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Avery Carrier, a sophomore business admininstration major from Katy, was crowned Miss Sam Houston at ceremonies in the LSC Ballroom on Tuesday evening.  She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and volunteers at the SAAFE House. —Photo by Brian Blalock


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SHSU Update

For Week of March 1


Tom KordinakServices Set For Tom Kordinak

A visitation will be held for friends and family of psychology professor Tom Kordinak from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 9, at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 3 o'clock in the funeral home chapel.  Details.




Taylor Price on bareback broncSHSU Grad Wins $600,000 In Rodeo Competition

Former Bearkat rodeo team member Taylor Price won the bareback bronc riding competition at The American Rodeo at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sunday.  He defeated the world's top 10 bareback bronc riders.  See the Huntsville Item story here.






Redeployment coverEvent To Bring Book Award Winner, Finalists To Campus

After a successful inaugural program in 2014, the National Book Awards at Sam Houston will return to Sam Houston State University March 22-24, providing members of the Bearkat and Huntsville communities the opportunity to interact with Phil Kay, Fred Moten and John Corey Whaley. Details.



Gerald IronsFormer NFL Linebacker To Tackle President's Speaker Series

He had a 10-year career in the National Football League, during which time he was a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns. Following his retirement, he tackled business and motivational speaking. On March 18, Gerald Irons will veer toward Sam Houston State University, where he will discuss his life, career and his focus on education for the spring President’s Speaker Series presentation. Details.




Rocket and KeelerSHSU, Rockets Match Up For Second Annual Event

Sam Houston State University students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to join in on the fun as the Houston Rockets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves for “SHSU Night with the Houston Rockets” at Houston’s Toyota Center on March 27. Details.



Remembrances Scheduled For Former CJ Dean, Research AVP

Richard WardFormer SHSU College of Criminal Justice Dean and Associate Vice President for Research and Special Programs Richard H. Ward passed away on Feb. 17 in Bethany, Connecticut. A memorial was held at the University of New Haven on Feb. 21, and another will take place in late March in Chicago, where he and his wife lived before coming to SHSU in 1999. During a stellar career in criminal justice, he was an NYPD officer, police detective, writer, educator, and university administrator. Memorial gifts can be made to the Richard and Michelle Ward Scholarship Endowment at SHSU. His obituary can be found here.





Jack StaggsSix Recognized For Distinguished Service In Education

The 2015 Distinguished Educator of the Year award winners include Meghan Zigmond, “Distinguished Elementary Teacher;” Cara Moreland, “Distinguished Secondary Teacher;” Tiffany Woods-Simon, “Distinguished Support Professional;” Pamela Wells, “Distinguished Administrator;” Steve Johnson, “Friend of Education;” and Jack Staggs, “Legacy Award” recipient. Details.





CHSS logoConference To Bring International Scholars To Campus

The Sam Houston State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences will welcome international scholars from across the disciplines to present their research March 4-5 for the Seventh Medicine, Humanities, and Social Sciences Conference. Students can attend sessions for free but must register to attend all of the conference's activities. Details.




TSUS logoRegents Approve Construction, Name Changes At Meeting

A summary of action taken regarding Sam Houston State University by the Texas State University System Board of Regents quarterly meeting on Feb. 19-20 can be found here.




Book cover for "An Eye For An Eye"CJ Prof's Book Takes Reader Deep Into Crime, Punishment

Mitchel P. Roth's latest book "An Eye For An Eye: A Global History Of Crime And Punishment" covers just about every crime and form of punishment imaginable from petty wrongdoings to serial murders and stoning to lethal injection, along with the role they have played in cultures and societies throughout the world.  Details.




Brendon UrieSammypalooza To Bring 'Panic' To Johnson Coliseum

Tickets for the Panic! at the Disco-headlined concert are available for students, faculty and staff through Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum Box Office No. 2. Ticket pickup requires an active Bearkat OneCard. Public tickets go on sale March 4. Details.





green lightUPD Hearkens 'Green Light' Tradition In New Renovations

The Charles W. Tackett University Police Building now includes larger office spaces and an upgraded, brown exterior, replete with green lights that glow at night, hearkening a 17th-century tradition. Details.




David PyroozStudy Finds U.S. Juvenile Gang Membership Tops 1 Million

There are more than 1 million juvenile gang members in the U.S., more than three times the number estimated by law enforcement, according to a new study by Sam Houston State University assistant professor of criminal justice David Pyrooz. Details.




Bryan AlexanderTeaching Conference To Explore Online Education

Sam Houston State University Online will engage professors in topics related to distance education during its fourth annual Teaching and Learning Conference, March 26-27 in the Lowman Student Center. Details.




Michael Williams‘Let’s Talk!’ Scholarship Event Scheduled For March 19

Sam Houston State University will host its eighth annual “Let’s Talk!” scholarship benefit event on March 19, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. Details.














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