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Points of Cougar Pride - Outstanding Students 2010-2011
Outstanding Students 2010-2011
For the second time in five years, Collin College’s chapter of the League for United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) took home the Council, Man, Woman and Advisor of the Year awards at the district, state and national levels. Cristina Garcia was named Young Woman of the Year, Francisco Luevano was named Young Adult Man of the Year and Lupita Tinnen was named Advisor of the Year. All three won the same awards at the district and state level earlier in the year. In 2006, the Collin College LULAC swept the district, state and national awards taking home the Man, Woman, Advisor and Council of the Year honors in all three competitions.

The Collin College Respiratory Care Program class recently posted a 96 percent pass rate on the Certified Respiratory Therapist exam (state licensing exam). The national average is 58 percent.

Collin College's chapter of Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges, have received the Ann G. Robinson College Life Award. The honor was bestowed on the chapter for its history of supporting student research. In addition, the chapter received the 2010-11 Chapter Excellence Award, an honor given to just a few chapters across the nation.

Cristina Garcia, Collin College graduate, received the Pearson Prize for Higher Education, the highest honor the Pearson Foundation awards in August 2011. This prestigious recognition is only awarded to 20 out of 20,000 applicants from universities and colleges across the United States, and it comes with a $10,000 scholarship.

The Collin College Respiratory Care Program class recently posted a 96 percent pass rate on the Certified Respiratory Therapist exam (state licensing exam). The national average is 58 percent.

Collin College’s chapter of the League for United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) swept the 2011 State Convention awards in June 2011. The chapter received the Council of the Year award. In addition, Cristina Garcia was named Young Woman of the Year, Francisco Luevano was named Young Adult Man of the Year and Lupita Tinnen was named Advisor of the Year. The chapter won the same awards at the district level earlier this year.

The Men’s National Tennis Tournament was held May 16-20 at the Spring Creek Campus. Vincennes University placed first. Co-defending champs Collin College finished in fourth place. Collin College’s third singles Kyle Rowe was runner-up and made second team All-American. Collin College’s first doubles Alex Sanders and Michael Tymkin were runner-up and second team All-American.

Collin College's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa – Alpha Mu Tau – brought home a number of awards from the International Conference in Seattle April 2011. Greg Shimko was named one of the 25 International Distinguished Members. As a chapter, Alpha Mu Tau was named one of the top 30 Distinguished College Projects, one of the top 50 Distinguished Chapters, and they received one of 30 Honors-In-Action awards. Alpha Mu Tau also was named one of the world's top 10 Distinguished Chapters.

Campus Compact honored Collin College student Ricardo Alvarado as a Newman Civic Fellow. He was one of 135 college and university students from 30 states and Mexico to be named to the prestigious honor. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

Sheri Sellars, nursing student, was recently elected to serve as the North Regional Director of the Texas Student Nurses’ Association.

Collin College Student Government Association attended the 41st Texas Junior College Student Government Association State Convention in Austin, April 7-10. Collin College SGA received several honors, most notably the first place Media Award and the first place Original Song Award. Advisor Debra Lamb received the Joel Franke Memorial Advisor of the Year Award.

Collin College’s chapter of the League for United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) took home an armful of awards from its District III Convention April 2 in Garland. Francisco Luevano was named the Young Adult Man of the Year and Cristina Garcia was named the Young Adult Woman of the Year. Lupita Tinnen, chair and professor of photography, was named the Young Adult Advisor of the Year. The Collin College chapter was named the Young Adult Council of the Year.

Sigma Kappa Delta, the national honor society for English in two-year colleges, to the national conference in Pittsburgh. Jennifer Morgan Cooper was awarded first place in the Literary Analysis competition.

Center for Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (CASMNS) faculty and students made seven total presentations at the Texas Academy of Science annual meeting March 3-5 in Austin. Faculty included Chris Doumen, David McCulloch, Collin Thomas, Bridgette Kirkpatrick and Jon Lawson. Participating students were Sara Jahanziri, Shadi Zamanipour, Joseph Chambers, Justin Norrell, Hillary Corwin, Ashley Huntsberry, Robert Graham, Ashley Wells, Jessica Lyon and Eugene Johnson.

The International Student Association and Middle Eastern Student Association were awarded the 10th annual Diversity Leadership Award by Plano ISD Jan. 20 during its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute at the Plano Centre. The award is given annually to a student, student group, Plano ISD individual or group, or a community individual or group that has assisted in promoting diversity through relationships, communication and understanding.

Ruth Sanchez, art student, was chosen to participate in the prestigious 17th annual El Corazón Exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center.

One of Collin College’s first biotechnology graduates, Rosemary Wilson, was published in the Jan. 7, 2011, issue of the journal Cell. Wilson co-authored the article “Identification of Candidate IgG Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease via Combinatorial Library Screening.”  Cell is a highly respected biweekly publication of exceptional research articles in areas including molecular biology, biochemistry, cancer research and cell biology.

For the third straight year, the Mock Trial Team advanced to the Championship Series of the American Mock Trial Association, the only two-year institution to do so. Collin College outdid squads from Southern Methodist University, Baylor University, The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Houston at the 2011 Dallas Supplemental Regional Tournament Feb. 19-20. Student Brandy Prince achieved a perfect score as an attorney for the plaintiff and placed third overall as attorney for the defense. Teammate Cameron Wooley received an award for Outstanding Witness.

Former Collin College voice, theater and music student Leslie Wegner-Furtado visited with students about being a professional entertainer and shared how the college helped prepare her for her career. Wegner-Furtado was selected to serve in a coveted position awarded only to the most talented members of the U.S. Army. She's served in a special unit that entertains troops overseas and those recuperating stateside.

Collin College music student Jake Nelson took second place in the undergraduate men’s division 10 (senior men) during the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Texoma operatic competition. The only community college student in his division, Nelson competed against students from universities and colleges in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Collin College’s Mock Trial Team placed 12th at the fifth annual Justice Louis Brandeis Mock Trial Invitational at Brandeis University in Massachusetts against teams from Harvard, Brown, Tufts, Cornell and other universities.  Collin College’s team beat one team from Boston College and the College of the Holy Cross. Student Dzana Ahmetovic won a Top Witness Award. Collin placed ahead of Boston College, Boston University, Holy Cross, Elon University and, the host university, Brandeis University.

Student Jake Nelson won the Undergraduate Men’s Division-Senior Men operatic competition at the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  He placed in the top two for operatic undergraduate male singers in the Texoma region of the country, which includes top singers from universities and colleges in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.  Collin College was the only 2-year institution to enter students in this year’s competition.

Collin College's Obscura Photography Club was featured in an exhibition of more than 50 photographic images at the Bath House Cultural Center in September. The Bath House Cultural Center has featured established local and national artists.

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) selected Collin College student Stephanie Brown as a 2010 award recipient of the ASM Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This fellowship is aimed to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who wish to, and have demonstrated the ability to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology. Fellows have the opportunity to conduct full time summer research at their home institution or at a host U.S. institution with an ASM mentor, and present their research results at the 111th ASM General Meeting. This year, seven applications were received and three were awarded. Of the three awardees, two students were from master’s colleges and universities I and one student was from an associate’s college.

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