Aspiring women from all walks of life will gather in San Antonio July 23-25 for the Women & Leadership Conference, which is co-sponsored by two departments at Sam Houston State University.

"The event was organized to provide support, encouragement, and an exchange of ideas between women who are making a difference in the world," said Beverly Irby, professor of educational leadership, one of the co-sponsors.

Other sponsors include the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and SHSU's Office of Extended Learning.

"The purpose of the conference is to allow professional women to come together to enhance their leadership skills and to learn how to balance their personal and professional lives," said Irby.

Women & Leadership speakers will include: Vicki Wright, executive director of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission; Alice Rowe, author and educator; Irma Herrera, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates; and Evelyn Farmer, associate superintendent of the Fredericksburg Independent School District.

Conference's topics include: "Leadership Skills," "The Six Habits of Highly Balanced People," "Creating Balance and Success in the Male Word," "Moomba Laughter: The Motivational Soul for the Next Millennium," "Balancing Power with Caring," and others.

The event will be held at the Menger Hotel, located in San Antonio's Riverwalk district. The deadline for making hotel reservations is June 23.

For information and a registration form, contact the Office of Extended Learning at (409) 294-3869.


Fine arts activities at SHSU for this week include student recitals, two concerts, and a children's choral festival.

At 5 p.m. Sunday Heather Waggoner (flute) and Crissie Deramee (clarinet) will give a student recital at the Recital Hall. Rhonda Caravajal (clarinet) will also appear there at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Both performances are free.

At 7:30 p.m. Monday the Percussion Ensemble will perform in Killinger Auditorium of the Beto Criminal Justice Center. The Jazz Ensemble will also present its concert there at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Admission to those concerts is $5 for Friends of Music and free to students.

On Friday and Saturday the East Texas Children's Choral Festival is scheduled for Killinger Auditorium and the Fine Arts Building. Call (409) 294-1360 for details and ticket information.


Four authorities on western art and photographic history will present an April 26 symposium entitled "Western Visions: Art and Photography at the Frontier" at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum's Walker Education Center.

While the presentations are free, tickets for the luncheon are $10 and must be reserved by April 21.

Presenters include:

Ron Tyler, a professor of history at the University of Texas and current director of the Texas State Historical Association, who will speak on "Eastern Artists, Western Visions;"

Richard Francaviglia, head of the Center for Southwestern Studies at the University of Texas in Arlington, will who will present "Images of Steel: Railroads and the Promotion of the West;"

Ben Huseman, curator of the Amon Carter Museum, who will offer a program entitled, "From Field Sketches to Prints: 19th Century Western Expedition Images"; and

Tom Rogers, who teaches history for the North Harris Montgomery Community College System, who will examine "The Camera at Work in the Great American West of the 19th Century."

The symposium is being presented in conjunction with an exhibit of early western photography which is underway at the Walker Education Center through May 11. It is also open to the public with no admission fee.

For information or to reserve syposium luncheon tickets call (409) 294-1832.


John H. Bounds, who joined the Department of Geography at Sam Houston State University in 1968, will retire from the university in May.

"In addition to touching the lives of thousands of students over the years, Dr. Bounds is a prolific writer," said Allen Williams, who chairs the geography and geology department.

"Over his long professional career he published a number of books and articles and was instrumental in establishing the department's Cartography Lab."

Williams said that as a tribute to Bounds, the department has established the John H. Bounds Geography Scholarship. Contributions in honor of Bounds' service may be sent to the John H. Bounds Geography Scholarship, Box 2148, Huntsville, TX 77341. Call (409)-294-1451 for additional information.


The SHSU Bearkitten Academy is offering a summer program for infants through pre-kindergarten and a school age program for K-3rd grade.

Activities include weekly field trips, recreation time at the SHSU Health & Kinesiology Center, Gresham Library, arts and crafts, and a new expanded playground for outside activities.

Tuition is $65 to $80 per week. For more information call Deborah Sousa at (409) 293-8877.


Registration begins this week for the May 19 Sam Houston State University championship four-member golf scramble at Wedgewood Golf Course in Conroe. Deadline for entry is May 5.

Registration forms and additional information will be sent through campus mail this week. SHSU employees interested in participating may also contact Kevin McKinney at (409) 294-3657.


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak

April 13, 1997