Archive for Features

The Next Level: TJC Honors Program raises the stakes on academic performance

Jan 08, 2014

With a beefed-up curriculum, scholarship incentives and a new director, the Tyler Junior College Honors Program is attracting more of the area’s best and brightest students. The task of creating the advanced learning environment fell into the hands of one of TJC’s newest professors, T.J. McLemore. “I literally signed my grad thesis and drove down […]

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Apache Band and Belles take service trip to Japan

Jul 17, 2013

The Apache Band and Belles spent their spring break on a service trip to Japan, where they performed for U.S. troops stationed at Yokosuka and Atsugi naval bases near Tokyo. About 100 TJC students, alumni, parents and staff went on the 10-day trip, which also included many opportunities to learn about Japanese customs and culture. […]

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Broadway Bound: Student nabs summer internship in New York

Jul 17, 2013

Over spring break in March, theater major Sydney Walter began mulling her summer internship options. Through an online search, the Garland sophomore came across a notice for a summer program at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in New York City, one of the oldest playhouses on Broadway. “I had already applied a few other places, […]

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The Voice: Detoured by wheelchair, TJC debater paves new way to success

Jul 17, 2013

Theresa Boyd believes that whoever said silence is golden never had their voice stripped away. That’s one reason she competes so actively on Tyler Junior College’s speech team. The 28-year-old Neches sophomore says she “never shuts up” these days. But that wasn’t always the case. She wasn’t able to speak for many months after being […]

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Creature comforts: Students enthusiastic to volunteer at animal sanctuary

Dec 14, 2012

Cleaning animal habitats and hauling hay might not appear to be the most enticing community service project, but several Tyler Junior College students have done this – and they’ve happily signed up to go back for more. Last spring, TJC students began making periodic visits to Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch and the Doris Day […]

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Gaining perspective: Students spend Italian summer learning about art and life

Dec 14, 2012

How does it feel to study art in the cradle of the Renaissance, where Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci lived and created? Or to have lunch where Galileo broke bread and pondered the universe? It feels like the experience of a lifetime, according to some TJC art students who spent the month of July in […]

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Power Up: Luminant invests in its workforce of tomorrow

Dec 14, 2012

Look past the advanced degrees and Dr. Dirk Hughes could be the shop foreman for any industrial business in the country. His gruff demeanor and commanding height appear more physical than intellectual; but inside is a man who knows how important education is to the future of his employer as well as his students. As […]

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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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For Mercy’s sake – Hospital ship brings student out of Africa to TJC

Jul 20, 2012

Until a year ago, Stephen Tetteh had scarcely heard of Tyler Junior College, much less considered going to school here. Tetteh, a 24-year-old native of Asesewa Ghana, West Africa, spent three years on the Mercy Ships vessel Africa Mercy, pitching in wherever he was needed – working in the kitchen, serving as a drummer on […]

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Sound Beginnings – Apache Band program creates excellence, memories of a lifetime

Jul 19, 2012

For a tuba player like Clay Garrett, there are very few professional performance jobs available. There are even fewer jobs playing tuba for the president of the United States. The Tyler Junior College graduate spent part of his winter break driving to Washington, D.C., to audition for the United States Marine Band, also known as […]

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