Texas Attorney General Dan Morales has accepted an invitation to speak at the Sam Houston State University spring commencement ceremony scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in Johnson Coliseum.

"Attorney General Morales has been recognized statewide and nationally for his legislative as well as judicial efforts," said Dr. Bobby K. Marks, SHSU interim president. "We are pleased that he will be with us for this special day."

Morales, 39, was born in San Antonio. He earned his bachelor's degree from Trinity University and his doctorate from Harvard Law School. He served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives and took office as attorney general in 1991.


Registration is underway at Sam Houston State University for the spring semester "Saturdays at Sam" visitation day for prospective students on April 13.

Visiting students will be given an interesting and information-filled day of welcomes, introductions, visits with academic, financial aid and residence life representatives, and tours, said Barrie Glasscock, Saturdays at Sam coordinator.

Also scheduled is an organizations fair, an admissions help desk, and orientation registration. Coffee, juice, and donut holes will be served for breakfast and pizza for lunch.

Interested students are asked to pre-register if possible by calling 294-1844, but walk-ins are welcome.


Approximately 45 cadets and instructors from the ROTC Corps of Cadets at Sam Houston State University will participate in the Camp Apache field training exercise Thursday through Sunday at Fort Hood.

A total of 18 college groups from Texas and one from New Mexico, with an expected 700-750 cadets and instructors, are expected to participate in the exercises designed to test and enhance cadet leadership and military skills.

"The Apache Brigade mini-camp is the most successful camp of its kind," said Lt. Col. Kevin Fitzpatrick, professor of military science at SHSU. " Each year it challenges cadets, sending hundreds of them away with a sense of what they need to do to succeed at advanced camp, which takes place at Fort Lewis, Washington, every summer."


Saturday's performance of the SHSU Symphony Orchestra will feature the world premiere of a work by an award-winning composer who is also the music director for the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta.

The work by Mark Watters, who will attend the performance scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium, is entitled "From Here to There." It was written in honor of Watters' high school band and orchestra director, Earl Haberkamp, who will serve as guest conductor.

Haberkamp's daughter, Sara, a senior music education major and the SHSU Symphony principal cellist for the past four years, will perform as soloist.

The Saturday performance will be the closing event in the 34th Annual Contemporary Music Festival, which will include performances on Thursday and Friday as well.

Admission to Festival performances is $5 for adults, with students admitted free. Call 294-1360 for more information.


Compositions by Mozart, Pierne, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bach, Jacob, Fox and Tull are included in the Woodwind Chamber Music Concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall.

Scheduled to perform are a saxophone quartet composed of Clay Stansberry, Colin Kading, Tim Lynn and Joe Clark, and a clarinet quartet of Michelle Gaddis, Karen Wisnoski, Jandris Johnson and Elizabeth Smith-Barry.

Other performing combinations will include Connie Barcak on clarinet and Rochelle Sennet on piano, Lacy Lansford on bass clarinet and Phillip Schroeder on piano, and the clarinet trio of Crissie Deramee, Jandris Johnson, and Christy Richey.

Admission is $5 for adults, with SHSU and other students admitted free.


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March 24, 1996