Welcome to the TCC Bioscience web site!
My name is Stacia Sarwinski and I was hired as the Outreach Representative at the beginning of August. My job is to coordinate outreach efforts for the bioscience majors at TCC. I am available to speak to classes or students about bioscience careers and opportunities for scholarships, internships, or research experiences. I look forward to helping students find their passion in the bioscience field and assisting them with the resources necessary to turn their passion into a career.
A little bit about me – after I graduated from Grove High School in 2009 I immediately set off on the adventure of a lifetime. I attended the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Government in 2013. The combination of science and writing that was required for me to obtain my degree makes this job a perfect fit for me. My time as an undergrad afforded me the opportunity to study abroad at Hong Kong University for a summer course and serve as a Presidential Fellow (a year-long research project) my senior year. I would love to talk about the amazing benefits of both to any interested students!
After graduation I was commissioned as an Officer in the Coast Guard and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where I served 2 years on a 210’ ship that sailed the Caribbean. Our responsibilities in addition to Search and Rescue, were stopping drug traffickers, illegal fishing, and illegal immigration.
I was then transferred to Juneau, Alaska where I worked on creating sustainable fisheries policies and practices for the state of Alaska. I also spent time traveling the entire state, visiting remote Alaskan villages and Coast Guard units. At the end of my time in Alaska I separated from Active duty and moved back to Oklahoma – not a lot of Coast Guard here in this landlocked state of ours.
In addition to my job here at TCC I am a full-time student working on my prerequisites for Nursing School. I have always loved the biosciences and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the TCC family! I will work hard to make this site valuable for all students, prospective students, and faculty at TCC. In order to do so, I ask that students, faculty, and staff send me any event information, photos, or science activities that are happening on any campus and I will post it. My email information is listed to the right of this blog.
I look forward to meeting more students and faculty in the coming months and helping to expand the biosciences footprint at TCC.
Contributed by Samantha Rice, 2016 A.S. in Biotechnology Graduate
Someone once told me, “If you can believe in yourself at least half as much as I believe in you, the sky is the limit!” Little did I know how much that one sentence would impact my life and rewrite my story to one of a journey that has far exceeded my expectations. Raising a family while attending college certainly challenged my sense of what I could do, but I was encouraged by the most amazing support group of professors in the Science and Math Building at Southeast Campus. Along the way, I learned how to persevere. Perseverance drove me to do great things at Tulsa Community College, and I now hold an AS in Biotechnology.
In a way, Biotechnology found me, instead of the opposite. It is all because of my Biology for Majors class, which introduced me to the complexity of DNA and genetics and intrigued me enough to enroll in the Biotechnology Program. From the day I first opened my biotechnology lab manual, I knew this was the path I wanted to take. Through biotechnology, I feel I can make a difference in this world and through this opportunity, I feel I can turn my dreams into a reality. I want to help clean, fuel, feed and heal the world!
During my time at TCC, I took advantage of wonderful opportunities that have helped me grow as a person and as a scholar. Some of those opportunities are:
I cannot stress enough the impact Tulsa Community College has made in my life. I am so grateful for the support I have received and the tools I have developed along the way. A part of my heart will always be in that math and science building, where I discovered my passion in life. I am not sure what the future holds for me now, but what I do know is: “the sky is the limit,” and I am ready to believe.
Welcome to the TCC Bioscience web site, where you will find news and information about bioscience programs at Tulsa Community College. I hope you will find it useful. Input from students, faculty, and staff is crucial, however. Please submit event information and photos, comments on science activities at your campus, and any other information you would like to share. You can email me at the address to the right, or add comments to a blog post.
Let me provide a little background information about my role, because I haven't had the opportunity to meet everyone yet. I was hired in January through an OK-INBRE grant to coordinate outreach efforts at TCC to recruit, retain, and transfer students in bioscience majors. To this end, I am available to present or speak to classes or student groups about bioscience careers or opportunities for scholarships, internships, or research experiences. I look forward to spending time with students, whether it's only for a few minutes or for conducting an inquiry activity.
My background is in medical technology, with experience in both clinical and research settings for more than 20 years. I have also written about science as editor of the TU Vision alumni newsletter of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences between 2000 and 2005. Beginning in 2006, I taught high school science in Broken Arrow, in addition to teaching Freshman Composition at TCC (I have a split personality, it seems). I'm excited at this point to be able to put all these experiences to work as the Bioscience Outreach Representative.
I look forward to meeting more students and faculty in the coming months and to growth in the biosciences at TCC. Please be in touch.