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TCC 50 Notable Alumni: Pamela Ballard

Attending college had always been a dream for Pamela. However, with a job and three children, her dream had taken a back seat. Then, with her oldest daughter in college, she knew if she was ever going to reach her goal, she had to act. She persevered earning her degree nine years after she first started college and along the way she began to see greater possibilities.

“While I had always liked school, Tulsa Community College made me fall in love with learning,” she said. “My confidence level soared with the attainment of an associate degree, which I received the same day as my oldest daughter.” Pamela continued her education and was named the Outstanding Senior at OU’s College of Liberal Studies, before earning a master’s degree in Human Relations with an Emphasis in Community Service and a Concentration in Organizational Studies. Her education allowed her to pursue her “calling” in nonprofit management. She has served as the CEO for United Way of Northwestern Oklahoma, the CEO for Susan G. Komen Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma, and is currently the CEO for the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa.

Pamela’s passion for her communities has led her to start an inter-generational arts program, an outdoor camp for children with autism, and a community-wide effort to build an early childhood education center. She has served as a commissioner for Oklahoma AmeriCorps for 23 years through the Oklahoma Community Service Commission and is a Leadership Oklahoma Class of 30 graduate. Pam is also Certified Nonprofit Executive, a Certified Nonprofit Consultant, and holds a certification in Human Resource Management.

Pamela has written a children’s book on volunteering and giving with her granddaughter Cloe’ as the illustrator. When she isn’t working on community issues, Pamela enjoys time with her family, baking award-winning pies, and occasionally skydiving.


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

This Week

October TCC Board Meeting Recap | United Way Campaign | Chemistry and Biology Lab Renovation Complete | Tulsa Run

Updates & Events

Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications | Mission Forward: The Strategic Plan | Courageous Conversations | College-wide Required Title IX Training | TCC Talks | World Traveler's Phrasebook | TRIO Open House | Training Opportunities | I Can't | The Big Blue Podcast | In the News

The Recap

Firearms Not Allowed on TCC Campuses | Adding the TCC 50th Anniversary Logo to Your Signature in Outlook | The Week Submission Information | Cost Savings Survey | Community Magazine

October 2019 TCC Board Meeting

The TCC Board of Regents meeting took place last Thursday at the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum where Board members and attendees had the opportunity to attend the TCC50 exhibit, which celebrates 50 years of TCC history.

The Board also met in special session earlier in the day to hear a presentation from Esmeralda Hernandez-Hamed from the University of Southern California’s Center for Urban Education (CUE) about equity and inclusion. The presentation included an update on the College’s work with CUE, as well as discussion regarding the role of the Board in advancing equity-minded practices at the College.

The meeting included a presentation of the College’s financial audit, updates on various capital improvement projects, and the presentation of a Challenge Coin to Thomas Wallis, TCC international student coordinator.

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So Close ... TCC United Way Campaign Almost to Goal

It’s not too late to contribute to TCC’s United Way Campaign! We’re almost there – the goal is $60,000 and we are at $59,220. Are you going to be the one to put us over the top?

If you’d like to contribute, contact Tammy Upshaw at for a pledge card or go online, and click the Donate Now button. Be sure to indicate that your gift is to be counted in an organizational campaign and write in Tulsa Community College.


Interactive Periodic Table

Tulsa Community College students Renole Ceesay and Abigail Williams, enrolled in General Chemistry 1, are already benefiting from the newly remodeled Chemistry and Biology Labs on the TCC Metro Campus. The took a break from their studies to look at the new interactive periodic table at the entrance to the Chemistry labs showcasing chemical elements, real examples of where they are found and how they are used.

Chemistry and Biology Lab Renovation Complete

Tulsa Community College celebrates the grand opening of a $2.5 million renovation of three Biology and Chemistry labs at the Metro Campus. The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation provided a $1 million gift and the Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation provided a $300,000 gift specifically for the project through the $20 million Clearing the Pathway: The Campaign for Completion.

“These new labs, in partnership with our generous donors, are designed to provoke thought and enhance understanding, which is a critical piece for career achievement,” said TCC President & CEO Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D. “TCC is committed to building student success through education, whether they go directly from an associate degree to the workforce or transfer to a four-year university. We are grateful for the community’s support and investment in our students.”

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Thanks to All Our Tulsa Run Participants!

TCC Provosts Angela Sivadon, Greg Stone, Kristopher Copeland, and Eunice Tarver crushed the 2019 Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run!

Tulsa Community College was a presenting sponsor of the 2019 Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run on Oct. 26. Thank you to all our participants who ran, walked or cheered!

More than 52 people walked or ran as part of the TCC team, including:
Carmelia Brossett, Jennifer Barclay, Melissa Schad, Pam Kannady, Mary Cantrell, Elyssa Hornbeck, Qi Moss, Rebecca Moss, Amanda Bailey, David Bailey, Andy Snap, Ted Bachmann, Greg Stone, Angela Sivadon, Paula Settoon, Kristopher Copeland, Laura McNeese, Kurt Nielson, Lauren Tripplehorn, Jacob Coombs, Jennifer Nielson, Samantha Clifford, Dayann Pineda, Joanna Geist, Danger Geist, Nathan Kuntz, Jenny Wang, Julie Porterfield, Justin Porterfield, Alex Haga, Kelly Williams, Ethan Markwardt, Chandra Carpenter, Mike Logan, Rob Katz, Beth Wild, Brandon Williams, Wiley White, Jennifer Barth, Brian Barth, Amy Rubottom, Angela Shoulders, Julie Luscomb, Alli Zingo, Amanda McDaniel, Darlene Thompson, Demetrius Bereolos, Briana Hefley, Brent Shepard, Cat Rockholt, Kenda Morgan, and John Morgan.

Updates and Events

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.

Mission Forward: The Strategic Plan

Work has begun to update the College’s Strategic Plan. Much like last year’s Mission, Vision, Beliefs and Values process, planning and feedback-gathering will take place this fall, with writing and vetting in the spring 2020.

“Now that we have an updated mission statement, we want to carry our mission Forward and revise the Strategic Plan,” says Lindsay White, TCC senior strategy advisor to the president. “An important part of this process is hearing from various stakeholders regarding their expectations and vision for what the college should be doing to further our mission of building success through education.”

The Strategic plan committee will be conducting feedback sessions for various employee groups-for the Supervisors and Budget Owners, Full-Time Faculty, and all other staff (part-time adjuncts, part-time staff and non-SABO staff). If you can’t attend a session, and would like to provide input via the suggestion box use this link.

Session Details and Sign-up Links

Courageous Conversations

Two-Part Training Session
Please join us for an enlightening training opportunity that focuses on building the skills necessary for engaging in high-stakes conversations while maintaining integrity and respect for all. Participants will engage in practical techniques that will encourage introspective reflection, examination of diverse perspectives, and the opportunity to form relationships and trust across differences.

When: Thursday, Nov. 14, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. & Friday, Nov. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: NEC Provost Conference Room, A-108
Additional details: Breakfast and lunch will be provided during both sessions. Please RSVP with by Wednesday, Nov. 7. Limited seating available and participants must attend both sessions to complete the training.

College-wide Required Title IX Training

Title IX training is part of your required annual compliance training for FY 2019-20. You may complete the course either online or in person. The live course dates are as follows:

  • 10/29, 2 - 2:30 p.m., West Campus Auditorium SC110

  • 11/12, 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Southeast Campus Auditorium SC9101

  • 12/3, 2 – 2:30 p.m., Metro Campus Auditorium MP110

TCC Talks: A Student's Perspective

Nov. 6, Metro Campus, McKeon Center for Creativity
12:30 - 1 p.m.

Presented by TCC Student Life. Free snacks!

For accommodations contact Education Access Center, (918) 595-7115 or email For sign language interpreter, contact the Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at (918) 595-7428 (voice), (918) 809-1864 (text) or email


World Traveler's Phrasebook

Learn words and phrases that will help you talk with locals during your travels. Free and open to the public.

  • Nov. 5, American Sign Language with Rhonda Wilhite

  • Nov. 12, Italian with Pamela Chew

  • Nov. 19, Chinese with Qi Groves

6-7 p.m. (All Dates)
Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity
TCC Metro Campus, 10th & Boston

Questions? (918) 595-7697 or visit

First Generation Celebration TRIO SSS Open House

Nov. 8
TRIO Learning Center, MC306

Do your parents have a Bachelor's degree or higher? No? Then you are a first-generation college student. Be the first to finish in your family with free support and services from TRIO.

Help us get the word out to students.

Lunch & Learn: What's Cool About IT?

Nov. 5, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Southeast Campus, Building 9, Chat Room

Guest speaker Rita Robbins covers "What's cool about IT? Is it for you, too?" Robbins is a senior program manager at Microsoft and Master Trainer of Trainers, Standards and Governance.

Lunch provided by student life.

Training Opportunities

Make sure you check Skillsoft for the latest professional development and training opportunities. Log into MyTCC and click on Skillsoft to see what's new!

Upcoming Instructor-Led Training Opportunities:

  • 10/29: Title IX Training in Person, 2 - 2:30 p.m., West Campus
  • 10/30: Concur Travel System Training, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., West Campus
  • 10/30: Supervisor Fundamentals, 12:30 - 4 p.m., Conference Center
  • 10/31: Banner 9 for Schedule Builders, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Conference Center
  • 10/31: Banner 9 for Schedule Builders, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Conference Center

To learn more about these courses 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.

I Can't Workshops

Think you can't do something? Think again! Nov. 4, join us for "I Can't Make Music" with ahha Tulsa. The workshop begins at noon in the McKeon Center for Creativity. All supplies provided.

Listen Up: The Big Blue Podcast

In this week's Big Blue Podcast, Southeast Provost Greg Stone and special guest host Nicole Burgin, TCC media relations manager, are joined by Dr. Debbie Deibert, TCC associate professor in child development, to talk about faculty promotion in rank.

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 in podcast format on Spotify and iTunes.

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The Recap

Firearms Not Allowed on TCC Campuses

House Bill 2597, also known as the "constitutional carry" bill, goes into effect November 1, 2019. It allows Oklahomans, age 21 and older, to carry a firearm without a permit. In addition, veterans, active duty and reserve military members, age 18 and over, can carry a firearm without a permit. Existing provisions allowing private property owners to prohibit firearms are maintained under the bill including the ability of higher education institutions like TCC to limit the carry of firearms on campuses.

The TCC Board of Regents approved the 2019-2020 Board of Regents Policy Manual at its September meeting including revisions to the Safety and Security General Policies. BR.14.H – Weapons, Firearms, Ammunition, Fireworks, and Explosives and Dangerous Chemical provides for such limitations and is consistent with the new state law.

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:

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

The Week Submission Information

If you have something you think would be great for inclusion in The Week, send it to no later than noon of the Friday before the week you'd like it included. Anything submitted after the deadline might not make it in.

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.

Check out TCC's Community Magazine

The Fall 2019 issue of Community Magazine is out now! Download it here!