Pellissippi State Community College recently hosted its annual recognition of employees for outstanding service, longevity and retirement.
At this year’s ceremony, the Excellence in Teaching Award went to Denise Reed, an associate professor in Business and Computer Technology. The award recognizes innovative teaching techniques and the positive impact they have had on students.
Reed was instrumental in the launch of Pellissippi State’s Accelerated Higher Education Associate’s Degree program. AHEAD allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in Business Administration and a concentration in Management in only 16 months. Reed is also on the college’s Service-Learning advisory board and is a faculty advisor to the Rotaract Club, a Rotary Club student affiliate.
The Innovations Award was bestowed upon Marilyn Harper. This award is given in recognition of a project that demonstrates success of creative and original instructional and learning support activities. Harper, director of Academic Support Services, was recognized for her work in improving the use of tutoring resources at Pellissippi State’s Academic Support Center.
Two teams were honored at the ceremony with the Gene Joyce Visionary Award, which recognizes external outreach projects that have a positive impact on the community. The team of Celeste Evans, Terri Strader, and Chuck Wright was honored for its work toward establishing criteria by which students with credentials in industrial, trade, and military fields may be awarded credit for prior learning.
Another Gene Joyce Visionary Award was given to the team of Trent Eades, Rob Lloyd and Keith Norris for the trio’s efforts in promoting and producing Pellissippi State’s Faculty Lecture Series. The series, which is free and open to the public, features Pellissippi State faculty presenting educational and often entertaining lectures on everything from stem cell research to solar power.
The Excellence in Teaching, Innovations and Gene Joyce Visionary awards carried with them monetary recognition ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. Recipients of the awards also received a plaque and a medallion.
Additional award recipients—each of whom received $100, a plaque and a medallion—included the following: Outstanding Adjunct Faculty, Tracy Rees; Outstanding Administrator, Rachael Cragle; Outstanding Contract Worker, Rebecca Harmon; Outstanding Support Professional, Kathy King; Outstanding Technical/Service/Maintenance Employee, John Ruppe; and Outstanding Full-time Faculty, Jonathan Fowler.
Funding for all awards was provided by the Pellissippi State Foundation. The Foundation works to provide student scholarships and emergency loans, as well as to improve facilities and secure new equipment.
Pellissippi State also recognized employees at five-year increments of service, as well as council presidents and retiring employees. This year’s faculty and staff retirees included Bill Galyon, Dorothy Giles, Carl “Pete” Jones, Larry Morgan, Teresa Myers, Brenda O’Neal, Bonnie Powell, Robert Sayles and Catherine Williams.
As this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Full-time Faculty Award, Fowler carried the college’s mace at the 38th Annual Commencement Ceremony. Reed, recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, gave the Commencement address. Pellissippi State’s Commencement took place May 10 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.
This year, Pellissippi State conferred a record number of 1,393 associate’s degrees. Approximately 938 students also completed certificates during the academic year. In 2012, another graduation record was broken when 1,166 students were awarded associate’s degrees.
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