Sam Houston State University's four colleges will recognize distinguished students in separate convocation ceremonies scheduled on campus through May 5.

The College of Business Administration's 25th annual spring awards ceremony is set for 7 p.m. Friday in the Ronald P. Mafrige Auditorium of the Smith-Hutson Business Building. This year, 59 students will receive approximately 39 scholarships totaling $31,370.

On April 27, at 2 p.m., honor students and faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences will gather for their annual rite in the George G. Killinger Auditorium of the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center. This year, John W. Holcombe, an SHSU political science professor, will deliver the convocation address.

The College of Criminal Justice will hold its honors convocation at 7 p.m. May 1 in the Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom of the Criminal Justice Center. Rick Hartley, an SHSU alumnus currently serving as president of the 100 Club, will keynote the event.

The final convocation ceremony for the 1996-97 school year will be held May 5 when the College of Education and Applied Science presents scholarships and special recognition awards in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.


A number of diverse programs will be presented by the SHSU music department in coming days.

At 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall, 17th and Av. J, Julianne and Robert Best will perform music for vocal duet. The Bests are completing their first year as SHSU music faculty members and have many credits attached to their careers as a duo and individually.

Pianists for the performance will be David Fleming and Jerry Lynn Foster. The program is free to students and Friends of Music. Tickets at the door are $5.

The program Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center Killinger Auditorium will offer a step back in time, and participation by a famed Texas heart surgeon.

Billed as the Wind Ensemble's version of a Sousa Band Concert of the early part of the century, it will feature Dr. Grady Hallman, heart surgeon at Texas Medical Center, with a solo selection on euphonium.

Along with the music of John Philip Sousa, the program will offer a variety of solos including selections for voice by Julianne Best and for marimba by Doug Rosener. In addition to the Wind Ensemble, the Symhonic Band will perform.

Conductors for the evening will be Gary Sousa and Donald Ryder. Admission is free to students and Friends of Music. Tickets are $5.

Student recitals this week, all in the Recital Hall, include Alisse Wobser (vocal) at 4 p.m. Sunday, Melissa Scott (horn) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rochelle Sennet (piano) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Ryan Paxton (vocal) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.

The music fraternity and sorority, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, will conduct solo and ensemble contests for public school music students on Saturday.


"Reflections of Ourselves," a 40-minute program based on writing and artwork done by the SHSU Theatre Arts Outreach Team with theatre arts students at Mance Park Middle School, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday on the University Theatre Center Mainstage Theatre.

Family members and contributing students will be admitted free, with a $2 admission fee to others. There will be a reception in the Theatre Center lobby after each performance. Call Penny Hasekoester at (409) 294-1330 for more information.

"A Night of Experimental Theatre" will be presented by Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary theatre fraternity, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Showcase Theatre. Some material contains adult situations and language.

All works are written, directed, and performed by SHSU students or faculty. Admission donations of $2 will benefit the Alpha Psi Omega scholarship fund.

For more information, call (409) 294-1339.


On Tuesday at 9:55 a.m. President Bobby K. Marks will tour portions of the SHSU campus in a wheelchair to bring attention to the plight of handicapped persons.

The planned route begins at the Administration Building and proceeds to the Evans Complex, Lee Drain Building, Teacher Education Center, and Academic Building 1.

The tour will end at the Lowman Student Center, where Marks will be joined by Patsy Copeland and a number of handicapped students for a panel discussion, which is scheduled for Lowman Student Center Suite 306 at 10:30 a.m.

Students and faculty members are invited. Admission is free. The activity is being sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Student Council for Exceptional Children.

For more information contact Shondalyn Lucky, Jennifer LeBlanc or Jarod Evans at (409) 294-1938.


Additional events beyond this week include a retirement reception for Nelson Thornton April 28; a Symphonic Chorus concert April 29; a presentation by FBI agent Don K. Clark April 29; the College of Criminal Justice Sundial Ceremony May 1; and an exhibit of the work of artist Joseph Polley Paine May 3-9. See this column next week for more information. Please send additional information for inclusion in this column to the Office of Public Relations at SHSU.


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak

April 20, 1997