Stop and Smell the Roses

Annual Grayson Home Hospice Auxiliary Membership Luncheon

Sherman, Texas, August 15, 2017

The Auxiliary of Home Hospice of Grayson County will host its annual membership luncheon, “Stop and Smell the Roses” on Thursday, September 14nd at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5015 South US 75, Denison, Texas. This event will highlight the supportive role of the Home Hospice Auxiliary, provide an opportunity to invite others to join the organization and celebrates the 35th birthday of Home Hospice of Grayson County.

Guests at this plated luncheon will enjoy an entertaining program by top Texas humorist and conference speaker, Sally Baskey. Her book, “Laughter, My Drug of Choice”, shares her philosophy of using a sense of humor to deal with change. She will entertain, educate, and influence you by showing how humor can help diffuse difficult situations in life. Sally Baskey will make you smile, but more importantly, Sally will make you think.

This event will start at 11:30 am on September 14th. To celebrate our 35th birthday, tickets areavailable for $35 for an individual open seating ticket and $280 for a reserved table of eight. Deadline for ticket purchase is September 8, 2017.

The purpose of the Home Hospice Auxiliary is to advance the goals and objectives of Home Hospice through service and fundraising. Since 1984, the Auxiliary has been helping to provide education in the community, raise funds for special programs and create awareness for those needing support at the end-of-life.

To purchase tickets, or to get more information, contact Barb Samuelson, Volunteer and Program Manager for Home Hospice and the Auxiliary’s liaison at 903-868-9315 [email protected] or Donna Bedgood at 903-814-2319. You can also visit or visit our Facebook page at

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is a 501(c)(3) local community-based organization serving our communities for 35 years. Our mission is to provide the best care and support to enhance Quality of Life of our patients and their families. We value those we serve as they are our neighbors, our friends, and our families.

Home Hospice Auxiliary Membership Luncheon

Austin College Board Announces New President

SHERMAN, TEXAS—August 2017

The Austin College Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Steven P. O’Day as the 16th president of Austin College, effective October 30, 2017. The announcement comes following a comprehensive national search. Interim president Michael Imhoff continues his role until October 30.

STEVEN P. O’DAYO’Day has more than 20 years of leadership experience in wide-ranging higher education administration.

He describes his career in higher education as “driven by a deeply held belief that we are called upon to personally educate and support the whole student—mind, body, and spirit—in the classroom and lab, on the athletics field, on the stage, in the studio, in the workplace, in the residence hall, throughout the global community, and in every facet of the student experience. This belief is grounded in a blending of the liberal arts and specialized training necessary for lives of significance, leadership, service, and integrity.”

He comes to Austin College from Lebanon Valley College (LVC) in Annville, Pennsylvania, where he serves as vice president of strategic initiatives and secretary of the college. During his four years at the private college with a student body of approximately 1,600 undergraduates and 200 graduate students, he also has served as interim vice president of advancement and special assistant to the president. He has held leadership roles at the college in institutional strategic planning and campus master planning and has overseen several major capital improvement projects, including the construction of a $20.8 million facility designed to house several of the college’s health professions academic programs. O’Day also has been instrumental in record-setting fundraising efforts, government and community relations, and has served as a member of the LVC senior leadership team. Prior to his work at LVC, O’Day spent 15 years at Franklin & Marshall College in a number of senior administration leadership roles.

Austin College Board of Trustees member Scott Austin, a 1983 graduate of the College, led the Search Committee for the 16th President of Austin College. “The committee worked very hard and very well together,” said Austin, “and it was clear all along the way that each of the eleven members was serving out of a deep felt love for Austin College. In addition to the committee, many members of the Austin College community, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders made significant contributions to the process. This search was about the Austin College community as a whole.”

O’Day’s professional career began in the field of law. Having received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Millersville University in Pennsylvania and a law degree from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, he spent 10 years as a practicing attorney. His background relates to a page from the Austin College history books: John D. Moseley, considered one of the most successful presidents (1953-1978) in Austin College’s history, also came to the presidency with a law degree.

Leaving the courtroom for the athletics field in 1997, O’Day took on the role of women’s soccer head coach at Franklin & Marshall College. Over the next 10 years, his teams amassed the most wins in the program’s history, and O’Day meanwhile made a permanent transition to higher education. While coaching, he also served as an adjunct professor of business law and as pre-law advisor, and was appointed associate dean for advisement, then associate dean for student academic affairs. Upon leaving coaching in 2007, he was appointed senior associate dean of the college, a position he held until 2013 when he left Franklin & Marshall to become special assistant to the president for innovative programs at LVC.

Steven O'Day and wife CeceMr. O’Day’s wife, Cecelia “Cece,” has been a high school English teacher and swimming coach for more than 20 years. The couple has one son, Ryan, who lives and works in the greater Boston area.

“As my wife, Cece, and I have gotten to know the Austin College community, we have met people who are truly committed to preparing students for rewarding careers and for full, engaged, and meaningful lives,” Mr. O’Day said. “We share this commitment and look forward to our work together to ensure Austin College’s place among the nation’s treasured liberal arts institutions for generations to come. “

Asked about family and faith, O’Day said that spirituality, faith, and service are important aspects of his life. He describes his own faith history as quite ecumenical, with family involvement in Catholic, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, and Presbyterian traditions. Lebanon Valley College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church; his parents were Catholic; his wife is a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren. “I am very comfortable living and working in an environment that welcomes people of different faiths. I know Austin College shares this same ethos, and I deeply value the covenant between the College and the Presbyterian Church,” O’Day said.

Members of the Austin College faculty and staff served on the Search Committee for the 16th President. “Steven brings a wealth of valuable experience—strategic planning, fund raising, enrollment, student life—and a deep understanding of the role of liberal arts in today’s changing world,” said David Baker, professor of physics. “But what impressed me the most are his personal and professional qualities: collaboration, humility, and a genuine interest in students. Steven O’Day is a great fit for Austin College.”

“His diversified skill set and demonstrated success at small, private liberal arts schools make him uniquely qualified for our campus leadership,” said Michelle Filander, women’s basketball coach and staff representative to the selection committee. “We are confident and enthusiastic about his ability to lead Austin College as we face challenges both specific to our institution and those facing higher education at large.”

Preston Trail Chapter, NSDAR tour The Texas First Ladies’ Historical Gown Collection at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas

This is a long title but Texas Daughters (or “TXDAR members”) should consider making a field trip to Denton to view this wonderful display of gowns as well as the chance to see other historic rooms in Hubbard Hall which have irreplaceable interior designs.

DAR Tour Texas First Ladies Gown Collection

More importantly, the collection was created by the Texas Society of the DAR during the administration of the late Dr. Marion Day Mullins, State Regent from 1937 to 1940, presenting the collection to TWU on behalf of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1940.

Members of Preston Trail Chapter NSDAR of Pottsboro, as well as some members from the Rebecca Crockett Chapter of Gainesville NSDAR visited on July 20. The tour was graciously conducted by Docent Ann Barton.

Though there are approximately 40 gowns in the complete collection only 20 at a time are on display to the public as they rotated out for necessary repairs and restoration and some selections are sent to Austin for display at the University of Texas.

The gowns are displayed in environmentally protective glass cases with large plaques opposite which provide information on the governors, the First Ladies, and accomplishments of each lady.  In addition, each plaque describes the fabric of the gown with its various embellishments.  Ms. Barton gave additional historic information concerning the displays.

Older styles ranged from high necks, long sleeves, and full skirts through the 1919s and 1920s with short skirts, no sleeves, and hand-sewn decorations of beads, gems, and sequins.  Some of the more recent styles echo the older gowns but are sewn using more modern fabrics.

Gowns on display include those of Texas’ first three First Ladies from 1836 to 1846 during the Republic of Texas.  Others date from U. S. annexation in 1846 to the present, and there are several from First Ladies of the United States who have had very special ties to Texas.

Restoration and proper safeguarding of the gowns are provided for by generous donations from the community as well as from local and national foundations, and is of great importance to TXDAR, State Regent, Judy Ostler. During the 118th Texas State Conference Mrs. Ostler designated a special fund be created for the specific purpose of restoration of several heavily damaged dresses.

“We urge all Texas Daughters to try to visit this unique exhibit of Texas history,” said Mrs. Vicki McComack, Regent of the Preston Trail Chapter.  Special arrangements for the tour were attended by Mrs. Lisa Lettie, Honorary Regent Preston Trail Chapter.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.  DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.  To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit or connect with DAR on social media at and

Katybug Shuffle

Katybug ShuffleThe Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation, Inc. will be hosting the Katybug Shuffle Walk for Warriors on Saturday, July 29 at Fairview Park in Sherman.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.  You can register online at Active.

The Katybug Shuffle Walk for Warriors is benefitting five families in Grayson County who are currently facing the battle of childhood cancer.  The Warriors are Kaylen of Pottsboro, Hannah and Zach, both of Denison, Katelyn of Van Alstyne, and Everleigh of Whitesboro.

The Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation was created to honor Katy Whaley of Pottsboro and in memory of Amanda Mauppin of Ivanhoe. The two families met at a family camp hosted by Children’s Hospital in Dallas and became friends.

The families quickly realized that in our area, there are no support groups to offer emotional or financial support for the families of pediatric cancer patients. The Whaley and Mauppin families wanted to change that.

After Katy completed treatment, her family decided to start a foundation to offer the much-needed support in Grayson and Fannin counties. The foundation’s name came about because Katybug is Katy’s nickname. The Butterflies, however, has a much more special meaning. After Amanda lost her battle to Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2012, Bonnie, her mother, gave Katy one of Amanda’s necklaces, a butterfly. And the foundation was named.

The foundation’s goal is to offer emotional and financial support to families from Grayson County or Fannin County facing the devastating diagnosis of pediatric cancer. The financial help is not income based, as this is a hurdle many families encounter.  If you or someone you know is facing a childhood cancer diagnosis, you may reach Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation, Inc. at [email protected] or on Facebook (Katybugs & Butterflies Foundation, Inc.).

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Austin College Grad Students Lead Summer Learning Adventure

Austin College | Sherman Texas | July 15, 2017

SISD elementary students explore India

This summer marks the 15-year collaboration between the Austin College Austin Teacher Program (ATP) and Sherman Independent School District to offer Thinking Camp to the Gifted and Talented elementary students in the district.

Austin College Teacher ProgramThinking Camp is a program dually designed to give ATP graduate students an opportunity to develop teaching skills and provide a rich learning experience for area elementary students. The annual program is coordinated by Dr. Julia Shahid,  Austin College Education Department Head and associate professor of education, and Cyndi Petray, SISD gifted and talented teacher.

“We are thrilled to have this partnership with the Sherman ISD that exemplifies a win-win for all involved,” said Shahid. “The elementary students have the opportunity for a rich hands-on and minds-on learning. Simultaneously, Austin College students have their first opportunity to run their own class for two weeks as they work with a teammate to accomplish things that a classroom teacher is expected to do.”

Sherman ISD Gifted and Talented Summer CampSISD students will gather at Jefferson Elementary School, near Austin College, to explore India’s culture for two weeks beginning Monday, July 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. The program is offered to students who are identified as gifted and talented in the district, and there is currently a waiting list to attend. The camp has experienced growth within the past few years totaling a number of 40 to 50 students.

Austin College graduate students Kristen Annis, Hailey Clendennen, Haleigh Hahn, and Brittney Aldridge will teach this year’s curriculum titled  “Exotic India: More Alike than Different.” Rising 2nd through 5th grade Gifted & Talented Sherman ISD students will discover the culture, religion, celebrations, geography, daily life, and challenges of India. The students will also receive dance instructions both weeks led by student members of the Austin College Indian Cultural Association.

Thinking Camp is funded by grant from the Capt. H. T. Hastings Trust. The grant covers costs of curriculum, all supplies, healthy snacks, dance instruction, authentic Indian food, and compensation for the Sherman ISD teacher/liaison.

Shahid emphasized that the program’s ultimate goal is two-fold. First, the program provides a unique, enriching learning experience for the students. Second, the program allows Austin College’s grad students to build confidence in what it means to be a teacher. “It is truly a rich learning experience for all involved,” said Shahid.

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.