Kat Talks: President Hoyt Featured in New Program

Makayla Mason

Kat Talks–Stories of Success–is a brand new program at SHSU that is close in spirit to the world-renowned Ted Talks.   Launched by SHSU’s wonderful Academic Success Center, the program will feature four speakers this semester, all of whom work for SHSU.   In the future, the Center’s organizers hope to expand the program to incorporate alumni and current students.

Appropriately, however, the program’s inaugural speaker  was President Dana Hoyt, whose theme was “being all-in, every day.”

SHSU, Academic Success Center, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, LEAP Ambassadors, Kat Talks, President Dana Hoyt

In an excellent talk, she discussed the importance of being fully invested: in work, tasks, classes, and other aspects of the college experience.   By getting these things every day, success is moved forward, and the small accomplishments soon grow into large accomplishments.

SHSU, Academic Success Center, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, LEAP Ambassadors, Kat Talks, President Dana Hoyt

She punctuated these principles by drawing on quotations from leading thinkers such as Warren Buffett…

SHSU, Academic Success Center, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, LEAP Ambassadors, Kat Talks, President Dana Hoyt

…Peter Drucker, Colin Powell…

SHSU, Academic Success Center, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, LEAP Ambassadors, Kat Talks, President Dana Hoyt

…and other luminaries.  And, as the Executive of a state institution with a 300 million dollar budget, she incorporated characteristics of sound management (and life): courage, confidence, change, and communication.  One of the key points we took away was her admonition that, when seeking change, offer solutions.

After the Kat Talk, we grabbed a quick selfie with President Hoyt, and we relished being a (small) part of a new program at SHSU.

SHSU, Academic Success Center, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, LEAP Ambassadors, Kat Talks, President Dana Hoyt

This sense of being in on the new, however, came full circle a few days later, when we learned that this semester would be President Hoyt’s last long semester on campus.

Announcing her retirement effective August 2020, President Hoyt looked back on her many accomplishments–using, no doubt, the keys to success she shared with us on the first-ever Kat Talks.

 

 

 

 

 

Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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