LSC Ballroom Foyer

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Track Session I

LSC Theater

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Osteopathic Medicine

Speaker: President Dana Hoyt & Dean Charles Henley

President Hoyt discusses the future of Osteopathic Medicine at SHSU with incoming Dean Charles Henley.


LSC Ballroom

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Track Session II, III & IV

GPAC - Recital Hall

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Making the Leap

Mike Yawn

The LEAP Center is a one-of-a-kind program, offering unique learning opportunities to high-achieving students. The Center runs internship programs, hosts a speaker series, sponsors field trips, and Center “Ambassadors” participate in approximately 120 events per year. The Ambassadors have met ten presidents, traveled to 26 states, and attended the last four presidential inaugurations. Join Mike Yawn for a closer look at one of Sam Houston State University's most impactful programs.

GPAC Theatre

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

State of the Arts

Noble Dance Co.

Following the recent success of their choreography on the prime time ABC television show “American Crime,” Andy and Dionne Noble will share how the Department of Dance is cultivating the next wave of dance artists to be competitive in a 21st century arts scene. From Houston to Washington D.C., SHSU dance students are making a national impression. The session will include the performance of dance works that push the envelope of innovation and feature SHSU’s top dancers and choreographers.


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Science of Soldiers


A rare look behind the curtain of the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Sam Houston State University. The SHSU ROTC uses a combination of training and community involvement to produce the finest officers fit to serve in the US Army. Hear first hand from Cadets currently in the program.

Concert by SHSU Faculty String Quartet

GPAC Recital Hall

2:30 p.m.

Venue Info

Lowman Student Center

Lowman Student Center
    1802 Avenue I, Huntsville, TX 77340

Gaertner Performing Arts Center

Gaertner Performing Arts Center
     815 17th Street, Huntsville, TX 77340

More about Founders Day

On April 21, 1879, Governor Oran M. Roberts signed the legislation that created what is now Sam Houston State University. Founder’s Day celebrates that occasion with sessions that are newsworthy, fun, and that provide stimulating discussions on relevant, thought-provoking topics. Join us for a day of honoring the past, while discussing the exciting new developments that will determine the future of SHSU.

Last Year's Videos

  • Stanley Kelley: Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology

  • Doctorate Level of Education Discussion

  • Jaimie L. Hebert: New Campus Buildings

  • James F. Gaertner: Old Campus Buildings

  • Simone Camel: Research

  • Bill Angrove: SHSU Online

  • Stacey L. Edmonson: Thoughts on Life

Don't miss out on this year's event, purchase your tickets here.

For more information contact the SHSU Alumni Association at
or by calling 800.283.7478