Robert Barragan, director of the Small Business Development Center at Sam Houston State University, has accepted an appointment as a member of the 1996-'97 Texas Department of Commerce State Small Business Advisory Board.

Barragan was notified of the appointment by Toni Sanchez, the department's Small Business manager, who will also serve as a liaison coordinator between the department and the board.

"Your reputation and expertise in the field of small business and economic development has been recognized by Commerce as a positive contribution to the businesses in the Huntsville area and will definitely benefit the Board in its statewide efforts this year," said Sanchez.

The Board's mission is to serve as the principal advocate in the state on behalf of small and historically underutilized businesses, and to provide recommendations on administrative requirements and legislation affecting businesses in Texas.

"This appointment is a compliment to the support of the Small Business Development Center by Sam Houston State University and the College of Business Administration," said Barragan. "I look forward to helping evaluate the efforts of public and private entities to assist this important element of the Texas economy."


Two students and one faculty member from Sam Houston State University recently presented papers at a joint meeting of three physics societies at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Adam Reppond, senior physics-engineering major from Riverside, presented results of a research project involving the use of an accelerator on the SHSU campus to investigate pollution questions. Huntsville residents and physics majors Belle Redden, a senior, and Deanna Hansen, a sophomore, also work on the project which is directed by Dr. Charles Meitzler, associate professor of physics.

Tommy Binford, junior physics major from Montgomery, presented a paper on his project which relates to the more efficient transfer of electrical energy through super-conductivity. His project is supervised by Dr. Gan Liang, associate professor of physics.

Dr. Liang also presented a paper relating to super-conductivity. He is principle investigator of a project involving graduate students Haiwen Xi, Baoxian Tang and Ligen Yan. Dr. Russell Palma, who is on leave from his position as chairman of the Physics Department, participated in this project along with researchers from Rutgers and the University of Texas.

Twelve members of the Society of Physics Students attended the meeting.

"One of the things that our department takes pride in is offering undergraduate as well as graduate students the opportunity to participate in the conduct and communication of relevant research," said Dr. E. Rex Isham, acting director of the Physics Department.


Internationally renowned clarinetist F. Gerard Errante will present a master class at 3 p.m. and a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Killinger Auditorium.

The master class will focus on performance practices of contemporary clarinet techniques with electronic music. The concert will feature works for solo clarinet, clarinet and tape, clarinet and digital delay, and clarinet and real-time processing.

Errante has received acclaim for performances in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan. He has a number of recordings and has been featured in radio performances throughout the world.

A native of New York City, he holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Michigan. He has published clarinet reference works and articles for a variety of journals, as well as several compositions for the clarinet.

Errante is professor of music at Norfolk State University in Virginia, where he has twice been named "Outstanding Teacher of the Year." He is a past president of the International Clarinet Association.

Errante's class and concert are free to students. Admission to the concert is $5, with Friends of Music admitted free. Call 294-1360 for information.


The remainder of the 1996 Fall Semester will be a busy one for the SHSU Department of Music.

Events of the coming week include a choral and instrumental program by the Sigma Alpha Iota women's musical sorority at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall. A string forum is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, and the Faculty Woodwind Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m., both in the Recital Hall.

Upcoming events through the end of the semester include a clarinet recital by faculty member Tamara Raatz Nov. 12, the Flute Choir Nov. 13, the Vocal Forum Nov. 15, the Wind Ensemble Concert Nov. 15, the Brass Choir Nov. 18, the Faculty Brass Quintet Nov. 19, the Jazz Ensemble Concert Nov. 21, a Student Composition Recital Nov. 24, a Clarinet Studio Recital Nov. 25, a Symphonic Choir Performance Nov. 26, a Concerto Festival Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, and a Symphony Orchestra Concert Nov. 26.

In addition, J. S. Bach's "Magnificat" and Daniel Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata" will be performed by the Huntsville Community Chorus Nov. 26.


The Undergraduate Admissions Office is seeking volunteers from among current SHSU students to serve as hosts for the next "Saturdays at Sam!" visitation day Nov. 23.

Barrie Glasscock is coordinator of the event which gives prospective students and their guests an opportunity to view the campus, visit with faculty about majors and speak with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid and Residence Life.

Glasscock said that anyone who would like to help make the visitors welcome should call Undergraduate Admissions at 294-1828. A volunteer orientation will be held Nov. 14.


Registration is underway through Wednesday for the SHSU Office of Extended Learning/Huntsville Walker County Chamber of Commerce two day seminar entitled on Strategic Communication Planning for Small Businesses & Agencies.

Dr. James DeGeorge, who has taught writing at the college and professional levels for more than 20 years, will conduct the seminar Thursday and Friday. DeGeorge is a professor of journalism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has co-authored books on technical and business writing.

The seminar is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce, 1326 11th St. The registration fee is $350. For information call the SHSU Office of Extended Learning at 409-294-3869.


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Nov. 3, 1996