Sam Houston State University’s new Conroe campus adjusts to COVID guidelines

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This is the first semester that the new Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Conroe has welcomed students to campus, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the year is not starting as anticipated.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine received its pre-accreditation status in September of last year, which allowed the college to start recruiting new students. The school’s first class is 75 students but in about two years the school plans to double that number to meet its full capacity of 150 students.

As the COVID-19 pandemic made its way into Montgomery County, Sam Houston State University began to plan for changes to the new year, keeping in mind all the requirements their students will have to meet to become medical practitioners. Back in March, faculty were asked to work remotely and the school began to plan for a year that looked very different from what was originally planned.

“At first, students had limited time in the building but we felt very strongly that their experiential learning, their lab learning, we needed them in the building to do that, we needed them with their faculty to do that,” said Mari Hopper, associate dean for Biomedical Sciences at the campus.

In order to bring the students to campus safely for their experiential learning, the class was divided into four groups that rotated into the building throughout the day to keep the population in the building low. Before students even arrived, the school put together a video message for them that outlined the expectations in place for being in the building (masks, hand washing, social distancing, etc) with a message from the dean. Classes started on Aug. 10 as planned.

Portions of the classes that were not lab-based are being


Sam Ehlinger believes ’this university deserves better’

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Here are the highlights from Texas’ postgame press conference after the Longhorns’ 33-31 loss to TCU.

Head coach Tom Herman

On if he’s confident the team can turn it around:

“I’m very confident that we can get our problems fixed. This team is very together. They were hurt in the locker room. But I heard a bunch of guys picking each other up, understanding that we’ve got a long season. The only way to fix it is with hard work and with going back to practice with a purpose. I don’t sense at all that this team wants to do anything other than improve.”

On the high number of penalties:

“It was a really — I don’t have a better adjective other than weird — feeling down there, and it was difficult to get in a rhythm. At the end of the day, they found a way to do it, and we didn’t. We didn’t capitalize on the big turnover. We had a huge penalty that negated an explosive play. We had penalties negate a couple big-time explosive plays. When you’re behind the sticks as much as we were, behind the chains, that’s a really, really difficult place to find yourself a rhythm.”

On the quality of the run game:

“Consistently is the key word there. We were feast or famine. We would have some explosive plays, and some zero, negative yard plays, we couldn’t stay ahead of the sticks. I think we found a few runs there towards the end that were hitting pretty good. But we need to do a better job early in the game of establishing the run.”

On the large number of mistakes/penalties:

“There’s a thousand reasons why they happen. But it goes back to us not being able to translate our practices and game