Honors & Awards
A Summary Listing of Honors and Awards at Colleges Around the Nation
Skagit Valley College (Wash.) announced that Gabriel Mast, SVC’s dean of arts and sciences, has received notification that his doctoral dissertation, “Institutional Effects on Community College Completion: An Analysis of Washington State’s Community College System,” has earned the 2017 Washington Education Research Outstanding Dissertation Award. Mast’s dissertation was also accepted from among 13,000 entries to be presented at this year’s national American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Mast joined SVC in 2015. His professional interests include a strong focus on equity in higher education, especially as it relates to outcomes assessment and program review, institutional research, inclusive pedagogy, faculty professional development and institutional reform. His research is focused on institutional contributions to student success, and the role of higher education in social mobility and equity. Mast earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2017.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has presented a prestigious national award to a Gadsden State Community College (Ala.) tennis player. Alexander Boozer, 19, has won the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for Region IV as well as the overall winner for the National Junior College Athletic Association. It was presented earlier this month during the annual ITA Awards Banquet in Plano, Texas. The award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level. The Arthur Ashe Award, which dates back to 1982, goes to NCAA Division I, II and III as well as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes and NJCAA. It is named for Arthur Ashe, an accomplished American tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles. Boozer, known as “Booz” to his teammates, did not get to attend the awards banquet but said he is proud to be the recipient of the award. As the winner, Boozer has been invited to participate in the annual Arthur Ashe Weekend hosted by the ITA in August. This event gives Boozer and other Arthur Ashe Award winners the opportunity to experience New York City and give back by volunteering their time on Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, the largest single-day grassroots tennis and entertainment event in the world.
Union County College (N.J.) President Margaret M. McMenamin was one of 35 college presidents from throughout the nation to receive a Phi Theta Kappa Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction during PTK Catalyst 2018, the Society’s annual convention, in Kansas City, Missouri. The award honors college presidents who have demonstrated outstanding effort toward promoting the goals of PTK. The award is named in honor of the late Shirley B. Gordon, longtime chair of the PTK Board of Directors and president emeritus of Highline College in Washington. Phi Theta Kappa is the premiere honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. Union has an active PTK chapter with 321 members. In order to qualify for membership, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and have completed 12 credits.