March 30, 2018


Cherishing Children Pinwheel Rally Slated Monday (NEW)

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County will host its annual Cherishing Children Pinwheel Rally on Monday in honor of National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

The event will be held on Monday, April 2,from 11:30 a.m. – 1 the Melba Shewmaker Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center on the NWACC campus with guest speaker Sarah Wilde. At 1 p.m., community members can choose a location to place pinwheels for each confirmed child abuse case at several locations across Benton County. This event is open to the public and will include a free lunch provided by First National Bank of NWA. To acquire additional event information, please visit or call 479-621-0385.

A Pinwheel Rally flier is attached.

Ruth Brenneman Retirement Party (NEW)

Come join the party to wish Ruth Brenneman a happy retirement.

WHEN: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4

WHERE: Becky Paneitz Student Center room 108A

A retirement party invitation is attached.

Faculty/Staff Rental Regalia (APRIL 2 DEADLINE)

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 2.

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

Tax Filing Help Available Through United Way

The April 17th tax deadline is approaching and your staff, family or friends may be looking for a quick solution. United Way’s MyFreeTaxesTM offers individuals or families who earned less than $66,000 in 2017 an easy way to file taxes in less than one hour — and save an average of $200 in tax preparation fees.

MyFreeTaxes is a secure, mobile-optimized website that lets people file federal and state tax returns in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. It’s sponsored by United Way and powered by H&R Block, with a helpline (1-855-MY-TX-HELP) and online chat support in English and Spanish from IRS-certified specialists. More information:

United Way of Northwest Arkansas is committed to ensuring that people our community can easily and accurately file their taxes and we want to make it easy for you to spread the word.

Encourage your family and friends to visit from a smart phone, tablet or computer to start filing today.

Bellegarde-Smith Lecture and Scholarship Dinner

Dr. Patrick D. Bellegarde-Smith, a distinguished scholar in African religious systems, will be the guest speaker for several activities at NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

Bellegarde-Smith, professor emeritus of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will be on the NWACC campus April 9-11. Bellegarde-Smith has an international reputation as a foremost scholar in his field, and he will lecture about African religious systems and spiritual disciplines, with a particular emphasis on Haiti, but also Cuba and Brazil.

He will attend a special fundraising dinner at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville on April 11, and the college community is invited to join him. The ticket price of $57 includes dinner at Crystal Bridges’ elegant restaurant, Eleven, non-alcoholic beverages, and the entry fee to experience the newest exhibit at Crystal Bridges, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Each ticket also includes a tax-deductible $5 donation to the Haiti Study Abroad Scholarship Fund at NorthWest Arkansas Community College. Tickets may be purchased at The deadline is April 2.

A flier about the dinner is attached.

He also will present the following lecture, “Nation-Building, National Identity, and Vodou” on Wednesday, April 11, 10:30 a.m. – 11: 45 a.m. in room 108 of the Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Student Recital April 12 (NEW)

The NorthWest Arkansas Community College Department of Music will present our Spring Student Recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Walmart Auditorium of the Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies.

Students, faculty and the public are invited to support NWACC Music students’ performance as they develop skills for personal and professional growth. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

For more information, contact S. Rene’ Garcia-Oliver

LIFE Program Bentonville Half Marathon Volunteers

Friends, As many of you know, LIFE at NWACC has been named an official charity of the Run Bentonville Race Series ( So far, we and our awesome supporters have volunteered at the Valentine and Irish runs and have already earned $1,000! We are committed to also volunteer at the Half Marathon on April 7 and are set to earn another $1,500, for a total of $2,500! We need 65 people for that day, and we can really use your help. Please use the link below to sign up.

Juanita Franklin will be following up with position details later next week. Thank you for your continued support.

Student Class Registration Site March 26

As a part of the transition to Banner 9, we have shifted our focus to deploying student facing applications, starting with student registration! Cut-over from the old to the new web registration application will take place on March 26.

We are thrilled about the functionality that it provides to our students. Not only does this provide a more modern look at feel, it is more user friendly and fully mobile friendly.

Steve Cooper Has Article Published in Mensa Bulletin

Dr. Steve Cooper of the NWACC Music Faculty has an article appearing in this month’s MENSA BULLETIN.

It’s based on work he did on two pilgrimage trails while on sabbatical.

The article can be found at the following link to the online edition:​

Upcoming Events @ Brightwater

3. Martin Philip, Head Baker for King Arthur Flour, Demos at Brightwater

  • Link to Facebook Event:
  • Martin Philip, head baker for King Arthur Flour and author of ‘Breaking Bread’ will be at Brightwater on Friday, March 30. He will begin bread baking demos at 9am for staff and students. Demos will be opened up to the public at 2 p.m. and will go until 6 p.m. There will be opportunities for book signing, as well. This is a free event.

Spring Carnival April 6

Come out and have fun with us! NWACC Student Ambassador and Government Association will host the 4th annual Spring Carnival on April 6 on the north lawn of the Becky Paneitz Student Center, from 4 -8 p.m.

There will be free food, games, prizes, activities, petting zoo, and lots more. Everything is free and open to the public. Attached is a related Spring Carnival flier. For more information contact Becky Hudson at

SAGA Spring Dance April 6

Put on your best Bohemian-themed outfit and join the NWACC Student Ambassador and Government Association as we dance the night away.

DJ Edgar will be playing the tunes for us on April 6 from  7 – 11 p.m. in room 108 of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.  There will be food, beverage, dancing, and lots of fun. Everything is free and is open to all students, employees, families, and community. We hope to see you there. For more information contact Becky Hudson at

Gyan Riley Performing at Brightwater to Benefit American Forests

Be our guest for this — Gyan Riley, described by The New Yorker as a “one-man American-music machine,” hosts the release party of his fifth album, Sprig, where he will perform from the record. The release party will be at 5 p.m. April 7 at Brightwater. A concert flier is attached..

The album will be released on National Sawdust Tracks, the in-house record label formerly known as VIA Records that presents a carefully curated selection of new music from bold voices.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

The Counseling and Wellness Center will host a “What were you wearing?” Art Installation on April 2-5 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Burns Hall.

The NWA Sexual Assault Center will present on the topic of Rape Culture in Modern Times on April 2 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. in SC 108. If you have any questions please email

ORT Changes to Springdale Routes 

Changes were made to ORT route schedules in Springdale, effective March 19.

Route 61 is unaffected.

Route 62 is adding a second, counter clockwise run, resulting in two buses on the Route.  A Route 62 map and a Route 62 schedule are attached.

Route 63 will reduce service hours to 8:22 a.m. – 4:22 p.m. A Route 63 map and a Route 63 schedule are attached.

Route 64 has ceased operations.

Additional information and details are available on the ORT website, social media updates and from the ORT information desk by calling (479) 756-5901.

Run for Good: NWACC at the LPGA!

Lace up your shoes, put together a rocking playlist and join Team NWACC in participating in the Corporate Challenge at the 5k @ the LPGA event on June 23 at the Walmart AMP!

The event includes a 1k (0.62 miles) and 5k (3.1 miles) course where participants can run, walk, and/or run/walk the distance. Registration cost is $20 until June 16. Participants receive a ticket to the LPGA tournament, performance race shirt, race medal, breakfast and more!

The Corporate Challenge awards offices for Fastest Office, Fittest Office, and Most Spirited Office.

Register to participate or come out and support NWACC as they compete for these awards. It is perfectly fine and acceptable to walk the entire course. Go at your pace! A related flyer is attached —  LPGA poster.

For more information on the event or for running or race guidance, please contact Kate Sosna or Jason Degn To register for the event, please open the following link: select NWACC from the Corporate Challenge Team drop-down under Additional Information during registration.

300 Scholarship Reviewers Needed! 

Scholarships are important to our students, and to award any NWACC scholarships, they need to be reviewed by NWACC faculty and staff.

The review process is simple and digital with ample time to complete.

Please join our review team and help us review and award our 2018-2019 NWACC Scholarships. The review deadline is May 22, 2018.

If you would like to be a reviewer or you have questions, please contact Diane Hanna, Scholarship Coordinator, at

Step-Up & Leadership NWACC Applications

Join an elite group of your colleagues who have participated in our nationally recognized employee development opportunities.

The application window for our employee engagement programs, Step-Up and Leadership NWACC, is now open. Open the attached Step-Up flier and Step-Up application for details about program content. Open the attached Leadership NWACC flier and Leadership NWACC application for content about the program. Contact your supervisor for more information.

Submit your complete application packet to Brenda Meyer, Director of Staff Enhancement,  on or before noon April 6.

Step Up

  • When: Fall 2018 semester
  • Who: Emerging faculty or staff leaders or those seeking to gain institutional knowledge.
  • How: Complete the application including your supervisor’s signature, along with 2 letters of recommendation, and a brief bio by deadline.

Leadership NWACC –

  • When: Fall 2018-Spring 2019
  • Who: Step Up graduates or employees serving at the Director (or equivalent) level.
  • How: Complete the application including your supervisor’s signature, along with 2 letters of recommendation, and a brief bio by deadline.

Student success depends on both faculty and staff engagement.*

* 2016 Cornerstone OnDemand, “Empowering Employees: The state of employee engagement and retention in higher education. “

Internship Opportunity at Pea Ridge National Military Park

The Pea Ridge National Military Park is interested in recruiting students from NWACC to serve as interns at the park this summer of 2018.

If you are interested or know of a student who may be interested, examine the attached flyer for more details.

Ranger David Harkleroad will be doing a presentation in April (date and time to be determined based on student interest) on this opportunity.

If you are interested, contact Dr. Chris Huggard, or 479-619-4270.

DREAMers of NWACC Scholarship

Attention: Students attending NWACC during 2018-19! The following Scholarship application is now available for students to apply: DREAMers of NWACC Scholarship.

This scholarship will be awarded in and applied toward the 2018-19 academic year.

For a copy of the scholarship application, open this link: Dreamers application. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 6, 2018 by 12:00 p.m. For questions about NWACC Scholarships, please contact the Scholarship Coordinator at

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.

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.

  •   04/04 & 04/05: Money Management

You can found these details on Facebook @NWACCstulife

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 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: 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 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 30
  • April 13
  • April 27
  • For more information stop by the SAGA office —Burns Hall 1215 or contact a SAGA member at


Apply by May 15th for the Henderson State $6,000 Transfer Scholarship

Are you interested in or intending to transfer to Henderson State University (HSU) in Arkadelphia for Fall 2018?

Will you have earned an Associate’s Degree with 60 or more transferable hours when you graduate this spring? If so, you are eligible to apply for the Presidential Transfer Scholarship now! This scholarship pays $6,000 a year to one NWACC student.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Completion of at least an Associate’s Degree and minimum of 60 transferrable credit hours at time of transfer (no more than 15 hours at another university). Continued eligibility is dependent on minimum completion of 15 hours per semester minimum completion of 30 hours per year to renew for consecutive semesters and maintaining a cumulative 3.0 GPA at the end of each academic year.

Application Instructions:

  1. To apply, email . a. In the body of the email, please include your name, NWACC student ID, phone number, NWACC email address, intended major at Henderson State University, and a brief summary of your future career plans.
  2. If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact Ashley Byrd, Associate Director of Transfer Services, at the email address above. A related HSU Word document is attached.

Apply by April 27 for the ATU $6000 Transfer Scholarship

Are you intending to transfer to Arkansas Tech University (ATU) for Fall 2018? Apply for the Presidential Transfer Scholarship now!

This scholarship is available for both fall and spring, but this application period is currently available for those who plan to transfer from NWACC in Fall 2018 only. This scholarship pays $3,000 a semester and is renewable for up to 5 semesters or completion of an undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA must have completed 12 or more credit hours must be intending to transfer to Arkansas Tech University for the Fal l2018 semester must complete the application/essay by Friday, April 27.

Application Instructions:

  1. Write an essay following the prompt below (600 words or less). Please save your essay as a Word document and do not forget to include your name in your essay, either as the header of the essay or in the body of the essay.
  2. Email your essay to . a. In the body of the email, please include your name, NWACC student ID, phone number, NWACC email address, intended major, and a brief summary of your future career plans. b. Attach your essay as a Word document to the email.
  3. If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact Ashley Byrd, Associate Director of Transfer Services, at the email address

Essay Prompt (600 words or less): Think of experiences throughout your life that have led to your current academic pursuits. Are there certain people who have been influential in your life, or are there experiences that inspired you to choose your current path? Are there people or events that shaped your vision of what you hope to achieve? Tell the committee about these influences. Finally, address how you wish to utilize your academic pursuits to contribute to society.

Attached is a related scholarship document.

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.

  • Tuesday, April 3, Harding-Searcy AND Harding-NWA Degree Completion in Education, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., SC Lobby
  • Tuesday, April 3, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 11 a.m.-?, SC Lobby
  • Thursday, April 5, University of the Ozark, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., SC Lobby
  • Tuesday, April 10, University of Arkansas, 9 a.m.-noon, SC Lobby
  • Wednesday, April 11, Arkansas Tech University, 10:30 a.m.-1:30, SC Lobby
  • Thursday, April 12, University of Central Arkansas, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., SC Lobby
  • Friday, April 13, University of Central Arkansas, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Washington County Center
  • Monday, April 16, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 2 p.m.-?, SC Lobby
  • Thursday, April 19, University of the Ozarks, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., SC Lobby
  • Tuesday, April 24, University of Arkansas, 9 a.m.-noon, SC Lobby
  • Thursday, April 26, Arkansas Tech University, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., SC Lobby
  • Monday, April 30, Rogers State University, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., SC Lobby
  • Tuesday, May 1, University of the Ozarks,  11 a.m.-1 p.m., SC Lobby
  • Wednesday, May 2, Harding-Searcy AND Harding-NWA Degree Completion in Education, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., SC Lobby
  • Tuesday, May 8, University of Arkansas, 9 a.m.-noon, BH


Graphing Lines and Functions by Hand – A Math Center Workshop (NEW)

Graphing Lines and Functions by Hand – A Math Center Workshop for Beginning Algebra (and other) students will be offered one last time this semester:

  • Friday, April 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m., in SC 338

A Graphing Lines flier is attached.

Word Problems (Linear, Systems) – Math Workshops (TODAY)

Word Problems – a Math Center Workshop for Beginning Algebra (and other) students will be offered:

  • Friday, March 30, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in SC 338 and again
  • Tuesday, April 3, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in SC 338 (This includes the Systems problems from Ch 4/Mod 12.)

Attached is a Word Problems flier.

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.


Dental Assisting Program Applications

The Dental Assisting Program applications will be available beginning April 1 on the Dental Assisting Program page of the NWACC website:

Applications will be accepted through mid-August. Interviews are scheduled on a first-to-apply, first-to-interview process. Interviews will begin mid-April. Once the roster is filled, applicants’ names will be placed on a waiting list for changes to the roster. For any questions or problems applying, please contact Darcy Humphries at or Glenda Lee at .


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: School News – Golden Eagle Jorge Rodriguez

Talk Business: NWACC plans to break ground on Springdale campus late summer

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: (photo) Career and Technical Education

KNWA: Weather Service Teaches Storm Spotting

Siloam Springs Herald-Leader (photo and caption): Both recipients received the award at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Career Day in February

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (online): People & Places (Boys & Girls Club)

Rogers Public Schools (Excel magazine): The Early College Experience

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: NWACC’s building sciences sees high numbers