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SHSU Update for Week of April 27

Agricultural Students Elected to Leadership Positions

SHSU students Brian VanDelist and Jayson Hill were recently elected national president and southern region vice president, respectively, of Delta Tau Alpha, a national agricultural honor society.  

VanDelist, a junior animal science major from San Antonio, and Hill, a junior general agriculture major from Cleveland, were elected by delegates attending the 44th national DTA convention at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.  Both are members of the university's chapter in the Department of Agricultural Sciences.
Delta Tau Alpha is a national organization whose primary purposes include the promotion and recognition of high standards of scholarship, leadership, and character among agricultural students.  Membership in the organization is by invitation only to agriculture majors who rank in the top 30 percent of their university class.  Currently, there are over thirty chapters throughout the United States.
Serving as a national officer will involve much more than simply holding a figurehead title, according to Dwayne Pavelock, SHSU chapter adviser for DTA.
"Brian and Jayson will work on securing new chapters and improving the national organization," said Pavelock.  "Members currently receive several benefits by joining the honor society, but the national officers know that so much more is possible.  Serving as a national officer is also a great way for these young men to hone their leadership and communication skills. "
In addition to the officer elections, SHSU chapter members also participated in other convention activities, including discussion and voting on major revisions to the honor society's constitution and bylaws, the Agricultural Knowledge Bowl, and the Ag Olympics.  Other members from Sam Houston in attendance were Jessica Redden, Adam Jenke, Ashley Ray, and J.R. Metcalfe.

Parents' Association Offers Encouragement to Students

Sam Houston State University Parents' Association officers and volunteers will be handing out free apples, candy and Scantrons on May 5 and 6 between the Lowman Student Center and the Smith-Hutson Business Building, starting at 8:30 a.m. and continuing while supplies last, to help students during final exams.
Each year, the Parents' Association hosts two Apple Days giving out more than 1,200 apples, hundreds of candy bars, and 5,000 Scantrons to Sam Houston students.  The association purchases the items simply to give students a treat before finals.
"We know how stressful final exams can be, so we like to show our support to the entire student body and hope they each do well on their tests and final projects," says Kelly Clements, president of the association.

The Parents' Association is an organization of Sam Houston parents who actively support students through awarding scholarships and hosting special events. The association raises funds from member dues and events for its annual scholarships. 

The association assists with planning Parents' Weekend each fall semester, meets with new SHSU parents during summer orientation and hosts a Homecoming tailgate party in addition to Apple Days each semester.  

Parents, guardians and families of Sam Houston students are encouraged to join the association not only to support students, but also to have a primary link to the university.  Through events like Parents' Weekend and a periodically published newsletter, members stay involved and informed about campus issues, events and news.

For more information about membership, volunteering with the association or scholarships, please call Parents' Association President Kelly Clements at 903.581.5224 or email 

For general information please call Parents' Association Adviser Mary Ellen Sims at 936.294.3026 or email

Applications Due for President's Employee Scholarship

Applications for the President's Employee Scholarship program for Summer I and Summer II are due Thursday (May 1).  

Forms should be submitted to the Human Resources Department, Box 2356, Estill Bldg., Room 334.

Forms can be accessed online at

The scholarship is for full-time benefits eligible staff and faculty, through the rank of assistant professor, who desire to take one class or one class and a lab at SHSU (4 semester hours maximum).  The following selection criteria has been established:

1.    Applicants must have a minimum of one-year full-time continuous employment at SHSU and have earned at least three semester hours at SHSU with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
2.    Undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA or greater will be given 1st priority.
3.    Graduate students with a 3.5 GPA or greater will be given 2nd priority.
4.    Employee's GPA, length of employment, and student classification level are primary consideration factors.

For more information, please contact Sandra Blair in Human Resources at 936.294.1068.

Parents Group Awards Scholarships

The Sam Houston State University Parents' Association has announced two scholarship winners for spring 2003.

Donna Bush and Abigail Glisan were each recently awarded $1,000 by the organization.

Bush is a sophomore biology major from Channelview and is the daughter of Holly Camacho. She is the national communications coordinator for the Residence Halls Association, a member of Rotaract, Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the Honors Student Advisory Council.

Glisan is a sophomore criminal justice major from San Antonio. She is vice president of Alpha Lambda Delta, vice president of the Residence Halls Association, president of Spivey House Council and participated in the Freshman Leadership Program. She is the daughter of Roger and Ellen Glisan.

Kelly Clements of Tyler, president of the Parents' Association, announced that four scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded again in 2003-04, two in fall 2003 and two in spring 2004. Eligibility for these scholarships includes that the student's parent/guardian be a current member of the Parents' Association, have at least 12 hours at SHSU, have a 3.0 grade point average and not have received a scholarship from the association previously.

Applications for fall 2003 scholarships are due by September 6, 2003. Parents who wish to join the Parents'Association or renew memberships should do so by August 31, 2003 for the upcoming academic year. For further information, contact Mary Ellen Sims, Parents' Association adviser, at or 936-294-3026.

Rappel With ROTC

Students, faculty and staff of Sam Houston State University, and all others who are interested, are invited to rappel with the military science department Tuesday, April 29, beginning at 9 a.m.

The rappelling will take place on top of the Farrington Building.

For more information contact Capt. Chris Wooten at the military science department, building AB3, room 309, or call 936.294.3805.

Outstanding Writers to be Honored

The annual Excellence in Writing Award reception will be held Thursday (May 1) in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. SHSU faculty member, prolific author, and Pulitzer nominee James Olson will speak on "Good Ideas and Thick Skins."

Approximately 170 students who have been nominated by faculty for the excellence of their writing will be honored.

One of the students, Michael Villareal, has been nominated for the A. J. Koinm Award for Best Freshman Composition Essay by his English 164 instructor, Lillie Busby, who taught Villareal last fall. However, because he is currently a Marine serving in Iraq, his mother will attend the reception to collect his certificate for him.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May
April 27, 2003
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