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Dr. Dana L. Gibson becomes first female President of SHSU
September 2010

Dana Gibson

James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts
Center Grand Opening
September 2010

Performing Arts Center

2010 – Community Engagement Classification award, by the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Carnegie Foundation

2010 – Capital Campaign raised over $61.2 million

Capital Campaign

Cory Lazar, Broadcast Educators of America, Best Student Anchor (2010)

Best Student Anchor

Bearkat Battalion – Ranked Top 15% Best Overall Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)” in the nation - 2009-2010

Bearkat Battalion

2009 and 2010 G.I. Jobs magazine – named SHSU Military Friendly School

Military Friendly

2010 and 2011 Great Colleges to Work For

Great College to Work For

Debate Team, has won 8 National Championship Titles in two years, International Public Debate Association (2010-2011)

Debate Championship

Spirit Programs Win National Championship Titles – Orange Pride Dance Team (NDA Champions — 2010, 2011 &: 2012) and Co-ed Cheerleading Squad (NCA Champions 2012)

Spirit Programs

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Student Money Management Center (2010-2011) NASPA Excellence Award Bronze Honoree and AFCPE award for Most Outstanding Financial Planning & Counseling Center of the Year

Student Money Management Center

Dr. Mary Alice Conroy, Professor of Psychology, received the American Academy of Forensic Psychology Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology Award (2011)

Mary Alice Conroy

2011 College National Finals Rodeo - National Champions

Rodeo National Champions

Biology Major, Brandi Cannon received “Outstanding Research Award” – given to only one McNair Scholar in the Nation out of dozens of participants (Fall 2011)

Brandi Cannon

Alumnus Fred Pirkle (’70) – Founder of Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc., donated $25 million, which is the largest gift in the University’s history (announced Fall 2011)

Fred Pirkle

Forensic Chemistry Major Brittany Winner is 1 of 5 students across the country selected for Pfizer Undergraduate Student Travel Award. (2012)

Brittany Winner

Dan Rather is featured speaker at SHSU’s Mingling with the Media – September 2011

Dan Rather

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Drive College of the Year 2011 – by hosting the most successful blood drives. Coordinated by Sam Houston Assoc. of Medically Oriented Students (SHAMOS)

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

SHSU hosts ENCORE event which talented Alumni from Broadway to Nashville performed in the Concert Hall of the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center – April 2011


SHSU Bearkats - Undefeated 2011 Southland Conference Football Championship


2011 Season SHSU Bearkats – Arrive undefeated for first appearance at the NCAA - FCS playoff game

Bearkats at NCAA - FCS playoffs

2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll – Corporation for National and Community Service

Community Service Honor Roll

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