COLLEGE NEWS | JUNE 2013

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has approved Collin College’s polysomnographic technology associate degree program for accreditation.

The Collin College Men’s and Women’s tennis teams both finished third in their respective national tennis tournaments.

The women’s tournament was held in Tucson, Arizona and resulted in the highest finish for the women’s team in the history of the program at the Division I level.  Player Clorinda Wessels was named the 2013 Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Player to Watch. She is currently ranked in the Top 5 of both the ITA JuCo women’s singles and doubles rankings.

The Spring Creek Campus was the location for this year’s men’s tournament, held May 12-17. Collin College players Patrick Clynes and Donovan McSeveney won the Flight 1 doubles, making them the top two-year college men’s doubles team in the country and first team All-Americans. Oscar von Koch was the Flight 3 singles national runner-up and second team All-American. Assistant Tennis Coach and full-time Professor of Philosophy Dr. Rod Coltman has been named the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Dr. Adam Miller, professor of philosophy, has been appointed co-editor of a new academic book series titled “Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture” for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and Brigham Young University Press. In addition, Dr. Miller’s fourth book, “Speculative Grace:  Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology,” was just published by Fordham University Press in the “Perspectives in Continental Thought” series.

A “Huffington Post” article featured a former Collin College student on May 9. Cristina Garcia enrolled in Collin College after surviving Hurricane Katrina and becoming a single parent. She later transferred to a four-year university. She will soon earn her bachelor’s degree and begin a master’s program at The University of Texas at Dallas.  The article, “For Mother’s Day, Support Moms at Community College,” talks about student parents, lack of affordable childcare and calls on Congress to expand funding for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program.

Professor of psychology Barbara Lusk has been published in the “APA Monitor,” the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association.  The article, “Building a Better Brain,” appears in the May 2013 edition.

Norma Allen, associate vice president of human resources and organizational effectiveness, has been appointed to the Western Region Board of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPAHR).

Central Park Campus Professor of Speech Amy Trombley has successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Face-to-Face Versus Online Gender Roles: The Effect of Psychological Identity on the Characteristics and Circumstances of Online Disinhibition.” Professor Trombley will graduate in August from the University of North Texas.

Professor of Biology Donna Cain’s manuscript “Impact of a Service-Learning Project on Student Success in Allied Health Microbiology Course” was published in the May 2013 issue of “Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.”

Professor of Speech Judi Wohead, along with 45 students and other faculty and staff from Central Park Campus, volunteered for Volunteer McKinney on Saturday, April 27.

Debra Lamb, advisor at the Spring Creek Campus, served as commencement speaker at Clarendon College’s 2013 graduation.  A 1982 graduate of Clarendon and former Bulldog Cheerleader, Lamb has been employed at Collin College since March 1997.

Allied Health Sciences Librarian Lisa Huang has been awarded yet another professional development award, her fourth this year.  She was awarded the William D. Postell, Sr. Professional Development Award by the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association.

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