SHSU featured in documentary on PBS channel

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Sam Houston State University is being featured in the documentary “125 Years of Sam Houston State University,” which first aired on Houston’s KUHT-TV Channel 8 on Sunday, Jan. 9 and will air again on today at 1:30 p.m. The documentary covered the university’s beginning in 1879 and tracked it through the years to its present-day state.

“The documentary gave us a good insight into the university,” said Stanley Barr, SGA senator.

The 30-minute documentary showed the humble beginnings of the university as a small 110 student teaching school and its transformation into a multi-faceted university with multiple colleges and a wide variety of degrees. Many alumni were interviewed, including retiring CBS news anchor Dan Rather, as well as many past and present students, professors, and administrators.

“They could have made the documentary a bit longer,” said Barr. “A short, 30-minute documentary covering 125 years of history doesn’t really work.”

The documentary covered many interesting facts about life around the time of the university’s creation in 1879.

“I thought it was curious how back then tuition was only $25 and the state provided textbooks for students,” said Allison Saurage, a student.

Though the documentary was well received, it had its criticisms as well.

“The voice-over was horrible and I could have given them at least five RTV students that could have done better,” said Jason Plotkin, SGA senator. “Overall, it was good, though, and SHSU is getting such a good tool for publicity.”

The documentary will be shown at the LSC Theater Wednesday, Jan. 26, Tuesday, Feb. 22, Wednesday, March 23 and Tuesday, April 19 with all show times at 6 p.m. The showings will be open to all and there are no admission fees, but copies of the tape are available for purchase before and after the showings.