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Regents Approve Projects

Contracts for projects totaling almost $20 million, including a new $5.6 million home for the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), were approved this week by Sam Houston State University's board of regents.

The Graeber, Simmons and Cowan architect firm of Austin was awarded a contract to design the student-approved Lowman Student Center renovation project, which is expected to cost $10 million. The regents also approved increasing student center fees to $60 per long semester and $30 per summer semester, beginning this fall.

Also approved was a $3.9 million contract with Williams Industries of Houston for renovation of the Administration Building. Preliminary work on that project, which totals $4.7 million, has been underway for several months. Completion is expected in the summer of 2000.

The LEMIT contract was awarded to Beck-Ford Construction Inc,. of Houston, with construction scheduled to begin in June and completion scheduled in the fall of 2000. The new building will be constructed on what is now a parking lot north of the Beto Criminal Justice Center hotel.

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas was created by the Texas legislature in 1969 to develop the administrative, analytical, and executive skills of current and future law enforcement officials. Located first in Austin, it was moved to Sam Houston State University in 1993.

Public administration, management issues, the political, legal, and social environments of policing, and advanced technical issues are studied in detail. It is the largest and most sophisticated statewide preparation program for police management in the United States.

A contract for $299,900 was also awarded to Molina Walker Architects, Inc. of Houston for Phase II of the Agricultural Mechanization Center near Holleman Field. Gerald B. Harris & Associates, Inc. of Huntsville was also awarded a contact to design parking lots totaling 100 spaces on the north and south central boundaries of the campus.

The regents, who met on the Sam Houston State University campus Wednesday and Thursday, also approved out-of-country study programs in England, France, and Mexico for the summer of 2000. Similar programs are under way this summer.

Also approved were promotions of 11 faculty members. They include: Paul W. Child, Julie E. Hall, and Deborah, to associate professor in English and Foreign Languages; Wasin So, to professor in Mathematical land Information Sciences; Peggy A. DeMers, to associate professor in Music; Jerry S. Hooker, to associate professor in Theatre and Dance; Randall L. Garner, to associate professor in Criminal Justice; Marsha J. Harman, to associate professor in Curriculum and Instruction; Marshell C. Bradley, to associate professor in Psychology and Philosophy; Roger D. Abshire to professor in Management and Marketing; and Marion D. Czaja, to professor in Educational Leadership and Counseling.

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May 14, 1999
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