Hall: STEM programs 'vital to our nation's future'

Apr 2, 2014

Texas' 4th congressional district Rep. Ralph Hall joined Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and KETR General Manager Jerrod Knight for the April 2014 installment of KETR's local monthly talk show, The President's Perspective.

Unique to this broadcast was the opportunity to visit with the congressman at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. - a necessary element thanks to Hall's tight schedule. In fact, the program was short by five minutes as a quick vote on the House floor was announced, and staffers whisked him away.

While time allowed, discussion topics included the importance of Texas A&M University-Commerce to Hall and his family, leading to his decision to give his historical papers to the institution's archive.

Hall also spoke to the necessity for driving STEM education for American students, the fact that the nation's energy priorities are matters of national security, and the relevance of a continued space program today.

The President's Perspective is a monthly half-hour chat with the president and CEO of Texas A&M University-Commerce, which airs on the first Wednesday of each month at noon and again at 5 p.m.