January 30, 2018

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Save on Tuition and Time with CLEP! (NEW)

Did you know that NWACC currently accepts credit for 25 CLEP exams? Modern States Education Alliance is offering free online CLEP courses designed to prepare you for a CLEP exam!

These courses are free to all users and include free textbooks and course materials. The classes are taught by college professors and are self-paced.

There are no prerequisites or restrictions on enrolling. See https://modernstates.org/course/ for more information on courses offered. The only fees are for the $85 CLEP ticket and $35 for the proctoring fee. Speak to your advisor to see which CLEP exams would fit best with your degree plan. Contact the Testing Center at assessment@nwacc.edu or 479-986-4078 for more information on CLEP.

UCA Bound This Fall? Get Advised NOW! (NEW)

Don’t miss this special opportunity for students who are heading to “Bear County” this fall: University of Central Arkansas adviser Geoff Thiers will be on our campus this spring to advise transferring students for their first fall semester at UCA.

Starting in April, students who meet with Mr. Thiers will also be able to register for their fall UCA classes without ever leaving our NWACC campus. For more information, please open the attached flyer. If you would like to schedule an appointment with UCA adviser Geoff Thiers in our Academic Advising Center (2nd floor SC), visit https://appoint.ly/s/UCATRANSFER/NWACCSP18 . Please note that appointments cannot be made more than 3 weeks in advance. And don’t forget to sign up for a free UCA account here (gopurple.uca.edu) to receive updates as you plan your transfer. Are you interested in learning more about UCA before you schedule an appointment? Unsure about where and when you want to transfer? Our college has over 60 different 2+2 agreements with UCA that will allow you to complete an Associate’s Degree with us before you transfer to UCA. If you are planning to transfer to UCA later or would like more information on the university and its opportunities, you can find out more here (http://uca.edu/2plus2/nwacc/2017-2018/ ). Please contact transferpathways@nwacc.edu for more information if you do not see your major listed under these agreements but plan to attend UCA.

NWACC Team Wins Scrabble Wars 

Congratulations to the team representing NWACC at Scrabble Wars on Saturday! The NWACC Skolars team won in the traditional category to take home the plaque as 2018 champions. The event benefited the Literacy Council of Benton County.

Photos of the team and the board appear above.

NWACC Nursing Program Ranked One of Best in State

NorthWest Arkansas Community College’s nursing program has been ranked as one of the best in Arkansas!

NWACC’s program earned a#4 ranking from RegisteredNursing.org : https://www.registerednursing.org/state/arkansas/#rankings

Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. The organization analyzed past and present first-time NCLEX-RN “pass-rates” – weighted by year.

You can learn more about the methodology used here: https://www.registerednursing.org/rn-ranking-methodology/

Congratulations to the entire NWACC team on this outstanding accomplishment!

NWACC  Bowling Competes in Texas Tournament (NEW)

Tournament Summary

The NWACC Eagles Bowling Club competed in their first two official Collegiate Bowling Tournaments on January 13th and 14th. The following student athletes participated in the tournaments: Ashley Jenkins, Ben Freese, Brandon Lee, Dylan Framstad, Joshua Patterson, Kevin Christians, and Taylor Maxfield.

On January 13th our Eagles bowled against 10 other men’s varsity teams in Richardson, Texas. They bowled 5 team games and then 14 baker format games. (Baker format is where five bowlers each bowl 2 frames to complete a single game.) The team finished 8th with 6733 total pins. This was about 50 pins behind the Texas Tech Club Team and about 50 pins ahead of the Texas A&M Club Team.

On January 14th our Eagle participated in their second tournament against 9 other men’s varsity team, but this time they bowled in Plano, Texas. Sunday’s format was a straight 7 team games, but the our Eagles could manage a 9th place finish. This time around it was Texas A&M that managed to be 50 pins better then us.

Gamma Beta Phi Valentine’s Day Sale (NEW)

Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away, so make this year extra special with some “sweet” deals that Gamma Beta Phi has available.

Starting January 28, pre-orders will be accepted for candy bouquets in various sizes with prices that can fit in everyone’s budget. Direct table sales will be on February 13 and 14 from 10am until 2 p.m. in front of the Academic Success Center in Burns Hall. Specific details for ordering can be found on the attached flier and attached order form.

Honorary Degree Nominations Being Accepted 

Nominations are being accepted for honorary degrees to be presented at NWACC’s 2018 commencement.

Any trustee, faculty member, alumnus, or interested individual may nominate an individual for this honor.

A related form and additional information are attached.

Completed nominations must be submitted by March 2.

NWACC Food Pantry in Need of Donations 

Thanks to all the wonderful NWACC employees, students, and supporters, the NWACC Food Pantry has been operated solely on a donation basis.

In the 2.5 years we have been open we have never had to purchase food and have served more than 500 students, employees, and their families. We are once again looking to our NWACC family for donations. The pantry currently needs the following items:

  • Canned fruit
  • Gluten-free items
  • Meals in a can such as Chef Boyardee ravioli and beef-a-roni
  • Canned meat such as Spam and chicken (we still have plenty of tuna)
  • Individual serving size snacks such as pretzels, snack cakes, chips, etc.

We also have some dietary needs that require rice products.

We have also recently started stocking personal hygiene items such as shampoo and are in need of shampoo, conditioner, and men’s deodorant.

Donations may be taken to the Student Information Center in the Becky Paneitz Student Center or to Becky Hudson in SC 225 H. Monetary donations are also accepted. For more information contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu

Service Learning Project Planning Meetings for Spring 2018

Below are the planning meetings for the Service Learning Projects for the Spring 2018 semester:

  1. E3 – Elementary Education Entrepreneurship, Monday, January 29, 3:15 p.m., a project sponsored by VP Tim Cornelius in partnership with Elmdale Elementary School 4th-grade teachers and their students
  2. Marshallese Project, Tuesday., January 30 at 3 p.m. and Wednesday. January 31, 430 p.m., a project sponsored by Dr. April Brown, that focuses on the culture of the Marshallese and advocacy efforts in NWA
  3. Sustainability Project, Thursday., Feb. 1, 3 p.m., a project devoted to NWACC sustainability initiatives, such as the Monarch Butterfly Garden and with partner Teresa Sidwell, Environmental Officer of the Benton County Environmental Division
  4. Food Insecurity Project, Monday, Feb. 5, 3 p.m., a project in partnership with the Culinary Arts Program to reclaim foods to be cooked for folks in need in NWA, organic gardening concepts, nutrition, and the impact of fast food industries on nutrition and workers
  5. Arkansas History Project, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m., a project in partnership with National History Day, sponsored by Dr. Jami Forrester, to serve as judges for National History Day, March 3, and also to work with the Benton County Archives to transcribe historical documents (1857-1869 period)
  6. Veterans Project, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 3 p.m., a project devoted to Veterans issues and raising funds for the NWACC Veterans Scholarship
  7. Native American Project, Thursday, Feb. 8, 3 p.m., a project devoted to understanding the culture and history of Cherokees and other Native Americans and in partnership with the Cherokee Immersion School of which supply drives are done each semester.

If you have questions about participating, contact Dr. Chris Huggard, chuggard@nwacc.edu or 479-619-4270. A brochure about E3, Sustainability, Arkansas History Project, Native American Project, and the Veterans Project is attached at this link. Fliers about the Marshallese Project and the Food Insecurity Project are attached at this link.

Spring Book Club 

Join us to read and discuss any of our monthly titles! See http://nwaccbookclub.blogspot.com/ for books and meeting times. Sabrina Chesne at schesne@nwacc. edu has more information and books to loan.

Thinking Money Educator’s Workshop at Bentonville Public Library

Educators are invited to attend Thinking Money: A Financial Expedition Educator’s Workshop at Bentonville Public Library on Tuesday, February 6, from 4-6 p.m.

Thinking Money is a traveling exhibit that will be on view at BPL from Saturday, February 10 to Wednesday, March 14.

Dr. Rita Littrell, Director of the Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education at the University of Arkansas, will be the keynote speaker. With a goal of integrating the exhibition and financial literacy into the classroom, the workshop will address:

  • The use of current financial literacy related educational materials, fiction and nonfiction print resources as well as digital resources, in a cross-curricular approach
  • Hands-on activities that engage students and encourage personal understanding
  • Information for educators on the financial literacy resources available via the Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education at the University of Arkansas.

Thinking Money is designed to teach tweens, teens and the adults in their lives about financial literacy topics in a way that is not only understandable, but also fun. Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities, the exhibition explores themes such as wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, avoiding financial fraud and imagining your future self.

The Arkansas Department of Education has approved full workshop attendance for two hours of professional development credit, but drop-in attendance is welcome. Registration is not required for this workshop. The American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, whose support made this exhibition possible, developed Thinking Money.

For information about Thinking Money, please contact Sarah Herford at 479-273-7755 or sherford@bentonvillear.com.

Study Abroad in Haiti

NorthWest Arkansas Community College is going to Haiti’s Cap Haitien in June 2018. Travel dates are June 16-25, 2018.

Cap Haitien is a tourist city in northern Haiti. It is the home of the Citadelle Henri Christophe, the ruins of the Sans-Souci Palace, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The 9-day trip includes travel to Miami from Bentonville airport (XNA to MIA), one night in Miami, and a direct flight to Cap Haitien (CAP) the following morning. We spend 7 days in Cap Haitien, then return from Cap Haitien to Miami, spend one night in Miami, then fly from Miami to Bentonville.

In addition to visiting the Citadelle and Sans Souci, participants will take a walking tour of Cap Haitien’s 19th century gingerbread architecture, as well as spend time at Paradise Beach (Plage du Paradis). Participants will learn some French, some Haitian Creole, and return with a sharper appreciation for Haiti and its people. This short study abroad is also practical for those with demands from work, family, and other obligations.

The well-known and respected tour agency Voyages Lumieres is arranging in-country accommodations, as well as visits to historical and academic sites.

For additional information, please contact the director of International Programs, Jeremy Youmans, jyoumans@nwacc.edu. You may also visit the NWACC’s study abroad website: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/studyabroad/haiti.

NWACC Food Pantry Spring Distribution Schedule Announced 

NWACC’s Food Pantry provides help to NWACC students, faculty and staff throughout the year.

Food will be distributed on every other Wednesday and Thursday, beginning January 24, 2018. A three-day supply of food is given.

Applications for assistance can be picked up at the Student Information Center in the Becky Paneitz Student Center or at the Office of Student Life in room 225 H in the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

All persons requesting assistance must have an initial application on file. They will then be required to complete a distribution request form each time they request assistance.

Distribution Request forms must be turned in at the Office of Student Life no later than 3:30 p.m. on the Monday before distribution.

In emergency cases, food may be distributed outside of normal distribution times.

Please contact Becky Hudson, Director of Student Life at rhudson1@nwacc.edu or 479-986-6682 for more information about the Pantry.

  • Distribution Date: Feb. 7, 8 — Request forms submitted by Feb. 5
  • Distribution Date: Feb. 21, 22 — Request forms submitted by Feb. 19
  • Distribution Date: March 7, 8 — Request forms submitted by March 5
  • Distribution Date: March 14, 15 (this is a week early due to Spring Break) — Request forms submitted by March 12
  • March 21, 22 —No distribution this week due to Spring Break
  • Distribution Date: March 28, 29 — Request forms submitted by March 26
  • Distribution Date: April 11, 12 — Request forms submitted by April 9
  • Distribution Date: April 25, 26 — Request forms submitted by April 23
  • Distribution Date: May 9, 10 — Request forms submitted by May 7

Student Services Friday Hours in January 

In January, our service hours to students will be Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

We will resume our normal Friday hours of 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Friday, February 2nd.

Study Abroad – Summer 2018

Study Abroad – Summer 2018 is just around the corner. Don’t get left out!

Applications being accepted now for trips to the following locations: * Greece * Germany * Thailand * Haiti * Italy

For questions, email StudyAbroad@nwacc.edu.

A related flier is attached. For more information, visit https://www.nwacc.edu/web/studyabroad/

NWACC in ITALY

Please help remind students that “NWACC in Italy” is now taking applications for Summer 2018.

Live and study for a month in Tuscany and receive 6 hours of NWACC college credit. It’s one of the best and best priced educational study abroad programs of its kind.

Scholarships are available.

Visit the website www.NWACCinITALY.com for more info or contact Jeremy Youmans, Victor Chalfant, Chris Huggard, or Miles Fish.

STUDENT NOTES

PRIDE Student Club Meeting

For students who are members of the PRIDE club, join us for pizza and a presentation on “PRIDE Resources” at 12 noon Jan. 30 in room 108 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center. To join: email pride@nwacc.edu

Student Government Public Forum

The NWACC Student Ambassador and Government Association would like to invite the student body to attend SAGA’s public forums where students can express their opinions, voice concerns and ideas, and learn about happenings on campus.

Meetings will take place in the Burns Hall 3rd floor board room (unless otherwise noted) at 9:00 a.m. on the following dates:

  • February 9
  • February 23
  • March 16
  • March 30
  • April 13
  • April 27
  • For more information stop by the SAGA office —Burns Hall 1215 or contact a SAGA member at SAGA@nwacc.edu.

Inter-Club Council (ICC) Meetings

The Inter-Club Council, (ICC), is a group established by the Student Ambassador and Government Association that includes representatives from every campus club.

Please join them once a month to hear what other campus clubs are doing and to learn about opportunities, such as funding, available to organizations. Any club member or adviser is welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings. If you have any questions, please contact a Student Ambassador and Government Association member at SAGA@nwacc.edu or Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. The next ICC meetings will be February 5th at 12:30 p.m. in Burns Hall 1444.

Graphing Calculator Introduction Workshops (TODAY)

The Math Center is offering Graphing Calculator Introduction Workshops (for Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and other students new to the calculators) the next two weeks:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 30, 3:00-4:00 p.m., in SC 338
  • Friday, Feb. 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in SC 338

A related flier is attached.

Transfer Visits (TODAY)

Representatives from area colleges and universities frequently visit NWACC to speak to transfer students about their future academic goals.

This semester, these institutions typically will be in either the Student Center lobby (SC) or outside the Information Commons in Burns Hall (BH), except for special events or visits to the Washington County Center.

Please consult the list below when helping students make plans to visit with college/university recruiters.

  • Monday, Jan. 29: John Brown University, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, SC
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31: Harding University, Searcy, AND Harding University, NWA – Degree Completion in Education, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., BH
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31: University of Central Arkansas, Conway, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., BH
  • Thursday, Feb. 1: University of Central Arkansas, Conway, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Washington County Center

Math Center Hours for Spring 2018 

  • Mondays: 8 a.m. – 7:40 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. & 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. & 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For a more detailed schedule with tutors’ names and what they tutor, please open the attached flyer.

PTA Application

The Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)application is currently available through March 1, 2018. The application can be found at: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/academics_healthProfessions/applications

Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to submit the application. For questions concerning PTA or submitting the application please contact Healthprofessions@nwacc.edu

WORK-STUDY OPPORTUNITIES

Work-Study Needed: Tutoring Center 

The Tutoring Center is looking to hire a tutor through the work-study program! Position pays $10/hour and is for 16 hours/week.

Students must have earned an A or B in the courses that they tutor in, academic records will be checked to confirm this requirement. Applicants must be current NWACC students who are eligible for financial aid. Interested students should email their resume and NWACC student ID # to dschader@nwacc.edu.

Work-Study Position–Office of Student Success 

The Office of Student Success is looking for a work study! The position is up to 15 hours per week.

Job duties include checking students in for appointments and tutoring, directing students to the appropriate office, and assisting with outreach communication.

Applicants must be current NWACC students who are eligible for financial aid. Interested students should email their resume and NWACC student ID # to dschader@nwacc.edu.

Work-Study Needed! Dean of Students Office

NWACC’s Dean of Students Office is seeking a dependable work study to assist the Counseling and Wellness Center. The position is open for up to 19 hours per week. Applicants must be current NWACC students who are eligible for financial aid. Interested parties should email their resume and NWACC student ID to jschraeder@nwacc.edu

A related flier is attached.

Washington County Work-Study Positions Available

NWACC’s Washington County Center is seeking work-study students.

The positions will be for 15-19 hours per week. Job postings and full descriptions are located at https://www.nwacc.edu/web/lss_fa/work_study_opportunities (please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Washington County Center positions listed). Applicants must be current NWACC students who are eligible for financial aid.

Interested parties should email their name and NWACC student ID to bgoodman@nwacc.edu or call 479-927-3330 for inquiries.

SERVICES

Did You Know? Personal Counseling Is Free to Students

NWACC offers personal and career counseling to students through our new Counseling & Wellness Center.

Counseling is free for students and available on the main campus Monday-Friday. To schedule an appointment, contact counseling@nwacc.edu, (479) 619-4128 or visit us on the 2nd Floor of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.

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, OPEN THIS LINK 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.

NWACC IN THE NEWS 

KHOG (40/29): Dr. Matt Evans discusses the State of the Union speech

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: (1/30) page 1B — Greenhouse adds to food studies

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: (1/25) page 5B Tantalizing, Tasty (Illusionist’s Table – Brightwater)