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October, 2014 Campus Accolades
Northeast Campus, Dr. Allen Goben, President 1.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a National Science Foundation supported organization that aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. Three TCC students (current and former) pictured below,participated this summer in undergraduate research projects under their support. One of TCC’s former students was even able to travel abroad with LSAMP. He worked with an internationally recognized arachnologist in Germany. In September all three students attended the LSAMP conference at the University of Texas, El Paso and presented their research results. The students are as follows: Frank Cooley (SO and NE Campus, currently at UT Arlington), The Power of Georeferencing Sparassidae, Research conducted at Senckenber Research Institute, Frankfurt Germany. Allison Ensign (TR and NE Campus), VSN-paired Fear Extinction and Associated Synaptic Plasticity Proteins, Research conducted at UT Dallas. Kimla Senagbe (NE Campus, currently at Texas Womans), Diagnostic Selection of Oligonucleotide against Neurexin, Research conducted at UT Austin.
2. Meena Balakrishnan’s, Professor of Geology, had two students who were on the Hawaii field school trip this summer who submitted an abstract of research they did while in the field. Their abstract was accepted by the Geological Society of America for poster presentation at their annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The abstract title was “The Relationship of Soil Temperatures and Plant Population Dynamics Around the Puhimau Thermal Area, Hawaii”. The students were Leah Miller and Ashley Pharo. 3. Shewanda Riley, Instructor of English, presented a paper “Felicia’s Storms: Insanity and Violence in Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban” as a part of the post-colonial panel at the 17th Biennial
International Conference on Religion, Literature and Culture in Leuven, Belgium Sept. 19th. Shewanda also completed the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Program Facilitators Certification class in July and is now certified to teach the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development program to faculty, staff and students. 4. COAEMSP is the national organization for the EMS program. COAESMP has introduced an advertising campaign which includes banners about advancing professionalism of EMS educations and students. On the banner they have included three pictures, two of which are NE Campus students testing and working on human models. 5. The 2nd Annual Learning Center “Open House” was a huge success on the NE Campus. Over 550 students came through the Academic Learning Center in NACB during the “Open House”. The various “Learning Labs” on NE – the Writing & Skills Center, Language Acquisition Center, Science Learning Center, SOS Center, Math Lab and Computer Learning Center presented information about resources available for the Northeast students. 6. The Associated Collegiate Press announced the finalist for its Pacemaker Award for best college newspapers. The Collegian is one of eight two-year publications in the nation up for the distinction, the Pulitzer of the collegiate journalism world. In addition, the College Media Association has announced the finalists for its 2013-14 Pinnacle Awards for best student media in the nation for both organizations and individuals and The Collegian is a finalist in three areas: Best Profile category, Best Two-Year Weekly Newspaper of the Year and Two-Year Website of the Year. Also, Eddye Gallagher, Assistant Professor of Journalism, will be recognized as the Distinguished Two-Year Newspaper Adviser of the Year. 7. Lisette Blanco-Cerda, Instructor in English, attended the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Institute in St Louis, Missouri and is now a PTK Honors Scholar. She also received Phi Theta Kappa Leadership training and is now a certified PTK Leadership Studies Instructor. Lisette also won the competitive Bruce Family Memorial Scholarship at Texas Woman’s University which will be put to use in her PhD program. 8. The Department of Government and Paralegal Studies, chaired by Joan Johnson, Assistant Professor, sponsored National Voter Registration Day. Many volunteers shared their time and assisted in registering 96 people to vote. 9. Rebecca Balcarcel, Associate Professor of English, had two students place in writing events. Fred Vertrees won 2nd place in Undergraduate Poetry for “Paperboy’s Sestina”, in the contest held by TACWT (Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers). Algirdas Lekavicius, won 2nd place in Poetry for “9 to 5 on a Six-“String” in the Southwestern Division of Community College Humanities Association. Both students’ work appears in Under the Clock Tower, TCC NE’s journal of student writing.
10. The Speech and Debate Team pictured below, recently hosted and competed in the Annual Newbie Novice Tournament. The winners were as follows: 1st Place - Duo Interpretation, MJ Ortega and Wyatt Tackel, 2nd. Place - Prose Interpretation, MJ Ortega, 2nd Place - Program Oral Interpretation, Wyatt Tackel and 4th Place – Prose Interpretation, Wyatt Tackel.
11. Patricia Richards, Associate Professor of Photography, was invited to participate in the PHOTO TXCETERA ONE SHOT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION AT THE Kevin Page Fine Art Gallery, Valley View Center, in Dallas, Texas, September 20, 2014. 12. Dr. Jackie Washington, Vice President of Continuing Education, was accepted into the President’s Round Table of African-American CEO’s Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership program. This program provides selected participants with rigorous coursework and challenging case studies to assist in their future pursuits in executive management. 13. The “Weaving Plus 50 into the Fabric of your Institution” presentation given at the AACC national convention by Dr. Jackie Washington, Ms. Debra Sykes West, & Chancellor Johnson Hadley received a nomination for the Bellwether Award presented by the Community College Futures Assembly. An application was submitted for this prestigious award. 14. Debra Sykes West, CES Coordinator for District Plus 50 Initiatives and other special projects, is representing Tarrant County College on the “Older Women Workers Roundtable”, sponsored by the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, Dallas regional office. The regional Roundtable series is a part of a larger effort initiated in Washington DC. The first meeting of the Roundtable identified barriers, challenges and opportunities for older women (age 55 and older) as they continue to work or enter the workforce. The Roundtable is laying the foundation for a regional coalition to be formed to better address and meet the needs of this population.
15. NE CE Director, Julie Dennis, presented a session at the NTCCC Convocation on September 19 titled Community Partners: The Academic Enrichment Mentoring Program. The presentation focused on the partnership between NECE and area Rotary Clubs and their innovative mentoring program added to CE’s Academic Enrichment Program. With data from one year of implementation CE provided a review of the program, how the community partnership developed, and the future plans for strengthening this vital enterprise.
Northwest Campus, Dr. Elva LeBlanc, President 1. On September 17, 2014, TCC NW Campus held a ribbon-cutting celebration of its new Center of Excellence in Aviation, Transportation & Logistics located at Alliance Airport. Special speakers for the even included: Tarrant County College’s own Chancellor, Mrs. Erma Johnson Hadley; board member Mrs. Appleman; Tarrant County College Northwest Campus President Dr. Elva LeBlanc; Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner, Mr. Tom Vandergriff; and President of Hillwood, Mr. Tom Harris. Students and guests toured the facility while faculty and students showed off/demonstrated the different lab areas and equipment.
2. NW Government and History Faculty and Assistant Director of Library Services, Jim Baxter, joined together to hold two days of events on September 17 and 18 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. One hundred and fifty students attended the combined events. A faculty roundtable discussion on the 17th addressed topics related to the legislation. The speakers and their topics were:
Assistant Professor Bryan Calvin – School Integration and the Rise of Private Schools Associate Professor Brian Cervantez – Civil Rights Era Fort Worth Assistant Professor Paul Benson—The Integration of College Athletics in the South Professor Julie Lantrip—The International Effect of the American Civil Rights Movement
This was the third annual roundtable in the Walsh Library Faculty Roundtable Series. On September 18th, Tarrant County Judge Louis E. Sturns talked to students about his personal experiences before and after the Civil Rights Act was passed. Judge Sturns is an
east Texas native and was the first African American on Texas’ highest criminal court. His powerful personal story gave students a better understanding of the importance of the Civil Rights Era. 3. Dr. Jason Frawley, professor of history here at Northwest Campus, just had an article published in The Gettysburg Magazine, a highly respected national publication for those interested in Civil War history. In the 2012-2013 academic year, he served as the Thomas W. Smith Post-Doctoral Fellow at Gettysburg College, and was therefore selected by Gettysburg Magazine to write an article reflecting on his time in Gettysburg. 4. Trish Igo, Winter Rusiloski, and John Hartley have been accepted in the juried Art in the Metroplex 2014 exhibition. Only 35 works were selected from 692 entries. 5. On the heels of his acclaimed performance as Prospero in Trinity Shakespeare’s production of The Tempest, Brent Alford is currently appearing as the Narrator in the Dallas Theatre Center’s smash hit production of the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show. 6. Nine dancers performed for Night Solos on September 24th under the direction of Emily Boyd, Amanda Jackson, Lacreacia Sanders, and Amy L. Sleigh.
7. As co-chair of the student success committee, speech instructor Zachary Frohlich helped with the planning, preparation, and implementation of the student success conference. Total Registrants: 751, Overall Session attendance: 463, Keynote Speaker attendance: 120. 8. 2013-2014 Fine Arts Literary Journal of the Northwest Campus, Marine Creek Reflections, is the 1st Place Winner in the Southwest, Small College Division. The award will be presented in Austin at the CCHA Regional Convention on November 8. 9. Terry Heflin, faculty editor, worked to support her students from ENGL 2389, Academic Cooperative, to produce this beautiful journal. The journal highlights the talents of the Northwest Campus in fiction, in poetry, and in art. This year also presents the second annual inclusion of the Marine Creek Reflections ebook. 10. Kim Jackson taught a master African Dance class at UNT on Thursday, September 25th with the assistance of 2 former Mosaic Dance Project members, Undra Semple and Andrew Gern. Both have gone on to have professional careers in dance education and outreach.
South Campus, Dr. Peter Jordan, President Faculty & Staff Honors: 1. On September 13, 2014, Nicole M. Minor, Director of Campus and Community Outreach and the Family Empowerment Center received a 2014 Community Service Award at the L. Clifford Davis Legal
Association’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet. Ms. Minor was recognized for her outstanding work to empower and educate the community. Immediate Past President Mr. David M. Patin is pictured with Ms. Minor. 2. Demetrice Thompson, Coordinator of Special Projects at the Crowley South Campus Center has been invited to serve on the Campus Performance Objective Committee (CPOC) for the 2014 - 2015 school year at the Bill R. Johnson CTE Center, Crowley ISD. CPOC is a group of key decision-makers comprised of faculty, staff, post-secondary education, current and former students, and industry/community representatives. The Committee encourages input from all stakeholders in order to ensure that the improvements and changes in curriculum development and offerings are made though a collaborative decision-making process. 3.
Dr. Yolanda Johnson Parker and Holly Beyt sang the National Anthem with a chorus at the Texas Rangers game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Ms. Beyt and Dr. Johnson Parker are members of the Liberty Belles, a barbershopstyle female chorus. The Rangers won: we think this is mainly due to South Campus’ serendipitous serenading duo - Parker and Beyt! Nothing to do with masculine prowess, you understand Campus Events & Activities:
4. The Family Empowerment Center (FEC), in collaboration with Proyecto Inmigrante ICS hosted a Mega Citizenship Workshop Saturday, September 13, 2014. The Workshop was a success: over 150 families met with 46 certified volunteers who completed the application packet for citizenship. Volunteers included members of the student organization LASSO. Bilingual outreach and marketing efforts by FEC staff included the distribution of electronic and paper flyers, and television ads placed by Proyecto Inmigrante ICS.
5. On September 16th, 2014, Student Development Services and Latin American Student Success Organization (L.A.S.S.O.) sponsored a celebratory event, Las Fiestas Patrias, on the SSTU Patio to mark Mexican Independence Day and to kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month. Approximately 100 students participated at this event which featured several performances by South Campus’ talented student body. Free music, food, and games were provided to highlight this colorful and joyful event. Constitution Day on September 17, 2014 was organized jointly by Student Development Services and the Social Sciences Department. Dr. John Lundberg opened the event with the Pledge of Allegiance. Guest speaker,
Professor Madeline Bowman, presented The Amendment: Still Crazy After All These Years. Professor Carlos Rovelo presented Eight Myths about the Constitution. A Q&A session which followed encouraged students to interact by using their phones on an online interactive poll. An impressive 216 responses from students were received during the online poll. 6. Arnie Radman’s Architecture Technology class was awarded “Jurors Choice” of the 2014 Canstruction Competition on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by the Fort Worth chapter of the Society of Design Administrators (SDA), an arm of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Instructor Radman and his students won the coveted award with their recreation of the Fort Worth Courthouse. The actual canstruction was accomplished by the work of 8 architecture and construction students the day of the competition. They worked for nearly 8 hours to complete the recognizable Fort Worth Courthouse. 7. South Campus hosted the North Texas Community College Consortium (NTCCC) Fall Convocation on Friday September 19, 2014 with over 250 attendees from community colleges across North Texas. “Leading with Confidence in Times of Change” is this year’s theme. Northwest Campus President Dr. Elva LeBlanc will serve as this year’s NTCCC Consortium Board Chairperson. Dr. Jesse Jones passes the torch as NTCCC Consortium President to Dr. Christine Hubbard, former Vice-President of TCC Connect. The planning committee was led by Derek Hubenak and Jamal Williams recent graduates of the NTCCC leadership program 2013-2014 CLARA cohort Skills Development & Training: 8. The Family Empowerment Center and The Women’s Center of Tarrant County will continue to host interactive workshops for the chronically unemployed and underemployed who are actively seeking gainful employment. Each class is led by a trained facilitator employed by the Women’s Center of Tarrant County and comprises 10 half-day sessions conducted at the Family Empowerment Center. Participants are taught how to communicate their marketability effectively, to improve networking skills and to conduct weekly online job searches. When participants are employed, they are also given access to one full year of career coaching in order to promote job retention and advancement. 9. Ms. Shalonda Dulin, Jobs NOW! Career Coach Trainer provided the following data from the August, 2014 session. Of the six participants who successfully completed training, four were granted interviews. Two of the four are working full time, and one is awaiting feedback from a second interview. The two full time employees are earning a salary of $12 per hour, with full
benefits. One of the employed is a Paraprofessional with the Burleson Independent School District, and the other is an Administrative Assistant for Core Mark.
Southeast Campus, Dr. Bill Coppola, President
Trinity River, Dr. Tahita Fulkerson, President The North Texas Radiologic Technologists Society selected Assistant Professor of Radiologic Technology Brian Spence as one of the 25 Top Technologists for 2014. Congratulations to Instructor of Government Corena White. She was selected as a Texas Social Media Research Institute Fellow at Tarleton State University for 2014-2015. Former Trinity River Campus student and current Northeast Campus student Allison Ensign conducted research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the University of Texas – Dallas this summer. Ms. Ensign (center) is pictured below with fellow Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) conference participants.
Professor of Computer Science Tyson McMillan was selected by the Texas Association of Special Student Services Programs (TASSSP) as the 2014 Southwest Association of Student Assistance Program (SWASAP) TRiO Achiever.
September visitors to Main Street were treated to the remarkable timeline below prepared in tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month. Director of Student Development Services Mayra Olivares-Urueta and former Student Development Associate Dayon Harris worked with Graphics Specialists Angel Briseno and Christy Clifton to create this amazing installation.
On September 2, Trinity River Campus began offering classes at the Tarleton State University Hickman Building in Fort Worth. Students from Tarrant County’s west side and other surrounding areas enrolled in fourteen classes. Seven-week classes will begin in October and expanded offerings are planned for Spring 2015. On September 5, Clinical Instructor of Surgical Technology Jarrie Bond and Mansfield Independent School District students took a field trip to THR Harris Methodist Hospital. This was the first time that any high school class was given the opportunity to tour the hospital.
On September 13, Vice President of Continuing Education Services Robert Munoz participated in a panel discussion at UTA hosted by the Latinas in Progress (LIP) Education Series. Dr. Munoz discussed resources for parents interested in returning to school. On September 15, the Sign Language Interpreting Program (SLNG) hosted author Susan Schaller in a discussion of her book and documentary A Man Without Words. Eighty students, faculty, and staff attended this presentation held in the Action Suite. Also on September 15, SLNG Program Coordinator Sammie Sheppard represented the department at the HEB College Fair to meet with American Sign Language students from LD Bell and Trinity High Schools. Trinity River Campus celebrated Constitution Day in grand style thanks to Coordinator of Student Activities Eddie Brassart and his team. On September 15, U.S. Congressman Marc Veasey spoke with students from Government, History, and Dual Credit classes as well as members of partisan and nonpartisan political student organizations. On September 16, students attended a screening of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln in the Energy Auditorium. Government Instructor Corena White provided a pre-film commentary. On September 17, students from Government Instructor Jinnell Killingsworth’s Learning Community participated in “Constitution Shark Tank” at the Idea Store. This format allowed students to present their vision of an ideal government to a faculty panel of “Constitution Sharks.” Approximately 200 students participated in these events.
On September 19, President Tahita Fulkerson spoke to students in the Community College Leadership class offered through the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education at the University of North Texas. Dr. Fulkerson shared her experiences, answered questions, and provided a reading list to these future leaders. On September 20, a team of Trinity River Campus Sign Language Interpreter (SLNG) faculty and staff attended “The Race to National Accreditation 2016” retreat to learn about the national accreditation requirements under The Commission on Collegiate Interpreting Education held at the MC Resort in Aurora, Texas. Those attending were Communications Instructor and Fine Arts Department Chair Irene Thrower, SLNG Program Coordinator Sammie Sheppard, SLNG Instructors Peggy Cobb and Cheryl Sohns; adjunct faculty members Randal King, Edward Bart, Lynn Montalvo, Jennifer Bennett, and Regina Davis; Instructional Lab Assistants Betty Goodridge, Sherrie Bodiford, and Debbie Sisley.
Trinity River Campus faculty presented at the September 26 Fort Worth Library Staff Development Conference held at the Trinity River Campus. Former Director of Library Services and current Library Technology Adjunct Instructor Carol Everhart spoke on “Sprinkle a Little Pixie Dust: Customer Service.” Professor of Management and Marketing Alicia Lupinacci presented “How to FIT IN with an Organization in Order to STAND OUT.” On September 25, Clinical Coordinator of Surgical Technology Cindy Mask and her students hosted an international conference call with students from Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, England. Please visit the Trinity River Writing and Learning Center to see our large-scale graphic timeline depicting “The Art of Writing.” Graphics Specalists Christy Clifton and Angel Briseno created this beautiful, educational work.
Academic Affairs and Student Success Dr. Joy Gates Black 1.
Accolades for Academic Affairs and Student Success October 2014
Academic Affairs Participated in the Pathways to Progress Institute conference in Dallas on September 21 – 23, 2014. Continuing Education Services Small Business Development
SBDC Robin Lasher and GIS Planning co-presented a session at the 34th Annual ASBDC National Conference, September 8-12, Grapevine, Texas. Together they demonstrated how small business development centers across the country can complement one-on-one counseling services with SizeUp Local Business Intelligence, an interactive service enabling business owners to gain new competitive advantages. www.tarrantsbdc.org/sizeup. EnvironX, received an Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce on September 11, 2014. Owner Steve Sinunu is a client of Tarrant County College’s SBDC.
Grants - Workforce Services is in the final stages of securing a $75,000 contract to provide professional development services. TCC was selected by the Texas A
& M Center for Adult Literacy and Learning (TCALL) as the Adult Education Professional Development service provider to serve North Texas. Partnerships - Workforce Services hosted the Tarrant County Adult Education and Literacy Consortium Task Force meetings. These meetings consisted of streamlining the current orientation process for General Educational Development (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, to adopt new textbooks, and discuss Professional Development needs for consortium members. Professional Development – Sharee Davis presented a session to 75 practitioners on conducting effective GED Orientation classes for students.
Preparing Veterans to Return to Work Five veterans who recently completed the nine week Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Machinist program displayed their work at a hiring fair and were immediately given preferential interviews with several companies in need of CNC machinists. So far, each participant has returned to their potential employer for a second interview. A recent $400,000 grant is being used to prepare 180 returning or relocating veterans for high demand/growth jobs in advanced manufacturing skills
industries such as logistics technicians, computer numeric control operator, and welding. The grant continues through the end of August 2015. Enrollment Services Financial Aid Awareness The Northwest Campus Financial Aid Office has identified 4,000 students who have not applied for financial aid. The Financial Aid Office is now contacting these students encouraging them to apply. International Students
International Admissions recorded 222 F-1 regular students for the Fall 2014 semester
Employee Recognition Víkas Rajpurohit, Registrar, Trinity River Campus received the Trinity River HIGH5 Recognition from the campus President, Dr. Tahita Fulkerson for his 5STAR performance with Dual Credit registration, and the Trinity River Spirit Award presented by the Vice President of Student Development Services, Mr. Adrian Rodriguez for Interdisciplinary Collaboration with the NEXUS project Student Success New Student Orientation Sessions for Fall Term 2014 91% attendance rate for First-Time-in-College students (FTIC) represents an increase of 3% The next round of new student orientations is scheduled for October 17 th at all campuses The MOGO truck and trailer have a new design