Today@Sam - SHSU Campus News Online Sam Houston State University Seal
In the News
SHSU Homepage

SHSU Experts
SHSU Stats
Sam the Man
SHSU History
Austin Hall

Heritage Magazine
Huntsville Item
The Houstonian
Gov. Links
Useful Links
Theater & Dance
SHSU Athletics
Rec. Sports
Request Info
General Info
Then & Now
The President
Public Relations
Post Office
Search SHSU

SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 5


Alumni Golf Tournament To Benefit Scholarships

The SHSU Alumni Association will host an Alumni Classic Scholarship fundraiser on Sept. 18 at the Raven Nest Golf Club.

Registration will be held from 6:30-7:45 a.m. for the four-player scramble, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Entry fees are $100, which includes green fee, cart, premium tee packages, refreshments, prizes, lunch following the tournament, and one ticket to the SHSU vs. Montana football game that evening.

Team prizes will be awarded for first through fourth places, and there will be tournament contests for the closest to the pin and the longest drive.

Sponsorships will also be available at the following levels: Bearkat, for $500, which includes four complimentary players in the tournament, lunch, and one tee sign with name and logo; Orange, for $300, which includes two complimentary players in the tournament, lunch, and one tee sign with name and logo; White, for $175, which includes one complimentary player in the tournament, lunch, and one tee sign with name and logo; and Hole Sponsor, for $100, which includes a tee sign with name and logo.

All proceeds benefit the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

The sign-up deadline is Sept. 15, and entries can be mailed to the SHSU Alumni Office, Box 2022, Huntsville, Texas, 77341-2022.

For more information, call George Miles at 936.294.8012, Leroy Wilkinson at 936.291.6400 or Scott Stuckey at 936.294.1841.


Back to top


FYE To Give Secrets Of Success

The First Year Experience will host “The Ultimate Road Trip: Campus 2 Career,” a free success presentation for first-year college students on Tuesday (Sept. 7), at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theatre.

The program, which emphasizes the importance of academics, time management setting goals and maximizing opportunities both in college and in future careers, will be delivered to more than 350,000 students nation wide this year.

“Currently only 70 percent of college freshmen progress to their sophomore year,” said JR Cifani, vice president of Making It Count. “Couple that with the fact that only 50 percent of students entering college will graduate within five years and the importance of the program becomes very clear. We are providing students with a map to realize their goals and ambitions.”

During the presentation, backed by, students participate through interactive exercises and by following along in a workbook.

The event is also sponsored by the Dean of Students’ Office, Career Services and Student Activities.

For more information, call Keri Rogers, associate dean and director of the First Year Experience program, at 936.294.3422.


Back to top


Scavenger Hunt Results Announced

The Lowman Student Center Office took students on a successful “Pirates of the Caribbean”-themed scavenger hunt on Thursday (Sept. 1).

This semester’s student winners are as follows: portable DVD player – Amanda Champrasert; catered dinner for eight – Leslie Cunningham; free use of textbooks for a semester – Alexias Bell; 1000 Bearkat OneCard reward points – Andonnta Maibien; free use of Kat Klub for one hour – Lakisha McDowell; 35MM camera — Keith Edmond; free tuition for one semester — Richard Taylor; Chick-fil-A gift cards — Julianne Barney; and college survival kits – Maribel Galvan, Brian VanDelist, Mercy Fabian and David Branch.

Faculty and staff winners include: coffee for 10 – Sue Knight; portable DVD player — Paul Culp; and digital camera — Jennifer Gauntt.

Winners can claim their prizes, which should be picked up as soon as possible, but not later than Sept. 17, in LSC Room 311. Those claiming a prize should also bring their Bearkat OneCard, or another photo ID.


Back to top


SAM Center To Host Study Skills Series

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will host its “Study Skills Workshop Series” beginning Sept. 13-17.

The workshop series is comprised of six one-hour sessions, covering topics such as studying smart; procrastination; time management; reading textbooks and note taking; test-taking strategies; and stress management.

Sessions will be held at the SAM Center, in Academic Building 4 Room 210, beginning the week of Sept. 13. Participants will attend sessions for each topic once a week through the week of Oct. 18-22.

In order to accommodate participants’ schedules, students will have the option of attending the workshops on Mondays, at either 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.; Tuesdays, at either 9:30 a.m. or 4 p.m.; Wednesdays, at either 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., or 5 p.m.; Thursdays at 4 p.m.; or Fridays at noon.

Though it is not required to participate in all six sessions, it is recommended, according to SAM Center student assistant Kim Ocker, who added that trained student assistants will teach each session.

“We feel it’s more effective (to have students teach) because we can relate more to studying and the other topics,” Ocker said.

For those who cannot attend the first workshop series, a second series discussing the same topics will begin Oct. 25-29.

Students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. For more information, or to register for the series, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


Back to top


George Mason Prof To Speak At Education Workshop

The department of educational leadership and counseling's project TRIAD is holding its first workshop this year on Friday (Sept. 10), from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The featured speaker is Virginia Collier, a distinguished researcher on school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students.

Collier, a professor of bilingual/multicultural/ESL education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., has given 142 keynote speeches and 268 invited presentations to international, national, state and local conferences over the past 24 years.

Her work with senior researcher Wayne Thomas, has been spotlighted by the national and international media, and their award-winning national research studies have had a substantial impact on school policies in the United States and abroad.

She and Thomas have also conducted educational leadership training for superintendents, principals and education policy makers in 28 U.S. states and 15 countries.

In addition, Collier has over 60 other publications in the field of language minority education.

Proficient in Spanish and English, having lived in Central America during her childhood, she has served the field of language minority education for over three decades as parent, teacher, researcher, teacher educator and doctoral mentor.


Back to top


Scholarship Nominees’ Works In Gaddis Geeslin Gallery

The works of three students nominated for the Art Endowment Scholarship will be on exhibit at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery through Oct. 16.

Last spring, the art faculty chose Richard Abril, Melissa Ackley-Kyle and Will Witte as outstanding art students for the Art Endowment Scholarship Award, an award selected annually.

This year, the Endowment Scholarship Award was given to Will Witte. He exhibits large oil paintings on canvas that are both abstract and figurative.

Abril’s oil paintings are self portraits, still life and allegorical narratives, and Ackley-Kyle’s ceramic sculptures reflect her interest in both the intuitive community of women and the whimsy of ancient talisman objects, according to slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

There will be a gallery reception, which will be open to the public, on Thursday (Sept. 9), from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information contact Davenport at 936.294.1317.


Back to top


Hillel To Help Jewish Students Celebrate Holy Days

Jewish students who wish to attend religious services for the upcoming Jewish High Holy Days, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, are encouraged to contact Hillel representative Jason Plotkin at as soon as possible.

Rosh Hashana is the Jewish new year that falls on Sept. 16 this year and ends at sunset on the Sept. 17. The year 5755 will be ending, with the year 5756 beginning.

Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Sept. 24 and runs through sunset on the Sept. 25.

The name "Yom Kippur" means "Day of Atonement." It is a day set aside to "afflict the soul," to atone for the sins of the past year. Jews will customarily fast from sunset to sunset, and ends with a breaking of the fast meal with the family, according to Plotkin.

These High Holy Day services will be held mostly at the Greater Houston Hillel, an affiliate of the Sam Houston Hillel, and are free.

“The services will give SHSU Jewish students a chance to meet other Jewish college students and young professionals,” Plotkin said.

For more information on Hillel, opportunities for Jewish students or the High Holy Day services, contact Plotkin at the e-mail listed above.


Back to top


Alumni Association To Hold Annual Patio Party

The Alumni Association will host its 4th annual Party on the Patio, for faculty and staff, on Thursday (Sept. 9), from 4-6 p.m.

The event will be held on the Alumni Office Patio, in Academic Building II, on the corner of 17th Street and Sam Houston Avenue.

“It’s a time for faculty and staff to meet the new employees at Sam Houston and socialize with other faculty and staff,” said Angie Burns, Alumni Association administrative assistant.

Snack foods will be served, as well as beer and margaritas, and Sammy the Bearkat will be on hand.
Faculty and staff will also be able to join the Alumni Association at a special rate of $25.

For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 936.294.1841 or


Back to top


PC To Host Array Of Events For Sept. 8-10

The Program Council continues to provide a wide variety of activities for students to take part in with the early September lineup.

First up is Administrators and Organizations Fair on Sept. 8.

This event, co-sponsored by Student Activities, will allow campus organizations to come out and provide promotional material for their respective groups while also allowing for students to meet university administrators. A free lunch will be provided to students with a meal plan.

Also on Sept. 8 will be the PC Recruitment Party, at 12:30 p.m. in the Kat Klub. The annual event is held for Program Council to find new members to serve on its various committees.

The Pan People Steel Drum Band will be performing on Sept. 9 in the LSC Mall Area by the fountain, as part of PC’s Caribbean Celebration. Refreshments will be provided.

Finally, on Sept. 10, the PC will present a free screening of the epic summer movie Troy starring Brad Pitt. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. in the LSC Theatre. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided.


Back to top


Send Update Items Here

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.


Back to top


- END -

SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Sept. 5, 2004
Please send comments, corrections, news tips to

This page maintained by SHSU's Office of Public Relations
Director: Frank Krystyniak
Assistant Director: Julia May
Writer: Jennifer Gauntt
Located in the 115 Administration Building
Telephone: 936.294.1836; Fax: 936.294.1834