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SHSU Update For Week Of March 27


Saturdays@Sam To Be Held April 2

High school and transfer students interested in becoming a Bearkat will have the opportunity to find out more about Sam Houston State University during Saturdays@Sam this weekend.

The event, which includes booths set up by departments and student organizations from around campus, will be held all day on April 2 in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Registration forms are available online at, and a schedule of events, directions to the university and other information can be found at

For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 936.294.1844 or by e-mail at


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Pioneering Efforts of Walker County African-Americans is Topic

A program entitled "Pathfinders: A History of the Pioneering Efforts of African Americans in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas," is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Saturday (April 2) in the Walker Education Center, 1402 19th St. A reception is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Naomi Williams Lede, chief editor of the African American Documentary Committee of the Walker County Historical Commission, will present a program on her book by that name. Prepaid books will be delivered and additional books will be available for purchase.

"We encourage everyone to come and bring friends and associates interested in the wonderful stories of outstanding people and families and their accomplishments in difficult times," said James Patton, Historical Commission chair.

For information call 936.294.3527 or 936.291.9781.


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Johnson To Help Students ‘Build For Future Success’

Distinguished alumnus Preston Johnson, Jr., will discuss “Building For Future Success” as part of the Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community lecturer series on Wednesday (March 30).

Johnson, the senior vice president of human resources and shared services for CenterPoint Energy, Inc., will speak at 5 p.m. in Academic Building 4’s Olson Auditorium.

“ He is an innovator and an enormous supporter of Sam Houston,” said Bernice Strauss, Student Advising and Mentoring Center director of academic support programs. “He is a successful minority role model who makes statements of what our students can achieve.”

A reception will be held following the speech in the SAM Center, in AB 4 Suite 210.

The event is sponsored by the Academic support programs of the SAM Center, the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., the NAACP, and Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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Librarians on Location Program Moving to Writing Center

Library research and the writing process go hand in hand. That's why Newton Gresham Library is bringing its "Librarians on Location" outreach program to the Writing Center starting Monday (March 28).

Students may stop by Librarians on Location at the Writing Center to receive assistance in finding sources for papers and projects, learn how to navigate the library Web site, use the library catalog to find books, and get hands-on help in searching the library's databases to locate information.

Librarians on Location at the Writing Center provides professional research assistance from librarians as well as ways to improve writing skills from the writing center staff--all from one convenient location.

"This outreach program (Librarians on Location) is one of the most visible ways our librarians demonstrate their commitment to providing access to information resources to SHSU students," said Ann Holder, director of library services.

"We have sent librarians to a number of locations this past year and the writing center has proven to be our most successful venue; it is an obvious pairing and we encourage library use while demonstrating that the Newton Gresham Library, its resources and librarians, are primary sources of information."

Librarians on Location at the Writing Center runs Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April 14. The Writing Center is located in Wilson Hall 114. For more information, contact the library reference desk at 936.294.1599.


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Crime Victim Services Career Fair is Thursday

The College of Criminal Justice and the Crime Victim Services Alliance will be hosting a Crime Victim Services Career Opportunities Fair on Thursday (March 31) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Beto Criminal Justice Center. All are invited.

Representatives from more than a dozen crime victim services programs and agencies will be on hand to talk about their roles as crime victim advocates and to answer questions about careers and hand out literature. A cross-section of programs representing the criminal justice system on the state and local level as well as private victim assistance programs and membership organizations will be participating. Proof of attendance will be available for students wishing to have that.

“This is a terrific opportunity for students in Victim Studies, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Psychology and other helping fields to learn more about careers in crime victim services,” according to Janet Mullings, event organizer. “With literally tens of thousands of victim advocates employed across the United States, it’s a growing field looking for sharp, committed men and women interested in working with victims of crime.” Sam Houston State University offers the only bachelor of arts degree in Victim Studies in the United States.

Raymond Teske, also one of the organizers added, “We held our first Career Fair last year and had a great turnout in terms of student participation. This year will be even better giving students ideas on some of the non-traditional careers available in victim services and criminal justice. I know at least one of our December graduates took a position with one of the sponsoring agencies.”

Agencies participating include: Texas Office of the Attorney General; Crime Victim Compensation; SAAFE House; Department of Public Safety, Victim Services; Montgomery County Women’s Center; TDCJ Victim Services; Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Federal Bureau of Investigation, Victim Services; Children and Adult Protective Services; Houston Police Department, Victim Services; Texas Victim Services Association, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Victim Services; and Texans for Equal Justice.


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Orange Pride Performance To Play On ESPN 2

The Orange Pride dance team’s award-winning national performance will be aired on ESPN 2 from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday (March 26) and from 9-10 p.m. April 2.

The group danced their way to a Division I national title on Jan. 16 by beating California State-Fullerton, who have won the contest for the past five years, at the National Cheer and Dance Championship in Orlando, Fla.

The team competed against 19 other colleges, including Villanova, St. Johns, University of Texas-Arlington, Southwest Missouri State, George Mason and the University of Delaware.


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Teacher Job Fair To Bring 135 Schools

Approximately 135 school districts will be on hand for the Spring Teacher Job Fair on Wednesday (March 30). The fair will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Along with school districts of all sizes from around the state, representatives from Regions 3-7, 10 and 20 will be available to answer questions, as well as representatives from SHSU’s educational leadership and counseling department and the Dean of Students’ Office.

Among the districts to attend are Houston, Dallas, Round Rock, Galveston, College Station, Lufkin, Midland and Temple, as well as the New York City Department of Education and the Harris Count Department of Education.

For more information, contact Career Services at 936.294.1713 or visit the Career Services Web site at


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Dances@8 To Benefit Student Scholarships

Dance majors and non-majors will showcase their talents at the Dances@8 concerts on Wednesday and Thursday (March 30-31), at 8 p.m. in the Academic Building 3 Dance Theatre.

The performances are produced by Chi Tau Epsilon, the SHSU dance honor society and are all student choreographed.

“ There will be a variety of works, including hip hop, jazz, some lyrical, modern, all different genres of dance,” said Chi Tau Epsilon member Sarah Pilgrim.

Admission is $5 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Chi Tau Epsilon scholarship fund.

“ It (the scholarship) is based on their (a student’s) choreography (at the Dances@8 performance), their participation within Chi Tau Epsilon and their community service,” Pilgrim said. “We have three students who are eligible and have applied.”

For more information, call the dance department at 936.294.1875.


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Festival Of Choirs To Include Religious, Love Songs

The SHSU concert choir and chorale will fill University Heights Baptist Church with a combination of religious and love songs for the Spring Festival of Choirs on Thursday (March 31).

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the church, which accommodates 800.

“ The variety (of music for the concert) is quite broad,” said director of choral and vocal studies Allen Hightower, who will conduct the performance. “(They will sing) Everything from 16th century madrigals to gospel music to selections from Les Mis (“Les Miserables”) and a lot of what the general public would call classical music by major composers like Handel and Brahms.”

Along with the graduate and undergraduate students who comprise the two choirs, the concert will feature faculty trumpet professor Randy Adams, and three graduate students will serve as conductor for a song.

Songs to be performed include “Four Madrigals on Renaissance Texts,” G.F. Handel’s “Sing Unto God,” J.S. Bach’s “Come Sweet Death,” and “Hosanna to the Son of David.”

“ What one has to understand is that in the body of repertoire for orchestras and bands, it’s all secular music,” Hightower said, “but because for 1000 years, so to speak, the church was the main place that choral music was done, our significant body of repertoire is three-quarters sacred.”

Festival admission is free for those with an SHSU ID, $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for the general public.

For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.


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Study Series To Be Held For Non-Traditional Students

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will host a study skills workshop series for non-traditional students beginning Wednesday (March 30).

The five-week series will be comprised of 50-minute sessions held weekly at noon.

Topics to be discussed include procrastinating, organization, test taking, note taking, reading and stress management.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444 or stop by the center, in Academic Building 4 Room 210.


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Outdoor Recreation To Canoe, Kayak On Lake Conroe

The Outdoor Recreation division of Recreational Sports will give participants the opportunity to canoe and kayak on the “northern, wilder side” of Lake Conroe on Tuesday (March 29).

The trip, which will be held from 4-8:30 p.m., will cost $10 for students, $12 for faculty and staff and $15 for guests, which includes transportation and drinks.

The sign-up deadline is the day of the trip at 3 p.m. in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 104, and a pre-trip meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Rental Building.

For more information on the Outdoor Skills Series, call Marvin Seale, associate director of Recreational Sports, at 936.294.3656.


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Counseling Group To Teach Pain Management

Chi Sigma Iota, SHSU’s counseling academic and professional honor society, will host “Pain Management with James Flowers and Rachel Phelps,” a graduate counseling workshop, on April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The workshop, which will be held at the University Center, will count as four hours of continuing education credit.

The session will be led by doctoral students Phelps and Flowers. Flowers also owns a pain management clinic, according to Chi Sigma Iota faculty sponsor Mary Nichter.

“ They are going to give tips on how individuals can respond to pain sometimes without extra medication and looking at that as being a treatment modality,” she said.

Nichter said this workshop may be of interest to anyone in the health or mental health fields, as well as people who work with or suffer from psychosomatic disorders.

“ People who are psychosomatic, they have really internalized their emotions; then they have headaches, and they have stomachaches, and they have neck aches, they have stomach aches and they have diarrhea,” she said. “Their body responds to an emotional state very intensely.”

The workshop costs $25 for Chi Sigma Iota members and $35 for nonmembers. There is no sign-up deadline, and those interested in attending can pay at the door.

For more information contact Nichter at 936.294.3858 or by e-mail at


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PC To Host Nutrition Awareness Event, Bingo

The Program Council will remind students of National Nutrition Month as it comes to a close on Wednesday (March 30) with facts about nutritional supplements and the food pyramid in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

The PC will give students fast food facts, as well as breakfast bars, beginning at noon. In addition, there will be a food pyramid with “normal foods students might eat on it,” according to vice president for public relations Jeffery Oribhabor.

Also, this week, the sound of “Bingo!” will be one of the many coming from the LSC Mall Area with the PC-hosted game on Monday (March 28).

Prizes will be given to those who win the game, which begins at noon.

For more information on either event, call Oribhabor at 936.294.1763.


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March 27, 2005
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