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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 8


Teams Enter Conference With ‘Impressive’ Records

After impressive pre-conference performances by the Bearkat men’s and women’s basketball teams, both will be in action throughout January, February and the first week of March in Johnson Coliseum.

University students and employees are admitted free. General admission is $6.

Upcoming men’s games, all scheduled for 7 p.m., include McNeese (Jan. 12), Northwestern State (Jan. 14), UT-Arlington (Jan. 28), Louisiana-Monroe (Feb. 4), Southeast Louisiana (Feb. 9), Texas State-San Marcos (Feb. 23), and UT-San Antonio (Feb. 25). The home schedule ends with SFA at 5 p.m. March 4.

The women Bearkats host UT-San Antonio (Jan. 19), Southeast Louisiana (Jan. 26), Northwestern State (Feb. 2), Lamar (Feb. 16), McNeese (Feb. 18), and UT-Arlington (March 1).

The Bearkat men have non-conference wins over quality opponents including Missouri, New Mexico State, Southern Mississippi and Central Florida.

The women broke even in a tough pre-season schedule that included Texas (Austin), Texas A&M, Baylor and SMU.


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Rec Sports To Aerojam Off The Holiday Weight

The Department of Recreational Sports will help all those whose New Year’s resolution included getting into shape with a showcase of its group exercise classes on Wednesday (Jan. 11).

Aerojam, a “sampling of all our instructors and group exercise classes we will offer this semester in the old and new multi-purpose rooms,” will be held at 6 p.m., according to assistant director of wellness programs Tina DeAses.

All classes, including step, kickboxing and funk, will be held for 10 minutes each, “so participants can choose to participate in those they feel comfortable with,” DeAses said.

The entire program will last 90 minutes.

In addition, those who want to join a class can find out when and where it will be held with the release of the group exercise semester schedule on that day.

Refreshments will be served and raffle prizes will be given away.

For more information, call DeAses at 936.294.1985.


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HKC To Expand Hours For Trial Semester

The Department of Recreational Sports is temporarily expanding the hours of the Health and Kinesiology Center addition during the spring semester to get a feel for student usage of the new facility, which will then be used to set definite hours for the following semesters.

Spring hours will be from 6:30 a.m. to midnight on Mondays through Thursdays, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to midnight on Sundays.

“We will keep those hours throughout the semester, regardless of use and then evaluate the usage patterns upon the completion of the spring semester,” said Tina DeAses, Rec Sports assistant director of wellness programs.

The 10,000-square-foot state-of-the-art addition now houses over 40 cardio machines, 25 pin-selectorized machines, over 25 plate-loaded machines and free weights.


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Association Accepting Nominations For Service Awards

The SHSU Alumni Association is seeking those who have made significant contributions to the university and live by the motto “The measure of Life is its Service.” for the 2006 Service Awards.

Nominations for up to six recipients will be accepted through Feb. 13, with forms available online at

Nominees, which can be university alumni, employees and friends, will be judged according to their contributions toward the advancement of SHSU, as well as the community.

However, current officers and board members of the SHSU Alumni Association’s board of directors, members of The Texas State University System Board of Regents and members of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board are not eligible for the award.

Recipients must be able to attend the awards ceremony, which will be held on April 28 at 11:30 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Service Award nomination forms, along with attached supporting documents, should be submitted to the SHSU Office of Alumni Relations, Box 2022, Huntsville, Texas 77341-2022, no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

For more information, contact 936.294.1841 or


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White To Spend Spring Semester In Germany

Rick White, professor of chemistry, will spend the spring semester abroad doing basic fundamental research on a subject matter that was only discovered within the past four years.

He and professor Heiko Ihmels from the University of Siegen in Siegen, Germany, will study cyclic carbonate photochemistry and solid-state photochemistry of those compounds. The topic is an extension of the work White was doing with SHSU chemistry professor Benny Arney.

The two will look at “conical intersection studies,” a newly-discovered reaction in the chemistry world, that White calls “really complex mathematical solutions to problems.

“This is basic fundamental research, just trying to figure out what’s going on in these cases so we can apply it to other things,” he said. “Part of our project is to build a larger molecule, look at what bond migrates and why, and figure out what might happen because then we can eventually try and get a combination ring contraction/ring enlargement by this. Those kind of compounds are really big in medicinal product chemistry.

“I chose this topic because for years, photochemistry has assumed that excited state surfaces and ground state surfaces never overlap, and we have found that this is no longer true,” White said. “This changes the nature of organic photochemistry.”

White and Ihmels will work at the University of Siegen’s laboratory, which has “great libraries and equipment,” to uncover more information on the subject.

“It opens up a whole lot of stuff here,” White said. “We didn’t used to know about those kinds of things (the existence of conical intersections), so we’re simplifying photochemical mechanisms, but now it turns out that it’s not so simple.

“We’re opening up a whole knew area because we can kind of get an idea what’s happening in photochemistry with these kinds of molecules,” he said.

White, who met Ihmels while serving as a visiting faculty member at the University of Wuerzbug, will be on a faculty development leave from Jan. 12 until June 3. The project is funded by the German government.


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Art Department To Showcase Faculty

Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to see the work of art professors outside the classroom during the 46th Annual Art and Photography Faculty Exhibit Monday (Jan. 9) through Feb. 2.

“We will have a full range of art, drawings, paintings, sculpture, animation, installations and photography,” said art slide librarian Debbie Davenport.

The pieces will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, located in Art Building F.

A reception will also be held in the gallery on Jan. 19, from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit will feature the works of Martin Amorous, Cari Ashworth, Jimmy H. Barker, Jack Barnosky, Brian Benfer, Kate Borcherding, David Bowson, Chuck Drumm, Rebecca Finley, Laura Fisher, Frank Golden, Matthew Guest, Emmette Jackson, Michael Henderson, Pat Lanier, Jason Neumann, James Paster, Tedd Pettibon, Tom Seifert, Tony Shipp and Tracy Viser.

For more information, call Davenport at 936.294.1317.


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COBA Renews AACSB Accreditation

SHSU’s College of Business Administration was one of 19 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accredited institutions to recently successfully complete its maintenance of accreditation review in business.

"AACSB accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution involved in management education," said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. "The faculties, deans, directors, and administrative staffs of our newly accredited schools are to be commended for their role in earning initial accreditation."

Along with the 19 accredited universities in the U.S. and Canada to receive renewal of their accreditations, nine universities from around the world earned accreditations this year, raising the number of AACSB schools to 515 worldwide.

Less than 10 percent of schools worldwide have achieved this designation, according to an AACSB press release.

Accreditation with AACSB International involves applicant schools undergoing meticulous internal review, evaluation, and adjustment -- a process that can take from three to seven years. During this period, schools develop and implement a plan intended to meet the 21 AACSB standards that ensure high quality of management education.

"Earning AACSB accreditation requires a great deal of dedication from the entire educational institution," said Jerry Trapnell, chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. "Schools that go through the process not only meet a multitude of standards of excellence, but also make a commitment to continuous improvement. Every five years they will be required to undergo a rigorous peer review to maintain their accreditation."

The AACSB, founded in 1916 by a consortium of 17 business schools, is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.

The association also is the business education community's professional development organization, conducting a wide array of conference and seminar programs at various locations around the world.

For a complete list of AACSB International accredited schools visit


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Math Profs To Participate In Conference Meetings

Three SHSU faculty members in the mathematics department will serve as panelists and presenters for an estimated 4,600 mathematicians at an upcoming joint conference.

The Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, which will be held Jan. 12-15 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, will feature Jacqueline A. Jensen, John W. Snow and Jon W. Short.

Jensen will serve as a panelist in the MAA-YMN panel discussion "You have a job, now what? Professional Development Opportunities" on Jan. 12.

Snow, an organizer of the AMS special session, will discuss the “Many Lives of Lattice Theory,” the “Theory of Ordered Sets,” and “Universal Algebra, I, II and III,” on Jan. 13-14. He will also present "M-4 and Congruence Heredity" on Jan. 13 and a program with the title of the book he co-authored, "Semilattices and Congruence Heredity," also will be presented on Jan. 13.

A program on Short’s book, which he co-authored, entitled "When Do Locally Isometric Topologies For The Real Numbers Yield Isomorphic Topological Groups?" will be presented on Jan. 15.

In addition to the AMS and MAA members, members from professional societies such as the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the National Association of Mathematicians, and the Association of Symbolic Logic will also be in attendance.

The Joint Mathematics Meetings are held for the purpose of advancing mathematical achievement, encouraging research, and providing communication in the field. The meetings serve to preserve, supplement, and utilize the research results of mathematicians worldwide.

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Jan. 8, 2006
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