Archive for Features

Mentoring Minds and making a difference

Mar 23, 2011

When Michael and Lisa Lujan set out to create their educational materials company Mentoring Minds, they sought the wise counsel of some mentoring minds with the know-how to turn their spark of an idea into a successful business. They received critical support from a variety of East Texas groups, including Tyler Junior College’s Small Business […]

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All Access: College strives to keep pathways open during renovations

Mar 23, 2011

Recent visitors to the TJC main campus have undoubtedly noticed some changes taking place. Crucial upgrades to the College’s infrastructure have led to holes and trenches cutting through campus, prompting some classes – if not entire buildings and offices – to be temporarily relocated. Regular routes to and from parking lots, the library and other […]

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Last Dance: Flynn retires as Apache Belles director

Mar 23, 2011

When she interviewed for her job as Apache Belles director in May of 1984, Ruth Flynn said she was asked what she thought she would be able to bring to the precision dance team. “I think I said something funny like, ‘Well, I guess you’ll have to hire me and find out,’ and they laughed,” […]

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Another TJC Incubator Graduate Wins Award

Oct 24, 2010

In September 2000, when Larry Edgerton put $10,000 into a home medical equipment business, he had a desk, a chair and a 136-square-foot office; and he was his only employee. In collaboration with TJC’s Tyler Area Business Incubator and its Small Business Development Center and Service Corps of Retired Executives, the incubator provided Edgerton with […]

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Promise Three is More Than Just Volunteering

Oct 24, 2010

Community service means different things to different people. When noted educational writer Arthur Cohen wrote his first edition of one of the premier books about America’s community colleges in 1982, he identified community service as cultural events, workshops and non-credit courses. To many TJC students, however, community service often means participating in a fund-raiser, helping […]

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Forensics team brings home national titles

Oct 24, 2010

The effectiveness of U.N. sanctions on Iran? Debatable. The long-term probability of Sarah Jessica Parker’s influence on fashion and pop culture? Also somewhat debatable. What is not up for debate is that Tyler Junior College’s forensics team had a season for the record books. Not only did the six-member squad interpret, debate and persuade its […]

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Phi Theta Kappa Year Was Like a ‘Championship’

Oct 24, 2010

The biggest headlines associated with colleges and universities these days are usually devoted to sports accomplishments and athletic rivalries. And even though TJC did claim four national athletic titles during the year – that’s right, four in one year – those championships cannot match the feelings the year’s academic achievements brought to TJC, President Dr. […]

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