An Advantage for Alumni Members—Sam Houston State University Alumni Assoc.
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An Advantage for Alumni Members—Sam Houston State University Alumni Assoc.

Volume 8 Issue 2   August 2014


Annual New York Alumni & Friends Trip Set for December
2014 New York Alumni Trip

The SHSU Alumni Association will be hosting its annual New York Alumni & Friends trip from December 15 through December 18, 2014

Travelers will receive:

  • Round-trip air on United Airlines from Houston Interconteniental to LaGuardia, NY
  • 3-nights lodging at The Sheraton Times Square (811 7th Ave at 52nd)
  • Dinner at The University Club of New York
  • Ground Transportation to and from LaGuardia Airport in New York
  • Welcome reception for travel party on evening of arrival

The annual alumni dinner will be held at The University Club of New York on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.  The cost for one traveler is $1,517.00 and the cost for a couple or two travelers is $2,014.00. 

A deposit of $250.00 per traveler is due by September 1, 2014 with payment in-full due by October 15, 2014. 

To reserve your spot or for more information please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (936) 294-1841.



Alumni Association to Tailgate before LSU Game in Baton Rouge, La – Sept. 6

Exclusive Offer: SHSU vs LSU Batton Rouge, LA, Saturday, Sept. 6 @ 6:30 PM | SHSU Alumni Association Host Hotel: Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, 1-225-924-5000, $109 per night plus taxes & fees *Reservations for Friday and Saturday can be made directly with marriott Reservations at 1(800)228-9290 | Alumni Association Pre-Game Preception, Saturday, September 6, 2014, Location: Baton Rouge Marriott, 12:00 [Noon] - 2:00 PM, $25 per person *Order online at or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations directly at 1(936)294-1841 | FOOFBALL GAME TICKETS [$50/00 EA.] Order directly through the SHSu Athletic Ticket Office at 1(936)294-1729 *Bearkat Championship and 2014 SHSU Football Season Ticket holders receive top priority for LSU tickets.  AVailability is not guaranteed outside of these groups.


Join the SHSU Alumni Association in Baton Rouge, La on Saturday, Sept. 6 prior to the SHSU vs. LSU football game in historic “Death Valley”.

Purchase Tickets Here

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Football Watch Parties Being Established in Regional Areas
SHSU vs Eastern Washington

For more information about a Watch Party near you, go to


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Table Sponsorships for Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala Available
Distinguished Alumni Gala

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 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 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


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Topgolf Experience Set for August 6
Top Golf


The SHSU Alumni Association will host a reception for alumni & friends at the new Topgolf (560 Spring Park Center Blvd, Spring, TX) venue on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. The event will feature the SHSU Athletic Department Coaches and staff as well as other University Administrators and faculty.

“This is a unique venue that is new to the area. The venue along with the excitement of a new Head Football Coach will provide a great opportunity to showcase the university and our athletic programs to alumni and friends”, stated Charlie Vienne, Executive Director of the SHSU Alumni Association. Alumni can attend just the reception, or they can opt to participate in the “golf play” activities provided by Top Golf.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event through the SHSU Alumni Association. For more details contact the Office of Alumni Relations directly at (936) 294-1841, or visit the alumni website at

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Alumni Association Seeking Sponsors for 2014 Football Tailgate Season

The 2014 SHSU Football season is fast approaching which means it is Tailgate Time!  The Alumni Association is proud to be a part of this honored tradition and we look forward to you joining us in the excitement.  This Fall the Alumni Association will provide pre-game tailgate activities for five (5) home games and five (5) road games (see enclosed schedule).

JOIN THE EXCITEMENT as the SHSU Alumni Association will provide food and beverages to alumni, students and friends during each of these 10 games.  This is a great opportunity for you and/or your business to support the alumni association and get premium recognition for your support. We offer many affordable options that can provide valuable visibility to your business.  This is a perfect chance to mix business and fun!  Tailgate sponsorships can be purchased online at or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations directly at (936) 294-1841.

            Road Games
            Sept. 6 vs. LSU (Baton Rouge, La)
            Sept. 27 vs. Lamar (Beaumont, TX)
            Nov. 1 vs. SFA (BOTPW, Houston, TX)
            Nov. 8 vs. Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX)
            Nov. 15 vs. Houston Baptist (Houston, TX)

            Home Games
            Aug. 20 vs. Alabama State
            Sept. 13 vs. Colorado State Pueblo
            Oct. 11 vs. McNeese State (Homecoming)
            Oct. 25 vs. Abilene Christian
            Nov. 22 vs. Central Arkansas


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2015 Ireland Trip Planned for Alumni
Heritage Travel ad

As the official travel program of the SHSU Alumni Association, the Traveling Bearkats provides SHSU Alumni and their friends and families the security of traveling in a group and the camaraderie of fellow alumni who have a desire to see the world. 

Join us in 2015 for our Shades of Ireland Trip!

April 26 - May 5, 2015

For more information and details:


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Life Member Parking Hang Tags available for 2014-15

Life Members….It is time to renew your Life Member
Parking Tag for the academic year of 2014/2015.

The Sam Houston State University Alumni Association again thanks you for your loyal support and commitment to the university and the alumni association through the gift of your life membership.  One of the advantages of life membership is the life member SHSU parking hangtag to make your visits to campus convenient.  The hangtag is issued through the alumni association annually upon request. 

Get more information here

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Upcoming Alumni Events/Activities:

  • August 6 – Top Golf Alumni Reception (Spring, TX)
  • August 30 – Pre-game tailgate, SHSU vs. Alabama State (Bowers Stadium)
  • Sept. 6 – Pre-game reception, SHSU @ LSU (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Sept. 13 – Pre-game tailgate, SHSU vs. Colorado State Pueblo (Bowers Stadium)
  • Sept. 20 – SHSU Military Science Club Kickoff Reception (Lowman Student Center)
  • Sept. 27 – Pre-game reception, SHSU @ Lamar (Beaumont, TX)
  • Oct. 9 – SHSU Homecoming Parade
  • Oct. 10 – Distinguished Alumni Gala (SHSU Campus)
  • Oct. 11 – Pre-game tailgate, SHSU vs. McNeese (Bowers Stadium)
  • Oct. 11 – Black Alumni & Friends Reception (Huntsville, TX)
  • Oct. 25 – Pre-game tailgate, SHSU vs. Abilene Christian (Bowers Stadium)
  • Nov. 1 – Pre-game tailgate, SHSU vs. SFA (Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX)
  • Nov. 8 – Pre-game reception, SHSU @ Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX)
  • Nov. 15 – Pre-game reception, SHSU vs. Houston Baptist (Houston, TX)
  • Nov. 19 – Alumni Night at The Hobby Center – Dirty Dancing (Houston, TX)
  • Nov. 22 – Pre-game tailgate, SHSU vs. Central Arkansas (Bowers Stadium)
  • Dec. 16 – New York Alumni Dinner (New York, NY)

For a complete listing of alumni events and club activities visit the alumni website,


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