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SHSU President Dana G. Hoyt welcomed students back to campus for the first day of classes on Wednesday by offering them some ice-cold water to beat the August heat. Student Activities and other campus groups are also welcoming students back with a series of activities, the calendar for which can be found here. —Photo by Brian Blalock


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SHSU Update

For Week Of Aug. 31



Recap of TSUS Board of Regents Meeting

Bell TowerThe Texas State University System Board of Regents approved several items relating to academic affairs, contracts, and planning and construction for Sam Houston State University at the board’s quarterly meeting in Austin on Friday (Aug. 29). Details.




Having Problems Getting Football Tickets?

Sammy the BearkatDue to a national outage with Sam Houston’s online athletic ticketing service, all ticket purchases must made by calling the SHSU athletic ticket office at 936.294.1729 or by stopping by the office in the Ron Mafrige Field House. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Follow Bearkat Athletics on Twitter or on Facebook for updates on the outage.




African American NurseSHSU Receives $150,000 Grant For Nursing, Dietetics

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has awarded SHSU $150,000 to assist with the recruitment and retention of students for two academic programs in which African American and Hispanic students have been historically underrpresented.  Details.




Arial Lavery workStudent, Guest Exhibits To Begin Semester Creatively

The SHSU art department will open the fall semester with two exhibits—one putting on display its student talent and the other showcasing the projects of working artists—beginning this week. "Independents: V" will be in the Satellite Gallery Aug. 27 through Sept. 10, and "Anything That Has A Front" will be in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery Sept. 2 through Oct. 9. Details.




Phillip LyonsCriminal Justice Experiences ‘Changing Of The Guard’

After serving as dean of the Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice and director of the Criminal Justice Center for eight years, Vincent J. Webb stepped down on Aug. 15 to become a full-time faculty member. Phillip Lyons, a longtime professor at the college, will serve as interim dean during a nationwide search for a successor. Details.



New Health Center To Offer Dental Services To Students, Employees

Dean McDanielThanks to a partnership with On-site Dental Solutions, the Student Health and Counseling Center will now provide discounted dental services such as cleanings, x-rays, and uncomplicated procedures to students, faculty and staff. Details.





Rosalba ChavezROTC Graduates Four Second Lieutenants

SHSU summer graduates received both their degrees and ranks in the U.S. Army during the Department of Military Science’s Bearkat Battalion Commissioning Ceremony. The three commissioned include Keith Golightly, Torey Melofsky and Sandra Servin. Also recognized was Rosalba Chavez, who was commissioned during training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Details.



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College To Debut Homeland Security Studies Program

In response to the growing needs of organizations and companies in the emerging field of homeland security, the College of Criminal Justice will launch a retooled master’s degree and certificate programs this fall. Details.





Mitchel RothCJ Prof Talks About Famous Outlaw In TV Series

SHSU criminal justice professor Mitchel Roth took on a legend of the Wild West in “Gunslingers,” an American Heroes Channel series that tells the tales of the villains and heroes of a bygone era, discussing John Wesley Hardin on the Sunday evening episode. Details.




stalking victimStudy Tracks State Of Stalking In Texas

A new report from the Crime Victims’ Institute, housed at Sam Houston State University, reports that despite recent laws adopted in the state to protect stalking victims, little information is available about the crime or policies and procedures to aid the criminal justice system. Details.




Dana G. HoytSHSU President, Alumnus Marry In Horseshoe Bay

SHSU President Dana G. Hoyt and John M. Hoyt, ’75, were married on Aug. 4 in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, in the presence of family and close friends. Details.





Carlos HernandezHernandez Named VP For Finance, Operations

Carlos Hernandez, who has served as acting vice president for finance and operations at SHSU since March 24, has been selected to fill the permanent position, effective Aug. 1. Details.





New, Returning Students To Be Welcomed With Nine Days Of Activities

Welcome week imageStudents returning to campus for the fall semester can get the complete Sam Houston State University experience—from sports, to service, to celebrating the various forms of campus diversity—all during the course of 24 activities all held within a single week, Aug. 23-31. Details.











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