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The official Texas State Technical College Waco magazine.


  • 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.

    E-MAIL: tstcmagazine@tstc.edu

    WRITE:TSTC Waco Magazine3801 Campus Drive Waco, TX 76705 Attn: Marketing & Communications







    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

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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 also was top in Texas and second in the nation in the Computer and Informa-tion Science and Support Services category, and top in the state in the Precision Production category. The annual report lists associate degree and certifi -cate conferrals for the 2009-2010 academic year, the latest year for which data is available. It includes an analysis of 1,200 two- and four-year public, private and

    proprietary schools to produce the top 100 list. Data is collected and analyzed from the National Center for Education Statistics through the Integrated Postsecond-ary Education Data Set completion survey. Since the surveys inception, TSTC has ranked top in the state numerous times and has stayed consistently on the top 50 list in nearly every category for which it is eligible. To read the full report, visit htt p://www.ccweek.com and click on Top 100.

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    TSTC top engineering degree producer in nation

    Industrial Systems & Engineering student at work in a lab class. ISE is one of many engineering re-lated degrees off ered at TSTC.

    employee kudosBowles Elected to National CommissionBiomedical Equipment Technology Department Chair Dr. Roger Bowles recently was elected to United States Certifi cation Commission for Clinical Engineering and Bio-medical Technology (USCC). Beginning June 2012, he will serve a three-year term on the Commission as an educational representative. The USCC is part of the Inter-national Certifi cation Commis-sion for Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology. This commission oversees certifi cation

    for Biomedical Equipment Tech-nicians to ensure a safe, reliable healthcare environment

    Texas Governor appoints Morris to commissionEnvironmental Health & Safety Department Chair Linda Morris has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission. The Commission manages and disposes of low-level radioac-tive waste, while maintaining the health, safety and welfare of Texas citizens. The term of ap-pointment is set to expire in 2015.

    Schneider featured in weekly cooking showCulinary Arts Department Chair Mark Schneider recently debuted on KWTX TV Channel 10 in a new segment, Whats in the Fridge? Chef Schneiders show now airs once weekly on the new Moms Everyday News @ 4 program, showing viewers how to put together delicious meals from basic ingredients they can fi nd in their refrigerator.To view the videos, go to TSTCs YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/tstc4u.

    Scan this QR code to watch his show on YouTube.









    By Sarah-Jane Menefee

  • sk any company that works in shipping and freight and theyll tell you diesel powers the world. From the traditional semi-trailer trucks on

    the highway and construction equipment making way for new growth, to huge tractors and reapers moving agriculture along and even oil pumping operations, diesel motors o er consistency to an ever-moving industry. Consistent is also a word that describes the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Texas State Technical College. Like a well-serviced engine, it runs with quiet e ciency sending out graduates trained in variety of tech-nical fi elds to keep America moving. Theyre the best in the country, Re-vis Parkison said. By far the best, and Ive visited several schools. Some of our bett er technicians graduated from TSTC and were very pleased with their work. Parkison, the regional customer service manager for Rush Truck Center of Dallas, has had a 30-year relation-ship with the program and has seen it change over the years to keep up with the latest advances in diesel technology. Its the programs commitment to quality that keeps him coming back to hire more graduates and to serve on its advisory committ ee. Another thing that makes TSTC superior is their in-structors, he said. With Henry as the department chair and the great job he has done, I have no doubt the pro-gram will continue to be great. Henry Macik, DET department chair, knows his pro-gram bett er than anyone else. As a 1973 graduate who

    came back aft er working in the industry to teach and now lead the popular program, he knows each lab, each piece of equipment and each student. With an average of 250 students annually and several large labs, he has a lot to keep track of with the help of his nine other instructors, many who also graduated from the DET program. If you ask him why he came back to work where he fi rst learned the trade, hell tell you its a matt er of pride. Of course Im proud of this program. With our stu-dents we have a lot of repeat business from the same fam-

    ily and friends of our graduates. They hear about us through word of mouth and just keep coming, he said. We always have several students who had a brother come through the program. I feel like if it wasnt a good school, then they wouldnt be here. So, what sets TSTCs diesel program apart? In a few words: variety, hands on training, indus-try-grade labs and instructors. At

    least those were Jake Browns reasons for choosing TSTC. The fi rst-semester student from Robinson came to learn the Heavy Truck and Construction specializations. I heard its the best and I believe it, he said. Now that Ive gone through some classes and Ive worked in the hands-on labs, Ive found they teach you in a way you can relate to. I chose two specializations because it gives me a variety of jobs I can choose to do and I can make more money.