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Contemporary Music Festival

The Department of Music at Sam Houston State University will present its 36th Annual Contemporary Music Festival Wednesday through Saturday.

This year's featured guest composers are Leslie Bassett (University of Michigan) and Martin Mailman (University of North Texas). Performers include the SHSU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Chorale, Percussion Ensemble and Department of Music faculty.

Guest artist John Marcellus from the Eastman School of Music will perform Fisher Tull's "Concertino for Trombone and Wind Quintet" on the Thursday evening concert at 7:30 p.m. in Killinger Auditorium.

On Wednesday Larry Solomon will present a lecture-recital on "Understanding John Cage" at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Thursday events include an 11 a.m. lecture by Mailman in Fine Arts 201 and 2 p.m. lecture by Basset in the Recital hall, as well as chamber music concerts at 4 p.m. in the Recital Hall and 7:30 p.m. in Killinger Auditorium.

On Friday there will be a chamber music concert at 4 p.m. in the Recital Hall and Chorale and Percussion Ensemble concert at 7:30 p.m. in Killinger Auditorium.

Saturday's events include a workshop with Mailman from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 201, open rehearsal with Bassett and Mailman from 2-4 p.m. in Killinger Auditorium, and Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band concert at 7:30 p.m. in Killinger Auditorium.

For additional information, call Phillip Schroeder, festival coordinator, at (409) 294-1377, or the Department of Music at (409) 294-1360.

Folk Art Exhibition

An unusual exhibit of folk art is scheduled to open on the Sam Houston State University campus Thursday, with a reception scheduled from 5-7 p.m. But don't expect to meet the artists.

Prison Folk Art, an exhibition of folk art done by prisoners, runs through April 23 in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no admission fee.

"This second annual exhibition of Texas folk art focuses on individuals whose incarceration strongly tempers their view of life," said Darrell Patrick, gallery curator. "Their direct and unpredictable statements respond to the elemental urge to create, not so much for a public but to give form to inner needs and visions."

Approximately 30 pieces, on loan from private collectors, will be displayed.

Patrick said that the works range from toilet paper sculpture, match stick art, ball-point on envelopes to folded paper, as well as traditional media.

Parenting Satire Opens

"Baby with the Bathwater," a satiric comedy focusing on parenting in the 90s, opens Wednesday in SHSU's Showcase Theatre.

The play, written by Christopher Durang and directed by Richard Amiss, a senior Theatre student, traces the journey of John (Jeremy Shouldis) and Helen (Alison Wright) as they cope with lifestyle changes brought about by the birth of their first child, Daisy. The story follows them through Daisy's ascent to adulthood.

Other cast members are Trey Huguley and Maggie Wilhite, freshmen theatre majors; and Ashlee Parker, a junior musical theatre major. Set design is by Laura Penuel, a senior theatre major, and costume design is by Joanne Dooley, a senior musical theatre major. Larry Routh, technical director for the SHSU Department of Theatre and Dance, designed the lighting for the production.

"Baby with the Bathwater" runs nightly at 8 p.m. through Saturday. Additionally a 2 p.m. matinee will be staged Saturday.

All tickets are $5. Reservations my be made by calling (409) 294-1329 or the University Box Office at (409) 294-1339. The play contains adult language and situations.

SpeakEasies Golf Tourney

The spring SpeakEasies scramble golf tournament has been scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at the Country Campus Golf Course.

The format will be an 18-hole, 3-person scramble, and will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Admission fee is $25, which covers greens fees, tournament entry and prizes.

Individual trophies will be awarded to first, second and third place teams, and for longest drive and closest-to-the-hole contests.

The tournament benefits the SHSU speech communication majors and minors organization scholarship fund. Anyone interested in sponsoring or entering the tournament should call Terry Thibodeaux, speech program coordinator, at (409) 294-1336 during business hours.


Mandatory advisement is underway, with registration for Summer I, Summer II, and the 1998 Fall Semester scheduled April 8 through 16. Students subject to mandatory advisement must be advised prior to being allowed to register for courses.

James Goodwin, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and coordinator of the mandatory advisement program, said that there are three categories of students who must be advised before they can register for future classes.

The categories include students who are new to SHSU and who have not yet established a grade point average, students with a grade point average below 2.5, and students who have not completed Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) requirements.

Goodwin said that such students should contact their adviser, whose name, office location, and telephone number are printed on transcripts, and not wait until the last minute to do so.

He said that the purpose of the mandatory advisement program is to improve retention rates, to provide assistance to students who may need it, and to offer students the opportunity to meet with an adviser concerning which courses they should be taking to meet degree requirements.

Students will register according to their classification, with graduates, post graduates and seniors on April 8, juniors on April 9, sophomores April 13, and freshmen April 14. Open registration is April 15 and 16.

Not for Everyone

The Mathematics Department and the Reeves Center for Mathematics Education are jointly sponsoring a series of colloquia and seminars on the topic of quantitative literacy.

Mitchell J. Muesham, of the Center for Business and Economic Development, will discuss "Quantitative Literacy in Business: Is There a Symbol Phobia?" at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 418 of the Lee Drain Building.

"We invite anyone interested to come hear about Mitch's view of quantitative literacy and the fear of mathematical symbols," said Greg Foley, associate professor of mathematics. "A lively discussion should ensue."


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
March 29, 1998
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