TAMU-T relocates resources, leaving a...

TAMU-T relocates resources, leaving a golden opportunity

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Boise, ID

#1 Jul 20, 2010
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TAMU-T relocates resources, leaving a golden opportunity
Published: 07/20/2010

Texarkana College students who depend on the Palmer Memorial Library and the John F. Moss Library on campus got something of a shock Friday.

Part of the building was blocked off. About 150,000 books were gone. The community computers were shut down.

Texas A&M University-Texarkana, which shares the library building with TC, had moved out.

That has been the intention since plans for the new TAMU-T campus on Bringle Lake were announced. The new campus includes a fine new library. So this wasnít unexpected.

But still, students were likely surprised by the extent of TAMU-Tís holdings at the Moss library. Some might not have been aware that the building is actually divided into sections for TC and TAMU-T.

The computers will come back online at the Moss library and TC students will be able to use the new Bringle Lake campus library. Thatís great. Some students, though, worry about the commute, especially if they study between classes. Plus, there are students who may have to use materials from both schoolsí collections at the same time. Running back and forth can be a chore.

When the library was built, TC donated the land to East Texas State University-Texarkana, which later became TAMU-T. TC President Dr. Alan Rasco says the college would like to expand its library services in the future and is interested in negotiating with TAMU-T for the use of that schoolís vacated space.

But until that time, the schools are trying to decide how to best manage the space. There has even been talk of erecting a wall to keep students out of the vacant area in order to limit liability concerns until sale or lease could be worked out.

We think thereís a better way: TAMU-T could just donate the library building to TC.

There has been a lot of suspicion since A&M decided to build a new campus and expand its course offerings to freshmen and sophomores. That, combined with the rancor over the firing of former TC President Frank Coleman and the alleged actions of some members of the TC Board of Trustees has led to wide suspicion that there is some sort of conspiracy to destroy and eventually shutter TC.

We think TAMU-T and the A&M system have an opportunity here to help settle at least some of those suspicions.

TC donated the land for the library when ETSU-T, now TAMU-T, needed it. Now that their new campus and library are ready to go, it would be a wonderful gesture for TAMU-T to donate the space it no longer needs back to TC.

Eagle, ID

#2 Jul 25, 2010
I understand your points. I have had the honor to work for Frank Coleman. He was a good President to TC and is a good man. The current TC administration has been informed of this move for a long time and the time tables are posted everywhere on campus if anyone bothers to look. This is lack of preparation on the part of TC to the needs of their students.

I do agree that A&M needs to reverse donate the buildings back to TC, but not for your reasons. A&M needs to put its money into building the new campus and not into maintaining these old buildings. They should donate them to get rid of them. It would also clean-up the separation of the two organizations.

You need to take into account some history here. A&M came to TC multiple times to make deals for partnerships and eventually for a buyout. The TC Board has rejected them all. There is quite a bit of bad blood between the two and that is not going away anytime soon.

The library is the first of several phases as A&M moves to the new campus. As A&M grows and expands its offerings, TC will find it harder and harder to be relevant to the community. The only operation that I understand at TC has that is a real money maker is the nursing program. A&M already has plans to offer a nursing program.

Personally, I look forward to the day that TC closes. It is a small local college populated with big egos and small argumentative minds. It's time has passed. I hope that good professors are able to find better paying positions with A&M.
Nameless one

Eagle, ID

#3 Jul 26, 2010
TC will be around for a while. Don't forget the HUGE difference in cost between A&M and TC. Roughly 3 to 4 times the cost.

Some simply can't afford 4 years at TAMUT.

TC also generally requires instructors with Masters degrees. A&M is Ph.D. for non-adjunct positions, so not many folks from TC would be able to even apply for a position.

The problem isn't with the college and educators, but with the board and administrators. They were hand picked by Truman Arnold and have fired or otherwise ousted those not willing to play ball. I figure they are trying to run TC into the ground and have A&M as the only game in town. With Truman being an A&M guy, he puts his folks on TC's board and tries to sink it.
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Boise, ID

#4 Jul 27, 2010
May be you guys are right. TC board are a bunch of crazy red necks.

If I remember correctly A&M gave truman Arnold a degree even though he never attended college there. OOPs my bad I believe he bought one for 10 million dollars for him and his wife.

Oley, PA

#5 Jul 30, 2010
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If I remember correctly A&M gave truman Arnold a degree even though he never attended college there. OOPs my bad I believe he bought one for 10 million dollars for him and his wife.
thats an expensive semester hour tuition if he had to pay that much

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