2010 - 2019

Dr. Dana L. Gibson becomes first female President of SHSU

September 2010

Dana Gibson

James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Grand Opening

September 2010

GPAC Building

Community Engagement Classification award, by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching


Carnegie Foundation Logo

Capital Campaign raised over $61.2 million


Compaign Progress - Goal: $50 million. Currently Raised: $61.2 Million

Cory Lazar, Broadcast Educators of America, Best Student Anchor


Cory Lazar, with mass communication adjunct faculty member Jocelyn Lane, was recognized as

Bearkat Battalion – Ranked Top 15% Best Overall Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)” in the nation

2009 - 2010

Bearkat Battalion in Bowers Stadium on the field.

G.I. Jobs magazine – named SHSU Military Friendly School

2009 & 2010

Military Pins

Great Colleges to Work For

2010 & 2011

2010 and 2011 Great Colleges to Work For

Great College to Work For Debate Team, has won 8 National Championship Titles in two years, International Public Debate Association

2010 - 2011

Fabiola Sanchez, Robert Trevino, and Rebekka Frizzell are among SHSU's award-winning debaters.

Spirit Programs Win National Championship Titles

Orange Pride Dance Team

(NDA Champions — 2010, 2011, & 2012)

Co-ed Cheerleading Squad

NCA Champions 2012

Dance Teams

Student Money Management Center
NASPA Excellence Award Bronze Honoree and AFCPE award for Most Outstanding Financial Planning & Counseling Center of the Year


Command Your Cash - Money Management Center

Dr. Mary Alice Conroy, Professor of Psychology, received the American Academy of Forensic Psychology Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology Award


Dr. Mary Alice Conroy

College National Finals Rodeo - National Champions


SHSU Rodeo Team

Biology Major, Brandi Cannon received “Outstanding Research Award” – given to only one McNair Scholar in the Nation out of dozens of participants

Fall 2011

Brandi Cannon doing science.

Alumnus Fred Pirkle (’70) – Founder of Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc., donated $25 million, which is the largest gift in the University’s history

Announced Fall 2011

Photo of Fred Pirkle

Forensic Chemistry Major Brittany Winner is 1 of 5 students across the country selected for Pfizer Undergraduate Student Travel Award.


Photo of Brittany Winner

Dan Rather is featured speaker at SHSU’s Mingling with the Media

September 2011

Photo of Dan Rather

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Drive College of the Year

Named by hosting the most successful blood drives. Coordinated by Sam Houston Assoc. of Medically Oriented Students (SHAMOS)


Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center - Commit for Life

SHSU hosts ENCORE event which talented Alumni from Broadway to Nashville performed in the Concert Hall of the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center

April 2011

SHSU alumnus Allen Shamblin, who co-wrote Miranda Lambert's hit

SHSU Bearkats - Undefeated 2011 Southland Conference Football Championship


Football team holding trophy

Season SHSU Bearkats – Arrive undefeated for first appearance at the NCAA - FCS playoff game


NCAA Trophy

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll – Corporation for National and Community Service


Planting a tree