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Tickets on sale for Apache Belles spring show

Tyler Junior College’s renowned Apache Belles will present their spring show "Colors Out of the Box" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8, in Wise Auditorium on the TJC main campus.

The Apache Belles are under the direction of Ruth Flynn and assistant director Christy Evans.

Admission for Thursday, April 6 performance is $5; and all seating is general admission.

Admission for Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8 performances is $10 and all seating is reserved.

Tickets are on sale in the cashier’s office of White Administrative Services Center on the TJC main campus. For more information, call 903-510-2672.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
2/28/2006

 

Ex-White House Chef to Host TJC Dinner

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have dinner at the White House?

Former White House chef and author John R. Hanny will host an evening of dinner and historical reflection 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Apache Rooms of Rogers Student Center on the Tyler Junior College main campus, offering guests a behind-the-scenes look into one of the most famous kitchens in the world.

Tickets are $45 and reservations can be made by calling the TJC School of Continuing Studies at 903-510-2900.

The dinner will include some recipes from Hanny’s cookbook, "Secrets from the White House Kitchens".

At age 23, Hanny was the White House food and wine consultant, prepping state lunches and advising presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson on matters of food.

Hanny will share his insights on each presidential administration and how the man in office, and particularly the first lady, influences the ever-changing White House gastronomic style.

Copies of his award-winning book will be available for sale and autographed.

For more information, call the TJC School of Continuing Studies at 903-510-2900.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
3/1/2006

 

Performing groups to tour Germany/Austria

More than 300 of Tyler Junior College’s Apache Belles, Apache Band, A Cappella Choir, Harmony & Understanding and support staff will leave next Wednesday for a 10-day "Sound of Music" tour of Germany and Austria, March 8-18.

First stop after a nine-hour flight from Dallas/Fort Worth airport will be Heidelberg, Germany.

On Friday, March 9, the performing groups will spend a full day at nearby Ramstein Air Force Base, where they will perform for and have lunch with American schoolchildren. That evening, they will perform a USO-style show, themed "From Texas With Love", for the troops stationed at Ramstein.

The band is under the direction of Tom Mensch, and Apache Belles director is Ruth Flynn. Choral groups are directed by Dr. Cheryl Rogers.

On Sunday, March 12, the group will load onto 10 chartered buses for a 12-hour ride to Vienna, Austria.

In Austria, they will tour Vienna and spend a day Salzburg, where "The Sound of Music" was filmed in the mid-1960s.

The choir will perform Thursday, March 16, with the Vienna Boys Choir at Saint Leopold’s Church, as part of the city’s yearlong celebration commemorating the 250th birthday of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The groups will arrive home Saturday, March 18.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
3/1/2006

 

Allied Health, Nursing application deadlines

Each year, more than 400 students are admitted to Tyler Junior College’s Allied Health and Nursing programs, where they gain invaluable classroom and hands-on experience in their chosen field.

TJC officials have announced the application filing periods admission to the following programs:

• Associate Degree Nursing (classes begin Spring 2007) – Aug. 7-Sept. 15, 2006

• Associate Degree Nursing (Summer 2007) – Dec. 4, 2006-Jan. 19, 2007

• Associate Degree Nursing (Fall 2007) – Jan. 22-March 2, 2007

• Dental Hygiene (Fall 2006) – Feb. 1-May 26, 2006

• Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (Fall 2006) – Jan. 23-May 26, 2006

• Emergency Medical Services Professional – Open

• Health Information Tech (Fall 2006) – Open

• Medical Transcription (Fall 2006) – Jan. 17-June 17, 2006

• Medical Lab Technician (Fall 2006) – Jan. 23-May 26, 2006

• Radiological Technologist (Fall 2006) – Jan. 15-April 15, 2006

• Respiratory Care (Fall 2006) – Jan. 31-June 1, 2006

• Surgery Technician (Fall 2006) – Jan. 23-May 26, 2006

• Vision Care Technician (Fall 2006) – Jan. 23-June 1, 2006

• Vocational Nursing Day Programs in Tyler and Jacksonville (Fall 2006) – Jan. 31-April 17,
2006

• Vocational Nursing Evening Program (Fall 2006) – Jan. 31-April 17, 2006

• Addiction Counseling – Open

For more information on the selective admissions process to the allied health programs, contact the TJC School of Allied Health and Nursing advising office at 903-510-2662.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
3/22/2006

 

Afghan woman, author to speak Thursday

Farooka Guahari will speak 10 a.m. Thursday in the Apache Rooms of Rogers Student Center on the Tyler Junior College main campus.

Guahari is the last of four lecturers in Tyler Junior College’s 2005-06 Student Enrichment Series. Author Bruce Feiler’s speaking engagement has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4.

Tickets are free and available in the TJC Student Activities office, located in Rogers Student Center Room 235. For more information, call 903-510-2259.

In 1997, Guahari published her memoirs, "Searching for Saleem: An Afghan Woman’s Odyssey". At the time, no Afghan woman had published an English memoir in book form. Her personal account covers the search for her missing husband, watching her home country topple, the Afghan woman’s shrinking political presence, governmental oppression and her gradual decision to create a new life in a country where she now fears retaliation because of her Afghan and Muslim ties.

Her story reflects the harrowing encounters of countless Afghan families: their sufferings and their struggles to maintain their identities under totalitarian rule.

Her insight into topics related to ethnic groups in Afghanistan, the problems faced as a woman living in an Islamic society, the new government of Afghanistan and the woman’s role in rebuilding the country after Taliban occupation, make the violent collapse of her country and her experiences a memorable lesson in courage and perseverance.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
3/22/2006

 

Award-winning illustrator Brent Hale to speak

Tyler-based illustrator Brent Hale will discuss his work and process from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the White Administrative Services Center board room on the Tyler Junior College main campus.

His work is on display through April 13, in TJC’s Wise Auditorium Art Gallery.

Hale offers a balance of old-school experience and new-school capabilities and, although his painting style looks traditional, he starts from scanned sketches and creates a look in the computer that is uniquely his own.

He caters his illustration style to realistic or whimsical projects, attracting both adults and children. He has created illustrations for editorial stories, children's books, advertising and packaging and is currently collaborating with Steve Martin, Billy Crystal and Bernie Mac on children's books.

Hale’s award-winning work has been featured in Communication Arts Illustration Annual and Graphis Packaging Annual. His background in design, digital paint illustration, vector art and story boarding has allowed him to work for a variety of clients including Pepsi, American Airlines, BMW, The Wall Street Journal, Beringer Vinyards, Frito Lay and Sara Lee.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
3/24/2006

 

TJC Apache Belles present spring show

Tyler Junior College’s renowned Apache Belles will present their spring show 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8, in Wise Auditorium on the TJC main campus.

The Apache Belles are under the direction of Ruth Flynn, in her 21st year with the Apache Belles, and assistant director Christy Evans.

Admission for Thursday’s performance is $5, and all seating is general admission. Admission for the Friday and Saturday performances is $10, and all seating is reserved.

Advance tickets are on sale in the cashier’s office of White Administrative Services Center on the TJC main campus; and before each performance, tickets will be sold in the Wise Auditorium box office. For more information, call 903-510-2672.

"Colors … Out of the Box" is the theme of this year’s show, which will include an extensive palette of costumes, choreography and emotions, beginning with Pink Cotton Candy and ending, appropriately, with Black and Gold, the TJC school colors.

"The show is designed to depict the connection between color and emotion," Flynn said. "It begins with the primary colors we use in childhood, then how those colors combine and complicate as we go through life."

The varied styles of choreography are important as well.

"We like for the Spring Show to be a night of surprises," Flynn said, "so without giving too much away, there will be a variety of musical and dance styles: everything from a circus and a country music nightclub to Fosse-style choreography and a patriotic tune.

"There’s literally something for everyone’s taste in dance and music, and we’ll have a lot of special guests."

Those include Dr. Cheryl Rogers directing TJC pop vocal ensemble Harmony & Understanding; TJC music instructor Larry Marta and Daniel Spiers.

Under the direction of Jennifer Taylor, young guest artists are: Victoria Willoughby, Hanna Maynard, Hannah Cooper, Robert Pierce, Elizabeth Pierce, Keaton Good, Daimen Moody and Kali Foster.

The Apache Belles 2005-06 roster includes:

Head dance captain: Lauren Snyder, Longview

Dance captains: Megan Abraham, Fort Worth; Jessica Graham, Port Neches; Brittany Marshall, McKinney; and Natalie Spurr, Marshall

Sophomores: Aletse Amaya, Houston; Hailey Baker, Palestine; Leslie Bell, Whitehouse; Cindy Benitez, Dallas; Ashley Berryhill, Longview; Kristen Bray, Tatum; Schvanna Creer, Tatum; KaTonya Davis, Tyler; Sarah Dressler, Mesquite; Stacey Eden, Longview; Hollie Freeman, Garland; Jenna Gaines, Austin; Ashton Groom, Longview; Holly Marshall, Sugarland; Emily Patterson, Lewisville; Lindsay Peterson, McKinney; Nadia Pitts, Tyler; Racheal Fuller, Deer Park; Kennedy Scoggins, Tyler; Kara Shryock, Mansfield; Candice Snyder, Forney; Kristen Urlage, Mansfield; and Tiffany Williams, Hallsville

Freshmen: Libby Bettin, Frisco; Jessi Blackstone, Gladewater; Gia Fredrickson, Salt Lake City, Utah; Samantha Gwinn, Crosby; Meredith Hilton, Waxahachie; Anastasia Ikner, Cedar Hill; Kimberly Kegler, Cedar Hill; Raechel Leroy, Rockwall; Julie Lightfoot, Van; Amanda Lincer, Grapevine; Sarah Moore, Southlake; Sarah Otterson, Waxahachie; Kassie Patterson, Tyler; Jenna Prince, Palestine; Ashley Runyan, Garland; Ashton Smith, Bullard; Madison Southard, Denton; Mallory Strength, Waxahachie; Jenny Ward, Huffman; Hailey Young, Cedar Hill; and Ashleigh Zalkovsky, Waxahachie

Apache Belle Guards: Josh Tavenner, Tyler; Scott Hayes, Chapel Hill; Robert Ramos, Tyler; Justin Smith, Tyler; and Chase Wood, Chapel Hill

Harmony & Understanding personnel includes: Holly Bell, Jennifer Dubbs, Beau Garland, Bonnie Hancock, Kristi Hearnsberger, Bryant Huey, Sheree Johnson, James Kittley, Lindsay Laperriere, Steve Lasiter, Scott Mettler, Justin Murdoch, Anthony Scirto, Molly Turman and Whitney Wilson.

Behind the scenes are: Christy Evans, show assistant; Robert Sturges, production designer/acting director, script writer; Jennifer Sturges, stage manager/production assistant, script writer; Apache Belle Guard and Heath Redfern, stage crew; JR Brown, lighting/technical director; Kevin Wells, sound coordinator; Charles Palme, sound technician; Angie Loucks, stage sound technician; Larry Patterson, stage construction; Cory Loucks, lead spotlight; Chris Beddingfield, spotlight; Rebecca Faulds, makeup consultant; Fred Peters and Elise Mullinix, public relations/advertising; Doug Crawford, program; Veronica Smith, slide show photography; Janet Dennis, tickets; Apache Belle Gold, Apache Belle Moms and Dads, foyer ushers.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/7/2006

 

TJC honors faculty/staff retirees

Tyler Junior College honored retiring faculty and staff members with a reception 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Apache Rooms of Rogers Student Center on the TJC main campus.

Retiring this year – with a total of 140 years of service between them – are:

• Linda Cross, history instructor, with 32 years of service;

• W.E. "Ed" Cunningham, engineering design technology instructor, 18 years;

• Richard Minter, dean of University Studies, 37 years;

• Steve Westhafer, speech/theatre instructor, 11 years; and

• Jimmy Yancy, English instructor, 42 years.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/7/2006

 

Agreement makes online master's a possibility

Sign language interpreting students in East Texas can earn a master’s degree online, according to an articulation agreement struck between Tyler Junior College, The University of Texas at Tyler and Texas Woman’s University.

TJC sign language interpreting department chair Dr. Judy Barnes explains, "We have had an agreement in the past for a generic bachelor’s degree with UT Tyler. Now we are adding a second agreement with a focus on education."

The agreement links an associate of arts and sciences degree from TJC to a bachelor of applied arts and sciences at UT Tyler.

"This particular BAAS includes some pre-requisite courses that feed into an online master’s in deaf education from Texas Woman’s University," Barnes said. "Dr. Tommy Gilbreath of UT Tyler, Dr. Al White of TWU and I have been working on this agreement for about two years, and we are delighted to announce it is complete."

This is all very good news for area students, Barnes said.

"Each year, we have students inquiring about deaf education, but family and/or job responsibilities prohibit them from moving to another town or region to take classes," she said. "Now they can get a master’s degree without leaving Tyler."

For more information, contact Barnes at 903-510-2774, fax 903-593-8745, or e-mail jbar@tjc.edu.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/7/2006

 

Former White House chef to host dinner, discussion

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have dinner at the White House?

Former White House chef and author John R. Hanny will host an evening of dinner and historical reflection 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in the Apache Rooms of Rogers Student Center on the Tyler Junior College main campus, offering guests a behind-the-scenes look into one of the most famous kitchens in the world.

Tickets are $45 and reservations can be made by calling the TJC School of Continuing Studies at 903-510-2900.

The dinner will include some recipes from Hanny’s cookbook, "Secrets from the White House Kitchens".

At age 23, Hanny was the White House food and wine consultant, prepping state lunches and advising presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson on matters of food. Hanny will share his insights on each presidential administration and how the man in office, and particularly the first lady, influences the ever-changing White House gastronomic style. Copies of his award-winning book will be available for sale and autographed.

For more information, call the TJC School of Continuing Studies at 903-510-2900.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/11/2006

 

TJC presents spring choir and chamber music concer

Tyler Junior College’s Spring Choral and Chamber Music Concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in Wise Auditorium on the TJC main campus. Admission is free.

The evening will begin with the TJC Brass Choir, under the direction of Heather Mensch, performing Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. They will also play Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry featuring the low brass and selections from West Side Story.

Brass choir personnel include Alan Burson, Chris Comstock, Nathaniel Gardner, Matt Jones, Morgan Matheny, Hayden McMullen, Ross Melton, Elizabeth Morris, Chris Morriss, Brittany Murrah, Mondale Onuoha, Javier Prieto, Preston Spencer, Amanda Stanley, Phillip Terrell, Marcia Upton, Mark Warren, and Josh Wood.

Guest faculty performers include Carol Ivey, French horn, and Tom Mensch, percussion/euphonium.

The TJC Woodwind Choir, directed by Adam Myers, will be playing Finale from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, Sonatina No. 1 by Kabalesky and Ronde des Princesses by Stravinsky.

Woodwind players are Krystalin Aguilera, Kallie Domian, Bethany Frank, Alesandra Garcia, Cattalae Jendreau, Jennifer Mills, Brenda Seelye, Amanda Seiden, Katie Stamp, Jean Villasana, and Jacob Wellman.

The evening will conclude with the A Cappella Choir under the direction of Dr. Cheryl Rogers and accompanied by Kerry Baham. The Vienna Chorus will sing several of the selections that they performed with the Vienna Boys Choir in Austria last month.

The Valentine’s ladies trio and Barbershop quartet will sing special love song selections. The A Cappella Choir will finish the evening singing Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus featuring a string ensemble composed of Sarah Reason, Hank Hinkie, Andrea Rutan and Brandon Steele. They will also sing Laudate Dominum featuring Andrea Trent, soloist. Some favorite spirituals include I Hear a Voice a-Prayin’ and I Am His Child. To complete the evening the choir will sing A Jubilant Song by Norman Dello Joio.

Sopranos are Brandy Castaneda, Erin Desmond, Jennifer Dubbs, Stacey Eden, Sarah Ethridge, Emily Glady, Fashionett Harris, Jina Harris, Kristi Hearnsberger, Lynsey Jones, Lindsay Laperrière, Megan Moore, Samantha Moore, Amy Price, Suzanne Schwarz, Lindsay Smith, Lauren Snyder, Amber Stephenson, Madison Thrasher, Josie Weeks, Jessica Williams, Shannidia Williams, Whitney Wilson, and Katherine Wolford.

Altos are Holly Bell, Tammy Cawthon, Erica Collins, Bonnie Hancock, Paula Holt, Sheree Johnson, Kalsheameka Odiegwu, Jade Ramsey, Lindsey Ressmann, Cherie Schaefer, Kimberly Smith, Megan Strout, Whitney Thrasher and Erin Westmoreland.

Tenors include Lonnie Cook, Sean Costner, Brian Cummings, Jon Estridge, Erik Faulds, Beau Garland, Corey Henderson, Kortney Horton, James Kittley, Justin Murdock, and Steven Warren.

Basses are Josh Coldiron, Jordan Hollis, Bryant Huey, Steven Lasiter, Ross Melton, Cory Metcalf, Scott Mettler, Josh Moore, Dr. Jeffrey Owens, William Ross, Cameron Royall, and Anthony Scirto.

For more information on TJC music programs, call 903-510-2214

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/13/2006

 

Moore to speak at TJC’s annual International Day

Richard Moore, executive director of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, will be the guest speaker at Tyler Junior College’s 16th annual International Day on Tuesday, April 25.

Moore will speak at 11:30 a.m. in the Apache Rooms of Rogers Student Center on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Admission is free.

Born in Houston, Moore grew up in McAllen on the Mexican border, graduating from McAllen High School in 1981.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy, with minors in English and economics, from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Arts degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

He joined the staff of the Texas Community College Teachers Association (then Texas Junior College Teachers Association) in 1991 and was named executive director in 2001.

TCCTA is the largest organization of post-secondary educators in the state, with members from every teaching field and every community and technical college in Texas. Representing approximately 6,000 faculty and administrators, TCCTA speaks on behalf of its members before committees of the Texas Legislature, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, and other bodies of work affecting the interests of community colleges and their employees.

Moore is also a member of numerous professional, civic and religious organizations. He and his wife, Susan, live in Austin with their two daughters.

For more information on TJC’s upcoming International Day, contact Dr. Manoucher Khosrowshahi at mkho@tjc.edu or call 903-510-2279.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/13/2006

 

TJC bands to present end-of-year performances

Tyler Junior College band students will close out their 2005-06 season with a set of performances 7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, April 24-26, in Wise Auditorium on the TJC main campus.

Admission is free to each of the events.

Monday’s performance will be an all-percussion experience. Groups on the program include the TJC Apache Pan Ensemble, Indoor Percussion Theater and the Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Tom McGowan.

Tuesday night, it’s about jazz.

The TJC Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II and the Jazz Combo will perform a program of old favorites including Glenn Miller’s "In the Mood", as well as new jazz fresh from New York City. TJC jazz groups are under the direction of Heather Mensch.

On Wednesday, the TJC Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will give their final performance of the year.

TJC director of bands is Tom Mensch.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/19/2006

 

Tickets on sale Thursday for ‘Amadeus’

In honor of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday, Theatre TJC presents ‘Amadeus’ as its final production of the 2005-06 season.

Performances are Thursday-Monday, April 27-May 1, in Jean Browne Theatre located in the Wise Cultural Arts Center on the TJC main campus. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. nightly for all but the Sunday performance, which is 2 p.m only.

All seats are $5.

The box office opens Thursday, April 20; and box office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
‘Amadeus’ – an award-winning drama by Peter Shaffer – chronicles the relationship between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and court composer Antonio Salieri.

The production is under the direction of TJC faculty member Jacque Shackelford.

For reservations and production information, call the Theatre TJC box office at 903-510-2212.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/19/2006

 

TJC’s 16th annual International Day set Tuesday

Food, music, dance, exhibits and arts and crafts from around the world will be on hand for Tyler Junior College’s 16th annual International Day, set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the Apache Rooms of Rogers Student Center on the TJC main campus.

Admission is free.

Guest speaker will be Richard Moore, executive director of Texas Community College Teachers Association in Austin. Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Represented during International Day activities will be Texas and the United States, more than 50 countries, including Albania, Australia, China, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Exhibits will also include such educational topics as the American deaf culture, the Literacy Council, Native Americans, Mercy Ships of Texas, Black Art, and the Public Health District.

TJC’s band will perform, and other entertainment will include music and dance from China, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Turkey.

A fashion show will feature native dress from countries such as China, Egypt, India, Lebanon and Thailand.

Samples of food and drink from around the world will be available, as well as from Cheddar’s, CiCi’s Pizza, Brookshire’s and Coca-Cola.

For more information on International Day activities, contact Dr. Manoucher Khosrowshahi at mkho@tjc.edu or by calling 903-510-2279.

Tentative Schedule
8:30 a.m. – Exhibition opens
9 a.m. – Kung Fu and fitness demonstration
9:30 a.m. – Pakistani dance (Bhangra) by Maria and Leena
10 a.m. – Music from Trinidad and Tobago by Apache Pan Ensemble, under the direction of Thomas McGowan
10:30 a.m. – Diamonds of Nigeria African dance, under the direction of Stephanie Idio
10:45 a.m. – Salsa-Cumbia dance under the direction of Kim McCarver
11:15 a.m. – Chinese dance (Part 1) by Jing Greene
11:25 a.m. – National Anthem by Dr. Otis Webster, TJC director of student services
11:30 a.m. – Presentation of governor’s proclamation and introduction of guest of honor by TJC President Dr. William R. Crowe; and special remarks by guest speaker Richard Moore
11:45 a.m. – Turkish folkdance by Mary Kocaturk
12:45 p.m. – International fashion and talent show by students and community members
1 p.m. – Diamonds of Nigeria African dance, under the direction of Stephanie Idio
1:30 p.m. – Music from Trinidad and Tobago, TJC Apache Pan Ensemble, under the direction of Thomas McGowan
2 p.m. – Salsa-Cumbia dance under the direction of Kim McCarver
3 p.m. – International fashion and talent show by students and community members
3:15 p.m. – Pakistani Dance II (Bhangra) by Maria and Leena
3:45 p.m. – Chinese Dance Part II by Jing Greene
4 p.m. – Music from around the world
5 p.m. – Adjournment

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Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/19/2006

 

TJC’s Venue set Saturday at Arcadia coffee house

The Venue, Tyler Junior College’s alternative performance setting, will be held 9-11 p.m. show on Saturday at the Arcadia coffee house on the square in downtown Tyler.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by Theatre TJC, Baptist Student Ministries and Green Acres Baptist Church College Ministries, The Venue offers the local college student and young, single adult an entertainment alternative to the normal nightclubs, sporting events and movies.

"What we have here is a coffeehouse environment," said Dr. David Crawford, head of the TJC speech and theatre department. "Young people can hang out, listen to quality entertainment, munch on snacks, and congregate."

Basic performance policies include: one- to five-minute performances, no profanity or offensive material, and no plugged or electrified instruments. Performances include singing, acting, playing instruments, art displays, stand-up routines, poetry and prose.

Entertainers who wish to perform should contact Crawford at 903-510-2678 or e-mail dcra@tjc.edu.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/19/2006

 

Web site for all things Apache Belle

The Tyler Junior College Apache Belles have been to Ireland, Hawaii and, most recently, Germany and Austria; now the precision dance team has debuted in cyberspace.

"We are thrilled to announce that our official Web site, www.apachebelles.com, is up and running," Apache Belles director Ruth Flynn said.

The site features photos and bios of the current Apache Belles roster, as well as a calendar of upcoming performances.

"It’s a Web site dedicated to Apache Belles past, present and future," she said. "There is an area dedicated to our alumni, Apache Belle Gold; there’s biographical information about the Belles of today; and there’s application information on our upcoming auditions for the 2006-07 season."

Auditions for next season’s Apache Belles line will be April 29 and 30, and June 10 and 11.

For more information, go to www.apachebelles.com, or call the Apache Belles office at 903-510-2244.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/20/2006

 

Summer Success Academy assists incoming freshmen

Seeking to make the transition from high school to college a bit easier, Tyler Junior College’s School of College Preparatory Studies is offering Summer Success Academy.

During the seven-week academy, students will live and eat on the TJC campus, participate in college life activities and earn 10 hours of college credit in reading, math, Learning Frameworks and freshmen orientation.

According to nationwide statistics provided by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, out of 100 ninth-graders who graduate from high school and immediately enter college, only 27 are still enrolled their sophomore year.

The need to improve the transition from high school to college is crucial now, given the current global, knowledge-based economy. Students who aspire to participate in the middle-class must complete at least some education or training beyond high school, the National Center reports.

"This is exactly why we are here," said Dr. Deborah Kelley, chair of TJC’s School of College Preparatory Studies. "Some students begin their college careers without the academic preparation recommended at the high school level; for others, college seems out of reach."

College Prep and the Summer Success Academy, she says, fill a need for those students, providing individual tutoring and courses on study skills, time management, career exploration and testing strategies.

Upon completion of the summer academy, students will be able to enroll in college credit courses for the fall semester and continue their studies on track and on time.

For information on TJC’s Summer Success Academy or the College Preparatory Studies program, call Dr. Kelley at 903-510-2147 or retention coordinator Shelley Caraway at 903-510-2920.

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/20/2006

 

Two students named USA Today All-USA Academic

Tyler Junior College sophomores Christopher Lee and Sarah Mayfield have been selected to the 2006 USA Today All-USA Academic Teams.

Lee – a chemistry/premed major from Tyler – was named to the second team and Mayfield – a neuroscience major from Winona – was named to the third team.

The 2006 All-USA Academic Team program recognized 60 outstanding two-year college students. The applicant pool has grown from around 500-600 in its early years to more than 1,500 applicants in 2006.

First, second, and third teams, each consisting of 20 members, were selected. The 20 first-team members received stipends of $2,500 each. All 60 members of the All-USA Academic Team and their colleges receive national recognition through coverage in USA Today.

Selection was based on nominations submitted by community college presidents, who received nomination materials in the fall.

Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today, and the American Association of Community Colleges sponsor the All-USA Academic Team program annually. To be eligible, a student must post a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and be eligible to graduate with an associate degree.

TJC has had more students named to the All-USA Academic Team than any other school in the nation.

Lee and Mayfield join the past 12 TJC USA Today All-USA Academic Team members including:

2005 Second: Jennifer Brooks
2003 Second; Chene' Smith
1999 First: Jimmy Epperson
1998 Second: Amanda Ground
1997 First: Adam Daley
1997 First: Jamie Melton
1996 First: Carla Bass
1995 Third: Sherilyn Luke
1995 Third: Lorie Prescott
1993 Third: Tara Ayers
1993 First: Jeremy Coe
1991 First: Cheryl Phinny

Author
Elise Mullinix

Date
4/27/2006

 

ASL and Destiny Deaf Clubs to Present Show

The Tyler Junior College American Sign Language Club and the Destiny Deaf Club will present a variety show, "Signs on Broadway," 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 8, in Wise Auditorium. The entire show will be presented in sign language with voice interpreters provided.

General admission tickets are $1 each. Students and faculty who present TJC identification cards will be admitted free. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

The show will include performances by TJC students who are deaf and hard of hearing, who are in interpreter training, members of the ASL Club, members of the TJC Destiny Deaf Club, TJC deaf alumni, TJC interpreters and other members of the East Texas deaf community.
Masters of ceremony for the program will be TJC students Ben Williams and Anna Botello.

The show is directed by Tina Dillman, deaf student interpreter coordinator and Destiny Deaf Club sponsor, and Jeanie Brookshire, American Sign Language Club sponsor.
This is the eighth year for the annual American Sign Language Club and Destiny Deaf Club variety show.

Call 903-510-2841 or 903-510-2249 for more information.
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Author
Nita Wilson

Date
3/15/2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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