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SHSU Update For Week Of Oct. 30


Families To ‘Race’ To SHSU For Weekend

Bearkats and their families will have another opportunity to take part in SHSU’s “Amazing Race” as part of this year’s Parent/Family Weekend, Friday through Sunday (Nov. 4-6).

The weekend, originally set in September, was rescheduled due to Hurricane Rita.

Check-in for the event will be held on Saturday, though events are also scheduled for Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lee Drain Building Atrium.

Some of Saturday’s highlights include coffee with the administrators, from 9-10 a.m. in the LDB Atrium; the Parents’ Association Annual Meeting, from 10-11 a.m. in LDB Room 214; the “Amazing SHSU Race,” from 11:30 .m. to 1 p.m. beginning in the Alumni Garden; a classic car cruise-in, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Bowers Stadium North Lot; a pre-game tailgate party, also at the North Lot, also called Bearkat Alley; and the Bearkat football game versus Southeastern Louisiana, beginning at 4 p.m. at the stadium.

An interdenominational Christian worship will be held on Sunday, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Farrington Pit, or the Wesley Foundation in case of rain.

Families will also be able to enjoy a round of golf all weekend for the student rate of $20 at the Raven Nest Golf Course, located at 457 Interstate 45 South.

The cost for the weekend is $10 per family, which includes a welcome gift at check-in, snacks at the pre-game party and will also register guests for door prize drawings that will be held at the pre-game party.

For a complete list of events, or more information, visit the Parent/Family Weekend Web site at


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Plaque For 125th Donors To Be Dedicated Nov. 5

A plaque featuring the names of those who made contributions of $125 or more to Sam Houston State University during the university’s 125th anniversary year will be dedicated Saturday (Nov. 5) on the main floor of the Bobby K. Marks Administration Building at 1:30 p.m.

The plaque recognizes over 2,000 alumni, faculty, staff and friends who gave during the fiscal year of Sept. 1, 2004, through Aug. 31, 2005.

The dedication ceremony will take place just before the tailgating party at 2 p.m. at Bowers Stadium and the final home football game of the season between the Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana University at 4 p.m.


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AAI To Educate On Emergency Procedures

Rosanne Keathley, assistant professor of health education, will teach students what to do in the event of alcohol emergencies with "CPR—What to do before EMS Arrives," on Tuesday (Nov. 1).

The workshop, sponsored by SHSU’s Alcohol Abuse Initiative, will be held from 6-7 p.m. in Health and Kinesiology Center Room 243.

The purpose of the workshop is to demonstrate skills such as unconscious choking, rescue breathing, assessing a victim using a primary survey to determine unconsciousness, CPR, care for a victim who is vomiting and positioning the victim on their side in the "Recovery Position," as well as activating EMS at Sam Houston and in public environments, care for a conscious person who has consumed too much alcohol in the early stages of intoxication and notifying parents/caregivers when emergencies occur, Keathley said.

“(Students should) Gain an understanding of the serious nature of alcohol overdose/poisoning,” she said, “(and) be able to recognize an emergency situation and respond in an immediate, appropriate and confident manner when time is critical in saving a life.”

In addition, Keathley will inform students of some of the myths and misconceptions about treating alcohol overdoses and poisonings; remaining with victims until help arrives; "I.C.E.," in case of emergency framework; as well as critical time elements involved with BAC and alcohol related statistics.

Keathley has been an American Red Cross and American Heart Association CPR/FA instructor trainer for 23 years.

For more information, visit the AAI Web site at or call Keathley at 936.294.1171.


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Drive To Provide Information On Upcoming Election

The SHSU Democrats, the SHSU Republicans and political science assistant professor Tamara Waggener will host a Texas constitutional amendments information drive for the Nov. 8 elections Thursday (Nov. 3) through Nov. 7.

The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the quad area across from the Lowman Student Center.
Early voting, which began Oct. 24, will also run through Friday (Nov. 4), with Tuesday (Nov. 1) being the last day to apply for a ballot by mail.

While it is too late to register for the Nov. 8 election, students who voted in the 2004 presidential election are still eligible to vote, according to Waggener.

Those registered to vote in Walker County who have questions about their voter registration status should call the Walker County Clerk’s Office at 936.436.4959.

There are nine constitutional amendments to be voted on during this year’s elections, including a proposition to ban same-sex marriage, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s Web site.

For more information on the proposed amendments or receiving a ballot by mail, visit the Texas Secretary of State’s Web site at

For more information on the information drive, contact Waggener at 936.294.1466 or


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Grad Students Help Out, Present At Conference

A Sam Houston State University graduate student, as well as an alumnus, recently made waves at the InfraGard Fall Conference in Houston.

Tim McGuffin, who currently works in SHSU’s Computer Services department and is studying for his master’s degree in digital forensics, gave one of the best attended presentations on "Anti-Forensics Techniques" at the conference, held Oct. 25-26, according to David S. Burris, computer science professor.

“Multiple attendees remembered Tim as a speaker at other security conferences in the recent past and complemented the university on retaining employees of his caliber,” Burris said. “In short, Tim is representing the university at a professional publication level above that expected of tenure-track faculty."

In addition, Burris said he was “amazed by the number of people who associated the book ‘InfoSec Career Hacking’ by Aaron Bayles” with the university.

The book by Bayles, a December 2001 graduate, was published in 2005. He has been asked to form a group of authors to write a second book on information security.

“Aaron’s work has certainly reflected well on the university,” Burris said.

Other graduate students served during the conference as volunteers as well, doings such things as introducing nationally-known speakers.

“Repeatedly, I was told by attendees, SHSU’s contributions meet or exceeded expectations they would have had for Rice, Texas A&M or the University of Texas,” Burris said. “It is clear Sam Houston State University has out-performed all other academic institutions, federal/state/local government agencies, federal/state/local law enforcement, and private sector participants in the area of digital forensics participation.

“Our presentations have been amongst the most attended and certainly the most technical,” he said. “I was congratulated by members of the FBI as well as nationally and internationally known speakers and attendees for the role we are playing at the conference.”


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Brass, Octubafest Concerts To Play Out During Week

The School of Music will celebrate Halloween with a monster of a recital by its faculty brass quintet on Monday (Oct. 31), followed by several other performances throughout the week.

The “Monster Recital,” conducted by brass area coordinator Randy Adams, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

“The program will take on a decidedly Halloween tone, and is sure to be a lot of fun,” Adams said.

Halloween favorite “Fugue in D Minor,” “Four Monteverdi Madrigals,” the theme from Alfred Hitchcock, and
“Little Orley and the Haunted House,” narrated by Randy "Uncle Lumpy" Adams, will be some of the many songs performed by the ensemble, according to Adams, brass area coordinator.

Faculty members performing in the concert will include Adams and Steve Warkentin, trumpet; Peggy DeMers, horn; Henry Howey, trombone; Bob Daniel, tuba; and a special guest appearance by music chair Rod Cannon, percussion.

On Thursday (Nov. 3), more brass instruments will tune up with the annual Octubafest celebration, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

This year’s Octubafest will be held on three separate days, beginning on Nov. 3 with a faculty performance, featuring Henry Howey on the euphonium and Robert Daniel on the tuba and assisted by Jay Whatley, piano; Kathy Daniel, flute; and Randal Adams, trumpet.

“A wide variety of music will be performed to include original compositions for the tuba and the euphonium, as well as arrangements,” said adjunct professor of tuba Robert Daniel. “A highlight will be a performance for tuba and euphonium titled “Dutch Suite” by the infamous P.D.Q. Bach.”

The second Octubafest performance will be held on Nov. 13 and will feature students performing solos from the euphonium and tuba studios of Howey and Daniel, accompanied by piano professor Yung-Eun Choe.

The third and final Octubafest concert, on Nov. 14, will feature chamber ensembles from the euphonium and tuba studios highlighted by a performance by the SHSU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.

“SHSU tuba and euphonium alumni will join the large ensemble at the conclusion of the program to perform Octubafest favorites,” Daniel said.

Both the second at third recitals will also be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

For more information on any of these events, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.


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Center Drafts Workshops For Rest Of Semester

The SHSU Writing Center has penciled in four more workshops before the end of the semester, including one on research, misused words, writing clearly and English as a second language resources.

On Tuesday (Nov. 1) Jon Nelson and Samuel Unger will teach students how to focus on research methods, as well as give strategies for using university resources with “Research: Process and Practice,” at 4 p.m.

Kimberly McCullough and Veronica Mosley will tackle the most common errors that surface in writing, such as using “who” or “whom,” on Thursday (Nov. 3). “’To Accept or Except: That is the Question:’ Demystifying Commonly Misused Words and Phrases” will be held at 11 a.m.

On Nov. 15, Jennifer Sanders will focus on writing clear, concise, and direct sentences for essays with the workshop “Don’t Be Misunderstood: Clarity in Writing” at 2 p.m.

Finally, on Nov. 23, Donna Blackerby and Jose de la Garza will provide “Resources for ESL Students,” which will discuss the resources available and also discuss some particular strategies for ESL writers, at 4 p.m.

All workshops are conducted by graduate and undergraduate tutors and are held in the Writing Center, located in Wilson Building Room 114. For more information, call the Writing Center at 936.294.3680.


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SAM Center To Give Grad School Insight

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will help students prepare for graduate school with an information night on Wednesday (Nov. 2).

The meeting will be held from 5-6 p.m. in the SAM Center, located in Academic Building 4 Room 213.

Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions regarding such issues as financial aid, academic requirements and the graduate school time line.

For more information, contact Gerri at or call 936.294.4444.


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Rogers Named TACUSPA President

Keri Rogers, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the First Year Experience, was recently selected as president of the Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administrators at the organization’s annual business meeting.

Rogers has been a member of the organization since 1989, serving as president-elect for one year, on the nominations committee for one year and as treasurer for six years, as well as various other positions.

Her duties as president include presiding over association and executive meetings, coordinating the training of new officers, overseeing association policies and procedures, preparing an annual report, overseeing the conference committee chairs for the summer institute and fall conference, and acting as a liaison with state, regional and national organizations.

In addition, all officers volunteer to help TACUSPA remain a viable professional association in the state.

TACUSPA is an association of administrators, staff, students and others interested in the professional administration of student affairs programs in higher education.

The association seeks to enhance the profession of student affairs by supporting research, articulating contemporary issues, supporting graduate training programs and introducing students to the profession, while providing opportunities for professional development and interaction through its publications and activities such as conferences, workshops and seminars.

Currently, TACUSPA has approximately 390 members representing two-year colleges, professional and graduate schools, and four-year institutions across the state.


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PC To ‘Scare’ Kats With Halloween Activities

The Program Council will celebrate Halloween with “Scaredy Kats” in the Quad Area on Monday (Oct. 31).

The event, which will be held at 5 p.m., will include a costume contest, a pumpkin “drawing” contest and a psychic who will answer questions on spirits.

For more information, call Jeff Oribhabor at 936.294.1763.


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Oct. 30, 2005
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