Tommy Kerr, Sam Houston State University senior Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) student, has been awarded the $1,500 United Services Auto Association (USAA)/Sprint Scholarship.

Kerr was selected from a field of more than 1,000 cadets eligible for the award. Twenty-seven regional winners received $1,000 scholarship awards. The awards were presented at the Army of the United States (AUSA) convention recently in Washington, D. C.

"I was excited about finally getting the opportunity to visit the capital of the United States," said Kerr. "As I was flying over Washington D. C. on my way back home, I felt a strong sense of purpose and allegiance to the country that I had pledged to defend."

Selection of winners was based on grade point averages, enrollment in ROTC, performance in military science activities and a strong display of involvement in leadership and extracurricular activities.


Two professors from Italy will make presentations at a colloquium on Development, Poverty, Migration and Food at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Katie and E. Don Walker Education Center.

Professor Enzo Mingione, who chairs the Department of Sociology at the University of Padua, will speak on "Development and Poverty at the Turn of the Century."

Professor Enrico Pugliese, dean of the graduate school at the University of Naples, will speak on "The Characteristics and Implications of Contemporary International Migration."

Dr. Allesandro Bonanno, who chairs the Department of Sociology at SHSU, will speak on "The Food Question in the Global Society." Dr. Christopher Baldwin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at SHSU, will give introductory comments.

Faculty, students, and interested members of the community are welcome. There is no admission fee.


An exhibition of steel and ceramic sculptures by Texas artists Andrew Arvanetes and James Tisdale are on display through Nov. 14 at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery in the SHSU Art complex.

The large-scale fabricated steel forms by Arvanetes are "references to architecture and to machinery and to vehicles," according to the Dallas sculptor. "My work explores situations of personal memory and experience. They involve family, spirituality and social institutions."

Tisdale, artist-in-residence at the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, is also driven by recollections and memories of growing up. From a deeply religious family, he has produced work in response to the values, beliefs and commitment that helped to form his responses to the world around him.

Tisdale's displayed work includes four large ceramic sculptures of the human form, described as dusky and moody in appearance.

"The work is simply created for myself," he said. "My work is not created for the masses nor to besiege the world with great revelations."

The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, on 21st Street on the southwest corner of the SHSU campus, is open week days from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.


A work by a composer whose 200th birthday will be celebrated soon is among those to be performed by the Sam Houston Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Beto Criminal Justice Center's Killinger Auditorium.

The program will include choral works by Rachmaninoff, Faure, Barber and Schubert, who was born on Jan. 31, 1797.

"This concert is an interesting combination of romantic pieces by composers who are on the 'verge' or 'edge' of the 19th century," said Peter Jermihov, director of choral activities at SHSU.

"Rachmaninoff and Barber, both 20th century, none-the-less represent a powerful romantic sentiment. At the other end of the time-line, Franz Schubert bridges the gap from the Classical to the Romantic periods in music."

In addition to the 50-voice ensemble under the direction of Jermihov, the program will feature pianist Jay Whatley and soprano Stephanie Lewis.

The program is free to Friends of Music and students with identification. Tickets are $5. Call 294-1360 for information.


"Responding to and Evaluating Student Writing" is the topic of an Across-the-University Writing Program seminar scheduled for 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in room 312 of the Lowman Student Center.

The presentation will be made by Dr. Teri Lesesne, assistant professor of library science, and Dr. Diane Dowdey, associate professor of English.

Dr. Carol Holder, director of the California State Polytechnic University writing program, will present a two-day workshop on "Successful Writing Assignments and Evaluation Techniques" Nov. 15 and 16.

Call Patricia Williams, director of the Across-the-University Writing Program, for details on both events. Registration deadline is Nov. 8.


The Department of Library Science at SHSU will hold its Tenth Annual Young Adult Conference on Saturday. The conference topic is "A Birthday Bash: Celebrating a Decade of Conferences."

Main speakers include authors Robert Cormier, Virginia Euwer Wolff, Chris Lynch and Dr. Ted Hipple. Sessions are scheduled for the Lowman Student Center and Teacher Education Center.

In addition there will be 17 speakers and a conference-ending autograph session. Dr. Teri Lesesne is the conference coordinator.


A faculty art exhition is underway through Friday in the Lowman Student Center Gallery. Hours are 8-5. There is no admission fee.

Exhibitors include Martin Amorous, Jimmy Barker, Jack Barnosky, Margaret Bohls, Kate Borcherding, Margaret Boswell, William J. Breitenbach, Gene Eastman, Donald Harris and Emmette Jackson.

Also, Sharon Kopesky, Pat Lawler, Denise Lorenz, Jim Paster, Darryl Patrick, Rebecca L. Rabalais, Thomas Seifert, James Surls, Robbie Wallace and Kenneth Zonker.


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Oct. 27, 1996