Throughout the session, many constituents travel to Austin to advocate for causes important to them and to meet with their elected officials. On February 11th, the Denison and Sherman Chambers' leadership classes visited Austin, and this week we celebrated Fannin County Day. Both Groups heard from various state agencies, including the Texas Department of Transportation, the Water Development Board, the Office of the Comptroller, and the Texas Historical Commission. In recent weeks I have also had the pleasure of meeting with members of ABATE, students from Grayson County College, Texas Farm Bureau representatives, and several of our local . . . More . . .
SHERMAN, TEXAS—Ivette Vargas-O’Bryan, Austin College associate professor of religious studies, and her colleague Zhou Xun of the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, have edited the book Disease, Religion and Healing in Asia: Collaborations and Collisions, published by Routledge Publications in January 2015. Vargas-O’Bryan also contributed the chapter “Balancing tradition alongside a progressively scientific Tibetan medical system” based on her historical and ethnographic work in Tibetan areas of China.
The book is part of the Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy Series. The vision for the book began during Vargas-O’Bryan’s tenure as a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong in . . . More . . .
This week I will talk about the legislative process, and specifically some of the deadlines that the legislature works under every session. My office frequently receives questions regarding the legislative process, especially from those who are watching specific legislation or issues. The legislature convenes on the second Tuesday in January of odd-numbered years, and lasts for 140 days. The house and senate rules lay out the deadlines for the consideration of bills . . . More . . .
SHERMAN, TEXAS - Austin College will offer free grant-research training Tuesday, February 24, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., open to the general public with advance registration. The session, led by a Funding Information Network partner, will be held in the SISD Training Classroom on the first floor of Jackson Technology Center at Austin College. The event is limited to 15 participants, but additional sessions can be created if more than 15 individuals register. To register, . . . More . . .
SHERMAN, TEXAS - The Austin College Theatre program will present a stage reading of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues Friday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Ida Green Communication Center’s Ida Green Theatre in conjunction with V-Day events nationwide. Tickets are $5 each for all audience members with proceeds benefitting the Grayson Women’s Crisis Center.
V-Day is a global activist movement to raise awareness of—and end—the violence against women and girls by promoting creative events . . . More . . .
SHERMAN, TEXAS - Austin College's annual Dr. Kenneth Street Law Symposium is set for Friday, February 20, beginning at noon on campus with a keynote address by The Honorable Patrick Higginbotham, judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The overall theme for the 2015 event is 'merging Trends in the Federal Courts'
The event is open to attorneys, students interested in careers in law, and interested members . . . More . . .
On Wednesday this week, the Texas Speaker of the House announced committee assignments. Although members have been working on issues throughout the interim and many bills have been filed, committee memberships must be assigned before the legislative process can really begin. This session, I am honored to serve Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety. As . . . More . . .
Many factors will affect your results as an investor — and some of these factors are beyond your control, such as interest-rate movements or the eurozone debt crisis or the sales results of the companies in which you invest. However, as you work toward your financial goals, you will find that you actually have control over three of the most important drivers of . . . More . . .
SHERMAN, TEXAS--Austin College will hold 'Medieval and Renaissance Week' on campus February 9 through 13. A number of lectures, free and open to the public, will highlight the week and celebrate the roots of Western civilization in the ancient world and their contemporary significance. All listed events are free and open to the public.
“Ancient literature, art, philosophy, science, politics, laws, and religions are fascinating in their own right,” said Karann Durland, Austin College professor . . . More . . .