Our Accolades: 2014-2015
was named one of the 2015 Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges by the
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and “Diverse:
Issues in Higher Education” magazine. This designation recognizes the College
for its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. Only 16 colleges nationwide
received this honor.
TCC was recognized by the Huffington Post for being ranked
No. 8 in the nation among community colleges by SmartAsset.com. The study
looked at nearly 700 public community colleges in order to find the best of the
best—colleges that offer a high success rate, a good return on investment and low
The TCC22 television station took home the gold for
production of “The SKiNNY on Paying for College” at the National Council for
Marketing and Public Relations’ Paragon Awards.
TCC’s communications and marketing team won two awards for
the TCC2FSU marketing campaign at the 2015 Council for Advancement and Support
of Education District III Conference—an award of excellence in the total
advertising campaign category and a special merit award for the TCC2FSU
commercial. The campaign also won a silver ADDY award at the American
Advertising Awards Tallahassee Gala.
All seven members of TCC’s
inaugural surgical technology class, as well as five of the six members of the
second class, passed their national certification exams. TCC’s certification pass rates of 100% for the first
class and 83.3% for the second compare favorably with the national passing
average of 69.4%.
TCC was ranked among the top schools in Military Advanced Education magazine's 2015 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. TCC was also designated a military-friendly school by Victoria Media for the
second consecutive year.
TCC’s Office of Communications and Marketing brought
home 21 awards from the Association of Florida Colleges and National
Council for Marketing & Public Relations southeastern district
conferences. TCC won the third-most awards out of 128 schools in the district
TCC received a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education
to support improved student achievement.
For the second year in a row, TCC won the Student Affairs Partnering with
Academic Affairs Award from Florida Campus Compact. The 2014 award recognized
the Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement office. TCC was also a
finalist for the Engaged Campus of the Year Award.
Zachary McQueen won TCC’s Freshman of the Year Award in
Chemistry and the traditional prize of the latest edition of the CRC Handbook
of Chemistry and Physics.
TCC Model United Nations received an Honorable
Delegation award and a Position Paper award at the National Model United
Nations in New York City. The team was led by Truitt Wilson, Sierra Bush-Rester
and James Sellars. Tom Waller and Richard Murgo are the faculty advisers. Murgo
was also chosen to deliver the board of directors welcome address in the UN
General Assembly Great Hall.
Angela Cole and Sarah Allen were named to the 2015
All-Florida Academic Team. Both are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the
international honor society of two-year colleges.
team received bronze awards in both Overall Team Sweepstakes and Individual
Events Team Sweepstakes at the Phi Rho Pi junior college national tournament—the
team’s 14th consecutive award in Overall Team Sweepstakes and its 16th straight
Individual Events team award. George Ramirez captured a gold award in Prose
Interpretation, while Jessica Tomlinson
brought home bronze awards in both Dramatic and Poetry Interpretation. Gerald Djajaputra won gold in
Informative Speaking, while Djajaputra and Alex
Fabrega garnered silver awards in Extemporaneous Speaking. Fabrega also led
the team to its first debate sweepstakes award by reaching the final round in International
TCC placed eight players on the 2015 Coaches’ All-Panhandle
Conference basketball teams. Women’s team members Cat Wells, Jeremica Edwards
and Karley Barnes and men’s team members Elmo Stephen and Dirk Williams were
named first-team all-conference. Eboni Watts from the women’s team, and Cameron
Smith and Norbertas Giga from the men’s team were named to the second team.
TCC’s speech and
debate team won the Florida College System Activities Association State
Championship for the ninth year in a row. The team swept the top six individual
speaker awards (Pentathlon). Gerald
Djajaputra placed first in Pentathlon and brought home state titles in communication
analysis and informative speaking. Alex
Fabrega placed second in Pentathlon and won in impromptu speaking and dramatic
interpretation. Jessica Tomlinson was
third in Pentathlon and won in prose interpretation. Tomlinson also captured
the Jennifer Pickman Novice Award. Chase
Cashion placed fourth in Pentathlon, taking home a state title in duo
interpretation. Misha Smith placed
fifth overall, while Daniel Santillana
placed sixth and was selected by fellow competitors to receive the Shira Brownstein Fellowship Award. Courtney Medina, Tiffany Canseco and Adelina
Mitchell also collected multiple awards.
David Perez, student
and TCC STEM Scholar, won a gold award in microbiology at the 2014 Annual
Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San Antonio, Texas.
TCC students received top honors at the Association of
College Unions International Region III conference in Atlanta. Kylie Bryan-Vertz was on the
winning team in the Facility of the Future contest and Delaitre Hollinger was on the team that earned
TCC’s student art and literary magazine, won second place in the Southern
Division of the Community College Humanities Association. Student Tamara Jeffers’ nonfiction piece,“Somewhere
Over the Overpass,” also earned second place.
At the Florida College System Publications
Association awards ceremony, The Eyrie
placed first for Contents Page and Photography and second for Design. Students recognized
for photography included Ethan Caswell,
Jonathan Flechas and Yodalis Fuentes. Jacqueline Viault’s individual artwork received third place, as did
Tamara Jeffers’ individual poem. The
collected art works of Theresa Miley,
Stefani Hosch and Jacqueline Viault earned third place,
along with Yazzie Hormay’s fiction. The
collected poems of Tamara Jeffers, Maxime Mohammar and Mary Roberts earned third place. The magazine also won third
place in the state for General Excellence.
Mechelle Stokes, financial aid technician, earned her master’s
degree in business at Full Sail University.
Dawn Adolfson, adult education specialist, earned her Master
of Science from FSU in curriculum and instruction.
Kim Moore, vice president for workforce development, was
selected to be a member of Leadership Florida’s Class XXXIII.
Larry Bourdeau, criminal justice instructional coordinator,
graduated from the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Senior
Bill Bierbaum, director of certificate programs at the
Florida Public Safety Institute, was reappointed to the policy board for the
Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute.
Coleman, director of campus and civic engagement, received two awards at the
Association of College Unions International Conference—the Revis A. Cox Memorial Award
recognizing contributions to multicultural education and the Two-Year College
Professional Service Award for outstanding achievement in student activities or
college union management.
He also received the Smith-Steele Award at the ACUI Region III conference.
Two TCC faculty members were honored at the 26th
International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Brendan Diamond, assistant professor of physics and astronomy,
received the Distinguished New Faculty award for his creative use of technology
to improve the classroom learning experience. Nancy Donovan, associate professor of college success, received the
Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology for
incorporating active learning strategies and service learning in her curriculum.
TCC’s winners of the National Institute for Staff
Development Excellence Awards are Forster Agama, associate professor of
communications and humanities, Braze Brickwedel, associate professor of
communications and humanities, Mabry Gaboardi, associate professor of natural
sciences, and Suzanne Ferrell-Locke, associate professor of developmental
Men’s basketball coach Eddie Barnes, who
recently retired, was inducted into the Florida College System Activities
Association Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame. He led the Eagles for 14 years and
compiled a 274-144 record.
Banocy-Payne, dean of the Division of Communications and Humanities, was
nominated for the Florida College System Activities Association Hall of Fame
for her exemplary support and advancement of student activities on campus.
Gareth Euridge, professor of English, became the first TCC Certified Online instructor.
, TCC police chief, graduated from the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Chief Executive
, criminal justice instructional coordinator,
received the Distinguished Service award from the College of Criminology and
Criminal Justice and the Alumni & Friends of Criminology at Florida State
Katherine Layton, adjunct instructor of political
science, had her book “Chechens: Culture and Society” published by Palgrave
Kathleen Mellino, staff assistant in
TPP, became a Certified College Professional through the Association
of Florida Colleges. She also earned the IC3 certification, the
only globally recognized computer certification.
Martin Balinsky, associate professor of earth science, and Forster Agama, associate professor of English, were recipients of the Chair Academy Scholarships.
TCC’s 2014 National Institute of Staff and Organizational
Development Excellence Award Winners are Bill Bierbaum, director of certificate
programs at the Florida Public Safety Institute; Jennifer Bradley,
assistant to the dean in the Division of Communications and Humanities; Stephanie
Breedlove, professor of developmental mathematics; Carol Chenoweth, faculty librarian;
Brian Kupfer, associate professor of political science; Patrick McDermott,
associate professor of college success and career planning.
Lori Prudom, professor of mathematics, was selected as the Marjorie R. Turnbull Faculty Fellow.
TCC alum Pamella Butler received an Alumni Entrepreneur Award from the National
Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. She was nominated by TCC.
Recent TCC graduate Oliver Clemons was selected as one of the Chancellor’s
Students of the Month for the Florida College System.
Our Accolades: 2013-2014
TCC was ranked #1 nationally among two-year colleges for graduating students with Associate in Arts degrees during the 2011-12 academic year. The rankings, published by Community College Week, also placed TCC at #5 in graduating African-American students with associate’s degrees.
The surgical technology program received full national
accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
TCC Nursing program graduates in 2013 achieved a 89.29% pass rate on the national licensing exam. The average pass rate for Florida colleges and universities was 76.77%; the national pass rate was 85.04%.
The TCC Police
Department received full state accreditation from the Commission for Florida
Law Enforcement Association, the first college police department in Florida to
TCC was recertified as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream.
TCC was named a charter member of the Manufacturing Institute’s “M-List”—a recognition for institutions that organize coursework around industry standards.
TCC had the second highest success rate of all 28 colleges in the Florida College System for the Finish Up, Florida! Campaign, an effort to help students who have dropped out or “stopped out” return to school and finish their degree.
TCC and Florida A&M University together won a five-year, $2,193,365 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program in Biomedical Sciences.
The Florida Public Safety Institute was awarded a $60,773 U.S. Department of Labor grant for the Florida Mine Safety and Health Training Program.
TCC received a $42,500 grant from the Florida Department of Education to continue to provide therapeutic recreation and leisure activities for adults with disabilities. The program is conducted in partnership with the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association.
TCC received $398,556 in grants from the Florida Department of Education to provide adult education and family literacy programs in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties.
The Emergency Medical Technology program was ranked #32 in the nation by Fire Science Online for the return on investment its graduates receive. More than 1,100 colleges in the U.S. offer EMT programs.
Correctional Probation Officer Basic Recruit Class #409 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the State Officer Certification Exam.
TCC won the Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Award for its Connect2Complete program at the 2013 Florida Campus Compact Awards. The College also won the Engaged Campus of the Year Award for the Florida College System and was runner-up among all colleges and universities in Florida.
TCC earned a spot on Victory Media’s 2014 Military Friendly Schools list, which recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to recruit and retain military students and their families.
Communications and Marketing received four Paragon awards
from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations—two silver and two
bronze. The team also received 14 awards from NCMPR's southeastern
district, including six gold awards.
The Aspen Institute named TCC one of the top 150 community
colleges in the nation based on levels of student success.
Kristina Finch, education program coordinator for the
Gadsden County Re-Entry Center, earned an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction
Dora Tilles, human resources specialist, earned
an M.S. in Human Resources Management from Florida International University.
She also obtained her Professional Human Resources certification.
Kitchen, professor of business, had his book “You! The Brand, Marketing the
Individual” by Beijing Publishing House.
Richard Murgo, professor of political science,
was elected president of the National Model United Nations Board of
John Schultz, director of forensics, was appointed first
vice president for association of the Phi Rho Pi National Forensic
Organization. He also completed a term as president-elect of the Florida
College System Activities Association and became president of the FCSAA.
Eva Nielsen-Parks received the Colllie-Taylor Fellowship
Award for Coaches at the 2014 Phi Rho Pi National Tournament.
Amy Combs, program coordinator in the Division of Workforce
Development, was one of only 27 professionals nationwide to be named a Sector
Skills Academy Marano Fellow.
ah Richards, TCC Foundation development and annual fund
officer, received the M.Ed. in instructional technology from the University of
TCC's recipients of the 2014 National Institute
for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards were Bill Bierbaum, director of certificate programs at the Florida
Public Safety Institute; Jennifer Bradley, assistant to the dean in the Division
of Communications and Humanities; Stephanie Breedlove, professor of
developmental mathematics; Carol Chenoweth, faculty librarian; Brian Kupfer,
associate professor of political science; and Patrick McDermott, associate
professor of college success and career planning.
Jim Murdaugh, president, was a finalist for a national Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges in the Emerging Leadership category.
Alice Nied, dean of the Division of Healthcare Professions, was named a Nurse of Excellence by Capital Regional Medical Center.
r, professor of chemistry, co-authored the article, “Argument-driven Inquiry: Using the Laboratory to Improve Undergraduates’ Science Writing Skills through Meaningful Science Writing, Peer-Review, and Revision,” which was published in the Journal of Chemical Education.
Lindsey Smitherman-Brown, assistant professor of humanities, received the Community Engagement Educator Award at the 2013 Florida Campus Compact Awards.
Lu Vickers, professor of English, was awarded one of only 38 National Literature Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
coach Mike McLeod picked up his 800th career NJCAA win. All 800 victories
have come with TCC.
Kendrah Richards, TCC Foundation development and annual fund
officer, received the M.Ed. in instructional technology from the University of
Softball coach Patti Townsend picked up her 300th career
NJCAA victory, all at TCC. She guided the team to its first
Panhandle Conference championship since 1998, third FCSAA Gulf District
Championship in seven years and first FCSAA State Championship since 1994. Townsend was named Panhandle Conference, FCSAA Gulf District and FCSAA
Softball Coach of the Year.
Barb Gill, director of educational research, became
president of the Southeast Evaluation Association.
Helene Gold, faculty librarian, published the chapter
“Assessment Layer Cake: Online Learning and Virtual Dessert” in The Embedded
Librarian’s Cookbook, from the Association of College and Research Libraries.
She also published “Turfgrass Information File” in The Charleston Advisor.
Cherie Hodge, professor of nursing, completed
her PhD from the University of Florida.
Patricia Heeter, lead instructional designer,
completed the Ph.D. in instructional systems at Florida State University.
ta Knight Crapp, staff assistant, received her bachelor's degree in business management from Saint Leo University.
Shannon Smith, program chair for surgical services and
assistant professor of surgical technology, was nominated for the Association
of Community College Trustees William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award for the
Betty Jensen, international services coordinator, was chair for community colleges of the National Association of International Educators.
Michael Coleman, director of campus and civic engagement,
was elected to the board of trustees of the Association of College Unions
Deborah Robinson, director of libraries, was elected to the
board of trustees of Lyrasis, a national library cooperative.
ton, program manager for the Advanced Manufacturing
Training Center, co-authored "ET Degree Paves the Way for Florida's Manufacturing Workforce," published in the Association
for Career and Technical Education’s Techniques magazine.
Marc Dick, technical educator specialist, earned the certified
instructor designation for the Manufacturing Essentials and the Manufacturing
Fundamentals curricula through the Manufacturing Talent Development Institute.
Jim Smart, associate professor of mathematics, and Karen Kinard, professor of statistics, were winners of the Marjorie R. Turnbull Faculty Fellowships.
Leadership TCC Class VI:
- Shawn Banner, Information Technology
- a, Workforce Development
- Larry Bourdeau, Florida Public Safety Institute
- Stephanie Crosby, Student Success/ Disability Support
- ghf, Administrative Services
- Greg Schaberg, Learning Commons
- Robert Fleischmann, Communications and Humanities
- Stephanie Spike, Technology and Professional Programs
- Martin Balinsky, Science and Math
- Brandie Oscar, Academic Support
- ie Goodman, Career Center
- Marilyn Dickey, Center for Distance Learning
Recipients of the Chair Academy Scholarships were Julie Baroody, professor of art, and John Schultz, director of forensics.
Association of Florida Colleges Certified College
- Rita Dickey, Library
- Henry Thomas, Technology and Professional Programs
- Gareth Euridge, Communications and Humanities
- Kathleen Molino, Technology and Professional Programs
- April White, Academic Affairs
- isa Logman, Healthcare Professions
TCC softball player Alexis Huss received the NJCAA’s
Exemplary Academic Achievement Award.
Three members of the TCC softball team were named to the National
Fastpitch Coaches Association’s NJCAA Division I All-America teams. Outfielder
Te Reo Powhiri Matautia earned a spot on the second-team, while pitcher Mariah
Rivera and first baseman Alexis Huss were third-team selections.
TCC third baseman Ricky Negron was selected by San Diego in
the 39th round of Major League Baseball’s 2014 amateur draft.
Graphic design students Cheyvonne
Youngblood and Michael Frazier were among those honored at the local 2014 American
Advertising Awards gala. Youngblood won two Silver ADDY awards and Frazier won
one Silver ADDY award.
Student Candace Tibbetts was named to the 2014 All-Florida Academic Team by the Florida College System, USA Today
and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
In April 2014, TCC Softball won its first Panhandle Conference championship in 16 seasons and won the district championship as well, sending the team to the national championship tournament.
team won its eighth consecutive FCSAA state championship, while nearly doubling
the scores of all other competing colleges combined. Team members brought home
awards in 30 of the 33 individual events they entered, including a sweep of the
Pentathlon, with George Ramirez
winning the event and Matt Thompson,
Gerald Djajaputra, Sarah Baker, and Dan Santillana placing second through fifth, respectively. TCC
students also won 8 of the 11 individual events.
Theatre TCC's production of “FAME – The Musical” earned a Superior rating from the Florida College System Activities Association. The show was directed by Krystof Kage and received a special innovation award for its unique concept. Cast, crew and production team members earned 15 individual awards as well. Sonia Roman was among the individual acting awardees, along with Keith Martinez, George Ramirez and John Yoder. Top technical honors went to Taylor Shaw.
Steve Eric Murray won the Florida Developmental Education Association’s Student Success Essay Scholarship Competition.
TCC Model United Nations received a
Distinguished Delegation award at the National Model United Nations conference in New York City. The team was
led by Katie Lilly, James Sellars and Leopold Merrick.
Faculty advisers are Tom
Waller, professor of sociology, and Richard Murgo, professor of political
TCCMUN also earned an Honorable Delegation award at November's MUN conference in Washington, DC. The team was led by Spencer Cokely and included Katie Lilly, James Sellers, Truitt Wilson and Lindsay Baird.
TCCMUN also earned top honors at the Southern Regional MUN conference
in Atlanta. TCC’s team representing Bangladesh was one of only four recognized
with an Outstanding Delegation award, while the team
representing Iraq was one of only five to receive a Distinguished Delegation
award. TCC’s teams were the only ones
from a two-year college recognized with such top-level awards. Virginia King also received a Distinguished Delegate award. The teams were led by Katie Lilly, James
Sellers, Truitt Wilson and Dustin R
ephas Kaburu was selected as one of the Florida College System Chancellor's Students of the Month for September 2013.
Our Accolades: 2012-2013
TCC was named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
TCC was one of 15 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges to receive a $100,000 Walmart PRESS (Persistence, Retention, and Student Success) for Completion grant.
The tutor training program at the William D. Law, Jr. Learning Commons received Level 1 certification from the College Reading & Learning Association.
Community College Week ranked TCC 17th among two-year institutions for the total number of associate degrees awarded, including fourth in Associate in Arts degrees and sixth in associate degrees awarded to African-American students. On the career side, TCC was 13th in awarding degrees in EMT, Respiratory Care, Radiation Therapist and Ultrasound Technician.
TCC was recognized as the second-safest campus in Florida by StateUniversity.com in its 2012 rankings.
The TCC Foundation received $35,000 as part of the Innovation Generation grant program of the Motorola Solutions Foundation to improve student science achievement through family science and teacher development.
TCC’s new student orientation was heralded as one of the best in the nation by the National Orientation Directors Association. TCC’s program was one of only four community colleges programs spotlighted as best practice examples at NODA’s conference.
The Office of Communications and Public Information received several awards at the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) and the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations southeastern district conferences, including two first-place awards from the AFC.
Faculty/Staff Accolades: Recognitions
Harriett Abrams, adult education program coordinator, and Johnny Craig, career pathways specialist and adjunct instructor, won best practice awards from the Florida Career Pathways Network. Abrams was also selected as the FCPN Adult Education Career Pathways Consultant.
Lee Kitchen, professor of business, was made an honorary professor of the International Business School of Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China.
rdaugh, president, was listed as a Northwest Florida newsmaker in Florida Trend magazine. President Murdaugh was also received the Leader of the Year Award from Leadership Tallahassee in September 2012.
John Schultz, director of forensics, was voted FCSAA Coach of the Year for the sixth time. He was also chosen as president-elect of the FCSAA.
Melissa Scalzi, assistant to the dean, Division of Academic Support Programs, was chosen as chair-elect for the Association of Florida College’s Student Development Commission.
Zola Akins, adult education instructor, was named the Gadsden County Teacher of the Year. She is a teacher at George Munroe Elementary School.
Gloria Mitchell was elected as the classified staff chair for a term beginning in July 2013.
Gareth Euridge was elected as the Region 1 representative to the Faculty Commission of the Association of Florida Colleges.
Deborah Robinson, director of library services, was chosen as president-elect of the Florida Association of College & Research Libraries.
Murgo, professor and chair of political science and economics, was elected vice president of the National Collegiate Conference Association board of directors, the governing body of the majority of Model United Nations conferences worldwide.
Margaret Cooksey, David DelRossi, Rita Dickey, Greg Loyd, Kim Manning and Brandie Oscar were selected as TCC's 2013 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development winners.
Lisa Beckley-Roberts, associate professor of humanities, and Jim Gaunt, professor of mathematics were awarded Marjorie R. Turnbull Faculty Fellowships for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013, respectively.
Faculty/Staff Accolades: Degrees/Education
Alrena Lightbourn, adjunct instructor of biology, received the Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from FAMU.
Victor Keaton, library technical assistant, was awarded the A.S. degree in multimedia technology from TCC.
Angela Herring, office manager, received her B.A. with honors from Flagler College.
metrie Clark, associate professor of English, completed the Chair Academy's Leadership Development Foundation program.
Faculty/Staff Accolades: Publications
John Crow, adjunct instructor in the Division of Communications and Humanities, had his essay, “Taming the Astral Body: The Theosophical Society’s Ongoing Problem of Emotion and Control,” published in the Journal for the American Academy of Religions.
Roger Peace, adjunct history instructor, had his book A Call to Conscience: The Anti-Contra War Campaign, published by the University of Massachusetts Press. His article "Defining and Acting Against Terrorism Requires International Agreement and Leadership," was included in the book Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror published by ABC-CLIO.
Lu Vickers, professor of English, won a gold medal in the Florida Book Awards, visual arts category.
abrega won Florida Collegiate Honors Council Writing Contest Awards for poetry (“She”) and fiction (“Sugar Cookies and Milk”).
TCC’s Model United Nations delegation earned Outstanding Delegation recognition, the highest award presented, at the National Collegiate Conference Association and Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. The team also earned an Honorable Delegation award at the MUN conference in New York City, which included more than 5,200 students from around the world. Eliot Kemper earned a Best Position Paper award and Leopold Merrick earned a Best Delegate award.
TCC’s Brain Bowl Team compiled a 4-4 record in the National Academic Quiz Tournament held at Chipola College. The team also competed in the Panhandle Region Brain Bowl Championship and won a wild card berth to the state FCSAA tournament. Team members included Cody Johansen, Michael Isasi, Holly Hesoun and John B
TCC’s student newspaper, The Talon, received awards in 16 of 20 categories, including three first-place awards – from the Florida College System Publications Association (FCSPA). Students Tara Santos, Jeremiah Hallback, III, and Claudymir Baptiste became members of FCSPA’s Inner Circle of Excellence, for students who receive awards in three or more categories. The Eyrie literary magazine earned awards in seven categories, including two first-place awards. Four students were recognized for their work in photography and nonfiction: Ephram Johnson, Yodalis Fuentes, Holly Foss and Lillie Fuentes.
TCC’s forensics team won its seventh consecutive FCSAA state championship, plus 11 of 13 individual championships and 45 total awards. Tyreek Greene placed first in Pentathlon, winning Dramatic Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation and Duo Interpretation, and received the Shira Brownstein Fellowship Award. Steven Cruz placed second in Pentathlon, winning the state title in Informative Speaking and the Jennifer Pickman Novice Award. Karen Garner placed third in Pentathlon and was state runner-up in Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, Duo Interpretation and Communication Analysis. Adrian Herrera was fourth in Pentathlon. Shane Collins finished Team TCC’s Pentathlon sweep by placing fifth. He also won Communication Analysis and Parliamentary Debate. Jacob Dean won the state title in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. Other team members who brought home multiple awards included Brianna McQueen, Gabriella Naylor, Weston Funcheon and Matt Thompson.
Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Class #396 (graduated Fall 2012) had a 98% pass rate on the state officer certification exam.
Matthew Calhoun’s game proposal was chosen in the national Game Design Challenge.
Faculty and students from the computer literacy program were named a regional winner in Certiport’s Internet and Core Computing Certification (IC3 ) World Cup.
Nursing program graduates from the Spring and Fall 2012 classes had a 98.63% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
Corrections Basic Recruit Class #387 (graduated July 2012) had an 85% pass rate on the state officer certification exam.
The 100% Club. The following programs achieved 100 percent pass rates on state or national certification exams:
- Pharmacy Technician (all classes in 2012)
- Dental Assisting (grad summer 2012)
- Dental Hygiene (grad spring 2012)
- Paramedic (grad summer 2012)
- Respiratory Care (grad summer 2012)
- FPSI's Law Enforcement Equivalency of Training course (June 2012)
- Corrections Basic Recruit Class #402 (February 2013)
- Law Enforcement Cross-over Training Basic Recruit Class #391 (Fall 2012)
TCC placed 31 students on the Panhandle Conference's All-Academic Team for the 2012-13 academic year, led by 14 members of the Eagles’ baseball team, 7 members of the cheerleading squad, 6 from the softball team, and two each from men’s and women’s basketball. Among the honorees was a trio of Panhandle Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients: Ashley Alexander (women’s basketball), Megan Oster (softball) and Graham Saiko (baseball). Oster was also the inaugural recipient of the Mickey Englett Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The following student-athletes were named All-Academic by the Florida College System Activities Association: Women’s basketball: Ashley Alexander; Men’s basketball: Jarrod Batson, C. J. Washington; Baseball: Matt Duval, Matt Heckroth, Jared Romero, Graham Saiko, Cameron Tewksbury, Dan VanSickle; Softball: Megan Oster.
Baseball's Matt Duval won a National Junior College Athletic Association Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, which honors student-athletes who achieve a perfect 4.00 GPA. Softball's Megan Oster was a Superior Academic Achievement honoree (GPA between 3.80 and 3.99). Baseball's Matt Heckroth and Graham Saiko were Exemplary Academic Achievement Honorees (GPA between 3.60 and 3.79).
Shortstop Amanda Ake earned her second All-American honor and pitcher Emily Smethurst, her first, from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Ake also earned third-team All-America honors from the NJCAA. Ake, Smethurst, catcher Devin Kochergen and outfielder Alexis Anderson also earned All-South Region honors from the NFCA. Ake and Smethurst were named First-team All-South Region, while Kochergen and Anderson garnered second-team honors.
Baseball standout Graham Saiko was named First-team All-State by the Florida College System Activities Association’s baseball coaches.
Eight players were named to the Coaches’ All-Panhandle Conference Baseball Team. Shortstop Graham Saiko, who was a first-team pick, was also named Defensive Player of the Year and received the Buddy Kisner Scholar-Athlete Award. He was joined on the first-team by outfielder Bobby Rice and catcher Tyler York. The following players received second-team honors: Nick Graganella (outfield), Anthony Torres (second base), Trent Higginbothem (third base), and pitchers Cameron Tewksbury and Hayden Jordan.