East Texas faces continued West Nile virus threat

Joy Draper
Staff Writer

The growth of the West Nile virus continues to branch out in East Texas. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there have been six confirmed cases with one death in Gregg County and one case in Rusk County.

The virus is contracted through mosquitoes that bite-infected birds. The mosquitoes then carry the virus to the next animal or human. Many different animals and humans can be affected by this virus. The chance of being bitten by an infected mosquito is less than 1 percent.

The West Nile virus can be divided into two specific illnesses, the West Nile Fever and the West Nile neuroinvasive disease.

The fever is a milder form of the disease which symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, body aches and in rare cases a skin rash. These symptoms are only seen in 20 percent of those bitten.

The neuroinvasive disease is a more severe form, with symptoms including intense headaches, high fever, neck stiffness, convulsions, disorientation and more.

The chance of being infected by the disease is only one in every 150 bites. The virus in most cases have been known to not show symptoms. Many infected humans may never be diagnosed or even see any symptoms. Gregg County has confirmed four out of the six cases of the virus as the neuroinvasive and Rusk has confirmed two.

Howard Stinson, Gregg County supervisor Pct. 1, has issued mosquito spraying at least once a week. The spraying will increase if the population of the insects grow. Rusk County has no existing mosquito spraying program. While it is rare for people to die from the virus, the reason of death is unknown.

Children, the elderly and those who have weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill. The US National Medical Library states there are many ways to diagnose West Nile virus in a patient, including a head scan and lumbar punction, but the most reliable is a serology test, a blood test checking the count of the antibodies.

The best way to prevent being infected is to avoid being bitten.

D-fense
The best way to prevent West Nile is to practice these habits, known as the “Four D’s”

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
  • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.

Athletic department brings back reserved seating

ASHTON JOHNSON
Co-Executive Editor

Reserved seating is available for all home football games on the home side of R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium

“Historically, KC has always had reserved seating, but we got away from it and are now going back to it,” said Athletic Director Jimmy Rieves.

Reserved season tickets for all four games are $10 for KC employees and students and $25 for the general public.

Sections B and C will be reserved and all other seats in the stadium will be general admission. General admission is free for all students and employees with a KC-issued identification card.

Reserved and general admission tickets are available in the KC Student Support Building, Room 119.
The Back Porch is the official tailgate sponsor for this season and will offer food and drink specials to season ticket holders before each home game.

“We want everybody to come out, not just the people who bought season tickets,” said Ronda Callaway, administrative assistant.

For more information, contact Callaway at 903-988-7491.

Watson Library to host ‘Twilight’ discussions

A book discussion group for the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer will be held through November in the BI classroom in the Watson Library.

“Twilight” and “Midnight Sun” will be discussed in August, “New Moon” in September and “Breaking Dawn” in November.

For more information or to join a discussion group, contact Susan Wilson, public services librarian, by email at swilson@kilgore.edu or by phone, 903-983-8239.

– Brittani Pfau

Rangers open season against Dodge City Saturday on home turf

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Head Coach J.J. Eckert motions his instruction to the team for a drill during a two-a-day practice. Eighteen players are returning for the season.

KHANDICE HORN
Staff Writer

Practicing in 100-degree heat, the Ranger football team knows each sprint, kick and pass will help them in the coming season. The Rangers will open their season by hosting Dodge City (Kan.) 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.

“It is a great advantage having our first game at home,” said head coach J.J. Eckert. “We do not have to travel, and having a crowd here is a huge plus.”

The team started practice Aug. 13. The Rangers have 18 returning players, eight defensive, eight offensive and two specialties, but the spot for quarterback is open.

“We have many quarterbacks that came out to practice and we haven’t picked one yet,” Eckert said. “We have a scrimmage that will give us a better idea.”

Offensive coordinator Josh Pruitt and other coaches spent nine months recruiting the players.

“We have offensive players returning from last season. However, the majority of them will all be new to their starting roles,” Pruitt said. “Key players to keep an eye on would be Darrin Brown and Ed’Marquis Batties as our only returning wide receivers. We also have sophomore running back Jameel Woodard that will be leading our running back core and should see significant time carrying the ball.”

The coaches of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference ranked KC sixth in their annual pre-season poll.

The coaches picked Trinity Valley Community College and Blinn College as tied for first place pre-season. Navarro came in third, Northeastern Oklahoma placed fourth and Cisco was ranked last behind KC.

“We are in a very tough conference this year and can’t single out any team,” Eckert said. “We just have to be the best team we can be.”

Pruitt said the team is excited.

“We are looking forward to having a great season. Go Rangers,” Pruitt said.

Collaboration Recital to feature mother, daughter

Jonathen Ruesch
Web Editor

KC will host a Collaboration Recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in Van Cliburn Auditorium. The piano-vocal recital will feature a mother-daughter duo–Melanie Sullivan, music instructor, and Kelsie Sullivan, former KC student–playing music from Bach, Barber, Debussy, Rossini, Schubert, Strauss and more.

“The purpose of the concert is two-fold,” Melanie said. “As faculty, we often participate in recitals to show our students that we understand and do everything we expect them to do: we practice, memorize and perform.”

Kelsie has been at Brigham Young University – Idaho working on a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and seeking a master’s degree in piano collaboration.

“I don’t see this concert as a means to show off or ‘toot my horn’ for lack of a better phrase, but to show other students that opportunities continually surround us and we must make the most of them,” Kelsie said.

The recital is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Melanie Sullivan at 903-783-7527.

34 new employees join college ranks

Ashley Morales
Staff Writer

KC has welcomed the following 34 new employees this fall:

  • Marquita Adams, assistant women’s softball coach
  • Joshua Bernethy, welding instructor (pending Board approval)
  • Bridgit Breslow, project advisor – Upward Bound program
  • Monica Brock, EMT clinical coordinator at KC–Longview (pending Board approval)
  • Beverly Cochran, biology instructor
  • Ross Costanzo, assistant director – student life
  • Misty Frazier, professional support assistant – financial aid
  • Elizabeth Garner, professional support assistant – financial aid
  • Elease Haywood, assistant controller
  • Jackie Hobbs, associate degree nursing instructor
  • Randy Humble, police officer
  • Kathryn (Kat) Jackson, culinary instructor
  • Jesse James, biology instructor
  • Courtney Johnson, assistant manager – fitness center
  • Christopher Jones, system support specialist – information technology
  • Bobby Key, process technology instructor
  • Travis Kirby, police officer
  • Jayson Knapps, professional support assistant – financial aid
  • Kathy Knighton, support specialist – purchasing/AP
  • Dustin Law, demonstration farm manager
  • Coy Lothrop, graphics design instructor
  • Emily McLaughlin, support specialist – registrar
  • Leslie Messina, head women’s softball coach
  • Rick Moser, government instructor
  • Katie Moses, early childhood instructor
  • Terri Peerenboom, associate degree nursing instructor
  • Joe Reagan, assistant men’s basketball coach
  • Summorrow Robertson, support specialist – testing center
  • Sandra Ruddell, student accounts coordinator
  • Karen Scibona, support specialist – liberal and fine arts
  • Jeff Stanglin, government instructor
  • James M. Taylor, philosophy instructor
  • Alan Truitt, associate dean – KC–Longview
  • Thomas Weidmer-Ocampo, Spanish instructor

Rangerettes select 36 new members for 73rd line

On July 20, the dreams of 36 young women came true.

Each year approximately 80 to 100 Rangerette hopefuls strive for a freshman position on the world-famous collegiate dance/ drill team line.

All Rangerette hopefuls attend pre-training, a four-day learning opportunity leading up to tryouts. Each candidate was required to learn one field high-kick routine, one field jazz routine and several other combinations to perform throughout the week.

The Rangerettes were the first of their kind when they began in 1940 as a vision of the late Gussie Nell Davis.

The new members of the 73rd Rangerette Line are listed by hometown as follows:

  • Allen – Breanna Burns
  • Austin – Ashlee Cloud, Julie Byron, Lauren Gier and Kelsey Johnson
  • Bellville – Abigail Jamar
  • College Station – Jenna Helduser
  • Hallsville – Heather Prince
  • Huntington – Dezirae Burnett
  • Flower Mound – Robin Richardson
  • Fort Worth – Whitney Costello
  • Friendswood – Leisha Kastner
  • Garland – Madison Hancock
  • Highland Village – Lauren Gula
  • Kilgore – K.J. Greene, Tori Boaze, Ally Honeycutt and Jennifer Jones
  • Lewisville – Emily Mansfield
  • Magnolia – Kaitlin Hanus
  • Manvel – Kacie Stanfield
  • Marshall – Kelsey West
  • Montgomery – McKinley Lindwall and Christine Kleinecke
  • Pharr – Lauren Cabrera
  • Plano – Julia Goebel
  • Port Neches – Marli Kimball
  • Richardson – Taylor Mackintosh and Sarah Doman
  • Round Rock – Heather Manskey and Stacy Sauceda
  • San Antonio – Carrie Matus
  • Tyler – Kaytlynn Stalcup, Angie Gonzalez and Thalia Molina
  • Waxahachie – Elizabeth Power

467 students named to Dean’s and President’s Lists

ASHLEY MORALES
Staff Writer

Kilgore College has named 467 students to its Spring 2012 President’s and Dean’s lists.

Students earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average and enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, which exclude developmental classes, have been named to the President’s List.

The Dean’s List honorees have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, excluding developmental classes.

PRESIDENT’S LIST

Austin

Stephanie Arino and Sheridan McDowell

 

Beaumont

Stephanie Aumiller

 

Bee Cave

Ashley Bonner

 

Big Sandy

Rebecca Bewley, Rachel Dudley and Cody Hahn

 

Carthage

Neyba Medina

 

Center

Briley Boren

 

Cushing

Paul Kesinger

 

Diana

Alyssa Dyer, Bas Hoppenreijs and Jennifer Molina

 

Gary

Anthony Skinner

 

Gilmer

Barbie Garner, Cindy Gill, Emily Harper, James Hewitt and Matthew Sullivan

 

Gladewater

Judy Akers, Jami Allen, Ryan Allen, Andre Brewster, Leah Brooks, Salome  Macias, Jordan Palmer, Joshua Weldon, Cameron Cockerell and Tammy Craig

 

Hallsville

Mary Phillips and Kacey Templeton

 

Hawkins

Jason Tillie

 

Henderson

Angela Anderson, Selena Church, John Conner, Hannah Craig, Cady Gill, Charley Keen, Adrian Maples, Kami Rutherford, Randi Vinson and Lauren Williams

 

Houston

Ellen Dutton

 

Hughes Springs

Samantha Hargett

 

Karnack

John Harris

 

Kilgore

Joshua Allen, Trent Cayce, Brenda Dietz, Amanda Fitch, Ashley Forrestier, Joey Gaspard, Emily Green, Valentin Huerta, Tiffney Joiner, Billy Jones, Jessica Kabala, Kevin Miller, April Moore, Robert Moore, Sarah Morton, Laura Newsom, Beatrice Noland, Rachel Null, Hotaru Ogasawara, Jamie Pee, Amberly Prykhodko, Alden Shelton, Du Sung, Markes Tippitt, Sally Turner, John Wells, Audra Yerke and Wakako Yonaha

 

Lindale

Brooksanne Purvis

 

Longview

Trevor Adams, Jerry Allen, Trenton Bennett, Gracious Benton, Jennifer Bolton, Jeff Caballero, Giselle Cardenas, Milisa Carter, Allyson Castillo, Lani Cloyd, Monica Cole, Luis Cruz, Chelsie Davis, Kimberly Davis, Christopher Dickson, Cameron Dimond, Jessica Elledge, Betsy Foreman, Jorge Garcia, Penny Glossinger, Cara Herbert, Varya Ignatchenko, Kayla Jordan, Garrett Kaiser, Brittany Knowles, Kenneth Knowles, Lydia Loritsch, Heidi  Lybarger, Amanda Maddox, Alyssa Maxwell, Jonica Miller, Lori Montemagno, Tiffany Moore, Taylor Murphey, Wendy Norton, Ashley Ray, Chelsea Sheffield, Kasey Sides, Lauren Sutton, Joan Christi Tronzon, Tiffany Wallace, Benjamin Whiteley and Jimmy Young

 

Lufkin

Jessica Stovall

 

Marshall

Paul Couch and Caitlyn Glorioso

 

McKinney

Kalli Spurgin

 

Mineola

Chloee Wisdom

 

Nederland

Mackenzie Jardell

 

Overton

Stefanie Matthews, Heather Reynolds, Angela Thorn and Edward Turner

 

Pasadena

Bethany Phelps

 

Pittsburg

Sheri Bynum

 

Plano

Kimberly Hackler

 

Rusk

Peggy Parent

 

Tatum

Katie Kuykendall and Hunter Liles

 

The Woodlands

Kirstie Tullis

 

Tyler

Chelsea Clinton and McKenzie Robinson

 

Van

Kasi Dickerson

 

Waxahachie

Kate Basinger

 

White Oak

Victoria Barber, Joseph Barr, Rachel Boudreaux, James Floyd, Sally Goode, Kristin Koonce, Kourtney Nolan and Victoria Richardson

 

Whitehouse

Andrea Claytor

 

Winnfield

Caleb Boyett

 

Winnsboro

Lakken Messimer

 

DEAN’S LIST

 

Arp

Ricky Gorbett

 

Balch Springs

Amanda Tibbitts

 

Beaumont

Katie Canant

 

Big Sandy

Robert Forrest, Patricia Moore and Justin Smith

 

Carrollton

Mary Van Natta

 

Carthage

April Riley

 

Chandler

Allison Palmer

 

Cookville

Theresa McGregor

 

Corpus Christi

Lesly Powell

 

Crossett

William Ricks

 

Dale

Deanna Donahue

 

Dallas

Alisha Hall, Carly Marston and Synthia Wilson

 

Diana

Michelle Carmichael, Shawn Davidson, David Justman, Heather Mutina, Christa Porter, Tommy Price and Kendra Slaton

 

Dickinson

Jeremy Forsberg

 

Flint

Arlin Busano

 

Frankston

Emma Shewmake

 

Friendswood

Ashley Cupples and Jacquelyn Garza

 

Frisco

Cara Rzucidlo

 

Garland

Whitney Robertson

 

Gilmer

Meagan Childress, Stormy Combs, Timothy Cunningham, Darren Danos, Deserax Dowdy, LuAnn Duncan. Shelby Greathouse, Joshua Hahn, Adam Marion, Jordan McCraven. Anacari Sanchez, Krista Scott and Michael Tackett

 

Gladewater

Crystal Akers, Amber Burgettj, Stacy Christine, Shelbi Crews. Juanita Fail, Schimane Fluellen, Kelly Gillit, Jenifer Goude, Preverties Harris, Linda Jones, Christopher Loftis, Bradley Miles. Jordan Moss, Sherry Pate, Jonathen Ruesch, Joseph Scott, Sara Siviero, Justin Stephens, Zachary Strait, Nicole Welch and Ethan Witthaus

 

Grand Saline

Chad McKinney

 

Groveton

Samantha Collier

 

Hallsville

Emily Alford, Mary Byerly, Megan Charles, Kimberli Denton, Tabatha Elliott, Whitney Green. Michelle Hopkins, Tori Johnston, Jessica Kinney and Brittany Taylor

 

Harleton

Michael Beattie

 

Hawkins

Louie Snider

 

Henderson

Casie Ackerman, Caitlin Baxter, Gloria Bazaldua, Dylan Devance, Estefany Diaz, David Dotson, Rogelio Escobedo, Nicolas Griego, Kaylee Jarrell, Christopher Jones, Traci Liles, Caitlin Limp, Dane Loomis, Erica Martinez, Arthur Medford, Karen Parker, Lee Payne, Jackson Threadgill, Bailey Toon, Emmanuel Williams and Robert Wylie

 

Houston

Elda Armenta, Angela Lozzi and Shelby Spears

 

Huntsville

John Humphreys

 

Jacksonville

Josue Gallegos and Gerardo

Mares

 

Jasper

Ben Armstrong

 

Karnack

Romona Brice

 

Keller

Whitney Early

 

Kilgore

Allison Adamson, James Banga, Francisca Barron, Amber Belin, Kade Bittick, Tori Boaze, Patrick Carroll, Caitlyn Cash, Marcheal Cleaver, Brittany Conner, Uyen Dong, Jessica Dukes, Sonja Farmer, Aston Ford, Zachery Fredenburg, Michael Freeman, Vernita Gipson, Farrah Hale, Megan Harvey, Hollie Haseloff, Billy Joe Heath, Angela Higgins, Christina Jewkes, Alice Johnson, Charles Jones, Tiffany Jordan, Namitala Kiyingi, Heidi Leveritt, Christian Libebele. Krystal Martinez, Justin Mehan, Karla Mojica, Ruby Murphy. Brou N’goran, Kalala Ngari, Jennifer Oxsheer, Bishwo Pandey, Mandy Pittman, Gennadii Prykhodko, Amanda Robbins, Belinda Robertson, Tony Sedberry, Guillaume Seilhean, Alexandria Sellers, Elijah Stone, Yuta Suganuma, Jessica Swingler, Thanh-Nguyen Trinh, Kanako Uchihara, Sara Webb, Kimberly Williams, Sheila Winfrey, Hou Si and Daria Yusupova

 

Kingwood

Shannon Bebel

 

Kountze

Kaycee Berry

 

Lake Charles

Hayden Bennett

 

Longview

Rachel Alexander, Ryan Alford, Finney Alvarez, Marija Badzic, Camilo Baracaldo, Rachel Baracaldo, Samantha Bartlett, Amber Boswell, Donna Carter, William Cloyd, Destinee Cook, James Cox, Matthew Crews, Julie Cushenbery, Donna Davis, Keant’e Davis, Lauren Davis, Terry Dempsey, Tara Dloniak, Jason Dubois, Katie Dunagan, Bransen Dyess, Jeffery Ebersole, Megan Edwards, Shondra Eppinger, Felecia Evans, Michelle Evans, Latisia Everitt, Pablo Fajardo, Kathy Falconer, Angel Fields, Jonathan Fitch, Nicholas Fuller, Jasmine Gaitan, Salud Gonzalez, Zuleica Gonzalez, Hannah Grubbs, Kaitlyn Guillory, Lauren Hall, Demetria Hamilton, Skyler Hefley, Ana Hernandez, Tori Hire, Lacey Hyatt, David Jester, Rhonda Jeter, Candess Johnson, Trevor Johnson, Holly Jones, Matthew Judkins, Victoria Kelley, Jack Kinney, Jammie Knox, Alisha Koonce, Christopher Lauber, Christopher Lee, Searrow Lewis, Rachel Liebchen, Tara Lundy, Hannah Lunsford, James Machin, Melanie Martin, Michelle McQueen, Carmen Mondragon, Estefania Montano, Kelly Moore, Vincent Nelson, Tessa Ondrick, Emileigh Phillips, Shanekia Phillips, Jessica Pickron, Devon Ratcliff, Marty Rittenberry, Jacob Roche, Carlos Rodriguez, Nikki Salazar, Kevin Shaw, Ranita Shows, Mario Sierra, Neha Singh, Jacob Sisk, Stephanie Sistek, Stevi Slaughter, Chad Smith, Shannon Smith, Charles Snoek, Johnathon Stone, Samantha Strickland, Tabitha Thomas, Katherine Tisdale, Julian Torres, Cynthia Toscano, Wealthy Whaley and Ashley Worden

 

Lufkin

Morgan Berger and Leslie Clothier

 

Marshall

Jesse Alejandro and Thomas Waltman

 

Mineola

Kimberly Hortman

 

Mount Enterprise

Chloe Brady, Taylor Gill, Mindy Langston, Larissa Stokley, Wiley Howard and Kristy Moore

 

New London

Simone Searcy

 

Orange

Jordyn Ewing

 

Ore City

Leah Garcia, Phyllis Oguin and Cardell Turner

 

Overton

Samantha Kirby, Rebecca Waller and Cheree Young

Pearland

Julia Harkness

 

Pelahatchie

William Till

 

Pittsburg

Cassie Horton

 

Richmond

Alli Schneider and Erica Trull

 

Rowlett

Logan Roesle

 

San Antoinio

Audrey Jones

 

Shallowater

Victoria Leake

 

Spring

Briana McLaughlin

 

Tatum

Krysta Arbuckle, James Davidson, Cody Gillis and Fernando Tirado

 

The Woodlands

Mary Pennington

 

Troup

Tina Belcher and John Finch

 

Tyler

Ramey Bryant, Kaitlin Kilpela and Jeremy Wong

 

Van

Joshua Wallace

 

White Oak

Ruth Alexander, Kaleb Black, Amy Epperson, Jessica Fears, Lea-Holli Hensley, Chelsey Moore, Malyssa Morgan, James Novell, Landon Pecot, Brittani Pfau, Chelsea Rodriguez, Angela Thomas and Codi Weston

 

Whitehouse

Courtney Clark, Krystal Harvey and Sarah Leonard

 

Winnsboro

Kasey Gibson

 

Winona

Ashley Perry

 

Woodway

Sydne Miller

 

Wylie

Katharine Stroud

Play Ball! KC gains Texarkana College, Lon Morris softball players

O. Rufus Lovett / SPECIAL TO THE FLARE
Holly Von Ehrenfried (right) of Frisco and Jalla Johnson (left) of Grapeland engage in batting practice

ASHLEY MORALES
Staff Writer

The next sport up to bat at KC is women’s fast-pitch softball with Leslie Messina as the head coach.

Messina comes from Texarkana College where she was the head softball coach for eight years. TC announced in May that all sports, including men’s and women’s golf, baseball and softball, were being cut due to financial issues.

Messina soon had offers from Tyler Junior College, Arkansas Tech and KC.

Messina decided KC was the best fit.

“The people at Kilgore College have demonstrated their commitment to the program. Their commitment level has far exceeded the other schools I looked at, and I knew they were excited for it and they would give us the support we needed and they wanted to do it right, and I liked that,” Messina said.

Sophomore Capria Howell, injured at the time of the announcement, was at ease that she would not have to transfer anywhere without softball.

“When we were talking (Messina) asked us if she went, if we would go with her and basically all of us agreed,” Howell said.

Messina discussed her choices with the team and in May she told the team that KC was the best place for them.

“She said the whole time her mind was set on Kilgore. She always said how everyone was so nice, and they were so ready to have softball,” Howell said.

KC will take Texarkana College’s place in the Region XIV East Conference. As for being KC’s first-ever softball team, the women are excited to start a tradition. The first game for the fall season is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Stream-Flo Park against DFW Firecrackers. The entrance is free to students with their KC ID. Stream-Flo Park is next to Driller Park, located at 1800 S. Commerce St. in Kilgore.

“We want to start a legacy. And also win to show how thankful we are for them to take us as quick as they did. Most schools take a year to recruit and they took us right away,” Howell said.

Sophomores Kathryn Lambert and Jessie Long were recruited from Lon Morris College which also had sport cuts.

“We’re really thankful, because we all came out of bad situations and we ended up with a really great opportunity. If we start as champions, Kilgore’s always going to be the place to go for softball,” Lambert said.
With big aspirations for the fall season, the team has been working hard in two-a-days.

“Our goal for the immediate year is to win a conference title. We have a good core of people who came with us from Texarkana and we have some good sophomore transfers from other schools in our region,” Messina said. “We were able to get some of our original commitments for Texarkana to come and some of the area kids we got at tryouts.”

The fall schedule is non-conference, but the team is not treating it as an easy pre-season. Messina believes the talent is there, but the team just needs to get in better shape.

“In our first year, we don’t just want to compete. We want to win a conference title and we want to be one of the best teams in Region XIV that is competing for the title year end and year out,” Messina said.

The acquisition of the softball program satisfies the federal Title IX mandate, making an equal number of sports available to men and women.

Student development VP Mike Jenkins receives leadership award from Texas Association of Community Colleges

Ashley Morales
Staff Writer

Dr. Mike Jenkins, vice president of student development, received the Carl M. Nelson Administrative Leadership Award from the Texas Association of Community Colleges at its annual conference in Galveston.

The award was established in 2003 in memory of Carl M. Nelson, who was president of Texarkana College and assisted dozens of others as they accepted their leadership positions in community colleges across Texas.

The honor celebrates the importance of administrative leadership in Texas Community Colleges by recognizing a vice president or dean who has demonstrated his/her outstanding leadership qualities in one of its 50 community college districts.

To receive the award, a nominee must have displayed leadership qualities and traits which are related to the success in community college presidents. They include:

  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of the comprehensive community college
  • Demonstrated support for student learning and success
  • Ability to develop broad-based perspectives
  • Capacity to develop effective, collegial working relationships with faculty and staff
  • Character traits typically associated with effective leadership (e.g., honesty, integrity, compassion, sense of fairness and equity)
  • Demonstrated involvement in community-oriented activities outside the college
  • Support for and personal engagement in professional development activities

Dr. Bill Holda, KC president, nominated Jenkins for the award. There also had to be a letter of recommendation from a KC faculty member, a letter from one of Jenkins’ staff members, as well as a letter from someone in the community that is not employed by KC.

“Dr. Mike Jenkins was selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants for this award. The selection committee was impressed not only with the breadth of his experience and contribution to the community college environment, but also with the depth of his community service and servant leadership,” Holda said. “He is very deserving and is a credit to Kilgore College and to the community colleges in Texas.”

At the conference Holda was able to present the award to Jenkins.

“He’s kind of my mentor so it was nice that he was there. He read some of the things that were written in the letters which was nice and a little embarrassing. But it was nice,” Jenkins said. “It was one of those things that I felt humbled that Dr. Holda would nominate me from KC. We have a lot of fantastic administrators here, and for him to choose me, it was a nice acknowledgement of the efforts that I put in.”

At the conference Jenkins was able to meet with all the college presidents from around the state. Jenkins began work at KC in 1991 and has served as vice president of student development since 2008.

Policy Academy loses longtime instructor in motorcycle accident

BRITTANI PFAU
Co-Executive Editor

Memorial services for Leslie (Les) N. Ferguson, II, East Texas Police Academy instructor, were held July 2 in Dodson Auditorium.

Ferguson was killed in a motorcycle accident June 27 at Interstate 20 and Texas 31.

Prior to the service, about 100 Blue Knight Riders from across Texas and Louisiana escorted Ferguson’s family from Fellowship Baptist Church in Longview to the auditorium. Ferguson had served as vice president for the motorcycle group.

Multiple police and fire departments from around the area and the Longview Fire Pipe and Drum Corps attended the service.

In 1990, Ferguson was hired at KC’s East Texas Police Academy where he served as an instructor for a little more than three decades. His 33-year-career included service with several area police departments in multiple positions including White Oak, Lakeport, Longview, the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force and others.

Ferguson is survived by his wife of 31 years, Pam Ferguson; a daughter and son-in-law, Jacquelyn and Jededia Dennis of Hallsville; two sons, A1C Chase Ferguson and Les Alex Ferguson of Longview; and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother and step-father, Barbara and Pete Wilson, of Longview; and five siblings, including Michael Ferguson, KC Police Academy instructor.

Thirteen named for Fire Academy graduation

Thirteen students will graduate from Class 84 of the KC Fire Academy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Woodruff Adult Education Center Auditorium.
The KC Fire Academy is accredited by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and the State Firemen and Fire Marshal’s Association and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The academy offers certification schools for NFPA 1001 Basic Structural Firefighter I and II Certification, the Texas Volunteer certification, Fire Inspector and Fire and Arson Investigation courses.

It is also a designated institution by the Canadian Province of British Columbia.

Graduation candidates are listed by hometown as follows:

  • Big Sandy: Gregory C. Dodson
  • Carrollton: Joshua C. Monroe
  • Canton: David A. Yager
  • Edgewood: Joel H. Gammons
  • Gilmer: Douglas D. Stewart
  • Harleton: David K. Corrin
  • Lockhart: Benford Walters
  • Longview: Colby A. Williams
  • Mineola: Paul D. Pearman
  • Saint John, New Brunswick,Canada: Joshua M.G. Thorne
  • Tyler: Michael R. Tillery
  • White Oak: Anthony E. Depaepe
  • Wills Point: Zachary G. Griffin

Members wanted for KC Ranger Band

Kelly Gillit
Staff writer

It’s not too late to join the band.

Director Glenn Wells is still looking for new members with an interest or experience in music to sign up for the KC Ranger Band, and is especially looking for students who can play percussion or tuba.

Contact Glenn Wells at 903-983-8272 or email him at gwells@kilgore.edu.

KC Chorale searching for talent

ASHTON JOHNSON
Co-Executive Editor

As this semester takes off, the KC Chorale is still recruiting students.

The Chorale is for students who love to sing and can hold a choral part. A brief audition is required to become a part of the Chorale.

“Chorale students sing more frequently with orchestra than any other large university in the state,” said Dr. Jim Taylor, director of choral activities. “It’s a good place for building friendships, growing in musical skills and it’s a great balance to your other academics.”

The Chorale will participate in three concerts this semester. The first will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, performing Schubert’s Mass in G with the Longview Symphony Orchestra.

The Chorale (MUEN 2142) is the value of one credit hour and meets 10-10:50 a.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday and 9:30-10:50 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday.

For more information or to audition, contact Taylor at 903-983-8122 or email him at jtaylor@kilgore.edu.

Enrollment dips 5%

BRITTANI PFAU
Co-Executive Editor

Enrollment has decreased approximately 5 percent this semester. At the end of late registration Aug. 22, 6,026 students were enrolled, compared to 6,345 students enrolled at the same time last year.

“Enrollment as a whole across the state has been trending downwards. The possible reasons we’ve talked about is that as the economy continues to get better and the nation is recovering from the recession more people are going out to try to find jobs rather than going to school,” said Staci Martin, registrar and director of admissions. “We’ve also seen the local population of high school students decrease. Fewer kids are graduating to come to college. These are just some of our thoughts, things we’ve talked about informally.”

Enrollment figures will fluctuate. Students can register and make changes to their schedules Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 27-28, by visiting the Counseling Center on the second floor of the Devall Student Center. Students do not need to make an appointment.

Through Sept. 15, students will receive a 70 percent refund for dropped classes. From Sept. 15- 24, students will receive a 25 percent refund. No refunds will be given after Sept. 24.

QUEST and Full Throttle courses are also offered at KC-Longview.

QUEST courses give students an opportunity to earn 12 hours of college credit in 16 weeks. Fall courses begin Aug. 27.

Full Throttle classes begin on Sept. 24 for 12 weeks. Students may enroll in these courses until Sept. 21 without a late fee.