Tarrant County College Selects Barnes & Noble College to Manage Its Campus Bookstores

Retailer to Bring Cost-Saving Options, Expanded Services to TCC Students and Faculty

FORT WORTH, TX – Tarrant County College District (TCC) has named Barnes & Noble College, a Barnes & Noble Education Company (NYSE:BNED), as the new operator of its five on-campus bookstores. The Tarrant County College bookstores will transition to Barnes & Noble College management beginning July 18, 2017. This selection follows a Request for Proposal and TCC’s subsequent evaluation of three competitive proposals. This transition will require us to close the campus bookstores beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11.  The bookstores will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19.
 
“Over the last four years, we have worked diligently to make course materials more affordable for our students,” says TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D. “With the selection of Barnes & Noble College, we will be able to offer students a robust in-store and online rental textbook program, an extensive selection of used, new and digital textbooks, OER Courseware and a price-matching program. In total, we believe this move will help our students save a great deal of money.”
 
Barnes & Noble College also will create and manage Tarrant County College’s online bookstore, designed to mirror the selection of learning materials and promotional items students, faculty and staff can purchase in-store.
 
Tarrant County College faculty also will gain access to a groundbreaking online community called FacultyEnlight (www.facultyenlight.com), a streamlined textbook adoption platform that combines advanced search capabilities with detailed information on course material formats, pricing and reviews by other faculty.
 
Tarrant County College is one of 29 higher education institutions in the state of Texas that partner with Barnes & Noble College, including Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University, San Jacinto College, Texas Tech University and the Houston Community College System. Barnes & Noble College operates 770 campus stores nationwide.
 
“We’re very proud to partner with Tarrant County College,” said Patrick Maloney, president of Barnes & Noble College. “This partnership will allow us to support TCC’s ‘Success Within Reach’ mission by offering students and faculty a multitude of resources, innovative technologies and an array of affordable course materials.”
 
For more information about Barnes & Noble College’s services and locations, visit www.bncollege.com. To learn more about Barnes & Noble College’s affordable textbook rental program, visit www.bnctextbookrental.com.
 
About Tarrant County College

Serving more than 100,000 students each year, Tarrant County College is one of the 20-largest higher education institutions in the United States. The two-year college offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as Associate of Arts degrees, Community & Industry Education courses, workshops and customized training programs. The College has six campuses throughout Tarrant County, including TCC Connect, which provides flexibility with e-Learning and Weekend College. TCC also assists employers in training their workforces with its TCC Opportunity Center.
 
About Barnes & Noble College

Barnes & Noble College, a Barnes & Noble Education company (NYSE:BNED), is a leading operator of college bookstores in the United States. Barnes & Noble College currently operates 770 campus bookstores and the school-branded e-commerce sites for each store, serving more than 6 million college students and faculty nationwide. As a strategic partner, Barnes & Noble College is committed to offering a complete support system and an unmatched retail and digital learning experience to foster student success in higher education. General information on Barnes & Noble College can be obtained by visiting the Company’s website: www.bncollege.com.

TCC Nursing Program Celebrates 50 Years of Success

Some 115 graduates of the Tarrant County College Nursing Program received their pins and other honors on May 9 during an honorary pinning ceremony held before a large crowd of family and friends at Mansfield ISD’s Center for the Performing Arts. The program featured a candle lighting ceremony that is a rite of passage in honor Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

The TCC Nursing Program also is celebrating another milestone: 50 years of providing quality nursing education to the region. In 1967, TCC’s nursing program began with approximately 25 students on the South Campus of what was then Tarrant County Junior College. Once the Trinity River Campus East opened in 2011, the program relocated there.  During his opening remarks, TCC Trinity River President Sean Madison discussed plans to establish a TCC Alumni Nursing Association as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. The association will support the mission of Tarrant County College through professional development, networking and scholarship opportunities for alumni.

The graduating class heard words of wisdom from keynote speaker Phyllis Norman, former vice president of patient services for Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist; Vicki Brockman, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Resources Cleburne; and TCC Board of Trustees President Louise Appleman, a 1962 graduate of the nursing program at Texas Women’s University.  Each spoke about nursing opportunities in the region and the need for lifelong learning.

To learn more about TCC’s nursing program, visit tccd.edu/nursing or call 817-515-2472.

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TCC Invites Job Seekers, Recruiters to Community Job Fair

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2017) – Job seekers and area employers will come together at Tarrant County College Thursday, April 27, for the College-Wide Job Fair. The event is free and open to students, alumni and the community. It is hosted jointly by TCC’s South, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Trinity River and Connect campuses along with the TCC Foundation.
 
The fair takes place 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at South Campus (5301 Campus Dr., Fort Worth, SSTU Dining Hall). Companies are recruiting for full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs as well as paid internships. Candidates of all industries and experience levels are encouraged to attend, dress professionally and come prepared with résumés.
 
The fair will feature more than 40 companies, including the American Airlines Training and Conference Center, AmeriState Claim Solutions, Ben E. Keith, ChildCare Careers, Fastenal, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety, Fort Worth Independent School District and Walmart Distribution Center.
 
“Whether you’re getting ready to graduate or just looking for your next position, the College-Wide Job Fair is a great opportunity to build important skills and get in front of some of the top companies in the region,” said Monica Miranda, coordinator of career and employment services on South Campus.
 
Job seekers can pre-register at tccd.edu/alumni or simply show up at the fair. Employers who wish to participate should contact Miranda at monica.miranda@tccd.edu.
 
The College-Wide Job Fair is co-sponsored by the American Airlines Training and Conference Center, AmeriState Claim Solutions and ChildCare Careers. Sponsors’ contributions benefit student scholarships and programs through the TCC Foundation.
 
In addition to the College-Wide Job Fair, recruiters from Billy Bob’s Texas will be at Northwest Campus Wednesday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth, WSTU Hallway). Northeast Campus will host a military recruitment event during Spring Fest, which takes place Wednesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus lawn (828 W. Harwood Rd., Hurst). The Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics will host a job fair specific to those fields 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 (2301 Horizon Dr., Fort Worth).
 

TCC Launches Health Care Lecture and Workshop Series: “The River Speaks”

Friday, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Trinity River Campus East, 245 E. Belknap Street, Fort Worth 76102
 

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 17, 2016) – Renowned health care professionals will focus on contemporary health care issues and their impact on the industry during the inaugural Trinity River Speaks Lecture and Workshop series Friday at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus East. Breakfast and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m.
 
After TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini and Trinity River Campus President Sean Madison conclude their opening remarks, Joshua W. Gatson, Ph.D., assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Neurological Surgery in the Burns, Trauma Critical Care Division, will give the opening keynote at 9 a.m. Gatson will speak about “Traumatic Brian Injury Critical Care and Implications for Health Care Professionals.”
 
Sponsored by TCC’s Division of Health Care Professions, the lecture series will provide health care students from various colleges and universities the opportunity to learn firsthand from and interact with key leaders and practitioners in the health care workforce, public health sectors and medical research centers.
 
“Trinity River Campus is presenting its first colloquium for inter-professional education. The conference will unpack the latest research advancements in the treatment of neurological conditions,” said Joseph Cameron, TCC Dean of Health Care Professions. “It will also review neurological case scenarios, focusing on community and public health, as well as highlighting nursing neuroscience practices and clinical care perspectives.”
 
Health care professionals from throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area are invited to join TCC faculty and students from educational disciplines including Nursing, Health Information Technology, Long Term Care Administration, Surgical Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care and Physical Therapist Assistance as they glean firsthand knowledge from the “best of the best in their areas of expertise,” Cameron said.
 
Other topics to be discussed include:

  • “Healthy Lives Matter and the Importance of Public Health Volunteerism,” presented by Alzheimer’s Association Program Manager Shelly Young and Leon Polk and Roderick Miles from the office of Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks.
  • “Zika and the Brain,” presented by Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja.
  • “Neuroscience Nursing Practice and Scenarios,” presented by Linda Martin, D.N.P., associate professor of professional practice, Texas Christian University Nursing Harris College of Nursing and social worker Dominicia Morgan, Brentwood Health.

Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is required to ensure seating and parking accommodations. Register at: www.theriverspeaks.com.
 

TCC Supports Inaugural Alzheimer’s Education Series

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 19, 2016)
 
WHAT:
As part of its commitment to help eradicate health disparities, Tarrant County College has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association and Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks, Precinct 1, and long-term health-care providers to host the Healthy Lives Matter: Inaugural Alzheimer’s Education Series.
 
The purpose of the initiative is to provide community access to education that can lead to optimal care and services for individuals and families affected by dementia.
 
“Latest Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease” will be presented by Meharvan Singh, Ph.D., professor and dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Institute for Healthy Aging and interim director of the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease Research for the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
 
Topics include caregiving, legal issues such as estate planning, treatment costs and recognizing signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Speakers for the breakout sessions include Princess Jackson, Ph.D., coordinator of the TCC Long-Term Care Administration Program; Patricia Bailey, founder of iCare Product Solutions, LLC; Antoinette Bone, Esq., The Law Office of Antoinette Bone, PLLC; and Pat Gleason Wynn, Ph.D., LCSW, BSN, RN, Texas Health Resources-Harris Methodist Hospital.
 
WHEN:
Saturday, Aug. 20
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
WHERE:
Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus
Action Suite A
300 Trinity River Campus Circle
Fort Worth, TX  76102
 
MEDIA INTERESTED IN COVERING THE EVENT:
Please make arrangements by calling 817-515-1542.

 

TCC Nursing Program Earns Full Reaccreditation

ACEN evaluators impressed by academic credentials of TCC nursing faculty
 
FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug. 18, 2016) – Tarrant County College recently was awarded full reaccreditation for its nursing program from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). TCC is the only ACEN-accredited associate degree program in Tarrant County and one of only three in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
 
“This is a tremendous accomplishment and speaks volumes about the quality of the education that Tarrant County College is providing our nursing students,” said Trinity River Campus President S. Sean Madison, Ed.D. “This noteworthy achievement would not have been possible without the passion, expertise and experience of our nursing faculty and the Health Care Professions program leadership.”
 
TCC met all six accreditation standards that were verified during the ACEN evaluators’ three-day intensive site visit in February 2016. The site visit included visits to clinical sites and classrooms and meetings with TCC administrators, faculty and the public. ACEN will conduct its next evaluation of the program in 2024.
 
In 1967, TCC’s nursing program began with approximately 25 students on South Campus at what was then called Tarrant County Junior College. The college relocated the program to Trinity River Campus East: Center for Health Care Professions in 2011. TCC’s nursing faculty, which includes 41 full-time instructors and 12 adjunct instructors, all hold at least a master’s degree. Additionally, 13 faculty are certified in specialty areas, two have doctorate degrees and four are pursuing doctorate degrees.
 
Approximately 550 students currently are enrolled in the nursing program, which doubled in size over the last six years to meet the increasing need of the community and in response to the nursing shortage. The nursing program graduation rate averages 85 percent. In 2015, only two community colleges had more students sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam) in the state of Texas than TCC.
 
“Our students and the community can be confident that TCC will continue to devote the resources necessary to ensure that we continue our upward trend of graduating students who pass their exam on their first attempt,” said Nursing Program Director Deann Mitchell, Ph.D., R.N. “Additionally, they can count on us to attract and retain faculty who are exceptionally qualified to educate our students. They set expectations daily that surpass basic nursing education standards so that our reputation remains intact for graduating students with the skills necessary to join experienced nursing staffs and immediately meet the critical needs of patients.”
 
For more information about the nursing program, visit tccd.edu/nursing.
 

TCC Chancellor Appoints New Trinity River President

Sean MadisonFORT WORTH, Texas(Aug. 21, 2015) – Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley has named S. Sean Madison president of the Trinity River Campus to replace retiring, founding TCC Trinity River Campus President Tahita Fulkerson. Fulkerson retires at the end of August after more than 34 years of distinguished service to TCC that included positions at three of TCC’s five campuses as well as with the District.
 
Madison is an accomplished leader in higher education who has been committed to the community college mission for the past 22 years, serving in faculty and leadership roles at Miami Dade College and Broward College in Florida. He has served as the president of Broward College’s Judson A. Samuel South Campus for the last five years. Broward College is a multi-campus system and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. At the South Campus, Madison provided leadership for more than 18,000 students who enrolled annually in the campus’ signature programs, which included supply chain management, nursing and aviation administration.
 
While at Miami Dade College, Madison served in a variety of positions including as a tenured associate professor of English, chair for English and College Preparatory Studies, dean for Academic and Student Affairs and district director of Learning Outcomes Assessment. Additionally, he brings to TCC expertise in strategic planning, strategic enrollment planning and implementing high impact student success initiatives to support the completion agenda.
 
“The experience Dr. Madison has in strategic planning multiple areas and his involvement with initiatives that impact student completion rates will benefit students throughout Tarrant County College,” Hadley said. “I know he is the right person to continue to build upon and broaden opportunities for student success.”
 
Recently, Madison was appointed to the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Commission on Research, Technology and Emerging Trends where he will share best practices with representatives from community colleges nationwide.
 
Madison earned his bachelor’s degree in literature and English from Morehouse College, his master’s degree in Teaching and English from Boston University and his doctorate in higher education administration from Florida International University.
 

Larger TCC Showcase Crowds Seek Specific Answers

Summer Jenkins

Summer Jenkins sought admission details.

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 7, 2014) Summer Jenkins wondered what she had to do to get admitted. The desire to update her skills is what drew Olga Gonzalez. Mechall Patterson wanted to be able to better help her clients.
 
The Crowe family gathered information for their high school senior who was unexpectedly called into work. Keith Myers, attending with his daughter, discovered that TCC also had something for him. And, Sedra Albosstani walked away knowing that learning at TCC truly extends beyond the classroom.
 
These interested students and families were among the 1,614 prospective and current students, their families and community members who recently attended Tarrant County College’s second annual Community and High School Showcase,pushing the Success Within Reach attendance up 17 percent over last year’s total.
 
TCC opened the doors to its five campuses and the TCC Opportunity Center to showcase the variety of programs and services that can lead to exciting and profitable careers. Each year more than 100,000 students take advantage of the expertise of TCC’s top-notch faculty in their quest to achieve their dreams.
 
“I came because I wanted to learn how to get into college because I want to attend college one day,” said Jenkins, who attended the South Campus Showcase.

Olga Gonzalez

Olga Gonzalez attended the NW Showcase.


 
Opportunities to continue her education influenced Gonzalez to check out what TCC had to offer at its Northwest Campus. “I want to learn more so I can keep my job until I retire.”
 
Patterson said the Showcase provided the perfect opportunity for her to learn more about TCC offerings so she can better assist her clients in the Family Self Sufficiency Program at the Tarrant County Assistance Office. She attended the TCC Opportunity Center’s debut participation in the Showcase.

 Javier Moreno and  Michelle Patterson.

CE Instructor Javier Moreno shows part to Michelle Patterson.

“We want to build relationships with TCC, especially since our office is right across the street from South Campus,” Patterson said. “We encourage them to work toward their goals whether that is earning their GED or graduating with their associate of arts degree.”
 
Jodie Crowe and her family didn’t let the fact that Charles’ visit to Southeast Campus was cut short when he unexpectedly was called into work. They returned to gather more information for the prospective business management major. The Showcase also benefited her 13-year-old son, Chase.

“He is interested in accounting and was asking a lot of questions,” she said.

Jodie Crowe, right, watches 13-year-old son, Chase, examine a rock.

Jodie Crowe, right, watches 13-year-old son, Chase, examine a rock


 
Myers, an aviation mechanic, attended the Northeast Campus event with plans for his high school senior on his mind, but learned that TCC also had something for him. He said after talking with Student Development Services Director Paula Vastine he knows that a transitional program can help him launch a new career.
 
“I didn’t know these services were available,” he said, adding he’s going to share his newfound knowledge with his co-workers.

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Keith Myers learned that TCC has something for him.


 
At Trinity River Campus, Albosstani’s plan to become a neurosurgeon piqued her interest to inquire about the medical careers attainable at the Trinity River Campus East, but she also came to learn how to get involved and help others. “I wanted to get information about the types of organizations and community services that I could become involved in,” said Albosstani, who was interested in earning community service hours.

Sedra Allbosstani wants to be a neurosurgeon.

Sedra Allbosstani wants to be a neurosurgeon.

Learn more about TCC’s academic classes and the more than 70 technical programs offered by checking out www.tccd.edu or calling 817-515-TCCD (8223).
 

TCC Extends Hours to Help Students with Registration

Students registering for spring 2014 classes at Tarrant County College have more hours to get the advising and other support services they need.

 

As part of TCC’s efforts to help students succeed, offices will be open the weekend before registration closes Jan. 6, 2014.

 

All TCC campuses will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5.

 

Students needing help with advising, testing or financial aid, or who need to visit the registrar or business services office, can do so at any TCC campus.

 

Campuses and locations are: Northeast, 828 W. Harwood Road; Northwest, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway; South, 5301 Campus Drive; Southeast, 2100 Southeast Parkway and Trinity River, 300 Trinity Campus Circle.

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.