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SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 12


Volunteerism: A ‘Press’-ing Matter

Bill PressPolitical analyst and MSNBC contributor Bill Press will address “Volunteerism: How Giving Back Pays Off Big” via satellite on Sept. 14 as part of the Society of Success and Leadership” speaker series.

The broadcast will be held from 6-7 p.m. in Academic Building 1 Room 213.

In addition to sharing his views on volunteerism, Press will discuss how to translate the political “spin” into human terms, the many ways volunteerism can help the country and will explore the power of the human voice and voting.

By sharing the everyday life lessons Press has gleaned from working in politics and government, students will learn the benefits and importance of becoming socially and politically aware, according to a Society news release.

The former host of CNN’s “Crossfire” and “The Spin Room,” Press’ career in government, politics and broadcasting has spanned more than two decades.

He was chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1993-1996, chief of staff to California State Senator Peter Behr and director of the California Office of Planning and Research under Gov. Jerry Brown and has also managed several local and state political campaigns.

He has also received numerous awards for his work, including four Emmys and a Golden Mic Award. The Associated Press named him “Best Commentator of the Year” in 1992.

Press earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Niagara University and an S.T.B. from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at 936.294.3861.


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Career Expo To Include Over 96 Companies

Students looking for jobs or internships should bring their resumes and a smile to the 2004 Career Expo on Wednesday (Sept. 15).

The event, sponsored by Career Services, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Representatives from approximately 96 companies and schools will be on hand seeking students from all disciplines for positions in business, law enforcement, scientific fields, construction, agriculture and government agencies, among others.

Companies planning to attend include: U.S. Department of State/Diplomatic Security, Sigma-Aldrich, Spherion@Dell, Texas Department of Banking, Dillard’s Inc., Farmers Insurance, American Express Financial Services, Sprint, Cingular Wireless, Woodforest National Bank and TNT North America.

In addition, colleges such as University of North Texas, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Houston, North Harris Montgomery Community College and Parker College of Chiropractic, among others, will bring information about their graduate or specialized programs.

Professional dress is also encouraged. For more information, call Career Services at 96.294.1713.


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Huntsville Auction To Benefit SHSU, Mission

Items being auctioned in this month’s regular downtown auction will benefit Sam Houston State University’s health and kinesiology students, as well as the Good Shepard Mission.

The auction, held on the third Thursday of the month, is scheduled for Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Town Theatre. A preview of the auction items will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The health and kinesiology department will offer a wide variety of sport memorabilia, home exercise equipment and instructional services to the highest bidder, according to Bob Case, health and kinesiology professor.

Monies generated during this portion of the auction will be utilized for undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

Instructional services being auctioned by the departmental faculty and students include: bass fishing, Bob Case; baseball, Mark Gaus; bowling, Amy Samuelson; catfishing, Roy Moss; fitness assessment, Bill Hyman; golf, Brady Foore; personal trainers, Gary Oden, Kristen Picard and Jenna Zboril; and tennis, Robert Cantrell.

Consignment items, including an antique roll-top desk, china, carpet, dining room chairs, tables, office equipment, collectibles, living room furniture, lamps, porch chairs, artworks and professional groupings, will be accepted through Wednesday.

Interested parties should contact auctioneers Case, No. 15045, or Dwayne Stevens, No. 12840, at 936.294.1159, 936.668.5558 or 361.772.5495.


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Workshop To Teach Writing Essentials

The SHSU Writing Center will host four workshops during September to help students in various aspects of written works.

On Monday (Sept. 13), Frances Fenessey and Urania Fung will help students go “From Idea To Thesis Statement,” at 2 p.m. This session teaches students how to select a paper topic, define the focus and write a convincing thesis statement.

How to make an essay flow will be the topic of “Organizational Strategies For Successful Papers,” which will be held on Sept. 20, at noon.

This workshop, conducted by Kim McCullough, Katie Magourik and Tosh Kamei, compares the relationship between thesis and topic sentences and discusses strategies such as transitions, repetition and parallel structures to help papers flow.

On Sept. 28, Ritu Raju and Lucia Liu will discuss the resources available and particular strategies for ESL writers. This workshop will be held at 1 p.m.

Not sure what a professor wants on an essay exam? On Sept. 30, the center will give “Essay Exam Strategies For Success, at 2 p.m.

This workshop, conducted by Alice Marcom and Jennifer Ashley, will prepare students for those exams by discussing how to study, managing time during the exam, planning answers, beginning effectively and writing well-developed, coherent essays.

Workshops generally last 20 or 30 minutes and students do not need to sign up beforehand. In addition, all workshops are held at the Writing Center, located in Wilson Building Room 114.

For more information, call 936.294.3680.


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Bruce’s Book Gets ‘Armed’ With Prize

Bruce's BookA book by Robert Bruce, history assistant professor, has been awarded the 2004 Tomlinson Book Prize, given by the Western Front Association.

“ A Fraternity of Arms: America and France in the Great War,” published by the University Press of Kansas in 2003, was selected as the association’s best work of history on the World War I era.

“ While most previous work on America’s participation in the Great War has focused on alliance with Great Britain, Robert Bruce argues that the impact of the Franco-American relationship was of far greater significance,” the book description on the Kansas Press Web site said.

“ He makes a convincing case that the French, rather than the British, were the main military partner of the United States in its brief but decisive participation in the war—and that France deserves much credit for America’s emergence as a world military power.”

The Tomlinson Prize is given annually to the best work of history on the World War I era, and the winner is chosen by a panel comprised of an elite group of distinguished World War I scholars.

It is the most prestigious award in the field of First World War studies, Bruce said, and the prize consists of a $3,000 check and a framed certificate.

In addition to this book, Bruce has written other books, articles, and essays on various topics in U.S. history and French history.


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PC To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage, Discuss Cancer

The Program Council will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage with a month full of activities, beginning on Sept. 15 with a kick-off rally.

The rally will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area and will include a DJ playing Latin and Hispanic music, Hispanic foods, piñatas, a jalapeno-eating contest and many prizes.

On Sept. 28, the PC will sponsor Diabetes 101, at 12:30 p.m. in the LSC Mall area. The informative program will include sugar-free snow cones and gumballs, as well as informational packets that tell students how diabetes affects Hispanic Americans, according to Hispanic Heritage chair Suzanna Ortiz.

On Oct. 4-8, pieces reflecting Hispanic contributions to the art world will be on display in the LSC Art Gallery, and the month will end with Damian the Hypnotist on Oct. 11. Damian, who is of Hispanic descent, will hypnotize audience members at 6 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom.

Also this week, the PC will host “Cancer Awareness: I am aware,” on Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

The event, held in conjunction with Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, whose philanthropy is breast cancer, will include give-a-ways such as T-shirts, pink ribbons and cancer information.

“ We want to make people aware that breast cancer not only affects women, but it affects men too because nine times out of 10 there’s a mother, a wife, a sister, or a daughter that gets it,” said Trapper Pace, PC programming chair. “It’s not just a disease for women, but a disease for men as well because there is a small percentage of men who get breast cancer.”

Finally, Michael Dean Ester will provide some comic relief on Sept. 17, with PC ComicView, at 8 p.m. in the LSC Theatre.

For more information on any of these events, call 936.294.1763.


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SHSU Golden Key Receives Chapter Award

The SHSU chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society was awarded the prestigious Key Chapter Award at the August 2004 Golden Key International Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

The award honors chapters are selected for excelling in five major areas: communication, publicity, meeting management, chapter activities and leadership, as well as in participation in regional and international programs.

This year, the SHSU chapter exemplified outstanding teamwork, dedication and collaboration with other student organizations on their campus. In addition, the chapter was engaged in a combination of service, academic social and fundraising activities throughout the year, according to Simone M. Williams, Golden Key staff member.

All chapters may apply for the award, but only the “most outstanding” chapter is selected to receive the honor. William Green and Valerie Muehsam serve as advisors for the SHSU chapter.

With more than 350 chapters around the world, Golden Key was founded in 1977 in Atlanta to recognize juniors and seniors in the top 15 percent of their class. More than 800 delegates from 335 colleges and universities in six countries gathered for the four-day conference this year.


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Sept. 5, 2004
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