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Founders Day To Honor History, Future

April 14, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Tammy Parrett

Founders DaySam Houston State University will celebrate the university’s history with a series of presentations at the third annual Founders Day celebration on April 23 at the Katy and E. Don Walker Sr. Education Center.

“Founders Day will provide guests a chance to reunite with old friends, visit with faculty and administrators, and take a trip back in time and into the future,” said Charlie Vienne, director of Alumni Relations at SHSU. “It can be difficult for many people to keep up with everything that’s happening on campus, and Founders Day is a great opportunity to learn about all of the great things happening at SHSU.”

The celebration will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast.

James Gaertner, president emeritus of SHSU, will begin the day’s sessions by providing welcoming remarks at 10:30 a.m.

At 11 a.m., guests can attend faculty- and administrator-led panels that will explain the unique opportunities, emerging technologies, research projects, and the changing landscape of campus affecting SHSU students and the community. 

Jaimie Hebert, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will provide an overview of the campus construction plan and its relation to academic and university-wide strategic plans. He also will address an overview of funding sources and potential construction projects.

Bill Angrove, associate vice president for distance learning at SHSU Online, and John Newbold, associate professor of management and marketing, will give an overview of distance education and present new research on faculty who teach online.

President Dana Hoyt will lead the keynote presentation during lunch at 12:15 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m., Stanley Kelley, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural Science and Engineering Technology, will lead a presentation on the history of the fields at SHSU and share what the future holds for the department. 

Phillip Lyons, dean of the College of Criminal Justice; Stacey Edmonson, dean of the College of Education; John Pascarella, dean of the College of Sciences; and Abbey Zink, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will examine the academic programs across campus in a panel discussion.

Founders Day celebrations will close at 3 p.m. with the SHSU baseball team as it takes on Abilene Christian at Don Sanders Stadium.

Registration for Founders Day is $25, and includes access to all sessions, a continental breakfast, lunch, and a complimentary ticket to the baseball game. Registration, and complete schedule of events are available at 

Additional tickets to the baseball game are sold separately and can be purchased online at 

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at or 800.238.7478.

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