Archive for Alumni

New Apache Band residential floor honors legendary director, Edwin ‘Pinky’ Fowler

Jan 06, 2014

During 2013 TJC Homecoming festivities, Apache Band members were officially welcomed to their new home, the Edwin “Pinky” Fowler Floor in the Louise H. and Joseph Z. Ornelas Residential Complex. Band alumni and friends of Tyler Junior College attended a dedication ceremony for the floor previous to the annual Alumni Awards Homecoming Dinner. Pinky’s son […]

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Fraser named TJC director of alumni affairs

Jan 06, 2014

Don Fraser has joined Tyler Junior College as director of alumni affairs. Fraser was previously director of alumni relations at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., where he spent seven years building the university’s alumni program from the ground up. As TJC director of alumni affairs, Fraser is responsible for the TJC Alumni Association, including […]

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Apache Belle alumni group kicks off East Texas Chapter

Jan 06, 2014

Apache Belle Gold, the alumni group of the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles, has established an East Texas Chapter. The group held its official kickoff in September, with a gathering at Coyote Sam’s Bar & Grille in Tyler. “All former Apache Belles living in the East Texas area were invited to attend and we had […]

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Students meet their supporters at TJC Foundation Scholarship Luncheon

Jan 06, 2014

The annual TJC Foundation Scholarship Luncheon brings scholarship supporters and recipients together to meet each other and see firsthand how scholarship gifts make a difference in the lives of TJC students. During the 2013 luncheon, the late Jack and Dorothy Faye White were remembered for playing an important role in shaping the culture of philanthropy […]

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Leaving behind a legacy: Scholarship endowments funded through estate giving

Jan 06, 2014

Two Tyler Junior College scholarships have been funded through estate giving — the final act of generous people who desired above all to give others an opportunity to succeed in life. Sarah Lois Moseley Motes Nursing Endowed Scholarship Sarah Motes had a 70-year career in nursing. That alone is notable, but 50 of those years […]

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Apache Belle Gold establishes chapters in North Texas, Houston

Jul 17, 2013

The Tyler Junior College Alumni Association is almost 2,000 members strong and continues to develop new opportunities to re-connect former students to their favorite college, TJC. Leaders of Apache Belle Gold, the College’s most successful alumni group, are reaching out across Texas to establish new chapters. Building on the momentum of last year’s 65th anniversary […]

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Bartos contribution sets the tone for Apache Band Heritage Endowment

Jul 17, 2013

The Tyler Junior College Apache Band has been delighting audiences and representing TJC for 65 years. Wherever the band goes, goodwill for TJC follows. Beginning in the fall of 2013, Apache Band members will be able to come home to a specially designated floor of the Louise H. and Joseph Z. Ornelas Residential Complex. The […]

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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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TJC receives national award for educational fundraising

Jul 17, 2013

Tyler Junior College is one of four public, two-year institutions nationwide – and the only two-year institution in Texas – to be recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), for overall performance in educational fundraising. CASE has named 68 colleges and universities and 18 independent schools as recipients of its 2013 […]

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Alumni couple establishes the Rick and Bonnie Rayford Scholarship Endowment

Jul 17, 2013

Giving back to their alma mater, Tyler Junior College alumni Rick and Bonnie Rayford, of Tyler, have established an endowed scholarship to help TJC students follow their dreams and expand their God-given talents. “The reason I wanted to establish a scholarship at TJC was so that I could give back to the institution that influenced […]

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