Tyler Junior College

TJC Alumni Association announces Homecoming 2013 honorees, events

Published Friday, 18th October 2013

The Tyler Junior College Alumni Association has a host of events planned for TJC’s Homecoming 2013 weekend Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26.

Friday, Oct. 25

At noon Friday, a pep rally and lunch will be held on Jenkins Lawn.

At 5:30 p.m., the Apache Band Edwin “Pinky” Fowler Floor dedication ceremony will be held, along with a sneak preview of the John Franklin “Doc” Witt Apache Band Memorial Lounge, on the 4th floor of Building B of the Ornelas Residential Complex.

Fowler and Witt were longtime TJC band directors, and the 4th floor of Ornelas has been designated as the living space for Apache Band members.

At 6:30 p.m., the annual Alumni Awards Dinner will be held in the Apache Rooms in Rogers Student Center.

This year’s TJC Alumni Awards honorees are: Mary Payne Lowe ’62, Distinguished Alumna; Joey Stanger ’74, Apache Spirit; Dr. Paul Powell, Black and Gold Award; and M’Liss Hindman, Special Recognition Award.

Mary Payne Lowe ’62
Distinguished Alumna

The Distinguished Alumna award recognizes an individual for distinguished professional achievement and contributions to society, which have brought honor to the College. 

Mary Payne Lowe danced with the Apache Belles lines of 1960- 61 and ’61-’62, performing for halftimes of the Dallas Cowboys games and in Pasadena, Calif., during the Apaches’ appearance in the 1960 Junior Rose Bowl.

She and her husband, Dick, have been significant supporters of TJC and the Apache Belles, establishing an annual scholarship for a Belle. She has also been instrumental in fundraising activities to support the College’s campaign for a new rehearsal facility for the Apache Belles and Apache Band.

Mrs. Lowe is a member of the foundation board for Baylor All Saints Hospital, Dallas, and often works in the Presbyterian Night Shelter, which provides 600-700 meals a night for homeless people. She is also involved in a $5.4 million fundraising campaign in support of an endowment for the Joan Katz Breast Center that serves cancer patients.

Joey Stanger ’74
Apache Spirit

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 that measurably benefited Tyler Junior College. 

Joey Stanger founded Stanger Surveying Company in 1987 and the company now employs 175 people in Canton, Fairfield and Tyler. The company specializes in offering surveying services to the energy sector but has a wide range of clients.

Stanger has served on the TJC Surveying and Mapping Advisory Board since 1987 and leads the program’s annual Surveying Camp Fish Fry each year. He was elected to the Board of Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and served for six years. He has chaired the University Advisory Committee for five years, which helps high school teachers show how math and science principles can have a practical application in the work place.

A 1974 graduate of the TJC surveying and mapping program, Stanger was named the 2008 Surveyor of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors.
Dr. Paul Powell
Black and Gold Award

The Black and Gold award recognizes outstanding devotion to Tyler Junior College 
by an individual who is not a former student but volunteers time and effort to promote the mission and goals of the College.

Dr. Paul W. Powell is a retired Baptist preacher who has served in numerous leadership positions, including six years as the dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary on the campus of Baylor University; nine years as president and chief executive officer of the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention; and 17 years as pastor of Tyler’s Green Acres Baptist Church.

He served on the boards of trustees for Mary Hardin Baylor University and East Texas Baptist University for nine years each, and on the board of Baylor University for 16 years. He presently serves on the board of directors for Mother Frances Hospital, Southside Bank and the Robert M. Rogers Foundation.

He and his wife, Cathy, have long been supporters of higher education and have established scholarships at Baylor University, East Texas Baptist University, TJC and four other schools. Powell has been influential in the TJC Foundation’s efforts to encourage private donations in support of TJC’s planned Robert M. Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Center.

The Powells both graduated from Baylor in 1956. They have three children, Kent, Mike, and Lori, and three grandchildren, Jordan, Katie, and Matthew.

M’Liss Hindman
Special Recognition

The Special Recognition Award recognizes an individual for outstanding professional achievements, contributions to society and/or service to Tyler Junior College. 

M’Liss S. Hindman has been teaching speech at TJC since 1976 and has served the College for 30 years as the leader of the TJC Speech and Debate team. She has served as tournament director for Phi Rho Pi national speech and debate tournament for 12 years and as assistant director for 10 years.

Under her leadership, TJC’s Speech and Debate team routinely scores among the highest junior college teams in the nation and regularly the team wins national competitions against major, four-year universities.

She has received numerous forensics awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the American Forensic Association in 2010, the Distinguished Service Award from the District 6 American Forensic Association in 2010 and was named the TJC Student Senate Rick Diamond Excellence in Education Award winner in 1999 and 2010. She was named National Community College Educator of the Year by the Speech Communication Association in 1995, the Community College Educator of the Year by the Texas Speech Communication Association in 1994, Educator of the Year by the Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association in 1991 and received a Distinguished Service Award from Phi Rho Pi in 1988.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Reunions for the following groups will be held 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday:
• Brothers & Sisters – Board Dining Room, 3rd floor of Rogers Student Center;
• Apache Chiefs – Spirit Room adjacent to Apache Rooms, Rogers Student Center;
• Apache Belle and Band Gold – Open house events will be held in Ornelas Residential Complex on the Apache Belle Floor (Building A, 4th floor) and the new Apache Band Floor (Building B, 4th floor)
• Rockin’ Out the ’60s – Apache Belles coffee, talk and check-in, Gold Room, Ornelas Residential Complex, Building A, 1st floor
• Apache Band alumni rehearsal at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium

From 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, alumni will meet for a tailgate barbecue on the Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium parking lot. Alumni members are admitted free to the tailgate party with membership card, and guests are admitted for $10 each. Tickets are required and reservations are requested in advance.

To RSVP, email alumni@tjc.edu, call the TJC Alumni Office at 903-510-2588, or go to www.tjc.edu/homecoming and click on Alumni Activities.

Pregame homecoming court presentations begin at 1 p.m., with the traditional rim walk at 1:30 p.m.

At 3 p.m., the TJC Apaches kick off against the Kilgore College Rangers.

After the game, the Athletic Training Program Reunion will be held.

Author: Elise Mulliix 

More articles in the news archive.

Get this feed Tyler Junior College news feed | About RSS.