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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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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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