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Points of Cougar Pride
Collin College is very proud of its students, faculty and staff as well as the many achievements they earn over the year. This site highlights some of the awards, honor and other accomplishments that champion the college's core values.

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Students remembered the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 through comment boards at the Central Park Campus.

The 2015 Lift Up! Employee Giving Campaign launched on September 17 and has raised $50,356 from 237 individual donors so far. This includes $12,530 via the North Texas Giving Day. The Lift Up! Campaign runs through October 23.

Collin College Counselor Pam Love-White was named the Texas Counseling Association 2015-16 president-elect. She will represent 7,200 Texas professional counselors before Congress, the Texas Legislature, state agencies and regulatory bodies.

Collin College history professor Melody M. Miyaomto Walters’s book In Love and War: The World War II Courtship Letters of a Nisei Couple was published. The book recounts the wartime experiences of Miyamoto Walters’s grandparents, two second-generation Japanese Americans, living in Hawaii.

Collin College Student Life produced a scavenger hunt that took students all over campus searching for hidden cougars. Students were very enthusiastic and future hunts are being planned

District Vice President Kim Davison was reappointed for another two-year term to the City of McKinney Board of Adjustment.

Executive Vice President Dr. Brenda Kihl was appointed to the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Block Scheduling for Certain Programs by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The committee will help determine the rules for community colleges offering block-scheduled programs and the procedures for asking for exception.

Nursing Professor Gary Huey was selected to present his paper “Saving Lives: Forging Pathways for African American and Latino Male Community College Students in Paramedicine” at the Association for the Study of Higher Education national conference.

“Gender and Sexuality: Perspectives on LGBT History and Current Issues in a Changing World,” a textbook with chapters by Professor of History Michael Phillips and Professor of Humanities Carolyn Perry, was published in September.

Counselor Amy Lenhart was recently quoted in an NBC News article on student relationships surviving the transition from high school to college.

English professors Stephen Whitley and Christopher Foree will present at the 2016 College Composition and Communication Convention in Houston this April. Whitley will present “Action, Reflection, Conscientization: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in a Hostile Environment.” Foree’s presentations are titled “A Civil Tone and a Critical Eye: Encouraging Dual-Credit Students to Think Like College Students and Act Like Citizens” and “Getting Involved: Civil and Legal Literacy.”

The Collin Theatre Department kicked off its 2015-16 season with the 24-Hour Play Festival on September 12 at the Black Box Theatre. About 100 people attended the event, which saw 40 students write, direct, rehearse and perform six brand new show plays in just 24 hours.

Second-year respiratory student Todd Porter received the Lambda Beta Society AMP/Hill Leadership Award, a first for a Collin College student. Todd was encouraged by faculty and staff to apply for the scholarship because of his involvement and service at Collin College. In addition to a $2,000 prize, this award includes travel expenses, hotel accommodations and full registration for the American Association for Respiratory Care International Congress.

Staff and Faculty donated around 25-30 boxes of household cleaning products to The Samaritan Inn at our Bi-annual All College Day in August 2015.

Stephen Rogers, coordinator of Programs for New Students, was named to the Community College Advisory Board of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. NSCS is the largest accredited college honor society in the U.S. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities.

Collin College trustees voted to approve Dr. Neil Matkin as the community college's third district president, and officially welcomed him by commemorating the occasion with a group portrait at the monthly board meeting in March 2015.

Kris Berg, professor of music, has received Global Music Awards Gold Medals in two categories--Best Big Band Performance and Best Composition--for his recent CD release, "Time Management".

Congratulations to Collin College Women's Tennis team, Head Coach Marty Berryman and Assistant Coach Rod Coltman! The team finished 8th at the 2015 NJCAA Women's Division I Tennis National Championship in Tuscon, Arizona, one point out of 6th. This finish marks the 25th straight year in the Top10.

The Collin Theatre Center was selected for the 2015 Texas Excellence Award by the US Commerce & Trade Research Institute (USCTRI.) This award is determined by surveys and research to identify entities that have created success in the local industries and communities. The Collin Theatre Center is being recognized for having enhanced and contributed the community.

Amy Evans is now a Certified Fundraising Executive as she passed the CFRE exam this morning! The certification serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement by “CFRE International” gauging an individual’s knowledge and experience against worldwide standards set for fundraising professionals exhibiting the highest standards of ethics, competence and service to the philanthropic sector.

Former Collin College President Cary IsraelFormer Collin College President Cary A. Israel will receive the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award at Phi Theta Kappa's 97th Annual Convention, NerdNation, Friday, April 17, in San Antonio. The award is given to retiring college presidents, campus chief executive officers and state community college directors based on outstanding support provided to Phi Theta Kappa. Israel was nominated by PTK's local chapter.

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