Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: WACO--Tarleton State University will begin offering a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management (HRM) in the spring 2012 semester at the University Center at McLennan Community College (MCC) in Waco.
“Based on student demand, both the MCC and Tarleton administrators felt the new degree would be a good fit for MCC students prepared to transfer into a Tarleton business program,” said Lewis Snell, director of The University Center. “It will be a welcome addition.”
Tarleton’s bachelor’s degree in human resource management is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management as meeting its nationally recognized standards in the field. This program prepares students for national certifications offered through the Human Resource Certification Institute, an internationally recognized certifying organization for human resource professionals.
“Human resource professionals are involved in much areas of today’s global business environment,” said Rusty Freed, head of the Department of Management, Marketing and Administrative Systems at Tarleton. “There are successful career opportunities for students in various areas, including staffing and employee recruitment, compensation administration, training and development, employee and labor relations, and monitoring the legal aspects of human resources.”
“The addition of the BBA in Human Resource Management allows Tarleton to extend our reach further to students in the McLennan County area by providing an additional degree essential to building a strong local workforce,” said Kim Rynearson, Interim Associate Vice President for Outreach and Off-Campus Programs. “Not only does this new program benefit the students, it will also impact the community as graduates enter the workforce.”
The U.S. Department of Labor projects employment in the field of human resource management to grow 22 percent by 2018.
Tarleton began offering undergraduate business programs at the University Center at MCC in 2002. Since the beginning of the partnership, Tarleton has expanded programs in Waco to include degree programs in business, psychology, criminal justice, educational administration, counseling, agricultural services and development, social work, family and consumer science, and several teacher certification options.
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