VYPE 411: Brodie Quinlan of Bridgeland Softball
Brodie Quinlan recently won the VYPE Houston Public School Softball Player of the Year Fan Poll! Quinlan had a great season for the Bears and is headed to Sam Houston State next season. VYPE caught up with Quinlan for the 411 on the star from Bridgeland.
Celebrate Black History Month at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is celebrating Black History Month with a special exhibit for the month of February. According to the museum website, the exhibit features photos, documents and artifacts never featured in the past. The museum hopes to continue honoring their legacy to Sam Houston and those who lived to contribute to his story. You can see the exhibit now until Feb. 28 at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum located next to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Admission is $9 for adults, $4 seniors 65 and older, and $3 for children ages 3-12.
Sam Houston State University students travel through Civil Rights on “inaugural” trip
HOUSTON – Students from Sam Houston State University are on the trip of a lifetime. For the month of January, they are traveling through different cities, learning about civil rights in some of the most monumental sites. On MLK Day the students stopped in Memphis, TN to visit the former Lorraine Motel, which was the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. As they honored Dr. King, two of the students, Victim Studies Major Ava Garrett, and Criminal Justice Major Jayelynn Bordeaux, joined us on Houston Life to speak about their experiences. Watch as they chat about lessons they learned first-hand, what touched them the most, and what they’re hoping to bring back from the trip.
Despite rising COVID-19 cases, universities including Texas Tech and Texas A&M are planning in-person fall graduations
Texas Tech University senior Klay Davis is thrilled he'll have the chance to graduate college in-person this December. Texas Tech administrators said last month the university will host multiple in-person commencement ceremonies over a two-day period, as well as a virtual ceremony. At Texas Tech, students helped drive the effort to bring back in-person commencement. Other universities plan to hold in-person commencement ceremonies throughout spring 2021 for those who graduated in spring 2020, depending on the status of the pandemic. Disclosure: Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Southern University, Texas Tech University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Texas at San Antonio and University of North Texas have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Sam Houston State, Texas State University System to hire contact tracers as experts warn of a fall COVID-19 surge
HOUSTON – Sam Houston State University and the Texas State University System are aiming to hire approximately 200 COVID-19 contact tracers statewide ahead of an expected resurgence of the novel coronavirus this fall. Greg Abbott in April set a goal of employing 4,000 contact tracers by June 1 as part of his phased reopening plan. In late April, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials estimated that Texas would need almost 9,000 contact tracers. The state partnered with the Texas State University System to “provide additional flexibility as the pandemic continues,” he said. “As it stands, there are enough contact tracers in the call center to handle the current workload,” Van Deusen said.
Sam Houston State University canceled its in-person graduation and fall sports but hosted a Tiffany Haddish comedy show
Sam Houston State University welcomed students back for an uncertain fall semester this week with a free, in-person comedy show starring movie star and comedian Tiffany Haddish. In late March, Sam Houston State postponed its graduation ceremony to the end of July, and in mid-June, it announced the ceremony would be Aug. 1 in a virtual format, according to KBTX-TV. Cassee Prince, an alumna of Sam Houston State who graduated Aug. 1, said she was frustrated the university chose to hold the Haddish event in person but canceled its in-person graduation ceremony. The Sam Houston State staff member said he was disappointed that the event was held when the pandemic is still ongoing. It seems a little bit of a 'mission accomplished' moment.Disclosure: Facebook and Sam Houston State University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Were being treated as guinea pigs: Faculty members fear in-person return to Texas universities
If faculty members didn't fit in those categories and still wanted to teach remotely, they were asked to have conversations with their department heads about specific accommodations. Texas A&M will have around 1,800 faculty members teaching courses with an in-person component and 1,300 teaching online-only classes, Fierke said. But allowing faculty members to work from home because of individual safety concerns does not seem to be the norm, Kelchen said. There will be around 1,200 faculty members teaching courses with an in-person component. Disclosure: Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M University System, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, the University of Texas at Austin and The New York Times have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Everyday Heroes: service through sewing at Sam Houston State University
HOUSTON – Sam Houston State University College of Health Sciences faculty, staff, and alumni opened the doors to their Family and Consumer Sciences sewing lab so that they could make cloth face shields for anyone who needs one. The lengthy list of Bearkat volunteers (who were more than happy to help) were led by Dr. Rosanne Keathley, assistant chair in the Department of Population Health. Sewing stations were set up 10 feet apart with protective gear, and each sewing station was disinfected on an hourly basis. A combination of 11 seasoned sewers and non-sewers from across the College of Health Sciences participated in the service project over two days to produce about 100 face shields. Susie Stone, Population Health faculty member said, “Throughout this pandemic experience we have not only been told the facts about this virus, we have been asked to demonstrate kindness and love.