The Daily@TCC Newsletter

The Week@TCC

Stay up to date on TCC's response to COVID-19.

Oct 16, 2020



Dont be a half-masker Pictured: Man wearing a mask with nose uncovered. Wear over the nose and chin. #MaskUpTCC. We're in this togethere but six feet apart.

Students: Email Changes Coming

Students, beginning Monday, you'll be receiving fewer emails from the College, and you'll only see student-specific content on email you do receive. We're calling it The Week, and it'll show up every Monday morning and contain everything you need to know for the coming week.

As always, thank you for choosing Tulsa Community College. We are glad you're here, and happy you're pursuing your educational dreams with us.

Transfer Student Scholarships

TCC 2 University – Earn Your Bachelor's Degree On-Time and On-Budget

When considering which university is the best place to pursue your bachelor’s degree after TCC there are many important factors: academic programs, location, student services, and campus culture. But for most students one of the biggest concerns is COST. Transferring from Community College to University can come with some sticker shock, but there are many scholarships, waivers, and resources available to assist students.

It is highly recommended to check with your transfer university early about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. There should be no mystery about your total cost at your next institution! Your TCC Financial Aid Office is also an excellent resource.

Explore Transfer Scholarships at Transfer Partner Universities:

#TCC2University #TransferStudentWeek

Updates for Veterinary Technology Applicants

From Program Director, Dr. Jan Barnett

During this COVID 19 period, there have been modifications to the Application Process for the Veterinary Technology Program.

General Information:

  • Request an information/application packet from
  • Application deadline April 30, but the date is flexible. Please contact us to discuss any issues you may have. We are happy to speak with you!
  • Shadowing: This requirement will be waived this year because so many veterinary hospitals are limiting access to the public. Please submit if you have already completed your Shadowing.
  • We offer both full-time and part-time curricula.

You must speak with an Academic Advisor, assigned to the Veterinary Technology Program:

Veterinary Technology Program Website

Contact us at to discuss any questions. We can't wait to speak with you!

Students: Looking for a Virtual Volunteer Opportunity?

Reading Partners Connects

Reading Partners is an education nonprofit that mobilizes community volunteers to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to elementary students who are behind grade level proficiency in reading. This year Reading Partners has adapted their in-person curriculum and program to be administered online and is in need of volunteers who can commit to a little over one-hour a week to support a Tulsa student through their online platform.

Join Reading Partners on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12:30-1 p.m. via Zoom to learn more about this exciting virtual volunteer opportunity! Reading Partners staff will present a short presentation about their program and answer your questions.

RSVP through GivePulse here.

Join the Reading Partners Zoom Informational Meeting

For questions, contact

SGA Special Elections

The TCC Student Government Association will hold a special election Oct. 20 to fill the Director of Finance position. Any currently enrolled TCC student can run for this position. Each candidate must first complete the TCC SGA Member Application. The candidates should also prepare a one-minute speech explaining why they would be a good fit for the position.

Candidates should send the completed document to our Chris Moss, SGA, Director of Communication at

Election Day Update

Your Vote is your voice.

In an effort to provide as much flexibility as possible for individuals to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3, classes will be virtual and all TCC campuses will be closed.

All student services will be available in a virtual setting and wifi is still available in campus parking lots. Your instructors may have provided specific information about the plans for this day, but make sure to connect with them if you have questions. We hope this gives you the time and flexibility to vote or support those who are voting.

Early Voting

Tulsa County is offering early voting options at ONEOK Field, 201 N. Elgin Ave.

  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Steps to University Transfer - Expert Panel

Young smiling tcc student. Text: Your Journey begins at Tulsa Community College. TCC2University

Interested in transferring to earn your bachelor’s degree after graduating from TCC, but don’t know how to get started? Join this interactive panel of advising, financial aid, and university transfer experts to explore next steps in your academic journey. Current and future TCC students welcome. #tcc2university #TransferStudentWeek

Monday, October 19 - Two Sessions Available

#TCC2University #TransferStudentWeek

TCC Research Retreat Oct. 23

On Oct. 23, TCC will hold a virtual workshop focused on undergraduate research. The workshop is being sponsored by the Honors Program and is open to all interested TCC students. You do not have to have a relationship with the Honors Program in order to take part, and you can be from any campus and from any academic discipline. You simply need to be a motivated student who is interested in learning more about academic research. The workshop is free. Information about the sessions and a registration link are available on the Honors Program’s website.

The day’s activities will take you beyond the information you receive from library orientations. For example, we will have panelists from a variety of disciplines who will speak about their own research experiences. There will be information on local opportunities for conducting research. You will learn how to define and test research questions, and you will learn how to evaluate potential sources as you review the existing literature.

All of this will take place on Friday, Oct. 23. Zoom workshops will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:45 p.m. To participate, you should be a current (Fall 2020) TCC student. If you are interested in research, we hope to see you there!

Current TCC students may register for the Research Retreat online. Questions? Contact the Honors Program at (918) 595-7378 or

Virtual Transfer Center

TCC to University

Oct. 16

ORU @ Virtual Transfer Center

3 - 5 p.m.
Zoom link
Name: Caleb Brasel
Phone Number: (918) 440-4077
Oral Roberts University
Password is 337337

Virtual Employer Showcase with AirGas!

Oct. 20, 5 p.m.
Oct. 21, 9 a.m.

Register with this link

AirGas is hiring for several positions in the accounting and business fields.

Join either showcase to learn more about AirGas and the positions available! This is an amazing opportunity to hear more about AirGas and their opportunities!

Pathways to Medical School

Virtual Information Session. Wednesday, Oct. 21st 2 p.m. Representatives From OU College of Medicine and OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine will share their tips for getting into medical school and how to start preparing now! Join Session

Do you know what it takes to get into medical school? Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. to learn about the medical school admissions process, changes this year, and how to prepare.

Join Pathways to Medical School Session

For more information, contact Jessica at

Sex Ed 101

Join us on Zoom for Sex Ed 101! Learn how to make healthy sexual choices, safer sex methods, HIV/STDs and low-cost sexual health resources. Students between the ages of 17-24 who attend will receive a gift card! All ages are welcome.

To register email with the date you would like to attend.

To request a sign language interpreter, call (918) 595-7428, text (918) 809-1864, or email To request accommodations for mobility issues or other disabilities, call (918) 595-7115 or email Advance notice requested.

Pathways to Nursing

Are you interested in learning more about applying for Nursing School? Join us Monday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to hear from nursing representatives from across the state about what it takes to apply for their programs.

Link to Join:

This Week in Student Life

TCC Student Life

Come Zoom Chat with student life. Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chat with Student Life

Do you have questions about a student organization/club or how to get involved? Come chat with Student Life! We are available Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Join the Student Life Chat

dVIS - Domestic Violence Awareness Seminar

Oct. 15, 12 p.m.

Facebook Live

Every Tuesday and Thursday in Sept. at 5 p.m. on Facebook.

TCC Community Standards: TCC student Alicia Saldana shares the community standard she sees displayed at the College.

Student Virtual Services

Everything you need to enroll and succeed at TCC can be accessed virtually, from the Bursar to Advising, Enrollment, Financial Aid, Career Services, Tutoring Centers, and even the Library. All on one page. All the time.

How to Report a Confirmed Exposure

Students who have been exposed to confirmed COVID-19 positive individuals are expected to stay home and notify TCC by filling out the COVID-19 report.

Upon submission of your report, you will receive an email with directions provided by the TCC Public Health Team within 24 hours. The directions provided are based on recommendations from the Tulsa Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and include the dates you should not attend class on campus. After you are notified, you professors will receive an email from Academic Affairs informing them of the dates you will be absent from class. If you test positive for COVID-19, TCC will cooperate with the Tulsa Health Department in its contact tracing efforts.

Please work remotely with your professors to ensure, when possible, you stay on track and meet the learning outcomes designed for the courses you are taking. Your professors will be updated on any changes that occur with your attendance, when applicable. Your professors are also aware that this information pertaining to your health concern should be maintained confidential.

If you have any further questions, you are always welcome to email our TCC Public Health Team at

Mask and Physical Distancing Compliance

Under no circumstances should individuals be without a mask when on campus in common areas. Masks may only be removed within an enclosed private workspace, when not interacting with others, or in a designated eating area. Physical distancing must be maintained at all times. If you witness individuals not adhering to the College's COVID-19 policies, you may remind them of the importance of these practices. If you are not comfortable doing so, and if you believe an infraction is not an honest mistake, but a disregard for College policy, you may report it using the COVID Compliance Concern Form. Please provide as much information as possible so the appropriate college office may handle the concern.


This Day in TCC History

TCC Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic

Oct. 16, 2013 – TCC broke ground for the new Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic. Waters, a quadriplegic, was a TCC graduate, a community activist, and an advocate for individuals with physical challenges. The clinic, which opened one year later, provides physical therapy assistance to members of the community who are underinsured or don’t have insurance.

Daily Changes Coming Soon

TCC Today

Throughout the life of The Daily, we've been listening to your feedback and looking for ways to improve the College's internal communications. After a search, a bunch of demos, the approvals process, training, and a rapid build-out, we're on the verge of the big reveal.

It's called TCC Today, and it will replace The Daily. It is definitely not another email. It will be your official go-to source for College news, and a new way of doing things. It's cloud-based, so you can get to it on anything with a web browser. Or, if you prefer, a mobile or desktop application. You do you. Think social. Searchable. Saveable. Interactive.

Official launch is Oct. 19. You'll get the farewell issue of The Daily that morning, and it'll include everything you need to get started. Thanks for your support of The Daily so far, and we hope you'll enjoy what's coming.

Stay tuned.

United Way Kick-off This Monday

Live United – United Way. Tulsa Area United Way

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.

The College is pleased to announce the 2020 United Way campaign will launch Oct. 19 and run through Oct. 30. TCC has been a long-time partner of the Tulsa Area United Way, and we are pleased to be able to continue this in 2020.

The campaign will be completely virtual this year, making it easier than ever to have fun and show your support. The planning team has created an exciting line-up for you with things such as master classes, a virtual 5k, gaming tournament, and more!

Join us for the kick-off celebration on Monday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. via Zoom where we will share some more details, unite with each other, and have some fun. You might even win a prize or two! We look forward to seeing you there.

To request a sign language interpreter, call (918) 595-7428, text (918) 809-1864, or email To request accommodations for mobility issues or other disabilities, call (918) 595-7115 or email Advance notice requested.

I Can't Dance with Tulsa Ballet

C4C Always Free – I Can't Workshops Now Online! Register at

Think you can't do something, like draw, write a song, or dance? Think again! Step outside your comfort zone and try something new from the comfort of your home or office at the I Can't workshops. The workshops are held via Zoom from 12 to 12:45 p.m. each Monday from Sept. 21 to Nov. 2. The workshops are free and open to the public.

Monday, Oct. 19, Noon: I Can't Dance with Tulsa Ballet

Learn basic steps to get you up and moving. No special shoes or experience required.

Register here, and you will receive a Zoom link for the workshop.

Make sure to check your spam and/or junk folder. Questions? Email

Oct. 26: I Can't Bachata Dance with Casa de la Cultura
Nov. 2: I Can't Plant a Tree with Up With Trees

If the workshop requires supplies, and most don't, they will be items commonly found around the house. Register here, and you will receive a Zoom link for the workshop. Make sure to check your spam folder.

Art Exhibit: "A Few of My Favorite Things" with Red Earth

The Face of an indigenous person is painted in grey on a colorful loosly painted background.

Through Nov. 12

Art by Jerry Salazar

Since its founding nearly 40 years ago, Native artists have participated in a variety of art shows at the Red Earth Art Center. “A Few of My Favorite Things” is currently on view through November 12, in a special virtual show, in partnership with the McKeon Center for Creativity.

“A Few of My Favorite Things” features a blend of both contemporary and traditional artworks by six two-dimensional artists. Featured in the show are “the favorite” art pieces of Dylan Cavin, Lauretta Newby-Coker, Linda Kukuk, Stuart Sampson, Jerry Salazar and Gilmore Scott.

Visit the art exhibit.

Rise of Antisemitism in Turbulent Times

Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
"What History Can Teach Us: Patterns of Antisemitism"

Dr. David Patterson

Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
"The Impact of Nationalism on Antisemitism: The Holocaust and Other Events"

Dr. Nils Roemer

Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
"Antisemitism in the Digital Age: Current Trends of Antisemitism"

Holly Huffnagle, AJC

Nov. 5, 7 p.m.
"Israel and Antisemitism: The BDS Movement

Rabbi Andrew Baker, AJC
Seffi Kogen, AJC

This four-part series, presented on Zoom is a collaboration between The Jewish Federation of Tulsa, the UTD Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies and the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

Group Asking for Community Input to Improve Tulsa's Higher Ed System

Tulsa Higher Education Survey –

Tulsans live in a reality where fewer than one in six students enrolled in Oklahoma community colleges go on to graduate from a four-year institution. The Tulsa Higher Education Task Force is working to improve that statistic and is asking for members of the community to complete a survey.

The 10-minute survey, at, is offered in English, Spanish, Zomi and Hmong. A text messaging option is also available to access the survey by texting “Tulsa” to 31996 to receive a link.

The Tulsa Higher Education Task Force launched from the collaborative work of the Tulsa Transfer Project to improve the transfer student experience and involves Tulsa Community College, Langston University – Tulsa, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma State University – Tulsa, Rogers State University, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, and the University of Tulsa. The collaborative work is supported by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

Information collected through the survey will be used to help align plans and future developments in higher education in Tulsa with the needs of our community. The survey will be open until October 16, 2020, and all Tulsa-area adults may participate and share the survey with others.

2020 Institute for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Institute for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Oct. 30, 2020
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Free admission for TCC faculty and staff

Are you interested in creating a learning environment that is engaging and accessible to a broad range of culturally diverse students? Join us for the second annual Institute for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. This virtual seminar presents an outstanding opportunity for anyone who teaches or supports students.

At this seminar you will:

  • Engage in courageous conversations with K-12 and postsecondary peers across the state about how to create inclusive, supportive, engaging and affirming environments that prepare first-generation, low-income and students of color for equitable educational access and success.
  • Learn tools to better teach, support and engage students from populations who have been historically underserved and underrepresented in both secondary and postsecondary education.
  • Participate in informative breakout sessions that explore how schools reproduce, reinforce and challenge the legacy of racism, segregation, and injustice and how all institutional agents can work to address the invisible inequities arising from the campus infrastructure and policies, and from its faculty and staff’s attitudes, behaviors and beliefs.

To register, go to and enter code “BLUE2020.”

Questions and Answers

Use to stay on top of the College's response to COVID-19. For other questions, email


When An Individual in an In-Person Class Tests Positive for COVID-19

If an individual taking or teaching an in-person class tests positive for COVID-19, TCC will work with local health department officials to determine who may have had close contact with the individual with COVID-19 and determine who may need to take additional precautions, such as exclusion from work/in-person class(es) and remaining at home. TCC will refer to the CDC guidance: Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Employees Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19. TCC will also follow the Public Health Recommendations for Community-Related Exposure and instruct potentially exposed individuals to:

  • Stay home for 14 days,
  • Attend class(es) in person,
  • Telework if possible, and
  • Self-monitor for symptoms.

If you have questions, please contact Matt Sharpe at

Blackboard: Course Deletions

Fall 2019 Course Sites will be deleted from the Blackboard Server Beginning Oct. 19.

Oklahoma OER Summit

Friday, October 30 (Virtual/Zoom)

Hosted by the Online Consortium of Oklahoma (OCO) and the Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE). Visit us at!

Join us for an interactive, one-day virtual summit to discuss OK Higher Ed's most pressing opportunities surrounding Open Educational Resources (OER). Highlights include discipline area breakout discussions and an unveiling of the new Pressbooks OER development system available to Online Consortium of Oklahoma (OCO) member institutions.

Session Schedule

  • 9-9:50 a.m. – Who, What, and Why (OER 101)
  • 9:50-10 a.m. – Mindfulness Activity led by ECU
  • 10-10:50 a.m. – How (Open Ed & Creative Commons Licensing)
  • 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Break for Lunch
  • 1-1:50 p.m. – Where, When (Creating and Implementing OER)
  • 1:50-2 p.m. – Mindfulness Activity led by UCO
  • 2-3 p.m. – Voices from the Field (Discipline Area Breakout Discussions)

Questions or Need to Request Accommodations? Contact Brad Griffith at no later than Friday, Oct. 23 at 12 p.m.

Grade Change Process Launch

On Monday, Oct. 12, TCC and the Process Improvement Committee launched a revised Grade Change Form via ProcessMaker. The revised Grade Change process allows for simplification, alignment, and proper documentation of the process. TCC will no longer accept the paper grade change forms, except for in extenuating circumstances. The new form is now live on the MYTCC Faculty page, in the Important Documents box. Get a short introduction to the revised process.

Stayonference: Call for Proposals

Feb. 26, 2021

The Stayonference is the annual conference where TCC Faculty and Staff are given the opportunity to give 45-minute presentations about the following topics:

  • Web tools
  • Active learning
  • Faculty academic research and interests
  • Social media in the classroom
  • Learning games
  • Innovations in teaching
  • Library resources and innovations.

Please note: This year the Stayonference will be presented through Zoom. A total of 30 sessions will be accepted to present. Proposals will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2021.

For more information, contact David Ruskoski at Sponsored by the TCC Faculty Association and the Engaged Learning Division.

How Do the New Accessibility Rules Affect You?

Make sure your course videos are ADA and Section 508 compliant.

This report outlines:

  • Captioning, including several methods with differing speed, accuracy, and cost implications
  • Accessible fonts, colors, and images
  • Video playback options
  • and more...

Get the full report on how to make sure your videos are compliant.

TechSmith Knowmia is the easiest way to create and share videos that improve student success.

Engaged: Oklahoma Higher Education Network

Save the date: Inaugural Annual Symposium
Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

Registration opens soon for this free, virtual event. Get more information about the Oklahoma Higher Education Network Symposium.

Promotion in Rank Workshops: Action Research Process - Portfolios

Infographic Cyclical path or plan, do, check, act and repeat until a problem is solved.

Fall workshops will support the action research process. Additionally, a representative from the Academic Affairs office will be on hand to address technical aspects of the portfolio and other information (beyond action research) required for promotion.

Register in advance for the meetings

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

To request a sign language interpreter, call (918) 595-7428, text (918) 809-1864, or email To request accommodations for mobility issues or other disabilities, call (918) 595-7115 or email Advance notice requested.

Improving the Transfer Student Experience

TCC to University

TCC faculty teaching in a university transfer program are encouraged to join a special professional development event in recognition of National Transfer Student Week. Dr. Janet Marling, Executive Director of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, will provide a presentation on the national landscape of university transfer, including barriers facing students and successful efforts to improve outcomes. The event will also highlight initiatives designed to support transfer students in the Tulsa region.

Friday, Oct. 23

Promotion in Rank to Associate Professor

The Academy for Teaching Excellence, Division of Engaged Learning, and Office for Academic Affairs will host a series of workshops designed to support eligible faculty members with their application process for promotion in rank to Associate Professor. The Promotion in Rank to Associate Professor application for 2020-2021 is due on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at 5 p.m. in iWebfolio. The application process is now open.

Workshop Information:

  • Dates and Times: Thursday, Nov. 5, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Hosted by: Dr. Lisa Gerow, Dr. Penny Stack, Mary Cantrell and Miguel Da Corte
  • Zoom Event Registration:
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
    • This session will be fully recorded and made available via SharePoint.

An additional workshop will take place Jan. 15 at 9:30 a.m. Registration and additional details coming soon. Contact with any questions.

To request a sign language interpreter, call (918) 595-7428, text (918) 809-1864, or email To request accommodations for mobility issues or other disabilities, call (918) 595-7115 or email Advance notice requested.

Engaged Learning - Resources

For more information, please contact or visit one of the following pages:

Health and Wellness

Dimensions of Wellness: Spiritual

Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness is related to your values and beliefs that help you find meaning and purpose in your life. Spiritual wellness may come from activities such as volunteering, self-reflection, meditation, prayer, or spending time in nature. Signs of strong spiritual health include having clear values, a sense of self-confidence, and a feeling of inner peace.
Tips to improve your spiritual wellness:

  • Create a quiet space for solitude and meditation
  • Spend time in nature
  • Reflect on your personal values and beliefs
  • Learn self-acceptance

For more information and resources on the Dimensions of Wellness, please visit our website at


Calm Journal: Equanimity

Equanimity is a state of mental calmness. We experience equanimity when we feel even or composed, especially under trying circumstances. Equanimity teaches us to be with whatever shows up. It helps us notice what shts us down, pushes us away, or tears us wide open. It encourages us to step equally into the clear and the muddy waters, that we stay present with each moment, just as it is.

Inspiration for experiencing equanimity more often:

  • Repeat a mantra, or string of words that helps keep you present.
  • Focus on your breath.
  • Notice when you are feeling hostility, pause, and see if there’s an opportunity to respond with compassion.
  • Practice being present with each moment, just as it is.
  • Ask yourself, “How important is it?"
  • Notice how you’re holding your jaw. Can you soften it?
  • Notice where in your life you’re holding too tightly to something or feeling a lot of aversion. Is it possible to meet these things with great openness?

Self-reflection: When is my sense of equanimity most easily shaken? What do I need to feel more centered?


Final Free-Shirt Friday!

Here’s how it works: The first individual to email with the correct answer to the question below will receive a Stay Well TCC T-shirt! If you missed today’s question, you’ll be entered into the final monthly drawing. Thanks for playing!

Question: Which of the following statements about consent is INCORRECT?

  1. Consent is a mutual agreement between partners about what they want to experience.
  2. Consent does not need to happen every time, especially if you are in a long term committed relationship.
  3. Consent is not a free pass to every act of physical intimacy.
  4. It is not consent if, for any reason, you are afraid or unable to say no.

Answer from last week:
Which of the following are signs that you may need to set healthy boundaries in your relationships?

  1. You never feel taken advantage of.
  2. You put your needs first.
  3. You say yes to others even when you don’t want to.
  4. None of the above.


TCC Live Fitness Classes

TCC Fitness Center Live Fitness Classes

  • Oct. 14, 11:15 a.m.
    Chair Yoga
    Zoom meeting id: 668 304 8723
  • Oct. 15, 12:30 p.m.
    TCC West Campus Facebook Live
  • Oct. 16, 11:15 a.m.
    Power Sculpt
    TCC Metro Campus Facebook Live

Get social with us!


TCC Fitness Group: On-Demand Classes

Crisis Text Line

Free to use for students and employees. 24/7 confidential support. Text RELIEF to 741741.



Years of Service Closing Ceremony

The time has come to close out the 2020 virtual Years of Service celebration. To wrap things up, we have a special video message of appreciation and thanks from Dr. Leigh Goodson and Sandy Cooper, Chief Human Resource Officer. Additionally, we have a few snapshots of some of our honorees and retirees receiving their award, safely.

Thank you to everyone who has made this year’s unique festivities possible: all our casts, crew, and project sponsors from all our videos, along with the Center for Creativity and Human Resources department. We look forward to the day when we can celebrate with everyone in person. Until then, thank you for everything you do and one more time, congratulations to all our honorees!

Special Note of Appreciation:
A huge thank-you to the creative media geniuses, Erin Webb, video editor and Ethan Rolen, video services supervisor. They handled all the “heavy lifting,” bringing all the videos for the YOS celebration to life. What you don’t know is they are incredibly kind and patient as we often have to ask for multiple edits or revisions before each cinematic “debut.” Erin and Ethan consistently demonstrate our value of Excellence is Our Culture behind the scenes so our employees can be in the limelight, and we are grateful for their dedication. The virtual celebration would not have been possible without their help. Thank you, Erin and Ethan!

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is now being offered virtually! Train with us Friday, Oct. 30 and learn the skills to support your community. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 16. Faculty and staff may register via Skillsoft. For questions or additional information, connect with our Mental Health Outreach Coordinator, Shatia Stephens, at

2020-2021 Required Title IX Training Now Available

The 2020-2021 required Title IX training is now available. There are two ways you can complete your Title IX training, and both options area accessible through SkillsSoft and the NEW!! Required Compliance Training Learning Program 2020-21. (This is a live link, sign on to Skillsoft is required.)

Option 1: Complete the Online Title IX course*; or
Option 2: Attend one of the Title IX Live sessions**. Click here and sign into Skillsoft to enroll in a LIVE session.

  • October 20, 1 p.m. (Tuesday)
  • October 30, 9:30 a.m. (Friday)
  • November 11, 3:30 p.m. (Wednesday)
  • November 16, 5:30 p.m. (Monday)
  • December 3, 11:30 a.m. (Thursday)

The U.S. Department of Education released new Title IX regulations on May 6, 2020. For the first time ever, the Department’s Title IX regulations define sexual harassment, including sexual assault, as unlawful sex discrimination. The required Title IX training will go in detail on the new Title IX regulations. The Title IX training is required to be completed by Jun 30, 2021.

*Please note completion of the ONLINE Title IX course will be updated in your Skillsoft Learning Transcript at the beginning of the month following your completion. Please keep a copy of your certificate for your records.

**Should you elect to attend the LIVE session, you will also need to successfully complete the short quiz and view the TCC Title IX Policy and Prohibition Statement, which are also part of Option 2 in the Skillsoft Learning Plan. Updates for your attendance will also be uploaded to your learning transcript within a few days of the LIVE course.

Position Available

Assistant Director Risk Management Occupational Health & Safety
Campus Safety/Compliance

Starting Salary Range: $57,452 - $66,250

Job Summary: Assist with the direction of TCC Health and Safety programs. Plan, organize, and manage the administrative and operational activities of the Health and Safety program including Workers’ Compensation. Direct, implement, and coordinate the enforcement of policies, regulations, and federal, state and local laws as they pertain to Health and Safety compliance to achieve and ensure a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Full-time employees of the college may contact Human Resources at for the link to apply.

Training Opportunities

Supervisor Fundamentals
Thursday mornings, Oct. 22 - Nov. 19, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

This course is for first-time supervisors or those new to TCC. It will cover the employee life cycle, compliance and legal topics, Situational Leadership overview, time management fundamentals, giving and receiving Feedback. Participants will experience different modalities of learning: classroom, online, self-study, and more. This is a pre-or post-requisite for Leadership Academy Level I (formerly Supervisor 101).

Tips and Tricks for Zoom Meetings Level I
Oct. 28, 9 - 11 a.m.

This is a replay of sessions offered over the summer. If you need to learn some of the set up features for creating more interactive and fun meetings using Zoom, enroll! The class will cover set-up, security, whiteboard, sharing screens, response features, polling, break-outs and more!

To see these and other Online Live training options visit Skillsoft ILT. As always, please contact Mary Sirkel for more training opportunities and requests.


Answers from the Day ... Issue ... Before

Wherein we ask you a question and you give us an answer.

Huh. Well, this is weird. I usually use this space for the lead-in to the QotD. Tone setting syllables, as it were. But today, there's no tone to set, no question to preface. It's a little sad-ish. Don't worry about the QotD. It'll still be there, even for you students, but we need to pause while we recalibrate our channels.

Wednesday's Answers (the cheesy childhood question):

"I still sleep with a soft cuddly blanket on my bed every night, even if it's 400 degrees outside. Also, I love watching Scooby Doo reruns..."
Lisa Haldeman, Library

"I will take it you mean cheese as in the cheddar type ... not the corny type ... and cheesiest would be not what tasted the best, but what had the most cheese. So by process of my probably flawed logic the answer would be ... a chunk of government cheese."
Brett Hastings, TCC Bookstore

"What comes to mind are the cheesy but memorable (and educational!) Time for Timer and Schoolhouse Rock spots. When my daughter was in the 8th grade, she had to memorize the preamble to the Constitution -- Schoolhouse Rock to the rescue!"
Jona Schweinberg, Academic Affairs

"The cheesiest thing I remember from my childhood I really loved was the Schoolhouse Rock animated shorts that they played during Saturday morning cartoons. I learned a LOT from those things - I can still SING the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, I know how a bill becomes a law, "Conjunction Junction," "Interjections," and "The Shot Heard Round the World." I even bought these on VHS for my kids when they were little. In my humble opinion, Saturday morning programming should STILL play these for kids today!"
Tracy Jackson, SCMA

"Making up many silly games with my siblings. Playing tag outside while only being allowed to stay on shadows. One of my favorites is probably known to many as 'Lava.' We removed lava and replaced it with Tremors. For those that don't know, it's basically standing and jumping on furniture without touching the ground or the 'Lava/Tremors' will get you. LOL."
Randii Harrald, Wellness Services

You know I meant corny, bro, so you just got bro'd. A lot of Schoolhouse Rock showing up. They still play those before school at Carnegie Elementary. The tweenager heard them almost every day before school for at least three years.

I think the stuff I still like that is super corny would be old movies ... actually, you know what, I do not currently have the mental or emotional capacity to come up with something corny from my childhood. I should've answered this Tuesday when I wrote the question. I mean, I'm not gonna lie, if those old G.I. Joe cartoons were on, I'd probably plop down and watch an hour or two. And bad '80s movies.

Okay, gang, the QotD will return in some form in other formats next week. See you on the flip side. - Editor

Lightsaber IRL

These guys again. The Main Squeeze covering The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." I shared another of their covers early, the Pink Floyd song with the amazing guitar solo this guy totally killed. I'm going to have to break down and send these dudes some money. I'd put this up there with the one Prince did. Just sayin'.

Poorly Drawn Lines

Poorly Drawn Lines Comic

Panel 1

An outdoor cat speaks to a cat that sits inside a window: Come with me and you'll see the front yard, the world, and maybe even the universe.

Panel 2

Indoor cat responds: No.

Coffee is a Hug in a Mug

The Bullet Point Cafe. Coffee is a hug in a mug. Bullet points are more efficient than paragraphs

  • There's this thing called Canva. It's basically a fill-in-the-blanks sort of graphic design solution.
  • Kind of a "When you need a graphic but totally forgot to do a Gameplan request but still know better than to use Microsoft Publisher" thing.
  • They have a ton of templates with pre-done copy, slogans and whatnot.
  • Bunch o' random stuff.
  • Which as it turns out is pretty fantastic for my random bullet points, so henceforth, I'm stealing titles and cheesy graphics for the bullet lists from these things.
  • Coffee is a hug in a mug, indeed.
  • We have a College-wide subscription to Adobe Creative Suite, which is a box full of graphics and publications magic.
  • However, the learning curve is steep.
  • That's not a good reason not to learn, however. Good to have a variety of skills these days.
  • Full disclosure: I'm way overly excited to get you guys moved to TCC Today. No more of this MailChimp nonsense. Let's do this stuff real-time with some community feedback.
  • If you're not already, get REGISTERED Monday asap.
  • So, "Surge Capacity" is a thing. Rang a lot of bells reading this.
  • Sorry that it is long. Also sorry it did not have a TL;DR summary.
  • (Too Long; Didn't Read)
  • Which is pretty much what my wife does whenever I forward her stuff to read.
  • And probably what you guys do with these longer bullet lists.
  • !

Yard sign in front of a house reads: Presidents are temporary. Wu-tang is forever

I took this on my post-work walk Wednesday evening. By Thursday at lunch, someone had stolen it. This is why we can't have nice things. #WuTang4Evr

Audience Participation

If you have something to share with the TCC Community - thoughts, pictures, links, recipes - send them our way at


A two lane road disapears into the distance under a canopy of golden orange trees with snowy evergreens on montains in the distance.

Your Friday Dose of the Serenity. I want to drive my car down that road right then. By @ryanresatka.