Waterfall Naming Honors Allan Saxe, Ph.D.

Funding to provide flexibility to seize innovative opportunities to enhance student learning

Tarrant County College will recognize the significant contributions Allan Saxe, Ph.D., has made to the Tarrant County College Foundation at a ceremony during which the iconic waterfall at the Trinity River Campus will be named in his honor. Thanks to his contributions to the TCC Foundation, the College will be able to develop and implement additional programs that benefit TCC students as well as the Tarrant County community.
Saxe has served as an associate professor of political science at The University of Texas at Arlington since 1965 and as an adjunct at TCC’s Southeast Campus since 2004. An accomplished author, lecturer and highly noted philanthropist, Saxe’s views and opinions are often sought for magazine/newspaper articles and radio talk shows.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
3 p.m.
Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus (Front waterfall facing Belknap Street)
300 Trinity Campus Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76102

TCC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug 31, 2016) – Tarrant County College will be hosting several events as part of its annual observance of Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. All five campuses will honor the culture and contributions of Hispanic-American citizens with films, musical events, festivals, guest speakers and other informational exhibits.
Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., will be holding its Latino Poster Project. Several posters highlighting a variety of students, faculty, staff and alumni will be displayed around the campus with the theme, “What it means to be Latino/a.”
Every Monday, starting Sept. 19, South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, will be holding a “Hispanic Heritage Month: Music Monday.” The event will be held in the Student Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nine-hour nonstop music festival will feature diverse music that highlights the roots and culture of Latin America.
On Oct. 5, Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity River Campus Circle, will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a night of Salsa dancing. The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Trinity River Plaza and will feature free salsa lessons from CaliRumba Dance Company. No dancing experience required.
Also on Oct. 5, Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., will be holding “Kermes,” Latin-American festival. The Southeast Campus Kermes is sponsored by several on-campus organizations. Admission is free but proceeds from activities and vendors will benefit a local charity.
Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Dr., Hurst, will be hosting Carlos Alzugaray, a former Cuban ambassador and diplomat. He will be speaking on “Changing Relations with Cuba” on Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building.
TCC’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

TCC Holds Public Forums for Two Finalists for Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 2, 2016)
Tarrant County College will hold two public forums for students, faculty, staff and the community to meet two finalists for TCC chancellor. Chancellor is the top administrative leadership post at the College, the 12th largest institution of higher education in the United States.
After a national search the two finalists were announced at the May 19 board meeting as Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., district president at Navarro College in Corsicana.
The board is expected to name the sole finalist for chancellor at a special board meeting on June 9. Following a 21-day period, as specified by Texas Education Code, the appointment as chancellor will be official.
Thursday, June 2
Morning Open Forum
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D.
10:50 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.
Afternoon Open Forum
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.
2:20 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D.
Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus
Energy Auditorium, Fourth Floor, TRTR 4008
300 Trinity Campus Circle
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
NOTE: Media planning to cover this event should call 817-515-1543 to confirm attendance.

Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.

Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.

Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D.

Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D.


TCC Hosts Women Airforce Service Pilots at CEATL

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 19, 2016)
For the second consecutive year, Tarrant County College is recognizing six veterans of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the first women to fly American military aircraft and arguably, individuals who forever changed the role of women in aviation.
TCC has invited elected, community and industry leaders from the area to be in attendance when the veterans tour a Beechcraft E183-9700, the personal plane of Jacqueline Cochran, founder and director of the WASP program. Curt Landrum, TCC retired associate aviation professor and current adjunct instructor, has led a team of volunteers to restore the aircraft that TCC acquired in 1985.
Restoration efforts began during the summer of 2012 with volunteers who worked most Saturdays and secured donated parts and materials whenever possible.
Friday, May 27
10 a.m. to noon
Tarrant County College Northwest Campus
Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics (CEATL)
Alliance Airport
2301 Horizon Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76177
WASPs served with honor and distinction under Director Jacqueline “Jackie” Cochran and flew 60 million flying hours in direct support to the United States during WWII.
Honorees are:

  • Nell Bright, Class 43-W-7
  • Shutsy Reynolds, Class 44-W-5
  • Polly White, Class 44-W-5
  • Shirley Kruse, Class 44-W-6
  • Bee Haydu, Class 44-W-7
  • Kay Hilbrandt, Class 44-W-10
    NOTE: HONOREES ARE AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA INTERVIEWS. Media planning to cover this event should call 817-515-1542 to confirm attendance.


Vendors Sought for Stop Six Community Festival

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 19, 2016) Vendors still have an opportunity to join Tarrant County College in supporting the Stop Six Community next month as participants in the Stop Six Shape Up Beauty, Fitness, Health and Wellness Festival. The vendor deadline for the Stop Six Shape Up is Saturday, May 21.
The Stop Six Shape Up is Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dunbar High School, 5700 Ramey Ave, Fort Worth.
The purpose of the festival is to educate the African-American and Latino communities on ways to live healthier lifestyle by making better choices. It will feature a variety of well-being experts and include health seminars and screenings, nutritional cooking and fitness demonstrations and a career fair. Also planned are a kid’s zone, live entertainment and a mini-natural hair show.
The 2nd annual Wildcat 5K and Stroll, benefitting the Dunbar High School Hall of Fame, also will be held.
Vendors may register at www.stopsixshapeup2016.eventbrite.com Vendors, along with volunteers, presenters and entertainers, may sign up or get more information by calling Stop Six Shape Up Festival chair Jorgette Simpson at 817-832-4696.

Attention Job Seekers: TCC Hosts Career Fairs for Students, Community

Collegewide Job Fair: 2-6 p.m. Thursday, April 21
Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Cir., Fort Worth 76102
Aviation, Transportation & Logistics Job Fair: 3-5 p.m. Thursday, April 21
Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics (CEATL) at Alliance Airport, 2301 Horizon Dr., Fort Worth 76177
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 14, 2016) – Tarrant County College invites job seekers and area employers to participate in its upcoming career fairs, set for Thursday, April 21. Both events are open to students, alumni and the community.
The Collegewide Job Fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. at Trinity River Campus and is hosted by Career Services offices from across the TCC District. Representatives from more than 50 companies—representing a wide variety of industries—will be on hand, recruiting for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions as well as paid internships. The event also will include career and job readiness workshops.
The Aviation, Transportation & Logistics Job Fair will be held at the College’s Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics (CEATL) at Alliance Airport. The event runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and will include approximately 20 employers in the aviation, transportation and logistics sector.
“Whether you are a student, a new professional or just in the market for your next opportunity, these job fairs are a great way to build career skills and connect to respected employers in Tarrant County and beyond,” said Tracy Williams, coordinator of Career Services for Northwest Campus.
Job candidates are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumerésumé.
Trinity River Campus is located at 300 Trinity Campus Cir. in downtown Fort Worth. The Collegewide Job Fair will take place on the second floor of the Trinity Building. Job seekers may pre-register at www.tccd.edu/alumni (see “Looking for a job?” link), but walk-in participants are welcome. Interested employers should contact TRCareerServices@tccd.edu. The event is co-sponsored by Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County (premier sponsor), AST Landscape Services, ChildCare Careers, Fort Worth Community Credit Union, Movie Tavern, NAF Civilian Personnel, Senior Helpers, Taco Cabana, The SYGMA Network and Tyson Foods. Sponsors’ contributions benefit student scholarships and programs through the TCC Foundation.
CEATL is located at Alliance Airport in northwest Fort Worth, 2301 Horizon Dr. The Aviation, Transportation & Logistics Job Fair will be held in Room 201. Employers and job seekers may contact Carmen Wise at carmen.wise@tccd.edu or 817-515-7267 for additional information. The job fair is sponsored by Northwest Campus Career Services and the Aviation Technology Department.

TCC Conference Sets Stage for Next Step As It Forges Leadership Role in Fusion of Science, Art and Technology


TCC Converge Conference and Expo luncheon speaker Wake Forest scientist Mathew Varkey, Ph.D., a research fellow in the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerating Medicine Research.

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 25, 2016) Attendees to Tarrant County College’s first Converge Conference & Expo learned about cutting-edge research in tissue engineering/bioprinting Friday because luncheon speaker Wake Forest scientist Mathew Varkey, Ph.D., believes researchers have a moral responsibility to share their research with the general public.
“We do a lot of work with different tissues and bioprinting techniques. Ultimately what we do will be in common use, so people need to be aware of what we are doing,” said Varkey, a research fellow in the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerating Medicine Research. “It is equally important to share what we do with the public to inspire the next generation.”
Varkey is part of a team using a combination of living cells and a special gel to print out living human body parts. The research at Wake Forest, often featured in the national news, could one-day result in an alternate organ source for more than 121,000 Americans on the waiting list for an organ, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.
“An Inside Look at Tissue Engineering—The World of Bioprinting” is what he discussed to an audience that included students from the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS), a partnership among TCC, Fort Worth ISD, the University of North Texas and the UNT Health Science Center.
Saying that his current work was not part of his career path, Varkey said, he would encourage students to learn as much as they can. “You need not know where you plan to, but make sure you get the basic fundamentals right and be open minded to explore,” he said. “My career was not a conscious choice, but my training and experience ultimately led me to it.”
His career decisions that eventually led him to the biomedical work he is doing now also were influenced by his personal experience of a traumatic brain injury received in a car accident when he was an 18-year-old student in India, said Varkey, who earned both of his graduate degrees at the University of Alberta, Canada. His college career was delayed about a year while he recuperated from a broken nose and overcome partial frontal brain injuries involving blood clots and memory lost.
“The experience caused me to want to be involved in a career that could improve quality of life for those who have experienced trauma,” Varkey said.
TCC’s conference and expo, “Exploring the Fusion of Science, Art and Technology in a 3-D World,” also focused on discussions on economic development and how it relates to additive manufacturing. Industry leaders were on hand with exhibits that provided firsthand looks at technology currently available that will play a role in the process in software technologies and printing included 3dDigital, Fanuc, LabResources Renishaw, Stratasys, and TechLabs.
Joint conference planner William Kucera, Ph.D., TCC chemistry professor, said the conference and expo allowed TCC to address the major shortfall the United States faces in producing engineers/scientists with skills that support manufacturing and product development.
“Students in science & engineering need exposure to industry and manufacturing. Talking with leading engineering and scientific technology companies will do wonders to open their minds to the range of career possibilities,” Kucera said. “The key to awakening students about potential careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is to expose them to cutting edge research and developments that reaches beyond the normal topics of today’s classroom,”
The conference is a launching point as TCC takes the first steps this spring focusing on the creation of a series of courses involving additive manufacturing that includes materials for 3-D printing, prototyping and 3-D technology. The new course at Northeast Campus will enhance existing manufacturing technology programs at South Campus. Introduction to Solid Modeling & 3D Printing will meet April 18 to May 4 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
“These new courses will start as stackable credentials for professional development and non-credit workforce programs,” said Fred Schmidt, conference joint planner and manger of Community & Industry Education Program Development for the District. “These will create the foundation to build out a comprehensive program in the future.”
More information about TCC’s introductory 3D course is available from the Northeast Campus Office of Community & Industry Education at 817-515-6502. Registration is available online through WebAdvisor at waj.tccd.edu.
NE Prez w CIE Program Developer

TCC Northeast Campus President Allen Goben, left, addresses conference along with joint planner Fred Schmidt, manager of Community & Industry Education Program Development for the District.                                                                             

Industry leader with students.

Industry leader talks with students at TCC’s first Converge Conference & Expo.

University rep talks STEM w student.

Student learns more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs from representative participating in the STEM-focused university fair at the Converge Conference & Expo.

Panelists at Converge Conf & Expo

David Berzina, executive vice president of Economic Development for Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, right, serves as Economic Development panelist with Judy McDonald, executive director of
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County.

TCC Explores Fusion of Science, Art and Technology

Expo allows attendees to connect with leaders developing potential lifesaving solutions using 3-D printing
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 11, 2016) Tarrant County College will provide insight from experts intimately engaged in the development of technology that one day transforms gels into living human cells at its first Converge Conference & Expo Friday, March 25.
“Exploring the Fusion of Science, Art and Technology in a 3-D World” gets under way at 9 a.m. in the Action Suites on the fourth floor of the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle.
Wake Forest Scientist Mathew Varkey, Ph.D., a research fellow in the Institute of Regenerating Medicine Research, is part of a team using a combination of living cells and a special gel to print out living human body parts. The research at Wake Forest, often featured in the national news, could one-day result in an alternate organ source for more than 121,000 Americans on the waiting list for an organ, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.
“The key to awakening students about potential careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is to expose them to cutting edge research and developments that reaches beyond the normal topics of today’s classroom,” said William Kucera, Ph.D., TCC chemistry professor and joint conference organizer. “In the United States, we are facing a major shortfall in producing engineers/scientists with skills that support manufacturing and product development. Students in science & engineering need exposure to industry and manufacturing. Talking with leading engineering and scientific technology companies will do wonders to open their minds to the range of career possibilities.”
Students will have the opportunity to visit with manufacturers involved in the current 3-D revolution that involves scanning, modeling/design, additive manufacturing and product development. The firsthand look at technology currently available that will play a role in the process will be provided in exhibits by industry leaders in biomedical engineering, software technologies and printing, including 3dDigital, Fanuc, LabResources Renisha, Stratasys, and TechLabs.
Register for the conference and expo at: http://tcc3d.eventbrite.com
More information is available from Brenna Sanders at brenna.sanders@tccd.edu.

TCC wraps up season of holiday giving

As 2016 gets under way, Tarrant County College is celebrating a successful season of charitable giving and activities. While students, faculty and staff generously serve the community throughout the year, the holidays gave each campus a chance to do even more to help others.
Northeast Campus has made the season brighter for TCC families in need for more than 20 years through its Giving Tree. In 2015, employees gathered gifts for 19 young children whose parents attend Northeast Campus.
In November, the Dental Hygiene Department conducted the Save a Smile community service event in collaboration with Cook Children’s Medical Center. Students in the Dental Hygiene and Registered Dental Assistant programs, along with faculty members, provided two dozen children no-cost preventive oral care—including dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and information about caring for their teeth. The value of the services exceeded $10,000. The programs will host another Save a Smile day in the spring.
Northeast Campus also continued its work to establish a food bank for students.
Northwest Campus Student Development Services collected and donated hundreds of items to SafeHaven, which operates the largest and most comprehensive domestic violence shelters in Tarrant County. The project is part of the campus’s ongoing Spotlight on Service initiative to help charities in the community.
Christian Student Ministries made and distributed care packages for homeless individuals over Thanksgiving break. The packages included lunch, socks, gloves, toiletries and notes of encouragement. The Criminal Justice Club served homeless citizens in Tarrant County as well by holding a coat drive and a day of volunteerism at Union Gospel Mission. The club also provided gifts for a Union Gospel Mission family.
Northwest Campus’ Association of Latina American Students (ALAS) teamed with Fellowship Church of Fort Worth to bring holiday spirit to women and children at Presbyterian Night Shelter. Students played with the children, passed out gifts and pampered the residents with fingernail painting.
Student Government Association of Northwest Campus collected canned food and donations for Tarrant Area Food Bank. Meanwhile, the Northwest Communicators Club and Northwest Campus Choir showed some love to furry friends in Tarrant County. The students performed at a November event that benefited Forgotten Tails Animal Rescue.
The Alpha Delta Delta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa partnered with Better World Books to collect books for literacy partner Books for Africa. The group provides much-needed supplies for African libraries and rural schools. The charity project also supported the Thirst Project, which seeks to end the global water crisis.
Southeast Campus brought together hundreds of students and employees—representing more than a dozen clubs, organizations and departments—for the 20th annual Arlington Life Shelter dinner. The event, themed “Holidays Around the World,” reflected the global diversity of the College and community. Culinary Arts and Dietetics students collected food donations and prepared a holiday meal for nearly 80 adult and youth residents of Arlington Life Shelter as well as shelter staff members. Santa and Mrs. Claus joined Southeast Campus volunteers to entertain children with music, dance, reading, crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, ornament making and more. The campus provided a toy and book for each child in attendance, with other books going to the shelter’s library and remaining toys donated to Arlington’s Santa Cop Program. The Arlington Life Shelter holiday dinner project resulted in more than 500 hours volunteered by students, faculty and staff.
Phi Theta Kappa members and other Southeast Campus representatives made monthly visits to Mission Arlington in the fall, sorting donations and assisting with operations. In addition, members of Phi Theta Kappa collected hundreds of canned goods earlier in the semester for the Brazos Valley Food Bank in Bryan, Texas, to help victims of severe flooding; volunteered for Refugee Services of Texas to stock, clean and set up apartments; and participated in Science Night and Math Night at Arlington ISD’s Bebensee Elementary School.
Trinity River Campus students and organizations also conducted a variety of charitable activities. In November, the International Students Association held a fundraiser for the International Red Cross to benefit victims of the Paris terror attacks as well as a food drive for the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
Sigma Tau, the Surgical Technology student association, donated thousands of items and gifts to SafeHaven of Tarrant County, students at Fort Worth ISD’s I.M. Terrell and Nash elementary schools and the Grapevine Housing Authority.
Trinity River Equality in Education (TREE) took part in the Salvation Army DFW’s Angel Tree. Students provided gifts for 31 children served by Fort Worth’s Samaritan House, which helps individuals and families affected by major health conditions, substance abuse, mental health issues and homelessness.
South Campus student organizations, faculty and staff also assisted residents of Samaritan House, holding a day of service in November. The group gave its time to Fort Worth’s Trinity Habitat for Humanity the following month. Student Development Services organized the activities to help students become more aware of their civic responsibilities.
Campus volunteers for Meals on Wheels added gift bags to their normal deliveries in December. The employee group brought holiday cheer to 16 senior citizens who live near the campus. The South Campus volunteers gave 240 service hours to Meals on Wheels over the course of the fall semester. They hope to expand their efforts in 2016.

TCC Celebrates 10 Years of Empowering Professionals

Lorraine C. Miiller

Lorraine C. Miller

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 18, 2015) – Honoring its commitment to professional development and service to the community, Tarrant County College South Campus Community & Industry Education Services is sponsoring its 10th annual Ariel Hunter-Chriss African American Professionals Conference on Friday, Nov. 20.
The conference, held in partnership with DFW Community Partners, will be held at TCC South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. The continental breakfast and registration begin at 7:45 a.m., with the opening session starting at 8:35 a.m. The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. in the Student Center dining hall. Workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Lorraine C. Miller, 35th Clerk to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first African American and third woman to hold the position, is the opening speaker. Miller also was the former Interim President and CEO of the NAACP in Washington, D.C.
The luncheon speaker is Sheron C. Patterson, who has a doctorate in ministry. Patterson has worked 25 years as a relationship counselor, media personality and author. She has been featured in Ebony, JET, Essence and on national television’s CNN and BET. Locally, she is the relationship expert on WFAA TV 8’s Good Morning Texas.
Named for founder Ariel Hunter-Chriss, Continuing Education Services director at South Campus until her death in 2009, the purpose of the conference is to provide leadership strategies and tools for business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders to manage career challenges created by diversified and global competition. Continuing Education Services is the former name of Community & Industry Education Services.

Sheron C. Patterson

Sheron C. Patterson

The conference also provide an opportunity for contributions to be made to scholarship fund established in Chriss’ honor for children to attend TCC’s annual summer enrichment program, College for Kids. Donations may be made online at ww.tccd.edu/foundation and click on “Give Now.”
By mail, checks should be made to Tarrant County College Foundation, please indicate Ariel Hunter-Chriss Scholarship Fund on the check on in an attached letter. Mail to: Alex Allred, TCC Foundation, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
Conference sponsors and partners include Jim Austin Online, Minority Leaders and Citizens Council, Sam’s Club, Unity One Credit Union and Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County.
Registration for the conference is $69 for professionals and $39 for students. To register, contact Alisa Jones at alisa.jones @tccd.edu or 817-515-4598.