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Monday, June 02, 2014

14th Annual Author’s Luncheon

14th Annual Author’s Luncheon

While he became a legend pitching on the mound, baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan came to Alvin Community College on May 28 to talk more about raising beef and his time in front of the grill.

Ryan was one of three speakers featured at the 14th annual ACC Foundation Author’s Luncheon.

Along with Ryan, the panel included Nolan Ryan Beef CEO Charlie Bradbury and the Texas Rangers’ executive chef Christobal Vasquez.

Ryan and Vasquez worked together to write The Nolan Ryan Beef & Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes from a Texas Kitchen, which was released in May.

When Ryan and Bradbury began marketing Nolan Ryan Beef, they many requests from customers about the best way to cook their product. The company sells grass-fed only beef to supermarkets and restaurants throughout the country.

“We wanted to give people a tool they could use for cooking,” Ryan said.

When Bradbury first met Ryan several years ago, he was surprised to learn how serious the baseball legend was about his cattle.

“We never even mentioned baseball the whole day,” Bradbury said.

The two set out to start their own beef company and they decided select quality beef that was certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“We have a very uniform product and I think that’s very unique,” Bradbury said.

While working for the Texas Rangers as President, Ryan met Vasquez, a native of Augascalientes, Mexico. Vasquez said he took some of his culinary influences from his home and used them in the dishes he created for the team’s menu.

The two began sharing the recipes with one another and were then inspired to write the book. Ryan and Vasquez both said the book has had a great reception from readers and it will be a good source for those wanting to improve their skills on the grill.

“I think this has been a really good thing,” Vasquez said.

The Author’s Luncheon is held every year to raise funds for ACC student scholarships, staff development and community enrichment programs. Past speakers include Barbara Bush, Dan Pastorini and Susan Baker.

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2/3/2015

February 3, 2015

Alvin Community College staff and students will travel to Austin for Community College Day at the Texas Legislature. Students will attend legislative sessions while also speaking with local legislators. For more information call 281-756-3500.
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2/7/2015

February 7, 2015

The Alvin Community Band will perform during the annual Big Band Concert on February 7 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 281-756-3600.
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2/14/2015

February 14, 2015

The Alvin Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will sponsor a dance on Valentine's Day to benefit the honors society. The event will be on February 14, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information call 281-756-3500.
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2/16/2015

February 16, 2015

Registration for the second, 8-week mini-semester in spring will open on February 16 and close on March 9. For more information call 281-756-3500 or visit www.alvincollege.edu/registration.
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2/17/2015

February 17, 2015

ACC President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht will discuss what's going on at the college and will take questions from students in the President's Forum on February 17, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. in C-227. For more information call 281-756-3686.
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2/20/2015

February 20, 2015

The Texas Community College Teachers Association will have its annual conference on February 20, 2015. There will be no day classes at ACC.
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2/26/2015

February 26, 2015

The Alvin Community College Board of Regents will have their monthly meeting on February 26, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information call 281-756-3500.
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3/6/2015

March 6, 2015

The deadline to apply for spring commencement will be on March 6, 2015. For more information call 281-756-3500.
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3/7/2015 - 3/14/2015

March 7-14, 2015

The Alvin Community College Drama Department will perform its spring musical, The Fantasticks, from March 7-14 at the Theatre. The musical is about a couple who fall in love, grow apart and then attempt to re-connect with each other. It is the world’s longest running musical. Performances are at 8 p.m. on March 7, 12-14. There will be a 2:30 p.m performance on March 8. For more information call 281-756-3606 or visit
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