WC Veterans Day program to include 1st Lt Jack L Knight Building dedication

Salute VeteransAs Veterans Day draws near, plans for this year’s ceremony at Weatherford College look to go above and beyond the call of duty.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. the community is invited to gather around the Ed Kramer Flag Plaza adjacent to the Academic Building for the traditional ceremony of recognizing service men and women from all branches and memorializing those who have passed on. In addition, college officials will hold a dedication ceremony naming the newly-renovated, former Allied Health Building the 1st Lt. Jack L. Knight Building.

Knight was born and raised in Garner and graduated from Weatherford College in 1938. He joined the military two years later and was stationed, along with two of his brothers, at Camp Wolters in Mineral Wells as part of Troop F, 124th Cavalry Regiment with the Texas National Guard. Four other brothers later joined the service as well.

On Feb. 2, 1945 near LoiKang, Burma, Knight destroyed two Japanese pill boxes while protecting his troops from heavy concentrations of artillery and small-arms fire. His brother, Curtis, was hit during the assault, and Knight ordered his men to see to his aid while he continued to take out enemies. Blinded by explosions, Knight was fatally wounded during the battle at the age of 27. The sight of the battle has since been named “Knight’s Hill.”

For his actions that day, Knight was awarded the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, which his father accepted in his place four months after his burial in Cool. Knight is believed to be the only Weatherford College graduate to ever receive this honor. Continue reading

Olympian ventures into new career through WC program

Banda1Between his Physical Therapist Assistant classes at Weatherford College, Lewis Banda can be found training for his third Olympic competition.

Originally from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Banda represented his home country in the 400-meter race in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008. His athletic career started with soccer and rugby in high school, but after a particularly violent rugby tackle, his mother asked him to stop. He did and picked up running. Continue reading

Making his own history

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While the top of most people’s brag list of famous encounters consists of actors and musicians, Dr. Scott Tarnowieckyi is proud to have met Pulitzer Prize winner James M. McPherson.

“While many might not know him, he is arguably the greatest living historian on the American Civil War,” Tarnowieckyi said. “He is a pretty cool and humble guy for someone who has won basically every major award on Civil War history.”

Tarnowiecyki, Associate Professor of History and Social Sciences Department Chair at Weatherford College, latched on to history as a child and his parents nurtured his interest.

“[They] started bringing home books for me that dealt with the American Civil War and the like,” he said. “Without realizing it, I was eating it all up and wanting to find out more and more.”
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There’s nothing to do in this town… Well, that’s not true

Welcome (back) to Weatherford College!

Whether you are a first-year or a returning student, finding activities on and off campus to keep your entertained can be a challenge. So here are a few dates to mark on your calendars.

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Auditions are coming up Sept. 5-6.

 Weatherford College Fine Arts Calendar

All events take place in the Alkek Fine Arts Center and are free to attend.

Sept. 5-6 Auditions for “Young Frankenstein” (Auditions are open to the public. Must be 16 or older.)

Oct. 16-Oct. 30 Student Photo Show

Oct. 30-Nov. 2 “Young Frankenstein”

Nov. 4-Nov. 25 Student Art Show

Nov. 14-15 “Hansel and Gretal” — children’s show

Nov. 17 Student Art Show reception

Nov. 18 Choir Concert

Nov. 20 Jazz Concert

Dec. 1 Handel’s “Messiah” Continue reading