College News

The All College Council recently announced the nominees for the 2016-17 ROSE (Recognition of Service and Excellence) Award. The nominees will be honored and finalists for the award will be announced at a ceremony in June. The winners will be announced at All College Day in August. The full-time employee nominees are: Peggy Akers, Mary Banos, Barbara Batista, Ann Blackman, Melissa Blackmore, Francis Choy, Kim Davis, Jack Denton, Andy Duckworth, Pamela Dutro, Todd Fields, Stan Gardner, Arianna Gray, Tammi Gupta, Judy James, Roxanne Jones, Nadia Khedairy, Debbi Livingston, Renee Long, Robert Long, Pamela Love-White, 

Evelyn Martinez, Richard Nicholls, Jinger Peeples, Alan Pixley, Brandy Reeve, Claire Shipman, Mindy Tomlin and Rachel Walker. The part-time employee nominees are: Rebekah Larson, Amanda Lunn, Diane Maxson, Carelyn Mitchell and Sarah Peeples. Congratulations to all the nominees.

More than 400 people attended the most recent Knowledge is Power lecture, “You are where you eat: a scientific survey on the nutritional intake of Collin College students,” April 19 at Preston Ridge Campus. The lecture was presented by Dr. Shiva Davanloo and Dr. John Glass. Thank you to Preston Ridge Vice President/Provost Dr. Abe Johnson, organizers Sukanya Subramanian and Brett Adams, Student Life, SAFAC, Plant Operations, and Public Relations for helping with this successful event.

Cari Croninger, a design student at Collin College, recently took second place in the promotions division of the 2017 Michigan State University Design Contest for College Students. This international show features the best work from universities and colleges around the country. She was one of five of Basic Design students entered into the contest. Associate Professor Kevin Kreneck, who worked with the students, said the judges praised all of Collin College’s submitted work.

Sean Ferrier-Watson, professor of English, published his book The Children’s Ghost Story in America through McFarland.

Dr. Kerry Byrnes-Loinette, professor of Communication Studies, was selected to work with the National Communication Association’s Task Force on Community College Faculty Engagement. This task force will harvest information about communication studies programs, assess engagement among faculty and ultimately identify ways to better engage students and faculty with the national association.

Dulce de Castro, professor of Russian and Spanish, presented “Using Microfiction and Short Films to Explore Migration Issues at the Intermediate Level,” at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, in March in Baltimore, Maryland. In November, she will present “Tapping the Pedagogical Potential of Wordless Graphic Novels” at the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Nashville, Tennessee.

Collin College student Mary Cronin was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the National Technical Honor Society. A Collin College student enrolled in the Health Information Management Program, Cronin was one of 225 outstanding NTHS members to receive a Jon H. Poteat Scholarship.

Twenty-one students were inducted into the Collin College chapter of Psi Beta, a national honor society of psychology, in April. Psi Beta encourages professional development and psychological literacy in students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service. Professor Patricia Coble, the chapter’s primary advisor, officiated the April 19 induction ceremony with a special message from the Psi Beta National President-Elect Professor Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks. The keynote speaker, Dr. Terry Hockenbrough, gave a presentation on leadership.

The grand prize winners of the spring semester Wellness Team Challenge were The Gym Rats (Captain: Dan Lipscomb, Rusty Bishop, Rosemary Karr, Jason Smoot and Steve Stallings) from Spring Creek Campus. Runners Up by campus were: CPC – Team Dental Hygenius, Captain Kandice Roan; PRC – Just In Time, Captain Wyatt Ogden; CHEC – Persistent Recreation, Captain Ellen McKinney; Allen Center – DC Collin, Captain Andrea Dahl; CYC – Court Yard Cougars, Captain Alice Hoock; SCC – Nutty Professors, Captain Frozina Goussak. This semester, 20 teams participated by going to wellness seminars, receiving fitness and wellness assessments, attending wellness activity classes and doing fitness activities. Thank you to Dr. Linda Muysson for organizing the Wellness Team Challenge and congratulations to all teams on making better health choices this past semester.

Joani Reese, Spring Creek Writing Center Manager, has had her long prose poem “Memento Mori,” an homage to spoken word poet Lorri Jackson (1961-1990), published this month in Thrice Fiction Magazine.

Christine McClellan, Director of Dental Hygiene, reports that all 15 second-year dental hygiene students took and passed their National Boards Exam and Wester Regional Examining Board (WREB) exam. The students must pass both of those exams and Jurisprudence to receive their licenses.

Three Collin College dental hygiene students recently had their research papers published in Dentistry iQ, an online journal for dental professionals. “Beyond the sugar: Chemicals in sodas and their link to systemic diseases and oral health” by Sarah Biggs, Jeni Dunn and May Yao was the second article in recent months to be published by the journal. The article is available at Congratulations to the students on this accomplishment and thank you to Professor Kandice Swarthout-Roan for helping guide them in submitting their work.

Dr. Dani R. Day, Vice President of Academic Services, was invited to present the session on “Strategic Decision-Making in Leadership” at this spring’s American Council on Education (ACE) Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program. The Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program focuses on preparing mid-level administrators from diverse backgrounds for senior-level leadership ranks in higher education.

Program Director for Polysomnographic Technology and Respiratory Care Celi Solis and Polysomnographic Program Coordinator Amber Allen hosted a program table at the Frisco Independent School District College and Career Fair on April 13. The pair spoke with representatives from Toyota, PepsiCo, FC Dallas, BBVA Compass, and other companies about fostering community outreach and awareness of the program with presentations to their employees about sleep health.

Michelle Millen served in many capacities in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) this year, including serving on the Council for Excellence in Education Executive Committee, chairing the Health Information Management Reimagined taskforce, chairing a nominating committee and serving as ex-officio Commissioner for the Certification Commission Health Informatics and Information Management.

The Collin College Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) recently hosted training for the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office. More than 125 law enforcement personnel from local, state and federal agencies participated. This is the fourth year the college has hosted this training. Thank you to Vice President/Provost Jon Hardesty, Dean Gary Hodge, Law Enforcement Academy Director Todd Eubanks, and the LEA staff for their work in providing this training, and for continuing to raise Collin College’s profile in the law enforcement community.

Collin College’s THE ARTS gallery has been nominated as “Best Place to Get Artsy in Plano” in the 2017 Best of Plano Magazine. Located at the Spring Creek Campus, the gallery is a resource for students, staff, and the community to see art in several media from up-and-coming and established artists. Congratulations to Vice President/Provost Dr. Mary McRae, Gallery Director Julie Shipp and THE ARTS gallery staff.

Ceilidh Charleson-Jennings, professor of Communication Studies, discussed “Getting Published: Crafting the Book Query” for attendees at the Dallas Book Festival, April 29 at the Dallas Public Library. Her new book on the recovery of missing animals after disaster has been acquired by publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Faithful: Notes from the Search for Man’s Lost Best Friend is Professor Charleson-Jennings’ third book for HMH and is set for early spring 2019 release.

Dr. Levi Bryant, professor of Philosophy, recently had an article titled “Two Ontologies: Posthumanism and Lacan’s Graph of Sexuation,” published in Epidemic Subjects: Radical Ontology, Elisabeth von Samsonow, ed., Zurich: Diaphanes Press.

Dr. Debra St. John, professor of Government, presented “Integrating Leadership Development into Core Course: Need, Purpose and Means” at the National Social Sciences Association Conference on Technology, April 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada and sent the paper off for publication to the National Social Science Association Conference Proceeding.

Collin College students Kila Reedy and Jon Parker Brooks recently traveled to NASA’s Johnson Space Center to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). The five-week scholars program culminates with a four-day on-site event at Johnson Space Center and offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget and developing communications and outreach.

Collin College’s Model UN team traveled to the organization’s national conference in New York, April 9-13, accompanied by Professor of Government Sonia Iwanek and Professor of Psychology Tracy Meyer. The Model UN team won “Distinguished” delegation at NMUN, which is equivalent to a second place standing. Collin was the only two-year school to win for an outstanding position paper in General Assembly Second Committee (GA2). Rory McDonald and Nisa Sheikh did the majority of the writing and received input from Adrian Medrano and Phillip Abramo. In GA3, McDonald and Karen Lopez won an outstanding position paper award as well. Collin was given a Security Council seat, and Marcus Mexia and Jareck White were the only two-year students on the council, while their peers on the council had been to Model UN numerous times and were from four-year institutions or graduate students.

The Alpha Mu Tau chapter of Phi Theta Kappa attended the PTK International Convention – PTK Catalyst, April 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Collin chapter was awarded second runner up as top fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and student Monique Spence was awarded second runner up in the Prepared Speech Competition at the convention. Congratulations to the AMT members on their performances, and thank you to the students and advisors Dr. Nicole Grose, Dr. H. Jessica Hargis and Professor Zack Shipley.

The Preston Ridge Campus Career Exploration Fair was a great success with 175 students attending throughout the day. Coach Ron Nash and Andrea Shaw were well received by the students. The campfire sessions were a hit with all involved and the job fair drew 42 companies to the campus. Four thousand dollars raised during the event will go toward scholarships. Thank you to Vice President/Provost Dr. Abe Johnson, Associate Dean Karen Musa, the PRC Career Exploration Fair Committee (Teresa Danner, Dr. Terry Hockenbrough, Kirk Dickey, Nancy Huff, Michael Coffman, Dr. Jennifer Blalock, Natalie Greenwell, Jim Barko, Sheacy Thompson and Bill Hortsman), Chef Paige Crowell and her catering class, Chef Michelle Medley and her Breads & Rolls class, and everyone else who helped make this a great event. 

Dr. Kathleen Fenton, associate dean of Academic Services, was elected to the LEAP Texas Board of Directors on the strength of the work she has done in traditional learning assessment and Prior Learning Assessment. Her term begins June 1, 2017 and will end May 31, 2018. LEAP Texas is a collaborative of more than 60 higher education institutions. 

R. Scott Yarbrough presented his poem “Chopping Cotton” and an original guitar instrumental “Cotton Seed Oil Mill Train Ride” to the Audie Murphy/ American Cotton Museum’s 21st annual National Meeting, in April.