Heritage Online - Spring 2018

Heritage: The Magazine of Sam Houston State University

Annual Donor Report:
Honoring Traditions. Creating Futures.


When Sam Houston joined the U.S. Army in 1813, Elizabeth Houston (Sam’s mother) gave Sam a gold ring. Inscribed inside was the word “honor,” because she said this one word epitomized the creed that should forever be a part of Sam Houston’s life. Houston wore this ring until his death. The ring, along with many of Sam Houston’s books and manuscripts, are a part of the San Jacinto Museum of History collection.


Letter from the President

Sam Houston’s wish for his son was one that so many of us have expressed for our own children. A wish that is also shared by our many alumni and friends who have generously supported this university and a student’s dream of a college education. Read more...

Investing in Education

Sam Houston State University formally launched the public phase of a $125 million capital campaign in January 2017 with the announcement of four major priorities that will help position the university for the future. 

The priorities of the campaign, “Honoring Traditions. Creating Futures,” include academic support and student enrichment; funding for the proposed Osteopathic Medical College (applicant status – seeking accreditation) and program enhancements for health sciences; facility upgrades at Gibbs Ranch for agricultural sciences; and renovations at Bowers Stadium for athletics.

Many of our generous donors have answered the call by supporting new areas of study and enhanced facilities, which will allow SHSU to attract high-performing students, faculty and student-athletes. Read More...


To learn more about SHSU support from this past year, please visit the new digital Donor Report. 


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Donor Report
Our new and improved digital Heritage, provides a quick and easy way to search the impressive list of SHSU donors who continue to honor this university with their dedicated support. Details


The Student Loan Report recently ranked SHSU among the nation’s top “Public Colleges Where Students Earn the Most Scholarship Funding.” Details

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Health Sciences
As a university, focusing on good grades is vital to academic excellence. Making the grade is also the focus in the latest “report card” comparing rural healthcare between states. 

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Agricultural Sciences
The Lowman Student Center Ballroom was transformed into a magical outdoor evening scene to welcome those who attended the kickoff for the agricultural component of SHSU’s capital campaign. Details


Whether watching a game on the benches behind the team, in the orange chairback section or from a VIP suite, there is no better experience for a true Bearkat fan than watching a game in a stadium. Details


Alumni Updates
The SHSU Alumni Association presented plaques to 30 new members during the Annual Life Member Celebration on Feb. 24 at Hotel Zaza in Houston. 

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