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TCC Southeast Chef Wins Top State Pastry Honor

Hodges, right, and Warner display Hodges awards.

Alison Hodges (right) celebrates with Katrina Warner, coordinator of TCC’s Culinary Arts program.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Aug.10, 2017) – Alison Hodges, Tarrant County College Southeast culinary instructor, recently was named state Pastry Chef of the Year at the Texas Chefs Association state convention in Corpus Christi. Hodges was selected from eligible honorees from the 12 Texas chapters and was honored at the President’s dinner.
Hodges began her culinary career at the Hyatt Regency as an apprentice in the Dallas Chapter of American Culinary Federation in January 1990. In 1992, she was named the chapter’s Apprentice of the Year. That same year, Hodges earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Food and Hospitality Services from Dallas County Community College’s El Centro College. She has since earned her AAS in Culinary Arts and her AAS in Bakery and Pastry, also from El Centro.
After completing her apprenticeship, she remained at the Hyatt for another seven years, where she specialized in pastries. Hodges said she was drawn to pastry work because of its “artistry and craftsmanship.”
“I enjoy detail work,” she said, adding, “Also, I simply like the way sweets taste!”
Hodges took a purchasing job at a catering and vending company in 2000 because she started to develop carpel tunnel syndrome in her wrists. She soon realized she missed the art of pastry, so when she was offered an adjunct teaching position at her alma mater, El Centro College, she took it. She joined TCC’s Culinary Arts program as a member of the adjunct faculty in 2006, teaching both the Fundamentals of Baking and the Advanced Pastry classes.
In the spring 2014, she became full time faculty at TCC Southeast and began teaching the Dual Credit Purchasing and Dining Room classes. Additionally, she has taught cake decorating as part of Community & Industry Education curriculum at TCC’s South Campus.
Hodges has been an active member of both the ACF and the Texas Chefs Association (TCA) since 1990. She has competed in numerous ACF-sanctioned competitions and won a number of medals — four gold, one silver and one bronze, as well as several medals through the TCA. Hodges joined the World Master Chefs Association in 1996 and participated on that year’s Golden Platter Banqueting Competition team as a member of its pastry team that brought home the Golden Platter from Limerick, Ireland.
Watch this video to learn more about TCC’s Culinary Arts Program.

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Dawson Middle School Wind Ensemble Takes 5th in State Honor Band Contest

The DMS Wind Ensemble, made up of 54 Dawson Middle School students, has been working hard over their summer break, bringing home 5th place from the State Honor Band Contest.

The Honor Band selection process occurred throughout the summer, with over 80 2C middle school bands from across the state entering the contest through their respective region. The DMS band participated in the Region 31 listening on June 7, and advanced to the Area level listening on June 23 in Abilene. Dawson placed first at both the Region and Area levels, and advanced to the State level, which took place on July 20. Out of the 16 state finalists, the DMS Wind Ensemble placed 5th.

As part of the TMEA Honor Band process, middle schools were required to submit three selections including one march, from recordings of competitive, concert or festival performances in the current year. A maximum of four performances scheduled for recordings was allowed. Three of the performances could be non-competitive; the fourth had to come from the UIL Concert Contest.

The Wind Ensemble also received superior ratings from all judges at UIL Concert and Sighreading, named “Best in Class” for the 2C Invitational Classification of the Beach Within Reach Festival, and was named “Best in Class” and ” Most Outstanding Middle School Band” at the Peak Music Festival.

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Carroll School Board Trustee Honored by State & Hometown

Carroll ISD School Board Trustee Michelle Moore recently received two distinguished honors.

Moore, who joined the CISD Board in 2015, has earned the designation of Master Trustee through the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). This is the highest designation recognized by TASB.

“Leadership TASB was a unique opportunity to learn and grow as a Trustee,” Moore said. “The program allowed me to build relationships with school board members from around the state and gain insight on the challenges and opportunities facing public schools in Texas. I believe this experience will make me a better Trustee for CISD.”

Leadership TASB is a unique board development program designed to take experienced board members to a new level of service and leadership by exposing them to a variety of issues, people, activities, and locations during a year-long program. The program is composed of multiple training sessions held among a cohort group of 28 to 36 participants. Class members are selected for demonstrated leadership in their local district and communities, and for their representation of the diversity of Texas school districts.

Selected by TASB, the group participated in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 1,000 to 159,000, and reflect a similar range of property wealth.

Moore also received recognition from her hometown.

She was named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. Moore served the community in multiple roles — Co-Coach with Odyssey of the Mind program in CISD, NCL Southlake Fashion Show Sponsorship Co-Chair, Eubanks Intermediate School and Carroll Elementary PTO fundraiser, member of the Carroll Education Foundation Advisory Committee, Southlake Association for Gifted and Talented Grant Chairperson and member of the CISD School Board.

“I’m honored to have been selected Volunteer of the Year for doing what I love — helping our schools and kids succeed and flourish,” said Moore, who serves as secretary on the CISD Board. “I am blessed to be part of a community that is so generous with its time and treasure.”

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State of the City & Open House set for Jan. 26

The City of Colleyville invites the community to attend the 8th annual State of the City Open House on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive. The Open House begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by the State of the City at 7:00 p.m.

Designed as a one-stop information resource for residents, the Open House will consist of informational tables staffed by city departments, displays about city projects, as well as information provided by Colleyville community groups. Attendees can meet one-on-one and get answers to questions they have always had about the city.

City Manager Jennifer Fadden will present the State of the City address, which highlights Colleyvilles past year, current initiatives and a look at the citys future.

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TCC Phi Theta Kappa Chapters Honored at State Convention

PTK awards photo

Phi Theta Kappa members recognized during Feb. state convention in Waco

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2016) – Tarrant County College earned special recognition this spring at the state convention of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.

The Texas region includes 89 chapters; more than half of them gathered in Waco in late February for the convention. TCC chapters, members, faculty and staff took home a variety of accolades—including a student Hall of Honor induction and the Most Distinguished Advisor award.

During the international Phi Theta Kappa convention in Maryland this April, the organization will recognize Northeast Campus student Jessica Alexander as a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar. Southeast Campus students Maha Naveed and Saran Kaba will receive recognition as Bronze Scholars. The awards are based on scores in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, which included more than 1,900 applications from across the country this year. The program honors 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze winners annually. For their achievements, the students will receive scholarships sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

“TCC is extremely proud of all Phi Theta Kappa students and advisors, and I congratulate them on their continued success,” said Angela Robinson, acting chancellor for the TCC District. “Phi Theta Kappa members make great contributions to the College and our communities through their service and academic achievements, and it’s wonderful to see those accomplishments recognized on the state level.”

Phi Theta Kappa honored Trinity River Campus’ Beta Sigma Mu chapter with Three-Star Chapter status.

Rho Chi on South Campus attained recognition as a Five-Star Chapter. In addition, the chapter received the Honors in Action Award of Merit for environmental leadership and service learning.

Northwest Campus’ Alpha Delta Delta gained Five-Star Chapter status. Phi Theta Kappa inducted Joe Rode, vice president for student development services, to the Hall of Honor for College Administrators; Tony Roberts, professor of philosophy and religion, joined the Hall of Honor for Outstanding Advisors. The chapter also earned the Honors in Action Award of Merit for leadership and service-learning activities pertaining to their research topic of the quest for knowledge.

Southeast Campus’ Beta Delta Omicron was named one of Phi Theta Kappa’s Top Texas Chapters; it received Five-Star Chapter status as well. Shawna Gaccetta, Liberal Arts Division administrative assistant, won the Horizon Award for Advisors. Southeast Campus alumna and past District II Regional Vice President Julie Flickner, who serves as webmaster for the Texas region Phi Theta Kappa website and editor of the organization’s Texan blog, accepted the Regional Coordinator Award. The chapter was presented the Honors in Action Award of Distinction for leadership and service learning related to the environment, and Beta Delta Omicron will serve as the 2016-17 District II vice president for the Texas region.

Phi Tau at Northeast Campus achieved Top Texas Chapter and Five-Star Chapter recognition. Matthew Pandolfo, Phi Tau chapter vice president of leadership, was among 26 students across the state to be inducted into the Hall of Honor for Members. Shewanda Riley, assistant professor of English, was named the state’s Most Distinguished Advisor. Magdalena de la Teja, vice president for student development services, became a member of the Hall of Honor for College Administrators. Student Development Specialist Karen Raulerson received the Friends of Texas award, while Jeanell Buck, assistant professor of psychology, joined the Hall of Honor for Outstanding Advisors. The Phi Tau chapter won the convention’s poster contest and an Honors in Action Award of Merit for leadership and service-learning activities related to their research topic of artistic expression.

Phi Theta Kappa membership invitations are given to students who have a minimum 3.5 GPA for their most recent 12 credit hours as well as an overall GPA of at least 3.0, among other requirements. For more information, contact a campus Student Activities office.

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State of the City 2016

The city hosted its Annual State of the City on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Colleyville Center. There was a video presentation along with an open house for residents and community members to speak with city staff members and local organizations. The video presentation is below.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The 7th Annual State of the City meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 28, at Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive. Designed as a one-stop information resource for residents, the State of the City will be preceded by an open house with city departments and community organizations. The open house begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by the State of the City at 7:00.

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State of the City – Jan. 28

The 7th Annual State of the City meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 28, at Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive. Designed as a one-stop information resource for residents, the State of the City will be preceded by an open house with city departments and community organizations. The open house begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by the State of the City at 7:00.

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State council awards citys 2014 Water and Wastewater Master Plan

The city of Colleyvilles 2014 Water and Wastewater Master Plan wins an award from a state engineering organization.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas awarded the plan a Silver Medal Award as part of its 2016 Texas Engineering Excellence Awards.

The master plan provides a roadmap for the utilities with a prioritized project list and needs for the next 20 years.

This project was a needed long term planning tool for the city and the end product will be used for years to come, City Manager Jennifer Fadden said.

The panel of judges chose the plan under the Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services category for its uniqueness, originality, technical execution, value to the engineering profession, complexity, and how the project meets its clients needs.

Garver, the plans design consultant, will accept the award in March 2016.

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