Two students from Northeast Texas Community College recently received the Walter B Cooper Scholarship at the Phi Theta Kappa Texas Leadership Conference held virtually on October 15-17th. The Walter B Cooper Scholarship recognizes outstanding students in the state of Texas who are “well-rounded” in the four Hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship.
Maxime Risner and Brian Ramirez were among seven winners recognized across the entire state of Texas. While NTCC’s chapter, Alpha Mu Chi, has had Walter B. Cooper Scholarship winners in the past, it is unprecedented for the chapter that two applicants be awarded within the same year. Risner will receive $750 and tied for the overall first place application and Ramirez will receive $250.
Northeast Texas Community College will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 24-26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Offices will be open regular business hours on Monday and Tuesday, so that is a great time to stop by to register for classes.
The Northeast Texas Community College Fire Academy is now recruiting for its 20th Academy. Since 2002, the program has trained numerous individuals in fire service.
“It is hard to believe that we have been meeting our region’s need for trained firefighters for 20 years. This program is an asset to our community and is a great opportunity for those interested in fire service,” Lisa York, NTCC Continuing Education Coordinator, said.
Israel Perez, a Presidential-Scholar sophomore of Honors Northeast, has become the first winner of the Russell-Mowery Perpetual Honors Scholarship. This annual $500 award goes to an honors student who has made significant contributions to Northeast Texas culture and life.
Academic conferences are not only great information-sharing events; they are contests that determine the scholars who have the information worth sharing. In this competition, written abstracts matter, and winsome abstracts, require arresting titles, unique phrases, and surprising insights—linked together and conveyed in the time consumed by an elevator ride. They are sometimes called “elevator pitches.” At Northeast Texas Community College, honors students often begin their research in conjunction with films that occur before their first fall semester. During the semester of their first year, they write weekly “ideophanies” that involve at least two conceptualizations every week. By November, they compose posters, engage in “arresting concept” contests, and write fifteen-page rough drafts.
The NTCC Career & Transfer Center is pleased to host Yadira Muñoz, Admissions Counselor for Texas A&M University-Commerce, on November 18. Muñoz will be in BT 111B from 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. to assist with admissions applications and will give an admissions presentation from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in the same location. Lunch will be provided.
Dr. Page Petrucka, Associate Professor of Theatre at Northeast Texas Community College, was recently honored by the Texas Educational Theatre Association at its annual conference.
Her short play, Skin Condition, was a winner in the Texas Educator Category for a 10-minute play. This year the conference was virtual due to COVID-19, so the play was recorded and then broadcast on Saturday, October 23 via zoom. Other Texas higher ed professionals in the state responded to the play. Petrucka had previously won a similar award as a student while completing her doctoral work. Her full-length play, Return to Roswell, won in 2013.
Texas A&M University Texarkana at NTCC, in partnership with Communities in Schools, is hosting its annual Christmas Drive Nov. 1 through December 6. They are collecting new items to help children and their families during the holiday season. Some examples of needed items include: clothing (all sizes), socks, undergarments, hoodies and jackets, shoes, kids’ toys, board games, makeup and hair accessories, electronics.
The Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo team followed up the home Rodeo with a trip to South Louisiana to the McNeese State University Rodeo in Lake Charles, Louisiana October 29-30.
The Women’s team brought home a 4th place finish thanks to strong showings from Taylor Decosta (Kaneohe, Hawaii) in Barrell Racing and a first-place finish from Jessee Young (Paris, Texas) in the Breakaway Roping.