Spread the word, our Spring Musical is coming up 3/30-4/1. Tickets go on sale next week at lunches or they can be purchased from the theatre teachers or at the door.  Tickets are $5 for general admission to the evening performances.  Early Admission seating is $20 (you will be get your choice of seats before general admission ticket holders are let into the cafetorium.)  We will also have a buyout preview performance during school on Friday 3/31 from 1:45-2:30.  Tickets for the buyout are $3.     


Ann Graves

Richmond, TX…OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that Anne Graves, the hospital’s medical staff coordinator has achieved her certification as a Certified Professional in Medical Staff Management (CPMSM) from the Certification Commission of National Association of Medical Staff Services.

Graves took the CPMSM exam during a weekend late last year and after 175 multiple choice questions, two hours later and completion of the exam, she successfully passed.  She just recently received her certification papers.

The CPMSM exam focuses on the management role in the medical staff services field as follows:

Credentialing and Privileging – Develop, Manage, Conduct and Maintain Credentialing and Privileging Processes (38% content)

Ongoing Monitoring and Compliance – Regulatory Requirements, Accreditation Standards and Organizational Policies and Procedures (27% content)

Department Operations – Budget, Staffing, Reports, Minutes, Robert’s Rules of Order, Preparation of Materials for Meetings (agendas, minutes, follow-up) (20% content)

System Management – Work Independently, Collaborating with Others, Critical Thinking, Develop policies and applicable tools (15% content)

To achieve the CPMSM Certification coupled with the Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Certification that Anne obtained in October 2013 is a huge professional accomplishment. In the field of Medical Staff Professionals having dual certification is an achievement that is not ordinary.  Dual certification is often seen in very large hospital systems and/or held by consultants in the field.

“We are proud of Anne’s new certification,” stated Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center, “she has gone beyond her job requirements to become a dual certified professional in Medical Staff Services and we are honored to have her as an employee.”

According to Graves, “I believe this is another example of the type of quality service OakBend Medical Center strives to retain for our patients, physicians and community.”


About OakBend Medical Center

OakBend Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community hospital based in Fort Bend County, providing quality care and exemplary service with its three full-service hospitals, as well as many specialty centers. As a community hospital, caring for our patients is personal. Our patients are our neighbors, our family, and our friends. We act with integrity and compassion, each of our staff takes ownership of providing the highest quality care and we have an absolute commitment to excellence in all that we do. 

OakBend Medical Center distinguishes itself among its healthcare peers in Fort Bend County by housing several unique programs and facilities including the County’s only:

  • No Wait Emergency Room
  • 5-Star Hospital-based Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Neonatal ICU with the capacity to care for babies up to 12 weeks premature
  • Advanced Trauma Program
  • Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit
  • Geriatric Psychiatric Program
  • Permanent Hospital-based Air Ambulance 

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By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications

COLLEGE STATION, March 21, 2017 — Hundreds of Texas A&M University students – both undergraduate and graduate – will display their scholarly efforts as Texas A&M University hosts its annual Student Research Week March 27-31 with several events planned on campus.

Now in its 20th year, Student Research Week highlights research occurring on the Texas A&M campus. It can also pay nice rewards for winners – this year, awards totaling more than $25,000 will be presented.

As one of the country’s largest universities with research expenditures of almost $900 million each year, Texas A&M offers a unique pathway for students to explore research projects that only a Tier One research university can provide, say the organizers.

“It allows students to refine their research and communication skills and show the depth and scope of student research,” says Jamie Wangler, Student Research Week Advisor.

“Student Research Week provides a venue for students to present their work through oral and poster presentations and compete for some very nice cash awards.”

During Student Research Week, students are exposed to challenging research opportunities designed to enhance their academic experiences and prepare them for better careers or advanced study. While exploring research first-hand, they also experience the thrill of discovery, often side-by-side with a renowned faculty member who helps guide them with their research efforts.

It allows Texas A&M to fulfill its mission of teaching, research and service.

This year’s theme is “Inclusivity,” and oral and poster presentations will be held from March 28-30.

“‘Inclusivity’ was selected as the theme because organizers are trying to reach out to historically unrepresented or underrepresented colleges and departments across campus,” Wangler explains.

“Our goal is to get the entire campus involved with Student Research Week.”

Academic areas represented include history, literature, fine arts, communications, philosophy, psychology, medicine, plant and animal science, engineering, astronomy, physics, chemistry, math, statistics, computer science, biology, neuroscience, geosciences and many more.

In addition, there is a publication devoted directly to undergraduate research titled Explorations.  It is a student-run journal that selects and publishes student-authored articles of general interest in many areas, and each article is reviewed and approved by faculty members.

Inclusion in the journal is competitive: less than 20 percent of submitted articles are accepted.

Student Research Week is one of the  events held by the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) in conjunction with the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, Vice President for Research, Department of Student Life, and LAUNCH, academic colleges, administrators, faculty and staff.

For more about the event, go to


The decision to pursue a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle may be made for health reasons or as an ecological choice. Fort Bend County Libraries will have an informational program for people who would like to learn more about these lifestyle choices on Saturday, April 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

In the program, “Vegetarian or Vegan Curious?,” hear from Katy/West Houston Vegan Meetup member Cathy Plato, who will provide an overview of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Learn the difference between vegan and vegetarian diets, reasons people make these dietary decisions, and how to find healthy and delicious alternative foods.

Those attending the program will get ideas on how to create meals that are tasty and easy to make, and that provide the nutrients and protein one needs for a healthy diet. A sample menu of a week’s worth of meals and recipes, as well as local grocery resources, will be available. Hear suggestions on how to get started with this new alternative diet, gradually eliminating dairy and meat from one’s diet. Learn about support networks in the area and how to maintain the diet while dining out.

Cathy Plato has been a vegetarian “on and off” for many years, and made the decision to commit to a vegan diet three years ago at the encouragement of her adult daughter. She also teaches yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

After months of preparing their broilers and turkeys for the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo, Texas 4-H and FFA members efforts’ were rewarded, Thursday, March 16, during the Junior Market Poultry Champion Selection at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Buckholts FFA member Cooper Meinards, 16, earned Grand Champion Pen of Broilers. In his fifth year competing at the Show, Meinards said he has had help making it this far.

“A lot of people have been an inspiration, but Lana McDurnam got me started showing,” Cooper said. “She’s known me a long time and is a good family friend.”

The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers was shown by Kamryn Till, 11, of Wharton County 4-H. The Nada, Texas, native said her biggest challenge this season was getting up in the mornings, but it taught her responsibility.

“This season has been stressful,” Kamryn said. “It’s a lot of work, [but] it feels pretty awesome.”

Thomas Oman, 12, a Taylor 4-H member, exhibited the Grand Champion Turkey. Showing turkeys is an Oman family tradition that Thomas is proud to continue.

“It’s fun and has been in my family since my dad was young,” Thomas said.

First-time Show competitor, Hewston Lochte, 9, won Reserve Champion Turkey. The Wrede 4-H member thanked his dad for helping him achieve this accomplishment.

“My biggest inspiration is my dad,” Hewston said. “He helped me take care of the turkeys.”

Exhibitors will sell their broilers and turkeys in the Junior Market Poultry Auction, Friday, March 17, at noon.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show continues through March 26.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library, 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy, will present a variety of free, introductory computer classes this month. The classes will consist of a hands-on introduction to basic skills for people who would like to learn more about using these computer programs. All computer classes will take place in the Computer Lab of the library.

  • MS Word 2010 Survival Basics” will take place on Tuesday, April 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m.. Learn the basics of using this word-processing software program to create letters, resumés, forms, and other types of documents.
  • MS Excel 2010 Survival Basics” will take place on Thursday, April 20, beginning at 10:00 a.m.. Learn the basics of using this spreadsheet software program, which features calculation tools that are helpful for financial and statistical needs.
  • Intro to Google Docs” will take place on Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Learn how to set up a Google account and how to create and store documents online using the Google Docs application. If you already have a Google account, bring the related information with you.

The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Events,” select “Cinco Ranch Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-395-1311, or by visiting the library.



The ninth-annual Katy Jazz Festival will take place April 21 & 22 at Katy High School, located at 6331 Highway Blvd. This unique jazz experience is dedicated to the development and preservation of jazz music, jazz education, and provides entertainment for the entire family.
The Friday Evening Feature Concert will open with the professional jazz sextet; JD Warren and The Rudiment from New York City followed by Friday night’s headliner: world famous saxophonist Eric Marienthal with the MSM Jazz Orchestra directed by Noe Marmolejo. The Saturday Evening Feature Concert will feature this year’s amazing Festival HEADLINER group: The Buddy Rich Big Band, featuring Cathy Rich and Gregg Potter. Prior to each night’s Feature Concert, smooth jazz vocalist Mr. Horace Grigsby will perform in the Lobby beginning at 6:15 p.m. All Feature Evening Concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Katy HS Performing Arts Center.
On Saturday, April 22, beginning at 10:15 p.m. and continuing throughout the day, professional performances will take place in the Katy High School Black Box Theatre featuring: The Bobby Falk Quintet, Cloudburst Jazz (an amazing Vocal Jazz ensemble) and The Bob Henschen Quartet.
Information about the professional performance line-up, professional bios of all professional artists, and additional information about the Festival is available at
This year’s Katy Jazz Festival will include three different performance venues in Katy High School to offer Festival goers the opportunity to experience performances from these world-renown professional musicians, university jazz ensembles, high school groups, and even JH/MS jazz bands.
Discounted hotel prices, tickets, and daily passes may be purchased on line at: Tickets and passes pickup on the days of the festival at the entrance to the Performing Arts Center. Tickets/passes may also be purchased at the door on the days of the Festival.

Our Culinary Arts students are going to State!

Our Culinary Arts students have qualified for State Competition!  We are taking orders for Bistro Bread, Apple Pies, Cinnamon Rolls & Knot Rolls.

All proceeds will go towards travel expenses.

Orders will be taken from March 21st – March 28th

Pick up is Friday, March 31st at the Old Town Bistro.

Payment can be made at time of order or pick up. We accept cash and checks only.

*All items will be frozen at time of pick up. Heating instructions will be included.

Bistro Bread



Apple Pie



Cinnamon Rolls

$12.00 for 8


Knot Rolls

$10.00 for 1 dozen


old town bistro

1734 Katyland Drive
Katy, TX 77493


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After a thorough study of online master’s programs on campuses across the country, the University of Houston – Clear Lake earned the no.1 spot for fnance.

What makes the University of Houston stand out? It holds the top spot on our list thanks to its affordability (No. 2 out of 31), student success rate at No. 9 and prominence at No. 17.

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After crunching the numbers, these were the top 10 schools:

  1. University of Houston – Clear Lake
  2. Kaplan University – Davenport Campus
  3. Northern State University
  4. Saint Joseph’s University
  5. Tiffin University
  6. Concordia University – Wisconsin
  7. Golden Gate University – San Francisco
  8. New England College
  9. Mississippi
  10. University of Saint Mary

Data for the study was sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Labor Statistics. For a closer look at the ranking and methodology, visit’s article on the best online finance master’s programs. The interactive ranking tool allows students to filter the rankings based off of their preference.

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