Thursday, March 29, 2012

MathPath returns! Refresh skills, save time & money

Has it been a while since you were in a math course? Do you need to refresh your skills this summer before the fall semester? For the second year, TCC is offering MathPath to boost your college math skills and help you score your best on the TCC math placement test. Scoring higher may allow you to skip TCC math review courses (developmental math courses with no college credits), and prepare for that first college level math class. Taking fewer or zero developmental math classes would save you time and money.

In MathPath, a continuing education class, instructors work one-on-one with students to address each student's need. 

Last year's MathPath students had this to say about the experience: 
1. Going at my own pace.
2. Telling me which problems i did wrong
3. It really helped to remember what I needed to, Iv been out of school for 2 years now and I had forgotten a lot and this math class really helped me
4. There was a math site available when you got home. So you could learn outside the course.
5. The study plan and being able to study from home as well
6. Once you took a test, it automatically knew what you needed to work on most to improve your score, and retake the test again. It also had an option where you could ask for help on any problem, and you could also ask your instructor. It has helped me understand the math that I didn't understand in high school!!
7. It took you step by step in each question if you needed it.
8. The tests told you what you needed to study
9.The instructor is really nice & helpful.
10.My situation was unique in that I have been out of the classroom for an extended period and needed a boost in my self confidence.

The cost of the two-week class is $50. Info: 918-595-7200.

When & Where:
Metro Campus
July 23-Aug. 2
1:30-3:30 p.m. (CRN# 90845)
5:30-7:30 p.m. (CRN# 90846)

Northeast Campus
July 16-26
3-5 p.m. (CRN# 90852)
July 30-Aug. 9
5:30-7:30 p.m. (CRN# 70003)

Southeast Campus
June 11-22
11:30-1:30 p.m. (CRN# 90847)
5:30-7:30 p.m. (CRN# 90848)

West Campus
May 14-24
9:30-11:30 a.m. (CRN# 90854)
July 30-Aug. 9
9:30-11:30 a.m. (CRN# 70004)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Graduating in May? Get seen and heard on May 4

Are you graduating from TCC in May? Do you have everything ready to strut your stuff across that stage? Well, here is your chance to be seen and heard at the graduation ceremony May 4. I'm looking for quotations from graduating students about their experiences at TCC. Your quotation could be chosen to be on the "big screen" May 4 during the pre-graduation photo slide show. Your name will also be included so that all your family and friends at graduation can see your quotation! :)

Here are some ideas to help you in writing a quote (in one or two sentences, please):
1. How does it feel to be getting your associate degree?
2. Who would you like to thank for helping you along the way?
3. What does this night mean to you and your family?
4. How did TCC prepare you for your next step?

Please write your quote in a complete sentence. Feel free to leave a comment on the blog or send the quote in an email to Please include your first and last name along with your submission.

Note: Submission of a quote does not guarantee publication.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Tulsa Achieves student organizes St. Jude fundraiser

You know that story I posted earlier this week about things going on at TCC? Well, now I have more details about the TCC Walk for St. Jude fundraiser on April 7. I spoke with the Tulsa Achieves student who has organized the walk as well as a TCC employee whose nephew has been treated at St. Jude. This story will make you want to run, not walk, to the nearest TCC Advisement Office to pick up your donation form!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Good times springing up all over TCC

An emotion I'm feeling this week? Guilt. I have been so busy that I have neglected writing this blog. This is one of the most event-filled times of the year at TCC, and I haven't told you about it! So sorry. Please forgive. Here are some of the events I've been working on.
1. EcoFest: March 31 @ TCC Northeast Campus.Where else can you get a free tree, watch live worms actively composting and grab a healthy snack?
2. Spring break: March 19-25. Holla! All TCC campuses and buildings closed.
3. "Titanic" Aren't you just so excited about the upcoming release of "Titanic" in 3D? Well, TCC is giving you a chance to experience the movie in another venue through a different medium when the Signature Symphony at TCC presents "Titanic Concert" April 14 at the VanTrease PACE.
4. TCC Walk for St. Jude: Tulsa Achieves students have organized a fundraiser for St. Jude's Hospital at 10:30 a.m. April 7 on the TCC Southeast Campus. Want to help? Email
5. Week of the Young Child Family Fun Fair: Enjoy a free day with the fam at this kid-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 on the TCC West Campus.

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy some of these events between your study breaks!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Temple Grandin tonight at TCC!

Tonight is the night! Temple Grandin, whom I wrote about in an earlier blog, is speaking tonight at 7 at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education on the TCC Southeast Campus. I hear the tickets are almost sold out, so if you haven't bought yours yet, you better call quickly! 918-595-7777.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Belly button biodiversity: What's growing in there?

One of the fun things about working at a college is that you get to constantly learn. And today, I learned about what lives in human belly buttons. Yes, you read right. The TCC Biotechnology Program invited high school students to hear from three science experts today, and one of them explained her research on the Belly Button Biodiversity project.

Nina Roundtree, a research assistant at North Carolina State University, spoke to students about the living organisms she and her colleagues found in samples taken from swabs inside about 100 peoples' belly buttons. She said they found more than 1,400 species of bacteria. Wow! So who are our little belly button neighbors? She explained how she and the team used DNA tests to find out what the bacteria were, but only the scientific names of the bacteria were listed in her Power Point. (I am not a scientist.)

If you want to find out more about this crazy topic, read about it in Discovery News. There is a great interview with the Rob Dunn, assistant professor in the Department of Biology at NCSU. But I'll give you a hint: there are fungi, yeasts and bacteria. Oh, and here are some  pictures.