An ingenious man
Whose name I do not recall
Longs for such sweetness
His door was always open to all, for, as he often said, “The college exists for the student and not the student for the college.” Students loved him...and never failed to give him a standing ovation at college assemblies. Returning the students’ affection, he said, “I had rather be President of Sam Houston State than President of the United States.”The final tribute paid to Dr. Lowman was in the fall of 1963 when the Board of Regents renamed the $1,800,000 student union building the Lowman Student Center:
This was the last building he secured for Sam Houston and many believe it thrilled his heart to mow tis long-nurtured dream of his had become a reality. ... Although the condition of his health never permitted his entry into the building, his love filled every inch of the interior and exterior.Lowman was buried in Huntsville’s Oakwood Cemetery.
The 2020 Master Plan for SHSU was approved by the Board of Regents in August 2008 and includes three phases—the first of which was planned to take six years making 2014 its final year. In 2012, the original 2008 plan was revised and adjusted to meet the needs of the campus and its growing student population.
According to [SHSU Director of Communications Julia] May, due to rapid enrollment growth between 2008 and 2012, many of the original plans had to be reevaluated and modified.
Over the last five years, Lone Star Hall was built as well as the construction of Old Main Market dining facility, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Gaertner Performing Arts Center. The demolition of Smith-Kirkley Hall and King Residence Hall resulted in the possibility for the expansion of the Lowman Student Center as well as additions to the Student Health and Counseling Center and the Events Center/Press Box at Bowers Stadium.
In addition, facilities off of the SHSU main campus have also undergone renovations including Gibbs Ranch, the University Camp, The Woodlands Center and the future research park.
The major projects still left to be completed before commencement onto phase two of the master plan is the construction of the Agricultural and Engineering Technology building, the Nursing/Biology building, a Shared Special Instruments building and the expansion of the Communications and Central Plant. A complete list of phase one projects can be found on pages 108-109 of the 2020 Campus Master Plan on the SHSU website.
According to an article written by the Houstonian in Fall 2013, several major projects could not begin construction because the Texas Legislature voted against raising the required funding through the issuance of revenue bonds.
The master plan also includes meeting ecological standards and continually looking for ways to improve parking on campus as well as sidewalks for the safety of both pedestrians and bikers.
Phase two is set to fan out over the next seven years and phase three is planned to begin in 2021.
Installation of the top-of-the-line video / scoreboard at Don Sanders Stadium has been completed. The new board will see its first use when the Bearkats open the 2014 baseball season Friday, February 14. Dimensions for the new board are 31 feet, 10.4 inches tall by 36 feet wide. The board also features a 20mm video display with 198 lines of resolution by 360 columns of resolution.
The board also features four sponsor advertising opportunities to provide additional revenue for the athletic program.
As noted across the bottom of the board, alums Bud Haney and Don Sanders donated $240,000 towards the $300,000 cost of the board.
The Houstonian will hold an open house to look back on their past 100 years, tonight from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. The Dan Rather Building will be opened up and have events throughout the building.
On the second floor of the DRB there will be food in the conference room as well as a timeline going down the hallway. The timeline will include various newspapers that have been published throughout the years. The newsroom will also be open for people to walk through.
On the first floor, interviews will be taped in Studio B of former Houstonian Alumni. They will be asked about their experience at the Houstonian, their most interesting story that they covered and more.
SHSU began construction last week on the newly acquired property south of campus. It’s planned to hold new parking lots and on-campus housing that will balance the campus residential population with the north side of campus.
The residence halls are planned to accommodate approximately 670 residents, Denise Neu, director of facilities planning and construction, said.
Texas State University System Board of Regents records say the resident halls will have space for 335 beds.
The new district will also include a 400-spot parking lot for on-campus and commuter students, a dining hall and new pedestrian and automobile infrastructure.
At the Board of Regents meeting on Nov. 8, the system approved the $70 million budget for the project. Neu said that the current demolition construction is costing $472,000.
TSUS documents show that getting water and power from the West Physical Plant to the facility will cost $6.35 million. Neu also said that the resident halls will cost $51.42 million and the parking lots will cost $3.46 million.
The parking lot is planned for completion in spring 2015 and the residence halls in fall 2016.