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Texas College Faculty and Staff Spread Holiday Cheer

The Texas College Faculty/Staff Christmas Party took place on Monday, December 11, 2017. To spread holiday cheer, spearheaded by First Lady Angelia Fennell, faculty and staff members brought toys for children who would do without this season. In addition, the College also adopted two families of fotser children for the holiday to specifically buy gifts for.

Moreover, the College also came together to provide full holiday meal food baskets for families in need.

Mrs. Fennell spoke on the initiative and the importance of giving this holiday season, creating an emotion filled room.

Pictured Left to Right:

  • First Lady Angelia Fennell speaks on the importance of the gifts and the families benefiting.
  • Texas College Christmas Tree with some of the donated giftsFirst Lady Angelia Fennell speaks on the importance of the gifts and the families benefiting.
  • President Dwight J. Fennell makes comments at the Christmas Party and First Lady Angelia Fennelllooks on.

Texas College Students Selected to Participate at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Biology majors Chloe Rogers, senior, and Chania Tripp, sophomore, were just selected to participate in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Winter College Mini-Semester Program taking place January 8-12, 2018 in Upton, New York. The two were selected as part of a twenty student cohort.

About Brookhaven National Laboratory

Brookhaven National Laboratories operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Their award-winning history stretches back to 1947, and they continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven research has been honored by seven Nobel Prizes, as well as National Medals of Science, Enrico Fermi Awards, Wolf Foundation Prizes, dozens of R&D 100 awards, and many other recognitions.

About the Program

The program will be conducted by BNL researchers and will operate from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. for five days. It will expose students to the wide range of research projects conducted at BNL, help them to understand different pathways to scientific careers, and develop networking opportunities with the BNL scientific community and administrators. The program format includes orientation, classroom instruction, a communication workshop, tours of research facilities, BNL based literature research assignments, reverse interviews with scientists and engineers, group oral presentations, scientific lectures and safety overviews. First-hand reinforcement of concepts learned will be supported and enhanced by BNL researchers and technical staff. Further, the students will apply for the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship, which offers students the opportunity to become part of a scientific research team for a summer, fall, or spring.

Texas College Provides Thanksgiving Meals for Families in Need

Texas College Students, Faculty, and Staff banded together for Thanksgiving this year. The College hosted a food drive in hopes to feed families in need for the holiday. The Texas College family did not disappoint, with some students bringing in over 100 canned food items individually.

Organized by Dean of Students Isaac Williams and Area Coordinator for Criminal Justice Doris Addison, the College was able to feed a full traditional Thanksgiving meal to over 100 different families in need. Inclusive of those 100 plus families were senior citizens unable to leave home to retrieve the meal. Addison and her Criminal Justice majors reached out to local areas to see how they could assist some of these elderly community members.

Community service being one of the six core values of Texas College, the students felt it necessary to give back to the area and to those in need. Senior Criminal Justice Major Dimenya Booker, said “It’s a great feeling to be able to give back to others, especially those in need. Thanksgiving is a holiday to reflect on all of the things one should be thankful for in their lives, along with enjoying time with loved ones. We just hope we were able to ease the financial burden of some families this year so they were able to focus on what’s truly important for the holiday—family.”

The meals were delivered or made available for pickup on Monday, November 20th, prior to the school’s closure for the Thanksgiving break.

Gilmore-Hartley Hall

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the new resident hall on the Texas College campus was dedicated to Bishop Marshall Gilmore and Bill G. Hartley as Gilmore-Hartley Hall. Gilmore-Hartley Hall was the major project in President Dwight J. Fennell’s Phase I building initiative, which aimed at expansion in the living-learning environments for the benefit of students and staffs. The new resident hall houses nearly 250 students in a coeducational living environment, with the first and second floor reserved for females, while the third and fourth are reserved for males. The Hall features a quad-suite styling to accomodate four students. The suites are comprised of two separate bedrooms, one common area, two bathrooms, and a vanity and sink in each room. Each floor allows access to a computer lab, lounge, and laundry area for student use.

Texas College has recently completed Phase I, that included: building new student resident halls for men and women; renovating current resident facilities along with the addition of expanded computer centers; adding a new fitness center for students and staff; expansion of the dining facilities; the addition of a new Athletic Complex; the addition of a newly designed Music Hall for the Choir and Marching Band; and, the re-design and expansion of outdoor areas for social and academic gatherings. All of the aforementioned accommodations are for creating environments where learning and growth are given priority. With the completion of Phase I, Dr. Fennell has quickly moved on to further improve the campus by launching the complete renovation of Martin Hall, built in 1924, which holds a spot on the National Register for Historic Places

When Texas College faced unforeseen valleys that could have forced the campus to shut its doors, it took the hard work and unwavering dedication of many to keep the institution alive. However, two individuals took the challenges head on, emerging as titans for the College.

During that era, perhaps no two people worked more diligently to ensure the College’s success than Bishop Marshall Gilmore and Bill G. Hartley.

Gilmore served as presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church and as the College’s chairman of the board of trustees. Hartley served as the President and CEO of Southside Bank, but also as a trustee on the Board, as well.

As the College faced financial challenges, Gilmore and Hartley rolled up their sleeves and got to work. The two, collaboratively, secured funds to ensure continued operation of the oldest institution in Tyler. Reaching out, soliciting, and securing these resources led to Texas College’s success throughout this demanding period.

Thus, for their tireless efforts and herculean contributions to Texas College, their selection was of obvious choice.

“The contributions of Bishop Gilmore and Mr. Hartley have led to this day, as they have been figuratively giants in the life of Texas College,” Dr. Dwight J. Fennell said. “The collaboration and friendship of these gentlemen has led to many individuals receiving an education. Their collaboration has led to gainful employment opportunities being had for another.”

Gilmore-Hartley Hall is the first new campus structure erected by the school since 1967, though several renovations have and continue to take place.

For Bishop Gilmore, the dedication and news that the college now has nearly 1,000 students enrolled, 992, brought him immense joy. He recalled during a particularly arduous period when  enrollment dropped down to just 240 students.

“When an institution is tuition driven, we were in serious trouble,” Gilmore said. “With friends and with loved ones the Lord brought us through.”

Both Gilmore and Hartley credit each other for being sources of strength and support during the time the college was recovering.

“Among many things that my father has always greatly valued, education is at the top of the list,” Jane Coker, Hartley’s daughter, said. “For over 20 years he worked with Texas College and many fine and gifted individuals-none he necessarily valued more as a friend than Bishop Marshall Gilmore.”

“The two of them being honored together today is a special treat,” she added. “Bill’s love of education and those that lead young  people to finding their dream and finding their future and their chosen profession will live on long beyond any of our lives.”

In keeping with the College’s founding, senior Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III, Chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees, asked that God bless the new dormitory.

To acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of Bishop Marshall Gilmore and Bill G. Hartley, plaques cast in bronze were given prime placement in the Hall, for all to note.

Education Students Present Research at State Conference

Texas College senior Teacher Education major’s Cortez Adams and Jonathan Johnson entered their research    project in the Emerging Scholars Track of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education and were chosen to present in Corpus Christi in October. As a collaborative research project, the students chose “The Impact of Stress in the Sports Setting”. This study focused on the perceptions of stress within an athlete, while providing an increased awareness for improving the care for stress. The data in this study also showed what areas require a greater level of improvement geared towards success in anxiety disorder associated with this population.

The Queen is Crowned

On Friday, October 7, 2017, Chasey R. Shepard took her seat at the throne as the 2017-2018 Miss Texas College. As she sat in her throne, donned with a gleaming crown, Shepard reflected on the long history her family has held with Texas  College.

For as long as she can remember, Shepard’s family painted a picture of the rich,  vibrant atmosphere of their alma mater, Texas College. She learned about the college’s legacy of producing educators and its time-honored traditions, including the de facto face of the 123 year old campus, Miss Texas College.

“It’s a family thing,” she said. “We’ve gone here at least as far back as the 1960s.”

Immediately she fell into a leadership role through her involvement with the Texas College Concert Choir and the Texas College Campus Ministry, serving currently as the Chaplain for the Choir.

At the end of her junior year, Shepard decided to step outside of her comfort zone and put her name in the hat for Miss Texas College. Her goal is to help  students embrace the culture she grew up hearing about.

“To be a great leader, you have to follow first. In pop culture, everyone wants to be the chief,” she said. “I may not say the core values everyday, because I’m living them. They were already embedded in me.”

The title of Miss Texas College dates back, minimally, almost a century. Texas College Coordinator of Public Relations Jake Martin said he has been diving into archives and has traced the tradition as far back as the 1920s.

“These traditions are the root and the foundation that keep Texas College alive,” Shepard said. “We have so many diverse backgrounds that bring us together and bridge those gaps; it creates the authentic college experience.”

Shepard will finish her Education degree, seeking certification in Early Childhood— 6th grade, in May. Shepard’s post-graduation plans are aimed at teaching fourth grade, while pursuing her master’s degree, and eventually a doctorate, while teaching in a local district. She hopes to instill in her students the values she has learned at Texas College.

“At first I was a sociology major, but God was calling me to teach,” she said. “Fourth grade, to me, is when their mind is really developing and you can catch them early and instill in them values.” A big part of her calling to teach is the desire to encourage  diversity and celebrate differences, she said. But for now, Shepard is ready to serve her college with pride and show the community the values Texas College embraces.

Chasey’s Coronation held true to Miss Texas College tradition as she received her crowning from the previous Miss Texas College, Taylor Pierce, gifted pearls by President Dwight J. Fennell and First Lady Angelia Fennell, and then escorted by SGA President Christian Gooden in the traditional all white tuxedo.

The Queen’s Court consisted of Mr. and Miss Freshman Sidney Patton and Destinee McGinnis; Mr. and Miss Sophomore Shakur Johnson and Tiffany Simmons; Mr. and Miss Junior Malcolm Patton and Charlize Gaines; and Mr. and Miss Senior Nigel Mayfield and Jamaria Hogan. The Queen also had an outer court of 31 couples representing various organizations campus wide

Texas College Student Selected by the Whitehouse Initiative on HBCUs

Congratulations are in order for Texas College student, Monica Dorsey on her selection as a 2017 White House    Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, HBCU All-Star Student Ambassador. Out of an applicant pool of over 500 students, she was chosen as one of 53 students to serve.

Monica, a Garland, TX native, is a  senior Social Work major with a 3.6 GPA. Not only does she excel in the classroom, but also on the basketball court; Monica is the team captain of the Texas College Women’s Basketball Team. To add to her heavy involvement, she is also the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) President on campus and involved with multiple volunteer efforts in Tyler.

On September 17th, Monica flew to Washington D.C. to meet the other 52 Ambassadors at the 2017 National HBCU Week              Conference. With a dinner honoring the students, then two days filled with seminars from leaders in an array of fields, Monica    describes the experience as one she will never forget, commenting “It challenged me to go beyond my norm and comfort zone to tap into my      leadership skills and resources to impact my community. It was inspiring to see so many students, really bright amazing individuals, interacting and really    pushing to edify one another.” As an Ambassador, she is charged with hosting a community event this year, as well as attending various functions and meetings as a representative for the White House Initiative.

The Texas College District Culminates with Ribbon Cutting and Community Block Party

The Texas College District was officially opened Friday, September 1st with a ribbon cutting hosted by Texas College and the City of Tyler. In addition to the ribbon cutting, the celebration was host to a community wide block party to celebrate the occasion.

President Dwight J. Fennell, Mayor Martin Heines, City of Tyler Councilmembers and City Manager's Office, Senator John Cornyn's Office, Tyler I.S.D’s Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford, PATH, Alumni, current students, faculty/staff, and many others were present to celebrate this major event in the life of the College. The Texas College Concert Choir harmonized hymns, and the Texas College Stampede Marching Band belted out energetic numbers. The College’s Golden Girls Dance Team danced along in harmony with the College’s twirlers, flag squad and the cheer team. A few cymbal players also got into the groove, dancing as they played without missing a beat.

The Texas College District is a project that has been in the works for over seven years and has finally come to life. Thanks to the City of Tyler's endorsement and Dr. Fennell's vision for the College, there is now a distinct feel and a restored sense of pride and academia to the community. “It’s more than a ribbon cutting celebration for improvements in the community,” said Dr. Dwight J. Fennell, President of Texas College. “This celebration is renewed life with an expectation of more things to come. It’s a celebration of revitalization of this community.” The project entailed:

  • Purple Texas College signage atop street signs and traffic lights
  • Gold Texas College Banners hung from street lamps
  • New decorative street lamps
  • Repaving of sidewalks and roads
  • Speed humps added in front of the college entrance
  • Bus Stop relocated and updated with purple accents
  • Addition of bridge on 26th Street, connecting the street, creating a straight route from Broadway to Texas College's main entrance

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