Honors & Awards
A Summary Listing of Honors and Awards at Colleges Around the Nation
In a move toward generating excitement — and perhaps bit of healthy competition — among faculty and administration in the area of institutional assessment, Columbia-Greene Community College (N.Y.) has awarded its first-ever “Assessy Award.” Casey O’Brien, director of institutional effectiveness at C-GCC, explained that the award was created to honor and recognize outstanding work in academic and non-academic assessment at the collegiate level, which refers to any effort to gather information that can be used to improve student learning, campus programs, student support services, or the institution as a whole. “Assessment helps answer the question: How can we be better for our students?” said O’Brien. “Faculty assess courses and academic programs in an effort to continuously improve student learning and the overall student experience, while C-GCC staff and administration annually assess departmental goals to improve programs and other support services on campus.” C- GCC’s inaugural winner of the award is Ralph Bertelle, recently retired professor of mathematics. Nicole Childrose, committee member and assistant professor of history at C-GCC, said Bertelle’s work was instrumental in advancing meaningful assessment practices at the college, as well as creating new connections between C-GCC and the SUNY system, through collaboration with the SUNY Council on Assessment. “Ralph is passionate about improving the student experience,” she said. “He brought Columbia- Greene’s assessment activities to the forefront with his work on the SUNY Council on Assessment, and chaired the Academic Assessment Committee during his tenure.”
Mott Community College (Mich.) is pleased to announce the 2017 Class of Trustee Scholarship recipients. This prestigious competitive scholarship is awarded to one graduating senior from each high school within the college district. Each trustee scholar receives up to two years of free tuition and fees to attend Mott. The 2017 trustee scholars were recognized on campus with a reception and dinner hosted by the college Board of Trustees “The MCC Board of Trustees continues its tradition of offering two-year scholarships to one deserving student from each high school in the College district,” said Brian Ivory, honors college coordinator. “More than 55 percent of the second-year trustee scholars made the dean’s list this past winter semester. This is the academic excellence we hope for from all our scholarship recipients.” Students must meet several criteria in order to be eligible for the Trustee Scholarship award. Scholarships are given to students based on academic achievement as well as demonstrated leadership abilities and community activities. Additionally, student recipients must have graduated high school by June 30 in order to be eligible. Each high school within the College district receives scholarship information and students are welcome to apply. In May and June, college representatives formally present the scholarship to each recipient during a ceremony at their high school.
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Volunteer State Community College has awarded Andrew Finney of Perkins Drugs the 2017 Rising Star Award. The Gallatin pharmacy has also been honored as the Small Business Administration Tennessee Rural Owned Business of the Year. The announcements came during a reception at the college. The Rising Star Award goes to a small business that has had great success utilizing TSBDC resources. Finney became coowner of the pharmacy, along with Tennessee State Sen. Ferrell Haile and Sam Rickman, in 2009. In 2012 he became the full owner and has since grown the business by 30 percent, hired multiple employees, and is currently building a second location in Gallatin. Finney graduated from Vol State in 2000 with an associate of science degree. He serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees.