SHSU is one of 54 schools of education that received either initial or continuing accreditation by the council under 1995 accreditation standards which emphasize teacher performance. SHSU is one of only nine institutions in the state of Texas with this accreditation status.
"These standards focus on what teacher candidates should know and be able to do, and candidates are expected to demonstrate specific skills," said Dr. Kenneth Craycraft, dean of the college. "We are pleased to receive this continued accreditation."
Dr. Hollis Lowery-Moore, assistant dean of the college, said that the re-accreditation process included on-site visits and document review by teachers and teacher educators as well as education policy makers and school specialists.
"If better education is the answer to social and economic problems, then improving teacher training is the first step to solving those problems," said Lowery-Moore.
A total of 51 scholarships totaling more than $36,000 will be awarded at the COBA event beginning at 7 p.m. Friday in the Business Administration Building Auditorium. Dr. Bobby K. Marks, SHSU interim president, will be the guest speaker.
The awarding of 22 scholarships and more than $15,000 will highlight the CJ activities, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the CJC auditorium. Dr. Rolando V. del Carmen, distinguished professor of criminal justice, will be the guest speaker.
CJ events will also include a Student Leadership Luncheon Friday and a Sundial Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Janet McNutt, who chairs the Criminal Justice Alumni Board of Directors, will speak at the Sundial Ceremony, which will honor alumni in criminal justice service throughout the world and those who have died in the line of duty.
The Sundial memorial was dedicated in April 1990 as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the criminal justice program at SHSU.
Coers' presentation will be part of the Student Government Association and Across-the-University Writing Program Committee's annual writing honors reception.
Outstanding student papers/publications and faculty publications will be displayed and outstanding student writers will be honored, including the student submitting the best freshman composition for the 1995-'96 academic year.
The 44-voice Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Kent E. Hatteberg, was selected by taped audition. They will perform a program of 20th century a cappella works Friday morning, featuring composers Henryk Gorecki, Frank Martin, William Schuman, David J. Griffiths, Willy Burkhard and Steven Sametz.
This is the third time that ensembles under the direction of Hatteberg, who is in his fifth year as director of choral activities, have been chosen to perform at the national convention. The Chorale also performed at last year's Texas Music Educators convention in San Antonio.
A choir from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Hatteberg directed before coming to Sam Houston State, was also selected to perform this week in Kansas City, and will be on the same program as the SHSU Chorale.
Hatteberg has conducted the joint Huntsville Symphonic Choir/Huntsville Choral Society, and is director of the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church.
The week's events begin Sunday with a graduate piano recital by Wanda Perry at 3 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center auditorium. Also Sunday, students Scott Bonasso and Alisse Wobser will perform a voice recital at 4 p.m. at First Methodist Church.
The Chamber Music Flute Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall. On Tuesday the Jazz Ensemble Concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the CJC auditorium.
Doug Rosener will perform a percussion faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall. Ricky Fritzsching will perform a student trumpet recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, also in the Recital Hall.
For information on music events, call 294-1360.
Bob Barragan, SBDC director, said that one of the new items of equipment is a laptop computer which will allow SBDC consultants to connect to the SBDC offices in Huntsville from clients throughout the area, and even to access Internet resources.
"The grant was utilized to upgrade computer equipment, enhance client services, and increase productivity at the SBDC office and the outlying satellite offices," said Barragan.
Karen Gail Crawford was a 1991 Sam Houston State University graduate who majored in education. She taught second grade in the Klein Independent School District for less than two years before her tragic death in April 1993.
The scholarship is awarded to two early childhood education students per semester at Sam Houston State. From the outset, the scholarship will provide the two students with full scholarships (tuition, books and fees) worth $1,100 and it will be increased during their first year of teaching to include a $1,000 award to provide assistance in the classroom.