Sam Switch Provides New Perspectives

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Last Friday, Sam Houston State University music education senior Cameron Price and SHSU President Dana Hoyt got to switch places for the day for the annual Sam Switch.

Price began his day as president by parking in Hoyt’s spot.

“Parking in the president’s spot was great,” Price said. “Not having to search for a space or walk very far to get to campus was wonderful.”

Price said his day was very busy, full of meetings and conversations with important people. The first meeting he went to was the President’s Cabinet meeting, where he spoke about issues on campus from his perspective as a student.

“Obviously, the parking situation was brought up,” Price said. “At the meeting I heard about some of the different plans that are in progress to help the issue.”

Price also discussed meal plans with the Cabinet, in South Paw and Paw Print dining facilities, and the possibility of extending the hours for students to use their meal plans. Lastly, Price brought up issues relating to music majors.

“There are not nearly enough practice rooms for the over 500 music majors at SHSU.” Price said. “The cabinet discussed the possibility of making the existing rooms more accessible or building more practice rooms.”

After the President’s Cabinet meeting, Price met with Frank Parker, Vice President for Student Services. Then he toured the construction projects on campus, including the Coliseum.

“I was excited to see the inside of the Coliseum,” Price said. “The renovations to it are incredible and it looks amazing.”

After that he had lunch with the Director of Athletics and Director of Alumni Relations, and then met with the president of the Walker County Chamber of Commerce and the University Bookstore Manager.

“I spent the day surrounded by the top brass of Sam Houston State University,” Price said. “I really enjoyed getting to talk with all the important people that I met, and was happy to see how easy it was to talk to all of them.”

Additionally, Price said being president for the day made him realize how busy Hoyt’s schedule is.

“The day was full of back to back meetings, and it was exhausting,” Price said.

While Price was in meetings, Hoyt started her day at the Starbucks in the library, meeting some of Price’s friends.

“I look forward to Sam Switch every year, not only because of the different campus activities I participate in as a SHSU student, but more importantly because I meet so many wonderful people and hear about all the interesting things that are taking place in their lives as Bearkats.” Hoyt said.

After that, Hoyt spent the rest of her day as a music student. First she helped set up the stage in the Concert Hall of the Preforming Arts Center for a concert that would be held there Friday evening. Then she attended Price’s wind ensemble class and a Tau Beta Sigma band service meeting. The last event of her day was when she went to a rehearsal of the Old Main Brass Choir in the Music Building.

On Saturday, at Battle of the Piney Woods, Hoyt helped conduct the Bearkat Marching Band as they were featured in the halftime performance at NRG Stadium.

“Fortunately, Cameron was standing right beside me, directing the band perfectly,” Hoyt said. “After Sam Switch, I was once again reminded of how talented, bright and energetic our students are, and how much they contribute to the life of our university.”