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TCC 50 Notable Alumni: Paula Marshall

As Bama’s Board Chair and CEO, Paula helps provide strategic leadership and direction to the entire organization. Her vision stands as a beacon for Bama team members, inspiring the organization to achieve the Bama mission – “People Helping People Be Successful...with caring and accountability.”

Paula joined the Bama Companies during her high school years and assumed responsibility as Chair & CEO in 1990, which now includes Bama Pie, Bama Foods, Bama Frozen Dough, 25% owner of Bama China and Bama Europa. In 2018, Bama acquired a 25% interest in a UK company named Evron Foods. They provide bread for Subway in the UK.

Under her leadership Bama has expanded to provide a wide variety of hand-held specialty baked goods to fast food chains around the world.

An author of four books, Paula most recently co-authored The Executive Entrepreneur with New York Times bestselling author Jim Stovall.


Beginning now, 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

Commencement Update

In case you missed it this summer, the College is having a first-ever Fall Commencement ceremony Friday, December 13, 7 p.m., at the Pavilion at Expo Square.

The fall ceremony had been requested for some time, says Jenifer Beatie, TCC dean of student affairs. She hopes faculty and staff can help guide students to the December event.

"If there were stragglers, or people who graduated in July and didn't get to participate in the May, we want them to have the opportunity to walk in December so they can celebrate their accomplishment with their families," says Beatie.

In the spring, commencement is scheduled for May 9, also at the Pavilion, and will continue to be divided into two sessions. Faculty and professional staff are required to attend both fall and spring ceremonies.

“We learned a lot from our first go round of having two separate ceremonies,” says Beatie. “We’re assessing everything from the sound and lights to which schools should be paired together.”

Students need to apply to walk by Nov. 1. 

TCC Hosting Fulbright Scholar from Northern Ireland

Dr. Kendra Reynolds, a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Northern Ireland, joins TCC for the 2019-20 academic year.

Reynolds will teach a Spring 2020 Honors ENGL 1213 class and be on TCC’s campuses for both the fall and spring semesters delivering public presentations and participating in the life of the College.

Like TCC’s previous Fulbright Scholars, Reynolds will split her time between TCC and the University of Tulsa, where she will teach creative writing courses.

Read More Regarding Fulbright Scholar

Employee Wellness: Suicide Prevention Month

Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.

  • Hope Can Happen: Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.
  • We Can All Take Action: Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.
  • Crisis Centers are Critical: By offering immediate counseling to everyone that may need it, local crisis centers provide invaluable support at critical times and connect individuals to local services.

More information including risk factors and warning signs can be found here:

Upcoming FREE Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunities Oct. 11 and Oct. 25, 2019
To sign up for training via Skillsoft, login to MyTCC, select Skillsoft. You'll find the course listed under Instructor Led Training.


  • BHS Employee Assistance Program: Licensed counselors are accessible on a 24 - 7 basis by calling 1-(800) 327-2251. 
  • Crisis Text Line: Text RELIEF to 741741 for free, 24/7, confidential support. 
  • COPES: If you're in crisis and need immediate help, adults and children can call COPES at (918) 744-4800. 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-(800) 273-TALK (8255)

Selecting the Next Common Book

The Common Book Program is soliciting nominations for the next Common Book. Nominations are open through Sept. 27th and can be submitted at this link. Particular attention will be paid to books that relate thematically to the Tulsa race massacre. 

Updates and Events

Tulsa Run (or Walk!)

TCC is a presenting sponsor of this year's Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run on Saturday, October 26th. As a presenting sponsor, we receive a few perks and we're passing them on to you. This is the final week to win free entries.

Also! All TCC campus provosts have agreed to be our Celebrity Runners/Walkers. We'll have detailed info on their training journeys in the near future!

Between now and Sept. 27, we'll be giving away two FREE entries per week! Each entry can be used for the 2k, 5k, or 15k race. Whatever distance you choose is up to you, but if you win, you have to use the entry; it can't be passed on to someone else.

  • Still a chance at 2 free entries! 
  • We will be hosting our Cheer Party again at the C4C the morning of the run. More info coming soon!
  • Training Programs for the 5k and 15 k races
  • Locked in prices with $10 discount code: TulsaRunTCC. This is good for the first 100 people who register for one of the distances: 2K $10; 5K $25; 15K $40; Double 15K and 5K, $50.

You must use this link to get the locked in prices! Also, if you have already registered but would like to take advantage of these discounts, please email or to get a refund processed.

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:

  • 9/23, 2 - 2:30 p.m., Northeast Campus Seminar Center AB121
  • 10/4, 8:15 - 8:45 a.m., Metro Campus Student Union Commons (tentative pending construction dates)
  • 10/4, 9:15 - 9:45 a.m., Metro Campus Student Union Commons (tentative pending construction dates)
  • 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

OACC Support Staff Personal Development 2019

Sept. 27
Rose State College, Professional Training Center

Becky Wood will deliver the keynote presentation, "Insight Personality Assessment: 'It's about Fusion ... not CONfusion.'" Wood, founder of "Looking in .... Looking Out," has more than 30 years' experience in assisting individuals in their pursuit of success in life and work. As a nationally-certified trainer/facilitator with Insight Learning Foundation, Wood never tires of teaching the importance of "personality intelligence" as a means of interpersonal connections.

Learn more about the conference here. For more information, contact Jennifer at, or call (405) 736-0294.

Smart Start Update (and corrected dates)

Reminder to those of you with Allied Health students ... Smart Start will provide TCC students with a realistic view of competitive admission processes and the commitment required to be successful in Allied Health programs. There are two Smart Start Orientation programs scheduled for Fall 2019:

Sept. 19: Check-in, 5:30 p.m., Orientation, 6 to 8 p.m. 
Sept. 20: Check-in, 11:30 a.m., Orientation, 12 to 2 p.m. 

Beginning this Fall, new students who declare any Allied Health major as an applicant, will be required to attend Smart Start. There will be an online orientation available to students who are unable to attend. At Smart Start students will…..

Attend a general session that will cover information essential to all allied health applicants 
Attend a breakout session that will give more specific information about your major or area of interest
Meet Program Directors, Faculty, Advisors, and Career Development Specialists in Allied Health

Students may register for Smart Start with this link:

Employee Wellness Fairs Continue This Week

The College will host the first ever annual Employee Wellness Fair at all campus locations next week. Insurance vendors, dietitians, chiropractors, fitness specialists and various other wellness individuals will be available to assist employees in overall health and wellness needs.

EMPLOYEE FLU SHOTS will be Administered During This Time.

Employees must bring their BCBS insurance card to receive the flu shot at no cost. Employees should check with their supervisor regarding scheduling before attending the Wellness fair. Wellness Fairs will be hosted the following days, times and locations:

Northeast Campus - Tuesday, Sept. 17, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Glass Hallway near Fitness Center in Student Union
Conference Center - Tuesday, September 17, 1:30 to 5 p.m., Room 211/213
Southeast Campus - Wednesday, September 18, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Chat Room, Bldg. 9

Make plans to attend!

Signature Symphony Presents Tchaikovsky 5

September 28, 7:30 p.m.
VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education

“The number five is a common theme this season as I mark my fifth season as Signature Symphony’s music director. To help celebrate, I have chosen three iconic Fifth Symphonies, starting with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor,” said Andrés Franco, Signature Symphony at TCC music director. 

Also part of the evening, Russian composer, Mikhail Glinka and the Overture from his opera “Ruslan and Lyudmila.” Then the music shifts to the U.S. as the featured guest artist, Jeff Midkiff, performs his own mandolin concerto, “From the Blue Ridge,” which blends bluegrass, jazz and swing influences. 

“Midkiff is a wonderful mandolin player, and Signature Symphony is thrilled to be the first orchestra in Oklahoma to feature his original concerto,” said Franco. 

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 Sept. 26, 2019.

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we’re offering TCC employees 50% off their tickets! Use the discount code: TCC50. Tickets can be purchased online at, or over the phone at (918) 595-7777. Tickets are $20-$42.

Censorship Leaves U.S. in the Dark

Banned Books week is a time to celebrate our incredible freedom to read whatever we wish.  This is a freedom, however, that requires constant mindfulness, for censorship comes from many sources … including the United States government.

Join the TCC Library as they present a brief history of censorship in the United States during the 20th and 21st centuries. The focus of this presentation is on historical and present-day awareness of government censorship. Subject material will span from the Alien and Sedition Acts of the 18th century to the modern-day censorship of government agency reports.

Classes are invited to attend.

Where:  Southeast Chat Room, Room 9100
When: Monday, Sept. 23, 12 pm

Festival Americas

Sept. 21, 4 - 10 p.m.
Guthrie Green
Free to attend

Celebrate the rich culture of the Americas. Music. Food. Art.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Informational Meetings

Honors Coordinator Allen Culpepper will conduct information sessions about the application process for the nation's largest transfer scholarship. Meetings will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, in the Metro Campus Student Union room 214; and at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Southeast Campus Student Union Chat Room. To read about the scholarship, visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Last Call: Vision Dinner 2019 Tickets

The Tulsa Community College Foundation announced Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith as the recipient of the 2019 Vision in Education Leadership Award. Karen is being honored for her community leadership and for her consistent championing of education.

The Vision Dinner is the TCC Foundation’s only annual fundraising event. Each year the Vision Dinner provides key support for student scholarships, competitive academic conferences for students, presentations by noted scholars, and enhancements in the classroom to propel our students to graduation and success.

This year's Vision Dinner takes place Sept. 19 at the Cox Business Center. The reception begins at 6 p.m., with the program at 7 p.m. Business attire required. Complimentary valet parking is available.

Tickets for employees and retirees are $75. Please contact Jeanne Blackwell at x7836 or email for tickets.

World Traveler's Phrasebook

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

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

  • Sept. 24, German with Christopher Day
  • Oct. 15, French with Francoise Sullivan
  • Oct. 22, Spanish with Cathy Campbell
  • Nov. 5, American Sign Language with Rhonda Wilhite
  • Nov. 12, Italian with Pamela Chew
  • Nov. 19, Chinese with Qi Groves

Questions? (918) 595-7697 or visit

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:

  • 9/20: Concur Travel System Training, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Northeast Campus
  • 9/23: Title IX Training in Person FY 19/20, 2 - 2:30 p.m., Northeast 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! Sept. 23, attend "I Can't Shrink Myself" with Fab Lab. The workshop starts at noon in the McKeon Center for Creativity. All supplies provided.

Listen Up: The Big Blue Podcast

TCC President and CEO Leigh Goodson and Southeast Provost Greg Stone chatted with new Faculty Association President Dr. Ureka Williams, TCC associate professor of English.  

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

Vesta VanTrease Lectureship: Melissa Elmira Yingst

"The Power of Media in our Community"

Sept. 23
Reception, 6 p.m.
Presentation, 7 p.m.
Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity

Presented in ASL. Voice interpreters provided. To request accommodations for other disabilities, call (918) 595-7115 (voice) or email Advance notice requested.

In The News

The Recap

TCC Mission & Vision

Tulsa Community College's Mission, Vision, Beliefs and Values

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 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.

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. 

Report It!

Did you know Report IT! is a link 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 Student Conduct & Community Standards 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 TCC Director of Conduct & Community Standards Andrea Schroyer 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.

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