Sammys To Recognize Student Achievements

Students, faculty and staff who represent some of the best of what Sam Houston State University has to offer will be recognized for their contributions and leadership within the community during the 19th annual Sammy Awards on Wednesday (April 17).

More than 26 organizations and students will be awarded during the ceremony, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

Emceed by SHSU sophomores Alexis Bloomer and Octavia Brown, as well as senior Blake Dornak, the event will include performances by SHSU’s theatre and dance department and the School of Music. The announcer is freshman Jared Ball.

“The Sammys represents the university’s soul, which is the hard work, dedication and service of its students,” said Brandon Cooper, associate director for Student Activities. “It’s one night where we are able to spotlight those individuals that contribute so much back to their university and community and who may not get very much recognition for it.

“At the end of the day it’s all about developing the student, both academically and experientially, where they are better prepared to tackle the world.”
Among the awards that will be presented are outstanding first-year, sophomore and junior student leaders, the McDermett Memorial Award for a female senior, the Creager Memorial Award for a male senior, the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Leader award and the Sammy Award, as well as outstanding organization awards and excellence in service awards from each of the six colleges, which will be presented by the deans.

“When selecting the recipients, the committee really looks at well-rounded students,” Cooper said. “Of course being involved in any activity, group or initiative is great, but being able to manage your academics and contribute to various entities is a difficult task.

“It’s also about looking at contributions to the university; making differences that really impact the school and all Bearkats,” he said.
The event is open to the public, and dress is “business evening,” according to Cooper.

For more information, call the department of Student Activities at 936.294.3861.

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