BUSINESS  NOTES: Industry  News  From  Across  East  Texas

Published on Sunday, 1 December 2013 22:14 - Written by Staff Reports


The University of Texas at Tyler is one of the leading four-year public universities in the nation for student veterans. The Military Times, an independent publication, set out to find the best schools for students veterans among two-year, four-year and online institutions, while placing a new emphasis on academic rigor. In the 2014 results, UT Tyler ranked sixth out of all four-year public Texas institutions, besting UT Arlington and UT Austin. For the complete list, visit



Lorri Loggins, Jason Gregory and Edward Moore of the Greater Tyler Association of Realtors joined Realtors from across the country to meet with industry experts, lawmakers and federal officials at the 2013 Realtors Conference and Expo. The Greater Tyler Association of Realtors also was appointed as the Ambassador Association to Argentina by the National Association of Realtors. During the week, Realtors advocated solutions for important issues facing home buyers, sellers and investors.


Simply Mac, Tyler’s premier Apple retailer and service provider, will be donating a portion of all computer sales to Mother Frances Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 31. For each computer sold, $5 will benefit local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In addition, customers will have the opportunity to purchase Miracle Balloons by matching Simply Mac’s $5 donation. As a thank you for each donation, patrons will receive a coupon for $10 off their next purchase of an accessory or $10 off their next trade-in.



Mentoring Minds, has announced that Shad A. Madsen has joined the organization as its new chief financial officer. Madsen earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. After serving in the Army, where he was an officer, Madsen worked at Boeing and Sabre Holdings.



The Tyler Fire Department has begun its annual toy drive in partnership with the Salvation Army “Toys For Tots.” Toys can be dropped of at any of the following locations through Dec 13: any Tyler fire station, all Tyler Whataburgers and Prestige Estates Nursing Home. To locate your nearest fire station, go to, scroll over the blue “About Us” tab and select “Find a Fire Station.” When children drop off the toys at their local fire station they can get a tour of a real fire truck.



East Texas Baptist University will hold Shadow Day on Thursday and Friday for high school seniors and college transfer students. Shadow Day allows prospective students to spend the night in the dorm, socialize with current students, and visit with professors at breakfast and by attending classes.  High School seniors or college transfer students must pre-register. There is a $20 nonrefundable fee required although if a student submits their application for admission and financial aid during their visit the fee will be waived. For more information, or to register, go to or call 1-800-804-ETBU (3828).



Brookshire Grocery Co.stores throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas have begun the 32nd Annual Spirit of Christmas Food Drive. Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores will collect donations of nonperishable food items and team up with a wide range of service organizations, food pantries and other volunteer groups to distribute food to families who need assistance. Brookshires will donate boxes of nonperishable food items, as well as a coupon for a free roasting hen, to accompany each box of food distributed. The food drive will last until Dec. 18 in the Tyler area. For more details visit your local store.