The Magazine of Sam Houston State University, Summer 2022

Upward Mobility

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

A Message from the President

Presiding over Commencement is a privilege that I look forward to each semester.

Her Message

Artistic illustration of a woman climbing a staircase supported by books and pencils. There are depictions of scientific and technical symbols floating behind her and nature and the background.

Education and Tech: Evolving Frontiers

While many middle-income and blue-collar families have seen their incomes stagnate in recent decades, the economic returns to higher education have continued to increase each year since the 1970s.


Artistic illustration of a man and a woman calculating finances with an oversized calculator. Charts, graphs, and articles swirl around their head as oversized coins with dollar signs rest at their feet.

Unlocking the American Dream

Class hierarchy is inevitable in a capitalist society, but also at odds with the American founding ideal of democratic equality. Social mobility—the ability to move up (or down) in the hierarchy on one’s own merits—reconciles this contradiction.


A map depicting the state of Texas. There is a small, deep red circle centered over Huntsville, Texas and a larger, lighter-red circle that surrounds the smaller deep red circle.

Our Economic Impact

SHSU creates value in many ways. In fact, according to a new economic impact study for fiscal year 2019-2020, SHSU added $2.4 billion in income to the Texas economy, the equivalent to supporting 30,788 jobs.


The SHSU Clocktower stands tall against the green trees. Beautifiul pink flowers are on either side of it. In the foreground, benches and wooden structures for shade exist.

Transformational Force of Higher Education

Equipping SHSU students with the knowledge and skills for transformational change has advanced thousands of lives, and in many cases redefined their futures and the generations to come.

Alumni Stories

A graduate, their professor, and the graduate's family all pose outsdie of the Johnson Coliseum on graduation day. The graduate has a First Generation sash and is holding a bouquet of flowers.

Centered on First-Gen Success

To optimize programs and information on how to succeed, the university has launched SHSU’s First-Generation Center under the direction of Lt. Col. Joe Contreras.

About the Center

A view of the Frank Parker Plaza. The the left is the Lowman Student Center with its large glass entrance. Down the center is a view of the Newton Gresham Library and the miniature state of the Sam Houston. To the right are the beginnings of spaces where booths and tables are regularly set up.

Frank Parker Plaza

To honor the former vice president for student affairs, the university has officially renamed a part of campus, outside the Lowman Student Center.


Artistic architectural rendering of the new San Jacinto hall, a residence hall for SHSU students. The structure is primarily orange brick, gray metal, and glass. It is four flours tall and has a large entrance.

Sam Today, Sam Tomorrow

SHSU’s campus master planning is guided by a long-term vision. It allows the university to better understand how our campuses should evolve to address new trends in higher education.

View Plans

Jeanine Bias poses on the green grass outside of Austin Hall. She is wearing a deep pink dress and has her hands on her hips as she smiles at the camera.

Career Growth in Leadership

Updates and accomplishments from fellow Bearkat campus leaders.


Nehemiah Juniel wears a graduation cap in front of the Administration Building on the Sam Houston State University campus. He smiles proudly.

SHSU's Youngest Graduate

While learning comes naturally for the 15-year-old, earning a college degree and maintaining a high GPA still came as a challenge for Nehemiah Juniel.

Nehemiah’s Story

One SHSU alumni holds up her dog. Another holds an award.

Class Notes

SHSU celebrates and recognizes the achievements of fellow Bearkats.

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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
  • Gabriel Webb, Student Regent - The Hills
  • 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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