By CCW Staff  /  
2017 February 20 - 02:45 pm

Honors & Awards

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

Members of the College of DuPage culinary team are from left Tom Weiss, Roxanne Strutynsky, Alex Skrzypczyk, Victoria Ascencio and Rachel Meifert.

College of DuPage (Ill.) culinary students earned a gold medal in the American Culinary Federation’s Illinois State Competition and took second place overall. All five students were competing for the first time. Michael Maddox, assistant professor of culinary arts at COD, said this was the first time that a team comprised of newcomers won a gold in Midwestern region state competition history. “Winning gold requires a tremendous amount of precision and teamwork,” said Maddox, who coached the team with Tim Meyers, professor of culinary arts. “For new students to demonstrate this level of ability in a relatively short period of time is pretty amazing. We are so proud of what they have accomplished and look forward to what our team will do next year.”

Of the estimated 3,000 stu dents currently enrolled at Columbus Technical College (Georgia), 45-year-old single mom Melissa Forsythe stands out as the best-of-the-best and, as such, has been named the College’s GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner for 2017. Forsythe is scheduled to graduate in spring of this year with her associate degree in dental hygiene but getting to this point wasn’t easy. In 2014, she found herself out of a job she loved and was faced with a new reality — starting over. Forsythe had some college credit under her belt but never completed her degree. Forsythe will compete at the regional level in March and from there, it’s on to the state competition in April. The statewide GOAL student wins a new car and serves as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia for one year.

The national Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named Mary Spilde, president of Lane Community College, (Ore.) as the 2017 recipient of the CASE District VIII Leadership Award. This award recognizes a CASE District VIII member institution CEO for outstanding efforts to promote the understanding and support of education. Now in her 16th year as Lane’s president, CASE wrote that she “has been a tireless champion for community colleges throughout her illustrious 37-year career … Unafraid to think innovatively, Spilde's vision of community college education as a vehicle for transformation and empowerment has been a driving force for her region.” Spilde was instrumental in leading the college through its first fundraising campaign, which raised $29 million for capital projects, students and faculty. She joined forces with the City of Eugene to build a new Downtown Campus, improving the college's accessibility and sparking revitalization in downtown Eugene.

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