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Police activity at Monroe and Chestnut streets on Thursday afternoon after a reported shooting.
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Update: A call to the City of Commerce confirmed that one person was injured as a result of today's shooting in Commerce. Other information, including the condition of the victim, was not shared. A separate social media post by Texas A&M University-Commerce appears to indicate that the victim is not a member of the university community.

Texas A&M University-Commerce will soon be making a high-profile expansion into North Dallas, John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System announced today. The university will be taking over the top two floors of 8750 North Central Expressway, where it will set up headquarters for its education and business colleges.

 

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Dr. Kent Montgomery, Texas A&M-Commerce Physics and Astronomy department head, says he knows no more about the remarkable UFO videos recorded by U.S.

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Autumn Johnson, director Campus Recreation at Texas A&M-Commerce, discusses "Celebrate Every Body Week" at the Morris Recreation Center this week, which includes Heart Chakra Yoga at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, March 3) and "Every Body Eats: Grab and Go Snacks" from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday (March 4).  We also discuss the importance of social support in providing physical and mental well-being for every person.

Students, faculty, and staff gather, socially distanced, to show the "lucky lion" hand sign at the university's amphitheater.
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Cultural competency among students, faculty and staff is a top priority for University President Mark Rudin.

 

This spring, A&M-Commerce launched its first offering of a new cultural competency course, which garnered a lot of interest from students and university employees.

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Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Physics and Astronomy department at Texas A&M-Commerce, says it is a particularly good time to be viewing Mars in the southwest sky this month (Februrary 2021), but Mars will continue to be very visible through the spring.  Dr.

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Autumn Johnson, director of Campus Recreation at Texas A&M-Commerce, reflects on an article on the benefits of exercise that says, even if you do less than the minimum recommended amount of exercise, it still does good for you.  It can also help with your mental well-being and sleep, among other benefits.

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Judy Rudoff, representing the "Souper Bowl of Caring," says  area residents are invited to bring cans of soup to Mugs in downtown Commerce Saturday (Feb. 6).  The donations will be given to the Lion Food Pantry for Texas A&M-Commerce students and their families.

TAMUC alumna Dionica Bell is a Student Affairs Officer at UC-Davis, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
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Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn into office on Wednesday, January 20, making her the first woman, the first black person, and the first person of south Indian descent to obtain the second highest office within the U.S. Government.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, professor of psychology at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the usual observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that he leads at churches in Commerce and Sulphur Springs will not take place this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  But his students have been challenged to perform acts of public service on the holiday.

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Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, considers the major space projects planned for 2021.  One is the DART project, in which NASA and the Japanese space agency are sending a spacecraft to collide with an asteroid, as a way of developing a method of protecting Earth against a disastrous collision.   Also, NASA will attempt to land an Orion space capsule on the moon, with plans to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024.

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Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the convergence of Jupiter and Saturn, peaking on Dec.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the story of how Texas A&M-Commerce founder William L. Mayo came to be buried on campus, and the circumstances of the burial.  His widow, Etta Booth Mayo, wanted to ensure that his body would be undisturbed and so she had concrete poured over the casket.  At the end of the graveside service, Commerce concrete contractor William J. McKitttrick announced,  “Mr.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the city will receive a grant of more than $500,000 from the federal CARES Act to help defray costs associated with dealing with the coronavirus.  The council will borrow money to pay for street improvements and police and fire department facilities because other debts have been retired, the mayor says.  Also, Texas A&M-Commerce students are starting an "Adopt-A-Street" program to conduct clean-up and repair activities on certain city blocks in Commerce.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M-Commerce and a faculty leader of the recent civility project, discusses the results of a survey on the campus engagement of the university's faculty, staff and administrators. the survey finds 26 percent disengaged, 44 percent partially engaged, and 30 percent fully engaged.

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Autumn Johnson, director of Campus Recreation at Texas A&M University-Commerce, reflects on an article advocating that hedonism has its place.  A University of Zurich study finds that enjoying short-term pleasures contribute as much to happiness as self-control.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is set to resume its fall semester on Monday, August 24. With the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic class offerings range from in-person to online-only to a number of hybrid curriculum options. The student experience for commuters and residents alike is going to differ in a number of ways from any previous semester in the school's history. 

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Students, faculty and staff at all 11 Texas A&M System universities across the state will soon have quick and easy access to free testing for COVID-19.

 

“Ensuring the health and safety of our students is our top priority,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. “Facilitating increased accessibility and availability of COVID-19 testing will help us mitigate the spread and help to protect each other by taking preventative and proactive measures.”

 

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Dan Semprini, coordinator of fitness and well being at the Morris Recreation Center at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the MRC is open again for individuals who want to exercise.  But Dan says there are many ways to stay fit at home and on your own.  The MRC offers a number of virtual exercise classes at Active Anywhere.

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Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at A&M-Commerce, reflects on recent stories about the U.S.

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Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator and the Interim Chief Information Officer of Texas A&M-Commerce, responds to an article asserting that working from home will be the "new normal" for many people after the coronavirus shut-down.

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Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator, says Zoom, the company that has become so popular as a provider of video conferencing technology, has run into some problems with "Zoombombing" in which unwanted participants interrupt meetings.  Jeremy says Zoom is working to improve its security, and provides some advice for Zoom users to avoid uninvited participation.  Jeremy is employed by the Texas A&M-Commerce Division of Bu

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Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentor, discusses the demands placed on computers when we are required to work from home.  Jeremy is employed by the Division of Business and Administration at Texas A&M-Commerce.

Special Programming from 88.9 KETR: Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Mark Rudin, Dean of Students Dr. Thomas Newsom, and Student Health Services Director Maxine Mendoza-Welch joined KETR's Jerrod Knight on the air Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to answer call-in and submitted questions regarding the university's actions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and how those actions are impacting students and the campus community. 

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Safety Office is asking students, faculty and staff returning from international travel on or after March 14 through specific airports to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Domestic travelers returning home, even through the same airports, are not being asked to quarantine at this time.

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In a Thursday note to the campus community, Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Mark Rudin explained that, effective immediately, all face-to-face classes are transitioning to online instruction until further notice. The suspension of in-person classes applies to all A&M-Commerce campuses, including the RELLIS campus.

UPDATE: Texas A&M University-Commerce has transitioned to online instruction "until further notice" as of March 12, 2020.

Previous story: Texas A&M University-Commerce president Mark Rudin shared an update Tuesday regarding the institution's plan of action should any student on the Commerce campus contract the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

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Our personal technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, reflects on an article predicting the tech world of 2030.  Jeremy is space planning and utilization manager for the vice-president of business and administration office at Texas A&M-Commerce.

 

To say that Texas A&M University-Commerce president Mark Rudin carries a flame for institutional research is a bit of an understatement. It's his passion, and it shows clearly in this conversation with KETR's Jerrod Knight. This episode of The President's Perspective is the second in an initial series on the subject of the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan for A&M-Commerce. The plan introduces five strategic priorities and goals, the second of which is a commitment to "Elevate Research."

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says a project is underway in cooperation with the Deparment of History at Texas A&M-Commerce to collect oral-history interviews with people who experienced integration during the 1960s in Hunt County.  The oral-history recordings will serve as a resource for future historians and other writers.

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