The Music Department's Faculty Gala will feature Robert and Julianne Best, John Paul, Patty Sue Davis and Frieda Gebert.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m.Tuesday in the Beto Criminal Justice Center's Killinger Auditorium. A reception will be held in Austin Hall after the concert, honoring Friends of Music donors.

"The program will begin with the best--make that plural--two Bests: Robert and Julianne," said Rod Cannon, acting chair of the Music Department. "This delightful couple has been welcomed to the voice faculty this fall. They are seasoned performers and will provide an exciting send-off for the evening's entertainment."

Paul will perform two Chopin Etudes, the instrumental faculty will team up with members of the keyboard faculty for several chamber works, and vocal performers who are familiar to the community and campus from past years will sing favorite arias.

Patty Davis, who retired from the vocal faculty in the spring, will return for Sondheim's "A Boy Like That" in collaboration with soprano Frieda Gebert.

For information on how to become a Friend of Music, contact the Music Department at 294-1360.


Theatre and Dance activities for the week include the visit of dancer, choreographer and educator Donald McKayle and the fund-raiser "Dazzling Decades...Somewhere In Time."

McKayle will be on campus from Monday through Thursday, with a Master Dance Class from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, followed by an informal discussion. Fee for participation in the class is $10. Observation of the class and participation in the discussion are free.

McKayle's choreography includes such internationally-acclaimed pieces as "Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder," "Games" and "District Storyville" for the concert stage. Also, "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" and "The Great White Hope" for film and award-winning "Sophisticated Ladies" and "Raisin'" for the Broadway stage.

Tickets for the "Dazzling Decades..." fund-raiser are available at the University Theatre Center Office or at the door Saturday (Sept. 21) evening. The event begins 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 event.

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 dance and theatre events, contact the Department of Theatre and Dance at 294-1875.


Twelve faculty members and five members of the SHSU staff were recognized recently for completion of 25 years service to the university. All were presented plaques by Dr. Bobby K. Marks, SHSU president.

The faculty members were Richard Butler, Ronald Earl, Frank Fair, David Fleming, David Henderson, Joe Kimbrough, Albert Koinm, David Moorman, Darryl Patrick, Robert Shearer, Thomas Soare, and Vernon Sweeney.

Staff members recognized were Pat Johnson, Frank Krystyniak, Elmo O'Bryant, Dorothy Roberson and Roger Walters.


Livingston blacksmith Tom Lundquist will be working at his craft Saturday (Sept. 21) from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum forge. Blacksmithing is one of the several farmstead work skills demonstrated periodically by the Museum at General Sam Houston's Woodland Home.


Deadline for signing up for Across-the-University Writing Program Workshops entitled "Browsing the Web for Writing Resources" Sept. 24 and "Teaching Writing-Enhanced Courses: Time Saving Tips" Sept. 30 is Sept. 23. Call Patricia Williams for details and registration. (Ext. 1143)

Faculty photos will be taken Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2-5 p.m., in Room 302 of the Rather Communication Building. The photos are free, and will be used in public relations. (Ext. 1836)

Students who plan to graduate in May should file degree applications by Oct. 18 in the Registrar's Office, Room 104, Administration Building. (Ext. 1033)


For a full listing of campus events, access the Office of Public Relations Calendar at its home page on the Internet at http://www.shsu.edu/~pin_www/index.html . To submit items for the Calendar and SHSU Update columns, contact the Office of Public Relations at Box 2105 on the SHSU campus; call 294-1836, or e-mail to pin_frk@shsu.edu or pin_per@shsu.edu. (end)

SHSU UPDATE is produced by the Office of Public Relations at Sam Houston State University. Faculty, staff, and students may contribute material by mail (Box 2105), (fax) 294-1834, e-mail pin_frk@shsu.edu or pin_per@shsu.edu telephone (294-1836), or visit (212 Rather Communications Building).
Sept. 15, 1996