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SHSU Update for Week of May 4

Preparations Being Made for New OneCard

The new Bearkat OneCard student, faculty and staff identification card and debit card will be mailed by Aug. 1, but much needs to be done in the meantime to make this schedule possible.

The first step for students, faculty and staff is to have their photo made.  Photos will be taken in the Lowman Student Center Monday (May 5) through Friday (May 9) in room 104, which is near the Paw Print Food Court.

Photo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.  Anyone unable to have a photo taken during these times should visit the OneCard office in the Residence Life building, in the Gidley House, 2131 Ave. I by May 23.

Students should also make sure their permanent address is correct.  From the university web site, choose Sam Info, Address Change.

Additional information on the OneCard program is available online at  While the new ID will be mandatory for all faculty, staff and students, its debit card feature will be optional.


Student Speaks at Senate Committee Hearing

Steve Meeker, a student in the SHSU doctoral program for educational leadership, recently spoke before the Texas Senate Committee on Education in Austin.

The committee was considering the matter of in-school General Educational Development (GED) programs. This issue stirred a large amount of controversy in the previous legislative session when several lawmakers and lobbyists spoke against these programs saying that they actually encourage students to drop out of school. 

Meeker conducted a qualitative study of five students who had earned the GED through a Houston area in-school GED program.  The focus of the study was to determine what factors prevented these students from earning a traditional diploma, whether the existence of the GED program influenced their decision to drop out, and how these students are faring since earning the GED certificate.  A quantitative survey was later added and the study was enlarged to include 35 current and recent GED students.

Meeker reported to the Senate Education Committee that his findings did not support the theory that GED programs encourage students to drop out of high school. When students were asked to rate the influence these programs had on their decision to leave school, 74.2 percent replied, "None at all," and 11.4 percent replied, "Very little."

Only five of the students, or 14.4 percent, replied that these programs had some influence on their decision, and none of them said that it was a strong influence. The students in the study indicated that factors such as their own bad decisions, influence of friends, and medical problems were the most pressing in their decision to leave school.

After Meeker reported his findings the committee passed a measure on to the full Senate that would allow in-school GED programs to continue operating with some modifications. 

Students Selected for Disney Internships

Valerie Tolbirt of LaGrange and Stacey Renfrow of Alvin have been selected for internships by Disney World in Orlando for the fall 2003 semester.

Both students are majoring in psychology at SHSU.

"The internships represent a wonderful opportunity for our students," said Donna Desforges, chair of the psychology department, "and I couldn't be more pleased for them.  As the internships are awarded on a competitive basis, it is a positive endorsement of our university that two of our students were selected."

Student Wins Award in Dallas

A trend board made by fashion merchandising major Jenny Caesar of Bryan was awarded second place at a recent career day activity in Dallas.

Along with the honor, Caesar received a $200 cash award.

Trend boards are designed to show trends and how they will be incorporated in apparel and home furnishings for a coming fashion or home furnishings season.

Caesar's board portrayed a "Bohemian" theme that was popular during the past winter in apparel, and it incorporated many three-dimensional effects.

There were over 80 entries in the cotton fiber competition, and awards were presented for first, second and third places, along with two honorable mentions.

Golf Scramble Deadline Approaching

The Department of Recreational Sports will host the 9th Annual Faculty/Staff Golf Scramble at Raven Nest Golf Club on May 19.

The entry deadline is May 14 by 5 p.m.  The first 20 who register and pay for the tournament will receive a Rec Sports t-shirt.

The four-person teams will be comprised of SHSU faculty/staff or affiliates, and will play a best ball scramble.

Teams may consist of all men, all women, or any combination of the two.  Single entries will be accepted and teams will be formed from those entries.

The entry fee is $40 a person and includes payment for the 18-hole green fee, one-half cart fee, a bucket of range balls, a goodie bag, soft drinks, and individual and team awards for first and second place.  The winning team will be given a traveling trophy for one year.

Contests will include "Longest Drive" for men and women, and "Closest to the Pin."  Door prizes will also be awarded.

For more information contact Amy at 936.294.1967, by email at, or come by the Health and Kinesiology Center room 104.


Pottery Sale Scheduled

The SHSU Clay Club will hold a pottery sale on campus Tuesday (May 6) through Thursday (May 8) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

On Tuesday the sale will be held on the lawn in front of the art department building located at the corner of 21st Street and Sam Houston Avenue.

On Wednesday and Thursday the sale will take place in the Lowman Student Center Mall.

Alumni Association to Host "SamWorks"

SHSU Basketball Coach Bob Marlin and the Bearkat Basketball 2003 Southland Conference Champions will be special guests at the Alumni Association's "SamWorks" event Tuesday (May 6) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Casa Tomas Restaurant.

All alumni and friends of the university are invited to attend.

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Please send information for the SHSU Update to the Office of Public Relations at SHSU. For electronic access to SHSU news see the public relations Web page Today@Sam.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May
May 4, 2003
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