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Sammy Awards To Recognize Outstanding Contributions

April 6, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Tyler Pointer

Story by Tyler Pointer


The 23rd Annual Sammy Awards will take place on Wednesday, April 12 at 6 p.m., in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center to celebrate students, faculty, staff and entities across campus for their dedication and service to Sam Houston State University.

Tickets are free and will be distributed the evening of the ceremony starting at 5 p.m. in the GPAC Lobby and are limited to one ticket per person.

A rich tradition at SHSU, the Sammys is the official student award ceremony hosted by the Department of Student Activities for the university and has always fallen on the second Wednesday of each April. The university community is invited to help honor the nominees and award-winners.

“It’s one of the most exciting ways to showcase our students and all of their accomplishments,” said Kelly Patterson, program coordinator for Student Activities. “The ceremony has even evolved to incorporate various performances.”

The major awards at the Sammys are seven individual college awards, which recognize outstanding students from each college who are nominated by faculty within their college; 17 individual and organizational awards, which require nominations from the SHSU community; the Sam Houston Cane Award, which recognizes campus entities who do not fall under the previous categories; and four Sammy Awards, which honors two graduating seniors and two faculty or staff members who have contributed myriad of hours of their time in improving SHSU.

This year’s ceremony will include performances by the school of Dance showcasing a tango and Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre performing a song from the upcoming musical “Hairspray.” The School of Music’s Jazz Ensemble will also play a selection.

“Although the ceremony is a set tradition, the excitement is present each year because the winners are not announced until the evening of the ceremony,” Patterson said. “We even have a new team of emcees and a new announcer that have been dedicated to making the 23rd Annual Sammys a night to remember”

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