September 15-October 15 is designated as National Hispanic Heritage Month and Texarkana College has a line-up of virtual events that will be featured on TC’s website and social media pages throughout the month. Virtual celebrations will include student and alumni spotlights; cooking demonstrations of authentic Hispanic cuisine by TC Culinary Arts students and Instructor/Executive Chef Sheila Lynn; art history segments and painting techniques by TC’s art instructor, Angela Melde; recommended readings and literature selections from TC’s lead librarian, LaMoya Burks; and more. Burks, who serves on the American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Expansion Task Force for the identification of excellence in Latino children’s literature, said TC’s library display represents portrayal of the Hispanic experience in literature. “We selected the books to feature in TC’s library display to show expressions of Hispanic culture demonstrated through literature that are relevant to our community and our students,” said Burks. “The display includes titles such as Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan who won the Pura Belpré Award for Writing, and The Poet X, a New York Times bestseller novel by Elizabeth Acevedo. Continue Reading →
Texarkana College announces the appointment of Brandon Washington, Dean of Workforce and Community & Business Education Division, to the position of Vice President of Operations. In this role, Washington will begin collaborating with Rick Boyette, Director of Facilities, and Mike Dumdei, Vice President of Technology. In recent months, Boyette and Dumdei have discussed their intent to transition into retirement by 2022. TC President Dr. Jason Smith said both Boyette and Dumdei are committed to continuing in their current positions for now and plan to remain on staff in supporting roles after 2022.
“Rick and Mike wear many hats in their positions at Texarkana College and provide vital campus leadership,” said Smith. “The announcement of their desire to look toward retirement led to the decision to move Brandon into the VP of Operations position so that over the next couple of years he has an opportunity to work alongside these two men. Continue Reading →
Texarkana College will move to a virtual format for all courses and student services for Thursday, August 27, 2020, and Friday, August 28, 2020 due to the threat of severe weather in our area. The campus will resume normal on-campus operations on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Students will be able to access their courses online and will be able to meet virtually with enrollment services, financial aid advisors, and business office personnel on Thursday and Friday.
Essential personnel will remain on campus to provide safety and security of facilities and grounds. More information can be found at www.texarkanacollege.edu or by calling 903-823-3456. Continue Reading →
August 19, 2020- Members of the Marine Corps League presented a $2,000 check to the Texarkana College Foundation for the Marine Corps League Scholarship Fund today. Scholarships of $1,000 were awarded to two Texarkana College students who are children or grandchildren of U.S. Veterans. The check was presented by Marine Corps representatives: Larry Wakefield, David Teague, Richard Hall, and Jackie Dean. “We are so grateful to the Marine Corps League for recognizing the impact an education can have and making an investment in our students,” said Katie Andrus, Director of the Texarkana College Foundation. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Katie Andrus, TC Foundation Director, at Katie.Andrus@texarkanacollege.edu or call 903-823-3125. Continue Reading →
August 17, 2020, Texarkana, TX— At today’s meeting, Texarkana College trustees adopted the 2020-21 tax rate of $.123081 for TC’s taxing district which includes all of Bowie County. This rate is the same exact rate as the current year’s and results in no tax rate increase for Bowie County property owners. TC’s taxing district includes all of Bowie County and is adopted annually by trustees once certified property values from Bowie County Appraisal District have been received. In other business, trustees approved College’s budget and compensation plan for the 2020-21 fiscal year. TC’s Chief Financial Officer, Kim Jones, said the budget is balanced based on current projections and estimates.
“We presented a break-even budget today reflecting adjustments and revisions of some preliminary projections presented in prior budget drafts,” said Jones. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, TX— At today’s meeting, trustees approved holding a public hearing on August 17, 2020, to discuss the adoption of the proposed tax rate of $.123081 resulting in no tax rate increase. TC’s taxing district includes all of Bowie County and the College’s tax rate is adopted annually by trustees once certified values from Bowie County Appraisal District have been received. The proposed rate is the exact same rate as the current year’s rate. Texarkana College also announced its plans for the Fall 2020 semester providing students ways to learn both in-person and online. Dr. Donna McDaniel, Vice President of Instruction, said the options provide students with four delivery methods including: Flex Campus, Hands-On Hybrid, Online on a Schedule, and Online Anytime. Continue Reading →
Texarkana College’s Community and Business Education Center is offering Virtual Kids’ College classes for Summer 2020. The 27-year tradition is being offered in a newly-online format in light of the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Beginning July 6, students from the ages of 7-12 can participate in a month of virtual Zoom sessions practicing skills and creating real-life projects to challenge their minds in a fun, safe way. TC’s Executive Director of Business Development Mendy Sharp said she is excited for the new course offerings available to young students from home. “We are delighted to be able to serve the students of our community in a safe way and still give them the experiences of TC Kids’ College with hands-on activities that will challenge their mental, physical, and creative selves,” Sharp said. Continue Reading →
June 22, 2020- Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College announced its recipients of the annual National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards at the Board of Trustees meeting held Monday. 2020 honorees include Associate Professor of History Dr. Beverly Rowe and Director of Talent Search Julie Long. Rowe and Long were selected as recipients because of their extraordinary work and service to their students, colleagues, and community. Rowe has been a full-time faculty member at Texarkana College for 23 years, teaching courses in history, sociology and anthropology. Rowe has adopted Texarkana USA as a field of historical study and has published several books on the topic, including Once Upon a Time in Texarkana (2005), Twice Upon A Time in Texarkana (2006) and Historic Texarkana: An Illustrated History (2009), among others. Continue Reading →
Texarkana College’s Zeta Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society took place in the first-ever virtual PTK International Convention – Catalyst 2020. The three-day convention was scheduled to be held in Grapevine, Texas in late spring but was turned into a virtual event due to COVID-19. At the convention, TC’s chapter earned national recognition for its academic excellence and TC President Dr. Jason Smith, along with the Zeta Sigma Chapter advisor Dr. Mary Ellen Young, were honored for their leadership.
“Though the event did not happen exactly as planned, one aspect went exactly as we had hoped,” said Young. “Dr. Smith received the Paragon Award for New Presidents – an award given to presidents who have been in their position for less than four years and who recognize, promote, and support their local, state, and international PTK chapters. Our chapter nominated of Dr. Smith for the award because of the incredible support and encouragement he gave our student members. Continue Reading →
At today’s board meeting, Texarkana College Trustees reviewed recommended protocols for employees to return to work and for phased-in campus reopening following the mandated COVID-19 closure. TC President Dr. Jason Smith told Trustees that although plans are in place to begin Phase I on May 26, the plans will remain tentative based on the availability of personal protective equipment and supplies necessary to maintain a safe and sanitary environment according to local and state guidelines.
“Strict procedures will be followed to ensure the safety and protection of everyone at Texarkana College,” Smith said. “Phase I will begin on May 26 and will continue through June 8, 2020. During this time, TC will operate with limited personnel not exceeding 25% of building capacity and required staggered shifts. A mandatory drive-through health screening station serviced by a Certified Nurse Aide will be set up for employees as they enter the campus parking lot. After clearance, employees will be issued security wristbands for building entrance. Continue Reading →