Gerald L. Williams, executive director of the Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) at Sam Houston State University, has resigned effective in early January.

Williams, a former police officer and police chief in Aurora and Arvada in Colorado, will become a principal in the Institute for Law and Justice in Denver.

The Institute for Law and Justice is a non-profit corporation dedicated to research, training and consulting in the criminal justice field. Since 1979, it has served more than 600 clients, including cities, counties, states, federal agencies, associations, foundations and private industry.

"Jerry has done an outstanding job," said Timothy J. Flanagan, dean and director of the College of Criminal Justice/Criminal Justice Center.

"He has recruited an exceptionally talented and dedicated staff, developed LEMIT's programs to the point where they now enjoy a national reputation, and earned the confidence and support of law enforcement leadership throughout Texas."

Flanagan said that a search for Williams' successor is underway.

Williams holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Metropolitan State College (Denver) and master of criminal justice administration and doctorate in police administration from the University of Colorado.

He is past president of the Police Executive Research Forum, former chair and commissioner of the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation, and was a member of the Executive Sessions on Policing at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

He has been involved in a number of national and international criminal justice activities and has a number of publications in the field.


John M. Delaney has been named the Outstanding Employee of the Year by the Division of Student Services, and the Department of Public Safety/Service (university police department) received the Outstanding Team Award.

Delaney, associate vice president for student services and dean of students, was among 18 individuals who were honored as outstanding employees. Others included:

Bobbie Hilliard and Denise Holcomb, athletics; Marilyn Kester, career services; Pamela McManus and Cathi Gillette, counseling; Gary Roark and Lisa Hahn, Lowman Student Center; Ellery C. Stevenson and Jane R. Teske, public safety/service.

Also, Brad Bauer and Cindy Allbright, recreational sports; Carlton E. Green and Doris Martin Powell, student activities; Frank E. Parker and Toni Rodgers, student life; and Charles A. Raines and Patricia Luna, health services.

Thelma J. Douglass, vice president for student services, also presented service awards to 28 employees.


The Department of Recreational Sports has scheduled a number of wellness-related activities for Wellness Week Monday through Thursday.

Wellness Workshops will include a Yoga Workshop on Tuesday and a Massage Workshop on Wednesday.

Wellness Activities will include a One Minute Ab Challenge on Monday, Bench Press Contest and Fat Tuesday Body Composition Testing on Tuesday, AeroJam '97 on Wednesday and Predict Your Time Walk/Jog on Thursday.

Week-long events will include a BearKat Bike-a-thon and Steppin' Up at Sam at the Health and Kinesiology Building throughout the week.

For more information on events, times, and locations, contact recreational sports at (409) 294-1972.


"Sight Unseen," a Showcase Theatre production with performances scheduled Wednesday through Saturday, is one of several fine arts events available this week on the SHSU campus.

"Sight Unseen" concerns a successful painter who stirs emotions that lead to the inspiration he lost as he became successful. Performances are at 8 p.m. each night and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets for the Department of Theatre and Dance production, which includes adult language and situations, are $5. Call (409) 294-1329 for reservations.

The week's musical event will be a performance by the Faculty Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall. Call (409) 294-1360 for information.

Pieces submitted for the first Texas Graduate Art Show are on exhibit in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, in the SOFA Gallery, and in the sculpture garden in the art complex at 1028 21st Street. Works will also be shown in a large satellite gallery at 1600 Sam Houston Avenue.

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

Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak and Phillip Rollfing

Nov. 9, 1997