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Thursday, November 30, 2000

Houstonian: Just trying to get to class

Handicap accessibility seems to be a priority to some at Sam Houston State more than others. Robert Santos, an SHSU sophomore who is in a wheelchair, said he has made several strides to make changes on this campus. His biggest request for about six months has been to get remote control doors placed in the buildings with emphasis on the Drain and the Communication buildings.

Doug Greening in Physical Plant commented that ramps and curb cuts are higher on the list of priorities than automatic doors. "There is no law that requires automatic doors to be placed in the facilities," he said. He also said automatic doors are very costly. "As the price goes down we possibly will get more doors installed."

"It's funny how they (the school) have money to do all of this other stuff on campus but they can't get anything done about the making the buildings more accessible," Santos said.

Houstonian: Sam Houston Museum gets national accrediation

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive--accreditation by the American Association of Museums. Accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality services to museum visitors. Of the 8,000 museums nationwide, only some 750 are accredited.

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is one of only four accredited museums at Texas universities, joining facilities at the University of Texas, Texas Tech and Baylor.

"We hope the people of Texas share our pride in having earned this prestigious honor," said Patrick Nolan, director of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.

Thursday, November 2, 2000

Today@Sam: Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for LEMIT Building

Dignitaries assemble to cut the ribbon marking the official opening of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas headquarters building Thursday afternoon. The three-story, 30,000 square-foot facility on the Sam Houston State University campus houses a state-of-the-art distance learning center, teaching amphitheater, computer lab, tiered classrooms, traditional classrooms, seminar rooms and staff office space. The institute was created in 1987 to provide a means to develop administrative, analytical and leadership skills of law enforcement executives and senior managers.