Three interesting and diverse performances by the Sam Houston State University music department are scheduled for the coming week.

On Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center Killinger Auditorium, the Wind Ensemble will give their first performance of the fall semester. The group is under the direction of conductor Donald Ryder.

The concert will feature works by composers Jack Stamp (who studied with the late SHSU Professor Fisher Tull in 1982), Percy Grainger, Gustov Holst, Vincent Persichetti and Paul Hindemith.

On Tuesday evening, also at 7:30 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium, John Paul will present a piano recital featuring works by French composers Claude Debussy and Cesar Franck and Frederic Chopin.

Chopin, who was born in Poland and lived and worked in France, has been described as "the greatest of all Polish composers, and the most Polish of all great composers."

On Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Opera Workshop Players will present two short comic operas. The setting for these performances will be SHSU's "opera house," the Recital Hall at 17th St. and Ave. J.

The first half of the opera program will be devoted to "Gallantry" by Douglas Moore. After intermission the audience will be treated to a P. D. Q. Bach original entitled "The Stoned Guest."

Described as a "half-act opera," it features "off coloratura" Carmen Ghia, "mezzanine" soprana Donna Ribalda, and "bargain counter tenor" Don Octava, as well as a "basso blotto" who portrays the Il Commendatoreador.

The SHSU opera program is under the direction of Mary Kay Lake.

All performances are free to students with identification and Friends of Music pass holders. Tickets at the door are $5. Call (409) 294-1360 for more information.


The language minority programs of the Aldine, Cypress Fairbanks and Conroe school districts were applauded recently at Sam Houston State University's Fourth Annual Conference for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations.

Accepting awards were district superintendents Sonny Donaldson (Aldine), Richard E. Berry (Cypress Fairbanks), and David L. Lusk (Conroe).

"Building Partners Across the World" was the theme for the one-day event held in the Teacher Education Center. Michele Hewlett-Gomez and Patricia Morales co-chaired the conference.

SHSU students and faculty members also on the program included M. Eren Johnson, Hollis Lowery-Moore, Maribel Garza Roddick, Marsha Harman, Alcibiades Policarpo, Joaquin Rodriguez-Barbera, Robin McGrew-Zoubi, Robert Williams and Joyce McCauley.

Program participants from the Huntsville school district were Janet Taylor, Cristina Woods, Maria Martinez, Jennifer Franklin, Diana Hernandez, Rosa Valles and Jean Walton and Veronica Covington.

Region VI Education Service Center participants included Linda Hubert and Geneva Taylor.

Entertainment for the event was provided by the Baile Folklorico de Huntsville. Dancers included Isabel Aguayo, Manuel Castillo, Mandy Hernandez, Felipe Hernandez, Felicia Avalos, David Avalos, Aristeo Isaias, Ivon Isaias, Leslie Llado, Lizette Santibanez, Crystal Santibanez, Alyson Gonzalez, Mari Orduno and Amparo Maldonado. The group's coordinator is Belia Aguayo.

Approximately 300 area public school teachers and Sam Houston State University language minority program students and faculty members participated in the conference.


Rehearsals for the Huntsville Community Choral Society/SHSU Symphonic Chorus, which has scheduled performances in November and April, 1998, begin Monday.

Brian Millier, director, has invited interested community and university residents, students and employees to participate in rehearsals on Mondays from 7-9:30 p.m. in the SHSU Choir Rehearsal Hall (Music Building Room 202).

Performances scheduled for the 1997-'98 season include "Requiem" and other choral works by Gabriel Faure, to be performed with the SHSU Symphony Orchestra Nov. 18, and J. S. Bach's "St. John Passion" scheduled for April 21, 1998.

More information is available from the SHSU music office at 294-1360.


The SHSU Office of Continuing Education has re-scheduled its course in Medical Terminology for Oct. 21-Nov. 13. The course provides basic education for several professions in the medical field, including medical transcription, medical coding, medical records and medical insurance.

Registration is also under way for Nurse Aide Training (Oct. 14-Dec. 4), Back to Black! Learning to Live Debt Free (Oct. 25), Phlebotomy (Jan. 6-April 30), Spanish II (Jan. 20-March 10), and Introduction to Computers (Jan. 26-Feb. 18).

For more information or to request a course offering, call the continuing education office at (409) 294-3701.


Three art exhibits are available on the Sam Houston State University campus.

The Kristy Deetz Encaustic "Books" exhibit runs through Oct. 16 at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery. Hours are noon-5 p.m. weekdays.

The Cooperative of Women Artists multimedia juried art show is under way through Oct. 25 in the Walker Education Center Exhibit Gallery, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Sixteen landscape paintings by Sam Houston State University graduate and Huntsville resident Monica Taylor are on display in the Lowman Student Center Gallery Monday through Oct. 10. Arrangements for group or individual viewing of can be made in Room 300 of the student center, or by telephoning (409) 294-1759.


The deadline for buying tickets for four 1997 Homecoming events is Friday, Oct. 10. The SHSU alumni office, at (409) 294-1841, has tickets and information.

Events include the Class of '47 Reunion luncheon at 11 a.m. Friday, the Distinguished Alumni dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, the All-Greek Reunion at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the Lettermen Association Hall of Honor induction luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to James Gilmore and Frank Leathers of Huntsville, Ronald Mafrige of Houston, John Martin of Conroe and Gary Whitlock of Midland, Michigan.

Former athletes to be inducted into the Hall of Honor include Gordon Cotton of Trinity, Frank Fox of Houston, David Munden of Brady and Phillip Estep of Corpus Christi.


Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak and Phillip Rollfing

Oct. 5, 1997