Sunday, February 22, 2009

Today@Sam: Symposium to discuss Local, National History

Local students, scholars and community members will come together to discuss history and a wide range of other disciplines during the first Sam Houston Symposium on Saturday, February 28.

The all-day event, which will begin at 8:30 a.m., will bring presenters from across the state to the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr., Education Center, for panel discussions on such topics as the Civil War, Huntsville’s prisoner of war camp during World War II, and civil rights stories from the Huntsville Latino community, as well as art, political science and archaeology.

Among the highlights of the program is a roundtable on local research and archival collections, during which people can learn where to research and how to share their family papers through a digitization project at the Newton Gresham Library. The panel will also include David Gerleman, an assistant editor of the “Papers of Abraham Lincoln,” who will not only discuss the collection but also a newly-discovered letter from Gen. Sam Houston’s brother William to Lincoln.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Walking Trail on Campus Established

The February 19 issue of the Houstonian discusses the University Wellness Committee’s walking path through campus:
The campus walking route passes through 1.5 miles of the campus and is marked by stand-alone and piggybacking route signs, along with a large map between the Coliseum and the HKC detailing the route.

The walking path may serve as not only a scenic exercise trail, but a tour for those unfamiliar with the campus as well, giving a view of Bowers Stadium, the intramural fields, the Newton Gresham Library, the Performing Arts Center, the Criminal Justice buildings, the "duck pond" at the Sam Houston Museum, and many other local amenities.
To learn more, visit the SHSU Recreational Sports website.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Writing on the Wall #2

It’s time for another letter in the big buildingshsu scavenger hunt: can you identify the building or location where we took the below photo? Here’s this month's letter and haiklu:

A game of old
Men of spring catch their fever
Observed from the right field

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Houstonian: Gibb's Ranch - an SHSU tradition

Today’s Houstonian highlights some of the history of SHSU’s Gibbs Ranch:
Many SHSU programs and departments, including ROTC, Agriculture, and the women's basketball team, use the 1,740-acre Gibb's Ranch.

It had been a notable ranch in Walker County for many decades, when it was owned by rancher and businessman William Gibbs. Following his death, it was leased to local ranchers for 10 years. In 1993, it was deeded to SHSU by the Sam Houston Foundation, and was first used by the SHSU Department of Agricultural Sciences, where it took the place of Agriculture Center Farm and Country Campus, which had recently been sold. The ranch was renovated by the Agriculture Department upon purchasing.

With the help of university funding, the department built a classroom and purchased cattle.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

In Development: Northside Dining Hall

We mentioned last year the impending demolition of Lawrence and Mitchell Houses to make room for the new northside dining hall. The Physical Plant has published some photographs of the new eatery to be located due north of Belvin-Buchanan Hall.

The project is to begin in the summer of 2009; no completion date is given.