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Lion Athletics Announces Administrative Reorganization
by JOSH MANCK, Texas A&M-Commerce
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Lion Athletics Announces Administrative Reorganization - LINK

COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce Director of Athletics Tim McMurray has announced a reorganization of the Lion Athletics Executive Team, along with administrative staff additions and adjustments.
 
The Lion Athletics Executive Team now consists of Judy Sackfield, Deputy Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success (formerly Senior Associate Athletics Director); Josh Manck, Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications (formerly Associate Athletics Director for Communications); Conner Moreno, Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations (formerly Assistant Athletics Director – Internal Operations); Katelyn Severance, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Administration (formerly Associate Athletics Director for Compliance); Taylor Phelps, Executive Director – Lion Champions Fund; and Morgan Phelps, Administrative Associate to the Athletics Director / Chief of Staff.
 
"On the heels of a historic fall for our student-athletes in the classroom, our NCAA Award of Excellence nomination for community engagement, and our historic football and volleyball NCAA accolades, it is a sensible time to maximize efficiency and alignment in our administration," McMurray said.
 
"We have consolidated two positions and realigned several others to maximize efficiencies and skill sets of our talented administrative team. I am so pleased to have Judy, Josh, Conner, Katelyn, and Taylor take on additional responsibilities and form collaborative approaches across our external, internal, and student-athlete success units. It will truly be 'Best in Class' for our student-athletes and coaches."
 
In addition to executive team realignment, several deserving athletics staff members have had their duties realigned recently.  Victoria Kisluk is now Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Success, Austin Weyant is Assistant Director of Compliance, AJ Audet is Athletics Facilities and Operations Manager, and Taryn Driver is now External Operations Coordinator. 
 
Driver (Volleyball, Class of 2017) and Taylor Phelps (Men's Basketball, Class of 2014) are both A&M-Commerce Honors College alumni and former student-athletes. Working closely with Manck and his communications/marketing team, it gives external relations a team-approach that has already paid dividends during the NCAA National Championship for football and men's and women's basketball early season crowds.
 
"Our approach to our Best in Class mission from a personnel perspective is simple – spend time developing people that are passionate, talented, and committed to taking initiative.  With our new organizational structure and our talented administrators, those three key elements are already flourishing," McMurray noted.
 
For more information on Lion Athletics and a staff directory, please click HERE.


 
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How To Change Corporate Culture In 6 Steps
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A company’s culture plays a significant role in how successful that company will be over the long haul.

But often as the world and circumstances change, that long-ingrained culture also needs to change – and that’s no easy task.

“The challenge is that most people live every day without much thought to the patterns and habits that are guiding their daily business life, or even their general life,” says Andi Simon, a corporate anthropologist and author of On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights (www.andisimon.com).  

“In a corporate setting, leaders espouse values, beliefs and expectations so people know what to do and how to get it done. Everything is fine until something begins to change and that culture must change, too.”

Simon suggests any business facing the need for a culture change should try these six steps:

• Step 1: Ask what your culture is today. Simon suggests thinking about what you value in terms of six key areas: dominant characteristics; organizational leadership; management of employees; the glue that holds the organization together; strategic emphases; and criteria of success. 

• Step 2: Ask what it should be tomorrow? Consider what you want your culture to become. Should it be less controlling and more empowering? More results oriented or more collegial? Do rules “rule” or are you open for new ideas and empowered staff members?

• Step 3: Tell a story. With you staff, tell a story about what the culture is today. “Let them all create a visualization of how you get things done now,” Simon says.

• Step 4: Visualize tomorrow. What will tomorrow’s culture feel like? How will you get things done? Will people be enabled to make decisions and risk making mistakes? “Frame this with stories,” Simon says. “They are how the brain takes data and makes sense out of it.” 

• Step 5: Create pilot experiments. Through these experiments you can get people to see how the new culture is actually going to feel when they live it. “Set up some small win situations for your folks to test it out,” Simon says. “Think of this as if it is improvisation with good rehearsal time. You are asking people to change what they value, their beliefs and their behaviors. That’s not easy and it’s full of risk.”

• Step 6: Celebrate. People need symbols and they need to celebrate and share experiences. “You need to seriously think about which rituals you will no longer do and which new ones you will introduce,” Simon says. “Be careful, though. Things that didn’t seem important can be very sacred to people when you are taking them away.”

 

“When all is said and done, make sure you keep moving it forward,” Simon says. “People will typically tell you how they love something new and then quickly revert to the old habits even without knowing it.”

 

About Andi Simon, Ph.D.

Andi Simon, author of On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights, is a corporate anthropologist, award-winning author and trained practitioner in Blue Ocean Strategy® (www.simonassociates.net). She is the founder and CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants, designed over a decade ago to help companies use the tools of anthropology to better adapt to changing times. Simon also is a public speaker and an Innovation Games facilitator and trainer. She served as a tenured professor of anthropology and American studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and was a visiting professor teaching entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis. Simon has appeared on “Good Morning America” and has been featured in the Washington Post, Business Week and Forbes, and on Bloomberg Radio.


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Lions move up to No. 10 in NABC Coaches' Poll, setting up monster LSC weekend
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Lions move up to No. 10 in NABC Coaches' Poll, setting up monster LSC weekend - LINK

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team has risen two spots to No. 10 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Poll, as released Tuesday.
 
After defeating Tarleton State in their only action last week, the Lions have moved their record to 14-1 overall and lead the Lone Star Conference with a 7-0 record with two more games remaining in the first loop through the LSC round robin schedule. 
 
Those two games left in the first round have emerged as colossal matchups in the conference and national scene, as West Texas A&M is ranked No. 7 and UT Permian Basin is ranked No. 11. This is the Lions' highest national ranking since ending the 2004-05 season ranked No. 5.
 
The Lions travel to Odessa on Thursday to take on No. 11 UT Permian Basin for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. Saturday will see the Lions travel to Canyon for the NCAA Division II National Showcase game against No. 7 West Texas A&M for a 4 p.m. tipoff. That game will be broadcast online on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN family of mobile apps. All Lion basketball games are broadcast on the Lion Sports Network, with KETR 88.9 FM as the flagship station, streaming online at KETR.org
 
NABC/Division II Rankings
(Jan. 16, 2018 – Poll No. 8)

   

Record

Points

Last

1.

West Liberty, W.Va. (15)

15-0

399

3

2.

Northwest Missouri State (1)

14-1

381

4

3.

Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.

15-1

370

5

4.

Queens, N.C.

16-1

339

1

5.

Ferris State, Mich.

18-1

330

7

6.

Bellarmine, Ky.

14-1

321

2

7.

West Texas A&M

16-1

311

8

8.

Northern State, S.D.

18-1

290

9

9.

Western Oregon

15-1

275

10

10.

A&M-Commerce

14-1

239

12

11.

UT Permian Basin

14-2

229

6

12.

Virginia State

15-1

226

13

13.

West Florida

15-1

215

15

14.

Morehouse, Ga.

14-0

180

20

15.

Findlay, Ohio

17-2

166

16

16.

Wheeling Jesuit, W.Va.

13-2

142

19

17.

Dallas Baptist, Texas

14-2

129

23

18.

West Chester, Pa.

14-1

119

17

19.

Barry, Fla.

11-3

103

11

20.

Claflin, S.C.

17-1

81

NR

21.

Valdosta State, Ga.

14-2

66

NR

22.

Christian Brothers, Tenn.

13-3

49

18

23.

Arkansas-Fort Smith

14-3

39

14

24.

Southern Nazarene, Okla.

12-1

37

NR

25.

William Jewell, Mo.

14-2

31

NR

                                                                                                                 
Others receiving votes: Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 24, Minot State (N.D.) 18, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 17, Western Washington 13, California Baptist 12, Kutztown (Pa.) 11, Cal Poly Pomona 10, Colorado School of Mines 10, Chaminade (Hawai'i) 7, Central Missouri 5, Bridgeport (Conn.) 3, Cal State San Marcos 3.

Dropped out: Fort Lewis (21), Colorado School of Mines (22), California Baptist (24), Cal Poly Pomona (25).
 
Records are through games of Jan.14, 2018.


 
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All Kilgore College campuses will be closed WEDNESDAY
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All Kilgore College campuses will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 17, due to dangerous driving conditions for our students and employees.​
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