Sunday, May 9, 2004

Today@Sam: Track Complex Rededicated In Name Of Alumnus, Wife

Miriam York and her family members from across the nation gathered in front of the recently rededicated "Meredith and Miriam York Track Complex" on May 1. A football and track letterman, the late Meredith York graduated from SHSU in 1935, and he and Miriam became longtime benefactors of the track and field program. York was awarded a plaque in honor of their contributions, which also includes two track and field scholarships established in Meredith's honor, at a ceremony and luncheon when the complex was officially rededicated. The monument is located at the main entrance of Bowers Stadium.

Friday, May 7, 2004

May 2004 Regents Report

Several curriculum changes, including the addition of a Doctor of Education Degree in Literacy Education, were approved Friday by Sam Houston State University's governing board. Today@Sam has a rundown of the changes that the Texas State University System Board of Regents approved during their regular quarterly meeting:
...the board accepted preliminary plans prepared by Huitt-Zollars, Inc. of Houston for the $2.4 million Visitor's Center. The addition to the present Estill Building will be the first stop for campus visitors of many kinds, and will also house the SHSU Alumni Association.

The board also authorized the awarding of a contract for a new East Central Plant chiller, with an estimated cost up to $2.5 million, without full board approval to facilitate the planned construction schedule.

Also approved was the purchase of the Church of Christ Student Center for use by Residence Life, and the $55,000 demolition of the Gidley House, which is not being used because of its poor structural condition.

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Houstonian: Agriculture Center awaits judgment

From the Houstonian:
The Sam Houston State University Agricultural Center may soon be replaced by a hotel/convention center.

The agricultural center is located at I-45 North, adjacent to the Bearkat softball complex and across the highway from the Raven's Nest Golf Club.

In a recent article in the Huntsville Item, Jack Parker, vice president of finance and operations said a final decision should be made by May 7. He also said 20 requests-for-proposals were sent out to major hotel chains, architects and firms.

Selling the land would benefit the university by allowing it to house all of its agriculture services in one place. In June 2003, the faculty of the department of agricultural sciences organized a plan to build new facilities at Gibbs Ranch. The total estimated cost of this project would be $14.2 million.

Dr. Robert Lane, professor and chair of the agricultural department said the facilities on I-45 are in bad shape and he is very excited about the possibility about having new facilities in a new location. Lane said classes will remain on campus, but new facilities for labs are needed.

"We need a place for our lab facilities and research facilities," Lane said. "The meat sciences facility, that's the first priority."

Lane added that faculty in the agricultural department hope to have a new covered arena, restroom and concession facilities, and new horticulture facilities, providing there is enough money.

"Nothing's for sure until it's done," Lane said.

Lane has been told that the property on I-45 will be sold and the agricultural department will receive new facilities at Gibbs Ranch. "We have presented some ideas for new facilities. But the extent of those facilities, will depend on how much money the administration is able to come up with," Lane said. "We have some very lofty goals. Time will tell whether those can be achieved or not."