April 6, 2018

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Step-Up & Leadership NWACC Applications (DEADLINE TODAY)

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. “

Spring Carnival April 6 (CANCELED)

Due to the probability of rain and cold weather, the Spring Carnival, scheduled for Friday, April 6, has been canceled. The Spring Dance will still go on and will be held in SC 108 from 7:00 – 11 p.m.

SAGA Spring Dance April 6 (FRIDAY)

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 rhudson1@nwacc.edu

Gyan Riley Performing at Brightwater to Benefit American Forests (SATURDAY)

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.

Bellegarde-Smith Visit; Lecture April 11 (UPDATED)

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 next week.

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 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. A related lecture document to be distributed in advance of the lecture is attached.

A schedule of activities for his visit also is attached.

Also, a list of resources for faculty and students is attached.

Delta Dental Foundation Gives to Dental Assisting Program 

Thank you to the Delta Dental Foundation for donating to our Dental Assisting program. The money will help with supplies.

We appreciate Delta Dental’s generosity.

Are We Creating a Global Water Crisis? 

Join us for a screening of “Blue Gold: World Water Wars,” a documentary about the ecological and socio-political implications of the world’s dwindling water supply. The screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Angela DeNovi (the Regional Project Manager for Ozark Water Watch), Dr. Robert Morgan (an ecological engineer who recently retired as Manager of Environmental Quality at Beaver Water District), and Dr. Chris Huggard (environmental historian and NWACC Professor of History).

  • WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, at 1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Student Center room 108

A related Blue Gold flier is attached.

Give Kudos to a Graduating Student in the NWACC Eagle View (NEW)

Celebrate your graduate by publishing a Congratulations ad in the May 2018/Graduation Keepsake edition of the NWACC Eagle View.

This issue is handed out at each NWACC graduation ceremony on May 12.

To submit your ad, email the Eagle View for the reservation form at eagleview@nwacc.edu or stop by the newsroom in room 1459 in Burns Hall to pick one up.

The completed ad form, which may include a photograph, should then be returned by April 18 to the Eagle View office or emailed back to Mattie Bailey at mwatson@nwacc.edu.

The special price for this 2×2 color advertisement is $30 and must be prepaid. For more information, contact Bailey at mwatson@nwacc.edu or 479-531-5340.

A related graduation ad flier is attached.

Let’s Taco Bout Donating (NEW)

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will be collecting life-saving blood on April 26, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in SC 108. To sign up and reserve your spot contact Becky Hudson at rhudson1@nwacc.edu. Reservations are not necessary but will save the time you request. Every donor will receive a free Let’s Taco Bout Donating t-shirt.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Display at the Library (NEW)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. One in five college students will experience sexual or dating violence before graduation.

NWACC Library has created a list of books and movies that shed light on this serious problem. They are displayed at the front of the library and are available for checkout.

Use this link to access the titles in the library catalog. http://catalog.nwacc.edu/cgi-bin/koha/opac-shelves.pl?op=view&shelfnumber=10

Canvas Kick-Off Celebration!

Join the Distance Learning team for a college-wide Panda-tastic celebration!

We will have cake & goodies to celebrate our upgrade to the new Canvas learning management system. Take a picture with the Panda too! Friday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m. in SC 108. Hope to see you there!

Urgent! Scholarship Reviewers Needed

The 2018-19 Scholarship review is in progress and your help is needed.

If you have not signed up to review scholarships, you still can! Scholarships are so important to our students and to NWACC. Please join our review team and help us review and award our 2018-2019 NWACC Scholarships.

The review deadline is May 22, 2018. Please email Diane Hanna at mhanna1@nwacc.edu to sign up.

Jack Shewmaker Lecture Series April 10 

The Enactus team at NWACC would like to invite you to attend the latest installment of the Jack Shewmaker Lecture Series, taking place on our Bentonville campus. This event will be held on the evening of April 10 and will be located in Peterson Auditorium in the Shewmaker Center for Global Business Development. There will be a catered reception provided by Oasis Coffee Shop from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. and the speaker’s presentation will be from 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Our guest speaker for this occasion is Mr. Omar Kasim. Omar is a local entrepreneur and founder of multiple businesses in Northwest Arkansas. He is currently operating Juice Palm, a restaurant in Fayetteville, AR that specializes in cold-pressed juices and raw food dishes. Kasim is a graduate of the Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas whose first business, fusion taco eatery Con Quesos, was launched during his senior year of school.

He has since been highly active in both the local and national business scene, receiving an invitation to be one of 700 attendees at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley in 2015 where President Obama spoke as well as CEOs from Uber, YouTube, Google, and Facebook. The subject of Omar’s presentation will be “The Challenges and Rewards of Entrepreneurship.”

This event is open to all NWACC students, faculty, and staff, and to members of the Northwest Arkansas community.

Student Recital April 12

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 sgarciaoliver@nwacc.edu

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:

https://www.us.mensa.org/read/bulletin/features/pilgrimage-as-a-teaching-tool/​

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: https://unitedwaynwa.org/taxes/

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 https://unitedwaynwa.org/taxes/ from a smart phone, tablet or computer to start filing today.

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 ksosna@nwacc.edu or Jason Degn jdegn@nwacc.edu. To register for the event, please open the following link: http://www.nwachampionship.com/5k-at-the-lpga/. select NWACC from the Corporate Challenge Team drop-down under Additional Information during registration.

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, chuggard@nwacc.edu 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 scholarships@nwacc.edu.

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 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 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: 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 NOTES

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:

  • 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

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 TransferPathways@nwacc.edu . 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 TransferPathways@nwacc.edu . 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 TransferPathways@nwacc.edu.

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 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 (TODAY)

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

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

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

  • Thursday, April 5, University of the Ozarks, 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

MATH HELP FOR STUDENTS

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

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.

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.

HEALTH PROFESSIONS

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: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/programs_dental_assisting/

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 dhumphries@nwacc.edu or Glenda Lee at glee1@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 

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (magazine): Dr. Jorgenson – Building Empires through Skilled Trades

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: People and Places – NWACC Provides Kids Scholarships

KFSM (5News): Pinwheel Rally Kicks Off Child Abuse Prevention Month

KNWA: Pinwheel Rally Shines Light on Child Abuse in NWA

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: What’s Up! – Gyan Riley

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