Founders Day


What to Expect:

  • Reconnect with old friends & faculty
  • Interact with noted SHSU experts
  • Enjoy a luncheon in the historic Peabody Library
  • Participate in a unique dedication ceremony that will "grow" this new tradition

Session highlights include:

  • Building Bridges Between Town and Gown
  • How SHSU is Preparing Students for the Workforce
  • The Role of Arts and Media in Texas
  • How SHSU Is Serving the Needs of the State


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: Smith-Hutson Business Building
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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