Posts by Dan Koller

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    • Dan was with Preston Hollow People from 2008-2014. Before that, he spent eight years at The Dallas Morning News.
  • St. Mark’s Photographer Stays Focused

    Sam Eichenwald's portrait of his mom, Theresa, was deemed the best student photo in Richardson's contest.

    Sam Eichenwald’s portrait of his mom, Theresa, was deemed the best student photo in Richardson’s contest.

    Sam Eichenwald

    Sam Eichenwald

    Even framed by the lofty standards of the St. Mark’s photography program, Sam Eichenwald’s achievements in a recent competition deserve notice.

    The sophomore entered 25 photos in the annual City of Richardson Photo Contest, and 21 of them were honored in the student division, including nine victories. He even swept first and second place in four categories: architecture (black and white), children (color), humor (color), and photojournalism (black and white).

    His first-place picture in that last category — of his mother, Theresa, looking out a window while undergoing chemotherapy — was named the best photo overall in the student division.

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    By Dan Koller May. 15, 2014 | 11:37 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • W.T. White’s 50th Anniversary is Coming Up

    W.T. White High School opened in 1965, so a committee is forming to plan next year’s 50th anniversary celebration. The first meeting will be at 6:30 on April 30 in the school’s library. Alumni, parents, and neighbors are all welcome.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 18, 2014 | 8:24 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • DISD Home-Rule Petition Still Needs Signatures

    If you’ve been wanting to sign the DISD home-rule petition but have never had a Support Our Public Schools person put a clipboard in your hands, today’s your lucky day. I’m told signatures will be gathered from 4 to 6 p.m. today and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Preston Royal Library. That’s right — they’re returning to the scene of this brouhaha.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 17, 2014 | 9:44 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Your Groceries Can Help a Good Cause Today

    Lisa Loeb is playing the Kessler on Thursday night. (Staff photo; Chris McGathey).

    Lisa Loeb is among the celebrities contributing art to the auction. (Photo: Chris McGathey).

    If you’re going to buy groceries today, I suggest you buy them at the Whole Foods Market in The Shops at Park Lane. The store is going to donate 5 percent of the day’s net sales to Dallas Challenge. Staff and volunteers from the nonprofit will be at Whole Foods from 10 to 7 to display pieces that will be sold April 25 during the fifth annual Art From the Heart Celebrity Art Auction & Benefit. (Among the celebrities contributing art to the cause are Preston Hollow residents Mark Cuban and David Feherty and Hockaday graduate Lisa Loeb.) And if all that weren’t enough, the Easter Bunny will be at the store between 11 and 3 to give out hugs.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 17, 2014 | 7:18 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Cambridge Announces Senior Tutorial Winner

    Elena Frattaroli defends her Senior Tutorial paper.

    Elena Frattaroli defends her Senior Tutorial paper.

    Congratulations to Preston Hollow resident Elena Frattaroli, winner of this year’s Cambridge School of Dallas Senior Tutorial competition with her paper, “Victor Hugo’s Waterloo: Focal Point of Les Miserables.”

    Senior Tutorial is the capstone of the curriculum at Cambridge and a requirement for graduation. Its purpose is to provide students with an occasion to study a topic in depth, write a rigorous academic paper on that topic, and present and defend the thesis of that paper publicly before an academic committee. This year’s other finalists were Maddy Chance (“Biological Weapons: Unjust and Morally Wrong”) and Parker Smith (“Law, Morality, and Human Flourishing”).

    The Senior Tutorial begins in the student’s junior year. A student selects an area of research, and faculty recommends books to read. Over the summer, students will read widely and deeply in their selected areas. At the beginning of their senior year, the students turn in annotated bibliographies and begin working individually with a faculty tutor to develop a substantive, defensible thesis statement. After much writing, additional research, rewriting, meetings with their faculty tutors, and some careful thinking along the way, the students turn in 15-page defenses of their theses.

    After the papers are submitted, the questioning process begins. The final drafts of the papers are sent to the semi-finalist judges. The judges read the tutorial papers, develop objections and questions, and give the students a chance to answer questions and objections publicly.

    Three students are chosen to go before a second academic committee in the finalist round, where an outside committee of distinguished judges selects the winner.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 16, 2014 | 11:28 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Ursuline Needs a New Soccer Coach

    The Ursuline soccer program, which has won 24 straight TAPPS state titles, will have a new home field next season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The Ursuline soccer program has won 24 straight TAPPS state titles. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    If you’d like to lead a girls soccer program that has won 24 consecutive state championships and has a new home field set to debut this fall, then you should know that Ursuline Academy is hiring. Allison Daus, a 2005 graduate of Ursuline who took over the program two years ago after three seasons as an assistant coach, has resigned to become the spokeswoman for Bishop Dunne.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 14, 2014 | 8:03 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Mastrogiovanni Gets Props From ESPN

    A year after facing opponents such as Sunset and W.T. White, Jordan Mastrogiovanni had his hands full with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    A year after facing Sunset and W.T. White, Jordan Mastrogiovanni had his hands full with the likes of Alabama.

    Jesuit graduate Jordan Mastrogiovanni was the subject of a glowing profile on this week that detailed how he stepped up to the big time as a freshman with the Texas A&M Aggies.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 11, 2014 | 4:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Laura Miller is Not Pleased With Lee Kleinman

    In case you missed it, Laura Miller has asked Jennifer Staubach Gates to replace Lee Kleinman as her proxy in the Transwestern affair. At one point yesterday afternoon, this little ditty was the lead story on the Dallas Morning News‘ website. Oddly, there’s no mention of it in today’s paper.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 11, 2014 | 10:28 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hodges Creates ‘Horse Sense’ Essay Contest

    Donald Hodges

    Don Hodges

    In an effort to promote his book of quotations, Horse Sense. Street Smarts., Preston Hollow resident Don Hodges has created an essay contest that is open to students nationwide.

    All contestants have to do is pick two of the book’s quotations that they find meaningful and explain why. Five winners will each receive a $1,000 prize to assist with college expenses. But one Dallas-area student will also get a paid internship with Hodges’ firm, Hodges Capital.

    “I believe today’s young adults could benefit by looking deeper into the meaning behind the quotes,” Hodges said. “Why not learn from the past experiences of the 775 individuals who are quoted in this book?”

    Students ages 18 to 22 may enter. The submission deadline is May 22.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 4, 2014 | 9:38 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • PH Pair Chair Luncheon For Planned Parenthood

    Debra Hunter-Johnson and Carmen Gross

    Debra Hunter Johnson and Carmen Gross

    Preston Hollow residents Carmen Gross and Debra Hunter Johnson are co-chairing the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Annual Awards Luncheon, which will feature U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe as the keynote speaker.

    When she was elected to represent Maine’s Second Congressional District in 1978 at the age of 31, Snowe was the youngest Republican in Congress and its first Greek-American. After 16 years in the House, she moved to the Senate, where she was well-known for her work on budget-deficit reduction, fiscal issues, health care, women’s issues, and foreign affairs.

    Snowe retired when her third Senate term ended in January 2013. She cited hyper-partisanship leading to a dysfunctional Congress as her reason for not seeking re-election. This year, she has authored a book, Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.

    Proceeds from Monday’s luncheon at the Hilton Anatole will directly support Planned Parenthood’s health-care and education services for women and families in North Texas.

    By Dan Koller Apr. 4, 2014 | 8:32 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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