Angelina College’s Aaron Grimes recently was selected president of the Texas Association of Developmental Education (TADE), which is the Texas chapter of the National Organization for Student Success (NOSS).

The Lufkin native, an instructor in AC’s School of Arts and Education, said TADE “exists to provide useful tools, resources and support to all college faculty and employees.”

“One of the most beneficial opportunities we provide is our state College Academic Support Programs (CASP) conference,” Grimes said. “We work with the Texas chapter of the College Reading and Learning Association to bring this quality conference to Texas every year.

“The element of developmental education, as any educator well knows, is in a constant state of flux and change, and the CASP conference addresses many of these changing issues in developmental education. We are proud to be the Texas state chapter of NOSS, and we are also proud of the fact that we are one of the largest chapters in the organization, serving a vast array of colleges across our state.” Grimes said his organization recently launched a new web site (www.casp-tx.org) in an effort to establish a web presence and “unify our processes and communicate more efficiently.”

“My main focus for TADE is to strengthen what we already have in place,” Grimes said. “We will substantially improve our conference and what it offers.”

NOSS, according to information located on its web site, “exists to assist educational professionals in making a positive difference in the lives of students.”

“The Texas chapter of NOSS pledges to do the same,” Grimes said. “TADE helps provide a quality professional conference that offers professionals the latest in research and tremendous opportunities to network with colleagues regarding what works best in post-secondary developmental education.”

Grimes earned his Associate of Applied Science degree from AC and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SFASU. Prior to arriving at AC as an instructor, Grimes was an English teacher at Nacogdoches High School for 10 years.

“I am following some extremely talented and innovative leaders,” Grimes said. “I consider it a great honor to have the confidence of the CASP board and membership in my leadership. This is a great opportunity to help provide direction and support to those involved in developmental education. Struggling students need support and guidance.

“I am reminded of something John Andrew Holmes said: ‘There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.’ We help get students to the next level.”

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Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.