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Arrive Early for Best Bush Seating

University officials are encouraging everyone planning to attend the speech by President George Bush and presentation of the Sam Houston Humanitarian Award to arrive early.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Johnson Coliseum. There will be no admission fee, and no reserved seating. Entrance will be through doors 1-11 on the Teacher Education Center side of the coliseum, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

University police will be on hand to help with parking, but many will find space available only in the Bowers Stadium lot. Handicapped visitors, as well, should arrive early to enter through the coliseum ramp, which will be closed at 6:30 p.m.

After the award presentation and speech, there will be a reception in the coliseum concourse area.

Mental Health Funding Provided

A $4,000 donation from the mother and aunt of a former Sam Houston State University student has been received by the Counseling Center at SHSU.

Patsy Copeland, director of the Counseling Center, said that additional funds are being accepted from anyone who would care to contribute. Donations can be directed to the Counseling Center Mental Health Funds.

Stuart T. Low lived in Huntsville, worked part time at the Phoenix Workshop, and attended Sam Houston State University from 1988 to 1991. He died in England on Feb. 24, 1997.

The gift to the SHSU Counseling Center was from the Stuart T. Low Foundation, established by Low's mother in his memory. The foundation will support other mental health endeavors as well as a yearly gift to the SHSU Counseling Center.

"This will help us provide services that we don't receive budgetary funding for," said Copeland. "We have no funding for students to see psychiatrists or to pay for mediation. This will be a great help to students with mental health problems.

Choral Events Slated for Sunday, Monday

Choral events utilizing directing and performing talent from Sam Houston State University and the entire community are scheduled for Sunday and Monday.

The Bach Choir of Huntsville will present G. F. Handel's "Let God Arise" and Vincent Perschetti's "Mass" at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Elkins Lake Baptist Church.

The first number will feature Julianne Best as soprano soloist and Matt Martin as tenor soloist. On the second Wayne Barrett will conduct, with David Fleming as accompanist.

Tickets for the event are $8 for adults and $4 for students.

On Monday three groups will perform a concert featuring the Huntsville Community Men's Choir, the SHSU Male Chorus, and the SHSU Women's Chorus.

Conductors include Wayne Barrett and Brian Miller from SHSU and Norman Ward for the community group.

The Monday concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church.

The Huntsville Community Men's Choir is composed of local men representing eight different denominations and 14 different churches.

Choral selections will include patriotic, sacred, spirituals, and secular music composed for men's and women's voices. Tickets are $5, $3 for seniors and students, and seating is free to Friends of Music and students.

Both events are supported in part by the Huntsville Arts Commission.

March 28 is 'Saturday at Sam'

The Spring '98 "Saturday at Sam" visitation day for potential students is scheduled for March 28.

The day will include a welcome and orientation, campus tours, sessions with representatives from all academic areas, financial aid advice, residence halls open house, lunch at Cafe Belvin ($4), and an organizations fair with door prizes.

Check-in at Johnson Coliseum begins at 7:30 a.m., with a welcome at 8:30.

Potential students should call the SHSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (409) 294-1828 to indicate they plan to attend, so that materials can be prepared. All activities except the lunch are free.

Writing Program Events

Five faculty members, from a variety of disciplines at a large research university, will be featured Wednesday in a 30-minute video on ways to make large classes interactive.

The video features Across-the-University Writing Program national leader Barbara Walvoord, and will be shown at noon in Room 304 of the Lowman Student Center. Participants should register by Monday with Patricia Williams, writing program coordinator.

Also scheduled by the writing program is a reception honoring outstanding student and faculty writers, from 2:30 - 4 p.m. April 7 (Tuesday) in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. Phillip Parotti, professor of English and author, will speak on "Practice and Training for Practical Writing."

Along with viewing a display of outstanding student papers/publications and faculty publications, the event will recognize a student who has written the best freshman composition for the 1997-'98 academic year. That individual will receive a plaque and cash award.

Anyone wishing to have a publication displayed should bring it to Room 213, Frels office building, by April 3 (Friday). Faculty members who wish to nominate a student for the writing award should submit the name to Williams by March 23 (Monday).

Call Williams at 294-1143 for information.

History Workshops

"Tips & Techniques on Studying History" is the topic for three presentations scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week in the Learning Assistance Center, Room 117 of the Newton Gresham Library.

The presentations will include "Techniques in Studying History," by history teaching assistant Brandon Franke, 10 - 11 a.m. Monday; "Outlining History Chapters" by history teaching assistant Ansel Barnett, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday; and "Studying History Tips" by teaching assistant John Mezger, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday.

The reception is also sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society.


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
March 8, 1998
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