Founders Day


What to Expect:

  • Reconnect with friends & faculty
  • Interact with noted SHSU experts
  • Enjoy a luncheon 
  • Participate in our newest tradition

Session highlights include:

Coming Soon


A Symbol of our Founding

Throughout history, the tree has stood as a metaphor for knowledge, life, growth and community.

The roots provide a solid base that anchors, connects and nourishes. The trunk represents strength and wisdom while the canopy is symbolic of cultural heritage and the cycle of life.

Wood is commonly used to symbolize a strong, long-lasting relationship and the planting of a tree is usually done to honor an accomplishment, milestone or a person's life.

The Catalpa Tree

Love and the Catalpa from Sam Houston State University on Vimeo.

When: April 18, 2015

Where: G.S. Gibbs Conference Center
1402 19th Street Huntsville, TX 77341

The Catalpa TreeCatalpa Tree


The catalpa tree was chosen to symbolize SHSU’s Founders Day because of its association with Sam and Margaret Houston. According to legend... Read More


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