The fall fine arts season at Sam Houston State University gets underway in September with two events designed to provide an extra margin of funding support for the departments of Music and Theatre and Dance.

First will be the Friends of Music fund drive and Faculty Gala concert. The concert is scheduled for Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium, with a following reception in Austin Hall.

Friends of Music support levels range from Passholder ($25) to Patron ($500 plus), with corresponding levels of benefits and recognition.

Rod Cannon, acting chairman of the Department of Music, has set a goal of $20,000 for the ninth year of the Friends of Music drive. He said that funds will provide scholarships for outstanding students and travel expenses to enable the department's ensembles to perform statewide and nationally.

The theatre and dance event, with the theme of "Dazzling Decades...Somewhere in Time," is scheduled for Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. in the dance building (Old Men's Gym) on 20th Street. Admission is $50 per person, with a silent auction of donated items also a part of the fund-raising process.

Dr. James Miller, who chairs the Department of Theatre and Dance, said that the program also includes food from Huntsville area restaurants and caterers, entertainment by theatre and dance students, casino games operated by the Las Vegas Connection, and ballroom dancing to the music of the Toomey Starks Band.

All of the profits from the benefit will go towards scholarships for theatre and dance majors.

For information on the two events, contact the Department of Music at 294-1360 or the Department of Theatre and Dance at 294-1329 or 294-1875.


When renowned artist Henri Matisse said he dreamed of an art "devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter," he wasn't thinking of the kind of art that makes up the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery's first exhibition of the academic year.

Clint Brown's charcoal drawings are more like a nightmare than a dream, and he intended them to be. Brown, professor of art at Oregon State University, said he did the drawings in response to AIDS in an attempt "to stir the mind rather than relax or calm it."

"While most people understand that AIDS exists and know how it is transmitted, the vast majority still see the disease as a threat to 'others'--to 'them' rather than to 'us,'" said Brown. "AIDS does not recognize such elusive and artificial barriers."

An opening reception for the exhibit, which opened last week, is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Thursday. The exhibition continues through Sept. 19. Admission to the gallery, which is located in the art complex on the southwest corner of the SHSU campus, is free.

Gaddis Geeslin Gallery hours are 12-5 Monday through Friday. For information or to schedule private showings call 294-1315.


An 85-piece exhibit of the works of Wimberley glass blower Tim de Jong is on display at the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center in the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Complex through Sept. 19.

de Jong was on campus for a demonstration of his craft for the exhibit opening Thursday evening. Carol Williams, Walker Education Center store manager, said that a video of de Jong at work will be played throughout the exhibition.

Williams said that all of the pieces on display are for sale, and 13 had already sold Thursday evening. de Jong is donating 30 percent of the sales proceeds to the Museum, and has also donated a large ruffled fruit bowl to be auctioned by the Huntsville Arts Commission.

Williams said that items on display include paperweights, "Texas" tea glasses, wine glasses, goblets, fruit bowls, perfume bottles, night lights and sun catchers, and that several of the pieces were made with rare materials no longer available.

The exhibit is supported by funding from the Huntsville Arts Commission, the City of Huntsville, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Admission to the Walker Education Center, at 19th Street and Avenue N, is free.


The Faculty-Student Mentor Program at SHSU has been so successful in attracting students who wish to participate that the volunteer deadline has been extended.

The program matches faculty, staff and administrator volunteers with first semester freshmen students. Mentors contact the students when they arrive on campus, welcome them to the community, and serve as their mentor during their first year on campus.

Frank Parker, assistant dean of student life and the program coordinator, said that volunteers may still contact his office, at 294-1785, to request a registration form.

"One of the highlights of the program this year will be the mentor reception in early September," said Parker. "At that time, we will present certificates to the '95-'96 mentors and hand out a calendar of events for the fall semester. There are several other new features that will make this program rewarding."


Three SHSU master of business administration students won awards in the American Production & Inventory Control Society 1996 Donald Fogarty International Student Paper Competition.

Winning awards from the society's Houston chapter were Diana Greene-Hunziker and Richard Schrader, whose papers tied for second place in the Full-Time Graduate Student category. Each received a $100 cash prize. Cynthia Bihm's paper won second place in the Part-Time Graduate Student category, and she also received a $100 cash prize.

This is the fourth year in which SHSU graduate students have won awards in the competition.


Bruce Wilson, a doctoral student in criminal justice who also works in the College of Criminal Justice Intern Office, has been selected as recipient of a $6,000 American Society of Criminology Minority Fellowship.

Wilson was selected for his outstanding academic record and the promise he shows for future contributions to criminology. He will participate in the American Society of Criminology meeting in Chicago Nov. 21, when the award will be announced.

"Bruce's award not only reflects well on his accomplishments, but also brings recognition for the College of Criminal Justice," said Dr. Timothy J. Flanagan, dean of the college.


The SHSU Office of Alumni Relations has scheduled pre-game picnics to be held two hours before the kickoff of each of the five Bearkat home football games this fall.

The first is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, prior to the Central State of Ohio game. The other dates are Sept. 28 (Parents Weekend, Texas Southern), Oct. 26 (Homecoming, McNeese State), Nov. 16 (Troy State), and Nov. 23 (Southwest Texas).

The last three picnics will begin at noon.


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Sept. 1, 1996