Austin College Opens Adams Observatory for Star Party

Austin College Opens Adams Observatory for Star Party

Sherman, Texas | September 6, 2018

Austin College’s Adams Observatory opens its doors to the community for a Star Party on Friday, September 14, 2018, inviting visitors to explore the universe through the largest research telescope in North Texas. The come-and-go, free event begins at 9:30 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m. at the College’s IDEA Center.Advance registration is requested at www.austincollege.edu/starparty. Should weather conditions require a cancellation, an announcement will be posted that day on the Austin College website, and registrants will be notified by email.

Adams Observatory TelescopeThe evening will feature the planets Mars and Saturn, along with other delights of the night sky. “This is a special time to view Mars and Saturn,” says Dr. David Baker, Physics Department chair and director of Adams Observatory. “Earlier this summer, these planets passed relatively close to Earth—Mars was closer to Earth than it will be for another 17 years. Both planets still shine brightly in the night sky, and the views are magical through the Adams Observatory telescope.”

 The IDEA Center is located at 1108 E. Richards Street, and parking is available nearby. Visitors should meet outside the main entrance of the IDEA Center, and guests will be taken to Adams Observatory in small groups on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional smaller telescopes will be available on the roof and lawn for stargazing. Students and faculty will be on hand to assist and provide details about the night’s featured objects.

 “At this event, we get to share our enthusiasm, and our telescopes, with the community. Come join us to experience the vastness of space,” said Dr. David Whelan, assistant professor of physics. “There is no better way to appreciate our place in the universe than sharing it with other space enthusiasts.”

 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 and Sherman Public Library Celebrate “Little Women at 150”

Austin College and Sherman Public Library Celebrate “Little Women at 150”

Louisa May Alcott’s Classic 1868 Novel Turns 150

Sherman Texas | Austin College and Sherman Public Library are recognizing the 150th anniversary of publication of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel “Little Women” with special events at Sherman Public Library September 19 and 20. Both sessions are free and open to the public.

Randi TanglenRandi Tanglen, Ph.D., Austin College associate professor of English and director of the Gender Studies program, will offer a lecture, “Top 10 Secrets of Little Women and Louisa May Alcott,” on September 19 at 11:30 a.m. She will moderate a panel discussion, “Reflections on Little Women at 150,” September 20 at 6 p.m. Both will be held in Sherman Public Library Meeting Rooms A & B.

Panelists for the September 20 discussion include Melissa Eason, library services administrator at Sherman Public Library; Lisa Hébert, director of Grayson College Library; Carolyn Montgomery Nicholson, retired educator and community volunteer; Lindsey Manley, owner, CBC Creative; Cece O’Day, first lady of Austin College and former English teacher; and Kate Whitfield, attorney and community volunteer.

“Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women,’ first published in 1868, has become the favorite novel of generations of readers all over the world,” Tanglen said, adding that the novel has never been out of print and has been published in more than 50 languages. “The March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy— have inspired male and female readers alike to live bold and authentic lives.”

Tanglen points out that the book is sometimes taken too lightly. “Although ‘Little Women’ is a popular and beloved novel, it is sometimes underestimated as ‘children’s literature’ or a ‘girls’ book,’” she said. “The novel explores complex issues, such as the limited role of women in society, the hardships of family separation, and the indignities of poverty. The four girls learn how to develop perseverance and courage in spite of these obstacles.”

Organizers believe the book remains significant for today’s readers. “I hope these events will encourage the community to read or re-read “Little Women” and talk with their friends and family about the novel’s universal themes and its relevance today,” Tanglen said.

Costumes from the recent Theatricks production of “Little Women” also will be on display at the library during these presentations.

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 1,300 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 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.