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Founders Day To Celebrate Past, Present

April 14, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

Founders-Day-Logo InsideSam Houston State University will honor the university’s history, as well as offer a look at current happenings with a peek into the future, with a series of presentations at the fourth annual Founders Day celebration on April 22 at the Lowman Student Center and Gaertner Performing Arts Center. 

“On April 21, 1879, Gov. Oran M. Roberts signed the legislation that created what is now Sam Houston State University,” said Charlie Vienne, associate vice president for Alumni Relations. 

“Founders Day celebrates that occasion with sessions that honor the past, while offering an insight into the exciting new developments that are taking place at SHSU,” he said.

Activities begin in the LSC Ballroom Foyer at 8:30 a.m. with registration and check in. 

During the first session, SHSU President Dana Hoyt and Dean Charles Henley will discuss the future of osteopathic medicine at SHSU and answer questions from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the LSC Theater. 

Founders Day participants will join with members of the Classes of 1966 and 1967 for the traditional Golden Circle Luncheon from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom. 

Sessions Two, Three and Four will take place from 1-2 p.m. 

Mike Yawn will present “Making the Leap” as he gives an overview of the university’s Center for Law, Engagement and Politics. The LEAP Center is a one-of-a-kind program, which offers unique learning opportunities to high-achieving students. 

The center runs internship programs, hosts a speaker series, and sponsors field trips. The center’s student ambassadors participate in approximately 120 evets per year. The students involved with the program have met 10 presidents, traveled to 26 states, and attended the last four presidential inaugurations.

Following the recent success of their choreography on the prime-time ABC television show “American Crime,” Andy and Dionne Noble will share how the SHSU Department of Dance is cultivating the next wave of dance artists to be competitive in a 21st century arts scene. They will present “State of the Arts,” in the GPAC Theatre, which will include the performance of dance works featuring SHSU’s top dancers and choreographers. 

Representatives from SHSU’s ROTC will offer a rare glimpse behind the curtain of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps on campus in “The Science of Soldiers,” in LSC Room 320.

The day’s events will conclude with a concert by the SHSU Faculty String Quartet in the GPAC Recital Hall at 2:30 p.m.

Founders Day sessions and the luncheon are complimentary for 50-year graduates and older, but a reservation is requested. Tickets for all others, which include the sessions and lunch, are $25.

To reserve for Founders Day and/or the Golden Circle Luncheon, call the SHSU Office of Alumni Relations at 936.294.1841 or email


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