TCC Honors Veterans

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 10, 2014) Tarrant County College campuses are hosting a number of events to honor veterans this month.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, TCC celebrations include:
• A program to honor past and present members of the United States Armed Forces with three distinguished military veterans sharing their stories from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Commons, Southeast Campus, 2100 Southeast Pkwy., Arlington. A Blue Star Memorial marker site will be dedicated at the Butterfly Weigh Station near the south entrance to the campus with a picnic for veterans and their families to follow. Reservations are required for the picnic. For more information, contact Dianne Suarez at 817-515-3302.
• At a Veterans Appreciation Day at the South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, activities will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vet Success Center, located in the SFOC building. Veteran resources and vendors will be available.
• A Veterans Day Luncheon will be held at the Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program features members of the TCC and Trinity River family as they remember and honor veterans. For more information, contact Eddie Brassart at 817-515-1192. In addition to the luncheon, a memorial wall will be installed in the Trinity River Rotunda, which lists the names of fallen service members from Sept. 11, 2001, to the present.
On Nov. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m., a free legal clinic for veterans and spouses of deceased veterans will be held at the South Campus in the Student Center Living Room (SSTU 2105) and the Forum Room (SSTU 2207). Attorneys will be available to consult on legal matters including family law, consumer, traffic matters, orders of non-disclosure/expunctions, probate, wills and estates, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, contracts, general civil matters and guardianships.
Veterans Day observances started today at Tarrant County College with a Veterans Day Celebration in the Larry Darlage Center Corner (NSTU 1615A) at the Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Road, Hurst. David Mead, Northeast director of media services, discussed his experience as a petty officer first class in Vietnam. Additionally, a video about Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Roy Benavidez was shown. Benavidez was honored for his actions to rescue a squad pinned down by fire west of Loc Ninh, South Vietnam.
Veterans Day Events_2014

TCC to Host Fourth Annual 9/11 5K Memorial Run

In its commitment to student success and community involvement, the Tarrant County College Police and Fire Academies will host the fourth annual 9/11 5K Memorial Run on Sept. 11. About 150 to 200 cadets, faculty and staff are expected participate in the 5K run/walk and a 9.11-mile run to honor the fallen in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and in Shanksville, Penn. The final leg of the race will be through the fire towers in celebration of completing the course.
Thursday, Sept. 11
6:30 a.m.
Northwest Campus
Fire Service Training Center Tower Building
4801 Marine Creek Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76179
Scott Donaldson
Media are encouraged to call 817-515-1542 if planning to cover event.

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 Celebrates African-American Heritage Month

FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 5, 2014) Tarrant County College celebrates African-American Heritage Month with a broad variety of academic, cultural and social events, including talks by Olympian gold medalist Tommie Smith and Retired Colonel Allen Forte, special assistant to General Colin Powell.


Observances throughout TCC’s five campuses will include a breakfast and an historic tour of areas in Fort Worth relevant to the civil rights movement. Sponsored by Trinity River Campus and the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, the event will begin on Feb. 21 with a breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The first two-hour tour will depart at 9 a.m. from the Idea Store on the Trinity River Campus; the second tour will run from noon to 2 p.m. Contact Dayon Harris for reservations at 817-515-1908. Trinity River Campus is located at 300 Trinity Campus Circle.


Olympian 200-meter gold medalist Tommie Smith will participate in a film festival featuring “Return to Mexico City.”  The festival will be Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Trinity Campus’ Energy Auditorium, TRTR 4008.


On Northeast Campus, events include a panel featuring Retired Colonel Allen Forte, special assistant to General Colin Powell, and area history and political science university instructors discussing “The Civil Rights Struggle in the 1960s.”  The discussion will be Feb. 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Center Corner, NSTU 1615A. The campus is located at 828 W. Harwood Road in Hurst.


Northwest Campus is one of two campuses hosting the Black Inventions Exhibit. On display Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the multi-media presentation includes more than 150 authentic inventions from African-Americans from the past and present.  The exhibit, which includes patent designs, personal letters, rare photographs and video commentaries, will be located in the lobby of the WTLO Building, which houses the theater on Northwest Campus at 4801 Marine Creek Parkway. The exhibit also may be viewed in Arlington at Southeast Campus Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Tribute performances will be held weekly from noon to 2 p.m. on South Campus, located at 5301 Campus Drive. The tributes will feature special guests dressed in costumes honoring famous performers including Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, Mahalia Jackson and the Temptations. All performances will be held in the Student Center Dining Hall, SSTU 1114. International poet Mike Guinn will host the Black History Trivia Contest on Feb. 12 and the TCC Black History Poetry Slam Feb. 19. Both events will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Dining Hall, SSTU 1114.


All TCC campuses will unite on Southeast Campus Feb. 26 for the second annual “African-American Heritage: Celebrating Strides Event.” The celebration will begin with a 6 p.m. reception catered by Fort Worth’s Button Restaurant.  The 6:45 p.m. program will feature performances by the Southeast Campus Dance Company, Northwest Dance Company, Southeast Music Department and the Southeast Campus Harlem Renaissance, presented by professors Candice Bledsoe and Arlandis Jones. Southeast Campus is located at 2100 Southeast Parkway in Arlington.


TCC also is sponsoring a special performance at Jubilee Theater of Katori Hall’s play, “The Mountaintop,” on Feb. 8. The show tells the story of the last night of the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.


For a complete listing of events, please click here: AAHM Events at TCC 2-5-14


Trinity River Campus Rededication Focuses on Commitment

trinity_river_6824_254x169A flag raising ceremony at 9 a.m. today launches the celebration of the fifth academic year at Trinity River Campus.  Each day through Oct. 11, events will focus on one of the Hallmarks of the campus as celebrated each year of its existence.


Monday’s focus is Service and Community Engagement, which includes a tree planting and dedication of community garden.  The I.M. Terrell Choir will also perform.


Multicultural Competence and Language Acquisition is the focus for Tuesday with a Taste of TR from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the World Lounge.


Wednesday’s Hallmark is An Unshakable Focus on Student Learning, celebrated from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the River Front Café with “That was Random: Understanding Student-Faculty Interactions,” featuring Terry Mouchayleh, dean of the Faculty Academy.  Light refreshments will be served.


A ribbon cutting showcasing the TCC Trinity River Connection, the new trail between Trinity River and Trinity River Campus East, will be Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Center for Health Care Professions.  Light refreshments will be served.


Activities end Friday with a focus on Interdisciplinary Collaboration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the River Front Café.  Year-five reflective conversations will include Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, Campus President Tahita Fulkerson, Andy Taft of Fort Worth Inc., Asusena Resendiz of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber, with student moderators, Chani Neff and Nathan Peoples.  Student commitments will be presented as well as a five-year quilt, followed by a reception.

Find Women’s History Month Events on Every Campus

Women's Symposium on South Campus

Attendees take in a booth at last year’s Women’s Symposium on South Campus.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated on March 5.

Women’s History Month is here and each campus plans to mark the occasion with informative events all month long, including lectures, luncheons, symposiums and more. We’ve created a full list of events, but we also want to point out some of them here.

March 4

On Southeast Campus, Stephanie Cole, professor of Women’s history at UT-Arlington, will present a lecture entitled, “Problems with ‘The Help’: Race, Gender, and Capital in the Making of Domestic Service” from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Bookstore Lobby.

March 5

Northeast Campus will host a Historical Fashion Show in the Center Corner, NSTU 1615A, from 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. The Fashion Merchandising students will give a historical tour of women’s fashions from the 1890s to futuristic interpretations through script and clips.

South Campus will present a free Women in New Roles seminar from 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in the SSTU Texas Room. Telling Amy’s Story, a video on domestic violence, will be shown, and a panel discussion will follow, facilitated by. Rose Marie Brant, victim assistance coordinator for the TCC Police Department.

Afterward South Campus will host a Women’s History Month Luncheon from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Tickets for the luncheon are $5.00 for students & $7.50 for non-students.  Reservations are required. Proceeds benefit the Women’s History Month Scholarship. Call Triesha Light at 817-515-4740 for details.

Trinity River Campus will host a DessHERt hour from 12-1 p.m. in TRTR 4202 Action A. Stop by to enjoy a sweet snack and get to know some of the women that make TCC Trinity River Campus great.

March 6

South Campus will host a Brown Bag Luncheon in the SHPE Gym from 12:30-1:20 p..m. with guest speaker Meridan Zerner a registered licensed dietitian who is also Board certified in sports nutrition. The topic will be “Diet Myths and Misunderstandings.”

March 7

Northeast Campus will present HERstory, featuring spoken word artist Natasha Carrizosa, in the NTSU Galey from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Students are invited to share all forms of art to celebrate women.

March 7 on Northeast Campus and South Campus and March 26 on Trinity River Campus

Northeast Campus, South Campus and Trinity River Campus team up to present the film Miss Representation, which interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from experts including Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give an inside look at the media, its message, and the impact of these portrayals on girls and women. Discussion will follow.

March 8

South Campus will host a Celebration of Women’s Achievements from 5-9 p.m. in the Academic Classroom Building. Students may register for the noncredit course prior to this date or on the date of presentation.  For details, call the noncredit office at 817-515-4592.

March 19

Desiree Livingston will present “India 2013 — Plight of Women” on Southeast Campus in the North Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

March 21

South Campus will host “Tapestry” in the Student Center Living Room at 11:30 a.m. Life can be a tapestry of rich and royal hue, a complex pictorial design with an everlasting vision of the ever-changing view. Carlos Rovelo will moderate a faculty member discussion focusing on their tapestry making journey, a journey rich with colors and patches.

March 23

South Campus will host the 12th Annual Women’s Symposium in the SSTU Living Room from 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. After a continental breakfast, the symposium will open with a conversation on “Economic, Social, Spiritual, and Business Forces of Change in the 21st Century.” The professional panel includes Barbara Becker, dean of  the school of urban and public affairs at UT-Arlington; Jaya Crawford, vice-chair of Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Alliance/Legal Shield; and Cynthia Wilson an expert in education and family development. The conversation will be moderated by Anita Jones, CEO and president of AJ Consulting.

The opening session will be followed by opportunities to see exhibits and to network, followed by a general session called “21st Century Legal Issues — How They Impact Your Life!” presented by Nikki L. Chriesman, president of The L. Clifford Davis Legal Association.

After a short evaluation discussion, there will be more opportunities for networking and taking in exhibits, as well as chances to win door prizes.

March 26 and 27

South Campus will host a Fine Arts Festival from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 26 and 27 at the Fine Arts Complex between the Music and Art Buildings. This festival will feature student vendors from visual arts, music, dance, and theater. Share the Fine Arts experience during the open studio tours and demonstrations.

March 27

On Northeast Campus Alexandria Gurley, aka “Alex Tha Great,” will present Passport to Womanhood, a one-woman play about the journey from puberty to womanhood, in the NTSU 1615A Center Corner from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

March 27 and 28

Meet bestselling author Kim Edwards in the NSTU 1615A Center Corner on Northeast Campus March 27 from 7:30-8:45 p.m. or March 28 from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

March 28

Northwest Campus will host a Women’s History Month – Trivia Challenge in the WSTU Bookstore Lobby from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. This entertaining and educational event will provide students with the opportunity to learn through examining and answering questions related to momentous events in history.  Prizes will be awarded based on students’ knowledge of Women’s History facts and trivia.

Southeast Campus will host an informative session on domestic violence, hosted by SafeHaven of Tarrant County, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the ESEE 1301 Success Center.

March 29

Bonnie L. James, professor of sociology at Texas Southern University, will present “Sisters of Africa,” a socio-cultural gender model of Tanzania. In the NSTU 1615A Center Corner on Northeast Campus from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the chance to attend these and other events all month long.


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



Toro and Co. Participate in FW Stock Show & Rodeo

Picture of students riding float with Toro.

From left to right: Tamara Kelly, Christina Jones, Toro, Nathaniel Peoples, Christopher Twitty

In case you haven’t heard, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has officially begun! The event was kick started with a parade this past weekend on Saturday, Jan. 19, and TCC made sure to get in on the fun.

Many of Trinity River Campus’s student clubs put together a float for the parade and did a great job representing their campus and TCC.  Clubs who participated in the parade include TREE (Trinity River Equality in Education), Phi Theta Kappa-Beta Sigma Mu chapter, Trinity River Drama Club, Trinity River Natural Science Club, The Main Street Team, and the All-Stars Leadership Group. Even Toro made an appearance! He doesn’t blend in too well with the rest of the steers, though, being blue and all. Good try, Toro!

Toro riding in the parade.

Toro during the FW Stock Show & Rodeo Parade

According to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, thousands lined the street to watch the nearly 200 entries in the parade.  Luckily, the warm weather and blue skies helped make the experience a perfect day out.  The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is in its 117th year and runs through Feb. 9.

Toro Touts

This month’s Toro Touts not only features faculty and staff, but also highlights a recent accomplishment by TCC students! As always, we encourage you to give your colleagues (and our students!) 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!

Autumn Sprabary, left, and Jameson Johnson

Students Autumn Sprabary, left, and Jameson Johnson

Northeast Campus’ Speech and Debate Team Wins Honors

TCC would like to extend its hearty congratulations to the students in Northeast Campus’ Speech and Debate team.  The team, coached by Lisa Benedetti, Justin Blacklock and Stephen Thomas, recently participated in the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament hosted by Howard Payne University and earned top honors. Jameson Johnson took first place in Novice Prose Interpretation and Autumn Sprabary won third place in Communication Analysis. Congratulations!

NE Campus President Larry Darlage

NE Campus President Larry Darlage

NE Campus President Inducted into HEB ISD Hall of Fame

Northeast Campus President Larry Darlage was inducted into the Hurt-Euless-Bedford Independent School District Hall of Fame during a banquet on Nov. 16.  He was inducted into the Distinguished Community Leader category for his years of service and support of HEB ISD.  Darlage joined TCC in 1996, and has not only helped the campus grow from about 9,000 students to more than 17,00, but also brought in the Pharmacy Technology and Long-term Care programs to complement those already part of the Allied Health program at NE. Darlage has served as a past chairmen for the HEB Chamber, the HEB ISD Education Foundadion, and the Harris Methodist HEB Hospital, as well as numerous others.

New Appointments for TCCD Police

The TCCD police department recently promoted Lt. Leigh Dietrich to the rank of Assistant Chief and also brought on board the department’s first police detective, Will Ivie.

Assistant Chief Dietrich began her career at the TCC Northwest Campus, where she worked for five years before transferring to Northeast Campus. In 2008, she was promoted to corporal and in 2010, promoted to sergeant. She is the second Assistant Chief Police in the history of TCC and will relocate to the May Owen Center to assume her new role as police administrator.

Detective Ivie began his career on the East Coast in 1993, working with the Virginia State Police and then as a State Trooper. In early 2003, he took a position with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, where he learned to investigate crime and was promoted two years later to Senior Special Agent.  He moved to Texas in the summer of 2011 and started work with the TCCD police, graduating in December from the 147th Basic Peace Office Academy.

SE Vice President of CE Carrie Tunson

SE Vice President of CE Carrie Tunson

SE Vice President Speaks

Southeast Vice President of Continuing Education Services Carrie Tunson has been a popular lady, lately! Over the past seven months, Tunson has spoken at five events, including being the keynote speaker at the September Texas Professional Childcare Association Conference and the October Rising Star Baptist Church Scholarship Banquet. Other engagements have included presenting at Women’s Day at the Ervay Cedar Baptist Church, the Ervay Cedar Missionary Baptist Church’s 5th Annual “Sisters Strengthening Sisters” Caring and Sharing Conference, and hosting a workshop at the Westside Baptist Church in Lewisville. Tunson was also highlighted in the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) newsletter for her recent speaking engagements and for her work helping others.


Local Radio Host Interviews NE Adjunct Pianist

Northeast Campus adjunct Eduardo Rojas was recently interviewed by local radio personality Cindy B. Rojas, who was born in Barranquilla Colombia, is considered one of the most promising members of the Colombian and Latin American Pianistic movement and granted the interview to promote his Nov. 10 concert at the Rose Marine Theater. The concert “Around the Latin World in 80 Minutes,” was a special, one night only event that took attendees on a trip through the world of Latin music.  Cindy B’s interview with Rojas can be heard on her Podomatic site.

NE Children’s Center Renewed for Another 5 Years

After a visit from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Assessor, the NE Children’s Center has received word that the Center will be renewed for another five years. The TCC Children’s Center is an accredited teaching center and lab school at Northeast Campus serving students, faculty, staff and the community. The Center serves Tarrant County preschool children and serves as an academic laboratory facility for TCC students in the Child Development and Education Program.

TCCD’s New Police Car Wins Best in the Law Car Show

Officers from the Trinity River Campus entered the new Police Interceptor Vehicle in the City Of West Worth Village’s Annual Day with the Law Car Show. It was a chance to show TCCD’s new “Black & White” Police Interceptor off to the community and TCCD police department’s peers. During the event the public got a chance to see all of the vehicles up close and personal and voted on which one they deemed the “best” at the show.  When it was all said and done, TCC PD was crowned the overall winner, getting the most votes from the public and the judge and taking home first place honors in the police division. TCC’s Mascot Toro was also in attendance and was a hit with the kids!

Let your inner artist be heard!

Students at Northwest Campus get a chance to show off their creativity this week through the workings of the Creative VOICE Symposium.  Sponsored by the NW Department of Humanities and Philosophy, Student Activities, the Dance Department, the Cornerstone Honors Program, and the Humanities division, this free gathering gives students, faculty, and staff a chance to release their inner artists and be heard.

Creative VOICE Symposium Poster

Participants will get the opportunity to:

  • Initiate conversations anchored in scholarship and creativity;
  • Create the experience of being heard the way they intend to be heard;
  • Network with their peers, faculty and staff, and members of the community;
  • Engage in interdisciplinary, multicultural, and experiential learning;
  • Appreciate other world views and perspectives through the exchange of creative ideas.

Those wishing to join in the festivities should make a reservation with Kim Jackson at 817-515-7190.  Activities run from Monday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 15.

VOICE , which stands for “visions that open and inspire creativity and excitement”, began on June 30, 2009, with only 15 students from Kim Jackson’s HUMA 1301 class.   Since then, the yearly program has taken off and allowed students to present at other conferences, including the National American Cultural Association/Popular Culture Association Conference and the Southwestern Regional Conference of Community College Humanities Association Conference.