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Outstanding Students 2011-2012

Collin College was one of five community colleges represented at the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars event at the Johnson Space Center in Houston April 25-27.  Also, Maribeth Ruddell was named a "Scholar of the Week" award is given to one student at the end of the event. A student from each company is nominated by the NASA engineer in charge.

Collin College's men's and women tennis teams finished third and sixth, respectively, in the nation after competing at the national tournaments.

Collin College’s Dance Department returned from the American College Dance Festival Association South Central Region festival with a number of honors Feb. 28-March 3 in Laredo. Tiffanee Arnold’s piece, Cleansing, was selected for the festival’s Gala Concert, the seventh time a work from Collin College has been chosen to this prestigious honor and the fifth for Arnold. Collin College was one of nine institutions chosen for the Gala Concert. The festival also marked the first time that Collin College brought a student choreographed work to the informal concert as Carla Pinto presented her work, The Path to Awakening.  Student Reyna Mondragon presented her choreography, The Time Between, at the adjudicated concert.

Ralph Woods, student, placed second in Pearson Publishing's National Writing Rewards Contest for his essay titled "The Rise of Social Media: The Downfall of Progress" and received a $500 prize. For Woods' recognition, professor of developmental writing Marti Miles-Rosenfield received an honorarium, which she donated to the ESL Excellence Fund.

Former Collin College students Erica Kenney and Michael Lundie were inducted into Southern Methodist University’s Robert Stewart Hyer Society. Only 27 students were inducted intothe Hyer Society, named after SMU's first president and is the most prestigious academic society on campus.

Student Jennifer Morgan Cooper received a 2011 Sigma Kappa Delta Writing Award for her literary analysis, “Marlow’s Struggle.”  The analysis was published in Volume VIII of the organization’s literary journal, 2011 Hedera helix. Sigma Kappa Delta is the national English honor society for two-year colleges.

Chi Gammachapter of Sigma Kappa Delta was recognized as an “Ivy” chapter for 2010-11. Ivy chapters are those that fulfill requirements to remain in good standing with the national organization and are recognized for their outstanding performance.

Collin College’s student chapter of Active Minds received the United Voices Award at the Active Minds National Conference held at the University of Maryland Nov 18. The Uniting Voices Award recognizes a chapter that has succeeded in building coalitions of individuals, organizations, and other campus entities to advance the mission of Active Minds.  There are 367 chapters across the nation and only seven received this award.

College Mock Trial team successfully advanced to the Mock Trial Championship Series after finishing seventh in the Mock Trial Regionals in Houston. Collin College advanced to nationals for the fourth year in a row beating teams from Baylor University, The University of Texas and The University of Texas at Dallas.

Jennifer Hembd, student, has been offered an internship at the Johnson Space Center during the spring semester. She will work with the multimedia team archiving for the Shuttle Retirement Project.

Several Collin College culinary students' holiday recipes were featured in the December issue of Frisco Style.

Paul Simeon, student and president of the Student Veterans Association, will receive the Congressional Veteran Commendation. This commendation, in conjunction with the Veterans History Project sponsored by the Library of Congress, is a nominations-based program designed to formally recognize wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement and to preserve their stories for future generations of Americans. Congressman Sam Johnson will recognize Simeon’s contributions at a ceremony Dec. 3 at the Spring Creek Campus.

Collin College’s chapter of LULAC was honored by the city of Plano City Council at its August 8 meeting with a proclamation after the student organization swept the Council, Man, Woman and Sponsor of the year awards at the LULAC national convention in July.

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