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SHSU Update For Week Of March 13


Students Take Spring Break, SHSU Remains Open

While Sam Houston State University students and faculty will be spending March 14-18 on Spring Break, SHSU will be open.

Residence halls closed Friday at 6 p.m. and will re-open at 2 p.m. on Sunday (March 20).

In addition, the Health and Kinesiology Center will be closed for recreation activity on Monday (March 14) while maintenance and repairs are being done in a number of areas.

The HKC will re-open Tuesday with Spring Break hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


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Staff Excellence Award Nominations Sought

Once again it is time for SHSU employees to honor their fellow workers by nominating them for the university’s Staff Excellence Award. Nominations will be accepted through April 1.

The award is given to one exempt and two non-exempt staff employees who have demonstrated “a commitment to excellence” and comes with a $2000 stipend. Non-exempt employees are those subject to overtime pay.

The nominee must be a full-time, non-temporary staff member with a minimum of two years service at the time of nomination; show meritorious performance; display proven commitment to excellence in service; excel in his/her job; demonstrate outstanding abilities, innovative ideas, efficient operations and high level of motivation; be respected by the university community; and not have been a previous recipient.

Any full-time SHSU faculty or staff member can nominate, and faculty and staff may nominate more than one person.

Forms may be picked up and returned to the Human Resources Department, in Estill Building Room 334, or through campus mail at Box 2356 SHSU.


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Henley To Speak As Next Executive-In-Residence

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William Henley

SHSU alumnus William H. Henley, Jr., will serve as the College of Business Administration’s next Executive-in-Residence speaker on March 29. The presentation will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Ron and Linda Mafrige Auditorium in the Smith-Hutson Building.

Henley, who received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in international business in 1989, is an examination specialist for the Technology Supervision Branch of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the banking industry’s primary regulator.

Based at FDIC headquarters in Washington, D.C., he is the subject matter expert for electronic scams, offshore outsourcing, and Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (Check 21).

Henley began his career with the FDIC shortly after graduation, and served as a bank examiner in the Houston Field Office until his promotion in 1998 to the Technology Supervision Branch.

In 2002 he completed graduate studies in bank operations and technology at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

The SHSU community and the public are invited.


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Poetry Contest Offers Students Chance To Win $100

Student poets will have the opportunity to share their unpublished work and possibly make some money from it with SHSU’s Academy of American Poets Annual College Prize contest.

Students, competing in undergraduate and graduate categories, may submit up to five unpublished poems by March 31.

Each entrant should send two copies of each poem, with one copy listing the name, permanent address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the entrant, as well as the category entered. The other copy should contain no identifying information besides the poem’s title and the category of entry.

Poems will be judged by William Wenthe, associate professor of English at Texas Tech University, and the winners of each category will receive $100.

Wenthe is an accomplished poet whose work has appeared widely in the nation’s best poetry journals, including “The Georgia Review,” “The Paris Review,” and “Poetry.” His most recent book, “Not Till We Are Lost”, has just been brought out by LSU press.

Entries should be sent to associate professor of English Melissa Morphew at Box 2146, English Dept., SHSU.

For more information, contact Morphew at 936.294.1944 or


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Moderators, Judges Sought For Academic Challenge

The political science department is seeking volunteers to serve as moderators and judges for the university-sponsored 2005 Texas Academic Challenge State Championship competition. The competition will be held on campus on April 16, from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Academic Challenge is a "quiz bowl" style competition for high school students. The winner of this competition will represent the state of Texas in the National Academic Challenge competition this summer.

Moderators read the questions, and judges keep score and settle disputes that arise. A brief training session for anyone wishing one will also be offered.

The event is a one-day competition only, and lunch and snacks will be served.

Those who would like to volunteer can access the volunteer form at:

Forms should be returned to Mitzi Mahoney at P.O. Box 2149 or by fax at 936.294.4172.


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Vendor/HUB Show To Be Held Tuesday

Sam Houston State University departments, as well as members of the Huntsville community, will have the opportunity to meet over 70 vendors on Tuesday (March 15) at the 9th Annual Vendor/HUB Show, sponsored by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, SHSU, the City of Huntsville, Walker County and the SHSU
Small Business Development Center.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The show will allow departments to network with sponsors, purchasing staffs and HUB coordinators, as well as identify opportunities to market products and/or services.

Vendors from all over the state will be in attendance, from product and service industries such as office supplies, promotional items, medical supplies, electrical supplies/services, maintenance supplies, garment manufacturers, rental services, glass sales/services, commodity distribution, computer suppliers/services, utility supplies/services, janitorial supplies/services, lighting supply, food distributors, and communication supplies/services.

For more information, call Sharon Schultz at 936.294.7061, Kim Stewart 936.437.7067 or John Hitzeman at 936.294.1900.


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Kinesiology Professors Get Written Works Published

Two professors from the department of health and kinesiology are spreading Sam Houston State University’s name through their written works.

A manuscript written by Gary Oden, professor of health and kinesiology, has become the source of determining the minimum fitness requirements for employment as correctional guards for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Oden said TDCJ began using the manuscript, “Updating Fitness Standards for Texas Correctional Officers,” this past fall.

“ I got started in 1994 when TDCJ asked me to write physiological standards for corrections officers,” he said. “This is a follow-up on the other work which I completed.”

Currently, he is working on a training program for police officers for College of Criminal Justice dean Richard Ward, he said.

An article by kinesiology professor Brenda Lichtman was recently published in a periodical for physical educators in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.

“ Using Hybrid Modeling to Develop Innovative Activities” appeared in volume 16 of “Teaching Elementary Physical Education,” Lichtman said.

The publication provides ideas that can be used within the activity curriculum, she said.


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Please send information for the SHSU Update to the Office of Public Relations at SHSU. For electronic access to SHSU news see the public relations Web page Today@Sam.


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March 13, 2005
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