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Points Of Cougar Pride - College Milestones 2009-2010
College Milestones 2009-2010
Collin College’s Active Minds student organization recently were named a Five Star chapter by the national organization. Active Minds works to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses by promoting students’ awareness of mental health issues, providing information and resources, encouraging students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serves as a liaison between the student and mental health community.

Collin College received the AAA rating from Standard and Poor’s. This is a direct reflection of quality leadership and fiscal management.

The Forces literary and arts journal welcomed Texas Poet Laureate Karla Morton to its release party in April. Morton is a renowned poet and the author of Redefining Beauty and Wee Cowrin’ Timorous Beastie.

The Destination College Parents Workshop welcomed 416 individuals to their annual event.

More than 400 community leaders, Collin College students, administrators, faculty and staff attended the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast Jan. 18 at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center.

The commercial music program welcomed nationally-recognized music producer Rocky Gribble to speak about professional musicianship and opry music.

Collin College was one of only four community colleges in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico to have students competing in the competitive National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Competition. Out of 463 of the most advanced operatic students from the Midwestern states, Collin College students Emma Wright and Jake Nelson placed as semi-finalists in their divisions.

More than 300 participants attended the Texas Regional Community College Forum and Second Annual Green IT Summit hosted by the Convergence Technology Center at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, Nov. 13.

The Collin Higher Education Center opened in January 2010. The facility will host junior- and senior-level college courses, master's and doctoral programs from local universities.

The Small Business Development Center held the SBDC Funding 2010 event at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, Nov. 3. More than 200 people attended and as a result of the event, three businesses are now awaiting closing on $1.1 million dollars in funding through loans and investment capital.

Best-selling author Matthew Pearl spoke to more than 1,000 students during lectures at the Central Park, Preston Ridge and Spring Creek campuses as part of the Book-In-Common program featuring Pearl and his second novel, The Poe Shadow.

Gov. Rick Perry addressed a crowd during a "Tweet-Up" at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center on October 15, 2009.

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate (BRIDGES) program has been renewed for three more years. The program is a National Institute of Health funded initiative designed to encourage minority students to pursue an undergraduate degree in some field of biomedical sciences. The grant was awarded to Texas Woman’s University and Collin is one of three participating community colleges.

Dr. Gary Huffnagle spoke to hundreds of students at an afternoon session at the Central Park Campus and an evening event at the Spring Creek Campus. An internationally recognized scientist who serves as professor of Internal Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Dr. Huffnagle is an expert on probiotics.

More than 450 students, faculty, staff and community members participated in the 2009 Constitution Day event. Dr. Daniel Shea, professor of political science and the director of the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, spoke at the Spring Creek Campus.

Marianne Layer was named the new dean of Academic Affairs for the Communications and Humanities division at the Spring Creek Campus for the fall 2009 semester.

Collin College unveiled new hybrid courses offered in the fall 2009. The courses combine online and on-campus instruction while meeting in the classroom once a week and spending the remaining class time online.

Collin College hosted Jeff VanVonderen, renowned consultant and interventionist and host from the A&E show "Intervention." About 175 individuals attended the event.

Global Edge hosted its third annual Careers on Wheels day May 15 with more than 450 middle school students in attendance at Preston Ridge Campus where they visited with businesses and had the opportunity of some hands on activities.

The Central Park Campus library building opened in June 2009. It totals 74,000 square feet of library, classrooms, office space, commons areas and the Central Perks Café.

Collin College’s Preston Ridge Campus hosted a Certified Tourism Ambassador workshop in June 2009 presented by Karen Musa, chair of the Institute for Hospitality and Culinary Education, and Jennifer Kimble, Frisco Tourism and Convention Services manager. The class was attended by Frisco Mayor Maher Maso, Frisco Chamber of Commerce President Tony Felker, a Frisco police officer, members of the Frisco Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the executive chef at Randy’s Steakhouse, a concierge at a local hotel and several Collin College hospitality students.

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