Sam Houston State University's cheerleaders are better than "best in the west." They're just the best.

SHSU's All-Girl unit, with 14 members, won first place nationally at the 1996 College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championships in Orlando, Fla. The Varsity Squad of 14 male and female members placed second.

The All Girl squad members include Heather Bujnock, Carol Crumline, Tracy Freitag, Robyn Hagen, Heather Haverland, Danielle Hurst, Mandee McGraw, Jamey Pokluda, Tessa Rhoades, Tina Spillers, Pat Smith, Caroline Stacy, Charisse Saenz and Melissa Zamorano. Kenny Alexander and Eric Knustrom assisted with music and equipment.

This is the first year that SHSU has ever had an All Girl squad. In all, this squad surpassed 11 other teams to claim the title.

The Varsity team placed second to Morehead State University (six-time national champions). Members include Jeff Dieta, Cassie Edwards, Merinda Edwards, Misty Ford, Hope Harvey, Melissa Heier, Mickey Mickenheim, Shiloh Minter, Jason Minter, Eric Moore, Damon Thompson, Chelley Uyeno and Roland Vera. Chris Everett assisted with music.

The competition will be aired on ESPN sometime in the early spring. Kristi Kreier is the cheerleader sponsor.


"Little Murders," a satire on American society that deals with a family and how the outside world and violence affects them and their relationships, opens Wednesday in the Showcase Theatre at Sam Houston State University.

"It was written in the 1960s, but it is even more pertinent now," said Samuel Jones, senior directing student and play director. "It is a commentary on America, where we are, and what we are becoming."

In the play, daughter Patsy (Gigi Perkins) brings home Alfred (Paul Womack), the man she is planning to marry. Daoud Heidami plays Carol, the dad.

Set in the year 2001, the play will also mark SHSU drama's departure into Cyberspace. Sound designer Richard Amiss downloaded most of his sounds from the Internet.

Set designer is Keith Pitts, with Dave Ferguson in charge of lighting.

Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Tickets are $5. Call 294-1339 for reservations.


When Dr. Henry Howey, professor of music at Sam Houston State University, was a freshman at the University of Illinois, he became intrigued with the work of trombonist/composer Friedrich August Belcke and began a search for Belcke's "Concertino, Opus 40."

That concertino was lost for more than 100 years in an Austrian library, after Belcke's death in 1874. Howey found it in 1987, but then had to wait several more years for computer technology that would allow him to reconstruct it.

Howey has since prepared orchestra, piano, concert band, and brass band editions of the work for modern performers, and this Tuesday will perform it in concert with Charlotte Tull on the piano.

Howey and Tull will also perform Luciano Berio's "Sequenza V," written in 1968 in memory of the great European clown "Grock." Tull describes it as "a perfect illustration by its contrast of the public and private faces of a great clown."

The second half of the program will consist of Paul Hindemith's "Sonata for Alto Horn," and Jacques Casterede's "Sonatine."

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Admission is $5 for adults and is free for students in grades K-12 and for SHSU students with current identification.


Dance students, faculty and guest artists from 28 colleges and universities will perform during the Southwest Regional American College Dance Festival Feb. 28 through March 2 at Sam Houston State University.

Participants are expected from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, and Venezuela. Classes on African, jazz, tap, ballet, ballroom and hula, and discussions on topical dance issues will be open to the public.

For information, contact Dana Nicolay, festival coordinator, at 294-1310, or Cindy Gratz at 294-1311.


The 36th Annual Art Faculty Exhibition, featuring sculpture, jewelry, prints, masks, drawing, ceramics, computer graphics, and painting, is underway through Feb. 7 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no admission fee. Contact the Art Office at 294-1315 for more information.


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Feb. 4, 1996