Faculty Geared Up for Fall Semester

Professional Development Week at TCC’s Northeast Campus may have sounded like a soap opera, but when faculty gathered Aug. 17 for “The Days of Our Lives,” the script for fall semester preparation called for tales of adventure and lessons in fun. Highlights included “Riding the Weightless Wonder,” a presentation by associate professor Ray Benge, a 2009 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for  Exemplary Teaching. Benge told of his participation in a one-day flight as part of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program in January. Faculty also had a chance to see how smooth they were on their feet when dance professor Linda Quinn stirred things up with salsa dance lessons. Faculty on other campuses geared up as well with activities that included seminars on topics such as social media. Northwest faculty heard from guest speaker Jon Perry about those new communication tools while TCC Webmaster David Wissore presented “The New TCC Web Site: I Can’t Find Anything! Help!” to South faculty members. Reviewing best practices and division training and activities kept faculty at the Southeast Campus in Arlington busy. As the new kid on the block, Trinity River Campus planned two weeks of activities to get faculty and staff ready for its first full semester. Events included a scavenger hunt, an ice cream social and a Disney Academy. Trinity River staff shared a snapshot of their Disney experience at the Chancellor’s Breakfast with their sing-spelling of “Trinity River” to the tune of the “Mickey Mouse Club” theme song.