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SHSU Update for Week of Sept. 8

Zonker Art Works on Display

Works by Ken Zonker, former SHSU art professor, are on exhibit in three art galleries on the campus of Sam Houston State University through Sept. 30.

A reception will be held in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Zonker, who died last spring, taught in the art department for 37 years.

The artwork is located at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, the SOFA Gallery, and the Lowman Student Center Gallery. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The exhibitions include work from his entire career, beginning with paintings and drawings from the early 1960s when he was an art student at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California at Berkeley.

Collages, drawings and paintings from the 1970s and 80s, for which he was well known, are also included. His last work is a group of photorealistic still life drawings done in colored pencil.

"These are highly crafted, colorful images of light as it refracts and reflects in and around transparent glass objects such as bottles of ink and colored marbles," said Michael Henderson of the art department.

Zonker was an avid world traveler and bicyclist who spent part of his boyhood in Argentina. Some of the places he visited and lived are depicted in his works.

"The exhibitions are a rare opportunity to see the entire life's work of an excellent artist," said Henderson.

All of the works are on sale and the Zonker family will use the proceeds to create an endowed scholarship at SHSU.

For more information contact Rhonda Wilkinson or Martin Amorous in the SHSU art department at 936.294.1315.

University to Observe Patriot Day

Sam Houston State University will have a brief program to observe Patriot Day on Wednesday.

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Lowman Student Center Mall and will feature a welcome by SHSU President James Gaertner, the presentation of colors, a moment of silence in remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and patriotic music by the Bearkat Marching Band.

'Showtime' and 'Gala' Begin Fall Performances

The fine arts year kicks off in a big way this week at Sam Houston State University with gala events sponsored by the School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

A Gala Concert will be performed by SHSU music faculty on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Following the concert, a reception in Austin Hall will honor the 2002-03 Friends of Music.

A reception in Austin Hall will honor the 2002-03 Friends of Music following the concert.

Members of the Friends of Music receive information detailing upcoming recitals and concerts in the School of Music. They are honored guests at receptions following two gala recitals during the year and following other selected events through the concert season.

For more information about the gala call the School of Music at 936. 294.1360.

The theme of the Theatre and Dance Gala this year is "It's Showtime!"

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the University Theatre Center with a silent auction.

Music for all generations will be presented in the Showcase Theatre at 6 p.m. with a repeat performance at 9:30 p.m. A live auction will be at 8 p.m. on the Mainstage.

Tickets are $50 per person. For more information contact the University Theatre Center at 936.294.1329.

Both events provide scholarships and funds for various activities within the programs.

SHSU Awarded Technology Grant

Sam Houston State University has received a grant award for $301,400 from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board for technology enhancements.

The university will use the grant funds to upgrade existing infrastructure and offer faculty multimedia content creation tools, according to James Van Roekel, project director.

In the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's plan entitled "Closing the Gaps," goals were established for all of the state's higher education institutions that emphasize four major themes: participation, success, excellence and research.

The grant initiative recommended strategies in which infrastructure can assist with accomplishing some of the goals established in "Closing the Gaps," according to Van Roekel.

Since its creation by the 74th Legislature in 1995, the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board has awarded approximately $1.2 billion in telecommunications grants to school districts and charter schools, two and four-year colleges and universities, public libraries and branches, public and not-for-profit healthcare facilities, innovative discovery collaboratives, and community network collaborations.

International Programs Hosts Events

The Office of International Programs is hosting coffee hours every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Game Room.

Guests are invited to share information and experiences and meet other students.

The SHSU International Business Society meets every Monday at 5 p.m. in room 108 of the Smith-Hutson Business Building.

The meetings feature guest speakers from the international business world and recruiters from international companies. The organization has also planned several social events including a party at the University of Houston and a trip to a Rockets basketball game.

For additional information, contact the Office of International Programs at 936.294.3892.

Outdoor Adventure Club to Organize

The SHSU Outdoor Adventure Club will hold an organizational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. in room 241 of the Health and Kinesiology Center.

"Member benefits include the opportunity to plan and pursue outdoor adventures with others such as racing on mountain bikes, recreating on rocks, or relaxing on rivers," according to Marvin Seale, associate director of recreational sports.

Access to gear, transportation and other resources are also available to members.

For more information, contact Seale at 936.294.3656 or e-mail

Biological Sciences Presents Seminar

Joan E. Strassmann, from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University, will be this week's guest speaker in the Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series on Thursday.

She will discuss "Cooperation and conflict in chimeras of the social amoeba, Dictyostelieum discoideum."

The seminars are held each Thursday at 4 p.m. in room 220 of the Lee Drain Building. They are open to the public.

On Sept. 19, the department will host its 2002 Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Ted Cieslak. He is from the Department of Pediatrics at Brooke Army Medical Center and will present "A Primer on Bio-terrorism."

Christian Faculty/Staff Group Announces Meetings

The SHSU Christian Faculty and Staff Association holds weekly brown bag meetings on Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m. in the staff lounge of the Newton Gresham Library.

During the fall semester the organization will discuss the book "How Now Shall We Live" by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcy.

The association is an independent interdenominational Christian fellowship. For more information contact Betsy Torrez at 936.294.1560.

Extended Learning Offers Fall Classes

New fall classes offered through Sam Houston State University's Office of Continuing Education include instruction on basic photography, photography and the darkroom, an introduction to computers, Microsoft Word, keyboarding, Spanish Level I, Spanish for medical personnel, Spanish for attorneys, sign language, ballroom dance, yoga, bridge, beginning genealogy, cake decorating, and financial strategies.

For more information call the Office of Continuing Education, 936.294.4568 or visit their web site.

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Sept. 8, 2002
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