Collin College has been named, along with the University of North Texas (UNT), as one of four institutional pairs in the Seamless Transfer Pathways Design Challenge, a project sponsored by Education Design Lab. The four pairs of schools will explore best practices for ensuring students seeking a bachelor degree transition smoothly to a four-year institution. Collin College and UNT were named finalists for the project last month. The challenge is funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Executive Vice President Dr. Brenda Kihl has been appointed to serve another term on the North Texas Workforce Development Board. Dr. Kihl was nominated by the Collin County Commissioners Court. Her new term on the board will run from October 2017 through September 2020. 

Texas A&M University-Commerce and Collin College have officially signed an articulation agreement to bring a bachelor of social work program to the Preston Ridge Campus. The agreement is for a seamless 2+2 transfer of Collin College students to the program. TAMU-Commerce will work with Collin to provide reserve transfer arrangements for students prior to their earning an associate degree. The agreement expands TAMU-Commerce’s programming at the campus, which began offering junior- and senior-level college courses to prepare students for careers in marketing, business, environmental science, and agribusiness in the spring of last year.

Professor Tripat Baweja was recognized as Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Dallas Professional Chapter member of the month in August. The honor goes to “non-officer members whose technical contributions, leadership accomplishments, or SWE volunteer service are particularly noteworthy.” An article about Baweja notes that she helped establish Collin College’s SWE collegiate section, which now has more than 40 paid members. Read the full write-up on Professor Baweja at: 

Dr. Salena Brody, professor of psychology at Preston Ridge Campus, was recognized for her community work by the University of Texas at Dallas Office of Diversity and Community Engagement during a Women Leading in Diversity event on September 8. Dr. Brody was honored for her leadership, including facilitating a dialogue between diversity professionals and campus police at UTD, giving a talk “State of the Girl 2017” at a local Girl Scout “Girltopia” event, speaking to a group of refugee high school students about college, advocating for transgender students in Collin County, and for working with college students engaged with social justice, such as the Collin College Social Justice Club. 

Collin College’s nursing students have provided 12,249.25 community service hours in the last three semesters. We appreciate the nursing faculty and students for utilizing their expertise in helping others.

Associate Dean Dr. LaTanya Thomas is participating in the current Leadership Allen Fairview class. The leadership program is sponsored by the Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce. 

Wendy Gunderson, dean of Academic Affairs at the Preston Ridge Campus, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Frisco Education Foundation Board of Trustees. The mission of the Frisco Education Foundation is to provide financial resources to maximize student potential in the Frisco Independent School District through educational programs, student scholarships and grants for innovative educators. 

Education professor Allison Venuto will participate in the Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy (CLARA) this fall. CLARA is a year-long regional leadership information, development, and renewal program created for the member institutions of the North Texas Community College Consortium. 

Professor Marti Miles-Rosenfield was awarded the McGraw-Hill National Scholarship to attend the annual Kellogg Institute for Developmental Education. She spent two weeks at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., in July, learning from developmental education experts from around the country. Appalachian State is the home to the National Center for Developmental Education. 

Fire Science Director Pat McAuliff was a guest instructor at the 88th Annual Municipal Fire School hosted at Texas A&M Fire School. More than 1,600 volunteer firefighters from across Texas attend the school each year. While at the school, Director McAuliff discussed educational opportunities for the state’s wildland firefighters with Chief Michael Geesling of the Texas Forest Service. Chief Geesling specifically sought out Collin College as a potential developer and provider of higher education for the agency’s staff members. 

Mr. McAuliff also served as a speaker at the September 11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony at the Central Park Campus Conference Center. The other speakers were Representative Scott Sanford, McKinney Mayor George Fuller, McKinney City Manager Paul Grimes, and NYPD Police Officer Gus Cabarcus. Director McAuliff gave information regarding the construction techniques that led to the collapse of the towers. 

2017 Collin Surgical Technology graduate Beth Wyckoff, AAS, CST, was awarded the $1,000 Don Braziel Scholarship sponsored by The Texas State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists. Ms. Wyckoff was featured in the August edition of The Surgical Technologist Journal

Health Information Management Director Michelle Millen chairs the American Health Information Management Association’s HIM Reimagined Taskforce. She also serves as an ex-officio member for the Commission on Certification for AHIMA. HIM Reimagined is an AHIMA initiative to transform health information management (HIM) and position professionals for the future. 

Theater Professor Robin Armstrong was honored by the 2017 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards for Outstanding Direction of “Ripcord” at the Circle Theatre. 

Dr. Adam Miller’s book, “The Gospel According to David Foster Wallace: Boredom and Addiction in an Age of Distraction” was recently mentioned in The New York Times. The article’s author Henry Alford called the book “lovely,” and said “Mr. Miller’s incantatory and gorgeous preface — a discussion of why disappointment is not an obstacle to transcendence, but rather, its aim — caused me to well with tears.” Dr. Miller is a professor of philosophy at the Central Park Campus. Read the full article here: 

Dr. Dani Day, vice president of Academic Services, and Dr. Diana Hopes, director of Academic Planning/QEP presented “Re-Craft to Re-Engage” at the North Texas Community College Consortium Fall Leadership Conference, September 15. The presentation focused on ways to re-energize a fatigued team and keep momentum going on programs after their first few years of implementation. 

Three former Collin theatre students are making waves on and off-Broadway. Mallory Michaellann Brophy will soon make her Broadway debut in CATS. Akron Watson, coming off a well-received run in “The Color Purple,” will perform in a Broadway production of “The Play that Goes Wrong.” Collin alumnus Michael Urie just had his run in Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” extended through December 3. 

The Continuing Education Health Sciences Advisory Committee recently celebrated 27.2 percent growth over FY 2015. Part of the Vision 2020 directive for Continuing Education was to increase by more than 25 percent.

Associate Art Professor Allison Gillies recently contributed the cover art for “Gallantry in Action,” a novel by John Spearman.