• Plant a Seed Gala Tickets Available (today)
• Retirement Incentive Offered (today)
• Retirement Reception for Alan Clark (today)
• Now Accepting Nominations for the Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award (today)
• Graduation Regalia (today)
• SAAB to Host AT&T Texting, Driving Simulator on April 2 (updated)
• UA Off-Campus Connections at WCC
• NWACC Organizing Komen Race for the Cure Team
• Available Parking Spaces
• 2014-15 Work Study Position Request
• American Heart Association Heart Walk
• Wonder Women! Rescheduled
• NSLS Turkey Bowl 2 (Son of Turkey Bowl)
• Administrative Professionals Day
• NWACC Enactus Golf Tournament
• 6th Annual Art Club at NWACC Member Exhibition
• Study Watercolor in Italy with Carol Cooper this Summer
• Study Abroad Ecology Trip to Belize
• NWACC in the News (new item)
This Week at NWACC:
Plant a Seed Gala Tickets Available
Join us April 3rd at the John Q. Hammons Center to celebrate your community college’s contributions to the exceptional quality of life we enjoy in northwest Arkansas.
Dress is business attire. Reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.
Faculty and staff can purchase tickets at 50 percent off the regular price or $50.
Archie Schaffer, Cox Communications, and Rotary Clubs of Northwest Arkansas will be honored with Quality of Life awards.
The event will also feature NWACC students as celebrity waiters and musical entertainment by SoNA. Event proceeds will enhance the quality education and training for more than 19,000 NWACC students.
Retirement Incentive Offered
Senior College administrators have reviewed the proposed budget and have been authorized to offer an additional retirement incentive beyond the $10,000 originally offered. The additional incentive is to add 10% of the individual’s annual salary. It is not anticipated that a retirement incentive will be offered next fiscal year. In addition, faculty or staff who retire on or before June 30, 2014, will be able to register for NWACC classes under the Golden Age Waiver when the registration period for each semester opens. Please find the updated retirement incentive offer below.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College is offering a retirement incentive of $10,000 plus 10% of the individual’s budgeted annual salary for full-time faculty and staff employees who are:
1) age 55 and over;
2) have at least 5 years of consecutive NWACC service as of January 1, 2014; and
3) are paid from state, not grant, funds; and
4) plan to retire on or before June 30, 2014.
The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.
Employees who have already requested retirement within the applicable incentive dates will receive the additional incentive.
The College is limited in the total amount of incentives that it can pay by the state of Arkansas, so it is important that anyone interested express an interest quickly before the pool is depleted.
Please note that employees should refer to their individual retirement programs when determining retirement benefit eligibility.
Employees interested in applying for this incentive should complete the attached application and submit it to Barb Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off in Human Resources Office Suite 1128 in Burns Hall. Questions concerning the voluntary incentive program can be directed to Wendi Cadle, Director of Human Resources, at 619-3149 or email@example.com.
Retirement Reception for Alan Clark
Please join us as we celebrate the retirement of Alan Clark, a valued member of our NWACC family. Alan’s reception will be held on Monday, March 31 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor lobby of the Center for Health Professions.
For more information, please contact Sherry Slay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now Accepting Nominations for the Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award
The NWACC Alumni Association is currently requesting nominations for the Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award!
This distinction is awarded to a candidate that has achieved success in his/her career field and made a positive on his/her community through any of the following:
- public service activities (including military service or public office)
- civic or philanthropic engagement
- community leadership
- volunteerism or
- involvement in NWACC recruitment and retention activities.
Graduation is fast approaching and it is time again to purchase or rent your Regalia. Regalia can be rented through the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Becky Paneitz Student Center. Orders need to be placed prior to April 1.
Prices for a full setup are:
Bachelor Set (cap, gown, tassel, hood) $54.96+tax
Master Set (cap, gown, tassel, hood) $59.96+tax
Doctorate Set (cap, gown, tassel, hood) $68.96 +tax
These can be rented separately or as a set. If you need just one or two pieces, please check with the bookstore for pricing.
Please contact the Barnes and Noble Bookstore directly to rent your Graduation Regalia.
SAAB to Host AT&T Texting, Driving Simulator on April 2
Join NWACC SAAB as they host AT&T on April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Becky Paneitz Student Center Lobby. Operate a texting and driving simulator and take the pledge not to text and drive. This is part of the It Can Wait! Campaign. See attached flier. For more information contact Becky Hudson at email@example.com
UA Off-Campus Connections at WCC
The University of Arkansas Off Campus Connections team will be hosting a small reception at the Washington County Center on April 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please stop by the center to learn more about how this UA office can help you as you prepare to transfer. http://occ.uark.edu/
NWACC Organizing Komen Race for the Cure Team
Join the NWACC Komen Race for the Cure team. Thanks to the support from events like this in our area, the Susan G. Komen Ozark Affiliate was able to grant $737,500 last year for life-saving treatment, testing, screening, education, and research. Join us and be a part of making a significant difference!
The event takes place Saturday, April 26, at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade.
The registration fee is $25 per person which includes the event, a T-shirt and a goodie bag full of great goodies. Make sure to select NorthWest Arkansas Community College for your team. When registering you will be asked whether you want your T-shirt mailed to you. There is an extra $5 charge for this, and the NWACC team captain will be picking all of our shirts up so there is no need to have it mailed to you. Begin the registration process here: http://www.komenozark.org/
We have set a team fundraising goal of $1,000 so even if you can’t participate you can still donate to the team goal. If we all pitch in we can reach that goal in no time.
Available Parking Spaces
Several reserved parking spaces have become available on the surface lot and in the NWACC parking garage. Burns Hall West has one space; Burns Hall East has two spaces, and the Center for Health Professions has two spaces. There are also two spaces available on the second floor of the parking garage.
Please note that if the parking spaces currently available at the Center for Health Professions are not reserved, they will turn into general parking spots.
The cost is $245 for open surface parking and $275 for the garage/per year. If you reserve one now, it will be pro-rated to the end of June. If you chose to keep a parking space, you would pay for the full year beginning July 1. Payment may be made throughout the year, via payroll deduction. Please see Cheri Kahle in Burns Hall, room 1206 or call 619-3122 for additional information.
2014-15 Work Study Position Request
It is that time of the year again to begin requesting work-study positions for the 2014-15 aid year. We will be approving and allocating budgets within the next few months. The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program encourages the part-time employment of undergraduate students who need the income to help pay for their cost of education, and encourages FWS recipients to participate in community service activities. If your department is looking for part-time extra help, this will be a great opportunity to help our students.
All current positions are reviewed at the end of the aid year and those positions that use less than 70% of their budgeted funds will be in jeopardy of having hours cut or position eliminated the following aid year. Any position left vacant for 45 calendar days will lose their allocated funding for that year.
To Request a Work-Study Position:
- Log on to MY NWACC Connection
- Open the Employee
- Open My Work
- Under My Processes, open the hyperlink for Request a Work Study Position.
Deadline to request positions is April 18.
American Heart Association Heart Walk
You’re invited to join the NWACC team at the NWA American Heart Association Heart Walk. The walk will be held Saturday, April 12, at 8 a.m. at Arvest Ballpark. There is no cost to participate.
If you would like to support your NWACC team, please visit the following link.
Wonder Women! Rescheduled
The Art Club at NWACC will host a film screening of WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, a 2012 documentary film by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan on Monday, April 14, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Becky Paneitz Student Center, room 108. The event is being held in conjunction with the NWACC Spring Arts Festival and Women’s History Month. The documentary film will be shown and then a panel discussion will follow. Panelists include Dr. William Allred, Joseph Askins, Bethany Hollis, and Dr. Susan M. Marren. The audience will be invited to participate in the discussion and Lindsay Hutton, Ph.D., of the NWACC English Department, will moderate. For more information, please contact Stephanie Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSLS Turkey Bowl 2 (Son of Turkey Bowl)
The National Society of Leadership and Success will hold Turkey Bowl 2 (Son of Turkey Bowl) on Tuesday, April 15, and Wednesday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Bogle Plaza. Participants will bowl for prizes for strikes and spares and just for giving it a try. Grand Prize will be an Easter Ham! Lots of other great prizes – including movie passes! $1 for two shots bowling the frozen turkey down the alley. Have cash ready. For more information, please contact Jennifer Clampitt at email@example.com.
Administrative Professionals Day
Please join us for a day of sharing, learning and enjoyment as we come together to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 23! In honor of the individuals who keep the office moving, we are offering three classes throughout the day taught by expert instructors with a retail value of over $250. NWACC faculty and staff can participate in this professional development opportunity for only $50. For more information or to register, please see the attached flier or contact Stacy Reagan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-936-5108.
NWACC Enactus Golf Tournament
NWACC’s Enactus Team is hosting its annual golf tournament on Friday, April 25, at Stonebridge Meadows in Fayetteville. Support the great projects and competition opportunities for NWACC students by golfing in this year’s tournament! For more information, or to register online, visit: http://nwaccenactus.org/support-our-team/nwacc-enactus-golf-tournament/
6th Annual Art Club at NWACC Member Exhibition
Viewers are in for a humorous surprise for this year’s themed member exhibition. The exhibition begins March 3 and runs through April 30 in the Becky Paneitz Student Center, room 108. Admission is free. All are welcome. Closing reception will be April 30 from 11 am to 1 pm. Some works will be for sale at affordable prices. Any sales will go to fund the Art Club’s spring field trip.
Study Watercolor in Italy with Carol Cooper this Summer
Ciao, amici! Join Carol Cooper, NWACC Art Instructor, at La Romita School of Art in Italy this summer for a 2-week watercolor workshop.
La Romita is a 300 year-old monastery that has become an art school. The experience is fantastico! Please visit the website (http://www.laromita.org/) to get an idea of the beautiful setting and to read about the monastery’s history and much more detailed information (FAQs) about Cooper’s workshop. The students are driven to a different hilltown every day to paint and return each afternoon or evening to the peaceful monastery. The chapel is the studio space. The food at La Romita is worth the trip alone!
Participants wishing to obtain college credit can seek a course substitution through the Art Coordinator of the NWACC Art Department upon their return. The workshop can be substituted for Intro to Watercolor or Advanced Watercolor.
Instructor name: Carol Cooper
Date of Workshop: July 8- 22, 2014 (2 weeks). Your flight leaves July 7 arriving in Rome, July 8.
Workshop Title: The Multi-Media Experience in Italy
Media: Watercolor/combination (mostly watercolor, but we will also be studying sketching, and mixed media) Level of Skill: All levels of skill welcome.
Student: Adults, 18 years and up
Location: La Romita in Terni, Italy (in Umbria, 2 hours north of Rome)
Price: $3790 (includes all ground transportation, meals, lodging, and instruction. NOT airfare.) CONTACT PERSON: Edmund Zimmerman
For more information, please contact Carol Cooper at email@example.com or 479-631-8628.
Study Abroad Ecology Trip to Belize
NWACC students are invited to participate in a study abroad ecology course to Belize being offered early this summer. The course is being led by NWACC professor Dr. Jacques Hill.
The course includes:
- Three weeks of Service Learning in Dandriga, Belize.
- Survey Biodiversity at Billy Barquedier National Park
- Develop ecotourism for Morelets Crocodiles at Gra Gra Lagoon National Park.
- Snorkel at Caye Caulker and visit Mayan ruins in the mountains of San Ignacio.
Course Website Address: http://studyabroad.uark.edu/belize
Instructor: Dr. Jacques Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Campus Course Dates: May 12 to 17.
Proposed Travel Dates: May 18 – June 7, 2014.
Course Name: Culture and Environment: Field Studies
Course Number: BIOL 496V (H), 6 Credit Hours
NWACC in the News:
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