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Points of Cougar Pride - In The Public Eye 2011-2012
In The Public Eye 2011-2012

Professor and Director of Jazz Studies Kris Berg’s new CD, “This Time/Last Year” by Kris Berg & The Metroplexity Big Band is on the 55th Grammy Ballot in following four categories: “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album;” “Best Instrumental Composition – This Time/Last Year by Kris Berg;” “Best Instrumental Arrangement” – Night Dreamer arranged by Kris Berg; and two solos were nominated in the “Best Improvised Jazz Solo.”

R. Scott Yarbrough published the poem, “Buzzard Starts Fire: A Texas Newspaper Headline” in volume XXXVI, Spring issue of the Concho River Review.  Yarbrough’s poem entitled “Upon My Cousin’s Decision” is scheduled to appear in the The Fox Chase Review. Additioal presentations for Yarbrough include the keynote address for the Texas Poet’s Association and an event featuring his poetry in Las Vegas at the Veteran Writers’ convention.

Dallie Clark, professor of humanities, published a collection of poems titled Pink.

Theatre alumni are back on network TV starting this fall in new series. Michael Urie is in Partners, Scott Michael Foster is in Zero Hour and Rikki Nelson is in The Neighbors.

The Destination College program was highlighted in the May 2012 issue of the National Central for Postsecondary Research journal article "Preparing High School Students for College, An Exploratory Study of College Readiness Partnership Programs in Texas.

Byrd Williams, professor of photography, had one of his photographs -- and a photograph from each of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather -- acquired by the Harry Ransom Center, the arts and humanities research facility at The University of Texas. Williams is a fourth-generation photographer. His photograph “Mary’s Room” is a 2011 collaboration between he and Elizabeth Mellott, professor of photography.

A number of Collin College theater alumni are appearing in Broadway and TV shows this spring: Shawn Parikh (Cougar Town), Kimberly Whalen (Glee), Scott Michael Foster (Californication and The River), Jason Ralph (Gossip Girl), Brian J. Smith (The Columnist, Gossip Girl) and Elizabeth Judd (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark).

John R. Lundberg, a professor of history, published Granbury's Texas Bridgade about Confederate Brigadier General Hiram B. Granbury. Lundberg used "letters, diaries and regimental documents" to provide the perspectives of the soldiers throughout the battle.

Candace Cooper, professor of developmental English, published the book Writing to the Prompt:  A Guide to Answering Writing Prompts Effectively. Students will use this book for the newly developed Developmental Writing "Boot Camp," when it makes its debut at Spring Creek Campus this May.

Dr. Linda Denke, professor of nursing, co-authored a book chapter titled "Finding and Keeping Diversity in Your Program: Hispanics in the Health Professions," which will be unveiled at the National League of Nursing Annual Educational Summit in Anaheim in September. Dr. Denke also will published an article titled "Military culture: An ethnography of chronic pain of enlisted women" in the Peer Reviewed Journal of Pain Management Nursing.

Joan Reese, associate professor of English, had Final Notes, her first chapbook of poems, published by Naked Mannekin/Fractal Edge Press. Reese's poems and fiction have appeared most recently in Blue Fifth Review, Zocalo Public Square, Lost in Thought Magazine, A Baker's Dozen, Eunoia Review and in two anthologies, Flash Fiction Fridays Anthology and The Lost Children Anthology. Her creative nonfiction piece, “The Lost Boy,” was recently read by Robert Vaughan, host of Flash Fiction Fridays at NPR affiliate station WUWM.

Former Collin College theater student Jason Ralph will make his Broadway debut in Peter and the Starcatcher. Ralph follows in the footsteps of other Collin College alumni who have performed on Broadway including Brendan Quigley (Wicked), Brian J. Smith (Come Back Little Sheba), Thomas Charles LeGalley (Lysistrata Jones), Kelli Sawyer (Avenue Q), Michael Urie (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying).

Dr. Levi Bryant, professor of Philosophy, published “Wilderness Ontology” in Preternatural and “Of Parts and Politics” in Identities: Journal for Politics, Culture, and Gender.

Keith Volanto, professor of history, published “The Life and Work of Dr. Beadie Eugene Conner: An African American Physician in Jim Crow Texas” in an edition of Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

David Cullen, professor of history, published the following book reviews:  “Seeking Inalienable Rights: Texans and Their Quest for Justice” in the Journal of Agricultural History; “The Dallas Myth: The Making and Unmaking of an American City” for the Western Historical Quarterly; and “Defending the Master Race: Conservation, Eugenics and the Legacy of Madison Grant” for the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Nell Ard, director of nursing, co-authored an article published in the November-December issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing. The article is titled “Academic Partnerships to Increase Nursing Education Capacity:  Centralized Faculty Resource and Clinical Placement Center.”

Dr. Mark Popowski, professor of history, published the book The Rise and Fall of Triumph: The History of a Radical Roman Catholic Magazine, 1966-1976.

Sherry Schumann, vice president and provost of the Central Park Campus, was featured in a Q&A in the December 2011 issue of McKinney Living.

An article in the Winter 2012 edition of features Collin College’s EMS program and how it teaches interdisciplinary teams how to survive the “Golden Hour.”  The training focuses on saving lives beginning with the time the emergency incident begins and rolling into the operating room within an hour.  Known as the “Golden Hour,” it offers patients the best chance for survival.

Adam Miller, professor of philosophy, published his fourth book, Speculative Grace: An Experiment with Bruno Latour in Object-Oriented Theology.

Professor R. Scott Yarbrough’s poem “Ketchup” appeared in the annual literary journal of literature The Evansville Review, Volume XXII, a publication of Evansville University.  With this publication, Yarbrough joins a prestigious list of past contributors including Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, John Updike, Rita Dove, Dana Gioia and W. D. Snodgrass. Also, another of Yarbrough’s poems, “Vein Faced Dolls with Eyes”, appeared in Bluestem, formally Karamu, an annual publication of Eastern Illinois University.

At the behest of State Representative Jerry Madden, associate professor Rex Kare was charged with creating an ornament for the state capitol Christmas tree. Kare's creation was a papier mâché hot air balloon to represent Collin County and the annual Plano Balloon Festival.

Pastry Arts chair Michele Brown -- and her fruitcake -- were mentioned in a post in Newsday, in New York.

Collin College’s Simulation Lab and simulation training program were highlighted in the September 2011 issue of AARC Times, the publication of the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Dr. Michael Phillips, professor of history, published “The Current is Stronger:  Images of Racial Oppression and Resistance in North Texas Black Art During the 1920s and 1930s” in the publication The Harlem Renaissance in the West:  The New Negroes’ Western Experience.

Dr. Joan Kennedy, professor of English, published an article titled “Oral Interpretation of Literature: Readers’ Theater” in the Winter/Spring 2011 edition of the College English Association Forum.

Michele Brown, chair of the Pastry Arts program at Collin College, was featured in a segment promoting the Chocolate Conference on WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” Aug. 26, 2011. The segment also featured a chocolate hat created by pastry arts student Erika Gallegos.

Former theater student Thomas Charles LeGalley is making his Broadway debut as the costume designer forLysistrata Jones, a pop musical adaptation of the ancient Greek play starting in December at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

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