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SHSU Update For Week Of Jan. 13


Planning Experts To Open House For Master Plan Input

Sam Houston State University students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on the direction the university should head in terms of construction during a second campus master plan open house on Jan. 22.

The informal session will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall Area.
Participants will be asked to identify issues regarding parking, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, buildings and facilities, open space, and the surrounding community.

The input received will aid the consultant team in identifying issues important to the university community, according to John McCroskey, associate director for the Physical Plant.

“We’re trying to get a vision so we’re not surprising the (Texas State University Board of) Regents every time we turn around,” he said. “It tells us in ballpark numbers what the budget needs to be for the next 10 years.”

The plan will be submitted by campus planning specialists JJR, which will establish a 10-year plan with a 20-year look ahead, McCroskey said.

The process is anticipated to be completed by July, in time for the TSUS Board of Regents meeting in August.

SHSU’s current master plan was established in 2000.

According to McCroskey, the current plan didn’t anticipate the enrollment surge the university has undergone in the past few years, and everything that could be done with it has already been completed.


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Students Receive Funding For Africa Project

SHSU biology graduate student Tim Campbell and senior Kelly Forson have been awarded $1,000 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research funding that will aid in travel to Africa this summer.

The two will be a part of a team coordinated by biology assistant professor Patrick Lewis that will study deposits at an excavation site in Africa’s Free State Province with the Meloding Railway Cut and explore a cave in Botswana with the Botswana National Museum and Botswana Defense Force.

The team will be in Africa from May to mid-to-late July, according to Lewis.

“That is one of the unique things here – many students can pay large fees to be a part of a field school for a few weeks, but not many get to participate in a professional excavation, particularly as undergraduates,” he said.

“My research is looking broadly at how the environment of Southern Africa has changed during the last 2 million years to better understand how our ancestors were adapting and evolving in the region.”

During the project, the students will be “basically looking at some aspect of this rather broad question.” Campbell will research the distribution of fossil mammals in order to better understand how the southern African environment has changed, while Forson will compare insects and other invertebrates from inside a “basically unexplored” cave with their relatives outside the cave to study their differences.

While Lewis’ project grants cover all the necessary equipment, travel within Africa and living expenses, students are responsible for their airfare to get there, which is what the grant money will be used for.

The two will also apply for other funding in order to offset expenses not covered by the Sigma Xi grant.
Sigma Xi is a scientific research society.


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May Graduation Applications Due Soon

Students who anticipate graduating in May are to file degree applications by Feb. 1 with the Registrar’s Office.

The new mandatory academic advisement policy now allows students to apply for graduation by the 12th class day of the semester in which they are anticipating graduation; therefore, students are being encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Those who fail to apply by the deadline will be assessed a $25 late application fee in addition to the $25 graduation fee.

Applying late may also result in names not appearing in the commencement program or the honors program.

Final exams will be held May 12-15, with a study day scheduled for May 9, and commencement is scheduled for May 16-17.

The Registrar’s Office is located on the third floor of the Estill Building.

For more information, call 936.294.1040.


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PR Seeks Calendar Info For Spring

The Public Relations Office is currently accepting information to be used in its calendar pages for the spring semester.

Departmental or organization calendars or events may be sent to or

Please include the date, location and time of the event, as well as a brief description and a contact person.

These calendars, located at, are continuously updated throughout the year and are used by various media outlets, as well as PR itself, for news stories and releases.

All information for news stories should be sent to the office at least a week in advance to give the PR staff ample time to make necessary contacts and write the story.

For more information, call 936.294.1836.


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Information for the SHSU Update can be sent to the Office of Public Relations electronically at or to any of the media contacts listed below.

Please include the date, location and time of the event, as well as a brief description and a contact person.

All information for news stories should be sent to the office at least a week in advance to give the PR staff ample time to make necessary contacts and write the story.

For electronic access to SHSU news see the Public Relations Web page Today@Sam.


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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May, Jennifer Gauntt
Jan. 11, 2008
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