The Magazine of Sam Houston State University, Spring 2021

The Rural Reason to Give

Annual Donor Report 2019-2020

The Story Behind Our New Look

Our goal for the magazine’s redesign was to reflect the unique spirit and attributes of Sam Houston State University in a more engaging format through strong storytelling and bold visuals. It’s been over 15 years since our last redesign, so Heritage was due for a makeover. Let us know how you like the magazine’s new look. And, by all means stay in touch.

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

A Message from the President

Sam Houston State University’s contributions to the well-being and quality of life in Texas began more than 140 years ago when the university was established to help raise the state’s educational standards through teacher training. Today, SHSU continues that mission through...

Read Her Statement

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COVID Impact

The healthcare disparities rural communities face became even more painfully obvious during a pandemic. Primary care physicians are needed now more than ever. SHSU has a plan.

Our Plan

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Measuring the Distance to Healthcare

Lack of rural physicians leaves many traveling towards complications. SHSU’s mission will help address those challenges.

The Rural Mission

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The Future Frontlines

SHSU students are selflessly answering the call. Learn why Bearkats are pursuing careers in the healthcare industry.

From the Students

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The Career Path Forward Through Public Health

SHSU is responding to workforce needs through a new Master of Public Health degree.

Our New Program

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A Wild Ride to Success

When it comes to rodeo, SHSU has a long history of Bearkats competing and achieving at the top. Meet the legend behind the record of champs, alumnus Sonny Sikes (‘55, ‘57).

Sonny's Story

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Building Partnerships

In the School of Agricultural Sciences, innovative career paths have been developed for students by addressing the needs of industry employers in a new partnership established with Mustang CAT.

About the Collaboration

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Eyes on Expanding Agriculture

Find out why the future looks bright for students and alumni in the School of Agricultural Sciences.

Ag Student Interviews

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Class Notes

Learn the latest accomplishments of your fellow Bearkat Alumni.

All The Latest

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Annual Donor Report

Sam Houston State University celebrates and recognizes the people, who through their tremendous support, have made a valuable commitment to our university.

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The Texas State University System Board of Regents

  • Charlie Amato, Chairman - San Antonio
  • Duke Austin, First Vice Chairman - Houston
  • Garry Crain, Second Vice Chairman - The Hills
  • Dionicio (Don) Flores - El Paso
  • Nicki Harle - Baird
  • David Montagne - Beaumont
  • Dr. Veronica Muzquiz-Edwards - San Antonio
  • William F. Scott - Nederland
  • Alan L. Tinsley - Madisonville
  • Amanda Lee, Student Regent - Huntsville
  • 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
  • Charles E. 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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