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Collin Students Named To All-Texas Academic Team

March 28, 2006 -- Two students from Collin County Community College District (Collin) were named to the 2005-06 All-Texas Academic Team of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for community college students. Rankings on All-State teams are determined by a national competition. Members may receive medallions, certificates or scholarships.

Shirley C. Allen of Allen, Texas, is a Collin student majoring in psychology. Allen served as president of Collin's chapter of Psi Beta, a national honor society for psychology students, from 2005-06. She has been a member of Alpha Mu Tau, Collin's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa since 2004; the National Scholars Honor Society, since 2005; and chosen to attend I-LEAD in 2005, a leadership program sponsored by the Association of College Unions International. She arrived on the 2005 National Dean's list and received distinction at Collin as an Emerging Scholar. "Emerging scholars" are students who show a commitment to learning, demonstrate a special talent in a particular discipline, and are identified by an instructor as having the potential to excel.

"Pursuing my heartfelt dream of achieving higher education late in life necessitated an institution both convenient to my home and affordable to my budget," she said. "Collin offers enumerable, auxiliary activities to enhance students' academic resumes. I had the opportunity of traveling to psychology conferences, to attend I-LEAD, and the freedom to create other educational opportunities of my own design."

Her undergraduate research at Collin included "Investigating Gender Differences in Civic Participation as Measured through Discussion Boards," presented at the Great Plains Psychology Conference, March 2005.

Yanina Kohut of Plano, Texas, is a Collin student majoring in international relations. Originally from Ukraine, Kohut serves as vice-president of Alpha Mu Tau, Collin's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, at Central Park Campus in McKinney.

"I chose to become a PTK officer to further expand my learning horizons," she said, "as well as contribute back to society by simply getting myself and others involved in building a stronger community."

She has volunteered with the Susan G. Koman Foundation, Collin County Children's Advocacy Center, The American Cancer Society and a local legal clinic. She is also president-elect of the Paralegal Association of Collin County.

Kohut was pre-admitted to Southern Methodist University (SMU) through Collin's dual-admission program, which allows students early admissions to the university and other benefits while still studying at the community college. She will transfer to SMU in the fall.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.