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The Week@TCC

January 14, 2020

TCC 50 Notable Alumni: Chief Jeremy Moore, M.P.A.

Fire Chief, City of Broken Arrow
TCC Degree: Fire Protection
Graduated: 1997

A 23-year fire veteran, Jeremy started his public safety career as an Emergency Medical Technician for Skiatook EMS. In 1996, he joined the Tulsa Fire Department as a firefighter, where he worked his way up the ranks becoming Captain, then District Chief. As District Chief, he managed daily operations of fire company personnel along with the Technical Rescue Team. Additionally, at Tulsa Fire he served as the Administrative Chief working closely with the Fire administration, the Mayor’s office, and other city leaders. In 2015, he became Fire Chief for the Broken Arrow Fire Department, where he leads 173 firefighters.

“Tulsa Community College provided not only excellent course work and instruction, but equally important was the network of existing firefighters participating in the class who could mentor and assist us aspiring firefighters,” he said. “In addition, the College provided a pathway to a career in fire service better than any other educational institution or technical school.”

With a bachelor’s degree in Fire Safety Service Management and a master’s in Public Administration, he has the distinction of being only one of four credentialed Chief Fire Officers in Oklahoma. A graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 46 and a Paragon award nominee, Jeremy has served as board chair for the Crime Commission and has literally volunteered countless hours with a myriad of community organizations for almost three decades.

Jeremy is currently serving locally as President for the Green Country Fire Chief’s Association, and statewide he is the President for the Oklahoma Public Employers Labor Relations Association. He continues to mentor and assist aspiring firefighters and has served as an adjunct TCC faculty member.


In celebration of 50 years of Tulsa Community College, we're highlighting 50 distinguished and noteworthy alumni, one a week. We'll keep them updated in The Week, but you can also check out to explore TCC's historical timeline and experience how TCC has spent 50 years making our community stronger. If you have questions, email

Campus Safety Video

The beginning of the semester is always a good time to review TCC's campus safety video.

Feedback Requested For Vice President Searches

Last week, the College held open forums concerning the positions of Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Student Affairs and Equity. As part of the next step, we invite you to provide feedback to the screening committee on the searches for the next Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer as well as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Equity. We look forward to reviewing your responses to this brief Vice President talent search survey.

Your responses are completely anonymous. This survey will close at 11:59 pm on February 2.

Concurrent Enrollment Organizational Changes

Effective January 2020, the Concurrent Enrollment Department will begin reporting to Dr. Kristopher Copeland, Provost West Campus. To learn more about TCC’s Concurrent Enrollment Department and Dual Credit to College Degree opportunities available through TCC visit or contact Director of Concurrent Enrollment Lissa Steadley at

A Challenging Culture

Challenge Coin recipient, Jerrid Jones

Jerrid Jones -- Excellence is Our Culture: "Jerrid is an outstanding engineer who has and continues to do an outstanding job here at the Metro Campus."

TCC employees keep living our beliefs and values, and they’re getting noticed. Challenge Coins continue to be awarded by recipients to their peers who embody the what the College stands for.

Excellence is our Culture
Kelsey Embrey, Jerrid Jones, Doug Alcock

You Belong Here
Hilary Koppel

Community is our Middle Name
Nash McQuarters

Are you going to be next among those taking on the TCC Challenge? If you have received a coin and already passed it onto the next worthy TCC employee, be sure to fill out this Challenge Coin Initiative form so we can keep track. Thank you!

Tulsa Community College Staff Council Scholarship

Tulsa Community College’s College Staff Council will fund up to four (4) scholarships for deserving TCC Staff employees. The scholarships will be for the 2020 spring academic semester in the amount of $500 each.

The specific qualifying criteria are:

  • Must have been a full-time TCC staff employee for a minimum of two (2) years
  • Must be enrolled in 3 or more credit hours for the semester at any accredited institution
  • Must be degree seeking: Associate, Bachelor's or Master's
  • Has and maintains at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Must plan to stay employed with TCC through the current academic year.
  • May only be awarded one scholarship per academic year (Aug-July)

Download the scholarship application. Please attach the following to the completed application:

  • Spring 2020 class schedule
  • Current and any previous college transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Completed application must be received by Regina Lary, CSC Scholarship Committee Chair (SE 2210), no later than Jan. 22, 2020. Scholarship recipients will be awarded on or before Feb. 5, 2020. Funds for the scholarship comes in part from monies raised by TCC employees. If you have questions, contact Regina Lary at (918) 595-7042.

Updates and Events

Help Build the TCC Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Float

Martin Luther King Jr

Jan. 17, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Northeast Campus Warehouse

Help us build the TCC float for the 41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Commemorative Parade. On Jan. 17, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., you can drop in and contribute whatever time you have to make TCC's float great. For more information about how you can participate, contact Ramona Curtis at

Signature Symphony presents Shostakovich 5

Shastakovich 5

Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.
VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education

Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College presents Dimitri Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony as a part of the educational and enlightening series, “Connecting the Dots – Bringing the Score to Life”. The annual concert is designed to provide an in-depth look at classical music and immerse the audience in the elements of a composition.

Acknowledged to be one of the major composers of the 20th century, Shostakovich was a Soviet composer during Stalin’s dictatorship. During Shostakovich’s lifetime, he was bitterly attacked by the press. His 5th Symphony was revered as “a Soviet artist’s reply to just criticism,” and he remains one of Russia’s most recognized and influential composers despite being censored by this government.

“During the first half of the program, we will explore Shostakovich’s composition by featuring live musical examples with commentary. This will be an in-depth look at this masterpiece and how it changed symphonies and shaped classical music,” said Signature Symphony at TCC Music Director AndrĂ©s Franco. “The professional orchestra will perform the entire work in the second half.”

Before every Classics concert, Signature Symphony’s Open Rehearsal allows music lovers of all ages to experience a professional orchestra rehearsal and interact with our conductor, musicians and guest artists. The Open Rehearsal is a free event and begins at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2020.

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we’re offering TCC employees 50% off their tickets! See the attached graphic for more details. Tickets are $20-$42.

Applications Open for Foundation-Funded Project Requests

Special projects for TCC’s students, faculty and staff may be funded through the TCC Foundation. The Foundation will take applications for Foundation Funded Projects through Friday, April 3, 2020. The application should be completed by the project coordinator with measurable goals, budget and supervisor approval. To submit your application, use the Project Funding Request form in Processmaker. For assistance review the Foundation Support Instructions on completing the application. For further questions, please contact Megan Korn, Development Office for the TCC Foundation, x7846.

Lecture: African American History in Oklahoma Exhibit

Exhibit Lecture with Dr. Donnie Nero
Jan. 30, 1:30 p.m.

As part of the African American Education exhibit, Lifelong Educator Dr. Donnie L. Nero will give a presentation at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30, 2020. He will discuss education development, highlighting his personal experiences during the age of school segregation.

Did you know that as many as 50 African American-only communities arose in Oklahoma Territory shortly after the Land Run? This and other facts are featured in two exhibits that explore the history of African Americans in Oklahoma Territory before statehood. The All-Black Towns of Oklahoma Exhibit, which runs through Jan. 30, and African American Education: From Pre-Statehood to Present. The exhibits take visitors back in time, offering insight into African Americans’ lives and education in early Oklahoma.

The All-Black Towns of Oklahoma Exhibit is part of the Oklahoma History Center Traveling Exhibit Program. For more information about this program or other traveling exhibits, call (405) 522-0780.

Blind Date with a Book Returns

Looking for your perfect match…in a book? Let us help you find that perfect read you’ve always dreamed of! TCC Library will be hosting “Blind Date with a Book” again this year. Tell us what you like and we’ll pair you with an attractive single book in your area of interest. You can fill out a questionnaire online or in person at any of the campus library locations. Submit your form by February 3rd and your book “date” will be waiting for pickup any time from February 10th to February 21st at your selected TCC campus library. This program is for ALL TCC staff, faculty and students and our librarians are available to visit classes and bring forms for students.

Complete the Blind Book Date Form to find your perfect book

Thank you to Student Life for partnering on this event!

New Student Orientation Leader Applications are Now Open

TCC Orientation Leader

Orientation Leaders will work part time during the summer welcoming more than 3,000 new students and family to TCC.

If you have any rockstar students who are personable, great advocates for TCC, and great public speakers, please send their name and ID number to the New Student Orientation Coordinator at

Students referred by faculty/staff will be sent a personal email encouraging them to apply and will receive extra points during the interview process. Applications will remain open to all current students and recent graduates until Feb. 7 at

Training Opportunity: Communicating with Tact & Diplomacy

Communicating with Tact & Diplomacy

Jan. 27, 1 - 3 p.m., Conference Center, 8th Floor Lounge

To communicate with tact and diplomacy, you need to be sensitive and respectful. However, this can be more challenging than it seems ... This course will guide you through identifying communication styles and responding appropriately to the styles with sensitivity and respect. It will help guide you in situational awareness and provide tips and techniques on improving communication and avoiding missteps.

To learn more about this course and others, or to enroll, follow these instructions:

  • Log into Skillsoft and click on the Instructor Led Training link on the lower left column.
  • When the ILT Training Session window opens, be sure to scroll down and/or advance to the next page to find the course you want to see.
  • For each course you are interested in, click on Actions: View Session Details to see Course and Session Info and Meeting Times (click on the associated tabs).
  • To enroll, click on Actions/Enroll in this Session.

Full and Part-time employees are eligible to attend live classes with supervisor notification/approval. If you have any questions, please email or contact Cat Rockholt or Mary Sirkel. All courses are subject to cancellation for low enrollment — it is important to enroll via Skillsoft for confirmations, notifications of changes or cancellations.

Listen Up: The Big Blue Podcast

The Big Blue Podcast provides perspective on the outstanding people, programs, places and issues facing the College you won't get anywhere else. You can subscribe to the podcast playlist on Youtube. You can also now find the Big Blue Podcast on Spotify and iTunes.

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TCC Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Help us get the word out to students. TCC’s scholarship application for AY21 is open through March 1, 2020. There are 66 scholarships available. All students are encouraged to apply as there are specific scholarships for certain programs, scholarships based on financial need, and even a few for graduates who are accepted into four-year colleges and universities.

Visit to access the application.

Adding the TCC 50th Anniversary Logo to Your Signature in Outlook

The next year is all about celebrating the first 50 years of TCC. You can join in by adding the 50th logo to your email signature. Here's how:

  1. Open a new email message
  2. Select Signature > Signatures from the Message menu
  3. Select Signature to edit, choose New, and in the New signature dialog box, type in name for signature.
  4. Under Edit Signature, copy and paste the text and image below into the Edit Signature box.
  5. Edit your name and contact information.
  6. Close window and select Save.
  7. On Choose default signature, select preference for New Messages and Replies/forward
  8. Close Window

TCC 50th Logo

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Cost Savings Survey

In order to be good stewards of our resources, Tulsa Community College is interested in your cost-saving ideas.

If you have an idea to save College resources, please submit your ideas here