Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal kicks off A&M-Commerce Mini-Speaker Series in Downtown

Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal kicks off A&M-Commerce Mini-Speaker Series in Downtown

By Sara Wray

DALLAS, TX— The Universities Center at Dallas and Texas A&M University-Commerce will kick off their Mini-Speaker Series on March 2 with Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal. The Mini-Speaker Series will feature a line-up of speakers covering intellectual, relevant and intriguing topics of today.

An alumnus of A&M-Commerce, O’Neal is currently serving his second term as State Historian of Texas. He has written over 40 books, as well as 300 articles and book reviews. He has also appeared on TV documentaries on TBS, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, CMT, A&E, and currently the series “Gunslingers” on the American Heroes Channel. He has earned multiple awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Wild West History Association in 2012, the A.C. Greene Distinguished Author Award of 2015, a Piper Professorship in 2000 from his time teaching at Panola College, in addition to being named True West Magazine’s Best living Nonfiction Writer. In 2013, A&M-Commerce awarded O’Neal with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

“I am delighted and honored to inaugurate the A&M-Commerce Mini Speaker Series on the 180th Anniversary of Texas Independence Day!” said O’Neal.

At the event, O’Neal will premiere his latest book, “Sam Houston, A Study in Leadership.” Sam Houston was a general of the victory at San Jacinto, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and the only man to have served as governor for two states, Texas and Tennessee. Though Houston is a Texas icon, he lived a wild and controversial life filled with drama, conflict, and outstanding achievements.

“Sam Houston was a larger-than-life hero, whose story radiates incredible courage and passion and accomplishment,” said O’Neal.

The event will take place March 2 at 1910 Pacific Place, Dallas, Texas on the third floor. A complimentary buffet lunch provided by A&M-Commerce will be available at 11:45 a.m. with O’Neal’s speech at 12:15 p.m. There will be a book signing at 12:45 p.m. The public is cordially invited.


About Texas A&M University-Commerce: Founded in 1889, Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of The Texas A&M University System.  Located in Northeast Texas, A&M-Commerce is home to more than 12,000 students, four academic colleges, a thriving graduate school, and more than 140 degree programs.  As the region’s focal point of higher education, A&M-Commerce offers students facilities ranging from the world-class Keith D. McFarland Science Building and University Planetarium to the Sam Rayburn Student Center, to a fully equipped recreational facility and music hall.  The university also has convenient locations in Corsicana, downtown Dallas, Midlothian, McKinney, Mesquite and Rockwall.

About the A&M System: The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 137,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, externally funded research expenditures exceed $932 million and help drive the state’s economy.​


Fashion Fix: Euro Meets Urban at Upscale Dallas Boutique

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DALLAS- Three years ago when Princess Pope moved from California to Dallas she had one vision in mind.

“I was like we need to do a men and women`s boutique, so I came up with the perfect analogy:  guns being for the men and roses for the women,” Princess explained.

Guns &  Roses Boutique located in the heart of Downtown Dallas is a unisex clothing store catering to the creative and cutting edge in fashion. It’s what Princess calls “a little bit of Euro-Parisian twist mixed with a rock-star flare.” But, in her palace everyone is made to feel like a king or queen.

The upscale shop offers a masculine yet sophisticated touch for the gents and sassy but daring pieces for the ladies. Not only are customers coming in to shop from a selection of exclusive fashions but they’re also getting schooled on what’s hot and what’s not.

“We like to give you product knowledge so we teach you about your body type, teach you what looks good to you, teach you what`s the new fashion trend, ” she added.

Princess also makes it a point to attend the the latest trade shows from around the world just so she can keep her clients in the latest trends. The boutique currently carries labels such as D9-Reserve, EnNoir, and Chloe.

“It`s exciting because I`m always out there looking for the next hottest trend or creating a trend so, it`s my job to keep you ahead of time and I do that by traveling the world,” she explained.

Guns & Roses has also earned a fair share of bragging rights. Some of the hottest celebrities in the game have come through the boutique to show her some love. Big Sean was one of the first to christen the quarters, followed by  Lil’ Romeo, Chrissette Michelle and Angela Simmons.








“We want them to feel like Dallas is booming and usually if they stop here at Guns & Roses Boutique we`re able to pull that off,” Princess added.

But that’s not all Guns & Roses has in store for the fashion saavy. The staff is trained to style as well as serve. While you shop,  you can also enjoy a full bar, a DJ spinning the latest tunes, and the customer favorite– a massage chair.

So, if you’re in need of Euro-luxe meets urban street … Guns and Roses Boutique just might be your next Fashion Fix.