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Convocation To Welcome New Students Aug. 21

Aug. 5, 2010
SHSU Media Contact: Jennifer Gauntt

Caroline Castillo Crimm
History professor Caroline Castillo Crimm will help welcome students as the featured speaker for New Student Convocation on Aug. 21.

Students entering Sam Houston State this fall will begin their collegiate careers on Aug. 21 in the same place they will graduate—in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum—during the sixth annual New Student Convocation.

The university’s official welcome to new students will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

“New Student Convocation and graduation provide meaningful and complementary ‘bookends’ to the college experience, with both programs serving as celebrative rites of passage that represent a new start or beginning,” said Kay Angrove, director of the First Year Experience.

“Convocation is a gathering of the university community to welcome new students at the beginning of their college careers at SHSU; commencement is a gathering of the university community to celebrate students’ graduation at the end of the undergraduate career.”

New Student Convocation not only includes faculty dressed in their regalia and an introduction to the Alma Mater, fight song and other SHSU traditions but also addresses by the university president and the student body president and this year’s featured speaker, Caroline Castillo Crimm, SHSU professor of history.

A Mexico City, Mexico, native, Crimm has taught at SHSU since 1992, earning such recognitions as the Minnie Sevens Piper Foundation’s Piper Professor designation, SHSU’s Excellence in Teaching award and the Mary Jon and J. P. Bryan Texas History Teacher Award.

Crimm has published De León: A Tejano Family History; The Hoffman Collection: San Diego at the Turn of the Century, with Sara R. Massey; and edited Cabin Fever: The Roberts-Farris Cabin, A Campus, A Cabin, A Community. She has also published numerous introductions and chapters on Texas women and Hispanics.

She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami, her master’s degree from Texas Tech University and her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

More than 800 are anticipated to participate in this year’s convocation, essentially doubling participation from the first ceremony in 2005.

“Convocation is an important tradition that welcomes our students to university and officially deems them Bearkats,” said Keri Rogers, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs. “Students have the opportunity to meet the university president, vice presidents, deans, faculty, and staff in a more relaxed setting.”

“Sam Houston State has a reputation for having a great culture of community,” Angrove said. “Each year we strive to make this event special and meaningful for the entire university community as we welcome our new students.”

At the end of the convocation, students will receive gifts from the university, including a Bearkat pin similar to the pin they will receive at graduation from the SHSU Alumni Association, also a part of the “bookend” experience.

Following the ceremony, participating faculty and staff, students and their guests are invited to dinner provided in part by Aramark, Student Success Initiatives, and the Dean of Students’ Office. Students will use their Bearkat OneCard for dinner.

Participants should arrive at the coliseum at 5:15 p.m. on the day of convocation.

For more information on New Student Convocation, contact the First Year Experience Office at 936.294.3422.


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