TCC Names Iconic Waterfall for Philanthropist Allan Saxe

Allan Saxe

Allan Saxe makes remarks at waterfall naming ceremony

Philanthropist Allan Saxe, Ph.D., recently applauded Tarrant County College for its service to the community during a ceremony that preceded the unveiling of the Trinity River Campus waterfall named in his honor.
“This is an amazing institution. Tarrant County College is a gateway to the world for many, many students,” Saxe said. “They teach people…they give them jobs and they do things.”
Saxe’s contributions to the TCC Foundation will help fund the development and implementation of new programs to benefit TCC students and the Tarrant County community.
“These are my children – waterfalls, endowments, scholarships – those are my children,” said Saxe, who has no biological children. “I take a great, great pride in that. I try and reach out to big institutions that will allow me to do things.”
Saxe, an associate professor of political science at The University of Texas at Arlington since 1965 and an adjunct at TCC’s Southeast Campus since 2004, has a history of supporting Trinity River Campus. He also has also donated two replicas of historic ships, the Santa Marie and Hannah. The ships are on permanent display in the Tahita Fulkerson Library. In addition, he has funded several ”Little Free Libraries” in various locations around the Campus.
Saxe is also an accomplished author and lecturer and his opinions are sought after for newspapers, magazine articles and radio talk shows. Saxe also has been honored at Parkland Hospital and John Peter Smith Hospital.
Scholarship recipient with waterfall honoree.

TCC Foundation 2016 scholarship recipient Daria Mrugala visits with Alan Saxe.

Saxe , fourth from right, with TCC leaders  and TCC Foundation Board members ndation

TCC dignataries at Allan Saxe Waterfall naming.

Waterfall Naming Honors Allan Saxe, Ph.D.

Funding to provide flexibility to seize innovative opportunities to enhance student learning

Tarrant County College will recognize the significant contributions Allan Saxe, Ph.D., has made to the Tarrant County College Foundation at a ceremony during which the iconic waterfall at the Trinity River Campus will be named in his honor. Thanks to his contributions to the TCC Foundation, the College will be able to develop and implement additional programs that benefit TCC students as well as the Tarrant County community.
Saxe has served as an associate professor of political science at The University of Texas at Arlington since 1965 and as an adjunct at TCC’s Southeast Campus since 2004. An accomplished author, lecturer and highly noted philanthropist, Saxe’s views and opinions are often sought for magazine/newspaper articles and radio talk shows.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
3 p.m.
Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus (Front waterfall facing Belknap Street)
300 Trinity Campus Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Former President and Prime Minister of Israel Slated to Speak at TCC Foundation Event Celebrating College’s 50th Anniversary

Peres_ShimonFull year of activities scheduled to commemorate community milestone
FORT WORTH, Texas Jan. 23, 2015) – Serving more than 100,000 students each year, Tarrant County College, the nation’s 15th-largest higher education institution, is “Celebrating 50 Years of Success Within Reach.”
To commemorate the milestone year, TCC has planned two major celebrations in 2015 that include the public in the College’s year-long observance. Former President and Prime Minister of Israel Shimon Peres, pictured right, will be the special guest and luncheon speaker for the first special event, “A World View,” benefiting TCC Foundation scholarships and programs. The event will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, at the Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom.
Peres is one of only a handful of individuals who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Peace Prize. During the event, he will share his unique insight on current international affairs, education, the Middle East region, its impact on the world and implications for the world’s future leadership.
Congresswoman Kay Granger and Former Speaker of the House, the Honorable Jim Wright, will serve as honorary co-chairs for the event. Bell Helicopter is the luncheon event’s presenting sponsor. Ticket and sponsorship information is available from the TCC Foundation at 817-515-5277 or online at
“The TCC Foundation Board of Directors is so pleased to have the unique occasion to host President Peres in Fort Worth and provide our community a ‘once in an era’ opportunity to hear him speak, and share his global perspective,” said Foundation Executive Director Joe McIntosh.
On Aug. 1, TCC will host a hallmark community celebration to be held at historic Panther Island from 5 to 8 p.m. More details will be available closer to the event. TCC campuses will host a variety of events highlighting their unique course offerings, programs and services and the success and contributions of their students and faculty.
“Since Tarrant County residents went to the polls to create a community college 50 years ago, the College has established and sustained a legacy of great service to our students,” said TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley. “Our faculty, staff, and administration have taken great pride in fulfilling the needs of the community. We look forward to staying true to our rich heritage as we embrace the future.”
Sponsors for the 50th Anniversary celebration are Freese and Nichols, Inc., GCA Services Group, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Weaver, LLP.
Steering committee members for the 50th Anniversary celebration are: Eduardo Aguilar, Louise Appleman, Kenneth Barr, Bob Benda, Cindy Boyd, Johnny Campbell, David Clinkscale, Robert Cluck, Bill Coppola, Suzanne Cottraux, Michael Crawford, Jeff Davis, and L. Clifford Davis.
Also on the committee are: Dan Dipert, Tahita Fulkerson, Jenkins Garrett, Reginald Gates, Joy Gates-Black, William Greenhill, Conrad Heede, Lou Hillman, Alexandra Holloway, Dixon Holman, Tim Johnson, Peter Jordan, William Lace, Elva LeBlanc, Glenn Lewis, and Norm Lyons.
Other committee members include: Tim Marshall, Jimmy Madison, Arturo Martinez, Mark McClendon, Joe McIntosh, Delaina Milligan, Kelley Mills, Mike and Rosie Moncrief, Carlos Morales, Gwen Morrison, Steve Murrin, Elzie Odom, Evelyn Parkhurst, and Jnell Pate.
Additionally, the committee includes: Nina Petty, Christine Rivera, Angela Robinson, Alann Sampson, J. Thomas Schieffer, Stephanie Scroggins, Liz Sisk, Joy Thomas, Alicia Thomas, Ginny Tigue, Julie Wilson, Jason Wooten, Jim Wright, and Gil Zepeda.
The public may stay abreast of TCC happenings and learn more about the college by accessing the anniversary Web site at:
About TCC
TCC got its start as Tarrant County Junior College on July 31, 1965, after voters gave their approval.
It since has grown to five campuses from the initial opening of South Campus in 1967. With 4,272 first-term students, the South Campus’s opening enrollment represents the largest in the history of a single new junior college campus.
Within a year of opening its first campus, TCC opened the Northeast Campus in 1968 followed by the opening of the Northwest Campus in 1976, which claimed the distinction as the only bicentennial community college in the country. The May Owen Center, named after charter board member and late board secretary May Owen, opened March 1983 in downtown Fort Worth. In August 1993, a $70 million bond issue was approved by voters, funding the construction of the Southeast Campus in Arlington, which opened in fall 1996, and the addition of new classroom facilities and renovations at the three other campuses. Trinity River Campus opened in 2009 after the District purchased the corporate headquarters of RadioShack in downtown Fort Worth. Two years later, Trinity River Campus East: Center for Health Care Professions opened. Recently, TCC added its virtual campus, TCC Connect, which provides online courses and Weekend College, and expanded its aviation program with the opening of the Northwest Campus Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics (CEATL) at Alliance Airport.
TCC also assists employers in training their workforces through its TCC Opportunity Center. TCC is one of only 79 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges in the nation, earning the prestigious distinction during its first year of eligibility.
The Board of Trustees voted in February 1999 to change the name of the College from Tarrant County Junior College to Tarrant County College.

Tarrant County College Foundation Names New Board Members, Officers

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 29, 2014) The Tarrant County College Foundation recently elected officers and appointed five new members to its board. The officers, serving a one-year term are Chairman Randall Canedy, Vice Chairman David Parker, Secretary Lei Testa and Treasurer Kay Cox. Canedy serves as market president, Frost Bank Mansfield.
The newest Board of Directors members are:
Jay M. Bartley, senior wealth advisor for American National Bank of Texas. Bartley’s background in banking spans more than 25 years. She is a founding director of the Aledo ISD Education Foundation and also board secretary and director for the Parker County Health Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University, where she majored in accounting.
Dr. Charles G. Langham III, author and lecturer. Langham received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston in 1975. He has served on numerous committees, boards and leadership positions, including All Saints Episcopal and Baylor All Saints Hospital, where he was chief of staff and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Rhonda Robertson, assistant chief of police, City of Fort Worth. A 19-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department, Robertson oversees the department’s Support Bureau, which includes Tactical Command, Investigative and Support Command and Communications. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and Master of Arts from The University of Texas at Arlington. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Linda Valdez Thompson is executive vice president of administration and diversity, DFW International Airport. Thompson has received several distinctions including being named Woman of the year by Hispanic Business Magazine and Ultimate Latina by the USA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is an alumnus of the prestigious National Hispanic Leadership Institute (NHLI).
Karen Thornton, vice president of human resources, FTS International. A 15-year human resource professional, Thornton received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Tarrant County College Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization classified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Established in 1988 and governed by a volunteer board of directors, TCC Foundation supports the comprehensive mission of Tarrant County College, providing affordable and open access to quality teaching and learning. More information about TCC Foundation is available at or at 817-515-5277.

Randall Canedy, Chairman

Randall Canedy, Chairman

Jay M. Bartley

Jay M. Bartley

Dr. Charles G. Langham III

Dr. Charles G. Langham III

Rhonda Robertson

Rhonda Robertson

Linda Valdez Thompson

Linda Valdez Thompson

Karen Thornton

Karen Thornton


A Night Out at the Ballpark with the TCC Alumni Association

A Night at the Ballpark in Arlington with the TCC Alumni AssociationThe TCC Alumni Association enjoyed a Texas Rangers victory over the Detroit Tigers in their second TCC Alumni, Family and Friends Night at the Ballpark in Arlington.  Not only were TCC alumni, faculty, staff and friends able to watch Texas Ranger Yu Darvish pitch against the Detroit Tigers, but they did so on the “All You Can Eat” Upper Deck Porch.

Want to stack your tray with 10 hot dogs, two chicken sandwiches and some nachos? This game would have been the perfect opportunity because hot dogs, nachos, chicken sandwiches, popcorn, peanuts and soft drinks were included in the specially priced tickets available through the TCC Alumni Association. Throughout the game attendees helped themselves to the complimentary food and drinks while mingling with friends, family and coworkers alike.

Members of the TCC Foundation were in attendance to pass out information on future alumni events and answer questions.

“We want every member of the alumni association to have a good time and stay informed and involved so they know how their contributions are benefiting the college,” Donor Relations Officer Liz Sisk said. “The TCCF Scholarship Fund benefits and encourages students to pursue their education and career goals and that is something we are very proud of.”

SE Campus President William Coppola and SO Campus President Peter Jordan were also in attendance to enjoy the game.

The crowd erupted early in the game when Ian Kinsler hit a solo home-run in the bottom of the first inning setting off fireworks into the sky. The close fought game went back and forth and Josh Hamilton added a second home-run for the Rangers which helped them to a 7-5 win over the Tigers. The win wasn’t necessary but it made the night more entertaining for those who attended.

The TCC Alumni Association had a fun and relaxed evening at the Texas Ranger game and look forward to continuing the tradition for years to come.

Spotlight on Judy Busocker

A Fashion Merchandising degree gives a TCC graduate her start in the fashion industry.

Judy Busocker at Men's Werahouse

Judy Busocker now oversees 47 Men’s Wearhouse stores as senior operations manager.

Judy Busocker has been involved in her share of weddings.

Busocker, who graduated from Tarrant County College (then TCJC) in 1978 with an Associate Degree in Fashion Merchandising, has been in the bridal and tuxedo business all her working life and is a senior operations manager for Men’s Wearhouse in Hurst, overseeing 47 stores. [Read more…]

TCC Foundation Continues “Pin” Tradition

TCC Foundation Board Chair Ginny Tigue presents graduate with Alumni Association pin.

TCC’s tradition of giving graduates an antique silver-finish Alumni Association lapel pin, a hearty handshake and an official “Congratulations and welcome to the Alumni Association” continued at Friday’s Commencement Ceremony.

“We are thrilled to welcome our newest alumni, congratulate them on their achievement and offer lifetime support services to help them achieve success,” said Rhonda Seyfried, scholarships and alumni specialist. “We look forward to an exciting year full of growth and opportunity for the TCC Alumni Association and welcome the involvement of our new graduates.”

Seyfried was among the TCC Alumni Association representatives who greeted graduates after they received their degrees. Also sharing in the celebration were foundation board chair Ginny Tigue and member Sean Bryan.  New alumni also were greeted by foundation staff Joe McIntosh, executive director; Liz Sisk and Gary Cumbie, donor relations officers; and Maria Maldonado, administrative assistant.

New alumni only have to wait until next month to get involved. The next alumni event is the Texas Rangers TCC Alumni, Family and Friends Night June 26 at The Ballpark in Arlington. Keep abreast of this and other alumni activities by following the Alumni Association on Facebook at Alumni questions may be directed to the dedicated alumni telephone line at 817-515-5777.

Your Math Skills Can Add Up to Cash and Scholarships

Bolen Competition Winner

Trang Le (second from left) won a scholarship to TCU in last year’s Jim Bolen Math Competition. She is shown with Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, Bob Bolen and TCU mathematics professor Robert Doran (l-r).

What’s the fun in being good at math if you can’t show off every now and then? Not only will the upcoming Jim Bolen Math Competition give you a chance to impress everyone with your math skills, but you could also win cash or a scholarship to a participating four-year university.

The competition is held in memory of the late Jim Bolen, a former TCC mathematics department chairperson who had a vision for making TCC one of the finest math-preparatory colleges in the Southwest. He believed competition sharpened his math students’ skills, and he encouraged them to compete nationally against students from other two-year colleges.

A Legacy of Scholarships

Today, more than 8,000 students from 165 colleges compete in the national competition for more than $100,000 in scholarships and cash prizes.

Top-scoring students from each campus will win a small cash prize, and they’ll also be eligible to apply for transfer scholarships to participating universities like to Texas Christian University, Baylor University, the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Woman’s University and more. The top five first-year performers will also win scholarships for their second years at TCC.

Get Ready for the Next Test March 2

The next test is scheduled for March 2; so sign up now for your chance to showcase your mathematic prowess. Contact the math department on your campus for more details.

Spotlight on Helen Hernandez

TCC Graduate Helen Hernandez Thanks TCC for Nursing Her Education.

Helen HernandezCareer In Need of Critical Care

Helen Hernandez tried her hand at many jobs, including working in a technology factory. But by the mid ‘80s her field was drying up. She decided to launch a career change by taking classes at Tarrant County College.

Hernandez, featured in the latest issue of Projection, needed a fresh start and a chance to build her confidence for returning to the classroom. “I couldn’t have done it without TCC,” Hernandez recalls. “I knew I needed an environment where I could get more personal attention and help with my academic life.”

It turned out that Hernandez had a passion for science, and going to TCC was the booster shot she needed to jumpstart a lifelong career in nursing. Hernandez works at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital as a supervisor in the medical surgical unit.

Degree/Career Infectious Among Sisters

When Hernandez graduated from TCC with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1994, she had no idea that her sister would soon follow her footsteps. With nursing degree in hand, Hernandez was focused on her job in the health-care field.

But when her older sister, Kathy Wynn, decided to make a career change too, it was Hernandez’ job satisfaction that inspired Wynn to switch from business to nursing. Wynn graduated from TCC two years after Hernandez with her Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing.

TCC Therapy

As Hernandez celebrates her 19th year at Texas Health Arlington, she marvels at finally having a lifelong career. Hernandez vows to keep learning and regularly looks for opportunities to take continuing education classes at TCC.

By Pamela Smith

Dean’s Retirement Benefits Students

Mike MatthewsNorthwest Campus Humanities Dean Mike Matthews is putting his money where his heart is.  Matthew’s concern about top students not being able to gain the benefits of TCC’s “outstanding (fine arts) professors, programs, and facilities” motivated him to use some of his retirement benefits to establish an endowed fine arts scholarship.

 Matthews, who began his TCC career in 1970 as a full-time English professor on Northeast Campus, recently decided to retire under TCC’s Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan. He taught for 15 years before taking on the role of chair of the English Department, and in 1996, he moved to NW as dean.

I am establishing an endowed scholarship because I believe in the mission of Tarrant County College (and) in the importance of the fine arts,” Matthews said. “I believe in helping students achieve success, and I believe in giving back to a community that has been generous to me.”

His work with students who benefitted from the Northwest Campus Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship has allowed him to see firsthand how financial support helps students.

“I see the results of granting scholarships in the fine arts when I meet the student recipients. They tell me powerful stories about what the arts mean in their lives and how the scholarships have helped them to pursue their dreams,” he said.

First awards from the $30,000 endowment will be bestowed for the 2012-13 academic year through the Tarrant County College Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization classified under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

“This is such a fabulous act of generosity,” said Foundation Executive Director Joe McIntosh. “Mike’s work and legacy of support and encouragement for students will continue for years and years to come through this endowed scholarship.”

To learn how to establish a scholarship with the TCC Foundation, please contact Donor Relations Officer Liz Sisk at or at 817-515-5277. More information about TCCF is available at