Austin College Announces 2019 Athena Award Finalists

Austin College Athena Internatioal

Austin College will welcome Ann Ross ’66, Austin College senior trustee and a descendant of early Texas matriarch Emily Austin, to the annual ATHENA Award luncheon May 2, at noon in Mabee Hall of Wright Campus Center. Interested individuals may register for the luncheon at www.123signup.com/register?id=rzyhr by April 29 at a cost of $25 per person.

Ross will be joined by retired educator Kay Kinkler Casey ’68 of Denison in a conversation about Emily Austin, an original benefactress of the College and sister to the College’s namesake, Stephen F. Austin. Ross and Casey will explore Austin family history and discuss the qualities of leadership in women. The recipients of the prestigious ATHENA leadership awards will be announced at the luncheon.

The annual award luncheon is sponsored by the Austin College Center for Community & Regional Development and the Texoma Women Get Connected program. 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. Austin College reinstated the local honors, given previously by the chambers of commerce, and began presenting the awards to qualified professionals living and working in Grayson, Fannin, or Cooke counties in 2014.

This year’s ATHENA Leadership Award finalists are Kelly Ashmore, Grayson County district clerk; Sandy Barber, executive director of Fannin County Children’s Center, Tamra Bragg, vice president of human resources for Douglass Distributing; and Dr. Dava Washburn, vice president of instruction for Grayson College.

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.

This year’s ATHENA Young Professional Leadership finalists are Tiffany Dancer, clinical director for Child and Family Guidance Center of Texoma; and Lindsay Wright, association executive of Greater Texoma Association of Realtors.

Event sponsors and table sponsors are sought for the event. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ginger Nye at 903.813.2834 or gnye@austincollege.edu.

The Austin College Center for Community & Regional Development and Texoma Women Get Connected will debut a new mentoring program that connects professional women with Texoma ATHENA Awards alumnae in mentoring relationships. Prospective mentees can register at the luncheon and will be matched with a mentor in time for the Speed Mentoring Happy Hour (& a Half) on June 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Austin College.

The ATHENA Leadership Award Program is administered by ATHENA International, a non-profit women’s leadership organization, along with licensed host organizations and sponsors. Over 6,000 awards have been presented in the U.S. and around the world since the program’s inception in 1982. Recent recipients include Condoleezza Rice, Billie Jean King, the late Pat Summit, and Gabby Giffords. A list of all known local recipients is included on the Austin College Athena Award website.

Austin College was founded in 1849 and is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter. During the 2018-2019 academic year, the campus recognizes 100 years of co-education and has hosted several events commemorating the history of women and accomplishments of current alumnae. Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives and boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with 46 % of students identifying as persons of color.

Austin College Presents “An Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz”

Austin College Orchestra Rehearsal

The instrumental ensembles of Austin College under the direction of Dr. Ricky Duhaime will present their annual spring concert, “An Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz,” on Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Wynne Chapel at Austin College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Music Department at Austin College at 903.813.2251.

This spring’s concert will consist of a first half devoted to the Austin College Chamber Orchestra, performing an Overture by Jean Berger and a suite of Old Dances and Airs by Ottorino Respighi, orchestrated for winds and strings by Duhaime.

The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Austin College students, joined this semester by community members Greg Hendrix, Linda Milbourn, Jane Klausen, and Cathy Richardson. Students with majors and minors from across the disciplines of the College are represented in the group, with varying professional goals and a continuing interest in music.

The second half of the concert will feature the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble, performing a variety of big band charts in both traditional and contemporary styles, with soloists drawn from the group.

The Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble consists of students, faculty, and other adults from throughout the region, with performance venues this semester at the Durant and Bells school systems in addition to Austin College. The concert this semester will feature jazz soloists Xavier Shubert and Chris Dickson, alto saxophones; Joseph Gaitlin, baritone saxophone; Jesse Speer and Chris Gregg, trombones; John Vietta, trumpet; John McGinn, piano; David Moore, guitar; and Richard Burleson, drums.

Duhaime, the Mildred S. Mosher Professor of Music at Austin College, has been a member of its Department of Music faculty since 1978.

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 46 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. This year, the campus recognizes 100 years of co-education and has had several opportunities to recognize the history of women and accomplishments of current alumnae. Austin 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 Chef Completes Rigorous Training

Chef Josh Brigman Austin College Chef

Austin College and its Dining Services partner Aramark announce Chef Josh Brigman as a recent graduate of Culinary Institute of America ProChef II Certification Training. Brigman completed CIA training in San Antonio, demonstrating proficiency in general culinary applications, basic food science, baking and pastry, healthy cooking and nutritional analysis, management and supervisory skills, dietary guidelines for Americans, and the basic concepts of financial controls of a food operation.

Chef Josh Brigman

“Josh is a respectful leader who is passionate about providing high-quality food that enriches and nourishes lives,” said Thomas Hermanson, Director of Food Services at Austin College. “His creativity allows for unique and tasty innovations. His work ethic and commitment to excellence are contagious.” Brigman has worked with Aramark at Austin College since June 2017.

“Aramark’s partnership with the Culinary Institute of America is part of an ongoing commitment to provide our leading culinary chefs with the training and tools needed to excel in their careers while delivering outstanding outcomes for our clients and customers,” Hermanson said. CIA is accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

“Aramark’s partnership with the Culinary Institute of America is part of an ongoing commitment to provide our leading culinary chefs with the training and tools needed to excel in their careers while delivering outstanding outcomes for our clients and customers,” Hermanson said. CIA is accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

Aramark at Austin College is a complete custom catering business with experience in weddings, anniversary dinners, parties, receptions, banquets, corporate events, cookouts, and school functions. For more information on facility rental and catering at Austin College, contact Hermanson at 903.813.2366 or thermanson@austincollege.edu.

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 46 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. Austin 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.