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Toppled Tree

82 Last nights strong winds toppled a pine tree into the parking lot of the ATO lodge in Huntsville. That was the only tree that fell in the area. Luckily the tree missed brother Juan Luis Macias’ truck which was parked in the next parking spot. No damage was done to the lodge!

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ZM ATO's - SHSU Homecoming 2012

Slideshow of photos by Cynthia Davis from the 2012 ATO/Dons Festivities at the 2012 Sam Houston State University homecoming weekend in Huntsville Texas.

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Mark Belmarez - 2012 Student Leader of the Year

Brother Mark Belmarez (ZM 1995) was selected Student Leader of the Year at Houston Community College-Central. Congratulations Mark!

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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 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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SHSU hits another enrollment record

Sam Houston State University’s enrollment continues to grow and break records, with campus officials estimating that about 17,618 students are attending SHSU this fall.

That number accounts for a 2 percent growth over last fall, when enrollment was 17,214…

Read the entire article at The Huntsville Item.

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Bomb threat on SHSU campus

From www.SHSU.edu 12/15/2010:

Campus Notice:

WARNING: An incident at the Newton Gresham Library has required the evacuation of the Library. Please avoid this area of campus and check back on the website for instructions and updates as they occur.

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R. Steve Robinson

This is a week filled with sad news. Today we learned that brother Richard Steve Robinson (Class of 1971) lost his battle with cancer. Services will be Tuesday November 9th in Huntsville, Texas. More details will follow as they become available.

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