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SHSU Update For Week Of Feb. 5


Free Student, Employee Tickets Available For Baseball Opener

The SHSU Athletics Department is inviting students to be a part of Bearkat history with the grand opening of the new Baseball stadium on Friday (Feb. 10).

Only 325 tickets will be available for free for the 7 p.m. first pitch and are available in the Student Activities Office or at the Athletic Field House at Bowers Stadium.

Tickets will be available, by showing a SHSU student ID, beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday (Feb. 6). Free tickets for the Bearkat Softball home opener, on Saturday (Feb. 11) at 3:15 p.m. will also be available.

Tickets for the entire weekend baseball series versus Texas Southern and the Texas A&M game will be available the following Tuesday.

Students who do not secure a free seat within the stadium can receive free admission with a student ID to the overflow, standing-room-only sections down the right field line or can purchase other stadium seating at the ticket office or ticket windows the day of the game, as available.

Faculty and staff members will also receive a free general admission ticket, on the third base side, with an ID.

Free tickets to the student section, as well as the faculty and staff ticket area, are of limited quantities and are expected to go quickly; therefore, all are encouraged to pick them up as early as possible, according to external operations coordinator Chris Park.

For more information, call the Athletics Department at 936.294.1726.


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Korean Fulbright Scholar To Discuss Teaching English

Jeon Byouk-yuk, also known as Eric, an exchange scholar visiting the United States through the Fulbright American Korean Studies Institute for Korean Secondary School Teachers of English, will tell of his experiences as a language teacher, as well as the program itself, on Tuesday (Feb. 7).

The presentation will be held in Lowman Student Center Room 304 at 3:30 p.m.

“Eric has been assigned to Sam Houston State University and Brian Miller, SHSU’s teacher education field experience coordinator, worked with the Conroe Independent School District to place Eric with Conroe High School for his two-week residency,” said Donna Rogers, coordinator and international student advisor for the Office of International Programs.

“Our new director, Dr. Reiko Clark, wanted to give our campus community an opportunity to meet Eric, hear about his experiences, and learn about SHSU's participation in the program,” Rogers said. “This is done in an effort to internationalize our campus.”

Participants in the Fulbright program are assigned to specific universities in America, which then coordinate with area school districts to place these teachers in secondary school ESL programs to perform a site residency.

American teachers also participate in this program, going to Korea to perform residencies.

The event is open to anyone interested in meeting Eric and hearing of his experience as a teacher of English in the Korean secondary school system, Rogers said.

For more information, call the OIP at 936.294.3892.


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Eating Disorders To Be Brought To Light With Contest

To raise awareness for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the SHSU Counseling Center will host an art contest for students to express their thoughts on these issues.

Works of all kinds, including paintings, sculptures and writings, will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Counseling Center, located across from the Lee Drain Building and next to the Farrington Building.

The awareness week is held across the country from Feb. 26 through March 4.

“Most people have struggled with accepting our bodies for what they are (not what we think they should be), dieting to fit a perfect size, or going to extreme measures to lose weight,” said counseling psychologist Beth Charrier.

“We want to raise the awareness of SHSU students about body image distortion, unhealthy eating patterns, symptoms of eating disorders and some resources for help,” she said.

The works will be displayed during a program on March 2 in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area, or the LSC Atrium in case of rain, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Charrier at 936.294.1720.


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PC Displays Black Culture For History Month

The Program Council kicked off Black History Month last week and has slated a variety of activities throughout February to “celebrate the past and look forward to the future."

“As the black history chair, I really strive for us to celebrate more than what we traditionally know as black history. Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcom X were tremendous assets to the African-American community; however, we have so much more to celebrate,” said Donielle Miller.

“Black history a has beautiful and colorful past, filled with many awesome individuals,” she said. “Our present is also filled with remarkable leaders.”

On Friday (Feb. 10), the group will hold PC movie night, showing “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” at 7 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 320.

The PC and Women United will present “Diva!: Celebrating 50 years of Black Women in Music” on Feb. 16.

The event, which will include musical performances from the 1950s to present, will be held at 7 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom.

Another PC movie night will be held on Feb. 17, showcasing “Hustle and Flow,” starring 2006 Academy Award best actor nominee Terrence Howard. The movie will be played at 7 p.m. in LSC Room 320.

On Feb. 20, the old African-American tradition of quilting will be the focus for “History in the Making: Bearkat Patchwork,” at 11 a.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

“Bearkats will be able to decorate their own square of fabric, and we will be connecting all the squares to create a Bearkat quilt displaying our diversity,” Miller said.

Finally, the PC will close out Black History Month with a jazz concert in front of the Alumni Fountain on Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.

“There will be a jazz cafe atmosphere, with mini cafe tables and hot chocolate,” Miller said.

For more information on any of these events, call 936.294.1763.


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Wind Ensemble To Play At Mance Park

The SHSU wind ensemble will present its first concert of the semester on Thursday (Feb. 9) at the Mance Park Middle School Auditorium.

The concert will include a variety of music, from contemporary to traditional wind music.

Scott D. Plugge, associate professor of saxophone and associate chair, will perform the “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra” by Ingolff Dahl.

The final work of the concert, “Phantasticke Spirites,” is a recent work by Texas composer Donald Grantham, who will be the guest composer for the SHSU Contemporary Festival later this semester.

Admission is $8 for adults; $5 for seniors, non-SHSU students and children over 12; free for children under 11 and free for SHSU faculty and students with an ID.

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


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Center Hosts ‘Non-Traditional,’ ‘Highly-Motivated’ Workshops

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will offer a “Study Skills for Non-Traditional Students” workshop series beginning Monday (Feb. 6).

The series will consist of five, 50-minute sessions, which will be held on Mondays at noon.

The sessions will be held weekly through March 6. Because workshops will be held at noon, participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

The program is designed to meet the needs of non-traditional students, with special topics including stress management, balancing school and family, prioritizing, goal-setting and traditional study skills material, according to graduate fellow Gerri Johnson.

In addition, the SAM Center will sponsor a "Study Skills for the Highly Motivated" workshop series beginning Thursday (Feb. 9).

Like the series for non-traditional students, the series for the highly motivated will consist of five, 50-minute session series to be held on Thursdays at noon.

Both series will be held in the SAM Center, in Academic Building 4 Suite 210, through March 6 and March 9, respectively.

“This program was designed for students who are eager, hardworking, and perhaps considering graduate school,” Johnson said. “The course will be an interactive discussion based on critical thinking skills.”

To sign up, send an e-mail with contact information to or call 936.294.4444.


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Warner, Lynch Selected As ‘Teachers’ Choice’

“Preschool Classroom Management,” a book by education professors Laverne Warner and Sharon Anne Lynch, has been named a “Teachers’ Choice” book in Learning Magazine’s 12th Annual Teachers’ Choice Awards program.

The awards program received over 400 entries this year, all of which were tested and evaluated by a nationwide panel of teacher-judges. Each entry was tested in the classroom and evaluated on quality, instructional value, ease of use, and innovation.

The book has been called “an invaluable resource for both new and experienced teachers providing classroom-proven techniques to address behavior problems before they become a problem,” according to a Gryphon House, Inc., press release. Gryphon House, Inc., is the book’s publisher.

Warner is the coordinator and professor of early childhood education program at SHSU and past president of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children.

Lynch, a professor of special education at SHSU, has worked as an educational consultant, an educational diagnostician and a special education teacher.

Both authors have published articles in numerous education journals.


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Burris Gives Talks On Security

David Burris, SHSU’s university articulation coordinator and computer science professor, recently discussed techniques for secure data transmission and provided an afternoon seminar for the Houston Chapter of the Information Security Systems Association.

His luncheon talk concentrated on obfuscation of data for secure transmission using a number of techniques, including steganography and digital watermarks.

The techniques discussed were applied to transmission of geological data by petrochemical companies, monetary markets, industrial espionage and terrorism, according to computer science department chair Peter Cooper.

That afternoon, Burris provided a seminar in cryptography, digital signatures, secure socket layers, virtual private networks, certificate authorities, digital envelopes and related topics, with emphasis placed on strategies and techniques to protect the business interest of attendees.

Attendees included representatives from engineering firms, government, law enforcement, banking, education, petrochemical, legal professions and private security companies.

The program was held in Houston at the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society Club.

The presentations were in support of the university’s Center of Excellence in Digital Forensics.

The ISSA is an international organization dedicated to developing and instituting procedures to assure the confidentiality of digital information during transmission and storage.


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NGL Hits The Big 50(000)

On Feb. 2, the faculty and staff of the Newton Gresham Library celebrated processing 50,000 transactions on OCLC ILLiad(tr), the library’s interlibrary loan management system, since the implementation of the system in September 2004.

ILLiad, the InterLibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database, is a computer software program designed to manage the interlibrary loan process with a greater degree of automation and less paperwork for library patrons and staff.

The 50, 000 transactions include borrowing requests from SHSU students, faculty and staff for resources
from other libraries, along with lending requests from other libraries for resources from the NGL.

The reciprocal nature of interlibrary and loan and resource sharing provides access to items not available locally, while providing patrons of other libraries the same privilege, according to director of library services Ann H. Holder.

In addition to regular interlibrary loan activities, the OCLC ILLiad(tr) system also supports SHSU students in distance learning settings, as well as Faculty Direct, a library service which offers delivery of articles and books that the library holds to SHSU faculty members.

“Use of OCLC ILLiad(tr) has streamlined Interlibrary Services workflow, and more importantly, speeded the process of obtaining materials from other libraries, so that SHSU students, faculty and staff get the resources they need more quickly”, said Ann Jerabek, head of interlibrary services.

Other members of the NGL’s interlibrary services team are Bette Craig, borrowing supervisor; Hilda Murillo, lending supervisor; and Sammie Phelps, library assistant.


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Feb. 5, 2006
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