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Contact: Ann Hatch214-378-1819; firstname.lastname@example.org
For immediate release — March 19, 2014
(DALLAS) — The strains of Big Band melodies and quiet conversation gave way to cheers, applause and pride as employees from colleges and service locations across the Dallas County Community College District were honored recently for their creative thinking and problem solving, their dedication to higher education and their service to students.
Observing the theme “As Time Goes By,” DCCCD’s annual employee awards event ensured that the district and the seven colleges in its system literally took time to acknowledge top faculty, support staff and administrators who make a difference in the classroom and on campus as they help students achieve their dreams of success, professional development and personal growth.
Held at the Marriott Quorum - Addison this month, the event was emceed by Dr. Thom Chesney, who welcomed everyone to his campus and reminded them, “Tonight we celebrate the many inspiring accomplishments of exceptional employees from our colleges and district locations who contribute daily to the success of our students and the communities we serve.” Music was performed by the Brookhaven Big Band.
Dr. Joe May, DCCCD’s new chancellor, echoed those sentiments. “We celebrate each other and the excellence that occurs in every corner of our district,” he said. “I am honored to celebrate your accomplishments at my first employee recognition program. Your outstanding efforts every day make a difference in the lives of both our students and our communities.”
Chancellor Joe May (left) and Ray Attner congratulate Cindy Castaneda, who received the top faculty honor.
The top faculty honor, the Minnie Stevens Piper Excellence in Teaching Award, was given to Cindy Castaneda, full-time faculty member in social science, human services and business at Eastfield College. Castaneda’s commitment to students was acknowledged; her work reaches beyond the classroom. She instructs students on how they can be actively involved in a democratic society, using her experience as an elected official to share teachable moments. After a decade of teaching in DCCCD, she has met with hundreds of students individually (outside the classroom) to help them develop a customized plan so that they can complete their associate degree and transfer successfully as juniors in their major.
Other districtwide honors and their recipients were:
Vivian Dennis-Monzingo (left) presents the Retirees Hall of Honor award to Dottie Clark.
Each college and service 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 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
Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year (Full Time)
Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year (Part Time)
For more information, contact Ann Hatch in the DCCCD office of public and governmental affairs by phone at (214) 378-1819 or by email at email@example.com.
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