Sam Switch winner

This year's SamSwitch winner, sophomore accounting major Christian Griffin, spent Friday living the "presidential life," while SHSU President Dana G. Hoyt spent the day going to Griffin's classes and his job at the SHSU Phonathon. Through the SamSwitch contest, students to enter via Twitter to be "president for the day" as a cross-promotion for the annual Battle of the Piney Woods game. Griffin also won two tickets to sit in a luxury suite at the game, where he was able to see SHSU defeat SFA 34-28.  — Photo by Brian Blalock

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SHSU Update

For Week Of Oct. 4



First Female Fighter Pilot To Fly By SHSU Carey Lohrenz

Having flown missions worldwide as the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the United States Navy, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast-moving, dynamic climates, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. She will discuss some of her experiences on Oct. 22, as the guest speaker for the Sam Houston State University President’s Speaker Series. A book signing will follow in the GPAC Lobby. Details

Presentation To Emphasize Importance Of Job FitnessDavis, DPS

Lt. Greg Davis, the fitness wellness coordinator for the Texas Department of Public Safety, will discuss the importance of trooper fitness for on-the-job performance as part of a special program sponsored by the Sam Houston State University Department of Kinesiology and the College of Criminal Justice. The presentation, “Law Enforcement Fitness and Performance,” will begin at 2 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Criminal Justice Center’s Kerper Courtoom. Details

Week To Feature Techniques For Resolving Conflicts

Sam Houston State University’s Student Legal and Mediation Services will equip students in “The Art of Conflict” by arming them through a series of presentations Oct. 12-15 with useful insights and tools to effectively resolve disputes. Details

Houston News Anchor To ‘Mingle’ At SHSUIlona Carson

Ilona Carson, ABC 13 Houston Eyewitness News anchor, will visit with Sam Houston State University students on Wednesday (Oct. 14) during SHSU Priority One’s “Mingling with the Media” event. Carson will offer career advice and tips, as well as answer questions and tell stories from the field, at noon in the Dan Rather Communications Building’s Studio A, located on the first floor.  Details

PACE logoChanging, But Keeping PACE 

SHSU's Professional and Academic Center for Excellence is temporarily undergoing a change of leadership, but it won’t be missing a beat in terms of the services it offers. Effective Sept. 1, Todd Primm is serving as interim director of the center, while Marsha Harman, who has served as the center’s director since its creation, is taking time off. Details.

Panel To Explore Future Of Criminal Justice In Texas

Prison Watch TowerA recent report by the State of Texas Legislative Budget Board projects that even at a 1-2 percent increase, by the year 2017, Texas will have more than 150,000 adults and more than 1,200 juveniles incarcerated in the Texas criminal justice system. A panel of criminal justice experts will explore what that means for Texas and its residents on Tuesday (Oct. 6), during an event sponsored by the Texas Tribune. Details

Homecoming To Celebrate Bearkat, Football HistoryHomecoming logo

SHSU’s Homecoming festivities celebrate 100 seasons of football, as well as Bearkat history, with this year's #ThrowbackBearkat theme, Oct. 19-24. Details

SHSU Reaches Historic Enrollment students in the mall

Preliminary figures released by Sam Houston State University on Sept. 28 indicate that Fall 2015 enrollment passed the 20,000 mark for the first time in the school’s 136-year history. The total preliminary enrollment for SHSU is 20,181, which is almost 3 percent more than last year’s figure. Details

AstroTurf Coming To Don Sanders Stadium

Construction at Don Sanders Stadium

SHSU's Don Sanders Stadium is getting a facelift with the addition of an 183,040-square foot Astro Turf playing surface. The new field will allow outdoor practice time to take place in virtually any weather condition. Details.

CJ students holding oversized checkScholarship Established In Memory Of Slain Deputy

Student organizations within SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice—with additional support from SHSU’s Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and Correctional Management Institute of Texas—presented checks to the college on Sept. 14 for a scholarship that will help criminal justice majors at SHSU pursue careers in law enforcement. Details.

Sixth March To 'Carry Load,' Raise Funds For Vetsruck march logo

On Oct. 10, members of the Bearkat and Huntsville communities, as well as the surrounding areas, will have the opportunity take supporting local servicemen and women a step further by participating in the 6th annual Ruck March, at the Huntsville State Park. Details


ELITE Program Recognized For Work With Latino Students

ELITE alumnusBecause of the strides SH ELITE has made in helping male Latino students overcome the odds, the program was recently recognized in Excelencia in Education’s 2015 edition of “What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education,” America’s largest inventory of proven practices for accelerating degree completion among Latinos. SHSU was selected as one of 20 finalists for the designation from among 265 programs from 30 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Details

Health Center To Provide Free Flu Shots 

This year's series of free flu vaccinations will be offered Oct. 6-7 for SHSU students on the main campus, on Oct. 13-14 for faculty and staff on the main campus, and Oct. 21-22 for employees and students at SHSU’s The Woodlands Center campus. Details

Multi-Genre Author To Open Fall Reading SeriesAnder Monson

Ander Monson—a writer of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as an editor and teacher—will read from his most recent book, “Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries,” at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5, in the Ralph W. Pease Auditorium, located in Evans Complex Room 105. Details


Woodlands Center BulidingSHSU To Close University Park Campus

SHSU will be closing its University Park campus in northwest Houston in January 2016, consolidating all community-based operations at SHSU-The Woodlands Center. The university is working with students affected by the centralization to develop personalized academic plans. Details.

Patsy CollinsDirector Named Financial Counselor Of The Year

Patsy Collins will be honored in November atthe AFCPE Symposium in Jacksonville, Florida, where whe will team up with Paul Goebel, senior director of the SMMC at the University of North Texas, to make a presentation on fraud, entitled “Bridging Research and Practice: Financial Fraud – Shattering the Illusion of Invulnerability.” Details



SHSU, UNIBE To Join For Health Sciences Conference

Michael LacourseSHSU's College of Health Sciences is teaming up with Universidad de Iberoamérica for the inaugural International Health Sciences Conference in Costa Rica on Sept. 22-23. Along with faculty, three graduate and 18 undergraduate SHSU students will attend the conference, some of whom have participated in research during their coursework at SHSU and will be presenting their findings. Michael Lacourse is dean of the college. Details.

Six Recognized For Distinguished Accomplishments, Service

Ashley StephensFour SHSU alumni who have made names for themselves in business, the NFL and politics, and two alumni whose service to their alma mater and their communities is distinguished in itself, will be recognized during this year’s homecoming festivities with the SHSU Distinguished Alumni and SHSU Service Awards. Details


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