Archive for Winter 2016

Leading the Charge: State Sen. Kevin Eltife recognized for crucial role in bringing bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene to TJC

Feb 29, 2016

Last summer, Tyler Junior College was approved by the Texas Legislature to begin offering a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene, beginning in Fall 2016. State Sen. Kevin P. Eltife was instrumental in making that long-held dream a reality. During their July meeting, the TJC Board of Trustees honored Eltife not only for his years of […]

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Grand opening held for TJC’s new, 248-bed Crossroads Hall

Feb 29, 2016

Just in time for the fall 2015 semester, Tyler Junior College officials held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening for Crossroads Hall, a new, 248-bed residential facility on the west side of the main campus. The $20-million, 63,000-square-foot residence hall brings TJC’s on-campus population to about 1,300 students. TJC’s total enrollment is approximately 11,000. Located on […]

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Lessner, Andrews promoted to TJC leadership positions

Feb 29, 2016

Tyler Junior College President Dr. Mike Metke has announced two promotions within the college’s leadership, effective Jan. 1. Kimberly Lessner, director of the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC, has been named interim executive director of marketing, media and communications. Mitch Andrews, TJC executive director of advancement and alumni affairs, has been […]

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Scholarship golf tournament surpasses $100,000 goal

Feb 29, 2016

When the community advisory committee for the Tyler Junior College Foundation golf tournament began its work in 2005, the members were given the task of making it the area’s premier, annual tournament and to take it from a “friend-raising” or “friend-thanking” event to a fund-raiser. This year’s Azalea Orthopedics Scholarship Golf Tournament Benefitting the TJC […]

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A legacy of beauty: TJC gardens serve as living tributes

Feb 29, 2016

The Tyler Junior College campus is known for its beautiful architecture surrounded by verdant grounds and gardens. The gardens are privately funded and provide a wonderful enhancement to TJC’s campus for students, faculty and community visitors. Two recent estate gifts are providing a legacy of beauty that will bloom in perpetual memory of those who […]

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Five annual scholarships established through TJC Foundation

Feb 29, 2016

Annual scholarships play an important role in closing the financial gap for many students at Tyler Junior College. Sincere thanks to the following individuals and organizations for establishing annual scholarships with the TJC Foundation: • Apache Belle Gold Pow Wow Annual Scholarship established by the Apache Belle Gold, to reward a second year Apache Belle […]

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A gentleman and a scholar: Celebrating the generous spirit of Vernon Faulconer

Feb 29, 2016

Vernon Faulconer helped a generation of minority students access the great equalizer – higher education – and more than 250 of them have graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher. “Vernon Faulconer was known for taking a long-term view and I think we should do the same,” said Matthew Ramirez, director of the Faulconer Scholarship […]

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Annual employee campaign participation increases by 41 percent

Feb 29, 2016

TJC’s annual employee campaign kicked off at fall convocation in August 2015. Over the next six weeks, 352 employees pledged $70,529 in support of TJC and the United Way of Smith County. Overall participation among full-time TJC employees was 52.07 percent. According to the 2014 CASE Survey of Community College Foundations, the average participation rate […]

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Beaird scholarships keep TJC band program playing on

Feb 29, 2016

Every great tradition starts with key people and a big idea. Tyler Junior College’s Apache Band and the Apache Belles were born in the summer of 1947 as a result of the devoted efforts of legacy leaders of the college including Doc Witt, Mildred Stringer, Al Gilliam and a TJC student, Harold Beaird, among others. […]

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Two scholarships established in honor of Dr. Kimberly A. Russell

Feb 29, 2016

For 16 years, Tyler Junior College benefitted from the leadership of Dr. Kimberly A. Russell. Russell, former TJC vice president for advancement and external affairs and executive director of the TJC Foundation, was named chancellor of Louisiana State University-Eunice last summer and began her duties there in September 2015. In the weeks leading up to […]

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