Lone Star College-Montgomery (Tex.) history Professor Craig Livingston, was recently honored when his latest book was awarded the 2014 Best International Book by the Mormon History Association . Livingston was presented with this distinction at the MHA annual conference. “From Above and Below: The Mormon Embrace of Revolution, 1840-1940” tells the story of Mormon commentary on global revolutions from the European revolutions of 1848 to the collapse of Mormon faith in progress in the 1930s when revolutionary communist and fascist regimes exposed themselves as violent and repressive. In addition to the responses of Mormon observers, the book is an excellent source on the start, middle and end of the revolutions themselves. In 1995, Livingston came to Lone Star College-Montgomery as a founding faculty member. He is currently president of the faculty senate for the second time. In addition to American history, he teaches courses in military history. His guided tour of Mississippi and Tennessee Civil War battlefields exemplifies the principle of extended learning. His recent honors class produced a documentary on World War I. Livingston is a threetime recipient of the Lone Star College Faculty Excellence Award. Livingston’s teaching projects also include building World War II combat gliders and recreating the Union Army’s 6th Corps march to Gettysburg.
Mesalands Community College (N.M.) has been selected to participate in the Western Consortium Watershed Analysis, Visualization and Exploration, Undergraduate Visualization and Modeling Network Program. This program is a collaborative effort funded by the National Science Foundation. The program gives students the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research and provides professional development for instructors. “It’s exciting and such a great accom plishment, for a community college to be selected as part of this project,” said Gretchen Gurtler, director of the Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory. Three institutions from New Mexico, Idaho and Nevada three states were chosen for this program. In addition to Mesalands Community College, New Mexico Highlands University and the University of New Mexico were selected from the state of New Mexico. The faculty member overseeing this program at each institution chose a student researcher to assist in this project. Nikki Vazquez, a recent Mesalands graduate in wind energy technology, will be assisting Gurtler with this research project. Vazquez will be awarded a $4,000 scholarship and Gurtler will receive $5,000 to fund research projects. They continue their water research at the Conchas Dam.
Erik Mark and Joseph St. Paul, chefs in the Culinary Program at Delgado Community College, have completed the requirements for certification as certified executive chef by the American Culinary Federation. This is one of the highest certifications in the culinary industry. Now, all Delgado Culinary Arts Program full-time faculty hold high-level industry certifications. Mark is a native of Catasauqua, Pa., and holds an A.A.S. from Delgado Community College in culinary arts. He holds National Restaurant Association certifications in: nutrition, inventory and purchasing, serve safe, food production, culinary supervision technical competency, food safety and sanitation. St. Paul is a native New Orleanian who earned a B.A. at the University of New Orleans School of hotel, restaurant and tourism, and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y. He has more than 25 years of industry experience. He has competed regionally on the Gulf Coast and serves on the ACF Apprenticeship National Council. St. Paul is a culinary arts instructor/apprentice coordinator at Delgado Community College.