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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 23


Students To Vote On New Dorm Name

Residence Life will hold voting for its "Name the Residence Hall" contest on Thursday and Friday (Oct. 27-28).

Students were asked to submit potential names last week, with a panel of faculty, staff and students selecting their five favorite submissions by Wednesday.

Voting will take place through the SHSU home page, and the name with the most votes will be submitted to university President James F. Gaertner for approval.

The winning submission from the five will receive a $100 gift certificate for the Barnes and Noble University Bookstore.

The new residence hall, currently called "Housing Project 3," will have 400 beds and will be built on the south end of campus.

For more information, call Dana Grant, assistant director for business and operations for Residence Life, at 936.294.1816.


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Organization To Masquerade As Literary Characters

Sigma Tau Delta, SHSU’s international English honor society, will host a "literary masquerade" on Thursday (Oct. 27), at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Main Pit.

Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite literary character of any genre, for fun, games, prizes and refreshments, according to Penny Pitrucha, Sigma Tau Delta’s public relations officer.

In addition, prizes will be awarded for the most original, most authentic and most creative costumes.

The event will last approximately an hour and a half and is open to the public.

For more information, contact David Sweeten at, or visit the organization’s Web site at


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Sam-Info Line Gets Disconnected

Sam Houston State University Telephone Services has inactivated the Sam-Info telephone line (936.294.3900) due to its expense and a drop in usage.

Students could call 936.294.3900 to register and look up grades. It offered similar services to that now available on the SHSU Web site.

The service was offered through fall registration, but because of the lack of use it has been discontinued.

The University of Texas at Austin had services similar to the Sam-Info line, but they have recently disconnected theirs as well.

“We disconnected this service because it is too expensive,” said James Stevens, associate vice president for information resources. "This service also required too much maintenance for the small number of students who were using it."

As fall semester comes to an end, registration and grades can be accessed through SHSU’s Web site,, or for further assistance, call 936.294.1111.


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Yearbook To Hold Campus-Wide Photo Shoot

The staff of the Alcalde, SHSU's yearbook, will be snapping pictures for the 2005-2006 publication Monday through Friday (Oct. 24-28), from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.

The free photo shoot is open for all students, faculty and staff.

Upcoming books will be sold at the shoot for $55, and books from the previous year will be sold for $85.

For more information, call the yearbook office, located in Dan Rather Communications Building Room 308, at 936.294.4445.


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Spring Registration To Be Held Nov. 2-30

Spring 2006 registration, in cooperation with the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, will begin Wednesday (Nov. 2), beginning with honors students.

Registration for doctoral, graduate, post baccalaureate, and seniors will begin on Nov. 6, followed by juniors on Nov. 7, sophomores on Nov. 8 and freshmen on Nov. 9, with open registration held until 4 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Registration for all groups begins at 10 p.m. on the previous evening of the scheduled date.

Advising will continue for all students during these times, and students who need to find the location of advisement for particular majors should visit

Registration assistance will be available in the Registrar's Office, on the third floor of the Estill Building, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2-30.

Students who are to be advised in the SAM Center should make appointments with advisers between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. by calling 936.294.4444. Walk-ins are welcome but will be have to wait for those with appointments.

The SAM Center will also make appointments between 5-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays but will not accept walk-ins until registration officially begins, on Nov. 6.

Students subject to mandatory advisement must be advised before they can register for the spring semester.


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Young To Take Over Honors Program In Spring

Gene Young, professor of English, will take over as director of the Honors Program beginning in January. Young will replace Glenn Sanford, who recently announced a desire to step down from the position at the end of the fall semester.

Young came to SHSU in 1992 as a professor and chair of the department of English and foreign languages. In 1999, he decided to return to teaching full-time at SHSU and gave up the chair position.

A Borger, Texas, native, he graduated from West Texas State University, now West Texas A&M, in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree before serving five years as an Air Force officer and B-52 navigator.

He returned to WTSU for his master's degree in English, which he completed in 1974 and received his doctorate in English from the University of Tennessee in 1979.

Teaching 20th-century American literature, literature and culture of Texas and secondary English teaching methods, he has taught at Texas A&M and Morehead State University in Kentucky, where he served as director of the technical writing program, as well as head of the department of English, foreign languages, and philosophy.

Outside teaching, Young is an avid fiddler who plays in three different bands including the Young Family String Band, which includes his wife and daughters; with the local "No Foolin" String Band; and the Sam Houston Friends of Traditional Music.


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Art Exhibit To Feature Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings

Works by four artists will be featured in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery beginning Monday (Oct. 24), through Nov. 17.

The exhibit will include paintings by Melissa Gwyn and Anthony Pontius, sculptures by Anne Mondro and drawings by Bryan Ritchie.

A reception will also be held Oct. 27, from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery, located in Art Building F.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the art department at 936.294.1315.


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Phares 'Throws' Thesis Concert

The works of dance graduate student Robin Phares will be performed during her graduate thesis concert Thursday and Friday (Oct. 27-28).

"Thrown," choreographed for undergraduate and graduate students, will be presented at 8 p.m. in Academic Building 3's Dance Theater, in Room 101.

The evening will include a solo work for Phares, several group works and a range of music that includes Radiohead, Ween, Deep Forest and Moby.

Following the performance, there will be a cookies and punch reception in the lobby.

Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.

For more information visit the dance department Web site at or call the dance box office at 936.294.3988.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Oct. 23, 2005
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