Introduction to the University

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Overview of Texas A&M University-Commerce Main Campus and Instructional Sites

Texas A&M University-Commerce offers courses at its main campus in Commerce and at multiple instruction sites in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Northeast Texas area. Off-campus instructional sites offering graduate courses include the Mesquite Metroplex Center, Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney, A&M-Commerce at Frisco (Collin College – Preston Ridge), Navarro College Partnership in Corsicana, and A&M-Commerce at Dallas. This catalog serves the graduate student population of both the main campus and all five off-campus sites.

In addition to classes that are taught in the traditional classroom setting on the Commerce campus and at off-campus sites, a large array of graduate courses are offered via telecommunications and by internet-based instruction.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Hwy 50, Commerce, Texas

Texas A&M University-Commerce covers 2,081 acres of land in and near Commerce. The University is located eight blocks southwest of Commerce’s business center, and has a book value in excess of $218 million. The town of Commerce has a population of 8,650 and is located 65 miles northeast of Dallas, one of the world’s leading metropolitan areas. Surrounding the Commerce campus are several recreational lake areas. Commerce is in Hunt County, and Greenville, the county seat, has a population of more than 25,000 and is located just 14 miles west of Commerce.

A&M-Commerce at Frisco

9700 Wade Boulevard, University Hall 105, Frisco TX 75035

Texas A&M University-Commerce and Collin College have partnered to bring university classes to the citizens in and around the fast-growing city of Frisco at Collin’s Preston Ridge Campus. Students are able to choose from four undergraduate programs; BS Agribusiness, BSW Social Work, BBA General Business, and BBA Business Analytics.  A&M-Commerce at Frisco also offers a Master's of Science (MS) in Business Analytics.  Take the next step towards earning an accredited bachelor's or master's degree by contacting the Frisco administration office at (972) 377-1665 or email

Collin Higher Education Center

3452 Spur 399, McKinney, Texas 75069

Texas A&M University-Commerce has partnered with Collin College to provide undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney.  CHEC is a great alternative for students that live in the Collin County area and want an education from Texas A&M University-Commerce minutes from their home.

Students who have already earned an Associate's degree or have a substantial number of college academic credit hours are able to complete their baccalaureate and graduate degrees offered at CHEC.  A&M-Commerce offers four undergraduate degree programs, BA/BS Education in Education (EC-6 with Teacher Certification), BS in Sport and Recreation Management, BA/BS in Human Services, BS in Psychology, and three graduate degrees, a MED/MS in Counseling, MED/MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Masters of Social Work (MSW).  CHEC also offers a Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision.  For additional information regarding the location of programs, please contact Texas A&M-Commerce at the Collin Higher Education Center at 972-599-3122 or email at

Mesquite Metroplex Center

3819 Towne Crossing Blvd., Mesquite, TX 75150

The Mesquite Metroplex is conveniently located between I-30, LBJ 635 and Hwy 80 in Mesquite, approximately 2.5 miles east of Dallas College Eastfield Campus. This facility consists of 7 traditional classrooms, 2 interactive video (ITV) rooms, a computer lab, study area, library, conference room and faculty/staff offices. Degree programs available at this center are master's degrees in Curriculum & Instruction (MED/MS, Secondary Education (MED/MS), Special Education (MED/MS) The Art of Teaching (MED), Higher Education (MS), Counseling (MED), Early Childhood Education (MED/MS), Reading (MA/MED/MS), Applied Linguistics (MS), Mathematics (MS), School Psychology (SSP), and Social Work (MSW).  Undergraduate programs include a BSW in Social Work (upper level courses), a BA in Spanish and a BA/BS in Education (Early Childhood-6th Grade Generalist).  Also available are courses toward a doctoral degree in Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction (EDD) and an 18 semester credit hour graduate certificate in Teaching History.  to learn more about degree programs at the Mesquite Metroplex Center contact us at 972-613-7591 or email

Navarro College - Partnership Corsicana

3200 W. 7th Ave., Corsicana, Texas

The A&M-Commerce-Navarro College Partnership - Corsicana offers a bachelor’s degree in Education (BA/BS) with a concentration in EC-6 available for students pursuing a career in teaching. Students may also earn bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Computer Information Systems. Graduate programs in Special Education (MED/MS) and Mathematics (MS) are also offered at this location. Advising for various online degrees, including a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Liberal Arts is also available at the Corsicana location. Contact the Navarro Partnership location in Corsicana at 903-875-7617 or email

A&M-Commerce at Dallas

8750 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75231

A&M-Commerce at Dallas conveniently offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs from Texas A&M University-Commerce in the heart of Dallas. Undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication with an emphasis in the following: Art Direction, Design Communication or New Media.  Graduate programs include the MA/MFA in Art with emphasis in Visual Communication, MSA in Accounting, MED in the Art of Teaching, MS in Higher Education, MBA in Business Administration, MS Management and the MSF in Finance. Also offered at this location is the 18 semester credit hours graduate certificate in Teaching History. For additional information contact A&M-Commerce at Dallas at 214-954-3600 or email

International Studies Program

Texas A&M University-Commerce promotes a number of international studies programs as part of its globalization strategy. Students have the opportunity to participate in the British Studies Program (London), Spanish Culture and Language in Spain (Madrid or Valladolid), and Global Business (China).  Other programs are available in Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Russia, South Africa, and Spain. For information on these and other international studies programs, contact the Director of International Programs at 903-886-6034.

Our History

Texas A&M University-Commerce began as East Texas Normal College in 1889 when founder William Leonidas Mayo opened the doors to a one-building campus in Cooper. After the original campus was destroyed by fire in 1894, Mayo moved the college 16 miles to Commerce, Texas to take advantage of westward railroad lines to Dallas and other parts of the state. His creed, which continues today, was “ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought and unselfish service to others." The State of Texas took over the campus in 1917 and the name was changed to East Texas State Normal College. In 1923, the school was renamed East Texas State Teachers College. The graduate program was added in 1935, and in 1957 the Legislature, recognizing that the purpose of the institution had broadened from teacher education, changed the name to East Texas State College. Following the inauguration of the first doctoral program in 1962, the name was changed once more to East Texas State University in 1965. The name changed to Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1996, when the university joined the Texas A&M system.  Today, the University meets the undergraduate, graduate, and professional needs of the citizens of Northeast Texas and beyond through its main campus in Commerce, various off-campus instructional sites, and state-of-the-art distance learning. Its mission is achieved through teaching, scholarship and service activities on its campuses, and in the community and region.

For the past 20 years the University has grown both in stature and student population, expanding its foundations to include agriculture, engineering, music, nursing, and competency based education programs.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system. Since being created by the Texas Legislature in 1965, the Board has worked to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's mission is to work closely with policymakers and education stakeholders to develop and implement a higher education framework focused on initiatives to:

  • Dramatically increase the number of postsecondary completions;
  • Keep college affordable and accessible for all Texans; and
  • Align higher education outcomes with current and future workforce needs.


Our Vision

Texas A&M University-Commerce, as part of the A&M family of universities, will become the university of choice for all those seeking a higher education in the Northeast Texas region and beyond. It will provide traditional and non-traditional learning opportunities through existing and new programs that set high expectations and goals for students, faculty, and staff. The University will provide a sense of community through a nurturing environment for all individuals in order to maximize learning, career, and personal development. A&M-Commerce will become a place where students, faculty, staff, and community are engaged in the pursuit of excellence.

Our Mission

Texas A&M University-Commerce provides a personal, accessible, and affordable educational experience for a diverse community of learners. We engage in creative discovery and dissemination of knowledge and ideas for service, leadership, and innovation in an interconnected and dynamic world.

Our Programs

Texas A&M University-Commerce offers graduate programs in 24 academic departments with more than 40 major areas of study. Six departments offer six doctoral degrees.

Graduate degrees now offered by A&M-Commerce are:

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Social Work
  • Specialist
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy

The Graduate School is a component of the Academic Affairs division of the University. The other components are the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts, the College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services.

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources includes the department of Agricultural Sciences.

The College of Science and Engineering includes the departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Systems, Engineering and Technology, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy.

The College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts includes the departments of Art, History, Literature and Languages, Music, Political Science, Sociology and Criminal Justice and Theatre.

The College of Business includes the departments of Accounting and Finance, Management and Economics, and Marketing and Business Analytics.

The College of Education and Human Services includes the departments of Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Higher Education and Learning Technologies, Psychology and Special Education, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the School of Social Work.

Cooperative Alliance - Among Universities

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is an interstate agreement for sharing academic programs through an exchange of students across state lines. Students have access to selected programs not offered in their home states without having to pay nonresident tuition charges. Each of the participating states has designated a state coordinator for the program. In addition, each institution that has one or more academic programs in the ACM has named an institutional coordinator as contact person for that institution. The application can be found online at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website.  Contact the Office of Academic Technology for additional information.

Federation of North Texas Area Universities

The Federation of North Texas Area Universities, created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, is a consortium composed of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, and the University of North Texas. The Federation is designed to strengthen the resources of higher education in north central Texas through inter-institutional cooperation in graduate research and instruction. To this end, the Federation universities offer joint educational opportunities to their students in numerous program areas with some universities authorized to grant degrees and others authorized to provide support services for the degree programs. The following degrees are awarded through the Federation of North Texas Area Universities:

  • MFA in art
  • MS in computer science
  • MA, MS, MEd in reading
  • MS, MEd in early childhood education

A student who wishes to enroll in one of the above programs should submit an application to the Graduate School of A&M Commerce.

The Texas A&M University System and The University of Texas System

A cooperative arrangement between The University of Texas System and The Texas A&M University System allows graduate students at one institution to use unique facilities or courses at other institutions with little paperwork. The graduate student registers and pays tuition and fees at the home institution and may retain any fellowship or financial assistance awarded by it. Space must be readily available, and the instructor or laboratory director of the proposed work must consent to the arrangement. In addition, approval must be given by the graduate dean of each institution.

Campus Facilities

Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries

Velma K. Waters Library


Located in the center of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus, the Velma K. Waters Library (main campus) occupies five floors and 120,853 square feet of the library building.  The library has 495 seats and users have access to 29 study rooms and 122 networked desktop computers.  The library provides 72 laptops available for student checkout, multimedia equipment, 2 KIC scanners, and 3 black/white and color copy machines.  An ATM and an account management kiosk for university Lion Cards are also located in the library.  

In addition to housing the physical collections, the library also provides space to the Academic Success Center, Student Disability Services, Office of Career Development, College of Innovation and Design, Assistive Technology Lab, Starbucks for the university community. The total square footage of the space partners is 14,040 sq. ft.  The library is open a total of 111 hours, 7 days a week.  During final exams week, the library provides additional extended hours by staying open 24 hours a day.


The library offers a variety of instructional services aimed at teaching users how to find, select and evaluate appropriate print and electronic resources, develop effective search strategies, correctly cite sources to avoid plagiarism, and recognize the social implications of information, as it pertains to information and copyright literacy.  Librarians are available for individual and group consultations by phone, email, chat, in-person, and video conferencing.  Librarians regularly provide course specific instruction sessions and online guides (LibGuides) for the campus and remote instruction sites.  Librarians are available during all operating hours and monitor the virtual help desk on weekends and during holidays.  Appointments may also be scheduled with individual librarians for one-on-one research assistance.  In addition, a team of systems librarians are available to provide advanced technical support to all library patrons during operating hours in-person, via phone and email.   Further, each college and academic department has a librarian designated as a departmental liaison to assist faculty in building collections to support their instructional and research needs.  Faculty and student requests for new materials may be placed via the department liaison or through an online request form. 


The library’s collection includes over 304,000 print books, 255,000 print serials, 100,000 online journals, 938,685 eBooks, and 294 research databases. 


Access to the print collection, including course reserves, is available during operating hours.  Faculty, staff, and students may check out library materials using their A&M-Commerce campus ID.  The Library’s electronic resources are available on a 24/7 basis from anywhere in the world to all A&M-Commerce faculty, staff, and students.  All students enrolled in classes of all delivery methods and at any off-campus instructional site are able to access the Library’s extensive collection of online materials, including e-Books, journals, and research databases 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.  Access is provided via the Library’s website at

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

In support of undergraduate and graduate programs, the library offers interlibrary loan services, which provides users with access to books, journals, and articles not available in the collection, from other libraries throughout the United States.  Document delivery services provide free electronic delivery of articles and book chapters from the Library’s print collection to A&M-Commerce faculty, staff, and students.  Books and other library materials can also be delivered to the home address of members of the university community.  Materials are shipped via USPS and include a return-address and pre-paid postage. Eligible users must complete an online form for materials they wish to request via interlibrary loan and document delivery. 


A TexShare Card provides A&M-Commerce faculty, students, and staff with access to print collections at public and academic libraries in Texas, as supplementary resources to the Library collection.  The Library also participates in the Texas A&M University System Libraries, Greater Western Library Alliance, and TexShare consortia to negotiate research database purchases, increasing access to informational resources.     

Additional information is available at the department's website: or by calling 903-886-5718. 

Center for IT Excellence (CITE) Support Services

The CITE Support Center is located in the Business Administration Building in room number 156.  The CITE Support Center provides end-user support for hardware and software issues for computers, Macs, network printer setups, telecommunications; ethernet, on-campus wireless access, myLeo portal, LEOmail, and access account management. CITE also provides software information/opportunities for personal devices (limited).

The mission of CITE Support Services is to become a value-centric organization that provides the highest level of service while focusing on continuous process improvement and knowledge transfer.  CITE seeks to establish trust with customers through professionalism, high quality customer service and a commitment to partnership and collaboration.  The CITE Support Center may be reached via email at and by calling the 24/7 helpdesk at 903-468-6000.  The helpdesk observes University holidays.

The Office of Alumni Engagement

Alumni Relations provides administrative support for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Association, as well as special services to alumni and student groups. The Alumni Center serves as the focal point of alumni activities on campus.  The brick garden located at the Alumni Center provides alumni and friends to an opportunity to leave a visual lasting legacy for themselves and loved ones.

Alumni Engagement plans and executes alumni events such as class and organization reunions, homecoming weekend, alumni speaking engagement with students, alumni chapter activities, tailgating, alumni awards and recognition, alumni-funded scholarships, alumni ambassadors, distinguished alumni and other programs. Additionally, the department works to keep alumni informed with the latest university updates via social media and virtual networking.  For further information call 903-886-5765.

The Campus: Administration Building

The Offices of the President, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Finance & Administration, Vice President for Philanthropy and Engagement, Vice President for Inclusion, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, are housed on the second floor of the McDowell Administration Building. The Offices of the Graduate School, Center for IT Excellence, Chief Information Officer, Procurement Services, Contract Administration, Bursar, and Financial Services are located on the ground floor. The Office of Philanthropy Operations is on the third floor. The College of Business is located in the eastern portion of the building.

The Campus: Student Services Building

Built in 1970, the three-story D. Whitney Halladay Student Services Building houses the Auxiliary Services and Mane Card Office, the Offices of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Counseling Center, Residential Living & Learning, and TRIO Programs.

Rayburn Student Center (RSC)

The Rayburn Student Center provides programs, activities, and facilities for the campus community to gather, connect, and engage.  The Rayburn Student Center features 120,000 square feet of modern meeting rooms, a food court, Chick Fil A, cafeteria, University Bookstore, Student Club, graphic design and campus marketing services, informal lounges, patios, and ATM. 

The student center is located on the corner of Neal and Stonewall Streets right across from the McFarland Science Center.

Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement is the center of your college experience.  We can help you make the most of your TAMUC experience through student organizations, campus activities, fraternity and sorority life and special events and Programs.

Campus Activities Board

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Campus Activities Board strives to provide a diverse range of student-led entertainment and events to the university community.  Our Programs complement, cultivate, unify, and contribute to the efforts of Texas A&M University-Commerce. We remain true to our founder William L. Mayo's creed of "ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others." Join us on the 2nd floor of the Rayburn Student Center to learn about the fun events we host throughout the year

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Fraternities and Sororities are an integral part of the Lion student experience.  Making up roughly 10% of the student population with close to 500 members across four councils, members of our fraternities and sororities strive to uphold the values of academic excellence, campus involvement, philanthropy, brotherhood and sisterhood, and of course, Lion spirit.  Visit our offices on the 2nd floor the Rayburn Student Center to learn more about our chapters that are individually unique and together create a united community.

Student Government Association and Student Organization Suite

The Student Government Association (SGA) of Texas A&M University-Commerce is the official student governing body of the institution.  The Student Government Association serves and represents all of the students enrolled at the University as the voice of the student body to faculty and administration.  Visit the Student Government office on the 1st floor of the Rayburn Student Center.

Student Organizations

The University offers over 140 student organizations ranging in students' interests and needs.  ManeSync is our hub for student organizations; students can search for organizations by keyword or interest.  If you want to start an organization, stop by our suite office on the 2nd floor of the Rayburn Student Center to learn more about the simple process.

Recreational and Cultural Facilities

Morris Recreation Center (MRC)

All students who have paid the Recreation Center fee in their tuition have access to the Morris Recreation Center (MRC) by showing their ID card at the front desk. The MRC includes two multi-purpose basketball courts, a 45-foot climbing and bouldering wall, three lane jogging track, four multi-purpose racquetball courts, a three-tiered space dedicated to cardiovascular & weight equipment and functional training, fitness activity room, classroom, lounge, and men's and women's locker rooms.  Also located at the MRC is an outdoor heated leisure pool, two-tier spa, two outdoor basketball courts, covered pavilion, and a sunbathing area.  There is also an artificial turf field located at the MRC.  The MRC provides full services including equipment checkout, lockers, workout towels, and even hammocks to use at the outdoor hammock grove. The MRC is managed by Campus Recreation, and hours can be found online: or by calling 903-468-3181.

Cain Sports Complex

Located west of Highway 11, off of Hubbell Drive, the Cain Sports Complex features two lighted multi-purpose softball fields, three multipurpose Intramural/Club Sports fields, multipurpose green space, four tennis courts, and four lighted sand volleyball courts.   During open hours, staff are available to check out equipment. The Cain Sports Complex is managed by Campus Recreation, and hours can be found online:

Outdoor Adventure Center

Located west of Highway 11, off of Culver Street, the Outdoor Adventure Center offers bike rentals, a bike repair shop, disc golf course, and outdoor gear rental.  The Outdoor Adventure center also features a challenge course which offers adventure-based learning opportunities to enhance leadership, decision-making and communication skills through an interactive process for groups to develop as a team.  The course offers 13 low challenge course elements and 18 high element challenges.  Across the street from the OA Center, there is a 5 mile biking and hiking trail comprised of four different loops.   The Outdoor Adventure Center is managed by Campus Recreation, and hours can be found online:

Other Recreational Facilities

A&M-Commerce’s Memorial Stadium, which seats nearly 10,000, is used for football, track and field and other special events. The Field House, which seats approximately 2,500, is used for athletic and other special events, including concerts and various commencement exercises for the University and local high schools. In intercollegiate athletics, the A&M-Commerce Lions competes in football, basketball, track and field, cross country, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of the Southland Conference of Texas and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I.

Imagine learning in the state-of-the-art Keith D. McFarland Science Building, with one of the most technologically sophisticated planetariums in the southwest or playing in the $29 million Music Building, completed in the fall of 2010. The Music Building includes the Jack and Lou Finney Concert Hall, recital hall, four rehearsal halls, classrooms, piano and electronic music labs, studios and practice rooms. The Department of Music sponsors 21 musical groups, including the award-winning A&M-Commerce "Pride" Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Chorale.

The Performing Arts Center has two modern theaters, a 300 seat Mainstage Theater, a variable capacity Studio Theater, a computerized lighting system, scene shop, dressing rooms, makeup rooms, and studios for KKOM radio station and ManeMedia Television cable Channel 3. The University Playhouse produces several plays during the school year.

The University’s 100,000 watt public radio station, 88.9 KETR, is an NPR member station providing locally and nationally-produced programming. KETR-FM, heard within 75 miles of Commerce and online at, is the radio home for A&M-Commerce Lions football and basketball broadcasts each fall and spring. The mission of the station, which operates from historic Binnion Hall, is to provide Northeast Texas citizens and the A&M-Commerce community with entertaining, educational, and informative programming, and to serve as a learning environment for students to pursue excellence in broadcasting and journalism. The station is supported by listener contributions, corporate sponsorships, foundation gifts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The 1,200-seat University Auditorium is housed in the Ferguson Social Sciences Building.

More than 140 social, departmental, special interest, and religious organizations offer many opportunities for students to participate in campus life.

University Police Department

Emergency—911; Non-Emergency—(903) 886-5868

UPD provides police services and all security functions for the university. The University Police Department also provides many services for the faculty, staff, students, and visitors on campus. The department is responsible for investigation of criminal activity, crime prevention programs, safety awareness, public service assistance for motorists, event security, and parking enforcement. The department is responsible for the enforcement of university parking regulations as well as motor vehicle laws. All motor vehicles parking on the Commerce campus must be registered at the cashier and the parking permit properly displayed.

Officers of the department are certified by the State of Texas as commissioned peace officers, the same as other Texas municipal police officers, and have full law enforcement authority.

The University Police Department is open 24 hours a day for assistance. The office is located on the first floor of Henderson Hall on Monroe Street. Emergency—911; Non-Emergency—(903) 886-5868.  For copy of crime statistics, call or come by UPD or visit us online at or call or come by UPD.

Emergency alerts are automatically sent to all A&M-Commerce email addresses.  Those students, faculty, and staff who have TAMUC Single Sign-On (SSO) and password can register to receive text message alerts.  The system also pushes the emergency notification message to LionSafe, Twitter, and RSS.  To register, visit:  MyLeo, select Apps, and select Alert System Settings.

Campus Concealed Carry

Texas Senate Bill - 11 (Government Code 411.2031, et al.) authorizes the carrying of a concealed handgun in Texas A&M University-Commerce buildings only by persons who have been issued and are in possession of a Texas License to Carry a Handgun.  Qualified law enforcement officers or those who are otherwise authorized to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Texas are also permitted to do so.  Pursuant to Penal Code (PC) 43.035 and A&M-Commerce Rule 34.06.02.R1, license holders may not carry a concealed handgun in restricted locations.  For a list of locations, please refer to ( and/or consult your event organizer.  Pursuant to PC 43.035, the open carrying of handguns is prohibited on all A&M-Commerce campuses.  Report violation to the University Police Department at 903-886-5868 or 9-1-1.

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