Duck and ducklings

The ducks at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum are finding places to stay cool in a variety of water sources on the museum grounds.  — Photo by Brian Blalock


SHSU Update


SHSU Named Great Workplace For Sixth Year

Not only is Sam Houston State University a “great name in education,” but also for the sixth consecutive year it has been named one of the best universities in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Details.

Dance Profs To Bring ‘Storm Front’ To Houstondancers in Storm Front

Two Sam Houston State University professors and their NobleMotion Dance company will take Houston by storm, presenting two nights of “ferocious,” “cutting-edge” programming at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall. “Storm Front: Experience the Elements” will be presented Aug. 28-29 at 7:30 on both evenings. Details

Athletics Dinner, Auction To Celebrate 100 Years Of Football

1912 SHSU football playersThe Sam Houston State University Athletics Department will kick off its celebration of the Bearkat Football Team’s 100th season on July 31 with the 27th athletics dinner and auction. The annual fundraising event benefits the Bearkat football enrichment fund and allows patrons to dine with SHSU athletes, learn more about the program, and bid on a number of items through silent and live auctions. Details

Lawyer, Alumnus To Address 940 Summer GraduatesChris Tritico

Houston-based attorney Christopher Tritico will address the approximate 610 bachelor’s, 302 master’s and 28 doctoral degree applicants during two ceremonies on Aug. 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. for candidates from the Colleges of Business Administration, Education, and Sciences and at 2:30 p.m. for candidates from the Colleges of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, and Criminal Justice. Details

Family Weekend Scheduled For Sept. 25-27family weekend logo

Families of Sam Houston State University’s more than 19,000 students are invited to participate in the spirit, pride and tradition of campus life Sept. 25-27 during this year’s Bearkat Family Weekend. Details

SHSU Parking Challenges...No Pain, No Gain (Part 2)

Part 1 outlines the changes that are coming up in the fall.  In this article, some of the solutions under consideration to help commuters in Fall 2016 and the future are offered. Details.

Barbie doll with parking ticketSHSU Parking Challenges...No Pain, No Gain (Part 1)

Just like other universities with a commuter population, SHSU has its share of parking woes. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix and some decisions have been made that are necessary but are not going to be popular. However, the Parking and Transportation Office is offering some ways to ease the pain. Details.

Study Investigates Parent-Child Visitation In PrisonMelinda Tasca

Two-thirds of those children report having negative experiences such as fear, anger, anxiety, and related reactions, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Justice by Melinda Tasca, assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology at Sam Houston State University. Details

Four Selected For Faculty Excellence Awards Conroy and Chapman

The 2015 Faculty Excellence Award recipients include Karen Miller, Academic Community Engagement; Mary Alice Conroy, Service; Scott Chapman, Scholarly and Artistic Accomplishment; and Nancy Baker, Teaching. Details.

Austin Interns End Session On High NoteSadie McLaughlin

Following five months in Austin, the eight participants in Sam Houston State University’s Austin Internship program approached their final day of work with bittersweet feelings. Their final day, however, turned out to be more sweet than bitter, involving a meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott and receiving recognition from the House floor. Details

Woodforest Donates $100,000 To Banking Programwoodforest donation

Woodforest Bank's donation to Sam Houston State University will sponsor the Bank Executives and Directors Seminar and Golf Tournament, which provides scholarships to banking students and support for the programs under the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking. Details

Four Recognized With Staff Excellence AwardsBentsen and Barrett

This year’s recipients include Kelly Bentsen, ERP analyst IV for IT@Sam; Megan Hobbs Barrett, assistant to the art department chair; Lisa Langlais, administrative associate II for the department of mathematics and statistics; and Edward “Bubba” Miller, rodeo coach in the department of agricultural sciences and engineering technology. Details

Study Identifies Partner Violence Victims BarriersLisa Muftic

Texas has a shortage of beds for survivors of intimate partner violence, and although alternatives may be offered, survivors may find themselves isolated from much-needed services, such as crisis intervention, legal advocacy, support groups, medical advocacy, individual counseling and others, according to a study by the Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University. Details

Museum Offers Free Admission Through Blue Star Program

bluestarFor the fifth year, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum is joining more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission throughout the summer to military personnel and their families in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Details



Lyons Named Criminal Justice Dean, DirectorPhillip Lyons

Phillip Lyons, professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University, has been named dean of the university’s College of Criminal Justice and director of its affiliated Criminal Justice Center, effective Sept. 1. The announcement was made today by SHSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jaimie Hebert. Details.




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