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2015 June 9 - 05:07 am

Honors & Awards

A summary listing of colleges receiving institution and individual honors and awards


In the year since she graduated from Alvin Community College’s (Texas) polysomnography program, Taylor May has enjoyed her time working as a sleep study technologist at Matagorda Regional Medical Center. But her work in sleep medicine has also been among the best in the country for those just entering the field. She was named the American Association of Sleep Technologist New Technologist Award for 2015. May will be recognized at the AAST’s national conference in Seattle. Polysomnography Program Director Georgette Goodwill said Taylor is deserving of the distinction. May was chosen from nominees throughout the country for the honor. She was selected after submitting an essay on how she finished her education and began working in the field. May now manages a two-bed sleep lab at the Matagorda Regional Medical Center. May also wrote about how sleep study and awareness are a major contribution to the health of a community. Polysomnography is the study of sleep disorders. Graduates help with the treatment and diagnosis the causes of conditions like narcolepsy, sleep apnea and insomnia.

Berkshire Community College (Mass.) student Gabriana Brooks has been chosen as one of the 2015 “29 Who Shine.” Presented by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, “29 Who Shine” recognizes outstanding students representing each of the 29 public community college campuses. The honorees wee recognized at the “29 Who Shine” awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House. The students, who were chosen because of their academic achievements and record of student leadership and community service, stand poised to contribute greatly to the civic life and economic well-being of the state.

Chun-Ming “Chris” Chen and Maria Vera Alvarez have been awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships. Both students attend Northern Virginia Community College. Chen and Vera Alvarez are among 90 students nationally to receive the prestigious award which provides up to $40,000 a year toward tuition, books, living expenses and required fees for the final two to three years needed to earn a bachelor’s degree. It is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. Chen, 22, was born in Taiwan and came to the United States when he was 9 years old. In 2011, he graduated from Chantilly High School where he earned 52 credits through Advanced Placement courses. At NOVA, he serves as co-president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is on track to graduate in summer 2015 with an associate degree in business administration and a 4.0 GPA. Vera Alvarez is originally from Paraguay and moved to the United States when she was 5 years old. She graduated from Freedom High School in 2013 and then enrolled at NOVA as a member of the Pathway to the Baccalaureate program, which provides support to selected students beginning with the transition from high school.

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