On February 10, 2018, Alfonso Ippolito was the guest on Art Connection of East Texas, broadcast live on KTBB radio. The show also introduced the new co-host for Art Connection, Sandy Newton, TISD Director of Visual and Performing Arts. Alfonso, Sandy and Neita Fran Ward had a lively discussion on the topic of Communication.
In the August 16, 2017 story, Tyler Junior College welcomes back staff for new school year, Alfonso Ippolito says, "What we teach them is not for here and now, it's for their life," says professor Alfonso Ippolito. "Learning is a life long process."
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After winning Professor of the Year – chosen by students – and TJC Endowed Chair for 2017 – chosen by his peers – Speech professor Al Ippolito isn’t resting on his laurels. He says these awards are merely reflections this is teaching style is working.
Ippolito implements what he calls the “four C’s” in his classroom: communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. Pneumonic devices are a theme with him. He coaches students to act with LOVE: listen, observe, validate, empathize.
Ippolito credits his Italian heritage – he grew up as the son of immigrant parents in New York – with the values of hard work, empathy, and family. It’s these values he imparts on his students in his business and professional speaking class.
“My family culture was instrumental in making me aware of other people’s circumstances. Being modest, having humility, and being open was key,” he said.
But Ippolito wasn’t always a professor – or “coach” as he likes to say. He started his career in manufacturing. With two associate’s degrees: in civil engineering and mechanical engineering,
He began working for Carrier on the industrial side, and then General Electric in the ‘70s. He was on the team at GE that developed the Talaria, an expensive video projection system for large venues like concerts and theaters. The technology was eventually [...]
Two Tyler Junior College professors have distinguished themselves as endowed teaching chairs for 2017.
The TJC Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence program enables professors to nominate and reward their peers who demonstrate excellence as educators.
This year’s recipients are:
• Ryan Button, sociology professor, “The Dorothy Fay and Jack White Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence”
• Alfonso Ippolito, speech professor, “The Thomas H. Shelby Jr. Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence”
Winners were surprised during their respective classes with a fanfare of applause and balloons, followed by presentations of certificates and checks from TJC President Dr. Mike Metke and Dr. Juan Mejia, TJC provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.
“I wish to congratulate this year’s recipients, Ryan Button and Alfonso Ippolito, and thank the TJC Faculty Senate and its selection committee for their focus on identifying teaching excellence,” Mejia said. “They are truly among some of the finest educators in the country.”
Endowed teaching chair recipients receive $2,000 for each of two years ($4,000 total), which includes a $1,500 cash stipend and $500 for professional development for each year. The professional development portion may be applied toward a personal professional development plan, including travel, books, conferences and [...]
Chapel Hill Collegiate with IAE and TJC has launched its second cohort for 2016. Chapel Hill is the first East Texas high school with an Early College program. Students graduate with a high school diploma and a degree from Tyler Junior College. IAE’s education innovators Al Ippolito and Dr. Robert Stevens specifically designed instruction utilizing the 4C’s, and students applied 4C concepts to solve a murder mystery.
Cengage Learning Australia, publisher of high school textbooks, is currently preparing a drama text for press called Centre Stage, 3rd Edition. The author of the book, Matthew Clauson, has received permission to reproduce IAE’s 4C's Tetrahedron, which was conceived and designed by Don Bristow of IAE, representing the 4C’s of fundamental skills for students in the book. The print run will be 50,000 textbooks for worldwide distribution in all languages and both print and electronic media.
June 7, 2014
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Fifty-five Chapel Hill ISD eighth-graders got the first taste of college life last month when Tyler Junior College welcomed them to the fold.
On May 28, TJC recognized the inaugural class of Chapel Hill Collegiate, the region’s first early college high school and the 50th in the state.
An early college high school is a school that allows students to earn an associate’s degree or 60 college credit hours while in high school.
Chapel Hill and TJC have worked for two years to start this program, which will launch this fall, according to an email from TJC spokesman Fred Peters.
About 130 Chapel Hill students applied to be in the first class of ninth-graders to participate in the program. Less than half of those were selected.
The program will start in late July with a four-day academic camp at Chapel Hill High School.
Eligible students could start taking TJC courses as high school freshmen, according to the news release.
“We are all in this together,” Chapel Hill High School assistant principal Karen Bender said, according to a news release. “It takes a village, and we have one powerful village.”
TJC Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Juan E. Mejia welcomed the students to the program during the event, encouraging them and their families to work hard and have high expectations.
September 15, 2015
Dr. Robert Stevens, professor of education at The University of Texas at Tyler, has received first place in a short story contest by the Texas Association of Authors, Dr. Ross Sherman, College of Education and Psychology dean, announced.
Stevens was honored in the historical fiction category for Weather Breeder. The inaugural contest recognized exemplary fiction for young adults. All winners’ stories have been complied in a book titled, “Short Stories by Texas Authors, Vol. 1.”
“Weather Breeder is based on a composite character, Uncle Jed, who represents the lifestyle and values of lobstermen I grew up with on the Maine and New Hampshire coasts,” Stevens said. “As we become acquainted with Jed through the eyes of his nephew, we become aware of his distrust of technology. Like most fishermen, he is fatalistic realizing that we all have little control over our environment. I am very interested in the limitations of technology. As a culture, we see it as a panacea yet it is only a tool like that yellow pencil we used in elementary school.”
According to promotional materials, Uncle Jed survived 55 years of fishing due to his innate intelligence and instincts, yet on the last day out to retrieve his traps at the end of the season, he and his boat, the New Dawn, are found washed up on the shore the following day. He[...]
Dr. Doug Clark and Al Ippolito participated in the 23rd Annual Texas Quest for Excellence Conference held June 26th-28th at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. The session marked the 52rd State Award Recipient of which 19 national recipients are from the State of Texas. Quest is the official forum for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence recipients to share their exceptional performance management practices. Dr. Clark was presented with the 2016 Pioneer Level, Quality Texas Foundation Award for the School of Professional and Technical Program for Tyler Junior College. QTP utilizes The National Baldrige Excellence Framework that empowers organizations to reach their goals, improve results and become more competitive.
On June 16th 2016, Douglas Clark, Jon Arriola and Al Ippolito presented The Volunteer Mentor Success Program at The Northeast College Consortium of Colleges and Universities. This presentation reviewed the steps taken to develop TJC’s VMSP, the learning tools available to the mentors and mentees and how strengthened relationships between mentor and student improve retention and completion. The 2016 Summer Distance Learning Conference was hosted by Tyler Junior College at the Rogers Nursing and Health Science Center.