The respiratory care program will receive the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Collin College’s nursing program received the $350,000 Nursing Shortage Reduction Program Grant.

Collin College celebrated its fifth year of supporting undergraduate research through the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference.  About 170 presenters and 1,400 students from colleges and universities from North Texas participated.

Collin College staff, faculty and students donated more than 300 boxes of food and goods for the Meals on Wheels Spring Into Action program.  In addition, $1,000 was donated.

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation named Collin College professor of history Kyle Wilkison a Piper Professor for 2014. Dr. Wilkison is one of two community college professors in the state of Texas to receive the prestigious award this year. 

Collin College alum Brian J. Smith was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams. Smith attended Collin College before transferring to The Juilliard School.

Student Moriah Walton received the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. She is one of only 85 recipients from across the U.S. who will receive as much as $30,000 per year for up to three years to complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. This marks the third time in a row a Collin College student has received this award.

Students Michelle Davis and Lilliam Alexa Acosta were named to the All-USA Academic Team by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.  Only 20 students from more than 1,700 nominations were selected for this prestigious honor. Acosta also was named a national Guistwhite Scholar.

Student Vu Phan placed first at 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). Phan will be honored by the Texas branch, TexMATYC, as the highest-scoring student in Texas.

Fourteen students represented Collin College at the New York Model United Nations Conference and the team received the honor of Distinguished DelegationStudents Anita Barati and Michael Foley received the award for Outstanding Delegates in Committee.

Eight Collin College students were selected by Johnson Space Center as Texas Aerospace Scholars. These students spent March 31-April 2 at JSC working with NASA engineers and technicians. Designing a lunar rover was a part of the application process. Diana Fuentes, Craig Hartnell, Mary Layton, Cody Peterson, Aaron Rothlisberger, Asthon Shinedling, Waldo Silva, and Chris Weber participated. Mary Layton and Cody Peterson were members of the winning design team, and Aaron Rothlisberger was selected by NASA as Scholar of the Week.

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. 

Collin College dance students earned Gala Selections at the South Region of the American College Dance Festival Conference.  Out of 36 adjudicated works, Collin College had one of 12 works selected for the Gala Concert.

Vice President of Public Relations and College Development Lisa Vasquez 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 English Dr. Joan Kennedy presented a paper “Expanding the Horizon of Learning:  Critical Thinking in the Composition Classroom” at the College English Association national conference.

Professor of theatre Gail Cronauer guest starred in an episode of “Revolution” on NBC and appeared in “Dallas” on TNT.

Collin College was awarded the host of the NJCAA Men’s National Tennis Championship for 2015-2017 from the NJCAA Championship Events Committee.

Collin College’s women’s basketball team reached the Region V semifinals with an overall record of 25-7 and a conference record of 11-3.  The men’s basketball team reached the Region V quarterfinals with an overall record of 18-11 and a conference record of 7-5.

The college’s first Deaf Deaf World event was a resounding success with nearly 300 people attending.

What is the Honors Institute Bonus Point Initiative?

The new Honors Bonus Point Initiative benefits students who want to apply for a Collin College health  sciences program, including nursing, dental hygiene, surgical technology, respiratory care or  polysomnographic technology. For certain program-specific math or science prerequisite classes taken in an Honors format, students  will receive “bonus” points on their program application.