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Apache Belles Spring Show


The Apache Belles took its audience on a journey through a “Night at the Museum” in their annual Spring Show April 3 to 5 in the Wise Auditorium.

For over 60 years, the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles have been a crowd pleaser. Since 1947 when the Belles were first created, they have traveled the world performing their talent.

The Spring Show boasted bright, colorful costumes, crazy skits and special appearances from the Apache Belle Guards, singers from the Harmony and Understanding group and Apache directors, Ruth Flynn and Christy Evans.

This year’s spring show was much more than an hour and a half of choreographed dancing, it was the story of a mannequin named Lucy making her way through the world of the Apache Belles learning their history and their daily lives. Lucy came to learn that it takes more to be an Apache Belle than just a pretty smile; she learned that Belles have to be dedicated as well as skilled dancers.

“We’ve been practicing since last semester, but for the past two weeks we’ve been practicing every night from 6 to 10 at night,” said sophomore Apache Belle Dede Tubbs.

The show filled the auditorium to the very last seat at the Saturday night show. The crowd seemed to love every minute of the performance. There was almost constant applause and cheering from the former Apache Belles that sat in the audience, occasionally shouting, “I love my little!”

“I think this year’s performance was absolutely awesome from start to finish. We wanted this year to be different from anything we’d done before,” said Flynn. “We’ve been blessed.”

Humane Society of Smith County calling on TJC family to volunteer


Thousands of unwanted pets turned in every year, waiting for a new home and needing your help. The Humane Society of East Texas is calling out to everyone in the Tyler Junior College community to volunteer at the shelter.

One dog that is being nursed back to health by the shelter is a 2-year-old mix named Cinnamon, who was found in early November near the shelter.

When you walk up to the kennel, her eyes are big and show the need to be loved, bones still visible through a skinny, malnourished body wanting to just be walked and cared for.

Humane Society of East Texas Executive Director Gayle Helms said Cinnamon is one example that the shelter cares about nursing sick dogs back to health as well as adopting them. Helms said Cinnamon may have a long road ahead of her but the shelter will be there for her.

“It may take her three months to get her better,” said Helms.

The Humane Society offers volunteer opportunities for people of all ages to help Cinnamon and other animals.

“We have three training sessions a year,” said Helms. “The next one is scheduled for January. We teach them the history of the shelter, and find out why we are here and find out what they are looking for.”

Helms said after a decision made back in September between the City of Tyler and the shelter, the shelter let three workers go, and leaving the organization without income from the City of Tyler.

With the shelter being understaffed, Helms says student volunteers are needed at the facility.

“We need volunteers,” said TJC student and humane society volunteer Cizon Crowley speaking from a weekend adoption event. “Animals just make you feel better. Volunteering just makes you feel good.”

Helms said all of the staff is busy feeding and cleaning cages, and leaving many dogs sitting in the cages just waiting to be walked by volunteers.

“All the dogs want is to be loved and someone to take care of them,” said Helms. “Every one of them will talk to you, and that’s really all they want.” Crowley, a volunteer at the Humane Society since high school said volunteering has its benefits.

“The animals are in this situation and it is great to make them feel comfortable,” said Crowley. “They’re so sad in the cages, and when you get them out you see a different disposition on their face.”

“Even 15 minutes makes a lot of difference with these dogs,” said Helms. “They just need a little T.L.C.”

The shelter volunteer program includes walking pets or participating in the new Humane Education

Program, which tours East Texas schools to educate about animal safety and control.

Since the decision with the City of Tyler, the humane society has a new name, and new hours.

The newly named Humane Society of East Texas will be open from 10a.m. – 1p.m., and 2p.m. – 5p.m.; the shelter will be open only for adoptions on Sunday and closed Monday.

For more information about the Humane Society of East Texas’ Volunteer Program, contact Executive Director Gayle Helms at (903) 597-2471.

Students, Faculty, Staff and community prepare once again for journey to Turkey


Culture, food and fun are being offered by a Tyler Junior College program to travel overseas for course credit during spring break.

Registration is currently under way for the 20th trip from TJC to Turkey. The Spring Break trip will focus on Western and Central Turkey, with a May trip exploring Eastern Turkey. The trip will give students three credit hours for GOVT 2389 and also offers credit for educators who attend.

TJC Political Science Professor Dr. Manoucher Khosrowshahi said this region offers the traveler a part of the world that is rich with history.

“This trip will expose them to a part of the world they may never go alone. It shows part of the Middle

East, where east and west meet,” said Khosrowshahi. “Turkey is the crossroad of civilizations. Also it is the birthplace of early Christianity. Early Christian history is embedded in Turkey.”

Students who participated in previous trips to Turkey said they would love to return for another.

“It was unbelievable. The things we learned. The parts of the world you see, you do not know they exist and how they impact the world and your life,” said education major Carla Yaw. “I am planning on going back.”

The trip is not only open to TJC students and staff, but travelers from other schools are expected to travel as well. Teachers from Johnson County Community College in Kansas City, and Brookhaven College in Dallas are expected to take the trip. Last year, the group had 34 people from Houston, Austin, Dallas and several other areas travel overseas.

“It is open for anybody. Anybody who has an interest in culture interest learning, explore,” said Khosrowshahi.

Khosrowshahi suggested the trip is not for the first time traveler. “It is not for amateur traveler, this is for learning experience while learning at the same time.”

Students said the trip is educational and can also be good for family members.

“It is a wonderful trip for families, very enriching, safe and cultural,” said Yaw. “The trip is good for personal growth.”

Dr. Khosrowshahi is a native of Azerbaijan and spent a lot of time in the Middle Eastern region before moving to the United States when he was 24. He says this trip is about much more than exploring a new region but about breaking down misconceptions between the two countries.

“People in any part of the world have the same feelings, so we want to stay away from political views between us. The main goal of the trip is to avoid stereotyping,” said Khosrowshahi.

“You can not just use one example,” Yaw has attended the Turkey trip last year and agrees that the Turkish people are very similar to Americans.

“They are really no different than we are,” said Yaw.

Dr. Khosrowshahi said the trip focuses on one of the most beautiful regions and encourages students to take the trip for the educational opportunity.

“I find the beauty of any place. I want the travelers to enjoy the beauty of the cultures,” said Dr. Khosrowshahi.

Students who have taken the trip in the past said this year’s trip is offering great sights along the way.

“We will be seeing different sights. But, I want to see Istanbul again it was so amazing,” said Yaw. “You can’t catch it all the first time.”

To help travelers prepare for the trip, Dr. Khosrowshahi holds free seminars throughout the year.

“We will teach them the Do’s and Don’ts. When you travel to another country you need to study a little bit. Like hand gestures, the dress code, and food,” said Khosrowshahi. “They need to prepare so they do not get surprises. So they will know what to expect when they get there.”

The trip will cost $2,075 for students and $2,225 for members of the public, but if students get their friends to come along on the trip, they can receive a discount.

“If a person recruits another person, they can get $100 discount, if you refer 12 people they can get a free trip,” said Khosrowshahi.

The next free seminar is open to the public Saturday, Feb. 9 in the TJC Board Room in the White Administration Building.