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IN THIS ISSUE A Long Way from Home (Page 11) ALSO Laying the Plans for Institutional Advancement (Page 15)

Alumni travels the world (Page 17)


The technology that keeps America on the move. (Page 5)

From the President


 President Stuckly with Murray Watson Jr. at the recent announcement of the largest monetary gift in the college’s history. Read more on Pg. 3.

National honors, historic gifts mark 2011 I don’t believe I’ve ever looked forward to fall as much as I have this year after experiencing a summer marked by recording breaking-heat and drought. But while the temperature may be cooling down, the progress at TSTC Waco is not! In its 2011 “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers,” Community College Week magazine named Texas State Technical College No. 1 in the entire nation among both two-year and four-year colleges in conferring the most associate degrees in the critical category of Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields. In this fall edition of the TSTC Magazine you can read about this honor and more. Read about an alumnus whose job takes him around the world; the largest single monetary pledge in the college’s history; our new institutional advancement office; what Publishing has released; and much more.

Dr. Elton E. Stuckly, Jr. TSTC Waco President

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Contents & Calendar

In This Issue:

Calendar of Events NOVEMBER 14

Spring registration begins for returning students


Spring registration begins for new students

24-25 Student & employee holiday DECEMBER 9

3 Tech Notes

End of semester Fall commencement, 6 p.m., Waco Convention Center

Campus Snapshots Page 8-10 23

Campus closed for winter break

Campus news and accolades

5 Diesel-Driven


The technology that keeps America on the move

8 Campus Snapshots Golf Course & Landscape Management facilities

11 A Long Way From Home Students come to TSTC from the U.S. Virgin Islands


Campus reopens


Last day to register for spring


Spring classes begin


Student & employee holiday


Last day to apply for graduation


17 Alumni Feature

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Spring Break — Student holiday Industry Career Day College Preview & Open House


Jeff Denney has traveled the world with his degree



Registration begins for returning students


Registration begins for new students

People & Places Photos from TSTC events ON THE COVER Diesel Equipment Technology students Christopher Smith and Wesley Merryman work on a Freightliner truck in a DET lab class.


Last day to register for summer End of semester Spring commencement, 6 p.m., Waco Convention Center

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Vice President Carliss Hyde shares about TSTC’s renewed focus on Institutional Advancement


15 Campus Q&A

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tech notes TSTC closes on land in Hutto

Murray Watson Jr. and his wife Greta W. Watson speak at the press conference announcing the million-dollar donation. The Culinary Arts Center will be named in honor of Mrs. Watson.

Historic million-dollar gift, new name for Culinary Arts Center


In late July 2011, the Brazos Higher Education Service Corp., under the leadership of former senator and Waco business owner Murray Watson Jr., pledged the single largest monetary gift the college has received to date. TSTC officials have allocated the funds for its new Culinary Arts facility, currently under construction. Watson, chief executive officer and president of the Brazos Higher Education Service Corp., served as representative in the Texas House from 1956 to 1969 and as Texas senator from 1962 to 1972. In his role as senator in 1965, he proposed the bill establishing the creation of the then James Connally Technical Institute. Throughout the years, his support for the institution, today known as Texas State Technical College, has never wavered. “As a strong supporter of the college from the beginning, I am pleased with its growth and success. It has succeeded my expectations,” Watson said. “The future of our

state is going to depend on its training of a skilled workforce for future growth and prosperity. I encourage others to join in to help TSTC grow and provide a springboard to the future prosperity of our country.” To acknowledge the generosity and continued support of the Brazos Higher Education Service Corp., TSTC’s System Board of Regents unanimously approved naming the new Culinary Arts facility the Greta W. Watson Culinary Arts Center. “We are very grateful and pleased that Mr. Watson and the Brazos Higher Education Service Corp. have such faith in TSTC,” President Stuckly said. “We strive hard to provide our students with a viable education that will ensure the economic viability of Texas’ future workforce. To do that, it is imperative that we have the proper tools and facilities to train our students. This generous gift will go a long way to helping us achieve that goal.” The new center is set to open for classes in the spring 2012 semester.

On Sept. 19, TSTC Waco officials closed on the land for the new East Williamson County Higher Education Center-Hutto (EWCHEC). The college acquired 56.7 acres of land for the EWCHEC-Hutto project, including a generous donation by the Avery family of land valued at just under a million dollars. Construction is slated to begin in spring 2012 with classes set to start in the new facility in fall 2013. Temple College and TSTC Waco are the primary college partners in EWCHEC, a multiinstitutional teaching center. Classes currently are being held in a temporary location at Veterans’ Hill Elementary. TSTC offers certificates in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Combination Welding (offered in Taylor), Electrical Construction, Food Service Operations, Industrial Systems and Radio Communication Electronics at EWCHEC.

WCJC Fort Bend Technical Center celebrates 10th Anniversary August marked a milestone for the Fort Bend Technical Center in Richmond—the 10th anniversary of its opening. TSTC began holding classes at Fort Bend on Aug. 27, 2001. The college has offered Air Conditioning, Diesel Equipment, Machining and Mechanical Engineering technologies at the facility since it first opened. Enrollment has grown from 10 students in the first class, to 90 students today. Enrollment in TSTC’s programs at the center stays near capacity, showing a strong need for technical education and training in the area.

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TSTC top engineering degree producer in nation Texas State Technical College is No. 1 in the entire nation among both two-year and four-year colleges when it comes to conferring the most associate degrees in the critical category of Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields. Community College Week magazine has released its latest analysis of the country’s Top 100 Associate Degree Producers, arguably one of the most important indicators of success for community and technical education institutions. The move to the top slot represents a 40 percent increase in engineering-related degree conferrals for TSTC Waco. “We are pleased TSTC is No. 1 in producing engineering technology graduates,” said Dr. Elton E. Stuckly Jr., TSTC Waco president. “Industry leaders have consistently said skilled technicians are in high demand in today’s increasingly complex workforce. TSTC works hard to ensure our graduates meet this demand, so it’s nice to be recognized for fulfilling that need.” In addition to ranking top in the nation in Engineering Technologies, TSTC also was top in Texas — and second in the nation — in the Computer and Information Science and Support Services category, and top in the state in the Precision Production category. The annual report lists associate degree and certificate conferrals for the 2009-2010 academic year, the latest year for which data is available. It includes an analysis of 1,200 two- and four-year public, private and

Industrial Systems & Engineering student at work in a lab class. ISE is one of many engineering related degrees offered at TSTC. proprietary schools to produce the top 100 list. Data is collected and analyzed from the National Center for Education Statistics through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set completion survey. Since the survey’s inception, TSTC has ranked top in the state numerous times and has stayed consistently on the top 50 list in nearly every category for which it is eligible. To read the full report, visit and click on “Top 100.”

employee kudos Texas Governor appoints Morris to commission Environmental Health & Safety Department Chair Linda Morris has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission. The Commission manages and disposes of low-level radioactive waste, while maintaining the health, safety and welfare of Texas citizens. The term of appointment is set to expire in 2015.

Schneider featured in weekly cooking show Culinary Arts Department Chair Mark Schneider recently debuted on KWTX TV Channel 10 in a new segment, “What’s in the Fridge?” Chef Schneider’s show now airs once weekly on the new “Mom’s Everyday News @ 4” program, showing viewers how to put together delicious meals from basic ingredients they can find in their refrigerator. To view the videos, go to TSTC’s YouTube channel at tstc4u.

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Biomedical Equipment Technology Department Chair Dr. Roger Bowles recently was elected to United States Certification Commission for Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology (USCC). Beginning June 2012, he will serve a three-year term on the Commission as an educational representative. The USCC is part of the International Certification Commission for Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology. This commission oversees certification

for Biomedical Equipment Technicians to ensure a safe, reliable healthcare environment


Bowles Elected to National Commission



By Sarah-Jane Menefee



sk any company that works in shipping and came back after working in the industry to teach and now freight and they’ll tell you — diesel powers the lead the popular program, he knows each lab, each piece world. From the traditional semi-trailer trucks on of equipment and each student. the highway and construction equipment making way With an average of 250 students annually and several for new growth, to huge tractors and reapers moving large labs, he has a lot to keep track of with the help of his agriculture along and even oil pumping operations, diesel nine other instructors, many who also graduated from the motors offer consistency to an ever-moving industry. DET program. If you ask him why he came back to work Consistent is also a word that describes the Diesel where he first learned the trade, he’ll tell you it’s a matter Equipment Technology program at Texas State Technical of pride. College. Like a well-serviced engine, it runs with quiet “Of course I’m proud of this program. With our stuefficiency sending out graduates trained in variety of tech- dents we have a lot of repeat business from the same famnical fields to keep America moving. ily and friends of our graduates. “They’re the best in the country,” ReThey hear about us through word vis Parkison said. “By far the best, and of mouth and just keep coming,” I’ve visited several schools. Some of he said. “We always have several our better technicians graduated from students who had a brother come TSTC and we’re very pleased with their through the program. I feel like if work.” it wasn’t a good school, then they Parkison, the regional customer wouldn’t be here.” service manager for Rush Truck Center So, what sets TSTC’s diesel REVIS PARKISON, of Dallas, has had a 30-year relationprogram apart? In a few words: RUSH TRUCK CENTER OF DALLAS ship with the program and has seen it variety, hands on training, induschange over the years to keep up with try-grade labs and instructors. At the latest advances in diesel technology. It’s the program’s least those were Jake Brown’s reasons for choosing TSTC. commitment to quality that keeps him coming back to hire The first-semester student from Robinson came to learn more graduates and to serve on its advisory committee. the Heavy Truck and Construction specializations. “Another thing that makes TSTC superior is their in“I heard it’s the best and I believe it,” he said. “Now that structors,” he said. “With Henry as the department chair I’ve gone through some classes and I’ve worked in the and the great job he has done, I have no doubt the prohands-on labs, I’ve found they teach you in a way you can gram will continue to be great.” relate to. I chose two specializations because it gives me Henry Macik, DET department chair, knows his proa variety of jobs I can choose to do and I can make more gram better than anyone else. As a 1973 graduate who money.”


OPPOSITE PAGE: The DET program has a diverse student make-up including nontraditional students and women. TOP LEFT: A DET student at work on a semi-truck engine. TOP RIGHT: One of the main diesel labs.

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DET D ET stu students d e n ts a att w work o r k in a co n stru c ti o n equipment construction e q u ip me n t lab lab


The specializations in DET are designed to do just that: help students qualify for more jobs and get more money for their knowledge and skills. There are five specializations to choose from: Heavy Truck, Construction, Agriculture, Outdoor Power Equipment and the dealer-sponsored John Deere Construction & Forestry Technician Program. The first four specializations are designed to allow students to cross-train and get multiple degrees by staying just a couple extra semesters. The John Deere program trains students sponsored by John Deere dealerships who are reimbursed $8,000 in return for working at the dealership. With all the advantages of a TSTC diesel education, alumni generally get placed quickly. For alumnus Anthony Drake, now the lead shop supervisor at ATC Freightliner in Dallas, it was the basic diesel education that made him jobready. “I absolutely felt prepared walking into a fleet shop... TSTC doesn’t skip over the basics to get to the newer technology. You’ve still got to be able to replace a part before you can troubleshoot problems.” “IT REALLY EXCEEDED Now in the posiMY EXPECTATIONS IN tion to hire from his EVERY WAY.“ alma mater and other institutions, Drake said ALEX DONALDSON, he sees a big difference DET STUDENT between the quality of candidates he has to choose from. “As far as base knowledge, TSTC graduates are above or better than other schools’ graduates. There are some schools we just don’t hire from … TSTC is consistent. The instructors really do care about what they’re putting out. It’s more of a quality-driven institution, and that’s something missing from a lot of other schools.” As quality continues to be the driving factor behind the diesel program at TSTC, its legacy lives on in the alumni and students it serves. Alex Donaldson, a fifth-semester Heavy Truck student from Wichita Falls, said he will undoubtedly recommend the program to others. “It really exceeded my expectations in every way.”

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With their new state-of-the-art facilities, Golf Course & Landscape Management has room to show off their students’ and instructors’ skills. The spacious equipment lab (TOP) is specially designed for repair classes and the new location is closer to the practice golf course students maintain (LEFT). The digitally controlled greenhouse (BELOW) is a perfect place to cultivate plants for landscaping. See Pg. 10-11 for a full shot of the greenhouse.

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snapshot Students work to prune plants in the state-of-the-art Golf Course & Landscape Management greenhouse. During their horticulture classes students learn to identify different plants and soil types and the best combinations for landscaping in different climates.



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Hovensa H ovensa P Partnership artnership

A Long Way from HOME

Partnership with Hovensa brings students to TSTC from St. Croix


ueandra Alexander is a long way from home — some 2,000 miles, in fact. In spite of being in a strange town surrounded by unfamiliar faces, she’s not only thriving, she’s excelling in one of the more difficult programs at TSTC: Instrumentation, Computerized Controls & Robotics (ICR). And she’s just 19 years old. Alexander is not alone. She is one of nearly three dozen students who hails from St. Croix (the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands) now attending TSTC through a scholarship “loan” program provided by St. Croix’s biggest employer, Hovensa, one of the largest refineries in the United States.


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By Mary Drennon

Hovensa chose to partner with TSTC to develop its future workforce and send students into one of three programs, ICR, Industrial Systems & Engineering Technology (ISE) or Electrical Power & Controls (EPC). The first group of 20 students arrived in the fall of 2010 and included Alexander. Although she’s now been here a year, she’s been planning for this a lot longer. “When we were in eighth grade, the top students were approached by Hovensa to join their four-year program, learn a craft and then join the workforce,” Alexander said. After initial testing, selected students began training in high school and chose the course of study they wanted to

Hovensa Partnership

St Croix

St. Croix is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands at 28 miles long and 7 miles wide. It’s located in the Caribbean Sea south of Puerto Rico. HOVENSA operates a world-class refinery on St. Croix. It is one of the most modern and largest refineries in the United States with a crude oil processing capacity of 500,000 barrels per day.

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I personally nally love lo this school. I love that [Hovensa] had this opportunity p y for us. I Lueandra Alexander am learning a lot.

Hovensa students Lueandra Alexander, Jed Bougouneau and Denzel Gore work to dismantle and repair a valve in an ICR maintenance calibration lab class. who have helped this project grow, as well,” said Balch. “It is evident that Hovensa is committed to making a difference in the lives of these students, and at the same time bringing quality employees that are well-trained back to the company.” Hovensa officials echoed Balch’s sentiment: “Partnering with TSTC makes good business sense and is a win-win proposition for Hovensa, TSTC and the people of St. Croix.”


pursue. By the time she graduated from St. Croix Central High, Alexander already was NCCER-certified (National Center for Construction Education and Research) and had spent a summer working in the refinery. At the end of her senior year, she was offered a conditional scholarship “loan” provided she maintained her grades and worked for Hovensa for two years after graduating from college. At the end of the two-year period, the “loan” would be considered paid in full. It’s a sweet deal. Students get a monthly stipend and Hovensa picks up 100 percent of the costs for all lodging, books, tuition and travel back to St. Croix upon completion of the program. Of course, while students only have to work for the company for the two-year period, “It is our hope they will continue after the two years and become the core of our maintenance organization, not only as craftsmen and technicians, but as our future supervisors, specialists and managers,” said Joe Hazewski, vice president of Maintenance & Controls at Hovensa. Hovensa officials said the program evolved out of the need for skilled craftsmen. Historically, the company would hire off-island contractors, an expensive — and temporary — proposition. Since there were no technical schools in St. Croix, Hovensa worked with the local government to provide NCCER-based curriculum in the public schools to help train locally grown workers. But they needed more. After researching technical schools in the U.S., Hovensa decided TSTC Waco would be the best choice and sent a team to visit in January of 2008. Company officials spoke to instructors and administration, toured housing, classrooms and lab facilities and even checked out the city of Waco to ensure it would make a good social and cultural match for the students. “TSTC has been a great choice. The staff and administration have been outstanding, and the facilities and training are something that would be difficult to provide,” said Jerry Gerlich, facilities engineer and supervisor at Hovensa. “We were particularly impressed with the amount of ‘hands-on’ training the students receive.” Alexander is happy with her training, too. “I personally love this school. I love that [Hovensa] had this opportunity for us. I am learning a lot,” said Alexander. The students are an asset to TSTC, too, said Program Coordinator Marcus Balch, who added many students are on the dean’s list, some are student workers, and one is a Student Ambassador. “I can’t say enough about the folks at Hovensa


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tech notes TSTC Summer Academy

WaterB otics S ee add additional iti onal photos on Pg. 18

Upcoming College Preview & Open House

TSTC’s annual College Preview & Open House provides an opportunity for students, parents and friends to check out college options and learn about the instructional programs offered at TSTC. Visitors can get information about college financing, housing options, student activities and more. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Students can choose to attend college full time and work on an associate degree or select a faster track and complete a certificate option in a variety of educational programs. If you’d like to schedule a tour on another date or have questions about College Preview, please contact Autumn Outlaw at (254) 867-2026 or To register for the event online, go to


While most middle and high school students spent their summers lounging by the pool, those attending TSTC’s Summer Academy made room for a week to learn about a specific technology field. The fun, educational camps were provided through a Texas Workforce Commission and GEAR UP Waco grant. There were an extensive variety of areas to choose from, including supercomputing, welding, WaterBotics, video game and aerospace technologies. More camps will be offered this coming summer. For additional information on TSTC’s Summer Academy, contact Sheryl Kattner-Allen at (254) 867-3875 or

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Latest TSTC Publishing Title Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches: Legends from the Heart of Texas the grounds of St. Mary’s and voices whispering in the old high schools around McLennan County will steal you away to places filled with ominous omens. Whether you believe in ghost stories or not, Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches: Legends from the Heart of Texas contains enough information to spark the interest of anyone curious about the strange happenings in the greater Central Texas area. The book, by Bradley T. Turner, with photographs by TSTC’s own Mark Burdine, will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and is available for pre-order now at BarnesAndNoble. com and

TSTC’s Air Traffic Control Technology has been awarded $412,220 in Year 2 Wagner-Peyser funds. The funds will enable TSTC to purchase a tower simulator system, with a 180-degree tower simulator and three controller positions for training in all three ground traffic operations: clearance delivery/flight data, ground control and local control. A student training in radar guides an airplane to the airport, and the tower controller will eventually see this airplane on his or her virtual screen and clear it to land. The tower simulator will also allow training on directing aircraft to and from runways. The addition of the high-fidelity tower simulator will enhance the quality of the training and establish TSTC Waco’s program as a leader in Air Traffic Control instruction. The Air Traffic Control program at TSTC is the only FAA-approved ATC Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program offered at a public college in Texas.

Companies invited to spring Industry Career Day Area companies are invited to attend TSTC’s Industry Career Day and Job Fair, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. Industry Career Day gives prospective employers a chance to meet with TSTC students who are educated in a variety of fields. Attendees will have backgrounds in everything from engineering-related technologies, such as computerized controls and robotics, to more traditional programs such as dental assisting, website design, welding, automotive technology and more. Last year more than 700 students and alumni attended the event, along with more than 100 representatives from companies such as Halliburton, Eastman Chemical and Dell. Deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27; to register, call Jerry Atlas at (254) 867-3023. Businesses can register online at

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SkillsUSA Winners celebrating in Kansas City.

SkillsUSA National Medalists SkillsUSA competitors from TSTC Waco brought back nine medals in eight categories from the National SkillsUSA competition held in Kansas City, Mo. over the summer. Gold: Mark Eslick, Residential Systems Installation & Maintenance Gold: Chris Coffey, Customer Service Silver: George Buchanan, Computer Programming Silver: Jason Meurer, Power Equipment Tech. Bronze: Tim Branch & Stephanie Tannous, 3D Visualization Bronze: Matthew Gaskill, Computer Maintenance Bronze: Russell Elhardt, Technical Drafting Bronze: Jake Eskridge, T-Shirt Design

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Air Traffic Control Technology awarded $412,220 for tower simulator system

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Witches wandering in the forest, chanting; ethereal silhouettes swaying from the trees of Cameron Park; unearthly gatherings heard from afar on the shores of Lake Waco — these tales leave locals quaking in fear and add to the rich social and cultural history of the Heart of Texas. Stories dating as far back as the Civil War and as recent as the 1990s fill the pages of Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches: Legends from the Heart of Texas. The book includes multiple variations of certain tales, like the infamous Cameron Park witch. Accounts of strange happenings at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, a small girl who wanders


Q&A with Carliss Hyde Vice President of Institutional Advancement By Sarah-Jane Menefee

Previously in charge of managing only grant funding, Carliss Hyde and her team have taken on development and fundraising to create TSTC’s first Institutional Advancement office. What does your job in Institutional Advancement entail? My job is about getting external dollars into the institution and managing those dollars appropriately — whether it’s grants or gifts. In addition to submitting proposals and asking for donations, my team supports the process of receiving funds and administering them in accordance with law, compliance and individual donor wishes. With grants we are accountable to a legal body or state or federal agency, but on the pure development side, we are accountable to a donor, a friend. There’s more of a personal story behind individual donations and those gifts are also managed much more personally than are grants. Compliance on grants is essentially a legal matter.

Does your office make the donation process smoother? We already have a very solid relationship with industry and donors at the departmental level. What is helpful for them is anything we can do to get their donations distributed more efficiently. We’ve always had the relationships; we just haven’t had the infrastructure. Fortunately, our offices of Financial Aid and Student Accounting provide very high level support to the process (not to mention training me when that’s necessary) so that the process can be as smooth as possible.

What are some points you focus on when talking to donors?


I talk to two sets of people. One set already knows us and places a high value on what we do — our industry partners. With them, the focus is always about how we can take this discussion from the board room to a student getting a scholarship or a department getting equipment. The other set includes groups like foundations who don’t know how TSTC fits into the picture of higher education or why they should invest their dollars with us.

For this group, my message is that we are unique among colleges and universities. TSTC’s mission is at the intersection of the traditional academy and economic development. It’s unique. I try to bear in mind that “the donor is always right.” There’s almost no gift that could not be used or be meaningful. The idea behind a gift is the fact that someone is excited about what we do. We are happy to receive whatever they choose to give us.

How do donors directly affect students? Our industry partners and advisors give donations of equipment that are used in labs, providing a learning environment that we simply could not afford otherwise. Our donors also provide scholarships and sponsorships. Some donors provide scholarships that can benefit any student — they leave the selection to us. Other companies provide sponsorships, providing a particular student’s tuition, fees and supplies, in return for which the student commits to work for the company after graduation. It’s a win-win! Finally, donors can give cash donations to the college. As our appropriated money decreases, gifts to the college help us to keep programs and positions we might otherwise lose.

How do they affect the state? A gift of equipment provides infrastructure long after this current body of students passes through and goes on to work. Through these contributions, we’re capable of serving more companies and have increased economic impact because our graduates have a higher skill level. Companies talk about the amount of time an employee has to work there before they’re worth their salary — they measure it. With our graduates it’s a very short time. They’re worth their pay very quickly and that’s because our infrastructure is maintained at an industry-ready level. Industry makes that possible for us by giving

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equipment and creating an environment that has a lasting impact. The state of Texas is made stronger when we’re made stronger. Companies cannot grow without a competent workforce. Those things go together.

What unique gifts have you received? We’ve received a gift of original aviation artwork for the new aviation building from Bill Ward, a donor out of Austin. That’s a very unique gift. He’s also giving us some museum-caliber models for the new building and even models of planes that were used here historically when TSTC was an air force base. Scholarship memorials to faculty members or students are very meaningful. Recently we had alumni come back to give a scholarship to the college because their experience here changed the quality of their life so much they wanted to make that possible for another person. It was a thank you to their department. In other instances, memorial gifts have established a way for TSTC to maintain a connection to the family member of a TSTC employee, student or advisory committee member who is no longer living. Keeping that historical link alive is very important to us.

Contact our office. We’d be happy to visit with anyone interested in giving to TSTC. Each gift is unique, and we like to take the time to work out agreements to give the donor confidence that their gift will be implemented in the way they want it to be. We manage each gift according to the donor’s wishes. When a donor is ready to move from discussion to award, our team works out an agreement spelling out the amount and nature of the gift along with any specific guidelines the donor outlines. To learn more about giving to TSTC, contact the Institutional Advancement office at (254) 867-2009. Carliss Hyde can be reached directly at (254) 867-4843 or

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What are the ways to give to TSTC and how can donors get started?



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World travels for Laser Electro-Optics alumni

By Mary Drennon


At 17, Jeff Denney never imagined the direction his life was about to take. A Riesel High School student at the time, Denney joined two of his buddies at Texas State Technical College in the Laser Electro-Optics Technology (LET). He and his friends learned about the program after a TSTC recruiting venture to Riesel put on a demo for soon-to-graduate seniors. With his friends enrolling in the same program, Denney didn’t really know what he was getting into, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Little did he know. Fast forward some 18 years later: Denney is now a world traveler and a leader in his field. He knows lasers inside and out. He serves as president of the LET Advisory Committee and lends his technical expertise to engineers on his day-to-day job with Cymer Inc., a global company that provides sales and support of excimer lasers (a form of ultraviolet laser) in today’s high-tech semiconductor marketplace. “It’s an interesting job, that’s for sure,” said Denney. “I never knew TSTC would take me in this direction in my life.” Indeed. Employed since two months before he even graduated in 1995, Denney has traveled to the likes of Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Japan,

France, Scotland and more. He’s been to 11 states in the U.S., has lived on both the West and the East coasts and makes frequent trips between California — the parental location of Cymer — and his home in Waco. In his first two jobs before Cymer, he serviced half a dozen different lasers and conducted field service along the East Coast. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Concordia University, fully funded by Cymer, and moved out of the field and into second-level support for field service engineers. While he aspires to move someday into management, he’s really quite content with his life. Now settled down with a wife and a son, Denney has come a long way from the naive 19-year-old he described graduating from TSTC. “I could never have envisioned where I’ve gotten to, where I’ve gotten to travel, who I’ve gotten to meet. It’s been such a huge world experience I’ve been able to gather because of the education and where it could take me,” Denney said. When he talks to current students, his main message is really quite simple: “This program [LET] can give you the skills to gain a good job and really good pay — as long as you stick with it and do your best.” And that’s coming from a guy who knows.

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EWCHEC-Hutto Grand Opening

EWCHEC-Hutto location at Veterans’ Hill.

Dr. Stuckly and Temple College President Dr. Dr. Stuckly with Dr. Barron and former Glenda Barron cut the ribbon for EWCHEC. TSTC Regent Chair Rolf Haberecht.

TSTC Summer Academy

Future Flight camp

Supercomputing camp

Welding camp

Students stand for the national anthem.

Brooke Hernandez receives the Mike Torres Jr. Leadership Award from Nanette Torres.

Flag Football intramurals

Culinary Club Pumpkin Carving

Dr. Stuckly hands out diplomas.

Events on Campus

Dodgeball Tournament


Summer 2011 Graduation



Building Careers : Building Partnerships : Building Our State Economy

Aerospace The Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center is quickly becoming a reality, further enhancing Texas State Technical College’s ability to deliver world-class aviation and aerospace education and training based on a robust industrial airport infrastructure, instep with Texas’ workforce needs. TSTC’s friends and corporate partners have many avenues through which to support the advancement of aerospace in Central Texas and beyond. Investing in TSTC is an investment in our students’ futures, an investment in your community, an investment in higher education and an investment in the future economic growth of Texas. To invest in TSTC call Carliss Hyde at 254.867.4843

Technology focused. Career driven.

TSTC Magazine Fall 2011  

The official Texas State Technical College Waco magazine.