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Sounds of NCTC concert scheduled for Friday

For the annual Sounds of NCTC concert on Friday, the College Singers and NCTC Jazz Band will perform renditions of songs that were nominated for Academy Awards through the years.

The free show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts on the Gainesville campus, and donations will be accepted at the door to support scholarships.

Among the selections concert-goers can expect to hear will be “It Might As Well Be Spring” from State Fair, “Swinging on a Star” from Going My Way, “That’s Entertainment” from The Band Wagon, “As Time Goes By” from Casablanca and “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.

Professor has fourth book published

History professor Robin Cole-Jett had his fourth book, The Red River Valley in Arkansas, published on Feb. 25.

The book discusses the Red River’s dramatic bend in southwestern Arkansas and how it has defined the culture, commerce and history of the region since Caddo people lived in the region.

Centuries later, as the plantation South gave way to westward expansion, people found refuge and adventure along the area’s trading paths, military roads, riverbanks, rail lines and highways.

Her latest book can be ordered at

Conference brings in college leaders

Around 50 members of the Consortium Leadership and Renewal Academy leadership class, all community college administrators and staff from the state, recently attended a day-long conference at NCTC.

The workshop aimed to enhance their leadership skills and served to help entry-level and mid-level administrators to update their knowledge and skills.

CLARA is a year-long regional leadership information, development and renewal program created for the member institutions of the North Texas Community College Consortium. It is designed to benefit those serving as program coordinators, division and department chairs, deans, directors and others in comparable roles.

The program is open to professionals in instruction, student development, business services, continuing education, workforce development, libraries and media, research and planning, resource development, professional development, human resources, learning resources, public information, facilities management and other college areas.

Friends of CCL donate for scholarships

The Friends of the Cooke County Library donated $9,200 to the North Central Texas College Foundation for scholarships on Feb. 27 after raising the money from book sales.

All of the books sold at the group’s book sales are donated either by community members or by local libraries, and many sell for less than a dollar.

Preference for the Friends of Cooke County Library scholarship will be given to a Cooke County high school student enrolled in dual credit courses, or a graduate of a Cooke County high school attending NCTC. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average.

Two $500 scholarships ($250 in the fall and $250 in the spring) will be given to help two students.

Compiled from NCTC news releases.