The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, July 29, 1970, Image 3

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BATTALION Wednesday, July 29, 1970 College Station, Texas Page 3 TSTA official-teacher wants to feel the pulse (r of acili- ever mily, :s cation !dcM MU, Lloyd R. Bell is a Texas State Teachers Association official teaching college this summer be cause he wants “to get back in and feel the pulse.” Bell, director of TSTA’s Divi sion of Public Relations and pres ident-elect of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), is a summer instruc tor in the Department of Educa tion Administration here. His graduate-level course in school-community relations has 29 administrators, teachers and graduate students enrolled for the three-week three-hour a day session. Bell is stressing the “practical approach to PR.” He thinks schools should ad mit the bad and inform about the good within education. “The time has come to forget about publicity only. In the past, we in education have been prin cipally interested in publicity to tell our school story,” Bell said. "We must have a two-way flow of communications. Feedback is critical. We must learn to roll with the punches.” Bell contends mass media is not "anti-education” but have a gen uine concern and interest in pub lic education. Informing the public about Texas education and working for better schools is Bell’s job. It’s what he emphasizes in the course here. “Sputnik changed education in the U. S.,” he believes. “Our school systems were attacked by everyone. In my opinion, we were way ahead. We just had not told the story.” Not telling the story has cre ated some false ideas, Bell sug gests. “We have an education system in Texas that beats California. However, California has told the story, we have not,” he noted. Today’s society leaves little time for personal communication, Bell observed, even though the best communication is from per son to person. He suggests Texas schools co operate more with the mass news media, as well as districts start ing production of their own pub lications for internal and exter nal use. Bell speaks to many workshops for educators, but this is his first college teaching job. He contends the summer teaching here, which he is doing during his regular vacation, is getting him ready for NSPRA responsibilities. Bell hopes to teach similar courses in the future. He seeks to “promote the prog ress of education in Texas” through TSTA, NSPRA and oth er means. Before joining the TSTA head quarters staff Bell served six years as a high school instructor of public speaking and debate in Joplin, Mo., and Dallas. He also has nine years as an elementary and junior high school principal in Dallas. He received a B.A. degree in 1948 from the University of Mis souri and a master’s in education from SMU in 1954. Bell is listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. He is a member of various educational groups and at present is a mem ber of the National Education Association’s Press, Radio and Television Advisory Council. He will assume the presidency of NSPRA in July, 1971. A man with extensive world travel, he serves as TSTA’s travel consultant. Demand for mail great i USO is like a letter from home’ By Walter Parsons Jr. Special to Battalion The new slogan, “USO Is Like A Letter From Home,” was given special meaning recently by USO staffers in Vietnam, who report that the demand for “Mail Call” letters is still greater than the supply. There’s still nothing really like Area youngsters to play in drama Thirty-two Bryan and College Station teenagers will become acquainted in July and August with a late 19th Century art form rare seen any more except in TV ads. They will participate in the Premiere Players’ production of “Love Rides the Rails”; or “Will the Mail Train Run Tonight?,” a melodrama complete with hero and heroine to cheer and villains to boo and hiss. Bob Wenck, director of the Texas A&M Aggie Players-affili- ated summer teenage company, announced the 12-member cast for the Aug. 13-15 play. Kathy Lofgren will play Mrs. Hopewell, mother of the heroine; A&M to receive research grant for space shuttle The university has received a $100,000 grant for continuation of its “space shuttle” research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Manned Spacecraft Center. Harry Whitmore, director of Texas A&M’s Space Technology Division, said the space shuttle project is part of NASA’s study for an earth-orbital laboratory. Whitmore noted the project in volves design, testing and aero dynamic studies for a reusable craft which is a combination of an airplane and spacecraft. The $100,000 award provides support for the project for the remainder of this year. Cheri Lindquist, the heroine Prud ence Hopewell; Danny Foster, the villainous Simon Darkway ; Mark Elmquist, hero Truman Pen- dennis; Billy Smith, the hero’s sidekick Harold Stanfast; Karl Freund, Darkway’s aide Dirk Sneath. Also, Jean Burch, Carlotta Cortez; Marcy Roman, Fifi; Gary Sprott, Fred Wheelwright; Jeff Graves, Dan; Joyce Bowden, Beu lah Belle, and Gary Williams, the officer. Crews include Stacy Graves, Laura Barker, Susan Maxwell and Martha Basset on house and publicity; Sarah Benedict, Terri Seville and Suzi Johnson, cos tumes; Susan Elder and Maggie McGraw, lights; David Walsh, sound; Martha Van Bavel, Mar tha Hanna and Becky Barker props; Paul Cohen, Nestor Bot- tino, David Roop, John Elmquist and Tom Grady, sets, and Charles Covington and Susan Maxwell, piano players. “The medodrama is a legiti mate art form of the late 19th Century,” Wenck said. “This one is something of a ‘put on,’ but we’re going to follow the format.” The Guion Hall staging will in clude traditional meldodrama ar rangements including roll-down curtain, traditional drops and footlights. Casting for “Love Rides the Rails” was completed Tuesday. Premiere Players will rehearse Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons and crews will work Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Premiere Players is spon sored for non-college teenagers by the C. K. Esten-directed theater arts section of the A&M English a letter from home and this is an SOS to help fill the void, says Walter H. Parsons Jr., chairman for Bryan-College Station USO Area 20. Because of military restrictions, USO does not give out the names and addresses of individual serv icemen, Parsons notes. However, each club in Vietnam and Thai land has a special “Mail Call” box in which letters for servicemen are displayed. Servicemen wish ing to correspond with the writ ers of the letters may copy the writer’s address and respond. Parsons says anyone who would like to correspond with servicemen in Vietnam and Thai land may do so by addressing their letters to the directors of any of the USO Clubs in these countries. A note, “For Mail Call,” placed in the lower left hand cor ner of the envelope will insure immediate placement into the “Mail Call” box. Postal regulations prevent the addressing of envelopes to “Any Serviceman,” but this may be used as a salutation at the beginning of the letter, the local USO offi cial explains. Servicemen are deeply hurt and disappointed when the writers of such letters do not reply when they have indicated that they would do so, he adds. Therefore, the sincerity of such offers are extremely important and should be followed up with a reply. Some letters are read over the air on “USO Showtime” over the American Forces Vietnam Net work in Saigon. By writing to USO, servicemen in the field may request the name and address of the writer whose letter is read on the air. The program has sparked many such requests, and the USO staff is hard pressed for the names and addresses of po tential pen-pals. 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