Outstanding Students 2015-2016

Collin College's students are exceptional, and this page is here to highlight the many accomplishments, awards and scholarships that they receive.

Outstanding Students

About 2,000 students, faculty and staff attended the annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference at the Spring Creek Campus, April 13-14. Three of the top papers at the conference were from Collin College. Almost 300 students made presentations as parts of panels, roundtables, performances or as poster presenters over the two-day conference.

More than 100 students participated in a roundtable discussion on civility in the classroom on April 13 in Pike Hall. The purpose was to hold a civil discussion about expectations of behavior and civility in the classroom from both the students’ and professors’ viewpoints. This roundtable was linked to Collin’s Core Value of Dignity and Respect.

MPI Collin College Student Club has been selected as one of the finalists for the 2016 Meeting Professionals International RISE (Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence) Award for Membership Achievement. The club will be recognized along with other 2016 RISE Award finalists at a conference in Atlantic City in June, where the award recipient will be announced live.

Collin College’s Model UN earned a Distinguished Delegation Award for its representation of Libya at the Model UN Conference B in New York, March 27-31. The team also was awarded two Outstanding Position Paper awards, one for the General Assembly Second Committee and the other for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This is the first time that the team has won two position papers at the same conference. The students that represented Collin’s Team Libya were: Andrew Aguilar, Madyson Biggers, Yannick Bongo, Jennifer Dopson, Adeel Ghayasuddin, Rory Macdonald, Marcus Mexia, Elianys Perez, Ruth Pineda, Kase Stevens, Michael Kirchner, Jr. and David Abramo. Congratulations to the students and to professors Sonia Iwanek and Tracy Meyer, who supervised the delegation while in New York. In addition to assisting the team, Iwanek was elected to serve on the National Model United Nations Advisory Board for a two-year term.

David Schletewitz, Mona Azzo and Anna Cavnar were all named to the All-Texas Academic Team based on scores the student earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,900 applications were received this year. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Collin College’s Taylor Jackson of Frisco has been named an All-American Honorable Mention by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Jackson, a 5-6 sophomore guard, led the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) with 16 points per game, shooting 41.2 percent from the field. Jackson was also named First Team All-Region and NTJCAC Most Valuable Player for the 2015-16 season.

Second-year respiratory student Todd Porter received the Lambda Beta Society AMP/Hill Leadership Award, a first for a Collin College student. Todd was encouraged by faculty and staff to apply for the scholarship because of his involvement and service at Collin College. In addition to a $2,000 prize, this award includes travel expenses, hotel accommodations and full registration for the American Association for Respiratory Care International Congress.