The Buzz: SHSU App

What’s the buzz, you ask? A new app to be released in September is!

As part of the USA Today Collegiate Readership Program that provides access to The Huntsville Item, Houston Chronicle, and USA Today newspapers across campus comes a new customized SHSU App.  Tap into what’s happening on campus and beyond.  Download the The Buzz: Sam Houston State University App and keep tabs on national headlines, local news and events around campus.  The app will be available on the App Store and Google Play in September.  Any questions can be directed to Chelsea Smith, Assistant Dean of Students, Parent Relations & Special Programs. You can contact her at 936-294-1785 or


Twitter Contest: Best Cyber Security Advice

ImageIt is time for another Cyber Security Social Media Contest. This time, it is all about Twitter. We want to hear your best cyber security advice. All you have to do is:

• Log in to Twitter
• Post your best cyber security advice
• Use the hashtag #cybershsu to submit it to us

Keep in mind that only Twitter submissions will count and that Twitter has a 140 character limit. We want to see how informative and creative you can be.

This contest will end on Friday October 18, 2013 and the winner will receive a prize donated by the campus bookstore.

Best of luck

Facebook Photo Contest: What Does a Hacker Look Like?

ImageOver the next few weeks, IT@Sam will is giving you the opportunity to win some really cool prizes. All you have to do is participate in one of our three social media contests. Here is the first one!


What do you think a hacker looks like?

Take a photo of yourself posing as a hacker (like the one you see here) and post it to the SHSU Service Desk page on Facebook. The winner will receive a gift courtesy of the campus bookstore.

This contest ends on Friday, October 11.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is Here

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is Here!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is that time of year when IT@Sam brings online security in the limelight. Many individuals each year fall prey to online attacks which could have been prevented with a little security awareness education. We hope that we can help prevent our students and employees from falling victim to cybercrime.

This month, we plan to educate the campus on cyber security awareness. Any SHSU employee or student can participate. We will be in the mall area with giveaways and games from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on the following days:

  • October 2
  • October 8 and 10
  • October 22 and 24
  • October 30

If you need a break during these times, please feel free to stop by and enjoy the fun with us. Also, please encourage your students to come by.

Social Media Contests

If you can’t come by the mall area you can still be a part of the fun by participating in our social media contests. Winners of these contests will receive a prize donated by the campus bookstore. Follow us on Facebook for more information about the contests. Here are our contests and dates:

Facebook Photo Contest: What Does a Hacker Look Like? (October 7 – 11)

Have you ever wondered what the average hacker looks like? What comes to mind when you think of a hacker? Well, we want to see what you think a hacker would look like. Be creative and original. Post the photo to the Service Desk Facebook page to enter the contest.

Twitter: Best Cyber Advice (October 14 – 18)

Do you have a piece of cyber security advice you would like to pass on to your fellow Bearkat? If so, use your Twitter account to send us that advice. Keep it as brief as possible as Twitter only allows 160 characters. Be sure you use the hashtag #cybershsu so we can see your advice.

Facebook: Caption Contest (October 21 – 25)

Are you good at one-liners? If so, the caption contest may be perfect for you. On October 22, we will post a photo on Facebook. Simply comment with your best idea for a cyber-security-related caption.

If you have any questions about the events for Cyber Security Awareness Month, please contact the Service Desk (4-HELP). Thanks again to the campus bookstore and Holly Tickner for providing this year’s prizes.