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Scott Kabrich

September, 2010

SAN ANTONIO BUSINESS NEWS

Firm finds logistic’s niche - TEAM Integrated Engineering Inc. in the wake of landing part of a $409 million, multi-year contract, is planning to hire as many as a dozen people in the Alamo City over the next year as it continues to fill a growing federal niche in medical logistic outfitting services.   Just last year, TEAM was tapped by the U.S. Department of Defense to move and consolidate medical research equipment from around the country to Fort Sam Houston as part of the Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, initiative. That project, valued at $20 million over five years, is ongoing. In addition, the company was awarded a two-year contract worth $3.4 million to purchase new medical research equipment for the Battlefield Health and Trauma Center located at the  Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) here in San Antonio.  More recently, that experience helped land TEAM Integrated a share of a $409 million contract to do similar work at medical facilities around Huntsville, Ala. TEAM combined forces with two other companies to form BTF Solutions, which was subsequently tapped as one of five vendors to provide initial outfitting and transition services for the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville. Don Taylor, president of TEAM Integrated, is serving as the program manager for BTF Solutions.  TEAM Integrated is a wholly owned subsidiary of San Antonio-based Texas Environmental Action and Management LC, a woman-owned enterprise. The company provides engineering, environmental and logistic services for the federal government and the U.S. military. It has experience in the European theater providing services under a contract with the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE), which is based at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio.  TEAM, which had revenues of $32 million last year, employs approximately 200 people, primarily in San Antonio, but has workers in 10 countries providing services to the Air Force under existing contracts.


MEI Technologies opens San Antonio office - Houston-based MEI Technologies Inc has opened a new office in San Antonio that will focus on expanding the company’s capabilities in the IT and cyber security markets. The new office is located at 1777 N.E. Loop 410, Suite 655 in San Antonio. MEI Technologies’ Cyber Security Director Sergio Muñiz is managing this office. MEI Technologies is a nationwide technology company providing services and development support in applied engineering, IT/cyber security, and research and development to public and private sector companies worldwide. The company employs more than 800 people in seven states with 2009 revenues exceeding $140 million.

2 federal prosecutors in San Antonio retiring - SAN ANTONIO (AP) — They grilled a U.S. president, convicted a governor and sent a federal judge's assassin to prison, where he later died.  They've also directed investigations of corruption and conspiracies, only to see the tables and the spotlight turned on them.  And after a combined 81 years of seeing just about everything in federal government service, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ray and LeRoy Jahn are hanging it up.  The husband-and-wife prosecution team retires effective Friday, bringing to an end a run that earned them a reputation as the Justice Department's most trusted prosecutors in San Antonio.  By the time of their final hearing Friday, Ray will have served 42 years in the federal government and LeRoy will have clocked 39 years.  http://www.woai.com/news/local/story/2-federal-prosecutors-in-San-Antonio-retiring/DvpffWhcS0WFmhiOWRFhDQ.cspx

Tweeting Texan First to Be Charged With Web Harassment Under New Law - A San Antonio man could become the first Texan prosecuted under a new state law protecting people against online harassment. According to The San Antonio Express-News, Mike Lavender, a former sports announcer, was recently charged with one count of online harassment for using a fake Twitter account to bother a 33-year-old reporter. He alleged via Twitter that the unnamed woman was having an affair with a married man and called her a "homewrecker," among other things. The woman told local authorities, who subpoenaed the Twitter account's IP address, which led them to Lavender's computer. The woman only wants a public apology, but if prosecuted, Lavender could face a year in jail and a $4,000 fine for his crime.

San Antonio Newspaper Responds to GOP House Candidate - Earlier this week, Francisco "Quico" Canseco, the Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, announced he would not meet with the San Antonio Express-News editorial board, citing his hometown paper's "inherent bias" in favor of his Democratic opponent.  In a campaign email, Canseco's campaign released a letter it wrote replying to Editorial Page Editor Bruce Davidson's request for an interview, which describes numerous instances of what it believes to be prejudiced coverage. http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2010-legislative-races/san-antonio-newspaper-responds-to-gop-candidate/

CPS Energy gets nod for economic development - CPS Energy won an honorable mention by a leading magazine for its role in attracting new or expanding companies to San Antonio. The designation means that magazine recognizes CPS Energy’s willingness to work with local officials and prospective firms interested in scouting out land for a company relocation or expansion.  Site Selection magazine released its annual Top Utilities in Economic Development in its September 2010 edition.  http://sanantonio.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2010/08/30/daily30.html


Harte-Hanks Acquires Information Arts Harte-Hanks acquired Information Arts (UK) Limited on August 31, 2010. Information Arts, based in High Wycombe in the United Kingdom, is a provider of data-driven marketing insight to business-to-business marketers across Europe -- and increasingly across the globe. The company delivers a compelling road map of how data insight will dramatically improve multichannel marketing effectiveness and retention programs. Information Arts will operate as a business unit of Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing under its current leadership of Simon Lawrence and Gary Selby. Information Arts and Harte-Hanks' other marketing offerings in Europe will be combined to deliver multichannel Demand Center solutions -- integrated lead generation and lead management programs. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/harte-hanks-acquires-information-arts-2010-09-01?reflink=MW_news_stmp

Tootie Pie gets $400,000 investment - Tootie Pie Co. Inc. said Tuesday that a local partnership headed by former Budweiser beer distributors has taken a 15 percent equity stake in the food company, giving it gross proceeds of $400,000. Dawson Holdings LP of San Antonio is the new investor in publicly traded Tootie Pie, which sells pies at wholesale and retail and owns two stores in San Antonio. Tootie Pie's board has appointed two of Dawson Holdings' partners to its board: Vincent Dawson and James Dawson.  http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/local/tootie_pie_gets_400000_investment_101923658.html


 

KCI working to contain employee data breach - San Antonio-based Kinetic Concepts Inc. was offering credit monitoring and other identity-theft prevention services to its U.S. employees Thursday after an inadvertent e-mail containing an attachment listing employees' vital information was sent internally Wednesday, a KCI spokesman said Thursday. The e-mail's attachment listed names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and salaries of the approximately 4,000 KCI employees in the United States, said Joe Izbrand, KCI corporate communications director.  Employees were notified immediately Wednesday of the data breach and were instructed to delete the e-mail, Izbrand said. Internal and external experts were called in to ensure the e-mail was not downloaded, forwarded or saved on any KCI computers, he added.  http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/kci_working_to_contain_employee_data_breach_102106769.html

Scooter Store expands - The Scooter Store, based in New Braunfels, has created a home care equipment division within its company. The new unit of the nation's largest provider of power mobility products will focus on home care equipment, accessories and related services.  Initially, the new division will focus on select markets but later will expand its services nationwide. Chris Bailey has been named vice president of the new unit.

Alamo Iron names Shea as president - Alamo Iron Works has named Francis “Duffy” Shea as its new president.   As president, he will oversee all aspects of the company's steel and industrial supply business.  Shea has more than two decades of experience in industrial marketplace and supply distribution, including various management positions with Strategic Distribution Inc. and Designer Building Solutions of Denver Co.  Charles Lingenfelter, president and CEO of Alamo Iron Works parent company Industrial Distribution Group, said in a news release that they were fortunate to have Shea join the company and that he is the ideal individual to lead the re-emergence of Alamo Iron Works in the Texas market, post bankruptcy.  Alamo Iron Works emerged from bankruptcy in June and then was bought by Industrial Distribution Group.

Friedrich names new executive - Friedrich Air Conditioning named Chuck Campbell to its executive team as vice president, marketing and sales.   In his new position, Campbell will be responsible for Friedrich's nationwide sales force and product management and marketing.Campbell previously worked for companies such as the Munters Corp. and General Electric Co.

S.A. financial advisor listed by Barron's - Jeanie Wyatt, CEO and chief investment officer of South Texas Money Management in San Antonio, is the only San Antonio financial advisor named this week on Barron's Top 100 Independent Advisors List. Wyatt was ranked No. 61 based on factors that include assets under management, nearly $1.65 billion, and revenue generated. Wyatt is only one of six women on the list and one of only six from Texas. She is the only Texas woman on the list. 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/sa_financial_advisor_listed_by_barrons_101919488.html

 

Inc. Magazine Names WellMed Among Most Successful Private Companies For 2nd Year - For the second consecutive year, Inc. Magazine has named WellMed Medical Management as one of the most successful privately held companies in the United States. WellMed ranks No. 2165 on the 2010 Inc. 5000, which ranks 5,000 U.S. private companies based on their percentage of revenue growth in the past 3 years. The annual listing is an extension of the Inc. 500, which is published in the magazine. The 5000 list was posted today on Inc.com.  Inc. also put WellMed on two of its bellwether lists:

·       Top 100 companies by gross dollars of growth (WellMed rank: 24)  and Top 100 companies by revenue (WellMed rank: 56)

WellMed reported revenues surpassing $702.9 million at the end of 2009 – $382.9 million more than it reported in calendar 2006, a 119% growth rate.   WellMed, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, recently received a similar honor from the San Antonio Business Journal, ranking second among San Antonio-based companies with $500 million-plus in revenue in the 2010 Fast Track Awards.  WellMed has more than 1,400 employees, most based in the Greater San Antonio area. The diversified healthcare company specializes in senior healthcare.  

Plastics co. from Texas expanding to Eloy site - Republic Plastics LP, based in McQueeney, Texas, near San Antonio, is in the process of acquiring an 85000-square-foot facility in Eloy, about 40 miles northwest of Marana, Arizona.   Gino Inman, chairman, president and CEO of Republic Plastics, said in prepared remarks that the Eloy property near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Interstate 8 will give the company a lower freight cost and boost the company's plans for continued growth on the West Coast.  http://azstarnet.com/business/local/article_1189d465-dd1c-5d24-bcf0-bce6025f7db4.html

Tesoro Bulks Up on Shell - With a new chief executive firmly in place as it prepares to restart its damaged Anacortes, Wash., refinery, more changes are in the works for San Antonio refiner-marketer Tesoro Corp. It announced late Friday [August 27]—as reported in a Morgan Keegan/CSP Daily News Flash—that it has agreed to acquire the existing Shell-branded wholesale supply contracts in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Utah and most of Idaho. The acquired contracts represent approximately 300 Shell-branded stations.  http://www.cspnet.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=3A7352BC40C8408C9395EB29064C0203&AudID=CBA745B91AFB44FA923476ACBBD040A5

John F. Bowie is Named President, US Operations of Church's Chicken   Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952, Church's Chicken is a highly recognized brand name in the Quick Service Restaurant sector and is one of the largest quick-service chicken concepts in the World Church’s Chicken announced September 1, 2010 that John F. Bowie has joined the company as President, US operations for the globally recognized QSR chain. John will be responsible for overseeing all company and franchise restaurants operations. He joins a team of veteran industry leaders who have been hired over the last year to support the brand’s growth and retail initiatives.  John Bowie is a graduate of the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University where he received his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.  Most recently, John Bowie served since 2007 as Senior Vice President, restaurant operations at Friendly’s Ice Cream Corporation. He was responsible for the overall operations of more than 500 restaurants with a strategic focus on improving operational efficiency and improving quality, service and cleanliness that delivered significant gains in customer satisfaction.   Prior to Friendly’s, John was with Wendy’s International for 13 years where he held positions in marketing, international and general management. In his position as divisional Vice President, Mid-Atlantic, he was responsible for 700 company and franchise restaurants generating close to $1 billion in sales.

TEXAS BUSINESS NEWS

CLEAResult to hire hundreds - Energy efficiency firm CLEAResult Consulting Inc. continues growing exponentially, with plans to double its staff by next year and a signed deal tripling its headquarters’ size by the end of this year.

The Austin-based company works primarily with electric and gas utilities in designing and implementing energy efficiency and peak-reduction programs. It plans to lease more than 32,000 square feet in the current Southwest Austin building it occupies and hire as many as 235 people locally and nationwide by the end of 2011 as it expands into new cities.  CLEAResult, formed in 2003 with two people in Houston, now has 235 employees companywide. It has about 60 employees in Austin, and Garland expects to hire about 20 more here during the next 16 months.  Besides Austin and Houston, the company has offices in El Paso, New Orleans, Michigan, Nevada, Arkansas and Virginia. The company expects to hire about 215 people outside Austin in the coming year.



 Luke's Locker races into Austin market - Luke’s Locker Inc., a Dallas-based running and fitness retailer, is entering the Austin race with its first store here.  The family-owned retailer is opening a 9,000-square-foot locations in Gables Park Plaza, at the corner of 1st Street and Lamar Boulevard, in October.  In addition to running, Luke’s Locker caters to other fitness activities including walking, triathlons, gym exercises, cross-fit, boot camp classes, among others.  Luke’s Locker’s new store will be nearby competitor RunTex Inc., a popular Austin-based fitness retailer that has been in operation since 1988. RunTex has three locations in Austin and one in Georgetown.

Luke’s Locker has five stores in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex, and three in the Houston area.


Texas Leads US With $26 Billion in Industrial Projects Under Construction - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Texas is the No. 1 state in the country for industrial project construction in 2010 according to the Top 10 States for Industrial Construction compiled by Industrial Info. Right now, there are 184 projects, representing more than $26 billion, under construction in the Lone Star State.  http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Texas-Leads-US-With-26-Billion-Industrial-Projects-Under-Construction-Industrial-Info-1313827.htm
 


Austin Ventures putting up $50 million to bankroll insurance company - The Austin-based venture capital firm will announce today that it has joined with financial services veteran Bob Carter to form a new life insurance distribution company.  Austin Ventures said it has invested $5 million and has committed an additional $45 million to build the company, which will be based in Austin and has not yet been named.  The company will recruit top-tier independent insurance firms with annual production of more than $1 million a year. The agents will invest to become part of the company, and they will in turn receive services such as sales and marketing support, office assistance and access to new products.  Last year, Austin Ventures pledged $50 million to Austin software veterans Scott Harmon and Sean Fallon to build an enterprise software company.  Other examples include a $50 million commitment to new-media entrepreneur Jeffrey Dachis, who is building Dachis Group, an Austin-based corporate social networking software and services company, and a $50 million pledge in 2006 to software executive Brian Sharples, who launched vacation-rental website HomeAway Inc.  http://www.statesman.com/business/technology/austin-ventures-putting-up-50-million-to-bankroll-888525.html

 

NATIONAL BUSINESS NEWS

Toshiba recalls about 41,000 computers - Toshiba has announced the voluntary recall of about 41,000 notebook computers worldwide at risk of overheating and burning users.  The recalled models are the Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite ProT130 notebook computers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Consumers are asked to immediately download the latest version of a software program called BIOS.   http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/web/09/03/toshiba.recall/index.html?hpt=T2

Payrolls fall less than expected 54,000 in August - U.S. employment fell for a third straight month in August, but the drop was far less than expected and private hiring surprised on the upside, easing pressure on the Federal Reserve to prop up economic growth.  The fall in payrolls last month was largely a result of 114,000 temporary census workers being laid off. Private employment, considered a better gauge of labor market health, increased 67,000 after a revised 107,000 gain in July. Markets had expected a rise of only 41,000 in August.  In addition, the government revised payrolls for June and July to show 123,000 fewer jobs lost than previously reported.  Stocks on Wall Street rose on the data, but gains were capped by a separate report showing the dominant services sector grew much slower than expected in August.

Obama says to address new economic ideas next week - President Barack Obama on Friday said he would address a package of new measures next week to boost U.S. growth and hiring as he greeted the August job report as positive news.  http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0310234920100903

S.Korea's Kia to recall 35,000 cars in US - South Korea's second largest carmaker Kia Motors said Friday it is recalling about 35,000 vehicles sold in the United States due to faulty wiring in interior lights that could cause fires.  On Tuesday the company said it would recall about 18,000 vehicles sold domestically because of the same problem.  Most vehicles subject to the US recall were made in South Korea except for the Sorento R, which was produced at Kia's factory in the US state of Georgia, a company spokesman said.  http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100903/ts_alt_afp/skoreausautokia

Women did well on Defcon social engineering test - Of the 135 people Fortune 500 employees targeted by social engineering hackers in a recent contest only five of them refused to give up any corporate information whatsoever. And guess what? All five were women. That's one of the interesting data points that contest organizers gathered, following their widely publicized event, held at the Defcon hacking conference last month. Organizers are in Washington this week, briefing the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on what they learned, but they expect to release a report with more details sometime next week.  Contestants targeted 17 major corporations over the course of the two-day event, including Google, Wal-Mart, Symantec, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Pepsi, Ford and Coca-Cola. Sitting in a plexiglass booth, with an audience watching, they called up company employees, trying to get them to give up information.  http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9183498/Women_did_well_on_Defcon_social_engineering_test?taxonomyId=17

New regulations may prompt ' too big to fail' banks to break up America's wave of new financial regulation is likely to prompt the country's biggest financial institutions to break themselves up, according to the chairman of the Federal Reserve.  “My belief is that a combination of tougher oversight and tighter capital requirements will take away the attractiveness [of being big],” Ben Bernanke told the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) in Washington DC yesterday.   It has taken Congress almost two years to pass legislation designed to prevent a repeat of a crisis that toppled the country into its worst recession since the Great Depression. The Dodd-Frank law sets out to establish new protection for consumers, equip regulators with greater power to dismantle failing companies, and make it harder for firms to engage in riskier trades thinking the taxpayer will bail them out if they fail.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/7978707/Ben-Bernanke-new-regulations-may-prompt--too-big-to-fail-banks-to-break-up.html

SAN ANTONIO EDUCATION NEWS

St. Mary’s library designated ‘official’ provider of government records  - Louis J. Blume Academic Library has earned a special designation from the U.S. Government Printing Office.  The library’s Web site has been named an official “Service Partner” to the Government Printing Office. This means the St. Mary’s Library Government Information Web Subject Index will be included on the Government Printing Office’s Web site as a valuable resource for researchers to use in seeking information generated by federal agencies and by Congress.

The Blume Library and the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library also both serve as U.S. depository libraries and are part of a network of more than 1,200 institutions across the country. As depositories, the libraries receive hard copies of government publications, access to electronic publications that are not freely available to the public, training and support from the Government Printing Office.


 UTSA forms partnership with Japanese institution - Officials from the University of Texas at San Antonio and Picture (Device Independent Bitmap)Kumamoto University of Japan [signed] a cooperative agreement Wednesday at the main campus establishing an institution-wide program of exchange and collaboration in areas of interest. The agreement calls for both institutions to work to deepen the understanding of the economic, cultural and social issues. As such, both institutions will encourage exchanges by inviting faculty and staff to participate in a variety of teaching and/or research activities and professional development.  http://sanantonio.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/stories/2010/08/30/daily18.html?surround=lfn



 TEXAS EDUCATION NEWS

National Education Association leader opposes more Texas money for charter schools - Texas will be headed down the wrong path if it invests more money in its network of independent charter schools, the president of the National Education Association said Friday, citing mixed student achievement results in those schools.  NEA president Dennis Van Roekel said efforts to expand the charter school program in Texas and other states ignore the track record of those schools and their lack of success with many students.  http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/state/stories/DN-neaprez_28tex.ART.State.Edition1.35e7bf4.html

Washington Politics Continue To Restrict Texas Education Funds - Governor Rick Perry today sent a letter to school administrators across the state detailing his efforts to try to access the $830 million in federal funds for Texas schools that Lloyd Doggett’s anti-Texas amendment to the federal emergency education jobs bill (H.R. 1586) has jeopardized.  Doggett’s amendment requires the governor to make assurances that the Texas Legislature will make specific funding commitments, which is a violation of the Texas Constitution.  http://www.thegovmonitor.com/world_news/united_states/washington-politics-continue-to-restrict-texas-education-funds-38029.html

Homeschooling on the rise in Texas - Some parents are taking it upon themselves to ensure their children get a good education, which is why Texas is seeing an increase in homeschooling.  New research says the percentage of kids homeschooled jumped 75 percent in the past eight years.  Texas leads the nation in the number of homeschooled children with 300- thousand kids being taught at home.

Texas A&M System Will Rate Professors Based on Their Bottom-Line Value - The Texas A&M University System is moving ahead with a controversial method of evaluating how much professors are worth, based on their salaries, how much research money they bring in, and how much money they generate from teaching, The Bryan-College Station Eagle reports.  Under the proposal, officials will add the money generated by each professor and subtract that amount from his or her salary to get a bottom-line value for each, according to the article.  http://chronicle.com/article/Texas-A-M-System-Will-Rate/124280/

Report: 1 out of 3 Texas children under the age of 8 has an immigrant parent - A new report says that one out of every three Texas children under the age of eight has an immigrant parent, significantly higher than the national average. The Urban Institute found that nationally one of four children has an immigrant parent. The study looked at data from 2008. About 43% of these children have a parent from Mexico. About 13% of children with an immigrant parent live in Texas. That's about 1.1 million children, ranking the state as having the second highest rate in the nation, behind only California.    http://irvingblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/09/report-1-out-of-3-texas-childr.html

SAN ANTONIO GRANTS/GRANTMAKER NEWS

25 groups to share $300000 Valero gift Valero Energy donated $300,000 to 25 charitable organizations that serve children in the South Jersey area. The company, which has plant operations in Gloucester County, presented checks ranging from $2,000 to $45,000 to agencies that include The Arc Gloucester, Boys & Girls Club of Gloucester County, Paulsboro Community Center, Glassboro Child Development Center, Urban Promise Ministries, South Jersey Eye Center and others.

TEXAS GRANTS/GRANTMAKER NEWS

Samsung Austin donates $1M to United Way - Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC will donate $1 million to a United Way Capital Area program that supports care and education for low-income preschool students.  The gift is the Success By 6 program's largest corporate donation ever. The Austin company, which is Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s only chip-making plant outside of Korea, will officially announce the donation Wednesday at 11 a.m.  The company said it made the donation to celebrate plans to invest about $3.6 billion expanding one of its fabrication buildings, bringing its total spent in Austin to more than $9 billion since 1996. Samsung Austin has promised to increase employment to more than 1,600 by 2011, and has applied for about $3.75 million in state incentives.


Yokogawa donates $40,000 to WGTC Foundation - Yokogawa North America has its headquarters in Sugarland, Texas.   West Georgia Technical College will be receiving a $40,000 gift from Yokogawa Corporation of America. The money is going to the West Georgia Technical College Foundation, in support of its major gifts campaign, Invest in the Next Generation. That campaign includes major funding for a WGTC campus in Coweta County.  Yokogawa is an international electrical engineering and software company, with businesses based on its technologies in measurement, controls and information. It has a workforce of more than 19,000 in its 80 companies worldwide, operating in 33 countries.  The American division has its manufacturing and distribution headquarters in Newnan GA.

TEXAS Grants Face Big Cuts Next Session - Established by the Legislature in 1999, the Toward Excellence, Access and Success Grant today is the state’s largest financial aid program, and it covers full tuition at most state schools. To be eligible, a student must have graduated from high school — without getting a drug conviction along the way — and be an entering undergraduate.  Now, with an expected budget shortfall that some estimate could hit $18 billion, all state agencies are being asked to cut back 10 percent, and TEXAS Grants could be slashed.  http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/higher-education/texas-grants-face-big-cuts-next-session/

Professors receive research grants over summer - Three Texas A&M University-Commerce professors received grants from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for education and research projects this summer.  Dr. Madeline Justice, department head and professor of educational leadership, received a grant of $243,686 over five years from the U.S. Department of Education through the Texas A&M University System for the “School Leadership Program.”  Dr. Brent Donham, A&M-Commerce head and professor of industrial engineering and technology, received an $18,000 grant for the “2010 Engineering Summer Program (ESP),” which hosted middle school students from Commerce and Cooper from June 7-18 this summer.  Dr. Vanessa Huse, a mathematics instructor, received a $60,434 continuation of a grant for “Measurement in the Middle Grades,” a Teacher Quality Grant Program. The award will be used for teacher training for middle school mathematics in the Athens area.  http://www.theeasttexan.com/professors-receive-research-grants-over-summer-1.1552043#5

UTB-TSC programs receive equipment grant - The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College's nursing and allied health training programs have received a $495,000 grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to buy equipment that will enhance simulated training exercises for the more than 200 nursing students who attend UTB-TSC for RN licenses each year.Dr. Eldon Nelson, dean of UTB-TSC’s School of Health Sciences, said the money will provide the "latest and most critical equipment" to the school’s radiologic technology, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical science, and nursing programs. 

NATIONAL GRANTS/GRANTMAKER NEWS

Fortune 500 company adds to student support - URS Corp. is leading local businesses in stepping up to support students at Washington State University Tri-Cities by providing two additional scholarships, for a total donation of $10,000 for this academic year. This is on top of the $3,000 annual scholarship committed in 2007 when WSU Tri-Cities became a four-year institution.  Through its heritage of companies doing work at Hanford and the Northwest, URS has been a long-time supporter of WSU and the Tri-Cities campus. This new contribution brings the company’s cumulative giving to more than $1.75 million.  http://wsutoday.wsu.edu/pages/publications.asp?Action=Detail&PublicationID=21313&TypeID=1

US looks beyond standard testing - The federal government awarded $330 million Thursday to two groups that are developing new student assessment systems for the District, Maryland and dozens of other states in an effort to upgrade their much-maligned standardized tests. Drawn from the Obama administration's $4.35 billion Race to the Top fund, the grants aim to build on the fast-growing movement toward national standards in English and math. With new expectations for what students should learn come new hopes for improving how their achievement is measured.   Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers - a consortium that includes the District, Maryland and 24 other states - would receive $170 million. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, representing 31 states, would receive $160 million.   http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/02/AR2010090205619.html

Scott Kabrich

Researcher - University Advancement

scott.kabrich@utsa.edu

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