Grayson College Rotaract Club presents Community Service Award

Grayson College Rotaract Club presents Community Service Award

Grayson College’s Rotaract Club celebrated its second year as a club sponsored by the Grayson County Rotary. As part of its year end celebration, Grayson College Rotaract President, Christina Childress, presented the club’s 2016-17 Community Service Award to Brandy Barnard for her work with the Denison Animal Welfare Group (DAWG).

Brandy Barnard recieves awardBarnard shared her story of losing her dog, recovering him, and working with friends to establish the Denison Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) in 2014.  When their first location flooded after only a year, the group moved into its current home, the old South Side Fire Station on Spur 503. Barnard emphasized the generosity of the many volunteers who donate money and care for the dogs and cats waiting to find new homes after being abandoned. She spoke of DAWG’s work with the Oklahoma Spay Network that helps to keep more stray pets from being neglected and spares adopters the responsibility and costs associated with pet care. Cats are cared for by volunteers at PetSmart and PetCo. Dogs are at Petco for adoption on Saturdays from 10-4.

Barnard spoke enthusiastically about the upcoming DAWG 5K run and shorter walking event for raising funds that will take place in Heritage Park on Saturday May 12 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Runners and walkers may register and enjoy the exercise and the support of a truly deserving cause. Leashed and friendly pets are welcome to join in the fun!

In addition to recognizing Barnard and her service, Childress presented a check for funds raised for End Polio Now to Grayson County Rotarian Terry Everett.  The Grayson County Rotary will double the check before sending it on to Rotary International. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will triple the donation in support of the goal of eliminating polio.

Grayson College’s Rotaract meets during the academic year twice monthly with students from a wide variety of majors. They volunteer with local Rotarians and have traveled to Dallas to help Fair Park Rotarians staff the Texas Discovery Gardens during the Texas State Fair. The group raises funds for Rotary International’s End Polio Now vaccination campaign so that they give locally and globally, reflecting the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self—He Profits Most Who Serves Best.” GC professor Jean Sorensen and librarian Alvin Bailey sponsor the campus organization.

Grayson College Year-End Student Art Exhibit 2017

Grayson College Year-End Student Art Exhibit 2017

2nd Floor GalleryThe Grayson College Year-End Student Art Exhibition is a juried show featuring selected works by Grayson College Visual Arts students currently enrolled in the art program or taking an art studio class in the spring 2017 semester. Student work will be selected into the exhibit and juried for awards.

Work in any media is eligible. Art work must be current and completed while enrolled at Grayson College. Artists are not limited to the number of works submitted. All artwork must be original and for sale. Flat work must be suitably framed, wired, and ready to hang.

All work submitted must be for sale and eligible for the purchase award ($250) regardless of the assigned value of the work.

The College reserves the right to reject any work that is deemed unsuitable for the exhibition.

All reasonable care will be given to artwork while in the custody of GC. Works are submitted at the artist’s risk. Grayson College nor those individuals setting up and taking down the exhibit cannot assume responsibility for damage or loss incurred before, during, or after the exhibition

Delivery of artwork for exhibit: Monday, May 1. Work will be accepted between 2:30pm and 4:30pm. No work will be accepted after 4:30pm.

Exhibition open to the public:
May 3 thru May 12.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday 9am to 3:30pm

Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, May 9, 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Awards to be announced at 7:15pm

Grayson College TEAMS Fall 2016

Grayson College TEAMS Fall 2016

Grayson CollegeRegistration is open for the Grayson College TEAMS Fall 2016 program

Grayson College TEAMS is a lifelong learning program offered to students 60 years of age and older.  TEAMS classes are non-credit.  There are no tests, grades, or papers to write! The program will include talented instructors, college professors, and business leaders with categorical experience. The sheer joy of learning something new and becoming more informed is the goal of T.E.A.M.S participants.  Students will be able to select which classes they would like to attend by calling the Center for Workplace Learning. You can take one class or take them all!


Join us for a fun, relaxed literary conversation hosted by Lisa Hebert, our energetic and outgoing Head Librarian.

  • Book & a Movie- September 1 and 15, Movie- September 29
  • Theatre Review- October 13, Theatre outing, date TBA
  • Book & a Movie- October 27, Movie- November 10
  • Discussions will meet in the Library at 1pm. Movies will be shown in the CWL Auditorium at 1pm.

CULINARY CREATIONS Seating is limited!

Squash Extravaganza With Chef Scott Murray

In this ingredient specific class, you will get to cook with Chef Scott using one of his favorite ingredients: SQUASH! Dishes will include the use of patty pan squash, 8 ball squash, squash blossoms, spaghetti squash, and zucchini pasta.

  • Monday, September 26, 6pm-9pm, Culinary Arts kitchen


Chef Melissa will focus this class on fall themed desserts such as apple dumplings, bread pudding, and a pumpkin roll!

  • Saturday, October 22, 12pm-3pm, Culinary Arts kitchen


Pastry Chef Kelley will introduce you to classic fruit pastries such as apple and pear gallettes, lemon and grapefruit curd, and fruit tarts!

  • Saturday, November 19, 12pm-3pm, Culinary Arts kitchen


Hear from a few of Grayson’s best presenting professors sharing their love of knowledge on their favorite subjects. These presentations have been TEAMS participant’s favorites! Call the CWL for a finalized TEAMS lecture series schedule.


Technology is continuing to make great leaps and bounds that revolutionize the way we live. Join us for a series of engaging conversations sharing information about today’s latest technology to make your life easier.

  • September 13, 2016 and September 27, 2016
  • October 11, 2016 and October 25, 2016
  • November 8, 2016 and November 29, 2016
  • Classes will meet at the CWL, Seminar A at 2pm.


Join us on one of our fun and educational group tours! Transportation provided- details to follow.

  • Friday, September 16, 2016, 10am-12:30pm, Sam Rayburn House Museum- Bonham, Texas
  • Friday, October 7, 2016, 10am-12:30pm, Eisenhower State Park, guided fossil hunt
  • Friday, November 4, 2016, 10am- 5pm, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum- Dallas, Texas


  • Black, White, and 50 Shades of Gray XVI Exhibit- 2nd Floor Gallery, Grayson College
    • Exhibition Dates: August 18 to September 30, 2016
  • Dia de los Muertos V Exhibit- 2nd Floor Gallery, Grayson College
    • Exhibition Dates: October 6 to November 3, 2016
  • “Down the Rabbit Hole” – 2nd Floor Gallery, Grayson College
    • Exhibition Dates: November 9 to December 8, 2016
  • Shakespeare’;s, TEMPEST- October 5 and 6, 10am, Cruse Stark Auditorium, Grayson College

Locations and dates vary with each class. Please contact our office for this information at 903-463-8765.

*Make sure to visit the Student Life Center to obtain your Student ID and gain all of the benefits of being a student at Grayson College!

Cost for all events $60


Grayson College offers new scholarships for spring

Grayson College offers new scholarships for spring

Grayson College offers new scholarshipsGrayson College | January 5, 2016

Grayson College offers new scholarships this spring which will be  available for up to 57 Grayson College students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). GC received a grant of $149,589 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for its Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship.

“This marks the third year in a row that Grayson College has received the T-STEM grant,” said Randy Truxal, executive director of the Grayson College Foundation. “Grayson College expects to allot up to $2,500 per qualifying student for the 2015-2016 academic year.”

Some of the fields included in this scholarship opportunity at Grayson are: biology; chemistry; computer sciences and information systems, computer maintenance and networking technology, and computer network administration; dental assisting; drafting and design technology/CAD; electrician; emergency medical technology; engineering; geology/earth science; heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology; mathematics; clinical medical laboratory technology; physics; and radiologic technology.

Established by the 82nd Texas Legislature, the T-STEM Challenge Scholarship Grant Program provides Texas public community and technical colleges with grants for merit-based scholarships for qualifying, high-achieving students. The U.S. Department of Commerce asserts in a 2011 report that STEM jobs grew three times as fast as non-STEM jobs over the previous decade. That report also indicates STEM workers earn 26 percent higher wages than their non-STEM colleagues; they also earn higher wages even when they work in non-STEM occupations.

Participating colleges like Grayson develop partnerships with local business and industry to identify local employment needs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations and develop part-time employment opportunities for T-STEM scholarship recipients. GC’s partners include the cities of Denison and Sherman, ACS Manufacturing, Champion Cooler, Denison Development Alliance, Dr. Pamela Moore, Sherman Radiology Associates, Texoma Medical Center and Wilson N. Jones Hospital.

T-STEM Challenge Scholarships are merit scholarships based on past and continued student performance in specific instructional programs. Students can apply the funds toward tuition, fees, necessary textbooks and classroom supplies. Awards are still available for the upcoming Spring 2016 semester.

“These scholarships assist Grayson College’s full-time students of any age who are majoring in any of the T-STEM instructional programs,” said Tina Dodson, director of annual giving for the GC Foundation. “Recipients must complete at least 80% of all semester credit hours to retain his/her T-STEM scholarship for the following semester.”

To qualify, applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average or higher (on a 4.0 scale) on all math and science courses on their high school transcripts (or equivalent on GED scores) and be a self-declared major in one of the qualified T-STEM programs at Grayson College. They also must agree to work no more than 15 hours a week in their chosen instructional program area or related field, or for a business participating in the T-STEM program. All applicants, unless exempt, must have a statement on file that he or she is registered with the Selective Service System.

For more information about the T-STEM Challenge Scholarship or to complete the scholarship application, go to and click on “Scholarships for College” under News & Announcements, or contact Dodson at 903-463-8716 or [email protected].

Grayson College Theatre presents “Sons of the Prophet”

Grayson College Theatre presents “Sons of the Prophet”

Sons of the ProphetCoping with wounds that just won’t heal is the plot of “Sons of the Prophet,” a dark comedy presented by the Grayson College Theatre Department Nov. 21-23 in GC’s Black Box Theatre in the Arts & Communication Building on its Main Campus in Denison.

Written by Stephen Karam, the comedy-drama is an award-winning play and a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is recommended for mature audiences because it contains strong language, adult themes and adult content.

Lebanese-American brothers Joseph Douaihy, played by Denison sophomore Dakkota Foster, and Charles Douaihy, portrayed by Bells freshman Tyler Burns, are distantly related to Kahlil Gibran. A Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer, Gibran is the author of “The Prophet,” a book of 26 prose poetry essays that discuss life and the human condition.

Set in 2006-2207, the family lives in a run-down area of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. They face a myriad of medical, financial and spiritual challenges when their father dies from a heart attack shortly after a car accident. That accident was caused by a prank by Vin, the local football star played by Howe freshman Connor Copeland, who is sent to a juvenile detention center as punishment.

The brothers are forced to not only take care of themselves but also care for their aging Uncle Bill, played by Olney freshman Jesse Alsup. To get health insurance, Joseph (who has mysterious pains) goes to work for Gloria, a book-packager played by Sadler freshman Jordan Curry. When Gloria learns about the family’s ties to Gibran, she tries to convince Joseph to write a book, thinking this will return her to big-time success in the publishing world. All of the characters are dogged by a variety of life’s difficulties, but there is hope, humor and healing sprinkled throughout the production.

Caddo Mills sophomore Hunter McDaniel makes his collegiate directorial debut during this production. He believes the play’s theme is both unique to the production and challenging for the actors, who are college-aged students playing older characters with difficult life experiences.

“The story deals with life’s hardness, but there’s a lot of humor too,” said McDaniel. “In this play, just as in real life, happy endings aren’t always realistic. How we suffer – how we deal with life’s hardships – is what defines character and shapes our lives in ways we never expect. Sometimes, all we can do is hope.”

Robin Robinson, GC theatre director, serves as artistic director on the production but the full weight of directing rests on McDaniel’s shoulders. She selected “Sons of the Prophet” precisely because it tackles tough situations, which stretches the student director and actors.

“We try to pick one play a year that has a little edge to it and is contemporary, which we’ve done successfully with ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ and ‘Art’ in the past two years,” Robinson said. “It gives our students an opportunity to work on literature with merit that’s currently being produced in the professional world. (Playwright) Karam is pretty hot right now, and although very young, several of his plays have already been produced.”

While the play is for mature audiences, Robinson said there’s nothing in it that a student director cannot or should not deal with because most students in their classes – even beyond theatre classes – discuss these kinds of situations and use this kind of language.

“I think the community will enjoy the show if they are looking for a play that is geared toward adults who want to think about the issues portrayed and enjoy a live, dark comedy,” Robinson said.

McDaniel is responsible and a hard worker so he was a natural choice for the director’s role, according to Robinson. She knows he plans to be a high school theatre teacher/director so she wanted him to have directing experience to round out all the other theatre skills he’s learned as a Grayson College theatre student. He will graduate with an associate’s degree in theatre from GC in May and plans to transfer to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville to major in theatre education.

McDaniel first became interested in theatre production as a junior at Caddo Mills High School. It was there – working in the constraints of a small program with a limited budget – that he discovered theatre was what he wanted to do for a living and how to work with limitations.

“Success wasn’t dependent on the budget,” he said. “We learned to work with what we had, and that experience was tremendous.”

McDaniel’s knowledge has grown exponentially at Grayson College, primarily on the technical side of theatre. He found the state-of-the-art technology available at GC to be eye-opening.

“It made me want to learn more about the different aspects of theatre, and directing is part of that,” he said. “It’s been a whole new experience for me.”

Being the director helped McDaniel develop and strengthen his skills to create and visualize. He knew his research would have to be strong to develop and direct characters of age with life struggles unfamiliar to him or his contemporaries in the cast.

“Fortunately, the (student) actors understand theatre, the process of directing, and putting on a production – and their respect level toward me has been the same as toward our professional directors,” McDaniel said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a student director because it’s something that most college students don’t get to do.”

McDaniel enjoyed working with the actors and seeing what they brought to rehearsals. Because they are similar ages, they also have similar thought processes. Encouraging them to make character-appropriate choices in their character development has been fun.

“When those efforts are successful, it strengthens the production,” he said. “For those efforts that fail, we can laugh together and know that at least they were bold enough to try it.”

McDaniel and the cast had help with character development from acting coach Ryan Dusek of Pottsboro. A 2005 GC theatre graduate, he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Mississippi where he studied acting under Joe Turner Cantu. After UM, he got a master’s degree from the New School for Drama in New York where he studied under Tony Award-winning actors like Ron Leibman and the late Paul Rudd. Upon graduation, Dusek co-founded Randomly Specific Theatre Company and acted in New York City for the next four years. He was twice nominated for the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance. He’s back in Texas working as a freelance actor and as a regional sales manager for a local company where he says he uses his acting degree every day.

Dusek’s breadth of knowledge has been an asset to McDaniel and the actors. As the acting coach, he consults with the director and together they decide on the approach the director wants to take. From there, Dusek can guide the actors in their character development.

“Ryan encourages the actors do a lot of character work and to make bold choices, and I tweak it to bring it in line with the overall goal and concept of the production,” McDaniel said. “The actors have done a great job with this and they definitely value Ryan’s coaching. What we’re all learning from this collaboration will be useful to each of us in future productions as well.”

“Sons of the Prophet” plays in GC’s Black Box Theatre, which is a multi-functional performance venue. The audience will be seated in the round; that is, on all sides of the staged area. This format provides a more intimate viewing experience for the audience, but poses challenges for both the cast and crew.

“With the audience on all four sides, the actors have to be very aware of how their movements impact the audience,” McDaniel said. “They have to be open to all sides, which is a challenge for them and for me. But we’re learning and, again, it’s something we’ll use in our future as well.”

GC theatre professor Thea Albert designed the scenery, which is using corners on elevated platforms for the first time with this production. The design is based on a board game with the names of each scene painted on the floor.

“We try to do something different every time we use the Black Box and Thea has succeeded in designing an intimate, creative space,” Robinson said. “It’s very abstract, but that’s the genius of her design.”

GC theatre professor Tenna Matthews is technical director and production manager. She oversees Denison sophomore Bryce Dansby as light designer and Sadler sophomore Chris Hendrik as sound designer.

Other cast members include sophomores: Jorge Amador of Princeton as ticket agent; and Katie Gaskill of Savoy and Hunter Malone of Caddo Mills as board members. Freshmen cast members are: Dwayne Bruce of Tom Bean as Dr. Manor; Ashley Coffman of Sugar Land as Mrs. McAndrew; Madison Styles of Durant as physician assistant; and Colton Wall of Whitewright as Timothy.

Sophomore crew members include: Lydia Foster of Denison, costume assistant to designer; Malone, makeup and hair design; Aaron May of Bells, costume design; and Holden Webster of Denison, stage manager.

Freshmen crew members are: Phillip Allen of Mesquite, master electrician; Devin Anding of Jewett, light board operator; Bruce and Styles, props; Coffman, master carpenter; Curry, scenic painter; Trenton Rohret of Wolfe City, sound board operator and scenic painter; and Colt Schell of Denison, assistant stage manager.

GC’s production of “Sons of the Prophet” is recommended for mature audiences due to adult language, themes and content. It features evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 21, and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Nov. 22. Seating in the Black Box Theatre is limited so reservations are recommended. Cost is $3 per person or free with college ID. For more information about the dark comedy, contact the GC Theatre Department at 903-463-8609 or [email protected] .

For audiences that prefer family entertainment, Grayson College Theatre Depart will present a children’s play called “Pirates” in the college’s Cruce Stark Auditorium in February. In April, it will produce the musical “Working” in the Black Box Theatre. Both of those productions are G-rated.