By CCWeek Staff  /  
2016 October 24 - 04:44 pm

Honors & Awards

Kenneth D. Baker, a member of the Montgomery County Community College (Pa.) Foundation board is a recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education 2016 Benefactor Award. The award recognizes individuals, foundations or businesses/corporations for outstanding contributions to community colleges. Recipients embody the ideals of philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism in the service of community, technical and junior colleges. The recipients were honored at the Conference for Community College Advancement in San Diego. Believing strongly in the college’s mission of providing access and supporting student success, Baker and his wife Valerie have created the KVB Scholarship to help students achieve their goals. In addition to his support as a donor, Baker also is a dedicated, active volunteer.

He is a regular guest lecturer in business and marketing classes at the College, where he shares his knowledge and experience as the CEO of NewAge Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of plastic, rubber tubing and hose. NewAge had two divisions: AdvantaPure, which manufactures high purity tubing, hose and systems for the bio-technology and pharmaceutical industries; and Vergenics®, which offers radio frequency identity (RFID) solutions for tracking medical devices and assets on the bio-technology plant floor. He is the founder of and driving force behind the college’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Executive Council, which connects and engages senior executives of manufacturing companies in the area with the college. As a result of Baker’s drive and leadership, this group has created a special fund to support student internships in STEM fields. Through developing relationships with these community partners, Baker successfully has encouraged them to provide internships, opening new opportunities for students.


Steve DeShazo’s favorite part of his job, as director of the Food and Hospitality Institute at El Centro College, is his interaction with students, and for him, it’s also the most rewarding. This dedication to the students, in addition to his work with the local community, earned DeShazo the 2016 Chef Educator of the Year, which he received from the Dallas chapter of the Texas Chef Association. According the American Culinary Federation, the recognition is awarded to educators whose knowledge, skills and expertise enhance the image of professional chefs, and whose leadership and guidance help students develop their careers to become successful chefs. “There’s no bigger honor than being recognized by your peers,” DeShazo said. “That makes this award very meaningful to me personally because these folks who are members of the Texas Chef Association are my friends, too.” He added: “The Chef Educator of Year award is a recognition of the work I’ve done in the last year, as well as for the whole body of work that I’ve done in 14 years as an educator.”

Eugene Hughes, president emeritus of Northern Arizona University, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award at Coconino Community College. Hughes was selected for his out standing contribution to the college’s mission. Hughes first came to NAU in 1970 to be dean of arts and sciences. He served as college president from 1979 to 1993. During that period, he was instrumental in helping with the formation of Coconino Community College in 1991. Hughes even loaned John Glenn, NAU dean of continuing education and director of summer and instructional TV programs, to CCC to be the fledgling community college’s first president. The CCC Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service, leadership and support to the College and to the educational enrichment of Coconino County. Nominees must be a resident of Coconino County at the time of nomination, and they must have affected or substantially contributed a major accomplishment for the benefit of CCC and to the educational enrichment of district residents. The award is normally given to one recipient annually, and any resident of the county may nominate a person for the award.

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