DANNY MCDANIEL is the Director of the Lowman Student Center. He previously served as the Assistant Director of the Lowman Student Center for Facilities and Operations at Sam Houston State University from January 2003 until November 2005. Prior to working at SHSU, he was an active duty Marine for 28 years attaining the rank of colonel before retiring. His last two assignments were as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California and Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Air Bases Western Area, Miramar, California. He is a member of the Marines Memorial Association, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps Association, Military Officers Association, Huntsville Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee, and Association of College Unions-International. He is currently Chairing the Military Memorial Committee at Sam Houston State University.
Office: LSC Room 311D
James Van Roekel
JAMES VAN ROEKEL; MLS, MA, BA, OblSB is the Associate Director of the Lowman Student Center and has over 18 years of professional Higher Education experience as a faculty member and administrator in Academic and Student Affairs. His research, which can be found in 21 publications including three books, and teaching focus on the investigation of the utilization of free and off-the-shelf hardware and software towards the development of multimedia and digital applications instudent learning and web-based broadcasting. His grant writing has brought over $725,000.00 to engage faculty and students in current and emerging technologies. He is a member of EDUCAUSE, Infocomm International, and ACUI Region 12 Leadership Team. James is a part-time musician, audio engineer and sound designer, photographer, and videographer.
Specialties: Grant writing, media design, web design, faculty development, student development, leadership, and teaching.
James is a past recipient of the Sammy Award.
GAYLE BULLARD has served as the Lowman Student Center Reservations Coordinator since 1993. She supervises the Information Center in the LSC Lobby and especially enjoys mentoring international students. Gayle coordinates all art exhibits in the LSC Gallery and encourages students, faculty and staff to exhibit. Gayle serves on the Campus Art Review Committee, Special Events Committee, and is on the Bearkat Read to Succeed Committee. Gayle is also a representative for SHSU Staff Council and a mentor for the F.L.A.S.H. Mentoring Program. Gayle is a past recipient of the Sammy Award.
Office: LSC Room 311E
RUEBEN PENA is the Assistant Director at the Lowman Student Center. Originally from the Corpus Christi area, he has been a member of the Sam Houston State University community since 2004 when he began his undergraduate work at SHSU, receiving his BBA in Management from Sam Houston in May 2009. Rueben began a career in banking immediately after graduating but soon found an opportunity to return to campus at the Lowman Student Center in 2010. He tries to stay active at Sam Houston State, becoming advisor of the Sam Houston State Billiard Team, active member in the Association of College Unions International, and participating in many staff and alumni events. In August 2011, Rueben enrolled in the MBA program at Sam Houston's Smith-Hudson College of Business and plans on completing his Masters work in the Summer of 2013.
Office: LSC Room 104
ZACH MADELEY is the Operations Supervisor in the Lowman Student Center. He grew up in Willis, Texas and graduated from SHSU in 2005 with a degree in English. Zach worked at UTSA from 2007-2012 and received M.Ed (Masters in Educational Leadership) while working there. He is very excited to get back to Sam Houston as a staff member.
Office: LSC Room 108
Erika M Wright
Staff Assistant III
ERIKA M WRIGHT joined the LSC staff in April 2013 as a Staff Assistance III. She is a native of Huntsville, and received her Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees from Sam Houston State University. Her previous employment in the Newton Gresham Library began as a student worker. She is very excited about working as a staff member in the LSC.
Office: LSC Room 311B
REYNA AYALA is a custodian at the Lowman Student Center. She is originally from Central America. She has two beautiful children, a daughter and a son. Reyna has been working for Sam Houston since 1996. In 2008, she was awarded the Staff Excellence Award for dedicated service. Reyna is "very proud to be part of the SHSU staff."
ANTONIO COSS was born in Michoacan, Mexico and grew up in Mexico City until the age of 21. He then came to the United States to begin working for a lumber company. A few years later he came to Sam Houston to become a custodian for the LSC. Tony is "very proud to be part of this great team here at the LSC."
BLANCA ALVAREZ is originally from Central America and she has 3 children and 5 grandchildren whom she is very close with. She has been a custodian with Sam Houston State for 9 years, 5 of which in the Lowman Student Center. Blanca very much enjoys the new faces that come and go in the LSC and is happy to be part of the traditions and culture that Sam Houston has to offer.
LECENIA SIBRIAN is a proud custodian at the Lowman Student Center. She is originally from El Salvador and moved to Los Angeles in 1986. She had two sons and moved to Texas shortly after. Lecenia has been in the custodial industry for many years, previously working as a Custodial Supervisor for the Hilton Garden. She joined the LSC in 2008 and very much enjoys working at SAM.
FRANCISCA HERNANDEZ is originally from El Salvador and came to America in 1983. She has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. She has been a custodian with the Lowman Student Center since 2009 and very much enjoys working at such a great institution.
MARIA VILLATORO is part of the custodial staff at the Lowman Student Center. She is originally from El Salvador and is a happy mother of 5 children. Maria has worked for the LSC since 2009 and loves being part of Sam Houston.