March 5, 2018


Silent Auction Germany Study Abroad (NEW)

The silent auction will take place March 13 (Tuesday) and March 14 *(Wednesday) in the Student Center Forum. This event is to support students to make the study abroad to Germany this summer more affordable. If you would like to donate items for the silent auction, please bring the items to BH 2220 or contact Dr. Tinker-Walker at to make arrangements to pick those up. If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Germany study abroad, please contact NWACC’s Foundation, Dr. Tinker-Walker [], or the director of Global Studies, Mr. Youmans []. Any way you can support the students with their study abroad to Germany is much appreciated.

Faculty/Staff Rental Regalia

Hello All! It is that time of year again to start getting ready for the upcoming graduation ceremony. If you will be needing to rent regalia, you need to have it communicated to the bookstore no later than April 2nd. The information can be sent to Devin at or 479-619-2222. Pricing is listed below Bachelor Cap w/ tassel $1.98 Gown $23.98 Hood $29.98 Master Cap w/ tassel $1.98 Gown $25.98 Hood $31.98 Doctor Cap w/ tassel $1.98 Gown $30.98 Hood $36.98 Tam $31.98

2018-2019 Scholarship Application DEADLINE EXTENDED! (NEW)

Will you be attending NWACC during the 2018-2019 academic school year? Do you need financial assistance to help you as you earn your degree? If so, do not forget to apply for our General Scholarship Cycle, which will be available from December 1, 2017 through March 18, 2018! All you need to do is complete our ONE ONLINE scholarship application and our software will determine which scholarships you qualify to apply. To start your application, click HERE or check out the “Apply for NWACC Scholarships” button on the NWACC Scholarships webpage. If you are interested in learning more about the scholarship process and tips on applying, check out our Virtual Scholarship Workshop, which can be found on the NWACC Scholarship YouTube channel. For questions about NWACC Scholarships, please contact the Scholarship Coordinator at

Golden Eagle Nominations Requested!

The Golden Eagle is awarded 6 times per year to students who demonstrate outstanding commitment to education, leadership and service. This award earns the student recognition from the Board of Trustees, $100, a plaque in the Golden Eagle case in the Student Center, and the opportunity to be selected as the Distinguished Golden Eagle at the end of the current academic year. The Distinguished Golden Eagle awards the recipient with a scholarship worth up to $1800 for the following academic year! Please use the link below to nominate eligible students before the deadline of 3/21/18.

Test Anxiety Workshops

Test Anxiety Workshops: Wednesday, Feb 28, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. SC 319 and Thursday, March 1, 12:15-1:15 p.m, SC 314.

Honorary Degree Nominations Being Accepted (FRIDAY DEADLINE)

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 Arts & Culture Festival (MARCH 6 & MARCH 7) (UPDATED)

NWACC’s Spring Arts & Culture Festival is coming March 6 & 7. This year’s theme is labor. We hope you will participate in as many activities as possible.

For a sneak peek, here’s the complete schedule as an attached pdf document.

An abbreviated version follows:

Day 1: Tuesday, March 6

  • 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. — An Interactive Conversation on Ethics and Morality (with Dr. Kohl Gill),  Peterson Auditorium
  • 10:30-11:15 — Performance: NWA Poetry Team (45 minutes) featuring Houston Hughes, Doug Shields, Molly Sroges and Claudia Young,  White Auditorium
  • 11:15-noon — Presentation: On the life and music of Woody Guthrie featuring Deanna McCloud, chief curator of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, OK, White Auditorium
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. — Student, College, Community participation (information, performances and interactive projects), Bogle Plaza and Student Center
  • 1:30-2:15 p.m. — Keynote address by Dr. Kohl Gill, CEO of Labor Voices, Inc.,Walmart Auditorium
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Panel discussion on global and local labor practices, moderated by Dr. Gill, Walmart Auditorium
  • 4-6 p.m. — Screening of “A Life in Miniature” documentary followed by Q&A with filmmaker Stephanie Lewis, White Auditorium
  • 6:30-9 p.m. — Artist talk from Purdy Eaton, 21c Hotel & Museum, Bentonville Square (Following the talk, there will be time to tour the Labor & Materials exhibit, socialize and have refreshments at the Hive Lounge.)

Day 2: Wednesday, March 7

  • 9-9:45 a.m. — Talk from local artist Kenneth Siemens, White Auditorium
  • 10-11 a.m. — Panel discussion on the local artist & arts economy, moderated by Dayton Castleman, White Auditorium
  • 10:30-noon — Wikipedia Editing: Wading into the Realm of Free Labor and Digital Labor, Burns Hall 1208
  • 11 a.m.-noon — Talk from Raven Cook, Museum Educator, Crystal Bridges, White Auditorium
  • Noon-2 p.m. — Student, Community, College participation (information, performances and interactive projects), Student Center and Bogle Plaza
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. — Do Chefs really need to stand the heat?, roundtable of chefs moderated by Dr. Glenn Mack, White Auditorium
  • 3-4:30 p.m.Screening of documentary “Code: Debugging the Gender Gap” with panel discussion hosted by Kim Bertschy, Student Center 108
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. — Women in Construction panel, moderated by Toni Bognar, director of development for Baldwin and Shell and featuring Christy Newsom, Whitney Hagedorn, Cori Miller, Ann Miller and Rebecca Walker, White Auditorium
  • 7-10 p.m. — Arkansauce concert, featuring the Rockhoppers of Arkansas Arts Academy and popular local folk duo Adam Cox & Candice Houston, Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food

Spring Arts and Culture Workshop – Letting Go and Tuning In: The Labor of Mindfulness (NEW)

In a culture obsessed with connection, consumption, and competition, we often neglect to tune into the present moment. In this hands-on workshop, participants will work through several techniques to intentionally release our tendency to dwell on the past and future. Instead, we will practice mindfulness in the present moment through a tiny tasting, breathing exercises, gentle yoga stretches, a guided relaxation meditation, and a gong bath. Important notes: • Pre-registration is recommended to reserve your spot. Email Rachel Ackerman ( to reserve your spot. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. • Limited to 20 participants per session. • Participants should wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Additional blanket(s) and pillow(s) are recommended for ultimate comfort since we will be lying on the floor during several of the activities. Workshops will be held in the Becky Paneitz Student Center on March 7th. The first one will begin at 1:00 pm and the 2nd will begin at 2:00 pm. Each workshop will last approximately 1 hour.

Ad Astra Version 8!

Wednesday morning, February 28, when you open Ad Astra you will find a new look waiting for you. We are moving to Version 8 and want you to know that help is available if you need it.

When you see the new Home Page, you will see the Sign In button in the upper right. Login as you usually do, but don’t be concerned when you don’t see anything happening for awhile. Please contact Janet O’Neill, Allan Benson or Diane Boss with questions.

NWACC Alumni Graduation Committee 

The NWACC Alumni Association is reinventing its Graduation After-Party and WE NEED YOU! Our first meeting is on March 6th at 10:30 in the Burns Hall 3rd Floor Board Room. If you are an NWACC alum who would like to participate, or if you have any questions, please contact Karen O’Donohoe at

Join us and let’s welcome our newest grads into the NWACC Alumni Family!

ORT Update

As most of you know, the college recently conducted a survey to assess ridership levels of the Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) bus among NWACC students, faculty and staff. According to the survey, 525 out of 1076 survey participants expressed at least some dependence on the ORT bus for transportation to work or classes. Survey results could include multiple responses from the same individuals and could potentially over-represent current ridership.

While the survey was live, ORT made the decision to cut several routes going to and from NWACC locations.  Please know that your college leadership understands that providing mass transportation is very important to many of our students and the College Cabinet is currently exploring ways to continue to do that in a financially responsible way. Updates will continue to be provided as information becomes available. Full survey results are available upon request by emailing Thank you.

Reserved Parking Spaces Available for Employees

If there are any employees still interested in purchasing a reserved parking space, some are still available and can be purchased at the main Public Safety office located in the Center for Health Professions, 1042. There are reserved spaces available for the parking garage and all building locations on the Bentonville campus.

The cost for a lot space is $245.00 annually ($10.21/paycheck) or $275.00 annually ($11.46/paycheck) for a parking garage space. Payroll deduction is only available for full-time employees.

Part-time employees must pay in full at the Cashier’s Office (SC, 2nd floor) since they are paid on an irregular pay cycle.

Brightwater Partners With Cooperative

Brightwater’s newest partner in local food systems is New South Cooperative.

Starting Wednesday, May 2nd, Brightwater will be a pick-up site for New South’s CSA boxes.

A related flier is attached.

Information on Campus Notification and Alert Systems

During an emergency situation and for important announcements (such as severe weather and campus closings), NWACC may utilize multiple methods of contacting you, including BCAlert, LiveSafe, our mass notification systems, e-mail, and social media.  While we’ve provided information recently about our mass notification systems, we also wanted to take the opportunity to provide you with more information about BCAlert and LiveSafe.


Benton County now has an enhanced BCAlert emergency warning system, which NWACC is authorized to use to convey important messages.  BC Alerts is a free, publicly available system that allows you to easily and conveniently be forewarned about dangerous weather, notified of an emergency situation, or campus closures.  The system gives you critical information during emergencies, with official notifications from local public safety and emergency managers, both from NWACC and Benton County Emergency Management.  These alerts will tell you where to go, what to do, and how to stay informed and are available by text, email, and phone.  Because you can receive messages by text on your cell phone, BCAlerts may remain functional in times of poor cell phone service, even when you can’t receive a call.  We encourage you to sign up for BCAlerts, following these easy steps:

  • Go to
  • Click “Sign Up Now!”
  • Create an account by filling in basic information about yourself, such as your name, e-mail, and address.
  • Select how you want to get alerts, such as on your cell phone, computer, or home phone.
  • Choose the types of emergency alerts you want, ranging from community information, severe weather alerts, to major emergencies.  Be sure to select “NorthWest Arkansas Community College” under the Benton County Schools and Colleges section so that you will receive NWACC-specific information, including inclement weather closure announcements.
  • You’re set!

Once you’ve created an account, take note of your user name and password.  You can return to BCAlert at any time to change the notifications you receive.   NWACC does not store this information.


NWACC also utilizes the LiveSafe smartphone application.  LiveSafe allows you to take action quickly and easily from your smartphone.  From sharing information on concerning behavior to reporting safety hazards, the LiveSafe platform delivers two-way, real time interactions with the Department of Public Safety that include location-tagged text, calls, and photos.  LiveSafe allows you, as a member of our campus community, to actively contribute to the safety of our environment by reporting suspicious activity quickly and easily.  It will connect you via phone or two-way chat, so you can use it discretely if needed.  NWACC can also use LiveSafe to share emergency notifications to users for important announcements.  We encourage you to download the free LiveSafe app, following these steps:

  • Download the “LiveSafe” app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  • Register and fill out your profile.
  • Select NWACC.
  • Enable push notifications for LiveSafe—don’t worry, it will only ever send you emergency notifications, never spam.  Without push notifications enabled, we can’t send you important emergency messages.
  • You’re set!

Once you’ve installed the LiveSafe app, make sure to keep it updated so you always receive important notifications and have full access to the app’s functions.

For more information you can visit this link:, or contact Brandon Massey, Risk Manager, (479) 936-5173, or email

Required American Disabilities Act & Section 504 Training

At Celebrate Learning, there was a required session for all part-time and full-time faculty entitled Higher Education Law: The American Disabilities Act & section 504.

This session is being offered again for those who did not attend the one at Celebrate Learning. Please open the attached schedule for session times and plan to attend one of these sessions if you did not attend the one at Celebrate Learning. The last of the sessions is scheduled for March 1. At this time, these sessions are designed only to be delivered face-to-face.

Ozark Mountains British Brass Band Spring Concert

The Ozark Mountains British Brass Band invites the NWA community to their Spring Concert held in White Auditorium located in Burns Hall on the NWACC main campus, 1 College Drive, Bentonville, AR on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. The concert admission is free and is a family friendly event. This concert is the first in a partnership between NWACC and the band where the ensemble has provided seats within the ensemble to brass and percussion students who need ensemble credit for their degree. For more information, please go to the band’s FACEBOOK page at

A related flier is attached.

Reality Bites: Student Session Series

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

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

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 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 or 479-986-4078 for more information on CLEP.

Spring Book Club 

Join us to read and discuss any of our monthly titles! See 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

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 or 479-986-6682 for more information about the Pantry.

  • 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, You may also visit the NWACC’s study abroad website:

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

A related flier is attached. For more information, visit


REMINDER to Students and Faculty: that there are two spots left for NWACC in ITALY summer 2018. Live and study four weeks in Tuscany for 6 hours NWACC credit with overnight excursions to Rome and Florence. Check out then contact Jeremy at NOTES


Apply to be the NWACC All Star! (NEW)

Each year, one lucky NWACC student is chosen and recognized in the fall at the statewide meeting of the Arkansas Community Colleges as NWACC’s All Star. This honor is accompanied by a $500 NWACC scholarship. The recipient will also receive a stipend for travel and lodging for the AAC Conference. Last year’s All Star was also offered a full ride to complete her bachelor’s degree at U of A! Visit the link below to see if it could be you!

STEMSEAS: Exploratory Opportunity for Students

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

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 ).


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:

  • 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


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 . 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 ( 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 ( ). Please contact 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.



Fraction Operations – Math Workshop

Fraction Operations – a Math Center Workshop for Pre-Algebra (and other) students will be offered: Fri, Mar 9, 1:30-2:30 pm in SC 338.

Factoring Polynomials (for Intermediate Algebra and other students) 

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

  • Tuesday, March 6, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in SC 338

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


PTA Application Period Closes March 1

The PTA application for Summer 2018 admittance is currently open and will close on March 1, 2018. The application can be found at: For further questions regarding the PTA program or application, please email


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, (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.


Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Opinion, Rex Nelson: Brightwater’s promise

Talk Business & Politics: NWACC’s construction technology program an example for labor shortage in IT sector

University of Arkansas Newswire: WCOB Transfer Day for NWACC Students

KNWA: (Interview with A.J. Shirey) School Shootings on the Minds of Our Future Teachers)

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Scholarship Get-together (photo)