Four members of the Sam Houston State University Department of Military science, including Lt. Col. Kevin Fitzpatrick, professor of military science, have received new assignments effective at the end of the spring semester.

Others reassigned include Maj. Joe F. Charsagua, Capt. Heidi Kavanaugh and Maj. Scott Brosch, assistant professors of military science.

Fitzpatrick will depart in June for an assignment in Saudi Arabia. He will be replaced by Lt. Col. Robert Oates, a 1975 SHSU graduate who earned his commission in the SHSU Reserve Officers Training Corps program.

Kavanaugh and Charsagua are scheduled to depart in mid-May. Kavanaugh will be assigned as an adviser to a U. S. Army Reserve Unit in her hometown of Pittsburgh. Charsagua will be transferred to Norfolk, Va. Brosch, who will also depart in June, has not received his new assignment.

Fitzpatrick was complimentary of the work of his staff, which has resulted in the commissioning of 53 new U. S. Army officers in the past three years. An indication of the quality of the SHSU program is that 75 percent of those officers received active duty assignments.

SHSU cadets have also ranked high in their performance at advanced camp, Fitzpatrick said, a result primarily of the efforts of Brosch.


A program by the 20-member Opera Workshop ensemble and guest artists presenting a clarinet and a piano duet recital are scheduled at SHSU Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Opera Workshop, under the direction of Frieda Gebert, will present a program performed recently at San Marcos, as a joint production of SHSU, Southwest Texas State University, and the University of Houston. The performance, entitled "Going for Baroque," is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The program will consist entirely of scenes from Baroque operas by Lully, Cavalli, Rameau and Purcell. Its three segments are entitled "At the Movies," "In the Garden," and "At the Ball."

Tom Parchman will perform a clarinet recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall. He will be joined by SHSU music faculty members Peggy DeMers, horn; Tamara Raatz, clarinet; and David Fleming, piano.

Parchman is principal clarinetist of the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra. He is also professor of clarinet at the University of Southern Maine, and also performs on the saxophone. He plays music in a variety of styles and performs in both ensemble and solo settings.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Killinger Auditorium Betty Mallard and David Renner will perform a piano duet concert in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Schubert.

The program will consist of the Grand Sonata in B-flat, written in 1818, and three pieces from Schubert's last year, 1828--the Lebensstuerme, a major rondo; and what many consider to be his most profound work in the piano duet medium, the Fantasy in F minor.

Mallard and Renner are members of the piano performance faculty at the University of Texas in Austin. They began playing piano duet material 14 years ago and have taken their artistry to many parts of the United States.

Admission to the events is free to students and Friends of Music. Tickets are $5. Call 294-1360 for information.


Marie Hayden, who chairs the SHSU Faculty Senate, has been elected vice president of the Council of Faculty Governance Organizations of Texas. Hayden's region includes 10 universities in the eastern part of the state.

Hayden met with representatives of the group's 33 institutions in Austin recently and heard a report from University of Houston Chancellor and former Texas Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby. Discussion topics included legislative proposals to mandate post-tenure review processes in Texas and issues relating to distance learning.

The council is a federation of faculty senates, councils and assemblies at Texas public senior colleges and universities. Organized in 1978, it meets twice a year in Austin to share faculty governance experiences and problems and to exchange ideas on higher education with agents of state government, members and staff of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and others.

Hayden, a professor in library science, has served in a number of faculty governance positions at SHSU and has been active in the Texas Association of College Teachers at the local and state levels.


Neil Taylor, a painter, printmaker and computer artist, will appear at SHSU Monday and Tuesday as part of the Art Department's Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

Also, an art show comprised of work submitted from throughout the nation, and judged by recent guest juror Melissa Miller, is on display through Friday in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery.

Taylor will give a public lecture at 11 a.m. Monday in room 108 of Art Building E. He will also give a printmaking demonstration from 3 - 9 p.m. in the Printmaking Studio of Art Building A, room 103, and his work will be on display in the studio.

Taylor will also present a computer workshop for students from 11 a. m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Art Building E Graphic Design Studio. Call 294-1315 for more information.


Registration is under way in the Office of Extended Learning for courses in nurse aide training (March 25-May 17), EMT-paramedic (April 22-July 31) and EMS instructor (March 25-April 1) training, and ceramics (April 12-May 31).

Four 30-hour courses for those seeking a real estate license and those needing re-licensing include real estate investments (May 10-11, 24-25), real estate principles (June 7-8, 21-22), law of agency (July 12-13, 26-27), and real estate marketing (Aug. 9-10, 23-24).

Upcoming sumer courses will include introduction to computers (June 16-July 9), Microsoft Word for windows (July 15-Aug. 7), self defense for women (June 2-July 7), medication aide refresher course (July 16), country and western ballroom dance classes, (Summer 1997) and CPR courses (Summer 1997).

For more information, contact the Office of Extended Learning at 294-3701.


Two student groups at SHSU are sponsoring service projects in coming weeks.

The Student Government Association, in conjunction with St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, is sponsoring a blood drive from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. March 26 in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

SGA vice president Shondalyn Lucky said that the goal is to recruit 300 blood donors. The organization supporting the blood drive with the most donors will receive a cash prize of $50 and the organization's name will be placed on a plaque in the SGA office. Each individual who contributes blood will receive a free T-shirt and refreshments.

The Sam Houston Alliance for Wellness will hold its annual Jump Rope for Heart American Heart Association benefit from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 2 in Johnson Coliseum. Organizations and individuals are being sought as donors and participants.

Karol Krystyniak, president of the Alliance for Wellness, said that individual door prizes and a special door prize for the organization raising the most money will be given. A jump rope will be awarded with all $10 donations and 30 minutes of participation. Call 295-8541 for more information.


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak

March 9, 1997