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Get 25 to 75 Percent Off During College Bookstore Sale
A clearance sale at all college bookstores is going on right now. Get 25 to 75 percent off clearance items and many other items. The sale continues through Friday, March 28. Find out the hours your college bookstore is open.
Check Out $2,000 Scholarship in Automotive Technology
If you are seeking an education in automotive technology or a related field, consider applying for AmericanMuscle’s annual scholarship. The organization awards two $2,000 scholarships each Fall semester and two each Spring. The deadline to apply for the Fall scholarship is July 15. Find out more by visiting the AmericanMuscle scholarship page.
North Lake, Cedar Valley Students Represent District in D.C.
North Lake student Josh Hamlin and Cedar Valley College student Oscar Hernandez had the thrill of traveling to Washington, D.C., Feb. 11-12, to meet with lawmakers. DCCCD chose them to represent students of our colleges. They met with members of Congress Pete Sessions and Marc Veasey, and with senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.
Eastfield Men’s Basketball Team Ends Great Season
The season of the Eastfield College men’s basketball team ended sooner than the Harvesters would like. The team lost to Brookdale Community College of New Jersey, 74-82, on March 15 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III tournament. The team brought home 5th place medallions. Check out the box score, play by play and other statistics from the game vs. Brookdale.
Power Your Career With Oncor April 9 at Richland College
Hear Oncor present information about the company and career opportunities April 9 at Richland College. The presentation is from 3 to 7 p.m. in room SH118. Oncor is an electricity business that operates the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas. The School of Engineering, Business and Technology and the Richland STEM Program are sponsoring the presentation. Contact Jocyln Hanson at 214-890-3849 for more information.
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German Student Blogger Is Eloquent in Any Language

Betty Tuttass grew up in Germany. English isn’t her first, or even second, language. But after reading her first post for the DCCCD Student Information Blog, you will no doubt agree that she would be an excellent communicator in any language.

Betty moved to the United States three years ago. She is a North Lake College student who graduated from Flower Mound High School. Her major is psychology. She is bilingual, speaking German and Korean, and now English. She’s also learning French.
She’s an afternoon schoolteacher at a Montessori school. She has a wide variety of other interests, including photography, music and film editing. However, she says, “it’s North Lake that takes center stage in my life.”
It’s Official: Cedar Valley’s PTK Chapter Is Outstanding!
The Cedar Valley College Alpha Zeta Omicron Phi Theta Kappa chapter was recently selected as the Most Distinguished Chapter in the Texas Region out of 96 chapters. At the Phi Theta Kappa regional convention, the chapter also won a College Project Award of Merit. That award is given to only 10 chapters in Texas. Among other honors, the chapter received the Honors in Action Award of Distinction. That honor is given to only the top two chapters in the state. Students Alexis Wilkins, John MacLean and Denise Martin were placed in the District II Hall of Honor. PTK is an international honors society.
El Centro Phi Theta Kappa and Members Are Tops
PTK officers Giovanni Escobedo, Yeimi Figueroa, Rosario Rojas and Kevin Gomez were rewarded for their commitment and leadership by being inducted into the PTK Texas Hall of Honor. Fabian Reyna received the Distinguished Chapter Member Award for going beyond the expectations of a member and proving that an officer title is not necessary to be a leader. The El Centro Phi Theta Kappa Sigma Tau Chapter received a number of awards at the recent PTK Texas regional convention in Houston. The chapter won the Five Star Chapter Level, the Texas Top Chapters Award and the Five Star Chapter Award. It also won the Honors in Action Award of Distinction, which was awarded to only two chapters. PTK is an international honors society.
Five Artists Are Winners in League for Innovation Contest
Work by five artists from the colleges of DCCCD were selected for the national contest of the League for Innovation Student Art Competition. The students are:
•  Shua Kwon, Brookhaven College
•  Roy Martinez, El Centro College
•  Janeth Quintero, Eastfield College
•  John Shumaker, Eastfield College
•  Brandon Thompson, Mountain View College
The competition was held last month at Mountain View College.
Who Is Mountain View’s Student Leader of the Year? Read On 
Mountain View College’s Taylor Souryachak was recently selected as the DCCCD Amidon/Beauchamp Student Leader of the Year. Her academic excellence, involvement on campus and overall achievement won her the honor. She is a member of the Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She has chaired the Honors in Action Project and volunteers with the Salvation Army Angel Tree, among many other student-led activities.
Eastfield Theater Students Put on a Winning Show
Eleven Eastfield College theater students participated in the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association State Festival recently. The festival was held at Blinn College in Brenham, Feb. 28-March 1. Their performance of “The Miss Firecracker Contest” by Texas playwright Beth Henley received a superior rating, the highest possible. Kayla Anderson and Colby Calhoun both received superior acting awards; Monica Lira won the excellent actor award; Felicia Wagner and Ashley Vessells won for superior makeup and costume; and Alana Henry won the director’s choice excellent rating for set design.
Relax! Check Out El Centro’s Free Stress Reliever
Need to get your “chi” groove and learn to relax more? Here is your opportunity! El Centro College will be offering free Tai Chi classes at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through April 18. Classes are open to the public. Klyde Warren Park is located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
Cedar Valley Art Major’s Work Is on Display at Gallery
Cedar Valley College art major Kenna Boles Prior was recently accepted into the Texas Visual Art Association. Her artwork is primarily organic abstracts, using a variety of printing techniques. The TVAA Open Art Show is on display through March at the TVAA Gallery in the Plaza of the Americas in downtown Dallas.
North Lake Phi Theta Kappa Members Volunteer to Clean Up Irving
North Lake College’s Alpha Zeta Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa volunteered time with the city’s “Keep Irving Beautiful” program on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. The 13 honor society students volunteered 39 hours to the Fritz Park Petting Farm Paint Project. Their work kicked off ongoing refurbishing projects at Fritz Park to ensure the park is ready for its June opening.