Final figures for the 1997 Fall Semester, released Friday by the Registrar's Office at Sam Houston State University, show that 145 more students are attending SHSU this fall than a year ago.

Sam Houston State's enrollment for Fall 1997 is 12,713, an increase of 1.l5 percent over last fall's enrollment.

"We're excited," said Joey Chandler, director of admissions/recruiting. "Everyone from the people who answer the phones here to the students who give tours."

Chandler said that recruiters will hit the road this week for a busy fall schedule of high school and community college career nights.

This fall's enrollment is the fourth highest in Sam Houston history, behind 12,906 in 1994, 12,800 in 1993, and 12,753 in 1990.


Two programs are on the music department concert schedule for the week beginning Sept. 14. Both will be held in the Recital Hall, 17th St. at Ave. J, at 7:30 p.m.

On Monday, Andrea Huber, soprano, will be featured as a guest artist. The pianist for the evening's program, Jerry Lynn Foster, is well-known to Huntsville audiences and is a frequent collaborator with Ms. Huber.

Although she has lived in Germany since 1985, Ms. Huber grew up and had her musical training in the United States. She has performed in many European concert halls.

Last summer she portrayed Hanna Glawari in "The Merry Widow" at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland. She returned to this hall in August to perform in a gala concert of the music of Sigmund.

Ms. Huber is a student of Walter Foster, member of the voice faculty at SHSU.

On Tuesday evening, Natalie Syring and David Fleming will present a concert of music for flute and piano. The recital will feature a variety of music by composers of different nationalities.

There will be two compositions by composers from the United States--one by Philippe Gaubert of France, and a group of Tango-Etudes by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.

The Oriental style of flute playing will be demonstrated through a group of three Chinese folk tunes.

Ms. Syring is a faculty member of the SHSU music department. She also teaches at Montgomery College and is principal flutist in the Woodlands Orchestra.

Fleming is a member of the keyboard faculty, teaching both group and studio piano as well as a course in ensemble and accompaniment skills.

Both programs are free to students with identification and Friends of Music. Tickets at the door are $5. For more information, call (409) 294-1360 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Parents Weekend, which has rivaled homecoming in recent years for campus activities and football game attendance, is set for Saturday, Sept. 20.

Some of the scheduled activities include costumed demonstrations at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and homemade dessert at the Woodland Home kitchen, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Music department contributions include a Jazz Ensemble Concert at 11 a.m. on the Lee Drain Building steps, and a Chorale/Concert Choir Concert at 1:30 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center's Killinger Auditorium.

Parents and their students will gather at a barbecue at Johnson Coliseum from 4:45-6:15 p.m. and the alumni office will sponsor its third pre-game picnic in the Bowers Stadium parking lot from 5-7 p.m.

The Bearkat football team will play Arkansas-Monticello at Bowers Stadium at 7 p.m.


A course in Medical Terminology, which is the first step to several careers in the medical field, is among several courses being offered this fall by the Office of Continuing Education at Sam Houston State University.

Medical Terminology I, the first in a three part series, is scheduled Oct. 7-Oct. 30. Following the terminology series, Medical Transcription will be offered. After completion of these two courses, students may be eligible to work in a physician's office or out of their homes.

Medical Terminology is also groundwork for careers in Medical Coding, Medical Records and Medical Insurance.

Other courses being offered this fall are Spanish Level I, Sept. 26-Nov. 4; Basic Sign Language, Sept. 22-Nov. 17, Nurse Aide Training, Oct. 14-Dec. 4; Chemical Dependency Counselor Basic, Sept. 20-July 12, 1998; and Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement, Sept. 23-Oct. 14.

For information on these and other courses, including Mediation Basic Training, Family Mediation Training, Advanced Conflict Resolution, Mediation of Criminal Justice Disputes, Legal Secretary, Legal Investigation, and Paralegal, call (409) 294-3701.


Psychologist Na'Im Akbar, an internationally-acclaimed author and pioneer in Afrocentric psychology, will lead two special programs at SHSU this Thursday.

At 3 p.m., in the Lowman Student Center Theater Akbar will facilitate a symposium focusing on race relations in the United States. The event will feature a panel discussion with community and campus leaders.

Then at 7 p.m., at the same location, Akbar will address the issue of leadership in the African-American community in a program entitled "Black Leadership: What is Your Purpose?" In addition to examining leadership issues of importance to the black community, Akbar promises to challenge students to become proactive on campus and throughout the community.

"Dr. Akbar is a dynamic individual and a very impressive speaker," said Carlton Green, assistant director of student activities at SHSU. "In light of President Clinton's recent statement on race relations, Dr. Akbar's visit is both timely and important. The issues he will discuss affect this campus, and should be thought-provoking for all SHSU students, faculty, staff and the entire Huntsville community."

Akbar's visit was arranged by the Black History Committee of SHSU's Program Council. Both events are open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact Carlton Green at (409) 294-3861.


EXCEL, the Sam Houston State University Office of Student Life series of special presentations designed to make students more productive, more competitive and better leaders, continues this week with 16 sessions .

Topics include Improving Your Confidence as a Leader, Increase Your Personal Productivity, Getting Wired Into Planet Bearkat: Using the Department of Student Activities, Inclusive Leadership, The Other Self: Physical and Cultural Boundaries, Parliamentary Procedure for Beginners, and Please Hear What I am Not Saying: Relationship Strategies.

Also, Black Leadership: What Is Your Purpose?, Back to the Basics: Student Organization Leadership Workshop; Facing Difference: Living Together on Campus, Ten Things Every Transfer Student Needs to Know, and Tips for Success in Learning a Foreign Language, How to Use the Computer Resources Available to SHSU Students, The Truth About Going Greek, and Ten Things Every Freshman Needs to Know.

Booklets with more information and registration details are available from the Office of Student Life, LSC 309, (409) 294-1785.


The Sam Houston State University chapter of Golden Key National Honor Society was presented a Most Improved Chapter Award at a recent international convention awards luncheon in Atlanta, Georgia.

Most Improved Chapter Awards are presented to chapters that have been active for more than one full year and that have dramatically improved their leadership and involvement. William B. Green, professor of economics, serves as the chapter adviser.

Golden Key is a non-profit, academic honors organization which provides academic recognition, leadership opportunities, career networking and scholarships. The society has 259 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, Australia and Canada. Membership is open to the top 15 percent of juniors and seniors in all fields of study.


Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak and Phillip Rollfing

Sept. 14, 1997