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College Station forester honored for work in Galveston after Hurricane Ike

Posted: 01/14/2010 - Longtime Texas Forest Service forester Pete Smith was honored this week with a Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for his extensive work on trees issues in Galveston following Hurricane Ike. Smith is the agency’s urban forestry partnership coordinator. He has worked for Texas Forest Service for more than two decades. He received the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence-Forester on Monday during the annual Texas AgriLife Conference. “It’s a great honor but bittersweet because it’s the result of an ecological disaster — and a human one. Some people lost all their possessions and were out of their homes for a year,” Smith said, referring to the many Galveston Island residents who were devastated by the massive storm.

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Officer Darrel Fikes joins Reserve Unit

Posted: 01/14/2010 - On January 14, 2010 at 6:30pm, the Bryan Police Department swore in Darrel Fikes as a Reserve Officer. Fikes is no stranger to law enforcement. Fikes spent over 6 years as a Deputy Constable in Nueces County and hired on with the Bryan Police Department in 1997. Fikes was most recently one of the major crimes Detectives in the Criminal Investigation Division. Fikes left the Police Department to pursue interests outside law enforcement in December 2009. Law enforcement is in Fikes’ blood and he was unable to leave law enforcement altogether. Officer Fikes will continue to serve the City of Bryan as a Reserve Officer within the Bryan Police Department’s Reserve Unit.

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Sgt. John Campbell Retirement

Posted: 01/14/2010 - On Friday, January 15, 2010, a reception will be held to honor Sgt. John Campbell who retired from the College Station Police Department following 31 years of distinguished service. A reception honoring Sgt. Campbell will be held at the College Station City Council Chambers on Texas Avenue from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sgt. Campbell’s service touched many people in this community and all are invited to come out to honor his service. In August, 1978 John Campbell started working for the City of College Station as a Firefighter. In April of 1979 Campbell moved to the Police Department as one of the first Jailers for CSPD. In January of 1980 Campbell began his duties as a Police Officer. Campbell was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June of 1984 and served as a Patrol Sergeant until June of 2003 when he was transferred to the Special Services Division where he supervised the department’s School Resource Officers, D.A.R.E Officers and Crime Prevention Officers. In January 2006 Sgt. Campbell returned to the Patrol Division until his retirement in January 2010.

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Kuppersmith Officially Recognized as Robotic Thyroid Surgeon

Posted: 01/13/2010 - Ronald B. Kuppersmith, MD, FACS of The Texas Institute for Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, today successfully performed his 20th robotic thyroid surgery at the College Station Medical Center in College Station, Texas. Crossing this significant threshold distinguishes him as the first surgeon in North America to be recognized by Intuitive Surgical (http://www.davincisurgery.com) for listing as a “Robotic Surgeon” in the area of thyroid surgery. He is believed at this time to have performed the highest volume of robotic thyroid procedures outside of the Republic of Korea. Because of his recognized expertise in thyroid surgery, patients have traveled from around the United States and internationally to consult with him and undergo surgery.

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MLK Marrow Drive

Posted: 01/13/2010 - Brazos Valley residents join nationwide effort on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to increase African American marrow donors on Be The Match Registry® Brooklyn, N.Y., mother of two with leukemia searching for marrow donor showcases challenges for African American patients in need of transplant. This Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, friends and family of Jennifer Jones Austin will host donor registry drives across the United States, including one in Bryan/College Station. The donor registry drives are an effort to raise awareness about the need for more African American marrow donors, and to perhaps find a matching donor for 41-year-old Austin and many other patients like her.

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Flu Clinic Update

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Scott & White College Station has limited supplies of H1N1 vaccine for current Scott & White patients ages 6 months and up. Flu clinics will be hosted on the following dates: Flu Clinic Dates: Tuesday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Check in at Desk S Wednesday, December 16 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Check in at Entrance 14 Thursday, December 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Check in at Desk S

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Marrow Donor Program Honors Heroes

Posted: 11/30/2009 - Volunteer donors and partners of the Be the Match Registry in the Central Texas area will be honored by the Scott &White Marrow Donor Program at the Be the Match Hero Bash on Tuesday December 1st at the College Station Hilton at 6:00 p.m.

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Coins For Cooper

Posted: 11/25/2009 - On Thanksgiving Day, prior to, and following the Texas A&M vs University of Texas football game at Kyle Field, The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets will be holding an incredible fundraiser called “COINS FOR COOPER” to help raise money for three year old Cooper Knight who is waiting for a Modified Multivisceral Transplant to replace his colon and small bowel. Members of the Corps will be collecting money for three hours before the game and for one hour following the game. At half-time, a video of Cooper will be shown on the Jumbo-Tron with a brief story about him. Colonel Byron Stebbins and Cadet Kyle Whalen have worked with me to put this event together.

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Marrow Donor Program Honors Heroes

Posted: 11/23/2009 - Volunteer donors and partners of the Be the Match Registry in the Central Texas area will be honored by the S&W Marrow Donor Program at the Be the Match Hero Bash on Tuesday December 1st at the College Station Hilton by 6 pm.

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Local Boot Camp Squats to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted: 11/10/2009 - Cliff Latham, who leads the College Station Adventure Boot Camp, the #5 ranked Boot Camp in America, decided to donate money for their 'Squat for Cancer Fundraiser' to the American Cancer Society in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

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Boys & Girls Club Hosts Fall Festival

Posted: 10/26/2009 - The Central Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of Brazos Valley will be hosting the Annual Fall Festival from 4:30 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, October 28th. The event will be held at the Boys & Girls Club building located at 900 W. William J. Bryan Pkwy in Bryan.

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Beverly Turek Of Turek's Computer DR Named As Finalist In 6th Annual Stevie Awards For Women In Business

Posted: 10/25/2009 - Turek’s Computer DR was named a Finalist in the Mentor of the Year category in the 6th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

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Junior League of B/CS: Commencement of the 2009-2010 League Year and Newly-Inducted Executive Officers and Board of Directors

Updated: 10/22/2009 - The Junior League of the Bryan-College Station is pleased to announce the beginning of the 2009 – 2010 League Year and the installation of its 2009-2010 Executive Officers and Board of Directors. The Junior League of Bryan-College Station is an organization of women committed to promoting community voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of the League’s trained volunteers. The League’s vision is to strengthen the well-being and future of Bryan-College Station’s children and youth. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Under the new leadership of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Junior League will be giving time and money to at least six different community projects, which include: The Brazos Valley Food Bank Backpack Program, The Boys & Girls Club of the Brazos Valley Fun Times at the Club, The George Bush Presidential Library Education Docent Program, The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley, Kids in the Kitchen, and community activism projects awarded through the League’s Opportunity Knocks program in addition to the League’s signature project, Stuff the Bus.

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Five CSISD students named National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

Posted: 10/22/2009 - Five A&M Consolidated High School seniors were recently named 2009-2010 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholars. Julio Bernal, Luis Miranda, Andrew Morris, Adrian Ortega and Eunice Quiroga were recognized along with nearly 5,000 other students from a pool of more than 200,000 high school juniors who took the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test and identified themselves as being Hispanic/Latino.

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More CSISD students honored by the National Merit Scholarship Program

Updated: 10/22/2009 - Twelve College Station Independent School District students were recognized by receiving a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program. A&M Consolidated seniors Zachary Bennett, Joseph Cho, Carl Fitz, Christopher Haynes, Seungkwon Jung, John Lestina, Kelsey Mills, Andrew Morris, David Pratt, Aaron Salin, Quinton Sweitzer and Chen Yao are among 34,000 students received the commendation, nationwide.

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Tom Wilkinson, Jr. named Better Business Bureau’s 2009 Boss of the Year

Posted: 10/20/2009 - The Brazos Valley Council of Government Executive Director Tom Wilkinson, Jr. was named “2009 Boss of the Year” by the Better Business Bureau at the BBB Annual Open House. Wilkinson, who has been Executive Director of the BVCOG for the past seventeen years, was one of 19 nominees considered for the award. The Boss of the Year is an annual event, held in conjunction with the Better Business Bureau Open House. Nominations are submitted by employees, and then are voted on by those attending the event.

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SWAT Competition

Posted: 10/13/2009 - On October 5, 2009 through October 8, 2009, the Bryan Police Department’s Tactical Response Team (TRT) participated in the Texas Tactical Police Officer Association (TTPOA) SWAT Competition. The Bryan Police Department’s Tactical Response Team (TRT) is a volunteer/part-time Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit made up of Bryan PD officers who serve in regular, full-time positions in every division of the department. These officers dedicate many additional hours of training and active service to the TRT outside of their regular duties so that they, the Bryan Police Department and the City of Bryan are well prepared whenever a situation arises requiring their high level of tactical expertise.

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Benden Named CSISD Education Foundation Director

Posted: 10/13/2009 - Teresa Benden has been named the Director of the College Station Independent School District Education Foundation, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Eddie Coulson announced today. “Teresa is a great addition to CSISD and its Education Foundation,” Coulson said. “She has a tremendous commitment to the school district and this community, and I look forward to her leadership.”

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College Station Earns National Financial Reporting Award

Posted: 10/13/2009 - Today, the City of College Station Fiscal Services Department announced it has received national recognition for its financial reporting practices. This is the 27th year the department has earned this prestigious award. The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to City of College Station by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

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Local Junior Named HP Scholastic Junior All-American

Posted: 10/08/2009 - College Station native Casey Grice has been named an HP Scholastic Junior All-American, the American Junior Golf Association and HP announced Wednesday. Sponsored for the 15th consecutive year by HP, the 2009 team consists of 12 young men and 12 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom.

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The Brazos Valley African American Museum

Posted: 10/01/2009 - The Brazos Valley African American Museum will celebrate the opening of an exhibit on Sunday, October 11, 2009, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a reception. The exhibit will feature "Black Owned Businesses" of old downtown Bryan. Pictures, documents and some artifacts will be on display.

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