By CCWeek Staff  /  
2017 January 5 - 03:52 pm

Honors & Awards

A Summary Listing of Honors and Awards at Colleges Around the Nation

Pictured, front row, from left: Mojeri Coker, Emma Swanson, Katrina Caluza, Hamdan Suhail, Harris Salim and Forensics Director Lauren Morgan. Back row, from left: Forensics Coach Brandon Wood, Kristi Shawaluk, Liz Kolze, Kelsey Neumann, Liz Fritz, Gabbi Gruver and Ian Hogan.

The College of DuPage Forensics Speech Team recently continued their competitive season at Illinois Central College’s annual Harris-Hahn-Howell tournament in East Peoria. COD had multiple finalists during the competition:

Katrina Caluza and Harris Salim placed sixth in Parliamentary Debate. Salim also earned first place in Extemporaneous Speaking and first place in Impromptu Speaking; Mojeri Coker, second place in Program of Oral Interpretation; Liz Fritz and Gabbi Gruver won fourth place in Parliamentary Debate; Gruver also earned fourth place in Persuasion; Ian Hogan, sixth place in Impromptu Speaking; Kelsey Neumann, third place in Impromptu Speaking; Kristi Shawaluk, fifth place in Informative and fourth place in Impromptu Speaking; Hamdan Suhail, sixth place in Program of Oral Interpretation; Emma Swanson, sixth place in Persuasion. Farris Ahmad, eighth place for Impromptu Speaking in the open division. The college’s Forensics Team is coached by Lauren Morgan, Jude Geiger, Melissa Gomez, Mia Poston, Matt Beifuss and Kelsey Figiel.

Guilford Technical Community College’s Small Business Center Director, Mark Hagenbuch, received the N.C. Small Business Center Network’s State Director of the Year award. This is the second time Hagenbuch received the award; he previously won the award in 2013. Hagenbuch said he could not have done it without the help of his assistant, DarLinda Finch, as they are a “two-person team.” “I believe that the Small Business Center Network is one of the most effective economic development tools that North Carolina has to offer entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said Hagenbuch, who has served as GTCC’s Small Business Center director since 2001. “I’m proud to be able to go around Guilford County and see the businesses that we have helped start, stabilize and grow.” The Director of the Year is recognized for going above and beyond in providing significant support, time and service to the clients within their center’s service area. The Small Business Center at GTCC is part of the statewide Small Business Center Network, a college-funded initiative with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship, small business, and economic development in local communities with an emphasis on assisting start-ups, early stage and at-risk enterprises.

Riverside City College (Calif.) had two students win the United Nations International Conference Outstanding Delegation Award. It marked the second consecutive year a RCC student has been selected for the award. The 2016 Model United Nations International Conference was held in Japan at Kobe University of Foreign Studies. The purpose of the NMUN conference is to advance the understanding of the UN and of contemporary international issues that have positively impacted the lives of numerous delegates. This year’s team, which represented Argentina and Japan, engaged with students from all corners of the world. Students tackled such global issues as weapons of mass destruction, the plight of refugee children from warn-torn societies as well as climate change and disaster risk reduction. This year, two students from the College were selected for the award. Ariya Haghighat, son of Dariush Haghighat, a professor of political science at RCC and a UN advisor, and Rachel Lennox were selected as outstanding delegates. Last year, in Rome, Argie Hill earned an outstanding delegate award. In addition to winning two outstanding delegation awards, the College team won two awards for outstanding position papers — the highest team award possible. In addition, the students also won an Outstanding Delegation Award and a Distinguished Award. RCC won the only community college team in attendance at the conference. Many of the competitors came from major universities, including Ivy League institutions.

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