TVCC’s Smiley Named National JUCO Coach of the Year


Brad Smiley

Press release

Rawlings Football has named Brad Smiley of Trinity Valley Community College as Junior College Coach of the Year for 2014.

In addition, the annual awards include college coaches of the year for the FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA. High school winners include a national Coach of the Year along with five regional coaches of the year – East, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West. The awards were given in association with American Football Monthly, the leading resource for coaches everywhere.

TVCC averaged 58.5 points per game this past season under Smiley, finishing with an undefeated – 12-0 – season. In the C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl, Trinity Valley defeated Coffeyville Community College, 27-24. Continue reading

Legislation Filed to Expand TVCC Board of Trustees

Legislative BeatPress release

AUSTIN — Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), along with Rep. Stuart Spitzer, M.D. (R-Kaufman) and Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) have filed SB 347 and HB 916 which will allow for the expansion of the number of members which will serve on the governing board of the Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC).

“Trinity Valley Community College has seen a lot of growth in the area they represent,” said Senator Nichols. “The expansion of the Board of Trustees at TVCC will allow them to provide the opportunity for more areas to be represented.”

According to Dr. Glendon Forgey, President of TVCC, the expansion of their governing board will provide greater representation for more of the districts residents as well as provide possibilities for additional educational opportunities for TVCC service area residents. This will also encourage annexation of school districts not currently in the district, which would allow students in those districts to take advantage of much lower in-district tuition and fee rates. Continue reading

HCJC Alumni Gather for Athletes

1-17-15 Alumni players visitA group of faithful Henderson County Junior College (now Trinity Valley Community College) alumni gathered Saturday, January 17, at their alma mater to enjoy good fellowship and support a new generation of athletes. The group has met for the past six years, and among those who returned this year were (from left) Jimmy Dunn (football, 1959-60); Jackie Pitts (football, 1959-60); Milton Lehman (basketball, 1958-60); Red McKaskle (basketball, 1957-59); Leon Spencer (basketball/football, 1957-59); Boyce Phillips (basketball, 1959-60); and James Sprinkle (football, 1959-60).


TVCC Softball Signs Nine Players

SC 14A signing ceremony for nine high school softball players was held Thursday morning at Trinity Valley Community College. Signing to play for the Lady Cardinals during the 2015-16 semester were Breana Florez (3B/2B, Cypress Creek HS), Alyssa Delos Santos (C/3B, Cypress Fair HS), Haley Joiner (OF, Timber Creek HS), Anna Wilhoite (C/3B, Waxahachie HS), Madison McDonald (P, George Ranch HS), Mikayla Castro (SS, New Caney HS), Courtney Johnson (P/SS, Greenville HS), Kayla Trekell (OF/P, Diboll HS) and Tori Hedrick (3B, Magnoila West HS).

TVCC Faculty, Staff Recognized for Military Service

TVCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Mary Nicholson (left) presents a red, white and blue military cord to faculty member Marshall Reeves during spring in-service Wednesday. Reeves and his wife, Iris (not pictured), each received a cord in recognition of their military service.

TVCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Mary Nicholson (left) presents a red, white and blue military cord to faculty member Marshall Reeves during spring in-service Wednesday. Reeves and his wife, Iris (not pictured), each received a cord in recognition of their military service.

By Jayson Larson/TVCC Public Information

Trinity Valley Community College’s Spring 2015 in-service included a new wrinkle Wednesday morning.

All faculty and staff in attendance who have served in the military were asked to stand and each was presented with a red, white and blue cord that can be worn during graduation ceremonies. TVCC began the practice of awarding these recognition cords during fall graduation in December 2014. Each graduate wore the cord with their regalia and their branch of service was called out with their name. Continue reading

Bryan Officially Takes Reins in Learning Resource Center

Karla Bryan

Karla Bryan

By Jayson Larson/TVCC Public Information

Serving students and faculty in the Learning Resource Center isn’t merely a means to a paycheck for Dr. Karla Bryan. It’s about fulfilling a passion.

Bryan, who late last year was selected to succeed Janice Sutton as director of the Trinity Valley Community College LRC, has hit the ground running since officially taking over at the beginning of this month. Students will soon begin filing in as the Spring 2015 semester kicks off, and that will afford Bryan and her staff an opportunity to do what they do best – connecting library customers to a world full of information.

“This is my passion – helping students get the information they need. And ultimately, that is what’s going to help them be successful,” Bryan said. “I had to learn how to get that information the hard way, but we’ve got a group of people here who are committed to helping people use the library.” Continue reading

Last Days For TVCC Registration

TVCC registration file artIt’s not too late to register for the Spring 2015 semester at Trinity Valley Community College, but time is running out.

Online registration closes Monday, January 12. The college is also allowing walk-up registration right now during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The final day of walk-up registration is Tuesday, January 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This is the first time TVCC has offered walk-up registration at the same time as online registration.

The spring semester begins Tuesday, January 20. For more information about registration, call 903-677-TVCC or visit

31 Rebounds in 69-43 Win Gives Grant School Record

Grant 3By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

For 27 years, Portia Hill’s single-game rebounding record of 29 withstood the test of time.

No longer.

Sophomore forward Leashja “LeeLee” Grant turned in a 31-rebound performance Wednesday night at Cardinal Gym to become the record holder for the Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals. Continue reading

TVCC Cardettes Set Collegiate, Middle School Dance Workshops

1-7-15 Cardette winter workshopsBy Jayson Larson/TVCC Public Information

The Trinity Valley Community College Cardettes are kicking off 2015 with a series of workshops aimed at enhancing the skills of area dancers and performers.

The first of three Collegiate Dance Workshops is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, with subsequent workshops to be held on Saturday, March 7, and Friday, April 3. The workshop is for dancers age 15 and older. Each session will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Student Union Building on the TVCC Athens campus. Cost of each workshop is $20.

The workshop offers attendees a chance to learn from experienced dancers. The two-and-a-half hours of instruction will include collegiate-level tricks, technique tools and a dance combination lesson from current Assistant Cardette Choreographer Sarah Cadungug and current Cardettes. The workshop will conclude with a 20-minute tour of the TVCC campus. Dance level will primarily be intermediate to advanced. Two to three years of dance experience is recommended in order to give all dancers proper time and individual instruction. Continue reading