Top stories of 2020

While 2020 brought unique challenges, Temple college also celebrated many special moments and milestones during the year. Here are some of the college’s top stories from 2020.

December 28, 2020 | 
Chemistry professor Philip Friedman is back in the classrooms where he started as a student. 

Former student returns to teach chemistry

Ever since he can remember, Philip Friedman wanted to be a chemistry teacher. He got his first taste of college chemistry classes when he attended Temple College as a student in the Texas Bioscience Institute Middle College program. Today, Friedman is back at Temple College teaching students in the same program.

December 3, 2020 | Faculty, Student Success

Thirty-six students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa

Thirty-six Temple College students were inducted into the Lambda Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) during the fall 2020 semester.
December 1, 2020 | Student Success
Kaitlyn Martinez 

Family story earns TBI student $1,000 scholarship from LULAC

TBI student Kaitlyn Martinez used her family’s story as the backdrop for her winning presentation in the 2020 LULAC Legacy Scholarship competition.
November 24, 2020 | 

Nursing program receives $119,171 grant for additional simulation equipment

The Temple College Nursing program has received a $119,171 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to purchase additional simulation equipment. The grant was awarded as part of an effort to help offset the impact of COVID-19 on workforce training.
November 2, 2020 | 

TBI program receives $20,000 grant from Temple Health and Bioscience District

Temple College has received a $20,000 grant from the Temple Health and Bioscience District to support students participating in the Texas Bioscience Institute (TBI) Middle College program.
October 30, 2020 | 
TBI students in class 

Temple College receives $620,000 to expand TBI program

Temple College has received a $620,107 grant from Greater Texas Foundation that will enable it to expand its award-winning Texas Bioscience Institute Middle College program to East Williamson County.
October 19, 2020 | 

Temple College receives grant to help veterans transition into the workforce

Temple College has received a $188,548 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to support a program designed to help veterans transition into the workforce.
October 9, 2020 | 
Lydia Santibañez displays the national award she received from the Association of Community College Trustees. 

Longtime Temple College trustee receives national trustee leadership award

Longtime Temple College Trustee Lydia Santibañez has received a distinguished and very competitive national award  ̶  the 2020 M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
October 6, 2020 | 
Theresa Anthony (center) poses with other members of the Temple College PTK chapter after the chapter earned the award for Most Improved Chapter in Texas in 2020. Anthony served as president of the chapter in 2019-2020. 

Honor society membership transforms student’s life

Leadership position in Phi Theta Kappa opens up a world of opportunities for Theresa Anthony – including a full scholarship to Texas A&M University-Central Texas
September 2, 2020 | Student Success

College announces honor lists for summer 2020

Temple College has announced its honor lists for summer 2020.
August 17, 2020 | 
Ro Shaw works in his clay studio in Salado. 

Salado artist named new Visual Arts Department chair

Salado artist Rolando (Ro) Shaw has been named the new chair of the Visual Arts Department at Temple College.

August 10, 2020 | Visual Arts
   Nancy Eaton, simulation coordinator for the Nursing program, stands with one of the new Advanced Patient Simulators the program was able to purchase with funding from the JET program.  

College receives grant for nursing simulation equipment

Temple College has received a $115,726 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant is being used to purchase simulation equipment for the college’s Nursing program.
August 6, 2020 | 
Max Puls 

Seventeen players earn NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards for 2019-20

Seventeen Temple College players received Academic Student-Athlete Awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for the 2019-2020 academic year.
August 6, 2020 | 
Emma Pope, a 2019 nursing graduate, shared this photo with her friends on Facebook after she learned she had COVID-19. 

Nursing graduate shares experience with coronavirus

COVID-19 is real. And it is serious. That is the message that Emma Pope, a 2019 Temple College nursing graduate, is sharing with anyone who will listen.

July 30, 2020 | 
Julia DeWitt works in the PTK garden on campus. 

Criminal justice major receives PTK scholarship

Temple College student Julia DeWitt is one of 13 students statewide selected to receive 2020 Dr. Mary Hood STAR Scholarships awarded by the Texas Region of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
July 22, 2020 | 

Temple College announces plans for fall 2020 classes

Due to increased concerns with rising COVID-19 cases across the state, Temple College has announced it will be offering predominately online classes for the fall 2020 semester. There will be some exceptions in the health professions, career and technical education, and science disciplines.

July 20, 2020 | 
Michal Hawkins 

College announces 2020 graduates

Seven hundred and thirty-nine students earned degrees and/or certificates from Temple College in 2020.
July 16, 2020 | 
Kim George 

English professor named 2020 Teacher of the Year

Kim George, an associate professor of English at Temple College, has been selected to receive the college’s 2020 Claudia and W.T. Barnhart Teacher of the Year Award.
July 14, 2020 | Faculty

College receives grant to help businesses adversely affected by COVID-19

The Temple College Business and Continuing Education Division has received a $50,000 Special Initiative COVID-19 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.
July 10, 2020 | 

Five new members join Temple College Foundation Board of Directors

Five new members have joined the Temple College Foundation Board of Directors.
June 10, 2020 | 
 

College announces honor lists for spring 2020

Temple College has announced its honor lists for spring 2020.
June 3, 2020 | 
Jackie Spann 

Health professions programs announce 2020 award winners

The health professions programs at Temple College honored their top graduates in May with a variety of awards.
May 26, 2020 | Student Success
Dr. Sara Harris Baker 

Dr. Sara Harris Baker named new director of the Division of Fine Arts

Dr. Sara Harris Baker, an accomplished choral director, theatre director and music educator, has been named the new director of the Division of Fine Arts at Temple College.
May 20, 2020 | Music
 

Area high school students complete Texas Bioscience Institute program

Sixty-four area high school students have completed the Texas Bioscience Institute (TBI) Middle College program at Temple College this year. The students represent nine Central Texas high schools as well as home-schooled students.
May 14, 2020 | 
Amber Taylor 

Amber Taylor named new women’s basketball coach

Taylor replaces Kim Sebek, who retired in February after coaching the team for 22 seasons.
May 12, 2020 | 
Leighton Ellison 

Temple College helps aspiring teacher discover his love of learning

Partnership between Temple College and A&M-Central Texas provides a smooth pathway for students who want to become teachers

May 5, 2020 | 
Dr. Susan Guzman-Trevino 

Temple College administrator selected to participate in prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for College Excellence

Dr. Susan Guzman-Trevino, vice president for academic affairs at Temple College, is one of 40 community college leaders from across the country selected for the 2020-21 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly selective program for community college leaders.
May 1, 2020 | 
PTK logo 

Seventy-eight students inducted into PTK honor society

Seventy-eight Temple College students have been inducted this spring into the Lambda Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for students in two-year colleges.
April 23, 2020 | Student Success