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SHSU Update For Week Of July 31


Teaching Conference To Be Held Aug. 22

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will kick off the semester by giving professors an outlet for discussing issues they may face this year with the fall 2005 teaching conference on Aug. 22.

Unlike last year, when the event was limited to faculty in HSS, the conference is open to professors from all five colleges this year.

“ It was such a success (last year), and we felt like it’s such a good thing, we wanted to open it up to any of the faculty members from any of the colleges from across the university to come and take advantage of it,” said HSS interim dean Terry Thibodeaux.

The conference will begin at 12:15 p.m. in Academic Building 4’s Olson Auditorium with a greeting by Thibodeaux, followed by a keynote presentation by Joyce Winterton, from USA Today, who will speak about “Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills Through the USA Today Collegiate Readership Program.”

The event will also consist of three different one-hour sessions, during which attendees can select from nine different presentations on topics such as the IDEA faculty evaluation system; a USA Today Collegiate Readership program discussion; managing excellence in teaching and research; and alternative learning activities.

In addition, there will be a reception following the event at 5:15 p.m. in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, where refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

Professors can register online at There is no sign-up deadline, but seating is limited.


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Reception In Swingle’s Honor To Be Held Aug. 11

The department of Recreational Sports will host a cake and ice cream sendoff party for Amy Swingle, who will leave the department on Aug. 31.

The reception will be held on Aug. 11, from 2-4 p.m. in the Health and Kinesiology Center Lobby.

Swingle, who served as the assistant director of Rec Sports over club sports and special events since 1995, will begin her new job as executive director for recreational sports at Mississippi University for Women in September.

For more information, contact Recreational Sports at 936.294.1985.


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CJ Students Study In Poland

CJ Poland group

Undergrad and graduate students from the College of Criminal Justice recently returned from a two week study abroad program in Poland.

The group stayed at the International Specialist Police Training Centre in Legionowo, where they received lectures on the criminal justice system; police organization and management; police training; the courts; correctional system; community policing; human rights issues; victimology; scientific approaches to criminal investigation.

Students also visited several regional and metropolitan police stations throughout the country.

Every year the College of Criminal Justice offers study abroad programs world wide.

For more information, contact Carolyn Martinez, director of new initiatives, at 936.294.3102.


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Office To Host Info Recruitment Session, Send-Off Party

In an effort to boost recruitment in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will host two events on Aug. 8-9 for the fall semester.

On Monday, the office will have an Alumni Information Session at Worthington National Bank in Arlington, located at 200 West Main St.

The event, which will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., is designed “to engage our alumni in the recruiting effort,” according to undergraduate admissions director Joey Chandler.

On Tuesday, undergraduate admissions will “send-off” DFW area students who will be attending SHSU in the fall with a party at the Hard Rock Café in Dallas, at 2601 McKinney Ave.

Maps and directions to both locations are available through the office.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Shirley Miller, office secretary, at 936.294.1584 or by e-mail at


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Theatre To Reveal ‘Buried Child’

The SHSU department of theatre and dance will present the dark comedy that centers around an Illinois farm family with Sam Shepard’s “Buried Child” on Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 1-2). Performances will be held at 8 p.m. daily in the University Theatre Center’s Showcase Theatre.

Vince and his girlfriend, Shelly, are on their way from New York to New Mexico to visit Vince’s father when Vince decides to stop and visit his grandparents.

However, when he arrives at his grandparents’ home, no one recognizes him. Meanwhile, Shelly discovers the family has a dark secret from their past and attempts to find out what it is.

The cast includes Rocky Bobbitt as “Dodge,” Jen Lucy as “Halie,” Tasheena Miyagi as “Shelly,” Connor Bartley as “Vince,” James Arrington as “Bradley,” and Greg Williams as “Father Dewis.”

The play is directed by SHSU theatre alumnus Bill Giffen, with Stephanie Beall as stage manager and lighting designer.

“ Buried Child” contains adult situations and language, and children under three years of age will not be admitted.

Tickets are $5 for general admission. For more information, or for reservations, call the University Theatre Center at 936.294.1329.


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Alumni To Hold Sam’s Boat SamWorks

The SHSU Alumni Association will help build the Bearkat network at SamWorks, on Thursday (Aug. 18) from 6-8 p.m.

The event, which will include hors d’oeuvres and a free beverage, will be held at Sam’s Boat, at 5720 Richmond Ave. in Houston.

“ 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.”

For more information, call 936.294.1841.


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Williams Named ‘Distinguished’ By Alpha Chi

Patricia Williams, professor of education and long-time sponsor of SHSU’s Texas Omicron chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, was selected as one of 11 individuals to receive Alpha Chi’s Distinguished Service Award.

Williams was honored at the 2005 national convention in St. Louis, Mo., on April 9.

Most of the recipients are current or very recent faculty sponsors recommended by their respective regional councils, according to Alpha Chi executive director Dennis M. Organ, though the organization’s national council also recognizes those who have been retired a longer time from active participation and friends of the society.

Williams served on the group’s national council from 191-2003 and was president from 1999-2003.


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Program To Help Students Interested In Health Care

Students interested in becoming registered nurses, physicians’ assistants and other medical professionals have a new full- or part-time career option as Sam Houston State University launches its new LegalNurse Consultant Training Course beginning in the fall semester.

The six-day live lecture program is conducted over the span of three weekends and teaches legal medical professionals to serve as expert advisors on medical issues to law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, governmental agencies and risk-management departments.

Also included is the role a LNC would play in litigation, such as an expert witness in medical malpractice, toxic torts, product liability, personal injury, emotional distress, wrongful death and other types of cases.

Any RN or other medical professional interested in forensic testimony and medical-legal issues will benefit from the course, according to Casey Hartman, spokesperson for LNC Consultant Training.

The Center for Legal Studies’ course curriculum, offered in cooperation with SHSU, complies with the educational guidelines established by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. The CE activity, with 50.4 contact hours, was approved by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The course will be available throughout the rest of the year, with classes beginning Sept. 10 and meeting from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. on Saturdays and Sundays. It is administered and taught by local legal professionals and includes 42 hours of intense instruction.

For more information or to register, call the Center for Legal Studies at 1.800.522.7737 or SHSU at 936.294.3701.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
July 31, 2005
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