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AUGUST 2020 NEWS & UPDATES
Fall 2020 Online Semester Begins August 12
The online Fall 2020 semester begins on Wednesday, August 12. For additional information regarding the upcoming semester, please click the "Information" button below. Students that need to complete the registration process for the upcoming fall, please click the "Registration" button below. To view the Fall 2020 College Calendar, please click the "Calendar" button below. Students that need a laptop for the Fall 2020 term, please click the "Laptops" button below.
Greg Ellis Named Head Football Coach
Texas College has named former Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Greg Ellis as the Steers’ Head Football Coach. Ellis brings a wealth of experience as both a player and coach in the NFL. Coach Ellis played for the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders throughout his 12-year career in the NFL; 10 of those years Ellis served as the team captain for both the Cowboys and Raiders. Coach Ellis’ leadership experience extends beyond the gridiron, serving as founder and CEO of Play Now Enterprise, a multi-media production company responsible for the film Carter High, and impactful plays such as Juneteenth and Watchnight.
“We are excited for Greg Ellis to join Texas College as the Head Football Coach. His professional experiences and philosophies as a player, coach, as well as civic leader, mirror that which our athletic programs are built upon,” noted Dr. Dwight J. Fennell, President. “His commitment to ensuring student-athletes not only develop physically, but also intellectually aligns with Texas College’s mission. We anticipate Coach Ellis’ leadership to greatly benefit our program in a multitude of ways, including student success and graduation matriculation.”
Though the Steers will not participate in football this fall, Texas College will maintain the program and field a team for intercollegiate competition next season. With the College moving to online instruction for Fall 2020, football and other fall sports will still train and meet regularly through a virtual experience.
“I am excited about the opportunity to be the Head Football Coach of Texas College. Since we are not able to play any games this year, we will maximize our virtual capabilities to the fullest,” commented Coach Ellis. “I am looking forward to working with all the young men and meeting their families. We have a lot of work ahead of us; nevertheless, we are ready for the challenge to be successful on and off the field. Last, but certainly not least, I thank Dr. Fennell and his staff for entrusting me with this task.”
You're invited to virtually tour Texas College's 126-year-old campus by viewing the video below. Enjoy!
Texas College Overview
Though this semester may look different, Texas College remains committed to a comprehensive collegiate experience that provides an environment to inspire intellectual, spiritual, ethical, moral, and social development, which empowers graduates to engage in life-long learning, leadership, and service. The Texas College experience awaits you.
Grand Prairie ISD Names School After Texas College Alumnus
On the heels of unanimously adopting a Racial Equity Resolution, the Grand Prairie Independent School District (GPISD) Board of Trustees voted recently to rename the current Robert E. Lee Elementary School after longtime GPISD educator and principal Delmas Morton.
The school’s new namesake, Delmas Morton, was raised in Grand Prairie and attended Dalworth Elementary School, now known as David Daniels Elementary Academy of Science and Math. With no high schools available for black students in Grand Prairie at the time, he attended Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas.
Following Morton's completion of high school, he attended Texas College on a band scholarship and graduated with his baccalaureate degree in 1952. He later earned his master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University.
Morton served as principal for 17 years at GPISD's Austin Elementary School. In total, he served the schoolchildren of Grand Prairie ISD for more than 40 years.
“I want to thank my fellow trustees for their care and attention to this important issue,” said Board President Aaron King. “I’m proud that we have the opportunity to honor Mr. Morton and his legacy as a great man and a great educator.”
Dr. Fennell Serves as Panelist for Let's Talk Tyler
Dr. Fennell joined Let's Talk Tyler’s virtual town hall meeting to discuss the upcoming Fall 2020 semester with other local higher education leaders. To view the virtual discussion, please click here.
HBCU Heroes Help Ensure Student Success
Texas College is extremely grateful and appreciative of HBCU Heroes' donation of eight Intel Complete Mini PCs for student use. Thank you for this generous contribution to ensure student success!
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