Compiled by Sierra Salser and Jessica Zapata, Public Affairs Interns
International and National Media Highlights
ASOR | November 2018
John Huggins ’19, current senior and classics major, shares his experiences on the Huqoq Excavation in the Galilee region of Israel and in particular the find of a nearly complete large storage vessel. John participated in the dig as a field school student in summer 2017, and received an American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) fellowship to return for the 2018 season.
Morgensbladet | September 14, 2018
Dr. Felix Harcourt, history faculty, comments on the censorship of hate speech in an article for Norwegian newsweekly Morgensbladet.
National Geographic | November 15, 2018
National Geographic highlights some of the stunning mosaics uncovered at a 5th century synagogue in Huqoq, Israel, by a team of archeologists that includes Austin College Classics faculty Dr. Martin Wells, senior staff and architecture specialist on the project. Austin College students John Huggins ’19 and John T. Haynes ’20 also participated in the project as part of their summer field school in 2018.
The Weather Channel | October 22, 2018
Professor of economics Dr. Kevin Simmons discusses his economist’s view of updated building codes for hurricane-prone regions.
The Weather Channel | October 8, 2018
Dr. Kevin Simmons, economics faculty, shares his expertise on how communities can better prepare to minimize storm damage by updating building codes.
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill | November 16, 2018
UNC Chapel Hill highlights the work of the Huqoq Excavation Consortium, of which Austin College is a member under the aegis of Austin College classics faculty Dr. Martin Wells. Work in the site in summer 2018 continued to reveal mosaics buried in the ancient synagogue.
Dallas and Regional News
Denton County Magazine | November 5, 2018
Professor of Art Mark Smith discusses his current work, which is inspired by the natural world. Smith’s latest work is on display at William Campbell Gallery in Fort Worth now through January 19, 2019.
NBC 2 News | November 5, 2018
Dr. Michael David Meyer ’10 joins the Plano office of U.S. Dermatology Partners. He is now treating patients at the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery.
Texas Artists Coalition | November 13, 2018
The Signal Series, an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Art professor Mark Smith that address the artist’s fascination with the intricate physical and psychological networks of communication that saturate our culture, will be on display December 1 through January 12 at William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth.
Texas Lone Star Online | November 2018
In a keynote address to the North Texas Area Association of School Boards, senior trustee Todd Williams ’82 reports that the state must invest more in public education to ensure a strong and thriving economy.
Texas Tribune | November 7, 2018
John H. Bucy III ’06 wins a senate seat in Texas’ District 136, one of the most competitive legislative districts in Central Texas.
Local Media Highlights
Herald Democrat |November 10, 2018
Austin College president Steven P. O’Day announces the public kickoff of the $125 million POWER Austin College fundraising campaign, which has already reached 75 percent of its goal.
Herald Democrat | November 6, 2018
Sherman Attorney Reginald “Reggie” Smith Jr. ’91 won the election to replace long-time District 62 Rep. Larry Phillips. District 62 is comprised of Grayson, Fannin, and Delta counties.
Herald Democrat | November 2, 2018
Martina Noble ’83 discusses her inspirations for the wearable art she creates and for the works in her art exhibition “Subliminal Surprises” at Austin College’s Ida Green Gallery through December 14, 2018.
Herald Democrat | November 2, 2018
To celebrate the opening of the alumni art exhibit “Subliminal Surprises” Amy Veatch ’85 explains how creativity gives her the opportunity to solve problems and express her ideas to others. The exhibition will be open in Ida Green Gallery at Austin College through December 14, 2018.
Herald Democrat | October 11, 2018
Texoma Marketing and Media Group names Grayson county’s first 40 Under Forty to honor young professionals and community leaders in the area. The honorees include Austin College alumni Britton Brooks ’04, Matt Brown ’04, Hillary Luckett Clark ’09, Shannon Cornelison-Brown ’04 (also an assistant professor of accounting at Austin College, Tiffany Dancer ’06, and Blake Utter ’07, and Nate Essin ’18 as “One to Watch” under 40.
KXII News 12 | November 27, 2018
Austin College students showcase their inventions during the Innovation Expo. All products showcased were designed by students and made on campus, with many prototypes created in the Morris Product Lab using 3D software and printers.
KXII News 12 | November 10, 2018
Sherman City Council voted to revamp the recycling program instead of cancelling it all together. Dr. Peter Schulze, Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Austin College, worked with the council to find a new plan that will work for Sherman.
Blogs and Online Media
Austin College | November 27, 2018
Austin College student organization AC.CARES hosted its annual World AIDS Day service. This celebratory service included prayers, poems, songs, memorial tributes, and a fundraiser to support the Simbaradenga Newstart Children’s AIDS Orphanage in Zimbabwe, Africa.
Austin College | November 15, 2018
Caryn Schenewerk ’99, senior counsel and senior director of spaceflight policy for SpaceX in Washington, D.C., was Austin College’s 2018 Todd A. Williams Executive-In-Residence lecturer on November 9. Schenewerk discussed her journey from Austin College to her job with SpaceX, the ground-breaking startup that revolutionized space technology.
Austin College | November 6, 2018
Austin College theatre and music students presented The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, written by Rachel Sheinkin with music and lyrics by William Finn. The Improv Troupe opened each performance with a 30-minute set.
Austin College | November 5, 2018
Six Austin College alumni were recently recognized by Texoma Media & Marketing group as members of the 2018 40 Under Forty, a designation for up-and-coming professionals dedicated to the Texoma community. The alumni were Britton Brooks ’04, Matt Brown ’04, Hillary Luckett Clark ’09, Shannon Cornelison-Brown ’04, Tiffany Dancer ’06, and Blake Utter ’07. Nate Essin ’18 was named as “One to Watch.”
North Texas E-News | November 25, 2018
Dr. Tamia Harris-Tryon, a dermatologist at UT Southwestern Medical center, presented “Living at the Interface: My Journey in Science and Medicine,” at the annual Austin College Women’s Health and Cancer Forum.
North Texas E-News | November 11, 2018
Austin College President Steven P. O’Day announces a $125 million fundraising campaign POWER Austin College. The College has been in the quiet phase of the campaign and has reached 75 percent of the goal, following a record-setting fiscal year of fundraising that brought in $31 million.
Texoma Connect | November 5, 2018
The Austin College Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies presents “Day of the Dead – La Catrina Mexica y Nezahualcóyotl.” Internationally known artists/actors Erik De Luna and Román Iván Gómez brought to life the dance, poetry, philosophy, and rites of central Mexico one century before the arrival of the Spanish.
News ‘Roos Can Use
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges | November 2018
Higher education cultivates engaged citizens. Colleges and universities not only play a major role in providing students with a foundation to excel individually, but also to contribute to civic life. Research shows that college graduates get involved in politics and serve in their communities at greater levels than their peers who do not pursue college.
Inside Higher Ed | November 29, 2018
A vast majority of college seniors believe what they are learning is relevant to their career paths, and they feel relatively confident in their plans after graduation, according to findings by the National Survey of Student Engagement, released today.
The Chronicle of Higher Education | November 27, 2018
What the rise of the mega-University might mean for the rest of us.