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October 23, 2020                                              Download New Submission Format [.doc] [.pdf]


When: Friday, Oct 23, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Concert Hall
             Gaertner Performing Arts Center

The SHSU College of Arts & Media along with the School of Music presents Beethoven2020@SHSU as a showcase of talented graduate students, alongside their accomplished faculty. The 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven serves as the perfect vehicle, given the abundance of iconic chamber music written by the German composer. In addition to video content and exclusive interviews with music experts that will be available throughout the semester, this series includes two concerts with limited in-person seating. Face coverings are required, and social distancing practices will be observed. Tickets are available on the CAM Box Office webpage. Student tickets will be available the day of the event.

Contact: Jackie Swan (
Download: Flyer
Link to purchase tickets:

Teaching Innovation Grants (TIGs)

Application due date: December 4

The Engaging Classrooms QEP is excited to announce the fifth annual Teaching Innovation Grants program with the PACE office at SHSU. Teams of faculty members (2-5) will be supported as they implement innovative active learning techniques that are inclusive and student-centered. More information can be found in the Call for Proposals and the application.

Contact: Stephanie Brown (4-4263;

Summer 2021 Faculty and Student Team (FAST) Awards

When: Now through Wednesday, Dec 9

The FAST Awards encourage the participation of undergraduate students in scholarly or creative work. Each funded team should support 1-3 students working together on a project under the mentorship of SHSU faculty.  Student teams are expected to work on their project over approximately 10 weeks, between June and August 2021. Each student team member will receive $2000 and each team’s faculty mentor will receive $4000.  Please visit the website: or email to Madhusudan Choudhary to request an application.

Contact: Madhusudan Choudhary

Library Building Closure

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct 24 & 25
Where: Newton Gresham Library

Newton Gresham Library and the library’s computer lab will be temporarily closed for construction. An alternate computer lab will be available in Room 130 of the CHSS building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday & 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Contact: Terrie Newman (4-1613;

National Student Exchange – 
Virtual NSE Information Session

When: October 26, 3 – 4 p.m.
Where:  Register at

The Office of International Programs is excited to announce that Sam Houston State University is now a member of the National Student Exchange! NSE is a consortium of over 170 colleges and universities in the United States, including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Canada. Through this academic program, SHSU students can pay SHSU tuition and spend a semester or full year studying away at another member campus, and continue to make progress toward their SHSU degree. Member institutions are very diverse and offer settings from islands to big cities, including Hispanic serving and historically Black colleges and universities, with a wide array of courses, programs, field experiences and internships. Member institutions range in size from large flagship research universities to small liberal arts colleges.

Contact: Malin Hilmersson (4-3276;

Dateline: Democracy with Sam Donaldson

When: Tuesday, Oct 27, 5 p.m. CST
Where: Virtual, Facebook Live (@SHSUCAM)

Dateline: Democracy is an incredible opportunity for insight to how media shapes American thought and prepares citizens to practice democracy. As a new online independent study course through SHSU’s College of Arts & Media, this series will highlight a stellar line-up of influential individuals in national media. Join us as legendary former White House correspondent, ABC news anchor, and native Texan Sam Donaldson shares his career and engages in democratic discussion with students!

Contact: Jackie Swan (
Download: Event Flyer
Facebook Link: 

Virtual Archeology Lecture  –  
San Felipe de Austin Historic Site:
“Digging the Past to Build the Present"

When: October 27, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Facebook (see link below)

October is designated as Texas Archeology Month.  The museum will host a virtual archeology lecture with Dr. Sarah Chesney, site archeologist at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site.  Slated to open in Spring 2021, a new interpretive area at San Felipe de Austin, known as the Villa de Austin, is currently under construction.  The completed project will consist of six reconstructed buildings & an interpretive landscape representing a section of the main commercial district of San Felipe de Austin as it existed between 1823 & 1836.  This presentation will focus on the archeological investigations that shaped the Villa & location of the pathways, the construction plan, & what has been discovered along the way.

Contact: Mikey Sproat (4-4895;
Download: Event Flyer 
Facebook Link:

SHSU Archive of 2020 Seeks Submissions

Help us tell the Bearkats’ story of 2020, from the medical, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19 to the igniting of worldwide protests over police brutality and #BlackLivesMatter. We are seeking submissions of personal narratives, letters, diaries, poems, artwork (any medium), photographs, video, audio, and more to be made publicly available in this historical digital archive. All community members are invited to participate, and submitters retain copyright to their work.

Contact: Erin Owens (4-4567,
               Susan Elkins (4-1524,
               Trent Shotwell (4-3290,
Link: Website with Details and Online Submission Form

Faculty Huddle

When: Oct 30 and Nov 13

We are all working together on improving teaching in this age of hybrid courses. In this participant-driven gathering, faculty will bring problems, issues, or questions about their own teaching and also share tips, tools, and strategies they have learned. Come join your colleagues during your lunch hour either face-to-face or on Zoom. To register and receive the Zoom link, email

Contact: Todd Primm;

ORSP Internal Grant Program

Proposal Deadline: 
November 1

The FY21 ORSP Internal Grant Program is now open and proposals are due 1 NOV 2020! The Internal Grant Program at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) provides financial support for the creative activities and research of faculty and staff across all academic disciplines. The internal grant program is divided into four programs – Individual Scholarship, New Faculty, Interdisciplinary Collaborations, and Pilot Studies for Future Funding. Please visit our website (here) for the full details of the programs. 

Contact: Michelle Metzler (4-3621;

Call for Assessment Mini-Grants Applications

Deadline for Applications: November 2
Where: Assessment Mini-Grants

The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment has funding available for assessment-related activities in the form of competitive Assessment Mini-Grants.  These grants are available to all faculty and staff at SHSU to help fund new or ongoing assessment practices within programs, offices, or departments; or to help fund travel to make assessment-related presentations at professional conferences.  For more information about the Assessment Mini-Grants, please contact Tama Hamrick.

Contact: Tama Hamrick (4-3279;
Mini-Grant Application:

Now accepting applications for Director of PACE

Application deadline: November 3
                                     (position begins 9/1/21)
Where:  Submit letters of intent & CV to 

Academic Affairs is now accepting applications for the Director of PACE, the SHSU Professional and Academic Center of Excellence. In addition to administration of the current QEP Engaging Classrooms, PACE leads Writing in the Disciplines; new faculty mentoring and development programs; and the annual Teaching and Learning Conference. Qualified applicants for this half-time position are tenured faculty with experience in leadership and a commitment to PACE goals and objectives. For more information, see attached flyer.

Contact: Brian Loft (4-4465;
Download: Flyer

The 2021 David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award

Nominations due date: November 15
Where: Center for Community Engagement

The David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award honors a faculty member who has achieved excellence in Academic Community Engagement with $5,000 and a commendation medal. Recipients of this award have taught SHSU students the value of community engagement and have collaborated with community partners to meet community needs and improve quality of life. Send nominations (name of the faculty member and department) to: Center for Community Engagement on or before November 15, 2020.

Contact: Center for Community Engagement
Download: Award Announcement

Doctorate of Education in Developmental Education Administration (Ed.D.) now accepting applications through

Application Deadline: March 15

The Doctor of Education in Developmental Education Administration is a fully online interdisciplinary doctoral program designed to prepare educators to develop and administer programs for underprepared community college and university students in math, reading, and/or writing. Cohorts begin each summer.

Contact: Dr. Patrick Saxon: 
                 Magen Jordan (4-3011):
                 Educational Leadership Office 4-1147
Download: Website    

Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

Food Pantry Distribution

November 4 & 5

Contact: Kathleen Gilbert
Link: Website


Wednesday,  Nov. 4, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
via Zoom


CHSS Diversity Reader Event

Thursday, November 12

Contact: Dr. Bernadette Pruitt
               Dr. April Shemak
               4-1432 or
Website: How to be an Antiracist

Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 24, 2021

Contact: Dr. Tracy E. Bilsing
Link: Website

Cathi Gillette
Executive Assistant to the Provost


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