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TEXAS COLLEGE HOLDS 2014 OPENING SCHOOL CONVOCATION
09/08/2014

 

TEXAS COLLEGE HOLDS

2014 OPENING SCHOOL CONVOCATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       SEPTEMBER 8,2014

 

Tyler, Texas – TexasCollege will hold its 2014 Opening School Convocationon Wednesday, September 17th in the Gus F. Taylor Gymnasium. This year’s event will continue the college’s 120th anniversary celebration while signaling the official start of the 2014-2015 academic term. The program will begin at 11 a.m. The theme for this year’s celebration is Building for the Future…Establishing a Fingerprint for Success.

 

All freshmen and new transfer students are required to attend and are to arrive in the gymnasium at 10:30 a.m.  Classes that meet during the 11:00 a.m. hour are encouraged to have your classes meet in the gymnasium to participate in this monumental activity. Likewise, the community is invited to attend.

 

Opening School Convocation is held annually to celebrate achievements and advance a vision for the institution’s future. During his convocation address, President Dwight J. Fennell, Ph.D. will outline the state of the university to faculty, staff and students, as well as unveil any new initiatives for the academic year.

 

This year’s convocation will also include an induction ceremony for a little over 250 new students who have recently joined theTexas College family.

 

AboutTexas 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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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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