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Volume 81 | Issue 6
November 2013

Union Spotlight: Lowman Student Center, Sam Houston State University

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Sam Houston State University’s Lowman Student Center was named for Harmon Lowman, the seventh president of Sam Houston State University, according to James Van Roekel, associate director. When the Student Center was originally built, the university was sure to minimize the impact to the landscape around the area, which included Lowman’s magnolia tree.

The Student Center opened in 1962 and was renovated in both 1984 and 2002. In the near future, the building will undergo an expansion project. A referendum to increase student fees to support the project was recently approved.

Unique Features
Van Roekel believes the best feature of the Lowman Student Center is its location—the center of campus.

“The students truly use the Lowman Student Center as the campus living room,” he said. “We find students studying, sleeping, socializing in every place imaginable throughout the building. We are proud to know that our students feel comfortable enough to utilize our facilities in this manner.”

The Kat Klub, located on the first floor, has eight billiards tables, two table tennis tables, an air hockey machine, foosball tables, a PlayStation 3, an Xbox 360, a Nintendo Wii, and a television room for private student use. Additionally, the Student Center houses a food courts, a 365-seat theater, an 11,250-square-foot multipurpose room, and 16 conference rooms.

Students’ Role
The Student Center employs 40 part-time students, working in four departments.

“Student workers do everything from minor maintenance to providing technical assistance for major events,” Van Roekel said.

While students may work, study, or nap in the union, it is also a resource center as a majority of the Student Services Division offices are located in the building.


The Student Center is home to new student orientation each year. Other annual events include the President Lecture Series and the Sammy Awards, “the official ceremony that recognizes Sam Houston State University’s outstanding leaders and organizations,” Van Roekel said.

Additionally, many of the student organizations meet in the Lowman Student Center.