February 16, 2018


NWACC Theatre’s New Play Festival (TODAY)

On Thursday, February 15, at 1:30 p.m. and Friday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the NWACC Theatre (White Auditorium/Burns Hall 1030), there will be a New Play Festival featuring plays that are written by the Playwriting students during Fall semester.

NWACC Theatre students are producing the event in order to raise money for travel to San Angelo, TX for the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival to showcase invited playwright, Genny Olson, and perform her play, “Ghost of the Bones,” which is a regional finalist for the National Playwriting Program at KCACTF.

There will be a suggested donation of $5 during the daytime performance and an admission fee of $5 for the evening performance. There will also be concessions available in the main lobby for their fundraising efforts during the day on Thursday, February 15 before and after the performance. For more information, please contact the NWACC Theatre Coordinator, Ashley Edwards, aedwards3@nwacc.edu.

Chipotle Fundraiser For Student Nurses’ Association (SATURDAY)

Saturday, February 17, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., come to the Chipotle at 2400 SE Walton Blvd. in Bentonville and let the cashier know you’re supporting the Student Nurses’ Association at NWACC so that 50% of the proceeds will be donated by Chipotle to the Student Nurses’ Association at NWACC.

You can bring the attached flyer in, show it on your smartphone or simply mention the cause.

Please feel free to print out the flyer and share it with your friends and family. The Student Nurses’ Association at NWACC appreciates your support!

Reality Bites: Student Session Series (NEW)

The Counseling & Wellness Center will be hosting a series of quick sessions on HOT TOPICS during the next 6 weeks. Wednesdays & Thursdays from 12-12:30 pm.

   02/28 & 03/01: Healthy Relationships

03/07 & 03/08: Setting Healthy Boundaries

   03/14 & 03/15: Time Management

   03/28 & 03/29: Safe Online Dating

  04/04 & 04/05: Money Management

You can found these details on Facebook @NWACCstulife

Blue & You Fitness Challenge

Get ready for the challenge ahead! It is almost time for the Blue & You Fitness Challenge, the annual three month activity frenzy. We’ll compete against other teams our size by earning points for exercise. A related flier is attached.

The Challenge begins March 1 and ends May 31. Whether you are an experienced athlete who wants more or a newbie who wants to get on track, the Challenge is an OPPORTUNITY to prioritize your health and put yourself first. Come and be a part of team NWACC.

Registration is open until February 28. Secure your spot by:

  1.  Going to http://www.blueandyoufitnesschallenge-ark.com
  2. Selecting “Register:
  3. Entering our group code which is NWACC
  4. Completing the entry form

That’s it! When the Challenge starts on March 1, you’ll start logging your exercise. Contact Barb Gordon at bgordon@nwacc.edu if you have questions about the challenge.

Regional Transit Changing Bus Schedules

Ozark Regional Transit is changing its Benton County bus route schedules beginning Monday, Feb. 19. These changes affect faculty and staff who use ORT, but the changes also will affect our NWACC students who use the ORT services.

The biggest change involves the 490 Express route that goes northbound from Fayetteville to Bentonville and southbound from Bentonville to Fayetteville. That route is being reduced from two buses to one. Frequency will be affected, as will departure times. The last bus will now leave NWACC in Bentonville at 8:30 p.m.

ORT officials have said that some changes to this new schedule may occur as the Springdale City Council considers a funding request later this month.

The changes in the 490 Express route also will affect the time that the first bus gets to the Washington County Center and NWACC in Bentonville each morning. Under the new schedule, the first bus will leave Fayetteville from the Arkansas Archeological Survey office at 6:45 a.m., stop at the NWA Mall at 7:05 a.m., the Washington County Center at 7:20 a.m. and the Bentonville campus at 7:45 a.m. A complete schedule for Route 490 is attached.

In other related changes, Rogers routes 51 and 52 will end operations each day at 5:35 p.m.

Bentonville route 11 will cease operations at 5:45 p.m. each day.

For additional information on this subject, please contact Jeff Hatley of ORT at 479-365-2161.

Jeans Week for Domestic & Sexual Violence Awareness (THIS WEEK)

February 12-16th is our monthly Jeans Week for Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness.

You are invited to wear jeans for a minimum donation of $10. All money collected will be divided between the NWA Women’s Shelter and the NWA Center for Sexual Assault. We have raised over $3,400 since 2016 – let’s keep up the good work.

Please take donations to Jamie Schraeder, Student Center SC 225 I.

If you are in a position that already allows you to wear jeans, you may still make a donation if you would like. Also, please use your discretion during Jeans Week when meeting with off-campus individuals or groups.

Student’s Special Waffle Sale

On Wednesday, February 21, and Thursday, February 22, the Citizens of the World International club is hosting a fundraiser of waffles, hot chocolate, sausages and scrambled eggs! For general information, open this flyer, and for prices, open the price flyer. We accept cash, credit cards and checks! Sales will begin at 10 a.m. during both days of sales.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please email Dinesh Hingoo at citizensoftheworldnwacc@gmail.com

A pre-order form is attached.

NWACC Faculty Member Featured in New Yorker

Congrats to Ryan Cockerham, NWACC Music adjunct, for his work on reviving the orchestral works of Arkansas composer Florence Price! He conducted recording sessions that were recently released on CD and reviewed this week in NEW YORKER magazine.

Thank you, Ryan, for all of your work in the profession and for what you bring to NWACC in educating our students.

A link to the article follows: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/05/the-rediscovery-of-florence-price

Books Needed 

Did you read a book so great that you want to share? Something not so great that someone else might like? HSA (Honors Student Association) and SKD (Sigma Kappa Delta) students are looking for books to use at their “Blind Date with a Book” booth at the Spring Arts Festival. While the theme is labor, your donated books can be about anything — the audience is our NWACC community. We’d also like to add that we welcome books for kids too (we’d love to offer students a gift to take home to their kids). New or gently used please! Drop off at BH 1118 any time, and thank you again!

Spring 2018 Scholarship Cycle NOW AVAILABLE! 

If you know a student attending NWACC during the Spring 2018 semester, let the student know about some special scholarship opportunities! The following Scholarship applications are now available for students to apply:

  • Anderson Family Scholarship
  • Bella Vista Sunrise Rotary Club Single Parent Scholarship
  • Dr. Edwin and Arlene Wait Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Home for Dinner Scholarship
  • J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. Logistics Scholarship
  • Workforce HVAC Scholarship
  • Workforce Electrical Apprenticeship Scholarship

These scholarships will be awarded in and applied towards your Spring 2018 semester. A copy of the scholarship packet is attached.

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 23, by 4:30. For questions about NWACC Scholarships, please contact the Scholarship Coordinator at scholarships@nwacc.edu.

Save on Tuition and Time with CLEP!

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.

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.

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.


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

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. 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


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.

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/


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.


STEMSEAS: Exploratory Opportunity for Students

Here’s an opportunity for STEM and non-STEM students.

STEMSEAS   http://mlp.ldeo.columbia.edu/stemseas/ aims to provide ship-based, 6-10 day exploratory experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds aboard NSF-funded research vessels. Students will sail with experienced faculty mentors and engage in geoscience and oceanography activities (while also having fun)!

Most expenses (travel to/from the ports of call, materials, and living expenses while on the ship) will be paid by the program- there is very little cost to participants.

Apply   today ( application link is https://form.jotform.com/73035054047146 ).


The NWACC FCA kick-off will be Thurday, March 15th 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Student Center 108 A&B.

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 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.


Northeastern State (NSU) Open House at NWACC

Do you know a student interested in attending Northeastern State University (NSU)? If they’re unsure about where they want to go but want to explore options, there’s an upcoming event just for them.

Students may drop in for FREE pizza, meet with NSU Academic Advisors, and learn more about transferring to NSU in the future!

NSU is an affordable option for in-state, out-of-state, and international students. Join us for an NSU Open House on our campus Tuesday, February 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center lobby. Open the attached flyer here.

UCA Bound This Fall? Get Advised NOW!

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.

Transfer Visits

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, Feb. 19, Arkansas Tech University, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., SC
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 10 a.m.-?, SC
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, Northeastern State University, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., SC
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, University of Arkansas, 9 a.m.- 12 noon, BH
  • Thursday, March 1, Harding-Searcy AND Harding-NWA Degree Completion in Education, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Washington County Center
  • Thursday, March 1, University of the Ozarks, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., BHPTA ApplicationThe 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/applicationsApplicants will need their NWACC username and password to submit the application. For questions concerning PTA or submitting the application please contact Healthprofessions@nwacc.eduPTA 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


Factoring Polynomials (for Intermediate Algebra and other students) (TODAY)

Factoring Polynomials – a Math Center workshop for Intermediate Algebra (and other) students, will be offered:

  • Friday, Feb 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in SC 338 and
  • Tuesday, March 6, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in SC 338

A related flier is attached.

Word Problems (Linear, Systems) – Math Workshops 

A Math Center workshop on Word Problems for Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and other students – will be

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in SC 338
  • Friday, March 30, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in SC 338
  • Tuesday, April 3, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in SC 338

A related flier is attached.

Graphing Lines & Functions by Hand – Workshops

Graphing Lines & Functions by Hand – A Math Center workshop for Beginning Algebra and Intermediate Algebra (and other) students will be

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4:15-5:15 p.m. in SC 343

A related flier is attached.

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.


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 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.


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.


KNWA: C-Span Bus Stops at NWACC

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: What’s Up Abbreviated — New Play Festival listing

KNWA: Senior Citizens Perform Random Acts of Congress at NWACC

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (photo): C-SPAN bus stops in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (photo): Giving Back — Caddell Construction Co.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (People & Places): Professor Receives Krauft Grant, NWACC Nursing Ranked High

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Local Notes — NWACC hosts play festival