update 11/12


Top scholars from 20 high schools in the Greater Houston area, including Huntsville High School, will compete in the Fall 1995 Invitational Academic Challenge Contest at Sam Houston State University Saturday, Nov. 18.

The College Bowl-style matches, which are open to the public, will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Lowman Student Center. Each match involves two schools and lasts about 25 minutes.

Approximately 30 SHSU faculty and a similar number of students volunteer their time to serve as question readers, judges, timekeepers, greeters, etc., said Dr. Frank Fair, contest coordinator.

This is the fifth regional academic challenge contest sponsored by SHSU and the SHSU Honors Program. Winners advance to the Texas Academic Challenge State Championship which will be held at SHSU next April 12 and 13.


The Department of Theatre and Dance will present William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" Nov. 15-18. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday on the University Theatre Center Main Stage. There will also be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens. For ticket information please call 294-1329.


The Music Department will present five events this week, including a Friday evening symphony concert.

The week begins with a Horn Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall. The Jazz Ensemble Concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Killinger Auditorium in the Beto Criminal Justice Center. A clarinet studio recital is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall.

The symphony concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Killinger Auditorium. A student piano recital featuring Celeste Arnim is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday in the Recital Hall.

Admission to all events is $5 for adults, with students admitted free. For more information, call 294-1360.


The Sam Houston State University chapter of the Society of Physics Students is one of 32 chapters out of more than 630 nationally to be named as an Outstanding Chapter for 1994-'95. This is their fourth consecutive year to receive the honor.

The president of the SHSU chapter last year, Robert Barber, was also the recipient of one of only 14 national scholarships offered by the American Institute of Physics and the Society of Physics Students. He is now working toward a Ph. D. degree in physics at Texas A&M.

Chapter activities include physics demonstrations at area schools, and participation in the SMART (Science, Math, And Related Technologies) Day at Mance Park Junior High and Science & Technology 2000 in The Woodlands. A scholarship made possible by the donation of a calculator by Hewlett-Packard was awarded to physics major and SHSU Honors Program participant Pamela Fields.

"This chapter has achieved an enviable record unmatched by any other university in Texas," said Dr. Russell L. Palma, who chairs the Department of Physics. Chapter officers include Fields, president; George Verzi, vice-president; Thomas Ribardo, treasurer, and Tommy Binford, secretary. Dr. David Donnelly is the chapter advisor.


Approximately 500 prospective Sam Houston State students and their parents, and guests will be in Huntsville and on campus Saturday, Nov. 18, for this fall's Saturdays at Sam, said Joseph C. Wright, program coordinator.

Activities include an organization fair, pep rally, and general session in Johnson Coliseum, housing tours, meetings with faculty members and advisors, and a session on admissions and financial aid.

The Saturdays at Sam recruitment program has two sessions each year. Another is scheduled for April 13, 1996. For details on either, call 294-1844.


Thirty Sam Houston State University faculty members who emphasize writing in their courses attended an Across-the-University Writing Program retreat Friday and Saturday at Waterwood.

Angela M. Williams, director of The Citadel Writing Center, spoke on "What's Going on in Writing-Across-the-Curriculum across the Country?" Dr. Patricia Williams is coordinator of the program at SHSU.


The Sam Houston State University Department of Residence Life will honor the memory of Frank Cloud, 1972-1990 director of Housing and Food Services, with the unveiling of a memorial in his honor.

The dedication will take place on the SHSU campus Friday, Nov. 17 beginning at 4 p.m. at Elliot Hall, near the corner of 17th and Ave. J.


An exhibit by William J. Breitenbach featuring masks from his personal collection is on display at the Katy & E. Don Walker Sr. Education Center in the Sam Houston Memorial Museum complex.

"Maskmakers of Mexico" can be seen Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through November 26.


This week marks the beginning of Bearkat and Ladykat basketball seasons at Sam Houston State. The Ladykats play Hungary in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. Monday. The men open against Conoco Oil Thursday at 7:30 p.m. All games are in Johnson Coliseum.

The Ladykat volleyball team will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament Nov. 16-18 at Stephen F. Austin. The Ladykats finished second in the regular season and hope to upset SFA to advance in the NCAA playoffs.

The SHSU Bearkat football team visits the Southwest Texas State Bobcats for a 2 p.m. game Saturday.


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Nov. 12, 1995