Austin College ’Roo Boo Set for October 25

The 18th annual ’Roo Boo at Austin College, hosted by the local chapter of Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity, will be held Wednesday, October 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Sid Richardson Center of the Robert T. Mason Athletic-Recreation Complex, off Brockett Street and just east of the football stadium.

The theme for this year’s family-friendly event is American Hor Roo-r Story. Children 12 and younger are invited to wear their costumes and participate in this free event. Parental supervision is required. Austin College Police will be on patrol during the event.

The event is a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating and will offer a bounce house, animal balloons, and various games, booths, and prizes offered by campus organizations. Plenty of free candy is available for participants. Austin College student volunteers, representing more than 55 student organizations, will be dressed in costume for the Halloween celebration.

Alpha Phi Omega is founded on the principles of leadership, friendship, and service, said Shirley Banh, a junior from Garland, Texas, and coordinator of this year’s event. “This event allows college students with a deep-rooted love for volunteering and heart for community service to invest their time for a night of fun and plenty of candy for the families in the Texoma community.”

In 2016, more than 1,200 people attended the event, which was served by more than 250 campus volunteers.

Local businesses are asked to make donations of candy and gift certificates for the Austin College event by contacting Alpha Phi Omega event coordinator Shirley Banh at [email protected] or call the Office of Public Affairs at903.813.2891.

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Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

“URBAN DIALOGUE” will discuss the Woodmen Circle Home

“URBAN DIALOGUE” will discuss the Woodmen Circle Home

Sherman Museum | September 28, 2017

“Urban Dialogue: Science After Dark” will present a discussion on the Woodmen Circle Home. Kathy Flynn, journalist and historian, and Linda Robertson, former employee of the Woodmen Circle Home will lead a discussion on the home, its history and legend. The event will be held in Kelly Square’s Grayson Hall, 113 S. Travis Street, in downtown Sherman. It is scheduled for October 3rd, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Admission to the event is free with complimentary snacks and beverages provided courtesy of the Sherman Rotary Club. Shawn Kirby of the Herald-Democrat will moderate the event.

“The Woodmen Circle Home is perhaps one of the most famous landmarks in all of Sherman. Though starting as a home for widows, the elderly, and orphans, it has an interesting past that has made it one of the most famous places in town and home to many spooky urban legends,” noted museum director Dan Steelman.

“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” is a joint production of The Sherman Museum, Austin College, and the Sherman Rotary Club. The series is scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month. Discussions are held in Grayson Hall and cover a variety of timely topics from the fields of science and history.
About The Sherman Museum

The Sherman Museum is a non-profit 501(c) (3) educational organization devoted to collecting, preserving and interpreting objects of historical significance for visitors and residents of Grayson County and the Greater North Texas Region. The museum was previously known as The Red River Historical Museum prior to a name change in March 2011.

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Texoma Medical Center to hold a Beam Raising Ceremony

Texoma Medical Center will hold a Beam Raising Ceremony on Wednesday, July 12 at 1:00 pm in the south parking lot of the hospital’s main campus. The placement of the last beam signifies the end of the structural steel phase of the hospital’s new 110,000 square foot four story patient tower expansion.

Texoma Medical Center

 The ceremony is a tradition in building construction which provides a special occasion to thank construction crew members and the supervisors who have helped to erect the structure of the hospital’s expansion project. The final beam will be signed by TMC employees, TMC Board of Directors, TMC Volunteers, and construction team members before being put into place.

 In December 2016, more than 150 people gathered at Texoma Medical Center for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the $50 million expansion project. The first floor expansion will increase the size of the Emergency Department (ED) to include 24 additional ED rooms, bringing the department’s total to 48 rooms; 2 additional Trauma rooms; a 16-bed Chest Pain Unit; a dedicated Computed Tomography (CT) suite and a dedicated imaging suite. The second floor will provide an additional 20 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patient rooms, and the third floor will add 20 Medical/Surgical beds and 12 private rooms for a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a new service for TMC. The fourth floor of the new tower will be shelled space for future hospital growth. The hospital expects the expansion project to be completed in early 2018.