Refreshment Services Pepsi & Vending Athletic Training Center
Thanks to generous donations from the TCC President’s Circle and Refreshment Services Pepsi and Vending, TCC’s student-athletes now have access to a modern new training facility that allows them to work toward the prevention and treatment of injuries. The training facility is more than twice the size of its predecessor and includes new equipment such as a customized taping station, a whirlpool table, a portable hivamat, and a four-channel combo stim machine. “Now we have the appropriate space and resources to deliver more efficient, more effective services to our student-athletes,” noted Rob Chaney, TCC director of athletics.
Opened in Fall 2017 and located just off the basketball courts inside the Bill Hebreock Eagledome, the facility is especially accessible to our basketball players but is, in fact, open to all TCC athletes, including those on the baseball, softball, cross country, and track teams.
Barbara and Ted Judd Theatre Classroom
Barbara Judd is a long-time supporter of Tallahassee Community College and the theater program in particular. So when the opportunity came along to help finance the renovation of a classroom used primarily to teach theater classes, Barbara generously donated to the project in her and her late husband Ted’s names. Today the Barbara and Ted Judd Theatre classroom is equipped with a stage, complete with a curtain, which allows theater students to simulate better the experience of performing in front of an audience.
This classroom renovation was part of the First Class Project, an effort to renovate 50 classrooms on campus, and was completed during the spring of 2019.
Studio Art Classrooms
TCC art students and faculty are thrilled with the newly renovated Studio Art Classrooms, updated for the first time in over twenty years and unveiled in the fall of 2019. “The rooms are now perfectly suited to what we do, and the students love them. The students and faculty just love the spaces so much they never want to leave. I think that is probably the true test of a successful renovation,” noted Art Professor Julie Baroody. Updates included new floors, displays on walls, lighting, ceiling, cabinetry, and built-ins, including sinks. As well as new tables and chairs, projectors, document cameras, and projection screens. Made possible partly by a donation from the TCC President’s Circle, the Studio Art Classroom renovation was part of the First Class Project, an effort to renovate 50 classrooms on campus for the College’s 50th anniversary.
The Studio Art Classrooms are utilized to teach multiple courses that include skills such as: drawing, painting, screen printing, sculpture/3D design, 2D design, illustration, color theory, jewelry making, and watercolors.
Dr. Lei Wang STEM Center
Dr. Lei Wang, TCC's associate vice president for institutional effectiveness, donated an undisclosed amount to support the renovation of TCC's STEM Center. The center, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, received a $100,000 renovation. Wang's donation will be matched by the TCC President's Circle, of which she is a member.
Dr. Wang chose to support the STEM Center in particular because STEM jobs are growing rapidly and offer important opportunities for the region and for TCC's students. Learn More about the Dr. Lei Wang STEM Center.
Dental Hygiene Labs
Although graduation is always a special time and every class celebrates, those students who completed the dental hygiene and dental assisting programs in April and July 2015 were unique. These young students were the first to graduate in TCC’s newly renovated dental hygiene laboratories. Funded with $1.25M from the TCC Foundation, the focus of the renovation was to allow the department to offer updated lab experiences that matched what was being taught in the classroom. Computers were added to each workstation so that students could work with electronic health records, and each dental chair was equipped with digital radiography software allowing students to read X-rays on computers. “With this renovation funded by the TCC Foundation, we can offer our students an educational experience that matches what is expected of them as employees in the field. In short, they are better prepared, and for that, we thank the Foundation,” noted Ginny Wager, chair of TCC’s Dental Health Programs.
Pankowski Honors Lounge
Whether it is to get assistance with a sticky math problem, to work together on a history project, or just to find a quiet place to study between classes, the Pankowski Honors Lounge has become the place to be for TCC Honors students since the doors reopened just before the start of the fall semester. The lounge underwent extensive renovations recently funded by long-time donors Mary and Joe Pankowski in collaboration with members of the TCC Foundation President’s Circle.
The choice to help fund this project has also influenced the donors that made it possible. “For us, it was important to partner with our President’s Circle members to enhance the TCC Honors Lounge to help attract and retain the best and brightest to TCC, commented Mary Pankowski. Furthermore, we hope our gift will inspire others who care deeply about the future of TCC to become a part of the TCC Capital Gift Campaign by making a donation to TCC and/or making TCC a part of their estate plan.”