2009 March 9 - 12:00 am
HONORS & AWARDS:
- Caroline Duggan, a music teacher at New York City’s Public School 59, will be the community guest of honor at the 24th Irish Heritage Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony at Bronx Community College. She will also lead the Keltic Dreams Irish Dance Troupe in a performance. The troupe has performed for former U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and President of Ireland Mary McAleese. The Keltic Dreams Irish Dance Troupe is characterized by its diversity and mastery of a dance from another culture. The group comprises 40 fourth- and fifth-grade students from P.S. 59. The students are predominantly Hispanic and African-American. Duggan, a native of Crumlin, County Dublin, Ireland, came to the U.S. in 2002 in response to a New York City Board of Education recruitment outreach for teachers. She was the only music teacher who applied and was selected to teach at P.S. 59, located in a socio-economically challenged community. Six years later, after long rehearsals, the Keltic Dreams Irish Dance Troupe has placed P.S. 59 on the world map.
- Dianne G. Van Hook, in one of her first positions in community colleges, created a model program for Santa Ana College in California’s Rancho Santiago Community College District — a program that would help other women enter the workforce by giving them access to the training and support services they needed to succeed. Within five years, the program became a state model and was funded at more than 50 other colleges across California. She named her re-entry program “New Horizons.” Now, decades later, the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and County Board of Supervisors has announced that Van Hook, chancellor of the College of the Canyons, will be honored as a recipient of a 2009 Women of the Year Award during the prestigious 24th Annual Women of the Year Awards Luncheon in March. The awards are sponsored by the county’s Commission for Women. The commission was established in 1975, about the same time Van Hook helped create her first women’s re-entry center. The commission represents the special interests and concerns of women of all races, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, religious convictions, social circumstances and sexual orientation.
- Kathryn Winograd, director of the Writers Studio at Colorado’s Arapahoe Community College, has received the 2009 Jerome F. Wartgow Teaching with Technology Award. Winograd began teaching creative writing and English online in 1996 as part of a pilot program between the University of Colorado at Denver and Real Education Inc., which later became eCollege. She joined eCollege in 1998 as an instructional designer working with faculty across the country in developing online courses. During her tenure at eCollege, she was promoted to manager of Instructional Design, director of instructional design and course development, director of the Center of Internet Technology in Education and chief academic officer. She has presented at conferences nationwide. Winograd also works as an online learning consultant for Ashland University’s low-residency master of fine arts program, where she serves as a poetry faculty member. This spring, she will travel to Adams State College to serve both as featured reader for the ASC senior thesis celebration, and to present a workshop on teaching writing online.