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SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 12




Department Cuts Cost For Student ‘Battle’ Tickets

To raise student attendance at the "Battle of the Piney Woods" the Division of Student Services at SHSU has purchased 1,200 tickets at a discounted price for students.

These tickets are limited and are available for $5 for students until the 1,200 are sold.

The tickets can be purchased in the Department of Student Activities Office, in Lowman Student Center, Suite 328. Students will receive a receipt upon purchase of the ticket as well as the ticket itself.

"This is a great opportunity for students,” said Brandon Cooper, assistant director for Student Activities. “This is going to be a first for SHSU and an overall great experience playing at Reliant Stadium.

“We are grateful to Student Services for funding such a venture and allowing more students the opportunity to attend at a discounted rate," Cooper said.

Once the allotted tickets are sold, tickets will resume the reservation price, ranging from $15 to $35, for entrance into the game.

For more information, contact Student Activities at 936.294.4180 or studentactivities@shsu.edu.


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Tailgating Spaces Now Available For Reservations

As Bearkat football fans gear up for the first home game on Sept. 25, organizations that want to host a booth at the pre-game tailgate parties are reminded to reserve their locations quickly, as spots fill up fast, according to Brandon Cooper, assistant director for Student Activities.

Spaces in Bearkat Alley, the official tailgating area for the university, can be purchased for $100, $75 or $40 for the season, based on a tiered format. Free spots are also available, but are limited, filled on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of each game.

SHSU will have four home games this season, including versus Southeastern-Louisiana on Oct. 16, the homecoming game; versus McNeese State on Nov. 6, the Pinkout game; and versus Texas State—San Marcos on Nov. 20.

Among the general tailgating policies are that lots will be open at least six hours prior to game time and the tailgating area will be blocked off the night before a home football game. Alcohol consumption will be monitored by the University Police Department and any problems that occur will be handled by UPD. Underage violations will be ticketed.

Sam Houston State University reserves the right to revoke the tailgating pass of those who do not comply with these guidelines.

“Tailgating is such an amazing way for the university to get students, alumni and faculty/staff involved in both school spirit and athletics,” Cooper said. “It really brings all aspects of the SHSU community together in a fun and safe manner just to celebrate and cheer on their fellow Bearkats.”

Reservation forms are available online through the Student Activities website, at http://www.shsu.edu/~slo_sad/v2/specialevents/bearkatalley.html.

Forms and payments should be submitted to the Department of Student Activities, in Lowman Student Center Suite 328, or by mail to SHSU-Student Activities Box 2507, Huntsville, Texas 77341.

Once forms and payment are received, groups will be informed prior to the first home football game of their exact Bearkat Alley spot.

For more information, contact Student Activities at 936.294.3861 or studentactivities@shsu.edu.


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Center To Give Students ‘Ultimate Money Skills’

SHSU’s Student Money Management Center, Moster.com, Bank of America and Making It Count will provide students with the “Ultimate Money Skills” on Monday (Sept. 13).

The presentation, by Saratta Reeves, with the Cincinnati-based company Making It Count, will be held from 6-7 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 315.

“This presentation is a 60-minute, interactive, assembly-style presentation that helps students recognize that the choices they make about money while in college can have a direct impact on their future financial success, and gives them the information they need to make better decisions going forward,” said Jacki Brossman-Ashorn, assistant director for the Student Money Management Center. “The goal is to empower students to develop smart money management skills and ultimately achieve financial independence.”

Reeves’s presentation will provide students with a critical understanding of appropriate credit use and the basics of banking; and show them how to design their own budget, take control of student loan debt; invest for their future; and protect their identity.

Reeves graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in sociology.

She has worked as an intern for Channel 8, hosted a women’s cable show for DCTV and conducted sales seminars for Verizon Wireless and T.G.I. Fridays.

“With her diverse background she has been able to speak to audiences of business professionals as well as high school and college students on a variety of subjects,” Brossman said.

For more information, contact the Student Money Management Center at 936.294.2600 or smmc@shsu.edu.


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ADAI To Give Students A Safe, Literal High

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative will encourage students to “Reach for Your Dreams—Without Drugs and Alcohol” on Tuesday (Sept. 14).

The Six Weeks of Alcohol Awareness Training program event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

The activity will allow students to learn how substances can negatively affect motor coordination, sport performances, and professional careers by testing participants’ rock climbing skills—while wearing beer goggles.

“’The ‘Reach for Your Dreams’ event will help students comprehend the effect that alcohol has on their hand, eye and overall motor coordination,” said Rosanne Keathley, ADAI coordinator. “Students will have the opportunity to interact with the SH Military Science Department and learn how to successfully maneuver the climbing wall and then see how challenging the climb can be while wearing beer goggles.

“This activity will provide students with a realistic understanding of impairment and the various levels of blood alcohol concentration,” she said.

Participants will receive blood alcohol concentration wheels and other alcohol awareness information.

In addition, through the SWAAT program, students can earn prizes by attending events over the course of six weeks.

For more information, contact Rosanne Keathley, ADAI coordinator, at 936.294.1171.


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Department Looks Ahead To Summer ‘11 Study Abroad

Summer may be winding down, but the department of foreign languages is already looking ahead for students interested in spending next summer in Europe as part of their study abroad opportunities.

The study abroad in Spain program will allow students to earn as many as six upper-level Spanish credits during four weeks at Universidad Castilla La Mancha in Toledo, approximately 40 miles from Madrid.

The foreign languages department will offer Spanish 380W “Spanish Culture and Civilization,” SPN 369 “Conversational Spanish II,” SPN 470 “Seminar in Selected Topics in Literature Language and Civilization,” and SPN 475 “Individual Readings in Spanish” during the first summer session, from June 2 through July 2.

The cost of the program will be approximately $4,000 including room and board (which will include three meals a day with a host family), medical insurance, Internet access, transportation for field trips and airfare. Costs are based on current exchange rates and subject to change.

“The objectives of these courses are to immerse students in the language and culture of Spain, providing the means to learn the language and culture more efficiently,” said Enrique Mallen, Spanish professor who will lead the program. “It is a fact that students acquire languages more easily when they have the opportunity to experience it in the country where it is spoken.”

Study abroad programs are eligible for scholarships. Those interested should visit the Office of International Programs website at http://www.shsu.edu/~int_www/abroad/scholarship.html.

The program has begun collecting the names of interested students, who should contact Mallen at 979.739.8187 or mallen.shsu@gmail.com, or visit http://www.shsu.edu/~fol_www/spain-details.html for more information.


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Events To Prepare Students For Job Fair

Career Services will help students and alumni prepare for its upcoming Career Expo with a workshop and kickoff party beginning on Tuesday (Sept. 14).

Students can get their resumes critiqued and brush up on their interviewing skills during a workshop from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Career Services Seminar Room, in Academic Building IV Room 210.

"The Career Services workshops are offered to help the SHSU student prepare for the world of work, whether that be while in school or after the completion of their degree,” said Cenaiyda Carranza, Career Services Career Counselor.

“We often hear that students get so caught up in their day-to-day routine that graduation approaches without the adequate preparation that is needed to successfully develop their own personal career goals and job search strategies,” she said. “The workshops offered this semester are geared to help students prepare on a step by step process so that when graduation approaches, they will not feel so overwhelmed but rather confident in what to expect and how to better prepare for their future.”

On Wednesday (Sept. 15), students can meet the Career Services staff and some of the employers who will be recruiting during the Sept. 22 Career Expo Job Fair during a kickoff party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

"In addition to networking with employers, students will be able to register for door prizes, participate in an on-site mock interview and receive both a resume writing packet and list of employers attending the Expo Job Fair,” said Paige Loft, career fair and special events coordinator, adding that the community support for this year’s party was huge.

“We recommend that serious job seekers use this list to research the companies attending and create an action plan for the job fair,“ she said.

All workshops and events are free to SHSU students and alumni.

For more information, contact Career Services at 936.294.1713 or careerservices@shsu.edu.

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Festival To Feature SHSU Animations

The Sam Houston State University Art Department will highlight animated short movies by students, faculty and alumni during its annual Animations from Sam festival on Sept. 23.

The festival and competition will be held at 7 p.m. in the Smith-Hutson Building’s Mafrige Auditorium. A reception will precede the showings at 6 p.m.

“The purpose of the festival is to bring attention to the kind of work we do in the animation department, which focuses on character-driven, 3-D, computer-generated animation, but includes drawn animation, live action and effects,” said Diana Salles, assistant professor of art.

Films presented during the festival will be awarded in categories for top submissions, as well as “audience favorite.”

Submissions of animations or other short films will be accepted until Sept. 16 and can be sent to Salles at dms033@shsu.edu.

For more information, contact Salles at 936.294.3200 or 936.714.4229.

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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 Monday (Sept. 13).

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

“The fair is designed to introduce administrators to the student body. Administrators have such busy schedules that sometimes it is hard for them to get a chance to interact with the students, whom they are working so diligently for, on a day-to-day basis,” said Brandon Cooper, assistant director for Student Activities.

“This way students are able to meet and put a face with perhaps some names that they frequently see,” he said. “It really is a great program in which to bring the administration and the student body together.”

Among the administrators who will be on-hand to talk with students are president Dana Gibson, vice president David Payne and interim vice president Randall Powell, associate provost Richard Eglsaer, assistant vice president for Student Services Kristy Vienne and executive director of the SHSU Student Counseling and Health Services Drew Miller.

In addition, various student organizations will have booths set-up to showcase what their groups have to offer.

Aramark dining services also will serve lunch in the LSC Mall Area during the fair for students on a meal plan. There will be a small cost for those not on a meal plan, according to Cooper.

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


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SAM Center To Give Study Tips

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will teach students to “study smart” with a workshop series beginning on Monday (Sept. 13).

The Study Skills Workshop Series is comprised of six one-hour sessions that focus on preparation, procrastination, time management, reading textbooks and note taking, test taking strategies and stress management.

“Study Skills is an academic support program designed for all students with the goal to help students improve study habits and increase their GPA,” said Chelsea Maxwell, SAM Center student assistant.

Sessions will be held on a variety of days and times to accommodate student schedules.

“We offer it everyday of the week and at many different times to ensure that students can work Study Skills into their busy, everyday lives,” Maxwell said. “They pick one day and one time and then come to the SAM Center at the same time for six weeks. Each session lasts no longer than 50 minutes.”

A late-start session will begin Oct. 4, with sessions held at 5 p.m. on Mondays or Wednesdays, through Nov. 10, and the second series will begin on Oct. 25.

All sessions will be held in the SAM Center, now located in College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 190.

Space is limited, and students are encouraged to call or stop by the SAM Center to sign up.

For more information, call 936.294.4444 or e-mail samcenter@shsu.edu.


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Morphew Wins Sacramento Book Contest

A book of poems by SHSU professor of English Melissa Morphew has received the Sacramento Poetry Center Press Book Contest Award.

The manuscript for "Bluster," Morphew’s fifth collection of poems scheduled to be published sometime next year, received a $1,000 prize and will be published by the Sacramento Poetry Center Press.

“I see the title as a guide to the theme. The poems in the book contain a lot of weather imagery, especially storm imagery, and I feel this is symbolic of the chaos we sometimes feel in our lives,” Morphew said. “Many of the poems deal with people in the middle of tumultuous transition—divorce, puberty, death.

“’Bluster’ also stands for that kind of bravado it takes to just keep going in the midst of confusion and hurt,” she said.

“‘Bluster’ often startled me,” contest judge and poet Indigo Moor wrote about the manuscript. “The line breaks and form choices were exacting and somehow puckish. Consistently, I was kept off guard by the prospect of what I would find."

Morphew’s fourth collection, "Weeding Borges' Garden," will be published this October by Turning Point Press.


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Bell Recognized For Contribution To Profession

Mary Ann Bell, associate professor and chair of the SHSU Department of Library Science in the College of Education, was recently cited as one of the top 75 individuals who have made “sustained, public contributions” directly addressing school libraries.

Bell’s recognition came from Doug Johnson, a distinguished leader in the area of Library Media, on his blog that receives over 50,000 hits per month.

"Whether through books, articles, editorialships, blogs or organizational leadership, these have made sustained, public contributions directly addressing school libraries—and influenced my thinking about the field," Johnson said.

Bell is listed among Stephen Krashen, from the University of Southern California; Ross Todd, from Rutgers University; and Leslie Farmer, from California State University-Long Beach.

Bell is the author of two books, Cybersins and Digital Good Deeds and Internet and Personal Computing Fads. Her recent scholarly paper “Home Alone! Still Collaborating!” was published in the journal Knowledge Quest, which accepts only 50 percent of received manuscripts.

A nationally-noted scholar, Bell cares deeply about the school librarianship program at SHSU, which is accredited by the American Association of School Librarians and was noted as a model program by AASL, according to Beverly Irby, College of Education associate dean for graduate programs and Texas State University System Regents' Professor.

“In just two short semesters, Dr. Bell was instrumental in leading efforts to recruit over 150 new graduate students into master’s degrees delivered in hybrid and online formats,” Irby said.

“The hallmark of our department is our personal touch,” Bell said. “Students know we care about them, and professors go above and beyond the call of duty to offer individualized instruction to each and every one.”


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CJ Trains CSI Professionals

Law enforcement officers, forensic specialists and graduate students can get hands-on experience in crime scene investigation and analysis and earn certification from the International Association of Identification through a series of special sessions offered through the College of Criminal Justice.

The Sam Houston State University Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility offers three modules on “Crime Scene Investigation and Analysis Designed for Practitioners, Academics and Students.”

Held in conjunction with the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and the IAI, the four-day sessions are designed to provide a foundation, intermediate and advanced training in crime scene investigation techniques, while preparing professionals to take certification exams.

“The institute draws on leading academics and practitioners in the field to offer sworn law enforcement personnel and unsworn law enforcement support staff the opportunity to attend world-class training for which they can obtain a recognized professional qualification,” said Rita Watkins, director of LEMIT. “The course is also beneficial for practitioners and academicians desiring continued education in forensic science and crime scene investigation.”

The courses provide 48-hour modules that allow law officers to earn credits from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and that meets the education requirements for the IAI certification.

The first module, the Foundation Program, includes an online, eight-hour ethics course covering quality assurance and ethical practices in handling evidence, during which participants receive hands-on instruction from professionals in the field. Participants photograph evidence, during both the day and a night; take part in courtroom testimony; write reports; and recognize, collect and preserve evidence.

The second module, an intermediate program, covera pattern evidence, footwear and tire impressions, DNA collection techniques, tool mark impression, trace evidence collection, fingerprint technology, latent fingerprinting and preparation for IAI Level 2 exam.

The third module, the advanced program, covers medico-legal death investigations; forensic anthropology; forensic entomology; and forensic archeology and the processing of buried human remains.

The courses prepare sworn law enforcement officers for the IAI certification process up to and including a senior analyst.

Classes are limited to 15 people to allow for hands-on participation.

Courses will be offered next fall. Future announcements for the 2011 courses can be found on the STAFS website at www.cjcenter.org/stafs or the LEMIT website at www.lemitonline.org.


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Sept. 9, 2010
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