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Naming Of New Alumni Center Among Items Approved In Board Of Regents Meeting

May 24, 2019
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti


During the Texas State University System Board of Regents quarterly meeting in San Marcos, TX on May 23-24, the following items were approved for Sam Houston State University:

Naming of the newly constructed Alumni Center and renaming of the previous facility. The new Alumni Center, located at 1605 Sam Houston Ave., will be named the John R. Ragsdale Alumni Center. The previous facility will be named the Visitor Center.

Mr. Ragsdale’s name was forever emblazoned on the SHSU campus when his remarkable gift was celebrated through the naming of the first John R. Ragsdale Visitor and Alumni Center in 2007.

Today, due to overcrowding, SHSU’s Visitor Center and Alumni Center will be housed in two separate facilities. The newly remodeled John R. Ragsdale Alumni Center will provide more space to the association’s significant membership growth. 

Academic and Health Affairs

Degree program relocation and title change to the Bachelor of Science in Wellness Management. The degree will move from the Department of Population Health to the Department of Kinesiology and the name will change to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Human Performance and Wellness Management.

Semester credit hour increase from 30 to 36 for Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration.

Degree program title change for the Master of Education in Administration to Master of Education in School Leadership.

Degree program title change for the Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Computer Animation to the Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Animation.

Planning and Construction

Design and development documents for the Coliseum Parking Garage project. Scheduled for construction in year 2022, the structure will be located west of the Coliseum, provide parking for 551 vehicles and will include a 4,600 square foot parking office for UPD.

TSUS Capital Improvements Program for fiscal years 2020 – 2025. SHSU projects include:

  • Allied Health Sciences Building
  • Beach Volleyball & Tennis Complex
  • Bowers Stadium renovation
  • Campus Infrastructure Maintenance & Repair
  • Don Sanders Baseball renovation
  • Equestrian Facility
  • Garrett TEC renovation
  • Lee Drain Building Level 1 renovation
  • Miscellaneous campus renovation
  • North Residence Hall
  • Parking Structure (Ave I)
  • Rec Sports expansion
  • Ron Mafrige Field House renovation

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