EPCC faculty and staff recieves national excellence awards
POSTED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 9:06am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 10:12am
El Paso, TX — El Paso Community College (EPCC) is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards. Honorees that will be recognized at the NISOD International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence May 25-28th in Austin, Texas include:
- Dr. Paula R. Mitchell—Dean, Health Career & Technical Education, Math and Science and Rio Grande Campus Dean
- Mr. Kenneth Gorski, AIA—Associate Professor of Architecture
- Ms. Margie Nelson Rodriguez—Assistant Professor of English
- Ms. Grace Vaughn—Associate Professor of Business
- Dr. Barbara J. Yancy-Tooks—Associate Professor of Speech
NISOD’s Excellence Awards recognize leaders who have made a profound impact on higher education. “The NISOD Excellence Award is a prestigious honor that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community college faculty, administrators, and staff,” said Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President. “EPCC’s NISOD award recipients have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues.”
One recipient, Kenneth Gorski, is an Architecture Professor who worked in the private sector more than 25 years before he decided to become a professor. He said he learned from his own college experience and teachers that showed him that motivation is contagious and seeks to do the same for his students. “My intent as an instructor is to ensure that those students who leave my class will not be in for a career “surprise,” not shy away from an unknown problem, but understanding that they indeed have been given the skills of what is expected of each of them in the real world,” Gorski said.
The NISOD recipients are faculty and administrators who are dedicated to their profession and impacting student lives. “Teachers serve as the catalyst to unlock critical thinking skills,” Dr. Barbara J. Yancy-Tooks said. “Through hard work and desire the student develops the passion for knowledge and delivering a message with confidence.”
“Investing my time, energy, and knowledge in students keeps me inspired,” Margie Nelson Rodriguez, NISOD award recipient said.
During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration, held in conjunction with NISOD’s annual conference, each Excellence Award recipient receives a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. All Excellence Award recipients and their colleges are also listed in a special multi-page display in a special edition of Community College Week.
“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”