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Monday, June 8, 2009

June 2009 Regents Report

A new degree, program changes, a building name change, and faculty promotions and tenure were all approved Friday for Sam Houston State University by its governing board. Today@Sam reports that the Texas State University System Board of Regents took the action during its regular quarterly meeting in San Marcos:
...Sam Houston State University was authorized to re-name Academic Building II, which houses the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, in honor of Margaret Lea Houston, the wife of General Sam Houston.

"The re-naming of the building would honor Mrs. Houston's contributions to our state and her family's legacy, and it would recognize her as one of the most significant women in Texas history," [SHSU President James] Gaertner told the regents.

"Moreover, it would strengthen and enhance university tradition, while giving distinct identity to the facility, which is across the street from the Sam Houston Memorial Museum where two of the Houston family residences are located," he added.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Physical Plant update: May 2009

The Physical Plant sneaked in another update recently and here’s a brief recap of what’s happening:

University Dining Facility
Status: In Design
Programmed Amount: $7,250,000
Start Date: Summer 2009
Substantial Completion Date: To be determined

Demolition of Lawrence and Mitchell houses
Status: Asbestos Abatement in Progress
Programmed Amount: $200,000
Start Date: May 20, 2009
Substantial Completion Date: In 90 days

Energetic Material Research Facility
Status: Under Construction
Programmed Amount: $175,0100
Start Date: April 15, 2009
Substantial Completion Date: June 30, 2009

University Camp Caretaker’s Cabin
Status: Under Construction
Programmed Amount: $130,000
Start Date: October 4, 2008
Substantial Completion Date: April 2009
(Part of the University Camp)

Applied Forensic Science Research Building
Status: Under Construction
Programmed Amount: $250,000
Start Date: December 4, 2008
Substantial Completion Date: April 2009
(Part of the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility)

On the procurement front, SHSU recently awarded D&M Paint Company the bid to paint the interior of Allen House in preparation for its conversion to offices.