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Living History – Former TJC presidents reflect on their years at the helm

Feb 29, 2016 by

They each brought different talents to Tyler Junior College and served during very different times. But, the institution’s last three presidents agree on one thing: It is the people that make the difference. Dr. Ray Hawkins and Dr. Bill Crowe returned to TJC to assist current president Dr. Mike Metke in welcoming returning faculty and […]

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Scholarship golf tournament surpasses $100,000 goal

Feb 29, 2016 by

When the community advisory committee for the Tyler Junior College Foundation golf tournament began its work in 2005, the members were given the task of making it the area’s premier, annual tournament and to take it from a “friend-raising” or “friend-thanking” event to a fund-raiser. This year’s Azalea Orthopedics Scholarship Golf Tournament Benefitting the TJC […]

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A gentleman and a scholar: Celebrating the generous spirit of Vernon Faulconer

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Vernon Faulconer helped a generation of minority students access the great equalizer – higher education – and more than 250 of them have graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher. “Vernon Faulconer was known for taking a long-term view and I think we should do the same,” said Matthew Ramirez, director of the Faulconer Scholarship […]

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Marked Improvement: Science Resource Center breeds success for TJC biology students

Mar 26, 2015

Planned growth in the TJC’s nursing and health sciences fields will require more qualified students who have successfully completed prerequisite courses, such as Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology. These students will make application to the growing associate-degree nursing program and other new and expanding programs meeting in the new Robert M. Rogers […]

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Fiscal Fitness: ‘Good Cents’ program teaches students about sound money management

Jul 22, 2014

William Nelson, a freshman from Willis, may not have learned a lesson in proper parking on campus, but he learned a little about managing his money and came away with some unexpected cash. Nelson was one of about 125 students to participate in “Cash Cab,” part of TJC’s Texas Bank and Trust Good Cents Financial […]

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Return of the Native: Long-lost statue of Dr. Harry Jenkins comes home to TJC

Jan 08, 2014

For a long time, he was missing. For 11 years, he was known as “George.” But now the statue of former Tyler Junior College President Dr. Harry E. Jenkins is back to his old self – and back at the college where his namesake made such an impact. For nearly two decades, the statue’s theft, […]

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Jenkins’ legendary reign led to building name, statue

Jan 06, 2014

Standing just over 5 feet tall, Dr. Harry E. Jenkins was obviously not a giant of a man. But to Tyler Junior College, he was as big as Texas – a visionary with the ability to make the extraordinary happen to the benefit of the institution. Under his reign, TJC grew from a tiny college […]

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Scholarship fund created in memory of ‘forever Apache’ Kenneth Prater

Jul 17, 2013

As the husband of former activities director Emma Lou Prater, Kenneth Prater logged countless miles in TJC vans, transporting TJC cheerleading squads to games and competitions. When he wasn’t driving cheerleaders – and even in the years after Emma Lou retired – he was driving the family car so he and Emma Lou could watch […]

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Golden Girl: ‘Queen of Alumni’ Betty Briggs announces spring retirement

Dec 14, 2012

For the past 15 years, Betty Briggs has led one of most active alumni associations among the nation’s two-year colleges. She’s been the face of alumni activities at TJC and has been at the center of the growth of the TJC Alumni Association. So, it seemed only appropriate that when she announced her pending retirement […]

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Tour for the Cure brings out fitness enthusiasts for breast cancer awareness, health programs

Jul 20, 2012

Before the sun began to creep over the rim of Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium and cascade across colorful petals at the Tyler Rose Garden, dozens of fitness enthusiasts were gathering, stretching and anticipating a special day. Some drove from as far as the San Antonio area to participate in a first for TJC, and […]

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