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.).

Make a donation or Register on Active.com

 

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.

Texoma Medical Center to hold a Beam Raising Ceremony

Texoma Medical Center will hold a Beam Raising Ceremony on Wednesday, July 12 at 1:00 pm in the south parking lot of the hospital’s main campus. The placement of the last beam signifies the end of the structural steel phase of the hospital’s new 110,000 square foot four story patient tower expansion.

Texoma Medical Center

 The ceremony is a tradition in building construction which provides a special occasion to thank construction crew members and the supervisors who have helped to erect the structure of the hospital’s expansion project. The final beam will be signed by TMC employees, TMC Board of Directors, TMC Volunteers, and construction team members before being put into place.

 In December 2016, more than 150 people gathered at Texoma Medical Center for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the $50 million expansion project. The first floor expansion will increase the size of the Emergency Department (ED) to include 24 additional ED rooms, bringing the department’s total to 48 rooms; 2 additional Trauma rooms; a 16-bed Chest Pain Unit; a dedicated Computed Tomography (CT) suite and a dedicated imaging suite. The second floor will provide an additional 20 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patient rooms, and the third floor will add 20 Medical/Surgical beds and 12 private rooms for a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a new service for TMC. The fourth floor of the new tower will be shelled space for future hospital growth. The hospital expects the expansion project to be completed in early 2018.

Gail Utter Named to Austin College Board of Trustees

Gail Utter

Austin College | Sherman Texas | July 10, 2017

Gail Utter of Utter Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors has joined the Austin College Board of Trustees. The board of trustees serves as the governing body of the College and is made up of a variety of professionals who give their leadership, time, and resources.

“I have long admired the College’s commitment to quality education in an environment of small classes and strong academic relationships between students and professors. It’s an honor to be asked to join the prestigious Austin College Board of Trustees,” Utter said.

Utter has served the Austin College community since the late 1980s in roles on the Advisory Board, and in leadership for the Austin College Community Campaign. She has been a President’s Council donor and has endowed the Scott B. Smith Scholarship in honor of her late husband, and the Jeffrey Kent Wattman Scholarship in honor of her deceased brother. Her son, Blake Utter is an Austin College alumnus, class of 2007.

“Austin College is a pillar of economic and cultural activity within the Sherman and Denison communities and beyond. The college employs substantial faculty and staff, increases regional commerce, creates and sponsors arts and entertainment events and meaningfully supports local non-profit efforts,” Utter said. “The College leadership has built on the school’s successes, and provided opportunities for continued and important impact for the future of our region.”

Utter is a frequent keynote speaker and is well-known for her philanthropic and community leadership. In addition to Austin College, she serves on the board of trustees of United Way, Grand Central Station (soup kitchen/resource center), and the Grayson County Behavioral Health Leadership Team. She has previously served on airport, hospital, youth improvement, and chamber of commerce boards. She has received numerous community awards, including the Sherman Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year, the Athena Women’s Award and the Emmett Essin Community Service Award.

She has more than 20 years of experience in the wealth management industry and formed the Utter Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in 2001. She has a BBA from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the University of North Texas. She is an IMCA Certified Private Wealth Advisor and a College for Financial Planning’s Chartered Retirement Plan Counselor. She has received numerous national third-party professional awards, including multi-year recognition as a Barron’s Top 1200 Advisor for years 2012, 2014-2017, a Barron’s Top 100 Women Advisor years for years 2010-2014, and a Financial Times Top 400 Advisor for 2017. Gail has been named as a Texas Monthly Five-Star Wealth Manager for five years, and has been named a firm-wide Chairman’s Council advisor for more than 20 years.

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.

Preston Trail DAR Chapter Presents Awards

The Preston Trail NSDAR conducted an awards banquet on May 18, 2017.  The chapter honored the DAR Good Citizen, DAR Scholarship Winner, and Unsung Heroes in the community.

Each year, the Preston Trail NSDAR Chapter awards a Good Citizen Award.  The Judges who selected the winner are Judge, Bill Magers, Nancy Powers, Pastor, St. Johns and Gail Utter.

The winner of the 2017 DAR Good Citizen Award was Kinley Taylor Ives. She is also a member of the Bells softball team who won the 2A State Championship against Shiner this season. These local award winners are then eligible to win State and National Good Citizen Award with the possibility of a $5,000 scholarship.

The Preston Trail chapter offers a cash college scholarship annually.  This year’s recipient was Bao Catteau, a Senior at Denison High School.  He was also their Valedictorian (1/235) and a Socrates scholar, a “Top Ten-Percenter.”  Bao was selected based on his excellent grades, references from his teachers, family and friends, his community service work, and the two-page essay he wrote about one of his family members who had served in the U.S. Military and what that service meant to him.  This year’s award was in the amount of $2,000.   He was active in athletics and was Varsity Captain his senior year in tennis.  Bao was President of the National Honor Society. He was awarded the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Academic All-State Elite Award, and Wendy’s High School Heisman.  He was the principle tutor for the after -school tutoring program, and he was very active in his church helping with Vacation Bible School, Christian Theater Workshop, volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Meals on Wheels, Helping Hands, Habitat for Humanity, Heart to Heart Hospice, as well as traveling with a Disaster Relief Response Team to aid in relief for tornado victims.

The Preston Trail Chapter scholarship application form can be found online at this address:

http://www.texasdar.org/chapters/PrestonTrail/images/Scholarship.pdf

Unsung Hero, Carol Singletary was honored for her dedication to the needs of women and families in her community. She works very closely with the charitable programs at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Denison.  This ministry stands in constant need of donations and volunteers to help the many needy people of our area, so check with them to find out how you can help.

Bill & Martha Neyman were honored as Unsung Heroes for their love and desire to serve the Veterans of this area and this great nation.  They are representatives for Soldier’s Angels – a group that wants no soldier to be forgotten.  They send letters and packages to all the war zones.  They volunteer at the Bonham VA to help provide clothing for veterans who have none.  They, with the help of others, have furnished apartments for some of the veterans that choose to remain in our area.

One of the chapter’s foremost areas of service is to America’s veterans.  The entire Preston Trail chapter participates in fundraisers that fund a program called “Opening Doors for Disabled Veterans,” which remodels the bathrooms of disabled veterans of Grayson County so they will become handicap accessible.    The Preston Trail Chapter members also volunteer extensively at the Bonham VA Hospital. An award went to Jonnie Templeton who takes her sewing machine to Bonham nearly every Tuesday to alter clothing for veterans in their drug and alcohol program who come in with nothing.  Jonnie makes sure they have a bag full of clothes that fit when they leave the program.

Would you like to be involved in the good works that DAR participates in?  Anyone interested in receiving help to prove their ancestry for qualification to become a Daughter of the American Revolution are welcome to contact our chapter at www.facebook.com/PrestonTrailNSDARPottsboroTX75076 on Facebook or www.DAR.org.

The Preston Trail Chapter of the DAR next meets September 21st and thereafter through May on the first Thursday of the month at 5pm for snacks and fellowship and at 6pm for chapter meetings and programs. There is no meeting in December.  The meeting location is at the Georgetown Baptist Church north of Pottsboro at 207 Georgetown Road.

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 www.DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDARtwitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.