Dr. Gerald Williams, executive director of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, has been named to the National Community Oriented Policing Resource Board.

A former patrol officer, administrator and police chief, Williams has held his present position since November 1993. The Blackwood Institute is located in the Beto Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University.

Appointment of the board, which will meet in Washington Feb. 21-23, is in support of Department of Justice efforts to strengthen community oriented policing efforts.

Since passage of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services efforts have resulted in the hiring of 31,000 additional police officers and sheriff's deputies and provided training and technical assistance.


Frieda Gebert and Mary Kay Lake will disprove the musical myth that all sopranos don't get along with a Sunday afternoon joint recital entitled "The Rivals." The program is at 4 p.m. today in the Recital Hall.

Actually Gebert and Lake are good friends and musical partners and say they plan to present two sides of various musical "rivalries."

The first portion of the program will contain two "Allelujas," one by Bach and the other by Mozart. The second group of songs will include three poems by the French poet Paul Verlaine set to music by Gabriel Faure, then the same poems set by Claude Debussy.

The third part of the program will present three subjects described in song by Clara Schumann and her famous husband, Robert Schumann. The last section of the recital will consist of duets for two sopranos.

David Fleming will be the piano accompanist.


Spring Break at Sam Houston State University will be March 18-22, not on the dates published in the university catalog.

The original published dates were changed in June, 1994, and the change was publicized then. The correct dates are also in the Spring Semester Class Schedule, which was published in October, 1995.

While students and faculty have the entire week off, other employees will have March 21 and 22 as official holidays. Employees who chose to be off on Jan. 13 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday will have a one-day break.


The Sam Houston Memorial Museum's Craft-a-Month Series will feature Valentine's Day Card production from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Walker Education Center, 19th Street and Ave. N. Sandra Linderman will demonstrate and instruct.

A needlework workshop for adults seeking a new craft will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, from 1-5 p.m., also at the Walker Education Center.

Both programs are free and open to the public. For details, contact Derrick Birdsall at 294-1831.


Applications will be accepted through May 6 for the Sam Houston State University 1996 Summer Institute for Gifted, Creative, & Talented Students June 9-14.

"Our goal is to provide a program which will enrich and stimulate our ablest secondary students," said Dr. Patricia Williams, institute director. "This year's theme, 'Windows on the World: Past, Present, and Future,' will focus on broadening students' knowledge base and teaching them communications skills."

University faculty members and community leaders will present topics and direct activities. Recreational and field trips are also scheduled.

The tuition fee of $395 covers instructional costs, educational materials, housing, meals and recreation. For details and selection criteria, contact Williams at 294-1143.


Recent prints by John McCaffrey are on display in the Lowman Student Center Gallery through Feb. 23...Students who plan to graduate in August should file degree applications by March 5 in the Registrar's Office, Room 104, Administration Building...Tickets are on sale for the Southwest Regional American College Dance Festival Feb. 28-March 2, with information available at 294-1310...Nomination forms for Staff Excellence Awards, to be presented at the 1996 Fall Semester general staff meeting, are available from the Computer Services office and due by Feb. 29...Items lost or found on the Sam Houston State University campus should be turned in at the University Police Station at 843 S. Sam Houston Ave. (across from Mazzio's), or call 294-1794 for information.


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Feb 11, 1996