Compiled by Institutional Marketing and Communications Staff
International and National Media Highlight
Big 12 Sports | June 6, 2022
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced the names on the 2023 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including Pete Cawthon, who coached at Texas Tech from 1930-40, and at Austin College from 1923-27.
Lampoon Magazine | June 23, 2022
Victoria Gilbert ’21 published an article on fashion designer Terrence Zhou and how his work creating fashion in the Metaverse is redefining the realities of what is possible in fashion.
Higher Ed Dive | June 23, 2022
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona unveiled a new draft of Title IX regulations. Notably absent are any protections for transgender athletes, which Jake Sapp, Austin College’s deputy Title IX coordinator and compliance officer, suggests is to prevent the entire rule from being struck down in court.
Higher Ed Dive | June 10, 2022
Jake Sapp, Austin College’s deputy Title IX coordinator and compliance officer, comments on delays by the Education Department in releasing new Title IX guidelines.
Native News Online | June 20, 2022
Seven college students nationwide have been selected by the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) to participate in the Native American Journalism Fellowship (NAJF), including Carrie Johnson ’24.
Salina Post | June 17, 2022
Former K-State football coach Bill Snyder reflects on his education and early career, which included a stint coaching at Austin College, in a presentation to the Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel.
Dallas and Regional News
Austin American-Statesman | June 3, 2022
Antoine Thompson ’14 has been named the boys basketball head coach for Stony Point High School in Round Rock, after a very successful year as the school’s lead assistant coach. At 31, Thompson is the youngest head coach ever hired at Stony Point.
Dallas Morning News | June 22, 2022
The newest sports reporter for the Dallas Morning News, Lisa Assimakopoilos, shares some of her favorite sports reporting moments, including her favorite athlete interviews. On her short list is Tom Thompson MAT ’10 who she interviewed for a piece in Sports Illustrated about the oldest players to ever play college football.
Dripping Springs News | June 30, 2022
Several Dripping Springs area Girl Scouts have been awarded college scholarships, including Alexandria Palmer, who plans to study art at Austin College looking toward a possible career path in Art Therapy.
Houston Chronicle | June 18, 2022
Fort Bend ISD celebrates an impressive cohort of college-bound athletes, including Cassidee Levine, who will be joining the Austin College Swimming & Diving program in the fall.
Lakelander News | June 9, 2022
Recent Whitney High School graduate Lupita Reel has committed to attend Austin College and play softball for the ’Roos.
Lewisville ISD | June 22, 2022
Lewisville ISD announced the appointment of Ms. Shaunna Wrigley Buck ’01 MAT ’02 as the new principal of Central Elementary. Buck currently serves as an assistant principal at Southridge Elementary, a position she has held for five years.
Lewisville Leader | June 24, 2022
Lewisville ISD has hired three new principals, including the promotion of Shaunna Buck ’01 MAT ’02 to principal at Central Elementary. Buck has served as assistant principal at Southridge Elementary in the district for the last five years.
My ParisTexas | June 1, 2022
North Lamar High School senior Mylee Nottingham signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Austin College next fall.
NBCDFW | June 15, 2022
On the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action of Child Arrivals program, known as DACA, many of the recipients are uncertain of its future. DACA recipient Emma Challot ’18, who is now in her third year of law school, is a proud recipient who is grateful for the educational opportunities DACA has afforded her.
Texas Metro News | June 3, 2022
Terri T. Thomas ’94 is celebrated as a Superb Woman by Texas Metro News. Thomas is a community branch manager at Chase, and a founding board member of the Collin County Black Chamber of Commerce.
Yakima Herald-Republic | June 15, 2022
Samantha Guffey, who plans to join the Austin College basketball team in the fall, joins a list of other student-athletes in the Vancouver, Washington, area who have committed to join college athletic programs.
Local Media Highlights
KTEN | June 28, 2022
Pottsboro native Jeff Cordell ’91 has been named athletic director for Sherman ISD.
KXII | June 27, 2022
Sherman ISD announced Monday that Jeff Cordell ’91 is the new athletic director for the district. Most recently, Cordell served as athletic director of Crane ISD, a 3A school district located just south of Odessa. Cordell grew up in Grayson County and played football for Austin College from 1987 to 1991, where he was named the Kodak All-American Defensive Back and Most Valuable Player in 1991. He is also a member of the Austin College Hall of Honor.
Herald Democrat | June 21, 2022
Sherman celebrates Juneteenth with a remembrance of the 1930 riot and a walking tour of the former black business district. One of the stops on the tour was the former home of famed civil rights attorney William J. Durham, where History faculty Dr. Felix Harcourt offered some background on Durham and his work with future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the Sherman home.
Herald Democrat | June 21, 2022
Sherman Community Players, under the direction of Darrah Dunn ’89, end their season with a staging of The Sound of Music. Dunn credits the talents of music faculty John McGinn, who was music director for the show, and the choreographer Marissa Brown ’18 for making the show a success.
Herald Democrat | June 8, 2022
Four members of the Austin College women’s water polo team have earned All-American status, the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches has announced. Brooke Le and Lexi Wong were each named first-team Division III All-America performers while Valery Piachonkina and Sophie Oliver were second-team selections.
Herald Democrat | June 3, 2022
The June Second Saturday program at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge will look to the stars with astronomer and physics faculty Dr. David Whelan.
Herald Democrat | June 1, 2022
After serving as the head coach of the Austin College baseball team in an interim capacity during the 2022 season, Shawn Counts has been tabbed to continue leading the program into the future as the full-time head coach.
Sherman ISD | June 20, 2022
The first-ever Austin College Summer Music Camp concluded with a recital by all 40 campers, 27 of whom were Sherman Bearcats. Organized by the Sherman Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and hosted by Austin College, the camp came from a vision shared by SSO Education Director Leslie Whelan and Alan Harkey, Austin College Director of Bands. The two wanted to offer a summer music camp experience like none other offered in the Texoma area where students could dive deep into their instruments without the day-to-day of school.
Blogs and Online Media
Austin College | June 6, 2022
Dr. Hunt Tooley, History department Chair, presented “Doughboys into GIs: From the Great War to D-Day” on Thursday, June 9, as the guest speaker at the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site.
Franchising.com | June 23, 2022
Stellar Service Brands (“Stellar”), a multi-brand residential and commercial service operating out of Waco, Texas, has named Jessica Wescott ’09 as their new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Stellar, Westcott has served as COO & CFO for Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and VP of Finance and development at Mooyah.
North Texas e-News | June 18, 2022
Rev. Emeritus Henry H. Bucher, Jr. reflects on Juneteenth.
North Texas e-News | June 4, 2022
Rev. Emeritus Henry H. Bucher, Jr. Posits that the oldest divide within human societies is city folks versus farmers and ranchers.
The Shorthorn | June 11, 2022
Protestors gathered at the March for Our Lives in Fort Worth in June 11. Among them was Clemon White ’24, who commented on the fears students face in the wake of school shootings.
News ’Roos Can Use
Chronicle of Higher Education | June 29, 2022
A new study shows that among the millions of college students who experience food insecurity, those students who use campus food pantries experienced better overall physical and mental health. More colleges have begun offering campus food pantries as a contributor to overall student wellbeing.
Chronicle of Higher Education | June 17, 2022
Student success programs are part of a rethinking of the college experience to better serve the needs of a more diverse student population. Writer Beth McMurtrie offers an in-depth exploration on the advantages and challenges of this trend.
Inside Higher Ed | July 7, 2022
Writer Rachel Schreiber explored the difficulties of applying the shared governance model in times of crisis, and how leadership responses may differ along gender lines.