The Lift Up! Employee Giving Campaign, run by the Collin College Foundation, reached more than $70,000, far exceeding the goal of $45,000. Funds will go toward scholarships for Collin College students in need.

Collin College students, faculty and staff donated 635 boxes of food and supplies and $355 in cash during this year’s Fall Harvest Food Drive.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has placed Collin College at the top of the list of nursing programs in the entire state of Texas. It is the only community college in Texas to receive the Nursing Shortage Reduction Program grant for eight consecutive years since the grant was first created in 2006.

Donna Hatch, director of nursing, has been elected to serve on the Advisory Board for the North Texas Organization of Nursing Executives (N-TONE) for the 2013-2014 year. N-TONE is for area-hospital high-level nursing executives.

Linda Kyprios, executive director of the Spring Creek Campus Library, was elected to serve as the at-large representative to the Executive Council for the Texas Council of Community and Junior College Libraries by the Texas Council of Academic Libraries.

Professor of Biology Rebecca Orr presented two talks and sat as a panelist at Ohio State University. She was joined by Dr. Matt Stolzfus of Ohio State University and Dr. Brian Lukoff of Harvard University.

Collin Association for Sustainable Efforts (CASE), a student organization, advised by Professors Martha Chalhoub, Heinrick Goetz and Clay Randall, helped implement a partnership with the World Wear Project that began in 2012. Shoe and clothing collection boxes were placed in the parking lots of the three main campuses. The Collin College Foundation receives a monetary donation for every pound collected, and the recycled clothing and shoes are sold second-hand, processed into polishing cloths or converted into fiber for manufacturing.  In the 18-month partnership with World Wear Project, $8,313.75 has been raised for Collin College student scholarships.

At the fourth annual district-wide Collin College Math Competition, the following students were recognized:

College Algebra Competition

First Prize – Xiaohui Shi

Second Prize – Michael Standeven  *tie

Second Prize – Phoebe Nigussie  *tie

Precalculus Competition

First Prize – Vu Phan

Second Prize – Jeeseon Park

Third Prize – Jason Julizar

The Developmental Education Division’s fourth annual study skills conference day was a huge success.  Thirty-seven seminars were offered across the District and were led by faculty and staff presenters. Topics included practical study skills, college resources and personal development. A record 749 students participated.

Collin College was named a top military-friendly school by “Military Advanced Education” (MAE). This marks the fourth consecutive designation since 2010.

Professor of Developmental Reading Pam Sawyer represented Collin College as the recipient of the Gladys R. Shaw Professional Development Award at the College Academic Support Programs’ (CASP) recent conference in Amarillo.  CASP is part of the Texas College Reading and Learning Association.

The very first White Ribbon Rally to end domestic violence was hosted by the Collin County Council on Family Violence at the Spring Creek Campus in conjunction with Collin College Counseling Services. Dr. Cary A. Israel joined motivational speakers and civic leaders in taking the stage to educate and inspire men in a pledge to stop domestic violence.

Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance “Showcase of the Stars” will be held from 8:30 am.-12:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center. The hosted panel is made up of individuals who hold leadership positions in major corporations, such as Sodexo, Chipolte, Hyatt, Compass and YUM Brands Inc.  The panelists will share their career paths, the challenges they have overcome, and offer advice on what it takes to succeed in a multicultural working environment. Testimonials from a previous “Showcase of the Stars” event can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReXncQUifP8&feature=youtu.be.Seating at the event is limited.

The Veterans Resource Center has officially opened. It is located in Room D154 at the Spring Creek Campus.