Gift Improves Technology in the Classroom
By: Ashley Johnson, PR Director, 903-468-8171
COMMERCE, Texas (Jan. 13, 2012)— Thanks to the generosity of Pittsburg native Dona Julian Cassel, education students at Texas A&M University-Commerce now have the opportunity to pursue innovation and technology in the classroom.
The gift was part of a larger commitment to enhance the Dona Julian Cassel Creative Technology Classroom in the College of Education and Human Services. The resources the gift provides will allow students to integrate effective uses of technology across the teacher education program by (a) providing opportunities for faculty to develop and apply technology skills to enhance their teaching, research, writing, and service activities, and (b) providing opportunities for pre-service, in-service, and graduate teacher education students to develop and apply technology skills to enhance the teaching/learning process.
According to Cassel, the classroom will be developed and staffed by some of the most technologically advanced faculty at A&M-Commerce who are committed to remain on the cutting edge of technology.
Cassel is a 1967 graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce, and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. In 1971, she received a master’s degree in English. A retired teacher, Cassel spent most of her career in Tyler until choosing to retire in Pittsburg. She is currently an active member of the East Texas Medical Center Foundation, Northeast Texas Community College Foundation and several other organizations in the area. In addition to assisting organizations in the area, she is an active poet.
About Texas A&M University-Commerce: Founded in 1889, Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of The Texas A&M University System. Located in Northeast Texas, A&M-Commerce is home to more than 11,000 students, four academic colleges, a thriving graduate school, and more than 100 degree programs. As the region’s focal point of higher education, A&M-Commerce offers students facilities ranging from a world-class science building and new student center, to a fully equipped recreational facility and recently completed music hall. The university also has convenient facilities in Corsicana, Midlothian, Mesquite, and downtown Dallas.
About The Texas A&M University System: The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $730 million and help drive the state’s economy.