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February 22, 2019                                              Download New Submission Format [.doc] [.pdf]

Governor Ralph Northam, Journalist Megyn Kelly,
and the Disturbing History of Blackface
in the United States

When: Monday, Feb 25, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Olson Auditorium (AB4 220)

Acclaimed civil-rights scholar, Jeffrey Littlejohn, probes the strange and continuous legacy of blackface minstrelsy in the United States, whose origins date back nearly two centuries. Please attend this thought-provoking commentary and lecture. This is the semester’s second Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society Faculty Lecture Series presentation. The lecture is open to all including the general public.

Contact: Dr. Bernadette Pruitt (4-1491;
Download: Flyer

Study Abroad 101

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2 – 3 p.m.  LSC 304
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2 – 3 p.m.  YouTube Live
Thursday, Feb 28, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. - LSC 315

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

Ambassador Chase Untermeyer Presents to SHSU Students

When: Wednesday, Feb 27, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Where:  Location provided upon registration

The LEAP Center is hosting Chase Untermeyer, who has served as TX Legislator, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, political reporter for the Houston Chronicle, Personnel Director for the White House, and Ambassador to Qatar. Ambassador Untermeyer will discuss political journalism, the Texas legislature, the Middle East, working in the White House, and careers in diplomacy. Faculty, staff, and students are invited, but space is limited, and it is necessary to reserve a spot to attend.

Contact: Mike Yawn (4-1456;

Opening Reception for “Views of the Museum Complex”

When: Wednesday, Feb 27, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where:  Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center

Both avid photographers, curators Casey Roon and Derrick Birdsall have collaborated to curate a collection of favorite images they have captured themselves across the expanse of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex. Plan to visit the gallery at the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center and see the Museum through their eyes.

Contact: Megan Buro (4-3839;
Download: Website

Mentoring and Scholarship in STEM:
A Talk by Dr. Donna Stokes

When: Wednesday, Feb 27, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Olson Auditorium (AB4 220)

One of nearly seventy Black women physicists to earn PhDs in the United States since 1973, Dr. Donna Stokes, associate professor of physics at the University of Houston, is in an elite class of scholars. Prof Stokes will lecture to students about the benefits of STEM and intellectual creativity. The program is sponsored by Physics, CSET, COE, and CHSS Inclusion and Diversity Co.; admission is free to the public.

Contact: Dr. Bernadette Pruitt (4-1491;
Download: Flyer

Sociable: A World Lived for Others
by thesis candidate Kelsie Faught

When: March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gaertner Performing Arts Center
              Dance Theater

Sociable: A World Lived for Others is an immersive dance experience by thesis candidate Kelsie Faught. For this one-of-a-kind event, participants will attend a “conference” that explores the topic of personality and the break-out sessions are dances that inspect anxiety, introversion/extraversion, and acceptance of self. The show is 40 minutes long, will run three times in succession, and accommodates 30 guests at a time. Sign up by calling the Department of Dance at 936.294.1875.

Contact: Kelsie Faught (4-­‐1875;
Download: Flyer

Symphonic Dances: A Symphonic Celebration

When: Saturday, Mar 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gaertner Performing Arts Center
              Concert Hall

Join the SHSU Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. The performance will include the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Suppe’s fiery and romantic Poet and Pesant’s Overture, and will feature Kaela Babin, winner of the School of Music’s Concerto Competition, in Morlacchi’s Il Pastore Svizzero.

Contact: Jacob Sustaita  (4-1370;

Apply Now for a 2019 Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program!

When: Spring, Summer, and Winter programs
Where: Asia, Australia, Central America,
             Europe, Middle East, USA

Apply today for 2019’s faculty-led study abroad programs! Study abroad for 1-4 weeks next year with a SHSU faculty member and fellow Bearkats. Departments offering programs: Agriculture, Art, Economics, English, History, Marketing, Nursing, Physics (core course!), Political Science, Security Studies, and World Languages & Cultures (Spanish). Don’t see your department? Many programs are open to all majors and are a great option if you need general elective hours! Scholarships available!

Contact: Malin Hilmersson (4-3276;
Download: Website

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: ContestsEventsCurriculum Guide

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: ContestsEvents

Spring Plant Sale

When: March 8 – 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: SHSU I-45 Greenhouse

The SHSU Plant & Soil Sciences Club will host the first of their spring plant sales for the community.

Contact: Dr. Tim Pannkuk (4-3333;
Download: Facebook page

12th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

Submission Deadline: March 15
Saturday, Apr 27
Where: CHSS and LSC

All undergraduates are invited to present at the 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS). This conference allows students to put forward completed, current, or ongoing research in a professional environment. Three scholarships in the amount of $500 will go to best overall oral-media presentation, best overall research poster, and best overall Honors research. Other scholarships are available.

Contact: Dr. Tracy E. Bilsing (4-1477;
Download: URS website

Doctorate of Education in Developmental Education Administration (Ed.D.) is 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: 
                Brenda Rusk (4-1109):
                Educational Leadership Office 4-1147
Download: Website   

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Nominations Sought for Staff Excellence Awards

Nominations due: March 22

Do you know of a staff member that excels in their job and consistently demonstrates the values of service, innovation, and motivation?  Through the Staff Excellence Award and Recognition of Service Program, we annually honor four staff employees who best exemplify a commitment to excellence.  The recipients of this award include two exempt and two non-exempt staff (non-faculty) employees.  Please consider nominating those employees worthy of receiving one of our university's top honors.

Contact: Kristy Stapleton (4-1068;
Download: Website

16th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 
Call for Proposals

Proposals Due: April 1

Conference Date:
 Thursday, August 15
 Sam Houston State University 

This is a call for proposals for any instructor to present one of the sessions at the TLC19. Sessions are a chance to share an effective and practical teaching idea/experience/approach with fellow instructors. The conference is university-wide, so topics are welcome from all the academic disciplines. Keynote speaker will be Bonni Stachowiak, host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast, presenting on the positives and perils of educational technology. Send proposal to by 4/1/19.

Contact: Todd Primm (4-4042;
Download: Proposal Form TLC19 

Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

Study Abroad 101

Tues, Mar 19, 2 – 3 p.m.
LSC 321

Wed, Mar 20, 5 – 6 p.m.
YouTube Live

Thurs, Mar 21, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
LSC 315

Universality of Global Education

February 28 – March 1
LSC Ballroom

IDEA Workshop

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

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Saturday, Apr 27
CHSS Building

Spring Commencement Schedule

Thurs, May 9, 7 p.m.
College of Criminal Justice

Fri, May 10, 9:30 a.m.
Colleges of:
   Health Sciences
      Departments of:
      Population Health
      Family & Consumer Sciences

Fri, May 10, 2:30 p.m.
Colleges of:
   Humanities & Social Sciences
   Health Sciences
Departments of:

Sat, May 11, 9:30 a.m.
Colleges of:
   Fine Arts & Mass Communication
   Sciences & Engineering Technology

Sat, May 11, 2:30 p.m.
College of Business Administration

Cathi Gillette
Executive Assistant to the Provost


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