Big events are planned, from one end of Huntsville to the other, to celebrate General Sam Houston's birthday, Texas Independence Day and Texas Flag Day March 2.

The observance is scheduled to begin with a coffee at the Gibbs-Powell House at 9:30 a.m., with a gravesite ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery at 11 a.m. Author James L. Haley will speak there.

Madge Thornall Roberts of San Antonio, also an author and Houston's great-great-granddaughter, will speak at a noon luncheon at the Walker Education Center in the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex. The premiere showing of the document naming Sam Houston General of the Texian Army is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Walker Education Center, as well as introduction of the new Sam Houston Rose.

Refreshments and a "toast to Texas" are scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Sam Houston Statue Visitor's Center, with a birthday cake cutting there at 3 p.m.

The day's events are being sponsored by the Walker County Historical Commission and the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. Luncheon tickets are $10 and available through Wednesday. Call 295-2310 or 294-1832 for information.


Renowned dance artists Donald McKayle, Sean Curran and Tandy Beal will participate in the Southwest Regional American College Dance Festival Wednesday through Saturday at Sam Houston State University.

Dancers from 28 colleges in the Southwest as well as Venezuela will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 8 p.m. Saturday. All performances are in the University Theatre Center Mainstage Theatre.

McKayle, Curran and Beal will select pieces to be presented at Saturday night's gala concert and reception and give concert critiques.Two dances will also be selected for presentation in a national concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. later this spring.

Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $7 general admission for each concert, or $20 for a series pass. Call Dana Nicolay at 294-1310 or Cindy Gratz, 294-1311, for information. Free concerts will also be presented at noon each day in the Dance Theatre in AB3 (Men's Gym).


This week the Department of Consumer Services, Fashion, and Design, will hold its 5th annual alumni week with four events.

Monday's event will be a poster competition for the department's professional organizations. On Tuesday a reception will be held for recognition of distinguished alumni, scholarship donors and scholarship recipients.

This year's alumni honorees are Linda Bone, parenting education teacher for the Huntsville School District, Debbie Lampson, food broker for Institutional Sales Associates in Houston, and Anna Ruth Putnam, a retired employee of the Houston school district.

On Wednesday a panel of former students will present a discussion on non-traditional careers. Scheduled participants are Karen Byars Hall, Linda Moran, Kimberly George, and Kristi Bloodgood.

Events will conclude on Thursday with a 6 p.m. banquet at the Chamber of Commerce honoring graduating seniors. Huntsville Mayor Bill Green will also sign a proclamation recognizing the importance of the discipline once known as "home economics."


Human Rights Week will be observed on the Sam Houston campus this week, with a number of programs and presentations planned by the Department of Residence Life and the Student Activities Program Council.

The Names Project AIDS Quilt will be on display in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. A discussion on freedom of speech, entitled "Freedom: Use It or Lose It," is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday in LSC 304.

Tournaments in the cultural simulation game Barnga are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the LSC Ballroom. A program entitled "Sex Matters," featuring Jay Friedman, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the LSC Theatre, and Friday has been designated "Women's Day."

Human Rights Week coordinator Kathryn Olson said that other causes to be examined include breast cancer education, battered women, organ donation, violence in society, drunk driving awareness, and multicultural awareness.


The Sam Houston State University Department of Agricultural Sciences and the American-International Charolais Association are cooperating in a study which could produce more tender steaks.

University representatives on the project are Dr. Stanley Kelley, assistant professor in Agricultural Sciences, and Roger Walters, university farm manager.

"This project is referred to as 'conception to consumption' and designed to eliminate product variation and to provide a product more appealing to the consumer," said Dr. Robert A. Lane, who chairs Agricultural Sciences.

Records will be kept and analyzed in an attempt to identify growth characteristics, carcass composition and tenderness aspects of retail steaks produced by selected Charolais sires.


Fine arts events for the coming week include the McNeese State Faculty Winds at 7:30 p.m. Monday and the SHSU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble's "Bach to Bernstein" concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Criminal Justice Center.

The Sam Houston Brass Quintet will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sam Houston Statue and at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Gillaspie Park, Ave. I and 8th St. The TriCollege Opera Festival is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night in the Criminal Justice Center. Call 294-1360 for information on all musical events.


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Feb 25, 1996