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SHSU Update for Week of October 24

Gilliam Named Associate Vice President

Jacque L. Gilliam, who has been associated with Sam Houston State University as a student and an employee for almost 30 years, has been named the university's associate vice president for finance and operations.

In her new position Gilliam oversees Sam Houston State's departments of administrative accounting, payroll, contracts and grants, residence life, and financial aid. She also serves as the liaison between Aramark and Sam Houston State for contracted food services, and between American Building Maintenance Company and SHSU for contracted janitorial services.

Gilliam previously served as the director of administrative accounting from October 1981 to August 1999. Prior to that assignment, she was the university's internal auditor for two years.

She has also served as internal auditor for the Arkansas Department of Corrections and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

She was chief accountant for SHSU from 1971 to 1975, and loan and scholarship accountant from 1969 to 1971.

Gilliam received both the bachelor of science degree in mathematics and business and the master of arts degree in mathematics from SHSU in 1967.

She holds professional certification in accounting in the states of Arkansas and Texas, and has earned secondary and junior college teaching certificates.

Gilliam's appointment was announced by SHSU Vice President for Finance and Operations Jack Parker and was effective September 1.

Bach, Salsa, Night Music, the Civil War and a Hoedown

The SHSU Concert Choir, conducted by Wayne Barrett, will present its fall concert on Tuesday (Oct. 26) at 7:30 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center Killinger Auditorium.

The evening's diverse music will include J. S. Bach's cantata, "Herr Jesu Christ," "wahr' Mensch und Gott" (Lord Jesus Christ, true man and God); and selections in English and in Hungarian by composer G÷bor Lisznyay.

Also, two works, including a night song, by Max Reger; some choral salsa music by Venezuelan composer Oscar Gali÷n; American music from the Civil War era; and a hoedown arrangement of the American folk song, "Cindy."

"I believe there is something in this concert for everyone to enjoy," said Barrett, "and I would like to think that our audience will enjoy all of the music."

"It's not every day that a person can go and, during the span of about an hour, hear such a great variety of choral music. And, I might add, it's not just the variety that speaks well for the concert; the music we are performing is very good, from the Bach right down to 'Cindy.' I hope that our Huntsville audience will come out and enjoy the evening with us."

The SHSU Concert Choir is one of two major choral ensembles in the Department of Music. Comprised of about 60 singers, the choir performs a concert each semester, drawing from choral music of many eras and genres.

Barrett, associate chair of the Department of Music, has conducted the Concert Choir since his arrival at the university in 1992. Under his leadership the choir has recently performed such works as Palestrina's "Missa brevis," Durufl's "Requiem," Tuma's "Stabat Mater," a jazz mass, and an African mass. The choir also frequently performs off-campus for many different audiences and events.

Fall concert tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for non-SHSU students. Admission is free to SHSU faculty, staff and students with I.D.s.

Halloween and Mozart

Artist Karl Friedrich Thiele's depiction of the Queen of Night's Act I entrance in "The Magic Flute," one of the opera scenes to be featured in the Oct. 29 and 30 Opera Workshop performances.

Intrigue, disguise, and trickery. Sounds like Halloween. But it also describes "Tricks and Treats a la W. A. Mozart," the Sam Houston State University Fall Opera Workshop program.

Scenes from several of Mozart's most popular operas will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Oct. 29 and 30) in the Recital Hall, 17th and Ave. J. Mary Kay Lake is director of the Opera Workshop.

"Mozart and his librettists were masters at intrigue, disguise, and trickery," said Lake. "We thought these characteristics would make an appropriate and timely theme."

Operas included in the performance include "The Magic Flute," which has a serpent, prince, birdman and three mysterious ladies. "The Marriage of Figaro" is filled with interpersonal intrigues, "Don Giovanni" is fueled by the devilish machismo of a lady's man, and "Cosi fan tutte" is sprinkled with disguises and mistaken identities.

Tickets for the Opera Workshop performances are $5 for adults; $3 for non-SHSU students. Admission is free to SHSU faculty, staff and students with I.D.s.

COBA/Career Services Career Day

Companies running alphabetically from Academy Sports & Outdoors to the Woodlands Resort, Conference Center and Country Club will participate in the College of Business Administration/Career Services Business Fair Thursday (Oct. 28).

The event, which includes more than 50 other companies and agencies such as Target, Texaco, and the Texas Departments of Agriculture, Criminal Justice, Public Safety and Transportation, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. Anyone affiliated with Sam Houston State University, including alumni, is eligible to participate.

Companies will be looking for graduating students and many companies are looking for interns. For more information contact Charles Capps in the College of Business Administration at 409-294-1895 or Ann Reynolds in Career Services at 409-294-1713.

Residence Life Staff Awareness Day

On Monday (Oct. 25) the Department of Residence Life at Sam Houston State University will recognize staff members and honor the memory of a Purdue University residence life worker who was killed while on duty on October 16, 1996.

Student and residence hall counselor Jay Severson was shot and killed by a resident he had reported to authorities as a drug usage suspect. Residence life workers throughout the United States have worn their staff shirts on a designated day in October, as the SHSU student workers will Monday.

"We ask that you consider the ways that we do our jobs every day," said Kim DeShields, who is coordinating the observance. "Many of us never think that our lives could be in danger by simply doing our jobs, but we never know what we may encounter.

"This can also serve as a reminder for students, faculty and community leaders to learn more about what our jobs entail and the responsibility we have chosen to take on."

'Same Time, Next Year'

The Huntsville Community Theatre and Sam Houston Memorial Museum are collaborating in a gala presentation of Bernard Slade's "Same Time, Next Year," with proceeds benefiting the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.

A special premiere performance of the play is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 28) in the Museum's Walker Education Center, with preceding reception at 7 p.m.

Called one of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, the play chronicles an unusual 25-year love affair between George and Doris, who meet at a seaside California inn in 1951.

Tickets for the event, which are limited, are $20 each or $35 per couple. Call 409-294-1832 for information.


The SHSU Residence Halls Association's traditional Trick-Or-Treat event for Huntsville children is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday (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 409-294-31945 or 409-294-4225 for information.

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October 24, 1999
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