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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 19

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Beto Lecture To Highlight Research On Post-Prison Histories

Ronet Bachman, professor and former chair of the University of Delaware Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, will share aspects of her work on Wednesday (Jan. 22) as part of the SHSU College of Criminal Justice’s Beto Chair Lecture series.

Ronet BachmanThe presentation will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. in the CJ Center’s Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.

Bachman’s latest project, examining the trajectories of drug-involved offenders after their release from prison, follows the criminal and drug histories of a cohort of 300 drug-involved offenders over a 10- to 15-year period.

By collecting data on demographic characteristics, life history events, mental and physical health, as well as attitudes and behaviors, the study tracks trends in offending behavior.

The study, funded by the National Institute of Justice, was undertaken by the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Delaware, a national institute dedicated to producing, disseminating and utilizing scientific knowledge in substance abuse and other health risk behaviors among hard to reach populations of adults and youth.

Bachman has co-authored several research methods texts in criminology and criminal justice, including The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice.

She also served as co-editor of Explaining Crime and Criminology: Essays in Contemporary Criminal Theory and co-author of Murder American Style; Culture, Stress and Aggression; and Violence: The Enduring Problem. She has written numerous articles and papers that examine the epidemiology and etiology of violence, with a particular emphasis on women, the elderly, and minority populations.

Bachman completed her undergraduate work at Bemidji State University in Minnesota and her graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, where she received her master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology.

She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Before joining the University of Delaware in 1995, she was a statistician and research analyst at the Bureau of Justice Statistics.


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Panel To Share Keys To Successful Leadership

Three area leaders in their respective areas will share with students keys to being successful in their own careers on Wednesday (Jan. 22) during the Learning to Lead Speaker Series at SHSU.

The diverse set of speakers, representing varied backgrounds and experiences, will share what leadership means to them during 20-minute presentations from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Smith-Hutson Business Building’s Mafrige Auditorium.

They include Terri Jaggers, a nationally recognized child welfare advocate, speaking about “Before You Can Lead Others, You Must Now How To Lead Yourself;” Walker County tax assessor-collector Diana McRae, speaking about “You May Lead, but that Doesn’t Mean People Will Follow;” and former executive director for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Ed Owens, speaking on “Leaders are Made, Not Born.”

“We want students to understand the importance leadership takes in all roles we may be exposed to. These roles can happen in our careers, clubs and organizations we belong to or in our community as citizens,” said Vinessa Mundorff, assistant director for Career Services. “The hope is that the speakers will inspire students to seek out leadership roles and become more active in ways they can lead, or maybe they are leading and don’t even realize they are.”

The Learning to Lead series was introduced in 2011, to show students the value of leadership skills while they still have time in college to work on them. The series is sponsored by Career Services, the College of Business Administration, the Veterans Resource Center and the Center for Leadership and Service.

“Not all of our students are aware of the importance of leadership skills on the job market and in community life, so our series is different—we aren’t trying so much to teach leadership itself as we are making students aware of its importance so they can then focus on gaining those skills through various experiences available to them at SHSU, both in and out of the classroom,” said organizer Darren Grant, associate professor of economics.

For more information, contact Career Services at 936.294.1713.


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Astros To Caravan Into Huntsville For Tour Stop

As part of the 2014 Houston Astros Caravan presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors and Blue Bell, Sam Houston State University’s Don Sanders Baseball Stadium will play host to a stop on the annual fan outreach tour.

While on campus, the ball club will highlight its charitable interests such as youth baseball and softball as well as support for the U.S. military and at-risk youths.

The free event will take place on Wednesday (Jan. 22), from 1-2 p.m. and will feature Astros players Robbie Grossman, L.J. Hoes and Michael Foltynewicz; former player Kevin Bass; and radio broadcaster Robert Ford.

It will be open to all media and fans who would like to attend and will provide a unique opportunity to interact with the players.

In total, the tour will reach 30 cities over the course of six days, including areas of south and central Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma City.

The partnership between the Kats and Astros will continue just over one month later as the SHSU baseball program will be one of six in-state competitors participating in the 2014 Houston College Classic from Feb. 28 until March 2 at Minute Maid Park.


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IMPACT Wrestling Tour To Invade SHSU On Feb. 16

Bearkat and area wrestling fans can share in “the world’s most innovative experience in professional wrestling” when TNA Entertainment brings its lineup of IMPACT Wrestling superstars to Sam Houston State University on Feb. 16.

The Huntsville tour pit stop will include live cage matches by Bully Ray, Magnus, Mr. Anderson, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, “The IT Factor” Bobby Roode and “The Cowboy” James Storm.

Impact Wrestling bannerThe show will begin at the 5 p.m., in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

“This wrestling event is quite unique in that steel cage matches are rare for ‘house shows.’ Fans might see one on a pay-per-view, but hardly ever at a non-televised event like this one,” said Ed Chatal, Department of Recreational Sports associate director for facilities. “Both wrestling fans and those who might not be will enjoy themselves. The wrestlers will interact with all those in attendance, I can promise you.”

While this will be the first time TNA Impact has appeared at Johnson Coliseum, the coliseum has worked with promoters of all types for years, according to Chatal.

“We have worked with the WWE and the old WCW in the past,” Chatal said. “I consider ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair to be the most prestigious wrestler to walk through the coliseum tunnel door. Mr. Flair wrestled here in 1998 and in 1999.”

TNA IMPACT Wrestling broadcasts weekly on SPIKE TV.

TNA also produces monthly pay-per-view events and more than 100 live shows a year. The product is broadcast for millions of viewers in more than 120 countries.

Tickets start at $15 and are available at the Johnson Coliseum Box Office, online at centralticketoffice.com or by phone at 817.335.9000 or 936.294.3021. Fans who purchase a $65 ticket will meet select IMPACT Wrestling superstars at an early-entry autograph session at 3 p.m.

Johnson Coliseum is located at 800 Bowers Blvd. in Huntsville.

For more information, contact Chatal at 936.294.1985, or visit impactwrestling.com.


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Faculty Concert To Kick Off Spring Music Season

SHSU School of Music will tune up for a harmonious semester as two faculty musicians present the first concert of the spring on Thursday (Jan. 23).

The faculty horn recital will feature associate professor of horn Peggy DeMers and visiting professor of keyboard studies Brooks Hafey, performing at 7:30 p.m. in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The duo will play a wide variety of music written for French horn and piano, ranging from a 20th-century neo-romantic piece for two horns and piano, to a work by Carl Nielsen, a late 19th-century composer, to Ludwig van Beethoven's “Sonata for Horn and Piano.”

In addition, DeMers will perform a work on the Alpine Horn, a 12-foot wooden instrument, called the national Swiss folk instrument, that is an ancestor of the modern French horn.

“I am one of the leading experts on this instrument,” DeMers said. “At the International Horn symposium this past August, the society commissioned a work for me to perform on the final concert which features the Alpine Horn.”

Admission is free.

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


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Department Seeks Students For New Ambassador Program

The Foreign Languages Department’s Student Ambassadors Program is accepting applications for its first cohort through Wednesday (Jan. 22).

The first cohort will serve as the official student ambassadors for the SHSU Department of Foreign Languages as a whole and will represent the department at events such as Saturdays@Sam and Bearkat Family Weekend.

“We’re looking for students committed to the concept of globalism in both language and cultural terms; students with a commitment and desire to promote both language and culture,” said Debra Andrist, chair of the foreign languages department. “Through this program, we can involve our students, our best resource and judge for how we’re doing, as advisers and as outreach representatives.”

Those interested in participating in the program can obtain applications in the department’s office, in Academic Building IV Room 315 or can request an application by emailing department staff members Franisha Wells, at fxw002@shsu.edu, or Virginia Curran, at vxc006@shsu.edu.

All applications should be submitted electronically to Andrist at andrist@shsu.edu by 5 p.m. on Jan. 22.

For more information, contact Wells at 936.294.1441 or Curran at 936.294.1447.


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Press Publication Lauded In Review

The Southern Poetry Anthology VIA book edited by Texas State University System Regents’ Professor and distinguished professor of English Paul Ruffin was recently lauded for placing Tennessee culture in the spotlight.

The Southern Poetry Anthology VI: Tennessee is a collection of works by Tennessee poets, from nationally celebrated writers such as Charles Wright to “less familiar talents like Jeff Hardin,” according to a review on Chapter 16, a service of Humanities Tennessee, “whose purpose is to provide education in the humanities to Tennesseans.” The anthology was co-edited by Jesse Graves and William Wright.

The review, written by Quincy Rhoads, argues that while Southern poetry is often “left out of the conversation” when Southern literature is discussed, The Southern Poetry Anthology “redress(es) these oversights,” highlighting “a borad array of talent” and presenting “a welcome array of (literary) approaches.”

“Filled with something for all poetic tastes, The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. VI: Tennessee serves as both an entry point and a refresher for how much the poetry of Tennessee has to offer readers of this state—and of the world at large,” Rhoads wrote.

The fourth edition of the anthology was published in September by the Texas Review Press at SHSU.

“People are beginning to wake up to the existence of our Southern Poetry Anthology series, which is now being used in a number of classrooms across the South,” said Ruffin, who also serves as the director of the press. “This has turned out to be an even more successful project than we imagined when we took it on.”

The review can be found online at chapter16.org/content/southern-poetry-anthology-series-turns-toward-tennessee.


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Today@Sam Seeks Spring Calendar Info, Experts

The university Communications Office is collecting information for two of its ongoing projects: the Today@Sam calendar pages and the online SHSU Experts Guide.

Departmental calendars for spring campus events can be sent to today@sam.edu or jenniferg@shsu.edu or faxed to 294.1834. Please include the date, location and time of the event, as well as a brief description and a contact person.

Faculty who are interested in being a part of the university’s database of experts can submit their biographical and personal information, as well as their areas of expertise, through the Experts Guide Submission Form.

In addition, the university photographer will be available to take photos for the Experts Guide (or personal use) on Feb. 10-11, from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on both days, in Dan Rather Communications Building Room 209 (the Mass Communication Conference Room).

Information collected for the Today@Sam calendar pages is used by various media outlets, as well as the Communications Office for news stories and releases.

The SHSU Experts Guide was established as a resource for the media, who turn to university experts lists for potential interviewees for news stories.

All information, including news story ideas and update items for Today@Sam, should be sent a minimum of a week in advance of the event in order to make necessary contacts and write a story. Feature story ideas for the SHSU home page (“sliders”) should be sent a minimum of two months in advance.

To see a full list of the Today@Sam submission guidelines, or to access submission forms for news or feature stories, calendar submissions, or hometown releases, visit https://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/guidelines.html.

For more information, call 936.294.1836.


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Submit Update Items Here

In order to assist members of the Sam Houston State University community in publicizing events, the SHSU Communications Office (Today@Sam) is now requesting that students, faculty and staff submit information about events, accomplishments or ideas for feature stories online.

Submission criteria and guidelines, including deadlines, have now been placed online, at https://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/guidelines.html. This information is also accessible through the “Submissions” link in the right-hand navigation on Today@Sam.

From there, those submitting ideas can access forms that will allow them to provide detailed information about their idea, as well as attach event calendars, vitas/resumes or photos, depending on the type of submission.

Ideas submitted to the SHSU Communications Office are directly utilized in several ways: as news stories, “slider” or SHSU home page stories, hometown releases, and on the Today@Sam calendar.

If your submission qualifies for distribution, we will either contact you for more detailed information, or we will edit the information using SHSU/journalistic style and forward the final release to the appropriate media.

All information is verified before release, so please provide complete, accurate and timely information. Please type all responses in appropriate upper and lower cases.

For more information, contact the Communications Office at 936.294.1836 or today@sam.edu.



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SHSU Media Contacts: Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Jan. 17, 2014
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