March 8, 2018

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Red Flag Campaign (NEW)

To bring awareness to our Red Flag Campaign and remind everyone on campus to “See Something, Say Something.” we will be displaying red flags in different areas around the College over 03/13/18-03/15/18. Remember, Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence can happen to anyone. We want to be a support and a resource for our campus community. Please take a moment to recognize the number of flags representing the number of victims of sexual assault and sexual violence.

Oasis Closed – Shewmaker Building 

Oasis Coffee Shop at the Shewmaker Building will be closed March 5 – 8, 2018 and will re-open on March 12, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

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 sm408@bncollege.com 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 scholarships@nwacc.edu.

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. https://www.nwacc.edu/web/forms/golden-eagle-award

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 institutionalresearch@nwacc.edu. 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.

BCAlerts

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 http://www.bcalert.com
  • 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.

LiveSafe

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: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/administrativeservices/emergencyprocedures, or contact Brandon Massey, Risk Manager, (479) 936-5173, or email bmassey@nwacc.edu.

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 https://www.facebook.com/OzarkMountainsBritishBrassBand/.

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.

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!

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.

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.

FOOD PANTRY

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: 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

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/

NWACC in ITALY

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 www.NWACCinITALY.com then contact Jeremy at jyoumans@nwacc.edu.STUDENT NOTES

STUDENT NOTES

Apply to be the NWACC All Star!

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! www.nwacc.edu/allstar

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 ).

NWACC FCA Kick-Off

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 SAGA@nwacc.edu.

STUDENT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Transfer Fair (NEW)

Are you planning to transfer to a four-year college or university soon or in the future? Know where you going but want more information?  Graduating in May but finalizing your final steps?  It’s important to start planning your transfer early to save you time, money, and stress.  To help, stop by the Transfer Fair on Monday, March 12th! The fair will be held from 10am-2pm in the Student Center (SC), room 108 on the first floor. Representatives from area programs, colleges and universities will be present to visit with transfer students about their future academic goals in numerous fields. Be sure to stop by our PHOTO BOOTH to represent your future school, then check out your professors’ and other NWACC staff showing off their alumni spirit on social media under #NWACCTransferMadness!  On Monday, you can expect to meet with:

  • ​​American Public University
  • Arkansas State
  • Arkansas Tech
  • Central Baptist College
  • Central Methodist University
  • College of the Ozarks
  • Columbia College
  • Harding University (Northwest Arkansas and Search)
  • John Brown University
  • Lyon College
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • Northeastern State University
  • Pittsburg State University
  • Rogers State University
  • Southern Arkansas University
  • University of Arkansas
  • UA-Fort Smith
  • UA-Little Rock
  • UA-Monticello
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • University of the Ozarks
  • Williams Baptist College

Don’t miss this opportunity to start planning for your future!

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.

Testing Center will be open during Spring Break! (NEW)

Hours will be as follows:

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (last test seated at 11:00 am)

Monday through Thursday, March 19 – 22, 2018, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (last test seated at 2:00 pm)

Friday, March 23, 2018, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (last test seated at 11:00 am)

Saturday, March 24, 2018 CLOSED

We will return to our normal schedule on Monday, March 26, 2018

MATH HELP FOR STUDENTS

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.

A related flier is attached.

Math Test Preparation Workshops (NEW)

Series of Test Preparation Practice Workshops offered before Spring Break. Bring any practice tests or department reviews. Wed., Mar 7th 2:15-3:15 p.m. SC 336 Thu., Mar 8th 12:30-1:30 p.m. SC 314 Tue., Mar 13th 12:30-2:00 p.m. SC 314 Wed., Mar 14th 9:15-10:45 a.m. SC 318

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 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.

HEALTH PROFESSIONS

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: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_physical_therapy/ For further questions regarding the PTA program or application, please email HealthProfessions@nwacc.edu

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 

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)