2010 September 20 - 12:00 am

HONORS & AWARDS

  • When Massachusetts Bay Community College student Lynn M. Desmarais was announced as a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Barry Goldwater scholarship, she became the 17th MassBay student to earn one. MassBay is the only community college in America to produce more than two Goldwater scholars, and with its 17th Scholar, MassBay has surpassed elite four-year higher education institutions such as Tufts, Northeastern, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Boston University. Receiving a Goldwater Scholarship is no small feat. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1996, Colleges across the country are allowed to submit four names to the scholarship program and only 300 are chosen. These students, who receive scholarships up to $15,000, are the best and the brightest, and are chosen based on their intention to make a difference in science, math and technology. Desmarais plans to pursue a graduate program in biomedical engineering. Many of MassBay’s Goldwater Scholars have come from a highly innovative program, and the only associate degree program of its kind in the world – Forensic DNA Science. Students are trained by actually participating in real criminal cases, and program participants have interned with the FBI, Armed Forces DNA Identification Labs, and with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

  • The Mosaic EIA/Millwright Apprentice Program at Florida’s Polk State College has been selected by the National Council for Continuing Education and Training for an Exemplary Program Award. When fertilizer manufacturer Mosaic discovered it was losing a large number of skilled maintenance workers to retirement, Mosaic and PSC’s Corporate College partnered with the Banner Center for Manufacturing to address the shortfall. An effective apprenticeship program was developed in 2008. Individuals in the program moved up to journeyman status in as little as two years. Two classes were offered, one in electrical instrumentation and automation, the other in mechanical. The program comprises 1,112 hours of related instructional theory and “hands on” lab time over a period of 18 to 24 months. The award will be presented at the council’s national conference in Miami.

  • Chamberlain College of Nursing announced that Julie McAfooes, MS, RN, BC, will be honored by induction in the Academy of Nursing Education Fellows. McAfooes has been a pioneer in interactive learning in nursing education for almost 30 years. Throughout her tenure, she has initiated the integration of educational technology into nursing education by giving more than 200 demonstrations to nursing faculty, and creating 100 award-winning programs viewed by students in 1,300 schools of nursing. In her current position at Chamberlain, she is genuinely dedicated to the commitment to improve the profession of nursing and the state of nursing education. McAfooes’ passion for promoting innovation in nursing education has spurred her involvement in numerous national and international initiatives, including acting as the chair-elect for the National League for Nursing’s Council on Nursing Informatics, helping to found the Informatics Nurses from Ohio and pioneering research on simulation in nursing education for the Health Information Technology Initiative. Selection for the fellowship is highly competitive, and fellows are chosen for their sustained and significant contributions to the field of nursing education.

  • Illinois’ College of DuPage piano instructor Alexander Djordjevic recently received the Hungarian Liszt Society’s 35th Annual Franz Liszt International Grand Prix du Disque and will perform a recital in October in Budapest, Hungary. The society honored Djordjevic’s CD “Gray Clouds: Piano Music of Franz Liszt” as the world’s best recording of Liszt’s work in 2009. Djordjevic now joins a list of esteemed pianists who have received this award, including Vladimir Horowitz and André Watts. The performance will take place on the anniversary of Liszt’s birth. Djordjevic began playing at a young age. When he was 3, his father bought his mother a piano. When the youngster began showing an interest in the instrument, his parents decided to give him lessons. After studying piano throughout his youth and teens, Djordjevic received a full scholarship in piano performance to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and has finished his doctorate coursework. In the early 1990s, he earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany with Russian pianist Vitaly Margulis. Djordjevic said “Gray Clouds,” his second CD, has brought him more attention than he ever imagined.

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