Compiled by Claudia Theriot and Lily Harris, Public Affairs Interns
National and Regional Media Highlights
ICC News Release | December 4, 2019
Dr. Kevin Simmons’ research was featured in testimony to Congress in regard to the re-authorization of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program.
Dallas and Regional News
SIMIODE | December 2019
Mathematics faculty member Dr. Catie Patterson accompanied Nick Frederick ’20, Elisha Lisson ’20, and Natalie Randall ’20 to a mathematical modeling competition at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Austin College was one of only two teams to receive a rating of “Outstanding” (the highest possible) for their mathematical model. The students also earned first place in the Math Bowl event.
Texas Library Journal | December 2019
Dr. Brett Boessen, media studies faculty member and esports coach, comments of the collaboration between the Pottsboro Public Library and the Austin College esports team to start an esports program at the library. Austin College esports students have been mentors for the new program, with Electra Coffman ’22 and Chloe Schnaible ’21 serving as coaches for the new team.
Local Media Highlights
Herald Democrat | December 23, 2019
In an article exploring the field of video and media production in Grayson County, Nate Essin ’18, founder of local advertising agency Undaunted, is highlighted, along with Public Affairs Media intern Nick Chaviers ’21, who discusses how his studies and internship at the college are preparing him for a career in the field.
Blogs and Online Media
Austin College | December 13, 2019
Spencer Dirk ’20 presented at the Women’s Health Forum about her summer 2019 Global Outreach Fellowship working with the group Maji Safi (Clean Water) in Shirati, Tanzania.
Austin College | December 12, 2019
Austin College Police Department Chief James Perry is to take his final patrol on January 3, 2019, before retiring to his new home near Lake Texoma.
Austin College | December 5, 2019
The Theatre Department presented an evening of Student-Directed One-Act Plays in Ida Green Theatre. For students Michael Megenhardt ’20 and Abigail Goodman ’21, these productions are their first forays into directing as well as the final projects for the semester for their Directing class.
Austin College | December 3, 2019
Students from Austin College’s East Asian Studies Program traveled to the Roy and Helen Hall Memorial McKinney Library in mid-November to present the “Passport to East Asia” program to area schoolchildren.
North Texas E-News | December 5, 2019
Jian Hu, Ph.D., assistant professor of cancer biology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center presented “Will Brain Tumors Ever Be Cured?” at the sixth annual Austin College Women’s Health and Cancer Forum.
News ’Roos Can Use
NPR | December 6, 2019
The divide among Democrats over “Medicare for All” has dominated the policy conversation in the 2020 Democratic primary. But another rift has opened among Democrats, this one about college affordability. The question: Who should get to go to college for free?
University Business | December 3, 2019
A Moody’s analysis has found that leaders at 1 in 5 small private colleges are dealing with serious financial problems, with more institutions likely to close. So far, the steepest enrollment declines have concentrated the closures in Northeast and Midwest.