SHSU Update For Week Of Aug. 30



Career Services To Showcase ‘Improved’ Location

Career Services will show off their new facility and introduce the SHSU community to the services they offer during an open house on Tuesday (Sept. 1).

The come-and-go event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Academic Building IV Suite 210.

Career Services relocated to AB IV in March in an effort to become more visible to the student body, according to director Pam Laughlin.

The office offers career assessments and counseling; on-campus interviewing, for which companies can come to campus to talk with students; career fairs; resume critiques; mock interviews, to prepare students for the after-college process; and the Jobs 4 Kats program, a forum on which both on- and off-campus positions are posted. These services are open for all students and alumni.

The new space has allowed for two more on-campus interview rooms than at the previous location, for a total of six; improved audio/visual technology; and a separate library/resource area and seminar room. The library was previously used as the seminar room.

“The new location is much more open,” Laughlin said. “We already have a lot more student traffic.

“We’ve always tailored our workshops to meet the needs of classes and professors and student organizations,” she said, “but this is much more conducive to our workshop series, and I think we’ll see an increase in attendance as well.”

Refreshments will be served during the open house, during which students, faculty and staff members can tour the center.

“Not only are we in a place to be seen, but we’re striving to be seen,” said Paige Andrews, job fair and special events coordinator. “We’re putting Career Services out there in a variety of ways.”

For more information, call 936.294.1713.


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Program To Teach Personal Protective Practices

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative will teach students how to navigate campus safely on Tuesday (Sept. 1).

“Walk Safely, Walk Smart” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

During the event, Franklin Harrison, associate director of programs for Recreational Sports, will provide students with sensible strategies, prevention tips, campus resources and defense tactics to protect yourself from potential attacks.

The interactive demonstration of personal protective practices was developed by the William and Mary University Police Department.

"Walk Safely, Walk Smart" is part of the ADAI’s Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training program, an educational series aiming to increase awareness of alcohol abuse issues among the Bearkat community.

Through SWAAT, students earn prizes by attending events, which accumulate as students attend more programs.

For more information, contact Rosanne Keathley, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative coordinator, at 936.294.1171.


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Fair To Help Students Find On-Campus Jobs

Career Services will provide students with a one-stop shop to find a part-time job during the on-campus job fair on Wednesday (Sept. 2).

Nine departments will be set up in the Lowman Student Center Atrium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss student assistant positions they are currently seeking.

These include the SHSU Annual Fund, Career Services, Computer Services, Residence Life, Financial Aid, the Newton Gresham Library, Public Safety Services, Recreational Sports and Student Activities.

On-campus jobs are beneficial to students because they offer great hours, a great working environment and flexible scheduling, according to Paige Andrews, job fair and special events coordinator.

“A huge benefit that I don’t think people talk about enough, but it was important to me, is when I graduated and I started this job here, I already had longevity with the state (as a former student assistant),” she said. “It’s a state job, so if you go to work for any other state agency, you have longevity and all of those things.

“We had 600 students attend the fair last time we had it, so departments get very high visibility,” she said.

Students can log on to Jobs 4 Kats on the Career Services Web site to see which positions are available from each participating department.

In addition, students can find out if they are eligible for the work-study program at the fair.

For more information, contact Career Services at 936.294.1713 or

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Fair To Acquaint Students With Administration

New and returning students will have the opportunity to meet the people behind the scenes of Sam Houston State University and learn about some of the many organizations on campus on Wednesday (Sept. 2).

The Administration and Organization Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

“The Administrators/Organizations Fair is an opportunity for the student body to become familiar with university administration, who because of their responsibility and position sometimes do not get an opportunity to inter mingle with students as much as they would like,” said Brandon Cooper, Student Activities manager.

“Therefore, the program allows students to meet and actually place names with faces, as well as allow administrators the chance to interact with students, who they are constantly working hard for, but may not get to see as much.”

Among the administrators who will be on-hand to talk with students are vice presidents David Payne, Frank Parker, Heather Crowson and Dana Gibson; associate provost Richard Eglsaer; deans Mitchell Muehsam and Jaimie Hebert; university registrar Teresa Ringo and Counseling Center director Drew Miller.

In addition, various university departments and student organizations will have booths set-up to better acquaint themselves with the student body, “so that students have a better knowledge of the different opportunities that are afforded them,” Cooper said.

Aramark dining services also will serve lunch in the mall area during the fair for students on a meal plan. The cost for those not on a meal plan will be $6.

“In all it is just an overall fun day, where university administration, faculty/staff and students become more familiar with one another, and realize the bonds they share from being members of the Bearkat family,” Cooper said.

For more information, contact the Department of Student Activities at 936.294.3861.


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Museum Promotes Texas With New Movie Night Series

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is celebrating Texas with a new movie series that will kick off on Thursday (Sept. 3).

The first Texas Thursdays Movie Night showing will feature “The Alamo,” at 7 p.m. in the Walker Education Center Auditorium.

“We are hosting this free movie event in an effort to promote museum awareness and to educate the public about Texas through film,” said Megan Buro, SHMM marketing coordinator. “It is our hope that students and residents of Huntsville will become more aware of the museum programs and facilities by frequenting our free ‘Texas Thursdays’ movie night.”

All of the movies that will be a part of the movie night will have some tie to Texas, either made in Texas, have a plotline centered around the state or a native as the director or a main actor, Buro said.

Other showings slated for September include “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” starring Katy native Renée Zellweger, on Sept. 10; “Viva Max!” on Sept. 17; and “Happy, Texas,” on Sept. 24.

“We have planned a lineup of movies that span many genres and will appeal to wide audiences,” she said. “We have high hopes that ‘Texas Thursdays’ will become a staple when it comes to community events.”

“Viva Max!” is a comedy about a Mexican general who attempts to recapture the Alamo after his girlfriend tells him his men wouldn't follow him to a house of ill repute, according to the Internet Movie Database.

“Happy, Texas,” a comedy/romance, stars Jeremy Northam and Steve Zahn as two escaped convicts who arrive in a town by the same name, where they are mistaken for a gay couple who is to host the town's Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant.

While admission is free for all Texas Thursday films, seating is limited in the Education Center Auditorium to 150.

For more information, contact Buro at 936.294.3839.


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White Named Research Ambassador

SHSU chemistry professor Rick White has been selected by the German Academic Exchange Service to serve as a research ambassador for study and research in Germany for the 2009-10 academic year.

White, along with his wife Janis, professor of family and consumer sciences at SHSU, has taken a number of SHSU students to several European countries, including Germany, in years past for study and research in chemistry and textiles.

In 1998 and in 2002, he was the recipient of a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service to teach at the University of Würzburg while conducting research in organic photochemistry.

During this year, White will be working with educators at other universities in the United States to promote academic opportunities for faculty and students in Germany.

“Being chosen as a research ambassador for this year is an honor for me and it will bring distinction to Sam Houston as I talk to people about enhancing their educational opportunities by carrying out work in Germany,” White said.

He traveled to New York City last week to attend the research ambassadors training session.


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Organization Drive Sends 404 Books To Africa

A drive by SHSU’s chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society has led to more than 600 collected books that will make an impact in Huntsville and around the world.

The organization collected the books during the spring semester for the Books For Africa program. Four hundred and four of the 600 collected were shipped to BetterWorldBooks which helps provide financing for Books For Africa, according to Golden Key president Jadrian Wooten.

“Among the other Golden Key chapters in Texas (Texas Tech, North Texas, UT-Dallas, & UT-Arlington) that held similar book drives, the one held at SHSU was the largest in terms of relevant student population,” Wooten said. “A few of the books were recycled, but the majority were re-used.

Other reading books were donated to the SAAFE house of Walker County.

Books For Africa is an organization that collects, sorts, ships and distributes books to children in Africa.

Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 20 million high-quality text and library books to 45 African countries.

To help supply the millions more books that are needed, SHSU’s Golden Key plans to put more boxes out for the buyback period at the end of the fall semester this year.

For more information about the book drive or the SHSU chapter of Golden Key, e-mail


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