Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus Hosts PTK International Honor Society Charter and Induction Ceremony

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 25, 2017)
Tarrant County College’s newest campus, TCC Connect, will induct 73 members into its newly established chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. The Beta Chi Zeta Chapter becomes the sixth TCC chapter of PTK that has recognized academic excellence since it was established in 1918.
Members must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have earned at least 12 college-level credits. Using the international criteria, TCC Connect charter members were selected from the dean’s list.
Incoming officers for the 2017-2018 academic year are: Bridgette Graves, president; India Picquet, vice president of fellowship; Marcia Gonzales Boyte, vice president of scholarship; and Gabrielle Marshall, vice president of recruitment and membership.
As the TCC campus responsible for eLearning and Weekend College, TCC Connect provides a virtual environment and flexibility for students with multiple priorities as they pursue their educational goals.
Thursday, April 27
6:30 p.m.
Connection Bay
Tarrant County College TCC Connect Campus
444 N. Henderson Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
TCC Garage at the Corner of Belknap and Cherry Streets

TCC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (October, 28, 2016) Tarrant County College will be continue its tradition of observing Native American Heritage Month during November, with campus events including guest speakers, music and special exhibitions.
Actor Gary “Litefoot” Davis of “House Of Cards,” will be at the Trinity River Campus, 300 Campus Drive, on Nov. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Action Suites on the fourth floor. For more than 25 years Davis has inspired and motivated audiences as a consistent voice of American Indians people, tribes, universities and national organizations.
On Nov. 8, a tribal educator will demonstrate how to set up a Southern Plain lodge (tipi), at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The demonstration will be on the lawn area in front of the library. Students or participants are welcome to help set up the tipi and take pictures at 9:30 a.m.
The Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington, presents “Native American Education: A Synthesis of Collective Observation” and with a luncheon following on Nov. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Northeast Government Professor Lisa Uhlir, Ph.D., will discuss contemporary issues that Native Americans face along with common misconceptions related to Native Americans.
Live flute music will be played on Native American flutes on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek, in the Walsh Library. Additionally, a Native American artifact exhibit will be on display.
On Nov. 29, Lisa Uhlir, Ph.D., professor of government, will discuss how the African Americans and American Indians cultures, civil rights and identity development have often intertwined. The lecture will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Larry Darlage Center Corner at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Rd., Hurst.

TCC Honors Veterans

Woman in grass surrounded by US flagsFORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 24, 2016) While Tarrant County College campuses are hosting several events to honor veterans in November, the College is paving the way with a few events in October including:

  • A weekly book discussion of Tim O’Brien’s book, The Things They Carried, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway, in the Walsh Library from 2 to 3 p.m. The discussions will be held each Tuesday through Nov. 22. Northwest Campus also will observe Flag Days Oct. 31 through Nov. 3.
  • Warrior Training on Friday, Oct. 28 at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive. From 1 to 3 p.m. UT Dallas Brain Science Center will instruct on learning techniques and addressing challenges for stress and sleep apnea. Please RSVP to Valerie Groll at valerie.groll@tccd.edu or call 817-515-4894.

Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle
A multigenerational community breakfast and Vet Success Fair will be held Monday, Nov. 7, from 8 to 10 a.m., celebrating students, campus and community heroes. Lt. Col. Kevin Sweeney, a distinguished combat pilot, will be the keynote speaker. Following the breakfast, students and guests are invited to attend the Vet Success Fair to learn about available academic and community support services. Breakfast will be hosted in the Action Suite Room A. The fair will be in the Action Suite Room B (TRTR 4th Floor).
South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive
Don Graves, a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima, will speak at a Veterans Day Celebration Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Student Union (SSTU-Dining Room). TCC will honor 25 Vietnam veterans with a commemorative letter pin. The Color Guard ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Valerie Groll at valerie.groll@tccd.edu or 817-515-4894 or Geneva Castro at geneva.castro@tccd.edu.
Northeast Campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst
On Thursday, Nov. 10, Northeast Campus will host a flag-raising ceremony and luncheon for veterans. The events will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Larry Darlage Center Corner, NSTU 1615A. Contact David Sallee at david.sallee@tccd.edu or 817-515-6565 for more information.
Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington
A Veterans Day ceremony will be held to honor veterans Friday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon, in the Main Commons. Following the ceremony, a luncheon for veterans and their families will be held in the Library Classroom. No RSVP is needed for either event.
Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway
A special Veterans Day tribute to honor past and present members of the United States Armed Forces will be held Friday, Nov. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Student Union. Speakers include retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Edwin A. Beckcom. Entertainment will include the TCC Northwest Choir, Piano Concert and the Saginaw Color Guard. Limited seating is available. Please RSVP by Oct. 28. For more information contact the Community & Industry Education Department at 817-515-2158.

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

New Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini Takes the Helm

Spending first few weeks visiting campuses, connecting with TCC community
FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 22, 2016)
As Tarrant County College’s new chancellor, Eugene V. Giovannini, Ed.D., officially steps into his new role and gets to know faculty, staff and students, he also is making himself available next month to meet with members of the media for one-on-one interviews.
Giovannini, founding president of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Ariz., was selected following a national search for TCC’s chancellor, the top administrative leadership post at the TCC, one of the 20 largest colleges or universities in the United States. He is spending his initial days visiting campuses and participating in activities launching the fall semester.
Monday, Sept. 12, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in 30-minute intervals.
Friday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in 30-minute intervals
Tarrant County College District Office
1500 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Details to be finalized when interview is confirmed.
Rita L.B. Parson
Reggie Lewis


Trinity River Idea Store Featured in National Publication

The Trinity River Campus Idea Store was featured in the November/December 2015 issue of The Bulletin, a publication of the Association of College Unions International. The article features an interview with Student Activities Coordinator Eddie Brassart.
The Bulletin Article on TRC’s Idea Store

Free Vision Screenings for Students Offered at TCC

For World Sight Day on Oct. 8, Alcon partnered with Essilor Vision Foundation, Prevent Blindness Texas and Lions Club International to offer free vision screenings and eye exams for students at TCC. Those diagnosed with vision problems received free glasses made on site in a mobile eye clinic van.

Learn more in “Optical Community Gets Behind World Sight Day in a Big Way,” on the Vision Monday website: http://www.visionmonday.com/eyecare/a-greater-vision/article/optical-community-gets-behind-world-sight-day-in-a-big-way/

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

All in the Family: TCC Grad Follows in Mom’s Footsteps, Joins College Staff

Stephanie with Mom, Lou

South Campus Student Activities Coordinator Stephanie Davenport, left, with her mother, Lourdes Davenport, an academic advisor and adjunct instructor at Northwest Campus.

Ask TCC graduate and current employee Stephanie Davenport who at the College has impacted her life, and you’ll get a long list of names. That comes with the territory when you’ve been part of the TCC family since age 1.
“Tarrant County College provided me stability and strength since my mother started working here when I was just a baby,” says Stephanie. “It taught me a sense of community and to value both diversity and unity. TCC has helped mold me into the person I am and will forever be.”
Stephanie’s mother, Lourdes Davenport, knew TCC would change their lives from the moment they stepped on campus more than 25 years ago.
“Stephanie attended TCC’s College for Kids as a child, hung out in the Student Services office, and helped answer phones and greet people. She knew everybody on campus,” recalls Lourdes, an academic advisor and adjunct instructor at Northwest Campus. “Those experiences strengthened the college-going philosophy I was instilling at home.”
It was natural for Stephanie to enroll at TCC after she graduated from Haltom High School in 2006. The College gave her many benefits: She could stay close to home to help care for her younger brother, work in the community where she grew up, save money before transferring to a university, explore different majors, and get a strong education. Stephanie immersed herself in campus life, taking part in theater productions and joining student clubs.
“There is a lot to be said for what can be learned outside the classroom,” she explains. “Student activities give you leadership skills, professional and personal development, networking opportunities, relationship building, and more.”
Stephanie’s time as a student gave her an even deeper respect for TCC faculty and staff.
“To tell you all the TCC employees who impacted my life would be impossible,” Stephanie says. “Of course, there’s my mom. She is my hero. Dr. Paula Vastine, the retired director of Student Development Services at Northeast Campus, means the world to me. History professor Peter Hacker taught me that every student should be held to the same high standards. Government instructor Nichole Horn taught me that as a woman, a woman of color, a young person, a student, and more that I have a responsibility to my community and the people in it. Spanish professor Janet Rodriguez never stopped encouraging me. Retired Northeast Campus president Dr. Larry Darlage treated everyone with the same level of respect, and I learned from that. Dr. Murray Fortner, professor and chair of sociology, has been and continues to be an integral part of my life.”
Dr. Fortner observed Stephanie’s empathy for others while she was a student.
“Steph has such a deep concern for humankind that it gives me hope about tomorrow’s leaders,” he says. “She is intelligent, caring, and destined for even greater success.”
Stephanie’s path to success continued when she completed her TCC studies, receiving an associate degree in 2009. Stephanie went on to the University of North Texas and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science.
Her career focused on public service and helping others. In 2013, she returned to TCC – this time, on the other side of the classroom. The College hired Stephanie as an adjunct instructor for Continuing Education’s ESL classes.
“I’ve had students from Africa, Russia, China, India, Ecuador, Korea, and Mexico, people who were doctors, lawyers, stay-at-home moms and dads, engineers, teachers, refugees, public officials, and business executives,” she notes. “They are some of the most interesting people, and they teach me a lot when they share their experiences with the class.”
A year after Stephanie began teaching, she chose to give back in another way, running for public office. Haltom City voters elected her as the first Latina to ever serve on their city council. At age 25, she also became one of Haltom City’s youngest representatives. In addition, Stephanie serves as the president of the executive board of directors for Proyecto Inmigrante, a nonprofit that provides immigration counseling services.
“Stephanie is successful because she cares about the impact she has on her family, friends, and society in general. She is successful because she is a servant leader,” says Lourdes.
Education remains extremely important to Stephanie. Next year, Amberton University in Garland will award her a master’s degree in human resources training and development. She also recently joined TCC full time as the coordinator of student activities for South Campus.
“Everything I’ve done in my education and career has led me to this position,” Stephanie smiles. “I always knew I’d come back to TCC.”

Stephanie on campus.

Stephanie Davenport, second from right, involved with South Campus students.

The Davenport feature is the latest in a year-long series celebrating TCC’s 50th anniversary through the lives of its students. Follow the links below to enjoy previous features:
Lee Graham, Sammie Sheppard, Sultan Karriem, and Erin Casey.


Celebrate Women’s History Month with TCC

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 25, 2015) – As part of its commitment to supporting student learning and success through excellence in teaching and learning, Tarrant County College is marking Women’s History Month with events that examine past contributions and provide tools for healthy, successful futures.

Each of TCC’s five campuses will host activities during March. Events are free and open to the public.

South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive: (DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER THE SYMPOSIUM WAS CANCELED) The 15th annual Women’s Symposium scheduled to launch the month-long celebration of Women’s History Month Feb. 28 was postponed due to inclement weather. Efforts are under way to reschedule the gathering that will feature speakers, exhibits, networking and a panel discussion on achieving goals in the business world. For more information, call 817-515-4740.

Learn about Elithe Kirkland, Texas’ first great female author and an accomplished journalist, at a presentation by author Michael Price. The lecture will take place in the South Campus Student Center Forum Room, SSTU 2207, March 17 (11:15 a.m.–12:20 p.m.) and will include screenings of musical performances based on Kirkland’s work.

Women can receive a mammogram at South Campus March 26 through the Moncrief Cancer Institute’s mobile unit. Routine screenings are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no cost to uninsured women who qualify; insurance also is accepted. For more information or to schedule a mammogram, call 1-800-405-7739.

Enjoy the music of pianist Dr. Mijin Kim March 26 in the South Campus Recital Hall. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

Northeast Campus (828 W. Harwood Road in Hurst): Northeast Campus will host a presentation about efforts to stop human trafficking in the United States and around the world. Representatives of Rescue Her, a local nonprofit, will speak 12:30-1:50 p.m. March 4 in the Student Center.

Get a foundation in self-defense at Northeast Campus March 16 (10 a.m.–noon). The class will cover techniques such as awareness, assertiveness, safety, and physical methods of protection. To register, call 817-515-6688.

Northwest Campus, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway.: Author Debra Winegarten will visit the Walsh Library at Northwest Campus March 19 (11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.) to share stories from the life of Oveta Culp Hobby. This extraordinary Texan served as the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the first commanding officer of the Women’s Army Corps, and the chair of the Houston Post board. Pizza will be served.

Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy. in Arlington: TCC government professors Ruthann Geer and Marilyn Murphy will reflect on the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence March 23 (2:20-3:40 p.m.). The interactive discussion, which takes place in the Southeast Campus library, will include excerpts of the documentary “Miss Representation.”

Southeast Campus will highlight women’s historical contributions with a special exhibit on display March 17-31. The exhibit’s opening reception is March 18 (10:30-11:45 a.m.).

Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle: Trinity River Campus’ Main Street will display a timeline showing significant events in women’s history throughout the month. In addition, the campus will hold “Library on the Loose” events along Main Street March 3 and March 24. Librarians will be on hand with books, videos, and other women’s history media available for instant checkout by the TCC community.

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital of Fort Worth will bring its Wellness for Life mobile unit to Trinity River Campus March 26 for mammograms. Screenings are available by appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Trinity River Campus Health Services at 817-515-1059.

TCC Women’s History Month Events 2015