Archive for Features

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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Mission of ‘Mercy’: Professor takes sonography expertise, spirit of service into African Congo

Jul 23, 2014

When sonography department chair Pamela Brower traveled to the African Congo with Mercy Ships last year, 15 Congolese physicians were invited to attend her lectures and demonstrations during her weeklong stay. On the first day, 35 doctors showed up. “They couldn’t get enough,” Brower said. “We had to walk away. They just absorbed everything that […]

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Seoul Sisters: Apache Belles perform for U.S. troops, experience culture in South Korea

Jul 23, 2014

The Tyler Junior College Apache Belles didn’t spend their spring break on the ski slopes or at the beach. They went to the other side of the planet, where they learned a lot about the world and themselves – and a powerful condition called jet lag. The Belles traveled to Seoul, South Korea, where they […]

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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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It Happened ‘One Night’: Students learn hard, cold facts about what it’s like to be homeless

Jan 08, 2014

The bitterly cold temperatures hadn’t set in yet; but at 40 degrees, Tuesday, Nov. 19, was plenty chilly enough to make a point for some 100 TJC students who participated in “One Night Without a Home” in Tyler’s Bergfeld Park. This marked the fourth time the Smith County Coalition for the Homeless has hosted the […]

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Welcome To The Tribe: Ya-A-Te retreat promotes student leadership, teamwork

Jan 08, 2014

In the Apache vernacular, “ya-a-te” means “welcome,” making it the perfect name for Tyler Junior College’s leadership retreat held every August for incoming freshmen and returning sophomores. Now in its seventh year, Ya-A-Te has become a popular TJC tradition and a rite of passage for new Apaches. “It prepared me better for the things to […]

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