A look at campus life at various community and junior colleges
Biology students at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home recently removed the dust covers on ten new digital microscopes. The microscopes represent one of the largest collections at any higher education institution in Arkansas, according to a representative of vendor Delta Optical of North Little Rock, Ark. Following the rollout of the new biology lab equipment, students took turns peering into the eyepieces of the new microscopes after obtaining slides from Eddie Dry, assistant professor of biology, and being directed to locate and identify the various phases of the cell cycle. Dry moved throughout the lab working one-on-one with the 23 students to ensure all were able to successfully locate cell cycle phases. But a short time later, the lab was transformed as Dry directed his students to a cabinet holding laptop computers.
Utilizing installation manuals and their critical thinking and technology skills, the students connected their microscopes to laptop computers. Those connections transferred the images of the standard optical microscopes where viewing is done one person at a time onto the laptop computer screens allowing Dry to instruct multiple students simultaneously from the enlarged image. With the new digital microscopes, visuals can be captured as still images or motion video, saved and edited.
Academic achievement and service were celebrated March 10 as Central Carolina Community College (N.C.) Beta Sigma Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society held its spring induction ceremony. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized PTK as the official honor society for two-year colleges. The CCCC chapter sets a higher standard for membership eligibility than the national organization: a 3.7 grade point average rather than the 3.5 GPA that national requires. CCCC Chatham County Provost Mark Hall was the speaker for the event held at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Phi Theta Kappa is composed of Greek words symbolizing wisdom, aspiration and purity. Each of the inductees recited the oath of membership and signed their name in the membership book. Chapter Co- Advisor Mike Neal, CCCC athletic director, officially welcomed them into the society.