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.

Dust Bowl Exhibit On Display At The Sherman Museum

Dust Bowl Exhibit The Sherman Museum announced a new exhibit entitled, “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry”, will be on display at the museum now through April 3, 2017. The traveling exhibit, on loan from the Oklahoma History Center, focuses on devastating drought and dust storms that wreaked havoc to farmersand ranchers of the Great Plains region during the 1930s. The period witnessed amassive exodus of population from the region, with approximately 60 percent of thepopulation moving to other areas, especially to California and the Far West.

“We are pleased to offer this exhibit in our newly renovated building,” noted DanSteelman, Museum Executive Director. “The Dust Bowl was an ecological disaster of the highest order. Fertile farmland turned to dust. This exhibit analyzes the causes of the disaster and suggests what we can learn from the experience.” “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry” was organized by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Dr. Jess C. Porter from the University of Arkansasat Little Rock. Part of the exhibit content was drawn from the Oklahoma State University library and features their Women of the Dust Bowl oral histories. Mount Holyoke CollegeLibrary, which houses the Caroline Henderson papers (letters, essays and articles by awoman who farmed throughout the Dust Bowl) were also an inspiration for the exhibit.

The Sherman Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, $2.00 for students (ages 6 to17 and with college ID) and FREE for ages 5 and under and museum members. Discounts are available to groups of 10 or more.

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. For more information about The Sherman Museum contact us at www.theshermanmuseum.org.

The Sherman Museum set to reopen after renovations

The Sherman Museum set to reopen after renovations

Sherman Museum Geology of the Texoma AreaThe Sherman Museum will reopen on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  The museum has been closed to the public for the last month while renovations were made to the historic Carnegie Library building. The museum building was restored with funds from local citizens.

“We are so grateful to the community for helping us preserve this building. It is a treasured part of the history of this city,” noted Executive Director, Dan Steelman. The building was constructed in 1914-1915 with funding from the local populace and the Carnegie Foundation. It served as Sherman’s first public library from 1915 until 1972. In 1976, the building became home to the Sherman Historical Museum and has housed the museum continuously since then. For many of those years the building was owned and cared for by the city, however, the city transferred title of ownership for the building to the museum’s Board of Trustees in 2006. The structure is one of 13 remaining Carnegie Library buildings in Texas. It is recognized as a Texas State Landmark and is listed on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places.

“We apologize for the inconvenience of closing during the renovations, but we think the public will be very happy with the results.” Steelman said, “This is only the second time we have had to close for extensive work on the building; the other being the addition of our elevator about six years ago.”

The Sherman Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, $2.00 for students (ages 6 to17 and with college ID) and FREE for ages 5 and under and museum members. Discounts are available to groups of 10 or more.

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. For more information about The Sherman Museum contact us at www.theshermanmuseum.org.

Govenor Abbott calls for reductions in Texas property taxes

Govenor Abbott calls for reductions in Texas property taxes

Governor Greg Abbott today listed property and franchise tax reduction as legislative priorities in his State of the State address. Low-tax advocates were quick to offer praise for the Governor’s call to action:

On Property Tax Reduction:

“Americans for Prosperity is applauding Governor Abbott for pledging to support property tax reform here in Texas. Currently, too many hard-working families in the state are literally being taxed out of their homes and that is simply unacceptable. Lower taxes have played an essential part in Texas’ role as an economic leader in the nation. Burdening Texas families with higher taxes is not a sensible solution for our state budget. We are proud to stand alongside Governor Abbott in his effort to give taxpayers greater control over rising property tax rates.”
Jerome Greener, State Director, Americans for Prosperity-Texas

“There is a revolt brewing in Texas over soaring property tax bills that are neither realistic nor sustainable. In 2015, Texas’ 4,171 local governments walloped homeowners and businesses for more than $52 billion in property taxes, or about $1,900 for every man, woman, and child in the Lone Star State. As mammoth an amount as that is, trends suggest that the burden is likely to get heftier still, with tax levies historically outpacing standard economic measures by a wide margin. Governor Abbott’s call for structural property tax reform could not have come at a more urgent time. Texans everywhere are struggling to cope with the relentless onslaught of local property taxes, and systemic change is needed to secure needed and lasting relief.”
James Quintero, Director, Center for Local Governance-Texas Public Policy Foundation

“The Texas Association of REALTORS® applauds Gov. Abbott’s comments in his State of the State address regarding property tax reform. Bringing more transparency and honesty to the local level when tax rates are set will enable Texans to be more informed about how their tax dollars are being spent.”
Vicki Fullerton, Chairman, Texas Association of REALTORS®

On Franchise Tax Reduction:

“We are pleased with the Governor’s commitment to continue working to eliminate the franchise tax. The compliance cost plus payment makes this tax one of the most burdensome taxes Texas businesses have to contend with.”
Talmadge Heflin, Director, Center for Fiscal Policy-Texas Public Policy Foundation

“Governor Abbott’s call to ultimately phase out the franchise tax is an approach that the state must continue to pursue. The franchise tax was created in 2006 to help lower property taxes and to keep the school finance system out of court, yet it has failed in both of those objectives. Texas has slipped in national rankings for tax policy and economic outlook, in part, because of it. Economic projections show that eliminating the franchise tax would produce 41,500 net new jobs, $3.4 billion in net new investment, and $9.8 billion in new personal disposable income. Eliminating the franchise tax would make Texas one of only four states without a corporate income tax or gross receipts-style business tax, which would be a boon for investment, job creation, and economic growth.”
John Colyandro, Executive Director, and Tom Aldred, Director of Policy & Research-Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute