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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 30


‘Excellence’ Nominations Now Being Accepted

The SHSU Faculty Achievement Awards Committee is now soliciting nominations for the “Excellence” in research, service and teaching. One member of the faculty will be recognized in each category.

The Excellence In Research Award, with a cash stipend of $5,000, will honor a faculty member who has achieved excellence in the broad area of scholarly and artistic endeavor. The achievement might involve a single act or a series of accomplishments in the area of scientific research, artistic creation, publication, performance, presentation, or other activities.

Nominations are encouraged from all areas of the university community.

The Excellence In Service Award, also with a cash stipend of 5,000, will honor a faculty member who has achieved excellence in the area of service to one’s profession and the university. The achievement might be one act or a history of service to one’s profession, to a particular component of the university, or to the university as a whole.

In addition, nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Award will be accepted online at through Feb. 14. The deadline to nominate for the teaching award is 5 p.m.

Those eligible for the awards must be full-time faculty members, including program coordinators, who have been employed at SHSU for at least five years, and previous recipients are not eligible for the same award.

Members of the achievement awards committee may not be nominated nor may they nominate others. Committee members are: David Burris, Arts and Sciences (chair); Don Albert, Arts and Sciences; Furjen Deng, Humanities and Social Sciences; Dennis Longmire, Criminal Justice; Hiranya Nath, Business Administration; John Newbold, Business Administration; and Mary Nichter, Education.

One nomination may be made for each of the awards, and the nomination deadline is 4 p.m. on Feb. 16. Only nominations bearing original signatures will be accepted and no e-mail nominations will be accepted.

To nominate a colleague, send a letter briefly describing these contributions to: David Burris, Chair, Faculty Achievement Awards Committee, Computer Science Box 2090.


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Association Scholarships Deadline Approaching

The deadline for applications for Spring 2005 SHSU Parents' Association scholarships is Feb. 4.
Students whose parents are active members of the Parents’ Association may apply for the six annual $1,000 scholarships.

Requirements for selection include completion of at least 12 hours at SHSU, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and enrollment in 12 semester hours in the semester the scholarship is awarded. Students may receive the scholarship only once.

For information about the application process contact assistant dean of students Mary Ellen Sims at or 936.294.3026.


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Academic Affairs, SGA Provide Free Newspapers

The Division of Academic Affairs and the Student Government Association will make free newspapers available to the campus community for the next three weeks as part of their Collegiate Readership Program.

The trial run of the program began on Monday, with USA Today, The Houston Chronicle, The Huntsville Item and The New York Times provided in kiosks in the Lowman Student Center, Lee Drain Building, Academic Building 4 and the Criminal Justice Center. The papers are available for students, faculty and staff.

Also on Monday, students were asked to complete a survey about their reading habits and preferences. Students will be surveyed again after the four-week trial run.

The results of the surveys will be used to determine which newspapers should be provided on a daily basis beginning in early March.

According to Sue Knight, in the Dean of Students’ Office, said the program is already showing signs of being very popular. Vendors who distribute and pick up the papers every day report the numbers back to the office, and the Houston Chronicle has been very popular, she said.

In addition, Knight said students have requested that the Houstonian be made available in the same areas the other papers are distributed, and the office is working to make that happen.

“ I think this is a great thing,” Knight said. “The program has had great success on other campuses.”


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Kat Klub Makes New Deal In Texas Hold’Em Tourneys

The Kat Klub is raising the stakes this semester for its monthly, and sometimes semimonthly, Texas Hold’Em tournaments.

In addition to winning a “Texas Hold’Em Champion” T-shirt, those who win each night will now go on to play in the “Tournament of Champions” on April 20-21. The winner of the championship tournament will not only win bragging rites as being the best Texas Hold’Em player of the spring 2005 and fall 2004 tournament winners, but will also win a gold bracelet.

The next Texas Hold’Em tournament will be held Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 2-3), with another February tournament on Feb. 16-17. Other tournaments for the semester will be held March 2-3 and April 6-7.

Each tournament will be held at 5 p.m. in the Kat Klub, on the first floor of the Lowman Student Center.
Set up Las Vegas-style, each tournament will consist of five to six tables, with 10 people at each table. Players start out with $1,000 in play money, and there is no limit.

The tournaments are open to faculty and staff as well as students, and there is no entry fee. Those who want to play should sign up ahead of time in the Kat Klub, though sign ups will be held on the tournament days as well. articipants can play on both days.

For more information, call Gary Roark at 936.294.1722.


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Ruffin Interviewed In Poets And Writers Magazine

Paul Ruffin, editor of the SHSU Texas Review Press’s publication The Texas Review, was among the several literary journal editors interviewed in a recent issue of Poets and Writers.

Ruffin and the others spoke with New York agent Nat Sobel for an essay titled “Stories from the Front Lines: 14 Editors Tell Their Tales.”

“ It was an honor to be selected for an interview in so prestigious a magazine; it was an even greater honor to have our journal and press and university recognized,” Ruffin said. “We are working hard to build our creative writing program here, and this kind of exposure certainly helps.”

Sobel writes in his introduction to the piece: “With all the bad news coming out of the New York publishing scene these days, it’s encouraging to see a hardy band of editors still publishing good writing without always having an eye on the bottom line. These editors are the real heroes of publishing. They are the hardworking, underpaid (or unpaid), and underappreciated editors of the literary journals.”

The Texas Review was featured among a line-up of old and distinguished journals, such as Michigan Quarterly Review, New Orleans Review, Confrontation, and Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review.

Poets and Writers is an international magazine dedicated to an audience of poets and fiction writers around the world.


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Development Center To Help Create Business Plans

The SHSU Small Business Development Center will help those interested in “Developing Your Business Plan” on Tuesday (Feb. 1).

The seminar will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the center’s Computer Learning Center. There is a $10 fee for the seminar, which is open to the public.

The SBDC is located at Sam South, or 2424 Sam Houston Ave. To RSVP or for more information, call 936.294.3737.


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PC To Celebrate Black History, Chinese New Year

The Program Council will celebrate Black History Month with several activities slated to kick off on Tuesday (Feb. 1) with a rally at noon in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

That evening, the council, with host Tjohne Entertainment, will challenge students’ black history knowledge with Thinkfest at 7:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

“ The way it works is that people who think they know enough about black history can be on teams or try to win the grand prize all by themselves,” said Jeffrey Oribhabor, PC vice president for public relations. “The winner, or winners, will receive $200 if they go through three rounds of black history questions.”

Other PC events for the week include a birthday celebration, in conjunction with the Black History Month Kick-Off Rally, on Tuesday and a celebration of the Year of the Rooster for the Chinese New Year on Thursday (Feb. 3).

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


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MISS To Show Love For Diversity, Teach About Racism

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services will celebrate diversity while teaching the student body about racism this week with two events.

The “I Love Diversity” campaign will kick off on Tuesday (Feb. 1) in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area. The pledge event will be held from 10 a.m. until noon through Feb. 4.

“ You know the shamrocks that you see in the grocery stores, this is actually going to be a way that students, faculty and staff can list their names and also what they plan to do for diversity within the next year,” said MISS program coordinator Jennifer T. Roberts. “It’s like a self-initiative.”

After the four days of pledging, the cards will be displayed. Last year, the cards were put up in the LSC Art Gallery, but because an exhibit is already there this year, they will have to find a new location.

Also on Monday, MISS will take a look inside the human brain with “Psychology of a Racist Mind” from 2-3 p.m. in LSC Room 302.

“ We’re going to have a professor from the psychology department facilitate this and inform us of what exactly makes a person racist,” Roberts said. “You can learn racism from a lot of different factors that people encounter in their lives, whether it be family, friends, television, etc.”

For more information on either of these events, call the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services at 936.294.3861.


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Faculty Woodwinds To Perform Feb. 3

Four SHSU music professors will showcase their talents at the Faculty Chamber Recital on Thursday (Feb. 3).

The concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, will feature Kathy Daniel playing the flute, Spring Hill playing the oboe, Patricia Card playing the clarinet and Scott Phillips playing the bassoon.

The performance will also include Eugene Bozza’s “Trois Pieces pour une Musique de Nuit,” Jean Francaix’s “Divertissement,” and Thea Musgrave’s “Impromptu No. 1.”

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the School of Music at 936.294.1360.


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Lichtman Named Chair Of Organization Section

Brenda Lichtman, professor of kinesiology, was recently elected as the section chair of the Secondary and Middle School Physical Education for the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Lichtman, who has been a member of TAHPERD for 29 years, was chair-elect in 2004, and will be chair through 2005.

“ My job is to help set the agenda for future directions for the Middle and Secondary School Physical Education Section,” she said, “and screen proposals from presentations at the summer conference in July which will take place in Abilene and the larger conference which will take place in December in Corpus Christi.”


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Jan. 30, 2005
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