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SHSU Update for Week of November 14

German Scholar to Speak

Ten years ago this past week the Berlin Wall came tumbling down, symbolizing the end of the Cold War and paving the way for the reunification of Germany.

Although the physical barrier has been removed and a decade of living together has passed, a "culture clash" between the people of the two former nations has presented some growing pains, according to a Cable News Network poll conducted last week.

Professor Hans-Jorg Albrecht, director of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Germany and former Beto Chair Lecturer, will address some of the issues relating to law enforcement in his lecture at the Criminal Justice Center Monday (Nov. 15) entitled "Current Policing Practices and Trends in the Federal Republic of Germany."

He will discuss the philosophical changes that have taken place in policing since the fall of the Berlin Wall and problems involving hate crimes, terrorism, and what has happened in law enforcement with the opening of borders in Germany.

Albrecht has been instrumental either as author or editor in the publication of a number of books on sentencing, day-fine systems, recidivism, child abuse and neglect, drug policies, and victimization. He also teaches criminology, criminal justice and criminal law at the University of Freiburg in Germany.

Albrecht, who is fluent in English, will present his lecture at 12:30 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Criminal Justice Center. The public is invited.

Voice Faculty Featured in Haydn Concert

Rebecca Hicks, Barbara Corbin, Wayne Barrett, and Robert Best of the Sam Houston State University Department of Music will be the featured soloists in Tuesday's presentation of "An Evening of Haydn."

Members of the Huntsville Community Choral Society and Sam Houston State University Symphonic Chorus will join in their 26th Annual Fall Concert. Tara Converse, right, freshman English major from The Woodlands, is a member of the Symphonic Chorus.

Under the direction of Brian Miller, the concert will consist of two colorful choral-orchestral works, the "Te Deum" and the "Theresa Mass," written 200 years ago (1799) by the well-known Classical composer, Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).

"Both works are delightful and engaging examples of Haydn's late choral/orchestral writing," said Miller.

Both works have also been subjects of some Classical music detective work as well, he said.

"In addition to being composed in 1799, for many years both works were believed to have been written for the wife of Emperor Francis II, the ruler of Austria, though the assertion is only partially true," said Miller. "The dedication 'For the Empress Marie Therese' in Haydn's 'Te Deum' definitively ascribes that work to the Empress, who was reportedly a music-lover with a 'weak but pleasant voice.'

"She apparently owned a copy of Haydn's 'Mass in Bb' of 1799, a fact which led to the assumption that the Mass had been written for the Empress, and it subsequently became known as the 'Theresienmesse'. However, according to Haydn scholar H. C. Robbins Landon, the misnamed composition was actually composed for the Name Day of Maria Hermengild, the wife of Haydn's patron, Prince Nikolaus II Esterhazy, but the work is still known as the 'Theresa Mass'."

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, (Nov. 16) in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom on the SHSU campus. General admission is $8, $3 for senior citizens, and free for children, SHSU faculty, and students.

Improvement Efforts Under Way

Two efforts to obtain feedback from Sam Houston State University students and employees on the university's strong and weak points are under way.

On Tuesday (Nov. 16) from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the Pizza Hut restaurant in the Lowman Student Center students are invited for free pizza and refreshments and the opportunity to talk with President Bobby K. Marks and other university representatives.

In addition to discussing items of interest, topics of concern, and pointing out the good things that SHSU needs to do more of, there will be door prizes and cash drawings. From 7:15-8:30 p.m. the university officials will take a walking safety inspection of the campus.

The student forum and safety walk is being coordinated by the SHSU Student Government Association and the Division of Student Services.

Marks is also urging university employees to participate in an online Survey of Organizational Excellence. Data from 110 questions will be used by the university in its strategic planning process.

Marks has asked supervisors of employees who do not normally have access to the Internet to assist them in making a computer with Internet access available and completing a survey if they wish to do so.

Ted Michael, director of Human Resources, is the university's contact person for the employee survey, which must be completed by November 22. For more information, contact Michael at 409-294-1062.

Fall Academic Challenge Scheduled

Twenty-eight teams from high schools in the greater Houston area will participate in the Fall 1999 Invitational Academic Challenge Saturday (Nov. 20) at Sam Houston State University.

High schools include Clear Brook, Mayde Creek, St. Pius, Tomball, Westbury, Allen Academy, Huntsville, Awty, Brazosport, Alvin, Cinco Ranch, Waller, Robert E. Lee (Baytown), Health Professional, Katy, Klein Oak, Westfield, Clear Lake, Klein, Dulles, St. Agnes, Klein Forest, Stratford, Bellaire, Memorial, St. John's, Kincaid and Lamar.

A total of 25 matches are scheduled, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and lasting through the championship match at 5 p.m. All are in the Lowman Student Center, and spectators are welcome. Entry is not allowed while a match is being conducted.

Each team is guaranteed three matches. The Huntsville team competes at 8:30 in room 308, 10 in the ballroom, and 11:30 in room 312. A complete listing of the teams and the competition schedule is available on the Internet. The SHSU State Championship is April 7-8, with the winner guaranteed an invitation to participate June 17-20 in the 2000 Panasonic Academic Challenge at the Disney World Contemporary Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. In 1997, the Texas championship team from Klein High School also won the national competition.

"Their success demonstrated in no uncertain terms the high caliber of competition in the Sam Houston State University Texas Academic Challenge State Championship," said Tracy Steele, assistant professor of history, who is the contest coordinator.

Journalism Career Day

About 350 high school journalism students are expected Wednesday (Nov. 17) on the Sam Houston State University campus for the annual Journalism Career Day sponsored by the Department of Public Communication.

During the day, the students will hear a keynote speech by a noted online journalist, talk to 10 professionals from all phases of mass communication, and tour the facilities of the Dan Rather Communications Building.

The day will begin with an address by Chris Feola, chief of technology for Belo Interactive, Dallas. Feola is responsible for the online publishing operations of the Dallas Morning News. He is a longtime newspaper journalist.

Among the other journalists and communicators who will be talking with the high school students are: Robert Hurst, director of media relations for the Houston Police Department; Ken Bielicki, group planning director for Fogarty & Klein advertising agency, Houston; Lynne Werner, head of the Technical Publications Department in the Houston office of Bechtel Corporation; Russell Burnett, managing editor of the Huntsville Item; Kim Wiseman, managing editor with Hart Publications, Inc. in Houston; Priscilla Thorne, public relations manager for Foley's department stores and David Einsel, photographer for the Houston Chronicle.

Hurst, Burnett, Werner and Wiseman are all graduates of SHSU.

Hugh Fullerton, coordinator of the journalism program, is also coordinator of the event, which is sponsored by the Journalism Advisory Council. Advisory Council members also act as judges for event contests.

Golden Key Inducts 281

Rolando V. del Carmen, distinguished professor of criminal justice, was the featured speaker at the Sam Houston State University Golden Key National Honor Society induction recently in the Lowman Student Center.

An estimated 600 persons attended the event, during which del Carmen was inducted as an honorary member and 281 new members were inducted and presented certificates acknowledging their academic achievements.

Golden Key is an international collegiate honor society with 285 chapters worldwide. Membership is extended to the top 15 percent of juniors and seniors from all disciplines.

New members of Golden Key who were not able to attend the induction ceremony can pick up their certificates in room 209 in the Smith-Hutson Business Building.

William Green, professor of economics, is the chapter adviser. Nancy Brown is the chapter president for 1999.

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November 14, 1999
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