Compiled by Institutional Marketing and Communications Intern Marissa Graf
International and National Media Highlight
National Geographic | November 2021Dr. Martin Wells, Austin College associate professor of classics, is among the group of archeologists who have worked for the past several years at the Huqoq Excavation Project in Israel, which is highlighted in the November issue of National Geographic in the article “These Archaeological Findings Unlocked the Stories of Our Ancestors.” The teams have uncovered an unparalleled range of scenes on the mosaic floor of the fifth-century synagogue in an ancient Jewish village in Israel’s Lower Galilee. Since 2014, several Austin College students have participated with Wells in the summer dig site. (Article behind a paywall).
PR Newswire | December 8, 2021Spencer Williams ’00 Populus Financial Group, Inc., announces the promotion of to Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer.
YahooNews | December 16, 2021Texoma Promise Grayson College and more than two dozen community partners have established the , a new program aimed at providing free two-year education to eligible students in Grayson County. Students in the program commit to attending Grayson for two years before transferring to a partner institution, including Austin College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University, to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Big12Sports | December 21, 2021Jason Williams TCU has announced the hiring of as the Horned Frogs’ new head volleyball coach. Williams arrives at TCU after serving as associate head coach at Baylor. Prior to his career in coaching, Williams played two years of football at Austin College before embarking on a successful beach volleyball career.
Dallas and Regional News
City of Sachse | December 7, 2021The City of Sachse has named Lauren Rose ’13 their first Assistant City Manager.
The Cross Timbers Gazette | December 16, 2021 Lacey Hailey ’05was recently named the next principal of Crownover Middle School in Corinth, in Denton ISD. Hailey has been principal at McNair Elementary in far south Denton since 2016.
D Magazine | December 13, 2021Lauren Rose ’13 The City of Sachse has named as their first-ever Assistant City Manager. Previously, Rose served as the city’s director of strategic services.
Dallas Business Journal | December 9, 2021Lauren Rose ’13 The City of Sachse has promoted to Assistant City Manager. In her new role, Rose will assist in developing, planning, and implementing Sachse’s goals and objectives by providing high-level administrative direction to key city departments.Dr. Rick Avery ’85 WTAW News | December 22, 2021 Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp and Dr. Mark Hussey, Acting Vice Chancellor and Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences, announce as Acting Director of AgriLife Extension program. Avery, currently the deputy director of the Brazos Valley Council of Governments, previously worked with the Texas Association of Counties from 2014 through 2020 after spending two decades with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Local Media Highlights
Herald Democrat | December 14, 2021Tyler James ’22 Austin College punter has been named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association.
Herald Democrat | December 12, 2021national championship football win Kangaroos reminisce 40 years after .
Herald Democrat | December 9, 20211981 ’Roos national championship win Local columnist Dwayne Wilder so enjoyed writing a feature celebrating the 40th anniversary of the that he published an op-ed on the writing of the piece.
Herald Democrat | December 8, 2021Heidi Rushing ’04 The Sherman Cultural District has dedicated the new community collaborative mural in Downtown Sherman. Sherman Cultural District President , along with students who participated in painting the mural were present for the ceremony.
KTEN | December 15, 2021Texoma Promise Grayson County College is offering the new “” program for local high school students to receive special tuition benefits if they commit to attend GCC for two years then transfer to a partner school such as Austin College.
KXII | December 15, 2021Texoma Promise The new “” program from Grayson College offers scholarships and other benefits to students who pledge to attend Grayson for two years and then transfer to a partnering school, including Austin College.
KXII | December 7, 2021The Sherman Cultural District has unveiled a new mural in Downtown Sherman, which was a collaboration where members of the community could come and paint part of the mural. Sherman Cultural District President Heidi Rushing ’04 comments on the value of public art for a community.
Blogs and Online Media
Austin College | December 13, 2021Dr. Mikidadu Mohammed, Austin College assistant professor of economics, has written the just-released book The Economics and Finance of Commodity Price Shocks. Published by Taylor & Francis/Routledge, it is now available through Amazon and other major book retailers. Mohammed, who joined the Austin College faculty in 2017, teaches courses in international finance, macroeconomics, predictive analytics, international business, and international trade theory and policy.
North Texas e-News | December 23, 2021Henry H. Bucher, Jr., Emeritus Faculty in Humanities, explores the 12th day of Christmas, or Epiphany, which is on January 6.
North Texas e-News | December 6, 2021Dr. Jerry Lincecum, Emeritus Professor of English, marks the delivery of the Hames Webb Space Telescope to the rocket Ariane 5 with an evocative reflection on light traveling through space and time.
News ’Roos Can Use
Inside Higher Ed | December 20, 2021 Volunteer serviceis not only personally fulfilling but can also lead to professional growth. Writer Kiera Wilson offers five reasons why volunteering, and the abilities and attributes strengthened through service, can help students land that first job and lead to professional growth for faculty and staff.Student Voice Survey Inside Higher Ed | December 20, 2021 Inside Higher Ed’s October asked 2000 undergrads about what would work to prevent cheating. Student responses shed light on the importance of learning to cope with failure, and the need for deeper learning assessments that require students to demonstrate understanding and not simply memorization of information.
Chronicle of Higher Education | December 16, 2021Omicron variant The Chronicle explores what the means for college campuses across the nation.