Posted: 1:57 PM The Bryan Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, to urge residents to “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”
The Bryan Fire Department has many tours set up for the month of October. Local groups, schools and citizens are invited to request a tour, public safety talk or to visit the stations during this month. A special open house is set for Sunday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to kick off Fire Prevention Week. The community is invited to attend and enjoy refreshments at each of the local fire stations. Questions can be directed to (979) 209-5960.
Posted: 1:53 PM The Blood Center of Brazos Valley is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Baker as its new director. In this position, Baker will oversee all blood center operations in the Brazos Valley service area, including product management and mobile and facility collections for the region.
Posted: 2:17 PM The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Friday approved Craig H. Blakely, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate dean for academic affairs and research at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, as the new dean of the school.
The HSC-School of Rural Public Health is the first school in the nation to not only train public health professionals about issues pertaining to the urban environment but also to focus on the health of rural, underserved and at-risk populations statewide, nationally and internationally.
“We are excited about the foundation already in place at the Texas A&M Health Science Center as one of the Top 25 accredited schools of public health in the country,” Dr. Blakely said. “It is a personal pleasure to follow in the footsteps of the founding dean, Dr. Ciro Sumaya. I look forward to our continued success and expanding role in meeting the population health needs of our fellow Texans and the global community.”
Posted: 1:45 PM National Seat Check Saturday held in Bryan on Sept. 12th turned out to
be a record-breaking event. Last year we did 84 inspections, this year
the total was 135! Again, this proved to be a great partnership between
the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety Project, Daniel &
Stark Law Firm and the College Station Medical Center. In spite of the
constant rain showers, the event ran smoothly thanks to our excellent
technicians and volunteers. We certainly proved that when the going
gets tough, the tough get going (and get pretty wet, too)! Here are the
statistics from the event:
135 child safety seats inspected
2 children arrived correctly restrained (includes one child that had
been to a previous checkup)
107 new child safety seats were distributed
28 old/unsafe seats were collected
46 children arrived totally unrestrained or inappropriately in safety belts
Posted: 12:29 PM On September 14, 2009 at 3:30pm, The Bryan Police Department will promote Officer Steven Spillars to the rank of Sergeant in a ceremony with family and friends. The ceremony will take place in the Secondary Courtroom of the Bryan Justice Center. The public is welcome to join us in this celebration.
Posted: 11:53 AM The City of College Station’s Purchasing Division has earned the 14th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2009. College Station is one of only 59 cities in the US and one of 28
government agencies in Texas receiving the award. The City has been the recipient for 13 out of the 14 years it has been presented.
Updated: 11:46 AM Denise Morgan, Navasota ISD Director of Human Resources, was named District 6 President-Elect for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Morgan and her fellow officers from the 20 TEPSA districts across the state were installed at the association’s July Leadership Conference.
Posted: 2:36 PM Scott & White Hospital received re-designation as a Level I trauma center by the Texas Department of State Health Services for the next three years. Scott & White was first designated as a Level I trauma center in 2003. In May of this year, Scott & White Hospital was re-verified as a Level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACSCOT), the first step in receiving its official re-designation.
“This re-designation shows we meet the highest national standards and
can provide a ready team of specialists to respond to the most critical
situations,” said Michael Craun, M.D., Trauma Medical Director at
Scott & White.
Posted: 2:23 PM Huntsville Memorial Hospital has been recognized as a great place to practice medicine by Medical Economics magazine, which also lists Texas as the best state for doctors.
In a recent cover story titled "America's best places to practice," the magazine also points out that in No. 1 Texas, the "Best town you never heard of" is Huntsville, "surrounded by the Sam Houston National Forest and includes Huntsville Memorial Hospital and Sam Houston State University."
Posted: 11:45 AM On August 14, 2009, Andrew L. de Jong, M.D. of Texas ENT and Allergy successfully performed two Cochlear Implant surgeries at the College Station Medical Center in College Station, Texas.
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that restores partial hearing to the deaf. It is surgically implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device worn outside the ear. Unlike a hearing aid, it does not make sound louder or clearer. Instead, the device bypasses damaged parts of the auditory system and directly stimulates the nerve of hearing, allowing individuals who are profoundly hearing impaired to receive sound.
Posted: 11:42 AM English professor Kandi Tayebi will expand on some of the duties she has performed as associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to encompass the whole university beginning Sept. 1 as the recently-appointed dean of Graduate Studies and associate vice president for Academic Affairs.
Posted: 11:35 AM The Navasota Mudcats swim team had an outstanding 2009 season. Fifth Place overall in the Northwest Aquatic League Divisional meet and in the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Regional meet, they placed second overall--29 participated, 13 placed individually. Austin Bobo, Hudson Stribling, William Smith & Seth Kehlenbeck (11-12 yr old boys relay medley) & William Smith (50 free & 50 fly) will advance to Nationals in San Diego in 2011!! Also, Hudson Stribling attended the 09 Games of America National meet in Colorado, competing in the 50 Freestyle & placed 9th in the nation. The team was recognized at the Aug. 10 Navasota City Council meeting.
Updated: 10:46 AM Proceeds from the Blinn Buccaneers scrimmage on Saturday with the Monterrey Prep (Mexico) Rams will go to the Blinn College-Brenham Campus Lions Club and benefit the local community. For a dollar, fans can see the 2009 version of the Blinn team that is ranked fifth in the preseason NJCAA poll. No passes will be accepted.
Posted: 3:28 PM 2-1-1 Texas, the Information and Referral (I&R) service of the United Way of the Brazos Valley, has received national reaccreditation. The approval for the Brazos Valley program was reached after a lengthy application process and the July 28, 2009 site visit. “The accreditation indicates that 2-1-1 Texas/United Way of the Brazos Valley adheres to the highest of standards of professionalism and delivery of I&R services,” said Kay Parker, Vice-President Community Impact, United Way of the Brazos Valley. The 2-1-1 Center was originally accredited in 2003; the accreditation lasts for five years.
Posted: 7:48 PM 2-1-1 Texas, the Information and Referral (I&R) service of the United Way of the Brazos Valley, has received national reaccreditation. The approval for the Brazos Valley program was reached after a lengthy application process and the July 28, 2009 site visit. “The accreditation indicates that 2-1-1 Texas/United Way of the Brazos Valley adheres to the highest of standards of professionalism and delivery of I&R services,” said Kay Parker, Vice-President Community Impact, United Way of the Brazos Valley. The 2-1-1 Center was originally accredited in 2003; the accreditation lasts for five years.
Posted: 3:33 PM The City of College Station has been notified that two of its programs have been selected by the National League of Cities to be a part of their showcase of programs at the annual conference in San Antonio in November.
Posted: 3:04 PM The results are in, and Mid South Synergy scored very well in the most recent American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), the most recognized consumer satisfaction index in the United States.
To maintain our unmatched service in the local electric utility market, Mid South Synergy regularly surveys its members to gauge their perception so improvements can be made striving to exceed their expectations. Unlike traditional surveys that only allow you to benchmark against your own past performance; the ACSI survey compares Mid South Synergy with the entire national utility industry including other Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and “for profit” utilities like Entergy and Reliant. The fact that we’re locally owned and responsive to our members—committed to providing quality service—is paying off in customer satisfaction.
Mid South Synergy’s ACSI score is 82, which is one point higher than the
national average for the 680 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives combined (81). In addition, Mid South’s score of 82 is a full eight points higher than the national average for the entire utility industry, which had a significantly lower ACSI score of 74. On a more local level, Entergy scored 75, seven points lower than Mid South Synergy.
Posted: 2:58 PM Sam Houston State University student Melissa Compian has been performing dance routines on stage since she was just a little girl. Dancers that have years of experience, dedication and hard work like Compian make up the Sam Houston State University Orange Pride dance team.
“This year starts my eighth year of training and performing with a team,” Compian said. “Orange Pride has been wonderful! We are an extremely dedicated team made up dancers with different styles, each with a talent to contribute to our group as a whole.”
Compian, four other members of the dance team and two members of the co-ed cheerleading squad were awarded All-American statuses at the National Cheer Association/National Dance Association Cheerleading and Dance Collegiate Camp July 24-25 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
The All-American Collegiate Dancers awarded from Orange Pride were Gloria Smith, Hillary Villman, Compian, Hannah Shields and Everest Guerra.
Awarded All-American Collegiate Cheerleaders were Nick Woodward and Holly Vonderau from the co-ed squad.
Posted: 4:01 PM Bryan’s information technology department was honored Tuesday with an award for its Regional Public Safety Data Mapping Project.
The project is a collaborative effort a collaborative effort of numerous governmental entities in the Brazos Valley coordinated by Bryan’s IT department. The goal of the project was to collect data from numerous local government agencies like the Brazos County Appraisal District, Brazos Valley Council of Governments, sheriff’s office, road and bridge department, College Station, Texas A&M University and Bryan to provide all agencies information across organizational boundaries and keep public safety personnel informed of activities throughout the region.
Posted: 3:56 PM The City of Bryan’s Communications and Marketing Department was named a finalist in four national award categories by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association, officials announced this week.
The “Help Bryan” marketing campaign is a finalist in the Service Delivery category – and the campaign’s Help Bryan commercials are up for the Public Service Announcement award. The City’s water calendar, “Swirling Drain,” was nominated in the Printed Publications category. The environmental DVD “Buzz’s Big Tour” is a finalist for One-Time Special Programming.
The water calendar is an annual publication showcasing the City’s water quality report in a 12-month calendar featuring Water Services employees. The calendar is highly anticipated by the community each year and has received national attention.
Posted: 3:51 PM Barbara Hoover, a math teacher at Dime Box Independent School District, will be presented the Texas A&M University Inspiration Award for Exceptional Education during Texas A&M University commencement ceremonies at 2 p.m. Friday (Aug. 14).
Teachers selected to receive this unusual award – believed to be the first of its type by any university in Texas – are nominated by one of their former students who are about to graduate from Texas A&M.
Recipients of the award are recognized during commencement ceremonies at the university, where they are presented checks for $2,000. Also, their high schools receive $1,000.
As a university known for valuing excellence, leadership and service, Texas A&M sponsors the award as a way of recognizing those values in the teachers who have inspired and challenged their students to excel.
Hoover was nominated for the award by one of her former students, Anne O'Toole, who is graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M. O’Toole will be formally presented her biomedical sciences degree by Hoover, a privilege normally reserved for the university’s president.
Updated: 4:57 PM Barbara Hoover, a math teacher at Dime Box Independent School District, will be presented the Texas A&M University Inspiration Award for Exceptional Education during Texas A&M University commencement ceremonies at 2 p.m. Friday (Aug. 14).
Posted: 3:18 PM Interim Chief of Police Jeff Capps and the College Station Police Department are honored to announce the promotion of three officers to the rank of Sergeant and three Sergeants to the rank of Lieutenant. The promotion reception will take place on Friday, August 7, 2009, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the City of College Station Council Chambers located on Texas Avenue. The effective dates for the new assignments will be Monday, August 10, 2009.
Thanks to the support and commitment from the College Station City Council and City Manager’s Office, the promotions of this highly talented group of people will help in the pursuit of our mission to work in partnership with our community to reduce crime, fear of crime and improve the quality of life in our community.
Posted: 3:01 PM College Station Medical Center – College Station, TX received full Cycle II accreditation with PCI from the Accreditation Review Committee on August 2, 2009. Accreditation expires August 1, 2012.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.
The Chest Pain Center’s protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society’s accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.