Award-Winning Psychiatrist to Speak at Austin College

Award-Winning Psychiatrist to Speak at Austin College

Vikram PatelAustin College will host internationally recognized psychiatrist and professor Vikram Patel on campus as the 2017 recipient of the Austin College Posey Leadership Award on Tuesday, March 28. Patel will present “People’s Health in People’s Hands,” at 11 a.m. in Wynne Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

The College’s Posey Leadership Award recognizes Patel’s work addressing mental health problems globally, particularly as a champion of the underserved. He works to create justice for all by creating access to quality mental health care for the socially disadvantaged or those living in low-resource settings worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, one in four people will be affected by a mental health issue in a lifetime. Patel is working to provide innovative ways to extend mental health solutions and to develop and evaluate psychological treatments that can be delivered by non-specialized health workers in routine health care or educational settings. He also seeks to teach ordinary people to deliver front-line mental health care to make up for the lack of care in many situations.

Patel was born in Mumbai, India, and graduated from medical school at the University of Bombay and completed a Ph.D. in psychology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He describes psychiatry as a medical field with the perfect mix of society and science. Timemagazine recognized Patel on its 2015 list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. He also received the 2016 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health and was recognized at the Asian Awards in London as 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Patel is co-director for the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions at the Public Health Foundation of India in New Delhi. He also co-founded Sangath, a research NGO in Goa, India, that focuses on child development, adolescent health, and mental health, He also is co-founder of the Center for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research has been supported since 1995 by the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health through the support of bright minds.

An accomplished writer, Patel has written more than 250 articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of several books including Where There is No Psychiatrist: A Mental Health Care Manual (2003). The manual has been translated into a dozen languages and is used by community healthcare workers worldwide.

On Wednesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. Patel will deliver his lecture at the Austin College Global Outreach (GO!) Forum at the Perot Museum in Dallas. Tickets to the event start at $50 and are available at www.austincollege.edu/goforum.

The Austin College Leadership Award was created in March 2008 through the generosity of Sally and Lee Posey, founder of Palm Harbor Homes; the Posey name was added to the award upon Lee Posey’s death in 2008. The award honors outstanding individuals who, through their work, have demonstrated the principles of servant leadership. Previous recipients include Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, founders of Half the Sky Movement and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists; Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America; Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of Grameen Band; Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund; Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy; Dr. Nathan Wolfe, epidemiologist and author of the “The Viral Storm”; and Shigeru Ban, Pritzker Prize laureate and founder of the Voluntary Architects’ Network.

Sponsors for this year’s events include Bank of Texas and Sherman Economic Development Corporation, as well as Texas Health Resources of Fort Worth; Goldman, Sachs & Co., headquartered in Dallas; UT Southwestern/Southwestern Medical Foundation; Bank of Texas;  Dr. and Mrs. Henry Estess of Dallas; Hersh Foundation of Irving; Abigail and Todd Williams of Dallas; Stan and Judy Woodward of Dallas; John and Anne Andersen of Dallas; Children’s Health of Dallas; Brent Christopher of Dallas; Emily and David Corrigan of Dallas; Rebecca and Ron Gafford of Dallas; San Angelo physician Fazlur Rahman, M.D. and Jahanara Rahman; Ann Ross of Dallas; Sherman Economic Development Corporation; Becky and Larry Sykes of Dallas; DHD Films of Dallas; and Mental Health America (MHA) of Greater Dallas.

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 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 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.

Children Invited to Explore Music and Dance at Austin College Program

Children Invited to Explore Music and Dance at Austin College Program

Roo BoundArea children are invited to participate in Austin College’s ’Roo Bound program Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., coordinated by the College’s Service Station. This free Saturday morning program is an opportunity for children in kindergarten through 5th grade to spend fun, learning time with members of the Austin College community. This month’s program is titled “Musical March” and students will learn about various musical instruments in the morning and learn some fun dance routines with members of the Austin College Aussies Dance Team and ACtivators after having lunch in the Austin College dining hall in Wright Campus Center, courtesy of the Service Station and Aramark Food Service.

The day of the program, students should arrive between 10:45 and 11 a.m. at the Wright Campus Center entrance off Brockett Street.

Advance registration is requested so that sufficient volunteers and materials will be available and only 50 slots are available. To register or for more information, contact the Austin College Service Station at 903.813.2333 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays or email servicestation@austincollege.edu. To register by email, include the child’s name and grade level, along with the parents’ phone number.

In addition to the special learning opportunity for children, ’Roo Bound, coordinated by Service Station and involving many campus student groups, is designed to expose children to the idea of college in a safe, fun environment. The organizers hope that the program makes college attendance seem accessible to children, particularly those who might be the first in their families to consider college.

The Austin College Service Station is a student-run organization that connects Austin College students available for service with local agencies and groups needing volunteers. Many students do individual service projects in the community; campus organizations often do group projects; others take part in projects such as ’Roo Bound or the College’s annual Great Day of Service, when several hundred students volunteer at more than 40 agencies in the north Texas region.

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 Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 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.

Deadline Nearing for Local ATHENA Leadership Awards Nominations

Deadline Nearing for Local ATHENA Leadership Awards Nominations

The deadline is approaching for nominations for Athena Award and Athena Young Professional Award for exemplary women leaders in Grayson, Fannin, and Cooke counties. Nominations must be made by January 30 with completion of the online ATHENA Leadership Award® Nomination Form and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Nomination Form, which can be found at www.austincollege.edu/athena.  Past award recipients are not eligible to receive the award, though previous nominees may be nominated again.

Austin College and its Texoma Women Get Connected program reinstituted the prestigious awards locally a few years ago and will recognize the 2017 honorees at a luncheon in spring 2017.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to individuals who have attained and embody the highest level of professional excellence in their business or profession, devote time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community; and clearly serve as role models for young women both personally and professionally.

Event sponsors and table sponsors are needed for the event. Learn more from the Sponsor Information Sheet, also available at www.austincollege.edu/athena. Event sponsorships benefit the College’s Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA) summer intern program. For more information, please contact Trish Jennings at 903.813.2042.

The ATHENA Award had been presented locally in the past by the Sherman and Denison Chambers of Commerce, but had not been awarded in several years until revived by Austin College in fall 2014. Since its reinstatement locally, the ATHENA Award has honored Stacy Rake Murphy, owner and principal agent of Nationwide Insurance in Sherman (2014), and Brenda Hayward, executive director of Child and Family Guidance Center of Texoma (2016). The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award has honored Michelle Lemming, president and CEP of Texoma Health Foundation (2014), and Hillary Luckett Clark, a Sherman attorney and community leader (2016). No awards were given in 2015. A list of all known local recipients is included on the Austin College Athena Award website.

The ATHENA Leadership Award Program is administered by ATHENA International, a non-profit women’s leadership organization, along with licensed host organizations and sponsors. Over 6,000 awards have been presented in the U.S. and around the world since the program’s inception in 1982. Recent recipients include Condoleezza Rice, Billie Jean King, Pat Summit, and Gabby Giffords.

Super Bowl Champion to be at Annual Grayson County MLK Celebration

Super Bowl Champion to be at Annual Grayson County MLK Celebration

Super Bowl Champion at Grayson County MLK CelebrationThe 13th annual Grayson County Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Breakfast will be held Monday, January 16, at 7:15 a.m. in Mabee Hall of the Robert J. and Mary Wright Campus Center at Austin College. The cost is $15 per person, payable at the door, and admission is free for the faculty and students of Austin College and Grayson College.

Sherman and Grayson County Rotary Clubs, Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center, Austin College, Grayson College and the Sherman Neighborhood Recreation Committee sponsor the event.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. George Koonce, Super Bowl XXXI Champion, former starting linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, and current Senior Vice President of University Relations at Marian University in Wisconsin. Koonce is known as the “Doctor of Defense” because he is one of only two men who not only played for the Packers but also earned a doctoral degree. He began his college career at Chowan College in North Carolina. Before graduating in 1989, he was named Coastal Conference Defensive Player of the Year. After a year stint in the World League of American Football, Koonce was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1992. He was a starter for eight years.

He continued his education by earning his bachelor’s degree at New York University in 1999, his master’s in Sports Management from East Carolina in 2006, and his doctorate from Marquette University in 2012. Koonce has served in a variety of athletic administrative positions at Marquette University (Wisconsin), Wisconsin-Milwaukee, East Carolina University, as well as for the Green Bay Packers. His dissertation, “Role Transition of National Football League Player: Using the Grounded Theory,” brought awareness to the challenges that NFL retirees face. In 2014 he co-authored Is There Life After Football?: Surviving the NFL with James A. Holstein and Richard S. Jones.

The annual parade celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Saturday, January 14, at noon. All churches, civic and social groups, and members of the public are welcome. The parade route begins at 400 S. Travis Street. A service will follow in Wynne Chapel on the Austin College campus. For parade participation information contact Sherman Neighborhood Recreation Committee representatives Rev. Charles Brown Sr. at 903-818-4728 or Karen Brown at 903-209-6664.

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 Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 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.

Austin College seeks new president

Austin College seeks new president

Dr. Marjorie HassAustin College President Marjorie Hass announced on December 12, 2016 that she will leave the College, effective June 30, after eight years of leading the transformative growth of one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the 15th president of Austin College, and I am so proud of what we have been able to achieve together,” said Dr. Hass. “The College is at a moment in time when new leadership will be able to build on everything we have accomplished in this last decade and bring energy and vision to the work that is ahead.”

Hass has been named the next president of Rhodes College, a liberal arts institution of about 2,000 students in Memphis, Tennessee. She succeeds Dr. William E. Troutt and assumes her duties on July 1, 2017. She and her husband, Dr. Lawrence Hass, will move to Memphis after she completes her term as president of Austin College this summer.

“Marjorie’s passionate commitment to building on the quality liberal arts education offered by Austin College has enhanced the profile of this institution at all levels,” said David Corrigan, chair of the Austin College Board of Trustees. “She has never wavered in working with the board and the greater community to achieve the shared vision that has created a bright future for Austin College and we are well-positioned as we begin the search for new leadership.”

Next Steps for Austin College

Scott Austin, a 1983 graduate of Austin College and a member of the Board of Trustees, has been appointed by Corrigan to lead a search committee for the 16th president. The committee will include representatives from key constituencies, including the board, faculty, staff and students. “I am confident we will find the right person to draw upon the many achievements of the last decade and the vision for Austin College that Marjorie has helped develop and shape, and to lead us into the future,” said Austin. “Clearly, Marjorie has done an extraordinary job of enhancing the educational experience we offer. We are well-positioned to continue forward, and are excited about the future for this great institution.”

Since joining Austin College as president in July 2009, Hass has brought extraordinary vision and leadership to the campus and the #ROONATION represented by alumni and friends globally. The College has continued to cultivate a culture of academic excellence and a commitment to educational access for talented students regardless of financial background. The footprint of the campus has been enhanced by the construction of high-end residential housing along Grand Avenue and construction of the IDEA Center, a 100,000-square-foot LEED® Gold-certified science complex housing the largest research-grade telescope in the region.

Since 2009, the College has undertaken a systematic strategic planning effort, resulting in considerable growth in the size and strength of the College’s applicant pool as well as increased retention, increased environmental sustainability of the institution, and a significant improvement in the College’s financial position. Fundraising has exceeded $80M, including the recently received gift of $7M, a portion of which establishes the Austin College Scarborough Center for Writing.

President Hass has brought national attention to Austin College by serving as the chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and on the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC). Statewide representation includes her work with the Texas Women in Higher Education conference and serving on the board of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT). She also represents Austin College locally by serving on the Texoma Medical Center Board of Directors and on the Board of Trustees of The Hockaday School in Dallas.

Prior to joining Austin College, Dr. Hass spent more than 16 years as a member of the faculty and administration at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn. She joined Muhlenberg in 1993 as an assistant professor of philosophy, rising to the rank of associate professor in 1998 and full professor in 2005. Hass was the Director of the Center for Ethics from 2000-03 and served as interim dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs in 2003-04. She was appointed provost in 2005, a position she held until she was named president of Austin College in 2009.

Dr. Hass holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her husband, Lawrence, is professor of humanities at Austin College, former professor of philosophy and theater arts at Muhlenberg College, and an internationally celebrated sleight-of-hand magician and teacher of magicians. The couple has two adult children. Cameron, 27, is a program analyst at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, New Jersey. Jessica, 22, is a graduate student in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas, Arlington.

About Austin College

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 Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 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.