Collin College was recognized as a Platinum Premier Partner by Carter BloodCare. A Platinum Premier Partner is the highest level that can be achieved and Collin College was also recognized on the Carter BloodCare website.

History professors Dr. David Cullen and Dr. Kyle Wilkison are the editors of the now-published book The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism. They, along with fellow history professors Dr. Sam Tullock, Dr. Michael Phillips and Dr. Keith Volanto, contributed chapters to the book.

Dr. Sherry Schumann, vice president/provost of the Central Park Campus, was appointed to the Medical Center of Plano Board of Trustees.

Chemistry professor Amina El-Ashmawy has been invited to continue her service as the chair of the American Chemical Society’s Two-Year College advisory board for 2014.  Under her leadership, the Advisory Board has promoted the needs and activities of two-year colleges.

The Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement hosted “The Face of Homelessness” that included presentations by city representatives, school districts, social service agencies and the Collin County Homeless Coalition. Two hundred thirty people participated in the event that focused on initiatives to resolve the homeless issue in Collin County.

Dr. Cindy Briggs, professor of business management, is engaging her four business classes in service learning this semester.  They are “adopting” the Plano Chamber of Commerce and will assist them with the accreditation process through research, report writing and survey development.

Collin College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted 252 new student members at its recent induction ceremony.  Members kicked off their college project “Demystified:  Revealing the True Leader in You” in the atrium at the Spring Creek Campus on Jan. 22 as a student-led outreach to other students brought awareness of the power of personal and professional leadership development.

On Jan. 23, an estimated 150 people attended as Phi Theta Kappa members completed the annual Honors in Action project with anAffordable Health Care Act Health Care Symposium” at the Central Park Campus.

This year’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast brought more than 500 people to the Living Legends Conference Center at Spring Creek Campus on Jan. 18 in a celebration of Dr. King’s vision.  More than 60 student volunteers participated, including nine student presenters, and the event was well attended by local elected officials.

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