One of the busiest weekends of the year on the SHSU campus, second only to Homecoming, is Parents Weekend.

This year events begin Friday with a leadership reception at 4:30 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom, and pep rally at 6 p.m.

Saturday events include registration from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sam Houston Memorial Museum Demonstrations from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and sorority presentations from 10-11 a.m. Also, Parents' Association Meeting at 11 a.m. in LSC Room #303, tours of Austin Hall and the Peabody Building and art show in the Gaddis Geeslin Art Gallery from 1-4 p.m..

The Sam Houston Chorale, under the direction of Peter Jermihov, and the Concert Choir, conducted by Wayne Barrett, will perform in the LSC Ballroom at 1:30 p.m. Among the works to be sung are Gabriel Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine" and "Mirjam's Siegesgesang" by Franz Schubert, commemorating the upcoming 200th anniversary of the composer's birth (Jan. 31, 1797).

Afternoon events also include a Fashion Showcase from 1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Casino Night from 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m., and a Greek program from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The barbecue dinner and pep rally is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum, with kickoff of the football game at 7 p.m.

Sunday events include a breakfast at Belvin Cafeteria from 8 a.m.-10:15 a.m. and Interdenominational Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. at the Old Main Memorial.


Dr. Terrell R. Hoage, SHSU professor of biology, is receiving international attention for his microbubble aeration treatment process.

Hoage's process for injecting tiny bubbles into waste from septic tanks and grease traps was the subject of recent articles in "Water Environment & Technology," a publication of the Water Environment Federation and a newsletter published by the Texas Water Resources Institute at Texas A&M.

He has also been invited to submit a paper on the process at a World Environmental Congress conference Oct. 28 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His paper will be entitled "Maximum Oxygen Transfer Efficiency Using Vacuum Microbubbles."

Hoage said that equipment using the process is successfully eliminating waste and solving odor problems at Busch Gardens and Disney World in Florida, and he has received requests for information on the process from Botswana, South Africa, Thailand and China.

Hoage has been researching the process for the past three years, primarily on septic systems on Lake Livingston which had proven unworkable using other technology.


A busy semester of activities involving sculpture exhibits at SHSU begins this week. Two shows open Wednesday evening in the Art Complex on the southwest corner of the SHSU campus.

"Communicate," an installation piece by The B&B Railroad (Mark Barry and Pedro Boyd) opens at 6 p.m. in the Students of Fine Arts Gallery, and runs through Oct. 4.

Sculpture event publicist Nancy Pfeifer describes "Communicate" as an "experiental environment." Gallery times are noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Advanced sculpture students will also exhibit their work beginning Wednesday in a show entitled "First Show--on the Grounds." It opens at 8 p.m. in the Art Complex courtyard.

Mixed media works by John Smithe, Tedd Pettibon, Kathy Boeckman, Josh Lindley, Yancey Lain and Stephanie Morris will be featured. All are students of James Surls.

Plans have also been announced for a student exhibit of photos, sculpture, painting, graphic art, display, poetry, music, drama, dance and video.

Pfeifer calls that event "a diverse media exhibition." It is entitled "Endangered Species, An Evolutionary Phenomenon?"

Entries are to be submitted Oct. 23, 24 and 25 from noon to 5 p.m. in Building C of the Art Complex. Those chosen for exhibition will be shown in the Students of Fine Arts Gallery Oct. 25 - Nov. 8, noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


The Sam Houston Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band will be on stage Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center's Killinger Auditorium.

The opening number, "Cuban Fire," will feature several of the regular soloists with the group, plus the unusual addition of French horns, tubas, and a battery of percussion.

Another interesting addition to the program, "Mustang Sally," will be a piece arranged by trombonist David Collins. Collins demonstrates his versatility in the performance by singing the lead vocal part, backed by Rachel Carlin and Deanna Moore.

Rounding out the ensemble's program will be works by Quincy Jones, Don Sebesky and Mark Taylor as well as a new composition, "Joy Spring," by Peter Herbolzheimer.

The Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Rod Cannon.

A further contribution to the evening's program will be Trent Hanna's Jazz Lab Band playing three tunes: "Hey Taxi," "My Funny Valentine," and "Night Creatures."

Tickets are $5. Students and Friends of Music are admitted free. For more information call 294-1360.


Rehearsals are underway for two Christmas favorites to be performed by the SHSU Symphonic Chorus Nov. 26--J. S. Bach's "Magnificat" and Daniel Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata."

The program is a joint production of the Huntsville Community Choral Society and the Department of Music at SHSU. Anyone interested in singing in this production is invited to attend the Monday rehearsal at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building Choral Rehearsal Room at SHSU.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the Beto Criminal Justice Center's Killinger Auditorium. For more information call 294-1360.


Alicia M. Lukaszewski, cadet records technician for the SHSU Department of Military Science, has been recognized for completing 20 years of service as a civilian employee of the U. S. government.

Lt. Col. Kevin B. Fitzpatrick recently presented Lukaszewski with a recognition certificate and pin and announced her promotion under the government's personnel classification system.

Fitzpatrick praised Lukaszewski for her "selfless dedication," and especially her work with the cadets. Many of them, over the years, have shown their appreciation by keeping in contact with Lukaszewski as they continue in their military careers and beyond, he said.

Fitzpatrick made the presentations on behalf of Col. John E. Alley, commander of the Fourth Region of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), with headquarters at Fort Lewis, Washington.


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

Monday is also the deadline for volunteering to participate in the Faculty-Student Mentor Program. Frank Parker, assistant dean of Student Life, said that approximately 100 additional volunteers are needed for the program, which is directed to improving the retention of new students. (Ext. 1785)

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Sept. 22, 1996