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For immediate release — March 6, 2013
(DALLAS) — “Choose a job you love, and you never have to work a day in your life.”
Faculty, administrators and professional support staff who work for the Dallas County Community College District seem to know that simple truth by heart — even though it was expressed centuries ago by Confucius. Service to students is their top priority — from the DCCCD board of trustees to each college and location in the system. Working with students becomes a career, not a job.
A select group of DCCCD employees were honored recently for their dedication and service during a celebration titled “Sweet Success.” The event was hosted by Richland College at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas. During the ceremony, these employees’ creativity, innovation and devotion were acknowledged as college and location award recipients were recognized with districtwide awards for their work.
“We have a long-held tradition of honoring the outstanding educational and student service achievements of our faculty, staff and administrators from the system’s seven colleges and its district locations,” said Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., DCCCD’s chancellor, to the awardees. “This award-winning field of innovative and inspiring accomplishments reflects the dedicated work and service taking place at our colleges and locations each and every day, changing lives and preparing our students for successful living and responsible citizenship.”
The top faculty honor, the Minnie Stevens Piper Excellence in Teaching Award, was given to Dan Rogers, who teaches speech and drama at Cedar Valley College. Rogers earned his bachelor’s degree in speech/theater arts from the University of Central Arkansas and his master’s degree from the University of North Texas. He began his career with DCCCD at Richland College in 1997 as a speech instructor and then joined the faculty at Cedar Valley College in 2001 as a speech and drama instructor.
Rogers received the Jean Sharon Griffith Student Development Leadership Award in 2006 when he created “Theater Helping Education Move,” and he was recognized as the district’s Innovator of the Year in 2007. He is the author of five murder-mystery dinner theater scripts. Rogers also is Cedar Valley’s representative to the first Cisco College Core Curriculum Conference; a founding member of the Student Ambassadors Organization at CVC; and co-founder of the college’s Toastmasters Club.
Other districtwide honors and their recipients were:
Each college and location named winners in those categories as well; those nominees were considered for the districtwide awards.
College and location winners are listed below by the award they received:
Minnie Stevens Piper Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
Jean Sharon Griffith Student Development Leadership Award
Administrator of the Year
Innovation of the Year
Full-time Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year
Part-time Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year
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