Archive for Features

Leading the Charge: State Sen. Kevin Eltife recognized for crucial role in bringing bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene to TJC

Feb 29, 2016

Last summer, Tyler Junior College was approved by the Texas Legislature to begin offering a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene, beginning in Fall 2016. State Sen. Kevin P. Eltife was instrumental in making that long-held dream a reality. During their July meeting, the TJC Board of Trustees honored Eltife not only for his years of […]

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Form & Function: New Energy Center was built with learning and innovation in mind

Aug 06, 2015

In the lobby of the new TJC Energy Center is an abstract sculpture made with 48 two-by-four wood planks mounted to the wall in a seemingly bizarre, unwieldy pattern. The discussion piece is striking and looks out of place when you first see it. “That’s everybody’s first question: What is it?” Brandy Ziegler, project architect […]

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Mixing it Up: Visual, performance programs combine for first-ever TJC Festival of the Arts

Aug 06, 2015

Anyone who has attended a concert, show or exhibit on campus knows Tyler Junior College consistently produces some of the best performing and visual arts East Texas has to offer; but never had there been one, big, overarching event celebrating that fact. All that changed in April with TJC’s inaugural Festival of the Arts. The […]

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The Student Becomes the Teacher: TJC speech alumnus inspires a student of his own and wins Sondheim award

Aug 06, 2015

Tyler Junior College has two connections to this year’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards: A winning teacher and the student who nominated him. JP Fugler, a former TJC student and current speech teacher at Van High School, is one of 13 educators nationwide – and the only winner […]

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Back-to-back champs! Apaches capture 2nd consecutive World Series title

Aug 06, 2015

Apaches take 2nd consecutive NJCAA Division III World Series title The Apaches baseball team (41-8) defeated Joliet Junior College, 10-9, May 27 in Kinston, N.C., to become the 2015 NJCAA Division III National Champions, defending their 2014 title won in Tyler. The back-to-back national title run brought to 52 the number of athletic championships in […]

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Goodbye, Mr. Mensch: After more than a decade, TJC band director passes the baton

Mar 26, 2015

After 11 years at Tyler Junior College, Tom Mensch has relinquished his baton as TJC director of bands. Mensch accepted a new position as minister of instrumental music at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler and began his duties in December. Jeremy Strickland, assistant director of bands at Texas Christian University, will take over as […]

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Miles of Smiles: Dental hygiene students and faculty volunteer in community outreach program

Mar 26, 2015

Making a difference in the community often comes down to small things, like giving someone a healthy smile, which is exactly what Tyler Junior College dental hygiene students did during a five-day medical and dental outreach program at Van High School last summer. From June 2-6, TJC partnered with Texas A&M University Baylor College of […]

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On With the Show: Travel-study tour takes students to Broadway

Mar 26, 2015

All the world might be a stage, but the one that really matters to theater students and fans alike is the Broadway stage. At the close of each spring semester, TJC theater professor and tour guide extraordinaire Dr. David Crawford hosts a travel-study tour to New York and its famed theater district. It’s a jam-packed, […]

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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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Promise Delivered: New scholarship initiative invests in the futures of Rusk graduates

Jul 23, 2014

Rusk High School senior Bre’Ann Higgins almost didn’t come to Tyler Junior College at all. “My mom went to school here, so of course I thought I should go someplace else,” she said, admitting she had all but packed her bags for another college farther from home. Then, along came the Rusk TJC Citizens Promise. […]

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