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2016 March 15 - 11:17 am

Faculty Lounge

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MiraCosta College associate psychology instructor Anjeanette Oberg—a former high school dropout and teen mom who became the first in her family to go to college—has been named a recipient of the 2016 Hayward Award, an annual recognition honoring four of the most wellrounded community college instructors in California. Named for former California Community College Chancellor Gerald C. Hayward, the Hayward Award honors outstanding community college faculty who have a track record of excellence both in teaching and in professional activities and have demonstrated commitment to their students, profession, and college. Like many associate faculty members, Oberg teaches part-time at multiple community colleges. At every campus – including Mira- Costa, Palomar and Mt. San Jacinto – Oberg is known as a tireless advocate for expanding educational opportunities and focusing on equity efforts. Recipients of the Hayward Award receive a plaque and $1,250. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors award is sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and recipients are recognized by the board each March.

It was an impulse that set Ford Craig on his career path. “I never have regretted it,” Craig said. “It was a little bit hasty, but a good decision.” The Leigh native retired from Mid-Plains Community College (Neb.) in 2004, after 34 years of service in the field of education. Many of the opportuni ties

he had over the years never would have happened had he not acted on a whim. Craig graduated from Leigh High School in 1967. From there, he attended Wayne State College. He started out as a history major, with intentions of becoming a history teacher. He eventually dropped the subject to a minor and majored in English instead. “History had always been interesting and important to me,” said Craig. “In my family, there’s a bunch of teachers and preachers, so teaching history was a natural choice.” A conversation with his roommate in the fall of 1967, however, caused him to change course.

“I was part of the first major wave of baby boomers at the college, and they couldn’t add faculty fast enough to keep up with all of us,” Craig said. “When I looked around my history classes, I realized just about everybody except me was going into coaching.” He mentioned the fact to his roommate,

who was an English major. “He said, ‘Uh huh, and all those coaches are going to be looking for jobs someday, too.’ He suggested I think about changing to an English major, so two days before I my time was up to make that decision, I switched,” said Craig. The move paid off. Craig graduated from Wayne State in the summer of 1970 and began teaching English at Palmer High School in Palmer. “In the summer of ’78, McCook Community College had a last minute resignation,” said Craig. “There was only about three weeks before the start of the fall term, and the guy who was dean of instruction called Kearney State and asked if they would recommend anybody to fill a spot in the English department. The chair of the English department at UNK gave them my name, and the rest is history. It was a fast move.” He taught English at the college from 1978-92.

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