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JTACNEWS.COM • Tarleton State University • Thursday February 16, 2017

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Tarleton alumni have your style of Pickins Kristan Bartlett Contributor Two Tarleton State University alumni will be opening a stor on Stephenville’s downtown square. SlimPickins Outfitters, which will be located at 200 W. Washington St., was dreamt up by alumni Jahmicah C. Dawes, Creative Director, and Jonathan Powell, Director of Business. Dawes attended Tarleton and graduated in 2004 with a Fashion and Merchandising degree. Powell graduated in 2015 in Business Administration and then again in December of 2016 with a Master of Business Administration. “Tarleton played such a major part in our lives. We met our wives through Paradigm Collegiate Ministries, and we learned to grow where we are planted,” Dawes said “Jonathan and I met through ministry and have done missions both local and abroad together. The missions we’ve done, we’ve been fortunate enough to see parts of the world and with that, it’s our purpose for the shop to impact the world.” SlimPickins will specialize in outdoor clothing and materials. “The idea comparing us to a Bass Pro Shops is fair because a lot of people know of it, but we will be an apparel and footwear shop along with accessories in the store as well that will equip you to venture out,” Powell said. “We will have brands that will appeal to everyone, both what college and the community likes to wear. That’s how we got the idea; everyone around here is interested in dressing

Current renovations to storefront prior to grand opening. Kristan Bartlett JTAC News

with the same types of brands but make those their own styles,” Dawes said. “Not many of those stores however, are offered here in Stephenville, so we are bringing them here so you don’t have to go drive to a bigger city to get it.” The store will carry clothing brands like SP Outfitters (their own brand), Fayettechill Clothing Company, Howler Brothers and Columbia Sportswear. The store will also carry footwear brands such as Sanuk and Chaco. They will also offer lifestyle Brands such as, Sic Cups, Smitty’s Mustache Wax, Goal Zero, Kammok Hammocks, P.F. Candle Co. and more. “Both of us being Christians, we want to glorify God in everything we do, so that naturally carries over to this business,” Powell said. “Our mission statement and core beliefs are ‘Act justly in the way we do business, love kindly the people we meet and serve humbly the local and global community for the Glory of Jesus Christ.’” According to Dawes, a Tarleton

Block ‘T’ will be placed above the dressing rooms in ode to Tarleton. “If not to shop, we would love people to just come in and take pictures and look around,” Dawes said. “We wanted to create an atmosphere that students enjoy shopping at.” Dawes and Powell’s future vision is to give 10 percent of profits to local and global like-minded organizations such as theirs and they hope to start a network for others who want to start businesses for the same reason that they did. SlimPickins Outfitters will have an online store, which will open on February 20, when pre-orders can be made at www.SlimPickinsOutfitters. com. Dawes and Powell encourage everyone to follow their social media for updates and new items in the store at @spoutfitter and include their slogan ‘Adventure Out’ when tagging pictures using the hashtag #AdventureOut.


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ACT to host ‘Farm to Fork’ run March 4 Angel Jauregui Contributor

Tarleton State University’s student chapter of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT), invites runners of all ages and levels to learn more about agriculture while running through the university’s farm during the inaugural Farm to Fork run on March 4. Co-Advisor for ACT Chandra Andrew and Assistant Professor for Agricultural and Consumer Sciences, said, “The race is the first of its kind for [the] community, however, I expect a great turnout.”

The registration fee is $30 for the trail run and $25 for the fun run. This will include a T-shirt, breakfast and tours of the farm facilities. Prizes will be awarded to division winners. According to Andrew, this race is meant to educate participants on agriculture and the misconceptions about agricultural practices. “The majority of our population is more than two generations removed from the farm and have never had the opportunity to see livestock or a working farm,” Andrew said. “Most [people] don’t know where their food and clothing comes from.” Andrew says understanding

agriculture is essential for everyone and believes not knowing creates a lot of misconceptions and can lead people to become prejudiced against something they don’t even know anything about. To sign up for the race, runners can register at http://farmtofork5k. or contact Andrew at

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Corps of Cadets revive Retreat Ceremony Kristan Bartlett Contributor The Tarleton State University Corps of Cadets are resurrecting the University Retreat Ceremony to pay tribute to the nation, U.S. flag and military veterans. Every ceremony takes place at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the flag pole in the center of campus in front of E.J. Howell Education Building. “This ceremony is firmly rooted in U.S. military history, dating back to the Revolution, and provides an opportunity to show respect to the nation, the U.S. flag, and active soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen and coast guardsmen as well as those who have served their country in the past,” Colonel Kenny Weldon, Commandant of Cadets and Senior Director of Strategic Studies, said. “This ceremony not only honors the American flag and the principles for which it stands, but allows students and community members

to take pride in and experience this enduring patriotic tradition.” The Corps of Cadets will be in formation along Military Drive and at 5 p.m., a trumpet solo of the Retreat song, followed by “To the Colors” will sound across the campus. A trumpet player from the Tarleton Fine Arts Department, under Assistant Professor Dr. Brian Walker, will play these songs during the Retreat Ceremony. A firing of the cannon will also take place. “The flag retreat ceremony was originally performed by cadets at Tarleton on a daily basis. Today, and every day at every military installation in the world, the flag is raised and lowered in honor and respect,” Weldon said. “For the ceremony at Tarleton, students, faculty and staff within proximity of the ceremony should stop, turn toward the flagpole and render proper courtesies while cadets slowly lower the American flag.”

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Construction on Lot P30 to begin this spring Briana Busby Contributor

The Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents has approved the final budget for the construction on a new engineering building. “Chancellor John Sharp and the A&M System approved this project as part of the Texas A&M University System capital budget request for the 2015 Legislative session,” Harry Battson, Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications, said. “Once the legislature approved and the Governor signed the funding bill, the System Facilities Planning and Construction office began working on the detailed scope of the project. The Regents approved the scope, plans and budget at its meeting.” The groundbreaking ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 31. “We expect Chancellor Sharp to participate, along with President F. Dominic Dottavio, Provost Karen Murray, and additional System and University officials. The ground breaking ceremony will take place in parking lot P30, the site for the building.” According to Battson, the new building will provide a stronger

structural link between the College of Business Administration Building, the Hydrology and Engineering Building and other main academic facilities, such as the Dick Smith Library and the O.A. Grant Humanities Building. “It also will provide a new visual attraction and icon along Washington Street that will better define the campus and provide a new ‘front door’ for the community,” Battson said. Originally, the building to going to be called the Applied Science building, but now it will just be referred to as the engineering building because all the engineering and related programs will be housed here. The Departments of Engineering and Computer Science, along with Engineering Technology, will both be housed in this building along with appropriate classrooms, laboratories and office space. “The newly approved bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering, along with the bachelor’s degree programs in civil engineering, computer science, engineering physics, environmental engineering, manufacturing engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology


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the quality education engineering students receive. “The building also will have a much greater impact as the addition of this academic space will enable the university to plan and develop other spaces across campus to handle classroom and laboratory needs,” Battson said.

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Tarleton hosts grand opening of Ag Mechanics facility Angel Jauregui Contributor On Jan. 27, Tarleton State University officials gathered for the grand opening of the new Agricultural Field Machinery & Fabrication Laboratory, located on the Tarleton College Farm. Dr. Steve Damron, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, said, “The $3.8 million facility satisfies a critical need for high quality classroom and laboratory space.” This new facility will allow for all the Ag Mechanics classes to be held in the same building for the first time.

“It strengths our ability to offer hands-on instruction,” Damron said. The 24,000 square foot facility includes classrooms, a computer lab, metal fabrication and agricultural power and agricultural structure laboratories. According to Damron, “This modern, well-equipped laboratory one of the best in the nation – will allow us to develop new courses and programs to meet the ever-increasing workforce needs of the agricultural industries in Texas and beyond.” The funding for the project was provided by The Texas A&M University System and private donations, predominately the Pevehouse Family Foundation The land where the new facility was

built was purchased by citizens of Stephenville for Tarleton to join the Texas A&M University System. President Dr. Dominic F. Dottavio, said in a press release, “Dedicating this new building on the land that the

citizens of Stephenville purchased in 1917 to make it possible for Tarleton to join with Texas A&M reflects the university’s substantial growth and development from modest beginnings.”

Entrance to the Ag Mechanics Building. Noelle Huffaker JTAC News

The ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the new Ag Mechanics Building. Noelle Huffaker JTAC News

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TexAnns set to hit off conference play in first home game of season Joseph Kamin Sports Editor

This weekend the Tarleton State University TexAnn softball team will open up conference play against Texas A&M University – Commerce in Stephenville, Texas. The TexAnns and Lions will face off on Friday at 6 p.m. and twice on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. The TexAnns are currently 7-4 overall. During last week’s Dallas-Fort Worth Softball Bash, the TexAnns won four of their six matches. They fell 6-7 against Oklahoma Panhandle University and 2-3 to Regis University. The TexAnn outfielder Maddie Quintanar, was named as a top performer in the Lone Star Conference after the softball bash.

Quintanar led with 10 hits over the course of 6 matches. Quintanar also went 10 for 20 of her at bat and scored 11 runs. She also stole all eight of the eight bases she attempted to steal. The TexAnn pitcher Haley Freyman, also earned 50th career win against Northwestern Oklahoma State University. On last Friday’s 12-2 match against Lubbock Christian University the TexAnns forced a mercy rule, scoring 12 runs in five innings. After both teams scoring once in the first inning, the TexAnns scored 11 runs in the second and held Lubbock scoreless until they scored once in the fifth. The TexAnns will begin conference play against Texas A&M University – Commerce at 6 p.m. in Stephenville, Texas.

Blake Adams runs to first base. Klaire Brock JTAC News.

Jake Hasbrouck hits a dinger. Klaire Brock JTAC News.

Texan baseball heads to Houston for tournament Joseph Kamin Sports editor

The Tarleton State University Texan Baseball team will take on the Houston Winter Invitational this weekend. The Texans are currently 5-1 overall and are on two-win streak. After losing the first match 7-8 against St. Mary’s University, the Texans dominated the next two games winning 9-4 and 9-8. During last week’s matches vs St. Mary’s, the Texans had four home runs. Left fielder, Blake Adams scored two of the team’s home runs, one during each of Saturdays matches. Center fielder Francisco Rodriguez and designated hitter Dylan Lemons made up the other two home runs.

Two Texans, Rodriguez and pitcher Eddie Avila were named as some top performers in the Lone Star Conference after last weeks’ match ups. During the three games, Rodriquez scored five runs, four runs brought in, a homerun and three double hits. During the final game, Avila held St. Marys for scoreless for two innings and struck out eight players over two games. St. Marys had a batting average of .111 against Alvila in two games. The Texans will take on St. Mary’s University this Friday at 10 a.m., The University of Central Missouri on Saturday at 2 p.m. and the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith on Sunday at 2 p.m. All matches will be at Minute Maid Park, in Houston, Texas.


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Texan Basketball first in Lone Star Conference Joseph Kamin Sports Editor

Today the Tarleton State University Texan Basketball team will take on Texas A&M University - Commerce at 7 p.m. in Commerce, Texas. After taking on the Lions, the Texans will take on the The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The Texans and the Falcons will tip off on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Odessa, Texas. The Texans are 13-2 in conference play and 22-3 overall. After two consecutive wins last week against Angelo State University and Texas A&M – Kingsville, the Texans are now first in the Lone Star Conference and climbed to ninth place in the most recent National Association of Basketball Coaches poll. Also follow the consecutive wins, Texan Basketball head coach Lonn Reisman was named the National Division II coach of the week by Hoopdirt. After being named,

Reisman is now eligible to be named the National Coach of the year by Hoopdirt, after the 2016-17 college season concludes. Against the Rams, the Texans came out shooting their best game, Romond Jenkins scored an impressive 20 points, Chantz Chambers 15 and Ridell Camidge 13. For free throws, Anthony Davis shot for 8 of 8 and Nosa Ebomwonyi shot 8 for 10. Jenkins is also the most recent Texan to compete in the seventh annual Dark Horse Dunker contest. There are 16 competitors chosen from around the country, they compete in a bracket style fan voting competition. Fans can vote online by visiting using their social media platforms. Each fan may vote three times each day, once from Facebook, Twitter and an email account. Voting opened up Tuesday and will close on March 17. The Commerce Lions are currently 9-6 in conference and 17-7 overall. The Texans and Lions will tip off today at 7 p.m. in Commerce, Texas.

Anthony Davis helps lead the Texans to a win. Klaire Brock JTAC News.

TexAnns fight as the end of 2017 season nears Joseph Kamin Sports Editor

This Saturday, the Tarleton State University TexAnn basketball team will take on the Texas Woman’s University Pioneers at 2 p.m. in Denton Texas. Last weekend the Texans swept the Texas A&M University – Kingsville 67-53 and Angelo State University 79-77. This Tuesday the TexAnns fell to Texas A&M Commerce University 64-74. The TexAnns are currently 11-6 in conference play and 12-11 overall. They are fifth in the Lone Star Conference. After winning both of last weeks’ matches two TexAnns were recognized by the LSC, seniors Bailey Wipff and Ipeaku Iwobi.

During last weeks’ matches, Wipff scored 24 points against both Kingsville and Angelo State. She also shot four for four on free throws and made four of her five 3-pointers. As a result of her stellar performance, Wipff was named the LSC offensive player of the week. During last weeks’ matches, Iwobi racked up 16 rebounds in two games. She also scored 17 points in the 79-77 match against Angelo State University. This effort by Iwobi earned her the title of LSC defensive player of the week. On Tuesday, the TexAnns fell 64-74 to Texas A&M University – Commerce. During the match against Commerce, Mackenzie Hailey led the TexAnns and scored 22 points. Hailey was followed by Wipff 16, Tatum Tiara 9 and Iwobi with 7. Iwobi also led the TexAnns with 10 rebounds.

TexAnns win 79-77 against Angelo State. Klaire Brock JTAC News

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Study abroad students sell raffle tickets for private concert Briana Busby Contributor

Tarleton State University’s study abroad students are selling raffle tickets to raise money for study abroad trips. The winner will get a private concert with Bart Crow, a Tarleton alumnus. “He is very generous and, as an alum, he wants to give back to the university. He really cares about this place,” Dr. Marcy Tanter, English and Languages Professor, said. The fundraiser started when students started began voicing concerns about fundraising for study abroad trips. “Studying abroad means that my students and I have a special opportunity to learn about another

culture by spending time where it originates. There is nothing that can teach you as much about a place as visiting it,” Tanter said. “The longer you are there, the more you learn. A short trip gives you a tiny taste of a place, a long trip really lets you get to know it.” According to Tanter, the benefits of studying abroad are massive. “There are too many to try to explain, but basically it allows them to see how other people live. They can learn about other communities that are based in the U.S., but to learn how communities in other countries function, they have to go there. For example, my students last summer got to know the owners of some local restaurants who treated them like they were part of the neighborhood,” Tanter said.

“When students go on the Spanish immersion trips, they live with host families so they see how families live in Spain, Costa Rica, Colombia etc.” Tanter hopes that this fundraiser, which supports the College of Liberal and Fine Arts trips, will be the first of many. Raffle tickets are $10 for one ticket and $25 for three tickets. Tickets can be purchased from Tanter, Dr. B. Cecillia Marrugo-Puello, Dr. Ivelisse Urban, Dr. Tara Shelley, William Heath, and their study abroad students. The tickets will also be sold outside the library and other places over the next couple of months.

The winner will be announced on April 4, as part of the Day of Giving. Studying abroad can be really expensive. “The cost varies depending on the program,” Tanter said. “It could be as little as $1,500 and as much as $10,000 or more. My program to South Korea, for example, is $5,400 for 4 weeks including airfare, tuition and expenses there. “This fundraiser is important for our students so please support them. And the next time you see Mr. Crow, please take a moment to tell him how much it means to us as a campus that he cares about our students!”

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