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Monday, June 28, 2010

In Memoriam: Dolph Briscoe, Jr.

Former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr. (1923-2010) died Sunday, June 27 at him home in Uvalde; he was 87. Briscoe served as the fortieth governor (1973-1979) - the first to serve a four-year term - after earlier being elected to the Texas Legislature in 1948 and serving as a state representative from 1949 to 1957.

You might happen upon Briscoe’s name on a few buildings as he was governor during SHSU President Elliott Bowers’ construction boom. In this 1978 Alcalde photo, Governor Briscoe and his wife, Janey, unveiled the plaque for the dedication of the Criminal Justice Center.


Link: Former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe dies at 87.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Huntsville and the Demisemiseptcentennial

The Huntsville Item reports on Tuesday, July 13, one day after celebrating its 175th Birthday, the city of Huntsville will bury a time capsule.
As the city prepares for its Demi-Semi-Sept-Centennial* Celebration, the public is invited to prepare submissions for placement in the time capsule. The capsule will be placed on the grounds of City Hall at 9 a.m. on that Tuesday, and will be re-opened 25 years later, when the city celebrates its bi-centennial on July 12, 2035.  Submissions will be accepted at City Hall through July 9, and all submissions must fit in a letter-size envelope or a CD jewel case. For more information, contact the City Secretary’s Office.

(* look it up.)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Gibson Sole Finalist To Lead SHSU

Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall, Ph.D., has announced the selection of Dana Gibson, Ph.D., as sole finalist in the Sam Houston State University presidential search. Dr. Gibson, a resident of Huntsville, currently serves as SHSU’s vice president for finance and operations, a position she has held since 2009.

Prior to her tenure at SHSU, Dr. Gibson served as president of National University, a private, not-for-profit university in California. She also held the positions of vice president for business and finance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and vice chancellor for administration and finance at the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Gibson also held executive-level positions at the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver and Texas Woman’s University.

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