LSC 5-year Growth Trends
Average Monthly Traffic up 44%
Average Monthly Ballroom Utilization up 100%
History of the LSC
The original student center on the SHSU campus is now the MLH Building. The Lowman Student Center (LSC, named for Dr Harmon L. Lowman seventh president (1942-1964) of Sam Houston State) was built in 1963 to serve an enrollment of over 5500 students. The LSC was renovated in the 1980s to address a growing student enrollment of over 10,000. This was the case in 2000 as well when the LSC was renovated again to serve an enrollment of 12,000 students. 12 years later as student enrollment was reaching 20,000 it was agreed campus-wide that the Living Room on Campus needed a facelift and more space. It was during this time that pre-programming of the building Expansion space began with meetings with students, faculty, and staff for the initial design. From this plan, presentations to the SGA and student groups requesting a referendum to increase the student center fee. The referendum had overwhelming student support and was passed by a student vote in October of that year. In January 2013 the pre-programming was approved and design concepts are developed over the course of the next couple of years through Summer of 2015 when the final design concepts were enhanced, Fall 2015 our architect was selected, and November 2015 when the final program is approved by The Texas State University System's Board of Regents. Spring 2017 saw the finalization of the Expansion design and the beginning of the current facility Renovation planning. Our official LSC Expansion groundbreaking ceremony was proudly and excitedly celebrated June 28, 2017 by remarks made by SHSU President Dana G. Hoyt, VP Frank Parker, and EYP's Andy Albin. We are looking forward to completing our Expansion project by late Fall 2018, beginning Renovation phase Summer of 2019 with the entire project completed and opening Fall of 2020. This is an excited time for our campus and, especially, the LSC staff as we look forward to the addition of functionality and services in support of SHSU students, faculty, staff, and visitors in this Your Living Room on Campus.
Vision of the LSC
The Lowman Student Center will be the premiere destination for our students and the community.
Mission of the LSC
The Lowman Student Center provides advanced services, facilities, and technologies that foster the development of our community.
Core Values of the LSC
We are committed to striving for and providing excellence in all that we do, large or small, guided by these values:
- Customer Service: Creating an experience that exceeds the needs and expectations of our guests.
- Diversity: Celebrating and appreciating the value of the differences of our campus community.
- Inclusivity: Providing facilities and services that are welcoming, safe, and engaging for all of our guests.
- Development: Creating and encouraging opportunities through experiential learning.
- Collaboration: Seeking opportunities that encourage unity, growth, and positive change.
- Innovation: Fostering creativity with our visitors and clients through our facilities and services.
Goals of the LSC
The LSC will:
- develop a strategic plan focusing on specified student learning outcomes;
- develop a proactive social media publishing presence;
- increase traffic in to the building.
Our goals are measured each year through self-assessment, quantitative data from programming and events, quantitative data from building tracking, quantitative and qualitative data from post-event and building use surveys, and qualitative data from the LSC Student Advisory Board.