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US Department of Education Awards $483,900 Title V Grant to SWAU
October 07, 2020

Southwestern Adventist University has been awarded a Title V grant by the US Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Over the next five years, SWAU will receive about $500,000 each year, for a total of just over $2.5 million, which will be used to improve student outcomes through “Pathways to Student Success.” SWAU is one of half a dozen schools in the DFW area to be selected as a recipient of this competitive grant. 

“In Texas, more than one in three individuals identify as Hispanic, and I am proud to support Hispanic-Serving Institutions and their contributions to our state’s growing Hispanic community,” said Senator John Cornyn (TX-R).  “Quality education and diverse environments benefit everyone, and especially during these tough times I applaud Dallas - Fort Worth area schools for their work to secure these grants to better serve their students.”

The university is proud to be a Hispanic Serving Institution, with 48 percent of the student body being of a Hispanic or Latino background. The initiatives made possible through the funds from this grant will benefit not only its Hispanic population but the entire student body as well. 

Thanks to “Pathways to Student Success”, the Office of Student Success has been created to serve as a space where students can seek guidance and learn skills that will prepare them for life after college. This office will collaborate with the Center for Academic Success and Advising, also known as CASA, as they oversee the grant’s four elements: first-year experience, academic and career guidance, and internships. 

"As a result of receiving this grant and implementing these four components, the goal is simple: improve the lives of students by providing wrap-around services that complement their eduaction, encourage retention and increase graduation rates, said Dr. Ken Shaw, SWAU president. "We are most grateful for theses funds and what they will mean to our current and future students."

With funding going into effect Oct. 1, the Office of Student Success has been formed and a leadership team is in place. Furthermore, an oversight committee will be formed to support this office and its efforts to improve student success. 

Ribbon cutting ceremony held at Keene Dental
September 01, 2020

Keene Dental is the newest member of the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

A membership plaque was presented to Dr. Mona Agarwal at the Aug. 27 luncheon, after which a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new office, 115 S. Old Betsy Road next to Dollar General.

Keene Dental (817-645-0053) has a modern office where medicaid and CHIP is accepted. 

In the photo below, Dr. Rohit Narayan cuts the ribbon while staff associates look on. Holding the ribbon are Paul Gnadt, left, and Dean Waterman of the Keene Chamber. 

Keene parade and fireworks ARE CANCELED
July 01, 2020

The 31st annual Keene Independence Day Parade, originally scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday, July 5, followed by a fireworks show, ARE CANCELED.  

The decision to cancel was made because of concern for public safety during COVID-19. 

Thank you for understanding that the health and well being of you and your loved ones leads any parade of concerns.

We look forward to the 25th annual Keene Christmas Light Parade & Fireworks Show at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. 

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Keene offers visitors and residents the charm and warm hospitality of small-town life at its best combined with easily available modern conveniences and amenities. Located 30 minutes south of Fort Worth, Keene has it all: a mild four-season climate, recreational opportunities, a large University, award-winning schools, myriad of cultural and social activities, affordable cost-of-living, and a thriving and prosperous business community.

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