Wednesday, August 27, 1997

University Center Caters to New Kind Of Student

Sam Houston State University has joined five other Texas universities in a pioneering educational initiative at The University Center in The Woodlands, reports Today@Sam:
The multi-institutional endeavor, the first of its kind in Texas, is designed to provide the burgeoning population of suburban North Houston with convenient access to more than 40 bachelor's and master's degree programs.

Through The University Center, students can obtain degrees from participating universities without ever setting foot on the institutions' main campuses. Freshman- and sophomore-level courses applying to the various degree plans are offered at one of four colleges in the North Harris Montgomery Community College District -- North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College and Montgomery College. Advanced undergraduate and graduate courses are offered at NHMCCD's new University Center by the partner institutions -- SHSU, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University.

The $10 million University Center facility is slated to open a bit behind schedule, sometime in October, on a 10-acre campus located adjacent to the Montgomery College campus on State Highway 242, just west of Interstate 45 in The Woodlands.

Though the building wasn't quite ready for the beginning of the center's inaugural semester, classes started on schedule in August in space provided by Montgomery College and NHMCCD's nearby Conroe Center. The University Center's charter class will move into the new facility when it is completed.

The three-story, 78,000-square-foot University Center building will feature the latest technological amenities facilitating distance learning. The building will house eight two-way interactive classrooms, eight interactive seminar and conference rooms, an open computer lab with 60 stations and 24 additional computer labs, classrooms and quiet study areas.

Saturday, August 9, 1997

August 1997 Regents Report

There will be more computer work stations and fewer dorm rooms on the Sam Houston State campus as the result of actions taken Friday by the university's board of regents.

Today@Sam reports the Texas State University System board of regents voted in its quarterly meeting to award a $384,600 contract to Prime Contractors, Inc. of Houston for modifications to the computer lab in Academic Building One, and to allow the university to demolish the Malone Apartment Complex and the Agriculture Mechanics Farm Shop.

[SHSU President Bobby K.] Marks said that the Malone Apartment Complex, located on 22nd Street southwest of the main part of the campus, was built in 1958. The complex has exceeded its useful life and the cost to rehabilitate it would exceed reasonable income expectations, he said. The Agriculture Mechanics Farm shop's roof has collapsed and cannot be repaired. That shop is being replaced with a new metal building.

Marks...also reported that the Estill Building renovation project is behind schedule and will not be open in time for the beginning of the 1997 fall semester. That project, which has delayed moves of the Registrar's Office and Cashier's Office from the Administration Building to Estill, has subsequently caused a delay in beginning the Administration Building renovation.