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State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) and his wife Nickie visit with Patricia Snook and Wendy Ross during a meet and greet at the Polk County Chamber of Commerce Tuesday. Ashby will represent Polk County in the Texas Legislature following the newly-drawn House and Senate districts recently signed into law following the decennial redistricting. Polk will now be in House District 9, along with Tyler, Trinity, Houston, Angelina and San Augustine counties. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

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SHSU to be featured on ‘The College Tour’ show

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sam houston state logoFrom Enterprise Staff

The large number of Polk Countians who are alumni of Sam Houston State University should be pleased to hear that their alma mater is one of the latest colleges to be spotlighted on “The College Tour,” an Amazon Prime television series created by Emmy-nominated and multi-award-winning producers. The university is featured in season 2, which airs on Amazon Prime and Roku.

In the episode, viewers visit historic Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and meet 10 students from diverse backgrounds, sharing their personal college experience at Sam Houston State. Between academics, research opportunities, student life, athletics and making life-long connections as Bearkats, these students show what it’s like to be a part of a close-knit campus community.

“It’s a unique way to reach prospective students through digital mediums – something that current Gen Z’ers have come to expect. And, since the pandemic, traditional campus visits as we know them have changed to include virtual options. This series gives students, and their parents, the best of both worlds,” Leah Mulligan, associate vice president for enrollment success, said.

The series is the brainchild of host Alex Boylan, who was part of the winning team on the second season of the reality TV show “The Amazing Race.” With each episode of “The College Tour,” Boylan takes viewers on campus to show what daily life is really like, told through the voices of actual students.

“Being a part of this was a great experience and opportunity to not only remember, but also showcase why I first fell in love with Sam Houston,” Erin Griffin, an education major, said. “It also provides prospective students with an opportunity to envision themselves here at SHSU and see themselves through me and other fellow Bearkats. We made it to Sam Houston despite any struggles we faced, and they can too.”

The idea for the show came to Boylan after college visit discussions with his 16-year-old niece, who wanted to tour various colleges all over the U.S. Due to the pandemic and the cost of travel, she wasn’t able to, so Boylan and his team used their production skills and talent to bring universities directly to students.

“This has been incredibly fun to produce and has become wildly successful by highlighting so many unique factors that make up the total college experience,” Boylan said.

Ryan Gutierrez, a doctoral student in the university’s nationally recognized forensic science program added, “It was fun working together with ‘The College Tour’ to tell my story. Hopefully prospective students can see all the great things we have to offer and consider joining the Bearkat family!”

For more information about “The College Tour” – Sam Houston State University, visit: shsu.edu/thecollegetour.

Prospective college students and their families can stream “The College Tour” episodes for free on TV platforms around the world, including: Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV and on smart TVs from manufactures including LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Phillips, Sharp and other TCL Android-driven smart TVs.

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Seals & Crofts 2 to perform

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SealsCrofts2From Enterprise Staff

Livingston Community Concerts will present Seals & Crofts 2, where members will experience the music of 70’s rock duo Seals and Crofts in a whole new way. The concert is slated for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Polk County Commerce Center, located at 1017 U.S. 59 Loop North in Livingston.

Memberships in the Livingston Community Concert Association may be purchased for as little as $50 per person and family rates are also available. Membership will allow one to attend all concerts per season.

For additional information go to www.livingstoncommunityconcert.org or contact Sally Frasier at 936-967-0219.

Community Concert members will enjoy the hits “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl,” and “We May Never Pass This Way (Again),” as Seals and Crofts 2 recreate those hits “artfully re-imagined with a reverent nod to the past.” Seals & Crofts 2 consists of Brady Seals, a cousin to James “Jim” Seals, and Lua Crofts, the daughter of Darrell “Dash” Crofts.

Brady Seals is related to multiple music industry icons including Jimmy Seals of Seals and Crofts and Dan Seals of England Dan & John Ford Coley. Over the course of his career, Brady has sold over 11 million albums and is probably best known for his tenure in the 1990s as keyboardist and co-lead singer in the Grammy-nominated group Little Texas. He co-wrote three consecutive number one songs for the band “What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas,” and “My Love,” winning him ASCAP’s Triple Play award.

Seals pursued a solo career in 1996, collaborating with Rodney Crowell to co-produce his Warner Brothers album, The Truth. That album featured a duet with Wynonna Judd. A self-titled CD followed in 1998 with guest appearances by Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Timothy B. Schmidt of Eagles fame, Bela Fleck and Max Carl from .38 Special.

Seals returned to his band roots and formed Hot Apple Pie in 2002. The band quickly made history when they became the highest-selling debut country group in the Neilson

Soundscan era. Recently he has founded a songwriter show “Music City Pickers LIVE!” featuring artists including Ricky Skaggs, Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, Richie McDonald of Lonestar and Peter Frampton.

Vocalist Lua Crofts has roots with 70s rock legends. She is the daughter of Dash Crofts of the 1970s duo Seals & Crofts. Hailing from Los Angeles, center of the rock industry, by age 7 she accompanied both her parents on a song which would later be featured on a children’s album. She became “… an in-demand session singer throughout the 90s and early 2000s in the Los Angeles area, singing background vocals on many popular R&B albums for artists …” She toured with Brady Seals for his ’97 solo album tour, “The Truth” and during that tour, Lua and Brady began working together musically.

She currently resides in Nashville Tennessee with her husband and children. She continues to do studio session work and both sings and tours with the popular Nashville Gospel Choir, Eric Dozier and Friends.

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