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Points of Cougar Pride Archive for 2014-2015
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Points of Cougar Pride Archive for 2014-2015

Former Board of Trustees Member Tino Trujillo passed away in late June. A founding board member who served the college for almost 30 years, Mr. Trujillo helped establish the college and guide its course until his retirement last year. Dr. David Hammel, who passed away in July, served on the board of trustees from 2004 until 2010 and as a member of the Collin College Foundation board of directors for a decade.

The National League for Nursing once again named Collin College as a NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The Centers of Excellence program recognizes schools that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence over a sustained period of time, distinguishing themselves in nursing education.

Collin College student Fernando Osornio received the Congressional Gold Medal from the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the highest honor that may be bestowed by the U.S. House of Representatives upon a civilian under the age of 24, other than the Purple Heart. Fernando has also been recognized as one of “DFW’s Next Latino Leaders.”

Collin College’s Psi Beta chapter was awarded the 2014-2015 Chapter Excellence Award from the Psi Beta National Honor Society. Fewer than 10 of the nation’s Psi Beta chapters earn this distinction each year. Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.

Julie Boganwright, clinical coordinator for the college’s respiratory care program, received the “Educator of the Year” award from Texas Society for Respiratory Care.

Michelle Millen, program director for Health Information Management, was elected chair of the Council for Excellence in Education of the American Health Information Management Association Foundation. Millen’s article, “Patient Engagement: HIM and Education Filling the Gap,” will be published in the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association in September.

The state credentialing exam pass rate for the Collin College Fire Academy graduates is 100 percent. The college’s Law Enforcement Academy maintained a perfect pass rate on the Basic Peace Officer certification exam, a 100 percent pass rate for the Telecommunications Operator certification and a 97 percent pass rate on the Correctional Officer certification exam.

Education and child development professor Sharon Hirschy’sarticle “Developmentally Appropriate Technology in my Classroom — But How?” was published in the summer issue of Texas Child Care Quarterly. Hirschy also will write a chapter on early childhood technology and family engagement in a new book by Routledge and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Photography professor Lupita Murillo Tinnen’slatest gallery show at the University of Texas at Dallas, “Immigrant Laborers,” ran from June through July.

Angela Switzer, professor of Respiratory Care was selected as the moderator for American Association of Respiratory Care’s National Sputum Bowl — a patient care and respiratory care trivia tournament. Switzer is a current National Sputum Bowl champion representing the state of Texas and Collin College, along with Respiratory Care Clinical Coordinator Julie Boganwright.

Karen Musa was selected to serve on the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation for a three-year term.

Brenda Macarty, associate professor in hospitality, was recently recognized at the Strategic HR Excellence Human Resource Awards and Symposium in Irving. She was selected in the HR Specialist (for profit < 5,000) category for demonstrating “Excellence in Strategy, Innovation, Leadership and Culture” in the profession.

Six students from the Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Education program received scholarships from Meeting Professionals International to attend the Future Leadership Forum in San Francisco. The scholarship covers registration for the World Education Congress (WEC) and attendance to the Future Leadership Forum. The students are Anthony Garcia, Joe Tuazon, Ivy Tuazon, Deshawn Thornton, Doby Lokman and Preeti Talwar.

Professor of geology Paul Manganellipresented a lecture titled “Before the Asteroid Strike: Life in Texas during the Cretaceous period” at the Frisco Heritage Museum.

Music faculty and staff hosted more than 100 students at the annual Jazz Camp on the Spring Creek Campus. The camp offered students a chance to hone their skills and play alongside Collin College and other visiting faculty in free nightly big band concerts.

The Collin College Robotics Club sent an eight-student team to the American Society of Engineering Educators Conference in Seattle, Washington. The Collin team came in 10th out of 22 teams.

The college’s engineering department hosted two robotics camps this summer – one of which was an All-Girls Robotics Camp – serving 73 students. During the three-day camps, emerging engineers explored a variety of principles associated with building, programming, and controlling robots. Speakers included engineers from Oncor Electric, Dell Computer, Qorvo, and Emerson Process Technologies. Oncor Electric also donated $2,000 to reduce the cost charged to the campers.

Dance student Kieran Kingreceived a $7,000 scholarship to the University of Oklahoma that is repeatable each year.

The North Texas chapter of the Information Systems Security Association presented checks totaling $7,932.71 to Collin College and the Collin College Foundation. This donation represented the funds that remained after paying all costs for the Cybersecurity Conference that was held at the Preston Ridge Campus. One thousand dollars was donated to the Collin College students’ chapter of the ISSA and the remaining $6,932.71 was donated to the Collin College Cybersecurity Scholarship Fund.

Collin College's Model United Nations Student Team received the honor of Distinguished Delegation at the New York Model UN Conference. The students that represented the college included Naqibah Ashraf, Anita Barati, Jason Mobley, Matthew Brenchley, Michael Foley, Charles Horn, M'Banna Kantako, Patrick Langteau, Miranda Olson, Brett Perkins, Jason Petrie, Holen Riley, Hannah Turner, and Lauren Wittrock. Two students, Barati and Foley received awards as Outstanding Delegates in Committee for their work on the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the Economic and Social Council.

The Texas Counseling Association (TCA) today announced that Collin College counselor Pam Love-White as the association’s 2015-2016 president-elect.

Students Jill Feys, Shannon Harden and Victoria Theobalt from the respiratory care program were awarded scholarships from the Respiratory Care Foundation of Texas.

Student Vu Phan won the Southwest Region for the Student Math League competition and student Seungjoon Kim finished third. The competition was sponsored by the American Mathematical Association for Two- Year Colleges (AMATYC). Phan will also be honored by the Texas branch, TexMATYC as the highest-scoring student in Texas.

Students Diana Fuentes, Craig Hartnell, Mary Layton, Cody Peterson, Aaron Rothlisberger, Ashton Shinedling, Waldo Silva and Chris Weber were selected by Johnson Space Center as Texas Aerospace Scholars. Layton and Peterson were members of the winning design team, and Rothlisberger was selected by NASA as Scholar of the Week.

Alumnus Brian J. Smith was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the play "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams. Smith was a theater student while at Collin College and transferred to The Juilliard School.

Former student Lynda Hodge was the creative director on the "FIATski" campaign that won the Silver Lion Award in the outdoor category at the 2014 Cannes International Festival of Creativity. The campaign announces the arrival of the Fiat 500 model in the USA and was created by Fiat USA in collaboration with The Richards Group, Dallas, where Lynda is employed as a creative and arts director.

Alumnus Shawn Saumell was named Best Photographer of the Year 2014 in five categories by the Latin American Museum of Contemporary Photography's Mulafoco Project in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is one of only seven U.S. artists featured among thousands of international entries.

Former student, Maria Burbano has been awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program at The University of Texas at Dallas. A biomedical engineering major, Burbano was one of 283 students across the nation selected to receive the scholarship from a field of 1,166 top students nominated by university faculty.

Alumnus Cody Tarpley earned an RIAA Certified Gold Record for sales in excess of 500,000 copies of the single "Ride" by artist SoMo. Tarple

The National Science Foundation awarded $899,251 in supplemental grant funding to the college's Convergence Technology Center to provide professional development and technical support to Department of Labor grant programs at the college in partnership with four other NSF regional centers.

The service-learning project of Professor Suzanne Jones' class was recently highlighted in a story on NCB5's "Tell Me Something Good" segment. As its research project, the class was assigned to write a community action proposal for the Samaritan Inn, Collin County's homeless shelter. Professor Jones teaches college success, integrated reading and writing.

Garry Evans, professor of music, has been accepted into the Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy from the North Texas Community College Consortium.

Ceilidh Charleson-Jennings, professor of communication studies, served as a symposium respondent on a "Higher Education Instruction and Learning in the 21st Century" panel in Austin hosted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Professor of Humanities Dr. Dale Walker presented his paper, "The Violation of Rights by the State: The Restrictions on the Citizen's Right to Effective Self-Defense" to the Criminology Unit at the University of the West Indies in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and was featured on two television stations in Trinidad.

Thomas R. McFaul, associate professor of philosophy, has co-authored the book God is Here to Stay: Science, Evolution, and Belief in God with the physicist Al Brunsting.

Tracy Meyer, professor of psychology, presented "Incorporating Original Research into the first two years of College" at the American Psychological Association (APA) Conference.

Lisa Vasquez, vice president of public relations and college development, was re-elected to a second term as state of Texas director for District IV of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Professor of Emergency Medical Technology Loyd Campbell and his students received for a commendation from the Board of the Texas Special Olympics for their participation as medics in the Special Olympics state games.

History Professors Dr. Kyle Wilkison and Michael Phillips were interviewed by National Public Radio host Krys Boyd on KERA-FM's "Think" program to discuss Texas' political landscape and the new book The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism, which Wilkison co-edited. Dr. Wilkison was also interviewed by David Martin Davies for the statewide Texas Public Radio show "Texas Matters" about this same book.

Professor of Philosophy Levi Bryant has published his fourth book titled Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.

Scott Yarbrough, professor of English, was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize, considered the highest national honor for a single work of poetry for his poem "A Necktie and a Hijab."

The Collin Small Business Development Center was awarded a $25,000 grant from First National Bank Southwest for community reinvestment.

Amy Lenhart, counselor, was elected to the presidency of the American College Counseling Association. Lenhart is the first president ever elected from a community college.

Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and Human Resources Kim Davison was elected vice chair of the city of McKinney's Board of Adjustment.

Carie Dippel, associate dean of students at Spring Creek Campus, was selected to participate in Leadership Allen.

Central Park Campus Reference Librarian Lisa Huang was named a Rising Star and accepted into the Rising Star Program of the Medical Library Association. She is the only community college librarian to receive the award.

Leadership Frisco selected Patricia Gregory, a development officer with the Collin College Foundation, for the organization's 2014-2015 class.

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce chose Raul Martinez, associate dean of academic affairs at Central Park Campus, for Leadership McKinney.

Stephen Rogers, coordinator of Programs for New Students, was named to the Community College Advisory Board of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. NSCS is the largest accredited college honor society in the U.S. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities.

Collin College trustees voted to approve Dr. Neil Matkin as the community college's third district president, and officially welcomed him by commemorating the occasion with a group portrait at the monthly board meeting in March 2015.

Kris Berg, professor of music, has received Global Music Awards Gold Medals in two categories--Best Big Band Performance and Best Composition--for his recent CD release, "Time Management".

Congratulations to Collin College Women's Tennis team, Head Coach Marty Berryman and Assistant Coach Rod Coltman! The team finished 8th at the 2015 NJCAA Women's Division I Tennis National Championship in Tuscon, Arizona, one point out of 6th. This finish marks the 25th straight year in the Top10.

The Collin Theatre Center was selected for the 2015 Texas Excellence Award by the US Commerce & Trade Research Institute (USCTRI.) This award is determined by surveys and research to identify entities that have created success in the local industries and communities. The Collin Theatre Center is being recognized for having enhanced and contributed the community.

Amy Evans is now a Certified Fundraising Executive as she passed the CFRE exam this morning! The certification serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement by “CFRE International” gauging an individual’s knowledge and experience against worldwide standards set for fundraising professionals exhibiting the highest standards of ethics, competence and service to the philanthropic sector.

Former Collin College President Cary IsraelFormer Collin College President Cary A. Israel will receive the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award at Phi Theta Kappa's 97th Annual Convention, NerdNation, Friday, April 17, in San Antonio. The award is given to retiring college presidents, campus chief executive officers and state community college directors based on outstanding support provided to Phi Theta Kappa. Israel was nominated by PTK's local chapter.

Collin College student Joel Mason was recently elected as the Texas Junior College Student Government Association (TJCSGA) president, making him the first student in the college’s history to serve in the role. Comprising leaders from among 72 junior colleges in the state of Texas, Mason’s election is a notable achievement. His term will run for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Collin College student Vu Phan won the Southwest Region for the Student Math League competition and student Seungjoon Kim finished third.  This competition was sponsored by the American Mathematical Association for Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). Vu Phan will also be honored by the Texas branch, TexMATYC as the highest-scoring student in Texas.

Collin College students Diana Fuentes, Craig Hartnell, Mary Layton, Cody Peterson, Aaron Rothlisberger, Ashton Shinedling, Waldo Silva and Chris Weber were selected by Johnson Space Center as Texas Aerospace Scholars. Mary Layton and Cody Peterson were members of the winning design team, and Aaron Rothlisberger was selected by NASA as Scholar of the Week.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society named two Collin College students, Michelle Davis of Allen and Alexa Acosta of Plano, to the exclusive 2014 All-USA Academic Team. On stage, Davis and Acosta joined 18 college students from across the country who were selected from more than 1,700 nominees.