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SHSU Update For Week Of March 19


Ring Ceremony Scheduled For April 6

Sam Houston State University juniors and seniors will walk across a stage on April 6, not to receive their diplomas just yet, but to receive their official class rings at the university’s third Official Ring Ceremony.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Austin Hall. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

“The Alumni Association, along with Student Services, is anxiously anticipating the third Official University Ring Ceremony,” said Emily deMilliano, assistant director for Alumni Relations. “Last year our attendance and participation was wonderful.

“We are looking for another great year and are excited students are participating in the new SHSU tradition,” she said.

Check-in will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the ceremony, and participants must arrive no later than 6 p.m.

After the event, a group picture and reception will be held, and orders for individual pictures will also be taken.

Reservations must be received in the Alumni Relations Office by March 31 to ensure participation.
Guest seating is limited.

A shuttle service will be provided from Bowers Stadium and paid parking will be available at the University Parking Garage.

For special assistance requests, call 800.283.7478. For more information, or for student reservations, call 936.294.1841.


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Excellent Staff Nominations Sought

Sam Houston State University is seeking three SHSU staff members who have excelled in his or her job, demonstrated a commitment to excellence in service and shown meritorious performances for its annual Staff Excellence Award and Recognition of Service Program.

Nominations can be made online at through April 3.

The recipients of the award will include one exempt and two non-exempt staff employees. Non-exempt employees are those subject to overtime pay.

A recipient must be a full-time, non-temporary staff member with a minimum of two years service at time of nomination; demonstrate outstanding abilities, innovative ideas, efficient operations, high level of motivation; be respected by the university community; and cannot be a previous recipient. A list of previous recipients can be found at

Each award will include a financial stipend.

Any full-time SHSU faculty or staff member can nominate, and faculty and staff may nominate more than one person. Selections are made by the university’s eight-member staff excellence committee.

Forms also may be picked up and returned to the Human Resources Department, in Estill Building Room 334, or through campus mail at Box 2356 SHSU.


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TSUS Chancellor To Discuss Education

Texas State University System Chancellor Charles R. Matthews will discuss "Higher Education in the 21st Century" at 11 a.m. on March 29 in the Smith-Hutson Building’s Mafrige Auditorium at Sam Houston State University.

Matthews, who has called education “Texas' greatest need,” is the college's “Executive-in-Residence” for the 2006 spring semester.

“An educated citizenry, after all, is our state's most valuable resource,” he said. “Therefore, we pursue academic excellence knowing that education is the key to Texas' future.”

Matthews earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Dallas, his master’s in public administration from Texas State University-San Marcos and is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin in higher education administration.

He has numerous accomplishments in business, civic leadership and government.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Matthews chancellor on Feb. 1, 2005.

The Texas State University System has nine member universities which are: Angelo State University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College, Texas State University-San Marcos.

For reservations, or more information, call the College of Business Administration at 936.294.4997.


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Third Piney Woods Lecture To Be Held March 23

Diane Stroud, from Stroud Training Systems of Houston, will bring 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and training to the third Piney Woods Entrepreneurship and Small Business Success Program on Thursday (March 23).

The seminar, entitled "Understanding Social Styles-Your Key to Building Effective Relationships,” and includes lunch, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Center in West Hill Mall in Huntsville.

A native Houstonian and graduate of the University of Houston who has traveled extensively, Stroud is a member of the National Speakers Association and the American Society for Training and Development, according to Ce Cowart Schlicher, training coordinator for SHSU’s Small Business Development Center.

She is also a life member of the Speakers Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

“She strives to impact bottom line results by improving customer loyalty and employee productivity,’ Schlicher said. “Her workshops are interactive and packed with information and ideas that are easy to implement.”

The program is scheduled to end at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Those interested should RSVP by Tuesday (March 21) to the SBDC Office at 936.294.3737.


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Air Force To Bring ‘Singing Sergeants’ To Campus

Tickets are still available for the United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants performance on Thursday (March 23).

The concert, which is free and open to the general public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum

Those who obtain tickets from the Huntsville Item will be granted entry to the coliseum from 6-6:45 p.m. to choose their seats. Those who do not get tickets before the show will also be admitted free, but only 15 minutes prior to the show.

To obtain up to four tickets, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to The Huntsville Item; Attn: USAF Band Tickets; PO Box 539; Huntsville, TX 77342.

The United States Air Force Band is the Air Force's premier musical organization, endearing itself to millions of listeners for more than 60 years through its exhilarating music, engaging concerts and masterful recordings.

Since 1941, the United States Air Force Band has brought superb music and exciting entertainment to music lovers throughout America and around the globe.


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Education Professor To Discuss Her Life

Carol Parker, associate professor in SHSU’s department of educational leadership and counseling, will share her roots with the student body on Wednesday (March 22).

The speech, part of the “Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community” lectures, will be held at 5 p.m. in Academic Building 4’s Olson Auditorium.

Parker will accept questions from the audience about her life, as well as discuss growing up in Huntsville, attending SHSU and her career path, among other things.

“She has overcome significant challenges to build a successful and respected career in her discipline,” said Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs for the Student Advising and Mentoring Center. “She is a wonderful role model for our students.”

Following the lecture, there will be a reception in the SAM Center, located in AB4 Suite 210.

The event is sponsored by the SAM Center’s academic support programs; the Elliott T. Bowers Honors Program; International Hispanic Association; Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.; NAACP; Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program; Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and Women United.

For more information, call the SAM Center at 936.294.4444.


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Campus To Open For Potential Students March 25

Prospective students will have the opportunity to visit the Sam Houston State University campus to see what the university has to offer on March 25.

Saturdays@Sam, sponsored by the Visitor Center, will begin with check-in and parent coffee from 8-9 a.m. in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum, followed by an opening session from 9-11 a.m.

Throughout the day, students and their parents can meet with academic advisers at the university’s Student Advising and Mentoring Center, have academic sessions with two different colleges of potential majors, tour residence halls and the campus, attend an organizations fair, and get information from various departments on campus.

Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase throughout the day at the Johnson Coliseum concession stands. Lunch will also be available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Café Belvin for $5.40 and the Paw Print.

Registration forms, online registration, directions to the university and more information is available online at


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Opera Workshop To Celebrate Mozart’s Life, Works

The SHSU School of Music will celebrate the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during an opera workshop on Thursday (March 23).

The single performance will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Musicology area coordinator Sheryl Murphy-Manley will present a lecture, entitled "The Life and Times of Mozart and His Operas,” addressing Mozart's life, the period in which he lived and how this influenced his music in general, and his operas specifically, according to director of operatic studies Mary Kay Lake.

The workshop will also perform scenes from such operas as “La Finta Giardiniera,” “Batien und Bastienne,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and “Die Zauberflote.”

“All the scenes will be sung in their original languages with surtitles projected overhead,” Lake said.

Both the lecture and the performance are free and open to the public.

Another opera workshop, with several performances, is scheduled April 6 and April 8-9.

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


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Alumna’s Performance To Benefit Humane Society

SHSU alumna Melanie Holliday will take the SHSU and Huntsville communities on "A Musical Journey from Vienna to Texas" with opera, operetta and Broadway favorites at a concert to benefit the Rita B. Huff Humane Society on Friday (March 24).

The world famous opera singer will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Town Theater.

Holliday, who received her degree in opera at the University of Indiana, performed with the Vienna Volksopera for more than 15 years in more than 20 roles.

Among others her special roles included “Valencienne” in “The Merry Widow,” “Adele” in “The Bat” and “Olympia” in “The Tales of Hoffmann.”

An international career has taken the artist to all the major music festivals of Europe, where she has performed at the finest concert locations at the side of famous partners and appeared in many TV shows.

Tickets are $30 for the main level and $20 for the balcony section. Student prices are $10 less.

The tickets are now on sale at Elkins Lake Real Estate; at the Rita B. Huff Humane Society, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and the Main Street Office, at 1203 University Ave., on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 2-5 p.m.

For more information, call the Main Street Office at 936.295.2150.


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Second Study Skills Series To Begin March 20

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center will teach students the basics of “studying smart” with its second Study Skills Workshop series beginning Monday (March 20).

The six-week, one-hour sessions will cover such topics as procrastination, time management, test-taking strategies, reading textbooks and note taking, and stress management.

Multiple sessions will be held daily to accommodate student schedules.

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


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‘Mercenaries’ To Go ‘Behind The Joystick’

Sunshine and Tri Do, “mercenaries” from Pandemic Studios, will discuss producing the artwork for the video games “Full Spectrum Warrior” and “Star Wars Battlefront” on Thursday (March 23).

“Behind the Joystick” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Art Building F’s Animation Lab 107.

Pandemic Studios designs images for Playstation 2, Xbox and for computers.

The studio's full-fuelled, award-winning creations have been splashed across the covers of every major gaming magazine.

Among the games they have worked on are “Star Wars Battlefront II,” “Mercenaries,” “Dark Reign 2” and “Army Men RTS.”

For more information on the lecture, call David Dawson at 936.294.3200 or visit


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Edmonson Named Ambassador For A&M-Commerce

Stacey Edmonson, associate professor in SHSU’s educational leadership and counseling department, has been selected to be the alumni ambassador for Texas A&M-Commerce within the education administration department.

Edmonson will be the alumni ambassador for 2006. It is the highest honor the educational administration department can give to one of their graduates.

A ceremony recognizing Edmonson and other ambassadors will take place April 13.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Texas Ballroom, inside the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.

Edmonson received her Bachelor of Arts in English at Texas A&M University in 1993, and her Master of Education in educational administration in 1997, along with her doctoral degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2000.

Edmonson has taught at SHSU since August 2000.

Prior to coming to SHSU, she was a principal at Lake Country Learning Center in the Quitman school district in Quitman.

Edmonson is president of the Texas Professors of Educational Administration.

She is an active member of the University Council for Educational Administration, American Educational Research Association, National Council for Professors of Educational Administration, Education Law Association, and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.


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March 19, 2006
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