Monday, December 21, 2009

Historical Commission to honor Gibbs for work at Pritchett House

From the December 20 Item:
The Walker County Historical Commission will present a preservation award to Mary Laura Gibbs of Huntsville for her restoration work on the historic Pritchett House on Tuesday, December 22 at 5:30 p.m. The presentation ceremony will be held at the home, located at 1322 Avenue O.

One of Huntsville oldest homes, the Pritchett House was built by Joseph Lucien Pritchett and his wife Lenora in 1892. The family moved to Huntsville in 1888 after Mr. Pritchett was named to the faculty of Sam Houston Normal Institute as a professor of mathematics. The Pritchett family owned the home, which they named “Oak Grove,” until 1945 when it was purchased by William Kellogg. Kellogg lived in the home until his death, and the home was sold to Gibbs by his estate in 2006.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Item: 21 Vocational Nurses Graduate

A December 13 Item article caught our eye about recent graduates at the Joe G. Davis School of Vocational Nursing at Huntsville Memorial Hospital, specifically a few remarks about SHSU's Medical & Allied Health Programs and impending building:
“You are entering health care in a most challenging time and have chosen a career in a field that is highly regulated,” said Sally Nelson, CEO at HMH in her opening remarks to graduates. “

Nelson went on to talk about the four-year Bachelor of Nursing program that will begin in 2011 at Sam Houston State University.

“Until their health professions’ building is on the ground, our hospital will be providing space for classrooms right here at home,” Nelson said. “Even if you do not ever choose to continue to a higher level of nursing excellence, we are working with Sam Houston State University to make the opportunity available to you should you decide to move to a higher level of nursing education.”
The SHSU Board of Regents approved the new Bachelor of Science (BS) Nursing program in November 2008. The proposed School of Nursing Program will occupy a portion of the new state-of-the-art Biological Sciences Building, approved as part of the campus improvement plan.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Time Capsule: 1959

December 14, 1959: Fifty years ago today Sammy Bearkat debuted on the campus of SHSTC as a clumsy papier-mâché head worn with regular clothes. He's evolved over the past half-century but still maintains his bearkat spirit.Celebrate with Sammy and the rest of his friends at the Kat Pack blog.