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Points Of Cougar Pride - Individual Honors/Awards 2007-2008
Individual Honors/Awards 2007-2008
Lydia Gober, director of Career Services and Cooperative Work Experience, graduated from the National Speakers Association, North Texas Chapter, Charbonneau Speakers Academy, a 9-month training program for speakers, trainers and personal/professional coaches.

Amy Lenhart, career counselor, received a Merit Award from the Texas Career Development Association for "accomplishments in the career center for being a strong advocate for career counseling, safeguarding the profession, and being committed to students." She also received an award from the American College Counseling Association for her work on a DVD to promote awareness of college counselors.

Leslie Thetford, Fire Science /EMS Operations specialist, won the Collin County 4-H Adult Volunteer of the Year award for Collin County 4-H and the state of Texas 4-H and won the Star Volunteer Award for the McKinney ISD FFA for 2007-08.

Dr. Sandra Herron, professor of Spanish, placed first, second and third in the National Career Development Association Texas Adult Poetry contest for her works, "Old Tree," "Assimilation" and "Immigrant."

Debra Lamb, advisor, graduated from Leadership Dallas in 2008.

Lisa Downing, professor of English, was awarded the 2007 Short Fiction Award from the Association for Mormon Letters for "Clothing Esther." The short story appeared in the December 2007 edition of Sunstone Magazine, a publication dedicated to Mormon art, culture and scholarship.

Anthony Armstrong, associate professor of English and former Collin College student, won a 2008 American Inhouse Design Award from Graphic Design USA for excellence and creativity in his roles as editor-in-chief and art director of Nurses’ Lounge magazine.

Professor Dr. Rosemary Karr was one of 15 professors statewide named a 2008 Piper Professor, an honor presented annually by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation to professors for superior teaching at a Texas college or university.

Elaine Wilkinson, chair and professor of education, was inducted into the Texas Woman's University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society in April 2008.

Lupita Tinnen, professor of photography, was selected by the Center for Photography at Woodstock for Woodstock A-I-R, a residency program for minorities working in the photographic arts.

Heather Darrow, public relations writer, won a silver Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for her article "Love Comes in Thin Packages."

Inside Collin County Business has named college trustee Stacy Anne Arias as one of Collin County’s 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.

Celeste Harden, division secretary for Recruitment and Programs for New Students, has been awarded the certificate of completion in the Professional Directions Program for Administrative Support, Level l.

Amy Lenhart, career counselor, received a Merit Award from the Texas Career Development Association, which is a part of Texas Counseling Association, at the 2007 Texas Counseling Association Conference in Corpus Christi in November. She received the award based upon her tenure in Career Services, for "being a strong advocate for career counseling and safeguarding the profession, for being committed to students and ensuring that they received the best professional service possible."

Tino Trujillo, Collin College trustee, was named an Amigo of the Hispanic Community by the Collin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Steve Hardy, associate vice president of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, received the Educator Award at the 26th annual Plano Community Forum Awards Banquet in October.

Tiffanee Arnold, department chair and professor of dance, received the Western Illinois University Department of Theatre and Dance Alumni Award. Arnold was recognized as a guest artist at a special reception, taught master classes and trained WIU dancers on her original choreography of “Momentum.”

Tino Trujillo, Collin College Trustee, received the 2007 Fred Moses Minority Business Development Award at the Plano Chamber of Commerce's Excellence in Business Awards Luncheon Sept. 20, at the Summit Ballrooms.

Mark Kauffman, associate professor of AGDT, won several honors at the 2007 Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors Government Programming Awards with the city of Allen in August 2007. Kauffman was first in Magazine Format (Operating Budget, Public Affairs, Interview / Talk Show, Public Health/Public Safety (Operating Budget and Special Audience. He took second for Event Coverage, Profile of a City/City Department and Overall Excellence in Government Programming. A third place was also received for The Amazing Adventure.

The Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology for Community and Junior Colleges awarded Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks, chapter advisor and professor of psychology, the 2007 Psi Beta/Virginia Staudt Sexton National Faculty Advisor Award at the national convention in San Francisco Aug. 18.

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