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A&M-Texarkana Secures $3.6 Million for New Academic Programs

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M
University-Texarkana was recently appropriated additional funding that will
allow the university to expand academic programs through the university’s
Better East Texas Initiative. The Better
East Texas (BET) Initiative is an educational strategy designed to specifically
address both current and projected needs of the East Texas region. “Texas
A&M University-Texarkana understands its impact on and responsibility to
Texarkana and the entire East Texas region, and strives to implement academic
programs that will make the area an even better place to work and live,” said
University President Dr. Emily Cutrer. “A&M-Texarkana always
receives a great deal of support from our local elected officials in Austin. State Representative Gary VanDeaver and State Senator Bryan Hughes are vocal
advocates for higher education, and they were both instrumental in our
university receiving this additional funding,” Cutrer added. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana to Host Program on Backyard Beekeeping

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M
University-Texarkana and the Bowie County Master Gardeners will present a
program titled “Basic Backyard Beekeeping” on Monday, June 10, 2019. The event
will take place from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm in University Center Room 326. Bowie
County Master Gardener programs are always free and open to the public. No
reservation is required to attend. The
Program will be led by Robbie Robinson, who is the current president of the Texarkana
Beekeepers Club and a Bowie County Master Gardener. Continue Reading →

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Alpha Phi Alpha Gives Gift to the Robert A. Jones Scholarship Fund at Texarkana College

Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity presented a $5,000 check to the Texarkana College Foundation for the Robert A. Jones Scholarship Fund in the lobby of the Nelson Administration Building at 2:00pm today. “Robert Jones is an important member of our group and has done so much for our community,” said Fred Webb, Sr.,* President of the Kappa Gamma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. “We are so pleased that our fraternity can give back to our local students though his scholarship fund.”

Texarkana College president Dr. Jason Smith said he is grateful for the support from the Fraternity in helping to honor Jones through the donation. 

“Mr. Jones serves as TC’s Dean of Students and his mentorship has helped countless students reach their personal and academic goals,” said Smith. “Today’s gift will help even more students achieve their dreams and reach their full potential.”

During the check presentation ceremony, Jones said that joining Alpha Phi Alpha over 46 years ago was one of the most pivotal decisions he made for his life as a young man. “My fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, has made a huge difference in my life, and in so many others, by supporting the dreams of young people and helping with projects such as this scholarship fund,” said Jones. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Professor at Rellis Campus Published in Major Scientific Journal

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana Assistant
Professor of Biology Dr. Sebastian Schmidl was recently published in nature
chemical biology along with several research colleagues from Rice University. The article, titled Rewiring bacterial
two-component systems by modular DNA-binding domain swapping was the result of
research carried out at Rice University that took nearly 6 years to complete. Schmidl, who coordinates
the biology program and teaches at the Texas A&M System’s Rellis campus in Bryan,
worked on the project at Rice from 2013-2015 and continued to work with the
team on experimental design, data analysis, and writing the final paper after
moving on to teach in the Texas A&M System. The researchers conducted thousands of experiments to show they could systematically
rewire two-component systems, the genetic circuits
bacteria use to sense their surroundings and listen to their neighbors. The
team of biologists hacked bacterial sensing with a plug-and-play system that
could be used to mix and match tens of thousands of sensory inputs and genetic
outputs. Continue Reading →

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2,500 DONATION FROM EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS SUPPORTS STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND AT TEXARKANA COLLEGE

Texarkana College

Joey Martin, owner of Express Employment Professionals, presented a $2,500 check to the Texarkana College Foundation to be used for the Student Emergency Fund.  The fund was started by Joey and Jamie Martin in August 2018 with an initial donation of $5,000 and is used to help low-income students weather financial emergencies.  The Student Emergency Fund has received additional donations from community members and has issued grants to 27 students in the past year. Workforce and nursing students can apply for small grants to help cover expenses just beyond their means, which allows them to better focus on successful course completion. These emergency grants will cover those types of critical expenses, such as utility shut-off, car repairs or medical bills. “Texarkana College and the Foundation fully realize our students have personal and financial issues that may keep them from completing their degree or even the current semester,” said Brandon Washington, TC Dean of Workforce. “Joey Martin recognized this need and stepped up to help our students.  The success of this program has exceeded my expectations and has changed the course for these students.”

“We understand the financial barriers that can prevent a student from continuing their education and are pleased to help bridge this gap,” said Martin. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Receives $500 Gift from Delta Sigma Theta- Texarkana Alumnae Chapter

Photo ID (Left to Right):  Geanenita Kelly, Carolyn Moore, Dr. Jason Smith, Jean Matlock, and Bea Ross

May 22, 2019- The Delta Sigma Theta- Texarkana Alumnae Chapter presented a $500 check to the Texarkana College Foundation today at the Texarkana College Nelson Administration Building. Carolyn Moore, local chapter president, said the gift will be used for student scholarships at Texarkana College. “It is very important to our chapter to give back to education in our community,” said Moore. “We know that receiving a scholarship can change the course of a student’s life.”

Texarkana College president, Jason Smith, received the check on behalf of TC Foundation and thanked the members for the generous contribution. “We are so grateful to the Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae Chapter for helping promote higher education in our community by providing scholarship funds. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Earns Top Spots in State for Student Completion and Low Student Loan Debt

Texarkana College

May 20, 2019, Texarkana, TX- During today’s board meeting, Texarkana College Trustees learned that TC set new institutional records last year for student success. Dr. Donna McDaniel, TC’s Vice President of Instruction, reported that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board released its 2019 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac last week showing profiles of performance and characteristics for all state-funded institutions of higher education. The report showed TC ranking first in 3-year graduation rates among regional comprehensive community colleges for full time students. TC also ranked as one of the top ten institutions in the state for low student debt. “We are so proud of our students who have broken completion records again this year,” McDaniel said. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana to Host Master Gardeners Event

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA,
Texas – Texas
A&M University-Texarkana and the Bowie County Master Gardeners will present
a program titled “All About Herbs” on Monday, May 13, 2019 at
A&M-Texarkana. The class will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in
Room 306 of the Science and Technology Building. The class is free and open to
the public and reservations are not required. The
program’s speaker is Nicholas Auck, a Miller County Master Gardener.  He will be sharing how herb gardening is one
of the most fulfilling types of gardening but requires significantly less skill
than growing exotic flowers. Herb gardening is not only a great place for the
beginner gardener to start, but it is also a type of gardening that produces a
result that is both fragrant and edible. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana and PLACE to Host Poetry Workshop and Reading

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana
and the Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) will host poet
Joy Ladin for a poetry workshop and reading on Thursday, May 9th. The workshop will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in University Center
room 230, and the poetry reading will be from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in
University Center room 217. Both events are free and open to the public and
light refreshments will be served. Joy Ladin holds the Gottesman
Chair in English at Yeshiva University, and, in 2007, became the first (and
still only) openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. Her
work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a
Fulbright Scholarship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research
Fellowship, and two Hadassah Brandeis Institute Research Fellowships, among
other honors. Continue Reading →

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Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing Moves to Texarkana College’s Main Campus

Texarkana College

Texarkana, TX- The world’s first recognized school of bladesmithing, Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing, will have a new home beginning July 1, 2019. With support from the American Bladesmith Society (ABS), Texarkana College will move the school to the main college campus in Texarkana located in Bowie County, Texas. 

Established in 1988 by TC officials and founding ABS members, TC’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing has operated in Washington, Arkansas since its inception. Texarkana College President Dr. Jason Smith said the move to TC’s main campus will allow the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing to offer more modern amenities while preserving the school’s rich history and proven instructional methods. The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing will begin offering courses in its new location beginning fall 2019. “This school is the real deal when it comes to bladesmithing,” Smith said. Continue Reading →

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