Todd Carter has been elected as president-elect of the National Association of Biology Teachers for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1. In 2008, he will assume the position of NABT president and in 2009, he will serve as past president.
Carter is the division chair of the Natural Science, Mathematics and Physical Education Division and a grant coordinator for Seward County Community College. For 11 years in Oklahoma, he taught seventh and eighth grade life science and and ninth through 12th grade biology, advanced biology, and field courses. The past 13 years he has developed and taught undergraduate biology courses in a variety of formats including field courses, online, and blended learning environments. He earned a B.S. in biology from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and an M.N.S. in zoology from the University of Oklahoma.
Carter’s NABT activities include chair of the Two-Year College Section, member of the Long Range Planning Committee, reviewer for the “American Biology Teacher, and co-chair for the Affiliates Group revitalization project.
The current emphasis of his work at the college level has been the use of technology to create significant learning experiences, developing and supporting faculty leaders, and undergraduate minority transition programs in math and science. He has contributed articles to the “Kansas Biology Teacher,” “Academic Leadership: The Journal for Technical and Community College Leaders,” “Academic Advising Today,” NABT’s “News and Views,” and newsletters for the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers and Kansas Association for Teachers of Science.
Carter has held leadership positions with the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers, including president, and is a college representative on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science. He presents annually at local, state, and national conferences including NABT and has been an invited presenter for Prentice-Hall’s “Teaching Innovations for Biology,” the “International Alliance of Teacher Scholars,” and the National Academic Advising Association.”
He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (1997), NABT’s Two-Year College Biology Teaching Award (2002), and the Balcomb Community College Teaching Award from the Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004).
The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), headquartered in Reston,Virginia, is the oldest organization dedicated exclusively to the concerns of biology/life science educators worldwide. Formed in 1938, the original 18 members have grown to over 20 affiliates and more than 8,000 members from all levels of academia, business, industry, and other groups and individuals concerned with life science education issues. The Leader in Life Science Education, NABT empowers educators to provide the best possible biology and life science education for all students. NABT members teach more than one million students each year.
If you can’t come to the Seward County Community College campus in the spring, you might consider taking classes online through EduKan, your internet community college.
The first session will be offered from Jan. 15-May 4.
Among the courses being offered are Accounting 1, Managerial Accounting, Animal Science, Computers in Agriculture, Art Appreciation, History & Criticism of Art II, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Business Law, Chemistry I and II, Intro to Corrections, Intro to Computer Concepts/Applications, Principles of Macroeconomics, Foundations of Modern Education, Fundamentals of Writing, English Composition I & II, Elementary Spanish II, World Regional Geography, American History 1865 to present, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to Mass Media, Journalism I, World Literature, Basic Applied Mathematics, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Personal & Community Health, Physical Science, Introduction to Geology, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Sociology and Juvenile Delinquency.
Registration for these classes ends Jan. 12 for the first session.
For information or to register, go online to

Seward County Community College is the recipient $1,188,195 CampusEAI Hosted Oracle Portal Grant.
This five-year portal grant will provide all members of the campus community with "single-sign-on" to their integrated teaching and learning interests, student services, and extra-curricular parts of campus life, said Mark Merrihew, director of information technology. It will serve students, staff, faculty, alumni and all other stakeholders of the institution's environment. The Portal extends the functionality and investments of existing legacy campus technology systems and integrates current applications, such as email, calendaring, learning management and alumni systems, with future internet applications.
This grant will
* provide web access to information and services through a single graphical interface;
* support a single log-on to obtain authentication and authorization to information resources and applications;
* provide a framework where elements of the institution, such as academic, administrative and community can be integrated;
* provide a framework where business applications can be integrated;
* provide a convenient set of communications services, which are web-based;
* provide a one-stop place where members of the campus community can perform business transactions;
* limit or expand the presentation of information and access to services on an individual basis; and
* provide each member of the community with the ability to customize the appearance, layout and information content on an individual basis.
The grant includes installation, training and testing during the spring and summer sessions. The portal will go live for the fall 2007 semester.

Visitors to the Shank Humanities Building on the Seward County Community College campus recently voted on their favorite two- and three-dimensional artwork. Winning the 2-D award for her watercolor was Bethann Volden of Liberal. Winning the 3-D award was Jim Martin of Liberal with his silver bracelet.
The public is invited to a retirement reception in honor of Denyce Gammell, director of the Seward County Community College Library, from 2-4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18 in the SCCC library, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
Refreshments will be served.