Monday, April 30, 2007
Distinguished Teaching Awards were given to, from left, Gene Strickland, Suresh Pal, Tony Hage and Vivian Lermonde.
From familiar faces to first-timers, a gymnasium full of Columbus State employees gathered together at the annual Service Awards and Recognition Ceremony April 27, at Spring In-Service Day. Recognized were hundreds of employees marking service milestones, four Distinguished Teachers, and the Staff Employee of the Year.
Each year the college gives service anniversary awards to full-time, part-time and adjunct employees for service of five years through 30 years and 25-100 quarters. Distinguished Teaching Awards were given to four faculty members: Tony Hage, adjunct instructor in Biological and Physical Sciences; Vivian Lermonde, adjunct instructor in Communication Skills; Suresh Pal, adjunct instructor in Biological and Physical Sciences; and Gene Strickland, adjunct instructor in Graphic Communications.
Vance Anania accepts his Staff Employee of the Year award from President Moeller.
The Staff Employee of the Year was awarded to Student Assistance Center Advisor Vance Anania. Marty Nesser, Information Technology, and Betty Tatum, Learning Systems, were given their 30-year Service Award.
Columbus State students Deborah Adkins and Jerry "Dread" Connally have been named to the All-Ohio Academic Team and will be honored at an awards ceremony May 2 at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.
Adkins and Connally will receive a $100 cash scholarship and an All-Ohio medallion, and were also honored as part of the 50-person team in the The Columbus Dispatch May 2.
Created in 1997, the All-Ohio Academic Team provides recognition to outstanding students in Ohio's 23 public two-year colleges. The program is sponsored by the Association of Community Colleges (OACC), Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Honda of America Mfg., Inc., KnowledgeWorks Foundation, and the Robert and Lynne Sprague Scholarships Fund.
Adkins is an Associate of Science major with a 3.79 GPA and is a trained paramedic who volunteers with the Columbus Division of Fire. She overcame great adversity to return to college after recovering from severe injuries from an assault and stroke that left her unable to walk or read. She has earned a scholarship to continue her education at Harvard University and will attend in the fall to study pre-med, with hopes to someday work in Africa in an AIDS orphanage. Adkins was given the Women Student Leadership Award this past March during Women's History Month at Columbus State.
Connally may also attend Harvard University in the fall. The 3.79 GPA Associate of Arts student wants to earn a master's degree in English and become a professor and published author. Connally, a paraplegic as a result of gang violence when he was a teen, inspires his classmates and members of Phi Theta Kappa not only with his outstanding class work, but also with his community service and volunteerism, including work for the United Methodist Free Store, the Faith Mission Homeless Center, and numerous campus volunteer projects.
"We are extremely proud of Deborah and Jerry," said President Moeller. "By transferring to Harvard University on scholarship they represent an incredible level of achievement at Columbus State, and we wish them both great successes in their future studies."
To be eligible for the All-Ohio Academic Team, students must have been nominated by their college president to the All-USA Academic Team. Nominees must be graduating during the 2006-2007 academic year and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25. Winners are selected based on leadership qualities, community service, and academic performance.
Mary Hooker-Myers, Web developer in Instructional Services, has earned the national Paragon Award for New Advisors at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, held April 12-14 in Nashville, Tenn.
During the 2007 convention, nearly 500 chapters of the honor society for two-year colleges compete for awards in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. Hooker-Myers is an advisor to the Alpha Rho Epsilon Chapter at Columbus State, in which she was formerly a member and officer. Hooker-Myers was also named to the All-Ohio Academic Team in 2005, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.
Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, has recognized academic excellence in two-year colleges since 1918. The society is comprised of more than 1,200 chapters at community, technical and junior colleges in all 50 of the United States, in Canada, Germany, U.S. Territories, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Palau, and the British Virgin Islands, making it the largest honor society serving two-year colleges.