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SHSU Update For Week Of Dec. 19


Channel 8 To Run SHSU Documentary Jan. 9, 13

The Sam Houston State University 125th Anniversary documentary has been completed and is scheduled for showing on Jan. 9 and Jan. 13 on Houston's KUHT-TV Channel 8.

Show times will be on Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m..

The 30-minute documentary-style and informational video tells the story of the founding of Sam Houston State University and the role it has played in higher education in Texas over the past 125 years.

The film takes an in-depth look at the school that was the first teacher-training institution in the Southwest and the third oldest public higher education institution in Texas.

It will feature a combination of on-camera interviews, historical footage, archive photos, new video footage of campus scenes, and visuals of students in the SHSU learning environment.

After its showing on Channel 8, the program will be offered to other PBS stations throughout Texas and the nation, as well as a number of other appropriate national broadcast outlets.


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SHSU To Break For Holidays, Reopen Jan. 3

With finals now over and classes dismissing this past week for a break between semesters for Sam Houston State University students’ and faculty, staff members will also receive a week-long break as the university will close for the holidays.

SHSU will be closed from Dec. 24 until Jan. 3 in observance of Christmas and New Years Day.

Students will begin returning to campus on Jan. 9, with the opening of the residence halls beginning at 11 a.m., and classes will resume on Jan. 12.


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Harlem Globetrotters To Play At Johnson Coliseum

Tickets are now on sale for the Harlem Globetrotters, who will return to the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Their last appearance on the SHSU campus was Jan. 15, 2000.

Tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum Box Office, though door 19; by phone at 936.294.3021; or at

Tickets prices are $42, $22, $18 and $13. Group rates, available for 15 or more, and SHSU faculty, staff and student discount tickets, are available by contacting Cyndi Young at or 330.262.9790.

For more information, call 936.294.1740.


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Veterans Memorial To Be ‘Forgotten No More’

The Sam Houston State University department of theatre and dance will pay tribute to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., through a dance project on Jan. 21-22.

“ Forgotten No More,” choreographed by assistant professor of dance Kista Tucker, will consist of sections such as “walking;” “battle;” “dead and wounded;” “a letter from home,” which is about the ‘dear john’ letter; “waiting;” “POW (prisoner of war);” a battle scene; and “stateside,” represents what’s going on in the United States at that time, according to Tucker.

The show will be held at 8 p.m. both days on the Mainstage at the University Theatre Center.

In addition, the military science department and local Korean War veterans will be on hand to perform color and honor guards, as well as a dual “Taps.”

The 35 minute-long program, performed by graduate and undergraduate students, was sponsored by a $26,500 grant given to Tucker by the university’s Research and Sponsored Programs office.

“ We took it to Long Beach, Calif., last summer and preformed it for a really nice audience out there,” Tucker said, adding that a smaller version of the project was performed at SHSU last summer to gauge reactions before going to California.

Tickets for the show are $10 for general admission and $8 for SHSU students and senior citizens. For more information, call 936.294.3988 or 936.294.1875.


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CJ To Honor Niederhofer With Retirement Party

After working in various departments at Sam Houston State University for 26 years, Beverly Niederhofer, currently a staff assistant in the College of Criminal Justice, will retire on Jan. 15.

A come-and-go retirement party in her honor is scheduled for Jan. 13, from 3-5 p.m., in the Bluebonnet Room of the University Hotel.

Niederhofer began her career with SHSU in 1967 in the comptroller’s office. She left briefly and came back to work in such offices as foreign languages, the Business Office, financial aid and accounts payable before taking a position in the College of Criminal Justice in 1998.

In her retirement, Niederhofer plans to travel with friends and help take care of her 10-month-old grandchild, according to her daughter Sharese Hurst, who is also the coordinator for the Correctional Management Institute of Texas.

The RSVP deadline to attend the party is Jan. 5 and can be done by calling Hurst at 936.294.1687.


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Book Published By Texas Review Gets Good Press

Ron Stone, host of the Eyes of Texas and now a professor of Texas history at Houston Baptist University, is just one of several folks who think highly of one of the Texas Review Press's latest publications.

“ Roads to Forgotten Texas" combines the poetry of Joyce Pounds Hardy and the photos of Tommy LaVergne. Both are native Texans, and LaVergne attended Sam Houston State University.

" This is a beautiful book, filled with artistic photographs and lovely poems evocative of a land that should not be forgotten," Stone wrote.

John B. Boles, professor of history at Rice University, was also impressed.

" LaVergne's photographs and Hardy's word pictures brilliantly and capture and reveal the artifacts of lived experience with stunning vividness," Boles wrote.

The book is available for $18.95 by mail from the Texas Review Press, English Department, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341-2146, or by phone at 936.294.1992.


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College Of Education Plans For Ethics Institute

The College of Education is in the process of organizing an ethics institute to address the concerns of administrators, educators and students in the field of education.

This planning process is under the direction of the College of Education dean Genevieve Brown, with Judy DeTrude chairing the committee.

DeTrude, director of the Center for Research and Counselor Education, has presented nationally on the topic of ethics and has conducted research on current ethical issues in counseling.

She worked with the students from the counselor education doctoral program’s second cohort in October to offer an ethics institute, which was sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honorary. Attendees were offered continuing education hours for both the LPC and LMFT licenses.

The committee for the ethics institute met and constructed a survey, to be distributed to all education students during the first part of the Spring semester, which will examine the ethical concerns for educators and ask the respondents how the institute can help address these concerns.

Members of this committee are Mary Ann Bell, from the library science department; Cindy Simpson, from the language, literacy and special populations department; Felicia Taylor, from the curriculum and instruction department; Mark Gaus, from the health and kinesiology department; Stacey Edmonson, from the educational leadership and counseling department; and Brian Miller, from the field experiences office.


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Accounting Student Wins Society Scholarship

Lesley Jennice Vasquez, a senior accounting major at Sam Houston State University, has been awarded a Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship for her superior performance in the study of business.

A resident of Waco, Vasquez has received a $1,000 scholarship for her educational needs for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Scholarship recipients are student members of Beta Gamma Sigma and represent the top percentage of students within business programs accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Recipients are chosen from colleges and universities around the world, and embody the ideals set forth by Beta Gamma Sigma: honor, wisdom and earnestness.

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is based on academic achievement and is extended to the best students in programs accredited by AACSB International. It is considered the highest recognition available to business students worldwide.


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The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Thursday for an item to run in the column the following week.


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Dec. 19, 2004
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