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Friday, April 25, 2014
SHSU celebrate 135 years of history with this music video tribute to the individuals who have helped shape the growth and development of SHSU as part of the celebrations for Founders Day. Zaccheus Johnson, a mass communications major, wrote the Founders Day song and performed in the music video. He spent a lot of time researching and putting the first 100 years of SHSU history into a contemporary music genre.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Topics: founders day
Today@Sam says that SHSU will celebrate its 135 years with the inaugural Founders Day celebration on Saturday, April 26:
Founders Day will allow alumni, friends and faculty to reconnect through a day of interactive panels, a luncheon at the Peabody Library and will provide a unique opportunity to “grow” a new tradition.More information:
The event will end following a tree dedication ceremony at 2:45 p.m., during which a Catalpa sapling, grown from seeds from second-generation Houston-owned Catalpa trees, will be planted by Austin Hall.
Legend says that Margaret Houston planted two Catalpa trees on the property of the Woodland Home, their family’s house in Huntsville—one symbolizing her, and the other representing her husband. While General Houston spent time in Washington as a state senator, the couple would send letters to each other professing their love and devotion; Margaret would often fold a Catalpa leaf and place it in the letter she would send her husband, as if she were sending him a heart-shaped Valentine.
Capping off the celebration, many alumni and friends will leave Founders Day with a Catalpa sapling as a memento of the day, a reminder of the university’s rich past and sign of its promising future.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Topics: writing on the wall
Long gone, so long gone
Standing in the shadow, yea
Score 'twixt sun and sun
It is generally believed [Vice President of Appropriation] Hal Whenten first read about the property in a Houstonian article that appeared last December as part of the paper’s centennial celebration.
Though the city of Huntsville reportedly knew of no such property, Whenten reportedly attended a number of city council meetings earlier in the year to drum up support for the university’s pending bid.
Whenten’s memorable address during the last (March 18) Huntsville City Council meeting included his exposition on the tribulations of a land-locked campus and the delivery of “signed and notarized documents, prospective maps, and copies of government code regulations” as well as other ephemera that expounded on the university’s decision to acquire the land “at any cost” – be it through either purchase, condemnation, eminent domain, compulsory resumption, or subliminal persuasion techniques.
Andrew "Andy" T. McKinney, believed to be the landowner, has yet to come forward to confirm the status of his property.
Recent developments from late yesterday:
Whenten apologized for the confusion when it was revealed the “McKinney Tract” was roughly a twelve acre parcel of land centralized around main campus – including a prominent sloping, grassy hill south of the current Estill Building – that the university has owned since April 1913.