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SHSU Update For Week Of May 7


Alumni To Take SHSU To The Ballgame

SHSU students, faculty, staff and alumni will all receive discounted rates when the Houston Astros take on the Minnesota Twins during the Alumni Association’s Sam Houston State University Night at Minute Maid Park.

The June 20 game will begin at 7:05 p.m.

The association will have chartered transportation to the game departing from Bowers Stadium at 4 p.m. for $15 per person. Club-level game seating and a pre-game reception are also available through the association for $40 per person.

Food and drinks will be served at the pre-game reception, which will begin at 6 p.m. on the first base side of the stadium towards the end, near section 230, according to assistant director for Alumni Relations Emily deMilliano.

Information for ordering half-price tickets for field boxes, bullpen boxes, mezzanine and view deck I and II is available by visiting

To make reservations for the chartered bus or club-level seating and pre-game reception, call 800.283.7478 or visit

The reservation deadline is June 6.


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CJ Professionals To Discuss Leadership

Two representatives from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the executive director for the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and the executive director for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education will all discuss leadership within their respective agencies during the Correctional Management Institute of Texas’ Leadership series on May 17.

The free, eight-hour training session will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom, in the Beto Criminal Justice Center.

Speakers slated for the day are Timothy Braaten, executive director for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education; Doug Dretke, director for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Correctional Institutions Division; Vicki Spriggs, executive director for the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission; and Carey Welebob, deputy director for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Community Justice Assistance Division.

Each speaker will discuss personal experiences and will hopefully give participants new ideas for leadership within their agencies, as well as ideas they can take back and implement in the field, according to Christie Davidson, CMIT interim director.

The event is open to the public, as well as those affiliated with probation and parole, law enforcement, TDCJ and the SHSU College of Criminal Justice.

“One of our goals is to provide quality leadership programs to the correction field, and we’re trying to expand on our leadership trainings,” Davidson said.

Registration, which will be held at 7:45 a.m., is required and can be done through the day of the event.
The Criminal Justice Center is located at Bobby K. Marks Drive and Bearkat Boulevard, formerly Avenue I and 16th Street.

For more information, contact Amanda Bilnoski at or Chris Kowalski at or call 936.294.1682.


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Physics Professor Receives $70,000 Grant

Barry Friedman, professor of physics, has been awarded a $70,000 grant under the Advanced Research Program funded by the Texas Legislature and administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

During the next two years Friedman and his student assistants will conduct “A Computational Study of Strongly Correlated Electron States in High Landau Levels.”

Friedman said that it is difficult to predict how his study of quantum Hall electron systems, in magnetic fields 10,000 times stronger than the earth’s magnetic field and at temperatures 30,000 times lower than room temperature, will be useful in the future.

One possibility is that such systems may be able to function as topological quantum computers.
“A topological quantum computer has the capabilities of an ‘ordinary’ quantum computer, in addition possessing a strong robustness to noise,” he said.

“There are certain problems of practical interest, for example in cryptography, that are solvable on a quantum computer but are intractable on an ordinary computer no matter how large the ordinary computer is.”

Friedman has received a previous Advanced Research Program grant, as have several other members of the SHSU physics department. The last two previously were by Russell Palma and Gan Liang, both in 1999.


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Graduates’ Works To Be Displayed In Gaddis Geeslin

Works from students who will graduate this May will be on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery beginning Monday (May 8).

The Senior Exhibit, which will run through May 13, will include a variety of types of art, including photography.

A reception, with refreshments, will be held in the gallery after the commencement ceremony on Saturday (May 13). The ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences will be held at 2 p.m.

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is located in Art Building F. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the art department at 936.294.1315.


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Chemistry Awards More Than 40 Scholarships

More than 40 students received scholarships from the chemistry department during its annual awards ceremony on April 18.

Kara Marquez received the James C. Stallings Scholarship, Ashley Standerfer received the Ray E. Humphrey Scholarship, and Katie Rothlisberger received the Jeffrey E. Zagone Scholarship.

Chemistry academic scholarships were awarded to Cassandra Atkin, Catherine Babcock, Krista Baldys, Charity Béhérec, Jessica Berry, Derek Blaylock, Allison Burns, Whitney Damborsky, Brittney Gonzalez, Amanda Henneke, Karl Kuklenz, Shamah Lloyd, Rachael Malfer, Garret Marek, Kelley Matula, Rebecca Montes, Kathy Navasard, Nancy Ortiz, Eloisa Pérez, Laurie Raesz, Donald Ramirez, Jenna Sassie, Jamie Stanton, Ranson Stillwell and Brittany Wilbert.

In addition, Robert A. Welch Fellowships, for research to be conducted this coming summer, were given to Sridevi Anduri, Stephanie Coleman, James Fox, Christine Henry-Smith, Daniela Ide, Anna Leggett, Rachel Malfer, Kara Marquez, Sharla McCloskey, Hudson Pace, Bala Pathem, Laurie Raesz, and Jamie Stanton.

The ceremony was held on the first floor and foyer of the Chemistry and Forensic Science Building.


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Program, Department Reward Student Research

Eleven graduate students recently were awarded for their scholastic and research abilities during the 9th Annual University-Wide Research Exchange in the SHSU Lowman Student Center.

Graduate student award winners included Ilung Yun, Jo Ann Beken, John Williams, Rebecca Riley, Pamela Gray, Leila McDonald, Josie Padilla, Enobong Inyang, Jennifer Tracy, Josie Trevino and Ann Daniels, all of whom received $50 for giving the top research presentations.

“Those in attendance expressed tremendous satisfaction with the research exchange and the opportunity to learn about student research topics from a variety of disciplines,” said Rebecca Bustamante, educational leadership and counseling visiting professor.

The research exchange, which was held this year on April 21, was sponsored by the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership, housed in the department of educational leadership and counseling.

The center was established by department chair Beverly Irby nine years ago as a means to encourage students to share their innovative research projects with a larger audience.

The research exchange has grown considerably over the past years, according to Bustamante.

This year’s attendance included master’s and doctoral students from a wide variety of disciplines including community college administration, criminal justice, biochemistry, counseling, and school leadership among many others.


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International Students Welcomed Into Strauss’ Home

International Students
Over 40 international students recently dined at the home of Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs for the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, as a time to meet and socialize.

The Student Advising and Mentoring Center and the Office of International Programs recently gave students a home-cooked meal courtesy of Bernice Strauss, SAM Center director of academic support programs.

Over 40 international students from more than a dozen countries attended the dinner, which was held at Strauss’ home.

“The informality and sharing of home cooked food is a wonderful way to welcome our increasing international community of scholars,” Strauss said. “It provides an opportunity to meet and socialize, but equally important, it serves as a vehicle to acquaint students with all of the services available at the SAM Center that support academic achievement.”


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
May 7, 2006
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