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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 16


Art, Photography Profs Exhibit Work In Gaddis Geeslin

An exhibit of work by the current faculty members from the SHSU art and photography departments will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery from Jan. 18 through Feb. 16.

The 45th Annual Art Faculty Exhibition will include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, printmaking and photography from such professors as Martin Amorous, Jimmy Barker, Jack Barnosky, Kate Borcherding, Cory Cryer, Chuck Drumm, Laura Fisher, Frank Golden, Michael Henderson, Emmette Jackon, Pat Lawler, Jim Paster, Tedd Pettibon, Tom Seifert, Petrina Sowa, Tony Shipp and Tracy Viser.

The exhibit allows the professors to put their own creativity and talents on display, as well as show their interests aside from what they teach, according to art department slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

“ It’s a good time to see the artworks that the professors are doing outside of the classroom,” Davenport said. “For example, Petrina Sowa teaches art history and drawing, and her piece is an oil painting, and some of the graphic professors are doing paintings or sculpture. Their interests are very across-the-board.”

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is located in Art Building F of the Art Complex at Sam Houston State University. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

A reception will be held Jan. 27, from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery. For more information, call the art department at 936. 294.1315.


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Music Tunes Up With Two Concerts

The School of Music will warm up for the semester with brass instrument and faculty recitals beginning Tuesday (Jan. 18), when tuba professor Bob Daniel and euphonium professor Henry Howey conduct the Texas Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference Preview Recital.

The concert, performed by the SHSU tuba-euphonium ensemble, will be held in the Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

It will include a mixture of musical genres, including “Hippo in the Cabbage Patch,” “The Walrus Ordered Waffles” and “Fibulee Fibula” duets, as well as Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” and Claude Debussy’s “Sryrinx.”

On Thursday (Jan. 20), School of Music faculty members Peggy DeMers and Jay Whatley will perform at the “Peggy DeMers Faculty Recital with Jay Whatley and Friends.”

The concert, which includes DeMers playing the horn and Whatley playing the piano, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

It will include such songs as “Jazz Suite,” “Sonata #3,” and “Larghetto for Solo Horn and Orchestra.”

Both concerts are free and open to public. For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.


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Alumni Association To Have Margarita’s Gathering

The SHSU Alumni Association will kick off a year of gatherings for Bearkat graduates with SamWorks, on Feb. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Margarita's.

“ SamWorks provides a unique networking opportunity for local Sam Houston State University graduates,” said Emily deMilliano, assistant director for Alumni Relations. “The association encourages area alumni to attend and help build the Bearkat Network.”

Margarita’s, formerly known as Casa Tomas, is located at 3315 Interstate Highway 45.

For more information, call the Alumni Association office at 936.294.1841.


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SHSU To Hold Two Classes For Peace Officers

Sam Houston State University’s drug evaluation and classification program will hold recertification and instructor update classes this month for Drug Recognition Experts.

The recertification class will be held on Jan. 19, from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the Texas Room of the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center, and the instructor update class will be held on Jan. 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the LEMIT Amphitheater, also located in the Criminal Justice Center.

Both classes are free but are open only to peace officers; 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 classes draw 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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SHSU Hosts SPIT Conference

Nearly 40 social scientists from universities across the state visited the SHSU campus on Jan. 7-8 to discuss their latest research for the annual Social Psychologists in Texas conference.

The day-and-a-half conference was hosted by department of psychology and philosophy chair Donna Desforges, College of Criminal Justice associate dean of curriculum Randy Garner and psychology professor Rowland Miller, with the support of SHSU’s colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences, Education and Criminal Justice.

“ The conference was an unqualified success,” Desforges said.

The conference is held each year at a host institution for collaboration, networking, and paper presentations that promote close ties among colleagues in the discipline.

In addition, Mark Lepper, Ph.D., an eminent social psychologist from Stanford University, gave a keynote address on "Intrinsic Motivation, Choice, and the Process of Learning."

“ We were very honored to have Dr. Lepper,” Desforges said. “In addition to his distinguished record of scholarly contributions to the field of social psychology, in October 2004, Dr. Lepper was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elects as fellows ‘the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation.’”

Research discussed by the other social psychologists in attendance included topics such as social facilitation; schadenfreude, the feeling happiness about another's bad fortune; gratitude, attitudes and emotions; the stereotyping processes; personality development; promoting healthy eating habits in children; self-monitoring and the presidential election; persuasion; and mate attraction.

Also on the conference agenda was nominating a host institution for the following year’s meeting.

“ When the call went out for who would do it next year, many of our participants nominated SHSU again because they had enjoyed the conference here so much,” Desforges said. “We appreciated the show of appreciation, but in the spirit of cooperation, we nominated Texas State University-San Marcos.”


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Christian Faculty, Staff To Meet, Discuss ‘Civility’

The Christian Faculty and Staff Association will meet every Friday at noon during the spring semester in Lowman Student Center Room 327.

Throughout the semester, the group will discuss Stephen Carter’s book “Civility.”

The Christian Faculty and Staff Association was founded on the SHSU campus in 2000.

For more information, call John Holcombe at 936.294.1467 or Betsy Torrez at 936.294.1560.


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Three Receive NETnet Certification

Three Sam Houston State University employees recently earned NETnet Campus Certification Representative designations from the Northeast Texas Consortium Center For Educational Technologies.

Designations were awarded to: James Van Roekel, director of Academic Instructional Technology and Distance Learning; Craig Schlicher, programmer/analyst II; and Jacob Spradlin, computer systems coordinator I.

Earning this designation indicates that each recipient is qualified to train campus faculty and staff members to operate the NETnet interactive videoconferencing system.

These state-of-the-art videoconferencing systems are present on the 15 college and university NETnet member campuses across East Texas.


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Health, Kinesiology Profs Present At Convention

Three professors from the department of health and kinesiology made presentations at the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention, held Dec. 1-4, at the Arlington Convention Center.

Brenda Lichtman, professor of kinesiology, discussed “The New NCATE Review Process – Tips from a Reviewer”; “Explosive Strength Training Through Plyometrics: What, Why and How;” and “Curriculum in a Funk? Relieve the Doldrums with Innovative Games.”

Rosanne Keathley, assistant professor of health education, presented on four different topics: “A Health Educator’s Guide to Teaching Personal Responsibility;” “Reading, and Write-Offs Tax Tips for Teachers;” “Organizing an American Democracy Project in Your School;” and “Steps for Success in Supervising Professional Student Organizations.”

Mark Gaus, assistant professor of kinesiology, discussed “The Relationship of High School Exercise Identity and Mile Run Times.”

A Texas-based association with over 4,500 members, TAHPERD is a not-for-profit professional organization of people in the fields of health education, physical education, recreation and dance.

TAHPERD was founded in 1923 and is the only association in Texas serving education in all four of our disciplines—health, physical education, recreation and dance.


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James Bradley is Faculty Distinguished Lecturer

James Bradley, author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller "Flags of Our Fathers" and the New York Times No. 2 bestseller "Flyboys," is the spring Faculty Distinguished Lecturer.

Bradley will appear at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 in the Lowman Student Center Auditorium. Distinguished Lecturer Committee members asked that faculty members encourage students to consider attending the presentation.


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Jan. 16, 2005
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