South Campus Opens New Welcome Center With A Bang

Advisor welcomes new student.Let’s face it: that first day of college isn’t the easiest. The process can be overwhelming, leaving students clueless as to where to begin. Well, South Campus has a solution for that—the First-Time in College (FTIC) Welcome Center.

At the FTIC Welcome Center, students can sign up for information about admissions, financial aid, campus tours, New Student Advisement, and the Academic Enrichment Program. They can also register for orientation and for courses. In addition, students can attend 30-minute success connection seminars which include ActiveApply, a quick walk-through of the new student application process; Career Coach/MyPlan, an introduction to the Career Center; Testing Prep Bootcamp/Testing; WebAdvisor Does What?; and Managing Your Money.

“We have so many students, it’s phenomenal,” said Counseling Director Marisa Garcia-Luna, expressing how delighted she was that as many as 120 students signed up for seminars on the first day. “Now there is a place where they can go to listen to them and help them as soon as they walk into TCC. This hands-on teaching is what the students need.”

The mission of  TCC’s FTIC Welcome Center is to give students a pre-registration education that prepares them to achieve their dream, and find the connections and pathways in order to accomplish those dreams. Students are equipped with the necessary skills for making the transition to becoming a successful college student.

Academic advisor and seminar speaker Brittney Chavez is excited about the impact the Welcome Center promises to have. “The students are really excited and appear to feel empowered with an ‘I can do this’ attitude,” Chavez said. “To see all the sessions full and the students embracing them is amazing,”

Before registering for fall classes, students are required to complete New Student Orientation. Parents are encouraged to come with their students so they can attend the Parent Session, which allows them to learn about the academic life their children are beginning; meet faculty, administrators, and other parents; and gather information about campus services.

Orientation sessions and seminars are offered Monday through Thursday twice per day. To register for the orientation, students need to make an appointment with a counselor or advisor in the Counseling Department. For more information on seminar registration and academic advisement, or to register for New Student Orientation, please call the South Campus Counseling Department at 817-515-4558.


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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…]

Something to Chalk About

Chalk About It Art Competition

Southeast Campus President Bill Coppola visits with chalk-covered TCC student Serena DeLeon.

Some Tibetan monks spend hours creating works of sand art, only to destroy them moments after they’re finished to remind us that everything in the universe is constantly changing. Artists at Southeast Campus recently spent the day creating chalk art to remind us that it’s still fun to draw on the sidewalk. [Read more…]

Northwest Campus Gets Creative with Earth Day

Earth Day

Northwest Campus students release seed-filled biodegradable balloons into the air.

Although NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has identified more than 2,300 potential planet candidates outside of our solar system, this earth is still the only place we know of that sustains life. So we might as well take care of it — at least until April 4, 2063, when, according to some Star Trek fans, Zefram Cochrane makes the world’s first successful warp-drive flight. Besides, most of us have grown attached to this place, and we wouldn’t leave, even if we had the chance.

In observance of Earth Day, biology students at Northwest Campus banded together to offer green-living tips, fun activities and free hot dogs to their fellow earthlings. Participants were invited to make crafts, including pine-cone birdfeeders, customized reusable grocery bags, and painted Earth Day rocks. TCC student Laura Dang chose to paint a hippo on her rock because the animal has become a symbol for her family.

“They don’t get enough love,” she said. “They need love, too.” If you don’t count the mosquito, then the hippopotamus could be considered the deadliest animal on the planet. So maybe the hippo is worthy of more respect. However, I didn’t spot anyone painting pictures of mosquitoes on the rocks.

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Other students demonstrated the free, clean power of the sun by constructing solar ovens and baking cookies with them. Northwest Campus student Mark Smith told me that a properly constructed solar oven can cook an entire roast in about five hours. I plan on doing my part to save the earth by eating cookie dough straight from the container and lying in the sun.

Northwest Campus President Elva LeBlanc was on hand to help plant a tree, and she also participated in a unique guerilla-gardening technique when the crowd released biodegradable balloons filled with helium and wildflower seeds. Biology instructor Miranda Newberry told me she went to great lengths to choose the environmentally friendly balloons, which were launched without strings.

As the balloons were whisked aloft by the wind, many walked away wondering where the seeds might take root — perhaps in an abandoned parking lot, or on a rolling hillside, or maybe even Saginaw. Others walked away remembering some important lessons — like consume less, re-use more and fear the mighty hippo.

See more Earth Day Festival pictures below.

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International Fest Celebrates Cultural Diversity

International Fest

A dragon snacks on an unsuspecting attendee at Northeast Campus’ International Fest.

Forget Paris, London, New York, and Tokyo. The latest hub for international culture is located right on the border of Hurst and North Richland Hills. And I’m not talking about the NRH2O Family Water Park, although its Purplepalooza water slide attracts people from every walk of life.

Northeast Campus was the site for this international meeting of minds, foods, and dance steps. Booths featuring facts, photos, and flavors from around the world lined the sidewalks by the giant chessboard outside of the Student Center, and the main stage set up nearby featured a steady stream of artists, singers, and dancers, as well as a fashion show featuring traditional clothing representing more than a dozen countries.

Audience participation was encouraged after the performers presented their art, and many of the spectators were invited to learn salsa steps or Bollywood choreography. The Trinity High School Polynesian Dance Team even held an impromptu hula contest.  Members of the J.K. Wong Kung Fu Tai Chi Academy displayed their prowess at Shaolin Kung Fu, including sword and spear demonstrations. However, no one from the audience was invited to try out the swords, for obvious liability reasons.

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The martial artists also treated spectators to a traditional Chinese drum performance, featuring a playful dragon that wandered the festival grounds and interacted with attendees, many of whom were understandably startled when they turned around to discover that a dragon had sneaked up behind them.

The sunny afternoon, packed with music, dancing and laughter, served as a gentle reminder that it’s our similarities that bring us together, and it’s our differences that make it fun.

See more images from the International Fest here.

Two Ways to Save a Life

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Students Talked; Northwest Campus Listened

Banner in Library

A banner in the Northwest Campus Library informs students about the increase in computer stations.

They say that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, although I’m not sure who “they” are, and I’m fairly certain that most modern wheels are packed with self-lubricating bearings. Clichés aside, faculty and staff at Northwest Campus asked students to sound off about improvements they’d like to see around campus, and then they acted on those recommendations. [Read more…]

Drop by the Student-Led Health Fair on Southeast Campus

Health Fair

Physical Education students demonstrate stretching techniques at last semester’s health fair.

If you missed last semester’s student-led health fair on the Southeast Campus, then drop that microwaveable burrito and head for this semester’s fair on Wednesday, March 7. The last fair was the first one led entirely by students enrolled in Southeast Campus wellness, culinary arts and dietetic programs, and it was such a success that they decided to do it again.

Once again, the fair will feature live cooking lessons on how to prepare healthy meals quickly and easily; free demonstrations on simple ways to get moving; plus nutritional and disease-prevention information. The demonstrations vary throughout the day. So drop by the North Ballroom anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Or stay for the whole fair to see all of them, and to maximize your free-sample intake.

It’s easier than you think to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and your first step should be taken toward the North Ballroom for those free demonstrations and food.

Campuses Celebrate Women’s Accomplishments

Oil Paintings

You still have a few days to see works of art by TCC students, like these oil paintings by Liz Cantrell.

I read just the other day that the Y chromosome, the one that makes men manly, has only 78 genes. Compare that to the 800 or so in the female chromosome, and it’s obvious which gender is the dominant one. We invite you to celebrate that victory and countless others during Women’s History Month this March, when we pause to recognize the power of women and their contributions to society. Each campus has a variety of activities planned all month long, and here are just a few of them.

South Campus

This month marks the 35th Anniversary of TCC’s Women in New Roles program, designed to assist women who are in the transition of returning to school and provide strategies for personal and career changes. Now through March 1, stop by the Carillon Gallery at the South Campus performing Arts Center to check out works from 18 student artists in the WINR Program at the WINR Art Show — Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Women in New Roles.

All month long, you can see the Women’s History Month Library Exhibit in the lobby area by the library. This year’s theme is Women Impacting Business.

Make your reservation to attend the Women’s History Month Luncheon, featuring WFAA reporter and anchor Shon Gables. Tickets are $5.00 for students and $7.50 for others. It will be held March 1 in the SSTU Student Center Living Room from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

On March 6, take in the WINR seminar Women in Leadership: Applying Leadership Principles in Multiple Roles, presented by Altheria Gaston, Dean of Business and Behavioral Sciences, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the SSTU Texas Room.

Also on March 6, you can learn how to win and lose at a Brown Bag Luncheon with Tracey Yukich, a contestant from season 8 of the TV show “The Biggest Loser.” She’ll share how her experience on the show helped her make some life-changing decisions to take control of her destiny. It’s in the South Campus Gym from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Altheria Gaston, South Campus Education Department Chair, will lead participants in an interactive seminar, In Honor of Women’s History Month, focusing on the value of women’s historical accomplishments March 7 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Texas Room.

Community Health Educator Judith Dillard will contribute to the Young Women’s Leadership Track March 19 with An Empowered Life is a Healthy Life, from 11:15 to 12:15 p.m. in the SSTU Texas Room.

Students may take a free one-session, non-credit course and see the DVD series A History of Women’s Achievements in America, which examines 400-years of American women’s inspiring accomplishments and victories in only 4 hours. The showing is March 23 from 5 – 9 p.m. in SACB 1210.

If you’re 35-years-old or more, you should consider regular mammograms. On March 27 a 70-foot mammoth mobile mammogram truck at the South Campus parking lot will offer free mammograms from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 800-405-7739 to make a reservation, or call Staci Smith at 817-515-4595 or Tina Ingram at 817-515-4254 for more information.

On March 28 in the SSTU Living Room, the Department of Social Sciences will present Lipstick — Sparking a Good Conversation, with Celina Vasquez and Carlos Rovelo.

Take in a free music recital at the SREC Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on March 29.

Finish the month of female empowerment with the free 11th Annual Women’s Symposium, entitled Back to Basics: Surviving the Jungle of Life, from 8:15 to 12:30 p.m. March 31 in the SSTU Living Room.

Trinity River Campus

All month long, you can check out the Women’s History Month Book Display in the library. The library will also host a Women’s History Month Book Talk. Check with the library for details. Women’s History Month posters will also be displayed throughout the campus during March.

Enjoy lunch to the music of TCC student Hilary Tipps in the Riverfront Café March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. She will perform original pieces, as well as cover some contemporary pop and folk music. At some point, you’ll have to make a tough choice because Erika Brumley of the YWCA will speak about the importance of the YWCA as part of the “Impact” series from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Idea Store.

Make plans to attend the next Leadership eXperience Summit, featuring Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, at noon on March 23 in the Energy Auditorium. Price will share the leadership principles she has learned during her experience as a public servant in the Fort Worth community. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion led by Tarrant County College faculty and staff.

Bring the kids to the Riverfront Café Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to noon for Story Time for Kids Aged 2-10. The stories will have a Women’s History Month theme, and kids can enjoy crafts and snacks afterward.

Nina Vaca from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will speak in the Energy Auditorium March 30 at noon.

Southeast Campus

Journalist, author, writing teacher and Texas storyteller Carmen Goldthwaite will present Outstanding and Unknown Women in Texas History March 6 in the library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Stop by Art Corridor 3 anytime March 19 – 30 to see the Women’s History Month Exhibit 50 Remarkable Women, featuring 50 framed portraits and descriptions of well-known and not-so-well-known women.

Northeast Campus

Drop off your donations for the Women’s Center at any of the labeled boxes located throughout the campus during March. You can also check out an art display by Sybil Reddick and the Gallery of Notable Women by the library all month long.

Celebrate women’s experiences with poetry at the Women Speak! Read In from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the NLIB 1129 Heritage Room March 2.

Bring your lunch March 9 to join the Visual Series Brown Bag Discussion The Motherhood Manifesto, a multi-media examination of what it means to be a mother in contemporary American society. It’s in the NLIB 1129 Heritage Room from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.

On March 21, you can listen to and learn from successful women, including our own TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, at the Women Speak! Panel Discussion from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the NLIB 1129 Heritage Room. Other speakers include Yvonne Duque, Director of Education and Outreach at Artes de la Rosa, Rosa Navejar, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President, Karen Watkins, Child Advocate with CASA. A continental brunch will be served. Reservations are required. Contact Student Activities.

Also on March 21, you can learn about the plight of women who lost their citizenship after marrying Asian men at Marriage Cost Me My Citizenship, presented by archivist Meg Hacker, in the NSTU 1615A Central Corner from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Get ready to sip tea while holding your pinky aloft March 28 at the Afternoon Tea, sponsored by Health Services and Student Activities from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in NSTU 1615A.

Wrap up the month with another Brown Bag Discussion in the Visual Series, Where Have We Been; Where Are We Going? Women’s Images in American Culture, a multi-media exploration of women’s images through history. It’s in the NLIB 1129 Heritage Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Northwest Campus

In honor of Women’s History Month, Student Activities at the Northwest Campus will present Triumph:  A Panel Discussion on Success on March 20, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in WSTU 1305. A women’s panel of administrators, faculty, and staff will discuss their journeys and what it means to be successful.

Editor’s Note: Northeast and Northwest Campus events added March 2, 2012

Trinity River Campus Offers Food and Music for the Soul

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Guitarist Shake Anderson shreds out a solo during Ultra Sound’s performance at the Soul Food and Music event.

For centuries, philosophers, scientists, and theologians have debated the age-old question: Does a person have a soul, and if so, is there food for it? The Trinity River Campus presented an opportunity to explore the issue at the Soul Food and Music event, featuring some traditional comfort foods and an eclectic mix of jazz and soul music from the band Ultra Sound. [Read more…]