SAGE engages Texarkana citizens in thoughtful discussion and stimulating activities to enrich day-to-day living of the “Third Stage” of life. It is primarily for people 46 years of age and up who are active and who seek a like-minded community.
Everyone is welcome!
Members pay a yearly fee of $75 which covers administrative costs of the program. Members can sign up for as many SAGE courses or events as they would like for a flat fee of $25 per course, plus materials and costs.
Message from Dr. Beverly J. Rowe:
We have had a great kick-off and are looking forward to providing our membership with the very best we can offer to keep them active, stimulated, and loving life every day. Within each section, I have listed deadlines, costs, payment breakdowns, and dates by which we need your commitment. For all SAGE events in this first year, members are encouraged to bring a friend, relative, or an acquaintance who is a non-member to these activities. After our first year, those opportunities will be very limited. We know that you would enjoy everything more with friends, and perhaps we will get some new members!
You are welcome to pre-register and pay for any and all of the events listed below. To do so, please go to the Continuing Education office in the Administration Building on the Texarkana College campus or register online at ce.texarkanacollege.edu.
One of the main goals of the SAGE Program is to provide travel opportunities for our members as a means of developing “community” and “esprit de corps.” This year we have many, many chances to pack our bags and have some fun. Some trips are short and local, others are global and will require a passport.
HIKE WHITE OAK LAKE STATE PARK
With Dr. Tonja Mackey
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
$30 plus meals
BROADWAY AT THE BASS
Ft. Worth, Texas
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
$400 per person plus meals
Includes ticket cost for “Beautiful,”
the Carole King Musical
CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
$40 per person plus meals
BEAVERS BEND FOLK FESTIVAL
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
$20 per person plus meals
BROADWAY AT THE BASS
Ft. Worth, Texas
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
$400 per person plus meals
Includes ticket cost for “White Christmas”
GARVAN WOODLAND GARDENS
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Saturday, Dec. 2. 2017; Cost TBA
NEW YEARS’ TRAIN
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
The mission of SAGE is to provide opportunities to exercise our “collective wisdom” with others who claim the same reference points throughout their lives and who are interested in traveling, discussing, getting together, and having a lot of fun.
Meet the hosts
- Beverly Rowe
- Lila Walker
- Alyce Bunting
- Catherine Howard
- Dawna Montanelli
- Delores McCright
- Doug Saffel
- Georgia Hubnik
- Helen Frazior
- John P. Littmann
- John Stuart
- Betty J. Feir
- Lynette Jackson
- Robert Hewett
- Stephen Gass
- Lauren Hehmeyer
Beverly Rowe is a tenured professor of History at Texarkana College. Currently, she teaches U.S. History I and II, and World Civilizations I. She has worked for TC since 1992 and has been a full-time professor there since 1997.
Beverly received her Ph.D. in American History in August of 1999 from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and her dissertation topic was The Changing Status of Texarkana, Texas, Women in the Progressive Era, 1880-1920. She also holds Ph.D. level minors in the fields of European History, Sociology, and Anthropology.
Dr. Rowe is passionate about many things such as downtown revitalization, the preservation of history in many forms, and the restoration of historic buildings and districts. She holds, or has held, memberships in the East Texas Historical Association, the Texas State Historical Association, Main Street Texarkana, Texarkana Museums System, Texarkana Texas Historical Commission, Texarkana Arkansas Historical Commission, and the American Sociological Association.
Beverly has authored many books on Texarkana history including:
Women’s Status in Texarkana, Texas, in the Progressive Era, 1880-1920
A Representative History of Local Hospital Development: Wadley Hospital, Texarkana
Texarkana College: The First 75 Years, 1927-2002
Once Upon a Time in Texarkana
Twice Upon a Time in Texarkana
Historic Texarkana: An Illustrated History
Dr. Rowe is an avid world traveler who has been to Europe, Asia, North America and South America. Her “bucket list” for travel is very, very long and she pursues it over summer breaks from her teaching schedule at Texarkana College.
Dr. Lila Walker is formerly a Professor of Adult Education with Texas A&M University-Texarkana. During her 25-year career she coordinated graduate and undergraduate adult education degree programs, served as Director of Institutional Advancement, and as the Career Counselor in Student Services. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from A&M Texarkana (formerly East Texas State University – Texarkana) and in 1995 earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Higher Education, and a minor in Adult Education from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
After completing Covey Leadership Training in 1994, Dr. Walker developed a strong professional interest in personal leadership and community development. Previously, she taught interpersonal skills for more than 10 years at A&M Texarkana; undergraduate and graduate courses in foundations of leadership, community leadership, adult education, higher education and industrial psychology. She continues to teach leadership, research, and adult learning courses as an adjunct for A&M Texarkana and provides training to area nonprofit and educational organizations.
Dr. Walker graduated from Leadership Texarkana in 1998, served as Curriculum Chair for the 2002-2003 class, Board Chair for two years, and continues to assist Leadership Texarkana with the yearly opening retreat. Most recently she presented at the Leadership Retreat for the 2015 class of Leadership Mt. Pleasant and provided leadership training during the class year. She served as President of Conifer Council of Girl Scouts for six years, and was a member of the Wilbur Smith Rotary Club in Texarkana for 12 years. In 2010, Lila and her husband, Chesley Walker, relocated to the Shreveport-Bossier area. Currently, she is a member of the Creative Art Connection, Shreveport Art Club and the Hoover Watercolor Society. She serves as the Hoover board President and as Exhibition Chair for the Annual and Membership art shows.
Alyce Bunting is a professor of Sociology and Psychology at Texarkana College. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Bunting earned both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Sociology. She furthered her education at Texas A&M – Texarkana, earning additional hours in psychology. In December, 2004, she was awarded a Doctorate of Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce.
Dr. Bunting taught for two years at Stephen F. Austin in the Sociology department, and, since 1990, has taught sociology and psychology at Texarkana College. She has written a chapter for an introductory sociology text, and wrote the text she currently uses in her Introductory Sociology classes.
Being a sociologist, Dr. Bunting is interested in learning as much as she can about other cultures and people in other places around the world. After raising her three sons, and launching them successfully into adulthood, she has now set as her life’s mission seeing as much of the world as she can. In addition to traveling to Mexico and Canada, Dr. Bunting has been to England, France, Peru, and Italy. More trips are planned in the coming year, and, if you visit with her long enough, you will hear about her journeys.
Dr. Catherine Howard is Dean of STEM and professor of chemical and biological sciences at Texarkana College. Dr. Howard earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and an M.S. in Chemistry from UNT and an Ed.D. with a concentration in Science Education from Nova Southwestern University. A self-professed nerd and professional student, she was awarded a B.A. in theology in 2015 from St. Gregory’s University. Dr. Howard has taught nutrition, chemistry I and II, Introduction Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I and II, and a number of other biology, chemistry, and psychology courses. In addition to her academic duties at the college, Dr. Howard has authored teaching supplements and professional journal articles and was the first professor on the Texarkana College campus to implement internet-based learning and to offer internet based courses.
Catherine served as Texarkana College Faculty Association President from 2012 to 2014, on reaffirmation committees for seven other colleges on behalf of the Committee for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 2014-2015, named Textbook Hero by Rice OpenStax in 2015, Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty in Northeast Texas in 2013. She continues to serve on several committees for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Among her many awards, she is most proud of receiving the Texarkana College Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence in 2002.
Although she has no formal musical training, she loves playing her ukulele and often does so to relieve stress. Dr. Howard is a member of the Dallas Ukulele Headquarters (DUH) and attends their workshops and concerts as often as she can. She also plays ukulele in the NETNET band that performs at the annual conference each summer. Her dream is to start a ukulele players group in Texarkana so that she can play with others who love their ukuleles as much as she does.
Professor Dawna Montanelli completed her Masters Degree at Texas A&M University – Texarkana in 2003, majoring in Interdisciplinary Sciences with concentrations in History and Political Science. Later, she completed graduate coursework in Geography and has become very interested in that field and all of its many subfields.
Dawna serves as delegate in her hometown and is a Deputy Registrar for Bowie County, Texas and is very active in state and local politics.
Mrs. Montanelli is one of the original three Coordinators for the Road Scholars Program at Texarkana College. This program enlists students who wish to travel globally and learn about other cultures and countries. In addition to guiding students through England, Peru, and Italy, she has traveled extensively and is especially passionate about South America and, most recently, the Holy Land.
Dawna is multi-talented and adventurous, loves to cook, and is a devoted grandmother.
Professor Delores McCright served as Biology Professor at Texarkana College for many years and only recently retired. She was well-loved by her students for her passion about earth’s environment and was responsible for the creation of a wetlands area on the Texarkana College campus that became an integral part of her classes and class projects.
Most of Delores’ academic training occurred at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where she majored in Broadfield Science with Chemistry/Biology Emphasis.
Delores has participated for over 30 years in the Texas Stream Team Water Quality monitoring project and is a certified trainer on how to use the kits to monitor our local waterways in Northeast Texas. She serves as data manager for the region.
She started the TC recycling program several years ago with the main goal of keeping down the volume we are adding to the landfill, since it is so expensive to run and build landfills.
Delores is a certified Texas Master Naturalist, Red River chapter and has been an active member of our local communities, often giving presentations on such topics as butterflies, birds, trees, gardening to attract wildlife, and various nature-themed topics.
In 2015, Delores and her daughter traveled to Europe and enjoyed experiencing global travel for themselves.
Professor Doug Saffel graduated from Texas A&M University – Texarkana in 2007, majoring in Interdisciplinary Sciences with concentrations in History, English, and Instructional Technology. He also studied political science at Louisiana State University – Shreveport where he became a Research Associate with the International Lincoln Center for American Studies.
An Eagle Scout, Doug continues to volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, as well as United Methodist Committee on Relief and the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts.
Doug has been a public educator for over fifteen years and currently teaches Government and History at Texarkana College. He is also the Advisor for the TC Student Government Association. He was named Region III Advisor of the Year in 2015 and 2016 and has been active on the Texas Junior College SGA Executive Board since 2013.
Doug, a father and husband, plays lead guitar for a band, enjoys tabletop, card, and video games, and writes science fiction and fantasy stories in his limited spare time.
Georgia Hubnik, artist and photographer, is a retired art teacher from the Texarkana, Arkansas, School District. While teaching, Georgia enjoyed involvement in different art projects within the community. Since retirement, she has continued to be active in the community and shares her love of art by teaching children and adults. Georgia helps with art classes at JDC, home school groups and private art students.
Georgia is a member of Arkansas Women for Education, Arkansas Retired Teachers, Four States Art Club and Salvation Army. Over the years she has worked with TRAHC, Texarkana Museums System, and Main Street to promote the arts and downtown Texarkana.
Owner of Downtown Gallery and partners with the art studio, Studio 218, she takes great pride in displaying local art, her own art and continuing to mentor young artists.
Helen Frazior received her Marriage & Family Therapist License/Professional Counselors License in 1999 in Counseling and Psychology. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 1977 in Counseling. She served as a school counselor at Queen City Elementary School and Pleasant Grove ISD.
Helen has served as adjunct faculty for Texarkana College since 1994 and is well-loved by her many students. She also Co-owned the Hazel Street Family Center – a private counseling practice from 1987 to 2003.
Helen loves to travel and is a worldwide globe trotter who knows how to navigate foreign cultures and languages. She is also an amazing grandmother to her grandchildren.
John P. Littmann received his Masters Degree from Texas A&M University – Texarkana, in 1997 with a concentration in History and Education. He taught for Texas High School from 1993 to 2016 and recently retired.
Among his students, Littmann is known for his passion for Federal Government and his classroom project. Literally thousands of students can proudly claim to have had him for a teacher and most would agree that he is one of the best teachers around.
John is passionate about World War II aviation and has traveled as far as Normandy Beach to relive the Battles of the Second World War in person. He is also passionate about travel and loves to backpack through Europe, staying overnight in hostels and visiting neighborhood pubs.
Professor John Stuart received his Master of Arts Degree in 1975 from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville with a concentration in History. He received additional instruction in Government at the Graduate level from East Texas State University, University of Texas in Austin, University of Texas in Tyler, Abilene Christian University, and St. Thomas University in Houston.
He has been Professor of History and Government at Texarkana College since the 1980s and has taught thousands of students over that time period. John is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Beta Kappa and won the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award in 1993.
Over the years, Professor Stuart has taken many classes to Austin, Texas, and to Washington, D.C. so that students can experience government in action.
Betty J. Feir, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical and school psychologist in private practice in Texarkana. She has worked as a college professor, public school teacher, and probation officer.
Dr. Feir received her B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and did Postdoctoral work at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. She completed her internship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga.
Dr. Feir is passionate about her family and her grandchildren. Her daughter, also a therapist, lives in Israel with her 13 children. Dr. Feir has 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, whom she frequently visits, and who have begun to visit her.
Her hobbies and interests besides her grandchildren include participation in various community groups such as garden club, Women for the Arts, Women for Texas A and M, and the Salvation Army. She also has enjoyed her friends in their weekly Mahjongg group at her home.
Dr. Feir is married to her husband, who travels frequently with her to Israel, and Europe on the way, as well as having traveled to the Galapagos Islands, various places in Mexico, Belize Puerto Rico, and has enjoyed many places in the USA, such as New York, Nashville and Reno Nevada to name a few.
Lynette Jackson is Executive Director of Broken Leaf Transitional Housing. Her story is not unique, but through dramatic changes in her life she decided to help others change their lives in spite of their circumstances. She is a survivor of domestic violence, drug addiction, and homelessness.
Lynette credits her healing to God’s calling to the Broken Leaf Transitional Housing Ministry. Even though she had divorced and left the abusive environment of her home, she still suffered emotionally. It was at that time that she recognized God’s hand in working with other women who faced emotional and/or physical violence.
Ms. Jackson has over 24 years’ experience dealing with these issues and is working on a BA Degree in Christian Ministry from Wayland Baptist University.
Currently, she is employed with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a Correctional Officer at the Telford Unit in New Boston, Texas.
Join Lynette for a fantastic journey from brokenness to vision.
Robert Hewett received his Masters Degree in 1993 from Texas A&M University – Texarkana in Psychology and went into practice with the State of Arkansas. In 1998 he became an Adjunct professor at Texarkana College and has had many students over the years.
Hewett is passionate about his students and works very hard to ensure their college success.
Robert’s other interests include: Collections of various types, hunting, fishing, and yardwork.
Stephen Gass had twenty-five years of experience as a law-enforcement professional with the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department before coming to Texarkana College as the Criminal Justice Professor in 2013. Gass’s public services include supervision and training of law enforcement personnel, classroom instruction of youth and adults and experience in coordinating and facilitating community-focused problem-solving initiatives, including:
- Bi-State Narcotics Task Force Commander
- Department of Justice Weed & Seed Initiative Coordinator
- Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) instructor.
Gass is also very active in the Boy Scouts of America and has two active boys at home. He and his wife are active in their church and community.
Recently, Gass became the Chief of the Texarkana College Police Force, in addition to his duties as full-time Criminal Justice Professor.
Lauren Hehmeyer received her first Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri in 1973. She received her second Masters Degree in English and Literature from East Texas State University at Texarkana, in 1992. She is also credentialed in History.
Lauren has worn many hats in her service to Texarkana College, including professor, division chair, librarian, Interim Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs and Developmental Education, and Interim Director of Student Support Services/Talent Search.
Mrs. Hehmeyer is passionate about reading and literature and has presented and published on ideas to make a classroom lively. She also has a pending publication on Thoreau for the Thoreau Society Bulletin.
Lauren received National endowment for the Humanities Grants in 2002, 2005, and 2015. Her fields of study were Japanese culture, teaching materials related to John Adams, and the Transcendentalist Movement.
Lauren has also worked and served Tex-Rep and has been a board member of that organization.