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Friends of Music Gala is Tuesday

The Sam Houston State University music season opens Tuesday with the Faculty Gala at 7:30 p.m. in the Killinger Auditorium.

The concert will feature performances by many of the SHSU music department's talented faculty members, and will conclude with a special reception in Austin Hall.

Featured composers will include Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alexander Glazunov, Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Richard Strauss, Leonard Bernstein, Giovanni Platti and Alberto Ginastera.

Performers will include Hiromi Matsunaga, Peggy DeMers, Jay Whatley, Natalie Syring, David Fleming, Julianne Best, Scott Plugge, Heather Hamilton and John Paul.

Benefits of membership in Friends of Music, which vary by level of membership, include season passes, performance schedule mailings, names listed in each program, business names listed, invitations to numerous receptions, and invitations to special invitation-only events.

Membership levels range from $25 to $500 and more. Donations of $1,000 or more entitle donors to establish named scholarships, perhaps as a memorial or as promotion for a business.

Diversity Conference Registration Under Way

The 5th Annual Conference on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations is scheduled for Sept. 26 at Sam Houston State University.

"Empowering Students for the New Millennium" is theme for this year's conference, which targets educators, alumni, administrators and students. It is co-sponsored by the university and the Bilingual Education Student Organization.

Maria Seidner, director of bilingual education programs at the Texas Education Agency and an expert in educational programs and policies affecting students with limited English proficiency is the keynote speaker.

Harry Bohan, retired distinguished professor of education at Sam Houston State, author of numerous textbooks, and an international expert in mathematics, will give the closing speech.

Sessions on approximately 20 topics such as "Adult Education Training," "Gifted and Talented," "Early Childhood," "Asian Americans," "Dance and the Arts", "Grading and Assessment" and "Spanish-Speaking Cultures and Traditions" will be offered.

Conference registration includes lunch. The schedule of registration fees, which includes a price break for registration before Sept. 15 and for groups, is available by contacting Michele R. Hewlett-Gomez, bilingual education specialist at SHSU and faculty adviser to the Bilingual Education Student Organization.

Contact Hewlett-Gomez at 409-294-1113, 409-294-1138, or by e-mail at

Golden Key Chapter Wins Award

The Sam Houston State University chapter of the Golden Key National Honor Society accepted their organization's Most Improved Chapter Award recently at an international convention awards luncheon in Los Angeles.

Five members of the SHSU chapter attended the award presentation, during which they were presented a plaque by James Lewis, executive director of the national organization.

Chapter members who attended included Nam Nguyen, president; Heather Louden and Heather Dunnuck, historians; Angie Oliverson, graduate adviser; and Bryan Dobkins, publicity chairman.

Most Improved Chapter awards are presented to chapters that have been active for more than a year and have most drastically improved their leadership and involvement.

Golden Key is a non-profit, international academic honors organization that provides academic recognition, leadership opportunities, career networking, community service and scholarships. The society has 270 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Australia, Canada and Malaysia.

Membership in the society is by invitation to the top juniors and seniors in all fields of study. The SHSU chapter will hold a campus awareness campaign from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21-23 in the Lowman Student Center Mall.

William B. Green, who chairs the department of economics and business analysis, serves as adviser to the SHSU chapter.

Excel Series Continues

The Excel Student Enrichment Series for SHSU students who seek personal development outside traditional classroom settings continues Tuesday with two topics with especially intriguing titles.

"Don't Sleep with Your Professors...and Other Helpful Suggestions" will be presented from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Tuesday in Lowman Student Center room 303.

Also, "Work at the Car Wash or Become a Genius" will be presented from 4-6 p.m. in room 304.

For more information on the series, a booklet listing all 1998-99 Excel Series programs, or to register for the programs, contact the Office of Student Life at 409-294-1785. Students may also register by computer using the SamInfo Line.

Continuing Education Courses Starting

Four courses offered by the Office of Continuing Education-Spanish, Level 1, Medical Terminology I, Country and Western Dance and Ballroom Dancing I-all get under way this week.

Spanish will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 12, beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m. Maria Perez-Gerling is the instructor, and the fee is $125. Medical Terminology also begins Tuesday at 6 p.m., and continues each Tuesday and Thursday through Oct. 1. Marjorie Archie is the instructor, and the fee is $150 not including textbook.

The two dance courses will both be taught by Jimmie Morris, both beginning Friday evening, with a fee of $30 per person. Ballroom Dancing is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. and Country and Western for 7-8 p.m.

For information on these and other Continuing Education classes for personal and professional development, call 409-294-3701. The Office of Continuing Education also offers a free booklet containing details of their many offerings in computers, language, dance, enrichment, and health care.


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
Sept. 6, 1998
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