An old goddess who also hangs out in Pittsburgh and Rome will be welcomed back to the Sam Houston State University campus this week.

A restoration of a plaster copy of a marble statue of the goddess Athena will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Peabody Memorial Library.

The plaster statue was a gift to Sam Houston Normal Institute by the 1912 senior class. The marble original was commissioned by an Italian family as a copy of a Greek statue, and is on display at the Vatican. Another plaster copy is owned by the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.

The restoration was done by Huntsville artist and Sam Houston State University graduate Monica Taylor, after the badly damaged sculpture was found during an art department move out of the Estill Classroom Building.

Funding for the project was provided by the Peabody Foundation, the Huntsville Arts Commission, the Walker County Historical Society, and the SHSU art department.


Art created with the help of the computer will be the focus for an exhibit in Sam Houston State University's Gaddis Geeslin Gallery through Sept. 18.

The exhibit features more than a dozen works by University of Dayton artist Jeff Murphy, who describes them as "large scale digital imaging murals dealing with the idea of perpetual disbelief."

SHSU art professor Darryl Patrick said that Murphy is among the best at the computer-assisted process, continuing in the impressionistic tradition of Picasso but using computers to create more "seamless" images in which the process detracts less from the subject than older cut and paste techniques.

Patrick expects the exhibit to be "controversial" in an artistic sense, "not offensive, but shocking images."

An opening reception for the exhibit, which has been up since Sept. 4, is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the gallery. Exhibit hours are noon-5 p.m. weekdays. Call 294-1315 for more information.


Sam Houston State University students will have the opportunity this week to begin the Office of Student Life's series of special presentations designed to make them more productive, more competitive and better leaders.

While participation in the EXCEL (Encouraging X-cellence through Co-curriculum Education and Leadership) program is not noted on the traditional university transcript, students who participate in at least 15 of the sessions will receive a certificate.

Areas in which presentations are scheduled include classroom techniques, communication, government, influence/decision making, interviewing/professional image, leadership strategies, personal development, planning/organizing, and others.

Sessions are taught by volunteers from the university faculty and staff.

Tuesday presentations and presenters include Tips for Success in Learning a Foreign Language (Alicibiades Policarpo), Networking-How It Can Help You (Leslie Ardoin), How to Use the Computer Resources Available to SHSU Students (Ken Clark), and Leadership Strategies for Students of Color (Don Howard).

Wednesday's schedule includes Finding Information on the Internet (Gerald Kohers), Don't Sleep With Your Professors...And Other Helpful Suggestions! (John Delaney), Getting Wired Into Planet Bearkat: Using the Department of Student Activities (Carlton Green), and Increase Your Personal Productivity (Carolyn Greer).

Thursday: Time Management for Unmanageable People: Avoiding that 'Last Minute' Stress (Teri Lesesne), Effective Note Taking (Leslie Ardoin), Tips for Success in Learning a Foreign Language (Alicibiades Policarpo), and Ten Things Every Freshman Needs to Know (John Delaney).

Friday: Express Yourself (Denise Ruch and Maria Charping).

Booklets with more information and registration details are available from the Office of Student Life, LSC 309, 294-1785.


Recent legislative action affecting higher education will be reviewed by Dist. 18 Rep. Allen Hightower (D-Huntsville) at a special Sept. 16 luncheon sponsored by the SHSU Chapter of the Texas Association of College Teachers.

The briefing, open to SHSU faculty and staff, will be held in room 312 of SHSU's Lowman Student Center. Lunch, including chicken-fried steak and dessert, will be served at noon. Hightower's presentation, "Higher Education and the 75th Legislature," is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

Lunch reservations, due by Tuesday, should be placed with Freida Koeninger in SHSU's foreign language department. Those interested in hearing Hightower's presentation but not interested in lunch are welcome, but need to reserve a seat. For more information, contact Koeninger at 294-1120. The lunch costs $7.

TACT membership information is available from Mary Lynn DeShazo in the SHSU chemistry department. She may be reached at 294-3750.


Sam Houston Memorial Museum activities include a demonstration by Wimberley glassblower Tim deJong and a hands-on craft workshop in tin punching.

deJong's work is on display through Sept. 27 in the museum's Walker Education Center on the Sam Houston State University campus.

The exhibit consists of 106 pieces, including bowls, vases, Christmas ornaments, and a hummingbird feeder, all of which are for sale and ranging in price from $18 to $200. The show is co-sponsored by the Huntsville Arts Commission.

deJong, who has a glassblowing shed on the museum grounds, has given demonstrations at the General Sam Houston Folk Festival and several other times during the year.

A native of Canada, deJong studied and worked in New York and Philadelphia, and now operates the Wimberley Glass Works in the Hill Country southwest of Austin.

The tin punch workshop is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 under the direction of SHSU art faculty member Sandra Linderman.

Call Lissa Doiron at 294-3371 for information on both events.


The Office of Continuing Education at Sam Houston State University has announced that registration is under way for seven courses. The courses and their dates include:

Introduction to Computers, Sept. 8-Oct. 1; Spanish Level I, Sept. 26-Nov. 4; Basic Sign Language, Sept. 22-Nov. 17; Nurse Aide Training, Oct. 14-Dec. 4; Medical Terminology I, Oct. 7-Oct. 30; Chemical Dependency Counselor Basic Education, Sept. 20-July 12; and Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement, Sept. 23-Oct. 14.

For more information, call the Continuing Education Office at 294-3701.


The Sam Houston State University music department presents its initial offering of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Killinger Auditorium.

Because of the variety of works and performers that comprise the evening's agenda, the event is expected to be one of the most popular and entertaining of the fall season, according to music faculty members.

In addition to the musical presentations, a special feature will be the awarding of the Fisher Tull Endowed Scholarship for the 1997-'98 academic year.

The $1,000 scholarship is made to an incoming freshman student who meets criteria established by Tull before his death. The selection is made by a faculty committee based on a musical audition and personal interviews with each student who is nominated.

Following the program there will be a reception in Austin Hall, honoring this year's Friends of Music. Admission to the concert is free to students with identification and to Friends of Music members. Tickets at the door are $5.

Membership in Friends of Music begins at the basic $25 "Passholder" level, allowing admission to all SHSU concerts for the season. Additional donations are rewarded with increased membership benefits including extra season passes, departmental mailings, invitations to post-concert receptions, and recognition on concert programs.

For further information, call 294-1360.


Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak and Phillip Rollfing

Sept. 7, 1997