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SHSU Update for Week of April 25, 1999

Top Photographer Returns to Teach

Clay Blackmore, a 1985 Sam Houston State University graduate and one of the top professional social event and portrait photographers in the United States, returns to campus this week, this time to teach.

Blackmore, who works in Potomac, Md., is one of 22 master instructors who will participate in the 24th Annual Texas School of Professional Photography which opens Sunday and runs through Friday.

Emmette Jackson, professor of photography and the school administrator, said that more than 525 photographers are expected for the event, and it is the largest school for professional photographers in the United States.

While SHSU students do not participate in the various classes, several events and activities have been scheduled for them.

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lowman Student Center Theatre, three of the professional instructors will give 30-minute presentations. From 4:45 - 6 p.m. Tuesday in room 312 of the Lowman Student Center, Blackmore will present a special program open only to SHSU students.

On Wednesday, between 2 and 6 p.m., Dean Collins, a renowned commercial photographer, will make two open presentations. Times and the location will be posted.

SHSU students may also participate as models. For details, call Karen Watts, model coordinator, at 409-293-8746. Students are also invited to the photography equipment show in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom Monday through Thursday.

Mickey's Tournament Set for May 31

It's that time of year again, when friends of music, friends of Mickey and Charlotte Tull, and simply those who enjoy golfing for a good cause, gather for Mickey's Memorial Golf Tournament.

This year the event held in honor of the late Fisher A. "Mickey" Tull, distinguished professor of music at Sam Houston State University, is appropriately scheduled for Memorial Day (May 31) at the Wedgewood golf course near Conroe. Memorial Day is an official staff holiday at SHSU.

Proceeds from the tournament go into a scholarship endowment in the Department of Music at Sam Houston State.

Format for the event is a four-person scramble. Play is scheduled to begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Players may enter as members of teams or individually, to be placed on a team.

The entry fee of $115 per player includes a breakfast snack, free commemorative cap, practice balls, cart, refreshments and barbecue buffet.

Awards include first, second and third place team trophies, awards for individual contests, an automobile and golf vacation for holes-in-one, and door prizes. The Copeland Companies and Merrill/Lynch are co-sponsoring the event.

For those unable to play in the fund-raiser, sponsorships are also available at $100 per hole and $115 to sponsor a music/student golfer as a "designated hitter." Direct contributions to the scholarship fund will also be gratefully accepted.

Entries should be sent to Charlotte Tull, tournament director, at the Department of Music, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341, by May 21. Checks should be made payable to the SHSU Department of Music.

Anyone with questions may contact Tull at 409-295-7919 or Carol Smith, assistant tournament director, at 409-294-1326 (work) or 409-291-1472 (home).

Brown Bag Lunch and Music

Brown bag goodies will be mixed with a smorgasbord of diverse music at Saturday's (May 1) Brown Bag Lunch and Music concert from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Jane Monday Amphitheater in Town Creek Park.

Carol Smith, conductor of the SHSU Symphony, promises "a diverse set of music such as hoe-down music, African drumming music, current popular music including some children's favorites such as selections from 'The Lion King,' as well as jazz, rags, and mariachi music."

Performing groups in addition to the SHSU Symphony include the SHSU Percussion Ensemble, a group from the SHSU Chamber Singers, the SHSU Chamber Orchestra and others.

Audience members are encouraged to make the event a family-type picnic, and to bring blankets to sit on.

The Jane Monday Amphitheater in Towne Creek Park is located between 11th and 13th streets, between the office buildings of the Chamber of Commerce and City of Huntsville. The concert is sponsored by the Huntsville Arts Commission and Sam Houston State University. There is no admission fee.

Human Resource Management Gets Endowment

A new field of study at Sam Houston State University, human resource management, has received a boost thanks to an endowment established by Paul Reed, professor of management, and wife Emily Jan Reed, in honor of Mrs. Reed's mother.

The Reeds established the Helen Cochran Gilliland Human Resources Management Endowment Fund, which will provide an annual $1,000 scholarship to be first awarded in the spring of 2000.

A major in human resource management will be offered in the SHSU Department of Marketing and Management beginning in September, 1999.

Reed, who was involved in establishment of the major and teaches in that area, said he and his wife established the endowment to honor her mother, and because of their belief in the new program.

"There is a growing demand for human resources management graduates in the industry," said Reed. "We thought the endowment might help some of the students who a need for financial assistance."

A Department of Management and Marketing scholarship committee will select the recipient of the award each year. Requirements include junior or senior status, major in human resource management, and overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Arts Week Includes Music and Dance

Chamber music on a Sunday afternoon, the traditional spring jazz concert, student recitals and Dance Spectrum are all scheduled this week at Sam Houston State University.

Sara Lilley will present a student vocal recital at 3 p.m. Sunday (April 25) in the Music Recital Hall, assisted by Jerry Lynn Foster on piano. They will perform works by George Frideric Handel, Cecile Chaminade, Herman Bernberg, Douglas Moore, Richard Hageman, Lucy Simon, Rupert Holmes and Jerry Bock.

The Chamber Music for Winds will perform "Quintet in E-flat Major" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Fisher Tull's "Quintet" and "Suite" by Gunther Schuller, at 5 p.m. Sunday (April 25) in the Recital Hall.

On Monday (April 26), a Woodwind/Piano Chamber Recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

Spring and jazz seem to go together at SHSU, and this year's spring concert of the jazz ensemble will feature an old favorite, Pete Lengyel's "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most." The jazz ensemble, under the direction of Rod Cannon, performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 27) in Killinger Auditorium.

Other compositions scheduled to be performed and their composers include "Out of Nowhere" (Johnny Green, arrangement by Mike Tomaro), "October Morning" (David Caffey), "Jungle Gym" (Matt Harris), "Katy" (Sammy Nestico), "Tribute to Miles" (Mark Taylor), and "T. J." (Steve Owen).

Dance Spectrum in Concert, an evening of choreography featuring student and faculty talent from SHSU's dance department, wraps up the university's 1998-99 performing arts season with four Mainstage Theatre performances, Thursday (April 29) through Saturday. Curtain time is 8 p.m. with a special 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Ticket information is available at 409-294-1339 or 409-294-1329.

Also this week, Sam Pugh will present a student trumpet recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (April 29) in the Recital Hall, and Luvanna Brown will present a senior piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 30) in the Recital Hall, featuring works by Mozart, Ravel, Chopin and Prokofiev.

For information on SHSU music events, call 409-294-1360.

National Convention Held at SHSU

The Hispanic women's sorority, Kappa Delta Chi, held their 1999 national convention at Sam Houston State University last weekend (April 16-18). The event attracted KDChi members from schools as far away as Washington and Arizona.

Among the conference presenters were Socorro Valenti from Huntsville High School, Alice Fisher from the SHSU education department, Erica Bermeja from the Walker County Probation Office, Heather Clark from Houston Planned Parenthood and Caroline Castillo Crimm from the SHSU history department.

As part of their community service, a hallmark of KDChi, the members worked as volunteers at the General Sam Houston Folk Festival. In addition to assisting with ticket and beverage sales, the group taught children how to make necklaces, dip candles, make quilt patterns and write with quills.

Crimm delivered the convention's keynote address entitled "The Glorification of Overdoing."

During the conference the Zeta Chapter was honored with the "Best Chapter Award." Also, Sophia Torres, a Zeta Chapter member, won the "Best Delegate Award." Ruby Alvarado, another Zeta Chapter member, was elected to serve as KDChi's national recording secretary.

Faculty/Staff Tourney is May 17

The Sam Houston State University Department of Recreational Sports is taking entries for the 5th Annual Faculty/Staff Golf Scramble scheduled for May 17 at the Wedgewood golf course near Conroe.

The entry fee of $35 per player is due May 12. Play is scheduled to begin at 8 a. m. May 17, with post-tournament lunch, awards presentation, and door prize drawing.

In addition to the traveling trophy which will be awarded to the winning team, prizes will be given for longest drive and closest-to-the pin.

Ed Chatal, tournament director, said that teams should include no more than one "A" level player (average score of 80 or below), and the tournament field will be limited to the first 18 teams that register. For more information, call Chatal at 409-294-1740 or 409-294-1972.

Strandberg Compositions Popular

Professor Emeritus of Music Newton D. Strandberg of Huntsville, who taught and wrote music at Sam Houston State University for 30 years, is finding his works are not fading away, but are being played in prestigious musical performance venues throughout the world.

Strandberg's "Essay for String Orchestra" will have its New York premiere Wednesday (April 28) at the Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. The program will be the New York Chamber Symphony's All-American Premieres II, under the direction of Gerard Schwarz.

Another piece by Strandberg was performed March 24 in the same hall, by the Concordia Orchestra. Still others are being performed throughout1999/2000 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, as part of the Millennium Celebration of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra concert season and being recorded for worldwide distribution.

Strandberg taught and wrote at Sam Houston State University from 1967 until his retirement in 1997.

Professors to Speak in England

Peter Cooper (computer science) and Mark Klespis (mathematics and information science) have been invited to speak at the Fourth International Conference of Technology in Mathematics Teaching in Plymouth, England, August 9-13.

Cooper and Klespis will report on a quantitative literacy course at Sam Houston State University that resulted from a National Science Foundation grant they received last year.

"The course employs mathematics and computer science content to extend student skills in applying problem solving strategies, identifying appropriate quantitative tools, and applying those tools in the construction and communication of solutions," said Klespis. "Students exhibit teamwork and a sense of scientific inquiry through projects and lab activities."

Cooper and Klespis will discuss internet services, word processing, presentation and graphics software, spreadsheets, trigonometry, statistics, and finance, as well as ffects on student retention, attitudes, and comparisons with current general education classes in both disciplines.

Stress Resource Books Published

Until now, finding an instrument with which to evaluate stress has been rather--stressful. Thanks to two books edited by Sam Houston State University's Carlos P. Zalaquett (Counseling Services) and Richard Wood (Newton Gresham Library), the task is somewhat less daunting.

Some of the current problems relating to stress include:

  • The United States' number one killer, heart disease, can be caused or aggravated by stress;
  • For years, Valium has been one of the top five brand name drugs prescribed in the United States;
  • Five billion doses of tranquilizers are prescribed each year;
  • An estimated $19.4 billion is lost by North American industry because of premature employee deaths;
  • $700 million is spent each year to recruit replacements for executives with heart disease.

Stress experts also expect the rate of change in our lives to accelerate, and for stress levels to increase for many people.

"Evaluating Stress: A Book of Resources," volumes I and II, include more than 30 instruments for the evaluation of stress, case examples, and guidelines on how the instruments can best be utilized.

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Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
April 25, 1999
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