The Center for Community & Regional Development (CCRD) collaborates with the Sherman/Denison community and the Texoma/North Texas region in a variety of programs and projects. Partnerships with business and industry, nonprofits, economic development and municipalities benefit students and the region.
“Witness” Art Exhibit
Eve Neidhardt, Visiting artist
October 24 – December 13, 2019 Ida Green Gallery
“Creative Musical Mindfulness: ‘Becoming’ the Composer”
October 29, 2019
Craig Hall (1202 E. Richards)
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Associate Professor of Music John McGinn offers candid personal reflections on his own approach to musical mindfulness, wherein composition, performance, improvisation, analysis and teaching have all evolved into different facets of a single “creative” activity – and where progressive aims include self-discovery, celebration, and musical connection to his fellow beings and beyond.
October 30, 2019
Mason Athletic Complex – Sid Richardson Rec Center (1105 E. Brockett)
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The witches are brewing, the wolves are howling, and the monsters are awakening ... because they're all excited about ‘Roo Boo 2019! Alpha Phi Omega is hosting a night you won't forget, full of games, candy, meet and greet characters, and a spooky haunted house. Dress up, bring your trick-or-treat bag, and get ready for a spooktacular night!
“Have Squirrels, Will Travel: Adventures in International Hibernation Research”
Sabbatical Lecture - Dr. Jessica Healy, Associate Professor of Biology
November 6, 2019
Wright Campus Center
Reception 4:30 p.m. in Johnson Gallery, Lecture 5:00 p.m. in Mabee Hall
Two main Sabbatical goals: the first to prepare and carry out with students a field research project measuring life history characteristics of thirteen-lined ground squirrels from Texas to Minnesota, and the second to prepare and submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation for a grant that would send AC students to Vienna, Austria to conduct summer research projects in hibernation biology. Pursuit of these goals took Dr. Healy from the Flint Hills of Kansas to the Austrian Alps in spring and summer 2019.
“Yoga for Success”
Cunningham Lecture Series, Marsupial Mindfulness
Dr. Nirvikalpa Natarajan, MDS (Oral and Facial Surgery)
November 7, 2019
Wright Campus Center – Johnson Gallery (2nd Floor)
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“An Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz”
Annual fall concert by instrumental ensembles under the direction of Dr. Ricky Duhaime
November 11, 2019
Ida Green Theatre
In the first half of the concert the Chamber Orchestra will perform Jubilant Overture by American composer Joshua Reznicow; an arrangement of the Venetian Barcarolle, Op.19, No.6, by Felix Mendelssohn as conducted by Austin College music education student Zoe Rice; and a suite of Old Dances and Airs by Ottorino Respighi, orchestrated for winds and strings by Duhaime. The second half of the concert will feature the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble performing a variety of big band charts in both traditional and contemporary styles. Jazz soloists will be Dakota Cole and Xavier Shubert, alto saxophones; Paul Onspaugh, tenor saxophone; Jesse Speer, Michael Waters, Jonah Brown, Sam Ivie, and Bob Archer, trombones; Doug Hanson and John Vietta, trumpets; Phil Pitts, piano; David Moore, guitar; and Richard Burleson, drums.
“Stump the Chumps – Humanities and Social Sciences Edition”
Environmental Studies Lunch Talk - Panel of Professors
November 12, 2019
Wright Campus Center Room 231
Noon – 1 p.m.
Answering questions about the social and political implications of climate change
“Thinking Outside the Box of Your Major: Leadership and Entrepreneurship in STEM”
Kat Kuzmeskas '07, CEO and Co-Founder of SimplyVital Health, Inc.
November 14, 2019
IDEA Center Room 127
11 a.m. - Noon
Science & Leadership Lecture
Posey Leadership Institute and STEM Leadership Program
“My Summer at the Land Institute”
Environmental Studies Lunch Talk- Rita Spellman ’20
November 19, 2019
Wright Campus Center Room 231
Noon – 1 p.m.
Rita will discuss her summer internship at the Land Institute in Salina Kansas.
AC Theatre Department production
November 20 - 22, 2019
Ida Green Communication Center Theatre
7:30 p.m. nightly
When the biggest highlight of your life for the past thirty years has been your weekly card night out with the girls, what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham you do the most daring thing you’ve ever done. You “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game and the wildest, most exciting night of their lives begins with a police raid, a stripper, laughs and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you’re truly living. Tickets available at the door, $8.
“Meditative Drawing Workshop”
Cunningham Lecture Series, Marsupial Mindfulness - Heidi Rushing
December 5, 2019
Wright Campus Center – Johnson Gallery (2nd floor)
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Much like journaling or walking a labyrinth, drawing can be a great way to clear your mid and find your focus. No art skill is required as we won’t be drawing a picture OF anything just putting marks on the page and enjoying the process. If you like to doodle in your notebooks, come join in for an hour and let your mind and pencil wander.
Lessons & Carols
December 5, 2019
Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church
Austin College invites the community to welcome the holidays with the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols. Due to on-going Wynne Chapel renovations the service will be held at Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church at 901 N. Grand Ave. The College’s Religious Life program and the Department of Music will present a program of choral and orchestral selections. Following the service the campus Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will take place on Windsor Mall on the campus.
Student-Directed One Act Plays
December 6 and 7, 2019
Ida Green Theatre
Two nights featuring 3 short plays directed by students.
December 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
December 8, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
This spectacular holiday tradition continues! The Pops is all about family, so come with snacks and enjoy the table seating, coloring contests, talk with Santa, and listen to delightful seasonal music. Special guests and special musical surprises every year, it’s a great way to start your holiday season. Round reserved tables up front are available. Visit ShermanSymphony.com for tickets
In other news around the Sherman Cultural District
Sherman Community Player presents “The Mousetrap”
Thu Oct 11 – 27 7:30 p.m., Matinees 2:00 p.m.
Historic Finley Playhouse, 500 N Elm St, Sherman, TX
By Agatha Christie, the world’s longest running play! A group of strangers are stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, a spinster, an architect, a retired Army major, a strange man, and a jurist. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time. Tickets available online.
SHERMAN HAUNTED HISTORY TOUR
Embark on an adventure across historic downtown Sherman with our Haunted History Tours! Join us as we journey through a chilling series of true events and strange happenings throughout Sherman's history. From disappearances to ghost sightings, poltergeists to unexplained phenomena, come see for yourself at the crossroads of certainty and mystery! All our tours now feature stopping inside at least one of our spooky destinations for exploration and refreshments. Be sure to stop by Old Iron Post before the tour begins for a special 15% discount off your food and drinks when you present your Haunted History Tour ticket! Only 20 spots per tour so reserve your ticket today! Tours begin outside of Old Iron Post at the corner of Travis and Houston St. Walking shoes are highly recommended. Climbing of stairs may be included. Must be 13+ to attend. Tickets available online.
EVENING OF TEXANA
Nov 7, 2019 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
At the space formerly known as the Charcoal House, 125 N. Walnut
Featuring stories written by or about Texans read by an AC Professor’s daughter, a retired AC Librarian and a current AC staff person. It’s the kind of event curious people love! It’s like story time for grownups! Details online.
Going on now all over Downtown Sherman!
Look around for photo displays in businesses and learn more about the project at ShermanArts.Org. There’s also a calendar of events on that site with all kinds of cultural goings-on in the Sherman Cultural District.