TCC Holds Public Forums for Two Finalists for Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 2, 2016)
 
WHAT:
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.
 
WHEN:
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.
 
WHERE:
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 Board Announces Two Finalists for Chancellor

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 20, 2016) – Following a national search, Tarrant County College Board of Trustees Thursday announced the selection of two finalists for chancellor, the top administrative leadership post at the College, the 12th largest institution of higher education in the United States.
 
Finalists are 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.
 
Two public forums for students, faculty, staff and the community will be held Thursday, June 2, in the Energy Auditorium at TCC’s Trinity River Campus from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. TCC faculty and executive leadership also will meet with the candidates.
 
Trinity River Campus is located at 300 Trinity Campus Circle in downtown Fort Worth.
 
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.
 
Giovannini has served the Maricopa County Community College District in Arizona since 2002, including 11 years as president of Gateway Community College in Phoenix. He began his community college career in 1983 at Virginia’s Eastern Shore Community College as an instructor for two years before becoming chair of Office Technologies at Broome Community College in New York.
 
In 2014, Giovannini was appointed to the board of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. He earned his doctorate in Community College Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Education and Master of Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
 
Kavalier has more than 30 years of community college experience, including two community college presidencies and senior level experience in academic and student affairs at large urban and smaller colleges. She served more than 20 years with the Dallas County Community College District, three years as associate vice president at Tacoma Community College in Washington, three years at San Diego Mesa College as vice president of student services and three years as president of San Jose City College in California.
 
She earned her doctorate in Educational Administration with specialization in Community College Leadership from The University of Texas in Austin. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in English from Texas Christian University and earned her Master of Science in Business and Human Relations from Amberton University. Additionally, she earned her Associate of Arts and Science degree from DCCCD Mountain View College, where she later became an adjunct professor.
 
Kavalier’s experience also includes serving as the self-study director for Mountain View College before she was recruited to serve as president of San Jose College to focus on resolving accreditation issues. She has authored two books on community colleges.
 
TCC General Counsel and Vice Chancellor Angela Robinson has been serving as acting chancellor since TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away in early October 2015.

Tarrant County College Hosts Celebration to Mark Commitment to Employee Well-Being

TCC is Fort Worth’s first higher education institution to become a Blue Zones Project Approved worksite
 
FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 28, 2016) – Making healthy choices easier is now all in a day’s work for employees of Tarrant County College, as all five TCC campus locations and the District office have become Blue Zones Project Approved™ worksites. Blue Zones Project®—a community-led well-being initiative—is partnering with TCC to create a culture that makes wellness a priority through changes to campus environment, policy and attitudes.
 
Blue Zones Project and TCC are hosting campus celebrations to mark the worksite designation and kick off the next phase of well-being efforts. The events culminate with the District office festivities, 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at TCC’s May Owen Center, 1500 Houston St., Fort Worth. Mayor Betsy Price will be present.
 
TCC—the 12th-largest higher education institution in the United States—is the first college to earn recognition by Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth. In order to achieve Blue Zones Project approval, worksites must fulfill the requirements of the Blue Zones Project Worksite Pledge. This includes implementing best practices in a variety of areas, including physical surroundings, employee engagement, policies and benefits, and leadership.
 
“Committing to well-being through Blue Zones Project was the right thing to do, for employees as well as the College,” said Ricardo Coronado, associate vice chancellor for human resources. “Staff who have strong well-being perform better and ultimately lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. We’ve had employees lose weight, go off medication, and completely change their outlook.”
 
Blue Zones Project is patterned after lifestyles in the world’s Blue Zones® areas, which have higher levels of contentment, reduced rates of chronic diseases, and greater numbers of people reaching age 100. Launched in August 2015, TCC’s worksite initiatives center on adding movement to employees’ routines, creating healthier and tastier campus food options, helping employees downshift, and building stronger connections among colleagues.
 
Last fall, TCC faculty and staff began participating in Blue Zones Project’s Walking Moias, small social groups that walk together each week while creating bonds with others who also support healthy behaviors. TCC is now kicking off Potluck Moias, groups that will gather over the course of the next ten weeks to share healthy, plant-based meals and fellowship.
 
As part of the Blue Zones Project Worksite Pledge, more than 25 percent of TCC employees signed the Blue Zones Project Personal Pledge. Individuals who take the personal pledge agree to adopt small changes that are proven to increase wellness, extend life expectancy, and reduce stress. Personal Pledge actions may include eliminating electronic distractions in the bedroom; building a social circle that supports positive behaviors; and designating a space in the home for quiet time, meditation, or prayer.
 
TCC joins an elite network of local Blue Zones Project Approved organizations in Fort Worth, including 20 restaurants, four grocery stores, and nine other area worksites.
 
About Blue Zones Project:
Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being initiative aimed at making healthier choices easier for people who live, work, and play in Fort Worth. Fort Worth is currently a Blue Zones Project Demonstration Site. Over the coming years, the city will implement environmental changes in six key areas, including worksites, schools, grocery stores, restaurants, individuals, and community policy. Once city-specific goals are met, Fort Worth will be certified as a Blue Zones Community®. For more information, visit https://fortworth.bluezonesproject.com/.
 
About Tarrant County College:
Tarrant County College is a public two-year college with campuses in Fort Worth and surrounding communities. TCC is the 12th-largest higher education institution in the United States based on annual enrollment, with more than 100,000 students in academic, career training and noncredit Community & lndustry Education programs. The College provides affordable, quality education in a welcoming and diverse atmosphere. TCC offers both on-campus and online learning, with a strong support system to help students from all backgrounds meet their academic and professional goals. Visit www.tccd.edu
 

Local Leaders Tout Benefits of TCC Partnership

Dr. Jordan at Partners PanelThe benefits of educating future employees, of high school and college dual credit programs and scholarships, and the search for a new chancellor took center stage at the First Week Back program at Tarrant County College South Campus earlier this month. The “Power Generation: Fueling the Future, Celebrating Partnerships” event drew dozens of local business and education leaders to share their experiences with faculty and staff.
 
Hydradyne, a Fort Worth-based fluid power sales and service company, works with TCC to ensure a future employee base. The fluid power industry “has an aging workforce, so we’re relying on TCC to produce the talent to fill these positions,” said Hydradyne President David Parks.
 
Hydradyne employees assist TCC with curriculum development, helping it remain current. The company also provides equipment for hands-on training during instruction.
 
Parks participated on a panel moderated by South Campus President Peter Jordan.
 
Attendees at South Partners Panel“South Campus will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, and it is exciting to see the impact our faculty, staff and students have made,” Jordan said. “Events like these help us spread the word about the opportunities that exist and identify new ways to improve our community.”
 
United Way Vice President of Community Development Sue Matkin, Crowley ISD Supt. Dan Powell and Texas Wesleyan President Fred Slabach also served on the panel.
 
Matkin shared how a video contest helped United Way of Tarrant County explain predatory lending to low-income people. “We created a video contest and invited TCC South Campus groups to participate. It’s just another example of how I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have partners. Together we can make it happen.”
 
In 2012, the Crowley ISD and TCC opened the Crowley South Campus Center. The facility was designed to offer dual credit programs to approximately 1,000 students. Additionally, the location offers workforce development and continuing education.
 
Crowell ISD Supt. Powell“One of the things we share with TCC is trying to make this world a better place by building into people the competencies to be able to take care of themselves, their families and make contributions to their communities,” Powell said.
 
TCC and Texas Wesleyan have teamed in many ways to provide low-cost education. The most recent example is TWU’s Smaller. Smarter. Promise Scholarship. “The program awards a full ride to the university to eligible TCC students with 42 hours and a B average (or better),” Slabach said.
 
Concerning a new chancellor, TCC will launch a nationwide search after hiring an executive search firm Erma Johnson Hadley, a founding member of the Northeast Campus faculty, and TCC’s fourth chancellor, died in 2015. The panelists said the school should seek a visionary leader with a proven track record overseeing an organization of TCC’s size and importance.
 
Approximately 100,000 students attend TCC annually, making it the third-largest college or university in Texas and the 12th in the nation. TCC has six campuses, including one responsible for online learning, dual credit and Weekend College. TCC also develops customized curriculum for businesses of all sizes.

Panel 1

Panelists, left to right, are Crowley ISD’s Dan Powell, United Way’s Sue Matkin, Hydradyne’s David Parks and Texas Wesleyan’s Fred Slabach.

Partner Panel at South
Panel attendees
 

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 Employee Elected to APTA Board

According to the “Work Faces” column in the Oct. 11 Fort Worth Star-Telegram, McEwing_Andre_2754 (4)TCC Supplier Diversity Manager Andre McEwing recently was elected to the 2015-16 Board of the Directors of the American Public Transportation Association. McEwing has served on the Board of Directors for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority for three years and is in his second term as vice chairman.

TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley Passes Away

Erma-Johnson-Hadley BuzzFORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 1, 2015) In a message distributed this morning by Tarrant County College Board President Louise Appleman to all TCC faculty and staff, the passing of TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley was announced.
 
“After a lengthy and brave battle with cancer our leader and friend, Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley passed away this morning. She was surrounded by family and close friends.
 
“The Tarrant County College family is deeply saddened by the passing of our energetic leader and career educator. Chancellor Hadley was a founding faculty member of the College, beginning her career with us in 1968. She was chosen by the Board of Trustees in March 2010, to serve as the fourth Chancellor of TCC. During her tenure as Chancellor, Tarrant County College realized unprecedented enrollment increases and student success. Because of Chancellor Hadley’s vision and leadership, TCC is poised for continued student achievement and success while expanding access to education for residents of all ages.
 
“Erma was laser-focused on the students we serve. Every decision she made was driven by her deep desire to provide access to higher education for our community and for that education to pave a path to success in today’s workforce. We will miss her terribly and I personally have lost a dear friend.
 
“The TCC Board of Trustees will look to Angela Robinson for leadership until the Board meets. Robinson currently serves as General Counsel and Vice Chancellor of Administration for Tarrant County College.
 
“Angela has our complete confidence and will work with a talented team to continue the important work of TCC. Our Board of Trustees has over 93 years of experience serving the College and our executive team has over 375 years of educational experience. Through our sadness we will carry on and continue to serve our students, faculty and taxpayers with vision and determination.”
 
According to Robinson, “We all learned from the Chancellor and we will carry on as she taught us. The leaders who comprise the 12-member Chancellor’s Executive Leadership Team are experienced and up to the challenge. Erma would have us pull together and work hard on behalf of those we serve, and that is what we are doing.”
 
Funeral arrangements are pending.
 
Chancellor Hadley Release Accomplishments 10-1-15
 

TCC Opens Two State-of-the-Art Educational Facilities

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 25, 2015) Tarrant County College officially opened the doors today of two state-of-the-art education facilities on South Campus, the first TCC campus opened after residents voted 50 years ago to establish a community college. Tarrant County residents in 1965 joined a national push to expand educational opportunities beyond the elite so the growing need for skilled workers could be met.
 
The $42 million Center of Excellence for Energy Technology – the largest of its kind in the nation – is a sustainable, learning and training center built with walls exposing the color-coded mechanical infrastructure to aid with teaching. The 87,000-square-foot facility is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status with the stretch goal to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The U.S. Green Building Council normally awards final designations about six months following construction.
 
TCC South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School opened this fall with 103 ninth-grade students. The $13-million facility completes the District’s objective to foster a college-going culture by housing a collegiate high school on each campus where students can earn an associate degree while completing their high school diploma. The school is FWISD’s newest Gold Seal School of Choice.
 
“When you look at both facilities together, you see that in this, TCC’s 50th year, we are building on our legacy of excellence and service to our community while looking well into the future,” said TCC South Campus President, Peter Jordan. “We are building programs for students who not only will become self-sufficient through higher education, but will power our regional and national economy full-steam ahead.”
 
New energy technologies and future workforce opportunities were celebrated during the grand opening event, Power Generation: Fueling the Future. TCC officials and FWISD’s new superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner, were joined at the observance by elected officials including State Sen. Konni Burton, Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks and Kennedale Mayor Brian Johnson.
 
Among the business, industry and education leaders in attendance were the project’s managing architect Robert Pence, president and CEO of Freese & Nichols, Inc.; William Clayton, vice president, Mass Retention Sales and executive director, the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation; Tom Dickinson, training manager, Johnson Controls: Randy Boyd, president/owner, AC Supply Company; David Parks, president, Hydradyne; and Crowley ISD Superintendent Dan Powell.
 
As part of the opening, TCC students put the finishing touches on the installation of an NRG Street Charge® station, a 12.5-foot tower equipped with solar panels and a bevy of mobile device charging cables where consumers can plug in and get a free charge. It is the second station to be installed at South Campus.
 
TCC South/Fort Worth Collegiate High Students participated in the ceremonies including Sissely Miles, who sang the National Anthem. Colors were presented by Tasneem Alhanawi, Tarean Carter, Jacqueline Hernandez and Magaly Moreno. Music was provided by the South Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Stitzel.
 
South Campus opened in 1967 as the first campus after the District was established by county-wide vote July 31, 1965. TCC, the 16th-largest highest education institution in the nation, offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as Associate of Arts degrees, Community & Industry Education courses, workshops and customized training programs.
 
“Over the next 10 years, Texas is projected to experience 30 percent growth in energy-related jobs, including oil and gas rotary drill operators; oil, gas and mining service unit operators; and, oil and gas roustabouts,” Jordan said. “Together, projections suggest that in these disciplines alone there will be 19,000 new and replacement jobs that will need to be filled. Through our Center of Excellence for Energy Technology, TCC is well-equipped to get them prepared. And, many of them may come from the students who started their collegiate career right here at TCC South/Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School.”
 

Tarrant County College Police, Fire Cadets Run 9.11 Miles on 9/11

The fifth annual 9/11 Memorial Run at the Northwest Campus was covered by Channel 5 (KXAS). Runners crossed the finish line at the same time as the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center 14 years ago.

Channel 5 Coverage of 9/11 Memorial Run

Wellness Initiative Announced as TCC Faculty and Staff Honored at Annual Chancellor’s Employee Appreciation Day

CB SceneARLINGTON, Texas (Aug. 25, 2015) – A new wellness initiative was announced Tuesday as six Tarrant County College faculty members, one staff member and three teams were honored at the annual Chancellor’s Employee Appreciation Breakfast and Professional Development Day at the Arlington Convention Center.
 
TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley announced that TCC is among one of the first organizations in Fort Worth to participate in the Blue Zones Project, a community-wide well-being initiative championed by Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. The initiative is based on research about the habits of people who live in regions where they live longer. The project provides easier ways for citizens to make healthy choices through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks.
 
Price has said the changes could result in seniors living more enjoyable lives. TCC employees were told now it’s TCC’s turn to play a role in improving the well-being of faculty, staff, students and the community. TCC is currently working to become a Blue Zones Project Approved™ Worksite. Changes are designed to provide a healthier work environment and, ultimately, a longer, better life for employees.
 
At the annual recognition event, faculty and staff were honored for their dedication and commitment to their students and to TCC’s institutional excellence. For the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teacher, Hadley announced winners by campus: Northeast Campus Geography Professor Meena Balakrishnan, Northwest Campus Dance Professor Kim Jackson, South Philosophy
Professor Jeremy Byrd, Southeast Campus Speech Instructor Tonya Blivens and Trinity River Campus Computer Science Professor Tyson McMillan.
 


Receiving recognition for the Chancellor’s Employee Excellence Awards were Demesia Razo, Trinity River Campus student support coordinator, for Access and Diversity; The Title IX Team for Forward Thinking; Northwest Campus Center for Excellence for Innovation and Creativity and Northwest Campus Computer Science Day Team for Service to Community; and Orlando Bagcal, South Campus associate professor and construction management coordinator, for Student Success.
 

Other nominees for Exemplary Teaching by campus include Northeast: English Professor Angela Pettit and Child Development Professor Stephanie Scroggins, Northwest: Geology Instructor Josh Fairbanks and Computer Science Instructor Steve Smiley, South: Health Physical Education Instructor Timothy Johnson and English Instructor Nicole Vallee, Southeast: Assistant Math Professor Carol White and Computer Science Instructor Gracie Williams; and Trinity River: History Instructor Lisa Blank and Assistant Nursing Professor Debbie Price.
 
Additional nominees for Excellence were Associate Chemistry Professor Kenneth Drake and the Love Conference Team for Access and Diversity; Northwest Community & Industry Education Instructor/Counselor George Hawkins and the Job Fair Team for Forward Thinking, Brain Awareness Team and Northeast Associate Drama Professor Stephen Thomas and Instructor Associate Laura Mahon for Innovation and Creativity, Aviation Instructor and Department Chair Darrell Irby and South Campus Vision Committee for Service to Community and Student Success Committee and South Campus Associate Art Professor Paul Benero for Student Success.