New Faces in Austin College Faculty


Several new faces will be among the Austin College faculty when students return to campus over the next few days. Tenure-track faculty join several departments, and visiting and adjunct faculty fill several vacancies across campus. New to the English Department is Thomas Blake, assistant professor. He earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the… [Read More]

Green and Clean at Austin College


Austin College is celebrating the achievement of a milestone in environmental progress: 100% renewable electricity. Since 2010, the College has steadily increased its purchase of wind-powered electricity. That annual increase, coupled with a renewable component in its provider contract, allowed the College to reach its goal of 100% renewable electricity this summer. This shift has… [Read More]

In Memoriam: Sandy Beach


The Austin College community is saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of James Harmon “Sandy” Beach III at his Sherman home on August 5. Sandy, 68, was recovering from recent surgery. The community offers condolences to his wife, Sue, and the family. Sandy was a 1968 graduate of Austin College. He returned to his… [Read More]

Rodgers Shares a View on World Politics


Don Rodgers, Austin College associate professor of political science, wrote an editorial for Thinking Taiwan entitled “President Ma’s ‘Black Box’ Problem.” In the piece published August 1, Rodgers wrote that opposition to the government and the KMT is driven not by antipathy toward China but rather by disgust with the government’s lack of respect for… [Read More]

Summer Learning for Elementary/College Students


For students in the 2015 Thinking Camp, learning doesn’t stop in the summer. Taught by Austin College graduate students who are part of the Austin Teacher Program (ATP), Sherman ISD elementary school students gather at Jefferson Elementary School to explore topics of science, social studies, and culture for two weeks. In this summer’s program, entitled… [Read More]

At Work in D.C.


RonAmber Deloney has spent the past few weeks in Washington, D.C., working with the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities’ Turnaround Arts program. She was selected by the committee and her graduate program at NYU for an internship. Another NYU alumnus also participated. RonAmber will share a few of her experiences in the Winter 2015… [Read More]

High Praise for Anderson Book


Peter Anderson’s first novel, The Unspeakable, has received the 2015 Literary Fiction Review Award for excellence in literary fiction from the Literary Fiction Book Review. The book written by Anderson, associate professor of English, was published in September 2014. The review offers this overall verdict on the book: “A searing work of literary virtuosity by… [Read More]

Bucher Shares Life of Mission


Henry Bucher, chaplain emeritus, has written “My Pilgrimage in Mission,” published in the July 2015 issue of International Bulletin of Missionary Research. To be invited to write such an article, intended to be personal, with a focus on those life events which shaped the author’s life and beliefs, is an honor, according to Bucher. Read… [Read More]