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Collin County Headlines Sunday news roundup

Prestonwood 6-9 power forward Julius Randle has recruiting visits scheduled for Kansas, North Carolina State and Texas. Randle has been to Kentucky and Florida. 

Frisco Centennial won its seventh in a row but had a scare when senior quarterback Lamar Jordan took a shot on a tackle after a 20-yard run in a 32-18 win over Kimball in the Class 4A football playoffs at Loos Field. Jordan finished with four touchdowns and 204 yards passing after finally getting up from the smack down. A worried Coach Mark Howard said, “He said at halftime in the locker room that he was going to be fine. Fortunately, he bounced back from that.” Senior Cydney Calvin had the game-highlight moment when he returned the opening kick of the second half 72 yards. Centennial plays Red Oak in the next round.

New business: Dallas brides know Terry Costa, which opened in Fairview on Black Friday Nov. 23.
The new location at The Village at Fairview is 2,500 square feet and offers special occasion looks for Prom, Mother of the Occasion, Evening Wear and a Bridal Salon. Lines available will include Allure Bridals, Flirt Prom, Night Moves Prom, Terani, Montage and more.

Terry Costa CEO Tina Loyd said: “We’re so excited to have this opportunity to reach new customers in Fairview and surrounding areas. The women of North Texas and beyond have been wonderful customers over the years and we’re so happy to offer them this new location to meet their special occasion needs and provide the same professional expertise and service they’ve come to expect from Terry Costa.”

Classified: Collin County Magazine has dropped Classified rates to help local business in a rough economy. Purchase your ads online 24-7. ImpressMeMedia.com, based in Plano, is also offering discounts for the next two weeks on specialty advertising items online 24-7.

Practice opens: Pediatric Plastic Surgery Institute (PPSI) officially opened in Frisco, where the doctors will specialize in treating newborns with ear deformities and ear irregularities. The surgeons also provide a full complement of pediatric plastic surgery procedures. Located in the new Forest Park Medical Center Frisco, PPSI and its staff is able to care for their patients in a modern, state-of-the-art facility.

Notable99 Cents Only Stores opened in Plano by selling an Element 26-inch Flat Screen LCD TV for 99 cents to the first nine customers in line. … Amazon.com was the No. 1 visited retail website on Black Friday, followed by Walmart, Best Buy, Target and J.C. Penney, according to Experian Marketing Services. Plano-based J.C. Penney was No. 8 on the most visited site list on Thursday and No. 5 on Friday. JCP had big crowds over the weekend.

Earning car keys: Mustang Cruises reports one person a week earning the keys to a BMW through its latest promotion for new representatives. To consider starting your own travel company, click ON WHOLESALE TRAVEL.

Winging it: Quaker Steak & Lube, known for its Best Wings USA and more than 20 sauces, served the company’s billionth chicken wing at the Plano Lube “Hard Hat” & Billionth Wing Party on Nov. 15. The restaurant will open to the public in January 2013 at Parkwood and 121 in Plano.

John Longstreet, president and chief executive officer, of the casual dining place, said, “As a former Mayor of Plano, I was thrilled to bring the “Hard Hat” & Billionth Wing Party to the Plano Lube. We truly made history when our newly elected Mayor of Lube Nation Ken Rumbaugh ate our billionth wing and we are ecstatic to launch the Plano Lube in January while continuing our Texas Takeover!”

Wine, music and stars: Jon Christopher Davis will perform at “Music Under the Stars” on Dec. 1 at Wales Manor Winery just northeast of McKinney.


In the red: Frisco ISD ranks fifth in the state among school districts in debt with $1.2 billion in outstanding debt. Plano ISD stands ninth, according the Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs. Plano ISD has $976.6 million in total outstanding debt.

Shelter: What will a growing county do about stray animals? That’s coming up soon before the county commissioners. Plano and Allen have their own animal shelters while the Collin County Animal Shelter provides services to Anna, Celina, Fairview, Farmersville, Frisco, McKinney, Melissa, Princeton and Prosper on a one-year contract. Frisco’s city council has passed a resolution asking the county to increase staffing at the shelter. – Brian Bearden

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Texas Professor of Year: Dr. Gary Sherman

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recently named Collin College physics professor Dr. Greg Sherman the 2012 Texas Professor of the Year, a title unmatched by any other college or university professor in the state.

 “We applaud Dr. Sherman’s momentous achievement,” said Mac Hendricks, chair of the college’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Sherman is a dedicated professor and an asset to the college and the community.”
The Professor of the Year program, now in its 32nd year, is the only national initiative that focuses solely on excellent undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Dr. Sherman accepted the award at a Washington D.C ceremony at the National Press Club. CASE and Carnegie also honored Dr. Sherman at a Congressional reception at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill.
Collin College District President Cary A. Israel said Dr. Sherman’s win is historic because it marks the fifth Professor of the Year at Collin College, surpassing the state record previously held by Rice University and Texas Christian University (TCU) with four faculty honorees each. The University of Texas at Austin has three.
“Dr. Sherman’s achievement is a testament to the cadre of outstanding professors teaching at Collin College, and it adds to our legacy of academic excellence. With three U.S. Professors of the Year and two Texas Professors of the Year, Collin College is the only college or university in the state with five winners,” Israel said.
Like Dr. Sherman, Collin College psychology professor Jennifer O’Loughlin Brooks was Texas Professor of the Year in 2006.
In 2009 Dr. Tracey McKenzie, professor of sociology, won U.S. Professor of the Year as did developmental mathematics professor Dr. Rosemary Karr in 2007 and theater professor Brad Baker in 2000.  
“We are very proud of Dr. Sherman,” Israel continued. “His dedication and hard work have led students to amazing discoveries in the classroom, in the laboratory and even in outer space. Dr. Sherman’s research students competed against peers from around the world and discovered an asteroid!”
Outside of the classroom and laboratory, Dr. Sherman has been involved with the Texas Community College Aerospace Scholars, a NASA program for Texas community college students. He and his students had the opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He serves as a secondary advisor for the Collin Robotics Club and enjoys watching the wonder in students’ and community member’s eyes as they gaze through telescopes at the college’s Star Parties.
“It is an honor to receive this award. It is wonderful to have affirmation that I am moving in the right direction and doing some good for my students. This is an award for the whole faculty because I am surrounded by so many wonderful professors at this outstanding college,” Dr. Sherman said.
Sherman received a Ph.D. in physics from TCU in 2004. He received a master’s degree in physics in 2001 and a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1995 from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Collin College serves nearly 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.
Pictured (from left) are the five Collin College Professors of the Year: Jennifer O’Loughlin Brooks, Collin College professor of psychology and the 2006 Texas Professor of the Year; Dr. Greg Sherman, Collin College professor of physics and the 2012 Texas Professor of the Year; Dr. Rosemary Karr, Collin College professor of developmental mathematics and the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year; Brad Baker, Collin College professor of theater and the 2000 U.S. Professor of the Year; and Dr. Tracey McKenzie, Collin College professor of sociology and the 2009 U.S. Professor of the Year.
 The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Collin College physics professor Dr. Greg Sherman the 2012 Texas Professor of the Year, a title unmatched by any other college or university professor in the state.
 Dr. Sherman’s historic win marks the fifth Professor of the Year at Collin College, surpassing the state record previously held by Rice University and Texas Christian University (TCU) with four faculty honorees each. The University of Texas at Austin has three.         
Photos by Nick Young, Collin College photographer

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