The 42nd Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala will be held on Friday, October 10th in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Sam Houston State University. The Alumni Association and University will be honoring three Distinguished Alumni, one Outstanding Young Alumnus, and two Service Award recipients. Table sponsorships are now available and can be purchased online at alumni.shsu.edu or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations directly at (936) 294-1841.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that Sam Houston State University can bestow upon its alumni. It recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary personal and professional achievements and who have made significant contributions to Sam Houston State or who have made significant contributions to society, thus reflecting honor and distinction on the University.
Mr. Charles “Chuck” Beckner ‘71
BGEN Hiram “Doc” Jones ‘59
Retired, USAF Brigadier General
Mr. Robert Sterling Steele ‘80
Owner, Texas National Golf Course, Sterling Country Club, Turf Technologies,
Sterling Golf, and W&N Enterprises LLC
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented to graduates 40 years of age and under, who have achieved notable success through their personal and professional achievements or who have made meaningful contributions to the University or their community.
Mr. Carlos Rainer ‘96
Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.
The Alumni Association Service Awards recognize Sam Houston State University alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, and friends who have made significant contributions to the University or who have provided outstanding service and contributions to the larger community, exemplifying the University's motto," The measure of a Life is its Service."
Dr. James B. Bexley
Chair of the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking, SHSU
Jon ’61 and Barbara ‘61 Bright
Jon, Financial Advisor for First Financial Group of America; Barbara, Retired Educator