Tyler Junior College

Alumni Awards and News

Past Alumni Award winners

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2013 Alumni Honorees

  • Distinguished Alumni - Mary Payne Lowe '62 (Former Apache Belle, alumnus, philanthropist)
  • Apache Spirit - Joey Stanger '74 (alumnus/supporter, surveyor)
  • Black and Gold Award - Dr. Paul Powell (pastor/advocate, Nursing and Health Sciences Facility)
  • Special Recognition Award - M'Liss Hindman (professor/leader of TJC speech and debate program)

Five Honored at 2012 Alumni Awards Homecoming Dinner

The Alumni Association honored five outstanding individuals for their contributions to society, lives’ work and/or education at the 2012 Alumni Awards Banquet on October 13, 2012.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Chief Master Sergeant John 'Pat' Snow, Class of '83.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the most prestigious award given by the Alumni Association. It recognizes a former student for their distinguished professional achievements and distinctive contributions to society, thus bringing honor to the College.

Sgt Snow

The Apache Spirit Award was presented to Dr. Paul and Kay Latta, Classes of ’86 & ’81.

The Apache Spirit Award recognizes a person or group who has shown spirit and motivation through the contribution of time and energy to a program or activity which measurably benefits our College.

The Lattas

The Valuable Young Alumni Award was presented to Adam Daley, Class of ’98.

The Valuable Young alumni Awards recognizes a former student of integrity and stature for distinguished achievement at a young age in a business, profession or life work. Recipients must not have reached their 45th birthday as of January 1 of the year nominated.


The Special Recognition Award was presented to Emma Lou Wyatt Prater, Class of ’46.

The Special Recognition Award recognizes an individual for their outstanding professional achievements, contributions to society, and/or service to their community bringing honor to TJC.

Emma Lou Prater

If you would like to nominate a former student for consideration for future alumni awards, contact the Alumni Association at alumni@tjc.edu or 903-510-2588.

Alumni Homecoming GOLDEN

On October 12th and 13th, hundreds of alumni and friends of the College came back to campus to celebrate Homecoming 2012. On Friday night, the Apache Band and Belle Alumni celebrated their 65th Anniversary. On Saturday we honored five outstanding former students at our awards luncheon. Once again congratulations to Award Recipients: CMS Pat Snow, Dr. and Mrs. Paul Latta, Adam Daley and Emma Lou Prater for their accomplishments and service to our community, College, and/or nation. Special thanks to Mitch Andrews, our master of ceremonies and to Harmony and Understanding alumni for leading us in singing our Alma Mater - accompanied once again by our own J.W. Johnson on the piano.

That afternoon, we dedicated the new J.W. Johnson Choral Hall and held reunions for the Apache Band (a tribute to Dr. Edwin Fowler), the Apache Belles ’60-62, and the Brothers & Sisters. Later that afternoon, the alumni association hosted their annual tailgate party followed by the Apache Band, Belles, and their alumni kicking-off the pre-game show by once again “Walking the Rim.” And to top off the perfect weekend, our Apache Football team beat the Cisco Wranglers!

Twin Princesses

We also want to congratulate our 2012 Alumni Homecoming Apache Princesses, the Broadfoot Twins, Jane McElmurry and Jean Bridges!

View photos of Homecoming 2012 here.

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