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Quality Team Awards
Nominations are open for the 2015 Quality Awards.The annual event recognizes the best
and brightest faculty, staff and team achievements at Columbus State across five categories:
• Distinguished Teacher
• Distinguished Full Professor
• Full-time Employee of the Year
• Part-time Employee of the Year
• Quality Teams
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Distinguished Teaching (judging is underway)
2014 - A Banner Year for Quality
President David Harrison said it best, the Quality Awards is one of his favorite events of the year. And it's easy to see why. One after another, teachers, full professors, assorted staff - full and part-time, teams large and small, all gave eloquent testimony as to why the college is the essential place it has become.
From a list that began with 125 nominees, Daniel Hare, Theresa Kegley, Mark Mitchell and Julie Posey were the gracious Distinguished Teaching winners.
"It's our students who inspire us," said Kegley. "Truly, their stories, their hopes for a better future. They're the ones who are distinguished."
The Gold Team Award went to the Generation One Trailblazers group. From left, a few of the GOT teammates, Tracy Haynes, Nancy Ziminski, Irene Petten and President Harrison. Absent: co-chair Ron Elizaga
"To be honored by one's peers," noted Daniel Hare, "is humbling beyond belief. "
"I also realize that with this award comes one of the toughest tasks in my twenty
years here," admitted Mark Mitchell. "And that is to choose only four distinguished
faculty members next year. Because I feel our campus is full of distinguished professors,
associate professors and faculty members."
Jon Lundquist and David Busch were named Distinguished Full Professors for their years of innovative and inspiring service.
IT's Betty Richardson took home the Staff Employee of the Year honors. She was cited for her great work attitude and extra efforts on behalf of SAC's charitable work. The Testing Center's Catherine Giles is the first recipient of the new Part-time Employee of the Year award. Her willingness to work evenings and weekends in the Testing Center was but one reason for her nomination.
Generation One Trailblazers received Gold for helping first generation students navigate the college experience. Brian Seeger led the Transient Student Team to a Silver Award. The team helped boost "guest student" enrollment by 14%. Denis Marketos, Lee Wayand and Leslie Smith corralled a Silver for creating an interactive online Statistics course to promote retention.
Words of Thanks
In case you missed the Awards event or live video stream here are this year's winners in their own words. Click on a picture to see their video clip.
Employees of the Year
Distinguished Full Professors
* Professor Jon Lundquist was unable to attend the event.
• 2014 Quality Award Nominees •
This year Columbus State students submitted 146 Distinguished Teaching Award nominations for 125 faculty members.
This year's panel of judges included Beth Barnett, Dr. Rick Bartlett, Eric Kenz, Fauna
Stout, Polly Owen and committee chair Rich James. The ten finalists follow:
• Sharon Barnewall, Professor, Biological and Physical Sciences
• Daniel Hare, Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice
• Kevin James, Professor of Mathematics
• Theresa Kegley, Annually Contracted Faculty, Mathematics
• Betsy McCall, Annually Contracted Faculty, Mathematics
• Mark Mitchell, Associate Professor, Automotive Technology
• Nancy Pine, Instructor, English
• Julie Posey, Instructor, Biological and Physical Sciences
• Rachael Romain, Instructor, Biological and Physical Sciences
• Adele Wright, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Employee of the Year
Last year's winner, Susan Thomas, chaired the 2014 committee, which included Summre Jones, Leslie Hoffman and Michael Leland Bateman. This year's slate, all 2013 Employees of the Month, included:
• Carmelita Boyer, Administrative Assistant, Human Resources
• Amy Burrell, Advisor, Enrollment Services
• Rod Harris, Maintenance Repairperson I, Facilities Management
• Dana Knott, Librarian, Delaware Campus Learning Center
• Adrienne Luke, Advocate, Disability Services
• Ellen Neutzling, Advisor, Delaware Campus
• Betty Richardson, Asset Management Technician, IT
• Frank Sugar, Coordinator, Police Department
• Shelley Toale, Coordinator, Facilities Mgmt
• Darla Van Horn, Deputy Title IX Compliance Officer,Student Life
• Mark Van Horn, Video Developer, Marketing & Communications
• Valerie Wilson, Publications Coordinator, Marketing & Communications
Previous year's Quality Awards finalists are here.