Compiled by Public Affairs Intern Michael Marks
Dallas and Regional News
Dallas Morning News | February 4, 2021
Author David Marquis ’73 has written a new book titled “The River Always Wins: Water as a metaphor for Hope and Progress”, which is inspired by his life as a activist for the environment and human rights. Marquis founded the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, which saved 118 acres of virgin forest from being bulldozed.
Dallas Regional Chamber | Feb 4, 2021
Nearly a year into the pandemic, Austin College, Dallas Baptist University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, and the University of North Texas System share how their institutions responded to the pandemic and explore the potential long-term consequences on higher education. They discuss how they swiftly implemented changes to protect students and faculty, while continuing to deliver a quality higher education experience.
WFAA ABC 8 Dallas | February 24, 2021
Meet the candidates in the race for Texas’ open congressional seat, including Lydia Bean ’02, who ran for District 93 in the Texas House of Representatives in 2020.
Mesquite News | February 26, 2021
DeMarcus Harris ’05, who is completing his 14th year in education as a teacher and a coach as the defensive coordinator for Cedar Hill High School, has been named head football coach and athletic director at Mesquite High School. Harris’ team was the Texas state football championship runner-up in 2020.
Houston Chronicle | December 21, 2021
Artist Joe Havel, who started his career teaching at Austin College, opens a new exhibition titled “Hope and Desire” with a 10-piece installation at the Hiram Butler Gallery. He also has works permanently on display at the entrance to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Beck Building, as well as its sculpture garden.
Local Media Highlights
Herald Democrat | February 5, 2021
Austin College will discontinue its varsity cross country/distance track program at the end of the current academic year, the College has announced.
KXII | February 22, 2021
During their February 13th game against Trinity, Austin College senior basketball player Kacie West hit a milestone most players can only hope to: scoring over 1,000 points during her college career.
KTEN | February 17, 2021
Due to the snowy roads and freezing temperatures, several Texoma colleges have postponed games throughout the weekend including Southeastern, Grayson College, and Austin College.
KXII | February 23, 2021
A new COVID-19 drive-through testing center is coming to Denison. –Advance Laboratory Services is a local Sherman laboratory, and owner Tim McClure ’08 says they’ve been working towards a Denison testing center for months. The same company is providing testing services at Austin College, which have been key in allowing student athletes to compete in NCAA sports competitions.
Blogs and Online Media
AC Observer | February 25, 2021
When the historic snowstorm swept through Texas causing blackouts and water shortages across the state, students and faculty discovered new solutions to provide water to everyone on campus.
Austin College| February 24, 2021
Austin College hosted the 2021 Dr. Kenneth Street Law Symposium virtually on Thursday, February 25. Lawyers, students, and others interested in the law profession participated in a discussion of timely issues in law and ethics.
Austin College| February 24, 2021
Senior Freyja Coe represented Austin College in February at the Texas Undergraduate Research Day with her poster presentation “Using Mathematics to Optimize Distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in North Texas.”
Austin College| February 10, 2021
Since Alpha Phi Omega’s signature event – ’Roo Boo – couldn’t happen in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, the APO leadership decided to hold a student fundraiser this spring that would benefit children. The group raised over $200 selling Halloween-themed T-shirts on campus to benefit the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (R.A.I.C.E.S.) in San Antonio.
Austin College| February 3, 2021
Austin College is now home to “I AM 400,” a 4 x 12-foot banner highlighting the work of father and son artists Jerome and Jeromyah Jones. The piece, completed in 2019, marks 400 years of the African journey in America. The Austin College banner hangs in the Dining Hall in Wright Campus Center.
Austin College| February 1, 2021
Austin College students and alumni were the winners of the international Best Beethoven Performance Competition in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday. All entries were virtual, and when results were announced in December, the Austin College Generations String Quartet placed second in its age group.
North Texas e-News | February 23, 2021
English professor emeritus Dr. Jerry Linecum writes about the voir dire phase of jury selection and how lawyers pick who they want in the jury box. He covers the social psychology behind how lawyers pick jurors and the history of how this has changed. Neilson Rogers, a former lawyer in Sherman, had compiled thousands of cards about individual people for different cases, which are now available for study in the Archives of the Austin College Abell Library.
North Texas e-News | February 12, 2021
Chaplain emeritus Dr. Henry Bucher reflects on the three JanTerms to West Africa that he led in the early 2000s.
North Texas e-News | February 10, 2021
Austin College is one of only seven colleges and universities selected by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., to receive the honor of serving as Regional Collaboration Partners for the multiyear project “Legacies of American Slavery: Reckoning with the Past.”
North Texas E-News | February 9, 2021
Austin College mammologist Dr. Jessica Healy discusses the biology, ecology, and natural history of the cougar, the second biggest cat in North America, at the Hagerman Wildlife Refuge Second Saturday event.
News ’Roos Can Use
Chronicle of Higher Education | February 15, 2021
The chronicle has released their 2021 trend report on the higher education landscape.
Inside Higher Ed | March 2, 2021
President Biden’s nominee for education secretary, Miguel Cardona, appears to be headed for confirmation by the Senate after a hearing Wednesday free of fireworks. The hearing was focused on Cardona’s rapid ascent from a first-generation immigrant growing up in Connecticut’s housing projects to becoming an elementary school teacher, principal and then the state’s top schools official.
Inside Higher Ed | March 2, 2021
The senate confirmed Miguel Cardona to serve as the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.