Angelina College Vocational Nursing Program Holds Graduation Ceremony

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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.

Class of 2022 Features 15 New Nurses

The Angelina College Vocational Nursing program on Monday celebrated its newest graduates, with 15 new nurses walking the stage of Temple Theater on the AC campus.

Winifred Adams, Dean of Health Careers at Angelina College, welcomed the new group by reminding them they “are no longer students, but colleagues.”

Speaker Dr. Sandy Brannan shared stories from her 50-plus year career in nursing, including her meeting with former presidents and celebrities along the way.

“You have no idea where this new career and life will take you, or the so many different experiences you’re going to live,” Brannan said. “I’ll just tell you to buckle up and enjoy the ride.”

Instructor Mary Hastings offered a history of nursing, Patti Hooks presented the graduates and Dr. Susan Adams led the new nurses in the “Nightingale Pledge” following the traditional candle-lighting ceremony.

The Class of 2022 graduates included Cristal Arvizu, Jasia Berry, Amy Cole, Ta’Maiya Davis, Reagan Ellisor, Alivia Jackson, Elizabeth Luna, Savannah McCarty, Jaleesa McMiller, Holland Newcomb, Karen Perkins, Savannah Robertson, Crystal Tanner, Kashece Wallace and Kerri Wilson.

Faculty members were Dr. Charlet Blades, Lead Instructor; Dr. Susan Adams, Hudson Cohort; Mary Hastings, Livingston Cohort; and Jacqueline McClain, Lufkin Cohort.

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