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TEXAS COLLEGE PRESIDENT ADDRESSES STUDENTS IN CONVOCATION
09/19/2014

Texas College president addresses students in convocation

Published on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 21:27 - Written by Betty Waters blw@tylerpaper.com

 

Texas College is historically preserved, fiscally and academically sound, President Dr. Dwight J. Fennell Sr. said in delivering a state-of-the-college address during convocation Wednesday.

 

Addressing students, faculty and staff, Fennell said the college is continuing celebration of its founding 120 years ago.

 

“Texas College since 1894 has been a part of this community as an educational entity assisting with the growth and development of individuals,” Fennell said. “Although it has a primary responsibility for providing educational support, the college has also served as one of many economic engines in this community.”

Speaking on the theme of building for the future and establishing a fingerprint for success,” Fennell said, “Now each of us has the responsibility and opportunity to be a part of the college’s future.”

He told the crowd, “Each of us here today is endowed with some talent from God. God has given us the ability to carry out a role and function with the expectation that something is to be achieved. You have a responsibility to achieve something while you are here.”

The faculty has been given the ability for teaching, staff and administrators have been give the ability for service to others and for students, this is a time to learn and receive an education that will help them become a productive member in life, Fennell said.

“It’s clear to me that our individual and collective responsibility in life is to grow and expand,” Fennell said. Expansion comes in three steps, he added, including learning to be responsive in a form of obedience, using skills and ability and learning to help others.

“Each of us is given something to do to establish a fingerprint for success by developing what God has put inside of us and when we do so, not only do we become productive individually, but we create an environment that is also productive for the good of others,” Fennell said.

Because of the inner inspiration that was given to the Christian Methodists Episcopal pastors that founded and developed Texas College, the institution today is historically preserved, fiscally sound and academically sound, Fennell said.

“Texas College today is endowed to have a brighter future — although the success for the college’s future is dependent upon the work that we do today,” he said.

The work done today must be mission-directed, planned, target measurable outcomes for accomplishment and work toward increased student engagement and facility improvement, Fennell said.

“Academically, we must take Texas College to new levels and new heights. Although we are academically sound, it is incumbent that we expand our programs for consideration of new majors that will lead to competitive job placement and higher wages earned by our students,” Fennell said.

“We must see into the future and prepare students for careers that have yet to be identified,” the president said, saying the college must teach the significance of entrepreneurship and technological development.

“Students, we must challenge you and raise the standards of the educational process so that you will be able to achieve higher levels of academic resolve beyond your personal expectations,” Fennell said, so that students can achieve a balanced intellectual growth that will take them to new heights.

“We must inspire and not discount those dreams that appear to be unattainable,” Fennell said. The college must teach the resourcefulness of how dreams can be fulfilled, he added.

“The future of Texas College must be one of enrollment growth and elevated student assistance and retention, increased graduation rates and greater placement rates in the job market,” Fennell said.

As the world is becoming smaller, Texas College students must see themselves as participants in the world market, he said.

As Texas College looks to its future, it must maintain a fiscal soundness while moving to a posture of having a surplus … expand its investment portfolio, grow the endowment, increase its cash flow and continue to operate with accountability. Fennell said.

The college must maintain adequate resources that will allow it to remain technologically sound with cutting edge resources, he said, observing that faculty and staff must embrace change in the teaching-learning process.

There must be facility improvements, which will also have an impact on improvement on teaching and learning, Fennell said.

The president noted that the college is beginning a multi-phase facility improvement program that is student centered and focused on improving student learning.

Among the first projects are improvements to the residence hall, construction of two residence halls, enhancement of the student learning center and dining hall, the addition of a music hall and improvement of the front entrance and providing more parking spaces.

The college has an obligation to students, faculty and the community to operate with a vision and faith, Fennell said.

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DORMITORY INCIDENT: CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED
09/05/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

 

 

DORMITORY INCIDENT:  CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED

 

 

Tyler, Texas – Thursday night the third for of Mattie Fair Hall, a female dormitory on the Texas College campus, smoke filled a student’s room. The incident began when a student left a pair of tights drying over a lite lamp.  The City of Tyler Fire Department was called and the residence hall was evacuated.  Windows were opened to clear out smoke.  No water was used as there were not any ignited flames to extinguish; therefore, no water or extensive smoke damage to the edifice occurred. Students were allowed to return to their rooms.

 

Texas College publically thanks the City of Tyler Fire Department for their quick response and rending the situation under control.  The Office of Student Affairs is planning a seminar for all students to refresh the campus community on fire safety.

 

About Texas College (TC)

Texas College is a historical black college founded in 1894, by a group of CME ministers. Our mission, which continues to embody the principles of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, is to ensure that the student body experiences balanced, intellectual, psychological, social and spiritual development, aimed at enabling them to become active productive members of society where they live and work.TC is led by its 23rd President Dr. Dwight Fennell. To learn more about Texas College, visit us on the web at www.texascollege.edu.  For information regarding planned giving, endowed scholarships and sponsorships, please contact The Office of Institutional Advancement at oia@texascollege.edu or call 903.593.8311 ext. 2270.

 

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TEXAS COLLEGE EYEING EXPANSION, UPGRADES FOR SPORTS FACILITIES
07/02/2014

TEXAS COLLEGE EYEING EXPANSION, UPGRADES FOR SPORTS FACILITIES

Published on Tuesday, 1 July 2014 by Tyler Morning Telegraph

Written by Kelly Gooch

 

Steps are being taken to pave the way for future improvements to the athletic facilities at Texas College.

On Tuesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the Tyler City Council approve the closure of two abandoned alley rights of way so that future improvements can be made to the school’s athletic facility. The approval was contingent on the abandoned rights of way being replatted within six months of the closure, or by Jan. 23, 2015.  

According to the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda, a 20-foot-wide alley begins south of the southeast corner of North Gaston Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and continues east to North Englewood Avenue, while a 12-foot-wide alley begins at the midpoint of the 20-foot-wide alley and extends to West Nutbush Street.

City Planner Kyle Kingma said the plan is to close the alleys and incorporate multiple lots into one single lot to allow a building permit to be issued for upgrades to the athletic facilities.

Texas College spokeswoman Christie Howard said the one consolidated lot would provide more space to build on in the future.  Athletes make up over one-third of the college’s population, she said, so the school must have the room to accommodate them. “It has become imperative as the college celebrates its 120th anniversary that we expand beyond our 28 acres,” she told the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday. “We are landlocked. We’re having to retrofit some current buildings and resurrect some new buildings to service our population, so ... thank you so much from our Texas College family to the city of Tyler family.”

On Tuesday, Tyler’s Planning and Zoning Commission also denied a zone change request to allow a new 264-unit apartment complex to be built near the intersection of Roy Road and Rhones Quarter Road, city of Tyler Planning Director Heather Nick said via email.

She said Planning and Zoning Commission members cited concerns about increased residential density and the associated traffic added to Roy Road.

Items approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday will be heard by the City Council on July 2

On Wednesday, the City Council also voted to appoint Heather Bolestridgeas the city’s new transit manager.

“I’m so excited. I feel like it’s an awesome opportunity to serve the community and really make a difference,... and I think it will help me grow as a manager and leader,” she said. “It’s just a very exciting time for my family and (me).”

On Wednesday, the City Council also considered and then approved the agenda item: “ratify staff action to approve a Purchase and Sale Agreement for mitigation credits with Scoober Creek Mitigation Bank for the West Cumberland Road Extension Project in the amount of $105,000.” 

 




NEW PLANS FOR TEXAS COLLEGE
06/11/2014

NEW PLANS FOR TEXAS COLLEGE PROPOSE ENHANCEMENTS TO CAMPUS ENTRANCES

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Tyler Morning Telegraph

Written by Kelly Gooch

 

A new entrance, a reconfiguration of the main entrance and additional parking are among the plans for Texas College. 

The proposed enhancements involve a reconfiguration of the main entrance to align better with 26th Street, adding a Texas College entrance adjacent to the intersection of 24th Street and Grand Avenue and adding a parking lot on the southeast corner of Grand Avenue and 24th Street, City Engineer Carter Delleney said.

It is all part of the city’s Palace, 26th and Grand Improvements Project.

In 2011, the City Council gave the go-ahead for a contract with Ballard and Braughton Engineering for design and construction phase services related to improvements to Palace Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 29th Street, Delleney said.

Then in 2013, improvements to Grand Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 29th Street and 26th Street from Grand to Broadway Avenue were added to the design contract.

And on Wednesday, the City Council gave the go-ahead for a contract amendment in the amount of $19,300 so that Ballard and Braughton Engineering can do additional design and construction services for the proposed new entrance, main entrance reconfiguration and additional parking lot at Texas College.

Current plans for 26th, Grand and Palace are to put in sidewalks where possible and to have enhanced street lighting as well as banners that will help identify the area, Delleney said.

He said the city was looking at closing the Grand Avenue intersection at the railroad but decided to leave it open to traffic. He said they also will look at putting a drainage structure over the drainage channel at 26th and Tenneha Avenue.

A construction schedule has not yet been determined. 

Delleney said a public meeting is still needed to discuss the various work, and he suspects that the project would go out for bid sometime this summer.  He said the Palace, 26th and Grand Improvements Project will come back to the City Council once bid, and there will be a solid schedule at that time.

On Wednesday, the City Council also voted to appoint Heather Bolestridgeas the city’s new transit manager.

“I’m so excited. I feel like it’s an awesome opportunity to serve the community and really make a difference,... and I think it will help me grow as a manager and leader,” she said. “It’s just a very exciting time for my family and (me).”

On Wednesday, the City Council also considered and then approved the agenda item: “ratify staff action to approve a Purchase and Sale Agreement for mitigation credits with Scoober Creek Mitigation Bank for the West Cumberland Road Extension Project in the amount of $105,000.” 


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