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$5k Donation Establishes Student Emergency Grant Fund at Texarkana College

Check Presentation Ceremony

Presented by Joey and Jamie Martin

Thursday, June 21, 2018

2:00 PM

Nelson Administration Building

Texarkana College

2500 N. Robison Road

Texarkana, Texas

Texarkana, TX- June 20, 2018- The Texarkana College Foundation will receive a $5,000 donation to establish an Emergency Grant Program for students enrolled in Texarkana College’s nursing and workforce training programs. The fund is made possible by the generous support of Joey and Jamie Martin. “We are pleased to provide more resources to Texarkana College that are dedicated to supporting students in times of greatest need,” said Joey Martin. “Emergency grants are a bridge to college completion and the financial security a degree can provide.” The fund will help low-income students with financial emergencies that often cause them to drop out of college or fall way behind due to transportation problems or health issues. Brandon Washington, Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education, said access to the emergency fund will help TC students cover expenses just beyond their means and will allow them to better focus on successful course completion. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Approve Strategic Goals Leading to Greater Student Access to Higher Education

Monday, June 18, 2018, Texarkana, Texas- The Texarkana College Board of Trustees met today to approve the institution’s two-year strategic plan including its vision, mission, core values and beliefs.  The approval of the plan was the final step in setting measurable goals for the College that will advance this community through attainable higher education and lifelong learning opportunities. The plan establishes the core values of Texarkana College, which include opportunity, excellence, community and success, and shows the top priorities to be:

Enhancing, upgrading and renovating facilities to meet state and federal ADA compliance standards and modernizing instructional space,
active involvement in a regional economic development initiative effort, and
reaching $10 million in TC Foundation assets by 2020 and growing the TC Alumni & Friends Network to 1,000 members by 2018


“Over the next two years, we will measure progress by our level of adherence to these values, priorities and our mission,” said TC President James Henry Russell. “Making informed decisions is important now more than ever for the future of Texarkana College and our community.”

In other business, Dr. Donna McDaniel, Vice President of Instruction, recognized the 2018 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Teaching in Excellence Award Winners representing Texarkana College. Denise Johnson, biology faculty member, and Dr. John Dixon Boyles, Dean of Business & Social Sciences, received the prestigious award at the NISOD national conference held on May 27, 2018, in Austin, Texas. McDaniel said Johnson and Boyles go above and beyond for their students and make significant contributions to our community in helping build a college-going culture. Continue Reading →

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BEST Robotics announces CAMP CODE for GIRLS

AUSTIN, Texas, /PRNewswire/ — BEST Robotics is looking to give young women a head start on future STEM jobs. This summer, female students entering grades 6 through 8 are invited to push their robotics knowledge at CAMP CODE for Girls, a three-day, 12-hour coding camp. Presented in collaboration with Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) and funded by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), this hands-on learning experience is designed to provide challenging yet rewarding learning opportunities in an environment aimed at fostering interest in computer coding and programming. “Diversity in coding and in STEM at large have long been issues, particularly related to the inclusion of girls and young women,” said BEST Robotics executive director, Rosemary Mendel. “As a STEM and robotics education organization whose executive team is almost entirely female, we’re especially thrilled to partner with the Texas Workforce Commission in an endeavor that is dedicated to the spirit of inclusion and gives young women access to the tools they need to join our future workforce.” Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe announces Bowie County Rising Lone Star winners

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced today the 2018 Rising Lone Star winners from Bowie County. The recipients included Timothy Brown and Corey Cox from Liberty Eylau High School; Brandy Nicole Swink and Joe Sanders Hendrix from Redwater High School; Emily Jennings and Gage Jones from Maud High School; and Philip Moore and Madison Whisenhunt from Hooks High School. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and the Rising Lone Star program gives us the opportunity to showcase young folks who’ve distinguished themselves on the fast track to success. I look forward to seeing what they’ll accomplish as thoughtful, engaged members of the Northeast Texas community in the years to come,” Ratcliffe said. Ratcliffe launched the Rising Lone Star award program to recognize high school students throughout Texas’ 4th District who exhibit outstanding leadership or service in their schools and communities. Continue Reading →

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Genoa Band Banquet 2018

Genoa, AR- Genoa Schools held their band banquet for the beginner and advanced band members last Saturday the 19th.  This was the first banquet for Mr. Gray, the band director, and the last banquet for graduating seniors.  The guest and band members enjoyed a meal and a slideshow presentation of pictures from the 2017-2018 band year.  Pictures included game performances, public performances, and competitions the band had participated in over the year. During the event, Gray thanked the parents, students, and Band Boosters.  He noted that he could not do everything without the support group in the Genoa community.  Graduating seniors were recognized and given a gift.  Students Chris Battle, Skyler Burris, Faith Overcast, and Harley Hendrix will be graduating this year.  They took pictures with Gray and were each allowed to speak to their fellow band members if they wished from the stage. Mr. Gray was presented with a framed picture of the 2017-2018 Genoa Band.  Students then also gave Gray a case of Monster Drinks – apparently this is one of the band director’s favorite drinks.  The group closed out the evening taking fun pictures with rabbit ears over their fellow band students, fingers on noses, pointing at one another, and making silly faces.  While the crowd could not be certain from where they were seated, it appeared that these pictures may have been taken at the direction of Gray.  At the heart of it all, it was apparent that Gray is not just the band director for these kids, but he is also a committed and dedicated member of the Genoa community willing to hang out and just be “with the band.” Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Receives $1,000 Gift from Delta Sigma Theta- Texarkana Alumnae Chapter

May 23, 2018- The Delta Sigma Theta- Texarkana Alumnae Chapter presented a $1,000 check to the Texarkana College Foundation today during a check presentation ceremony in the lobby of the Texarkana College Nelson Administration Building. Carolyn Moore, local chapter president, said the gift will be used for student scholarships at Texarkana College. “Delta Sigma Theta was founded on Christian principles to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to those in need,” Moore said. “Our hope is that today’s gift will help enhance the educational opportunities for area students by providing scholarship funds.”

Moore said the local chapter currently has 63 members who help raise funds year-round through special events and projects. “The money we raise from our community— goes back into our community,” said Moore. Continue Reading →

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Oklahoma, Illinois Students to Link Up with NASA Astronauts on Space Station

WASHINGTON, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Students from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Edwardsville, Illinois, will have the opportunity to talk with astronauts on the International Space Station next week as part of NASA’s Year of Education on Station. The two 20-minute, Earth-to-space calls will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website. NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel will answer questions about life aboard the space station, NASA’s deep space exploration plans and conducting science in space during both opportunities. The first event will connect Oklahoma students from several schools in grades 5 through 12 with the two Expedition 55 astronauts at 10:35 a.m. EDT Monday, May 14, from the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. The students submitted essays describing what they would ask an astronaut and how that question relates to their own lives on Earth as part of the selection process. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe names Texas High School student as finalist in 2018 Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced today the finalists from the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, including McKenzie Brown from Texas High School. The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges who assessed submissions from high school students across the 18 counties in Texas’ 4th District. “I was incredibly impressed by all of the submissions we received in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. I’d like to congratulate each student who was named a finalist, and I’m looking forward to seeing which piece will stand out as the favorite in this year’s People’s Choice contest,” Ratcliffe said. ll finalists were automatically entered into the People’s Choice contest, where the piece that receives the most votes on Facebook between May 14 and 28 will be announced as the winner. Continue Reading →

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Genoa Band Concert

Genoa, AR – The Genoa Dragon Band performed their Spring Concert this evening in front of a packed Genoa Gym.  Parents, grandparents, and friends came out to support the Dragon Band as each group performed three musical numbers each. Mr. Gray is completing his first year as band director.  Retired Band Director Joe DuPas was on site this evening for the concert.  At one point, those in the crowd paying attention to DuPas, would have seen him smiling and giving the “thumbs up” to Mr. Gray at the completion of one of the songs.  It was very apparent to anyone that Mr. DuPas has left the band in great hands and that he is proud of the work Gray is continuing with students. Mr. Gray acknowledged high school seniors and several members of the advanced band for various awards and recognition throughout the year.   Both the Beginner and the Advanced Band performed outstanding this evening.  The Advanced Band closed out their final number for the 2017-2018 school year and received a standing ovation from the packed crowd.  One thing is for certain, for the 2018-2019 school year Mr. Gray and his band kids should see nothing less than continued improvements and triumphs as a performing group from the four states region. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Police Issues Update on Incident at Arkansas High

Texarkana, AR – at approximately 11:00 a.m. this morning Kristi Bennet with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department issued a statement regarding the lockdown or incident at Arkansas High last Friday. According to the statement, a 17-year-old juvenile was arrested Saturday evening on the 28th by the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department.  The juvenile had a felony arrest warrant issued for Terroristic Threatening, 1st Degree. No further information has been provided at this time and the case remains under investigation. Arkansas High was placed briefly on a lockdown Friday the 27th.  According to reports from within the school, authorities, students and staff cooperated and acted appropriately to ensure the safety of all students and staff.   The incident was later called a “drill” by some on the Internet.  The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department was seen with several officers on-site almost immediately upon notification of the threat.  Several students noted that the staff, school resource officer, and Texarkana Arkansas Police acted quickly and professionally during the incident. Continue Reading →

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