Honors & Awards
A Summary Listing of Honors and Awards at Colleges Around the Nation
RyKai Wright, a student at Community College of Allegheny County South Campus (Pa.), is one of six Achieving the Dream 2017 DREAM Scholars selected from across the country. As such, she attended the ATD annual DREAM conference in San Francisco. There, she engaged with 2,000 other community college leaders about efforts to bring about powerful change for student success. Achieving the Dream is a comprehensive nongovernmental reform movement that is helping more than four million community college students have a better economic opportunity. The scholars, selected through a competitive national application process among ATD Network colleges, participated in four days of discussions and workshops centering around seven themes: Leadership & Vision, Data & Technology, Equity, Teaching & Learning, Engagement & Communication, Strategy & Planning, and Policies & Practices. When not at the college, Wright works for Best of the Batch Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch that is devoted to improving the lives of children and families in distressed communities. As program intern, she coordinates hundreds of volunteers, creates and analyzes surveys, liaises with the scholarship committee, and assists with program inventory and grant writing. She also spends some of her free time at the foundation tutoring a middle school student in advanced math.
LSC-Tomball president Lee Ann Nutt accepts the APEX award from Durotech project manager Andy Pilkerton, flanked by LSC-Tomball personnel (second row from left: Vice President of Instruction Quentin Wright, Facilities Manager Buddy Wiggin, Vice President of Student Success Ann Johnson, and Chief Strategist Jackie Thomas).
Lone Star College-Creekside Center (Texas) is so beautifully and uniquely designed and of such a notable quality that the Associated General Contractors of America-Houston (AGC) have identified it as a work of excellence and worthy of an award. LSC- Creekside Center is a satellite campus of Lone Star College- Tomball. The Silver Award for Project Excellence (APEX) was presented to Durotech, the contractor responsible for designing LSC-Creekside. Entries for the award were judged by teams composed of owners, architects, engineers, and other representatives of the architectural, engineering and construction industries. “APEX is the highest award for construction quality in Houston,” said Bob Richardson, executive director of project development for Durotech. “Creekside is a very complex project and a prototype college campus of the future. Lone Star College is a premier Durotech client and we are delighted that an independent panel of judges has recognized the uniqueness and exceptional quality of Lone Star College’s Creekside campus.” The AGC Houston created the APEX award to honor firms within the construction industry for their excellence in constructing. The award recognizes and honors firms for their excellence in construction, their valuable contributions to the community and their demonstrated commitment to skill, integrity, and responsibility.
Karen Moore, CEO of Moore Communications Group and a leader in Tallahassee’s business community, has won the Bill Franklin Volunteer of the Year Award from District III of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The award recognizes Moore’s efforts on behalf of Tallahassee Community College as a trustee, supporter, fundraiser and advocate. Moore has been a member of TCC’s governing body, the district Board of Trustees, since 2007. Before becoming a trustee, she was a leader of the TCC Foundation’s Board of Directors. The foundation develops financial and other resources to support the College, and Moore has remained extremely active in that arena, even after taking on her duties as a trustee. She chaired TCC’s recent comprehensive campaign, which raised more than $13 million to support the college’s students and the educational programs that serve them.