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The Week@TCC

June 11, 2019

Signature Symphony Music Director Announces Departure After 2019-2020 Season

Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College will begin a national search for a new music director with the announcement that Andrés Franco is leaving in 2020. The 2019-2020 season marks Franco’s fifth and final season with the professional orchestra. This news follows his recent promotion to Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and his decision to focus on other aspects of his career.
“While Signature Symphony is thrilled to see Andrés’ success and professional achievement, it also means he will be finishing his tenure with us,” said Kelly Clark, TCC Dean Visual & Performing Arts. “I could not be happier for Andrés as this is a very exciting step in his career and we have been fortunate to have this rising star working with our orchestra for five wonderful years.”
A national search will be launched and will be modeled similar to the process used when Franco was hired following the retirement of Signature Symphony founder Barry Epperley. A committee comprised of Signature Symphony Advisory Board members, Signature musicians, Signature chorale members, TCC staff and community members will be involved with the selection process.          

Read More: Andrés Franco Departure

First to Finish First Gen Students: Breaking Ground Reaching Goals, and Shaping Futures

First to Finish

Were you a first-generation student?  Career Services is launching a new campaign this fall for first-generation students called "First to Finish!" Our goal is to better reach and provide resources for first-generation students at TCC. We welcome the opportunity for faculty and staff who were also first-generation students to be involved in First to Finish!
If you were a first-generation student and would be interested in sharing your story with us, contact Heather Crain at

Training Opportunities and Deadlines

As a reminder, all TCC employees are required to have completed their mandatory training by the end of the month. Log into Skillsoft and check out your Learning Plan.

Additionally, if you are traveling for the College, you need to have completed Concur Travel System Training. There is a session today at 1 p.m., and one tomorrow at 1 p.m. Log in to Skillsoft to enroll and see the details. There are also upcoming sessions later in the month.

You can sign up for these courses via Skillsoft. Login to MyTCC, select Skillsoft. You'll find the course listed under Instructor Led Training. 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. 

Updates and Events

4th on the 3rd

July 3, 7:30 p.m.
Vantrease PACE

Start your Independence Day celebration with Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College and the sounds of America’s beloved patriotic music. The annual 4th on the 3rd Concert is as traditional as grilling out or watching fireworks but in air-conditioned comfort.

The celebration of America’s independence is a Tulsa tradition and fun for the entire family. During the concert, we will honor the men and women of our armed forces, both past and present. Musical selections include “Armed Forces Salute,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “God Bless America,” and “A Salute to the Big Bands.”

The evening will feature Dennis Crookedacre, the 2019 Tulsa Sings! fan favorite, as well as the Signature Chorale. Plus, the guest conductor for the concert is Lauren Green, a Signature Symphony musician as well as the music director and conductor of the Bartlesville Symphony.

Make plans now to join us for this rousing celebration of the red, white, and blue!

Listen Up: The Big Blue Podcast

In the latest Big Blue Podcast, Southeast Campus Provost Dr. Greg Stone and TCC President Leigh Goodson chatted with Dr. Suzanne Reese, associate professor and director of physical therapy assistant clinical education before she leaves TCC for new opportunities. 

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.

Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids

TCC Summer Theatre Camps Wildy Popular

Tulsa Children’s Summer Theatre Camp has continued to grow in popularity with the largest number of children participating this summer since it was established in 2014.

The two-week camps, sponsored by Tulsa Community College Departments of Theatre and Music, offer local children the opportunities to learn the basics of improvisational comedy and musical theatre. At the end of the two-week camp, the kids get the chance to perform what they’ve learned for their friends and family.

“Getting children to explore and experience improv, music, and theatre builds confidence in themselves and I believe it is so important at a young age. The arts have proven to help students succeed in the classroom,” says Mark Frank.

Read More on 101Dalmatians Kids

TCC Memorabilia Needed for 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Old TJC furniture, teaching equipment, programs, plaques, uniforms/clothes, posters, photos, signs … you name it, we want it to help to relive our history at the 50th anniversary exhibit, which will be unveiled at the Tulsa Historical Society Museum later this year. The display will be open to the public and include TJC/TCC memorabilia, artifacts and photos through the decades. These items may be loaned or donated by contacting our archivist, Andy Taylor, at Northeast Campus,

TCC 50: Notable Alumni

Faculty and staff, do you remember your favorite students? Whether they’ve become famous, impacted a community need, or changed the lives of their family and friends, we want to know their stories.

As part of our 50th-anniversary celebration, we’re going to identify 50 notable alumni who have made a difference in the world and celebrate their contributions. We just need you to tell us who they are. 

Submit nominations online at


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The Recap

Common Book Program Arrives

Beginning Fall 2019, the First Year Experience Seminar (COLL 1002) will become College Success (COLL 1003). The course will extend from 10 to 16 weeks, and count for three credit hours. The changes have been made to incorporate the College’s first ever Public Good-Reads, a common book program funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

A common book program provides a shared foundation for students to engage with ideas and perspectives that can be very different from their own, leading to intellectual conversation and personal growth. It promotes a collective understanding of the human experience and can increase civic engagement and awareness of social issues.

Read More: Common Book Program Arrives, Brings Changes to First-Year Experience

New Employee Relief Fund

TCC Human Resources, in partnership with the Tulsa Community Foundation, announced the Employee Relief Fund, a new resource available to full-time employees.

The fund is meant to provide financial relief in the event of an unexpected tragedy or emergency.

Eligible employees may apply for a monetary grant that if approved will be paid directly to the vendor (mortgage company, utility company, hospital, funeral home, etc.) on the employee’s behalf.

TCF works with each applicant locally, nationally, and internationally to understand the situation and provide assistance according to program guidelines, while also suggesting additional community resources that may be available to help meet your needs.

The Staff Council, Professional Staff Association, TCC Foundation, Tulsa Community Foundation, and the Human Resources leadership team worked together to make the fund a reality.

Eligibility Requirements and How To Apply

The New Community Magazine is Out Now!

The latest issue of Community Magazine is out now! Inside, you'll find:

  • The lowdown on TCC's Faculty Design Institute
  • Faculty Association President Kirk Brewer's five favorite places to eat in Tulsa
  • Scenes from the Tulsa Run
  • Notes from one TCC student's experience at NASA
  • A Q&A with Moises Echeverria, CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice
  • TCC's efforts to increase awareness on mental health issues

TCC is Smoke-Free

Tulsa Community College prohibits smoking or the use of tobacco products on all property owned, leased or contracted for use by Tulsa Community College. This includes both indoor and outdoor areas such as, but not limited to, classrooms, laboratories, offices, work areas, vestibules, hallways, enclosed walkways, restrooms, elevators, stairwells, sidewalks, parking lots, and green spaces, etc. This policy also includes vehicles owned, leased, or rented for College business. If you have reports of individuals smoking on campus, please report it to HR.

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Report It!

Did you know Report IT! is a resource that allows students to report by category (grade appeals, academic concern, acts of discrimination, sexual misconduct or stalking, student conduct violation, individual/or service area concern) any concern they have about TCC? These concerns are reviewed by the Director of Judicial Affairs and referred to the office that can best address the concern. Report IT! is on our home page under Student Resources and report a concern.

For more information, please contact Lennette Lawless, Director of Judicial Affairs at (918) 595-7897.

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 cost saving ideas.