NPC News

NPC Announces Spring President’s, Dean’s Lists

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – The National Park College (NPC) Office of Student Affairs released the Dean’s list and President’s list for the spring 2016 semester. 249 students were named to the Dean’s list and 242 students were named to the President’s list. Students on the Dean’s list must maintain a minimum of a 3.25 semester GPA and a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Students on the President’s list must maintain a minimum of a 3.6 semester GPA and a 3.6 cumulative GPA.

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NPC Approves Budget, Launches np.edu

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – The National Park College (NPC) Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting Wednesday, May 25. Items for report included the budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and unveiling of the new website, www.np.edu. Testing Center Director, Suzy Still was recognized for the NPC Testing Center’s recent certification award from the National College Testing Association (NCTA). The Center is the fifth in the state to receive national certification by the National College Testing Association. Certification status acknowledges adherence to best practices in the testing industry, adds to the center’s validity for prospective distance learning students, vendors, and other organizations, and certifies that our test center operates under the highest accepted standards and practices for all types of testing.

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Testing Center Receives NCTA Certification

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – The National Park College (NPC) Testing Center was awarded the National College Testing Association (NCTA) Test Center Certification this month. Earning NCTA certification acknowledges NPC’s Testing Center adheres to best practices in the testing industry. The Center strives to provide quality in the administration of testing services and programs and improve testing processes and service to students and examinees. There are only four other college and university testing centers NCTA certified in the state of Arkansas. NPC is the fifth college testing center to receive this recognition since the certification program began in 2010.

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Welding Service Project Benefits VA Clinic

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – Students in the National Park College (NPC) Welding program designed and fabricated an iron bench that they donated to the Central Arkansas Veteran’s Health Care System’s (CAVHS) Hot Springs Community Based Outpatient Clinic. A dedication ceremony was held today. Dr. John Hogan introduced Michael Dobbs, Chief of Voluntary Services for CAVHS. Also in attendance was Anita Deason, Military and Veteran Services Representative for Senator John Boozman; Courtland Sykes, Military and Veteran Services Representative for Congressman Bruce Westerman; Judge Rick Davis, Senator Bill Sample; Stanley Bee, Veteran Services Officer for Garland County, and representatives from the Hot Springs Village VFW Post 10483. Welding Bench DedicationStudent artists, Casey White and Chris Smith shared how they designed and fabricated the bench as part of their required service-learning project this semester in their Welding Layout and Fabrication course. The students used gas metal arc welding (GMAW) to complete the project, which required more than 100 hours of labor. The bench was created using welds to look like wooden logs and branches. An American flag waves across the seat back. Each line was individually welded then flattened with a grinder to create the wood grain. To create the depth of the grain, the artists used several layers of different paint shades.

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SGA Hosts Final Exam Slam

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – The National Park College (NPC) Student Government Association hosted the second annual Final Exam Slam: Staff versus Students basketball game April 29. 3 Point Contest StudentLast year the students beat the faculty and staff 75-30 in a grueling 40-minute battle. This year the faculty and staff team won 53-46 with help from student tutor, Matt Lim and student Pierre Adair. Division Chair, Chris Coble coached the faculty and staff team and SGA President, Roger Powell coached the student team. Intramurals coordinator, Bob Kissire and Dean of Enrollment Services, Jason Hudnell officiated.

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Hospitality and Tourism Students Compete in Cheap Chopped Championship

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – The National Park College (NPC) Hospitality and Tourism program hosted a Cheap Chopped Championship for students in the Food Prep II class. Three teams competed using mystery ingredients for an entrée and a dessert. Students were required to utilize the culinary and presentation techniques they learned over the fall and spring semesters. The contest is similar to the television show. The cooking was timed and students had access to a pantry of ingredients. The entrée mystery ingredients included untrimmed chicken breast, organic carrots and limes. The dessert mystery ingredients included strawberries, balsamic vinegar and $2 to buy anything from the student center vending machine. Students prepared Hawaiian chicken kabobs with honey glazed carrots, teriyaki pineapple kabobs, chicken vegetable stir-fry with mango pineapple puree, glazed lemon cookies with strawberry coulis and cinnamon sautéed mango cream tarts.

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Welding Students Donate Bench to VA Clinic

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – Students in the National Park College (NPC) Welding program designed and fabricated an iron bench that they plan to donate to the Central Arkansas Veteran’s Health Care System’s (CAVHS) Hot Springs Community Based Outpatient Clinic. A dedication ceremony will take place at 177 Sawtooth Oak Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901, Tuesday, May 10 at 2 p.m. Student artists, Casey White and Chris Smith designed and fabricated the bench as part of their required service-learning project this semester in their Welding Layout and Fabrication course. The students used gas metal arc welding (GMAW) to complete the project, which required more than 100 hours of labor.

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Sally Carder Technical Fund Donates Automotive Lift

Melony Ritter

The National Park College (NPC) Automotive Technology program received a donation from the Sally Carder Technical Fund to purchase a new automotive lift. The fund is used to support technical programs and equipment needs. To date, the fund has been used to purchase equipment and upgrades for the welding, automotive and marine programs. The lift is a Bend Pak HDS-14LSXE four post hydraulic alignment lift and includes optional hydraulic jacks. It is capable of lifting 14,000 pounds and meets current industry standard for professional repair facilities. It was installed by McDaniel Equipment Company of Little Rock and took about six hours for two professional technicians to install.

NPC Announces Spring 2016 Commencement

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – National Park College (NPC) will host spring 2016 Commencement for students who have successfully completed the requirements for graduation Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs. Approximately 400 students have applied for graduation. The Hot Springs Concert Band will perform the processional, “Pomp and Circumstance” and the National Anthem. The Hot Springs High School Navy Junior ROTC Color Guard will present the presentation of colors. Rev. Dr. Michael L. Maddox, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs will give the invocation.

Visual and Media Arts Hosts Summer Film School

Melony Ritter

Hot Springs, Arkansas – The National Park College (NPC) Visual and Media Arts program and Continuing Education Department will host a summer filmmaking course for high school students who will be in grades 10, 11, and 12 in the fall. The class will be a thorough introduction to all aspects of filmmaking. The schedule will be four days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., May 31 to June 26. The fee will be $100 per student. The course will cover aspects of preproduction from scriptwriting to preparation of storyboards. Principal photography will include lessons on camera operation, professional sound procedures, lighting, and more. Post production work will involve all aspects of digital film editing. The last week of the course will cover film promotion, including design of flyers and lessons in creating posters via silk screen printing. The students will have access to professional film equipment including Sony Cine Alta cameras, cinema lenses, professional lighting, and professional sound equipment including mixers, microphones, and booms.

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