer

U.S. Passport Fair on Campus! 

 Tuesday, Feb 5, 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Where: Lowman Student Center 320

United States Postal Service is partnering with the SHSU Bearkat OneCard Office, Leadership Initiatives and Office of International Programs on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, to provide you with a convenient way to apply for your first passport or renew your current passport!  Open to all SHSU students, faculty and staff!

Contact: Malin Hilmersson (4-3276;
               Meredith Conrey (4-3602;
               Stacie Szaal (4-2273;
Download: Website

CHSS Wall of Honor Tickets & Sponsorships

When: Now Through February 10
Where: Marketplace,

CHSS invites the SHSU Community to attend the Wall of Honor Gala on Friday, February 22, 2019, in the LSC Orange Ballroom. Join us in honoring Paula Lenz (Alumni), Dr. Rowland Miller (Faculty) and Dr. Paul Ruffin (Faculty). Their personal and professional achievements have brought great honor and distinction to our university. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner and award presentation. Sponsorship deadline is February 1.

Contact: Deanna Briones (4-2205;

IDEA Workshop

When: February 12, 3 – 4 p.m.
Where: PACE Conference Room

SHSU uses the online IDEA (Individual Development & Educational Assessment) student ratings of instruction system for evaluation of all instructors campus wide. Completing the course Objectives Selection Form and interpreting results are addressed in the workshop. If available, please bring recent IDEA scores for analysis and feedback. You will be better prepared for optimal use of IDEA following this workshop. Email to RSVP.

Contact: Todd Primm (4-4042;

SHSU Common Reader Scholarship Contests
What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
By Dan Rather and Elliott Kirschner

Submissions due: Various dates in February & March for more info

Announcing deadlines for the spring 2019 Common Reader Scholarships. SHSU colleges and campus programs are sponsoring over $5000 in scholarship contests related to themes in the book. The entry deadline dates are quickly approaching. If you need a book, please come by our office in AB4 Room 202. Stop by for a free t-shirt if you have read the book! Students are encouraged to enter these contests!

Contact: Kimberly Johnson (Ext. 4-2227;
Downloads: Contests; Events

SHSU Common Reader Scholarship Contests
What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
By Dan Rather and Elliott Kirschner

Submissions due: Various dates in February & March for more info

Announcing deadlines for the spring 2019 SHSU Common Reader Scholarships. SHSU colleges and campus programs are sponsoring events and contests with over $5000 in student scholarship contests related to themes in the book. The entry deadline dates are quickly approaching. If you need paperbacks or eBooks for your class, please contact Kimberly Johnson.  We deliver!

Contact: Kimberly Johnson (Ext. 4-2227;
Downloads: Contests; Events; Curriculum Guide  

Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

Study Abroad 101

Tues, Feb 12, 2 – 3 p.m.
LSC 321

Thurs, Feb 14, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
LSC 304

Tues, Feb 26, 2 – 3 p.m.
LSC 304

Wed, Feb 27, 2 – 3 p.m.
YouTube Live

Thurs, Feb 28, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
LSC 315

IDEA Workshop

Wednesday, Mar 27, 10 – 11 a.m.
PACE Conference Room

Cathi Gillette
Executive Assistant to the Provost


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