Honors & Awards
A Summary Listing of Honors and Awards at Colleges Around the Nation
Jim Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College (Fla.), was selected as the Association of College Unions International President of the Year. The ACUI is a national organization that brings together college student union and student activities professionals whose mission is to build campus community. Murdaugh was nominated for the award by Michael Coleman, TCC’s dean of student services, who wanted to recognize Murdaugh’s efforts in re-envisioning the role of TCC’s Student Union.
According to Coleman, the TCC Student Union has become more than just a center of social activity and is now also a place where students can receive leadership training and engage with local nonprofits to strengthen the community and build their own skills. “The student union is now the hub for service learning and leadership training at TCC,” said Coleman. “As we looked at how to create an atmosphere of collaboration, leadership and service for our students, President Murdaugh became the catalyst for that change.” Murdaugh is the first community college president in the nation and the first Florida college or university leader to win the award. Continuing the excellence of the Culinary Arts program at Alvin Community College, (Texas) Chef Leslie Bartosh earned yet another honor among his peers. Bartosh was awarded the Silver Star of Excellence during an awards dinner for the Southwest Chapter of Chaine des Rotisseurs. William Salomon the Bailli Provincial of the Southwest Region Chaine des Rotisseurs made the presentation. The Southwest region is made up of twenty chapters in six states and is one of nine such regions in the country. Only nine Silver Star awards are issued a year. Bartosh is active in the Chaine des Rotiseurs organization and serves as the Conseiller Culinaire Provincial for the Southwest Region. This was the second year that Bartosh organized the Jeunnes Commis and Pastry Chef competitions. The recent honor for Bartosh is one of many over the past three years for instructors in the ACC Culinary Arts program. Bartosh was named educator of the year in 2013 by the Texas Chefs Association.
The Denver Business Journal recently announced its list of the 40 Top Women in Energy, recognizing women who are key influencers in metro Denver’s energy sector. This year Joan Smith, executive director of Red Rock Community College’s Rocky Mountain Education Center, is among the honorees and will be recognized in the April 14 issue of the Denver Business Journal and at a VIP reception at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Pinnacle Room. Smith has been instrumental in launching energy programs during her more than 25-year career at the college. Her many contributions include writing and managing start up grants for process technology, renewable energy, wind energy, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 5810 Hazard Recognition for Oil and Gas Workers. Smith has succeeded in convening industry leaders from the energy sector to guide the development of the energy programs at Red Rocks Community College. The Renewable Energy Program was recognized by then-Gov. Bill Ritter in 2009 as a recipient of the Excellence in Renewable Energy Award. In 2013, the OSHA 5810 became the first OSHAauthorized training program for oil and gas workers in the nation. Smith worked closely with industry and the OSHA Region VIII Office to have this program authorized by OSHA, part of the U.S. Labor Department. The curriculum developed by Smith and the industry team she led is now taught across the country in more than 42 US DOL-authorized OSHA Education Centers.
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