Collegiate Minds

Principal Gayle Ferguson Smith, counselor Lenora Brown, facilities supervisor Lasandra Coleman and office manager Blanca Vasquez checked up on construction of Oak Cliff’s newest high school, the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy at Beckley and Illinois. The 110,000-square-foot school costs $22 million, from 2008 bond election funds. It will serve 350 students. The program is geared toward kids who would be first-generation college students.

The Pin Show Goes On

After a one-year absence, Oak Cliff entrepreneur Julie McCullough Kim will return to Dallas to present The Pin Show, a fashion show which spotlights independent designers whose clothes are made locally. Brian Embry, owner and director of the Ross Akard Gallery, is the show’s new executive director. The event is set for Feb. 23 at the Fairmont Dallas and will award more than $2,000 in grants to designers to use in furthering their fashion businesses. Visit for details.