After accepting the award, Walesa will speak on the subject of "Solidarity and the Peaceful Struggle for Human Rights and Security in Europe."
Students, university employees, and interested community members are invited to attend. Admission is free.
Walesa became known in the early 1980s as the leader of the Polish trade union Solidarity. That group's peaceful protest effort led to his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, to dissolution of the Polish Communist government in 1989, and is generally credited as one of the first steps in the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Walesa was elected as the first president of the Republic of Poland in 1990, but no longer holds that office.
The Sam Houston Humanitarian Award was established in 1993 in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sam Houston. It recognizes individuals with leadership and service achievements similar to those of the American statesman and Texas hero for whom the university is named.
This special event, sponsored by the Sam Houston State University Alumni Association, will provide an opportunity to visit with the recently named 11th president of SHSU and his wife Colleen.
A native of Beaumont, Marks earned his bachelor's degree at Lamar University, his master's degree at the University of North Texas, and his doctorate at the University of Arkansas. He was named president of Sam Houston State University last spring after 36 years of service on the university faculty and administrative staff.
Marks will be formally invested as SHSU president in a special ceremony slated for Nov. 21 at the Bernard Johnson Coliseum.
Those hosting the Oct. 20 social include: Ed and Genevieve Sandhop, Robert and Toni Bruner, J.D. and Vicki Davis, Jack and Mary Charles Kyle, Jack and Ruth Lynn Parker and Mance and Mary Frances Park.
For more information on the ice cream social, call the SHSU Alumni Relations Office at 294-1841.
The SHSU Rodeo Club presents its annual intercollegiate rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $3 pre-sale from team sponsor Sonny Sikes or Rodeo Club members and $5 at the gate at the Walker County Fair Grounds.
An estimated 30 SHSU student rodeo performers will participate, including men's and women's teams, against teams from 10 other colleges and universities.
The SHSU Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carol Smith will present its opening performance of its 55th season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Beto Criminal Justice Center Killinger Auditorium.
The program is billed as "A Classical Pops Extravaganza," featuring faculty performers Julianne Best, Barbara Corbin, Wayne Barrett, Robert Best, Thomas Soare, Gene and Marynell Young, and the English String Band.
The Huntsville Men's Chorus, conducted by Norman Ward, will also perform.
Spring Hill of the music faculty will present a recital of music for oboe, in combination with various other instruments, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall, 17th St. and Ave. J.
On Thursday the SHSU Chamber Players will present a concert of ensemble music at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. A highlight is expected to be Robert Kurka's "The Good Soldier Schweik." Director of bands Gary Sousa describes the piece as the story of a common man forced to become a soldier and fight for a cause for which he has no sympathy. Tickets for the three music events are $5, with Friends of Music and students admitted free. Call 294-1360 for information.
Former SHSU students wishing to attend the Oct. 25 Distinguished Alumni Award Reception, Silent Auction and Dinner, must place their reservations no later that 5 p.m. Oct. 18.
The event, which begins with a silent auction and reception at 6:30 p.m., includes a 7:30 p.m. dinner at the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. This year's honorees include: Dr. Thomas Davis, Class of '57; Dr. John Keller, Class of '49; Ms. Lynne Dees Liberato, Class of '74; Judge Jeanne W. Meurer, Class of '75; and Dr. Thaksin Shinawatra, Class of '79.
Tickets for the Distinguished Alumni Dinner are $30 per person.
A celebration of the athletic tradition at SHSU is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 26 when the SHSU Lettermen Association hosts its annual luncheon and inducts former athletes into the Bearkat Hall of Honor. Former lettermen to be honored at this year's event include Albert W. Choate, Class of '64; William C. (Sonny) Lindley, Class of '70; Curtis (Dike) Rose, Class of '37; and Tom Wendt, Class of '75.
Tickets for the Lettermen Association Hall of Honor Luncheon are $20 and must be reserved by 5 p.m. Oct. 18.
SHSU's Class of '46 will be honored in a special Golden Circle Reunion Luncheon slated for 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Lowman Student Center. The event is open to all alumni in the Class of '46, their friends, family and members of previous classes who have already been inducted or are eligible for induction into the Golden Circle Club.
Tickets for the Golden Circle Reunion Luncheon are $15 each and are also due by 5 p.m. Oct. 18.
To reserve a seat at any of these events sponsored by the SHSU Alumni Relations Office, call 294-1841.
Dr. Kenneth Henson, dean of the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University, will present a two-day institute on Writing for Publication on Wednesday and Thursday and a one-day institute on Grant Proposal Writing on Friday. Call Patricia Williams at 294-1143...
Registration for the spring semester is Nov. 7 through Nov. 14, but in order for some students to register they must go through an advisement process which begins Monday. Those who must be advised include students whose grade point average is below 2.5, students who are not exempt from the TASP test, and first semester transfer students. Call 294-1061 for details...
Students who anticipate graduating on May 17, 1997, must file degree applications by Friday in the Registrar's Office.
The foot race, slated for 8 a.m. on Oct. 26, will follow two 1.5-mile loops through the piney woods adjoining the SHSU campus. The same course will be used later that day for the SHSU Cross Country Invitational competition.
Early registration runs through 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Entry fees are $2 for SHSU students and alumni, $3 for SHSU faculty and staff, and $4 for the general public. The first 50 runners to register will receive a commemorative Raven Trail Run T-shirt. Race fees will cover on-course aid stations, post-race refreshments and medallions for the top three finishers in each category - "student," "faculty and staff," "alumni" and "the general public."
Race registration forms are available in room 104 of SHSU's Health and Kinesiology Center. Late registration will cost $5 and will be accepted from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the HKC and from 8-8:45 a.m. at the race site on Oct. 26.
On race day, runners can pick up their packets at the starting line located at the Intramural Fields north of the HKC.
For more information on the Raven 5K Trail Run, contact Marvin Seale, assistant director of SHSU's Department of Recreational Sports and Activities, at 294-1985.
This year, parade floats will be colorfully decorated around a Western theme - "The Good, The Bad, and The Orange." Parade entry forms are available to university organizations as well as non-profit community groups eager to show their support for the Bearkats in their Oct. 26 battle with the McNeese Cowboys at Bowers Stadium.
Parade entry forms may be picked up in room 316 of SHSU's Lowman Student Center and must be returned by 5 p.m. Oct. 21.
The parade route will follow Bowers Blvd. to Avenue H, then proceed up Avenue H to 17th Street and into the Bowers Stadium Parking lot. Judges will be located on Avenue H between the Newton Gresham Library and the Teacher Education Center.
For more information on the 1996 SHSU Homecoming Parade, contact the Student Activities office at 294-3861.