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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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Collin College student Joel Mason was recently elected as the Texas Junior College Student Government Association (TJCSGA) president, making him the first student in the college’s history to serve in the role. Comprising leaders from among 72 junior colleges in the state of Texas, Mason’s election is a notable achievement. His term will run for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Collin College student Vu Phan won the Southwest Region for the Student Math League competition and student Seungjoon Kim finished third.  This competition was sponsored by the American Mathematical Association for Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). Vu Phan will also be honored by the Texas branch, TexMATYC as the highest-scoring student in Texas.

Collin College students Diana Fuentes, Craig Hartnell, Mary Layton, Cody Peterson, Aaron Rothlisberger, Ashton Shinedling, Waldo Silva and Chris Weber were selected by Johnson Space Center as Texas Aerospace Scholars. Mary Layton and Cody Peterson were members of the winning design team, and Aaron Rothlisberger was selected by NASA as Scholar of the Week.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society named two Collin College students, Michelle Davis of Allen and Alexa Acosta of Plano, to the exclusive 2014 All-USA Academic Team. On stage, Davis and Acosta joined 18 college students from across the country who were selected from more than 1,700 nominees.

The Texas Comptroller’s office awarded Collin College with the Platinum Transparency Award.  Collin College is the only college or university in Texas to receive the award this year.  Last year, the District received a Gold Award, which at the time was the highest level.  A platinum level was added this year for those organizations that went above the gold standard in meeting transparency requirements.

Dr. Terry Hockenbrough, Director of the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement, received the Distinguished College Administrator Award from the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Hockenbrough was one of only 25 college administrators in the U.S. to receive the honor. The Distinguished College Administrator Award is given to college vice presidents, deans or leaders other than college presidents and CEOs serving in an administrative capacity who have demonstrated a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa during their

The Public Relations and Foundation Departments won a bronze award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) in the Fundraising Campaign category for “Stetson & Stiletto Standoff 2013.”  The Paragon Awards is the only national competition of its kind because it honors excellence in marketing and public relations at community colleges exclusively.  There are nearly 1,600 members of NCMPR, and this year there were 1,865 entries in the 50 categories.

Michelle Millen, director of Health Information Management, was appointed to the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE).  The mission of the CEE is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to encourage international collaboration between and among leaders in the global community.

Collin College theater professor Gail Cronauer was featured on the NBC TV show “Revolution” in the episode “Austin City Limits.” She has acted for nearly 30 years and has previously starred in hit TV shows such as “Walker, Texas Ranger.

Collin College was recognized as a Platinum Premier Partner, the highest level attainable, by Carter BloodCare.

Collin Student Bobby Arrington contributed 605 service learning hours to “Hope for the Silent Voices,” a non-profit organization serving underprivileged children.  He created an Android application for agency advocacy and contact information.

Lisa Huang, Allied Health Sciences Librarian at the Central Park Campus, was awarded second place and a $100 prize from the juried Elizabeth K. Eaton Research Award poster presentations at the South Central Chapter/Medical Library Association Annual Meeting.  Ms. Huang’s research was on “HealthLINE: Capturing the pulse of its members.”  In addition, she recently had her fourth article accepted by the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section newsletter this year.

Professor of Management Development Cindy Briggs was reappointed by the Allen City Council to serve another two years on the City of Allen Library Board.  This will be Professor Briggs third term; she has served as chair for the last four years.

Professor of Nursing Virginia “Gini” Holter was recently published in a noted academic journal.  Her article “Content analysis of continuing education for cervical cytology” was published in the International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare 2013.

Chance Sharpsteen received the Gold Award from Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County.  Chance has performed over 1,500 hours of community service on behalf of Habitat.  He answer phones at the Plano ReStore, but has also, with the help of fellow Collin students, worked on building a home for a challenged home owner.  Chance’s presentation of his Service Learning project at the college was picked for one of ten presentations to all participants and helped him earn a Collin College scholarship.

Professor of Criminal Justice Stephanie Abromoske-James, student John Wangler of the Collin chapter of the Student Veterans Association of America, and Collin Foundation Board member Shep Stahl have been awarded the U.S. Congressional Veteran Commendation.  A total of 14 veterans from our region were recognized at the Third Annual Commendation event hosted by U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson at the Spring Creek Campus on December 14.

Professor of Developmental Reading Pam Sawyer represented Collin College as the recipient of the Gladys R. Shaw Professional Development Award at the College Academic Support Programs’ (CASP) recent conference in Amarillo.

Professor of Biology Rebecca Orr has been invited to present two talks and sit as a panel participant at Ohio State University in November.

Collin College has once again been named a top military-friendly school by Military Advanced Education (MAE).

At the fall 2013 annual meeting of the Texas Council of Academic Libraries, Executive Director of the Spring Creek Campus Library Linda Kyprios was elected to serve as the at-large representative to the Executive Council for the Texas Council of Community and Junior College Libraries.

Nursing Director Donna Hatch has been elected to serve on the Advisory Board for the North Texas Organization of Nursing Executives (N-TONE) for the 2013-2014 year.  N-TONE is for area hospital high level nursing executives; serving on the board will assist Collin in maintaining strong affiliations with area hospitals and assisting in policy making in the best interest of our nursing students and graduates.

Collin’s Nursing Program has been placed at the top of the list of nursing programs in the entire State of Texas.  Collin College is the only community college in Texas to receive the nursing shortage reduction program grant for eight (8) consecutive years since the grant was first created in 2006 by the Legislature and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Sonia Iwanek, Professor of Political Science, was honored by the American Political Science Association as an Outstanding Professor of the year Finalist at the 2013 APSA Reception honoring teaching on August 30th in Chicago.

Three students from Collin’s Respiratory Care Program have received Education Recognition Awards for Undergraduate Students from the American Respiratory Care Foundation. Student Stewart Morrison was the recipient of the Morton B. Duggan, Jr., Memorial Education Recognition Award and $1,000; Kanokon Raksriaksorn received the Jimmy A. Young Memorial Education Recognition Award and $1,000; and Tracy Bedar received the NBRC/AMP William W. Burgin, Jr., MD Education Recognition Award and $2,500.

Dr. Amina El-Ashmawy, Professor of Chemistry at the Central Park Campus, has been selected as a 2013 American Chemical Society Fellow. She is one of 96 fellows from across the nation to be named as a member of the 2013 class and one of only two from community colleges.

Professor of Philosophy Carl Hasler published a review of “Donoso Cortes:  Reading in Political Theory” in the July/August 2013 issue of Saint Austin Review.  Professor Hasler points out the contribution of this work to a dialectical discussion of nineteenth century political theory.

Chef Michele Brown was formally inducted into the Epicurean World Master Chef Society, an organization of professional chefs focused on education, competition, and charity while promoting the culinary industry around the world.  Chef Brown also recently won the title of TCA Pastry Chef of the Year 2013, for both the city and state at the Texas Culinary Association’s convention in Fort Worth.

Collin has received the Gold Leadership Circle Award for Transparency from the Texas Comptroller’s Office.  The award spotlights local government agencies that are opening their books to the public; providing clear, consistent pictures of spending; and sharing information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily drill down for more information.

Collin’s chapter of Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges, has been named the recipient of the 2012-2013 Chapter Excellence Award.  This award is given for meeting or exceeding chapter excellence standards that reflect Psi Beta’s mission.  In addition, the chapter has been named winner of the Ann G. Robinson College Life Award.

On July 15, the Collin College Respiratory Care Program received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care at the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Summer Forum in Orlando, Florida.  Program Director Celi Solis accepted the award on behalf of Collin.  Only 37 of the 440 accredited programs in the nation received this honor.

Collin College was named a Presidential Award finalist for the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) administers the program, and the Presidential Award is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its exemplary commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Collin College is one of only two community colleges recognized.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) named Collin College physics professor Dr. Greg Sherman the 2012 Texas Professor of the Year.

Collin College Women's Basketball Coach, Jeff Allen, was announced as a finalist for the 2013 Russell Athletic/WBCA Junior/Community College National Coach of the Year award. Coach Allen was one of eight finalists.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $4.4 million grant to the National Convergence Technology Center at Collin College. This grant extends through July of 2016 is the fifth Advanced Technological Education awarded to Collin College since 1999.

Collin College’s nursing program was named a Center of Excellence by the National League of Nursing. Only 19 programs around the nation received the prestigious designation, and Collin College is the first program in the state to be named a Center of Excellence.

A consortium led by Collin College has been selected for a $19,998,974 grant, part of nearly $500 million in federal grants targeted for training and workforce development to help unemployed workers who are changing careers. More than 200 community colleges around the country applied and 32 were selected by the U.S. Department of Labor in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.

The Surgical Technology program received a National Certificate of Merit from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, the program’s certification board, for having a 90 percent or greater pass rate on the national credentialing exam. Only 52 out of more than 570 programs nationwide received the honor, and Collin College was one of only two in the state of Texas and three in the region to achieve this accomplishment.

Collin College was selected as a “Top Military-Friendly College” by Military Advanced Education, the publishers of the 2012 Guide to America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.

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