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SHSU Update for Week of April 7

Program Features Sacred American Music

"Sing to God," a program of sacred American art songs, will be presented by the Sam Houston State University School of Music Sunday afternoon (April 7) at 2 p.m. in the campus Recital Hall.

The program includes songs of faith and devotion that are a part of American culture and history.

The recital will feature performances by Robin Fisher, soprano; Jack Coldiron, baritone; and John Cozza, piano.

Fisher studied in Europe and received the coveted Artist's Diploma, cum laude, from the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik. Following her professional debut at the Salzburg Festival, she signed a solo contract with one of Germany's strongest regional opera companies, the Wuppertal Opera.

In concert, she has performed over 16 solo oratorio roles with such ensembles as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Wuppertal Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Fort Worth Early Music ensemble. Currently, she is assistant professor of voice at Baylor University.

Coldiron received the bachelor of music (cum laude) from Stetson University and the master of church music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He has studied at the German Center for Music Education in Stuttgart, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music, both in London.

He is well known in the music community as a recitalist and oratorio soloist. His recent performances have included: Messiah, Elijah, Requiems by Brahms, Mozart and Faure, 'Israel in Egypt,' 'Judas Maccabaeus,' 'Mass in C,' and 'Five Mystical Songs.'

Cozza was named director of piano accompanying in the Baylor School of Music in 1994. He holds both the bachelor and master's degrees from the University of Southern California where he was valedictorian of the School of Music in 1983. His doctorate is in piano performance, chamber music and accompanying from Northwestern University.

As a Rotary Foundation Scholar, he studied at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna where he completed advanced degrees in piano performance. He has performed as a collaborative artist for singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, and his international engagements have included such European centers as Vienna, Bologna, Milan, Cologne and Budapest.

Piano Concerto Festival

The 2002 Annual Piano Concerto Festival will feature performances by the students of Clive Swansbourne on Tuesday (April 9) at 7:30 p.m. on the Sam Houston State University campus.

The piano concertos will include works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Grieg. Swansbourne will accompany at a second piano.

The public is invited and admission is free.

Alcohol Awareness and Screening Day

The Counseling Center is sponsoring the annual Alcohol Awareness and Screening Day, Thursday (April 11) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lee Drain Building Atrium.

Information will be available about alcohol use and abuse along with a free self-assessment. Those attending will learn about the impact and dangers of alcohol abuse, the level at which alcohol drinking behaviors become a problem, and where help is available to change drinking behaviors.

Anyone concerned about their own or someone else's drinking behaviors should attend. Counselors will be available for anyone desiring to talk with someone.

For more information contact the Counseling Center at 936.294.1720.

Seniors Invited to Sign Up

The SHSU Alumni Association is hosting a Senior Sign Up day on Thursday (April 11) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LSC Mall Area.

Future alumni will be able to enjoy hot dogs, soft drinks and music by Variety Sounds, and can learn how to join the Bearkat network. Alumni memberships will be available for $10.

Those who sign up that day will receive a free T-shirt and will be entered to win men's and women's business suits from Jos. A. Banks and Foley's.

For more information, contact the SHSU Alumni Association at 936.294.1841.

2002 Football Schedule

The 2002 Bearkat football schedule has been released and fans can look forward to five home games this season.

Those games include Sam Houston State hosting Midwestern State on Sept. 7, Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 21, McNeese State (Homecoming) on Oct. 26, Nicholls State on Nov. 9 and Southwest Texas State on Nov. 23.

Away games will be played at Central Michigan on Aug. 29 (Thursday night game), Northern Arizona on Sept. 14, Western Illinois on Sept. 28, Jacksonville State on Oct. 12, Stephen F. Austin State on Oct. 19, and Northwestern State (La.) on Nov. 2.

Attention December Candidates for Graduation

Students who anticipate graduating Dec. 7, 2002 are to file degree applications by April 29 with the Registrar's Office in the Administration Building.

Student who fail to apply by the deadline will be assessed a $25 late application fee in addition to the $18 graduation fee, according to Teresa Ringo, assistant registrar.

"Applying late may also result in their names not appearing in the commencement program or the honors program," said Ringo.

Final exams for December degree candidates will be held Dec. 3-4, 2002.

Bearkat Battalion Awards Ceremony

The Bearkat Battalion Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Sam Houston State University Department of Military Science, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 10) in the courtroom of the Criminal Justice Center.

A reception will take place in the lobby of the Center following the ceremony.

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SHSU Media Contacts: Frank Krystyniak, Julia May
April 7, 2002
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