May 3, 2018


Congratulate 2018-19 Leadership NWACC Cohort, Fall Step Up Cohort!

Please join us in congratulating the 2018-2019 Leadership NWACC Cohort participants:

  • Christie Brinsfield, Director, Career Pathways
  • Lois Chun, Chair of Science Department/Chemistry Faculty
  • Stephanie Curtis-Henson, Counselor
  • Juanita Franklin, Associate Director of the LIFE Program
  • Paula Gulledge, Associate Registrar-WCC
  • Steve Jenkins, Director of Culinary Operation-Brightwater
  • Brandon Massey, Risk Manager
  • Christy Reynolds, Advisor/Internship Coordinator-BCIS
  • Kim Syverson, BCIS Academic Assurance Coordinator
  • Janelle Ziehe, Access Services Librarian

And the fall 2018 Step Up Cohort participants:

  • Chris Traxson, Public Safety Officer
  • Violet Westrick, Brightwater Finance Coordinator
  • Lanie Ball, Business Services Accounts Payable Supervisor
  • Amy McLarty, Graphic Designer
  • Kate Sosna, Enrollment Coordinator, WCCC
  • Taylor Shelton, Enrollment Specialist
  • Amber Spaeth, Assistant Registrar
  • Jamie Schraeder, Administrative Assistant to Dean of Students
  • Kendall Thomas, Financial Aid Advisor
  • Sandra Linn, Accounting Faculty – BCIS

NWACC Bicycle Use and Attitudes Survey Spring 2018

Campus Community:

NWACC is seeking your feedback on bicycle use at our campus locations.  This brief survey will take less than three minutes to complete and will offer us valuable insights into new ways to improve your campus and transportation experience.  Even if you do not ride a bicycle, we want to hear from you.  Thank you in advance for your participation!

Say ‘THANKS’ to Faculty, Staff 

It’s a good time to say THANKS! Outstanding faculty and staff do make a difference.

NWACC THANKS provides a way to say “thanks” for a job well done.

THANKS can be offered by students, staff or faculty. and you may choose to remain anonymous. Your note will be sent to the recipient as an email, with a copy going to our college President, Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson. Show your appreciation and give THANKS here:

Textbook Buyback and Rental Check-In

Hello Everyone! Buyback is officially open!

Bring those books in and see if you can get some cash back! If you rented books those are due back to us no later than May 11th by 2 p.m. You can print off a free return shipping label on our website if you can’t make it in store.

NWACC Co-Hosting Morning Brew on May 3 (TODAY)

NWACC and The Jones Center will be co-hosting the Springdale Chamber of Commerce Morning Brew at The Jones Center on Thursday, May 3, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Please join us in the Main Lobby of The Jones Center for this networking event.

FY 2019 Budget Forum (TODAY)

Please join us for the FY2019 Final Budget Forum.  We will present the final draft of the FY 2019 Budget and will respond to your questions regarding the financial status of the college and FY2019 projections. The 75-minutes session will be held on Thursday, May 3, at 2:00 p.m. in SGBDC Building, Peterson Auditorium.

Legislative Forum May 3 in Peterson Auditorium (TODAY)

NWACC is co-sponsoring a Legislative Candidate Forum May 3, 2018. Hosts include the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Arkansas Emerging Leaders.

Candidates running in the Republican Primary Election for the Arkansas House of Representatives in districts 90, 91, and 93 located in Benton County have been invited to join Chamber members and the public at 6 p.m. May 3 for the campaign forum.

The forum will be held in the Peterson Auditorium located at the Shewmaker Center for Global Business Development on the NWACC campus. This moderated forum is free and open to the public.

A Fine Line Debuts at Bentonville Film Festival (TODAY AND FRIDAY)

Joanna James’ film, “A Fine Line,” explores the issue of women in the roles of Restaurant Owners & Head Chefs. We at Brightwater are encouraging everyone to go to one of the screenings of “A Fine Line,” debuting at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival.

The screenings are as follows:

          • Thursday 5/3, 11:15 a.m., Honey Bee Theatre.
          • Friday, 5/4, 10:30 a.m., Skylight Cinema.

For those interested in discussing this issue further, there will be an auxiliary event held at Brightwater on Thursday evening. For more information and to RSVP to this event, contact

A related Fine Line flier is attached.

NWACC Chamber Singers (FRIDAY)

The Department of Music at NorthWest Arkansas Community College presents the NWACC CHAMBER SINGERS in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Walmart Auditorium of the Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies in Bentonville. The public is invited, and the event is free. For more information, contact S. Rene’ Garcia-Oliver at

Ozark Mountains British Brass Band Concert Planned for May 6 (SUNDAY)

The Ozark Mountains British Brass Band will present a free concert at 3 p.m. May 6. The concert will be in Walmart Auditorium of the Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies, 1000 S.E. Eagle Way in Bentonville.

The concert, titled “The Brass Machine,” will include music from jazz to pop to rock and will feature tunes from Disney, Queen, Michael Bublé and John Williams.

The band invites the northwest Arkansas community to attend. Concert admission is free, and this is a family friendly event. The concert is part of a partnership between NorthWest Arkansas Community College and the band where the ensemble has provided seats within the ensemble to brass and percussion students who need ensemble credit for their degree.

Additional information is available by emailing Jo Schwader at

A related concert flier is attached.

NWACC Discount at Smashburger

During the month of May, NWACC students, faculty and staff will receive 15% off their entire purchase at Smashburger in Bentonville. This is offer is valid any day, and time with a valid NWACC ID.

A related May flier is attached.

Absinthe Demonstration with Liz Williams

Do you love Absinthe? Maybe you’ve heard of Absinthe but know little about it. Maybe this is your first time hearing the word.

Whatever your Absinthe status, we would love for you to join us at Brightwater May 10 at 5:30 p.m. in welcoming Liz Williams, President of the National Food & Beverage Foundation to Brightwater.

Liz will be doing an Absinthe demonstration, exploring the history of the spirit and its role in classic cocktails. Always fascinated by the way the lure of nutmeg and peppercorns motivated the exploration of the world, Liz Williams was lucky to be born into a family of Sicilian heritage in New Orleans. She grew up eating in these two great food traditions.

She is a founder of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and President of the National Food & Beverage Foundation. Much of her research and writing centers on issues related to the culture of food and drink in New Orleans. She also writes and consults about food museums.

Her book, coauthored with Stephanie Jane Carter, “The Encyclopedia of Law and Food,” was published by Greenwood Publishing in 2011. In 2013 AltaMira published New Orleans: A Food Biography. Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans, co-authored with Chris McMillian, was published by LSU Press spring 2016. via:

Citizens of the World International Culture Festival

Be prepared for a night of cultural wonder on May 11! Citizens of the World at NWACC will present an International Culture Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11. The event will include performances, a fashion show, and international foods!

This event is open to the community, so bring your family and friends! The dinner is free, and we accept donations of any amount! The event will be held in White Auditorium in Burns Hall. If there are any questions/concerns please contact the organizers of the event at (701)729-2134 or (479) 957-7346. We hope to see you there!

A related festival flier is attached.

Student Regalia Now In Store

Are you graduating in May?

The Bookstore has all your regalia needs covered and items are in store NOW!

          • Cap, gown, tassel set $36.94
          • Gown only $23.98
          • Tassel only $5.98
          • Cap only $6.98
          • Honor Cord $12.98
          • Invitations $20 for pack of 15

18-19 Federal Work-Study Request

To request a new Federal Work-Study position for 18-19, log into My NWACC Connection click EMPLOYEE click My Work scroll down to My Processes and click Request a Work-Study Position. NEW:

Supervisors who have current federal work-study positions filled have been notified and do not need to complete a request for 18-19.

Summer Efficiencies Schedule Begins May 21 

The Summer Efficiencies Schedule begins May 21 with the College being open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, except for selected programs.

The College will return to its 5-day work week beginning August 6, 2018.

We hope this information will be helpful as you plan meetings, vacations, and other events.

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 to sign up.

Amy Collins, Intro to Cookbook Publishing

Join us for a talk by Amy Collins, founder of Squid Ink, a literary agency specializing in lifestyle and cookbooks. The presentation will begin at 9 a.m. May 1. Amy’s books have been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Inc., Food & Wine, Eater, GQ, Travel and Leisure, Bon Appetite, Food 52, Slate, The LA Times, Real Simple, Saveur, NPR, Lucky Peach, Rolling Stone, Cooking Light and O, The Oprah Magazine among others. A demonstration and Cookbook signing by Chef Bill Kim will follow!

Brightwater Community Classes 

Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food plans to offer several community classes, and you may want to check some of these offerings.

The schedule follows, and class description fliers are attached to the class listing.

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.

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.


Math Department Work Study Position Available

The Math Department is seeking a highly reliable and motivated student to fill a work-study position. The position primarily involves cleaning math classrooms and related spaces and maintaining departmental calculators. Requires availability evenings and Fridays and Saturdays. The salary is $9.00 an hour for up to 19 hours a week. To apply, or for more information, contact Teresa O’Brien 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: May 9, 10 — Request forms submitted by May 7


Need Tutoring?

This time of year can be stressful and challenging for students. Just remember, FREE tutoring is available now through FINALS.

Don’t wait, don’t procrastinate-come by and see us NOW! For information on scheduling, locations, etc., please visit us online at:

Students Should Schedule Testing Center Appointments

Please encourage students to schedule testing center appointments now.

As the semester comes to an end, the Testing Center will be filling with students and appointment times will become harder to find. It is advisable for students who need to test in the center schedule all remaining appointments at this time, especially for Finals Week.  Same day appointments cannot be guaranteed.

Students without appointments will have to go on a Standby List and wait for an opening.


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.

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.

  • Monday, May 7, Missouri Southern State University, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., SC Lobby
  • Tuesday, May 8, University of Arkansas, 9 a.m.-noon, BH


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.


Nursing Track I Applications Now Open

The Nursing Track I (traditional) application is now open through May 1.

This will be for Fall 2018 admittance and if accepted students will be graduating spring 2020. The application can be found at: Applicants will need their NWACC username and password to access the application. If you have questions or trouble submitting the application pleas contact

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 .

Health Information Management Application Now Open

The Health Information Management (HIM) application can be found at: Students must have a NWACC username and password in order to apply.

To submit an application, click on the “Health Professions Applications” button, enter your NWACC username and password, select the Program you want to apply to, answer the questions on the page, and submit. You will then be redirected back to the Health Professions Program Applications page, on that page next to Health Information Management, there is a document you can open, it has information about the Health Information Management program eligibility requirements and selection criteria, be sure and read this page, there are additional requirements that need to be done to complete your application. (you do not have to submit an application to see this page).

For questions about the HIM program or if you have trouble submitting the 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 (People in Business): Jeff Sprott

KNWA: Film Camp Empowers Local Students with Disabilities

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KFSM (5news): NWA Space, Lowell Partner For Science Center (Katherine Auld)