Tom Kellam


After 23 years with the Fort Worth Public Library, archivist Tom Kellam made his way to NE Campus’ Heritage Room archives to help with the organization, restoration and maintaining of the TCC and Tarrant County archives.

“I saw this as an opportunity to build a collection from the ground up,” Kellam said.

Kellam said donations to the archive began in the mid-’70s around the build-up to the Bicentennial in 1976.

“There was a lot of interest in history at the time,” he said. “It grew into and was a very active archive for local historians. Students also helped in the process at the time, and it was used as sort of a teaching project. My goal is to make sure it is still used for that purpose.”

Several artifacts were donated by many people throughout the years. Spanning from Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, one can view various masks, hats, tribal clothing and photographs of natives from many cultures from around the world. Books of wanted posters date back to the late 1800’s along with several manuscripts and rare antique books. Kellam said anything in the archives can be viewed by students and used for anything from casual viewing to research projects.

“It is open to students, faculty and staff to view and use,” he said. “We are working on restoration and better organization. I am working to get a couple of grants to help with this process, but it is currently open and accessible.”

— Kenney Kost


Alex Gillen

photo 1Many students base the decision of a major on financial stability. For Alex Gillen, the decision is based on his true passion and doing something he loves for the rest of his life — music.

“I just want to be happy with what I do,” he said. “I would rather sacrifice a little money and just be able to live comfortably instead of having a six-figure job that I hate waking up to go to.”

Gillen is currently working toward a degree in music on NE Campus. Gillen’s main instrument is guitar, but he can also sing, play bass and play drums. He is also taking piano restoration and repair courses.

“I would love to end up in a band or possibly teach music,” he said. “The piano repair courses give me a back-up plan and a way to make extra money. We learn everything from tuning a piano, to minor repairs and some restoration techniques. It just gives me more options to choose from in the music field. More options to do something I enjoy doing.”

— Kenney Kost

Benney Peoples

WP_20130419_003Benney Peoples is another veteran student dealing with the long, tedious process and paperwork of leaving the military.

Peoples was previously stationed in Iraq for nine months. As part of her deployment, she was given the duty of prison guard, watching over Iraqi prisoners. Peoples suffered traumas from her experience she might never recover from.

“We didn’t know what they were in prison for,” she said about the prisoners. “The hardest thing for me was being away from my family.”

On top of her school work, Peoples is filling out stacks of paperwork and waiting patiently for the medical board to go through her case. She started the process a year ago and was told she wouldn’t see results for yet another year.

Because Peoples suffers from the trauma of her work in the military and from a shoulder injury that pains her each day still, she can appeal for a medical discharge. However, the process is long and may not even pay off in the end. Right now, Peoples said she regulary visits the Veterans Affairs clinic at no cost until she is finally released in full from the military.

—Kirsten Mahon

Samuel Colunga

Sam ColungaA project originally meant for a grade became  part of a passion for TR student Samuel Colunga. One day, Colunga wishes to produce his own films.

In his most prized piece, a short Internet film called The Loved One, Colunga took footage from various places.

“I’m a creative person,” he said. “I just want to show the world.”

Colunga’s favorite movie is Halloween, the original made in 1978. The creeper cult-classic movie features very little blood and gore like most horror films do. This is what inspires Colunga.

“It wasn’t shot in a big film studio,” he said. “It was shot without the big dollar.”

Colunga said it’s a skill to achieve the viewership that Halloween did and be remembered 35 years later as one of the scariest movies of all time without the typical horror setting these type of films have.

“I do want to use professional equipment to make a movie or documentary,” Colunga said.

Currently, Colunga is working ideas to make a documentary about a sub-par high school basketball team.

“I want to document how they aren’t good, but they persevere,” he said.

—Kirsten Mahon

Aaron Hutchinson

aaron hutchinsonAaron Hutchinson has been taking photography courses on NE Campus for six years now and enjoys them so much he doesn’t plan on ever stopping.

“I like the faculty particularly, and also that the courses teach me something every time,” Hutchinson said. “I love the environment, and I like to move around and study photography with different people.”

Hutchinson also teaches on Saturdays to the TCC Exposure photo club on building cameras. He enjoys building homemade pinhole cameras and creating art to photograph out of junk from his garage.

“I built one in 14 minutes flat,” Hutchinson said. “I love the quality of the photos they take and I definitely think home made pinholes are the best way to photograph something. Everything is in focus.”

Aaron has been published twice in the Under the Clock Tower publication about three years ago.

His biggest inspirations are NE Campus photography associate professors Richard Doherty and Mark Penland. He listens to Aphex Twin for inspiration while photographing and is always looking for new creative ideas.

“I see things in photographs other people can’t see,” he said.

Aaron is 28 and plans on continuing to be up to date with TCC photo and design courses until he can make a career out of it.

—Cody Daniels

Nathan Peoples

599281_476888925669542_1894882386_nNate Peoples wants to become a CEO of a large technology company one day. He is already on the path to success, desigining software applications.

“I don’t wanna be the guy to graduate from college just to work for someone else,” he said.

Right now, Peoples works for TR Campus as an administrative assistant, helping to balance budgets, send emails and create databases. In school, his strengths are mainly math, science and technology.

Peoples was a military kid. He grew up in Japan and Italy before graduating from high school in Texas. He said when he came to school stateside, he was much further ahead than the rest of his new school mates.

Currently, Peoples charges by the hour for clients to bring him ideas and have him build the correct application for it. On average, Peoples said it takes him about four hours to design and produce a working application. He creates all types of applications, he said.

While creating applications and working for the school, Peoples is also working on his Microsoft Cloud Engineering certificate.

“I just want to do my own thing,” he said.

—Kirsten Mahon

Yavniel Pereira

Yavniel PereiraYavniel Pereira is in his third year at TCC. He is an art student primarily on NW Campus but has taken courses on four of the five campuses.

Pereira has already attained his Associate of Arts through TCC but is still taking courses to raise his GPA to get accepted at the University of Texas at Arlington for music media.

Pereira also spends most of his spare time playing guitar. He is in a progressive metal project called Ceteris Paribus.

“I like to tell stories with my music about overcoming difficult obstacles in my life and life generally for other people too. Our newest album is going to be conceptual and tell a story set in medieval times about such themes,” Pereira said.

He aspires to play in the UTA jazz band and loves music courses. Amongst the ones at TCC, his favorite music courses were ear training, Harmony I and Harmony II.

“I plan on taking harmony III and IV here next semester [also.] I really love the quality of TCC’s campus and how well kept they are, the environment compared to how inexpensive it is,” he said.

—Cody Daniels

Madison Carney

beautifulMadison Carney is in her first semester at TCC after taking a year off college after high school. She is from Virginia and very new to Fort Worth.

“I chose TCC because I knew I would be moving to[the] Fort Worth area at the start of the semester and needed a campus convenient to both home and work,” Carney said. “The campus facilities also fit the environment I find conducive to achieving good grades.”

Madison, when not at school or work at the Blue Sushi Café, likes to meditate and remain in search of music and enlightenment in her spare time.

She plans on heading to Austin to pursue an English degree with the University of Texas after completing her core curriculum on TR Campus.

“I want to eventually teach students on a community college level at a place similar to TCC. Who knows? Maybe even here one day,” she said.

— Cody Daniels

Jesika Jonalagada

Jesika JonalagadaJesika is in her second semester at TCC, and she is enjoying her classes in psychology.

“I’m taking the Women in New Roles classes now,” she said about the classes designed to help women returning to college. “They’re interesting to me.”

But ultimately, her major will be in medicine.

“I would like to go into emergency medicine,” she said. “I’m hoping to go to UT next.”

Jesika also enjoys playing the piano.

“I’ve played the piano since the first grade,” she said. “I don’t play as much anymore, but I used to play it a lot.”

She also learned how to figure skate when she was in high school.

“It was fun, until you fell on the ice,” she said.

— Valerie Edwards

Dorothy Pritchett

Dorothy PritchettDorothy is attending school at TCC because things at her job at an insurance call center changed drastically.

“They sent our jobs to India,” she said. “So I’m taking classes as part of the work program they suggested.”

She has been taking classes for two years toward a business major, but she is uncertain of what her plans are for the future.

“I’ll either retire or go back to work,” she said. “I’ll have more leeway if I go back to work.”

She lives in Fort Worth now, so it is convenient to attend TCC’s NE Campus to take classes for the work program.

— Valerie Edwards

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