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Hispanic Heritage Month

The Sam Houston State University Office of Student Activities Program Council has scheduled a number of special events in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 16. All events are open to the public as well as students at no admission fee.

On Thursday award-winning Dagoberto Gilb, author of books including "The Magic in the Blood" and "The Last Known Residence of Mickey Ocuna" will appear in a reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Theater.

Another facet of the observance will be an exhibition of 10 framed lithographs by Frank Escalet. They will be on display from Sept. 28 - Oct. 9 in the Lowman Student Center gallery.

The last program scheduled in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month is the tejano music band "Grupo Alamo." They will play a concert in the LSC ballroom from 8-11 p.m. Oct. 15. Their music incorporates a mixture of polka and country and western rhythms.

All That Jazz

Two Sam Houston State University jazz groups will perform a concert of favorites by such composers as Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Beto Criminal Justice Center Killinger Auditorium.

Both are under the direction of Rod Cannon.

The Jazz Laboratory Combo will perform "So What?" and "The Amazing Mr. M." That group includes Eric Della Vecchia, Anthony Manzi, Jesse Swisher, Jonathan Berry, Ray Hilley, Jeremy Wells, Elizabeth Clark, Matthew Boozer and Luke Hubley.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform "Bright Eyes," "Stolen Moments," "Lyric for a Jazzman," "Pick Up the Pieces," "Take Five," "Goodbye Yesterday," "The End of a Love Affair" and "Cherokee."

That group includes Della Vecchia, Seth McAdow, Manzi, Lisa Knapp, Joe Clark, Bryan Largent, Swisher, Byron DCamp, Heather Marsh, Vaneese Fregia, Inocencio Garcia, Nathan Pair, David Richard, Paul Hogue, Jesse Ibarra, Eric Abshire, Boozer, Wells, Josh Laney and Todd Sommer.

Admission to the concert is $5 for adults and free to Friends of Music members and students with SHSU identification.

Fraternity Concert

The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia men's music fraternity at Sam Houston State University will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall.

Works by such favorite composers as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Samuel Barber, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gaetano Donizetti and Benjamin Britten will be performed. An original composition by Phi Mu Alpha member Inocencio M. Garcia III, entitled "Dance of the Butterflies," will be performed by Garcia on trombone and Jay Whatley on piano.

The program also includes "Goodbye, Dixie, Goodbye," "Warm as the Autumn Light" from "The Ballad of Baby Doe," "Etude-Tableau in C Major, Op. 33, No. 2," "Sure on This Shining Night," "Do Not Go, My Love," "Bright Is the Ring of Words," "Bella siccome un angelo" from "Don Pasquale," "The Foggy, Foggy Dew," "The Vagabond," and "Jubilate Deo."

The entire fraternity will perform "Hail, Sinfonia," the group's anthem. Members include Joe Clark, Michael De Valve, Raul Enriquez, Michael Ervin, Jackson Felder, Raymond Fowler, Brad Harris, Daniel Hill, Paul Hogue, Eric Lakes, Jason Lowery, Nathan Pair, Joshua Powell, Joshua Rhodes, David Richard, Carson Talbot, Glen Tate, Michael Tyer, Garcia and Whatley.

A reception hosted by the fraternity will follow the recital. Potential fraternity members are especially encouraged to attend.

Service Awards Presented

Thirteen Sam Houston State University faculty and staff members have been presented 25 year service awards, and one staff member received an award after completing 35 years.

Thomas Childers, director of the Lowman Student Center, was presented a coverlet with depictions of the SHSU seal and motto and Old Main, Austin Hall and Peabody buildings, by Bobby K. Marks, Sam Houston president. Childers also earned two degrees at SHSU, a bachelor's in 1960 and master's in 1967.

Receiving plaques in recognition of their 25 years of service were faculty members Paul Culp, Joseph O'Brien, Sam Souryal, Samuel Sullivan and Raymond Teske.

Staffers so honored were Paula Culak, Patricia Funderburk, Jeannine Jacoby, Dianne Key, Kristi Kreier, Westen McCoy, Patricia Sprott and Charles Tackett.

Kline Joins Advancement Staff

Bruni Cardona Kline has been named assistant director for university advancement at Sam Houston State University. She fills the position formerly held by Beth Miles, who retired at the end of August.

Kline worked previously for nine years at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, in the areas of residence life and career services. Before moving to Huntsville with her husband in July, 1997, she was assistant director of career services at Kent State.

"We are extremely glad to a person of Bruni's interests and abilities to join our staff," said Gary Bouse, executive director of university advancement. "She will play a key role in our expanding activities."

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Kline has two degrees from Kent State--a bachelor's in speech communication and master's in student administration/student personnel.

She has worked for the past year in the Huntsville area in real estate sales, in affiliation with Homes of Huntsville.

Kline's husband, Douglas, is an assistant professor of management and marketing in the College of Business Administration at SHSU, specializing in management information systems. They have a two-year-old daughter, Megan.

Native American Craft Demonstration, Exhibit

Artists and artisans from the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation will demonstrate long-leaf pine needle basket making, beadwork, river-cane basket making, and other native American arts and crafts under the rotunda of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m Saturday (Sept. 19).

An exhibit entitled "Baskets of the Alabama Coushatta" will be on display at the museum through the end of October.

The visiting native American artists, who have a special connection to the Sam Houston Memorial Museum because General Sam Houston obtained the land for their present reservation, all speak the Alabama-Coushatta language. For more information, call the museum at (409) 294-1832.

Construction Management Scholarship

Tom Higgins, who chairs the Department of Technology at SHSU, has announced that his department recently received a $1,200 scholarship donation from the Greater Houston Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders.

Higgins said that the scholarship will be awarded to one or more students majoring in Construction Management, a newly-created degree within the Department of Technology.

Higgins and Billy Mac Moore accepted the donation at a Houston luncheon sponsored by the Houston builders organization in honor of area elected officials. They were presented a check by Tommy Bailey, a SHSU alumnus.

Continuing Education Offerings

The Sam Houston State University Office of Continuing Education is offering two courses which get under way this week.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept 21 - Nov. 11, basic photography will be taught by Arthur Hermiz, from 7-9 p.m. The class costs $150.

On Thursdays, Sept. 24 -Oct 29, 6-9 p.m., basic genealogy will be taught by Johnnie Jo Dickenson. The cost is $70.

For additional information call continuing education at 409 294- 3701.

ARCO Donates $1,000 in Name of Alum

The mathematics and computing science programs have received $1,000 from the ARCO company in honor of an SHSU graduate.

Steven A. Svatek, senior principal geophysicist for the company, was presented ARCO's Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for 1998, the highest recognition that ARCO gives its technical employees.

Svatek, who received a bachelor of science degree in 1973, now lives in Katy.


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
Sept. 20, 1998
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