The Magazine of Sam Houston State University, Winter 2022

Growing the Workforce

Annual Donor Report 2021-2022

Dr. White in the president's office on her first day as president.

A Message from the President

For the past three decades, I have loved working in higher education. I’ve always felt part of something important, something impactful, wherever I have been and whatever my role.

Her Message

Artistic illustration of a woman climbing a staircase supported by books and pencils. There are depictions of scientific and technical symbols floating behind her and nature and the background.

Adapting to a Changing Landscape

In 10 years, higher education will look very different than it does today. We remain committed to providing a first-class, affordable education to help build the workforce of Texas and enhance the social mobility of our graduates.


Artistic illustration of a man and a woman calculating finances with an oversized calculator. Charts, graphs, and articles swirl around their head as oversized coins with dollar signs rest at their feet.

Supply Chain Woes Create Opportunity

Even before we faced major product shortages at stores, faculty at SHSU were developing a plan to cultivate supply chain talent.


A map depicting the state of Texas. There is a small, deep red circle centered over Huntsville, Texas and a larger, lighter-red circle that surrounds the smaller deep red circle.

Servicio en Nuestras Escuelas

With many new or emerging English speakers in Texas classrooms, the need for bilingual diagnosticians has become more imperative.


The SHSU Clocktower stands tall against the green trees. Beautifiul pink flowers are on either side of it. In the foreground, benches and wooden structures for shade exist.

Careers through Communication

Sam Houston State’s Master of Arts in Communication Studies provides the skills now needed in our highly digitized society.

Alumni Stories

A graduate, their professor, and the graduate's family all pose outsdie of the Johnson Coliseum on graduation day. The graduate has a First Generation sash and is holding a bouquet of flowers.

Fine Tuning Professions

At Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, three Bearkats are developing the next generation of musicians.

About the Center

A view of the Frank Parker Plaza. The the left is the Lowman Student Center with its large glass entrance. Down the center is a view of the Newton Gresham Library and the miniature state of the Sam Houston. To the right are the beginnings of spaces where booths and tables are regularly set up.

Empower the Ag Workforce

A new concentration in power machinery management provides classroom and on-site educational experiences to agricultural sciences students.


Artistic architectural rendering of the new San Jacinto hall, a residence hall for SHSU students. The structure is primarily orange brick, gray metal, and glass. It is four flours tall and has a large entrance.

Real World Security

Responding to student demand and workforce needs, the Department of Security Studies launched new undergraduate certificates in security and resilience, each with a unique industry focus.

View Plans

Jeanine Bias poses on the green grass outside of Austin Hall. She is wearing a deep pink dress and has her hands on her hips as she smiles at the camera.

Ensuring Quality Care

The certificate program in health care quality provides flexibility to working professionals ready to move further in their field.


Nehemiah Juniel wears a graduation cap in front of the Administration Building on the Sam Houston State University campus. He smiles proudly.

A Student Doctor's Journey

Austin Gothe was thrilled at the chance to join the first cohort of student-doctors in the SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2020.

His story

Nehemiah Juniel wears a graduation cap in front of the Administration Building on the Sam Houston State University campus. He smiles proudly.

Class Notes

Learn about the accomplishments of fellow Bearkats doing great things.


One SHSU alumni holds up her dog. Another holds an award.

Annual Report to Donors

SHSU celebrates and recognizes the people who have made a valuable commitment to our university.

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The Texas State University System Board of Regents

  • Duke Austin, Chairman - Houston
  • Garry Crain, First Vice Chairman - The Hills
  • Alan L. Tinsley, Second Vice Chairman - Madisonville
  • Charlie Amato - San Antonio
  • Sheila Faske - Rose City
  • Dionicio (Don) Flores - El Paso
  • Nicki Harle - Baird
  • Stephen Lee - Beaumont
  • William F. Scott - Nederland
  • Gabriel Webb, Student Regent - The Hills
  • Brian McCall, Chancellor - Austin

Sam Houston University Foundation Board of Trustees

  • Robert E. Hutson, President - Katy
  • Russell S. Molina, Vice President - Houston
  • Ferne S. Frosch, Treasurer - Huntsville
  • C. Joel Michael II, Secretary - Friendswood
  • E. Brooke Beierle - Stafford
  • Mia D. Gradney - Richmond
  • John M. Hoyt, Jr - Waco
  • Charles W. Jones III - Dahlonega, GA
  • Christopher L. Tritico - Houston

Heritage Archives

Heritage Magazine is published three times a year by the Office of University Advancement to keep alumni, donors and friends of Sam Houston State University connected to the campus community. For more information about the magazine email the editor - heritage@shsu.edu.

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