Fred Litton, dean of the University of Houston-Victoria School of Education and Human Development, has accepted an appointment from the Texas Education Agency to be on a committee that will advise the State Board of Educator Certification. He will serve on the committee for up to three years. The State Board of Educator Certification makes policies and decisions that affect the way university schools of education operate in Texas.

Terry Kirk, an associate clinical professor in the University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing, has been elected to the Texas Nurses Association, District 9 Board of Directors for 2014-2016.

Victoria College has hired four new staff members this summer. The new employees are: Sonia Herrera, college recruitment specialist; Mary Lou Rendon, purchasing assistant; Frances Reyes, administrative assistant in the Division of Career, Health, and Technical Professions; and Robert Sanchez, admissions analyst.

Chris Kallus, professor and Respiratory Care program chair, and Ceci Oldmixon, professor and Respiratory Care clinical coordinator, represented Victoria College at the American Association for Respiratory Care Summer Forum Program in Marco Island, Fla. The two took part in sessions on classroom technology, techniques and strategies and learned of the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on the respiratory care profession. Oldmixon also attended a separate Adult Critical Care Specialist prep course.

Five VC faculty, staff and administration members recently attended a two-day Student Success Summit in Austin. Dr. Patricia Vandervoort, vice president of instruction; Sharon Hyak and Jeffrey Williams, biology instructors; Pam Neuman, KEY Center director; and Kim Smith, Title V director, engaged in sessions, panels and facilitated working groups to share evidence-based instructional and support strategies. Topics included peer and supplemental instruction, instructional engagement and early alert systems.

Two Hermann Sons fraternal insurance agents representing the Victoria area have been recognized as top producers for the second quarter of 2014. Laura Tiffin, president of Cuero Hermann Sons Family Lodge No. 82, finished in third place statewide in both production categories - number of applications written and amount of new premium income generated. She finished in first place in Region 4 in the amount of new premium income generated category and in second place in Region 4 in the number of applications written category. Laura Thigpen, a member of Da Costa Hermann Sons Lodge No. 265 and a resident of Victoria, finished in first place in Region 1 in both production categories.

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