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Hope Pregnancy Center of Brazos Valley is pleased to announce 5h3 continuing partnership with National Champion Vic Schaefer for the second annual Vic Schaefer’s ‘Coaches of Character’ Golf Classic. Coach Schaefer, in his new role as head coach of the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs, will continue the tradition of honoring coaches who consistently exhibit Christian values to their athletes and their families. In keeping with the tradition, the 2012 honoree will be announced soon.
"I am honored to continue my association with Hope Pregnancy Center here in the Brazos Valley. Women's health continues to be a major concern across the country. Crisis pregnancy is a part of Women's Health that cannot be ignored,” says Coach Schaefer adding, “Through this event we hope to continue to support the women in our community who come to us in a time of need. In my opinion, Hope Pregnancy Center provides a service to our community that is invaluable. It is my sincere wish that the entire Brazos Valley Community will recognize this great organization and it's value and will come out and support our event on October 1.”
The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research will present a keynote address by Dr. Thomas M. Hatfield, author of the biography of James Earl Rudder, Rudder: From Leader to Legend, on Wednesday, September 26, at 7 p.m. in the Robert M. Gates Ballroom, room 2400 of the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University. The lecture is free and open to the public and refreshment will be served. Hatfield’s biography of Rudder will be available for purchase during the event.
Thomas M. Hatfield is Dean Emeritus of Continuing Education and Director of the Military History Institute in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin where he lectures on World War II. As an internationally recognized scholar of the war, in 1989 Dr. Hatfield co-founded UT Austin’s esteemed Normandy Scholar Program, an undergraduate program focused on the war.
Hatfield’s biography of James Earl Rudder –– Rudder: From Leader to Legend –– published by the Texas A&M University Press in 2011, is a study in the development and manifestation of human character. The book traces Rudder from childhood through his extraordinary career as a renowned citizen-soldier, ending with his death in 1970 while president of Texas A&M University.
Stories by Alejandra Quinones
Brazos Dance Collective
“[Modern dance] is one of the most aesthetically pleasing ways to create; I like the fact that I don’t actually have to speak to communicate,” says Danielle Brestel, operations director of Brazos Dance Collective.
How did Brazos Dance Collective get started?
“Carisa Armstrong and Christine Bergeron, faculty in the Texas A&M dance program, started Armstrong Bergeron Dance Company about seven years ago. That was the only professional dance company in the Brazos Valley. They were in existence for a little over five years until they chose to transition into Brazos Dance Collective.”
The Brazos Dance Collective is described as an opportunity for creative, skilled and passionate artists to collaborate and share their vision with the community. Though they offer a variety of dance classes, their performances are primarily modern dance. There are six members, and the group will hold auditions for the company in early September.
What is modern dance? How did modern dance begin?
“Modern dance, not to be confused with ‘hip-hop,’ is a form of dance that started as a revolution against ballet. It was originated in the 1930s by a group of Americans that knew there was another way to move and create outside of ballet.”
How is it aesthetically different from ballet?
It’s more free-formed than ballet, which is more rigid and vertical. It utilizes the spine in very flexible ways. In ballet, people tend to defy gravity, where in modern dance, they want to embrace it. For example, the idea of pointe shoes is to make it look like people are floating across the stage. They try to get as far away from the floor as possible to look as though they are almost flying.
Stories by Angelique Gammon / Photos by Crystal Littrell & JP Beato III
Arts Council of the Brazos Valley
If you don’t think of access to the arts as a strategic economic policy, there are tangible reasons to reconsider. Just ask Chris Dyer, executive director of the Arts Council of Brazos Valley since April 2010. Value the arts for its fulfilling and life-affirming nature? Absolutely, says Dyer, but beyond the yadda, yadda, yadda happy-making ideals, he’d prefer to see any conversation about the importance of the arts focus on accountability.
“We’ve moved to an assistance role, not just providing funding, to help member organizations market and get their names out,” says Dyer, “and to provide services for underserved segments of the community.”
A big part of the shift has been providing services for schools. “In the short term, we are focusing on our three core programs: Art for Life, for incarcerated and youth on probation with the goal of keeping them out of jail; Reflections of the Special Olympics, providing artistic opportunity for special needs adults and children; and arts for children, both in-house and in school.
“Art absolutely makes a difference in school performance,” says Dyer. “We’ve all heard the studies that show art makes more creative, outside-of-box thinkers.”
As for accountability, Dyer can now point to some seven years of hard data on the success of the Arts for Life program.