Annual Donor Report

September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019

Heritage: The Magazine of Sam Houston State University


Letter from the President

As a prominent figure during the American Enlightenment, Benjamin Franklin pushed against traditional conventions as both a scientist and influential leader. Among his many publications and practical words of wisdom, he shared his thoughts on the value of education and knowledge, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Read more...

Game Changing

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Similar to many first generation undergraduate students, navigating college life and future career goals was challenging for Chad Hargrave.

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Learning by Doing


Thanks to initiatives like EURECA, SHSU students can learn in the field, in the lab, across all corners of campus and halfway across the globe.

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Changing Health


Dr. Michael Griffin is using a major grant to pioneer research in the development of drugs aimed at obesity and diabetes.

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Leading the Way


In the fall of 2019, Governor Greg Abbott commissioned Texas’ School Safety Action Plan. The plan articulated ways in which the state of Texas will support educators’ needs regarding safety, mental health and violence in schools.

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Voice to New Music


The quest for new knowledge comes in many forms. In the performing arts, that quest—through creative activity—distinguishes faculty members and allows them to make their own unique path in the field of performance.

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Ashes and Dirt


A human cadaver is teeming with life when viewed as host for thousands of bacteria, insects and fungi. SHSU researchers have been studying the effects of decomposition on the microbiome of human cadavers. 

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Cancer Research

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SHSU continues to find innovative ways to grow for the benefit of students and faculty. A recent gift from an alumnus established a permanent fund for the university.

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Brain Research


Researchers at SHSU are exploring the association between mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and increases in negative behavioral and mental health outcomes. 

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U.S. Dept. of Defense


Ryan Gutierrez, a Forensic Science Ph.D. student was awarded the Dept. of Defense Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.

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Student to Master


Early mentorship and support at SHSU shaped a path for success for alumna Dr. Katelyn Bruno.

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Making Waves


SHSU students are adding to the international research effort focused on solving the complex global challenge of climate change.

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Class Notes

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Stay up-to-date with the accomplishments of Bearkats. 

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