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SHSU Update for Week of October 15

Four Events in Fine Arts Week

A recital for the birds, a heavily-Hungarian Concert Choir program, a highlight offering of the month-long Bach Anniversary observance, and a new art exhibit are four events marking a busy fine arts week at Sam Houston State University.

Dorothy Maddison, recently-arrived assistant professor of voice, who has studied and performed extensively in Europe and the United States, gives her premiere faculty recital at 3 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 15) in the Recital Hall.

She will be accompanied by music chairman Robert Walzel on clarinet and Hamilton Tescarollo on piano. Like Maddison, Tescarollo is a pursuing his doctorate at Arizona State University. A native of Brazil, he has performed in South America, Europe and the United States.

Some of the birds appearing on Maddison's program are nightingales, larks, hummingbirds, swallows and a pair of message-carrying storks.

Next among the week's fine arts offerings will be the Monday (Oct. 16) opening of the art department's latest exhibit in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery--paintings by Patrick Schmidt and ceramics by Vincent Burke and Matt Long. An opening reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19), and the exhibit continues through Nov. 9.

On Tuesday (Oct. 17) the Concert Choir, under the direction of Wayne Barrett, presents a program of religious music at 7:30 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center's Killinger Auditorium. It opens with a four-piece set by a diverse group of Hungarian composers, Pal Esterhazy, Pal Beharka, Laszlo Halmos and Zoltan Gardonyi, followed by a Mass by Mozart.

Barrett describes the "Missa brevis in B" as "characterized by lyrical ease and unceasing inventiveness." It will feature soprano Angela LaPetina, alto Lisa Goodman, tenor Ray Morrow and baritone Joshua Rhodes.

Also featured will be the Women's Choir in Balbino Garcia's "Brumas del mar," and soprano and faculty member Julianne Best as soloist for the spiritual "John the Revelator." The program closes with a light, non-religious surprise.

On Thursday (Oct. 19) at 7:30 p. m. in the Recital Hall, the music department will present the second of this season's Friends of Music concert, J. S. Bach Celebration. The year 2000 marks the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach, arguably the most important composer in the history of western music.

The music department has planned the month of October as J. S. Bach Month and is presenting performances throughout the month feature his music.

"The Thursday concert will mark a highlight in the month-long series and will feature diverse selections of some of the most outstanding works of the great master," said Walzel. "Several faculty will be featured as soloists throughout the program which will include, among other things, the 'Brandenburg Concerto No. 2'."

Admission to the Maddison concert is free, and there is no admission fee to the Geeslin Gallery, which is open from noon to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Admission to the Concert Choir and Mozart tribute performances is $8 for adults, $5 for students, and free to SHSU faculty, students and staff with identification and to Friends of Music. Call 936.294.1360 for information.

'The Heidi Chronicles'

Sam Houston State University's Department of Theatre and Dance will present Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles" Oct. 25-28 in the Showcase Theatre. Performances are at 8 p.m. with a Saturday (Oct. 28) 2 p.m. matinee.

"The Heidi Chronicles" traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland (Sara Kendrick), a successful art historian, as she tries to discover her place in a constantly changing world. Spanning 24 years from 1965 to 1989, Heidi's frustration grows in direct proportion to her inability to find her place in society.

She watches her best friends Susan (Jalynn Steele) and Peter (Tye Blue) as they struggle with their quests for happiness and fulfillment, and finds herself stuck in a go-nowhere relationship with Scoop Rosenbaum (Ben Cole), a manipulative, womanizing lawyer/journalist.

According to the New York Daily News, "The Heidi Chronicles" is "not just a funny play, but a wise one." Wasserstein's 1989 awards for the play, in addition to Pulitzer Prize, included the Tony Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

"The Heidi Chronicles" is directed by senior musical theatre major Maggie Wilhite. Other cast members include sophomore musical theatre major Johnna Meyer, junior theatre majors Tracilyn Jones and Nick Veiga, and sophomore theatre major Katie Hughes.

Senior theatre minor Sara Young stage manages the show, and the set was designed by junior theatre major Krystal Davis. The costumes were designed by senior theatre major Crystal Hart, and the lighting design was formulated by sophomore theatre major D. J. McHenry. Penny Hasekoester is the theatre manager.

Tickets for "The Heidi Chronicles" are $8. For information or reservations call the University Theatre Center Box Office at 936.294.1339.

Teske Participates in Symposium

Raymond Teske, Jr., professor of criminal justice, recently participated in a symposium in Bamberg, Germany, on "Crises in Criminal Law and the Criminal Sciences," presenting a paper on future developments in criminal procedure in the United States.

Three representatives of the United States were among the total of 120 scholars specializing in criminal law and criminal procedure who participated in the event sponsored by the Humbolt Foundation. That total included 20 senior German law professors and 100 scholars from 29 countries.

Teske and a professor from Poland presented papers on the topic of future developments in criminal procedure in their respective countries and then participated in a four-hour discussion session on the subject.

Teske's presentation focused on three themes--the increasing intrusion of the federal government into areas of criminal prosecution and procedure historically relegated to the individual states, the increasing emphasis on prosecuting and punishing juveniles as adults, and the increasing emphasis on civil procedures to control and monitor sex crime offenders. Teske reported that the latter issue drew particular attention during the discussion.

"Not only in the discussion during his session, but in discussions resulting from other presentations, there seems to be a universal concern among these leading scholars in criminal law and procedure that the influence of the writing of legal scholars, as well as emphasis on the use of scientific evidence in the decision-making process of both of the legislatures, as well as the courts, is diminishing," he said.

Teske is well-known for his publications on German criminal procedure and the German criminal justice system, as well as his emphasis on comparative research in general. Although he is personally acquainted with a number of the scholars invited to the symposium, and has lectured at several of their universities, he did have one especially rewarding experience.

In 1987 he was invited to spend two weeks lecturing in Krakow, Poland. One of the doctoral students at the Jagellonian University in Poland who spent part of the time during his visit serving as both a guide and translator is now a full professor at the university in Poland. Teske noted how much they enjoyed renewing their acquaintance and discussing the 1987 visit, as well as the changes since the demise of communism in Poland.

In addition to participating in the symposium, Teske spent two weeks working on his on-going research projects at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg, with expenses paid by the Humboldt Foundation. He and Professor Albrecht, director of the institute, are focusing on a comparative research project concerning the processing of hate crime offenders and offenses in Germany and the United States, with special emphasis on right-wing and neo-Nazi crimes against foreigners and asylum seekers in Germany. Professor Albrecht, a former Beto Chair lecturer, plans to visit Sam Houston State University in November to continue work on this project.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, located in Bonn, Germany. was established in 1860 in honor of the scientist and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. To date a total of 34 Humboldt Fellows have been awarded the Nobel Prize. The foundation supports scholars from throughout the world who spend from six months to a year working on a research project at a Germany university or research center.

Teske was selected as a Humboldt Fellow in 1980 and spent one year at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Penal Law in Freiburg establishing and carrying out the first large-scale victimization survey in Germany.

Adams Edits Poetry Project

Rob Adams, professor of English at Sam Houston State University, is a member of the editorial board for a University of Michigan Press project to publish electronically William Langland's 14th century poem "Piers Plowman."

"The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive" provides searchable electronic CD-ROM editions of manuscripts and early printed texts of the poem, which is considered a masterpiece of Middle English alliterative poetry. Its reformist arguments influenced later authors such as Edmund Spenser, John Milton and John Bunyan.

Analysis of the poem has been difficult, however, because of errors caused by early readers' production of copies, and the fact that Langland wrote three versions of the poem, although none of the 56 surviving manuscripts are in his handwriting or date from his lifetime.

Rodeo Team Has Busy Fall

The Sam Houston State University rodeo team, with more national championships than any other college or university, has a busy schedule after hosting their region's first fall competition last weekend.

The men and women travel to Northeast Community College (Mt. Pleasant) Oct. 19-21, McNeese State University (Lake Charles, La.) Oct. 26-28, Texas A&M-Kingsville Nov. 2-4 and Stephen F. Austin (Nacogdoches) Nov. 9-11.

The SHSU rodeo teams compete in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association's Southern Region against teams from Texas and Louisiana.

Kelly Singleton led the women's team in their first competition, winning the goat tying event. Other top finishers were Brooke Oden (2nd in barrel racing), and Holly Riley (3rd in barrel racing).

Top men's team performers were Jeb Chesson (2nd in steer wrestling) and Jake Rakowitz (3rd in saddle bronc riding).

Hanssen Does Houston Costumes

Kristina Hanssen, associate professor of theatre at Sam Houston State University, designed the costumes for Houston's Stages Repertory Theatre's "The Turn of the Screw," which runs through Nov. 5.

Hanssen first designed for the theatre last spring for The Douglas Mitchell Play Festival- a series of six one-acts. One of her former students, Jennifer Brooks-Ashley, is the costume shop manager for Stages and nominated her for the "Turn of the Screw" work.

"Stages rarely does 'real' period shows, most are either modern dress or children's fantasy plays," said Hanssen. "This play is set in 1872 and because of the story, it must be dressed in that period."

The director of the show, Laura Josepher is from New York City. Set, lighting, and sound designers are from Houston. The theatre is on Allen Parkway near downtown Houston.

Sam Grad Honored

Sam Houston State University graduate Richard Williamson, assistant professor of English at Muskingum College (New Concord, Ohio), has been awarded that college's highest honor for excellence in teaching.

Williamson, who has taught at Muskingum since 1996, earned his master of arts degree in English and bachelor of arts in English, journalism and French from Sam Houston State, and his Ph. D. from the University of North Texas.

Raven Run Registration

Sam Houston State University's recreational sports department is sponsoring the 5K (3.1 miles) Raven Run beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 28. Entry is free for university students, faculty and staff, and $5 for SHSU alumni.

The first 25 to register for the run will receive a free T-shirt. The race will begin and end in the faculty/staff parking lot east of the Health & Kinesiology Center, with a course passing Bowers Stadium and winding through the SHSU campus.

For registration and information, contact Amy Swingle by e-mail or by phone at 936.294.1985. Race day registration will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on race day.

Campus Debate

Dan Ellis and Ben Bius, candidates for the Texas Legislature in District 18, are scheduled to appear at a forum sponsored by the Sam Houston State University chapter of the Texas Association of College Teachers (TACT).

The event is scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 18) in Austin Hall, and includes refreshments and a social hour. Non-TACT members are invited.

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Oct. 15, 2000
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