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Friends of Collin County Commissioner Chris Hill are hosting a fund-raising reception for
Chris Hill. The featured special guest for the afternoon will be former U.S. Congressman and retired Lt. Col. Allen West.
Allen West has spent his life in the service of America, serving most notably as a US Army lieutenant colonel and a Republican member of the US House of Representatives.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West serves as a Fox News Contributor, and is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas.
Allen West and his wife, Angela, have two daughters and live in North Texas.
Friends of Chris Hill will have a VIP Guided Tour of The Star at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 with Allen West.
At 5:30 p.m., there will be a Special VIP Reception with Allen West.
The general reception will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 26.
The new Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star is situated at 11 Cowboys Way, Frisco, Texas 75034.
Chris Hill is a sixth-generation native Texan, and a fourth-generation resident of Collin County.
In the early 1900s, his great-great-grandfather was a Collin County farmer in the same precinct Hill represents as county commissioner. Hill has been married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, for 20 years. Today, they live in McKinney with their three children.
Before his election as county commissioner, Hill served as an Executive Pastor, and worked as a corporate accountant and controller in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
As the first in his family to graduate from college, Hill earned a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Texas A&M University at Commerce, a Master of Pastoral Leadership degree from Columbia Biblical Seminary, a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University, and a Master of Accounting and Information Management degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.
The Hill family attends and volunteers regularly at Christ Fellowship church in McKinney. He is a member of the Rotary Club of McKinney, the Kiwanis Club of McKinney, the Texas Home School Coalition, and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He serves on the board of directors for The Samaritan Inn and Minuteman Disaster Response. Hill is an Eagle Scout and a member of MENSA.
In both of his campaigns for county commissioner (2012 and 2016), Chris Hill pledged that he would pursue limited government, low taxes, and excellence in every aspect of county government. In his first four years as commissioner, Collin County reduced the property tax rate four consecutive times. Today, Collin County has the No. 1 lowest county property tax rate of all 254 Texas counties and is a leader in the state of Texas in economic opportunity and county government efficiency.
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Results show the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory, was found to be smaller in the aging NFL players who had memory complaints and who experienced loss-of-consciousness concussions as compared to a control group of men of similar age and education. The former NFL players were also found to have lower verbal memory performance.
“This is a preliminary study, and there is much more to be learned in the area of concussion and cognitive aging,” said Dr. Munro Cullum, professor of psychiatry and neurology and neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern, a co-author of the study. “While we found that aging individuals with a history of concussion and loss of consciousness showed smaller hippocampal volumes and lower memory test scores, the good news is that we did not detect a similar relationship among subjects with a history of concussion that did not involve loss of consciousness, which represents the vast majority of concussions.”
In the study, 28 ex-NFL players, ranging in age from 36 to 79, underwent structural MRI and detailed neurologic and neuropsychological assessments beginning in 2010.
Researchers also gathered detailed retrospective histories of concussion experiences. Twenty-one healthy men of similar age, educational level and intelligence with no history of concussion or professional football experience served as control subjects.
Study authors found that after age 63, athletes who reported a loss-of-consciousness concussion were significantly more likely to have mild cognitive impairment, a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease.
“We know that traumatic brain injury can negatively affect memory and has also been reported as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias,” said Dr. John Hart Jr., Medical Science Director at the Center for BrainHealth and Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience and the Jane and Bud Smith Distinguished Chair, and study co-author. “What we have not known before is how loss of consciousness affects brain function longitudinally. While the sample size for this study was small, it does illustrate the need for continual monitoring of athletes following a concussion.”
Other researchers on the study included Dr. Jeremy Strain, Dr. Nyaz Didehbani and Heather Conover, all of UT Dallas; Dr. Kyle Womack and Dr. Jeffery Spence, who hold appointments at both UT Dallas and UT Southwestern; and Dr. Michael A. Kraut, who holds appointments at both Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and UT Dallas.
The study was supported by the Center for BrainHealth’s Institute for Athletes and the National Institute on Aging.
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Dr. Kyle Edgington (PhD ’13) has joined the Office of Advancement as UT Dallas’ associate vice president for development. In this new position, he will be responsible for overseeing the University’s major gift operations.
Edgington departs his role as a visiting clinical professor who taught organizational behavior and also management of nonprofit organizations in the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Before coming to UT Dallas, Edgington served as president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Foundation.
“Kyle Edgington will lead a team that works to increase philanthropic support of UT Dallas, and furthers our goal to become one of the nation’s top public research universities,” said Susan Rogers, vice president for university advancement. “His ability to work collaboratively and strategically will benefit our entire institution.”
In 2011, Edgington helped the University join the ranks of named business schools across the nation and secured the two largest alumni gifts in UT Dallas’ history. He accomplished this during his time as assistant dean of the School of Management, where he worked with alumni Naveen Jindal MBA ’92, Chuck Davidson MS ’80 and Nancy Davidson BS ’80, who contributed an unprecedented combined gift of $30 million to the school.
Before joining UT Dallas in 2008, Edgington worked at Texas Tech University, where he was initially a major gifts officer and later became the director of development for the College of Engineering. During his time at Texas Tech, Edgington successfully organized and launched a $20 million campaign for the college’s department of petroleum engineering.
Edgington received a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Texas Tech, an MBA from Wayland Baptist University and a PhD in public affairs from UT Dallas.
“This is an exciting time to be joining the development team,” Edgington said. “We’ll continue the momentum from the Realize the Vision campaign, and continue our progress to becoming a Tier One research university. I look forward to collaborating with our talented team of development professionals, and building strong partnerships with alumni, corporations and foundations and individual donors.”
Realize the Vision: The Campaign for Tier One & Beyond concluded in December with donors surpassing the $200 million goal and raising $273.3 million for students, faculty research and programs.