MARCH 2022
NEWS & UPDATES
Retool Your School
The Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Program is back for 2022 and we need your help to win! This year's competition will award 30 different campus improvement grants, 10 awards per cluster (cluster based on enrollment size), ranging between $20,000 - $75,000; awards will be based on consumer voting.

2022's competition is currently underway and the first week of voting has positioned Texas College as a leading contender for first place in Cluster 3! Working in close collaboration with the Texas College National Alumni Association (TCNAA), the College and TCNAA both remain committed to winning 2022's competition, but we need everyone's vote to ensure success!

Votes may be cast as they have in previous years, via the competition's website and the social media platforms Twitter and Instagram by inclusion of the College's unique hashtag on tweets/posts. The cumulative number of votes received, both from online and social media, will determine the College's ranking. Please be reminded that Texas College is in Cluster 3.

Cast your vote online or through social media:
Vote online:
  1. Visit https://retoolyourschool.com/vote;
  2. Select Cluster 3;
  3. Vote for Texas College!
Vote via Twitter and/or Instagram:
  • Tweet or post using Texas College's unique hashtag #RYSTEXAS
Note that your account must be public for the vote to count.

To vote now, view the real time leaderboard, or learn more about The Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Program, please click the respective button below. Should you have any questions regarding the Retool Your School competition, please contact:

Jake Martin, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
(903) 593-8311, ext. 2327 jmartin@texascollege.edu
Honors Recognition Program
2022 Career & Graduate School Fair
The Season of Lent
The Season of Lent: A Time of Refocusing & Renewal
On the Christian calendar, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. Ash Wednesday is a solemn day typically marked by the application of ashes in the form of a cross on the forehead. This act, performed by a clergy, is accompanied by the words, “Dust you are, and dust you shall return”. It comes as a reminder to humanity of our sinful state and mortality. Additionally, we are reminded of our need to confess and repent of our sins.  
 
The Season of Lent is when Christians embark upon a reflective journey to the grueling, sacrificial act of Jesus Christ on the Cross. The 40 days of Lent (excluding Sundays) is a time for us to engage in intense self-reflection and penitence. We confess that we have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As Christians who understand the importance of doing so, we are moved towards repentance and exhibition of signs revealing our sincerity to pursue holiness. I Peter 1:15-16 states, “15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” Therefore, during this time, we are strongly encouraged to fast, pray, study the Word of God and engage in charitable acts. 
 
Our prayer during Lent should reflect the words of the hymn writer who wrote, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of your salvation; and uphold me with your free Spirit.” The foci of these words are confession of sin, dependence on God and a desire for spiritual renewal. Indeed, the Season of Lent aids us in refocusing our lives and providing an opportunity to renew our commitment, faith and hope.  
 
As we embark upon this journey to Calvary, let us pray: Gracious and Merciful Lord, our God, we bow before You in adoration of Your amazing glory. We give You hearty thanks for the abundant blessings which You have bestowed upon each of us. We admit that we are not worthy. We confess our sins and ask that You continue to extend Your endless mercy towards us. Allow us to feel the power of Your Presence and warmth of Your incomparable love. As we begin our journey to Calvary, touch our entire beings in such a way that we are cognizant of the rich blessings released upon us through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. May Your Holy Spirit be stirred within each of us and guide as we journey towards refocusing our lives and renewing our commitment, faith and hope. In the name of Jesus, the Christ, we pray, AMEN.    
 
Please find below daily scriptures for through March 11, 2022. More scriptures for the Season of Lent will follow in the coming days.  

March 7, 2022 – Romans 3:23-24 
March 8, 2022 – I John 1:8-10 
March 9, 2022 – Romans 7:14-19 
March 10, 2022 – Romans 2:1-5 
March 11, 2022 – Daniel 2:3-6 
RRAC All-Conference Basketball Selections
Religious Emphasis Week
As a faith-based institution, founded by ministers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Religious Emphasis Week is an annual event in which the College pauses to collectively honor God and to join together for spiritual refreshment. With a multitude of engaging virtual activities throughout the week, the campus celebrated the significant occasion from February 21-23. To view the activities, please see below.
Opening Worship Service with Dr. Edward Robinson
Lecture Series Part I with Dr. Matt Boulter
Midday Devotion with Ms. Ruby Smith
Lecture Series Part II with Rev. Brian Lightner
Closing Worship Service with Dr. Kai Horn
Black History Month
Throughout February, Texas College celebrated Black History Month with a series of vignettes that highlighted the significance of the month. The presentations featured historical contexts and figures to illustrate the importance of Black history. See below to review the features.
Acknowledging the Significance of
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
President Fennell provides an abridged review of the significance of HBCUs. To review, click below. 

I Am Somebody
Dr. Jan Duncan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, discusses Rev. Jesse Jackson's "I Am Somebody" and its impact, as well as its application today.
Testament of a Trek to Educational Equality
Mr. Mingle Moore, English Professor, discusses George W. McLaurin's trek to educational equality and the power of perseverance today.
A Celebration of Collective Contributions
Dr. Rolande Dathis, Assistant Professor of Sociology, celebrates Black History Month through a brief discussion of collective contributions.
Ruby Bridges
Dr. d'Andra Isaacs, Division Chair for General Studies & Humanities, discusses Ruby Bridges and her educational trek.
National Signing Day
Celebrate 128 Years with a Meaningful Gift
In commemoration of this historic occasion, you are invited to celebrate the 128th Anniversary of Texas College with a meaningful gift of $128 to help support and fulfill the College's mission. Selfless financial contributions as such are undoubtedly paramount in sustaining the College and further helps to ensure 128 more years of providing educational opportunities to all. Contributions may be made online at www.texascollege.edu/give or by clicking the purple button below.

Thank you for your continued support; may God continue to bless Texas College and each of you richly!
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