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A&M-Texarkana to Host Successful Locals Showcasing 2015-16 PLACE theme of ‘Economic Opportunity’

Published: October 5, 2015

Texas A&M University-Texarkana will host a panel of professionals from the Texarkana region for its Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) Local Success Stories Symposium Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Eagle Hall of the University Center on the Texarkana campus.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-event reception. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

“The university’s academic theme for 2015-2016 is ‘Economic Opportunity’,” said Dr. Michael Perri,associate professor of history and chair of PLACE.

To illustrate cases of people who made the most of economic opportunities in their lives, PLACE selected a panel of some local luminaries to share with the university’s learning community the practices and decisions that led to their success,” Dr. Perri said.

Panelists include D. Charles Fortenberry, MD, MBA, an emergency medicine doctor in Texarkana; Kelly Mitchell, an A&M-Texarkana alumnus and the current president and chief executive officer of TEXAR Federal Credit Union; and Maria Rodriguez, owner of Amigo Juan Restaurant.

PLACE is a faculty-led program designed to create a community of learners comprising A&M-Texarkana students, faculty, staff and the community at large.  In this spirit, all PLACE events, including the Oct. 6 Local Success Stories Symposium, are free and open to the public.  PLACEchooses an annual theme around which to organize a lecture series and other activities that provide focal points for learning and discussion.

Other PLACE events this fall semester are as follows:


  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 9-10:15 a.m., Dr. Michael Perri’s SuperLecture: “Sumner vs. Veblen: Contending Views about Nature, Society, and Economic Policy,” University Center 210
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m., “Smuggled,”  film, lecture and reception with Ramon Hamilton, Eagle Hall, University Center
  • Monday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., “Inequality for All,” film and discussion with Dr. James Harbin, Professor of Management, University Center 210
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10:30 -11:45 a.m., Dr. Doug Julien’s SuperLecture, University Center 210


  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 4-5:30 p.m., Dr. Godpower Okereke’s SuperLecture: “Privileged Deviance,” University Center 217
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Tami Luhby, CNNMoney, lecture, Eagle Hall, University Center
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10,  7 p.m., David Shipler, author of “The Working Poor: Invisible in America,” (fall keynote), Eagle Hall, University Center
  • Friday, Nov. 13, 4-7 p.m., Student Research Poster Showcase, Eagle Hall, University Center
  • Nov. 16-19, various events showcasing the university’s common reader, Robert Putnam’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis 

In addition to these events, A&M-Texarkana students are creating academic posters corresponding to the theme of “Economic Opportunity,” and the university has established an essay contest for students writing on the theme.


For more information and details about all of our events, please visit the PLACE website athttp://tamut.edu/Academics/Resources/PLACE/index.html.

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