The spring semester at Sam Houston State
University is over and before long I will be looking back at my first year
as president. It has been an exciting year, and a busy one, and I would like
to share with you some of our recent activities and accomplishments.
When I was formally installed as Sam Houston State University's 12th
president in February, I said that Sam Houston State is a wonderful place,
but that we would all work together to "renew" it, physically and spiritually.
I believe that renewal is well under way.
- Parking. By the end of the summer we will have more than 750
parking spaces more than we started with this year.
- Signage. This project is part of a citywide effort. It will define
campus boundaries and assist new visitors as well as those on campus more
frequently. It will include maps and diagrams and how to reach the campus
from various locations throughout the city, a systematic designation of parking
lots, clear directions to parking, and way finding/accessibility signage.
- New student housing. Our planning research indicates that this
is a major need, and we are looking at several solutions in partnership with
the private sector which will provide apartment-type housing on university
property in the Bowers Stadium area.
- Improvement of existing housing. We are continuing the "clean-up
fix-up" work on many of the university's residence halls which have not undergone
such improvements for some time.
- New dining facility. We are exploring the possibility of adding
a new dining facility on the south side of the campus, in the vicinity of
the Barnes & Noble temporary bookstore.
- General Purpose/Classroom Building. This will be the new home
for history, library science, psychology, the Academic Enrichment Center,
a Computer Services lab, a testing center, the Honors Program, classrooms
and a lecture hall. Project completion is expected this fall with occupancy
in the spring 2003 semester.
- Lowman Student Center re-opening. ARA food and Barnes &
Noble bookstore contractors are putting the finishing touches on their new
areas, and some areas of the LSC will be open this summer. A formal re-opening
will be held this fall for this important facility that is the social and
geographical heart of our campus.
- Traditions. A committee chaired by President Emeritus Bobby
K. Marks has completed a report on campus traditions and made recommendations
which will be strongly considered.
- President's Circle. The newly developing President's Circle will
build a statewide network of friends to help us share our messages.
- Bearkat Bucks. A committee which includes campus and Chamber
representatives will soon offer a recommendation on how we may be able to
expand and improve the current campus ID card. The trend is an "all-in-one"
loaded card capable of handling all on-campus transactions, financial and
otherwise; in addition to usage at off campus locations.
- Visibility. A number of activities are under way including billboard
and other advertising, the promotion of SHSU experts in regional and national
media and use of a clipping service to measure those "hits," a new toll free
telephone number, along with upgrading campus telephone service and procedures,
campus stationery standardization, and partnership in the new Huntsville
- Stakeholder research. Based on research and findings of what students
most like about SHSU, we are promoting SHSU as a classic collegiate atmosphere
where students enjoy interaction with faculty and other students. We will
continue to do research to find out more about our strengths and weaknesses.
- Increasing fees to improve services. The university's board of
regents recently approved fee increases that will be used for installation
of a computer-based electronic lock system on all academic buildings, additional
faculty and staff support for instruction, upgrading classrooms with computer
and other instructional equipment, adding technical support personnel, and
reducing class sizes.
- Capital campaign. Consultants have been interviewed and proposals
are being accepted for the university's first capital campaign, which will
have some exciting goals for funding many areas of our already-outstanding
campus and programs.
- Better communication. Use of periodic reports such as this and
other efforts emphasizing our openness to area media, as well as electronic
updates by e-mail and the campus Website will help faculty, staff, students
and the community keep better informed about what's happening on the hill.
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SHSU Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
June 6, 2002
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