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North Lake Student Named among Top Texas Community College Students

IRVING, Texas. June 7, 2000 - North Lake College student Robert Chewning was named to the Texas All-State Academic Team from among students from more than 50 community colleges statewide. Mr. Chewning was named to the second team, which ranks him among the top 87 community college students statewide.

Mr. Chewning has held many leadership roles on campus as a member of North Lake's Alpha Zeta Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, writer and community volunteer. His short story, "Something to Remember" was selected as 2nd place winner in the League for Innovation Writing Contest. The story will be published in the August edition of Duck Soup, the campus literary magazine. Mr. Chewning received his honor at a ceremony May 30 in Austin. The Texas All-State Academic Team is sponsored by the Texas Association of Community colleges and Phi Theta Kappa International, a worldwide honor society for two-year college students. Dr. Uri Treisman, professor of mathematics and director for the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas, was guest speaker and presented the Phi Theta Kappa All-State medallions to the students. He was joined by Dr. Reynaldo Garcia, executive director of the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Raymond M. Hawkins, interim president for North Harris College, was master of ceremonies.

The fifth annual Texas All-State Academic Team celebration is a statewide recognition affiliated with the national USA Today - Phi Theta Kappa International All-American Academic Team, which was named in April in USA Today newspaper. The USA Today program recognizes the top community college students among some 1,200 colleges nationwide. The celebration was generously underwritten by Follett Corporation, Tyler Junior College Foundation, Great Western Dining Service, Inc. and Texas Book Company.

"We are proud to recognize the excellence of our student," Dr. David England says. "The competition both statewide and across the country is quite extraordinary. These students represent the best of the best among community college students."

Community colleges enroll 44 percent of the nation's undergraduates and 46 percent of all first-time freshmen, according to the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, D.C. Texas statistics indicate that community college students who transfer to universities perform as well as or better than the students who began their studies at the universities. North Lake College is part of the Dallas County Community College District.

Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, gender or disability.