Graduate counseling students from Sam Houston State University will be working with the Huntsville and San Jacinto County Head Start programs as the result of an $8,000 grant from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Graduate counseling majors Amy Evans and Kathy Stern will work in San Jacinto County. Working in Huntsville will be graduate counseling majors Susan Brock and Susan Bajza.

Dr. Rick Bruhn, associate professor in educational leadership and counseling and the project coordinator, said that the young counselors will work with students and faculty members in classrooms, provide formal and informal play therapy, consult with parents, and conduct educational programs for at-risk children and families.

"The task of maintaining and rebuilding healthy families and family values is critical to a successful educational effort," said Bruhn.

Bruhn is a clinical member and an approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He was also project coordinator for one of three $2,000 planning grants awarded nationally by the association for 1995-'96. All of the grants are funded by the Prudential Foundation.


Dr. Bob Biles, professor of political science and winner of the Sam Houston State University Excellence in Research Award for 1991-'92, will make two presentations in April on women and politics in Latin America. Biles has researched and lectured as a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia and Ecuador.

Biles' first presentation is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday in Austin Hall. It is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Sigma Xi student research organization.

Biles has also been selected to give the convocation address at the 15th Annual College of Arts and Sciences Convocation scheduled for 2 p.m. April 28 in the Beto Criminal Justice Center auditorium.

Recent presentations by Biles have included speeches at the Southwestern Council of Latin American Studies in Oaxaca, Mexico, the American Political Science Association in Chicago, and the Southwestern Social Science Association in Houston.

Biles says that women in Ecuador are just beginning to make inroads that women in Colombia were making in the 1970s. While their role in government and parties is still quite small, many women are having significant impact through their work in non-governmental organizations.

"Some of the dilemmas facing women in both countries relative to balancing home, family, and political leadership cast important light on the dilemmas of women in our own country," he says.

Admission to both presentations is free and interested campus and community members are invited.


Paintings by award-winning Chicago artist Yvonne Leonard will be on display through April 17 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.

Dr. Darryl Patrick, professor of art and the exhibit coordinator, said that the exhibit will include a medium called intaglio, which is a form of print-making that uses intense deep images which are somewhat like stained glass.

The exhibit will also include eight large pastels, as well as 12-14 smaller prints.

"There is an element of realism," said Patrick, "but because of placement, solitude, and great scale, her work seems to take on another meaning."

Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with tours available by contacting the Art Department office at 294-1315. The gallery will also be open during the "Saturdays at Sam" recruiting day on April 13.


Huntsville native Art Wiese, Jr., a former reporter in Houston and Washington and now an executive with the American Petroleum Institute, will be the speaker for the annual Journalism Awards Banquet Thursday evening at the Junction Restaurant.

The presentation of scholarships named in honor of current Huntsville resident Dr. Ferol Robinson and the late Don Reid Jr. of Huntsville will be among the evening's highlights.

Students and faculty members who would like to attend should sign up by Tuesday in room 322 of the Rather Communication Building. Information is available at 294-1497. Tickets are $7 each.


Wildflower expert Diane Cabiness will present a program on that subject Saturday at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum's Walker Education Center. Cabiness will make two presentations, the first beginning at 1 p.m. and another at 2 p.m.

The Education Center is located at 19th Street and Avenue N. There is no admission charge for the presentations. For more information, contact Derrick Birdsall at 294-1831.


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March 31, 1996