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SHSU Update For Week Of Aug. 28


Smith-Hutson Addition To Be Dedicated Sept. 16

The College of Business Administration will celebrate the completion of construction on the Smith-Hutson Building addition with a dedication on Sept. 16.

The celebration will begin in the building’s foyer at 9 a.m. with coffee and building tours until 11 a.m., followed by the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. and a reception at noon.

For more information, call COBA at 936.294.1254.


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Alumni To Charter Bus For UH Game

The SHSU Alumni Association will round up Bearkat football fans to travel to several of SHSU’s away games via charter, beginning with the Sept. 10 game against the University of Houston.

The charter bus will leave Bowers Stadium for John O'Quinn Field at 2 p.m. to arrive at the field by 4 p.m. to tailgate. The football game will begin at 6 p.m.

Bus tickets are $12 each, with game tickets costing $20, and both can be purchased on the Alumni Association Web site, at Catered food and alcoholic drinks for the tailgate party can also be purchased on the site.

Packages are also available on the Web site, ranging from $35 for a ticket and food to $60 for a game ticket, the bus ride, food and beverages.

Space is limited, and reservations can be made at the Web site above, by calling 936.294.1841 or e-mailing

Busses will also be chartered for the SHSU versus Texas Tech game in Lubbock, which will be an overnight trip on Sept. 17, as well as the Texas State—San Marcos game on Nov. 19.


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Neuropsychologist To Present On Louisiana Law

Clinical neuropsychologist Glen Ally will discuss a very controversial law recently passed in Louisiana regarding the prescription of medications on Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center Courtroom.

The law allows psychologists with specialized training to gain the authority to prescribe certain medications. Louisiana is the second of our neighboring states to pass such a law.

Ally was directly involved with the Louisiana initiative both for prescription privileges and mental health parity.

Politically active both regionally and nationally, he is past president of the Louisiana Psychological Association and currently serves as a Council Delegate to the American Psychological Association.

“ Regardless of one’s position on this type of authority, it is likely to come before the Texas legislature in future years,” said Mary Alice Conroy, professor of psychology. “Anyone working in the mental health field or receiving mental health services will need to be cognizant of the issues.”

The free presentation is open to the public, and light refreshments will follow.

The event is co-sponsored by SHSU and the Sam Houston Area Psychological Association.


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CJ Author To Discuss China, His Research Sept. 13

Author Peter May will discuss the research experiences in China that led to his book “The Firemaker” on Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Center Courtroom.

May gained unprecedented access behind the scenes with Chinese homicide detectives to research his books and the monthly column in the Chinese Police Magazine “Detective World,” which was translated into “The Firemaker.”

“ He has been to places that few outsiders ever see, getting to know pathologists and scientists at the police mortuary and forensic science departments in Shanghai and Beijing,” a press release for May’s book tour said.

Called “stunningly original, highly topical and extremely well-written,” his book “The Firemaker” is a fast-paced mystery that takes readers on an adventure through the backstreets of Beijing with local homicide detective Li Yan and Margaret Campbell, a forensic pathologist from Chicago.

Among May’s advisers for the book was College of Criminal Justice dean Richard Ward.

After his discussion, May will be available to sign copies of his book.

For more information, call 936.294.1635.


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Required Meeting To Be Held For Organization Advisers

The Office of Student Activities will host a required meeting for all student organization advisers on Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

The Advisor RSOM, required student organizations meeting, will be a great opportunity to network with other advisers, learn about adviser responsibilities and hear from the internal auditor, according to program coordinator Tiffany Flenoy.

Student Activities staff members will also be available to answer questions and discuss the roles of the advisers in organizational disciplinary issues.

For more information, contact Flenoy at or 936.294.3467.


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Hotel Adds Amenities Make Stay More Enjoyable

The University Hotel has implemented several changes and upgrades to make guests more comfortable and bring the hotel up to par with national chain hotels, according to general manager Richard Serrill.

Among those, are individual-cup coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, all of which were added last year, as well as an exercise room that includes two treadmills, two stationary bicycles and a multipurpose gym set.

The guest room entry system has also been upgraded from the old fiber-optic key system to a new mag-stripe key system, with several new security features for the hotel as well as guests, Serrill said.

“ The changes made last year were in response to comments made from our guests,” Serrill said. “The additions of the coffee maker and ironing equipment and the installation of an exercise room has brought the University Hotel closer to the standards of modern hotel chains while giving our guest the added convenience of being right on campus.”

In addition, the hotel has focused some attention on the restaurant, CJ's Cafe, located on the second floor between the hotel and Criminal Justice Center, adding a new hot lunch buffet and a salad bar.

Buffet prices are $5.50 for breakfast and $6.50 for lunch. Both prices include a beverage. Soup or a side salad can also be added for $1.50 more, and both are one-time-through options with the hot buffet rotating menus, Serrill said.

“ The amount of traffic in the complex along with requests from our guests has led to the addition of the hot buffet and salad bar open weekdays for lunch,” Serrill said. “The atmosphere is warm and inviting as the dining area is surrounded by windows on the north and south sides overlooking soft greenery and neighboring buildings.”

Serrill is hoping for an increase in visitors with the opening of the baseball/softball complex and with increasing interest in other sports.

“ We are now located within walking distance from all major SHSU sporting venues--an added bonus when parking is limited,” he said.

Both the hotel and CJ's Cafe are open to faculty, staff, students, and the general public. For more information, call 936.294.1703.


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CJ To Recertify Drug Recognition Experts

Sam Houston State University’s drug evaluation and classification program will hold a Drug Recognition Experts recertification class on Tuesday (Aug. 30).

The class will be held from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Texas Room of the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center.

The class is free but is open only to peace officers that are DRE certified. However, anyone may audit the classes with permission from program director Cecelia Marquart, according to DEC staff associate Patsy Collins.

Recertification is necessary every two years, and the class draws officers from across the state, Collins said.

The DEC program is a transportation safety program focusing on the detection and apprehension of drug-impaired drivers.

Developed in the early 1970s in Los Angeles, Calif., by the Los Angeles Police Department, the program became so successful in identifying drug-impaired drivers that it soon became an international program.

The DEC program trains police officers and other public safety officials as drug recognition experts or drug recognition evaluators through a three-phase training curriculum.

Registration is required, but those interested may sign up on the day of each class. For more information, call 936.294.3079.


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Library To Host Workshops For Research, Gives Tours

The Newton Gresham Library is offering a variety of workshops this fall to familiarize students, as well as faculty, with the facility and different electronic programs.

Those unfamiliar with the library can find out what it has to offer every Tuesday and Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. respectively. Potential tour-takers can sign up by contacting Marsha Dickens at or 936.294.3195. Tours will begin at the reference desk, on the second floor of the NGL.

The library also conducts laptop clinics to help students learn how to configure their laptops, or borrowed library laptops, to access information through the campus network, as well as receive help from the library’s support team to do so. To schedule an appointment, contact Kirk Burns at or call 936.294.4892.

NGL faculty member Jess Nevins will introduce other faculty members to Turnitin, a plagiarism detection tool, on Wednesday (Aug. 31) and again on Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. on both days. To sign up, contact Nevins at or 936.294.3587.

Various people from the NGL will also lead sessions on researching using the library’s electronic indexes and fulltext sources in different fields.

Sessions for researching in business will be held Sept. 26, at 10 a.m., and Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. Those interested in signing up should contact Linda Meyer at or 936.294.3551.

Workshops for researching in history will be held on Sept. 15 and Sept 19, at 11:15 a.m. and noon respectively. Those interested in signing up should contact Jay Koenig at or 936.294.1629.

Finally, those who need help researching databases in the humanities can get help on Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. by signing up with Nevins, and help with research in the sciences will be available on Sept. 20 at 11:15 a.m. or Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. by signing up with Lynn McMain at or 936.294.3734.

All workshops are held in NGL Room 157.

Other sessions on various topics will also be held later in the semester.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Aug. 28, 2005
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