[an error occurred while processing this directive]
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Today @ Sam

SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 7

Share |



Employee Flu Shots To Be Dispensed Oct. 9-10

The SHSU Student Health Center will administer the seasonal influenza vaccine free of charge to faculty and staff members on Tuesday (Oct. 9) and Wednesday (Oct. 10).

Vaccinations will be dispensed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days in Lowman Student Center Room 320.

In order to receive a flu shot, employees must present their Bearkat OneCard prior to receiving the vaccine.

Faculty and staff are asked to come prepared with sleeves that can be easily adjusted to expose their shoulder in order to speed the administration process.

There will be an area to disrobe with privacy screens, but an easily accessible injection site will make the process faster and more comfortable, Hanel said.

It is highly recommended that employees who are pregnant or nursing consult their treating physician prior to obtaining the vaccine. The Student Health Center is not responsible for any adverse incident related to the administration of the flu vaccine, Hanel said.

“Because the influenza virus is highly contagious, we encourage all SHSU employees to take advantage of the free flu vaccination campaign. Please encourage students to get their vaccinations too,” Hanel said. “By obtaining a vaccine, this can help aid employees and students from lost work or class days, or other potential serious complications.”

Employees who miss the flu vaccine administration dates will not be accommodated and will be advised to obtain the vaccine through other means.

For more information about the influenza vaccine or the administration process, visit shsu.edu/~uhc_www or call 936.294.1805.



Back to top


Professors To Get ‘Real’ About Grad Schools During ‘Talk’

Sam Houston State University faculty will offer tips on how to get into law or graduate school on Tuesday (Oct. 9) during the next Real Talk with CJ.

Kelly Knight, an assistant professor of criminal justice, and Mike Yawn, pre-law adviser at SHSU, will provide an overview, at 3 p.m. in the CJava Café, on what students need to know to pursue advanced degrees following one of three routes: law school, academic research, and teaching or professional advancement.

“These types of sessions are a must-do for students who plan to go on to graduate-level education to get a head start in the foot race,” Yawn said.

Knight will discuss the process of getting into graduate school, including researching programs and topics of study, working with undergraduate professors, taking the GRE, formulating a personal essay and compiling test scores, writing samples and grades.

“The thing I would like students to know is to start early,” Knight said. “Don’t wait until your senior year. Start as a freshman or sophomore. Take time to figure out your passion. I advocate for a mix of real work experience and academics. It better informs your graduate studies.”

Yawn hopes to clear up some misconceptions about law school and identify the criteria that law schools use for admittance, such as LSAT scores, grades, letters of recommendations, and personal essays. He will identify a timeline for actions in the process and discuss realistic expectations for employment in the field.

“It isn’t a gravy train,” Yawn said. “The further down you are in the class, it is even less of a gravy train. I would encourage all students to have a backup plan.”

Knight said because graduate studies are expensive, require a lot of hard work and produce lots of stress, the decision to attend graduate school should not be taken lightly.

“Don’t just apply because you don’t know what you want to do after graduation,” Knight said. “It’s expensive, it’s a lot of hard work, and it creates lots of stress.”

If those things don’t deter you, Yawn said it’s never to early to start planning for your post-graduate life.

For more information on Real Talk with CJ, contact College of Criminal Justice publications coordinator Beth Kuhles at 936.294.4425.



Back to top


Archaeologist To Share Work For Special Presentation

Luis Alvarado, an archeologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will discuss his work on the Devils River State Natural Area, near Del Rio, on Wednesday (Oct. 10).

The Texas Archeology Month event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by Alvarado’s presentation at 7 p.m. in the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center.

Alvarado will share details on the recent survey completed at Devils River State Natural Area, a 17,000-acre plot of land newly acquired by the TPWD.

“The TPWD, THC (Texas Historical Commission) and Texas Archeology Society surveyed the land for archeological sites. The area will become a new state natural area with campsites so it was necessary to find the archeology for protection,” said Sandy Rogers, Sam Houston Memorial Museum collections registrar. “He will discuss what was found during the survey and also will discuss plans for the area.”

Alvarado has been working in archeology in Texas for more than 15 years and has been a member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Archeology Survey Team for the last 10 years.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from Texas Tech University and his Master of Arts degree in anthropology from Texas State University-San Marcos.

His research interests include prehistoric archeology of Texas with a specific interest in the late prehistoric period of the Texas southern plains and West Texas.

Alvarado’s lecture is free and open to the public.

Texas Archeology Month is held each October to celebrate a spirit of discovery and allow Texans to understand the historical significance of the state's archeological sites, the importance of proper archeological practices, and contributions of professional and avocational archeologists.

For more information, contact Megan Buro, Sam Houston Memorial Museum marketing coordinator, at 936.294.3839 or mlb044@shsu.edu.



Back to top


Journeys Seminar To Showcase ‘Less Ordinary’ Life

Steve Thompson, Recreational Sports department associate director of programs, will share some of the “seemingly insignificant decisions” people have to make in their lives on Monday (Oct. 8), during the Honors 3332 Journeys Seminar lecture.

Thompson’s discussion of “A Life Less Ordinary” will begin at 4 p.m. in the Smith-Hutson Building’s Haney Auditorium, Room 186.

“Life is a very non-linear process, and sometimes very small, seemingly insignificant decisions we make have very profound impacts on the directions our lives take,” Thompson said. “My talk will focus on the importance of travel, interaction with other people and cultures, stepping out of our comfort zones, and the need for continuous self-reflection to help us lead a well-lived life.”

Thompson has been with the SHSU Department of Recreational Sports since January 2006.
A Pittsburgh native, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and is currently working on his doctorate at SHSU.

Thompson has worked in the recreation field, primarily adventure recreation, for 20 years.

He is a wilderness first responder, former president of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and has instructed and guided a wide variety of outdoor pursuits, including climbing, skiing, white water boating, mountain biking, low-impact camping, mountaineering, sailing, canyoneering, and extended backpacking.

His lecture, sponsored by the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College, is part of a class designed to show students what characteristics lead to success.

It is open to the public.

For more information, contact instructor Patrick Lewis at 936.294.3397.



Back to top


Chamber Recital To Feature International Performers

Sam Houston State University faculty pianist Ilonka Rus will perform a variety of classical pieces with friends from the Houston Symphony on Monday (Oct 8).

Assistant professor of piano Ilonka Rus (center) will perform with Houston Symphony members (from left) Mihaela Frusina, Wei Jiang, Jeffrey Butler, and Rodica Gonzalez on Oct. 8 on the SHSU campus. —Submitted photo

The chamber recital, part of the School of Music’s guest artist series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall and will include works by modern composer Ann Karen Gebuhr, as well as Ludwig van Beethoven, and Robert Schumann.

The Houston Symphony performers joining Rus include violinists Rodica Oancea-Gonzalez and Mihaela Oancea-Frusina; violist Wei Jiang; and cellist Jeffrey Butler.

“They are elite players, and the recital program is well worth coming to listen to,” said Rus, assistant professor of piano.

While on campus, three of the musicians will offer master classes for students, beginning at 4 p.m. They include a violin master class with Gonzalez and viola master class with Jiang in the Concert Hall and a cello master class with Butler in Music Building Room 202.

A Transylvanian born pianist, Rus has been performing with Gonzalez and Frusina since 2007 when the three formed a trio. In 2014, Rus will perform with the two for her second Carnegie Hall concert.

She began studying piano at the age of five and won her first international piano competition at the age of 10 in Italy.

She has also studied at the Music Academy in Bucharest, Romania; Texas Christian University; Oberlin Conservatory; and the University of Houston, where she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

Joining her are four international musicians who have been with the Houston Symphony for several years.

Gonzalez was born in Bucharest, Romania, and studied at Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest and Rice University. She is currently a member of the first violin section of the Houston Symphony, with which she has appeared as a soloist twice, and is also the founding violinist of the Tre Voci Trio and the Fidelis Quartet.

Frusina also was born in Bucharest, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance from Rice University. She is currently a member of the Houston Symphony and has been teaching privately for the past 14 years.

Born in China, Jiang studied music at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Maryland. In 1999 he became a member of the Houston Symphony.

Butler, who has been a cellist in the Houston Symphony since 1986, holds degrees in music performance from Boston University and the University of Michigan School of Music, where he was recipient of that school’s highest award, the prestigious Stanley Medal.

Concert tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for senior citizens, and $5 for SHSU students. The master classes are free and open to the public.

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



Back to top


Presentation To Examine Small-Business Ownership

The Student Money Management Center will evaluate “The American Dream” by exploring the financial and legal aspects of starting a business on Tuesday (Oct. 9).

The fall 2012 workshop will be from 3:30-4:20 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 315.

Led by SMMC peer counselors Jacob Brock and Erik Johnson and Student Legal Services director Rhonda Beassie, the presentation is designed for students who are interested in being self-employed upon graduation or pursuing their own small business.

“This event will affect SHSU students who want to be their own boss someday,” Johnson said. “We do have a number of students who are curious about the process of starting their own business at least at some point in their life.

“Students are encouraged to attend this presentation to get valuable insight into the fundamentals of the actual start-up of small businesses,” he said. “We hope students get a roundabout knowledge of the financial and legal factors that go into starting their own business.”

Snacks and drinks will be provided during the presentation.

For more information, contact the SMMC at 936.294.2600 or smmc@shsu.edu.



Back to top


Teacher Job Fair Attracts 45 Schools

Representatives from approximately 45 schools and school districts will be talking to potential teachers on Wednesday (Oct. 10) during the Fall Teacher Job Fair.

The fair, open to all students and alumni, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Recruiters from districts from Texas’s metropolitan areas, as well as smaller school districts and a few private schools, will be available, including Bryan, College Station, Conroe, Denton, Galena Park, Garland, Pasadena and Spring, among many others.

In addition, agencies such as the GETCAP Head Start, the Consulate General of Japan, the Teacher Job Network, and Education Service Center Regions 4 and 6 will be available to discuss other employment possibilities, and the Texas Teachers Alternative Certification program will be at the fair to talk with non-education majors about potentially becoming a teacher.

Students are encouraged to bring copies of resumes and dress professionally.

For more information, contact Career Services at 936.294.1713 or careerservices@shsu.edu, or to see a complete list of participating school districts, visit the Jobs 4 Kats Web site at myinterfase.com/shsu/student.



Back to top


Alumnus To Showcase Work In LSC Exhibit

Ottis Hilburn, winner of numerous artistic awards, has paintings exhibited in Canada and Europe, as well as the United States, including, most recently, in the United Nations Cultural Center in Vienna, Austria.

Beginning Sunday (Oct. 7), the SHSU alumnus will return to bring his talents to the campus to present his exhibit “Frontier Faces” in the Lowman Student Center Art Gallery.

“Frontier Faces,” which will be presented through Oct. 21, is a new series of paintings, drawings, repoussé, and woodcarvings of Texas Rangers, prominent American Indians, and women of the west.

Several of the pieces have already won awards in judged shows, and one critic called the series his “best work yet,” Hilburn said.

Hilburn uses various media such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, and collage to express vibrant, artistic ideas and scenes.

He finds inspiration to paint on subjects such as landscapes and a variety of people and places through his encounters and world-wide travels made with his wife, Bonnie, he said.



Back to top



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.



- END -


SHSU Media Contacts: Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Oct. 5, 2012
Please send comments, corrections, news tips to Today@Sam.edu




This page maintained by SHSU's Communications Office
Associate Director: Julia May
Manager: Jennifer Gauntt
Located in the 115 Administration Building
Telephone: 936.294.1836; Fax: 936.294.1834

Please send comments, corrections, news tips to Today@Sam.edu.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
[an error occurred while processing this directive]