2012 July 24 - 12:00 am


  • Barbara Evans, associate dean of academic affairs at the Community College of Allegheny County (Pa.) South Campus, has been selected as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 50 Women of Excellence. Evans joined CCAC in June 2009. Part of CCAC–South Campus’ administrative management team, Evans oversees matters related to academic leadership including student concerns, faculty scheduling, academic program development and assessment and community collaboration. She was the creative mind behind CCAC’s “Ethnic Relations: Service Learning in Jamaica” course. A first of its kind for the college, it included a one-week service learning practicum in Jamaica. Evans is the 2012 CCAC–South Campus winner of the Go the Extra Mile Award and in 2011, accepted the College Vanguard Diversity Award for the college’s One College, One Community Big Read initiative, a program in which she serves as project director. Active in the community, Evans serves on the boards of Amizade and the Pennsylvania Council of International Education, and is a member of several other organizations including SPRING Community Engagement, The Pittsburgh Gospel Choir and Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing, a master of arts in teaching and a doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Wallace State Community College (Ala.) was recently recognized by the Alabama Community College System Public Relations Association for its outstanding work in communications and marketing. Kristen Holmes, director of communications and marketing at Wallace State, was named 2012 Communicator of the Year, while the Communications and Marketing Department received awards for its “A Wallace State of Mind” radio and television advertisements, schedule of classes, social media marketing, electronic publications, performing arts brochure, and student success story featuring MLB All-Star pitcher Craig Kimbrel. Members of the Communications and Marketing Department include Jesse Cobb, Russell Moore, and Cindy Maddox. During Holmes’ tenure at Wallace State, the college has won more than 100 marketing-related awards on the state and national levels. This is her third Communicator of the Year award.

  • Eileen Abel, New Jersey’s Raritan Valley Community College senior vice president of academic affairs, has received the 2012 Community College Spirit Award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. Abel received the award during the NJCCC’s annual Trustee Conference. The council is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government. The council is also the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey.
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