Three Sam Houston State University administrators, including President Bobby K. Marks, were in San Antonio last week for the fall meeting of The Renaissance Group, a consortium of 18 universities noted for their teacher education programs.

Also participating in the meeting were David E. Payne, vice president for academic affairs, and Kenneth Craycraft, dean of the College of Education and Applied Science.

The Renaissance Group was created in 1989 to improve the education of teachers on member campuses and to facilitate efforts to reform teacher education nationally.

A unique feature of the group is the requirement that the president, academic vice president, and education dean at each campus be actively involved in its work.

Working alone and also collaboratively with others, Renaissance Group universities are experimenting with innovative educational models in key areas. They are developing new curricula, teaching strategies, and textbooks and undertaking studies to assist public policy makers and educational leaders.


Two Sam Houston State University administrators will be in Warsaw, Poland, this week for a conference of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy.

David E. Payne, vice president for academic affairs, will chair one session and participate as a panelist in another. Charles Stowe, who was named last week as director of the Office of International Programs at SHSU, will also present a paper.

"Dr. Stowe will have the responsibility to lead, coordinate, and facilitate all activities relating to international programs within the academic affairs division at SHSU and to integrate with those international activities of the other divisions," Payne said in his announcement of Stowe's new duties.

Sam Houston State signed a collaborative agreement this summer with the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, and conducted its first Mexican Field School in more than 20 years in Puebla, Mexico.

In January 1996, SHSU also entered into a collaborative agreement with the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara's school of medicine.


Sculptor James Surls and the Sam Houston State University art department will open the first Texas Graduate Art Show Thursday with a reception from 5-7 p.m.

Artists in graduate programs from six other Texas universities, including North Texas State, Southern Methodist, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, University of Houston, and University of Texas at Austin, will join students from SHSU for this event.

Works of art in every medium will be on exhibit in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, in the SOFA Gallery, and in the sculpture garden in the art complex at 1028 21st Street. More works will also be shown in a large satellite gallery at 1600 Sam Houston Avenue.

"An exhibition of this nature becomes a rush of energy for all concerned," said Surls. "Our collective reward is that some sixty-plus graduate students from around the state will suddenly grace our presence with their art. Our goal is to look, listen, and discuss-to eat, drink, and have a good time."

The Texas Graduate Art Show will remain on view through Nov. 25. For more information call the SHSU art department at (409) 294-1315.


Senior design students in a Sam Houston State University class taught by Laura Burleson are hard at work this semester on a real life design project.

The class is developing design criteria for a possible new addition to the Community Child Care Center of Huntsville. Ron Aungst, a SHSU faculty member in speech communication and a member of the center's board of directors, said that the board is "strongly looking at the possibility of adding an additional building."

Burleson and her students were asked to develop questionnaires to gather information needed to generate a space plan, design elevations, select furniture/equipment/finish materials, and do a 3-D drawing.

Aungst said that the work will continue until the end of the fall semester in December, at which time the class will report its recommendations.


The Golden Key National Honor Society chapter at Sam Houston State has held its annual membership induction and awarded scholarships.

Academically superior juniors and seniors throughout all fields of study at SHSU were initiated into the society. Friends and family members also attended the ceremony.

Nicole Leign Dixon of Houston was named outstanding junior initiate. She is a biology major with a 3.94 grade point average, historian in the Environmental Science Club, and is the recipient of an Emma Normand Biological Scholarship.

Tommy Charles Adams Jr. of Huntsville was named outstanding senior initiate. Adams majors in finance and also has a 3.94 grade point average. He is secretary of the Professional Accounting Club and was the recipient of a J. N. and Vennie Crawford Business Administration Scholarship.

David E. Payne, vice president for academic affairs at SHSU, was named as an honorary member.

With more than 800,000 lifetime members, Golden Key is committed to the recognition, encouragement and promotion of scholastic excellence. Bill Green, professor of economics, is the SHSU chapter adviser.


Forty-one Sam Houston State University juniors and seniors have been accepted for membership in the Alpha Chi national college honor society for the 1997 fall semester.

The new members include Andrew Aldinger, Nicole Bailey, Susan Balke, Daniel Bayes, Gerald Black Jr, Lori Bowles, Luvanna Brown, Aimee Burchfield, Dayren Buron and Amy Burroughs.

Also, Mary Ann Charpentier, Kristi Clarkson, Teresa Coats, Jack Cornish, Natasha Davis, Mary Day, Glenda Ellis, Amy Fowler, Bradley Froebel, and Jonna Godfrey.

Also, Darra Harris, Vicki Hartmann, Shawn Hight, Dennis Huff, Leslie Hurd, Rebecca Lopez, Amy Martinets, Jorge Matos Ortiz, Misty McCants and Warren Meeler.

Also, Cheryl Meyer, Patricia Morgan, Erin Parks, Patricia Pass, Kendall Roehl, Charles Sheppard, Danielle Simmons, Lori Symmes, Julie Turner, Kyle Walker and Leslie Willis.

Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi is opposed to bigotry, narrowness, and distinctions between people on any basis, and seeks to promote the genuine personal worth of each individual. The motto of the society is "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32.


SHSU music offerings for the coming week include two tuba concerts and a performance of the Faculty Wind Quintet.

Tuba performances will be given by a student ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Monday, with a faculty group performing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Both events are scheduled for the Recital Hall.

A Faculty Wind Quintet is scheduled for the Recital Hall on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Admission to music events is free to students with identification and Friends of Music pass-holders. Tickets at the door are $5. For more information call (409) 294-1360.

Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak and Phillip Rollfing

Nov. 2, 1997