2010 October 18 - 12:00 am


  • Students from Arkansas State University-Mountain Home took both first and second place honors in the state at “Sputum Bowl,” an annual quiz bowl event open to practitioner and student teams at the Arkansas Society for Respiratory Care annual conference in Hot Springs recently. Each year, teams compete on their knowledge specifically related to respiratory science.Competing against other student teams from UAMS-LR, UAMS-Texarkana, UACC-Hope, Black River Technical College and Pulaski Technical College, the ASUMH team included Chanel Buskard, Andrea Clark and Natasha Petitjean and captured the first place honors.ASUMH students Sarah Gunter, Erin Henderson and April Lynne came in second. The first-place winners were defeated once during the preliminaries and had to come back during the finals to win five competitions with four different teams in a row in order to take home first place. The second-place team went undefeated in the preliminaries but was defeated only by the ASUMH first-place winning team. The first-place team is now eligible to compete in the national seminar against other state champions in Las Vegas in December.

  • Jim Prucnal, dean of financial and administrative services at Alabama’s Gadsden State Community College, was recently presented the Foundation Fellow Award by the Gadsden Civitan Club. He was honored as a Fellow of the Civitan International Research Center for extraordinary contributions in leadership and community service.Prucnal, a former Civitan secretary and executive board member, has been a member of the Gadsden Civitan Club for many years actively participating in annual projects. He was Civitan of the Year in 2005. An award of $1,000 will be presented to the Civitan International Research Center in his honor.

  • The Association of Community College Trustees has named Steven M. Curtis, president of the Community College of Philadelphia, as the recipient of ACCT’s 2010 Chief Executive Officer Award for the Northeast Region. ACCT’s regional awards recognize trustees, equity programs, chief executive officers, faculty members and professional board staff. As the Northeast Region winner, Curtis is now eligible to be considered for the prestigious Marie Y. Martin Chief Executive Award, which will be announced at the 41st Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in Toronto, Canada. Curtis has served as president of Community College of Philadelphia since 1999. Under his stewardship, there has been a 48 percent increase in graduates since 2000, as well as a 57 percent increase in the number of degrees and certificates awarded. The college has created new initiatives and fostered important alliances with regional employers, government leaders and community groups that have made the college a leader in providing educational programs and workforce development.
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