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Newton Gresham - ATO Honor Initiate

Tonight I learned that the Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University is named for an ATO Honor Initiate. Newton Gresham was initiated in 1963 and served as president of the university from 1963 to 1965. Very cool. More information about Brother Gresham can be found in the Philosophical Society of Texas Memorial.

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Old Main: Looking back 30 years later

Old Main Burns - Photo courtesy SHS University ArchivesThirty years ago this month a fire consumed “Old Main” on the SHSU campus. Many of us remember being rousted out of bed and heading to the hill to watch as flames consumed this historic building. The Houstonian has published an article looking back at that fateful night:


University community members remember the night that a fire destroyed the Old Main building

On one cold night David Clements was walking back to his dorm when he saw smoke billowing out of a historic campus building. Old Main was on fire.

The freshman called the fire department to report what he saw. Firefighters from surrounding cities had to be called in because of limited staff at the Huntsville station. The wood and brick framed building had already been engulfed in flame for 20 min. It was too late to save.

Thirty years ago, on Feb. 12, 1982, Old Main fell for good.

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SHSU makes Top Online Bachelor’s Programs list

Sam Houston State University made the Online Bachelor’s Programs Honor Roll in US News and World Report’s recent survey of Online Education Programs. SHSU was rated in Student Services and Technology just behind Arizona State.

Read the full article at: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education

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Sam Houston Football 2011!

Highlight video from the undefeated season of SHSU football 2011. Note the ATO letters around the 49s mark!

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Lost Brothers Newly Found! - December 2011

4 Lost Brothers have been found so far this month! Go to the Lost Brothers page to see who’s still lost.

  1. Chris Turner Clem - Class of 1995
  2. Steven R Droddy - Class of 1995
  3. David Sean Thompson - Class of 1998
  4. Ben Forrest - Class of 2010
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Brother Greg Mayo - Distinguished Educator of the Year

53 Congratulations are in order for brother Thomas Greg Mayo (SHSU 1987) who was recently named the 2011 Distinguished Educator of the Year - Secondary Teacher by Sam Houston State University’s School of Education. Greg was recognized for “expertise and outstanding service in the classroom, school, district and community, as well as their contributions to the field and society.”

RuhRah!


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Sam Houston Statue Bathed in Bearkat Orange

55 Photo by Gene ChauvinIn support of the Sam Houston State University Bearkat football program, the City of Huntsville will light the Sam Houston statue in orange for tomorrow night’s playoff game. According to City of Huntsville Community Services Director Matt Lumpkins, the statue will remain orange as long as the Bearkats are in the playoffs. “Using orange lenses over the spotlights we have on the Sam Houston statue, the City will turn Sam orange for the playoff game,” Lumpkins said.

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KatFans.com

I recently ran into a SHSU alum who told me about the KatFans.com website. If you want to keep up with the latest in Bearkat sports, checkout KatFans.com

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SHSU is One of the Top Colleges With the Least Student Debt

Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases a list of the nation’s best colleges. In the 2012 edition, they also included a ranking based on the amount of debt the class of 2010 had upon graduation. This year, Sam Houston State University ranked 2nd amongst the Colleges With the Least Student Debt.

  • Percentage of graduates with debt: 46%
  • Average amount of debt: $7,602

Read the entire article at -sam-houston-state-university">Time.com.

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Swearing-in Ceremony for Mayor Mac Woodward

The ‘swearing-in’ ceremony for Brother Mac Woodward as the new mayor of Huntsville, Texas will be held Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Huntsville City Hall, 1212 Avenue M. Huntsville, Texas.

There will also be a Reception at 5:00 p.m., prior to the ceremony. Brothers are encouraged to attend.

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