TCC Selected for Civil Rights Events Exhibition

Changing-America-News-RotatorFORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 6, 2015) – The Judith J. Carrier Library at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus is one of 50 sites in the U.S. selected for the “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” exhibition. The exhibition examines the relationship between these two events and their impact on generations that followed.

“We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said JoTisa Klemm, director of library services. “The dramatic story of how these two pivotal events came into being, a century apart, and how each helped put the nation on a course toward fulfilling its commitment to liberty and justice for all, is one that can inspire all Americans.”

The exhibit runs Jan. 12–Feb. 19, with an opening reception on Jan. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. Tramaine Anderson, history instructor, will speak about the connections between the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. Additional events during the exhibit include the City of Arlington Martin Luther King Celebration Multicultural Festival, speakers on the Civil Rights Movement, film discussions and readings. More information is available on the schedule.

“The exhibition tells the story of civil rights struggles and their impact on American history and, hopefully, will inspire us all to continue to work for the extension of equal rights to all Americans,” said Klemm. “We hope faculty, students, and the community will visit the exhibition and come away with new understanding of this part of our history.”

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States (see “Created Equal” encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of civil rights in America.

Changing America Exhibit Events

TCC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 19, 2014) – Tarrant County College will observe Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 with events honoring the cultures and contributions of Hispanic-American citizens. Campus observances include exhibits, festivals, films and special speakers.
José Aguilar, preparedness specialist with Tarrant Public Health, will speak on “Making a Difference” on Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Judith J. Carrier Library on the Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington. Aguilar, recipient of the 2007 Spirit of Cesar Chavez Award, was honored for his leadership of a faith-based organization that successfully challenged John Peter Smith Hospital to better serve the tax-paying community.
Also on Sept. 25, the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, will show the film “Pride and Anger,” which tells the story of the riot sparked by the killing of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez by a police officer. The event led to cultural change with political representation and more Mexican-Americans on the police force. Associate producer Diana Marquis will attend. Marquis is one of the founders of DFW Hispanic Communicators and The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas.
Two campuses have events scheduled for Oct. 9. On the Northwest Campus, the Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta will be here from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features cultural dancing, music and food and showcases educational booths. Additionally, a custom car show will be on display. The campus is located at 4801 Marine Creek Pkwy.
Pilar Candia will speak on being an active member of the community at the Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Passionate about community engagement, Candia works with the Alameel Foundation to provide low-income families with education resources and serves on the board of the newly-emerging North Texas Young Latino Leaders.
The South Campus kicked off events this week with Vive Las Fiestas Patrias to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.
Hispanic Heritage Month Events – Fall 2014

TCC South Campus Film Students Show Work at Festival

Tarrant County College South Campus film students recently showed their piece, “Unorthodox Perception,” at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase. The showcase calls attention to the quality work produced within the independent film movement and provides independent artists a platform to share their work, network and gain encouragement from their peers.
“We know that students who are engaged in academically meaningful curricular and co-curricular activities persist at higher rates and have higher course- and degree-completion rates than those who are not engaged,” said South Campus President Peter Jordan. “It is co-curricular student peer networks, like the South Campus Film Club, that keep students engaged and excited about learning.”
“Unorthodox Perception” focuses on Cassie, a college student who struggles with her choices and their consequences. Confronted by the good and evil sides of her conscience, Cassie has to choose whether or not to disrespect her mother and ultimately, herself. In the climax, Cassie has a glimpse the positive plan for her future, which influences her choice.
The film was written and directed by Elliot Simms. Fellow students Jorge Martinez and Manuel Gaons performed camera work and edited the film. Maria Cortez and Jasmine Jones played the leads.
“In addition to keeping up with their classes, the students who made ‘Unorthodox Perception’ created this film from writing the script, doing the storyboard and planning out the shots, shooting and reshooting and then editing their work,” said film instructor Molly Floyd. At the same time, the students were actively involved in the planning and hosting of the South Campus film festival. “We have so many talented students and, given the opportunity, they do amazing things, said Floyd, who also serves as one of the Film Club’s faculty advisors.
Campus President Jordan also praised the work of the students. Additionally, he credited the dedication of faculty who invest their time and talent beyond the classroom to mentor and develop students through club activities, projects and competitions.
“When the South Campus Film Club hosted a film festival this past spring, one of the judges, filmmaker Bill Haas, saw potential in ‘Unorthodox Perception,'” Floyd said. He loaned equipment to Simms and his production crew and worked with them to remake the film to take it to the next level.
Once the remake was done, Haas sponsored the film by paying the entry fee for the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase.
“Having their efforts recognized, not only in hosting a successful film festival but also having their film sponsored in the Fort Worth Indie Film Festival, was an incredible confirmation of the time, effort and attention in their film,” Floyd said.

TCC Supports Youth with Main Street Arts Sponsorship

Main Street News RotatorFor the first time, Tarrant County College is one of five official sponsors for this year’s Main Street Arts Festival, which runs from April 10-13 in downtown Fort Worth. Consistent with TCC’s commitment to putting success within reach for current and future students, the College will sponsor the Growing Young Artists program including a Young People’s Art Fair.
Located in Main Street Creates! at Main Street and Weatherford, the Young People’s Art Fair will feature works for sale from more than 300 Fort Worth artists ages 7-17. Two TCC art instructors will serve as jurors of the Young People’s Art Fair; Eduardo Aguilar, TCC Northwest Campus art professor, will serve as one of the jurors for Main Street Festival overall.
Artwork created by TCC faculty and students will be exhibited, showing off the expertise in our various art programs. In addition to appearances by Toro at noon on Saturday and Sunday, TCC employees will staff two informational booths – one in Main Street Creates! and one at the corner of Main and Fourth streets, at which people can learn more about the programs TCC offers.
A special thanks in advance to the more than 50 volunteers who are making TCC’s participation possible.

TCC Northwest Theater Students to Perform at Coveted Regional Festival in Shreveport

good_woman_digital_sign_FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 28, 2014) – Selected from approximately 40 college and university submissions, the cast of Tarrant County College Northwest Campus’s production of “The Good Woman of Szechwan” will be the only two-year college to perform next month at the invitational Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Louisiana.

Approximately 20 Northwest Campus theater students will be among the six colleges and universities performing during the festival from Feb. 25 to March 1 at the historic Strand Theatre in downtown Shreveport. TCC will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Prior to the festival, Northwest students will present the play on their campus at 4801 Marine Creek Parkway, Friday, Feb. 21, to Sunday, Feb. 23. Show times on Friday and Saturday are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. General admission is $6; tickets for students and seniors are $3; and, admission is free for TCC faculty, staff and students.

“The Good Woman of Szechwan” is a re-imagining of Bertolt Brecht’s musical parable about the struggle to live a moral life in a society corrupted by greed and selfishness. Three gods visit the mythical city of Szechwan in search of a “good” person, only to find one in a humble prostitute named Shen Te. Soon, a gift from the gods forces Shen Te to invent an alter ego in order to protect herself and her new-found wealth. A wildly entertaining examination of the relationship between economic systems and the moral standards they produce, this production features original music composed by Anne Watts with her band, Boister.

While at the festival, TCC students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including workshops presented by college/university faculty and industry professionals, playwriting competitions, design competitions, directing exhibitions, improv sessions and a10-minute play festival.

Southeast Campus theater students will also attend the festival because their production of “The Laramie Project” made the final level in consideration to be selected to be performed.

Since its inception in 1969, KCACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, improved their dramatic skills and receive national recognition for excellence. More than 16 million theatergoers have attended about 10,000 festival productions nationwide.

The KCACTF network has grown to include more than 600 academic institutions throughout the United States, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondent in eight regions. TCC is part of the Region 6 comprised of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri.


African-American Heritage Celebrations Under Way

NE_black_history_reddick_8269“The Spoken Word Evolution” at Northeast Campus launches African-American Heritage Month celebrations today at TCC.

A night at Bass Hall, reflections from a top legal expert and national television political analyst, a district-wide celebration of the African-American experiences and a traveling performance to be presented on all five campuses are also on tap for those willing to delve into their own or explore the culture of others.

From 12:30 to 2 p.m., performers include Spoken Word artists Soule, T. Odis, Princess, Ms. Vicki and Keith Thomas at the Northeast’s Student Center, Center Corner, NSTU 1615A.

TCC Night at Memphis! provides the TCC community a chance to enjoy the award-winning Broadway musical at a fraction of the cost at Bass Hall. To take in the musical Feb. 13 that “bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love,” visit Enter code: TCC to get tickets for just $25.

A lecture on “Race in the Age of Obama” will be given Feb. 21 by Ted Williams, a Fox News legal panelist and former star of the television show Power of Attorney, on Northeast Campus from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in the Student Center, Center Corner, NSTU 1615 A.

The entire District will come together to take part in living history Feb. 27 in the inaugural celebration “African-American Heritage: Celebrating Strides Event.” Featured will be inspirational vocal performances by the Community Church Choir of Fort Worth and a moving dramatic interpretation by the Jubilee Theater cast. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the art exhibit by renowned multimedia artist Letitia Huckaby.  All activities will be on Trinity River Campus in the Action Suites (TRTR 4202), beginning with the serving of hors d’oeuvres at 6 and the program at 6 p.m.

Campuses have joined together to host the Langston Hughes Project described as a dynamic multimedia presentation by University of Southern California Music Professor Ron McCurdy featuring the work of Langston Hughes, known for creating jazz poetry during the Harlem Renaissance.

Performances are:

  • Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Southeast North Ballroom, 2 to 3 p.m., Trinity River Energy Room,
    TRTR  4008
  • Feb. 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Northeast Student Center, Center Corner, NSTU 1615A
  • Feb. 28, 11 a.m. to noon, Northwest Theater, WTLO  and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., South Student Center Cafeteria



Kids Benefit at Vision Fest

TR_vision_fest_6539The halls of Trinity River Campus will be overflowing Friday for the second year with youngsters getting a chance for a better view of life. Free glasses are expected to be given to as many as 800 children during Kids Vision Fest 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tarrant County College (TCC) downtown campus.

TCC students with children ages 5 to 12 who qualify based on need established by the 2012-2013 Federal Poverty Guidelines are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity, presented by the Alcon Foundation, Essilor Vision Foundation, TCC and Kids Vision for Life Coalition.

Research shows that 80 percent of learning is the result of what is seen. As a result, many children with uncorrected vision lack literacy skills causing them to fall behind in school creating life-long struggles with unemployment and other social issues.

The impact of vision on society is the topic of the community roundtable at 10 a.m. in the Energy Auditorium (TRTR 4008). Among those joining Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley as featured speakers are:

  • Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price
  • Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen
  • Jim Schlossnagle, TCU head baseball coach and Team USA head baseball coach
  • Jim Lites, president and CEO of the Dallas Stars
  • Jeri Pfeifer, Ph.D.,  superintendent of Everman ISD
  • Rick Weisbarth, OD, vice president of professional affairs – Alcon; and
  • Howard Purcell, OD, chair of the vision committee for the Essilor Vision Foundation.

As an extra bonus from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., attendees can meet three-time Stanley Cup winner and current Dallas Stars assistant coach Andy Moog who will be on hand signing autographs and taking photos upon request at Kids Vision Fest.

Hope to see you there!



Northwest Campus Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month

Mariachi band performs

The Northside High School Mariachi Band performs at NW Campus’ Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff.

Hispanic Heritage Month may be winding down, but the memories of food, fun, and fandangos still linger. We hope you had a chance to attend one of the Hispanic Heritage Month events on your campus, or perhaps you were able take in an art exhibit, sit in on a seminar or hear a guest speaker to learn more about Hispanic culture.

Northwest Campus opened their events in September with a Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff, featuring live music from the Northside High School Mariachi Band and free food for those who attended. We received a video of the event from Northwest Campus Media Manager and all-around audio/visual guru Chip Cosgrove. Check out the video on our TCC Trailblazers YouTube channel to see if you can spot yourself there, or to see what you missed so you can make plans for next year.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at TCC

Ollimpaxqui Ballet Folklórico

Ollimpaxqui Ballet Folklórico teaches through the universal language of dance.

Your college years offer a unique opportunity to meet new people, experience new things and broaden your understanding of the world. TCC is no exception, being a melting pot of ideas, cultures and personalities.

In fact, President Barack Obama proclaimed this week National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week.  National HSI Week serves as a time to honor the HSIs and their efforts to address the higher educational needs of Hispanic students.

Expand your horizons and help us celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through October 15 by attending an event, taking in a seminar, entering a contest, hearing a guest speaker or even watching a performance by Ollimpaxqui Ballet Folklórico on Southeast Campus. By the way, if you have trouble pronouncing “Ollimpaxqui”, then that could be a hint that it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of Hispanic heritage. See a PDF of some of our planned events.

Editor’s Note: The information about National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week was added September 20.






Achieving the Dream Concert Series Rocks NW Campus

Band plays at NW Campus

Fight Fire with Friends performs at the Achieving the Dream concert series on Northwest Campus.

Northwest Campus recently hosted a spring rock-concert series to encourage students to set goals for themselves and raise awareness of the Achieving the Dream initiative, which is designed to increase student access and success. [Read more…]