The Magazine of Sam Houston State University, Spring 2022

Celebrating 25 Years of Giving

Annual Donor Report 2020-2021

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

A Message from the President

To understand what we need to do and where we need to go as an institution of higher education, standing in front of a classroom of students is a great place to start.

Her Message

Celebrating 25 years Smith-Hutson Scholars

Transforming Lives for 25 Years

The Smith-Hutson Scholarship program was established at SHSU in 1996. Now reaching its 25-year anniversary, the program has awarded 668 Bearkats to date.

The program's history

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Growing a Program

Plenty of time and effort goes into managing and growing SHSU’s most generous and prolific scholarship opportunity.

The program today

Newest Smith-Hutson Scholars

Meet the Newest Smith-Hutson Scholars

Last fall, 55 scholars arrived on campus ready to tackle the next chapter of their academic journey.

Hear from the students

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The Many Faces of Social Mobility

Learn how scholars have utilized their degrees and knowledge to advance in their chosen career path.

Alumni scholars’ stories

The phrase R2 is superimposed on top of an artistic rendering of the SHSU clocktower.

SHSU Earns R2 Status

Thanks to new grant funding, many students are paid to engage in scholarly work with a faculty mentor on campus.

Learn more

Robert Pohl wears cycling gear and poses for a photo in a parking lot.

Class Notes

Updates and accomplishments from fellow Bearkats.

More on alumni

Jesus Martinez holds a graduation cap in front of his face.

Annual Donor Report

SHSU celebrates and recognizes the people who have made a valuable commitment to our university.

See supporters

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
  • John M. Hoyt - Waco
  • C. Joel Michael II - Friendswood
  • Erin M. Steele - Pearland

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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