To be a member of an officially sanctioned extracurricular organization in the student life of Texarkana College, an individual must be registered in good standing as a student in the college. Specific prerequisites for membership in an officially sanctioned organization, and for holding office in such a group, are determined by the constitution and by-laws of the group; those documents having been approved by the Dean of Students and Student Life and the Student Life Committee of Texarkana College. Copies of each organization’s constitution are maintained in the Dean of Students Office.
Baptist Student Ministries (BSM)
The purpose of this organization is to provide a Christian atmosphere and to meet spiritual needs on campus. Sponsor: Bart Upchurch
Black Student Association (BSA)
The primary purpose of this organization is to provide service to the community. Our goal is to establish awareness of one’s heritage as well as to increase the retention and graduation rates of minority students and to provide leadership training. Sponsor: Robert A. Jones
Criminal Justice Club
The Criminal Justice Club at Texarkana College is open to all students. The purpose of the club is to provide critical information and valuable skills to students interested in all fields of Criminal Justice – including Law Enforcement, Forensics, Corrections, Law, and Criminology. Members are committed to help students reach their academic and professional goals through networking and skill building, while also assisting our community with creative charity work and community service. Sponsor: Stephen Gass
Cultural Awareness Student Association (TC-CASA)
The purpose of the organization is to create an opportunity for Texarkana College students, faculty and staff, and the Texarkana community to expand their cultural knowledge and appreciation through educational and social activities. TC-CASA will promote academic excellence and unity and will not discriminate against any students on the basis of gender, disabilities, race, color, age, or national origin. TC-CASA will not be an association to shelter only one culture, but rather will be one to help the students develop an understanding and acceptation of their own culture and the culture of those around them. Sponsor: Dr. Theresa McDonald
Future Chefs Association
The purpose of this club is to promote all facets of culinary arts by providing education, demonstration, leadership, and camaraderie through a convivial student-led organization. Sponsor: Suzanne Lasagna
Gaming Club (TC-GC)
The Gaming Club is for any member of Texarkana College who enjoys one or more types of gaming, and seeks to provide a positive attitude for all gamers, no matter the game they play, so like-minded individuals can have a club to meet at, host and attend tournaments, learn more about other games, and improve their skills in any game. The club is open to anyone who is interested in gaming, who wishes to have a safe, secure, and encouraging atmosphere to game and discuss gaming in general. Sponsors: Scott Randall and Ken Smith
Honors and Leadership Program
The Honors and Leadership Program at TC is designed to provide a unique opportunity for in-depth studies with a leadership emphasis. In addition, the student has close and frequent contact with instructors and with fellow students who have like interests. The Honors and Leadership Program provides a forum for collegiality and opportunities for intellectual and personal growth; there is a special focus on leadership in the community. This program is designed for students who are in pursuit of an education, not simply a degree. Employers in our community have expressed their interest in graduates with leadership skills.
Applications open up in the spring semester and are available on the TC website or by contacting Mary Ellen Young at 903-823-3369.
The Texarkana College Journalism Club is an organization open to anyone who is enrolled in journalism and a member of the Texarkana College news staff. Sponsor: Laronda Bailey
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)
PBL is a state and national professional student organization that brings business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
As a local chapter of PBL, we will promote business leadership, encourage computer usage and programming, teach and study computer and business skills, and expose the student body and the community to computers through college and PBL-sponsored events. As a member, a student will be able to compete in state and national competition events in the business and computer fields. Sponsor: Dr. Theresa McDonald
Phi Theta Kappa
Zeta Sigma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the honor society for two-year colleges, was chartered in May 1948. It recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students and provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programs.
Each semester, a faculty advisor and the registrar survey all available candidates and recommend for membership those students whose grade point average indicates superior scholastic achievement (GPA of 3.5 or higher on 15 hours of associate degree coursework) and who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and integrity and are pursuing an Associate or above degree. Sponsor: Mary Ellen Young
Student Government Association (SGA)
The Texarkana College Student Government Association was established with the express purpose of advising the President of the College, Vice-President of Instruction, and Dean of Students, encouraging student groups, creating new groups as the need arises, channeling requests for information and/or action to the appropriate authority, assessing the administration of the college community’s needs and interests, and to aid in planning activities.
The Student Government Executive Board, which represents the student body of Texarkana College is composed of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer, and six Senators. The Executive Board is a service organization which assumes leadership promoting worthwhile student enterprises. It also serves as an advisory organization representing the student body in its relationship with the faculty and administration. Students who are elected to serve on the Board receive valuable training and experience in civic leadership. The President and Vice-President are sophomores elected at-large from valid applicants. The other officers and Senators are valid applicants who are selected by panel and may represent clubs, programs, or divisions. Sponsor: Doug Saffel
The TC STEM Club is open to any current TC student interested in science and math. Club activities include environmental studies, science competitions, service projects, guest speakers, STEM-related field trips, and representing TC at various community events and functions. All STEM faculty are sponsors.
TC Creative Writing Club
The purpose of this club is to foster and encourage excellence in creative writing among Texarkana College students and to allow student writers to receive feedback on their work from their peers. The TC Creative Writing Club hopes to foster a lifelong writing habit and give students the tools to pursue publication if they so choose. Sponsor: Jesse Hausler
This is an organization open to any student who is interested in speech and drama. Sponsor: Michael Cooper
TC Student Nursing Association
This club is affiliated with the Texas Nursing Student Association and is for students enrolled in the college’s nursing programs. Sponsors: Whitney Dean and Cindy Smith
The TC News
Texarkana College has one student publication, the TC News, a campus newspaper that is published at least once per semester. The college provides journalism classes in which students learn the basic journalism skills needed to pursue careers in the field. Students gain hands-on experience by doing all the work on the newspaper. News and opinions that appear in this publication provide a free and open outlet for students campus-wide. All the news occurs on campus or is campus and/or student related.
The College also provides funding to have the newspaper printed, equipment and supplies for the journalism computer lab, funds for maintaining this equipment, travel funds for students and advisors to attend semi-annual seminars, and conferences for instructional purposes. Sponsor: Laronda Bailey
Texarkana College offers intramural athletic programs. The intramural program may include basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Any student interested in participating can sign up in the Dean of Students office or with Lee Williams in Enrollment Services. Intramural sports are organized cooperatively through the C.O. Pinkerton Health and Fitness Complex and Student Activities.
Free Speech Area
The area in the immediate vicinity around the clock tower is designated as the Free Speech Area. In case of inclement weather, an optional location will be assigned by the Director of Facility Services. An additional free speech area is located in the immediate area outside the old Nursing Building. Requests must be submitted to the Dean of Students twenty-four hours in advance of an event.
At the discretion of the Administration, special assemblies may be announced. These assemblies will present programs of broad interest or of cultural value.