Compiled by Public Affairs Intern Nye Howard
Dallas and Regional News
Dallas Morning News | April 15, 2020
Dr. Mindy Landeck, assistant professor of East Asian studies, presents a series of free adult education webinars through the McKinney Public Library on different aspects of Japanese culture, from the tea ceremony to Japanese monsters.
Denton Record-Chronicle | April 28, 2020
Reed Heim ’00 is announced as Guyer High School’s next defensive coordinator in Denton ISD.
Denton Record-Chronicle | April 17, 2020
DeCorian Hailey ’01 will take over as principal of Denton ISD’s Braswell High School at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
KDXT-TV Fox 4 News Dallas | April 15, 2020
The Odee Company, a longtime Dallas commercial print shop by co-owned by Travis Stein ’01, is shifting gears to add hospital gowns to its list of products and is now pumping out hospital gowns by the thousands. Though it was a big shift for the company, it is a win-win: owners can help ensure doctors and nurses can continue to care for the sick and Odee can keep their own employees on the payroll.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | April 7, 2020
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Brian Gosset has created a tournament-style bracket highlighting the best athletes in his coverage area for the past five years, placing current Austin College soccer player Mickey Maloney ’22 from Aledo in his top spot.
Out Smart | April 22, 2020
Galveston Arts Center curator Dennis Nance ’99 is featured in an article about Houstonians who are elevating at-home mask-making to an art. Says Nance, “It’s common in Houston to smile at strangers, but now our smiles are disguised when interacting with people. … Wearing a mask with a pattern that matches the clothes you’re wearing or happens to be bright can make people smile and bring a little bit of comfort.”
Tyler Morning Telegraph | April 24, 2020
Tyler tennis standout Megan Morris ’24 laments the pandemic-related early end of her high school tennis career, but is excited to continue play at Austin College this fall.
Local Media Highlights
Herald Democrat | April 30, 2020
Austin College women’s water polo player Lexi Wong ’22 was named a First Team All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
Herald Democrat | April 27, 2020
Michael Deen, Austin College dean of students, has received the 2020 Robert D. Bradshaw Small College Student Advocate Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region III.
Herald Democrat | April 21, 2020
President Steven P. O’Day sent a video message to seniors on Friday that announced the Commencement for the Austin College Class of 2020 is set for August 9.
Herald Democrat | April 20, 2020
Concerns over the spread of COVID-19 caused the Sherman Symphony Orchestra, made up of community members and faculty and students at Austin College, to cancel its last performance of the season.
Herald Democrat | April 17, 2020
Austin College leaders have announced the cancellation of this year’s Legends Weekend.
Herald Democrat | April 14, 2020
Austin College in Sherman and Grayson College in Denison will each receive funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Authorized by the CARES Act.
KTEN News| April 13, 2020
Austin College staff members are working to offer credits and reimbursements to students for on-campus resources they can no longer utilize due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
KXII News | April 2, 2020
Most local gyms are sitting empty, but at Austin College, there is plenty of action inside Hughey Gymnasium in the installation of a brand new court.
Blogs and Online Media
Austin College | April 20, 2020
The Odee Company, a printing business in Dallas, co-owned by Travis Stein ’01, quickly shifted their normal workflow to produce PPE gowns for a local hospital. Soon, they were receiving requests for 35 to 40 thousand pieces per day—far more than Odee could handle. A story about their efforts on Dallas’ KDFW-TV news resulted in new partners for the production work.
Austin College | April 13, 2020
Ironroot Republic Distillery in Denison, co-owned and operated by Robert Likarish ’09, and Devils Creek Distillery in Mammoth Lakes, California, owned by John Mendel ’76 and Luan (Beaty) Mendel ’75 and family, have shifted their production to make hand sanitizer for their communities and first responders.
North Texas eNews | April 15, 2020
U.S. Senator John Cornyn has announced that Austin College will receive funding from a federal grant to respond to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund is authorized by the CARES Act.
North Texas eNews | April 6, 2020
Jerry Lincecum, professor emeritus of English, publishes his second in a series of articles written to encourage people to write their own life stories.
News ’Roos Can Use
Inside Higher Ed | April 27, 2020
Steve Mintz discusses ways to keep the college campus experience alive in the time of social distancing.
New York Times | April 4, 2020
The switch to remote learning for college students across the country highlights the economic disparities between students that traditional college life helps level out.