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SHSU Update for Week of January 21

Recital Three: Beethoven's Music

Clive Swansbourne Clive Swansbourne, coordinator of piano studies at Sam Houston State University, will present the third in his series of four recitals entitled "Beethoven's Music In Its Time" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 23) in the Recital Hall on the SHSU campus. The series is sponsored by a University Faculty Research Grant.

Each recital in the series includes works by Beethoven alongside works of his contemporaries, both well known and lesser known.

"This third recital consists of Beethoven's final work for the piano, his 'Six Bagatelles,' the rarely heard but exuberant and melodious 'Third Sonata' by Weber, and the sublime and lyrical final 'Sonata in B flat' by Schubert," said Swansbourne.

British pianist Swansbourne studied at the Royal College of Music in London, and later received his doctorate from Yale School of Music, where he studied with Ward Davenny and Claude Frank. He has toured widely throughout the United States, and has performed to critical acclaim in big cities here and in Europe and Canada. He has also broadcast on NPR's "Performance Today," and for the BBC in Great Britain.

In the past decade he has performed two series of eight concerts comprising the 32 Beethoven sonatas. The Philadelphia Inquirer has written of his playing: "Swansbourne's playing was like a pool in the forest - of great mystery and beauty," and the Frankfurt Neue Presse praised his "complete artistic and technical sovereignty."

Admission is $8 adults and $5 students and children. Tickets will be available at the door. SHSU faculty, staff and students (with identification) and Friends of Music will be admitted free.

Sills Event to Include Autographs

Plans are proceeding for the Feb. 21 Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation of Beverly Sills, who has been called the leading spokesperson for the arts in America today.

The Sills lecture is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Beto Criminal Justice Center Killinger Auditorium. Frank Fair, who heads the faculty/staff committee planning for Sills' visit, said that faculty members, students, and area residents who attend the presentation are in for an entertaining and thought-provoking evening, with the additional opportunity to meet Ms. Sills personally.

One feature of the evening will be a pre-speech autograph session. While Ms. Sills' 1976 biography, "Bubbles: A Self-Portrait," is no longer in print, Fair said he has been told by one of her fans that he was able to obtain a copy by searching the Internet. Sills has also written the books "Bubbles--An Encore" in 1982 and "Beverly--An Autobiography," in 1987.

Audience members are also invited to bring compact discs for Sills to autograph, and at least one of her most popular CDs will be on sale.

Sills, who has won numerous awards for her voice performance work and efforts on behalf of the arts, was a beloved and respected operatic soprano. In 1980 she was named general director of the New York City Opera and presided over the city's Opera Board from 1989 to 1990. In 1994 she was elected chair of the board of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the position she currently holds.

Debaters Highly Ranked

Sam Houston State University debaters ranked higher than Harvard University in recently released rankings of the Cross Examination Debate Association.

Sam Houston State ranked fourth in a region which consists of debate programs in Texas and Louisiana and 49th nationally. The top 10 teams regionally were University of Texas, North Texas, UT-Dallas, SHSU, Baylor, UT-San Antonio, SMU, LSU-Baton Rouge, LSU-Shreveport, and Trinity University.

The team's 49th ranking nationally puts them ahead of programs such as Baylor (57th), Southwest Texas (70th), Harvard (80th), and the University of Miami (83rd).

The team competed this weekend in the "Fiesta Baylor" tournament at Trinity University in San Antonio. The team of Jason Courville and Terri Easley competed in the open division, with Lee Washington and Lawrence Williams entered in the junior varsity division.

Bearkat Keys to Wellness

The Department of Recreational Sports will be hosting a wellness week entitled "Bearkat Keys to Wellness" Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. The week will consist of 10 different events designed to improve nutrition, fitness, and mind/body health and to provide ideas for alternative fitness.

Activities will include a free breakfast, a weight room orientation, a group skip, a Latin dance class, yoga, and more. Also, "Bearkat Keys to Wellness" will provide opportunities to learn about basic massage techniques, how to work out at home, and the truth about the latest diet trends. Another featured event, back by popular demand, will be "AeroJam."

All activities are free of charge and open to SHSU students, faculty, and staff. For each event attended, participants will have the chance to enter their name in a prize drawing, and 15 prizes will be awarded on Friday, Feb. 2 at noon.

For the schedule of events and more details about each one, obtain "Bearkat Keys to Wellness" brochures in the Health/Kinesiology Center, room 104. For more information, call 936.294.1985.

Graduate Research Exchange Set

The Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership's doctoral Cohort IV has scheduled the 4th Annual Graduate Research Exchange for Wednesday, April 18.

The event, which invites participation from graduate students in all disciplines, is scheduled for 5:45 - 8:30 p.m. in room 319 of the Teacher Education Center.

Information is provided in each department and is available at the center's website. Information is also available from Ellene Polidore (telephone 936.294.4348) or Beverly Irby, center director (telephone 936.294.1134).


The second of two forums to discuss current and possible future campus technology issues is scheduled for Thursday (Jan. 25) at 2 p.m. in the business administration building auditorium. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend and give suggestions regarding future systems and technology needs for SHSU...SHSU faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the first Bad Pants Open, a two-person scramble sponsored by the Waterwood National golf course Feb. 10, to benefit Huntsville's Good Shepherd Mission. Two entry fees are offered, $45 for the tournament alone (with three non-perishable food items) or $75 for the tournament, an overnight stay, and a Sunday round. Golfing and attire prizes will be awarded. Call 877.441.5211 for details...The Sam Houston Preparatory Program (dance) is offering adult Pilates/Yoga classes taught by certified instructor Sarah Imhoff-Jones. Call 936.294.1300 for details...Folk Music at the Museum will be presented from 4-10 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 27) at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Walker Education Center. The program will include a variety of traditional acoustic music from many cultures performed by Sam Houston's Friends of Traditional Music.

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Jan. 21, 2000
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