Austin College 170th Year to See Record-Sized Class

Austin College 170th Year to See Record-Sized Class

Austin College | Sherman Texas

Austin College faculty, administrators, and student leaders are prepared to welcome nearly 440 new freshmen—the largest class in college history—to campus Friday, August 17, in preparation for the start of the 170th year of the college. New student and transfer orientation will continue over the next several days, and returning students will make their way to campus next Tuesday and Wednesday.

President Steven P. O’Day is looking forward to students’ arrivals and the beginning of Fall Term 2018. He assumed the presidency at the college on October 31, 2017, and says he is enjoying his first experience of Austin College Opening of School traditions. He and his wife, Cece, plan to be out on campus Friday to welcome students and their families as they arrive for residence hall move-in and orientation activities.Opening of School Austin College

The day also will include completion of required forms and gathering of necessary   schedules and instructions, while leaving time to put rooms in order and perhaps visit area retailers to stock up on snacks, toiletries, and other last-minute items.

Saturday morning, the New Student Conference schedule will begin in earnest, with an official Welcome including greetings and guidance from President O’Day, student body president senior Clarissa Caballero Pinedo, and campus administrators. The session will be followed by residence hall meetings, freshman seminar gatherings with classmates and faculty, various Student Life orientation sessions, and to end the day, a comedy entertainer.

The closing session for parents and families on Sunday will end their activities on campus and leave the freshmen to settle in on their own. A number of activities will remain for freshmen and transfer students to continue their preparation for the beginning of classes, including sessions on Academic Integrity, guidance on successful academic progress and residence hall adjustments from returning students, and the “First We Serve” volunteer project that Austin College freshman students have completed together the past several years, assembling nutritious food packets for shipment to those in need through the nonprofit Kids Against Hunger.

Austin College 170th Year to See Record-Sized ClassReturning students will move into campus housing Tuesday and Wednesday. Athletes and various student group leaders arrived early for practice and leadership training.

The academic year officially will get underway with the traditional Opening of School Convocation in Wynne Chapel Wednesday, August 22, at 7 p.m. The event begins with the entrance of the new students and then the procession of rising seniors in caps and gowns for the first time and the college faculty in full academic regalia. David Baker, professor of physics, serves as College marshal and leads the procession carrying the official college mace.

President O’Day will present the opening address at the event that also includes performances by the A Cappella Choir, led by choral director Wayne Crannell of the music faculty; the official Investiture of the Class of 2022 and presentation of the class banner to students; students’ presentation of the class Academic Integrity book to President O’Day; and prayers for the new academic year.

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.

Austin College to Hold Nonprofit Symposium for Area Professionals, Volunteers

Austin College to Hold Nonprofit Symposium for Area Professionals, Volunteers

SHERMAN, Texas— May 6, 2018

Austin College welcomes nonprofit professionals and volunteers to the 2018 Nonprofit Symposium to learn about grant writing, public policy, and fiduciary responsibility. The event is Friday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to noon in Wright Campus Center, Room 254. The morning sessions are free and open to the public but registration is required at https://www.picatic.com/athena2018 by Wednesday, April 25. 

The theme of the morning continues at the ATHENA Awards luncheon that follows, with a keynote address by Kate Murphy, senior child welfare policy associate at Texas Care for Children in Austin and a 2009 graduate of Austin College. Symposium attendees may sign up, $25 per person, at the symposium registration site for the luncheon where the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award will be announced. The luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Wright Campus Center’s Mabee Hall.

Symposium Schedule:

At 8:30 a.m. following registration and a light breakfast, Dr. Randy McBroom of the Texoma Council of Governments will moderate the “Grantmakers Panel,” of Brianna Adams of Independent Bank of Texas; Kaitlyn Guthrow of Communities Foundation of Texas; Terri Davis of Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation; and  Kris McKinney of Texoma Health Foundation.

The “Public Policy and Nonprofits” session begins at 10 a.m. and features Jamie Baker, director of public policy with the Office of Representative John Ratcliffe, and Nate Strauch, community and support services manager for the City of Sherman.

The final session of the symposium at 10:45 a.m. addresses “Nonprofit Fiduciary Responsibility” with comments from Chris Emerson, CPA, auditor, and manager of outsourced finance and accounting at Armanino in Dallas; and Ben Walker, senior policy advisor for the Center for Health Empowerment and executive director of Texas Health Action in Austin.

The day’s events are organized by Austin College’s Center for Community and Regional Development, with input from the Texoma Women Get Connected program. United Way of Grayson County is a continuing sponsor of the event. Other ATHENA Luncheon sponsors are Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center and Texoma Health Foundation, along with individual gifts honoring or memorializing individuals: Austin College Institutional Advancement staff in honor of Jill Joiner Roberts; Kristine McKinney in memory of Clara Blackford Smith; and Gary and Marilyn Murphy in honor of Kate Murphy, luncheon speaker. Other sponsors are pending.

ATHENA Awards:

The ATHENA Leadership Awards presented by Austin College are open to outstanding women in Grayson, Fannin, and Cooke counties.

This year’s ATHENA Leadership Award nominees are Stephanie Chandler, director of community investment for United Way of Grayson County, Inc.; LuAnn Daniel, founder and chief executive officer for Women Rock Inc.; Deborah Estes, education consultant; and Tonya Price, chief nurse officer for Wilson N. Jones Regional

Medical Center.

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership nominees are Amber Pilcher, banking services manager and regional retail manager for Landmark Bank Denison;  Kristina Quinlan, member services and events director for Sherman Chamber of Commerce; and Melanie Truxal, Main Street coordinator for the City of Denison.

The recipients will be announced at the luncheon. Nomination forms for the 2019 awards can be found at www.austincollege.edu/athena.

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

 

 

Nonprofit Symposium for Area Professionals, Volunteers

Nonprofit Symposium for Area Professionals, Volunteers

SHERMAN, Texas—Austin College welcomes nonprofit professionals and volunteers to the 2018 Nonprofit Symposium to learn about grant writing, public policy, and fiduciary responsibility. The event is Friday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to noon in Wright Campus Center, Room 254. The morning sessions are free and open to the public but registration is required at https://www.picatic.com/athena2018 by Wednesday, April 25. 

The theme of the morning continues at the ATHENA Awards luncheon that follows, with a keynote address by Kate Murphy, senior child welfare policy associate at Texas Care for Children in Austin and a 2009 graduate of Austin College. Symposium attendees may sign up, $25 per person, at the symposium registration site for the luncheon where the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award will be announced. The luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Wright Campus Center’s Mabee Hall.

Symposium Schedule: