Office of Alumni Relations

  • John R. Ragsdale Visitor and Alumni Center

    John R. Ragsdale Visitor and Alumni Center

  • Alumni Tailgating in Bearkat Alley

    Alumni Tailgating in Bearkat Alley

  • Life member plaques presented during the annual Life Member Celebration

    Life member plaques presented during the annual Life Member Celebration

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Alumni Tailgating

Come join the SHSU Alumni Association two hours prior to each home football game for fun, food and Bearkat spirit.  Tailgating is held in Bearkat Alley, located in the north parking lot of Bowers stadium. 

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Homecoming Events UPDATE

  • Thursday, Oct. 22, Homecoming Parade, 6:30 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 23, Distinguished Alumni Gala, 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, Alumni Coffee - CANCELLED
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, Black Alumni & Friends Pregame reception, 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, Alumni Tailgate, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, SHSU vs. Nicholls State, 6:00 pm kick-off

43rd Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala

The Sam Houston State University Alumni Association will host the 43rd Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala on Friday, October 23, 2015, at 6:00 pm in the LSC Ballroom.

Distinguished Alumni:
Mr. Stan Blinka '79, '84
Retired/Owner, Interstate Batteries of Pittsburgh and Interstate All Battery
Center of Pittsburgh

Ms. Carolyn Faulk '70
President, A & C Plastics, Inc./ CEO & President of Faulk Properties, LLC /
President of Marco Plastics (a skylite company)

Ms. Cindy Marion '81
President & Founder, MMI Agency

Service Award Recipients:
Mr. John Peltier '72
Partner, Peltier Brothers Construction, Inc.

Mr. Alan Tinsley '71
Owner of Landmark Title Company and Triple T Ranch

Outstanding Young Alumna:
Ms. Ashley Etienne Stephens '00
Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and
Director of Communications for the Cabinet

Complete recipient biographies  

New Partnership with SHSU Bookstore

The Office of Alumni Relations and Barnes & Noble College have joined together to link alumni to the SH University Bookstore for easy access to Bearkat merchandise—and provide a way to give back to Sam Houston State University.

Press Release

Alumni Travel Program

As the official travel program of the Sam Houston State University Alumni Association, the Traveling Bearkats provides SHSU alumni and their friends and families the security of traveling in a group and the cameraderie of fellow alumni who have a desire to see the World. 

Join the Traveling Bearkats on a trip in 2016 to explore the world!



March 9- March 18, 2016


June 28 - July 04, 2016


October 2016

For more information and to request a brochure, please visit our travel page



2015/16 Campus parking tags are now available 

To obtain your tag, please send an email to with the following information: 

Name, Life member ID#, mailing address, make, model and License tag #



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Life Endowed Members
D. Sam Bain '56
Charles W. Jones, III '81
Becky Spelce '93
Barbara N. Bright '61
Curtis Karr '90
* Janelle A. Paris '46
Justin Burnett '02
Ronald P. Koska '61
Dan I. Rather '53
James D. Carey '61
Kyle Lehne '94
Martee Rush '05
Terry M. Carlton '60
Susan S. Lenamon '73
Don A. Sanders '58
Bobby L. Davis '69
Dianne MacKenzie '60
Reuben C. Tamez '90, '94
Jim P. Ferris '69
* Ronald P. Mafrige '60
Bonnie Thorne '60
W. Allen Gage '61
Randall R. Martell '78
Laverne Warner '62, '69
Joe L. Haney '55
Tommy Metcalf '71
Carol Hail Weller '69
Major Harper-Terry '03
Jill Bell Myatt '63
Robert D. Young Jr. '13

Joint Life Endowed Members
William "Bill" '88 & Kerri D. Byler
Walter '79 and Jan Fitzgerald
James F. '65 & Nancy Gaertner
Russell D. '72 and Glenda J. '73, '77 Gordy
John M. '75 and * Nancy '79 Hoyt
R. Dean '67 and Betty A. '67 Lewis
Randy '74 and Patricia '74 Pollard
John R. '59 & Judith A. Ragsdale
Dan E. '65, '67 & Marian M. Spence
* Deceased

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