Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign

November 11, 2021, by Yvette Mendoza

I was recently asked to be part of the Faculty and Staff annual giving campaign, and I, of course, jumped at the chance to help. The goal was to share my experience in a video interview, describing how my scholarships have benefitted me. The hope is that, by seeing how much scholarships can matter to students, more people will give to this important campaign.

A bonus of the interview was my opportunity to visit the Peabody Library.


I was mesmerized by the building, which had a large organ, beautiful stained-glass windows, and wonderful decor. It is the second-oldest building on campus.

The wonderful setting added to the interview, which was conducted by the College of Arts and Media.

Weslie Gray facilitated things wonderfully, giving me the opportunity to speak to the significance of the Andrew and Ila Martinez Scholarship. Additionally, I discussed how donations to services such as the Reba Bock Career Closet can also help students. It has certainly helped me enhance my wardrobe with clothes I can wear to interviews, special events, and work.

Not only was I able to expand my knowledge on a historic building, the Peabody Memorial Library, but also express my sincere appreciation for those who have helped me at SHSU!

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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