April 28, 2017


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

International Student Association Student Appreciation (NEW)

This appreciation is a final get together for International students, as well as an appreciation for them. The event will be held on Friday, May 5th, at the North lawn of the Student Center, at 12:00 PM. Whoever is wanting to attend please send a message to Dinesh Hingoo at dhingoo@nwacc.edu or Chante Ramiah at cramiah@nwacc.edu. This event is primarily for International students but domestic students are welcome to attend! There will be free food, drinks and a lot of fun!

Graduation Volunteers Needed (NEW)

Graduation is approaching quickly. This is a very exciting day for our students and we want to make sure it is perfect for them; this takes a lot of people. We are still in need of volunteers for graduation day. The date is May 13th. Due to the large number of graduates we are holding 4 ceremonies this year. The ceremony times are: 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. The following roles still have openings for volunteers. You may volunteer for one or more. Please keep in mind that hourly employees will need to clear this with their supervisor as it will require the employee to miss the same amount of time during regular work hours. Please help us make this day perfect for our graduates! Set up 6:30 – 9:00 am 1st ceremony check in tables 8:15 – 9:00 am 1st ceremony usher 8:00 – 11:00 am 1st ceremony photo card sorter 8:30 – 10:30 am 1st ceremony flower table 8:00 – 11:00 am 1st ceremony alumni gift area 9:30 – 11:30 am 1st ceremony alumni reception 9:30 – 11:30 am 2nd ceremony check in tables 11:15 – noon 2nd ceremony usher 11:00 – 2:00 pm 2nd ceremony photo card sorter 11:30 – 1:30 pm 2nd ceremony flower table 11:00 – 2:00 pm 2nd ceremony alumni gift area 12:30 -2:30 pm 2nd ceremony alumni reception 12:30 – 2:30 pm 3rd ceremony check in tables 1:45 – 2:00 pm 3rd ceremony usher 1:00 – 4:00 pm 3rd ceremony photo card sorter 1:30 – 3:30 pm 3rd ceremony flower table 1:00 – 4:00 pm 3rd ceremony alumni gift area 2:30 – 4:30 pm 3rd ceremony alumni reception 2:30 – 4:30 pm 4th ceremony check in tables 3:15 – 4:00 pm 4th ceremony usher 3:00 – 6:00 pm 4th ceremony photo card sorter 3:30 – 5:30 pm 4th ceremony flower table 3:00 – 6:00 pm 4th ceremony alumni gift area 4:30 – 6:30 pm 4th ceremony alumni reception 4:30 – 6:30 pm Clean up 3:30 – 7:00 pm To volunteer, contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu.

Gamma Beta Phi Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon (NEW)

Please come join Gamma Beta Phi and Dr, “Marvey Hall” for a ZANY and FUN filled luncheon and afternoon of “Let’s Make a Deal”! To play for “Large” deals with “Marvey” you must be in costume or wear a mask(some will be provided at each table)! Smaller “Deals” can be made with Gamma members at your table by bringing odd office items, and items from pockets, purse, or backpack. This should be a unique experience, so come join us! B there or B square!!!!

Veterans Project Raises More than $1,000 for the Josh McCandless Veterans Scholarship 

Congratulations to the Veterans Project members for raising $1,044.00 for the Josh McCandless Veterans Scholarship awarded each year to veterans who attend NWACC. Great Job! Garrett Burger, Kahlil Gunn, Aaron Harris, Christian Henning, Jeremiah Luyeye, Gabe Peters and Shane Rogers. And thanks to all of the NWACC family who supported the scholarship by purchasing lunch at the cookout.

Faculty Rental Regalia 

Attention Faculty and Staff!! If you submitted an order to rent regalia for the upcoming commencement, it is in store and ready for pick up/payment! Please remember to have it returned back to the bookstore no later than May 25th.

Know Your Rights Forum 

The Arkansas United Community Coalition will host a “Know Your Rights” forum at the Roger Public Library on Saturday, April 29, from 9 to 11 am. Learn how you can protect yourself and your family in certain situations with police and immigration officials. Attorneys will be present to answer legal questions. Chai will be served.

NWACC Jazz Band 

Join our NWACC Jazz Band “Community of Artists” for the spring concert. .Student, faculty and the public are invited to meet April 27, 2017 in the Shewmaker Center’s WalMart Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, music begins at 7pm. For information contact Rene’ Garcia-Oliver sgarciaoliver@nwacc.edu.

E3 students Entrepreneurship Project Sale

Six E3 teams of fourth grade students from Elmdale Elementary School will be at NWACC, selling their projects, from 9:30am-12:00pm on May 2, 2017 in the Becky Paneitz Student Center atrium. This is a culmination of a semester long project (E3 = Elmdale Elementary Entrepreneurship) in which student teams compete with each other in order to create a product that could yield a profit. The teams had to “pitch” their product ideas in a Shark Tank style setting and be chosen by the judges in order to be funded and be invited to NWACC’s campus. Each team is loaned $100 to create their products to sell and are required to pay back their loan. Money they make after their debt is paid is money they are allowed to keep. This project is made possible by Tim Cornelius (VP of Career & Workforce Education) and by the NWACC Service Learning Students under the guidance of Dr. Chris Huggard.

The Past and Future of America’s War in the Middle East

What is the past involvement of the US in the Middle East? How did it get into its current position in Iraq? What were the goals and policies that led to this point? How have they changed over time? How to they compare to today’s Trump administration? What are the broader implications of these historical and contemporary policies socially, politically, economically, and morally? What can we learn from Middle Eastern culture and politics? How do these policies reflect our values as Americans? Through a forum on US foreign policy in the Middle East, NWACC history students will investigate these topics with University of Arkansas Anthropology Professor (and Middle East expert) Dr. Ted Swedenburg and also reflect on Boston University History Professor and Military Veteran Andrew Bacevich’s recent book “America’s War for the Greater Middle East”. The forum will be April 27 at 7 pm in SC 108. All members of the NWACC and NWA community are welcome for a lively, thoughtful, civil, historically and socio-economically grounded, self-reflexive discussion. This event is sponsored by the Honors Program, Service Learning, and the Department of Social Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Huggard at chuggard@nwacc.edu.

Upcoming Gong Meditation/Demonstration 

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to a free gong meditation sponsored by NWACC Faculty Development on Wednesday afternoon, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in student center 108A. Gong meditations are just one way of many to reduce stress, promote good health and balance, resulting in a general sense of well-being. This is especially useful during the high stress periods such as the end of the semester. For your comfort, you may want to bring a yoga mat or blanket. For a visual reminder, see the attached flyer.

NWACC 2017-2018 Anderson Family Scholarship Application NOW AVAILABLE! 

To qualify to apply, students must be enrolled at NWACC during the 2017-2018 academic school year, have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 (freshman must have a minimum composite test score of 19 on the ACT, COMPASS/Accuplacer scores at college level, or 600 GED score), must be in (currently or in the past) the Saving Grace program for a minimum of 3 months, and preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline to apply is noon on July 7th, 2017. For a copy of the application, please click HERE! For questions, please email scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month. Help the library celebrate by creating your own Book Spine Poem and enter to win Oasis Coffee gift certificates! Assemble a poem from book spines. Take a photo of your poem and email it to library@nwacc.edu, or post it on the library’s Facebook page! Entries are due by 5 pm, Friday, April 28th. Open to all current NWACC students, faculty, and staff!

Nursing Program Important Announcement 

The Track III (elongated) option has been eliminated, effective immediately to act in accordance to the Accreditation Commission for Education in nursing recommendations, and due to the lower NCLEX pass rates from this track. Additionally, Bridge to RN will be an LPN to RN track beginning in the spring of 2018. Changes have been made to the admission process beginning in Fall of 2017 for the LPN to RN track and spring 2018 for Track I and Track II. Please monitor the Nursing Department website for updates. The new timelines for the application periods for Track I, Track II, and LPN to RN are as follows:  Track I Application period: February 1st thru March 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the spring semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following fall – Track II  Application period: November 1st thru December 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the fall semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following summer – LPN to RN o Application period: *October 1st thru November 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the summer semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following spring *the LPN to RN application period for fall 2017 will be conducted during this timeframe for Fall 2017. Be advised that effective Fall 2018, the application period for the LPN to RN sequence will change to September 1st – October 1st. Students should be sure to schedule an appointment with the Health Professions academic advisor to discuss their academic outlook with respect to their preferred track. As mentioned above, the nursing department has updated the nursing webpage to reflect the most current, accurate information: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_nursing/. Please review the changes posted to the nursing website, as it may aid in answering any possible questions. Should any student need additional clarification regarding general program information, please feel free to contact the nursing department at 479-619-4151, or the Health Professions academic advisor. The NWACC Nursing Program appreciates your patience and understanding on this matter.

Halls of Excellence Awards 

Gamma Beta Phi is announcing the Halls of Excellence Awards for the 2016-2017 school year. Please leave your suggestions for the Faculty and /or Staff member that has been most Excellent! Nominations forms and submission envelope are located on the posters located in each building on campus. The awards will be presented at the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 5, 2017. We will be having lunch, awards, and please come prepared to play “Let’s Make a Deal”-with Dr. Galloway as Host! Dress-Up/Costumes are encouraged-Masks will be provided! See the attached poster for more information.

Math Center Workshops for this coming week 

The Math Center is running two Workshops this coming week: Radicals – for Intermediate Algebra level (and others); Thursday, April 13, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Both workshops are held in Room 314 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Student Regalia 

Your NWACC Bookstore will begin selling graduation regalia effective 4/10/17. Total for a full set is $35.94 (includes cap, gown, and tassel) We look forward to seeing you in store and congratulations!!!

Math Workshops for Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and PreAlgebra

The attached calendar has all the remaining Math Workshops for Spring, 2017.

Blood Drive

Community Blood Center will be on campus April 27th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in SC 108. Help saves lives by donating blood. To make an appointment contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu.

Graduation Volunteers Needed

Graduation is a very exciting time for our students so we want to do all we can to make it that exciting experience. To do that takes a lot of help–this is where you all come in. Graduation is May 13, 2017 at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. Due to the large number of graduates this year we are going to be holding 4 ceremonies and need lots of volunteers! The ceremonies will be 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. There is also set up that begins at 6:00 am and clean up that typically lasts about an hour after the last ceremony ends. Due to the number of different jobs there are many start and stop times. There is also a pre-graduation information session on May 10th at 1:00 pm for which we will need volunteers. To volunteer contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. Be sure to note the times you are available.

NWACC Transfer Visits at a Glance-April 2017

Representatives from area colleges and universities frequently visit NWACC to speak to transfer students about their future academic goals. While the vast majority of visitors come to the Transfer Information Desk on the 2nd floor in the Student Center, locations may vary. Please consult the attached flyer when making plans to visit with college/university recruiters.

The Transfer Coordinator is IN-April 

Owing to a scheduling conflict, the Transfer Coordinator NOT will be available at the Transfer Information Desk from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on April 6 (1st Thursday), but WILL BE back IN on April 17 (3rd Monday). This new service is designed to help students who have quick questions about the transfer process.

New Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has a new look and feel. You can view by the month, week or agenda. Select the drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the calendar to change the selections of what you would like to view. There is also a “Feedback” section in the upper left hand corner of the page that we would love for you to fill out! Be sure to go and check it out HERE!

Health Information Management application now available 

The Health Information Management applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Respiratory Therapy applications now available 

The Respiratory Therapy applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

University of Central Arkansas Visits NWACC to Help UCA-bound Students Register for Fall 2017 Term 

Do you know a current NWACC student who plans to begin their studies at UCA in Fall 2017? Please share the information on the attached flyer about upcoming April 10 & 11 advising opportunities with interested students.

Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – it’s a checkup from your neck up. To take a screening, CLICK HERE or go to NWACC/Campus and Community Resources. Screenings do not provide a diagnosis of any medical condition. The information provided by the screenings do not substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.

2017 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination 

Named in honor of community volunteer, highway commissioner, and former College Trustee, Dick Trammel, this award seeks to recognize an outstanding NWACC alum who has achieved success in his or her career field and made a positive impact on the community. The selected award recipient will be recognized during the annual NWACC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Please see attached document to complete a nomination.

NWACC Scholarship Reviewers NEEDED! 

The NWACC Scholarship Office need faculty and staff reviewers for our 2017-2018 scholarships. Reviews will run from March through May. We know everyone is busy, but this is important to our students so it should be important to us too. The process is simple and completely digital with ample time to complete the reviews. We need YOU to be an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer to help make a difference in our student’s lives. If you are interested in being an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer or you have questions, please contact Amber Voigt, Scholarship Coordinator at 479-619-4316 or scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Student Support and Conduct Newsletter 

Please see the attached February Newsletter from the Office of Student Support and Conduct. The newsletter focuses on a variety of topics and helps keep you up-to-date on resources available and key points of contact. Check it out!

Mindfulness NWACC 

Definition: Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while without judgement, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensation. What can practicing mindfulness accomplish? From UC Berkeley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life website, mindfulness has a number of benefits which include boosting our immune system, reducing stress, tuning out distractions, improving our memory and attention skills, fostering compassion, reducing symptoms of PTSD, and fighting obesity. Mindfulness NWACC will explore various mindfulness techniques to help us navigate our day-to-day circumstances as each moment arises for a more meaningful and positive life. Mindfulness NWACC is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The group will offers two meeting times per week which participants can choose to attend one or both meetings weekly. The Wednesday meeting will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TLC, BH 1324 beginning February 8, and the Monday morning meeting time will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in TLC, BH 1324.. Questions? Contact Jo Schwader at jschwader@nwacc.edu or Sara Downey at saradowney3@hotmail.com. For more information on mindfulness, see http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition. or the attached flyer.

College Algebra Workshops – Spring 2017 

This spring the Math Center will be offering workshops on graphing calculators, test anxiety, function transformations, word problems, and logarithms & exponential functions. In addition, we will have 2 open Q & A sessions and 4 final exam reviews. Please see the attached schedule for the specific times and locations. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Tess O’Brien.

New Media Certificates Available

Ready to work in the Media Industry? NorthWest Arkansas Community College now offers to two Certificates in Media: Certificate of Proficiency – Media (only 5 classes) and Technical Certificate – Media (only 10 classes). These certificates are building blocks for an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. Each certificate includes courses in: Design I, Video Production and Editing, Digital Photography. Students then select other courses from: * Graphic Design * Journalism * Film Arts * Mass Communication * Internship To support these certificates or to join the staff of the student newspaper, students have the option* of taking two 1-credit hour classes: Student Newspaper Lab and Newspaper Layout & Design (only meets FOUR times!) For more information, contact: Denise Nemec: 479-619-4301, dnemec@nwacc.edu or Victor Chalfant: 479-619-4288, victor@nwacc.edu *These classes are not mandatory to complete the media certificates or to be on the Eagle View staff.

NWACC Chamber Orchestra

NWACC Chamber Orchestra has openings for all string players, including violin, viola, ‘cello, and string bass. Non-students of all ages within the community are welcome, but we have a limited number of scholarships available for both music majors, as well as non-music majors. Orchestra meets every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 PM beginning spring semester 2017.

NWACC THANKS! 

Tis the season of THANKS! Outstanding faculty and staff do make a difference. NWACC THANKS provides a way to say “thanks” for a job well done. THANKS can be offered by students, staff or faculty. and you may choose to remain anonymous. Your note will be sent to the recipient as an email, with a copy going to our college President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. Show your appreciation and give THANKS here: http://content.nwacc.edu/distanceLearning/thanks/thanks.php

2017 President’s Circle Art Exhibition

Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar, Bentonville The President’s Circle will host an art exhibition in partnership with Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar featuring artworks by NWACC alumni and current students April 1 – 30, 2017. A portion of purchase proceeds will benefit the student artist and the NWACC Foundation. This event is open to the public. To submit your work, click here!

Student Government Association Public Forum

The Student Government Association would like to invite the student body to attend SGA’s public forums where students can express their opinions and learn about happenings on campus. Please contact the Student Government Association at sga@nwacc.edu or stop by the SGA office in BH 1214. Meetings will take place in the Burns Hall 3rd floor board room at noon on the following dates: April 25th.

Free Counseling for Students

NWACC offers private professional counseling to students through a partnership with area agencies and universities. Counseling is free for students and available on the main campus Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment, contact Jamie Schraeder at jschraeder@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4237 or Dale Montgomery at dmontgom@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4234.

NWACC in the News (1 NEW)

Democrat Gazette

April 27, 2017


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Veterans Project Raises More than $1,000 for the Josh McCandless Veterans Scholarship (NEW)

Congratulations to the Veterans Project members for raising $1,044.00 for the Josh McCandless Veterans Scholarship awarded each year to veterans who attend NWACC. Great Job! Garrett Burger, Kahlil Gunn, Aaron Harris, Christian Henning, Jeremiah Luyeye, Gabe Peters and Shane Rogers. And thanks to all of the NWACC family who supported the scholarship by purchasing lunch at the cookout.

Faculty Rental Regalia (NEW)

Attention Faculty and Staff!! If you submitted an order to rent regalia for the upcoming commencement, it is in store and ready for pick up/payment! Please remember to have it returned back to the bookstore no later than May 25th.

Know Your Rights Forum (NEW)

The Arkansas United Community Coalition will host a “Know Your Rights” forum at the Roger Public Library on Saturday, April 29, from 9 to 11 am. Learn how you can protect yourself and your family in certain situations with police and immigration officials. Attorneys will be present to answer legal questions. Chai will be served.

NWACC Jazz Band 

Join our NWACC Jazz Band “Community of Artists” for the spring concert. .Student, faculty and the public are invited to meet April 27, 2017 in the Shewmaker Center’s WalMart Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, music begins at 7pm. For information contact Rene’ Garcia-Oliver sgarciaoliver@nwacc.edu.

E3 students Entrepreneurship Project Sale

Six E3 teams of fourth grade students from Elmdale Elementary School will be at NWACC, selling their projects, from 9:30am-12:00pm on May 2, 2017 in the Becky Paneitz Student Center atrium. This is a culmination of a semester long project (E3 = Elmdale Elementary Entrepreneurship) in which student teams compete with each other in order to create a product that could yield a profit. The teams had to “pitch” their product ideas in a Shark Tank style setting and be chosen by the judges in order to be funded and be invited to NWACC’s campus. Each team is loaned $100 to create their products to sell and are required to pay back their loan. Money they make after their debt is paid is money they are allowed to keep. This project is made possible by Tim Cornelius (VP of Career & Workforce Education) and by the NWACC Service Learning Students under the guidance of Dr. Chris Huggard.

The Past and Future of America’s War in the Middle East

What is the past involvement of the US in the Middle East? How did it get into its current position in Iraq? What were the goals and policies that led to this point? How have they changed over time? How to they compare to today’s Trump administration? What are the broader implications of these historical and contemporary policies socially, politically, economically, and morally? What can we learn from Middle Eastern culture and politics? How do these policies reflect our values as Americans? Through a forum on US foreign policy in the Middle East, NWACC history students will investigate these topics with University of Arkansas Anthropology Professor (and Middle East expert) Dr. Ted Swedenburg and also reflect on Boston University History Professor and Military Veteran Andrew Bacevich’s recent book “America’s War for the Greater Middle East”. The forum will be April 27 at 7 pm in SC 108. All members of the NWACC and NWA community are welcome for a lively, thoughtful, civil, historically and socio-economically grounded, self-reflexive discussion. This event is sponsored by the Honors Program, Service Learning, and the Department of Social Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Huggard at chuggard@nwacc.edu.

Upcoming Gong Meditation/Demonstration 

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to a free gong meditation sponsored by NWACC Faculty Development on Wednesday afternoon, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in student center 108A. Gong meditations are just one way of many to reduce stress, promote good health and balance, resulting in a general sense of well-being. This is especially useful during the high stress periods such as the end of the semester. For your comfort, you may want to bring a yoga mat or blanket. For a visual reminder, see the attached flyer.

NWACC 2017-2018 Anderson Family Scholarship Application NOW AVAILABLE! 

To qualify to apply, students must be enrolled at NWACC during the 2017-2018 academic school year, have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 (freshman must have a minimum composite test score of 19 on the ACT, COMPASS/Accuplacer scores at college level, or 600 GED score), must be in (currently or in the past) the Saving Grace program for a minimum of 3 months, and preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline to apply is noon on July 7th, 2017. For a copy of the application, please click HERE! For questions, please email scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month. Help the library celebrate by creating your own Book Spine Poem and enter to win Oasis Coffee gift certificates! Assemble a poem from book spines. Take a photo of your poem and email it to library@nwacc.edu, or post it on the library’s Facebook page! Entries are due by 5 pm, Friday, April 28th. Open to all current NWACC students, faculty, and staff!

Nursing Program Important Announcement 

The Track III (elongated) option has been eliminated, effective immediately to act in accordance to the Accreditation Commission for Education in nursing recommendations, and due to the lower NCLEX pass rates from this track. Additionally, Bridge to RN will be an LPN to RN track beginning in the spring of 2018. Changes have been made to the admission process beginning in Fall of 2017 for the LPN to RN track and spring 2018 for Track I and Track II. Please monitor the Nursing Department website for updates. The new timelines for the application periods for Track I, Track II, and LPN to RN are as follows:  Track I Application period: February 1st thru March 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the spring semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following fall – Track II  Application period: November 1st thru December 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the fall semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following summer – LPN to RN o Application period: *October 1st thru November 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the summer semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following spring *the LPN to RN application period for fall 2017 will be conducted during this timeframe for Fall 2017. Be advised that effective Fall 2018, the application period for the LPN to RN sequence will change to September 1st – October 1st. Students should be sure to schedule an appointment with the Health Professions academic advisor to discuss their academic outlook with respect to their preferred track. As mentioned above, the nursing department has updated the nursing webpage to reflect the most current, accurate information: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_nursing/. Please review the changes posted to the nursing website, as it may aid in answering any possible questions. Should any student need additional clarification regarding general program information, please feel free to contact the nursing department at 479-619-4151, or the Health Professions academic advisor. The NWACC Nursing Program appreciates your patience and understanding on this matter.

Halls of Excellence Awards 

Gamma Beta Phi is announcing the Halls of Excellence Awards for the 2016-2017 school year. Please leave your suggestions for the Faculty and /or Staff member that has been most Excellent! Nominations forms and submission envelope are located on the posters located in each building on campus. The awards will be presented at the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 5, 2017. We will be having lunch, awards, and please come prepared to play “Let’s Make a Deal”-with Dr. Galloway as Host! Dress-Up/Costumes are encouraged-Masks will be provided! See the attached poster for more information.

Math Center Workshops for this coming week 

The Math Center is running two Workshops this coming week: Radicals – for Intermediate Algebra level (and others); Thursday, April 13, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Both workshops are held in Room 314 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Student Regalia 

Your NWACC Bookstore will begin selling graduation regalia effective 4/10/17. Total for a full set is $35.94 (includes cap, gown, and tassel) We look forward to seeing you in store and congratulations!!!

Math Workshops for Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and PreAlgebra

The attached calendar has all the remaining Math Workshops for Spring, 2017.

Blood Drive

Community Blood Center will be on campus April 27th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in SC 108. Help saves lives by donating blood. To make an appointment contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu.

Graduation Volunteers Needed

Graduation is a very exciting time for our students so we want to do all we can to make it that exciting experience. To do that takes a lot of help–this is where you all come in. Graduation is May 13, 2017 at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. Due to the large number of graduates this year we are going to be holding 4 ceremonies and need lots of volunteers! The ceremonies will be 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. There is also set up that begins at 6:00 am and clean up that typically lasts about an hour after the last ceremony ends. Due to the number of different jobs there are many start and stop times. There is also a pre-graduation information session on May 10th at 1:00 pm for which we will need volunteers. To volunteer contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. Be sure to note the times you are available.

NWACC Transfer Visits at a Glance-April 2017

Representatives from area colleges and universities frequently visit NWACC to speak to transfer students about their future academic goals. While the vast majority of visitors come to the Transfer Information Desk on the 2nd floor in the Student Center, locations may vary. Please consult the attached flyer when making plans to visit with college/university recruiters.

The Transfer Coordinator is IN-April 

Owing to a scheduling conflict, the Transfer Coordinator NOT will be available at the Transfer Information Desk from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on April 6 (1st Thursday), but WILL BE back IN on April 17 (3rd Monday). This new service is designed to help students who have quick questions about the transfer process.

New Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has a new look and feel. You can view by the month, week or agenda. Select the drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the calendar to change the selections of what you would like to view. There is also a “Feedback” section in the upper left hand corner of the page that we would love for you to fill out! Be sure to go and check it out HERE!

Health Information Management application now available 

The Health Information Management applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Respiratory Therapy applications now available 

The Respiratory Therapy applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

University of Central Arkansas Visits NWACC to Help UCA-bound Students Register for Fall 2017 Term 

Do you know a current NWACC student who plans to begin their studies at UCA in Fall 2017? Please share the information on the attached flyer about upcoming April 10 & 11 advising opportunities with interested students.

Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – it’s a checkup from your neck up. To take a screening, CLICK HERE or go to NWACC/Campus and Community Resources. Screenings do not provide a diagnosis of any medical condition. The information provided by the screenings do not substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.

2017 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination 

Named in honor of community volunteer, highway commissioner, and former College Trustee, Dick Trammel, this award seeks to recognize an outstanding NWACC alum who has achieved success in his or her career field and made a positive impact on the community. The selected award recipient will be recognized during the annual NWACC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Please see attached document to complete a nomination.

NWACC Scholarship Reviewers NEEDED! 

The NWACC Scholarship Office need faculty and staff reviewers for our 2017-2018 scholarships. Reviews will run from March through May. We know everyone is busy, but this is important to our students so it should be important to us too. The process is simple and completely digital with ample time to complete the reviews. We need YOU to be an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer to help make a difference in our student’s lives. If you are interested in being an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer or you have questions, please contact Amber Voigt, Scholarship Coordinator at 479-619-4316 or scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Student Support and Conduct Newsletter 

Please see the attached February Newsletter from the Office of Student Support and Conduct. The newsletter focuses on a variety of topics and helps keep you up-to-date on resources available and key points of contact. Check it out!

Mindfulness NWACC 

Definition: Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while without judgement, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensation. What can practicing mindfulness accomplish? From UC Berkeley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life website, mindfulness has a number of benefits which include boosting our immune system, reducing stress, tuning out distractions, improving our memory and attention skills, fostering compassion, reducing symptoms of PTSD, and fighting obesity. Mindfulness NWACC will explore various mindfulness techniques to help us navigate our day-to-day circumstances as each moment arises for a more meaningful and positive life. Mindfulness NWACC is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The group will offers two meeting times per week which participants can choose to attend one or both meetings weekly. The Wednesday meeting will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TLC, BH 1324 beginning February 8, and the Monday morning meeting time will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in TLC, BH 1324.. Questions? Contact Jo Schwader at jschwader@nwacc.edu or Sara Downey at saradowney3@hotmail.com. For more information on mindfulness, see http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition. or the attached flyer.

College Algebra Workshops – Spring 2017 

This spring the Math Center will be offering workshops on graphing calculators, test anxiety, function transformations, word problems, and logarithms & exponential functions. In addition, we will have 2 open Q & A sessions and 4 final exam reviews. Please see the attached schedule for the specific times and locations. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Tess O’Brien.

New Media Certificates Available

Ready to work in the Media Industry? NorthWest Arkansas Community College now offers to two Certificates in Media: Certificate of Proficiency – Media (only 5 classes) and Technical Certificate – Media (only 10 classes). These certificates are building blocks for an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. Each certificate includes courses in: Design I, Video Production and Editing, Digital Photography. Students then select other courses from: * Graphic Design * Journalism * Film Arts * Mass Communication * Internship To support these certificates or to join the staff of the student newspaper, students have the option* of taking two 1-credit hour classes: Student Newspaper Lab and Newspaper Layout & Design (only meets FOUR times!) For more information, contact: Denise Nemec: 479-619-4301, dnemec@nwacc.edu or Victor Chalfant: 479-619-4288, victor@nwacc.edu *These classes are not mandatory to complete the media certificates or to be on the Eagle View staff.

NWACC Chamber Orchestra

NWACC Chamber Orchestra has openings for all string players, including violin, viola, ‘cello, and string bass. Non-students of all ages within the community are welcome, but we have a limited number of scholarships available for both music majors, as well as non-music majors. Orchestra meets every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 PM beginning spring semester 2017.

NWACC THANKS! 

Tis the season of THANKS! Outstanding faculty and staff do make a difference. NWACC THANKS provides a way to say “thanks” for a job well done. THANKS can be offered by students, staff or faculty. and you may choose to remain anonymous. Your note will be sent to the recipient as an email, with a copy going to our college President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. Show your appreciation and give THANKS here: http://content.nwacc.edu/distanceLearning/thanks/thanks.php

2017 President’s Circle Art Exhibition

Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar, Bentonville The President’s Circle will host an art exhibition in partnership with Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar featuring artworks by NWACC alumni and current students April 1 – 30, 2017. A portion of purchase proceeds will benefit the student artist and the NWACC Foundation. This event is open to the public. To submit your work, click here!

Student Government Association Public Forum

The Student Government Association would like to invite the student body to attend SGA’s public forums where students can express their opinions and learn about happenings on campus. Please contact the Student Government Association at sga@nwacc.edu or stop by the SGA office in BH 1214. Meetings will take place in the Burns Hall 3rd floor board room at noon on the following dates: April 25th.

Free Counseling for Students

NWACC offers private professional counseling to students through a partnership with area agencies and universities. Counseling is free for students and available on the main campus Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment, contact Jamie Schraeder at jschraeder@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4237 or Dale Montgomery at dmontgom@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4234.

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April 26, 2017


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Know Your Rights Forum (NEW)

The Arkansas United Community Coalition will host a “Know Your Rights” forum at the Roger Public Library on Saturday, April 29, from 9 to 11 am. Learn how you can protect yourself and your family in certain situations with police and immigration officials. Attorneys will be present to answer legal questions. Chai will be served.

NWACC Jazz Band 

Join our NWACC Jazz Band “Community of Artists” for the spring concert. .Student, faculty and the public are invited to meet April 27, 2017 in the Shewmaker Center’s WalMart Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, music begins at 7pm. For information contact Rene’ Garcia-Oliver sgarciaoliver@nwacc.edu.

E3 students Entrepreneurship Project Sale

Six E3 teams of fourth grade students from Elmdale Elementary School will be at NWACC, selling their projects, from 9:30am-12:00pm on May 2, 2017 in the Becky Paneitz Student Center atrium. This is a culmination of a semester long project (E3 = Elmdale Elementary Entrepreneurship) in which student teams compete with each other in order to create a product that could yield a profit. The teams had to “pitch” their product ideas in a Shark Tank style setting and be chosen by the judges in order to be funded and be invited to NWACC’s campus. Each team is loaned $100 to create their products to sell and are required to pay back their loan. Money they make after their debt is paid is money they are allowed to keep. This project is made possible by Tim Cornelius (VP of Career & Workforce Education) and by the NWACC Service Learning Students under the guidance of Dr. Chris Huggard.

The Past and Future of America’s War in the Middle East

What is the past involvement of the US in the Middle East? How did it get into its current position in Iraq? What were the goals and policies that led to this point? How have they changed over time? How to they compare to today’s Trump administration? What are the broader implications of these historical and contemporary policies socially, politically, economically, and morally? What can we learn from Middle Eastern culture and politics? How do these policies reflect our values as Americans? Through a forum on US foreign policy in the Middle East, NWACC history students will investigate these topics with University of Arkansas Anthropology Professor (and Middle East expert) Dr. Ted Swedenburg and also reflect on Boston University History Professor and Military Veteran Andrew Bacevich’s recent book “America’s War for the Greater Middle East”. The forum will be April 27 at 7 pm in SC 108. All members of the NWACC and NWA community are welcome for a lively, thoughtful, civil, historically and socio-economically grounded, self-reflexive discussion. This event is sponsored by the Honors Program, Service Learning, and the Department of Social Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Huggard at chuggard@nwacc.edu.

Open Forums for LMS

Distance Learning will be hosting three open forums for the college community to learn more about Blackboard Ultra and Canvas, contenders for our next learning management system (LMS) to replace the current Blackboard 9.1. Faculty who have taught pilot classes this Spring will present their findings, and there will be opportunity for questions. We hope you can attend. – Monday, April 24, 9:30 – 10:30, SC 108A – Tuesday, April 25, 12 – 1 PM, SC 108A – Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 – 4:30, SC 108A Contact Dr. Kate Burkes, kburkes@nwacc.edu for more information.

Upcoming Gong Meditation/Demonstration 

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to a free gong meditation sponsored by NWACC Faculty Development on Wednesday afternoon, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in student center 108A. Gong meditations are just one way of many to reduce stress, promote good health and balance, resulting in a general sense of well-being. This is especially useful during the high stress periods such as the end of the semester. For your comfort, you may want to bring a yoga mat or blanket. For a visual reminder, see the attached flyer.

NWACC 2017-2018 Anderson Family Scholarship Application NOW AVAILABLE! 

To qualify to apply, students must be enrolled at NWACC during the 2017-2018 academic school year, have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 (freshman must have a minimum composite test score of 19 on the ACT, COMPASS/Accuplacer scores at college level, or 600 GED score), must be in (currently or in the past) the Saving Grace program for a minimum of 3 months, and preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline to apply is noon on July 7th, 2017. For a copy of the application, please click HERE! For questions, please email scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month. Help the library celebrate by creating your own Book Spine Poem and enter to win Oasis Coffee gift certificates! Assemble a poem from book spines. Take a photo of your poem and email it to library@nwacc.edu, or post it on the library’s Facebook page! Entries are due by 5 pm, Friday, April 28th. Open to all current NWACC students, faculty, and staff!

Nursing Program Important Announcement 

The Track III (elongated) option has been eliminated, effective immediately to act in accordance to the Accreditation Commission for Education in nursing recommendations, and due to the lower NCLEX pass rates from this track. Additionally, Bridge to RN will be an LPN to RN track beginning in the spring of 2018. Changes have been made to the admission process beginning in Fall of 2017 for the LPN to RN track and spring 2018 for Track I and Track II. Please monitor the Nursing Department website for updates. The new timelines for the application periods for Track I, Track II, and LPN to RN are as follows:  Track I Application period: February 1st thru March 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the spring semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following fall – Track II  Application period: November 1st thru December 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the fall semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following summer – LPN to RN o Application period: *October 1st thru November 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the summer semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following spring *the LPN to RN application period for fall 2017 will be conducted during this timeframe for Fall 2017. Be advised that effective Fall 2018, the application period for the LPN to RN sequence will change to September 1st – October 1st. Students should be sure to schedule an appointment with the Health Professions academic advisor to discuss their academic outlook with respect to their preferred track. As mentioned above, the nursing department has updated the nursing webpage to reflect the most current, accurate information: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_nursing/. Please review the changes posted to the nursing website, as it may aid in answering any possible questions. Should any student need additional clarification regarding general program information, please feel free to contact the nursing department at 479-619-4151, or the Health Professions academic advisor. The NWACC Nursing Program appreciates your patience and understanding on this matter.

Halls of Excellence Awards 

Gamma Beta Phi is announcing the Halls of Excellence Awards for the 2016-2017 school year. Please leave your suggestions for the Faculty and /or Staff member that has been most Excellent! Nominations forms and submission envelope are located on the posters located in each building on campus. The awards will be presented at the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 5, 2017. We will be having lunch, awards, and please come prepared to play “Let’s Make a Deal”-with Dr. Galloway as Host! Dress-Up/Costumes are encouraged-Masks will be provided! See the attached poster for more information.

Math Center Workshops for this coming week 

The Math Center is running two Workshops this coming week: Radicals – for Intermediate Algebra level (and others); Thursday, April 13, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Both workshops are held in Room 314 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Student Regalia 

Your NWACC Bookstore will begin selling graduation regalia effective 4/10/17. Total for a full set is $35.94 (includes cap, gown, and tassel) We look forward to seeing you in store and congratulations!!!

Math Workshops for Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and PreAlgebra

The attached calendar has all the remaining Math Workshops for Spring, 2017.

Blood Drive

Community Blood Center will be on campus April 27th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in SC 108. Help saves lives by donating blood. To make an appointment contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu.

Graduation Volunteers Needed

Graduation is a very exciting time for our students so we want to do all we can to make it that exciting experience. To do that takes a lot of help–this is where you all come in. Graduation is May 13, 2017 at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. Due to the large number of graduates this year we are going to be holding 4 ceremonies and need lots of volunteers! The ceremonies will be 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. There is also set up that begins at 6:00 am and clean up that typically lasts about an hour after the last ceremony ends. Due to the number of different jobs there are many start and stop times. There is also a pre-graduation information session on May 10th at 1:00 pm for which we will need volunteers. To volunteer contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. Be sure to note the times you are available.

NWACC Transfer Visits at a Glance-April 2017

Representatives from area colleges and universities frequently visit NWACC to speak to transfer students about their future academic goals. While the vast majority of visitors come to the Transfer Information Desk on the 2nd floor in the Student Center, locations may vary. Please consult the attached flyer when making plans to visit with college/university recruiters.

The Transfer Coordinator is IN-April 

Owing to a scheduling conflict, the Transfer Coordinator NOT will be available at the Transfer Information Desk from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on April 6 (1st Thursday), but WILL BE back IN on April 17 (3rd Monday). This new service is designed to help students who have quick questions about the transfer process.

New Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has a new look and feel. You can view by the month, week or agenda. Select the drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the calendar to change the selections of what you would like to view. There is also a “Feedback” section in the upper left hand corner of the page that we would love for you to fill out! Be sure to go and check it out HERE!

Health Information Management application now available 

The Health Information Management applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Respiratory Therapy applications now available 

The Respiratory Therapy applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

University of Central Arkansas Visits NWACC to Help UCA-bound Students Register for Fall 2017 Term 

Do you know a current NWACC student who plans to begin their studies at UCA in Fall 2017? Please share the information on the attached flyer about upcoming April 10 & 11 advising opportunities with interested students.

Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – it’s a checkup from your neck up. To take a screening, CLICK HERE or go to NWACC/Campus and Community Resources. Screenings do not provide a diagnosis of any medical condition. The information provided by the screenings do not substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.

2017 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination 

Named in honor of community volunteer, highway commissioner, and former College Trustee, Dick Trammel, this award seeks to recognize an outstanding NWACC alum who has achieved success in his or her career field and made a positive impact on the community. The selected award recipient will be recognized during the annual NWACC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Please see attached document to complete a nomination.

NWACC Scholarship Reviewers NEEDED! 

The NWACC Scholarship Office need faculty and staff reviewers for our 2017-2018 scholarships. Reviews will run from March through May. We know everyone is busy, but this is important to our students so it should be important to us too. The process is simple and completely digital with ample time to complete the reviews. We need YOU to be an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer to help make a difference in our student’s lives. If you are interested in being an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer or you have questions, please contact Amber Voigt, Scholarship Coordinator at 479-619-4316 or scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Student Support and Conduct Newsletter 

Please see the attached February Newsletter from the Office of Student Support and Conduct. The newsletter focuses on a variety of topics and helps keep you up-to-date on resources available and key points of contact. Check it out!

Mindfulness NWACC 

Definition: Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while without judgement, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensation. What can practicing mindfulness accomplish? From UC Berkeley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life website, mindfulness has a number of benefits which include boosting our immune system, reducing stress, tuning out distractions, improving our memory and attention skills, fostering compassion, reducing symptoms of PTSD, and fighting obesity. Mindfulness NWACC will explore various mindfulness techniques to help us navigate our day-to-day circumstances as each moment arises for a more meaningful and positive life. Mindfulness NWACC is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The group will offers two meeting times per week which participants can choose to attend one or both meetings weekly. The Wednesday meeting will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TLC, BH 1324 beginning February 8, and the Monday morning meeting time will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in TLC, BH 1324.. Questions? Contact Jo Schwader at jschwader@nwacc.edu or Sara Downey at saradowney3@hotmail.com. For more information on mindfulness, see http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition. or the attached flyer.

College Algebra Workshops – Spring 2017 

This spring the Math Center will be offering workshops on graphing calculators, test anxiety, function transformations, word problems, and logarithms & exponential functions. In addition, we will have 2 open Q & A sessions and 4 final exam reviews. Please see the attached schedule for the specific times and locations. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Tess O’Brien.

New Media Certificates Available

Ready to work in the Media Industry? NorthWest Arkansas Community College now offers to two Certificates in Media: Certificate of Proficiency – Media (only 5 classes) and Technical Certificate – Media (only 10 classes). These certificates are building blocks for an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. Each certificate includes courses in: Design I, Video Production and Editing, Digital Photography. Students then select other courses from: * Graphic Design * Journalism * Film Arts * Mass Communication * Internship To support these certificates or to join the staff of the student newspaper, students have the option* of taking two 1-credit hour classes: Student Newspaper Lab and Newspaper Layout & Design (only meets FOUR times!) For more information, contact: Denise Nemec: 479-619-4301, dnemec@nwacc.edu or Victor Chalfant: 479-619-4288, victor@nwacc.edu *These classes are not mandatory to complete the media certificates or to be on the Eagle View staff.

NWACC Chamber Orchestra

NWACC Chamber Orchestra has openings for all string players, including violin, viola, ‘cello, and string bass. Non-students of all ages within the community are welcome, but we have a limited number of scholarships available for both music majors, as well as non-music majors. Orchestra meets every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 PM beginning spring semester 2017.

NWACC THANKS! 

Tis the season of THANKS! Outstanding faculty and staff do make a difference. NWACC THANKS provides a way to say “thanks” for a job well done. THANKS can be offered by students, staff or faculty. and you may choose to remain anonymous. Your note will be sent to the recipient as an email, with a copy going to our college President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. Show your appreciation and give THANKS here: http://content.nwacc.edu/distanceLearning/thanks/thanks.php

2017 President’s Circle Art Exhibition

Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar, Bentonville The President’s Circle will host an art exhibition in partnership with Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar featuring artworks by NWACC alumni and current students April 1 – 30, 2017. A portion of purchase proceeds will benefit the student artist and the NWACC Foundation. This event is open to the public. To submit your work, click here!

Student Government Association Public Forum

The Student Government Association would like to invite the student body to attend SGA’s public forums where students can express their opinions and learn about happenings on campus. Please contact the Student Government Association at sga@nwacc.edu or stop by the SGA office in BH 1214. Meetings will take place in the Burns Hall 3rd floor board room at noon on the following dates: April 25th.

Free Counseling for Students

NWACC offers private professional counseling to students through a partnership with area agencies and universities. Counseling is free for students and available on the main campus Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment, contact Jamie Schraeder at jschraeder@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4237 or Dale Montgomery at dmontgom@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4234.

April 25, 2017


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

NWACC Jazz Band (NEW)

Join our NWACC Jazz Band “Community of Artists” for the spring concert. .Student, faculty and the public are invited to meet April 27, 2017 in the Shewmaker Center’s WalMart Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm, music begins at 7pm. For information contact Rene’ Garcia-Oliver sgarciaoliver@nwacc.edu.

E3 students Entrepreneurship Project Sale (NEW)

Six E3 teams of fourth grade students from Elmdale Elementary School will be at NWACC, selling their projects, from 9:30am-12:00pm on May 2, 2017 in the Becky Paneitz Student Center atrium. This is a culmination of a semester long project (E3 = Elmdale Elementary Entrepreneurship) in which student teams compete with each other in order to create a product that could yield a profit. The teams had to “pitch” their product ideas in a Shark Tank style setting and be chosen by the judges in order to be funded and be invited to NWACC’s campus. Each team is loaned $100 to create their products to sell and are required to pay back their loan. Money they make after their debt is paid is money they are allowed to keep. This project is made possible by Tim Cornelius (VP of Career & Workforce Education) and by the NWACC Service Learning Students under the guidance of Dr. Chris Huggard.

The Past and Future of America’s War in the Middle East

What is the past involvement of the US in the Middle East? How did it get into its current position in Iraq? What were the goals and policies that led to this point? How have they changed over time? How to they compare to today’s Trump administration? What are the broader implications of these historical and contemporary policies socially, politically, economically, and morally? What can we learn from Middle Eastern culture and politics? How do these policies reflect our values as Americans? Through a forum on US foreign policy in the Middle East, NWACC history students will investigate these topics with University of Arkansas Anthropology Professor (and Middle East expert) Dr. Ted Swedenburg and also reflect on Boston University History Professor and Military Veteran Andrew Bacevich’s recent book “America’s War for the Greater Middle East”. The forum will be April 27 at 7 pm in SC 108. All members of the NWACC and NWA community are welcome for a lively, thoughtful, civil, historically and socio-economically grounded, self-reflexive discussion. This event is sponsored by the Honors Program, Service Learning, and the Department of Social Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Huggard at chuggard@nwacc.edu.

Open Forums for LMS

Distance Learning will be hosting three open forums for the college community to learn more about Blackboard Ultra and Canvas, contenders for our next learning management system (LMS) to replace the current Blackboard 9.1. Faculty who have taught pilot classes this Spring will present their findings, and there will be opportunity for questions. We hope you can attend. – Monday, April 24, 9:30 – 10:30, SC 108A – Tuesday, April 25, 12 – 1 PM, SC 108A – Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 – 4:30, SC 108A Contact Dr. Kate Burkes, kburkes@nwacc.edu for more information.

Upcoming Gong Meditation/Demonstration 

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to a free gong meditation sponsored by NWACC Faculty Development on Wednesday afternoon, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in student center 108A. Gong meditations are just one way of many to reduce stress, promote good health and balance, resulting in a general sense of well-being. This is especially useful during the high stress periods such as the end of the semester. For your comfort, you may want to bring a yoga mat or blanket. For a visual reminder, see the attached flyer.

NWACC 2017-2018 Anderson Family Scholarship Application NOW AVAILABLE! 

To qualify to apply, students must be enrolled at NWACC during the 2017-2018 academic school year, have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 (freshman must have a minimum composite test score of 19 on the ACT, COMPASS/Accuplacer scores at college level, or 600 GED score), must be in (currently or in the past) the Saving Grace program for a minimum of 3 months, and preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline to apply is noon on July 7th, 2017. For a copy of the application, please click HERE! For questions, please email scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month. Help the library celebrate by creating your own Book Spine Poem and enter to win Oasis Coffee gift certificates! Assemble a poem from book spines. Take a photo of your poem and email it to library@nwacc.edu, or post it on the library’s Facebook page! Entries are due by 5 pm, Friday, April 28th. Open to all current NWACC students, faculty, and staff!

Nursing Program Important Announcement 

The Track III (elongated) option has been eliminated, effective immediately to act in accordance to the Accreditation Commission for Education in nursing recommendations, and due to the lower NCLEX pass rates from this track. Additionally, Bridge to RN will be an LPN to RN track beginning in the spring of 2018. Changes have been made to the admission process beginning in Fall of 2017 for the LPN to RN track and spring 2018 for Track I and Track II. Please monitor the Nursing Department website for updates. The new timelines for the application periods for Track I, Track II, and LPN to RN are as follows:  Track I Application period: February 1st thru March 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the spring semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following fall – Track II  Application period: November 1st thru December 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the fall semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following summer – LPN to RN o Application period: *October 1st thru November 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the summer semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following spring *the LPN to RN application period for fall 2017 will be conducted during this timeframe for Fall 2017. Be advised that effective Fall 2018, the application period for the LPN to RN sequence will change to September 1st – October 1st. Students should be sure to schedule an appointment with the Health Professions academic advisor to discuss their academic outlook with respect to their preferred track. As mentioned above, the nursing department has updated the nursing webpage to reflect the most current, accurate information: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_nursing/. Please review the changes posted to the nursing website, as it may aid in answering any possible questions. Should any student need additional clarification regarding general program information, please feel free to contact the nursing department at 479-619-4151, or the Health Professions academic advisor. The NWACC Nursing Program appreciates your patience and understanding on this matter.

Halls of Excellence Awards 

Gamma Beta Phi is announcing the Halls of Excellence Awards for the 2016-2017 school year. Please leave your suggestions for the Faculty and /or Staff member that has been most Excellent! Nominations forms and submission envelope are located on the posters located in each building on campus. The awards will be presented at the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 5, 2017. We will be having lunch, awards, and please come prepared to play “Let’s Make a Deal”-with Dr. Galloway as Host! Dress-Up/Costumes are encouraged-Masks will be provided! See the attached poster for more information.

Math Center Workshops for this coming week 

The Math Center is running two Workshops this coming week: Radicals – for Intermediate Algebra level (and others); Thursday, April 13, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Both workshops are held in Room 314 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Student Regalia 

Your NWACC Bookstore will begin selling graduation regalia effective 4/10/17. Total for a full set is $35.94 (includes cap, gown, and tassel) We look forward to seeing you in store and congratulations!!!

Math Workshops for Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and PreAlgebra

The attached calendar has all the remaining Math Workshops for Spring, 2017.

Blood Drive

Community Blood Center will be on campus April 27th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in SC 108. Help saves lives by donating blood. To make an appointment contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu.

Graduation Volunteers Needed

Graduation is a very exciting time for our students so we want to do all we can to make it that exciting experience. To do that takes a lot of help–this is where you all come in. Graduation is May 13, 2017 at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. Due to the large number of graduates this year we are going to be holding 4 ceremonies and need lots of volunteers! The ceremonies will be 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. There is also set up that begins at 6:00 am and clean up that typically lasts about an hour after the last ceremony ends. Due to the number of different jobs there are many start and stop times. There is also a pre-graduation information session on May 10th at 1:00 pm for which we will need volunteers. To volunteer contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. Be sure to note the times you are available.

NWACC Transfer Visits at a Glance-April 2017

Representatives from area colleges and universities frequently visit NWACC to speak to transfer students about their future academic goals. While the vast majority of visitors come to the Transfer Information Desk on the 2nd floor in the Student Center, locations may vary. Please consult the attached flyer when making plans to visit with college/university recruiters.

The Transfer Coordinator is IN-April 

Owing to a scheduling conflict, the Transfer Coordinator NOT will be available at the Transfer Information Desk from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on April 6 (1st Thursday), but WILL BE back IN on April 17 (3rd Monday). This new service is designed to help students who have quick questions about the transfer process.

New Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has a new look and feel. You can view by the month, week or agenda. Select the drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the calendar to change the selections of what you would like to view. There is also a “Feedback” section in the upper left hand corner of the page that we would love for you to fill out! Be sure to go and check it out HERE!

Health Information Management application now available 

The Health Information Management applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Respiratory Therapy applications now available 

The Respiratory Therapy applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

University of Central Arkansas Visits NWACC to Help UCA-bound Students Register for Fall 2017 Term 

Do you know a current NWACC student who plans to begin their studies at UCA in Fall 2017? Please share the information on the attached flyer about upcoming April 10 & 11 advising opportunities with interested students.

Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – it’s a checkup from your neck up. To take a screening, CLICK HERE or go to NWACC/Campus and Community Resources. Screenings do not provide a diagnosis of any medical condition. The information provided by the screenings do not substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.

2017 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination 

Named in honor of community volunteer, highway commissioner, and former College Trustee, Dick Trammel, this award seeks to recognize an outstanding NWACC alum who has achieved success in his or her career field and made a positive impact on the community. The selected award recipient will be recognized during the annual NWACC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Please see attached document to complete a nomination.

NWACC Scholarship Reviewers NEEDED! 

The NWACC Scholarship Office need faculty and staff reviewers for our 2017-2018 scholarships. Reviews will run from March through May. We know everyone is busy, but this is important to our students so it should be important to us too. The process is simple and completely digital with ample time to complete the reviews. We need YOU to be an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer to help make a difference in our student’s lives. If you are interested in being an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer or you have questions, please contact Amber Voigt, Scholarship Coordinator at 479-619-4316 or scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Student Support and Conduct Newsletter 

Please see the attached February Newsletter from the Office of Student Support and Conduct. The newsletter focuses on a variety of topics and helps keep you up-to-date on resources available and key points of contact. Check it out!

Mindfulness NWACC 

Definition: Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while without judgement, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensation. What can practicing mindfulness accomplish? From UC Berkeley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life website, mindfulness has a number of benefits which include boosting our immune system, reducing stress, tuning out distractions, improving our memory and attention skills, fostering compassion, reducing symptoms of PTSD, and fighting obesity. Mindfulness NWACC will explore various mindfulness techniques to help us navigate our day-to-day circumstances as each moment arises for a more meaningful and positive life. Mindfulness NWACC is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The group will offers two meeting times per week which participants can choose to attend one or both meetings weekly. The Wednesday meeting will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TLC, BH 1324 beginning February 8, and the Monday morning meeting time will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in TLC, BH 1324.. Questions? Contact Jo Schwader at jschwader@nwacc.edu or Sara Downey at saradowney3@hotmail.com. For more information on mindfulness, see http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition. or the attached flyer.

College Algebra Workshops – Spring 2017 

This spring the Math Center will be offering workshops on graphing calculators, test anxiety, function transformations, word problems, and logarithms & exponential functions. In addition, we will have 2 open Q & A sessions and 4 final exam reviews. Please see the attached schedule for the specific times and locations. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Tess O’Brien.

New Media Certificates Available

Ready to work in the Media Industry? NorthWest Arkansas Community College now offers to two Certificates in Media: Certificate of Proficiency – Media (only 5 classes) and Technical Certificate – Media (only 10 classes). These certificates are building blocks for an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. Each certificate includes courses in: Design I, Video Production and Editing, Digital Photography. Students then select other courses from: * Graphic Design * Journalism * Film Arts * Mass Communication * Internship To support these certificates or to join the staff of the student newspaper, students have the option* of taking two 1-credit hour classes: Student Newspaper Lab and Newspaper Layout & Design (only meets FOUR times!) For more information, contact: Denise Nemec: 479-619-4301, dnemec@nwacc.edu or Victor Chalfant: 479-619-4288, victor@nwacc.edu *These classes are not mandatory to complete the media certificates or to be on the Eagle View staff.

NWACC Chamber Orchestra

NWACC Chamber Orchestra has openings for all string players, including violin, viola, ‘cello, and string bass. Non-students of all ages within the community are welcome, but we have a limited number of scholarships available for both music majors, as well as non-music majors. Orchestra meets every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 PM beginning spring semester 2017.

NWACC THANKS! 

Tis the season of THANKS! Outstanding faculty and staff do make a difference. NWACC THANKS provides a way to say “thanks” for a job well done. THANKS can be offered by students, staff or faculty. and you may choose to remain anonymous. Your note will be sent to the recipient as an email, with a copy going to our college President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. Show your appreciation and give THANKS here: http://content.nwacc.edu/distanceLearning/thanks/thanks.php

2017 President’s Circle Art Exhibition

Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar, Bentonville The President’s Circle will host an art exhibition in partnership with Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar featuring artworks by NWACC alumni and current students April 1 – 30, 2017. A portion of purchase proceeds will benefit the student artist and the NWACC Foundation. This event is open to the public. To submit your work, click here!

Student Government Association Public Forum

The Student Government Association would like to invite the student body to attend SGA’s public forums where students can express their opinions and learn about happenings on campus. Please contact the Student Government Association at sga@nwacc.edu or stop by the SGA office in BH 1214. Meetings will take place in the Burns Hall 3rd floor board room at noon on the following dates: April 25th.

Free Counseling for Students

NWACC offers private professional counseling to students through a partnership with area agencies and universities. Counseling is free for students and available on the main campus Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment, contact Jamie Schraeder at jschraeder@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4237 or Dale Montgomery at dmontgom@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4234.

April 24, 2017


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

E3 students Entrepreneurship Project Sale (NEW)

Six E3 teams of fourth grade students from Elmdale Elementary School will be at NWACC, selling their projects, from 9:30am-12:00pm on May 2, 2017 in the Becky Paneitz Student Center atrium. This is a culmination of a semester long project (E3 = Elmdale Elementary Entrepreneurship) in which student teams compete with each other in order to create a product that could yield a profit. The teams had to “pitch” their product ideas in a Shark Tank style setting and be chosen by the judges in order to be funded and be invited to NWACC’s campus. Each team is loaned $100 to create their products to sell and are required to pay back their loan. Money they make after their debt is paid is money they are allowed to keep. This project is made possible by Tim Cornelius (VP of Career & Workforce Education) and by the NWACC Service Learning Students under the guidance of Dr. Chris Huggard.

The Past and Future of America’s War in the Middle East

What is the past involvement of the US in the Middle East? How did it get into its current position in Iraq? What were the goals and policies that led to this point? How have they changed over time? How to they compare to today’s Trump administration? What are the broader implications of these historical and contemporary policies socially, politically, economically, and morally? What can we learn from Middle Eastern culture and politics? How do these policies reflect our values as Americans? Through a forum on US foreign policy in the Middle East, NWACC history students will investigate these topics with University of Arkansas Anthropology Professor (and Middle East expert) Dr. Ted Swedenburg and also reflect on Boston University History Professor and Military Veteran Andrew Bacevich’s recent book “America’s War for the Greater Middle East”. The forum will be April 27 at 7 pm in SC 108. All members of the NWACC and NWA community are welcome for a lively, thoughtful, civil, historically and socio-economically grounded, self-reflexive discussion. This event is sponsored by the Honors Program, Service Learning, and the Department of Social Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Huggard at chuggard@nwacc.edu.

Open Forums for LMS

Distance Learning will be hosting three open forums for the college community to learn more about Blackboard Ultra and Canvas, contenders for our next learning management system (LMS) to replace the current Blackboard 9.1. Faculty who have taught pilot classes this Spring will present their findings, and there will be opportunity for questions. We hope you can attend. – Monday, April 24, 9:30 – 10:30, SC 108A – Tuesday, April 25, 12 – 1 PM, SC 108A – Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 – 4:30, SC 108A Contact Dr. Kate Burkes, kburkes@nwacc.edu for more information.

Upcoming Gong Meditation/Demonstration 

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to a free gong meditation sponsored by NWACC Faculty Development on Wednesday afternoon, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in student center 108A. Gong meditations are just one way of many to reduce stress, promote good health and balance, resulting in a general sense of well-being. This is especially useful during the high stress periods such as the end of the semester. For your comfort, you may want to bring a yoga mat or blanket. For a visual reminder, see the attached flyer.

NWACC 2017-2018 Anderson Family Scholarship Application NOW AVAILABLE! 

To qualify to apply, students must be enrolled at NWACC during the 2017-2018 academic school year, have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 (freshman must have a minimum composite test score of 19 on the ACT, COMPASS/Accuplacer scores at college level, or 600 GED score), must be in (currently or in the past) the Saving Grace program for a minimum of 3 months, and preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline to apply is noon on July 7th, 2017. For a copy of the application, please click HERE! For questions, please email scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month. Help the library celebrate by creating your own Book Spine Poem and enter to win Oasis Coffee gift certificates! Assemble a poem from book spines. Take a photo of your poem and email it to library@nwacc.edu, or post it on the library’s Facebook page! Entries are due by 5 pm, Friday, April 28th. Open to all current NWACC students, faculty, and staff!

Nursing Program Important Announcement 

The Track III (elongated) option has been eliminated, effective immediately to act in accordance to the Accreditation Commission for Education in nursing recommendations, and due to the lower NCLEX pass rates from this track. Additionally, Bridge to RN will be an LPN to RN track beginning in the spring of 2018. Changes have been made to the admission process beginning in Fall of 2017 for the LPN to RN track and spring 2018 for Track I and Track II. Please monitor the Nursing Department website for updates. The new timelines for the application periods for Track I, Track II, and LPN to RN are as follows:  Track I Application period: February 1st thru March 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the spring semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following fall – Track II  Application period: November 1st thru December 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the fall semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following summer – LPN to RN o Application period: *October 1st thru November 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the summer semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following spring *the LPN to RN application period for fall 2017 will be conducted during this timeframe for Fall 2017. Be advised that effective Fall 2018, the application period for the LPN to RN sequence will change to September 1st – October 1st. Students should be sure to schedule an appointment with the Health Professions academic advisor to discuss their academic outlook with respect to their preferred track. As mentioned above, the nursing department has updated the nursing webpage to reflect the most current, accurate information: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_nursing/. Please review the changes posted to the nursing website, as it may aid in answering any possible questions. Should any student need additional clarification regarding general program information, please feel free to contact the nursing department at 479-619-4151, or the Health Professions academic advisor. The NWACC Nursing Program appreciates your patience and understanding on this matter.

Halls of Excellence Awards 

Gamma Beta Phi is announcing the Halls of Excellence Awards for the 2016-2017 school year. Please leave your suggestions for the Faculty and /or Staff member that has been most Excellent! Nominations forms and submission envelope are located on the posters located in each building on campus. The awards will be presented at the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 5, 2017. We will be having lunch, awards, and please come prepared to play “Let’s Make a Deal”-with Dr. Galloway as Host! Dress-Up/Costumes are encouraged-Masks will be provided! See the attached poster for more information.

Math Center Workshops for this coming week 

The Math Center is running two Workshops this coming week: Radicals – for Intermediate Algebra level (and others); Thursday, April 13, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Both workshops are held in Room 314 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Student Regalia 

Your NWACC Bookstore will begin selling graduation regalia effective 4/10/17. Total for a full set is $35.94 (includes cap, gown, and tassel) We look forward to seeing you in store and congratulations!!!

Math Workshops for Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and PreAlgebra

The attached calendar has all the remaining Math Workshops for Spring, 2017.

Blood Drive

Community Blood Center will be on campus April 27th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in SC 108. Help saves lives by donating blood. To make an appointment contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu.

Graduation Volunteers Needed

Graduation is a very exciting time for our students so we want to do all we can to make it that exciting experience. To do that takes a lot of help–this is where you all come in. Graduation is May 13, 2017 at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. Due to the large number of graduates this year we are going to be holding 4 ceremonies and need lots of volunteers! The ceremonies will be 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. There is also set up that begins at 6:00 am and clean up that typically lasts about an hour after the last ceremony ends. Due to the number of different jobs there are many start and stop times. There is also a pre-graduation information session on May 10th at 1:00 pm for which we will need volunteers. To volunteer contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. Be sure to note the times you are available.

NWACC Transfer Visits at a Glance-April 2017

Representatives from area colleges and universities frequently visit NWACC to speak to transfer students about their future academic goals. While the vast majority of visitors come to the Transfer Information Desk on the 2nd floor in the Student Center, locations may vary. Please consult the attached flyer when making plans to visit with college/university recruiters.

The Transfer Coordinator is IN-April 

Owing to a scheduling conflict, the Transfer Coordinator NOT will be available at the Transfer Information Desk from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on April 6 (1st Thursday), but WILL BE back IN on April 17 (3rd Monday). This new service is designed to help students who have quick questions about the transfer process.

New Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has a new look and feel. You can view by the month, week or agenda. Select the drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the calendar to change the selections of what you would like to view. There is also a “Feedback” section in the upper left hand corner of the page that we would love for you to fill out! Be sure to go and check it out HERE!

Health Information Management application now available 

The Health Information Management applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Respiratory Therapy applications now available 

The Respiratory Therapy applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

University of Central Arkansas Visits NWACC to Help UCA-bound Students Register for Fall 2017 Term 

Do you know a current NWACC student who plans to begin their studies at UCA in Fall 2017? Please share the information on the attached flyer about upcoming April 10 & 11 advising opportunities with interested students.

Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – it’s a checkup from your neck up. To take a screening, CLICK HERE or go to NWACC/Campus and Community Resources. Screenings do not provide a diagnosis of any medical condition. The information provided by the screenings do not substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.

2017 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination 

Named in honor of community volunteer, highway commissioner, and former College Trustee, Dick Trammel, this award seeks to recognize an outstanding NWACC alum who has achieved success in his or her career field and made a positive impact on the community. The selected award recipient will be recognized during the annual NWACC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Please see attached document to complete a nomination.

NWACC Scholarship Reviewers NEEDED! 

The NWACC Scholarship Office need faculty and staff reviewers for our 2017-2018 scholarships. Reviews will run from March through May. We know everyone is busy, but this is important to our students so it should be important to us too. The process is simple and completely digital with ample time to complete the reviews. We need YOU to be an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer to help make a difference in our student’s lives. If you are interested in being an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer or you have questions, please contact Amber Voigt, Scholarship Coordinator at 479-619-4316 or scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Student Support and Conduct Newsletter 

Please see the attached February Newsletter from the Office of Student Support and Conduct. The newsletter focuses on a variety of topics and helps keep you up-to-date on resources available and key points of contact. Check it out!

Mindfulness NWACC 

Definition: Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while without judgement, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensation. What can practicing mindfulness accomplish? From UC Berkeley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life website, mindfulness has a number of benefits which include boosting our immune system, reducing stress, tuning out distractions, improving our memory and attention skills, fostering compassion, reducing symptoms of PTSD, and fighting obesity. Mindfulness NWACC will explore various mindfulness techniques to help us navigate our day-to-day circumstances as each moment arises for a more meaningful and positive life. Mindfulness NWACC is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The group will offers two meeting times per week which participants can choose to attend one or both meetings weekly. The Wednesday meeting will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TLC, BH 1324 beginning February 8, and the Monday morning meeting time will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in TLC, BH 1324.. Questions? Contact Jo Schwader at jschwader@nwacc.edu or Sara Downey at saradowney3@hotmail.com. For more information on mindfulness, see http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition. or the attached flyer.

College Algebra Workshops – Spring 2017 

This spring the Math Center will be offering workshops on graphing calculators, test anxiety, function transformations, word problems, and logarithms & exponential functions. In addition, we will have 2 open Q & A sessions and 4 final exam reviews. Please see the attached schedule for the specific times and locations. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Tess O’Brien.

New Media Certificates Available

Ready to work in the Media Industry? NorthWest Arkansas Community College now offers to two Certificates in Media: Certificate of Proficiency – Media (only 5 classes) and Technical Certificate – Media (only 10 classes). These certificates are building blocks for an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. Each certificate includes courses in: Design I, Video Production and Editing, Digital Photography. Students then select other courses from: * Graphic Design * Journalism * Film Arts * Mass Communication * Internship To support these certificates or to join the staff of the student newspaper, students have the option* of taking two 1-credit hour classes: Student Newspaper Lab and Newspaper Layout & Design (only meets FOUR times!) For more information, contact: Denise Nemec: 479-619-4301, dnemec@nwacc.edu or Victor Chalfant: 479-619-4288, victor@nwacc.edu *These classes are not mandatory to complete the media certificates or to be on the Eagle View staff.

NWACC Chamber Orchestra

NWACC Chamber Orchestra has openings for all string players, including violin, viola, ‘cello, and string bass. Non-students of all ages within the community are welcome, but we have a limited number of scholarships available for both music majors, as well as non-music majors. Orchestra meets every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 PM beginning spring semester 2017.

NWACC THANKS! 

Tis the season of THANKS! Outstanding faculty and staff do make a difference. NWACC THANKS provides a way to say “thanks” for a job well done. THANKS can be offered by students, staff or faculty. and you may choose to remain anonymous. Your note will be sent to the recipient as an email, with a copy going to our college President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. Show your appreciation and give THANKS here: http://content.nwacc.edu/distanceLearning/thanks/thanks.php

2017 President’s Circle Art Exhibition

Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar, Bentonville The President’s Circle will host an art exhibition in partnership with Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar featuring artworks by NWACC alumni and current students April 1 – 30, 2017. A portion of purchase proceeds will benefit the student artist and the NWACC Foundation. This event is open to the public. To submit your work, click here!

Student Government Association Public Forum

The Student Government Association would like to invite the student body to attend SGA’s public forums where students can express their opinions and learn about happenings on campus. Please contact the Student Government Association at sga@nwacc.edu or stop by the SGA office in BH 1214. Meetings will take place in the Burns Hall 3rd floor board room at noon on the following dates: April 25th.

Free Counseling for Students

NWACC offers private professional counseling to students through a partnership with area agencies and universities. Counseling is free for students and available on the main campus Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment, contact Jamie Schraeder at jschraeder@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4237 or Dale Montgomery at dmontgom@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4234.

NWACC in the News

Democrat Gazette

NWA Home Page

NWACC Resources

Campus Maps

Publicity Request Form

Employment Opportunities at NWACC

April 21, 2017


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Past and Future of America’s War in the Middle East

What is the past involvement of the US in the Middle East? How did it get into its current position in Iraq? What were the goals and policies that led to this point? How have they changed over time? How to they compare to today’s Trump administration? What are the broader implications of these historical and contemporary policies socially, politically, economically, and morally? What can we learn from Middle Eastern culture and politics? How do these policies reflect our values as Americans? Through a forum on US foreign policy in the Middle East, NWACC history students will investigate these topics with University of Arkansas Anthropology Professor (and Middle East expert) Dr. Ted Swedenburg and also reflect on Boston University History Professor and Military Veteran Andrew Bacevich’s recent book “America’s War for the Greater Middle East”. The forum will be April 27 at 7 pm in SC 108. All members of the NWACC and NWA community are welcome for a lively, thoughtful, civil, historically and socio-economically grounded, self-reflexive discussion. This event is sponsored by the Honors Program, Service Learning, and the Department of Social Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Huggard at chuggard@nwacc.edu.

Open Forums for LMS

Distance Learning will be hosting three open forums for the college community to learn more about Blackboard Ultra and Canvas, contenders for our next learning management system (LMS) to replace the current Blackboard 9.1. Faculty who have taught pilot classes this Spring will present their findings, and there will be opportunity for questions. We hope you can attend. – Monday, April 24, 9:30 – 10:30, SC 108A – Tuesday, April 25, 12 – 1 PM, SC 108A – Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 – 4:30, SC 108A Contact Dr. Kate Burkes, kburkes@nwacc.edu for more information.

Upcoming Gong Meditation/Demonstration 

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to a free gong meditation sponsored by NWACC Faculty Development on Wednesday afternoon, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in student center 108A. Gong meditations are just one way of many to reduce stress, promote good health and balance, resulting in a general sense of well-being. This is especially useful during the high stress periods such as the end of the semester. For your comfort, you may want to bring a yoga mat or blanket. For a visual reminder, see the attached flyer.

NWACC Enters the Supplier Training Arena 

Workforce & Economic Development’s Retail and Supplier Education division most known for the Certified Retail Analyst program which trains individuals to break into the Retail industry is now expanding into education for existing suppliers.  An article on this new program is being featured on a new supplier life website. Check out the information on these exciting new course offerings at:

http://www.supplierlife.com/articles/2017_04_13_NWACC_Courses.php

Please help us promote these exciting offerings by sharing this link to your social media and linked in profiles!

NWACC’s Retail & Supplier Education partners with WhyteSpyder 

Workforce & Economic Development’s Retail and Supplier Education division is partnering with WhyteSpyder a recognized Omni Channel organization.  For additional information about the classes, presented in conjunction with WhyteSpyder, see the full press release at:

http://www.satprnews.com/2017/04/13/whytespyder-partners-with-nwacc-to-teach-course/

NWACC 2017-2018 Anderson Family Scholarship Application NOW AVAILABLE! 

To qualify to apply, students must be enrolled at NWACC during the 2017-2018 academic school year, have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 (freshman must have a minimum composite test score of 19 on the ACT, COMPASS/Accuplacer scores at college level, or 600 GED score), must be in (currently or in the past) the Saving Grace program for a minimum of 3 months, and preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline to apply is noon on July 7th, 2017. For a copy of the application, please click HERE! For questions, please email scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month. Help the library celebrate by creating your own Book Spine Poem and enter to win Oasis Coffee gift certificates! Assemble a poem from book spines. Take a photo of your poem and email it to library@nwacc.edu, or post it on the library’s Facebook page! Entries are due by 5 pm, Friday, April 28th. Open to all current NWACC students, faculty, and staff!

Nursing Program Important Announcement 

The Track III (elongated) option has been eliminated, effective immediately to act in accordance to the Accreditation Commission for Education in nursing recommendations, and due to the lower NCLEX pass rates from this track. Additionally, Bridge to RN will be an LPN to RN track beginning in the spring of 2018. Changes have been made to the admission process beginning in Fall of 2017 for the LPN to RN track and spring 2018 for Track I and Track II. Please monitor the Nursing Department website for updates. The new timelines for the application periods for Track I, Track II, and LPN to RN are as follows:  Track I Application period: February 1st thru March 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the spring semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following fall – Track II  Application period: November 1st thru December 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the fall semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following summer – LPN to RN o Application period: *October 1st thru November 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the summer semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following spring *the LPN to RN application period for fall 2017 will be conducted during this timeframe for Fall 2017. Be advised that effective Fall 2018, the application period for the LPN to RN sequence will change to September 1st – October 1st. Students should be sure to schedule an appointment with the Health Professions academic advisor to discuss their academic outlook with respect to their preferred track. As mentioned above, the nursing department has updated the nursing webpage to reflect the most current, accurate information: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_nursing/. Please review the changes posted to the nursing website, as it may aid in answering any possible questions. Should any student need additional clarification regarding general program information, please feel free to contact the nursing department at 479-619-4151, or the Health Professions academic advisor. The NWACC Nursing Program appreciates your patience and understanding on this matter.

Halls of Excellence Awards 

Gamma Beta Phi is announcing the Halls of Excellence Awards for the 2016-2017 school year. Please leave your suggestions for the Faculty and /or Staff member that has been most Excellent! Nominations forms and submission envelope are located on the posters located in each building on campus. The awards will be presented at the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 5, 2017. We will be having lunch, awards, and please come prepared to play “Let’s Make a Deal”-with Dr. Galloway as Host! Dress-Up/Costumes are encouraged-Masks will be provided! See the attached poster for more information.

Math Center Workshops for this coming week 

The Math Center is running two Workshops this coming week: Radicals – for Intermediate Algebra level (and others); Thursday, April 13, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Both workshops are held in Room 314 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Books Wanted 

SKD and the Honors Program are collecting books for a Spring Arts and Culture Festival Project. Please donate any books you think a college students would like to read – all genres (basically). You can drop them with Juanita in Comm/Arts (by 4/18). Thanks for your help!

Anita E. Jones Fine Arts Series NWACC FACULTY RECITAL

Join our Music Department’s “Community of Artists” at NorthWest Arkansas Community College for the NWACC Faculty Recital, a part of the Anita E. Jones Fine Arts Series, Thursday, 20 April at 7pm in the Shewmaker Center’s WalMart Auditorium. This free event is open to the public. For information contact scooper@nwacc.edu or sgarciaoliver@nwacc.edu.

Student Regalia 

Your NWACC Bookstore will begin selling graduation regalia effective 4/10/17. Total for a full set is $35.94 (includes cap, gown, and tassel) We look forward to seeing you in store and congratulations!!!

Earth Day Presentation 

On April 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm in Burns Hall room 1467, Dr. Chris Huggard will present, “Can College Students Save the World? The Past and Future Hopes for Earth Day.” Dr. Huggard will be discussing the impetus for the emergence of the environmental ethic, sometimes called Deep Ecology, how it affected the origins of Earth Day, and the main players who initiated Earth Day in 1969-1970, and how college students played key role in Earth Day and how they can continue to be at the forefront of a sustainable society through civic engagement with Earth Day as a marker for the goals of sustainability. For more information about Dr, Huggard, see his bio attached. This presentation is sponsored by the NWACC Student Government, the NWACC Department of Social Sciences, and the NWACC Sustainability Committee. For more information contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu

Math Workshops for Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and PreAlgebra

The attached calendar has all the remaining Math Workshops for Spring, 2017.

Blood Drive

Community Blood Center will be on campus April 27th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in SC 108. Help saves lives by donating blood. To make an appointment contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu.

Graduation Volunteers Needed

Graduation is a very exciting time for our students so we want to do all we can to make it that exciting experience. To do that takes a lot of help–this is where you all come in. Graduation is May 13, 2017 at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. Due to the large number of graduates this year we are going to be holding 4 ceremonies and need lots of volunteers! The ceremonies will be 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. There is also set up that begins at 6:00 am and clean up that typically lasts about an hour after the last ceremony ends. Due to the number of different jobs there are many start and stop times. There is also a pre-graduation information session on May 10th at 1:00 pm for which we will need volunteers. To volunteer contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. Be sure to note the times you are available.

NWACC Transfer Visits at a Glance-April 2017

Representatives from area colleges and universities frequently visit NWACC to speak to transfer students about their future academic goals. While the vast majority of visitors come to the Transfer Information Desk on the 2nd floor in the Student Center, locations may vary. Please consult the attached flyer when making plans to visit with college/university recruiters.

The Transfer Coordinator is IN-April 

Owing to a scheduling conflict, the Transfer Coordinator NOT will be available at the Transfer Information Desk from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on April 6 (1st Thursday), but WILL BE back IN on April 17 (3rd Monday). This new service is designed to help students who have quick questions about the transfer process.

New Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has a new look and feel. You can view by the month, week or agenda. Select the drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the calendar to change the selections of what you would like to view. There is also a “Feedback” section in the upper left hand corner of the page that we would love for you to fill out! Be sure to go and check it out HERE!

Health Information Management application now available 

The Health Information Management applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Respiratory Therapy applications now available 

The Respiratory Therapy applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

University of Central Arkansas Visits NWACC to Help UCA-bound Students Register for Fall 2017 Term 

Do you know a current NWACC student who plans to begin their studies at UCA in Fall 2017? Please share the information on the attached flyer about upcoming April 10 & 11 advising opportunities with interested students.

Nursing HESI A2 Exam Dates 

The HESI A2 entrance exam dates are as follows: April 20th 1 – 4:30, April 21st 2 – 5:30, April 24th 1 – 4:30. As a reminder, HESI registration forms will be sent to applicant NWACC emails. Please carefully follow the directions outlined on the form.

Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – it’s a checkup from your neck up. To take a screening, CLICK HERE or go to NWACC/Campus and Community Resources. Screenings do not provide a diagnosis of any medical condition. The information provided by the screenings do not substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.

2017 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination 

Named in honor of community volunteer, highway commissioner, and former College Trustee, Dick Trammel, this award seeks to recognize an outstanding NWACC alum who has achieved success in his or her career field and made a positive impact on the community. The selected award recipient will be recognized during the annual NWACC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Please see attached document to complete a nomination.

NWACC Scholarship Reviewers NEEDED! 

The NWACC Scholarship Office need faculty and staff reviewers for our 2017-2018 scholarships. Reviews will run from March through May. We know everyone is busy, but this is important to our students so it should be important to us too. The process is simple and completely digital with ample time to complete the reviews. We need YOU to be an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer to help make a difference in our student’s lives. If you are interested in being an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer or you have questions, please contact Amber Voigt, Scholarship Coordinator at 479-619-4316 or scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Student Support and Conduct Newsletter 

Please see the attached February Newsletter from the Office of Student Support and Conduct. The newsletter focuses on a variety of topics and helps keep you up-to-date on resources available and key points of contact. Check it out!

Mindfulness NWACC 

Definition: Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while without judgement, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensation. What can practicing mindfulness accomplish? From UC Berkeley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life website, mindfulness has a number of benefits which include boosting our immune system, reducing stress, tuning out distractions, improving our memory and attention skills, fostering compassion, reducing symptoms of PTSD, and fighting obesity. Mindfulness NWACC will explore various mindfulness techniques to help us navigate our day-to-day circumstances as each moment arises for a more meaningful and positive life. Mindfulness NWACC is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The group will offers two meeting times per week which participants can choose to attend one or both meetings weekly. The Wednesday meeting will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TLC, BH 1324 beginning February 8, and the Monday morning meeting time will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in TLC, BH 1324.. Questions? Contact Jo Schwader at jschwader@nwacc.edu or Sara Downey at saradowney3@hotmail.com. For more information on mindfulness, see http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition. or the attached flyer.

College Algebra Workshops – Spring 2017 

This spring the Math Center will be offering workshops on graphing calculators, test anxiety, function transformations, word problems, and logarithms & exponential functions. In addition, we will have 2 open Q & A sessions and 4 final exam reviews. Please see the attached schedule for the specific times and locations. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Tess O’Brien.

New Media Certificates Available

Ready to work in the Media Industry? NorthWest Arkansas Community College now offers to two Certificates in Media: Certificate of Proficiency – Media (only 5 classes) and Technical Certificate – Media (only 10 classes). These certificates are building blocks for an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. Each certificate includes courses in: Design I, Video Production and Editing, Digital Photography. Students then select other courses from: * Graphic Design * Journalism * Film Arts * Mass Communication * Internship To support these certificates or to join the staff of the student newspaper, students have the option* of taking two 1-credit hour classes: Student Newspaper Lab and Newspaper Layout & Design (only meets FOUR times!) For more information, contact: Denise Nemec: 479-619-4301, dnemec@nwacc.edu or Victor Chalfant: 479-619-4288, victor@nwacc.edu *These classes are not mandatory to complete the media certificates or to be on the Eagle View staff.

NWACC Chamber Orchestra

NWACC Chamber Orchestra has openings for all string players, including violin, viola, ‘cello, and string bass. Non-students of all ages within the community are welcome, but we have a limited number of scholarships available for both music majors, as well as non-music majors. Orchestra meets every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 PM beginning spring semester 2017.

NWACC THANKS! 

Tis the season of THANKS! Outstanding faculty and staff do make a difference. NWACC THANKS provides a way to say “thanks” for a job well done. THANKS can be offered by students, staff or faculty. and you may choose to remain anonymous. Your note will be sent to the recipient as an email, with a copy going to our college President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. Show your appreciation and give THANKS here: http://content.nwacc.edu/distanceLearning/thanks/thanks.php

2017 President’s Circle Art Exhibition

Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar, Bentonville The President’s Circle will host an art exhibition in partnership with Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar featuring artworks by NWACC alumni and current students April 1 – 30, 2017. A portion of purchase proceeds will benefit the student artist and the NWACC Foundation. This event is open to the public. To submit your work, click here!

Student Government Association Public Forum

The Student Government Association would like to invite the student body to attend SGA’s public forums where students can express their opinions and learn about happenings on campus. Please contact the Student Government Association at sga@nwacc.edu or stop by the SGA office in BH 1214. Meetings will take place in the Burns Hall 3rd floor board room at noon on the following dates: April 25th.

Free Counseling for Students

NWACC offers private professional counseling to students through a partnership with area agencies and universities. Counseling is free for students and available on the main campus Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment, contact Jamie Schraeder at jschraeder@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4237 or Dale Montgomery at dmontgom@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4234.

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April 20, 2017


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Past and Future of America’s War in the Middle East

What is the past involvement of the US in the Middle East? How did it get into its current position in Iraq? What were the goals and policies that led to this point? How have they changed over time? How to they compare to today’s Trump administration? What are the broader implications of these historical and contemporary policies socially, politically, economically, and morally? What can we learn from Middle Eastern culture and politics? How do these policies reflect our values as Americans? Through a forum on US foreign policy in the Middle East, NWACC history students will investigate these topics with University of Arkansas Anthropology Professor (and Middle East expert) Dr. Ted Swedenburg and also reflect on Boston University History Professor and Military Veteran Andrew Bacevich’s recent book “America’s War for the Greater Middle East”. The forum will be April 27 at 7 pm in SC 108. All members of the NWACC and NWA community are welcome for a lively, thoughtful, civil, historically and socio-economically grounded, self-reflexive discussion. This event is sponsored by the Honors Program, Service Learning, and the Department of Social Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Huggard at chuggard@nwacc.edu.

Human Library Project

Don’ Judge a Book By Its Cover! The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is where real people are loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and answer. It will be held at the Library on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12 pm – 3 pm, and Thursday, April 20, 2017, 10:30 am – 3pm. We welcome books and readers to join us in the Human Library at NWACC.

Open Forums for LMS

Distance Learning will be hosting three open forums for the college community to learn more about Blackboard Ultra and Canvas, contenders for our next learning management system (LMS) to replace the current Blackboard 9.1. Faculty who have taught pilot classes this Spring will present their findings, and there will be opportunity for questions. We hope you can attend. – Monday, April 24, 9:30 – 10:30, SC 108A – Tuesday, April 25, 12 – 1 PM, SC 108A – Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 – 4:30, SC 108A Contact Dr. Kate Burkes, kburkes@nwacc.edu for more information.

Upcoming Gong Meditation/Demonstration 

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to a free gong meditation sponsored by NWACC Faculty Development on Wednesday afternoon, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in student center 108A. Gong meditations are just one way of many to reduce stress, promote good health and balance, resulting in a general sense of well-being. This is especially useful during the high stress periods such as the end of the semester. For your comfort, you may want to bring a yoga mat or blanket. For a visual reminder, see the attached flyer.

NWACC Enters the Supplier Training Arena 

Workforce & Economic Development’s Retail and Supplier Education division most known for the Certified Retail Analyst program which trains individuals to break into the Retail industry is now expanding into education for existing suppliers.  An article on this new program is being featured on a new supplier life website. Check out the information on these exciting new course offerings at:

http://www.supplierlife.com/articles/2017_04_13_NWACC_Courses.php

Please help us promote these exciting offerings by sharing this link to your social media and linked in profiles!

NWACC’s Retail & Supplier Education partners with WhyteSpyder 

Workforce & Economic Development’s Retail and Supplier Education division is partnering with WhyteSpyder a recognized Omni Channel organization.  For additional information about the classes, presented in conjunction with WhyteSpyder, see the full press release at:

http://www.satprnews.com/2017/04/13/whytespyder-partners-with-nwacc-to-teach-course/

NWACC 2017-2018 Anderson Family Scholarship Application NOW AVAILABLE! 

To qualify to apply, students must be enrolled at NWACC during the 2017-2018 academic school year, have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 (freshman must have a minimum composite test score of 19 on the ACT, COMPASS/Accuplacer scores at college level, or 600 GED score), must be in (currently or in the past) the Saving Grace program for a minimum of 3 months, and preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline to apply is noon on July 7th, 2017. For a copy of the application, please click HERE! For questions, please email scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month. Help the library celebrate by creating your own Book Spine Poem and enter to win Oasis Coffee gift certificates! Assemble a poem from book spines. Take a photo of your poem and email it to library@nwacc.edu, or post it on the library’s Facebook page! Entries are due by 5 pm, Friday, April 28th. Open to all current NWACC students, faculty, and staff!

Nursing Program Important Announcement 

The Track III (elongated) option has been eliminated, effective immediately to act in accordance to the Accreditation Commission for Education in nursing recommendations, and due to the lower NCLEX pass rates from this track. Additionally, Bridge to RN will be an LPN to RN track beginning in the spring of 2018. Changes have been made to the admission process beginning in Fall of 2017 for the LPN to RN track and spring 2018 for Track I and Track II. Please monitor the Nursing Department website for updates. The new timelines for the application periods for Track I, Track II, and LPN to RN are as follows:  Track I Application period: February 1st thru March 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the spring semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following fall – Track II  Application period: November 1st thru December 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the fall semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following summer – LPN to RN o Application period: *October 1st thru November 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the summer semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following spring *the LPN to RN application period for fall 2017 will be conducted during this timeframe for Fall 2017. Be advised that effective Fall 2018, the application period for the LPN to RN sequence will change to September 1st – October 1st. Students should be sure to schedule an appointment with the Health Professions academic advisor to discuss their academic outlook with respect to their preferred track. As mentioned above, the nursing department has updated the nursing webpage to reflect the most current, accurate information: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_nursing/. Please review the changes posted to the nursing website, as it may aid in answering any possible questions. Should any student need additional clarification regarding general program information, please feel free to contact the nursing department at 479-619-4151, or the Health Professions academic advisor. The NWACC Nursing Program appreciates your patience and understanding on this matter.

Halls of Excellence Awards 

Gamma Beta Phi is announcing the Halls of Excellence Awards for the 2016-2017 school year. Please leave your suggestions for the Faculty and /or Staff member that has been most Excellent! Nominations forms and submission envelope are located on the posters located in each building on campus. The awards will be presented at the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 5, 2017. We will be having lunch, awards, and please come prepared to play “Let’s Make a Deal”-with Dr. Galloway as Host! Dress-Up/Costumes are encouraged-Masks will be provided! See the attached poster for more information.

Math Center Workshops for this coming week 

The Math Center is running two Workshops this coming week: Radicals – for Intermediate Algebra level (and others); Thursday, April 13, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Both workshops are held in Room 314 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Books Wanted 

SKD and the Honors Program are collecting books for a Spring Arts and Culture Festival Project. Please donate any books you think a college students would like to read – all genres (basically). You can drop them with Juanita in Comm/Arts (by 4/18). Thanks for your help!

Anita E. Jones Fine Arts Series NWACC FACULTY RECITAL

Join our Music Department’s “Community of Artists” at NorthWest Arkansas Community College for the NWACC Faculty Recital, a part of the Anita E. Jones Fine Arts Series, Thursday, 20 April at 7pm in the Shewmaker Center’s WalMart Auditorium. This free event is open to the public. For information contact scooper@nwacc.edu or sgarciaoliver@nwacc.edu.

Student Regalia 

Your NWACC Bookstore will begin selling graduation regalia effective 4/10/17. Total for a full set is $35.94 (includes cap, gown, and tassel) We look forward to seeing you in store and congratulations!!!

Earth Day Presentation 

On April 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm in Burns Hall room 1467, Dr. Chris Huggard will present, “Can College Students Save the World? The Past and Future Hopes for Earth Day.” Dr. Huggard will be discussing the impetus for the emergence of the environmental ethic, sometimes called Deep Ecology, how it affected the origins of Earth Day, and the main players who initiated Earth Day in 1969-1970, and how college students played key role in Earth Day and how they can continue to be at the forefront of a sustainable society through civic engagement with Earth Day as a marker for the goals of sustainability. For more information about Dr, Huggard, see his bio attached. This presentation is sponsored by the NWACC Student Government, the NWACC Department of Social Sciences, and the NWACC Sustainability Committee. For more information contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu

Math Workshops for Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and PreAlgebra

The attached calendar has all the remaining Math Workshops for Spring, 2017.

Blood Drive

Community Blood Center will be on campus April 27th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in SC 108. Help saves lives by donating blood. To make an appointment contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu.

Graduation Volunteers Needed

Graduation is a very exciting time for our students so we want to do all we can to make it that exciting experience. To do that takes a lot of help–this is where you all come in. Graduation is May 13, 2017 at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. Due to the large number of graduates this year we are going to be holding 4 ceremonies and need lots of volunteers! The ceremonies will be 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. There is also set up that begins at 6:00 am and clean up that typically lasts about an hour after the last ceremony ends. Due to the number of different jobs there are many start and stop times. There is also a pre-graduation information session on May 10th at 1:00 pm for which we will need volunteers. To volunteer contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. Be sure to note the times you are available.

NWACC Transfer Visits at a Glance-April 2017

Representatives from area colleges and universities frequently visit NWACC to speak to transfer students about their future academic goals. While the vast majority of visitors come to the Transfer Information Desk on the 2nd floor in the Student Center, locations may vary. Please consult the attached flyer when making plans to visit with college/university recruiters.

The Transfer Coordinator is IN-April 

Owing to a scheduling conflict, the Transfer Coordinator NOT will be available at the Transfer Information Desk from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on April 6 (1st Thursday), but WILL BE back IN on April 17 (3rd Monday). This new service is designed to help students who have quick questions about the transfer process.

New Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has a new look and feel. You can view by the month, week or agenda. Select the drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the calendar to change the selections of what you would like to view. There is also a “Feedback” section in the upper left hand corner of the page that we would love for you to fill out! Be sure to go and check it out HERE!

Health Information Management application now available 

The Health Information Management applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Respiratory Therapy applications now available 

The Respiratory Therapy applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

University of Central Arkansas Visits NWACC to Help UCA-bound Students Register for Fall 2017 Term 

Do you know a current NWACC student who plans to begin their studies at UCA in Fall 2017? Please share the information on the attached flyer about upcoming April 10 & 11 advising opportunities with interested students.

Nursing HESI A2 Exam Dates 

The HESI A2 entrance exam dates are as follows: April 20th 1 – 4:30, April 21st 2 – 5:30, April 24th 1 – 4:30. As a reminder, HESI registration forms will be sent to applicant NWACC emails. Please carefully follow the directions outlined on the form.

Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – it’s a checkup from your neck up. To take a screening, CLICK HERE or go to NWACC/Campus and Community Resources. Screenings do not provide a diagnosis of any medical condition. The information provided by the screenings do not substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.

2017 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination 

Named in honor of community volunteer, highway commissioner, and former College Trustee, Dick Trammel, this award seeks to recognize an outstanding NWACC alum who has achieved success in his or her career field and made a positive impact on the community. The selected award recipient will be recognized during the annual NWACC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Please see attached document to complete a nomination.

NWACC Scholarship Reviewers NEEDED! 

The NWACC Scholarship Office need faculty and staff reviewers for our 2017-2018 scholarships. Reviews will run from March through May. We know everyone is busy, but this is important to our students so it should be important to us too. The process is simple and completely digital with ample time to complete the reviews. We need YOU to be an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer to help make a difference in our student’s lives. If you are interested in being an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer or you have questions, please contact Amber Voigt, Scholarship Coordinator at 479-619-4316 or scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Student Support and Conduct Newsletter 

Please see the attached February Newsletter from the Office of Student Support and Conduct. The newsletter focuses on a variety of topics and helps keep you up-to-date on resources available and key points of contact. Check it out!

Mindfulness NWACC 

Definition: Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while without judgement, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensation. What can practicing mindfulness accomplish? From UC Berkeley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life website, mindfulness has a number of benefits which include boosting our immune system, reducing stress, tuning out distractions, improving our memory and attention skills, fostering compassion, reducing symptoms of PTSD, and fighting obesity. Mindfulness NWACC will explore various mindfulness techniques to help us navigate our day-to-day circumstances as each moment arises for a more meaningful and positive life. Mindfulness NWACC is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The group will offers two meeting times per week which participants can choose to attend one or both meetings weekly. The Wednesday meeting will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TLC, BH 1324 beginning February 8, and the Monday morning meeting time will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in TLC, BH 1324.. Questions? Contact Jo Schwader at jschwader@nwacc.edu or Sara Downey at saradowney3@hotmail.com. For more information on mindfulness, see http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition. or the attached flyer.

College Algebra Workshops – Spring 2017 

This spring the Math Center will be offering workshops on graphing calculators, test anxiety, function transformations, word problems, and logarithms & exponential functions. In addition, we will have 2 open Q & A sessions and 4 final exam reviews. Please see the attached schedule for the specific times and locations. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Tess O’Brien.

New Media Certificates Available

Ready to work in the Media Industry? NorthWest Arkansas Community College now offers to two Certificates in Media: Certificate of Proficiency – Media (only 5 classes) and Technical Certificate – Media (only 10 classes). These certificates are building blocks for an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. Each certificate includes courses in: Design I, Video Production and Editing, Digital Photography. Students then select other courses from: * Graphic Design * Journalism * Film Arts * Mass Communication * Internship To support these certificates or to join the staff of the student newspaper, students have the option* of taking two 1-credit hour classes: Student Newspaper Lab and Newspaper Layout & Design (only meets FOUR times!) For more information, contact: Denise Nemec: 479-619-4301, dnemec@nwacc.edu or Victor Chalfant: 479-619-4288, victor@nwacc.edu *These classes are not mandatory to complete the media certificates or to be on the Eagle View staff.

NWACC Chamber Orchestra

NWACC Chamber Orchestra has openings for all string players, including violin, viola, ‘cello, and string bass. Non-students of all ages within the community are welcome, but we have a limited number of scholarships available for both music majors, as well as non-music majors. Orchestra meets every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 PM beginning spring semester 2017.

NWACC THANKS! 

Tis the season of THANKS! Outstanding faculty and staff do make a difference. NWACC THANKS provides a way to say “thanks” for a job well done. THANKS can be offered by students, staff or faculty. and you may choose to remain anonymous. Your note will be sent to the recipient as an email, with a copy going to our college President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. Show your appreciation and give THANKS here: http://content.nwacc.edu/distanceLearning/thanks/thanks.php

2017 President’s Circle Art Exhibition

Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar, Bentonville The President’s Circle will host an art exhibition in partnership with Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar featuring artworks by NWACC alumni and current students April 1 – 30, 2017. A portion of purchase proceeds will benefit the student artist and the NWACC Foundation. This event is open to the public. To submit your work, click here!

Student Government Association Public Forum

The Student Government Association would like to invite the student body to attend SGA’s public forums where students can express their opinions and learn about happenings on campus. Please contact the Student Government Association at sga@nwacc.edu or stop by the SGA office in BH 1214. Meetings will take place in the Burns Hall 3rd floor board room at noon on the following dates: April 25th.

Free Counseling for Students

NWACC offers private professional counseling to students through a partnership with area agencies and universities. Counseling is free for students and available on the main campus Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment, contact Jamie Schraeder at jschraeder@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4237 or Dale Montgomery at dmontgom@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4234.

NWACC in the News

Democrat Gazette

NWA Home Page

NWACC Resources

Campus Maps

Publicity Request Form

Employment Opportunities at NWACC

April 19, 2017


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Past and Future of America’s War in the Middle East (NEW)

What is the past involvement of the US in the Middle East? How did it get into its current position in Iraq? What were the goals and policies that led to this point? How have they changed over time? How to they compare to today’s Trump administration? What are the broader implications of these historical and contemporary policies socially, politically, economically, and morally? What can we learn from Middle Eastern culture and politics? How do these policies reflect our values as Americans? Through a forum on US foreign policy in the Middle East, NWACC history students will investigate these topics with University of Arkansas Anthropology Professor (and Middle East expert) Dr. Ted Swedenburg and also reflect on Boston University History Professor and Military Veteran Andrew Bacevich’s recent book “America’s War for the Greater Middle East”. All members of the NWACC and NWA community are welcome for a lively, thoughtful, civil, historically and socio-economically grounded, self-reflexive discussion. This event is sponsored by the Honors Program, Service Learning, and the Department of Social Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Huggard at chuggard@nwacc.edu.

Human Library Project (NEW)

Don’ Judge a Book By Its Cover! The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is where real people are loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated, and answer. It will be held at the Library on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12 pm – 3 pm, and Thursday, April 20, 2017, 10:30 am – 3pm. We welcome books and readers to join us in the Human Library at NWACC.

Open Forums for LMS

Distance Learning will be hosting three open forums for the college community to learn more about Blackboard Ultra and Canvas, contenders for our next learning management system (LMS) to replace the current Blackboard 9.1. Faculty who have taught pilot classes this Spring will present their findings, and there will be opportunity for questions. We hope you can attend. – Monday, April 24, 9:30 – 10:30, SC 108A – Tuesday, April 25, 12 – 1 PM, SC 108A – Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 – 4:30, SC 108A Contact Dr. Kate Burkes, kburkes@nwacc.edu for more information.

Upcoming Gong Meditation/Demonstration 

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to a free gong meditation sponsored by NWACC Faculty Development on Wednesday afternoon, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in student center 108A. Gong meditations are just one way of many to reduce stress, promote good health and balance, resulting in a general sense of well-being. This is especially useful during the high stress periods such as the end of the semester. For your comfort, you may want to bring a yoga mat or blanket. For a visual reminder, see the attached flyer.

NWACC Enters the Supplier Training Arena 

Workforce & Economic Development’s Retail and Supplier Education division most known for the Certified Retail Analyst program which trains individuals to break into the Retail industry is now expanding into education for existing suppliers.  An article on this new program is being featured on a new supplier life website. Check out the information on these exciting new course offerings at:

http://www.supplierlife.com/articles/2017_04_13_NWACC_Courses.php

Please help us promote these exciting offerings by sharing this link to your social media and linked in profiles!

NWACC’s Retail & Supplier Education partners with WhyteSpyder 

Workforce & Economic Development’s Retail and Supplier Education division is partnering with WhyteSpyder a recognized Omni Channel organization.  For additional information about the classes, presented in conjunction with WhyteSpyder, see the full press release at:

http://www.satprnews.com/2017/04/13/whytespyder-partners-with-nwacc-to-teach-course/

NWACC 2017-2018 Anderson Family Scholarship Application NOW AVAILABLE! 

To qualify to apply, students must be enrolled at NWACC during the 2017-2018 academic school year, have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 (freshman must have a minimum composite test score of 19 on the ACT, COMPASS/Accuplacer scores at college level, or 600 GED score), must be in (currently or in the past) the Saving Grace program for a minimum of 3 months, and preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline to apply is noon on July 7th, 2017. For a copy of the application, please click HERE! For questions, please email scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month. Help the library celebrate by creating your own Book Spine Poem and enter to win Oasis Coffee gift certificates! Assemble a poem from book spines. Take a photo of your poem and email it to library@nwacc.edu, or post it on the library’s Facebook page! Entries are due by 5 pm, Friday, April 28th. Open to all current NWACC students, faculty, and staff!

Nursing Program Important Announcement 

The Track III (elongated) option has been eliminated, effective immediately to act in accordance to the Accreditation Commission for Education in nursing recommendations, and due to the lower NCLEX pass rates from this track. Additionally, Bridge to RN will be an LPN to RN track beginning in the spring of 2018. Changes have been made to the admission process beginning in Fall of 2017 for the LPN to RN track and spring 2018 for Track I and Track II. Please monitor the Nursing Department website for updates. The new timelines for the application periods for Track I, Track II, and LPN to RN are as follows:  Track I Application period: February 1st thru March 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the spring semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following fall – Track II  Application period: November 1st thru December 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the fall semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following summer – LPN to RN o Application period: *October 1st thru November 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the summer semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following spring *the LPN to RN application period for fall 2017 will be conducted during this timeframe for Fall 2017. Be advised that effective Fall 2018, the application period for the LPN to RN sequence will change to September 1st – October 1st. Students should be sure to schedule an appointment with the Health Professions academic advisor to discuss their academic outlook with respect to their preferred track. As mentioned above, the nursing department has updated the nursing webpage to reflect the most current, accurate information: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_nursing/. Please review the changes posted to the nursing website, as it may aid in answering any possible questions. Should any student need additional clarification regarding general program information, please feel free to contact the nursing department at 479-619-4151, or the Health Professions academic advisor. The NWACC Nursing Program appreciates your patience and understanding on this matter.

Halls of Excellence Awards 

Gamma Beta Phi is announcing the Halls of Excellence Awards for the 2016-2017 school year. Please leave your suggestions for the Faculty and /or Staff member that has been most Excellent! Nominations forms and submission envelope are located on the posters located in each building on campus. The awards will be presented at the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 5, 2017. We will be having lunch, awards, and please come prepared to play “Let’s Make a Deal”-with Dr. Galloway as Host! Dress-Up/Costumes are encouraged-Masks will be provided! See the attached poster for more information.

Math Center Workshops for this coming week 

The Math Center is running two Workshops this coming week: Radicals – for Intermediate Algebra level (and others); Thursday, April 13, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Both workshops are held in Room 314 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Books Wanted 

SKD and the Honors Program are collecting books for a Spring Arts and Culture Festival Project. Please donate any books you think a college students would like to read – all genres (basically). You can drop them with Juanita in Comm/Arts (by 4/18). Thanks for your help!

Anita E. Jones Fine Arts Series NWACC FACULTY RECITAL

Join our Music Department’s “Community of Artists” at NorthWest Arkansas Community College for the NWACC Faculty Recital, a part of the Anita E. Jones Fine Arts Series, Thursday, 20 April at 7pm in the Shewmaker Center’s WalMart Auditorium. This free event is open to the public. For information contact scooper@nwacc.edu or sgarciaoliver@nwacc.edu.

Student Regalia 

Your NWACC Bookstore will begin selling graduation regalia effective 4/10/17. Total for a full set is $35.94 (includes cap, gown, and tassel) We look forward to seeing you in store and congratulations!!!

Earth Day Presentation 

On April 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm in Burns Hall room 1467, Dr. Chris Huggard will present, “Can College Students Save the World? The Past and Future Hopes for Earth Day.” Dr. Huggard will be discussing the impetus for the emergence of the environmental ethic, sometimes called Deep Ecology, how it affected the origins of Earth Day, and the main players who initiated Earth Day in 1969-1970, and how college students played key role in Earth Day and how they can continue to be at the forefront of a sustainable society through civic engagement with Earth Day as a marker for the goals of sustainability. For more information about Dr, Huggard, see his bio attached. This presentation is sponsored by the NWACC Student Government, the NWACC Department of Social Sciences, and the NWACC Sustainability Committee. For more information contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu

Math Workshops for Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and PreAlgebra

The attached calendar has all the remaining Math Workshops for Spring, 2017.

Blood Drive

Community Blood Center will be on campus April 27th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in SC 108. Help saves lives by donating blood. To make an appointment contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu.

Graduation Volunteers Needed

Graduation is a very exciting time for our students so we want to do all we can to make it that exciting experience. To do that takes a lot of help–this is where you all come in. Graduation is May 13, 2017 at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. Due to the large number of graduates this year we are going to be holding 4 ceremonies and need lots of volunteers! The ceremonies will be 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. There is also set up that begins at 6:00 am and clean up that typically lasts about an hour after the last ceremony ends. Due to the number of different jobs there are many start and stop times. There is also a pre-graduation information session on May 10th at 1:00 pm for which we will need volunteers. To volunteer contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. Be sure to note the times you are available.

NWACC Transfer Visits at a Glance-April 2017

Representatives from area colleges and universities frequently visit NWACC to speak to transfer students about their future academic goals. While the vast majority of visitors come to the Transfer Information Desk on the 2nd floor in the Student Center, locations may vary. Please consult the attached flyer when making plans to visit with college/university recruiters.

The Transfer Coordinator is IN-April 

Owing to a scheduling conflict, the Transfer Coordinator NOT will be available at the Transfer Information Desk from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on April 6 (1st Thursday), but WILL BE back IN on April 17 (3rd Monday). This new service is designed to help students who have quick questions about the transfer process.

New Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has a new look and feel. You can view by the month, week or agenda. Select the drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the calendar to change the selections of what you would like to view. There is also a “Feedback” section in the upper left hand corner of the page that we would love for you to fill out! Be sure to go and check it out HERE!

Health Information Management application now available 

The Health Information Management applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Respiratory Therapy applications now available 

The Respiratory Therapy applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Canceled Pre-Nursing Student Advisement Session 

The March 16th Pre-Nursing Student Advisement Session has been canceled. The next session will be Tuesday April 18th 2pm-4pm in the Center for Health Professions Room 1014.

University of Central Arkansas Visits NWACC to Help UCA-bound Students Register for Fall 2017 Term 

Do you know a current NWACC student who plans to begin their studies at UCA in Fall 2017? Please share the information on the attached flyer about upcoming April 10 & 11 advising opportunities with interested students.

Nursing HESI A2 Exam Dates 

The HESI A2 entrance exam dates are as follows: April 20th 1 – 4:30, April 21st 2 – 5:30, April 24th 1 – 4:30. As a reminder, HESI registration forms will be sent to applicant NWACC emails. Please carefully follow the directions outlined on the form.

Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – it’s a checkup from your neck up. To take a screening, CLICK HERE or go to NWACC/Campus and Community Resources. Screenings do not provide a diagnosis of any medical condition. The information provided by the screenings do not substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.

2017 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination 

Named in honor of community volunteer, highway commissioner, and former College Trustee, Dick Trammel, this award seeks to recognize an outstanding NWACC alum who has achieved success in his or her career field and made a positive impact on the community. The selected award recipient will be recognized during the annual NWACC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Please see attached document to complete a nomination.

NWACC Scholarship Reviewers NEEDED! 

The NWACC Scholarship Office need faculty and staff reviewers for our 2017-2018 scholarships. Reviews will run from March through May. We know everyone is busy, but this is important to our students so it should be important to us too. The process is simple and completely digital with ample time to complete the reviews. We need YOU to be an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer to help make a difference in our student’s lives. If you are interested in being an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer or you have questions, please contact Amber Voigt, Scholarship Coordinator at 479-619-4316 or scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Student Support and Conduct Newsletter 

Please see the attached February Newsletter from the Office of Student Support and Conduct. The newsletter focuses on a variety of topics and helps keep you up-to-date on resources available and key points of contact. Check it out!

Mindfulness NWACC 

Definition: Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while without judgement, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensation. What can practicing mindfulness accomplish? From UC Berkeley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life website, mindfulness has a number of benefits which include boosting our immune system, reducing stress, tuning out distractions, improving our memory and attention skills, fostering compassion, reducing symptoms of PTSD, and fighting obesity. Mindfulness NWACC will explore various mindfulness techniques to help us navigate our day-to-day circumstances as each moment arises for a more meaningful and positive life. Mindfulness NWACC is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The group will offers two meeting times per week which participants can choose to attend one or both meetings weekly. The Wednesday meeting will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TLC, BH 1324 beginning February 8, and the Monday morning meeting time will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in TLC, BH 1324.. Questions? Contact Jo Schwader at jschwader@nwacc.edu or Sara Downey at saradowney3@hotmail.com. For more information on mindfulness, see http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition. or the attached flyer.

College Algebra Workshops – Spring 2017 

This spring the Math Center will be offering workshops on graphing calculators, test anxiety, function transformations, word problems, and logarithms & exponential functions. In addition, we will have 2 open Q & A sessions and 4 final exam reviews. Please see the attached schedule for the specific times and locations. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Tess O’Brien.

New Media Certificates Available

Ready to work in the Media Industry? NorthWest Arkansas Community College now offers to two Certificates in Media: Certificate of Proficiency – Media (only 5 classes) and Technical Certificate – Media (only 10 classes). These certificates are building blocks for an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. Each certificate includes courses in: Design I, Video Production and Editing, Digital Photography. Students then select other courses from: * Graphic Design * Journalism * Film Arts * Mass Communication * Internship To support these certificates or to join the staff of the student newspaper, students have the option* of taking two 1-credit hour classes: Student Newspaper Lab and Newspaper Layout & Design (only meets FOUR times!) For more information, contact: Denise Nemec: 479-619-4301, dnemec@nwacc.edu or Victor Chalfant: 479-619-4288, victor@nwacc.edu *These classes are not mandatory to complete the media certificates or to be on the Eagle View staff.

NWACC Chamber Orchestra

NWACC Chamber Orchestra has openings for all string players, including violin, viola, ‘cello, and string bass. Non-students of all ages within the community are welcome, but we have a limited number of scholarships available for both music majors, as well as non-music majors. Orchestra meets every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 PM beginning spring semester 2017.

NWACC THANKS! 

Tis the season of THANKS! Outstanding faculty and staff do make a difference. NWACC THANKS provides a way to say “thanks” for a job well done. THANKS can be offered by students, staff or faculty. and you may choose to remain anonymous. Your note will be sent to the recipient as an email, with a copy going to our college President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. Show your appreciation and give THANKS here: http://content.nwacc.edu/distanceLearning/thanks/thanks.php

2017 President’s Circle Art Exhibition

Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar, Bentonville The President’s Circle will host an art exhibition in partnership with Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar featuring artworks by NWACC alumni and current students April 1 – 30, 2017. A portion of purchase proceeds will benefit the student artist and the NWACC Foundation. This event is open to the public. To submit your work, click here!

Student Government Association Public Forum

The Student Government Association would like to invite the student body to attend SGA’s public forums where students can express their opinions and learn about happenings on campus. Please contact the Student Government Association at sga@nwacc.edu or stop by the SGA office in BH 1214. Meetings will take place in the Burns Hall 3rd floor board room at noon on the following dates: April 25th.

Free Counseling for Students

NWACC offers private professional counseling to students through a partnership with area agencies and universities. Counseling is free for students and available on the main campus Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment, contact Jamie Schraeder at jschraeder@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4237 or Dale Montgomery at dmontgom@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4234.

NWACC in the News

Democrat Gazette

NWA Online

Business Journal

NWACC Resources

Campus Maps

Publicity Request Form

Employment Opportunities at NWACC

April 18, 2017


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Open Forums for LMS

Distance Learning will be hosting three open forums for the college community to learn more about Blackboard Ultra and Canvas, contenders for our next learning management system (LMS) to replace the current Blackboard 9.1. Faculty who have taught pilot classes this Spring will present their findings, and there will be opportunity for questions. We hope you can attend. – Monday, April 24, 9:30 – 10:30, SC 108A – Tuesday, April 25, 12 – 1 PM, SC 108A – Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 – 4:30, SC 108A Contact Dr. Kate Burkes, kburkes@nwacc.edu for more information.

Upcoming Gong Meditation/Demonstration 

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to a free gong meditation sponsored by NWACC Faculty Development on Wednesday afternoon, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in student center 108A. Gong meditations are just one way of many to reduce stress, promote good health and balance, resulting in a general sense of well-being. This is especially useful during the high stress periods such as the end of the semester. For your comfort, you may want to bring a yoga mat or blanket. For a visual reminder, see the attached flyer.

NWACC Enters the Supplier Training Arena 

Workforce & Economic Development’s Retail and Supplier Education division most known for the Certified Retail Analyst program which trains individuals to break into the Retail industry is now expanding into education for existing suppliers.  An article on this new program is being featured on a new supplier life website. Check out the information on these exciting new course offerings at:

http://www.supplierlife.com/articles/2017_04_13_NWACC_Courses.php

Please help us promote these exciting offerings by sharing this link to your social media and linked in profiles!

NWACC’s Retail & Supplier Education partners with WhyteSpyder 

Workforce & Economic Development’s Retail and Supplier Education division is partnering with WhyteSpyder a recognized Omni Channel organization.  For additional information about the classes, presented in conjunction with WhyteSpyder, see the full press release at:

http://www.satprnews.com/2017/04/13/whytespyder-partners-with-nwacc-to-teach-course/

NWACC 2017-2018 Anderson Family Scholarship Application NOW AVAILABLE! 

To qualify to apply, students must be enrolled at NWACC during the 2017-2018 academic school year, have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 (freshman must have a minimum composite test score of 19 on the ACT, COMPASS/Accuplacer scores at college level, or 600 GED score), must be in (currently or in the past) the Saving Grace program for a minimum of 3 months, and preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline to apply is noon on July 7th, 2017. For a copy of the application, please click HERE! For questions, please email scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month. Help the library celebrate by creating your own Book Spine Poem and enter to win Oasis Coffee gift certificates! Assemble a poem from book spines. Take a photo of your poem and email it to library@nwacc.edu, or post it on the library’s Facebook page! Entries are due by 5 pm, Friday, April 28th. Open to all current NWACC students, faculty, and staff!

Nursing Program Important Announcement 

The Track III (elongated) option has been eliminated, effective immediately to act in accordance to the Accreditation Commission for Education in nursing recommendations, and due to the lower NCLEX pass rates from this track. Additionally, Bridge to RN will be an LPN to RN track beginning in the spring of 2018. Changes have been made to the admission process beginning in Fall of 2017 for the LPN to RN track and spring 2018 for Track I and Track II. Please monitor the Nursing Department website for updates. The new timelines for the application periods for Track I, Track II, and LPN to RN are as follows:  Track I Application period: February 1st thru March 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the spring semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following fall – Track II  Application period: November 1st thru December 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the fall semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following summer – LPN to RN o Application period: *October 1st thru November 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the summer semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following spring *the LPN to RN application period for fall 2017 will be conducted during this timeframe for Fall 2017. Be advised that effective Fall 2018, the application period for the LPN to RN sequence will change to September 1st – October 1st. Students should be sure to schedule an appointment with the Health Professions academic advisor to discuss their academic outlook with respect to their preferred track. As mentioned above, the nursing department has updated the nursing webpage to reflect the most current, accurate information: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_nursing/. Please review the changes posted to the nursing website, as it may aid in answering any possible questions. Should any student need additional clarification regarding general program information, please feel free to contact the nursing department at 479-619-4151, or the Health Professions academic advisor. The NWACC Nursing Program appreciates your patience and understanding on this matter.

Halls of Excellence Awards 

Gamma Beta Phi is announcing the Halls of Excellence Awards for the 2016-2017 school year. Please leave your suggestions for the Faculty and /or Staff member that has been most Excellent! Nominations forms and submission envelope are located on the posters located in each building on campus. The awards will be presented at the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 5, 2017. We will be having lunch, awards, and please come prepared to play “Let’s Make a Deal”-with Dr. Galloway as Host! Dress-Up/Costumes are encouraged-Masks will be provided! See the attached poster for more information.

Math Center Workshops for this coming week 

The Math Center is running two Workshops this coming week: Radicals – for Intermediate Algebra level (and others); Thursday, April 13, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Both workshops are held in Room 314 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Books Wanted 

SKD and the Honors Program are collecting books for a Spring Arts and Culture Festival Project. Please donate any books you think a college students would like to read – all genres (basically). You can drop them with Juanita in Comm/Arts (by 4/18). Thanks for your help!

Anita E. Jones Fine Arts Series NWACC FACULTY RECITAL

Join our Music Department’s “Community of Artists” at NorthWest Arkansas Community College for the NWACC Faculty Recital, a part of the Anita E. Jones Fine Arts Series, Thursday, 20 April at 7pm in the Shewmaker Center’s WalMart Auditorium. This free event is open to the public. For information contact scooper@nwacc.edu or sgarciaoliver@nwacc.edu.

Student Regalia 

Your NWACC Bookstore will begin selling graduation regalia effective 4/10/17. Total for a full set is $35.94 (includes cap, gown, and tassel) We look forward to seeing you in store and congratulations!!!

Earth Day Presentation 

On April 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm in Burns Hall room 1467, Dr. Chris Huggard will present, “Can College Students Save the World? The Past and Future Hopes for Earth Day.” Dr. Huggard will be discussing the impetus for the emergence of the environmental ethic, sometimes called Deep Ecology, how it affected the origins of Earth Day, and the main players who initiated Earth Day in 1969-1970, and how college students played key role in Earth Day and how they can continue to be at the forefront of a sustainable society through civic engagement with Earth Day as a marker for the goals of sustainability. For more information about Dr, Huggard, see his bio attached. This presentation is sponsored by the NWACC Student Government, the NWACC Department of Social Sciences, and the NWACC Sustainability Committee. For more information contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu

Math Workshops for Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and PreAlgebra

The attached calendar has all the remaining Math Workshops for Spring, 2017.

Blood Drive

Community Blood Center will be on campus April 27th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in SC 108. Help saves lives by donating blood. To make an appointment contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu.

Graduation Volunteers Needed

Graduation is a very exciting time for our students so we want to do all we can to make it that exciting experience. To do that takes a lot of help–this is where you all come in. Graduation is May 13, 2017 at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. Due to the large number of graduates this year we are going to be holding 4 ceremonies and need lots of volunteers! The ceremonies will be 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. There is also set up that begins at 6:00 am and clean up that typically lasts about an hour after the last ceremony ends. Due to the number of different jobs there are many start and stop times. There is also a pre-graduation information session on May 10th at 1:00 pm for which we will need volunteers. To volunteer contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. Be sure to note the times you are available.

NWACC Transfer Visits at a Glance-April 2017

Representatives from area colleges and universities frequently visit NWACC to speak to transfer students about their future academic goals. While the vast majority of visitors come to the Transfer Information Desk on the 2nd floor in the Student Center, locations may vary. Please consult the attached flyer when making plans to visit with college/university recruiters.

The Transfer Coordinator is IN-April 

Owing to a scheduling conflict, the Transfer Coordinator NOT will be available at the Transfer Information Desk from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on April 6 (1st Thursday), but WILL BE back IN on April 17 (3rd Monday). This new service is designed to help students who have quick questions about the transfer process.

New Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has a new look and feel. You can view by the month, week or agenda. Select the drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the calendar to change the selections of what you would like to view. There is also a “Feedback” section in the upper left hand corner of the page that we would love for you to fill out! Be sure to go and check it out HERE!

Health Information Management application now available 

The Health Information Management applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Respiratory Therapy applications now available 

The Respiratory Therapy applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Canceled Pre-Nursing Student Advisement Session 

The March 16th Pre-Nursing Student Advisement Session has been canceled. The next session will be Tuesday April 18th 2pm-4pm in the Center for Health Professions Room 1014.

University of Central Arkansas Visits NWACC to Help UCA-bound Students Register for Fall 2017 Term 

Do you know a current NWACC student who plans to begin their studies at UCA in Fall 2017? Please share the information on the attached flyer about upcoming April 10 & 11 advising opportunities with interested students.

Nursing HESI A2 Exam Dates 

The HESI A2 entrance exam dates are as follows: April 20th 1 – 4:30, April 21st 2 – 5:30, April 24th 1 – 4:30. As a reminder, HESI registration forms will be sent to applicant NWACC emails. Please carefully follow the directions outlined on the form.

Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – it’s a checkup from your neck up. To take a screening, CLICK HERE or go to NWACC/Campus and Community Resources. Screenings do not provide a diagnosis of any medical condition. The information provided by the screenings do not substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.

2017 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination 

Named in honor of community volunteer, highway commissioner, and former College Trustee, Dick Trammel, this award seeks to recognize an outstanding NWACC alum who has achieved success in his or her career field and made a positive impact on the community. The selected award recipient will be recognized during the annual NWACC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Please see attached document to complete a nomination.

NWACC Scholarship Reviewers NEEDED! 

The NWACC Scholarship Office need faculty and staff reviewers for our 2017-2018 scholarships. Reviews will run from March through May. We know everyone is busy, but this is important to our students so it should be important to us too. The process is simple and completely digital with ample time to complete the reviews. We need YOU to be an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer to help make a difference in our student’s lives. If you are interested in being an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer or you have questions, please contact Amber Voigt, Scholarship Coordinator at 479-619-4316 or scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Student Support and Conduct Newsletter 

Please see the attached February Newsletter from the Office of Student Support and Conduct. The newsletter focuses on a variety of topics and helps keep you up-to-date on resources available and key points of contact. Check it out!

Mindfulness NWACC 

Definition: Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while without judgement, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensation. What can practicing mindfulness accomplish? From UC Berkeley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life website, mindfulness has a number of benefits which include boosting our immune system, reducing stress, tuning out distractions, improving our memory and attention skills, fostering compassion, reducing symptoms of PTSD, and fighting obesity. Mindfulness NWACC will explore various mindfulness techniques to help us navigate our day-to-day circumstances as each moment arises for a more meaningful and positive life. Mindfulness NWACC is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The group will offers two meeting times per week which participants can choose to attend one or both meetings weekly. The Wednesday meeting will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TLC, BH 1324 beginning February 8, and the Monday morning meeting time will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in TLC, BH 1324.. Questions? Contact Jo Schwader at jschwader@nwacc.edu or Sara Downey at saradowney3@hotmail.com. For more information on mindfulness, see http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition. or the attached flyer.

College Algebra Workshops – Spring 2017 

This spring the Math Center will be offering workshops on graphing calculators, test anxiety, function transformations, word problems, and logarithms & exponential functions. In addition, we will have 2 open Q & A sessions and 4 final exam reviews. Please see the attached schedule for the specific times and locations. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Tess O’Brien.

New Media Certificates Available

Ready to work in the Media Industry? NorthWest Arkansas Community College now offers to two Certificates in Media: Certificate of Proficiency – Media (only 5 classes) and Technical Certificate – Media (only 10 classes). These certificates are building blocks for an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. Each certificate includes courses in: Design I, Video Production and Editing, Digital Photography. Students then select other courses from: * Graphic Design * Journalism * Film Arts * Mass Communication * Internship To support these certificates or to join the staff of the student newspaper, students have the option* of taking two 1-credit hour classes: Student Newspaper Lab and Newspaper Layout & Design (only meets FOUR times!) For more information, contact: Denise Nemec: 479-619-4301, dnemec@nwacc.edu or Victor Chalfant: 479-619-4288, victor@nwacc.edu *These classes are not mandatory to complete the media certificates or to be on the Eagle View staff.

NWACC Chamber Orchestra

NWACC Chamber Orchestra has openings for all string players, including violin, viola, ‘cello, and string bass. Non-students of all ages within the community are welcome, but we have a limited number of scholarships available for both music majors, as well as non-music majors. Orchestra meets every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 PM beginning spring semester 2017.

NWACC THANKS! 

Tis the season of THANKS! Outstanding faculty and staff do make a difference. NWACC THANKS provides a way to say “thanks” for a job well done. THANKS can be offered by students, staff or faculty. and you may choose to remain anonymous. Your note will be sent to the recipient as an email, with a copy going to our college President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. Show your appreciation and give THANKS here: http://content.nwacc.edu/distanceLearning/thanks/thanks.php

2017 President’s Circle Art Exhibition

Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar, Bentonville The President’s Circle will host an art exhibition in partnership with Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar featuring artworks by NWACC alumni and current students April 1 – 30, 2017. A portion of purchase proceeds will benefit the student artist and the NWACC Foundation. This event is open to the public. To submit your work, click here!

Student Government Association Public Forum

The Student Government Association would like to invite the student body to attend SGA’s public forums where students can express their opinions and learn about happenings on campus. Please contact the Student Government Association at sga@nwacc.edu or stop by the SGA office in BH 1214. Meetings will take place in the Burns Hall 3rd floor board room at noon on the following dates: April 25th.

Free Counseling for Students

NWACC offers private professional counseling to students through a partnership with area agencies and universities. Counseling is free for students and available on the main campus Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment, contact Jamie Schraeder at jschraeder@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4237 or Dale Montgomery at dmontgom@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4234.

NWACC in the News

Democrat Gazette

NWA Online

Business Journal

NWACC Resources

Campus Maps

Publicity Request Form

Employment Opportunities at NWACC

April 17, 2017


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Open Forums for LMS (NEW)

Distance Learning will be hosting three open forums for the college community to learn more about Blackboard Ultra and Canvas, contenders for our next learning management system (LMS) to replace the current Blackboard 9.1. Faculty who have taught pilot classes this Spring will present their findings, and there will be opportunity for questions. We hope you can attend. – Monday, April 24, 9:30 – 10:30, SC 108A – Tuesday, April 25, 12 – 1 PM, SC 108A – Wednesday, April 26, 3:30 – 4:30, SC 108A Contact Dr. Kate Burkes, kburkes@nwacc.edu for more information.

Upcoming Gong Meditation/Demonstration (NEW)

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to a free gong meditation sponsored by NWACC Faculty Development on Wednesday afternoon, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. in student center 108A. Gong meditations are just one way of many to reduce stress, promote good health and balance, resulting in a general sense of well-being. This is especially useful during the high stress periods such as the end of the semester. For your comfort, you may want to bring a yoga mat or blanket. For a visual reminder, see the attached flyer.

NWACC Enters the Supplier Training Arena (NEW)

Workforce & Economic Development’s Retail and Supplier Education division most known for the Certified Retail Analyst program which trains individuals to break into the Retail industry is now expanding into education for existing suppliers.  An article on this new program is being featured on a new supplier life website. Check out the information on these exciting new course offerings at:

http://www.supplierlife.com/articles/2017_04_13_NWACC_Courses.php

Please help us promote these exciting offerings by sharing this link to your social media and linked in profiles!

NWACC’s Retail & Supplier Education partners with WhyteSpyder (NEW)

Workforce & Economic Development’s Retail and Supplier Education division is partnering with WhyteSpyder a recognized Omni Channel organization.  For additional information about the classes, presented in conjunction with WhyteSpyder, see the full press release at:

http://www.satprnews.com/2017/04/13/whytespyder-partners-with-nwacc-to-teach-course/

NWACC 2017-2018 Anderson Family Scholarship Application NOW AVAILABLE! 

To qualify to apply, students must be enrolled at NWACC during the 2017-2018 academic school year, have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 (freshman must have a minimum composite test score of 19 on the ACT, COMPASS/Accuplacer scores at college level, or 600 GED score), must be in (currently or in the past) the Saving Grace program for a minimum of 3 months, and preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Deadline to apply is noon on July 7th, 2017. For a copy of the application, please click HERE! For questions, please email scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month. Help the library celebrate by creating your own Book Spine Poem and enter to win Oasis Coffee gift certificates! Assemble a poem from book spines. Take a photo of your poem and email it to library@nwacc.edu, or post it on the library’s Facebook page! Entries are due by 5 pm, Friday, April 28th. Open to all current NWACC students, faculty, and staff!

Nursing Program Important Announcement 

The Track III (elongated) option has been eliminated, effective immediately to act in accordance to the Accreditation Commission for Education in nursing recommendations, and due to the lower NCLEX pass rates from this track. Additionally, Bridge to RN will be an LPN to RN track beginning in the spring of 2018. Changes have been made to the admission process beginning in Fall of 2017 for the LPN to RN track and spring 2018 for Track I and Track II. Please monitor the Nursing Department website for updates. The new timelines for the application periods for Track I, Track II, and LPN to RN are as follows:  Track I Application period: February 1st thru March 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the spring semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following fall – Track II  Application period: November 1st thru December 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the fall semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following summer – LPN to RN o Application period: *October 1st thru November 1st – Pre-requisite courses must be completed by the summer semester. Upon acceptance, students would begin nursing classes the following spring *the LPN to RN application period for fall 2017 will be conducted during this timeframe for Fall 2017. Be advised that effective Fall 2018, the application period for the LPN to RN sequence will change to September 1st – October 1st. Students should be sure to schedule an appointment with the Health Professions academic advisor to discuss their academic outlook with respect to their preferred track. As mentioned above, the nursing department has updated the nursing webpage to reflect the most current, accurate information: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_nursing/. Please review the changes posted to the nursing website, as it may aid in answering any possible questions. Should any student need additional clarification regarding general program information, please feel free to contact the nursing department at 479-619-4151, or the Health Professions academic advisor. The NWACC Nursing Program appreciates your patience and understanding on this matter.

Halls of Excellence Awards 

Gamma Beta Phi is announcing the Halls of Excellence Awards for the 2016-2017 school year. Please leave your suggestions for the Faculty and /or Staff member that has been most Excellent! Nominations forms and submission envelope are located on the posters located in each building on campus. The awards will be presented at the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 5, 2017. We will be having lunch, awards, and please come prepared to play “Let’s Make a Deal”-with Dr. Galloway as Host! Dress-Up/Costumes are encouraged-Masks will be provided! See the attached poster for more information.

Math Center Workshops for this coming week 

The Math Center is running two Workshops this coming week: Radicals – for Intermediate Algebra level (and others); Thursday, April 13, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Both workshops are held in Room 314 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

Books Wanted 

SKD and the Honors Program are collecting books for a Spring Arts and Culture Festival Project. Please donate any books you think a college students would like to read – all genres (basically). You can drop them with Juanita in Comm/Arts (by 4/18). Thanks for your help!

Anita E. Jones Fine Arts Series NWACC FACULTY RECITAL

Join our Music Department’s “Community of Artists” at NorthWest Arkansas Community College for the NWACC Faculty Recital, a part of the Anita E. Jones Fine Arts Series, Thursday, 20 April at 7pm in the Shewmaker Center’s WalMart Auditorium. This free event is open to the public. For information contact scooper@nwacc.edu or sgarciaoliver@nwacc.edu.

Student Regalia 

Your NWACC Bookstore will begin selling graduation regalia effective 4/10/17. Total for a full set is $35.94 (includes cap, gown, and tassel) We look forward to seeing you in store and congratulations!!!

Earth Day Presentation 

On April 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm in Burns Hall room 1467, Dr. Chris Huggard will present, “Can College Students Save the World? The Past and Future Hopes for Earth Day.” Dr. Huggard will be discussing the impetus for the emergence of the environmental ethic, sometimes called Deep Ecology, how it affected the origins of Earth Day, and the main players who initiated Earth Day in 1969-1970, and how college students played key role in Earth Day and how they can continue to be at the forefront of a sustainable society through civic engagement with Earth Day as a marker for the goals of sustainability. For more information about Dr, Huggard, see his bio attached. This presentation is sponsored by the NWACC Student Government, the NWACC Department of Social Sciences, and the NWACC Sustainability Committee. For more information contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu

Math Workshops for Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and PreAlgebra

The attached calendar has all the remaining Math Workshops for Spring, 2017.

Blood Drive

Community Blood Center will be on campus April 27th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in SC 108. Help saves lives by donating blood. To make an appointment contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu.

Graduation Volunteers Needed

Graduation is a very exciting time for our students so we want to do all we can to make it that exciting experience. To do that takes a lot of help–this is where you all come in. Graduation is May 13, 2017 at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. Due to the large number of graduates this year we are going to be holding 4 ceremonies and need lots of volunteers! The ceremonies will be 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. There is also set up that begins at 6:00 am and clean up that typically lasts about an hour after the last ceremony ends. Due to the number of different jobs there are many start and stop times. There is also a pre-graduation information session on May 10th at 1:00 pm for which we will need volunteers. To volunteer contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. Be sure to note the times you are available.

NWACC Transfer Visits at a Glance-April 2017

Representatives from area colleges and universities frequently visit NWACC to speak to transfer students about their future academic goals. While the vast majority of visitors come to the Transfer Information Desk on the 2nd floor in the Student Center, locations may vary. Please consult the attached flyer when making plans to visit with college/university recruiters.

The Transfer Coordinator is IN-April 

Owing to a scheduling conflict, the Transfer Coordinator NOT will be available at the Transfer Information Desk from 8:30 am – 10:00 am on April 6 (1st Thursday), but WILL BE back IN on April 17 (3rd Monday). This new service is designed to help students who have quick questions about the transfer process.

New Academic Calendar

The academic calendar has a new look and feel. You can view by the month, week or agenda. Select the drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the calendar to change the selections of what you would like to view. There is also a “Feedback” section in the upper left hand corner of the page that we would love for you to fill out! Be sure to go and check it out HERE!

Health Information Management application now available 

The Health Information Management applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Respiratory Therapy applications now available 

The Respiratory Therapy applications are now available on the Health Professions page of the NWACC website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applicationsApplications will be accepted through July 1 and selection made by mid July for admittance Fall 2017. Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access application. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at dhumphries@nwacc.edu.

Canceled Pre-Nursing Student Advisement Session 

The March 16th Pre-Nursing Student Advisement Session has been canceled. The next session will be Tuesday April 18th 2pm-4pm in the Center for Health Professions Room 1014.

University of Central Arkansas Visits NWACC to Help UCA-bound Students Register for Fall 2017 Term 

Do you know a current NWACC student who plans to begin their studies at UCA in Fall 2017? Please share the information on the attached flyer about upcoming April 10 & 11 advising opportunities with interested students.

Nursing HESI A2 Exam Dates 

The HESI A2 entrance exam dates are as follows: April 17th 1 – 4:30, April 20th 1 – 4:30, April 21st 2 – 5:30, April 24th 1 – 4:30. As a reminder, HESI registration forms will be sent to applicant NWACC emails. Please carefully follow the directions outlined on the form.

Mental Health Screening

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – it’s a checkup from your neck up. To take a screening, CLICK HERE or go to NWACC/Campus and Community Resources. Screenings do not provide a diagnosis of any medical condition. The information provided by the screenings do not substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional.

2017 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award Nomination 

Named in honor of community volunteer, highway commissioner, and former College Trustee, Dick Trammel, this award seeks to recognize an outstanding NWACC alum who has achieved success in his or her career field and made a positive impact on the community. The selected award recipient will be recognized during the annual NWACC commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Please see attached document to complete a nomination.

NWACC Scholarship Reviewers NEEDED! 

The NWACC Scholarship Office need faculty and staff reviewers for our 2017-2018 scholarships. Reviews will run from March through May. We know everyone is busy, but this is important to our students so it should be important to us too. The process is simple and completely digital with ample time to complete the reviews. We need YOU to be an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer to help make a difference in our student’s lives. If you are interested in being an NWACC Scholarship Reviewer or you have questions, please contact Amber Voigt, Scholarship Coordinator at 479-619-4316 or scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Student Support and Conduct Newsletter 

Please see the attached February Newsletter from the Office of Student Support and Conduct. The newsletter focuses on a variety of topics and helps keep you up-to-date on resources available and key points of contact. Check it out!

Mindfulness NWACC 

Definition: Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while without judgement, calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensation. What can practicing mindfulness accomplish? From UC Berkeley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life website, mindfulness has a number of benefits which include boosting our immune system, reducing stress, tuning out distractions, improving our memory and attention skills, fostering compassion, reducing symptoms of PTSD, and fighting obesity. Mindfulness NWACC will explore various mindfulness techniques to help us navigate our day-to-day circumstances as each moment arises for a more meaningful and positive life. Mindfulness NWACC is open to all students, faculty, and staff. The group will offers two meeting times per week which participants can choose to attend one or both meetings weekly. The Wednesday meeting will be from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TLC, BH 1324 beginning February 8, and the Monday morning meeting time will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in TLC, BH 1324.. Questions? Contact Jo Schwader at jschwader@nwacc.edu or Sara Downey at saradowney3@hotmail.com. For more information on mindfulness, see http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition. or the attached flyer.

College Algebra Workshops – Spring 2017 

This spring the Math Center will be offering workshops on graphing calculators, test anxiety, function transformations, word problems, and logarithms & exponential functions. In addition, we will have 2 open Q & A sessions and 4 final exam reviews. Please see the attached schedule for the specific times and locations. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Tess O’Brien.

New Media Certificates Available

Ready to work in the Media Industry? NorthWest Arkansas Community College now offers to two Certificates in Media: Certificate of Proficiency – Media (only 5 classes) and Technical Certificate – Media (only 10 classes). These certificates are building blocks for an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. Each certificate includes courses in: Design I, Video Production and Editing, Digital Photography. Students then select other courses from: * Graphic Design * Journalism * Film Arts * Mass Communication * Internship To support these certificates or to join the staff of the student newspaper, students have the option* of taking two 1-credit hour classes: Student Newspaper Lab and Newspaper Layout & Design (only meets FOUR times!) For more information, contact: Denise Nemec: 479-619-4301, dnemec@nwacc.edu or Victor Chalfant: 479-619-4288, victor@nwacc.edu *These classes are not mandatory to complete the media certificates or to be on the Eagle View staff.

NWACC Chamber Orchestra

NWACC Chamber Orchestra has openings for all string players, including violin, viola, ‘cello, and string bass. Non-students of all ages within the community are welcome, but we have a limited number of scholarships available for both music majors, as well as non-music majors. Orchestra meets every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 PM beginning spring semester 2017.

NWACC THANKS! 

Tis the season of THANKS! Outstanding faculty and staff do make a difference. NWACC THANKS provides a way to say “thanks” for a job well done. THANKS can be offered by students, staff or faculty. and you may choose to remain anonymous. Your note will be sent to the recipient as an email, with a copy going to our college President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. Show your appreciation and give THANKS here: http://content.nwacc.edu/distanceLearning/thanks/thanks.php

2017 President’s Circle Art Exhibition

Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar, Bentonville The President’s Circle will host an art exhibition in partnership with Two25 Art Gallery & Wine Bar featuring artworks by NWACC alumni and current students April 1 – 30, 2017. A portion of purchase proceeds will benefit the student artist and the NWACC Foundation. This event is open to the public. To submit your work, click here!

Student Government Association Public Forum

The Student Government Association would like to invite the student body to attend SGA’s public forums where students can express their opinions and learn about happenings on campus. Please contact the Student Government Association at sga@nwacc.edu or stop by the SGA office in BH 1214. Meetings will take place in the Burns Hall 3rd floor board room at noon on the following dates: April 25th.

Free Counseling for Students

NWACC offers private professional counseling to students through a partnership with area agencies and universities. Counseling is free for students and available on the main campus Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule an appointment, contact Jamie Schraeder at jschraeder@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4237 or Dale Montgomery at dmontgom@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4234.

NWACC in the News (3 NEW)

Democrat Gazette

NWA Online

Business Journal

NWACC Resources

Campus Maps

Publicity Request Form

Employment Opportunities at NWACC