The Magazine of Sam Houston State University, Winter 2021

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Dr. White in the president's office on her first day as president.

A Message from the President

Among the many things I treasure while working in higher education is the opportunity to visit with current and former students. I love hearing their stories full of hopes and dreams, families and careers, accomplishments, and plenty of fun college memories.

Her Message

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Building the Workforce of Tomorrow

I believe the workforce of the future will be characterized by two key traits: flexibility and resilience.


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Forward Thinking Faculty

What will the future workforce look like in your industry?

Hear from faculty

Jamila Raja holding an umbrella

Laura Masor: Combining the Science of Nature and Art

Through the breeding of annual flowering plants, Laura Masor brings joy, color and life to people all over the world by doing something she is passionate about.

About Laura

Football helmet with new SHSU Athletic logo

Rebekah Bryant: Setting the Stage

In the heart of downtown Houston, Rebekah Bryant builds, welds and paints theatrical scenery on the fourteenth floor of a professional scene shop.

About Rebekah

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Ami Stone: "Meat" The President

When the pandemic triggered massive supply chain problems leading to nationwide meat shortages and higher prices, Ami Stone realized her community’s need and quickly responded.

About Ami

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Amanda Silverman: Off The Wall

Amanda Silverman travels all over the world, sponsoring shows for bands like Metallica in London, or launching new products at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.

About Amanda

SHSU Bell Tower

Valerie Patterson: Better By Design

Helping to support that while turning visions into reality, Valerie Patterson knows how to pair an organization’s business goals with facility objectives to devise a plan that ensures success.

About Valerie

New Art building on SHSU campus

Caleb Corbell & Mike Sanchez: Taking You from "Beer" to There

Two Bearkats who are taking advantage of the brewery boom with Texas Brewery Tours.

About Caleb & Mike

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John Manning: Serving Our Soldiers

John Manning works to improve lives as a behavior health officer and clinical psychologist for the United State Army’s 25th Infantry Division.

About John

New Art building on SHSU campus

Cullen Cole: Art of Animation

Cullen Cole has been pursuing his professional dreams by working his way up through several companies creating 2D concepts for video games and animation.

About Cullen

New Art building on SHSU campus

Kyle King: Leaving No Stone Unturned

As a professional rock collector, core analyst Kyle King conducts exploratory geological work in oil fields across the world.

About Kyle

New Art building on SHSU campus

Dennis Sbrusch: Turning Passion Into Purpose

Dennis Sbrusch created SureThing Media to serve people and businesses that put their heart into what they believe in.

About Dennis

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Distinguished Alumni

Six SHSU alumni, who have made significant contributions to their professions, communities and alma mater, were recognized at the 48th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala.

More on honorees

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Class Notes

Updates and accomplishments from fellow Bearkats

More on alumni

The Texas State University System Board of Regents

  • Duke Austin, Chairman - Houston
  • Garry Crain, First Vice Chairman - The Hills
  • Alan L. Tinsley, Second Vice Chairman - Madisonville
  • Charlie Amato - San Antonio
  • Sheila Faske - Rose City
  • Dionicio (Don) Flores - El Paso
  • Nicki Harle - Baird
  • Stephen Lee - Beaumont
  • William F. Scott - Nederland
  • Camile Settegast, Student Regent - Horseshoe Bay
  • Brian McCall, Chancellor - Austin

Sam Houston University Foundation Board of Trustees

  • Leo T. "Tommy" Metcalf, President - Conroe
  • Preston Johnson, Jr., Vice President - Sugar Land
  • Ferne S. Frosch, Secretary - Huntsville
  • Robert E. Hutson, Treasurer - Katy
  • Charlie Amato - San Antonio
  • Richard A. Hartley - Houston
  • Russell Molina - Houston
  • Erin M. Steele - Pearland
  • Gary L. Whitlock - The Woodlands

Heritage Archives

Heritage Magazine is published three times a year by the Office of University Advancement to keep alumni, donors and friends of Sam Houston State University connected to the campus community. For more information about the magazine email the editor - heritage@shsu.edu.

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