Videos Honor Chancellor’s Award Winners

As you may have seen in the news lately, several members of TCC’s faculty and staff were recognized during the annual Chancellor’s Employee Appreciation Breakfast for their outstanding contributions to TCC and the community. In addition to receiving awards at the breakfast, they were also honored through video commentaries offered by campus presidents, supervisors and colleagues. [Read more…]

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Toro Touts is back to bring you even more exciting news from the TCC community! This month we take a peek at the accomplishments of our faculty and staff and encourage you to give your colleagues a pat on the back by leaving a comment in the space provided below. To submit the latest from your corner of TCC, use the News Alert form and let us tout your news!

Angela Robinson

Angela Robinson

Robinson Named 2012 Power Attorney

Vice Chancellor for Administration and General Counsel Angela Robinson was named a 2012 Power Attorney by the Fort Worth Business Press and will attend a special luncheon at the Fort Worth Club on Oct. 11 at 11:30 a.m.  Power Attorneys are selected based on peer recognition, reputation and professional achievement.

TR’s Munoz, Garcia, and Menchaca Panelists at Project MALES Summit

Robert Muñoz, Vice President for Continuing Education Services, Hector Menchaca, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Serafin Garcia, Coordinator of Community Outreach and Service Learning, attended the University of Texas Latino Male Symposium in Austin and represented TCC/TR in roundtable discussions at the Project MALES Summit. The symposium, in its second year, focused on Latino male success in college and was attended by 250 school administrators, students and community leaders.

Bledsoe Named Fellow for Texas Project for Human Rights Education

Southeast developmental English instructor Candice Bledsoe was recently named one of six 2012 fellows for the Texas Project for Human Rights Education, a program funded by the Boone Family Foundation of Dallas and overseen by the Embrey Human Rights Program with SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Science.  The program aims to expand human rights education and provides professors with a $20,000 stipend to conduct research and find ways to include human rights studies into their different academic areas.

Bledsoe was recognized as a result of her work with the Poetic Diamonds and the Cutting Edge Youth Summit, which she founded.  The Poetic Diamonds and Cutting Edge Youth Summit assists girls, minorities, and economically disadvantaged youth with their written and oral communication skills to help students in the areas of mentorship, leadership, and scholarship.

Jackie Washington

Jackie Washington

Washington Takes on Leadership Opportunities

Northeast Vice President of Continuing Education Services Jackie Washington recently had the opportunity to participate in many leadership programs. She was accepted to the Future Presidents Institute, a week-long leadership program sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges, and furthermore, presented with Larry Darlage, Northeast campus president, and Harry Johnson, Northeast coordinator of special projects, at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s 34th annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas. Washington also participated in the 2012 Leadership Northeast program, which lasted 9 months and from which she graduated on May 18.

David Ximenez

David Ximenez

Ximenez to Testify at Senate Higher Education Committee

Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services David Ximenez has been invited to testify at the Senate Higher Education Committee hearing, chaired by Senator Judith Zaffirini.  Ximenez’s testimony will center on recommendations regarding more cost effective funding for financial aid, including ways to restructure financial aid programs to incentivize student success, particularly among low-income students, and the efficacy of current exemptions and waivers offered to students at institutions of higher education, including in-state tuition for undocumented students.

Ervin presents at Fort Worth Sister Cities International Leadership Academy

South Campus Assistant Professor of Psychology Staussa Ervin presented “Hip Hop Dance as Cultural Expression” at the Fort Worth Sister Cities International Leadership Academy.  One hundred international students were in attendance for the academy, whose theme was Passport to Peace, an illustration of how art could be used to promote peace in the world.  Ervin presented on dance, specifically Hip Hop dance that was created in the United States but, along with Hip Hop music, has gained popularity all over the world.  She discussed dance as an expression of culture, emotion, history, and communication, and also taught some Hip Hop choreography.


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Check out  our new column Toro Touts, where you  can stay abreast of happenings  in the TCC  community. We invite you to submit the latest from  your corner of  TCC by submitting a  News Alert  form.  After catching up, take a few moments to applaud your colleagues featured here by submitting a comment in the space provided below. [Read more…]

Number Three Important to Success

As a span of time, three weeks can seem like an eternity or it can whisk by. It often depends on whether you are waiting to go on vacation or already there. A chilling statistic revealed at the recent “In Pursuit of Excellence” Mentoring Summit is associated with the same time period. Researchers have found that students who do not make a connection at their college or university by their third week are less likely to continue their studies.

“One out of every four first-year students drops out,” said Terry Aaron, Southeast Campus Continuing Education director. “For African-American students, the statistics are even worse with as many as 60 percent of them never graduating.”

The establishment of mentoring programs has been identified as an effective way to reverse those trends. “Mentoring programs are instrumental in facilitating student success because they enable and empower participants. They promote persistence, help students face academic challenges and expose students to diverse economic, education and social experiences,” said Aaron, who coordinated the Summit as vice president of programs for the Tarrant County Chapter of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE).

The Village Mentoring Program, sponsored by TABPHE, and the Trinity River African-American Male Mentoring Program (TRAAMMP) celebrated their work with their 33 mentees during the Summit Awards Ceremony Luncheon. Four of the students received scholarships. Scholarship winners and their scholarships  are Wallace Akins, Follett Book Store Scholarship; Cherise Jackson, Cambridge University Press Scholarship;  Cedric Landers, Aaron/Davis-Mohammed Scholarship;  and Tomasina Thompson, TABPHE Co-Founder Chancellor Erma  Johnson Hadley Scholarship.

The Summit was attended by nearly 270 participants and was made possible in part by the following sponsors: TCC Continuing Education, TCC Student Activities, Cambridge University Press, Chick-fil-A, Follett Book Store, Jewelry by Regina Harris, Lewis Warren Jr., Mary Blue, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Pearson Longman, TCC Community Outreach, TABPHE Tarrant County Chapter and the Women’s Center.

As a result of the summit, nine additional students signed up and one new mentor was recruited, said South Campus Academic Support Services Coordinator Nicole Minor, who coordinates TABPHE’s Village Mentoring Program.

“We want to increase the number of African-American male mentors and partner with student organizations,” Minor said. “It doesn’t take a lot of time – just the consistency of spending 15-30 minutes with a student each week on their campus to develop a trusting relationship.”

Just knowing that someone knows their name makes a difference for students. “Students are more likely to persist when they know somebody is cheering them on,” she said.

To sign up on your campus to help with TABPHE’s mentoring program, contact Minor or the following campus mentoring liaisons George Edwards, Northeast Campus; Michelle Davis-Mohammed, South Campus; or Sharrod Perry, Southeast Campus. Contact Freddie Sandifer Jr. for information about TRAAMMP.

Learn how the mentoring programs are helping TCC’s students, why two professors are mentors and why Summit speakers Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and CBS 11 & TXA 21  Anchor Keith Garvin share their experiences by viewing the videos below.

Dallas County DA Craig Watkins, Mentoring Summit Morning Speaker

CBS 11 & TXA 21 Anchor Keith Garvin

CBS 11 & TXA 21 Anchor Keith Garvin, Mentoring Summit Luncheon Speaker







Regina Cannon

Regina Cannon, Mentor and SE Assistant Professor

Mark Evans

Mark Evans, Mentor and TR Assistant Professor






See videos from some of the mentees below.

Paul Thomas
TR Mentee

Tandranika Johnson
SO Mentee and Mentoring Summit Panelist

Hakim Zakaria
TR Mentee

Xavier Williams
TR Mentee

Wallace Akins
SO Mentee and Scholarship Recipient

Dayron Owens
TR Mentee

Cedric Landers
TR Mentee and Scholarship Recipient

Tomasina Thompson
SE Mentee and Scholarship Recipient

Cherise Jackson
SE Mentee and Scholarship Recipient






South Campus Remembers the Dream with a Celebration

Mime Performance

Miguel Hardy offers a mime interpretation of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.”

Although the Martin Luther King, Jr. “Remembering the Dream” celebration at the South Campus was a couple of days after the official holiday, it was well worth the wait. Mishuna McDonald from the South Campus Student Activities department said she has spent the last few months coordinating the event, which recognized the artistic efforts of students from South Campus feeder schools and offered proof that Dr. King’s dream of equality is still alive. [Read more…]

TCC Recognized for Inclusion

Tarrant County College’s dedication to strengthening equity by fostering an environment of inclusion throughout the District recently was recognized by the Association of Community College Trustees.

Members of TCC’s Board of Trustees and Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley accepted the AACT Equity Award touting the College for initiatives that maximize student success.  These included the addition of an office of institu­tional diversity, mandatory advising, as well as Weekend College. Also cited was a diversity summit for students, faculty, and staff, and the involvement of individuals from all backgrounds in the college plan­ning processes.

ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.

Board and chancellor receive award

Forensics Teams Big Winners at Newbie Novice Tournament

Trinity River Campus winners, from left, are John Sims, Stephanie Darnell, Phil Morgan, David Ross and Kristin Taylor.

Congratulations to Trinity River and Northeast campuses’ forensics teams who recently took top honors at the Newbie Novice Speech and Debate Tournament at Northeast Campus in Hurst Sept. 23-25.

In their first competition, Trinity River’s 10-member Honey Badgers team was the first place Debate Sweepstakes winner and finished third place overall.

Other Trinity River debate winners were John Sims and Stephanie Darnell, first place, and Kristin Taylor and David Ross, third place, in Parliamentary Debate.  Winning in the Overall Debate Speaker competition were: Kristin Taylor, first place, and David Ross, fourth place.

Excelling in individual events for Trinity River were John Sims, first place in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Katie Hurrell, sixth place in Program Oral Interpretation.

Northeast also had two students win individual competitions. Alexander Alatorre won fourth place in Informative Speaking and Rafael Gonzalez placed sixth in Impromptu Speaking.

A total of 83 students competed in 172 total event entries. Other schools present were Central Texas College, Howard Payne University, San Antonio College, San Jacinto College North, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Southern University, Tyler Junior College and University of the Southwest.

Helping TCC students prepare for their outstanding performances at Trinity River were coaches Phil Morgan and Irene Thrower. At Northeast, coaches are Lisa Benedetti, Jacob Cabe, Paulinda Krug, Sean Stewart and Stephen Thomas.

Keep up the good work!

NE Forensics Winners

Northeast Campus winners are Alex Alatorre, left, and Rafael Gonzalez.

TREC Honored for Environmental Impact

Trailblazer award presentation

TCC Board Member Kristin Vandergriff and Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, second and third from left, are joined by TCC Vice Chancellor Nina Petty, left, and FW  Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President  Rosa Navejar, right,  receiving Trailblazer recognition.

Trinity River East Campus, within its first month of operation, has been recognized for how it protects its environment both now and in the future. Downtown Fort Worth Inc., presented its prestigious Trailblazer Award in the category of sustainable development to TREC Sept. 16 at the Omni Hotel. The event was covered in the Star-Telegram Saturday, Sept. 17.

Environmental-friendly features that contributed to the awarding of the recognition include its use of natural light, the outdoor plaza complete with its water feature and shaded areas. Classes began for 700 students Aug. 29.  Programs located in the 148,000-square-foot Center for Health Care Professions include Health Information Technology, Long Term Care Administration, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care and Surgical Technology.


Northwest BPA Students Tops

Mia Easley

For the first time, two Tarrant County College Northwest Campus Business Professionals of America students won first place at the recent National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Three other students ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

Mia Easley earned first place for Presentation Management and also ranked in the top 10 for Management, Marketing and Human Resources.

Emily Almaguer placed first for Human Resource Management. Emily graduated Friday with an associate degree in Marketing. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in marketing at Texas Christian University.

Emily AlmaguerFinancial Analyst Team members Mark Garber, Michael Gardner and Kathryn Alvarado ranked in the nation’s top 10.

In addition to competing at the leadership conference, Northwest students also helped with the conference. Mark was elected head delegate and Mia and Michael were voting delegates.
Michael Gardner, Mark Garber, Kathryn Alvarado