Comerica Bank named signature partner for Dallas Sidekicks

The Dallas Sidekicks announced that Comerica Bank will return as Signature Partner for the 2020-2021 seasson. Comerica was a sponsor of the Sidekicks for the first time last season and has inked a deal for two additional years.

As part of the deal the Dallas Sidekicks uniforms will have the Comerica Bank logo on the front of the jersey for the next two years. The Dallas based financial institution will also be promoting some of their selected local small business customers via the Sidekicks throughout the season.

“Comerica Bank has been a tremendous partner with the Sidekicks over the past year and we are thrilled to extend this relationship through the 2021/2022 season,” said Paul Donaghy, Dallas Sidekicks Director of Sales and Marketing. “Comerica has shown not only tremendous support for the Sidekicks but their emphasis on promoting their local business clients is unprecedented. They are the definition of a true partner in every sense and we are proud to wear their logo on our chest every game.”

Comerica Bank will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Dallas Sidekicks home opener on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 at the Allen Event Center at 7 p.m. as the team kicks off the MASL season against the Kansas City Comets.

The bank is well known for supporting professional sports teams from the Detroit Lions in the NFL to the Texas Rangers in MLB. Comerica also sponsors the Comerica Bank New Year’s parade here in Dallas. The company relocated from Detroit to Dallas in 2007 with their headquarters at 1717 Main Street in Downtown Dallas in the building now called Comerica Tower.

Frisco Education Foundation thankful for donors, volunteers in support of students

From Frisco Education Foundation:
Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, ambassadors, staff, advisory and board members who helped fulfill FEF’s mission in an unprecedented year. 

2020 taught us many valuable lessons in how to adapt to a largely virtual environment. 

We invite you to join us as we turn the page to a new year. We are invigorated and ready to serve FISD students and educators through our programs and initiatives. We’ve heard from so many of you with requests to get involved. We are so thankful for you!
#StrongerTogether. 
Here are some ways we can all hit the ground running in 2021:
Partner levels from Supporting ($1,000) to Trailblazer ($25,000+)
Investor: $500-$999
Friend: $250-499
Patron: Up to $249

With your support of our mission, Frisco Education Foundation will make an impact not only in the life of a student, but in the lives of all who live in our community. Your investment today will last a lifetime and impact our future. Email us for more details on Partner Giving
Here are other ways to support FEF’s mission:
Shop with our Amazon Smile account & give back

#StrongerTogether – Pool together with your family, friends, coworkers, Bunco group, scout troop, social or civic organization members to turn your individual gifts into one larger gift 

Invite FEF to speak at your next social, civic organization or business event

Share your passion for education and FEF in your annual letter to family & friends
Your gift today is an investment in a brighter future. We greatly appreciate any way that you can give, share our mission and engage with us. Thank you for your support, partnership and dedication. We couldn’t do it without you. 
#InvestingintheFuture #FEF #ForTheKids

From all of us at FEF, we wish you and your loved ones a bright New Year! 

Frisco Education Foundation | 5515 Ohio Dr, Frisco, TX 75035
https://friscoisd.org/ly/community/FEF/

Hiking Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano TX

When you hike Oak Point, see if you can spot this dragon in the woods deep into Bobcat Run in the nature preserve. Looks menacing with sun setting behind it in the wetlands area.
Oak Point Nature Preserve offers relaxing spots where your feet stay dry along the wooden crossing. Try the trail just down hill from park and zip line offices at 5901 Los Rios Blvd. Plano TX 75074. Cross Rowlett Creek bridge to reach the wetlands.
Plenty of room to get away, just a few minutes from U.S. 75 in Plano TX. The park was being used by rollerbladers, parents with strollers, cyclists, hikers, kids with new fishing poles and runners on today’s after Christmas visit.
Take Bobcat Run if you want to get off the wider path. The wooden trail let’s you cross areas that may be wet after rain. The creek is winding through Oak Point. Look for the Austin Chalk formation when you find the creek.
On one-hour getaway at the park and lake we spotted a horses, dogs, squirrels, lizards, ducks, geese, crane along the forest creek trails and Blackland Prairie. Even saw one guy reel in a fish with his dad. A lot to do and see in Plano TX. The park is east of U.S. 75. The recreation center is on Spring Creek at Jupiter. Across Spring Creek, you can find miles of trails for walking, running or biking. The horse riding trails are along Los Rios on the lake side of the nature preserve.

Map Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve at 5901 Los Rios Plano TX 75074. From Allen Texas you can take Jupiter Road to Chaparral. From Parker TX, take Parker to Los Rios.

Congrats! First to graduate with new Nursing degree #CollinCollege

Historic: Seventeen earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Collin College to close out 2020. Congrats to (left to right) bottom row Annette Minear, Joe Chua, Heather Harrison, Maria Waggoner; middle row Kirsten Martinez, Kathryn Wilson, Katie Ruth, June Von Hoven, Rebecca Bosire; back row Camille Carryl, Stacey Davies, Julie Winkler, Julias Flores, Aissatou Diallo.
Not pictured Erica Carey, Danh Le, Audriana Habibi.

COLLIN COLLEGE — Graduation is different this year at Collin College. For the first time in the college’s history students are graduating with baccalaureate degrees. While Collin College awarded more than 2,500 associate degrees and certificates this December, 17 students earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees.

            “This marks a new chapter at Collin College,” said Dr. J. Robert Collins, founding trustee and Collin College Board of Trustees chair. “We are incredibly proud of our first bachelor’s students who are leaders serving on the front-lines of health care.”

Collin College was among certain community college districts in Texas authorized to offer selected baccalaureate degrees with the passage of Senate Bill 2118, which was signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2017.

            “There is a shortage of nurses, and many hospitals and health care facilities are looking for nurses with bachelor’s degrees,” said Dr. Neil Matkin, Collin College district president. “We are thrilled to help provide BSN-credentialed, professional nurses who fill a vital role in our community. Our first baccalaureate graduates will positively impact individuals’ lives during a global pandemic.”

The college’s RN-to-BSN program’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared professional nurses who are life-long learners actively involved in service, who participate in the nursing community to promote quality of life, and who are members of an interdisciplinary health care team, using clinical judgment to provide safe, evidence-based patient-centered care. 

“It is exciting to see these students graduate with their BSN degrees,” said Dr. Jane Leach, Dean of Nursing. “They have worked hard to achieve their degrees in one year by completing their clinical requirements and attending in-person classes two days a week.”

While these students earned their BSN degrees in one year, students can also attend the college’s RN-to-BSN program part time by taking classes one day a week. This program also offers students the opportunity to schedule clinical requirements at times that best suit their schedules.

The Collin College RN-to-BSN program is currently accepting applications and offering virtual information sessions. To find out more about information sessions or the BSN degree, visit www.collin.edu/nursing/bsn. For curriculum information and to download an information sheet about the program, visit www.collin.edu/academics/programs/NURS_BSN.html.

For additional information, email Dr. Betty Veasy at bveasy@collin.edu.

Collin College serves more than 58,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates, including new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cybersecurity degrees. The only public college based in Collin County, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. For more information, visit www.collin.edu.

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