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Points of Cougar Pride - Individual Honors 09-10
Individual Honors 09-10

Lupita Tinnen was named the Young Adult Advisor of the Year.

Tennis head coach Marty Berryman shared 2010 NJCAA Coach of the Year honors with John Peterson of Tyler and Jaime DonJuan of Laredo.

Dr. Mounir Errami, professor of biology was named one of the top 12 InnoCentive solvers for 2009. This is an international recognition, shared by 12 solvers in five countries.

The Texas Culinary Association Dallas Chapter voted professor Michele Brown as the Pastry Chef of the Year.

The Volunteer Center of North Texas recently honored Foundation Board member Sandy Simpson and professor of economics Clay Randall as honorees during its Lone Star Salute ceremony. Simpson was named the recipient of the Andre’ Davidson Spirit of Volunteerism Award for her dedication to many organizations that benefit from her generous volunteer activities throughout Collin County. Randall was honored for his commitment to volunteering and service learning.

Sam Roach, member of the Collin College Board of Trustees, was named Frisco Style's 2010 Person of the Year. Trustee Roach was featured on the cover of the June 2010 edition along with a story.

Stephanie Hanson, coordinator of Transfer Programs, was named a 2010 Very Important Counselor for Texas A&M University, which put a $1,000 scholarship in her name.

Dr. Mary McRae has been identified as one of McKinney Living magazine’s “Outstanding Women in Business” and will be recognized in the publication’s April 2010 issue.

Dr. Chris Grooms, professor of English, contributed to a new archive of traditional welsh music for Smithsonian Folkways. The song title was Blodeuwedd: Song of the Flowers. Dr. Grooms was the only American invited to contribute to this anthology of native Welsh music and song.

Dr. Chris Grooms also won the 2009 Independent Music Award for "Best World Traditional Album." Tom Waits, Judy Collins, and Zooey Deschanel were among the panel of judges.

Dr. Mary McRae, vice president and provost of the Central Park Campus, received the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa. The award is given to an outstanding executive officer who has provided extensive support and resources for their college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter to participate in regional and international events and scholarships.

Lisa Huang, the Allied Health Sciences Librarian at the Central Park Campus. She has been named the Librarian of the Year by the HealthLINE, a Metroplex organization of librarians involved in the health and medical library field. HealthLINE includes institutional members such as UT Southwestern Medical Library, UNT Health Science Library, Cancer Resource Center and corporate members such as Alcon. Lisa was honored for her involvement not only with HealthLINE, but also for her involvement at the regional and national levels of the medical library organizations such as Medical Library Association and the South Central Chapter of MLA.

Cary Israel testified before the House Committee on Science and Technology at a regional field hearing in McKinney, Sept. 14. The hearing, titled Strengthening Regional Innovation: A Perspective from Northeast Texas, examined the importance of regional innovation centers to the U.S. economy and global competitiveness and the roles of federal, state and local governments in supporting such centers.

Lance Belin, associate faculty, was recently named the Best Secondary School Teacher in the Richardson School District and Region 10, which covers more than 80 school districts in nine counties. He teaches developmental math at the Preston Ridge Campus and is a full-time math teacher for the Richardson ISD. The Dallas Morning News featured Belin in its Sept. 9 edition.

Jim Sigona, men’s basketball coach, was named Coach of the Year this spring after leading his squad to a North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference basketball title. Sigona coached the Cougars to an 11-3 conference record and 27-5 overall mark. This is fourth time to be named Texas Junior College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Marty Berryman on being selected as the NJCAA Region V Coach of the Year.

Dr. Nell Ard, RN, CNE, has been selected for induction into the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. She joins the academy’s 65 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States.

Dr. R. Flowers Rivera, professor of English, was awarded the Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Poetry by the Taos Summer Writes Conference in association with the University of New Mexico.

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