Texas A&M University-Commerce

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.

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. 

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,

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

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.

The nuclear facilities in the McFarland Science Building are among the areas where "campus carry" will not be allowed.
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.

Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas
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Perhaps more than any figure, Sam Houston personifies the spirit of Texas: Brave, ambitious, generous, unpredictable, prone to excess, humorous and sometimes violent. Texas State Historian Bill O'Neal, an East Texas State University alumnus, has written "Sam Houston: A Study in Leadership," a new work which will be premiered during a free public event on March 2 at Universities Center Dallas.

Senior guard Anthony Adams is averaging 13 points per game for the Lions.

Don't be fooled by the fact that the Lions aren't at the top of the Lone Star Conference. The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team, which won the LSC tournament last season, are among the six teams considered to be legitimate contenders for this year's conference crown. 

Artaejah Gay and the Lions have returned to winning ways during the 2015-16 season.

With last Saturday's victory over Eastern New Mexico, the Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team assured itself of its first winning season since 2009. KETR's play-by-play announcer Charlie Chitwood discusses this year's Lions in advance of next week's Lone Star Conference tournament.

Crowning the Center Point Queen: Center Point, in Camp County, began as a Freedmen's community following the Civil War. In 1899, G.W. Goulsby opened a one-room school, the first in the settlement. In 1916 a new five-room school was built.
image courtesy of Edgie Reeves / Northeast Texas Digital Collections

For years, documents vital to the history of African-Americans in Northeast Texas gathered dust in storage or were known only to a few people. The African-American History Collection, part of the Northeast Texas Digital Collections at Texas A&M University-Commerce, provides an online archive that allows people around the world to see historic photographs, peruse school yearbooks, read church publications and hear oral histories.

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Woodleywonderworks, Flickr, Creative Commons

The fourth annual Dan and Jalinna Jones Educational Awards will be presented to about 150 children from area schools at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sam Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  The awards are named in honor of A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones and his wife Jalinna.  Dr. Jones and Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling, are the guests on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

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Flickr Creative Commons

Wyman Williams, Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business development officer, says new high-tech developments in cars for this year include Ford refining the ability of self-driving cars to drive on the ice, and the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt reportedly being able to go 200 miles between charges.

Texas Representative Gary VanDeaver Visits University

Jan 11, 2016

State Representative Gary VanDeaver recently visited Texas A&M University-Commerce to check on the implementation of the Institute for Competency-Based Education, an initiative funded by a special appropriation of  $1,487,000  that he helped pass in the 84th legislative session. This project addresses the need to find alternative, affordable ways to deliver high-quality education to students, including working adults.

Delta County Commissioner Rip Templeton announces his candidacy for Precinct 1.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Longtime Delta County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rip Templeton recently announced his run for office.

“I would like to take this means to announce my intention to run for re-election for commissioner, Precinct 1,” said Commissioner Rip Templeton to the citizens of Delta County.