“URBAN DIALOG: SCIENCE AFTER DARK” DISCUSSES CYBER-SECURITY

Cyber Security“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” will present a panel of local experts leading a discussion of “Cyber-Security”. The event will take place on August 1,
2017, from 7pm to 8pm, in Kelly Square’s Grayson Hall, 113 S. Travis Street, in downtown Sherman. 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.

Discussion experts include Sergeant D.M. Hampton, Public Information Officer of the Sherman Police Department, Thomas Carter, Network and Operations Manager, Information Technology Department at Austin College, and Charles Curtis, Executive Director of the Information Technology Department at Austin College.

“We don’t think twice about locking a door to protect our real property,” noted museum directorDan Steelman, “but our possessions go far beyondjust real property. We have digital property as well. The sad fact is we live in a world where cyber-crime is becoming more troublesome than ever before.  Whether you are an individual, a business, or a government, it doesn’t matter – cyber-crime is a threat. We are going to look at the topic and discuss ways we can protect ourselves.”

“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 from 7pm to 8pm. 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. For more information about The Sherman Museum contact us at www.theshermanmuseum.org.

“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” Discusses Cloning

Science After Dark“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark”, returns on June 6, 2017, from 7pm to 8pm, and will feature a discussion on “Cloning and Bio-Ethics”. The event will be held at Grayson Hall, 113 S. Travis Street, in downtown Sherman’s Kelly Square. The event encourages attendees to discuss their opinions with each other and with subject matter experts in a friendly, social environment. Admission to the event is free with complimentary snacks and beverages provided courtesy of the Sherman Rotary Club. “Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” is a joint production of The Sherman Museum, Austin College, and the Sherman Rotary Club. Speakers will include Dr. Karánn Durland, Professor of Philosophy; Religious Studies Department Chair from Austin College, and Dr. John Richardson, Associate Professor of Biochemistry; Director of the STEM Teaching and Research Leadership Program from Austin College. Shawn Kirby of the Herald-Democrat will moderate the event.

“This topic should be a fascinating one as the science continues to grow and develop,” stated Dan Steelman, Executive Director of The Sherman Museum. Whether the issue is cloning your beloved cat, or beef cattle, or reviving an extinct species, like the mammoth, cloning is here and fraught with ethical dilemmas. This is especially true with human cloning and stem cell research. Steelman added, “Please join us for a friendly chat about an intriguing subject with deep medical and ethical possibilities.”

“Urban Dialog: Science After Dark” 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.

 

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

Annual Nonprofit Symposium Set for May 3

Sherman Texas | April 22,2017

The second annual Texoma-area Nonprofit Symposium will be held Wednesday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to noon at Austin College in Wright Campus Center Room 254, featuring a panel discussion on effective partnerships, “Collaboration, Community, and Commitment.” The session, jointly sponsored by Austin College, United Way of Grayson County, and Texoma Women Get Connected, is free and open to the public.

That session will be immediately followed by a noon luncheon featuring a keynote presentation by Kourtny Garrett, president and CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc. The luncheon also includes Austin College’s presentation of the ATHENA Leadership Award and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. Cost of the luncheon is $25 per person, and online registration is required by May 1 at https://www.picatic.com/athena2017/. The luncheon address and awards program are scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Wright Campus Center’s Mabee Hall. For more information, call 903.813.2041.

SPEAKERS

Aliah HenryThe morning panel discussion will feature Aliah Henry, CEO of Dallas Furniture Bank, and Teresa Jackson, CEO and executive director of Sharing Life in Mesquite, Texas.

Dallas Furniture Bank (DFB) provides furniture to families transitioning from homelessness, with a goal to restore normalcy and independence for clients. Since its establishment is in 2003, the nonprofit organization has provided furniture for over 3,269 families and has touched the lives of over 13,000 individuals. Henry manages a $780,000 operating budget and leads a team of five employees and two consultants and partners with a 17-member board of directors and more than 150 volunteers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Morris College and is an Executive MBA candidate at Texas Christian University. She is a past Board Member of Literacy Instruction for Texas, the CEO Nonprofit Council, and Bryan’s House; a volunteer at Girls Inc. of Tarrant County, and has participated in events with Susan G. Komen 3-Day, Junior League, and March of Dimes.

Teresa JacksonSharing Life exists to demonstrate compassion by effectively and efficiently providing dignified, benevolent services to families in need in Mesquite and Southeastern Dallas County. says CEO and executive director Teresa Jackson.

Jackson said the nonprofit, benevolent organization’s primary goal is to come alongside individuals and families who need help obtaining the basic necessities of life. The organization provides a food pantry, clothes closet, utility assistance, assistance getting gasoline to search for a job or get to work, holiday and back-to-school programs to provide needed items, and educational programs that include job skills, interview skills, parenting classes, senior citizen outreach,  an addiction program, and a mentoring program for young, single mothers. Most importantly, she said, the services are delivered with not only compassion, but with a commitment to excellence using best practices to ensure the clients receive the best possible care.

Kourtney GarrettGarrett has been a member of the leadership team of Downtown Dallas, Inc., (DDI) since September 2002. She served as executive vice president from 2012 to 2016 when she took on the role of president of the economic development group, with the CEO position to begin in January 2017. In her work, Garrett’s goal is to transform downtown Dallas from a space that can be driven to and from, to a place where citizens and visitors can find community. A Dallas Morning News article called her “downtown Dallas’ biggest economic evangelist” and she’s determined to move the city forward. She serves on many Dallas-area boards, is a 2009 Leadership Dallas graduate, and has been included on the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” list. “Downtown Dallas has re-positioned itself in recent years as not just the largest employment center in North Texas, but also as a premier destination to live, dine, shop, and be entertained,” she said. “New retailers, restaurants and cultural spots are opening at a more aggressive pace than ever, and with the adoption of expanded downtown boundaries, a new downtown has emerged.”

Recognized for her innovative leadership, Garrett is a champion for the development of livable communities and building public-private partnerships. She also leads the Downtown Dallas 360 plan and DDI’s education agenda. A 2000 graduate of Austin College, Garrett holds a master’s degree in urban affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Athena InternationalATHENA AWARDS

The 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award honorees are Michelle Castle, branch manager of Guild Mortgage Company; Janis Fletcher, certified court clerk II with the Sherman Police Department; and Leigh Ann Sims, commercial loan officer at Legend Bank.

The Young Professional Award honorees are Trish Bridges, director of critical care services at WNJ Regional Medical Center, and Mikayla Stocks, volunteer coordinator/case worker/grant writer for Grayson County Shelter.

One recipient of each award will be announced during the luncheon

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. The 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.

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.

National Healthcare Decisions Day Events Hosted by Home Hospice

National Healthcare Decisions Day Events Hosted by Home Hospice

National Health Care Decisions DayHome Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Texas state laws.  You can get more information about these resources and events by contacting Nancy Jackson at 903-868-9315 or by visiting www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties is holding two Town Hall Forums.  On April 18, from 2:00 pm to 3:30pm. A town Hall forum will be at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 322 W. Pecan Street in Sherman.   On April 20, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, a Town Hall Forum will be held at the Bonham Public Library at 305 E. 5th Street in Bonham.

Speakers will include local attorneys, doctors, social workers and other pre-planning specialist. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and gain knowledge that can help with your healthcare decisions. Free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms plus other resources will be available during the forum.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Nancy Jackson, Home Hospice Director of Community Development.  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is a 501(c)(3) local community-based organization founded in 1982 and serving our communities for 35 years. As the oldest and most trusted local hospice organization, our mission is to provide the best care and support enhancing the Quality of Life of our patients and their families. To learn about other community outreach programs offered by Home Hospice, please visit www.homehospice.org or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/homehospiceofgrayson. For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit www.nhdd.org.

Journey Through Grief Bereavement Group Offered by Home Hospice of Cooke County

Journey Through Grief Bereavement Group Offered by Home Hospice of Cooke County

Gainesville, TX – March 23, 2017

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties is excited to announce the return of The Journey Through Grief bereavement support group starting on April 6, 2017. The group will be held on Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for six weeks. Each week Kelly Lamkin will lead the group in discussing topics such as “surviving the fog” and “finding the new normal”. The group will meet at the Landmark Bank Conference Room at 1112 E California St, Gainesville, TX 76240.

Sessions will be held Thursday, April 6, 13, 20 & 27 and May 4, 11. The group will meet to help each other navigate through grief issues plus provide support in a safe and understanding environment. “I am so glad I came – it has helped me in ways I would never have imagined” said group member Susan Ripley.

“Experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one is a normal part of life’s journey” said Kelly Lamkin, Home Hospice Social Worker. “However, it can become an overwhelming enemy that can be harmful physically and emotionally. There is no magic pill or quick fix for this grief, but sharing your journey with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one, can make it easier. Come and join us – you can attend all six support groups or just one if you choose.”

To register for the support group, please contact Paula Britain at 940-665-9891. If you’d like information on individual counseling, please contact Kelly Lamkin at 940-665-9891. Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is a 501(c)(3) local community-based organization founded in 1982 and serving our communities for 35 years. As the oldest and most trusted local hospice organization, our mission is to provide the best care and support enhancing the Quality of Life of our patients and their families. To learn about other community outreach programs offered by Home Hospice, please visit www.homehospice.org or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/homehospiceofgrayson.

Journey Through Grief Bereavement Support Group