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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says her mentor Dr. Jim Conrad, former Texas A&M-Commerce archivist, was "an historian's historian."  Dr. Conrad recently passed away, and a memorial ceremony for him will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, August 10 at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville. 

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Texas A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says he's participating in the planning for a program to promote civility at the University, at the behest of A&M-Commerce president Dr. Mark Rudin. Dr. Hendricks is also planning an event for Saturday, August 31 to promote good relations between the Commerce Police and students

 

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Commerce Mayor Pro-Tem Gene Lockhart says leaders of the city of Commerce, the Commerce ISD and Texas A&M University-Commerce will gather at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 for a "State of the City" event at City Hall.  The status of various on-going programs will be presented.  Also, Gene says the City Council is planning for a street assessment program that will ascertain the needs of the city's streets.

This small stuffed lion is designed to keep crisis numbers within reach.
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Texas A&M University-Commerce is required by mandate to distribute certain crisis hotline numbers to all students, faculty, and staff as a matter of course. Title IX Coordinator Nathan Perry, who works in the university's Office of Compliance, suggests there may be another way to make sure these vital contacts aren't filed away and forgotten.

Dr. Samantha Roberts has been selected for an NCAA faculty mentor honor.
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The national Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has selected Samantha Roberts of Texas A&M-Commerce as the 2018 Dr. Dave Pariser Faculty Mentor Award winner.

Students in several rural school districts in Northeast Texas are getting access to college-level courses through a program called Pride Prep.
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About 10 percent of students enrolled in college courses in Texas are still in high school. They're taking dual credit classes – that's where they get high school and college credit. These dual credit classes are growing in popularity, but in rural areas, access to college can be a struggle.

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Sam Walker, Texas A&M-Commerce alumni engagement director and former long-time A&M-Commerce basketball coach, says he thinks David Bailiff is the "right guy and the right fit" as the new A&M-Commerce head football coach, succeeding Colby Carthel.  We also discuss the NCAA FCS playoffs with Sam.

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Sam Walker, the Texas A&M-Commerce director of alumni engagement and former head basketball coach, discusses the connections between alumni and athletics, and reflects on the recent success of A&M-Commerce teams.

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The new president of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Mark Rudin, stopped by the studios of KETR during his first week on the job.  Classes for the Fall 2018 semester at A&M-Commerce began today.

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced today that the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has named Mark Rudin as the sole finalist for the position of President of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Rudin was selected during a telephonic meeting of the Board of Regents.

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Sharline Freeman, the director of the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce, says the Children's Museum is one of the few in Texas, and the only one in a small town.  Others are located in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.  She says last year, the Children's Museum attracted 30,000 visitors.  Plans are being developed for a new combined agricultural arena and children's museum south of the Texas A&M-Com

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This program features a conversation on the student-produced "Lions After Dark" program with host Elizabeth Rodriguez and guest Brandon Bailey, a recent Texas A&M-Commerce graduate, sharing their perspective on the city of Commerce.  It may surprise you how positive it is. "Lions After Dark" recently won second place for student radio entertainment programs in the National Broadcast Society competition.

Adela Sloss Vento was an activist for the civil rights of Mexican-Americans in South Texas.
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Texas A&M University-Commerce hosted a presentation by Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Professor of History and Humanities Dr. Cynthia Orozco. The topic was the life of Adela Sloss Vento, a South Texas civil rights activist whose work is the topic of a forthcoming book by Orozco. Before the presentation, Orozco discussed Sloss Vento and her world with KETR's Mark Haslett.

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Commerce ISD superintendent Charlie Alderman says the school board will take up the issue of making improvements in school safety in an executive session Thursday evening. Commerce ISD police chief Joe Venable will present options to the board for making the schools safer.  On Friday from 11:30 a.m.

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Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator and the business technical analyst of the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, reflects on a recent article by a college freshman warning of addictive nature of the cell phone.  The article "Your Phone is Not Your Friend" by Alex Satola appeared in the Michigan Daily, the student newspaper at the University of Michigan.

  Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday, February 5, that a 13-member committee has been created to conduct a national search for the next President of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The committee includes two members of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and representation from the faculty, students and administrators at A&M-Commerce, as well as several community leaders from the region.

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Our personal technology commentator Jeremy Gamez, business technical analyst with the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, reflects on recent developments related to Apple's new iPhone and the FCC decision to rescind "net neutrality."

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Our personal technology commentator, Jeremy Gamez, business technical analyst with the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, reflects on a Forbe's article, "Seven Technology Trends that Will Dominate 2018." Among these is the rise of artificial intelligence in our everyday lives.

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Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, says the Silver Leos writers group at Texas A&M-Commerce has published a new collection of stories written by the group, "Storytellers Road."  The book can be purchased by contacting Sharon or Silver Leos member Vivian Freeman.  Sharon also discusses the lavishly illustrated Christmas book

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It took a devastating storm to level Puerto Rico in September for a surprising number of people here in Northeast Texas to learn that the island is a U.S. territory.

The Oak Ridge Boys at Texas A&M University-Commerce (Left to Right) Joe Bonsall, ETSU Alumni Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban.
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Texas A&M University Commerce hosted the country and gospel quartet The Oak Ridge Boys for the Distinguished Alumni Ceremony recognizing 1966 graduate Duane Allen.  KETR's Notably Texan was on hand for the opportunity to speak with the music icon.

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Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, says Hopkins County native Colleen Hoover will host a book signing for her new novel, "Without Merit," at 1 p.m. Saturday at the

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, was asked to conduct a survey of historical buildings and sites in Commerce, particularly along Live Oak and Maple Streets, in connection with the revitalization project that has recently started.  She started her survey at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium, which is a monument to 78 East Texas State Normal College students who lost their lives in World War II.

West Nile Virus can be spread to humans by infected mosquitoes.
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The City of Commerce along with the assistance of Texas A&M University-Commerce recently tested mosquitoes for various diseases by collecting and sending samples to the Department of State Health Services for analysis.  On July 28th, 2017 Emergency Management Officials were notified of a positive test for the West Nile Virus. The location of the positive test was near the City Park on Pecan Street.

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Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, reflects on "The Signature of All Things," a novel by "Eat, Pray, Love" novelist Elizabeth Gilbert.  Sharon says her interpretation of the underlying theme of the book is that, despite whatever professional success each person may have, personal relationships are the essence of life.

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On today's Blacklands Cafe, outtakes with three of our regulars, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor, discussing the somewhat mixed reaction to the entry of the U.S. into World War I, 100 years ago; Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor and interim dean of business Dr. Dale Funderburk, commenting on the importance of transportation to the ranking of Texas as the no.1 state for business by CEO magazine; and A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr.

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Jeremy Gamez, our personal technology commentator and business technical analyst for the Texas A&M-Commerce provost's office, reflects on an article "Death of the Smart Phone and the Birth of the Next Big Thing."  The author of the ZD Net article says the smart phone has peaked in terms of sales and profits, and so technology companies are looking for the "next big thing."  He thinks that will be some type of "smart glasses," despite the fact that Google Glass fizzled.

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Jim Anderson, Texas A&M-Commerce theater professor, will direct "Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming," at 8 p.m. Tuesday night (April 25) through 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30 in the University Playhouse.  It's set in the period immediately after World War II and features many gospel songs.  Cumby singer-songwriter Lou Ann Price plays a major role.

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A referendum that proposed an increase to the intercollegiate athletic fee for Texas A&M University-Commerce students has passed.

2,095 students submitted a vote on the measure. 408 students voted in opposition; 1,687 voted in favor.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is holding a student referendum today that will determine the fate of a proposed fee increase.
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A look at today's student referendum at Texas A&M University-Commerce:

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