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NPTC Celebrates Student Success

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – The National Park Technology Center (NPTC) held its annual awards program Thursday, April 21, in the Eisele Auditorium of the Frederick M. Dierks Center for Nursing and Health Sciences. The auditorium was standing room only as family, friends, local school officials and NPTC faculty and staff watched more than 100 students being recognized for their efforts and achievements. Students from Lake Hamilton, Lakeside, Cutter-Morning Star, Jessieville, Hot Springs, Fountain Lake, Mountain Pine, and Caddo Hills High Schools received awards. Students received recognition for the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), Student Government Association (SGA) Campus and Community Service Award, Technical Excellence, CHAMPION/Work Ethic and Outstanding Student.


Hospitality and Tourism Students Open Flavor (501) Cafe

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – The National Park College (NPC) Hospitality and Tourism program opened the Flavor (501) Café April 7 and April 21. The project is part of the Restaurant and Events Management Class and is the group’s largest fundraiser of the year. It provides students with hands-on management of a food and beverage operation along with all facets of an event including decorations, music, raffle and silent auction items, marketing, budgeting and more. The NPC Hospitality program takes students through a rigorous program that includes travel and tourism, hotel operations, food and beverage management, food prep skills, and event management training. In the spring semester, students experience hands-on training when planning and executing the opening of the student café. This year, students decided to embrace the newest trends in food and beverage management and change the name and “feel” of the student café from “The Alternative Café” to “Flavor (501) Café.” There is an increasing interest in the local food movement, popularity of organics, and the overall need for more focus on healthy cooking and nutrient retention in preparation. The name reflects their desire to deliver incredible food with interesting flavor profiles while promoting local producers.


Communication and Arts Hosts Seventh Annual Poetry Contest

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – National Park College (NPC) Communication and Arts Division hosted the seventh Annual Poetry Contest last week in the NPC Library. Contest winners are selected anonymously by the English faculty. On average, the contest has about 25 entries each year. This year’s winners included, Steven Barber, first place for his poem, Midline; Ken Cooper, second place for his poem, Katesville Mills; and Steven Joe Echols, third place for his poem, With You.

NPC Singers Host Spring Concert

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – National Park College (NPC) Singers and Soundwaves will perform their final concert of the year Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Students will perform a concert entitled, A Fond Benediction, based on the Commissioned Choral arrangement of The Lord Bless You and Keep You by Brandon Nelson. Student singers collected funds and commissioned Mr. Nelson to write an arrangement based on the Luftkin version of The Lord Bless You and Keep You. The students honored Mrs. Edds with the work while preparing to sing in New Orleans, Louisiana in February.


NPC Students Earn 11 SkillsUSA Medals

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – National Park College (NPC) students competed in the SkillsUSA Arkansas Leadership and Skills Championship last week at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The annual competition saw over 1800 competitors from around the state that competed in over 100 contests at the high school and college levels. Students winning gold medals during the competition earned the right to compete at the national SkillsUSA Championships and Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 20-24. A total of 33 students represented NPC during the competition. National Park Technology Center (NPTC) high school students garnered seven medals, and NPC welding students earned four medals.

NPC Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society Earns Five Star Chapter Award

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – The National Park College (NPC) Alpha Beta Psi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society was recognized as a Five Star Chapter during the 2016 Nerd Nation International Convention in Washington DC. Advisors, Caleb Grisham and Nannette Crane-Post received the Distinguished Regional Advisor Team award for the Oklahoma/Arkansas Region of Phi Theta Kappa. The Five Star Chapter recognition is awarded to chapters who complete the designated plan that involves local campus involvement and progresses to regional and international involvement. Students have an opportunity to build relationships with campus leaders and gain organizational skills.


Hospitality and Tourism Students Host International Cuisine Day

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – The National Park College (NPC) Hospitality and Tourism program hosted an International Cuisine reception yesterday. Students were tasked with creating a dish from their assigned country and served it to guests. Participants and their assignments included: Madison Louden – Italy – Tiramisu; Jamie Durfee – Iran – Pomegrate Walnut Stew; Ana Alegria – Greece – Fasaloda; Katherine Olis – Indonesia – Chicken Satay; Bobbie Sebren – Sweden – Swedish Meatballs; Kelly Barnes – Ireland – Cheesy Potatoes; Carl Seaman – US – Burgers; Kimberly Sampson – Belgium – Waffles.


NPC Remembers Dr. Tom Spencer, Past President

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – With great sadness and heavy hearts, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students of National Park College (NPC) remember the legacy of Dr. Tom Spencer, past president of NPC. Dr. Spencer passed Saturday evening. He was a quiet, humble leader with a lifelong love of learning. He had a calming demeanor and is best remembered for his fiscal responsibility and deep dedication to student success. He was a stabilizing presence for the College during a time of great change. Many remember his ability to recognize and nurture potential in others and his drive to advocate for those who had difficulty speaking up for themselves.


SPSF Hosts Style Show for Scholarships

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – The Single Parent Scholarship Fund (SPSF) of Garland County will host the seventh Annual Style Show for Scholarships Luncheon April 14 at 11:30 a.m. at The Hills at Belvedere. style show modelsThe style show will include collections from Chantilly, Pink Avenue, Accessory Gallery, Grow, and Christi’s Boutique. Tickets are $30 per person and includes lunch courtesy of Special Touch Catering. The event will feature stories from two NPC students impacted by this scholarship and includes a silent auction, door prizes, and a cash wine bar. Proceeds will benefit the SPSC of Garland County. The SPSF of Garland County provides scholarships to men and women of Garland County who demonstrate financial need, are single parents and enrolled in a post-secondary educational course of study leading to a diploma, certificate, or degree. SPSF of Garland County scholarships encourage students’ success by providing financial assistance that can be used for transportation, child care, medical expenses, school supplies, books and fees, and housing.


Marine Students Complete Local Internships

Melony Ritter

The Marine Technology internship program is in full swing and marine students are working at various marine shops in Arkansas, including Orr Marine, Robert Hughes Marine, S&G Xtreme Marine, Copher’s Marine and Venom Motorsports. Eight students are participating in the internship program and are receiving on the job training in the marine industry. Students are interning as technicians, riggers, supervisors, parts managers and sales assistants.

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