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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 20

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Art Exhibit To Open Semester With Faculty Showcase

art show imageSHSU art faculty will showcase the work they do outside of the classroom during the 53rd annual faculty art exhibit, in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery beginning Jan. 28.

The exhibit will feature art by 12 professors, including Jack Barnosky, Kate Borcherding, Chuck Drumm, Becky Finley, Michael Henderson, Taehee Kim, Cynthia Reid, Tony Shipp, Annie Strader, Anthony Watkins, Matt Weedman and Willie Williams.

They will present a variety of media completed over the past two years, including animation, design, sculpture, video, painting, printmaking and photography.

“As with professors in all areas of the university our professional research is something that is critical to our success as teachers,” said Strader, an assistant professor of art and 3G gallery committee chair. “Being professionally active and producing and exhibiting work that is critically engaged with the current dialogue in our field supports our teaching in the classroom.

“It's an exciting opportunity for students to experience and have dialogue with their faculty about their research,” she said. “It’s important for students to experience art first hand and this exhibit provides access to faculty work that might otherwise only be exhibited in galleries, museums and art centers outside of Huntsville.”

A reception for the exhibit, which will be in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery through Feb. 14, will be held on Jan. 31, from 6-7 p.m. in the 3G, located in Art Building F Room 101.

For more information, contact Strader at srs033@shsu.edu or 936.294.1322.



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Baseball To Lead Off Season With Fundraiser, Alumni Game

Sam Houston State baseball alumni will step up to the plate in the name of camaraderie and support for current team members during one of the team’s only two fundraising events of the year on Feb. 2.

The festivities will kick off with the first alumni baseball game, which will pit alumni against current team members, beginning at 10 a.m. at Don Sanders Stadium.

Because this is the first year for the alumni event, the format of the game will depend on the number of alumni who turn out. Alumni of all ages are encouraged to attend and play.

“We are hoping to have older alumni play a game first, and the younger alumni scrimmage against our players,” said Philip Miller, assistant baseball coach. “We just want to get it out to as many alumni as possible and invite them to come. We will organize the ‘game’ according to response.

“This will also give everyone a chance to preview the 2013 Bearkat baseball team,” Miller said.

The cost to participate in the event is $10 per player, which includes lunch and a T-shirt.

amilies of alumni can watch for free and will receive a complementary lunch. Alumni interested in playing should bring pants, spikes, and a glove to participate. They should also contact assistant coach Sean Allen at 936.294.4653 or sallen@shsu.edu to help the team get a count.

The event is free for the public to attend.

That evening, baseball supporters can meet the current team and preview the upcoming season with head Coach David Pierce during the annual banquet, beginning at 5 p.m. with a social hour, in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. There will also be a live and silent auction, and the night will be highlighted by recognizing current team members and also honoring the 1963 NAIA National Championship Baseball Team.

“This event helps us to offset our yearly budget as one of two major fundraisers: we have a golf tournament in the fall and the banquet in the spring,” Miller said. “The funds raised through these events help purchase and provide necessary things for our team to compete at the division-I level in baseball against all of the other major universities.

“It helps us to provide and pay for travel, uniforms, equipment, meals, facility upgrades and updates, and much more,” he said.

Single seats are available for $100 and tables, which seat 10, for $1,000. For more information, or to reserve a seat or table, contact Riley Kleppelid in University Advancement at rkleppelid@shsu.edu or 936.294.2402.



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College Offers Study Abroad In China, UK

Criminal justice students have the opportunity to visit and learn about systems in China and the United Kingdom this summer through two study abroad programs offered by the College of Criminal Justice.

The program is designed specifically for criminal justice students, who will be able to earn three hours of college credit, while immersing themselves in the culture and landmarks of each destination.

The program in Scotland and England, open to both undergraduate and graduate students, will be led by criminal justice professor Mitchel Roth and will include visits to prisons such as Wandsworth and Pentonville, the oldest working British prison, as well as tours of museums, the Tower of London, Parliament, and Old Bailey.

While in the United Kingdom, students will visit Bramshill Police College and interact with police officials, probation officers, and other criminal justice professionals.

There also will be opportunities to participate in the Jack the Ripper night-time walking tour, take a Thames River boat tour to Greenwich, see the Magna Carta in Salisbury, and visit historic sites like Stonehenge, Cambridge, Canterbury, Bath, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Interested students should contact Roth at icc_mpr@shsu.edu or 936.294.1649 or visit his office in University Hotel Room C-221.

Assistant professor of criminal justice Yan Zhang will lead the trip to China, also open to undergraduate or graduate students.

This trip will provide criminal justice students with an overview of China’s law enforcement system and will explore historical and contemporary policing issues by participating in exchanges with police cadets, interacting with police professionals, and visiting major and local police departments.

In addition, this course will introduce the students to Chinese culture, customs and cuisine by visiting such historical sites as West Lake, Linyin Temple, Leifeng Pagoda and the National Tea Museum in Hangzhou; Putuo Mountain; Xitang Ancient Town, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower; the Bund (Wai Tan), Nang Jing Road, and Jade in Shanghai; and Buddha Temple, Yu Garden, Huangpu River Cruise and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Students interested in visiting China should contact Zhang at zhangyan@shsu.edu or 936.294.3034.

To reserve a spot in the study abroad classes, students must complete an application and provide a $100 non-refundable deposit by April 1.

The application is available online at cjcenter.org/abroad/apply.html.



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Activity Gives Sweet Twist To Random Deed

Sam Houston State University’s Professional and Academic Center for Excellence is helping staff and faculty members recognize those who “go beyond the expected” and sweetening the deal by offering a treat to those colleagues.

Through “Random Act of Chocolate” faculty and staff members nominate colleagues who have been witnessed “doing something extraordinary,” according to PACE director Marsha Harman.
“It doesn't have to be a ‘big’ thing,” she said. “We all know it is the little gestures that make Sam Houston State the place we want to work.”

Employees are allowed to nominate one colleague by either completing a form or calling PACE and briefly explaining why the person should be recognized.

“My staff, and sometimes I, will take the form with the nominator’s writing, a card that identifies PACE as the sponsor, and a Godiva chocolate bar to the recipients,” Harman said. “If they are not there, we leave it on their desks.”

All employees are eligible to receive a “Random Act of Chocolate” but may only nominate one recipient.

The deadline to nominate someone is Feb. 11.

For more information, or to nominate someone, contact PACE at 936.294.2688 or pace@shsu.edu.



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NGL Welcomes Archiving, Museum Group To Campus

NGL meetingThe Newton Gresham Library and Thomason Special Collections recently welcomed the newly formed East Texas Archives and Museums group to campus by hosting the group’s second meeting in the Thomason room.

“The East Texas Archives and Museums group is a professional organization that assembled with an eye to collaborate, share knowledge and expertise,” said Felicia Williamson, head of the NGL’s Thomason Special Collections. “Their purpose is to encourage archivists and others in charge of cultural heritage institutions and materials to promote the preservation of historic materials in East Texas.”

Fifteen professionals from this region, including NGL staff members and members of the Huntsville community, gathered on campus to plan the group’s structure and future agenda.

The group also took a walking tour of Thomason Special Collections and SHSU’s University Archives and the Digital Resources departments.

“The group’s agenda fits into our ongoing goal to become more involved in historical preservation efforts in the future,” Williamson said. “It is our intent to be involved in the campus, local and regional communities as we work toward the common goal of educating the public about archives while also offering collaborative solutions to problems facing the archival community.”

The group will meet quarterly and will rotate host sites.

Anyone working in a cultural preservation environment, from local historical or genealogical organizations to large university library setting, is welcome to join the group.

For more information, contact Williamson at speccoll@shsu.edu or 936.294.3290.



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CMIT Prepares Correctional Officials For Crisis

Correctional officials from across the country recently gathered at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University to learn incident command and emergency preparedness skills to deal with crises ranging from daily issues to large scale disasters in their institutions.

The 36-hour program, sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections, provided classroom and hands-on instruction on the methods, practices, procedures, and systems needed to manage crises in correctional facilities.

Coordinated with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for use in disasters, the program is the only one in the country to adapt the national model to correctional settings, which can be applied to simple crises such as medical calls on a unit to complex disasters such as a full scale riot or a major weather event threatening facilities.

Two-member teams from state correctional agencies in Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maine, Louisiana, Arizona, California, Iowa, Washington, and South Dakota, as well as six representatives from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, were able to test the procedures in the Incident Command Simulation Training Suite at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. The state-of-the-art facility allows simulations of real life events using the incident command model.

After touring TDCJ’s Wynne Unit to observe a critical incident simulation and gain an idea of the layout of the facility, participants re-enacted many of the scenarios that occurred during tropical storm Allison, adding the transfer of 600 inmates from a coastal prison to the mix.

Jennifer Stanwick, associate warden in the South Dakota Department of Corrections, said the program showed her how to replicate large-scale disasters in a small, controlled environment. It will help provide better planning and deployment in her three, which are located 400 miles apart.

While the program focuses on corrections, with scenarios based on correctional facilities and industry-specific issues, it aligns with the NIMS, a model used by law enforcement, fire service, public health, medical facilities, and public utility companies, in response to natural or manmade disasters.

In addition to preparing for crises, the program helps contribute to officer safety, security within the institution, staff development and better employee relations.

“We want to present this model to other agencies in hopes that they will use it,” said Tony Stines, of the National Institute of Corrections. “It will aid them in managing any incident.”



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Jan. 18, 2013
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