By CCW Staff  /  
2009 April 19 - 12:00 am


  • The Dental Hygiene Program at Illinois’ Lewis and Clark Community College has become one of only five programs to receive funding through the American Dental Hygiene Association Institute for Oral Health to become a member of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation Affiliate Network. The network is an organization dedicated to fighting oral disease and promoting overall health for disadvantaged children. Lewis and Clark’s Dental Hygiene Program currently provides oral healthcare to low-income and underserved children in the community, and will continue to do so through the college’s Paul B. Hanks Dental Clinic and its mobile health unit. Economically disadvantaged children are twice as likely to have dental problems and few receive proper treatment. It is estimated that 5 million children have dental problems that affect their eating, sleeping and performance in the classroom.

  • Staff members of  The Campus Ledger, the student newspaper of Johnson County (Kan.) Community College, brought home 12 certificates from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Circle Awards. The awards, presented at a convention in New York City, included three first-place certificates, two second-place certificates, one third-place certificate and six certificates of merit. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association has been hosting the Gold Circle Awards since 1984 and receives more than 12,000 entries from schools across the United States and Canada. The contest is judged without divisions, meaning that Johnson County Community College students competed against students in both community colleges and four-year schools.

  • The Red Rocks Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received several honors at the Colorado Regional Convention. From among the 23 chapters in their region, Red Rocks took first place in the leadership hallmark category;  third place in the service hallmark category; earned five star chapter status for the 11th consecutive year; and received the outstanding advisor award. The awards were based on each chapter’s work during the previous year in the hallmark categories of service, leadership, and scholarship.  The Red Rocks Community College chapter was recognized for their work with “Relay for Life, the Paradox of Affluence” lecture series, “Halloween Trick or Treat on the Rocks,” “Constitution Day,” and other activities.  In addition, Red Rocks Community College co-hosted a regional convention and presented an educational session at the organization’s 2008 International Convention.

  • Northeast Iowa Community College’s marketing department won a silver Paragon award at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations national conference. The college received the award for the college’s “By the Numbers” campaign in the Government Relations or Community Relations Project category. The national recognition follows the college’s regional gold medallion in 2008 for the same campaign, which was a successful promotion in support of  the college’s $35 million bond levy in December 2007. Tracy Kruse leads the college’s marketing department as director of external relations. The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations’s Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at the nation’s community, junior and technical colleges. It is and is the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges.
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