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Regents Approve Degree Changes, Recognize Faculty

Aug. 19, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved the following items for Sam Houston State University during the board’s quarterly meeting on Aug. 18-19 at the AT&T Executive Education Conference Center in Austin:

Academic Affairs

  • Change the name of the Department of Foreign Languages to the Department of World Languages and Cultures, effective Jan. 1, 2017.
  • Change the title of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Art-Advertising Graphic Design to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Graphic Design, effective Sept. 1, 2016.
  • Change the title of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Art-Photography to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Photography, effective Sept. 1, 2016.
  • Change the title of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Art-Studio Art to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Studio Art, effective Sept. 1, 2016.
  • Change the title of the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art-Studio Art to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Studio Art, effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Contracts

  • Approved the replacement of the existing license agreement between SHSU and Blackboard Learn, which has been in effect since Sept. 1, 2012, for a five-year term beginning Sept. 1, 2016.
  • Approved Amendment No. 13 to the 2005 Food Service Contract with ARAMARK Educational Services of Texas, Inc., to reduce commissions for branded and non-board cash sales beginning June 1, 2018, which will support the expansion of food service operations on campus, including two new branded food venues that will be housed in the Lowman Student Center following upcoming renovations.
  • Authorized the purchase of property located at 2212 Ave. I in Huntsville, which will be held until appropriate use is identified and funding is available. 

Personnel

  • Designated James Bexley, Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking and Distinguished Professor of finance, a Regents’ Professor. The TSUS Regents’ Professor Award annually recognizes professors whose performance and contributions to the educational community have been exemplary. Recipients of the Regents’ Professor Award maintain this title for the duration of their service within the university system and receive a monetary award and a commemorative medallion.
  • Adopted a resolution in recognition and appreciation of SHSU psychology professor Rowland Miller as SHSU’s 14th Minnie Stevens Piper Professor award recipient and formally designating Miller a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at SHSU. Miller was noted in the resolution for his achievement in teaching; in research, as a 1998 SHSU Excellence in Research Award recipient; in scholarship, as the sole author of books on intimacy and embarrassment and as a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology; and in service, for his development of five courses that are part of the university’s curriculum, his contributions the graduate program, his chairing of nearly 50 graduate and undergraduate academic projects, and his multitude of service to university committees, his department and professional organizations.
  • Approved William Wells as chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

The next board of regents meeting will be Nov. 17-18 on the SHSU campus.

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