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Our Accolades: 2013-2014

Group/Unit Accolades


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.  


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.

Faculty/Staff Accolades  

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.
Joi Walker, 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.

Baseball coach Mike McLeod picked up his 800th career win. All 800 victories have come with TCC.

Student Accolades

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 (TCCMUN) earned an honorable delegation award at November's Model United Nations conference in Washington, D.C. The team was led by head delegate Spencer Cokely and included Katie Lilly, James Sellers, Truitt Wilson and Lindsay Baird. TCCMUN’s faculty advisers are Rick Murgo and Thomas Waller

TCCMUN also earned top honors at the Southern Regional Model United Nations conference in Atlanta, GA. TCC’s team representing Bangladesh was one of only four recognized with an Outstanding Delegation award, the highest award presented, while the team representing Iraq was one of only five to receive a Distinguished Delegation award, the second-highest level of recognition. TCC’s teams were the only ones from a two-year college recognized with such top-level awards. TCC student Virginia King also received a distinguished delegate award. The team was led by Katie Lilly, president, and James Sellers, vice president. The head of the Bangladeshi delegation was Truitt Wilson, and the head of the Iraqi delegation was Dustin Rost.


as Kaburu was selected as one of the Florida College System Chancellor's Students of the Month for September 2013.


Our Accolades: 2012-2013

Group/Unit Accolades

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 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.
Jim Murdaugh, 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.
Rick 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 (NISOD).
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

ena 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.
trie Clark, associate professor of English, completed the Chair Academy’s Leadership and 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.
Weeki Wachee Mermaids: Thirty Years of Underwater Photography, co-authored by Lu Vickers, professor of English, won a gold medal in the Florida Book Awards, visual arts category.

Student/Team Accolades 

Taylor Fabrega 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 Bilkowitz.
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) 

Student-Athletes Accolades 

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.
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