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National Honor Society of Arkansas High Welcomes New Members

Texarkana, AR – The Arkansas High Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed new members at a ceremony Thursday evening at the Red Wall on the high school campus.  Current officers, President Taylor Sexton, Vice-President Mary Cook, Secretary Kelsi Petross, and Treasurer Claire Fowler, presented information about the society and offered the welcoming to the new members.  New members signed the membership book and participated in the candle lighting ceremony.  Afterwards, friends, family and the new members enjoyed a brief social time at the Red Wall. New Members:

Seniors: Tyler Dawson, Markayla Gulley, and Kayla Morrow

Juniors: Harley Brock, Brittany Kelley, and Katelyn Todd

Sophomores: Cecile Barnes, Tamara Biddle, Brittany Bolden, Peyton Brown, Hannah Chapman, Mica Chesshir, Reese Chesshir, Madison Colbert, Taylor Gamble, David Gustafson, Marion Haggard, Carson Holder, Kaleb Manley, Hannah Massey, Cole Mitchell, Amy Claire Mugno, Rachel Mullino, Bryan Nguyen, Kaitlyn Oliver, Sydnee Pritchett, Alyssa Smith, Madison Stanley, Savanna Thomas, Haylie Tipton, Kaylie Tipton, Alison Westbrook, and Savanna Young

The National Honor Society sets membership requirements that may be exceeded or expanded by each chapter.  From the website, National Honor Society, minimum membership requirements are as follows:

Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)
This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation. Leadership
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others. Continue Reading →

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“The Geese That Laid the Golden Eggs, But Never Cackled” – Winston Churchill
 While the military fought on the front lines of World War II, a cast of mathematicians, musicians, and chess players, including foreign language experts and women (who were not allowed in combat), were engaging in a battle of razor-sharp minds to crack codes that would help the military make brilliant tactical moves. 
 Learn about how code breakers in Bletchley Park in England and Arlington Hall in the US played the most pivotal role you can imagine for the Allies in WWII.  As part of the Texarkana College Distinguished Lecture Series, Ernie Cochran will unmask the characters who played in these key roles and will reveal the science behind breaking the Enigma Code. Cochran is an attorney with Cochran & Golden, LLC, in Texarkana, Texas, and has been on the Texarkana College Board of Trustees since 2016.  Cochran is a Texas High School Graduate who attended TC before transferring to Baylor University to earn a B.A. in political science (1986). He went on to earn a law degree from Baylor School of Law in 1989. Since he was 12 years old, Cochran has been fascinated by WWII and the battle in the Pacific and has spent many hours researching and gaining expertise in this intriguing subject. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Recognize Excellent Student Leadership

Monday, March 27, 2017, Texarkana, TX- Today the Texarkana College Board of Trustees recognized student members of the TC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society who took top honors at the Texas Regional Convention held in Corpus Christi earlier this month. The Zeta Sigma Chapter received the Award of Distinction for their Honors in Action project and the Award of Merit for their college project. In addition, the TC chapter was one of 20 chapters named as a Texas Top Chapter out of 91 throughout the state. College officials said that success is due to great leadership provided by the chapter’s sponsor, Mary Ellen Young, support from the college’s Administration and Board of Trustees. “We are so proud of the caliber of students we have here at TC—they represent us so well throughout our community and state by their involvement in organizations like Phi Theta Kappa,” said Dr. Donna McDaniel, Vice President of Instruction. Continue Reading →

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New Norman Charter School Expands Opportunities for Parents and Students

“Choice is on the march”
NORMAN, OK – ChoiceMatters, a parent-led group that advocates for expanding educational opportunities for Oklahoma families, today thanked the Oklahoma State Board of Education for approving a new charter school in Norman. Le Monde International School, now set to open in 2018, will offer students both French and Spanish immersion education. Reagan Elementary, the local public school, had previously offered a French immersion program but had discontinued it. In response, local parents worked to build support for a new charter school and submitted a successful application to open next year. “This is a tremendous victory for parents and children in Norman,” said ChoiceMatters President Robert Ruiz. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Events at Texarkana College

Please join Texarkana College for two big events this week.  Today, Wednesday, March 22 at 10 AM, TC will receive a $100,000 check from Texas Mutual Insurance Company to fund new safety training courses.  Then, on Thursday, March 23 at 11:30 AM, Chairman Andres Alcantar of the Texas Workforce Commission will be the keynote speaker at a region-wide luncheon to kick-off the Texas Higher Education strategic plan of 60x30TX.  This is a huge goal set forth for our state that 60 percent of Texans age 25-34 years old will hold a college credential by the year 2030.  Right now in our region of northeast Texas, we are somewhere between 15-18 % of that goal.  We have a long way to go to meet the state’s goal.  The luncheon speaker will introduce the plan to stakeholders and explain the importance of the plan for our region. AGENDA

A Higher Education/Workforce Collaboration to Attain 60X30TX

Thursday, March 23, 2017- 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Truman Arnold Student Center- Texarkana College Campus


Welcome & Greeting


5 minutes
James Henry Russell- President, Texarkana College

·       Greetings and Importance of Event

·       Lunch today prepared and served by TC Culinary Department

·       Introduce Brad Morgan, Williams Memorial Methodist Church

Rev. Brad Morgan

Lunch – 15 mins. Lunch Served

Welcome & Introductions


5 minutes
James Henry Russell- President, Texarkana College

·       Introduce Northeast Texas Community College President, Brad Johnson and Paris Junior College President, Dr. Pam Anglin

·       Introduce Dr. Emily Cutrer and other TAMUT officials

·       Introduce legislators and elected officials- Robbin Bass, US Rep. John Ratcliffe’s; Judge James Carlow- Bowie County Judge, etc

·       Introduce Randy Reed, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions NE Texas and special guest, TWC Chairman, Andres Alcantar

Overview of 60X30TX and the four broad goals to achieve through this strategic plan.  

5 minutes
Dr. Pam Anglin- President, Paris Junior College

·       The economic future of the state

·       Focus on college completion for underserved populations

·       Marketable skills needed for today’s workforce

·       Management of student loan debt

Partnerships and Stakeholders- We all have a role to play


5 minutes
Dr. Brad Johnson- President, Northeast Texas Community College

·       Role of Community Colleges in 60X30TX Plan- #TXSuccess

·       Partnerships with Universities/ Articulation Agreements

·       Talk about the Articulation Agreement signed with TAMUT

·       Business and Industry Partnerships for Training initiatives

NE Texas Workforce Climate and Introduction of Andre Alcantar


5 minutes
Randy Reed- Executive Director, Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas

·       Partnerships with regional Community Colleges

·       Projected growth and future of this area

·       Introduction of TWC Chairman, Andre Alcantar

Texas Workforce Commission’s Support of Texas Higher Education Goal- 60X30TX


20-30 minutes
Chairman Andres Alcantar

·       Demographics of the State in relation to northeast Texas

·       Need for skilled workforce to sustain economy

·       Tri-Agency recommendations and 60X30TX

·       Outlook for the state- job forecast

·       Role Community Colleges will play in reaching the 60X30TX Goal

Thank you and Response to Remarks


5 minutes
James Henry Russell

·       Introduction of Mary Ellen Young, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor at Texarkana College and TCCTA President- Elect

Seeing the goal become reality- how do we achieve this on the local level? Continue Reading →

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Autism Conference Scheduled for March 17 in Texarkana

Texarkana, AR – Registration is open now online to attend Future Horizons Autism Conference in Texarkana, Arkansas.  The conference will be held Friday March 17, at the Arkansas Convention Center.  Featured speakers will be Dr. Temple Grandin, Eustacia Cutler, and Dr. Jim Ball. Additional information can be found online at  The conference will offer continuing education hours to those needing it.  A schedule of events is lined up as follows:

Autism Conference Schedule


Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcome and Announcements

Dr. Temple Grandin – The Way I See It


Eustacia Cutler (Via Skype) – A Thorn In My Pocket:  Eustacia’s Story of Raising Temple Grandin​

Lunch on your own

Dr. Jim Ball – Early Intervention and Autism​


Dr. Jim Ball (continued)

Conference Ends

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BBQ at Sidney Masonic Lodge in Fouke to Support Scholarship Fund

Sidney Masonic Lodge will host a BBQ Scholarship Fundraiser on March 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Sidney Lodge is located in Fouke, Arkansas.  All proceeds from the event will be awarded to students in Miller County, Arkansas. A BBQ lunch will consist of a BBQ sandwich, chips, drink and desert.  Each meal cost $5.  In addition to the BBQ, everyone will have an opportunity to win one of two door prizes. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Foundation to Receive $25,000 for the Sharon and Fred Gilliam Scholarship Fund

March 8, 2017-  Mr. Fred Gilliam, along with representatives from Texarkana College and DeKalb ISD, will announce a new endowed scholarship fund on Friday, March 10th, to benefit students graduating from DeKalb High School who plan to attend Texarkana College.  The check presentation will take place at 9am in the DeKalb ISD Administration Building Board Room. Mr. Gilliam formerly served as President of State Bank of DeKalb and currently serves on the board of State Bank.   He has also served on the board of DeKalb ISD and DeKalb City Council. For additional information, please contact Katie Andrus at (903) 823-3125 or Check Presentation Ceremony Details:

Friday, March 10, 2017
9:00 AM
DeKalb ISD Administration Building Board Room

101 Maple Street (Corner of Broadway and Grizzly)

DeKalb, Texas 75559 Continue Reading →

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Oklahoma Parent Group Asks Legislators to Stand with President Trump on School Choice

Legislators Expected to Vote on Key School Choice Legislation This Week

OKLAHOMA CITY — In last night’s address to the United States Congress, President Donald Trump spoke strongly in favor of school choice, advocating for policies that allow families to choose the public, private, or charter school of their choice.  
 The Oklahoma group ChoiceMatters for Kids, a parent-led organization advocating for greater educational options for parents and children, is encouraging Oklahoma legislators to follow the president’s lead on school choice legislation.  “Donald Trump won a super majority of votes in Oklahoma by advocating for policies that empower individuals and families,” said ChoiceMatters for Kids President Robert Ruiz. “The most important choice a family can make on behalf of their child is how and where to educate their child. On education, President Trump is getting it right. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Approve Revitalization Plan of Surplus Property

Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College Board of Trustees took action today to declare the TC Annex as surplus and accept a proposal to purchase the building and land at no cost with the intent to raze and prepare the lot for development of a green space for TC students and the surrounding community. The outcome of the proposal will result in approximately a half-million dollar cost avoidance of liabilities for the college. Once the project is complete, TC will have the option of receiving the property back as a gift from the buyer.  In an effort to reduce maintenance and utility costs campus-wide, TC relocated or discontinued all services housed in the Annex.  The structure is now vacant and TC president, James Henry Russell, said this poses a potential liability risk for the college.  “We have worked hard to minimize our facility footprint to tighten up costs associated with underutilized space,” Russell said. Continue Reading →

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