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

Volume 8 Issue 3   September 2014


Alumni Association Seeking Sponsorships for 2015 Alumni Calendar (only 4 months remain open)

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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.

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JOIN THE SHSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION FOR THE BEST TAILGATING IN BEARKAT ALLEY! Four Things to Know For The Alumni Gameday Tailgate. 1. The Tailgate opens twi hours before kick-off. 2. Bring proof of membership. 3. Members may bring one guest at no charge. 4. Don't forget your football game tickets.

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

The Sam Houston State University Alumni Association invites you to a

SHSU @ LSU Pre-Game Tailgate Party

Saturday, September 6th
 NEW TIME: 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Baton Rouge Marriott
5500 Hilton Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

$25 per person

Buffet and One Drink Ticket Included

Purchase your reservation by September 3rd online at or call 936-294-1841.

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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 Sterling 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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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 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. 13 – Parent/Family Weekend, Reception for SAA and Parent Members
  • 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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