Spieth Extends Lucrative Under Armour Deal

You'll be seeing more of this Under Armour golf apparel on Jordan Spieth in the upcoming years. (File photo) 0
You'll be seeing more of this Under Armour golf apparel on Jordan Spieth in the upcoming years. (File photo)

It’s good to be Jordan Spieth these days. Along with his recent success on the golf course, the former Jesuit standout and Preston Hollow native recently signed a 10-year extension to his endorsement deal with Under Armour.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the contract is that Spieth, 21, is consulting on the company’s first golf shoe, which is set for release this spring. He will wear only Under Armour gear during tournaments.

Spieth originally signed with Under Armour about two years ago, before he was on the fringe of stardom on the PGA Tour.


Ebby CEO to Moderate Economic Panel

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Mary Frances Burleson

Mary Frances Burleson

The present and future of the Dallas economy will be the topic of an economic outlook forum on Friday morning at the Cooper Hotel and Conference Center.

The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce is hosting the panel, which will be moderated by Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Companies.

Speakers will include Dr. Ted Jones, chief economist and senior vice president for Stewart Title, and Dr. Bernard Weinstein, associate director of the Maguire Energy Institute at SMU. Cost is $40 for chamber members and $60 for non-members, and you can register here.


ESD Sophomore Reels In Another Film Honor

ESD sophomore Cal Etcheverry will attend the All-American High School Film Festival in October in New York. (Courtesy photo) 0
ESD sophomore Cal Etcheverry will attend the All-American High School Film Festival in October in New York. (Courtesy photo)

ESD sophomore Cal Etcheverry has been chosen to screen his short film Everyday next month at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Calif.

Etcheverry, who lives in University Park, is no stranger to film festivals, having traveled to New York in October to show three of his films at the All-American High School Film Festival.

“This is a huge accomplishment for our program,” said ESD film teacher Bobby Weiss said on the school’s website. “Cal’s efforts to submit to film festivals has put him in a great position to win a lot of scholarships in the future. I am so glad to see that he has made such great leaps in his film career and is now getting recognition for all of his hard work.  I am very proud of him and his partners who worked on the films with him.”


Ursuline Alum Spends Term in Dominican

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Ursuline alumna Camille Mavelian is among a group of students from Austin College who will spend the January term in the Dominican Republic, at Iberoamerican University in the capital city of Santo Domingo.

Mavelian and her classmates will live with host families and immerse themselves in the culture, including food and music. They’ll also visit the country’s botanical garden and business district, along with many other sites that have Spanish names such as Punta Cana and Boca de Yuma.

Mavelian is a junior soccer player for the Roos who started all 21 games during the fall season and scored two goals.


New Classes Get Feet Tapping at ESD

Dance teacher Glen Dawson instructs ESD girls on their form and technique during class.  (Photo: Nicole Jacobsen) 0
Dance teacher Glen Dawson instructs ESD girls on their form and technique during class. (Photo: Nicole Jacobsen)

In its 40 years, Episcopal School of Dallas had never had a dance program.

That ended this fall, when the school’s fine art department hired a dance teacher and began to offer its students class credit in dance.

“It was just a huge gap in our fine-arts program,” said Dusty Davidson, chair of ESD’s fine-arts department. “It’s something we needed. I think it adds to all other aspects of the arts we have.”


Soup, Art Converge For a Good Cause

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Do you like soup? Do you like art? So do we. That makes the Stewpot Alliance annual Soup’s On! Luncheon just about perfect in our eyes.

The luncheon and art sale on Tuesday at the Omni Dallas will feature 12 local chefs serving up signature soups, and a sale of original paintings to boot. Country singer Jimmy Wayne will be the keynote speaker, with Susie Simon as the honorary chair. Anne Besser and Jackie Moore are luncheon chairs.

Proceeds will benefit The Stewpot, which provides food and social programs for the homeless, in its launch of the upcoming Encore Park project. Individual tickets start at $150, with sponsorships and tables also available. For information, call 214-382-5915.


Golden Rule Leads Jenkins Into Spotlight

Jenkins’ office, which sits in the same building as the Sixth Floor Museum, is full of mementos from his political career. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Jenkins’ office, which sits in the same building as the Sixth Floor Museum, is full of mementos from his political career. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Clay Jenkins believes in the golden rule. During his first term as Dallas County Judge, he saw both good and bad inside the county’s boundaries — with some challenges reaching far beyond them. With a second term secured, he knows there’s more to do.

Elected in 2010, he first faced a crisis with the impending closure of Parkland Memorial Hospital. Add in his decision to use aerial spraying to deter West Nile virus two years later, and Jenkins found himself in the middle of the spotlight.

“You’re trying to treat other people the way you want to be treated, but you’re put into situations that are different than you see in normal life,” he said. “You attack everything in a calm way. That sounds contradictory, because you do attack a problem and go as hard as you possibly can, but you do it in a calm and quiet way.”


Girl Scout Plants Good Works in Garden

Hockadaisy and Girl Scout Elizabeth Michel (in pink) spends time in the garden with West Dallas children. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Hockadaisy and Girl Scout Elizabeth Michel (in pink) spends time in the garden with West Dallas children. (Courtesy Photo)

“Elizabeth Michel is just an exceptional young woman, not only for the kids in West Dallas who see her as a role model, but for other students, who would see her kindness and see opportunity where they can go into areas like West Dallas and make a difference,” said Sarah Squires, the executive director at the Wesley-Rankin Community Center.

The glowing review of Hockaday senior Elizabeth Michel didn’t stop there.

The 18-year-old has made a mark on the lives of the adults and children with her efforts to teach children to garden at the community center.


Bush Center Partnership Yields Executive Experience For Parish Students

Parish’s AP U.S. History class creates its own resolutions in the “situation room” at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Parish’s AP U.S. History class creates its own resolutions in the “situation room” at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. (Courtesy Photo)

Not many high school students can say they’ve sat in a presidential “situation room,” but some students at Parish Episcopal School can check that off their lists.

That’s because Parish has been teaming with the George W. Bush Presidential Center to offer kids a chance to enhance their research and critical-thinking skills.

“We’re endeavoring just to make it as rich as possible, to try and have some level of partnership at each division: the lower school, the middle school, and the upper school,” Parish librarian Leigh Ann Jones said. “So there are a variety of projects that we have worked with them on.”