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SHSU Update for Week of January 28

Dance Students Present 'Senior Studio'

Sam Houston State University's choreography III students will present "Senior Studio," an evening of contemporary dance, Thursday (Feb. 1) and Friday (Feb. 2).

The event includes what dance faculty member Ruben Ornelas calls "evocative" choreography, including Jennifer Cruz's "Enticement," Heather Lee's "Prime," Jessica Clark's "Karma," Amy Basset's "Points," Shara Armstrong's "Responda," and Melissa Pruett's "Fear."

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Choreographers and dancers, taking a break from rehearsals, include (top row from left) Jessica Clark, Melissa Pruett, Heather Lee; (next level from left) Jennifer Cruz, Amy Bassett; (bottom row, from left) Shara Armstrong, Jayla Weatherspoon and Heather Zimmers.

The program will also feature "Tuscany Trio," by guest choreographer Elizabeth Rhodes, a member of the dance faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Cruz's "Enticement" is a story about a romantic interlude between two characters that are brought together by chance. Lee's "Prime" is a dance filled with sinuous animal-like movement. Clark's, "Karma" incorporates martial arts and modern dance vocabulary. Basset's, "Points" is an abstract work based on geometric forms. Armstrong's, "Responda" is a dance filled with idiosyncratic movement. Pruett's, "Fear" is a modern jazz work.

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Melissa Perry, left, Heather Lee, prepare For 'Senior Studio.'

Jayla Weatherspoon and Heather Zimmers will also present solos, autobiographical in nature.

Performances are at 8 p.m. in the Dance Theater of Academic Building 3. Tickets are $3 and go on sale at 7:30 p.m. each evening. For more information call the SHSU dance program at 936.294.1875.

Famous Lovers Needed

The Walter P. Webb Historical Society chapter at Sam Houston State University is giving students and faculty the opportunity to become a famous lover, if only for an evening.

The chapter is sponsoring a Valentine's Ball, with the theme "Frozen In Time," from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Walker Education Center. Guests are encouraged to dress as famous lovers, or in formal attire.

Jessica Kunkel, a member of the chapter, said the dance is being held to recruit members, most of whom now are history majors, but that anyone who has any interest in history is welcome to join and to participate in the ball.

Tickets are $5 per person, $8 per couple, in advance; $10 per person at the door. For directions, tickets, and more information, e-mail Kunkel.

'A Conversation With Beverly Sills'

Area residents can learn what it would be like to visit with one of the best-known sopranos and arts advocate in the United States when Beverly Sills visits Sam Houston State University as a Distinguished Lecturer.

Sills will speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Beto Criminal Justice Center Killinger Auditorium. Guests will have an opportunity to get Ms. Sills' autograph on a book or compact disc beginning at 7:30 p.m. the topic of her speech is "A Conversation with Beverly Sills."

"Sills brings warmth, intelligence and humor to the lectern, and she has earned the distinction of being one of the world's favorite speakers," according to her speaker management company.

"She traces her course from Brooklyn, New York to her present worldwide prominence with delightful personal anecdotes. She relates her disappointments as well as her successes, and she shares the secrets of an inner strength which enabled her to cope with some of life's harshest blows."

Sam Houston State University's Distinguished Lecturer Series was established in 1980. Speakers have included Ashley Montague, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Zbigniew Brzezinski, John Kenneth Galbraith, Alvin Toffler, Richard Leakey, George Gallup, Jr., Larry McMurtry, David Halberstam, Lech Walesa, former president George Bush, and others.


The Department of Recreational Sports will host "Bearkat Keys to Wellness," Monday (Jan. 29) through Friday (Feb. 2), with a number of activities including a free breakfast, a weight room orientation, a group skip, a Latin dance class, yoga, and more. For information call 936-294-1985...Robert Best, assistant professor of voice, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 30) in the Recital Hall...The 41st Annual Faculty Art Exhibition ends Thursday (Feb. 1) in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery..."Interpretation - Hands On, Hands Off," will be the topic for the Southeast Texas Museums Association meeting at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Monday (Jan. 29) from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Jan. 28, 2001
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