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Toro Touts is back to bring you even more exciting news from the TCC community! This month we take a peek at the accomplishments of our faculty and staff and encourage you to give your colleagues a pat on the back by leaving a comment in the space provided below. To submit the latest from your corner of TCC, use the News Alert form and let us tout your news!

Angela Robinson
Angela Robinson

Robinson Named 2012 Power Attorney

Vice Chancellor for Administration and General Counsel Angela Robinson was named a 2012 Power Attorney by the Fort Worth Business Press and will attend a special luncheon at the Fort Worth Club on Oct. 11 at 11:30 a.m.  Power Attorneys are selected based on peer recognition, reputation and professional achievement.

TR’s Munoz, Garcia, and Menchaca Panelists at Project MALES Summit

Robert Muñoz, Vice President for Continuing Education Services, Hector Menchaca, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Serafin Garcia, Coordinator of Community Outreach and Service Learning, attended the University of Texas Latino Male Symposium in Austin and represented TCC/TR in roundtable discussions at the Project MALES Summit. The symposium, in its second year, focused on Latino male success in college and was attended by 250 school administrators, students and community leaders.

Bledsoe Named Fellow for Texas Project for Human Rights Education

Southeast developmental English instructor Candice Bledsoe was recently named one of six 2012 fellows for the Texas Project for Human Rights Education, a program funded by the Boone Family Foundation of Dallas and overseen by the Embrey Human Rights Program with SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Science.  The program aims to expand human rights education and provides professors with a $20,000 stipend to conduct research and find ways to include human rights studies into their different academic areas.

Bledsoe was recognized as a result of her work with the Poetic Diamonds and the Cutting Edge Youth Summit, which she founded.  The Poetic Diamonds and Cutting Edge Youth Summit assists girls, minorities, and economically disadvantaged youth with their written and oral communication skills to help students in the areas of mentorship, leadership, and scholarship.

Jackie Washington
Jackie Washington

Washington Takes on Leadership Opportunities

Northeast Vice President of Continuing Education Services Jackie Washington recently had the opportunity to participate in many leadership programs. She was accepted to the Future Presidents Institute, a week-long leadership program sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges, and furthermore, presented with Larry Darlage, Northeast campus president, and Harry Johnson, Northeast coordinator of special projects, at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s 34th annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas. Washington also participated in the 2012 Leadership Northeast program, which lasted 9 months and from which she graduated on May 18.

David Ximenez
David Ximenez

Ximenez to Testify at Senate Higher Education Committee

Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Services David Ximenez has been invited to testify at the Senate Higher Education Committee hearing, chaired by Senator Judith Zaffirini.  Ximenez’s testimony will center on recommendations regarding more cost effective funding for financial aid, including ways to restructure financial aid programs to incentivize student success, particularly among low-income students, and the efficacy of current exemptions and waivers offered to students at institutions of higher education, including in-state tuition for undocumented students.

Ervin presents at Fort Worth Sister Cities International Leadership Academy

South Campus Assistant Professor of Psychology Staussa Ervin presented “Hip Hop Dance as Cultural Expression” at the Fort Worth Sister Cities International Leadership Academy.  One hundred international students were in attendance for the academy, whose theme was Passport to Peace, an illustration of how art could be used to promote peace in the world.  Ervin presented on dance, specifically Hip Hop dance that was created in the United States but, along with Hip Hop music, has gained popularity all over the world.  She discussed dance as an expression of culture, emotion, history, and communication, and also taught some Hip Hop choreography.