College Station – The Texas A&M University System on Monday awarded $526,000 to outstanding faculty throughout the system for the spring 2010 presentation of the Teaching Excellence Awards.
161 faculty winners will receive checks from the voluntary, student-selected honors program, of from $2,500 to $10,000. A&M-Commerce had the second most recipients, behind A&M College Station, at 26. Five of the 26 individuals were in the top five percent.
Sulphur Springs – An area educator is among 32 selections nation-wide to participate in a special program next month in California sponsored by NASA.
Teri-Rae Altenbaumer of the Sulphur Springs ISD will attend the Advancing Mentor and Novice Teachers in Space Science training next month. She became eligible by agreeing to serve as a mentor teacher for a "pre-service" or novice student teacher at the middle school level for the next two years.
Greenville – A plan is in the works to clean up the former ESCO manufacturing plant in Greenville of decade's worth of environmental contamination.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will address the public to detail the proposal to remove soil from the plant, located in the Ardis Heights area, as well as demolish and remove the remaining structure.
Richardson – The Lone Star Conference North Division, which includes Texas A&M University-Commerce, will be slimming down within a couple years as three of its Oklahoma members plan to withdraw from the league.
Conference commissioner Stan Wagnon says the Richardson-based league has been notified that East Central University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State are leaving the conference.
League policy makes their withdrawal effective in June 2012.