TSTC Magazine Fall 2011*

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The official Texas State Technical College Waco magazine.

Text of TSTC Magazine Fall 2011*

  • DIESEL-DRIVENDIESEL-DRIVENThe technology that keeps America on the The technology that keeps America on the move. move. (Page 5)(Page 5)

    IN THIS ISSUEA Long Way from Home (Page 11)

    ALSOLaying the Plans for Institutional Advancement(Page 15)

    Alumni travels the world (Page 17)

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  • I dont believe Ive ever looked forward to fall as much as I have this year aft er experiencing a summer marked by record-ing breaking-heat and drought. But while the temperature may be cooling down, the progress at TSTC Waco is not!

    In its 2011 Top 100 Associate Degree Producers, Community College Week magazine named Texas State Technical College No. 1 in the entire nation among both two-year and four-year colleges in conferring the most associate degrees in the critical category of Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields.

    In this fall edition of the TSTC Magazine you can read about this honor and more. Read about an alumnus whose job takes him around the world; the largest single monetary pledge in the colleges history; our new institutional advancement o ce; what Publishing has released; and much more.

    Thanks for all you do for TSTC!

    Dr. Elton E. Stuckly, Jr.TSTC Waco President

    PRESIDENTDr. Elton E. Stuckly, Jr.


    EDITORSarah-Jane Menefee

    CONTRIBUTING WRITERSMary DrennonSarah-Jane MenefeeJan Osburn

    PHOTOGRAPHERSMark BurdineRyan GriponSarah-Jane MenefeeRobin Reid

    PHONE (254) 867-3035E-MAIL tstcmagazine@tstc.edu

    NUMBERS TO KNOWMain (254) 799-3611Recruiting (254) 867-2360College Records (254) 867-2362Alumni Association (254) 867-2026

    TSTC MAGAZINE is published two times a year by the Marketing & Communications offi ce at Texas State Technical College Waco.

    Texas State Technical College Waco is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Applied Sci-ence degrees and Certifi cates of Completion. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Texas State Technical College Waco.

    Copyright 2011 Texas State Technical College Waco. All rights reserved.


    FALL 2011


    WRITE TO US:We welcome your letters. The editor reserves the right to determine the suitability of letters for publication and to edit them for accuracy and length. Letters should refer to material published in the magazine and include the writers full name, address and telephone number. If an alum, please include degree and year of degree.

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    From the President

    President Stuckly with Murray Watson Jr. at the recent announcement of the largest monetary gift in the colleges history. Read more on Pg. 3.

    National honors, historic gifts mark 2011

  • 3 Tech NotesCampus news and accolades

    5 Diesel-DrivenThe technology that keeps America on the move

    8 Campus SnapshotsGolf Course & Landscape Management facilities

    11 A Long Way From HomeStudents come to TSTC from the U.S. Virgin Islands

    15 Campus Q&AVice President Carliss Hyde shares about TSTCs renewed focus on Institutional Advancement

    17 Alumni FeatureJeff Denney has traveled the world with his degree

    ON THE COVERDiesel Equipment Technology students Christopher Smith and Wesley Merryman work on a Freightliner truck in a DET lab class.

    Contents & Calendar

    18 People & PlacesPhotos from TSTC events

    Campus Snapshots Page 8-10

    In This Issue:

    NOVEMBER 14 Spring registration begins for returning students

    21 Spring registration begins for new students

    24-25 Student & employee holiday

    DECEMBER 9 End of semester

    Fall commencement, 6 p.m., Waco Convention Center

    23 Campus closed for winter break

    JANUARY 2 Campus reopens

    4 Last day to register for spring

    9 Spring classes begin

    16 Student & employee holiday

    FEBRUARY 17 Last day to apply for graduation

    MARCH12-16 Spring Break Student holiday

    29 Industry Career Day

    30-31 College Preview & Open House

    APRIL 2 Registration begins for returning students

    9 Registration begins for new students

    27 Last day to register for summer

    End of semester

    Spring commencement, 6 p.m., Waco Convention Center

    For more events, go towaco.tstc.edu/calendar

    Calendar of Events



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    tech notesCampus News & Briefs

    In late July 2011, the Brazos Hi-gher Education Service Corp., under the leadership of former senator and Waco business owner Mur-ray Watson Jr., pledged the single largest monetary gift the college has received to date. TSTC o cials have allocated the funds for its new Cu-linary Arts facility, currently under construction. Watson, chief executive o cer and president of the Brazos Higher Education Service Corp., served as representative in the Texas House from 1956 to 1969 and as Texas senator from 1962 to 1972. In his role as senator in 1965, he proposed the bill establishing the creation of the then James Connally Technical Institute. Throughout the years, his support for the institution, today known as Texas State Technical Col-lege, has never wavered. As a strong supporter of the college from the beginning, I am pleased with its growth and success. It has succeeded my expectations, Watson said. The future of our

    state is going to depend on its train-ing of a skilled workforce for future growth and prosperity. I encourage others to join in to help TSTC grow and provide a springboard to the future prosperity of our country. To acknowledge the generosity and continued support of the Brazos Higher Education Service Corp., TSTCs System Board of Regents unanimously approved naming the new Culinary Arts facility the Greta W. Watson Culinary Arts Center. We are very grateful and pleased that Mr. Watson and the Brazos Higher Education Service Corp. have such faith in TSTC, President Stuckly said. We strive hard to pro-vide our students with a viable edu-cation that will ensure the economic viability of Texas future workforce. To do that, it is imperative that we have the proper tools and facilities to train our students. This generous gift will go a long way to helping us achieve that goal. The new center is set to open for classes in the spring 2012 semester.

    Murray Watson Jr. and his wife Greta W. Watson speak at the press conference announcing the million-dollar donation. The Culinary Arts Center will be named in honor of Mrs. Watson.

    Historic million-dollar gift, new name for Culinary Arts Center

    TSTC closes on land in HuttoOn Sept. 19, TSTC Waco of-

    fi cials closed on the land for the new East Williamson County Higher Education Center-Hutt o (EWCHEC). The college acquired 56.7 acres of land for the EWCH-EC-Hutt o project, including a generous donation by the Avery family of land valued at just un-der a million dollars. Construction is slated to begin in spring 2012 with classes set to start in the new facility in fall 2013. Temple College and TSTC Waco are the primary college partners in EWCHEC, a multi-institutional teaching center. Classes currently are being held in a temporary location at Veterans Hill Elementary. TSTC o ers certifi cates in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Combination Welding (o ered in Taylor), Electrical Construction,Food Service Operations, Indus-trial Systems and Radio Commu-nication Electronics at EWCHEC.

    WCJC Fort Bend Technical Center celebrates 10th Anniversary

    August marked a milestone for the Fort Bend Technical Center in Richmondthe 10th anniversary of its opening. TSTC began hold-ing classes at Fort Bend on Aug. 27, 2001. The college has o ered Air Conditioning, Diesel Equip-ment, Machining and Mechani-cal Engineering technologies at the facility since it fi rst opened. Enrollment has grown from 10 students in the fi rst class, to 90 students today. Enrollment in TSTCs programs at the center stays near capacity, showing a strong need for techni-cal education and training in the area.

  • Texas State Technical College is No. 1 in the entire nation among both two-year and four-year colleges when it comes to conferring the most associate degrees in the critical category of Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields. Community College Week magazine has released its lat-est analysis of the countrys Top 100 Associate Degree Producers, arguably one of the most important indica-tors of success for community and technical education institutions. The move to the top slot represents a 40 percent increase in engineering-related degree conferrals for TSTC Waco. We are pleased TSTC is No. 1 in producing engi-neering technology graduates, said Dr. Elton E. Stuck-ly Jr., TSTC Waco president. Industry leaders have consistently said skilled technicians are in high demand in todays increasingly complex workforce. TSTC works hard to ensure our graduates meet this demand, so its nice to be recognized for fulfi lling that need. In addition to ranking top in the nation in Engineer-ing Technologies, TSTC a