2011 Archived Faculty & Staff Achievements
Mike McMillan, a computer information systems instructor, recently published a 10-hour video course titled “Learning C++” by Infinite Skills (www.iunfiniteskills.com). Infinite Skills provides high quality training DVDs that cover everything from graphic design, video editing, audio and music creation, web design, business applications and programming languages.
Todd R. Gold, CEC, CCA, AAC, director of the PTC Arkansas Culinary School Programs, was named Chef of the Year at the 2011 Chef Ball, sponsored by the American Culinary Federation Central Arkansas Chapter, making him the only chef to receive that honor three times--2003, 2006, and 2010.
Amy Baldwin, English instructor, co-presented two pre-conference workshops and a conference session at the 30th Annual First-Year Experience Conference in Atlanta on Feb. 4-8. Topics included creating a first-year seminar for community colleges, engaging students with social media, and engaging and retaining African-American male students.
Sandy Longhorn, English instructor, had two poems published recently. "What Devours Us is Worth Devouring" appeared in Spillway, a publication of the California-based arts organization Tebot Bach. "When the Weather Forms a Holding Pattern" appeared in the online journal, The Dirty Napkin.
Kimberly Kwee, adjunct visual arts instructor, has launched kimberlykwee.com with examples of her work. She welcomes a browse and will be updating it frequently throughout the semester.
Angie Macri, English instructor, had three poems published in three journals. "The Fathers Who Never Seem to Speak" appeared in Southern Indiana Review, a publication of the University of Southern Indiana. "Planets for Other Stars" appeared in Weave, a literary magazine out of Pittsburg, Pa. "Limbs in Thorns" appeared in Redivider, a journal produced by the Writing, Literature and Publishing Department at Emerson College in Boston.
Dr. Barry McVinney, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and instructor of music, led the Arkansas Symphony Big Band at Gov. Mike Beebe's Inaugural Ball on Jan. 11, at the Statehouse Convention Center.
Paula Martin Morell, adjunct instructor of English teaching Creative Nonfiction, has been named the literary special projects manager at William F. Laman Public Library. Paula's projects with Laman Library include her internationally-syndicated radio show "Tales from the South," Laman Library's Writer's Fellowship and the Arkansas Literary Festival. For the first time since its inception, the Arkansas Literary Festival is now partnering with Paula and Laman Library to bring sessions to North Little Rock's Argenta Arts District on April 7-13. Paula will also start an Arkansas Authors series, offer writing workshops, and has plans to start an oral history project. Contact Paula with ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Pridmore, chair of the Department of Languages and instructor of Spanish, participated in a review of materials for a new textbook named Experience Spanish. Pridmore will be acknowledged in publications about the book and maybe even the book itself. The publisher, McGraw Hill, is touting this as a revolutionary textbook.
Leslie Cloer has been appointed as the Vice President for Finance for the Central Arkansas Human Resources Association Board of Directors for a two-year term. The Central Arkansas Human Resource Association (CAHRA) is the oldest and largest association of human resources professionals in central Arkansas and is the only one nationally affiliated to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).
Susan Gail Taylor Gernenz, adjunct instructor of English, has been accepted to present at the Far West Popular Culture Association regional conference in Las Vegas from March 11-13 and the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association national conference in San Antonio from April 20-23. She has also been invited to chair a session at the Conference on College Composition and Communication national conference in Atlanta on April 7.
PTC President Dan F. Bakke was featured as an "Outstanding Man of Arkansas" in Today's Man magazine.
Ken Lipsmeyer, lead instructor of Wine and Hospitality studies at the PTC Arkansas Culinary School, recently earned the Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) credential from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.