2011 February 21 - 12:00 am


  • Lone Star College-CyFair French professor Georges Detiveaux was knighted as a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes at a recent ceremony held at the home of Sid Moorhead, a longtime friend and fellow Francophile. Patrice Vanoni, cultural attaché for the Consulate of France in Houston, awarded Detiveaux the chevalier honor which included a certificate and a silver medal with a purple ribbon, known as the “ruban violet.” Napoleon created the academic honor that the French Government awards to those who make significant contributions to academics for the expansion of French culture throughout the world. The honor is one of the world’s oldest orders of knighthood still in existence and consists of three grades: chevalier (knight), officier (officer) and commandeur (commander). French language and culture have been a part of Detiveaux’s life from his childhood in Louisiana, to his tenure as a language technologist and French professor at LSC-CyFair. Detiveaux has doubled the size of the college’s language lab and transformed it into the college system’s only full-service language technology center. It is one of the premier such facilities in Texas. In addition to his work on campus, Detiveaux was a past national representative to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for the International Association for Language Learning Technologies.

  • Virginia’s Tidewater Community College psychology Professor James P. O’Brien has been chosen to receive a 2011 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Dominion Resources. The recipients will each receive $5,000 and an engraved award. The Outstanding Faculty Awards program was established in 1986 by SCHEV, the General Assembly and the governor. The awards recognize excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration and public service at the faculties of Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. A committee of education, business and civic leaders assists SCHEV in selecting the recipients – this year from 106 entries – based on contributions to their students, academic disciplines, institutions and communities. For O’Brien this award comes on the heels of winning the Virginia Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education last fall. O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Richmond, a master’s in general-applied psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a doctorate in human factors psychology with a minor concentration in systems design and engineering from the Catholic University of America.

  • New York’s Westchester Community College Gateway Center, which opened to the public in September 2010, has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Designation of Gold level LEED certification. This high honor, in recognition of the environmentally friendly aspects of the 70,000 square-foot structure, notes the building’s success in a number of relevant categories including sustainability, water efficiency and use of construction materials. Gateway was designed and constructed using strategies aimed at improving building performance in areas such as energy savings, improved indoor air quality, CO2 emissions reduction, and sustainable maintenance solutions. The $40.5 million Gateway Center had been under construction since late 2007. It is helping the college address the educational needs of the county’s increasingly diverse population. The Gateway Center houses business, language, volunteer, and international student programs, as well as the English Language Institute and the Professional Development Center, which offers corporate training. The Gateway concept was grounded in the findings of a three-year study funded by a grant from the Hitachi Foundation, and conducted in partnership with Westchester Community College and the Westchester business community.
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