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TJC Bell Tower arts journal to be released Friday

Published Wednesday, 23rd March 2011

TJC Bell Tower arts journal to be released Friday

The fifth edition of the Tyler Junior College Bell Tower arts journal will be released with a launch party 1 p.m. Friday in the Art Lobby of Jenkins Hall on the TJC main campus.

It will available free of charge at various locations on the TJC campus.

The Bell Tower highlights the literary, photographic, graphic and visual works created solely by TJC students, said faculty adviser and TJC English professor Dr. Linda Gary.

Gary began the journal soon after she came to TJC in 2005.

"I felt that a college of TJC’s stature with such terrific arts programs needed a publication to celebrate the talent of its students," she said.

So, she approached then University Studies Dean Richard Minter who found funding in his budget, and enlisted the help of graphic arts professor Torrie Wylie and art professor Derrick White. The first edition rolled off the presses in 2007.

"From the beginning, we wanted the publication to be student centered and student generated," she said. "Only students may submit their literary, photographic, graphic, and/or visual works to The Bell Tower; and faculty only participate in an advisory capacity."

Students also participate in the selection process for the upcoming issue, and graphic arts students design the cover and layout each year. The Bell Tower has won a number of Texas Intercollegiate Press Association awards.

Gary said this edition of the Bell Tower is dedicated to Molly Stanley, a TJC student who was tragically killed in a car accident just before her graduation last spring.

"Molly was a creative and talented student who used her skills to help create the 2009 edition of The Bell Tower Arts Journal," she said.

Elise Mullinix


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