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The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners pose with their trophy won after beating Tyler Junior College 60-39 in Saturday’s Region XIV Conference Tournament Championship in Shreveport. The Lady ‘Runners booked their bid to the national tournament scheduled to take place next week in Lubbock.

Lady Runners make history

The Angelina College Lady Roadrunner basketball team added another chapter to its storied season by beating the No. 1 seed Tyler Junior College Lady Apaches 60-39 in thoroughly convincing fashion in the Region XIV Women’s Conference Championship Saturday, March 9 at Centenary College in Shreveport. 

The win sends the Lady Runners to the national tournament scheduled to begin March 18 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, making the 2018-2019 squad the first women’s team in Angelina College history to advance to nationals. 

Throughout the conference championship game, the Lady Roadrunners offered a course in poise.

AC’s ability to handle pressure showed itself early. National Player of the Year Natasha Mack went down with an injury just three minutes into the game and missed nearly five full minutes. In her stead, the players on the floor kept the Lady Apaches in check. Mack would return before the end of the first quarter, and despite limping noticeably, finished the game with 30 points and 18 rebounds.

“That was a scary moment, but Natasha bounced back,” head coach Byron Coleman said. “We’ve been persevering through injuries all year long. These kids fought, and they earned this.”

Mia Perkins helped relieve much of the load from Mack, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds. Mia Williams hit for nine points and Taylor Jacob eight in the win. 

“Mia Perkins has been huge for us down the stretch,” Coleman said. “She’s really elevated her game since the Christmas break. She and Natasha have been a dynamic duo down in the paint for us.”

The numbers may not have been as high as what AC usually produces, but much of that had to do with a strong Lady Apache team and its approach. Tyler held a 19-15 lead at the end of the first period, but the Lady Runners never panicked, sticking to the game plan despite making adjustments on the fly. 

“We wanted to get out and run, but Tyler did a great job keeping us from getting into our transition game,” Coleman said. “But we did a great job running our half-court offense, and we played enough defense to keep them from scoring the way they usually do.”

“Enough defense” does not quite do AC’s effort credit. The Lady Runners held a potent Tyler team to just six points in the third quarter with just four of those occurring over the first eight minutes of the period and just six more in the final frame. Only one Lady Apache reached double figures in scoring: Kennedy Burks with 11 points. 

Following the game, Mack was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Then the players, managers and others participated in the age-old tradition of cutting down the nets. Coleman went last, and the long-time head coach could hardly hide his emotion as he flashed those hard-earned strings toward the crowd. 

“It’s been a long time coming,” Coleman said. “We’ve been an established program for quite a while, but this is a tough league, and we finally broke through. I’m speechless right now.”

On Monday, March 11, the NJCAA released its national tournament seedings via live stream. The Lady Roadrunners hosted a watch party starting at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room at Angelina College’s Technology and Workforce Building. The Lady Runners earned a bye for the first round of the tournament.

“We’re not done,” Coleman emphasized. “This is just one of many goals we set coming into this season. We’re still hungry for success at the national tournament.”


Players, community hold watch party

Byron Coleman had this day in mind way back before his Lady Roadrunner basketball team began its 2018-2019 campaign. 

Knowing his group possessed the potential for a national championship tournament run, Coleman scheduled some of the toughest teams he could find in the pre-conference portion of the schedule. There was never any doubt about facing brutal competition within Region XIV, but Coleman wanted his players to get a taste of what lay ahead should AC book a berth to Lubbock.

“We always said we’d play anybody anywhere, and we did that,” Coleman said. “We played a great non-conference schedule knowing our conference is already so tough. We scheduled opponents we knew would help us if we just took care of our own business. It worked out well for us.”

On Monday, March 11, Coleman and the Lady Roadrunners joined community members for a Selection Show watch party on the Angelina College campus. They waited anxiously to hear the selection committee’s seeding announcement, and when the Lady Runners saw their team listed as the No. 4 seed, the entire room erupted in applause.  

“It’s great to get all these people from the community together and join us in watching this live,” Coleman said. “You know, you always see these shows on TV with Division I basketball, so for us to get the chance to experience it ourselves, man, you can’t do anything but smile. I’m happy that the girls had the chance to enjoy this.”

As expected, undefeated and No. 1-ranked Wabash Valley earned the No. 1 seed, followed by Gulf Coast State at No. 2 and Shelton State at No. 3. Two more Region XIV teams – Tyler Junior College and Trinity Valley Community College – earned at-large bids, proving Coleman’s statement about the strength of the conference. 

The tournament tipped off on Monday, March 18; the Lady Roadrunners played at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 against the winner of the Hutchinson/Western Nebraska game. 

The national tournament championship game will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23. All games take place at the Rip Griffin Center on the Lubbock Christian University campus in Lubbock and will be live streamed on NJCAA TV. 

It is a lot to absorb for a coaching staff and team representing the first Angelina College women’s basketball team to compete for a national title. Coleman just wants to ensure he and his players do not forget to live in the moment. 

“These kids know this will be something that 10 or 20 years from now we’ll be getting together to reminisce,” Coleman said. “We were joking on the bus that we needed to write a book about all the trials and tribulations we endured in getting to this point. They’re cherishing this, and they understand the value of the moment. 

“We’ll remember this forever.” 


Dr. Michael Simon accepts donation for the Safety institute from Craig Witherspoon, regional manager of Texas Mutual Insurance on Tuesday, March 5.

Angelina College’s Natasha Mack earned her fourth NJCAA Division I Player of the Week honor the week of Feb. 12-18. She is the only AC athlete ever to win the award more than once.

Mack earns fourth Player of the Week

Natasha Mack’s big week just got even bigger.

Just days after establishing a new, all-time career scoring record for Angelina College, Mack earned the NJCAA’s Division I Player of the Week honors – the fourth time the Lufkin product has earned the honor in her two-year junior college career.

Mack is the only AC athlete ever to earn the award more than once.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Jacksonville, Mack took an entry pass in the lane and scored the record-breaking bucket. She broke a 38-year-old record of 1,267 points set by Lesa Jones in the 1979-1981 seasons. 

Mack currently has 1,285 points with three regular-season games to play. 


AC Fire Academy instructor receives educator award 

Angelina College Fire Academy Assistant Coordinator Steven Arreguin recently received the Texas Association of Fire Educators 2019 George Hughes Fire Instructor of the Year Award. This award recognizes instructors who have demonstrated or exemplified TAFE goals, objectives and ethics; who have demonstrated the ability to plan, develop and deliver training and education that changes behaviors; who have been deemed as outstanding in their field through a variety of activities; and who have participated in innovative programs, technology or equipment for the fire service.

Arreguin is a graduate of the Angelina College Fire Academy and began his career in the fire service with Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue as a firefighter. He was quickly promoted to driver and then to captain/step-up battalion chief. He serves as station captain for Station #5.

Arreguin also serves as the communications officer and is responsible for programming, installing and maintaining all mobile and handheld devices for fire apparatus and county units when requested. He provides training and serves on the communications committee, which consists of members of the Nacogdoches Police Department, County Volunteer Fire Department, County Emergency Management staff and dispatch. 

As AC Fire Academy assistant coordinator, Arreguin coordinates all instructor scheduling, resolves instructor and student issues, instructs various courses in the academy and serves as the lead instructor for live fire training. He also coordinates the Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I courses.

Arreguin spends many hours training the Emergency Service District #2 volunteer firefighters. ESD #2 consists of four volunteer fire departments. Cushing Volunteer Fire Department responds to medical assist calls and fires in ESD #2 until the arrival of city units. For four years, Arreguin served as the ESD #2 board president and was in charge of department contracts and distribution of funds to each department.

According to Chuck French, AC Fire Academy coordinator, Arreguin is an outstanding fire instructor. “Each of his training sessions is conducted with safety being of utmost importance, with crew integrity in mind, and by shaping the minds of individuals seeking the firefighter profession or firefighters bettering themselves for promotion or serving as a fire officer,” French said.

For more information about the Fire Academy, call (936) 633-5206.

Steven Arreguin, fifth from the left, receives the 2019 George Hughes Fire Instructor of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Fire Educators. Also present, from left to right, TAFE Treasurer, Rick Trevino, Corpus Christi Fire Department; TAFE Director, Steve Keller, Tarrant County College; TAFE Secretary, Mike Free, Port Arthur Fire Department; TAFE Vice President, Jason Jackson, Pearland Fire Department; TAFE President, Chuck French, Angelina College Fire Academy; and TAFE Director, Greg Obert, College of the Mainland and Houston Fire Department.


Howie Turnley and Jordan LaCaille give away a rose to Steve Hudman during the SGA Relay for Life fundraiser in front of the Student Center on Thursday, February 14.

SGA spreads love for Relay for Life

By Loran Ashley Rhodes

Reporter

The Student Government Association will hold a Whatanight fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Whataburger at 103 N. Brentwood, Suite 900, near the college. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the organization to use for its various projects.

One of the SGA’s projects is to maintain a food pantry on campus for students who are in need. Anyone wishing to donate canned goods or pick up some should go to the Office of Student Life, Room 205 in the Student Center.

The SGA members held a fundraiser in front of the Student Center Feb. 5, collecting donations for a Pie-in-the-Face contest to help with expenses for their trip to state convention April 11-14 in Dallas. Pies will be thrown in the faces of Recruiter Colin Wise, Dean of Student Services Steve Hudman, Student Life and Orientation Coordinator Jordan LaCaille and speech instructor Alex Ranc. 

The first meeting of the organization for this semester will be held on Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 110. All students are invited to attend.

The elected officers include Mario Vasquez, president; Kayla Robinson, vice president; Jessica Gardner, secretary; Wendy Cuc-Hernandez, treasurer; and Haley Harper, parliamentarian.  Co-advisers for SGA are Ranc and LaCaille.

Ranc said, “The SGA is a two-fold mission; I handle policies and resolutions, and LaCaille handles event coordinating.” 

SGA is a student organization that intends to promote participation, improve the campus and provide a voice for the students. It brings students together once a month to comment and discuss campus life and to encourage administrators to help implement the improvements. 

The club also assists other organizations such as Relay for Life in their fundraising efforts and various projects.

From left, Julie McManus, Lufkin High School lead counselor; Lin Lentz of the Kiwanis Club of Lufkin; and Dr. Michael Simon, Angelina College president, pose after AC and Kiwanis Club agree to partner to provide meningitis vaccinations to Lufkin High School Students.

Kiwanis Club and AC eradicate meningitis vaccine barrier

Angelina College is partnering with the Kiwanis Club of Lufkin to provide meningitis vaccinations to seniors at Lufkin High School.

As of Oct. 1, 2013, Texas state law requires that all new and re-entry college students under the age of 22 must provide evidence of a bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster within the past five years and at least ten days prior to the start of school.

The Kiwanis Club of Lufkin is funding an initiative to ensure that area high school students who are likely to attend AC are able to receive the required meningitis vaccine. For some students, the cost of this vaccine has been a barrier to their attending college. The Lufkin Kiwanis Club, working with AC, created a funding initiative to remove this obstacle.

Dr. Michael Simon, Angelina College president, understands that vaccination costs sometimes make the difference in whether students attend college. “If students haven’t received their meningitis vaccine before the age of 19, the cost rises significantly, and may be cost-prohibitive for some. We truly appreciate the Kiwanis Club making it possible for Lufkin High School students to get their vaccinations and be prepared to enroll at Angelina College,” Simon said.

For more information about this partnership, contact Dana Smithhart at dsmithhart@angelina.edu

Stefanie Vaughn, surgical technology director, shows off mock operating room where students will train for new surgical technology associate degree.

Associate in surgical technology now offered at Angelina College

Angelina College now offers an associate degree in surgical technology. Previously, the program offered a level-one certificate.

According to Stefanie Vaughn, program director, the change is in response to industry standards. “An associate degree has now become the required degree for surgical technologists,” Vaughn said.

Surgical technologists are members of operating room teams and work under the supervision of the surgeon. Before an operation, they prepare sterile surgical instruments, equipment and supplies. They assemble the sterile equipment and ensure it is all working properly.

During surgery, the technologist passes instruments and needed supplies to the surgeon and receive tissue specimens. They ensure that there are no breaks in sterile technique so that the patient does not acquire an infection.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgical technologists earn a median salary of more than $46,000.

In order to apply to the program, students must complete an online information session, print and turn in a quiz in order to pick up an application at the front desk of the Health Careers I Building, Room 100. 

Students must complete all prerequisites or be in the last semester of prerequisites with a grade of C or above in all courses and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. A prerequisite course may only be taken twice. 

SRGT 1405 Introduction to Surgical Technology is now a prerequisite course. Up to 20 students will be selected for this course. Students must meet with a faculty adviser to register for this course, which is only offered during the first summer session. 

Selection of program applicants is based on completion of the online information session, completed program application, GPA, past medical experience, previous degrees earned, points for major science courses taken, letters of recommendation and a panel interview for the up to 20 students who qualify to be registered for SRGT 1405. 

Once SRGT 1405 is completed, ranking of the students will be completed, and the top 10-12 students will be conditionally accepted into the program starting in the second summer session. These students must pass a drug screen and background check. 

For more information about the surgical technology program at Angelina College, email Stefanie Vaughn at svaughn@angelina.edu.

Welcome Week Monday Munchies

SGA president Mario Vazquez talks to Angelos Cortez about upcoming for Welcome Week, during Monday Munchies Monday Jan. 14 outside the Student Center.
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Alex Ranc’s Public Speaking classes collected 203 cans for the SGA’s food pantry on campus.  Shown above are members of her 11:25 a.m. TR class, including, front row, Colby Warner, Yazmin Escobedo, Baleigh Hudman, Cynthia Morales, Kimberli Banda and Allie Self. On the back row are Aaron Minkner, Shayne Vales, Landon Wilkerson, Noe Venegas, Adrian Papania and Will Alders.
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Graphic arts student spends weekends as farrier

Being a farrier is a very rewarding job if a person does not mind hard work. After many years of trimming my own horses, I decided to attend Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to obtain the knowledge needed to be a professional farrier.

Upon graduation from the six-week course, I opened my business serving Angelina and surrounding counties. Some key aspects of being a farrier are to know the hoof structure of horses, different diseases, treatment for hoof-related diseases, and build of horses.

Knowing how to handle and read horses’ behaviors and reactions will aid in the safety of the farrier. Horses have one of the fastest reaction times of all animals in the United States, which makes understanding their body language important.

When trimming or shoeing, the horse’s comfort level is very important. When the horse is comfortable, he or she is more likely to stand quietly while being worked on. Generally, when the horse is comfortable, the farrier is not, and trying to worry about your comfort level will make the horse fight, pull away, bite or kick to obtain his or her comfort level.

Depending on environment, the horse shoeing usually takes between one and two hours. After trimming the hoof properly, the shaping of the shoe is critical for the work flow. A misshaped shoe can cause hot nailing or nails being too low, allowing the shoe to come off early.

Some horses may require specialized techniques to ensure proper fit and finish of the shoe to provide the protection and function of the shoes. Many horses do not require shoes and can be trimmed to stay barefooted.

Customer service is also important in relating information to the customers for care of their horse. Scheduling is a common problem in the farrier business because missing an appointment or not showing up on time can ruin a business.

A good sense of physical fitness helps tremendously in this field. Most of the working day is spent in a bent-over position with a horse’s hoof between the farrier’s legs. In this position, the farrier has to manipulate the hoof, trim, position the shoe, balance the horse, drive five to eight nails into the hoof at the angle needed for proper exit and block the nails. Horse movement, sweat and fatigue added together can make for dangerous work.

I have been very blessed with my customer base to have pretty good horses; however, a few wild ones have popped in. I have been thrown into a wall, bitten, kicked, stepped on numerous times and cut many times as well. I had one horse that was kind of mean who spun on top of me while working on his back foot. He jerked his foot as he spun, and the nail that had just been driven cut my stomach and hung in my apron, which ended up jerking me to the ground where I was stepped on several times. I have also had one horse  jerk his foot and stick a nail through my finger.

With all this, being able to show up on a job to a lame horse and walk away from a sound horse when finished is very rewarding. I worked on a horse whose feet were so long she could not walk without her hoof hitting her opposite leg, and I could not touch her back legs at all. After three trips, I was able to trim all four feet with no trouble,  and the horse could run at full speed with no interferences.

I love my job. The work is hard and trying at times; it’s hot, sweaty, dirty work that can test the limits of a person’s body and mind during summer. Winter is just as challenging by swapping heat for cold. At the end of the day when I am cramping and aching all over, I feel a strong sense of accomplishment from the day. Knowing a horse is more comfortable and healthier because of the work I just did makes all the hard work worth it.


Angelina college employees and students collect food for a food drive in the AC cafeteria Thursday, Nov. 15.


Transitioning to SFA made easier for AC human services graduates

Angelina College and Stephen F. Austin State University have created an articulation agreement that will allow AC human service graduates to transfer to earn their bachelor of science degree in human services at SFASU.

AC’s human services program prepares graduates for case management careers as social services specialists, advocates for sexual assault victims, family advocate specialists, faith-based case workers, Texas Works advisors at the Department of Health and Human Services, Child Protective Services human services technicians, career advisers for those in correctional facilities and working with at-risk youth.

Those earning a bachelor’s degree in human services can expect to find employment as probation/parole officers, child/adult protective services specialists,  family services specialists, mental health clinicians, social services coordinators,  disability counselors, ombudsmen, correctional services counselors and health prevention specialists.

Patricia Wars, AC human services program lead instructor, said, “We worked with Dr. Robbie Steward, chair of SFA’s Department of Human Services, to provide a seamless transition for our graduates to move on to earn their bachelor’s degree. This agreement ensures that there are no gaps for students transfering to SFA after completing their associate degree at AC.”

Those earning a bachelor’s degree in human services can expect to find employment as probation/parole officers, child/adult protective services specialists,  family services specialists, mental health clinicians, social services coordinators,  disability counselors, ombudsmen, correctional services counselors and health prevention specialists.

New Bike rack
Angelina College recently received a bike rack donated by the Angelina County & Cities Health District and the Texas Healthy Communities team. Attending the presentation were, left to right, ACCHD representatives Paula Botsford, registered nurse, and Sharon Shaw, administrator; Todd Farmer, Angelina College biology instructor and bike commuter; and Dr. Michael Simon, Angelina College president. Physically active people have less risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity among other chronic diseases. Additionally, worksites that provide adequate, secure bike parking promote bicycling safety and physical activity in the community.
New Bike rack
Angelina College recently received a bike rack donated by the Angelina County & Cities Health District and the Texas Healthy Communities team. Attending the presentation were, left to right, ACCHD representatives Paula Botsford, registered nurse, and Sharon Shaw, administrator; Todd Farmer, Angelina College biology instructor and bike commuter; and Dr. Michael Simon, Angelina College president. Physically active people have less risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity among other chronic diseases. Additionally, worksites that provide adequate, secure bike parking promote bicycling safety and physical activity in the community.
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Angelina College groundskeepers work on the landscaping for a future seating area in front of the Student Center Friday, Oct. 26.
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Queer Space is a new Angelina College student organization seeking to create a safe space for LGBTQ students. Meetings are held every other Thursday at 4 p.m. in SBS 110. For more information contact Nancy Reynolds, (936) 633-5345 or nreynolds@angelina.edu

President’s house torn down

A bulldozer scrapes up the rubble from the AC president’s home on Daniel McCall, which was demolished because of irreparable problems. The house was built in 1967 for Dr. Jack Hudgins, first AC president.

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The Angelina College Police Academy takes part in an active shooter
drill Thursday, Oct. 11 during a fire drill for Hudgins Hall, the Business Building and the Liberal Arts Building


Staff wins awards

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Jennifer Banks, editor of The Pacer, participates in the TCCJA live multimedia contest.
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Staff member Moises Vazquez shoots a mock car accident at TCCJA on Oct. 12 in Commerce.

The staff of Angelina College’s student publications recently won five awards at the Texas Community College Journalism Association convention held at Texas A&M-Commerce.

Jennifer Banks, 2018-2019 editor of The Pacer newspaper, won a first-place award for an environmental portrait of welding students, and Brianna Cryan and Kendall Hargraves won a first-place award for a magazine story package that appeared in the 2017 AC View magazine.

Three honorable-mention awards for The Pacer were also received, including Daniel Salinas for a feature photograph, Richard Hardesty for a non-photographic illustration, and Hardesty for a front-page design.

Two members of the staff, Banks and Moises Vazquez, attended the convention on Friday, Oct. 12 where they participated in the live multimedia contest in the morning and in workshops in the afternoon.

Texas Community College Journalism Association’s members are two-year colleges with journalism departments that publish newspapers in print and/or online. Its convention always takes place in the fall at a four-year university whose journalism department agrees to sponsor the event.


Stump speeches

Stump speeches were held Thursday, Oct. 18 in front of the library with speakers representing a variety of views on the upcoming elections.


Nonprofit training center opens for region

Angelina College launched its Center for Nonprofit Leadership Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Angelina College Community Services Building.

The center was created to provide educational programs and support services to nonprofit organizations. It will provide training for both emerging and tenured leaders, as well as other resources tailored to serve the particular needs of nonprofit organizations. The center will maintain a “board bank,” a listing of individuals who are qualified and willing to serve with nonprofit organizations in East Texas.

Donna Busler will serve as director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas A&M University and an master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. Busler has served for more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector of Angelina County, most recently as executive director of The Mosaic Center.

“As a former Angelina College student and instructor, I am so thankful to join the Angelina College team,” Busler said.

For more information about the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, contact Donna Busler at dbusler@angelina.edu or call 936-633-4532.

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Donna Busler, director of the Angelina College Center for Nonprofit Leadership, middle, and Dr. Michael Simon, AC president, cut the ribbon to open the new nonprofit center. They were joined by, from left to right, Rebecca Dilday, Hospice in the Pines; Tara Watson-Watkins, Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Sid Roberts, Angelina College Board of Trustees president; Tim Ditoro, dean of Community Services Division; Michelle Briley, Commercial Bank of Texas; Hilary Haglund Walker, Angelina College Board of Trustees vice president; and Breanna Murphy.

Constitution Day

Angelina College observed Constitution Day on Sept. 17 in the Hudgins Hall auditorium.

Government and history instructors gave short talks about the Supreme Court and how some of its decisions have impacted people in the United States.

Dan Rankin opened the event by discussing the process of selecting Supreme Court justices as put forth in the U.S. Constitution and the process of getting laws changed by the rulings of the court.

Through the case of Marbury v. Madison in 1803, Gene Yates told the audience that the justices have the right to review laws made by Congress to determine whether they are constitutional.

Michael Smith talked about the Worcester v. Georgia court decision in 1832, which said the Cherokee Nation had sovereign power (independence) under the guardianship of the United States government.

Next, Dexter Satterwhite discussed the Dred Scott v. Sandford case from 1857, which tried to protect the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

Dr. Tom McKinney told the audience that during Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency, Roosevelt tried to pack the Supreme Court by saying that any justice over the age of 70 could retire with full benefits. However, this “blew up in his face,” according to McKinney.

Olivia Wilson discussed the impact of the Supreme Court while Earl Warren served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1953 to 1969. During that time, the court heard many cases having to do with equality and due process, as well as individual liberties. She mentioned the Brown v. Board of Education case that integrated all schools.

The current discussion of the President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to become the next justice on the Supreme Court was led by Alicia Andreatta.

Debra Jenke provided a handout on the impact of the pre-Katrina and post-Katrina Supreme Court.

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History teacher, Gene Yates speaks to audience in Hudgins Hall Auditorium on Constitution Day.

Auditions set for national anthem

The Angelina College athletics program is looking for singers to perform the national anthem at Roadrunner and Lady Roadrunner home basketball games running from November 2018 until March 2019.

Open auditions will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Shands Gymnasium on the AC campus. All auditions will be performed acapella; solos, duets, trios or quartets from ages eight years old and up are encouraged.

Only the first 50 auditions will be considered. Depending on the number of performers selected, some may qualify to perform more than once throughout the season.

For further information about the auditions for the national anthem, contact AC Athletics by e-mailing Debbie Mareno at dmareno@angelina.edu or calling 936-633-5282.


Community and AC students enjoy food, fun and games at the Food Truck Fest and Community Involvement Fair

Angelina College kicked off its fiftieth-year celebration with a food truck fest and community involvement fair Aug. 30. The event was sponsored by AC’s Student Life office and the Student Government Association.

Before the event, Student Life and Orientation Coordinator Jordan LaCaille said, “We wanted to have an event that celebrates our fiftieth year and thanks the community for their decades of support. Our goal is to host a family-friendly celebration that not only thanks everyone for their support but also gives the community a chance to become more involved with local organizations.”

Food trucks that attended were Deez Wingz, Snowmies, Brendyn’s BBQ, Shali’s Indian Kitchen, Kona Ice, UR Chef, Taqueria Viejo, El Coco Loco, Say Cheese and Lupita’s.

Community organizations participating were the Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas, Burke, Region 5 Prevention Resource Center, the Department of Health and Human Services, Angelina Child and Family Development Association, Harold’s House, The Coalition, AC Spanish Club, AC S.P.E.A.K.S., B.S.M, Free People Church, Relay For Life, and Habitat for Humanity. The Angelina College Human Resources office also had a table set up where community members could check out current AC job postings.

The food trucks parked in front of the Administration Building and other activities such as bounce houses, photos with monkeys and a DJ were set up in front of the Student Center and behind the Administration Building.

Except for the cost of food, this was a free event and was open to the public.

For more information about this event, contact Jordan LaCaille at jlacaille@angelina.edu or 936-633-3253.


Lancaster named the new Associate Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics

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Dr. Daryl Lancaster has been named the new Associate Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics at Angelina College. Lancaster was previously employed as the Life Science Department Chair at Northwest Arkansas Community College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science from Westmont College and a doctorate in chiropractic medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences.

Lancaster started his career in higher education when he was asked to teach Anatomy and Physiology to students in a special program for high school students wishing to get a head start on their college education. After his first semester of teaching, Lancaster was given a special citation for helping to dramatically improve those students’ PSAT scores. He became a full-time faculty member at NWACC after two years of serving as an adjunct instructor.

Plans for the future of the School of Science and Mathematics include collaborating with universities and other organizations. “We want to work with local organizations to create programs that will help revitalize the service area,” Lancaster said.

Lancaster has experience with creating research programs for undergraduate students. The program he created at NWACC led to students presenting their research at a regional conference. “I would like to create a similar program here at AC. These types of programs lead to big opportunities for students who plan to transition to university,” he said.

Three Angelina College students named Texas Academic All-State studnets

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Angelina College students Kelly Inkster, left, and Madison Reeves qualified for the Texas Academic All-State honors. Not pictured is Bethany Cole, who also qualified.

Angelina College students Bethany Cole, Kelly Inkster and Madison Reeves were recently named Texas Academic All-State students.

In order to qualify, they had to have at least a 3.5 grade point average and complete a rigorous screening process by the national Phi Theta Kappa honor society. While being a member of Phi Theta Kappa is no longer a requirement to earn this honor, Cole, Inkster and Reeves are all members.

Cole of Lufkin is a nursing major. After graduating from AC, she plans to transfer to Texas A&M to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Inkster of Splendora is a general curriculum major who plans to transfer to Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall.

Reeves is a Child and Family Development major from Livingston.

For more information about Texas Academic All-State honors or Phi Theta Kappa at Angelina College, contact Benetha Jackson at bjackson@angelina.edu.


PTK students visit Kansas City

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Seven Angelina College Phi Theta Kappa honor society students recently traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, for the 2018 PTK International Catalyst Conference. Michele Melton, Mercedez Johnson, Xavier Williams, Matthew Balle, Elisabeth Eng, Mehriel Gatus and Joseph Santiago, all of Lufkin, were accompanied by advisers Jeremy Sanches and Cora Scott, as well as Dr. Merilyn Sessions, chaperone from Paramus High School.

The students learned about leadership and attended sessions led by Susan Cain, leadership expert and author; Amy Cuddy, social psychologist and author; Daveed Digs, Tony and Grammy award-winning star of “Hamilton”; Amanda Karpinski, 2017-2018 international PTK president; and Chris Riddell, global futurist and media commentator.

Benetha Jackson, AC psychology instructor and PTK adviser, said, “Our students learned about leadership and networking and had an opportunity to meet other PTK members.”

To be eligible for membership, AC students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree. Students must also have a grade point average of 3.5, must receive an invitation to membership from their local PTK chapter and must adhere to the moral standards of the organization.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Angelina College, contact Jackson at 936-633-5228.


Angelina College receives grant to promote safety

Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a $100,000 grant to Angelina College to fund the college’s risk management program, which provides workplace safety courses for community employers, workers and the general public.

This is the second consecutive year that Texas Mutual, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, has given a $100,000 grant to the college to support the risk management program.

Janice Huffman, director of grants and sponsored programs at AC, said, “The support we receive from Texas Mutual allows us to provide much-needed safety training to our local employers and employees. Safety education is an important part of workplace training, and we’re proud to be a part of the solution in addressing workplace hazards as we all work toward creating safer workplaces.”

Texas Mutual has awarded $6.6 million in safety education grants since 1999. Angelina College is one of 10 colleges in Texas that provides safety classes via funding from Texas Mutual.

Last year, Angelina College began working with local employers and partners in workforce education to launch a Heavy Equipment Operator program to provide training for increased safety awareness and to reduce work-related accidents and injuries. This program will provide high-demand job skills needed for employment in Angelina and surrounding counties. In recent months, Angelina College purchased heavy equipment simulators and began to develop curriculum in anticipation of a launch of the program later this year.

“Workplace safety education has always been and will continue to be a sound investment,” Eric Bourquin, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual, said. “We are happy to partner with Texas community colleges to make safety programs available to their communities and available to employees across Texas. These grants and the other safety programs from Texas Mutual demonstrate our commitment to ensuring millions of workers get the education they need to work safely.”

Angelina College is a comprehensive community college of 5,200 students with the main campus located in Lufkin and serving 12 counties in East Texas. AC offers 30 occupational programs, certificates and associate degrees and 31 programs or classes in Community Services (non-credit) that lead to certifications or licensure. The college also offers adult education, GED and ESL courses.


Angelina College Pharmacy Tech students achieve 100 percent pass rate on national exam

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First row, from left: Evelin Hernandez, Alia Padilla, Anastasya Ford. Second row, from left: Mary Duran, Hunter King, Carrigan Glover. Third row, from left: Maria Arreola, Margaret Butler, Whitney Lowery. Hourth row, from left: David Toburen and Teresa Jackson.

Eleven Angelina College pharmacy technology students recently earned a 100 percent pass rate on the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

Alia Padilla and Anastasya Ford of Lufkin, Evelin Hernandez and Maria Arreola of Nacogdoches, Mary Duran of Corrigan, Hunter King of Groveton, Carrigan Glover of Wells, Margaret Butler of Hemphill, Whitney Lowery of Groveton, David Toburen of Hudson and Teresa Jackson of Pollok all passed the national exam administered by the Pharmacy Technicians Certification Board.

Elaine Young, pharmacy technology program director, said, “All of our pharmacy technician students passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, a national exam that only had a 58 percent pass rate in 2017. In the past 16 years, Angelina College has graduated 267 students with 99.3 percent pass rate and was recently named one of the top ten accredited programs in the United States by Pharmacy Technician Education & Career Guide (www.pharmacytechnicianguide.com/Best-Certificate-Programs.html).”

An information session is planned for May 7 at 6 p.m. in the Health Careers II Building Room 223 for those interested in enrolling in the pharmacy technology program at Angelina College. Call 936-671-7348 to sign up for more details.


Students and local community members Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

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From left to right, Will Windham, The Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center; Adam Lowther, Brookshire Brothers; Robert K. Inselmann, Texas state district judge; Chris Banks, Burke; Dexter Parker, respiratory therapy major; Nick Trusclair, music major; and Blaze Steptoe, education major, sport high heels to end violence against women outside the Student Center during The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.

Business honor society inducts 25

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The Rho Alpha Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma initiated 25 new members into the honor society for business students in two-year colleges Sunday, April 8.

The Rho Alpha Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma, international business honor society, inducted 25 Angelina College business students Sunday, April 8.

New members include Kyle Allen, Alicia Anderson, Earl Citizen, Meshia Coutee, Csandra Crisp, Wendy Cuc-Hernandez, Harrison Foulkes, James Garcia, Patricia Garcia, Riley Garrett, Myles Gibbs and Donna Harris.

Also, Kristen Ingersoll, Dylan Jones, McKaya Lucas, Brett Mugavero, David Newcomb, Damarias Perez, Addison Scott, Crystal Segrest, Kelly Selby, Marisa Sosa, Crystal Swearingen, Riley Thornton, Shayne Vales and Hollie Wilsie were initiated.

Speaking at the ceremony was Krystal Riley, member of the law firm Skelton, Slusher, Barnhill, Watkins and Wells. She told the initiates that the secret to success is working hard to achieve goals.

“No one ever achieves anything great without hard work,” Riley said. “Sacrifices only count when you continue and achieve your goal.”

Meagan Neal, administrative assistant for the Science and Mathematics and Business Division, introduced the initiates and asked the initiation questions.

Steve Hudman, dean of Student Affairs, presented the charge to the initiates, telling them to be proud and persevere.

Faculty adviser for the Rho Alpha Chapter is Keith New, business instructor for AC. New welcomed attendees and introduced the speaker.

ABG is the business honor society for accredited junior, community and technical two-year colleges. It recognizes and reward academic excellence among business honor students and recognizes the contribution to learning and business of professionals.

The core values of the society include pursue excellence; innovate and drive change; embrace knowledge and intellectual pursuits; seek growth and progress; be bold, creative, and open-minded; pursue leadership and take initiative; build a positive team and family spirit; do more with less; be passionate and determined; and be humble.


Student discusses deaf culture

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Samantha Padilla, left, signs during her presentation about deaf culture to Rachel Hunt’s education class Wednesday, April 4. Jeannie Cole, right, interprets Padilla’s signing for the class.

AC freshman Samantha Padilla, who has been deaf since birth, talked Wednesday, April 4 with students in Rachel Hunt’s EDUC 2301 class about her experiences as a deaf person.

Padilla’s main message was that deaf people can do anything hearing people can do. She said a couple of misconceptions that some people have is that deaf people cannot drive and that people have to talk very slowly in order for deaf people to read their lips.

From kindergarten through fifth grade, Padilla was placed in a separate classroom for deaf people. However, when she went into the sixth grade, she asked to be mainstreamed because the work in the deaf classroom was “too easy.”

In high school, Padilla played softball for Lufkin High School, which was a challenge even with an interpreter in the dugout to help her.  She said her teammates were helpful because they tried to learn some American Sign Language. She said, “I appreciate people who try to sign.”

At the age of 10, Padilla was able to get a cochlear implant that allowed her to hear some sounds. She said since she had never heard sounds before that, some of the sounds were “way too loud.” Now if the sounds are too loud, she just turns off her implant.

Padilla said she is lucky that she has a loving family who learned how to communicate with her because only around 25 percent of families are willing to learn the skills necessary.

Hunt commented to Padilla, “I can’t imagine how frustrating we are to you, especially instructors.”

Padilla’s interpreter, Jeannie Cole, talked about the job of an interpreter. She said, “We are her voice.”

Also attending the class was Aryn Clist, a deaf education student from Stephen F. Austin State University.


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AC President Michael Simon, left, student Jeremiah Suell, in white hoodie, and Office of Student Life Director Jordan LaCaille, right, lead the Take Back the Night walk around the PE Gymnasium April 3. The walk promoted sexual assault awareness

TIPA Contest

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 By Kennedy Sessions, Reporter

Angelina College student publications’ staff members won 22 awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention Saturday, March 24 in Dallas.

Richard Hardesty, co-editor of The Pacer, won seven individual awards out of the 22 for AC. He won first place for the newspaper front-page design in the Dec. 5 issue of The Pacer. He also received second place in environmental portrait for a photo of Cindy Bolen and her wallabies and third-place awards in the Photo Story, General News Photo, Feature Photo and Editorial Cartoon contests.

“Winning the awards gave me the reassurance that I’m doing something right. For experts to judge and place my work among the best just proves to myself that I’m on the right path,” Hardesty said.

Brianna Cryan, former editor of the AC View magazine, won first place in the General Magazine Cover Design contest, and Evelyn Okray earned first place in the Static Information Graphic for a graphic on sleeping habits.

Former editor Jennifer Harvey earned third place in the Newspaper Cover Design contest. She also received honorable mention in the Feature Story contest for her story titled “Losing it.”

Aaron Wilson, Jordan Abbott, Luna Garcia, Velvet Guidry and Josh Robinson won honorable mention in the Feature Page/Spread Design newspaper contest for the “Showtime!”  layout. Also, Abbott and Wilson earned third place in the same contest for their layout on the musical “A Year with Frog and Toad.”

Austin Anderson, co-editor of The Pacer, won second place in the Sports Page/Spread Design contest in The Pacer’s Oct. 31 issue.

Former editor Devan Hadnot earned second and third places in the Sports Action Photo contest for his photos of basketball players Victor Bell and Isaiah Bailey. He also won third place in the Illustration contest for his illustration titled “Diversity.”

Byron Jones won third place in the Short Feature Story contest for his story about job scarcity.

The Pacer staff received second for Overall Design and honorable mention in Overall Excellence for newspapers.

The Pacer also received third place in the Editorial contest for “#LiveintheMoment.”

Students from two-year colleges and four-year universities are invited to TIPA to compete in different contests that best display their talents. Along with Angelina College, Texas A&M-Commerce, Baylor University, University of Texas-Arlington, Brookhaven College, Stephen F. Austin State University and Tyler Junior College are some of the 44 colleges that attended the convention.

TIPA is one of the oldest and largest state collegiate press associations in the United States.

The contests included news print writing and photography, sports writing and photography, magazine writing and layout, radio broadcasting, cartoon illustration, yearbook design and more.

TIPA also had workshops with different speakers teaching students about their experience in their specific field of journalism. Emmy award winning journalist Rebecca Aguilar spoke with students on the importance of building your brand on social media. ESPN writer Saad Yousuf talked about writing sports for a bigger network and the importance of persistence.

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Students from two-year colleges and four-year universities are invited to TIPA to compete in different contests that best display their talents. Along with Angelina College, Texas A&M-Commerce, Baylor University, University of Texas-Arlington, Brookhaven College, Stephen F. Austin State University and Tyler Junior College are some of the 44 colleges that attended the convention.

TIPA is one of the oldest and largest state collegiate press associations in the United States.