Go Center News & Events
Huntsville, Tx August 30, 2007 -
The initial funding for the Go Kats Go Center was received through a grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation. The foundation awarded SHSU with $127,00 for the purchases of a 42 foot trailer, a Ford F350 dual wheel truck, satellite, and 17 laptop computers with chairs. The unveiling of the mobile unit was at the tailgate party for the first 2007 Sam Houston State University football game on August 30, 2007. Dr. Charles Matthews, Chancellor of The Texas State University System cut the ribbon in front of the customized Go Kats Go Center.
Others participating in the ribbon cutting were (left to right): Mr. Scot Mertz, Associate Vice President for the Division of Enrollment Management; Mr. Frank Holmes, Vice President for University Advancement; Mr. Fred Markham, President of The Texas Pioneer Foundation; Magdalena Manzano, Student Regent for The Texas State University System and current SHSU student; Dr. Charles Matthews, Chancellor of The Texas State University System; Dr. James Gaertner, President of SHSU; and Dr. Heather Crowson, Vice President of the Division of Enrollment Management.
Second Grant Given To SHSU For Traveling Technological Station
Sam Houston State University has been given a second grant for the Go Kats Go Center.
The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, a non-profit organization out of Round Rock, gave $79,250 as part of its Public Grant Benefit Program.
The grant from the corporation will allow the Enrollment Management Division to purchase four additional laptops, cover fuel and maintenance costs, and to hire a go center counselor.
“The grant will help continue and build upon what has already been established from the first year of the program,” said Susan Houston, enrollment management specialist who is in charge of the Go Kats Go Center.
Representatives of Sam Houston State University travel around Texas throughout the semester to high school football games, county fairs and other community events to promote higher education.
“Our main concern is to go out and reach first generation college students and students at high schools with low college attendance,” said Houston.
“We help the students by showing them how to apply for financial aid and begin the general application process,” said Houston. “We have also started to keep in contact with the students we help through e-mail, and we hope that by establishing this personal contact with them, that they keep Sam Houston State in mind when applying for college.”
The Go Kats Go Center began traveling in the fall semester of 2007. The Enrollment Management Division is continuing its efforts this fall with visits to the San Antonio, Austin and Conroe areas.