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The Merriman Anderson/Architects-designed restaurant Fine China at The Statler in downtown Dallas was voted as Dallas’ most gorgeous restaurant of the year in the 2018 Eater Awards.

All 24 Eater cities and Eater.com recognizes the country’s finest culinary professionals and best restaurants each year in multiple categories. An editor’s choice winner is selected by the publication’s staff and readers then vote for a reader’s choice winner. The polls for Dallas’ Most Gorgeous Restaurant of the Year were open for 24 hours.

Fine China is an upscale modern Chinese restaurant located in downtown Dallas. The elegant design of Fine China features a mid-century modern design that is seen throughout The Statler and includes dark green velvet booths with colorful, floral wallpaper, a long communal-feel table with small group seating, a dark wood bar, and a wall with hanging tea cups.

The Statler consists of six restaurant venues, a 159-room Hilton Curio Collection Hotel, 219 luxury residences, rooftop pool deck, a 14,000 square-foot ballroom, and meeting spaces.

Merriman Anderson/Architects’ interior design work includes noteworthy projects such as The Statler, Cambria Downtown Dallas, and Thompson Dallas at THE DREVER. For more information, visit https://merriman-maa.com/.

 

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Texans Can Academy - Dallas Pleasant Grove and the Essilor Vision Foundation partnered to provide students with free eye exams and glasses earlier this month. Through the Kids Vision For Life program, an astounding 147 students at this campus received free exams and glasses in one day. This is the largest amount of free glasses to students the program has provided in a single day at any Texans Can Academy campus in the three years they have partnered together.

“Texans Can Academy - Dallas Pleasant Grove is thankful for the Kids Vision For Life program and all it has done to help the students,” said Texans Can Academy - Dallas Pleasant Grove Principal Mene Khepera. “Healthy vision is vital to a student advancing in their education and the students love being involved in the process by picking out their own glasses. Not only does the program improve the students’ vision by providing free glasses, but it also improves the students’ focus and motivation in the classroom.”

Kids Vision For Life has worked with Texans Can Academies for low-cost vision services since 2015. They provide direct vision services to students through mobile clinics and are able to make prescription glasses the same day as the on-site exam. Texans Can Academy absorbs the $50 fee per student for eyeglasses, frames and lenses, freeing students and their families of any financial responsibility.

Texans Can Academy - Dallas Pleasant Grove also partners with a low-cost vision clinic where qualified students can get glasses for just $10 a pair. In addition, each campus recently purchased a Plusoptix Vision Screener, which is a handheld device that takes less than a second to determine whether a student needs glasses or not. The new equipment will help staff at each campus test every incoming student for vision problems.

Since the partnership began, the Essilor Vision Foundation has contributed vision services to eight out of the 14 total Texans Can Academy campuses. Over 4,500 Texans Can Academies’ students have received free glasses through the program and during the 2018-19 school year-to-date, more than 400 of their students have received eye exams and new glasses.

Texans Can Academies welcome the Kids Vision For Life program to campuses as needed during each school year. The schools uphold the mission of providing students with solutions to any basic human need in order for all students to attain an education without any barriers. Many of the students who attend the schools experience barriers to their education such as poverty, little access to basic resources, early parenthood and more. Today, Texans Can has 14 campuses located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio and has impacted the lives of over 151,000 students. 

For more information about Essilor Vision Foundation or Kids Vision For Life, please visit www.evfusa.org. For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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Advisors pass out hams, turkeys and groceries to students in need

“The Whole Student is who we serve and love every day! Happy Thanksgiving!!” said Principal Rufus Johnson.

Texans Can Academies provide an educational route for youth and non-traditional students in need, who would otherwise not have the means to receive a proper high school education. Many of the students who attend the schools experience barriers to their education such as poverty, little access to basic resources, early parenthood and more. Today, Texans Can has 14 campuses located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio and has impacted the lives of over 151,000 students.  

For more information, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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Students are Visited by Dallas SnapChat Team

The Dallas Snapchat team joined students at the Texans Can Academy - Ross Avenue campus to speak to them about the importance of social media etiquette. Their timing was especially relevant because they visited on World Kindness Day.

Texans Can Academies provides an educational route for youth and non-traditional students in need, who would otherwise not have the means to receive a proper high school education. Many of the students who attend the schools experience barriers to their education such as poverty, little access to basic resources, early parenthood and more. Today, Texans Can has 14 campuses located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio and has impacted the lives of over 151,000 students.  

For more information, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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Texans Can Academy - Dallas Grant East CNA Program

Texans Can Academy - Dallas Grant East students attended their first classes for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program through Mountain View College to begin their nursing education.

At no cost to the students, the CNA program provides students with education in a state-of-the-art medical clinic environment. Students will be provided with lectures, skills lab and clinic experience. They will also receive hands-on experience and training throughout the seven-week program.

The program prepares students for a job as a CNA. CNAs provide basic patient care and typically work in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes or long-term facilities under the supervision of a registered nurse.

After completion of the program, students will take the state test to receive their CNA certification.

Texans Can Academies believe in providing the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. The schools emphasize college ready and workforce ready skills so that their graduates have successful plans after their graduation. Their mission is to help students earn their high school diplomas and assist with all of their needs to further college or career paths after graduation. For more information about Texans Can Academies, please visit www.texanscan.org.

 

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Texans Can Ross Ave - Dual Credit Students

Texans Can Academy – Garland is preparing for dual credit courses in conjunction with Richland College, one of the seven independently accredited colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. The courses began October 29, 2018. Students are taking the opportunity to earn high school and college credit in a series of Career and Technology courses such as Business English, Introduction to Keyboarding, Microsoft Office and others. 

“This is a new program for Texans Can Academy - Garland, but we look forward to this journey of ensuring our scholars have a pathway to college and career readiness,” says Texans Can Academy - Garland Principal Dr. Daniel Johnson. 

Richland College recently hosted a college orientation to help students with completing college enrollment forms. During the orientation, 41 Texans Can Academy – Garland students received college ID cards, toured the campus and participated in a community building activity. Most importantly, they got to envision their futures after high school graduation from high school.

By expanding their college and career-readiness courses offered to students, Texans Can Academies are expanding life opportunities for non-traditional students.

About Texans Can Academies

Celebrating 33 years of providing the highest quality education for all students, Texans Can schools are graduating thinkers.  Texans Can Academies are a unique network of 14 public schools in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.  The schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public high schools of choice serving students who have struggled in a traditional high school setting.  To date, more than 143,000 youth have been given a second chance at life with the opportunity to pursue their dreams.  Cars for Kids is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization benefiting Texans Can Academies and is the only car donation program in Texas that is operated by the charity it serves.  For more information, visit: www.texanscan.org or www.carsforkids.org.  

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At Texas Society of Architects’ 79th Annual Conference and Design Expo, Merriman Anderson/Architects’ (MAA) President and Founder Jerry Merriman, AIA, and Principal and Team Leader Aimee Sanborn, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, presented about how adaptive re-use and historic preservation benefits the community of Downtown Dallas. They presented alongside Kristian Teleki, MBA, Senior Vice President, Development at Matthews Southwest, Evan Sheets, a senior urban designer at the City of Dallas Office of Planning and Urban Design, and Dustin Bullard, ASLA, the Vice President of Public Space and Design for Downtown Dallas, Inc.

The 79th Annual Conference and Design Expo took place November 8-10 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Three keynote speakers, 100 continuing education sessions, more than 30 tours, 300 exhibitors and several parties took place. The event draws more than 3,000 industry professional each year and gives them the opportunity to network with colleagues and vendors, collect credits for licensure, and learn about new products and services in the industry.

The team discussed how historic preservation projects in Downtown Dallas have contributed to local culture, created tax base, and mended the urban fabric. Many historical buildings in downtown had been left abandoned, but over the last decade newly restored and emerging projects are bringing sustenance in the form of authentic historic experiences with retail, office, event centers, entertainment, hospitality, and multi-family. MAA has worked on dozens of notable historical projects in Downtown Dallas and will be speaking about The Statler, Old Dallas High School, THE DREVER, Tower Petroleum Cambria/Corrigan Tower, and LTV Tower.

 

 

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Three young women at Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff attended their first session of The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas’ Latinas in Progress (LIP) Education Series at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas.  

The LIP Education Series meets with the students on college campuses and teaches them about applying to college and college life, ways to improve their writing skills, how to be more assertive, the importance of civic participation, health and wellness tips, other important life skills, and college campus safety. The first of five sessions was on October 27, 2018 and instructed students about college life, the benefits of having a college degree and how having a degree can impact their future. The last session is a graduation celebration and will be held in May 2019.

“It’s important for our Latina youth to have positive role models and also exposure to the resources for college,” said Texans Can Academy - Dallas Oak Cliff adviser, Nidia Machuca. Nidia is a committed student adviser who volunteers to work with the students.

At the end of the LIP program, these students will be eligible for scholarships to assist with college.

For more information, please visit www.texanscan.org.

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Merriman Anderson/Architects (MAA) is proud to announce The Statler, for which MAA is the architect of record and interior designer on the project, won the Historic Hotels of America® New Member of the Year award at The 2018 Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner. The gala dinner took place at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Statler was inducted earlier this year as the 300th hotel into Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation which recognizes and celebrates the United States’ finest historic hotels.

Nominations for the different categories of awards are made from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, community leaders, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. Over 200 nominations were made to 17 award categories.

“The Statler will always be an iconic building in the Southwest,” said Merriman Anderson/Architects Principal and Team Leader Adam Jones. “We are grateful to have had the opportunity to help restore this historical building and allow the public to once again experience its significant architecture and design.”

The Statler, located in downtown Dallas, opened in 1956 as the largest hotel in the Southwest with 1,001 rooms. It soon became an icon of mid-20th century design with its innovative architecture features. In 2001, the hotel closed and remained vacant for the following 16 years. In 2015, MAA began the redesign work for the renovation and restoration of the building.

In 2017, The Statler opened as a multi-use project including The Statler Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton with 159 hotel rooms, The Statler Residences with 219 units, five unique food and beverage outlets, specialty retail outlets, 33,000 square-feet of meeting and event space, a 19th-floor rooftop pool and lounge, multi-use fitness center, and a bowling alley. A mid-century modern design is incorporated throughout the space.

The Statler is now owned and developed by Centurion American Development Group.

 

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A group of Texans Can Academy - Dallas Ross Avenue students arriving at the polls for early voting.

Texans Can Academies’ campuses recently held on-campus voter registration drives to help eligible students register to vote. To complete the voting experience, Texans Can Academy - Dallas Ross Avenue campus made it possible for their students to vote during the early voting period. The campus provided transportation for students requesting help to vote at the nearest poll location. When the students arrived, volunteers at the polls walked the first-time voters through the process of casting their first ballot.

“Excitement and enthusiasm were evident as our students headed towards their first voting experience. They were well prepared to make their own informed decisions to go through the voting process, and were ready to make their voices heard,” said Texans Can Academy - Dallas Ross Avenue Principal Rufus Johnson.

The voting process itself and the election site can be very intimidating to first-time voters. The school’s teachers assisted eligible students to register and educate the voters on the full election process. The school shared all candidate, proposition and other information that the students would find on their individual precinct ballots. They also went over polling site etiquette.

“We have encouraged our students as future good citizens to get involved in their community and country,” continued Principal Johnson. “In line with our mission to ‘Graduate Thinkers’ we encourage them to seek out information about candidates and issues from credible sources and decide what's important to them.”

Texans Can Academies provides an educational route for youth and non-traditional students in need, who would otherwise not have the means to receive a proper high school education. Many of the students who attend the schools experience barriers to their education such as poverty, little access to basic resources, early parenthood and more. Today, Texans Can has 14 campuses located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio and has impacted the lives of over 151,000 students. 

For more information, please visit www.texanscan.org.