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[...]