Liz Carpenter, well-known author, lecturer, and commentator on the national scene, will present the Sam Houston State University Distinguished Lecture Series program for the 1996 Spring Semester.

Carpenter's discussion of political humor, "Humor as Therapy in Life and in Politics," is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Beto Criminal Justice Center's Killinger Auditorium. Admission is free.

Carpenter, a Texas native who lives in Austin, is an unabashed admirer of Texas hero Sam Houston and was an enthusiastic participant in events scheduled by SHSU in celebration of Houston's 200th birthday in 1993.

Trained as a journalist, she served in the White House as an aide to both Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson.

She is the author of many magazine and newspaper articles as well as three books: "Ruffles and Flourishes," an account of her White House years; "Getting Better All the Time," recounting further events in her life; and the recent "Unplanned Parenthood: The Confessions of a Seventy-Something Surrogate Mother."

The last book was produced as the result of the sudden death of her brother and his wife, and Carpenter unexpectedly finding herself with three teenagers in her household.


The Dance Program's Dance Spectrum heads the list of cultural and entertainment activities for the coming week, with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday in the AB3 (Old Men's Gym) Dance Theater, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Choreography by Cindy Gratz, Teresa Walshak Trump, Tracy Anderson, Tracey White, Dana Nicolay, Margaret Barnett, and Mei-Ling Chen will be performed.

General admission is $7, or $5 with SHSU identification card.

Music events for the week include a student recital by Connie Barcak and Natalie Anderson at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Recital Hall; a percussion ensemble concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Criminal Justice Center auditorium, a piano forum with Dr. John Paul at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the CJC auditorium, and "Opera Scenes" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the CJC auditorium.

Also, a student recital by Jennifer Lewis on the viola at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall, a Children's Orchestra Concert for Huntsville public school students at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, with Carol Smith conducting, a Wind Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the CJC auditorium with Gary Sousa conducting, and a student recital by Dwayne Rice, percussionist, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Recital Hall.


For the fourth time in seven years the SHSU Department of Residence Life has been recognized by the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers for excellence in its operations.

The department recently received honorable mention for the association's Frank Cloud Award of Excellence at its annual conference. This year the award recognized development of community.

SHSU has previously received recognition for excellence in 1995 for developing student leaders, in 1992 for promoting diversity, and in 1990 for academic commitment.

Residence Life, under the direction of E. Thayne King, also received the association's 1996 award for continued commitment to promoting diversity among students.


Dr. Morgan Reynolds, director of criminal justice for the National Center for Policy Analysis and professor at Texas A&M University, will speak on "Productive Prisons" at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Criminal Justice Center courtroom.

Reynolds, who has consulted for the National League of Cities, the U. S. Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board, has written a number of books and articles, is a regular columnist for "Texas Republic" magazine, and testifies before congressional committees on various issues.

His appearance is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Graduate Programs, Correctional Management Institute of Texas, and Center for Correctional Policy Studies.


The Department of Recreational Sports is accepting entries for the 2nd Annual SHSU Faculty/Staff Golf Scramble to be played May 13 at Texas National Country Club, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. May 8, and or until the full field of 18 teams is filled.

The entry fee of $30 per person includes cart, range balls, soft drinks, a lunch, and team awards for first and second place. Long drive and closest to the pin individual awards will also be given. Call Kevin McKinney at 294-1966 or 294-1985 for details.


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April 21, 1996