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SHSU Update For Week Of Sept. 4


WWE To ‘Smackdown’ Huntsville

World Wrestling Entertainment will body slam the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum and area fans for Smackdown! Live on Oct. 2.

Doors will open for the show at 6 p.m., with the event beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets went on sale for the general public Sept. 3 for $30 for floor and bleacher seats and $20 for upper

Tickets may be purchased at the Coliseum Box Office, located at door No. 1, or by calling the box office at 936.294.3021.

For more information, call 936.294.1741.


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Theatre, Dance To Host Annual Scholarship Gala

The department of theatre and dance will once again raise funds for student scholarships with its annual gala on Saturday (Sept. 10).

The event, which includes students serving in every capacity--from performers to servers, will be held from 5:30-10 p.m. in the University Theatre Center.

This year’s performances will be variety-show like, according to dance program coordinator Jennifer Pontius, and will include excerpts from “Godspel,” “Ballet Repertoire” and some comedy skits.

The show will last approximately 30 minutes and will be repeated twice in the evening, she said.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person, $40 of which is tax deductible. Turnout is generally “excellent,” Pontius said.

The night will also include hors d'oeuvres and silent and live auctions, with prizes such as use of a condo for a week anywhere in the world, golf packages, tickets to the Houston Ballet and a Victorian bed and breakfast weekend up for grabs.

For more information, call 936.294.1239.


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Program To Help Freshman Survive College, Beyond

Freshmen can learn valuable success tools to help prepare them for college and beyond with "The Ultimate Road Trip: Campus2Career" on Wednesday (Sept. 7), at 6 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

The presentation, which will last about an hour, will include such topics as “successfully managing the transition to college,” “tips for getting great grades and managing time,” “the power of work experience and internships” and “meaningful extracurricular involvement.”

" (The program) is a dynamic and energetic presentation about the choices students make during college,” said Keri Rogers, director of the First Year Experience. “It also helps give students the confidence to survive their first college year and use their entire college experience to drive themselves toward future career success, during and after their time at Sam Houston State University.”

In addition, the program is supplemented by a workbook that each student can use to follow along with the speaker, helping them retain key tips and tools, she said.

“ Sam Houston State University cares about the success of its students,” Rogers said. “We are committed to providing an environment that supports the academic and personal success of the student, while ensuring a smooth transition into this new stage of their lives.”

The program is sponsored by the First Year Experience, the Dean of Students’ Office, and Career Services.


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Rec Sports Hosts 99-Cent Tuesdays For Volleyball Games

What can you get for under a dollar at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum?

Everything starting on Tuesday (Sept. 6), as the Department of Recreational Sports brings the first of many 99-cent Tuesday nights during the SHSU Women’s Volleyball team season.

Throughout the season, beginning with the 7 p.m. Texas A&M match, all concession and merchandise items will be sold for only 99 cents while the Lady Bearkats play at home.

Other 99-cent Tuesdays this season include: Sept. 20, versus Texas State-San Marcos; Sept. 27, versus Louisiana-Monroe; Oct. 18, versus Stephen F. Austin State; Oct. 25, versus Texas-San Antonio; and Nov. 8, versus Northwestern State. All matches listed will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 936.294.1741.


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Alumni Relations To ‘Party On The Patio’

The SHSU Alumni Relations Office will offer appetizers, drinks and fun as part of its annual Party on the Patio, on Thursday (Sept. 8).

The event, for university faculty and staff, will be held from 4-6 p.m. at Academic Building 2’s patio, on the corner of 17th Street and Sam Houston Avenue.

Faculty and staff will also have the opportunity to join the Alumni Association for a special price of $25.

For more information, call 936.294.1841.


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‘Friends’ Gala To Feature Music Faculty

SHSU School of Music professors will be showcasing their talents at the annual Friends of Music Faculty Gala on Friday (Sept. 9), at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The gala will feature such pieces as “El Pelele,” “The Hot Canary,” “Rolling Thunder” and “What a movie!" from “Trouble in Tahiti,” among many others, all performed by music faculty members.

In addition, the winner of the Fisher Tull Scholarship, awarded to an incoming freshman music major, will be recognized at the event.

The gala is held to generate interest for the Friends of Music, according to School of Music chair Rod Cannon, with many people signing up that night.

The gala is free to the public, and afterwards, there will be a reception for the ‘friends’ at Austin Hall.

Friends of Music membership is divided into six categories, with progressive benefits for each category.

Passholders, the $25 level, receive one season pass for all concerts and recitals; Friends, the $26-49 level, receive the same as Passholders, and also have their names printed in each program; Donors, the $50-99 level, receive everything listed above and an extra season pass, for two passes total; and Sponsors, the $100-249 level, receive three season passes, name listed in the program and certificates for digitally-mastered CD recordings of two concerts.

The final two categories are Benefactor, with a giving level of $250-499, receive four season passes, their name listed in the program, CDs for three concerts and special invitations to limited-attendance receptions; and Patron, which in addition to what Benefactors receive, will receive an additional recorded CD and School of Music mailings.

Friends of Music is a non-profit organization, and all contributions, less $25 for each pass, are tax-deductible.

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


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SAM Center Offers Study Advice

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will teach students how to “study smart” with its Study Skills Workshop series beginning Monday (Sept. 12).

The six, one-hour sessions will introduce study skills, as well as discuss procrastination, time management, reading textbooks, note and test taking strategies and stress management.
Sessions will also be held at a variety of times to accommodate student schedules.

The first workshop series will last through Oct. 21, and a second series will be held Oct. 24 through Dec. 9.

A study skills workshop for non-traditional students will also kick off on Monday, consisting of five 50-minute sessions covering the same topics. Each session will be held at noon.

Those interested in the non-traditional students’ series can contact Gerri at 936.294.4444 or e-mail

For more information, or to register, call 936.294.4444 or drop by the Student Advising & Mentoring Center, in Academic Building 4 Room 210.


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Organizations Required To Meet Sept. 6-7

The Office of Student Activities will hold a required meeting for all student organizations on Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept. 6-7) in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

Organizations that do not send two representatives to either Tuesday’s 5 p.m. meeting or Wednesday’s 7 p.m. meeting will have their services suspended for the semester, according to program coordinator Tiffany Flenoy.

Topics scheduled to be discussed include the services offered to each organization from both the university and the Office of Student Activities, and information will be provided about new policies and procedures. The event also allows student activities to stay updated and register the organizations.

For more information, call 936.294.3861.


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Kat Klub Plans Semester Of Fun And Games

The Kat Klub is gaming up for a semester filled with tournaments for the fall.

Back by popular demand is the Texas Hold’em poker tournament, beginning Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 7-8), at 5 p.m.

Like last year, winners from each Texas Hold’em tournament during the fall and spring will have the opportunity to compete for the title of grand champion with the tournament of champions in the spring.

Also this month are the Scotch Doubles 8-ball tournament, on Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.; Blackjack, a new addition to the Kat Klub tournament schedule, on Sept. 15-16 at 5 p.m.; another Texas Hold’em tournament, on Sept. 21-22 at 5 p.m.; and 9-Ball, on Sept. 28.

Both pool tournaments have a $1 entry fee.

All tournaments are open to faculty, staff and students, and those who want to participate are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

Tournaments are held in the Kat Klub, located on the first floor of the Lowman Student Center.

Kat Klub hours are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, from 1-5 p.m. and Sunday, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information, call Gary Roark at 936.294.1722.


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Grad Student Awarded $7,500 Scholarship For MBA

SHSU graduate student Kevin Wayne Parish has been selected as one of 15 Texas university students to receive a $7,500 scholarship toward his Master of Business Administration degree from The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation.

Parish will be recognized during an association luncheon on Nov. 15 at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

Now celebrating its 23rd anniversary, the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation honors members of the state’s business community whose visions and careers have helped to place Texas at the forefront of the 21st century economy and seeks out the future entrepreneurs and leaders that will allow Texas to maintain this presence in the future.

“ A common theme clearly resonates from our 2005 scholarship recipients,” said Talmage Boston, chairman of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation. “Honor, integrity and hard work, combined with a passion for challenge, has allowed each recipient to achieve this honor.

“ The Foundation is proud to reward them and to assist them as they strive to make a difference in the Texas of tomorrow,” Boston said.

Students seeking a scholarship from The Texas Business Hall of Fame must be nominated by the dean of the school at which they are seeking their MBA, maintain a 3.5 grade point average or better, have completed at least one semester in an MBA program and demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit.

To date, The Texas Business Hall of Fame has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to students pursuing a business education at Texas’ leading institutions of higher learning.

The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization of 75 directors who are business leaders from cities throughout the state.

The organization’s mission is to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Texas business leaders, to perpetuate and inspire the values of entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity and community leadership in all generations of Texans.

For additional information, contact the TBHF office at 713.993.9433 or visit


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Hoover Receives ‘Fame’ From MSU

Criminal Justice professor Larry Hoover was recently selected to receive the Wall of Fame Award from Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice.

The award, the highest recognition awarded by the school, is presented annually to a select group of alumni who have distinguished themselves by “attaining the highest level of professional accomplishment while demonstrating strong integrity and character,” according to his award letter.

Hoover earned all three of his degrees from MSU.

He will officially be recognized as a Wall of Fame recipient on Oct. 23, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, on MSU’s campus in East Lansing, Mich., at an award ceremony.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Sept. 4, 2005
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