Archive for Fall 2013

Return of the Native: Long-lost statue of Dr. Harry Jenkins comes home to TJC

Jan 08, 2014 by

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 by

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 by

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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Jenkins’ legendary reign led to building name, statue

Jan 06, 2014

Standing just over 5 feet tall, Dr. Harry E. Jenkins was obviously not a giant of a man. But to Tyler Junior College, he was as big as Texas – a visionary with the ability to make the extraordinary happen to the benefit of the institution. Under his reign, TJC grew from a tiny college […]

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Three teams see post-season action; football team wins bowl game

Jan 06, 2014

Three of TJC’s fall sports teams participated in post-season action, with two making strong bids to bring the College its 50th national championship. In the end, men’s soccer and women’s volleyball settled for second-place finishes while the Apache football team won its first bowl game in a decade. Football The Apache football team experienced one […]

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Alumni awards dinner kicks off TJC Homecoming activities

Jan 06, 2014

Four alumni who have contributed to the College and to the Tyler community were honored Friday, Oct. 25, at the annual TJC Alumni Association Awards Dinner, as part of annual homecoming activities. Honored this year were: Mary Payne Lowe ’62, Distinguished Alumna Award (the highest award given to an alumnus); Dr. Paul Powell, Black and […]

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New Apache Band residential floor honors legendary director, Edwin ‘Pinky’ Fowler

Jan 06, 2014

During 2013 TJC Homecoming festivities, Apache Band members were officially welcomed to their new home, the Edwin “Pinky” Fowler Floor in the Louise H. and Joseph Z. Ornelas Residential Complex. Band alumni and friends of Tyler Junior College attended a dedication ceremony for the floor previous to the annual Alumni Awards Homecoming Dinner. Pinky’s son […]

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Fraser named TJC director of alumni affairs

Jan 06, 2014

Don Fraser has joined Tyler Junior College as director of alumni affairs. Fraser was previously director of alumni relations at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., where he spent seven years building the university’s alumni program from the ground up. As TJC director of alumni affairs, Fraser is responsible for the TJC Alumni Association, including […]

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Apache Belle alumni group kicks off East Texas Chapter

Jan 06, 2014

Apache Belle Gold, the alumni group of the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles, has established an East Texas Chapter. The group held its official kickoff in September, with a gathering at Coyote Sam’s Bar & Grille in Tyler. “All former Apache Belles living in the East Texas area were invited to attend and we had […]

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