2018 March 14 - 04:36 pm

Faculty Lounge

A Summary Listing of Faculty Activities at Colleges Around the Nation

Suzanne LaVenture, director of international education and Spanish faculty member at DCCC, accepts the Werner Kubsch award.

Community Colleges for International Development awarded Suzanne LaVenture, director of international education and Spanish faculty member, the Werner Kubsch Award. The honor is bestowed by the CCID Board of Directors on an educator with outstanding achievement in international education related to community colleges and similar institutions worldwide. LaVenture was selected for her work as a leading advocate for international education through curriculum and culture development, study abroad, faculty exchanges, educational linkages, and other international projects at Davidson County Community College (North Carolina). “This year, CCID received multiple remarkable nominations for the award,” CCID Executive Director Mara Andersen said. “The field was highly competitive, and the Werner Kubsch Committee carefully reviewed each nomination. We were deeply impressed with the range of innovation and dedication shown in Suzanne’s nomination; we cannot imagine a more fitting recipient.” LaVenture was presented with the award at the annual CCID Conference, where she also participated on three panel discussions: diversifying the kinds of students who study abroad; Fulbright Programs; and DCCC’s Argentina study abroad grant from Partners of the Americas. At DCCC, LaVenture manages the Scholars of Global Distinction program and oversees study abroad opportunities including trips to Ireland, Japan, Guatemala, Costa Rica and more. She coordinates the school’s international students who attend DCCC on various academic grants from their country of origin. Her role at the college also involves planning and coordinating opportunities for the campus and community to learn from and be exposed to various cultures. Such programs include international performances, lectures, course offerings, and the annual International Night. Last year, LaVenture was awarded a Fulbright grant to participate in the Community College Administrators Seminar in Russia, a two-week exploration and learning experience in cities across Russia. She sits on the Senior International Officer Council for CCID.

Rio Hondo College anthropology Professor Adam Wetsman has received a 2018 Hayward Award from the California Community College system in recognition of his excellence in teaching, professional activities and commitment to students. The Board of Governors award, which is sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, goes annually to four faculty members who are nominated by their peers across the 114-campus system. “Winning the Hayward Award is a great honor, one that would not have been possible without Rio Hondo's great students, supportive staff and administration, and dedicated teaching colleagues,” Wetsman said. The award is named for former California Community College Chancellor Gerald C. Hayward. Winners are presented with the award at the California Community College’s Board of Governors meeting in March, with the system’s president, chancellor and Academic Senate president. Wetsman has served as president of Rio Hondo College’s Faculty Association and Academic Senate, as well as serving in other roles with both groups. He is currently the negotiation chair for the faculty association. He has promoted study abroad opportunities, assisted part-time faculty become fulltime professors and promoted understanding of LGBTQ+ issues. He currently serves as president of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges. As a teacher, he has dedicated himself to ensuring his students have all the materials they need to succeed, even writing low-cost textbooks, securing $50,000 in funding for a student anthropology lab and creating hours of audio-video lectures that mirror class presentations to facilitate student learning. “I am continually in awe of Adam Wetsman’s impeccable reputation with students,” Rio Hondo College Academic Senate President Michelle Bean said. “I am honored to work with him.” Wetsman also led development of Rio Hondo College’s anthropology transfer degree and assisted in developing general education courses as part of the College’s new bachelor of science in automotive technology. He is also a frequent volunteer at campus events, helping to provide food to students during finals week, participating in Rio Hondo Foundation events and even establishing a scholarship for anthropology students.

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