Sometimes, students need a little extra help to achieve success in college.
Maybe they did not enter TCC with strong enough reading skills, or they have extreme test anxiety. Some students have external barriers to success, such as financial issues or food insecurity.
That’s where TCC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion comes in. TCC’s two Retention Specialists – Ryan Stilson and Joseph Schnetzer– offer support and educational opportunities designed to increase the academic success, retention, graduation and transfer of students who may have more barriers and challenges to overcome in order to realize their goals.
Many of these students are traditionally first generation students, low income, under prepared, underperforming and/or students of color.
“A lot of our students, if we’re not retaining them, it’s because of life issues, not because they’re not capable,” says Stilson.
When a student first visits with a retention specialist, the two have a structured conversation. It’s the first step toward developing trust with the student. The retention specialists cover the basics: food, shelter, clothing and safety.
“Developing that relationship is key to retaining the student,” says Schnetzer. “We want them to know they matter to us. We want to know their basic needs are being met. We can’t progress when they don’t have food to eat or a place to stay that’s safe.”
Adjunct Faculty are vital to the mission and operation of TCC. Nearly 700 adjunct professors teach at least one course per semester, and each plays a significant role in TCC’s mission to enable student success.
“Adjunct faculty bring a wealth of teaching and professional experience to the College,” says George Black, director of Academic and Campus Services. “They allow us to offer greater flexibility in both course offerings and scheduling. Many are employed outside the College in the fields they teach in such as the Health Sciences, Engineering, or Business, but all have strong academic backgrounds in their disciplines. Others are academic professionals specialized not only in their field of study but also in how to share research findings, publications, and ground breaking works within their disciplines.”
There will be several opportunities and functions across the College to recognize the important role adjuncts fill for students.
With the deadline just nine days away, time is running out for students to apply for scholarships for Fall 2018.
TCC's new scholarship portal gives students the ability to use one application to apply for all scholarships college-wide. That one form will determine if they are eligible for multiple scholarships. If they meet basic requirements, the system can direct them to supply any additional information, if needed.
Students can find the scholarship application here, and begin by clicking “TCC Scholarship Application.” It's important that all students are encouraged to apply since there are many scholarships, including some for students who are finishing up their degree or continuing to an university.
The application period closes March 1.
Overture: Signature Symphony Gala Goes Speakeasy
Go back in time when passwords were your ticket into a club and raids were common, as you step into Overture: A Speakeasy Experience. The annual gala takes us to the Roaring 20’s during prohibition and the time of bootleggers and flappers. The event, hosted by Signature Symphony at TCC and the TCC Foundation, is continues with the concert season’s theme featuring Tulsa connections to food and music.
Overture, with presenting sponsors TTCU Federal Credit Union and Cox Communications, is Saturday, March 3 at the Bond Event Center in downtown Tulsa. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner and program at 7 p.m.
This fundraiser supports and strengthens Signature Symphony at TCC’s music education and community outreach programs from birth to adult. Each year Signature Symphony exposes more than 4,000 students to Classical music to foster a love of music and works with children in early learning centers throughout the Tulsa area as part of the Signature Quartet’s Seedling Symphony program.
“Music education readies children for learning by helping develop their basic mental skills and capabilities,” said Marcia MacLeod, Overture honorary chair. “With limited school funding, private funding of music education has become a necessity and it is the reason why I am involved with Signature Symphony’s annual gala, Overture.”
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Lawrence Ware, Professor and Co-Director of Africana Studies
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m., Southeast Chatroom & 6 p.m., Rudisill Regional Library
Professor Ware will discuss racial issues.
For accommodations, please call 918-595-7115. Refreshments provided at all campus locations. All presentations are free and open to the public. Brought to you by the African-American Student Association and Student Life. If you have questions, contact Professor Ureka Williams at email@example.com.
Spring University Day!
Southeast Campus in the "Y" Wednesday, March 7, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Students have the opportunity to visit with more than 30 potential transfer universities. There will be door prizes and refreshments! Faculty and staff, please spread the word!
The Big Blue Podcast Talks TCC Food Pantries
TCC Metro Campus Provost Dr. Greg Stone and TCC President and CEO Dr. Leigh Goodson chat with guests Brian Cross and David Adams about the TCC campus food pantries.
2018 Matters of the Heart
Sponsored by Student Life, Matters of the Heart focuses on wellness -- healthy eating, healthy habits and healthy relationships. Free health screenings will be available, and health focused vendors will be on-site. Campus Matters of the Heart fair dates:
Metro Campus, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Commons Area, 2nd Floor of Student Union
This Week at the Center for Creativity
Exhibition: Chikasha Poya (We are Chickasaw) Through Feb. 27
Chickasaw artists share their traditions past and present through art in this exhibition sponsored by the Chickasaw Cultural Center.
Chickasaw Cultural Center Workshops:
Live Painting Demo with Mike Larsen Tuesday, Feb. 20, 12:30 pm – 2:30 p.m.
Mike Larsen’s paintings and sculptures can be seen all over the United States, including the Oklahoma State Capitol rotunda. Now you can see Mike create a work in real-time during this live painting demo.
I Can’t Create with The Woody Guthrie Center
Monday, Feb. 26, 12 – 12:45 p.m.
Channel your inner Woody Guthrie by creating small sculptures just like he did. Please bring small found objects that are meaningful to you.
Sustainability Conference This Thursday!
TCC's 4th Annual Sustainability Conference, Meeting Student and Community Needs Through Sustainability, takes place Thursday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Metro Campus, McKeon Center for Creativity.
This spring the TCC Book club is reading The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley. The book references several connections to Oklahoma, and includes a profile of a student from Salisaw, a mention of Dr. Deborah Gist of Tulsa Public Schools, and an interview with Paula Marshall (Owner and CEO of The Bama Company, Inc.).
The club will meet Thursday, March 29 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the new Central Library’s Pocahontas Greadington Learning and Creativity Center. To join, contact Adam Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up online.
This book club is brought to you by the Office of the President and CEO.
Mock HLC Visit Dates
The College will conduct mock HLC visits on April 16 & 17. The trial run will resemble the actual HLC visit on September 24-25, 2018, but will include only two peer reviewers instead of the approximately seven that will be here in September. The mock reviewers will meet with various employees, the TCC Board of Regents, and some students to determine how well the College is meeting HLC’s five criteria for accreditation.
Tulsa World: Kevin David chimes in with good news.