SHSU Ag Improvements

Ag Complex Improvements Among Items to Get Green Light from Board of Regents

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At their quarterly meeting on Feb. 23, the Texas State University System Board of Regents approved various items related to Sam Houston State University. One of the approved items was an amendment to the design development documents for the first phase of the university’s Agricultural Complex. This amendment reflects an increase in the scope of work and total project cost, including the addition of 334,386 square feet of asphalt paving in the RV parking lot and roads located in front of certain facilities.

In academic affairs, the Board of Regents approved the implementation of a graduate certificate in Marriage, Family, and Counseling and two changes to the General Education Core Curriculum course requirements. The university also received approval to change the title of the Master of Science in Statistics to the Master of Science in Statistics and Data Science. All academic affairs program changes are subject to final approval by the TSUS Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Under finance items, the Board of Regents approved an amendment to the university’s food service contract with Aramark Educational Services of Texas, Inc. to support SHSU’s goal of providing quality food service on campus. The Board also authorized the university to charge a program fee for its alternative teacher certification program.

Lastly, the Board of Regents approved the naming of the SHSU observatory as the Dominey Observatory in honor of Barbara Dominey’s contributions. Dominey funded a new structure and purchased a telescope for the observatory, which will also expand and replace the current observatory space and add an additional teaching and observatory structure with a retractable roof. The facilities will support the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s recruitment and outreach strategy.