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Homecoming '98--No Trick, All Treat

"Haunted Homecoming '98" is the theme for 1998 SHSU Homecoming festivities, which begin with a Thursday parade and pep rally and culminate on Halloween evening with post-game parties around town.

All events are open to community residents, SHSU alumni, and current faculty, staff and students. For details on events, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 409-294-1840 or the Office of Student Activities at 409-294-3861.

Thursday events include the Sam Houston State Teachers College All Girl Orchestra reunion at noon and parade and Sam Jam pep rally and fireworks, 8 p.m. to midnight.

Friday events include the Golden Circle Reunion at 11 a.m., Journalism Recognition Reception at the Sam Houston Inn at 5:30 p.m., and Distinguished Alumni reception, silent auction, and induction dinner Friday evening.

Saturday events include registration and coffee at Austin Hall from 8-10 a.m., Lettermen Association Hall of Honor luncheon at 11:30 a.m., a campus wide tailgate party in the Bowers Stadium parking lot from noon-2 p.m., the homecoming football game against the highly-ranked McNeese State Cowboys at 2 p.m., and LadyKat volleyball game against Lamar at 7 p.m.

Some of the organizations holding meetings, special events and receptions on Saturday include the Baptist Student Union, Lettermen Association, Family and Consumer Sciences Department, Agriculture Department, Black Alumni, KSHU Radio, and College of Arts & Sciences.

Also, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Political Science Department, Military Science Department, College of Business, Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Chi, Sigma Tau Gamma, Biology Department, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Art, Music, Drama Events for Week

An exhibit of contemporary prints curated by Kate Brocherding, printmaker and SHSU art faculty member, will be on display at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery from Monday through Nov. 13. An opening reception is slated for 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 29).

For more information, call the art department at 409-294-1315. The Gaddis Geeslin Gallery is located at 1028 21st Street on the southwest corner of the SHSU campus in Art Building F.

Music events include an SHSU Concert Choir performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Killinger Auditorium and a Faculty Voice Recital featuring Becky Hicks with Jason Andrews at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Music Recital Hall. For ticket information on these two events contact the music department at 409-294-1360.

Alpha Psi Omega hosts "Experimental Theatre Night," two evenings featuring student and faculty works at SHSU's Showcase Theatre. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ticket information is available at 409-294-1339 or 409-294-1329.


The SHSU Residence Halls Association's traditional Trick-Or-Treat event for Huntsville children is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 28).

Children who would like to participate should meet in the parking lot at Ave. J. and 20th St. They will be escorted in closely-supervised groups to residence halls across campus. Parents are welcome to observe. Call 409-294-3176 for information.

Writing Program Events

Faculty members are asked to register this week for two Across-the-University Writing Program events.

Anthony Bichel, director of SHSU's Center for Innovative Learning, will speak on "Technology and the Reinvention of Meaning: Hypertext, Interactivity, and the Web," from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

Bichel's presentation is scheduled for room 312 in the Lowman Student Center. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Dessert will be provided.

Rick Straub, associate professor of English at Florida State University, will be the featured speaker at the writing program's 10th annual retreat scheduled this year for Nov. 13-14 at the Waterwood National Resort and Country Club.

Each department chairperson may select one faculty member to attend the retreat.

Reservations for the first program, and selections for the retreat, should be sent to Patricia Williams, writing program director, by Nov. 2.

All About Herbs

The SHSU Office of Continuing Education will present "Everything You Wanted to Know About Herbs," a course meeting on Saturdays from Oct. 31 - Nov 21. The class costs $24 and begins Saturday (Oct. 31).

For times and details, call the Office of Continuing Education at 409-294-3701.

Mandatory Advisement Under Way

Robert Dunning, SHSU registrar, reminds all students subject to mandatory advisement that they will not be able to register for the Spring 1999 Semester if they have not been advised.

The mandatory advisement program was instituted to assure that students receive good degree planning advice.

Students who are required to participate include those whose current overall SHSU grade point average is below 2.5, those who do not have an SHSU GPA (new freshmen and new transfers), and all students who have not successfully completed Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) testing.

Telephone registration for the spring semester opens at 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. Computer access opens at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Registration continues through Nov. 12.

Kurtz to Speak on Bacteria Findings

Harry Kurtz, assistant professor of biology at SHSU, will speak on "Life on a Grain of Sand: Bacteria Shaping Our Environment," at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Austin Hall.

Kurtz's presentation is part of a Faculty Research Forum and is sponsored by Sigma Xi, an international research society that promotes science and honors scientific achievement.

The presentation is expected to relate to research by Kurtz and Dennis Netoff, SHSU associate professor in geography and geology. Kurtz presented their findings at a national microbiology conference last spring.

They found that instead of always being destructive, as is often thought, microbes instead may become useful in such practical work as restoring damaged wilderness hiking trails and in solving such theoretical questions as whether life ever existed on Mars.

The program will begin with refreshments at 3 p.m., with Kurtz's presentation at 3:30. All SHSU faculty members are invited to attend. There is no admission fee.

Spring '99 Employee Scholarships

SHSU employees who wish to apply to the President's Employee Scholarship Program for the Spring 1999 Semester should do so by Friday (Oct. 30) with the Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 2356, Frels Bldg., Room 122.

The scholarship is for full-time, benefits-eligible staff and faculty, through the rank of assistant professor, who desire to take one class or one class with a lab (four semester credit hours maximum) at SHSU.

Applicants must have a minimum of one year full-time continuous employment at SHSU and have earned at least three semester hours with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Undergraduate students with a 2.5 grade point average or greater will be given first priority. Graduate students with a 3.5 grade point average or greater will be given second priority.

Anyone with questions can call Sandra Blair at 409-294-1068.

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Oct. 25, 1998
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