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SHSU Update For Week Of April 23


Golf Tourney To Tee Off Faculty, Staff

Sam Houston State University employees will have the opportunity to show off their skills at putting, driving and even dressing during the Department of Recreational Sports’ 12th Annual Faculty and Staff Golf Tournament on May 15.

The four-person team, best-ball scramble, will be held at the Raven Nest Golf Club. The entry-deadline is 5 p.m. on May 10.

Members from teams of all men, all women or a combination will compete in putting, longest-drive, closest-to-the-pin and Best “Caddyshack” Costume contests throughout the day. Team prizes will also be given for the best “Caddyshack” costumes.

Single entries will also be accepted.

Individual and team awards will be given for first and second places. Grand prize drawings include a stay and play golf package from Waterwood National Resort, Houston Astros tickets, a custom set of irons from G.B. Golf and a Raven Nest round for four.

The entry fee is $40 per person, which includes the 18-hole green fee, half cart fee, a bucket of range balls, a goodie bag, soft drinks, lunch and special gifts and prizes.

Entry forms can be picked up and returned to the Rec Sports Office, in Health and Kinesiology Center addition Room 162. Forms can also be returned by mail to the Recreational Sports Office, c/o Golf Tournament, Box 2387.

Checks should be made payable to SHSU.

For more information, contact Ed Chatal at 936.294.1740 or


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McLane To Speak Monday

Drayton McLane, chairman of the McLane Group and chairman and chief executive officer of the Houston Astros Baseball Club, will be this spring's President's Speaker Series guest.

McLane will speak at 11 a.m. Monday (April 24) in the Beto Criminal Justice Center's Killinger Auditorium.

He earned his business degree at Baylor University in 1958 and a master's degree in marketing at Michigan State University in 1959.

He learned his family business, a wholesale grocery distribution center, from the ground up, loading trucks on the night shift for 18 months before moving into management as vice president of purchasing. He served 14 years as general manager of operations, becoming president and CEO of McLane Company in 1978 and chairman in 1992.

During his years with the company, he helped his father build a grocery distribution network that served convenience stores, supermarkets, and the fast-food industry nationwide. He improved the distribution system through technology and expanded the business from $3 million to $19 billion a year.

In 1990 the McLane Company merged with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and he accepted the position of vice chairman of Wal-Mart. He resigned his positions as chairman of McLane Company and vice chairman of Wal-Mart in 1994 to devote more time to his responsibilities as the chairman of the McLane Group, a holding company, which he had founded in 1992.

The President’s Speaker Series was created in January 2002 by James F. Gaertner, SHSU president, to introduce Sam Houston State University students, many of whom are first generation college students, to people who are living successful and principled lives. It is supported by a grant from long-time SHSU benefactor Lu Ellen Gibbs.

Previous speakers include Gene Stallings, Dave Dravecky, Debbi Fields, Mickey Herskowitz, Ken Jennings and David Robinson.


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Honors, Guitar Recitals To Be Held April 27-28

“Outstanding students” in the School of Music will perform a range of music, from Baroque music by Handel to Romantic Era pieces by Chopin to works by contemporary composers such as Joan Tower during the Honors Recital on Thursday (April 27).

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

“The program will feature several outstanding students from the School of Music,” said Patricia Card, School of Music assistant chair. “These students were first nominated by faculty and then required to audition for a position on the program.”

Students selected to perform include voice students Rachel Saines, Erin Clements, David Bracken and Isabel Larae; saxophonist Eric Daniels and a saxophone quartet comprised of Eric Daniels, Brian Klekar, Aaron Martinez and Pablo Tani; violinist Erin Daniel; and pianists Celeste Matthews, Yoriko Saito, Hannah Hong, and Chi Wai Liu.

“The music is quite diverse, and there should be something for everyone,” Card said.

Music chair Rodney Cannon will also present the school's honors and scholarship winners at the event.
The concert is free and open to the public.

The SHSU Guitar Ensemble will perform a variety of pieces on Friday (April 28).

The concert, which will also be performed at Tomball College on April 26, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Guest performer Ben Guillotte will accompany the guitarists on the drums through such songs as Michael Praetorius’ “Four French Dances,” Scott Joplin’s “Elite Syncopations,” and Sammy Fain’s “Alice In Wonderland,” as well as Jerome Kern’s “All The Things You Are,” arranged by SHSU guitar instructor Gerald Blakeman.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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


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Mass Communication To Host Banquet For Students

Sam Houston State University’s mass communication department will recognize and award its students during the Second Annual Mass Communication Scholarship and Awards Banquet on May 5.

The dinner will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center, at 1400 19th St.

The evening’s events will include recognition of the officers from the Public Relations Student Society of America and the National Broadcasting Society, along with presentations of the Eubie Awards, journalism awards and scholarships, and radio and television program scholarships.

Staff and instructors will also be acknowledged as well.

Dinner will be served by McKenzie’s Barbeque.

Advance purchase tickets are available for $12 in the mass communication office and will also be sold at the door for $15.

For more information, call 936.294.1341.


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SHSU To Hold Property Auction April 29

SHSU will have a public auction on April 29 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the property warehouse in the Sam South Complex, at 2424 Sam Houston Ave.

Items will be sold, “as is, where is,” piece by piece or in lots to the highest bidder.

Some auction items include office furniture, typewriters, air conditioners, televisions, refrigerators, tables, fax machines, chairs, file cabinets, copiers, bicycles, scientific equipment, couches and microwave ovens, among many others.

In addition, a 1984 Chevrolet step van will be auctioned off.

Vehicles can be removed the day of the sale if paid by cash, or check with original current bank letter of credit guaranteeing payment. Otherwise, vehicles will be held for 10 working days to allow check clearance.

Cash or checks will be accepted as payment for other items, with proper identification.

All items, except vehicles, must be removed after the sale until 2 p.m. or 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. the following week.

For more information, call Wayne Frosch at 936.294.1903 or 936.294.1908.


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Learning Community Celebrates Family, Friends Day

Bearkat Learning Community
Family and friends of the Bearkat Learning Community members gathered to recognize the students' achievements over the past year.

Members of the Bearkat Learning Community and their friends and family recently acknowledged the accomplishments of learning community members over the past year.

Emily Ellisor, Brian Castro, Larry Davis, Lindsay Keeling and Will Sullivan were selected as Bearkat Learning Community “Students of the Year.”

Students were recognized for academic achievements, contribution to building community and service to the university and Huntsville, according to Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs for the Student Advising and Mentoring Center.

In addition, history major Will Sullivan, music major Chase Congleton and theatre major Amanda Spindola performed for parents.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
April 23, 2006
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