Faculty Spotlight: Jeremy Byrd

For Jeremy Byrd, it was the kind of experience teachers always treasure, but seldom realize.

Early in December he was surprised to receive an email from Tim Partin, whom he had as a student 10 years ago. He was writing to thank Byrd for having written him a letter of recommendation for law school and to let him know that he had passed the bar exam and was now on the staff of a Houston law firm.

“As I look back at all I have accomplished over the past 10 years, I can’t help but recognize that your classes were the foundation of my logical reasoning tool kit that now more closely

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Family Empowerment Center Wins Pro Bono Award

For the second consecutive year, the South Campus Family Empowerment Center has been honored by the Tarrant County Bar Association for its aid in providing help for those who most need it and who most deserve it – Armed Forces veterans and their families.

The Bar’s Pro Bono Award in the category of community partner was presented to Tarrant County College by Elizabeth Banda, the association’s communications director. Provost Elva LeBlanc accepted on behalf of the College and was accompanied by President Peter Jordan and by Nicole Minor, director of Campus and Community

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TCC South Hosts Another Successful Science Olympiad

Young scientists from throughout the Fort Worth region swarmed the campus on Saturday, March 3, for the Regional Texas Science Olympiad. The campus also hosted last year’s event.

Modeled after the Olympic Games, students from middle and high schools compete singly or in teams in a wide variety of categories, according to Coordinator of Community Outreach Erika Zimmerman. The 18 categories included Anatomy and Physiology, Disease Detectives, Forensics, Helicopters and Hovercraft, Fast Facts, Herpetology and Reach for the Stars.

Competitors represented five B Division (middle schools)

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Student Profile: Brent Shaver

No one would ever mistake Arnie Radman for a fairy godmother. Janice Strickland? Sure.  Arnie?  Not so much. But you’ll never convince Brent Shaver that the pair didn’t bring some magic into his life.

Thanks largely to Radman, instructor in TCC South’s Architectural Technology Program, and Strickland, administrative office assistant to the dean of the Business and Technology Division, Shaver has been able to realize a long-time dream of a career in some aspect of architecture.

“I wouldn’t be standing here if it hadn’t been for Arnie,” Shaver said about his new role as a

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TCC South Hosts CTE National Signing Day

The “signing day” conducted in the Fusion Room of the Energy Technology Center last month had all the usual accoutrements – excited students, smiling officials and tables ready with documents, pens and ball caps. But the 36 students who signed letters of career intent were not prospective quarterbacks or wide receivers, but budding auto mechanics, construction managers and other technicians.

TCC was one of more than 40 community and technical colleges throughout the nation participating in the live-streamed event sponsored by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) and

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Masquerade Ball Tickets Still Available

What’s a birthday without a party, and South Campus is going all out to wind up its 50th year of excellence in education in grand style with a formal Masquerade Ball on Saturday, April 7, at the Fort Worth Club.

The ball, presented by Weaver, TCC’s accounting firm since the foundation of the College, will feature dinner, dancing to Rick Stitzel’s band, a cash bar and both live and silent auctions. All proceeds will go to the TCC Foundation Scholarship Fund.

On the menu are seared fillet of beef tenderloin and Chicken Deluxe, the Fort Worth Club’s house salad and, for dessert,

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Jonathan Perez Wins TACHE Award

Jonathan Perez thought something was “kind of weird” late last year when a colleague asked for a copy of his résumé.  He was persistent enough in asking questions to finally extract the information that he was going to be nominated for an award – the Distinguished Community College Staff Award presented by the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE).

So, it wasn’t a complete surprise when, in January, he received notice that he had, indeed, been selected to receive the award at the organization’s conference in late February.

“I’m excited. I’m nervous.

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New Art Exhibit Opens

It’s titled “’Ar(t)cheology’: Excavations of New Figurative Artists: Bill Komodore, Rachel Livedalen, Audrey Travis,” but it could just as well have been called “From Russia With Love.”

The exhibit, which opened with a reception on March 6, will run through April 5 in the Performing Arts Center gallery.

“We have been collaborating with the curatorial program at Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia, to develop an exhibition of local Texas artists selected by the Russian students,” said Joshua Goode, Fine Arts Department chair, prior to the exhibit. “The primary

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TCC South Accolades

On January 26, 2018, Nicole D’Alesandro, counselor, and Valerie Groll, veteran counselor, presented a professional development seminar at the North Texas Community College 7th Annual Spring Leadership Conference- “Reaching Out: Leadership Skills to Achieve the Community College Mission.” The counselors presented an adapted version of their Consortium on Leadership and Renewal Academy (CLARA) project on military-connected/veteran new student orientation. The presentation informed attendees how TCC South supports military connected/veteran students’ transition to higher education through

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TCC Board of Trustees to Meet March 22

Supporting materials for the Board meeting will be provided on the Board Meetings Web page. Once the meeting has begun, streaming video of the proceedings will also be available.

Take notice that a Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tarrant County College District will be held in the District Offices, 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102, commencing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018, to consider and act on the following Agenda:


Call to Order
Public Comment. (No presentation shall exceed three minutes.)
Board Action Items and Board Business

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