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Texarkana College Student Organization Promotes Cultural Knowledge, Appreciation

September 17, 2018, Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College is a great place for high school students and adults who are looking to begin a new career path. It’s also an affordable opportunity for students around the world who are trying to get an education in the United States. According to data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), more than 1.18 million international students choose to study in America, and one of the top destinations is Texas. Dr. Theresa McDonald teaches Computer Technology at Texarkana College and she said in the 32 years working on campus, she has seen an increase in students from other countries. That’s why she chose to sponsor the Cultural Awareness Student Association (CASA). Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana PLACE to Present Opening Lecture in Series about Gender Issues

TEXARKANA, Texas – The Program for Learning and Community Engagement at Texas A&M University-Texarkana (PLACE) will be kicking off its fall schedule Thursday, September 13th with a lecture presented by Dr. Jaime Cantrell, TAMUT Assistant Professor of English. The lecture, titled “The Sex Life of Food: Gender, the Body, and Carnal Appetites in Southern Lesbian Poetics,” will take place from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in University Center room 217. This event is free and open to the public. *Note: this lecture contains references to explicit sexual content  

The Program for Learning and Community Engagement is a faculty-driven initiative designed to create and nurture a community of learners by developing an academic year’s worth of programming around a central theme. The theme for the 2018- 2019 PLACE series is “Gender Issues.” PLACE themes are carefully selected to not only engage the faculty, staff, and students of Texas A&M University – Texarkana (TAMUT), but also members of the greater Texarkana community. In its 5th year, PLACE has become one of the most vibrant programs on campus. “Gender issues is an important topic that is relevant to everyone,” said Dr. Angela Sikorski, A&M-Texarkana Associate Professor of Psychology. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Announces Distinguished Alumni, Faculty, and Other Awardees

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana has recently announced the 2018 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Faculty, as well as the winners of the university’s Pioneer Award and Spirit of A&M-Texarkana Award. The 2018 Distinguished Alumni are Mark Bledsoe, Melva Flowers, Tanya Dunlap, Travis Ransom, and Carol Caver Miller. The 2018 Distinguished Faculty award winner is Dr. Michael Perri, A&M-Texarkana Associate Professor of History. The Pioneer Award recipient is Janet Barnes, and Joe Nichols has been named the Spirit of A&M-Texarkana winner. Carol Caver Miller graduated from A&M-Texarkana with a bachelor’s degree in 1990 and a master’s degree in 1996. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana and TSO Present Annual Chamber Music Series  

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana and The Texarkana Symphony Orchestra (TSO) announce the first concert of their 2nd annual Chamber Music Concert Series on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center building. The concert will take place in the Tri-State Metal and Ironworks Atrium on the 3rd floor, and includes piano trios by composers Antonin Dvořák and Ludwig van Beethoven. Featured musicians for this performance include TSO’s associate concertmaster Diana Norwood, TSO’s principal cellist Brett Andrews, and pianist Tatiana Roitman Mann, Assistant Professor of Music at Texas Tech University.  

“TSO is pleased to partner again with Texas A&M University-Texarkana and Dr. Emily Cutrer to bring great classical music to the A&M campus and the greater Texarkana community. This series allows us to reach our growing university student population, create a means for up-close and personal connections with TSO musicians, and bring the intimate experience of quality chamber music performances to our community.”

–R. Continue Reading →

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Search for New Texarkana College President Begins as James Henry Russell Announces January 2019 Departure

Texarkana, TX- At a special called Texarkana College Board of Trustees meeting, TC President James Henry Russell announced his plans to resign from his position in January 2019 after 7 ½ years of service at the college. Russell said he will begin his new job as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with BWI Companies, Inc. in January 2019. “Texarkana College is an institution that my entire family has fallen in love with,” Russell said. “The faculty, staff and students have truly become family. It is hard to beat the feeling of a TC graduation when you see our amazing students graduate after conquering and pushing through so many life issues and struggles to get to a better place in life. The TC faculty not only teaches our students what they need to be successful in life, but they also become part of the student’s family and are the key ingredient as to why our completion numbers have soared. The TC staff continually takes on more roles and responsibilities than ever in the history of the college, and they do it with smiles on their faces and the best customer service of any organization around.”

Russell said the decision to leave his position at TC has been one of the hardest decisions he has ever made. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Athletics earns NAIA’s 5 Star Champions of Character Gold Award for 2017-2018

TEXARKANA, Texas – For the second year in a row Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s athletic department has earned the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) highest award, the 5 Star Champions of Character Gold Award. Institutions are measured on their commitment to being Champions of Character and earn points in the areas of character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion. This award not only concentrates on competitive and academic success, but also takes into account how each university does in advancing the NAIA’s 5 core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. “This award is indicative of the cooperative spirit that exists within the department of athletics,” said A&M-Texarkana Director of Athletics Michael Galvan. “It is important to teach the value of giving back to the community.  But it is also vital that the student-athletes understand and learn the art of sacrificing one’s own agenda for the betterment of someone else.  If a need exists around you try to be a problem solver not a problem creator.  We often tell our student-athletes if they are going to complain about something make sure they offer up their services to make things better or create a solution that can remedy the problem,” Galvan added. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Announces New Tennis Coach

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana recently named Jim Turley as the new head coach of the university tennis teams. As the new coach, Turley will oversee both the men’s and women’s tennis programs.

Jim has been coaching tennis for over 25 years and was named the Director of Tennis for Texarkana College in 2014. A certified Level One tennis instructor, Jim also currently works as a Community Tennis Director for the United States Tennis Association through the Arkansas Tennis Association. “Jim Turley brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in the world of tennis which will benefit each of our student-athletes,” said Michael Galvan, A&M-Texarkana’s Athletic Director. “We are extremely fortunate to share our tennis program with Coach Turley and look forward to continuing the success of previous years under his guidance.”

A&M-Texarkana competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the NAIA’s Red River Athletic Conference. The university fields teams in men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, and softball. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Vote to Keep Same Tax Rate for 2018-2019 Year

August 27, 2018, Texarkana, TX-   After conducting public hearings on August 13, 2018, and August 20, 2018, the Texarkana College Board of Trustees voted today to keep the same exact tax rate of $0.118115 for the 2018-19 budget year as was in place for the 2017-2018 year. “TC’s tax rate remains one of the lowest community college tax rates in the state, and our Trustees are very focused on keeping it that way while also making sure that exceptional employees and facilities are in place to train the workforce of the future,” said TC President James Henry Russell. “The college tax rate continues to only be approximately 65% of the typical college tax rate in the State of Texas. Russell said TC will always strive to maintain a tax rate lower than the state average while keeping student performance and completion rates among the highest in the state and nation. Also during today’s meeting, Trustees approved the Certification of Unopposed Candidates and the Order of Cancellation for the 2018 Board of Trustees Election scheduled for Nov. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Professor Dr. Craig Nakashian Presents Lecture: “Fake News in the Medieval World”

TEXARKANA, Texas – Dr. Craig Nakashian, Texas A&M University-Texarkana Associate Professor of History, will be giving a public lecture on “Fake News in the Medieval World” on August 18th. The lecture, given for the Texarkana Museums System, will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Ace of Clubs House Carriage House. Dr. Nakashian will be looking at examples of stretching the truth being used to justify actions in the Medieval period.  Tickets to the event are $5, but the lecture is free for Texarkana Museums System members.  Seating is limited, so all attendees should register through to guarantee a place. Texarkana Museums System members will need to present their membership card at the lecture. Hurry – Registration for the event closes on Wednesday, August 15th. Continue Reading →

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UofA at Texarkana Overlooked in Local Article

An editorial in the local paper discussed higher education in Texarkana today, but it has some residents scratching their heads and wondering why the University of Arkansas at Texarkana was left out.  The editorial, written by a local reporter, does a fantastic job presenting the facts about the higher education options in Texarkana.  It points out the Texas A&M system, and Texarkana College.  Both schools are well represented, discussed, and the merits of attending locally are presented. Within a few short hours of the article hitting the streets, social media was alive with questions about why the UofA was left out of the article.  One resident stated it was “shameful” to have left out the school.  Another resident felt like it was the UofA’s fault for not clarifying their name, being linked with Hope, and for not clarifying degrees offered.  While everyone can theorize as to why the UofA was left out, the author of the article himself stated what is perhaps the best reason.  In the midst of the social media comments, the author stated, “It wasn’t an intentional slight. We know it’s here. Just slipped my mind while writing.”  The debate may continue, but it should be clear it was an oversight by the local paper. On the plus side of things, most residents responding were already well aware of the campus located in Texarkana, Arkansas across from the Bobby Ferguson Park.  Located on UofA Way, the school can be found next to the UAMS clinic and directly across from the lake portion of the park.  The campus is easily seen with its large “UofA” sign from I-30, and in fact is the only school in Texarkana easily seen from the Interstate.  A website at uses the same type of address as all the UofA schools in Arkansas.  The concept was to present the name University of Arkansas Community College at Hope in this case, the home campus for the Texarkana branch.  Other schools around the state also have a similar designation.  For example, the branch located in Batesville, Arkansas is known as UACCB. Continue Reading →

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