Area Children Invited to Free Learning Program at Austin College

Area Children Invited to Free Learning Program at Austin College

Area children are invited to participate in Austin College’s ’Roo Bound program Saturday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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, “Making a Racquet” and will be led by Austin College’s tennis team and Coach Ryan Dodd. Team members will offer a variety of activities to teach the children through games and mini-lessons. Students will have lunch in the Austin College dining hall in Wright Campus Center, courtesy of the Service Station and Aramark Food Service.

Roo Bound at Austin College

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 [email protected]. 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 the Austin College Service Station but involving many students across campus, 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 next events are scheduled for October 21 and November 11.

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 LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 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.

University Partnership with Children’s Museum Moves Forward

Commerce Texas | August 27, 2017

The Board of Directors of the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum recently voted to move ahead on a unique partnership proposal offered by Texas A&M University-Commerce President Ray Keck. The vision Keck shared with the board members was for a new facility south of campus and on the grounds of the former university president’s home. This new complex would boast both a $30-$40 million agricultural exposition center and an adjoining new Northeast Texas Children’s Museum. The concept of a joint facility is one Dr. Randy Harp, the director of the university’s School of Agriculture, began formulating as a candidate for his current position. According to Dr. Harp, “This university’s farm and laboratory complex is a valuable asset in East Texas. I recognized immediately the tremendous opportunities we might have for sharing our research, technology, best practices and hands-on learning approach to sustainable agriculture with students and educators of all ages.”

According to Dr. Keck, “We are extremely grateful to the Board of the Children’s Museum for agreeing to partner with the University. We together dream of a new museum which will incorporate all the activities of our School of Agriculture, soon to be “College of Agriculture.” I am confident we can achieve the goal of locating the museum in the new agricultural exposition center complex. Children will experience a full introduction to life with animals, on a farm or ranch, and to how we imagine sustainable food production. We are living in a moment when visions and actions, pursued wisely, can transform our environment.”

Since the Museum’s current lease agreement with the University will expire sometime in September 2018, a desire to find a solution to keep this valued resource in Commerce, Texas became a priority. This need in conjunction with the University’s long term plan to replace the current agricultural facility provided a mutually beneficial solution. According to Sharline Freeman, the director of the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum, “The Children’s Museum is very excited about being located adjacent to the School of Agriculture. Not only will the Children’s Museum continue delivering hands-on imaginative play, but we will soon be able to offer an enriched curriculum that includes animals and agriculture. This new Northeast Texas Children’s Museum will be a one-of-a-kind resource in northeast Texas, attracting visitors to a new facility, the university, and the City of Commerce.”

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University Partnership with Children’s Museum
Left to right Dr. Randy Harp, Director of TAMUC School of Agriculture; Donna Tavener, President of Board of Directors for the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum; Sharline Freeman, Executive Director of the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum; and Dr. Ray Keck, President of Texas A&M University – Commerce.


JURASSIC PARK DAY to Conclude Dino Days 2017

After a summer of Ice Age fun DINO DAYS 2017 is set to conclude with “Jurassic Park Day” on August 12, 2017. “Jurassic Park Day” will feature an appearance by vehicles from the North Texas chapter of the Jurassic Park Motor Pool. Jurassic Park Motor Pool is a club for owners and enthusiasts of [replica] Jurassic Park vehicles. The group is also expected to bring an assortment of props familiar to fans of the movie. The iconic movie will be played (in Blu-ray 3D) throughout the day in the museum’s community room.

Jurrassic Park DayJurassic Park Motorpool

“The classic 1993 Jurassic Park movie is an appropriate way to close out our sixth season of DINO DAYS,” noted Dan Steelman, Museum Director. “For many of us Jurassic Park was more than a cinematic event – it was the spark that rekindled an interest in these amazing animals. Jurassic Park cinematically brought dinosaurs to life and inspired a new generation of paleontologists.” The movie was also one of the first to try to accurately portray dinosaurs. “Overall, the series has done a pretty good job of accurately rendering the prehistoric characters of the film. Velociraptor became well known as a result of the movie. It was created out-of-proportion to its actual size. We have Velociraptor skeletals in the museum that show its actual size. Dilophosaurus didn’t have a frill or venom spitting abilities. Mosasaurus was much too large in the latest movie. But it looked cool.”

The Sherman Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through DINO DAYS. Admission for DINO DAYS is $5.00 for ages 5 and up and FREE for children 4 and under and museum members

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 to Grayson County and the Greater North Texas Region.
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