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SHSU Update for Week of April 11, 1999

Houston Astros on Channel 7

Finding a Houston Astros baseball game on television can sometimes be confusing. About three or four different channels broadcast games, if you count nationally-televised games.

If you can't find Astros anywhere else this season, look to Sam Houston State University's Cable Channel 7. Huntsville's TCA Cable company has announced a schedule of 26 games to be aired on Cable Channel 7.

The first broadcast was the Astros season opener Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. The next will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants.

Other games this month include the Cincinnati Reds April 23 (6 p.m.), and April 24 and 25 (noon) and Florida Marlins April 30 (6 p.m.).

Anyone who would like a full schedule of the Cable Channel 7 telecasts can request one from TCA Cable by calling 409-295-5733.

"We're happy to be carrying the games," said Maryjo Cochran, coordinator of the Radio/Television program at SHSU. "They will certainly increase our exposure and boost our audience."

Community/School Concerts

The Sam Houston State University Department of Music, community groups and the Huntsville Arts Commission are presenting two sets of events this week through May 1 for Huntsville elementary school children and the community as a whole.

"Koncerts for Kids" programs Huntsville elementary schools are scheduled April 12 and 14, and "Brown Bag and Boogie Concerts" April 22 and May 1.

The SHSU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Carol Smith will present concerts Monday (April 12) from 1-1:50 p.m. in Stewart Elementary School and Wednesday (April 14) at the same time at Huntsville Elementary School.

Goals of the school concerts are to allow children to listen to part of a violin concerto by Haydn, observe a professional violinist as he performs, sit with Symphony players as they perform, learn how to listen and when to react, and enjoy music of the American heritage including "rags" of Scott Joplin and jazz of George Gershwin.

Billed as "community multi-cultural concerts," the "Brown Bag and Boogie Concerts" will be performed in the Jane Monday Amphitheatre from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 22 and noon to 1 p.m. May 1.

Performing groups will include the SHSU Symphony Orchestra, SHSU Percussion Ensemble, SHSU Jazz Ensemble, SHSU Soul Lifters, Huntsville Mariachis, SHSU Chamber Choir, and SHSU Chamber Orchestra.


The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Dance celebrates 40 years of musical theatre at SHSU with a production of "Brigadoon" in the Mainstage Theatre Wednesday (April 14) through Saturday.

"Brigadoon" was performed in SHSU's Old Main Building in April, 1959.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. daily with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

Directed by Maureen McIntyre and choreographed by Jonathan Charles and Greg Graham, "Brigadoon" is the story of Tommy Albright (Scott Sidler), who, while vacationing with a friend, Jeff Douglas (Aryn Priest), stumbles upon the ancient town of Brigadoon, which only appears once each century.

The inhabitants of the town come to life before their eyes. Tommy falls in love with Fiona (April Garton), one of the villagers who lives in Brigadoon, and learns the true meaning of love overcoming all obstacles.

Other cast members include Dacus Allen, Marcus Butler, Christina Covington, Rhonda Curfman, Tracy Edwards, Cassandra Hanssen, Houston Hayes, Camille Helms, Leanne Hill, Heather Hodnett, German Ibarra, Tyler Jones, James Lane, Sarah Lilley, Megan Luft, Melissa Miller, Brent McBeth, Ian Nicolay, Robbie Nicolay, Ashlee Parker, Andrew Reed, Jayson Rivera, Shay Rodgers, Melissa Shytles, Jordan Smith, Mindy Sterling, Willis Wynn and Chris Zelko.

Those working behind the curtains, and their areas of responsibility, are Jerry S. Hooker (sets), Kristina S. Hanssen (costumes), Brian Veiga (lights), and Ryan Cooke (sound). Julianne Best is musical director, John C. Ross will conduct the orchestra, and Brandy Smith is stage manager.

Tickets are $12 or $10 with SHSU or senior citizen ID. Groups rates are also available. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the SHSU Box Office at 409-294-1339.

Writing Centers Conference

Registration is requested by Wednesday (April 14) for an East Texas Association of Writing Centers Conference scheduled April 23 at Sam Houston State University and a reception scheduled for April 19 to open the Academic Enrichment Center and honor outstanding writers.

Frank Fair, professor of philosophy, will speak on "Writing and Philosophy: From Socrates to E-Mail," at the reception at the center in Room 117 of the Newton Gresham Library.

The writing center conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Academic Enrichment Center. Registration forms should be sent to Patricia Williams, director of the SHSU Across-the-University Writing Program.

The writing center conference will feature presentations on "Funding and Marketing a Writing Center," with Diane Dowdey, associate professor of English at SHSU, as moderator; "Elements of a Successful Consultation," moderated by Diana Cardenas and Susan Murphy of Texas A&M; "Writing Centers at Community Colleges," moderated by Stacey Moore of Montgomery College; and "Writing Tutors in the Classroom" with Stephen Newmann and writing tutors from Stephen F. Austin State University.

For more information on any of the events, call Williams at 409-294-1143.

Ag Alumni Reunion

The Department of Agricultural Sciences at Sam Houston State University is hosting the 3rd Ag Alumni Reunion May 1.

Bobby Lane, department chair, said that the event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the SHSU Gibbs Ranch. A picnic lunch, tours, domino tournament and other fun events are planned for the afternoon.

That evening McKenzie's Barbeque will serve dinner in the banquet hall of the La Quinta Inn, beginning at 6 p.m., with a dance to follow.

For more information, contact the Agricultural Sciences Office at 409-294-1215.

Shower Scheduled

A "Heart Warming Shower" has been scheduled for 2-3 p.m. Saturday (April 17) to benefit the family of Charlotte Harding, an employee of ARAMARK at Sam Houston State University.

The Harding home was destroyed by fire recently, and the shower was planned to help replace items lost in the fire and to extend thanks to those who have already helped. A fund was also established at American Bank.

The shower will be held in the Huntsville Room in the Lowman Student Center. Selections have been listed at J. C. Penney and Target stores.

Students, Chapter Win Awards

Sam Houston State University Residence Halls Association members received several awards from the Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls while attending a recent conference at the University of Tulsa.

This organization represents universities in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mexico.

Chris Reyes, junior from Rosharon, was selected as Student of the Year. Sarah Altes, a junior from Greenwood, Ark., received the Distinguished Service Award and was elected to the regional board of directors. A three-year service award was presented to Andrew Betts, sophomore from Richmond.

SHSU's Residence Halls Association chapter was also named first runner-up as School of the Year, an award that recognizes all-around excellence within the organization.

Miss Mahogany

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is hosting their annual Miss Mahogany pageant at 7 p.m. Monday (April 12) in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Contestants will compete for more than $1,500 in scholarships and other prizes.

Sexual Assault Awareness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and the Counseling Center at Sam Houston State University has scheduled events to provide information on this topic.

On Tuesday (April 13) as well as April 21, representatives from the Counseling Center and the Huntsville SAAFE House will be in the Lee Drain Building atrium providing information and discussing the issue.

Bernice Strauss, counseling psychologist, invites students, employees, and visitors to stop by and see if they can distinguish sexual assault fact from fiction. For more information, contact Strauss at 409-294-1720.

Tournament Scheduled

The 5th Annual Sam Houston State University Faculty and Staff Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Monday, May 17, at the Wedgewood Golf Course in Conroe.

Registration forms and brochures will be distributed beginning April 19. For additional information, call SHSU Recreational Sports at 409-294-1972 or 409-294-1966.

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April 11, 1999
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