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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 22


W-2s Available For Pick-Up Through Month

The Cashier’s Office will disburse W-2 forms in its office, on the first floor of the Estill Building, through the end of January.

The forms will be picked up by the Payroll Office after 5 p.m. on Jan. 27 and will be mailed out on Jan. 31.

In order to pick up your W-2, you must present a photo identification card.

The Cashier’s Office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Disabilities Reception To Welcome New Coordinator

The Disability Services program will have an open house and formally introduce its new coordinator to students, faculty and staff during the Students With Disabilities Reception on Wednesday (Jan. 25).

The reception, which will include refreshments, will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 320.

The event will introduce students with disabilities to the program and allow them to voice any concerns they may have, according to Kelley Osborn, disability services coordinator.

The program, part of the Counseling Center, was administered through the center’s director until October 2005, when Osborn took over.

“We assist students through disability accommodations both in and out of class, but primarily classroom accommodations to grant them fuller access to the learning experience,” Osborn said.

“For example, students with learning disabilities may need to have additional time on exams, distraction-free test site or volunteer student note-takers to assist with the note-taking process,” he said.

In addition, the program coordinates other forms of aides, such as assistive technologies and adaptive software packages for people with reading problems and has equipment for students with low vision or who are deaf or hard of hearing.

These issues hit close to home for Osborn, who himself lives with a disability.

“I’m legally blind due to a retinal problem—a visual disorder that causes blind spots in my central vision,” he said. “It certainly gives me an affinity for disability issues and some life experience to relate from.”

Osborn, a licensed professional counselor, earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Texas Tech University in 1986 and his master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Texas—Permian Basin in Odessa in 1995.

Before coming to SHSU, he worked primarily in three arenas in community mental health, through MHMR in West Texas and at Samaritan Counseling Centers in West Texas in its pastoral counseling center, as well as in the chronic pain management field.

One of his first projects is to start a support group from students who suffer with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, and Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD.

While reservations aren’t required for the reception, they are encouraged and can be made through the day of the event.

For more information on any of the program’s services, or to RSVP, call Osborn at 936.294.1720.


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COBA To Give Excellent Teaching Basics

Five professors who have been recipients of SHSU’s Excellence in Teaching award will be featured during a symposium presented by the College of Business Adminstration’s Teaching Effectiveness Committee on Thursday (Jan. 26).

Valerie Muehsam, Frank Fair, David Gerling, Vic Sower and Charlie Capps will all be on hand for the event, entitled “The Basics of Teaching Excellence,” from 3:30-5 p.m. in COBA’s New Auditorium, located in Smith-Hutson Building Room 186.

The program is open to all faculty, staff, administrators and students.

For more information, call 936.294.1254.


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Series To Enhance Entrepreneurial Skills

Richard M. Alderman, “The People’s Lawyer,” will kick off the Piney Woods Entrepreneurship and Small Business Success Program series on Monday (Jan. 30).

The luncheon, hosted by SHSU’s Small Business Development Center and the College of Business Administration, will be the first of a four-part series hosted free for business owners and managers.

“The program will focus on enhancing small businesses, profits and profitability, through concentrating on entrepreneurial skills,” said Ce Cowart Schlicher, training coordinator at the SBDC.

Alderman will discuss “What Every Small Business Needs to Know About Our Changing Laws” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the West Hill Mall’s Community Center.

The program, which has been in place since 1995, is free because of an educational grant the SBDC received through the SBC Foundation’s Excelerator Grant Program, according to Schlicher.

“We expose small business people to (business-oriented topics)—this year it’s technology and communication,” she said.

“He (Alderman) will throw in stuff about how technology relates and how fraud and white-collar crime relate to small business,” Schlicher said. “He’s very user-friendly. He likes to give his talks, but he likes Q&A (the question and answer format).”

Known as “The People’s Lawyer” because of his regular appearances on KTRK-TV, Channel 13, Alderman is currently the director for the University of Houston’s Center for Consumer Law and is editor-in-chief of “The Journal of Texas Consumer Law.”

The series is typically scheduled for the fourth Thursday of the month but will be held on Monday for the first program to accommodate Alderman’s schedule.

Those interested in attending should reserve their place by Jan. 26 by calling the SBDC at 936.294.3737.


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Symphony, Orchestra To Wish Mozart ‘Happy Birthday’

The Sam Houston State University symphony and chamber orchestras will present a concert in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth on Jan. 28.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights Baptist Church.

Carol Smith, director of orchestral studies and conductor of the symphony orchestra, will share the podium with graduate assistants in orchestral studies Veronica Wilson and Scott Simmons.

The program will open with the overture to Mozart’s coronation opera “La Clemenza de Tito, K. 621” conducted by Simmons, a first year graduate student.

Faculty clarinetist Patricia Card will follow the overture with the second movement of the “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major, K. 622.”

The concert will also feature professor of violin Andrew Wilson, joined by his wife, violist Veronica Wilson, in an interpretation of the opening movement of Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K. 364,” and Kathryn Daniel, professor of flute, will follow with the slow movement “Andante for Flute and Orchestra in C major, K.315.”

Closing the program will be the second and third movements of the “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C major, No. 21, K. 467,” featuring faculty soloist and professor of piano Jay Whatley.

The orchestra will be under the direction of Wilson, a second year graduate student.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for non-SHSU students and children, and free for SHSU students, faculty and staff with an ID.

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 (Jan. 30). 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 each day to accommodate student schedules. A second workshop series, also for study skills, will begin the week of March 20.

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


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Four PC Events To Give Reasons To Smile

The Program Council will start the week off encouraging students to laugh about life and change with its PC ComicView: Judson Laipply on Tuesday (Jan. 24).

Known for his “Evoluation of Dance,” Laipply draws from his vast array of experiences that include: working on a cruise ship, playing four years of varsity baseball, working at a camp in Colorado, being a certified aerobics instructor, teaching college courses, being a published poet, part- time auctioneer, and weekly columnist to relate to his audiences.

Laipply, a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a master’s degree in human movement, sport, and leisure studies, was chosen as the Upper Midwest Region's and Wisconsin Region's “Outstanding Educational Session Presenter” for his programs.

“I always tell people how much I love what I do for two simple reasons,” he said. “One, because I get to meet and work with great people all over the country and am always amazed with the people I meet, and two, for the concept that I might just help to make someone else's life a little bit better. For me there is no greater reward.”

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

On Wednesday (Jan. 25), Mike da Roving Guy will hand out balloons in any imaginable shape and also perform on stilts at 11 a.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

Also that day, McVicar the Trickster, a master magician, will perform his award-winning illusions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

Finally, on Thursday (Jan. 26), the artist who has sketched the likes of Bill Gates, Alex Trebek, John Goodman, Emmitt Smith and Vanessa Williams will be featured from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with “The Original Buttsketch.”

The event, which will be held in the LSC Atrium, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and has been seen on TV's America's Funniest People, CNN and World News Tonight.

For more information on any of these events, call the Program Council at 936. 294.1763.


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Jan. 22, 2006
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