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Volleyball team gives checks to charities

The NCTC volleyball team is carrying on a tradition by donating gate receipts from their 2012 home volleyball matches to area charities.

This year, members of the Lady Lions volleyball team presented checks to Volunteers in Service to Others, Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter and the Cooke County Littlest Angel program.


Foundation honors donors, students

The North Central Texas College Foundation celebrated the accomplishments of students and the scholarship donors during the annual Donor/Scholar Breakfast at Lions Fieldhouse on Friday at the Gainesville campus.

The event gave scholarship recipients the chance to meet and thank the donors who gave scholarships through the foundation. It also allowed the donors to get to know the students and learn more about them and their future plans.

The guest speaker during the breakfast was Kristen Weinzapfel, the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.

Within the past year, four new endowed scholarships were established.

The family of Peggy Sparks established the Peggy Sparks Memorial Scholarship as a way to honor her and continue her legacy of helping others.

The Roy T. Pitcock Family Scholarship was established to assist students with financial need attending the Graham campus.

Ben Turbeville established two additional endowed scholarships this year to bring his number of endowed scholarships to six. These scholarships will assist students pursuing a degree in the health care fields and the most recent scholarship will assist any student from Cooke County attending NCTC.


Baseball team teaches importance of reading

The NCTC baseball team is teaching the importance of reading to elementary students in Cooke County this fall.

The team is carrying on a tradition by reading to elementary-aged students at several Cooke County schools.

On Nov. 16, the team sent players to Edison Elementary School in Gainesville, Lindsay Elementary School and Valley View Elementary School to read books in several classrooms and interact with students.

A video of Lions baseball players reading at Edison can be seen on the NCTC YouTube channel at .


Regents approve new summer work schedule

NCTC will go to a four-day work week beginning in June.

On Nov. 19, NCTC regents approved a recommendation to change the work week from June 3, 2013, through August 2, 2013, to a four-day format.

The college will now be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the two-month summer period.

According to the administration, the college can expect to save a minimum of $12,600 a year with the new four-day work week.

In other business, regents approved a tax abatement for Schlumberger Technology Corp. of 50 percent for a period of 10 years, but only for years in which Schlumberger has property on site with a tax value of $100 million or more.


NCTC professors attend humanities conference

Three members of the NCTC History, Humanities and Philosophy Department participated in the Southwest Regional Community College Humanities Association conference Nov. 1-3 in Dallas.

Crystal Wright, Pat Ledbetter and Jane England represented NCTC at the conference.

The association is a national organization dedicated to providing a variety of professional development opportunities for community college humanities educators. 

At the conference, Wright, Ledbetter and England served as moderators for separate sessions. Additionally, Ledbetter and England presented scholarly papers as part of a panel titled “From the Ancient World to Modern Times: Places, Artifacts and Relevance.” Both professors’ presentations were based on research from 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities summer programs.

Ledbetter’s presentation, “Engaging the Past: Students as Historians and Preservationists,” related materials developed from the NEH Landmark Workshop “Along the Shore: Changing and Preserving the Landmarks of Brooklyn’s Industrial Waterfront” to local Cooke County history projects.

England presented information and images she developed while attending a three-week research institute in Italy in June. England’s presentation “Etruria: Aesthetic Seedbed of the Western Artistic Tradition” examined the crucial role of intersecting Etruscan, Greek and Roman styles of architecture, painting, pottery and burial rites in the formation of the Western visual arts cannon.