Liz Carpenter, pioneer newswoman and White House executive, author, and admitted fan of Texas hero Sam Houston, has been named as the 1996 Distinguished Lecturer at Sam Houston State University.

Carpenter will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the Beto Criminal Justice Center's Killinger Auditorium. There is no admission fee.

A journalism graduate from the University of Texas, Carpenter went to Washington in 1942 and reported on presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson. When Johnson was nominated for vice president in 1960, she joined his campaign team and later became the first woman executive assistant to a vice president.

After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Carpenter drafted the 58 words Johnson spoke as the new president on his return to Washington. She later became press secretary and staff director for Lady Bird Johnson, and was also appointed to service positions by presidents Ford and Carter.

The Distinguished Lecturer Series, begun in 1980, has featured such speakers as anthropologist Ashley Montagu, historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., presidential adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, and journalist and author David Halberstam.


Dr. John J. DiIulio Jr., professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, has been named the Beto Chair Lecturer for the 1996 Spring Semester.

Dr. DiIulio will lecture twice on April 11, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., both in the Beto Criminal Justice Center Killinger Auditorium. His first lecture will be on the subject of "The Future of Corrections." His second will be "Violent Crime, Representative Democracy, and Religion."

Faculty, students, and members of the community are welcome. There is no admission fee.

The Beto Chair Lecture Series was begun in 1981. It honors the late Dr. George J. Beto, a clergyman, educator, and correctional administrator who was instrumental in development of the Criminal Justice Center.


The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been a generous contributor to the Department of Agricultural Sciences at SHSU for many years, and faculty, staff and students have played a major role in the success of the show. This year was no different.

Dr. Billy Harrell and Dr. Bill Jowell, professors of agricultural mechanization, ran the FFA and 4-H Tractor Mechanics Contest and the Ag Mechanics Project Show. Dr. Stanley Kelley, animal science professor, helped run the Junior Market Steer Show.

Drs. Barbara Ward, Stanley Kelley and Murray Brown, farm manager Roger Walters, graduate assistant James Frank, other farm staff members and students and 15 SHSU dairy cows participated in milking parlor demonstrations. Show officials estimated that more than 250,000 people viewed the demonstrations.

More than 50 agriculture students also assisted in various other areas of the show and rodeo as well.

"They're all pretty tired from the extra work and maintaining their normal teaching and study schedules," said Dr. Robert A. Lane, who chairs the Department of Agricultural Sciences. "But it was a good teaching and learning experience, and well worth the extra effort."


Tomie dePaola, who has written and illustrated almost 200 children's books, is one of 20 speakers scheduled to appear at the 14th Annual Children's Book Festival at Sam Houston State University on Saturday, March 16.

General session speakers in addition to dePaola are Jerry Stanley and Angela Shelf Medearis. Others scheduled to appear are storyteller Lawrence Sullivan, author Lynette Dyer Vuong, media technology consultant Patti Purdy, librarian Mary J. McCoy, author Mary Wade, storyteller and librarian Suzanne Fisk, author Nelda Patteson, and author and poet Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz.

Also appearing will be author Glenda Grimmer, technology specialist Kathi Pugh, librarian Pat Donahue, author Jo Harper, storytellers and artists Sherry Pearson and George Bevill, ex-baseball scout and author Red Murff, librarian Molly Wyatt, and author Ann Pugh.

The festival runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center. For information on late registration, contact Dr. Mary Berry or Hedith Sauceda at 294-1151.


Dr. Emily Oe, associate professor of counseling, has been named Outstanding Counselor Educator of 1995 by the Texas Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors...Cellist Peter Kempter and pianist David Fleming will perform works by Hindemith and Beethoven at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall...A clarinet studio recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall...Dorms close for spring break at 6 p.m. Friday and re-open March 24.


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March 10, 1996