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Award winners Gary John, Courtnery Carter-Harbour, Jeff Quan, Cindy Castaneda, Dr. May, Rita Hines, Dottie Clark and Barth Loe.
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.
Hosted by Brookhaven College this year, the event was emceed by Dr. Thom Chesney, who welcomed everyone to the Marriott Quorum in Addision and reminded them, “Tonight we celebrate the many inspiring accomplishments of exceptional employees from our colleges and district locations that 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.”
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 and engagement among students. 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’s degree and transfer successfully as juniors in their major.
Other districtwide honors and their recipients were:
Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award – Rita Hines, mathematics, El Centro College;
Jean Sharon Griffith Student Development Leadership Award – Gary John, faculty counselor, Richland College;
Administrator of the Year Award – Courtney Carter-Harbour, associate dean of arts, language and literature, Eastfield College;
Innovation of the Year Award – Expanding Professional Counseling Services through Expanding University Internships, Academic Affairs and Student Services (Jeff Quan, LPC-S and director of counseling services, team leader), Eastfield College;
Full-time Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year Award – Kathena Joseph, faculty contracts specialist, liberal arts, North Lake College;
Part-time Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year Award – Sergio Ulloa, instructional assistant, Open Computer Lab, Mountain View College;
Vivian Dennis-Monzingo (L) and Dottie Clark.
DCCCD Retiree Hall of Honor Award – faculty: Donna Gormly, English/world literature/creative writing/women’s studies, Eastfield College; administrator: Dottie Clark, business office, LeCroy Center; professional support staff: Barth Loe, assistant director for admission, Richland College.
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)
See the 2014 Awards Presentation PowerPoint.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(On the newsletter cover: Chancellor Joe May, Cindy Castaneda and Ray Attner)