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Today @ Sam

SHSU Update For Week Of Aug. 1




Fourth ‘Chalk Talk’ To Let Women In The Huddle

Women who want to learn the “X’s and O’s” of the game of football, as well as the meaning behind those hand signals given by the referees, will be taught all of that and more during the fourth annual State Farm Football 101: Chalk Talk for Women on Tuesday (Aug. 24).

The clinic will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Ron Randleman Strength and Fitness Center, located next to Don Sanders Stadium.

The clinic will feature football lessons from the SHSU coaching staff, including head coach Willie Fritz, a tour of the facilities and hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Participants will learn the different responsibilities of the offense, defense and special teams; have an opportunity to run out on the field just like the football team does on game day; and obtain instruction from coaches on throwing, catching and other elements of the game, as well as meet some of the Bearkat football players.

The event is a partnership with State Farm designed to teach women the basics of the game of football in a fun, social environment.

Registration is $20 per person or $140 for a table of eight. On the day of the event, a single registration is $25.

To make a reservation, call the Bearkat Athletics Office at 936.294.4205.

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LURE Conference Attracts 45 Student Presenters

Sam Houston State University will lure mathematics students from across the country to campus for the Long-term Undergraduate Research Experience Miniconference on Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 2-3).

Ten SHSU math students will be among the 45 who will present the research they have been conducting for the past two years with faculty mentors from their universities on those days in the Criminal Justice Center.

Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday and from 9-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Poster presentations also will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

Presentations by SHSU teams include "Statistical Analysis of Diagnostic Accuracy With Applications to Cricket," by Scott Clark, Lauren Mondin, Courtney Weber and Jessica Winborn; "Optimal Movement Strategies for Thermoregulating Snakes and Lizards within a Habitat," by Curtis Balusek, Casey Hartnett, Kristen Pelo; and "The Magic Behind The Franklin Magic Circle," by Tatiana Kovyrshina, Maxsimino Montes and Katie Watkins.

SHSU faculty mentors for the three teams are Melinda Holt and Ananda B. W. Manage, John G. Alford, and Rebecca Garcia, respectively by team. Alacia Voth also served as a student mentor alongside Garcia.

This conference will be the first of its kind hosted at SHSU, held for the past three years at other universities involved with the program, according to Ken Smith, mathematics professor and LURE lead investigator for SHSU.

“The National Science Foundation is supporting this concept of long-term undergraduate research at five universities that have indicated an ability to lead this type of research,” Smith said. “It’s a consortium of five universities supported by this NSF grant.”

All of the 50 presenters are awarded LURE fellowships funded by the NSF.

“The reason the National Science Foundation is interested is because instead of doing a single summer program, all of these students work with their faculty members for two years, that’s the word “long-term” in ‘Long-term Undergraduate Research,’” Smith said. “That’s something, I think, the NSF finds attractive. It means we go in considerable depth to do our research.”

SHSU has worked within the program for the past four years and recently submitted a new grant to NSF to continue the program, requesting $678,000, according to Smith.

All conference presentations are open to students and faculty members.

For more information, or a conference schedule, contact Smith at kenwsmith@shsu.edu.


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Fall Parking Permits Go On Sale Monday

Parking permits for the 2010-2011 will be available beginning Aug. 2 for $100 for faculty and staff and $80 for students.

While faculty permits have been in “hangtag” form since 2007, this year student permits will also be switched to hangtags. Stickers will still be available, but the Parking and Transportation Office is encouraging everyone to utilize the hangtag, according to Tammy Gustafson, office manager.

Remote parking permits will be available for $35, valid only at the Sam South Center, Agriculture Mechanical Complex and Bowers Stadium.

In addition, contract spaces for the parking garage will go on sale on Aug. 18 for $300 per long semester and $75 for the summer. The renewal period for those currently holding contracts will be Aug. 2-13.

Permits can be purchased online through SamWeb, at Parking and Transportation, in the Sam South Complex, or by cash or check in the Bursar’s Office, located in the Estill Building. Visa will not be accepted as of Aug. 1, and those using MasterCard or American Express credit cards will be assessed a 2.75 percent convenience fee. There is no fee when using e-check or payroll deduction.

While Parking and Transportation does not accept payments of any kind, computers will be set up in the lobby for those wanting to pay on-site and are immediately credited to accounts.

Payroll deduction forms will only be available at Parking and Transportation for faculty and staff.

Those who pay through Sam Web may do so by logging in, choosing “financial system,” then “parking sticker registration” and following the instructions from there.

In order to assure a streamlined process, faculty and staff are encouraged to obtain their permits by Aug. 15; otherwise, long lines and delays are expected with the approaching fall semester.

Sam South is located at 2424 Sam Houston Ave.

For more information, call 936.294.1790.

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Eight Spirit Team Members Named ‘All American’

Orange Pride and SammysSam Houston State’s Orange Pride Dance Team had a golden experience, bringing home a number of awards during the NCA/NDA Dance Camp and Mascot Camp at Southern Methodist University, held July 23-25 in Dallas.

In addition to receiving a Gold Full-Paid Bid to the NCA/NDA national competition in Daytona Beach, Fla., held in April, four dance team members and all four of the mascots who attended were named “All American.”

They include “All American Dancers” Everest Guerra, Melissa Compian, Dana Murray and Alicia Francis; and “All American Mascots” Zane Thrift, Brittany Leach, Kyle Atkinson and Julio Cesar.

"Both teams (dance and mascots) did extremely well this year,” said Brian McColpin, spirit programs coordinator. “We are so proud of the amazing talent that we have in our spirit programs' students."

In addition, dance team member J’nee Adams was recognized with the "Top Gun Hip Hop" award, the top award out of all individual dancers for the hip-hop competition, according to Student Activities assistant director Brandon Cooper.

"Camp is just an overall great experience for our students. It is a great way for them to meet other students who share like interests and enhance the amazing skills they already have,” he said. “We are so proud of the work and determination that our students put into the camp."


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Music Prof Recognized As ‘Meritorious’

Matthew McInturfMatthew McInturf, SHSU professor of music and director of bands, has been selected as one of three musicians to receive the Texas Bandmasters Association’s 2010 Meritorious Achievement Award for his “outstanding commitment to music education.”

McInturf and the other two recipients were honored during the TBA’s annual convention in San Antonio July 25-28.

Created in 2000, the award recognizes individuals who exemplify the best of Texas bands and music educators, as well as those who have made a difference in the lives of band students in Texas.

McInturf, who is also director of SHSU’s Center for Music Education, holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Houston and is a doctoral candidate in conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Throughout his career, McInturf’s ensembles have been recognized for their musical accomplishment, and he has performed throughout the United States. Recordings of his performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio.

He is a member of the board of directors of the World-Wide Concurrent Premiers and Commissioning Fund, Inc., a non-profit corporation that works internationally to form consortiums to commission significant new works from contemporary composers.

In addition, he is a past president of the TBA and a region officer for the Texas Music Educators Association. He is active in the College Band Directors National Association and the College Music Society.


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New Program Streamlines TSI-Assessment Process

The SHSU Registrar’s Office has developed a new Web-based program to help students find their Texas Success Initiative status.

New students may now log on to http://www.shsu.edu/~reg_www/tsiprogram/ and answer a series of questions in order to be assessed.

“The law requires entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in mathematics, reading, and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption,” said Jana Richie, Registrar’s Office communications specialist. “The TSI requirements can be somewhat complicated, so the Office of the Registrar set out to help make the process easier.

“Since TSI affects everyone who is admitted into the university, we hope this will help answer the numerous questions concerning every student’s status.”

While the Web site is currently only designed for incoming high school students, the office anticipates the program to include transfer and veteran students by the fall.

“The Office of the Registrar anticipates this site will help students determine their status in advance, so they know what classes they can take when registering,” Richie said.

For more information on TSI and the TSI status program, visit http://www.shsu.edu/~reg_www/tsi.


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Today@Sam Seeks Calendar Info

The University Communications Office is now collecting information on campus events for its calendar pages.

Departmental calendars or 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.

Information collected for the Today@Sam calendar pages, at https://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/calendars/, is used by various media outlets, as well as the Communications Office for news stories and releases.

All information, including 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.

For more information, call 936.294.1836.


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Information for the SHSU Update can be sent to the Office of Communications electronically at Today@Sam.edu or to any of the media contacts listed below.

Please include the date, location and time of the event, as well as a brief description and a contact person.

All information for news stories should be sent to the office at least a week in advance to give the staff ample time to make necessary contacts and write the story.

For electronic access to SHSU news see the Communications Web page Today@Sam.



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SHSU Media Contacts: Bruce Erickson, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
July 30, 2010
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