College News

Sally Hogue, consultant for the Central Park Campus Writing Center, has won the North Texas Writing Centers Association Outstanding Tutor Award for 2017. Ms. Hogue began working in the Center in 2005 and has helped countless students during her 12-year consulting tenure, drawing on her experience teaching English as a Second Language as well as a master’s degree in the humanities. She was recognized at the Spring 2017 NTWCA conference hosted in April by Tarrant County College-North West Campus in Fort Worth. Congratulations to her on this honor.

Collin College’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) has been recognized as a Gold Star Chapter for the 2016-17 academic year. NSCS is a national, not-for-profit honor society that recognizes undergraduates who excel academically during their first and second years of college. Gold Star status denotes a chapter’s integrity and dedication to the NSCS pillars of scholarship, leadership and service. This level of distinction was designed to formally acknowledge the hard work and dedication that highly-active NSCS chapters have put into developing their members’ experiences. All Gold Star Chapters implemented highly-engaging events throughout the year to receive the honor. Thank you to the faculty advisor Lari Ranta, longtime co-sponsor Stephen Rogers, associate faculty member John Cline and all of the students who make up the NSCS for earning this golden achievement.

Collin College LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) has been named District 3 Young Adult Council of the Year. Government Professor Cristina Garcia, the organization’s primary faculty advisor, said the group hopes to attend both the state and national conventions this year to compete for a repeat of the honor. Garcia also serves as programs director for the LULAC National Education Service Center. Her two-year term began in October 2016. Congratulations to her and all of the students involved in the college LULAC chapter. We expect great things going forward.

Dr. Abe Johnson, Vice President/Provost of Preston Ridge Campus, recently had an article published in Community College Journal of Research and Practice. The article, “An Instrumental Case Study Analysis of Anticipatory Leadership Practices in Community Colleges” was published in late May. The article is an exploration of the use of anticipatory leadership by seven community college leaders and was a portion of Dr. Johnson’s dissertation. Congratulations to him on having it published.

Megan Mackay, a 2016 graduate, received the 2017 American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) New Technologist Award at the SLEEP 2017 conference in Boston on June 5. The award is given to a recent graduate of an accredited sleep technology education program who has passed the American Board of Sleep Medicine or Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists credentialing exam and attained the RST or RPSGT credential within the past year. The winner is nominated by an AAST member who recognizes the individual’s field success and dedication to career development. The winner also had to submit an essay outlining contributions to the sleep medicine field since graduation. Mackay is cross-training in EEG and pursuing additional credentialing in that. She has also been accepted to the neurodiagnostics and sleep science bachelor’s degree program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which is currently the only accredited bachelor’s program in sleep technology nationwide. Congratulations to her on this honor.

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Annual Research Conference awarded Collin College a $2,500 grant to explore the potential to create an optimized system for the up-scaled growth of induced stem cells. If all goes well, professor Carole Twichell will seek additional grants through ARMI.

Associate Faculty Mike Itashiki presented the topic “Sociology: Japanese American Internment and Muslims” at a Pacific Islander and Asian Heritage Month event on May 3 at Tarrant County College.

More than 20 students, faculty and staff assisted the city of Richardson with the Wildflower Festival.  This is the 17th year that the hospitality, culinary and pastry program has provided food to the bands playing at the festival.  Some of the bands this year included: Night Ranger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, All American Rejects, Bowling for Soup and The B-52s. Students sharpened their culinary and catering skills during this volunteer opportunity and several were recognized at a volunteer appreciation party with a commendation from the city of Richardson mayor. Thank you to the volunteers for representing the college so well. Thank you to Dean James Barko, Associate Dean Karen Musa and the faculty, staff and students who participated for their hard work. 

The nursing program hosted 86 high school students for Nurse Camp earlier this month. The camp began with a multidisciplinary trauma involving a car accident. Students used the DWI goggles to experience to increase awareness of drinking or texting while driving, and the camp ended with a PHI Air Medical helicopter landing to teach the campers about flight nursing. Thank you to Central Park Campus Provost Dr. Jon Hardesty, Dean of Nursing Donna Hatch, Program Director Beth Kasprisin and Retention Recruiter Cathleen Rangel for their contributions to making the camp great.

Associate Professor Andy Galloway’s documentary, The Eviction, is an official selection to the Impact DOCS Awards.  The awards and festival will be held on July 25.  Galloway will also represent Spring Creek Campus on Aug. 2 at the 71st University Film and Video Association Conference at Cal State in Los Angeles, where he will present and discuss The Eviction. Congratulations to Professor Galloway on these honor.

Dr. Mike Broyles recently received word that a paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, to which Collin College contributed data, is being updated. Dr. Broyles’ work was used in the original paper, which has been downloaded more than 190,000 times and cited more than 1,100 times in the three years since its publication. Researchers from the University of Washington and the University of Maine recently contacted Dr. Broyles to ask his assistance in expanding and updating the data in the meta-analysis. Thank you to Dr. Broyles for his hard work on this study.

Collin College’s nursing program is accredited through 2022. The program will receive an official report from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in July, but college officials have been given assurances that the Collin College Nursing Program will return to full accreditation with no conditions. Program officials had worked diligently for accreditation without conditions, including completing a follow-up self-study, which was turned in this spring. The program will not need an on-site evaluation visit until 2022 if the college stays with ACEN. Thank you to Dean of Nursing Donna Hatch, Program Director Beth Kasprisin and Nursing Professor Kathy Blust, who worked very hard on the follow up self-study and made this honor possible.

Professor of History Brett Adams, along with Librarian Terri Karlseng, presented “A Professor, a Librarian, and a Guide on the Side: Using Library Databases for Research” at the NISOD conference in Austin May 27-30.

Preston Ridge Campus Reference Librarian Rebekah Lee was appointed to the scholarship committee for the Texas Library Association College and University Libraries Division.

Communication Design Professor Tonya McMllion recently had an article published titled “Communication and Security Issues in Online Education: Student Self-Disclosure in Course Introductions” in the Journal of Interactive Online Learning. The article can be viewed at Congratulations to her on getting her article published.

Farid Nemri, a Collin College alum, recently graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a 3.97 GPA. Nemri was able to pay for his education, in part, because of a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Scholarship which he earned while at Collin College. He is now working as a program assistant for Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.