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Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says, despite the Lions' last-minute, 26-25 loss to Midwestern State last Saturday night, the team has a very good chance of making the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second year in a row if it wins the remaining five regular-season games.  Tim says the game drew a crowd of more than 9,200 to Memorial Stadium.  Also, the 24th-ranked A&M-Commerce soccer team is in position to host the Lone Star Conference tournament starting November 3, if it holds on to the top spot in the con

An SUV crosses the crosswalk near Texas A&M University-Commerce.
George Hale

State officials have approved a plan to upgrade crosswalks in Commerce, less than a month after a truck hit and seriously injured a student.

Lions head football coach Colby Carthel.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce head football coach Colby Carthel spoke with KETR in advance of this week's big game against Midwestern State University.

Cornel West at A&M-Commerce: Transcript

Oct 7, 2016
Cornel West, right, and Texas A&M University-Commerce Director of Media Relations Noah Nelson, left, on Sept. 28.
Mark Haslett

Cornel West spoke to a packed house at Ferguson Auditorium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Sept. 28. 

The Lions and Mustangs have dominated the Lone Star Conference in recent years.
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When Texas A&M University-Commerce and Midwestern State University kick off against each other this Saturday, they'll be renewing a rivalry that's become one of the most heated in NCAA Division II football.

Jeremy Adelman
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Dr. Jeremy Adelman is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and the director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University, and on October 3rd, he visited the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus to give a presentation to students and other attendees on the subject of photography and humanitarianism. In the presentation, Adelman argues that throughout the history of the camera, photography has played a vital role both in society's understanding of the world at home and far away, and in its reaction to global humanitarian crises as they arise.

Richardson ISD

Charlie Alderman, the superintendent of the Commerce ISD, says the school board has hired a new assistant superintendent, Dr. Patricia Tremmel.  She is a Commerce native, and has served as a principal in Garland and Richardson.  Alderman says Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Ray Keck recently met with the school board and offered the University's resources in support of various CISD academic programs.

Lions Get Road Victory Over LSC Newcomer OPSU 35-13

Oct 1, 2016
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In the first ever matchup between the two schools, the no. 6 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team was able to stay unbeaten on the year with a 35-13 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

(See video below)

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams discusses plans for Texas A&M University-Commerce to develop housing in the residential neighborhood between Monroe and West Neal Streets south of campus, with the hopes of encouraging more faculty and staff to live in Commerce.  The plans, advocated by President Dr. Ray Keck, would have to be approved by the Texas A&M System.  The mayor also comments on efforts to improve the visibility at intersections crossing Culver Street and Highway 50 adjacent to the A&M-Commerce campus.

Lions Roll Past Eastern N.M., 49-10

Sep 17, 2016
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The No. 7 Texas A&M University–Commerce started off Lone Star Conference play in dominant fashion with a convincing 49-10 victory on the road at Eastern New Mexico.

Lions Begin Roadtrip With Victory

Sep 10, 2016
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After an exciting first half between the two squads, the #8 Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions were able to put away the Delta State Statesmen in the second half in route to a 40-28 victory, their first ever victory in a game played in the state of Mississippi.

Dr. Robert Green
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Robert Green reached into his pocket and pulled out the most important object there is in the fight for civil justice and equality.

“This, he said, “changes everything.”

Dr. Ray Keck, interim president of Texas A&M University-Commerce
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Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck, III, is working alongside City of Commerce mayor Wyman Williams in order to create an environment that encourages University employees to not only work in Commerce but to choose to live there, too.

The idea of a "University village" is explored by Williams and Keck alongside Jerrod Knight during the September airing of The President's Perspective, a monthly half-hour radio conversation with Keck.

Hear the full program here. A transcript follows.

Robert L. Green and Associates

A close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will speak at Texas A&M University-Commerce at 7 p.m. Thursday evening (September 8).  Dr. Robert Green is a retired faculty member at Michigan State University, and headed up the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's educational foundation under King.  Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at A&M-Commerce, says Green still advocates King's non-violent approach for bringing about change.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says the athletic department has hired a Director of Sports Performance, Josh Stoner.  He comes from the University of Missouri, a member of the Southeastern Conference, where he was in charge of football strength conditioning.  Stoner will work alongside director of Strength and Conditioning Director Lance Farmer.

Dr. Ray Keck and Patricia Keck
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Dr. Ray Keck wears many hats; he's a husband, a father, a student, a mentor, a university administrator, a president, and an organist, for starters. But in his own words, when he looks back at his life, he finds, "teacher," to be the most accurate way to describe himself.

Tour guide Patricia DeLaine introuduces Texas A&M University-Commerce students to historic Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Ala.
Mark Haslett

Every summer since 2013, Texas A&M University-Commerce students have had the opportunity to tour, on a university-sponsored trip, sites in Alabama relevant to the Civil Rights Movement. Perhaps more importantly, the tours have also included presentations by and conversations with activists and others who experienced that era. 

In a continuation of our recent visit with Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Tim McMurray, he says the newly adopted core values of the department are: Passion, respect, innovation, discipline and enthusiasm, which spell the acronym PRIDE.  The department has also adopted a vision statement which includes the values of compliance, student-athlete success, a championship culture, responsible resource allocation, equity and diversity, and communication.  With new corporate partner Under Armour, Tim says fans will see major differen

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Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletics director Tim McMurray says his department has reviewed its policies and procedures following the dismissal of  Baylor head football coach Art Briles resulting from the program's handling of sexual-assault allegations against Baylor players.  Tim says a Lone Star Conference media day will take place in Midland-Odessa on Thursday, July 28 to welcome the University of Texas-Permian Basin, Panhandle State and Western New Mexico to the conference.  The three schools will begin play this fall.  Tim also says t

John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, announced today that Dr. Ray M.  Keck has been appointed Interim President at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Keck succeeds Dr. Dan Jones, who served as President at A&M-Commerce from 2008 until he passed away April 29.

Since 2001, Dr. Keck has served as the fifth president of Texas A&M International University in Laredo, where he worked closely with Dr. Jones, who served as provost from 2003 until his presidential appointment at Commerce.

Commerce ISD
Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper, who recently announced his retirement at the end of the school year, says he will work for an unidentified non-profit group that supports public education.  He and his family will continue to live in Commerce.  Blake also discusses plans for an academy that will bring high-school age students from around the area to Commerce High School to take college classes this fall.  Th

Dr. Dan Jones
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Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones died this morning, according to a release from the university. He was 63. The cause of death has not been released. Jones is survived by his wife, Jalinna, and his children, Aislinn and Allyson.

The university will close at noon today in honor of Jones.

Jones was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness on April 16, according to university staff. On April 25, Jones sent the following email to university faculty and staff:

Dear Lion Family,

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, discusses the the Dr. Max Plata-Remundo Santibanez Hispanic Education Consortium that meets at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, April 28).  The conference is named for A&M-Commerce professor Plata and custodian Santabenz,  three of whose children have graduated from A&M-Commerce.  The program honors 125 Hispanic educators from Northeast Texas.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says construction is underway on a parking lot between the softball and soccer fields, with construction of a shared locker room facility expected to start soon.  Tim says a marketing campaign for the fall sports seasons at A&M-Commerce, "See You At The Game," will begin late in the spring semester.  He also discusses the recent deal with Under Armour for athletic uniforms, which is unique for Division II schools.

Texas A&M University-Commerce and other state universities are likely looking at less state funding over the next two years.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Texas A&M University System has published proposed "campus carry" regulations for all its member institutions, including Texas A&M University-Commerce. Texas law will allow the licensed carry of concealed handguns on public university campuses beginning on Aug. 1.

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"It's a good sign of a transition when you've only been here for a few months but it does feel sort of like a mini lifetime," says Dr. Tomás Aguirre, Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Access and Success at Texas A&M University-Commerce during his introduction to listeners of The President's Perspective on KETR.

A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones invited Aguirre as a guest on the program in order to discuss what he sees as the strengths and opportunities upon which his office will be able to capitalize in the coming months and years.

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