2012 May 28 - 12:00 am


  • Colorado’s Arapahoe Community College Vice President for Instruction Diane Hegeman has been selected as one of 25 nationwide recipients for Phi Theta Kappa’s 2012 Distinguished College Administrator Awards, as announced earlier this month at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention in Nashville. The Distinguished College Administrator Awards are presented to college vice presidents, deans or leaders other than college presidents/CEOs serving in an administrative capacity who have demonstrated a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa. Hegeman will begin her seventh year at Arapahoe Community College in 2012-13. Prior to her arrival at ACC in July of 2006, Hegeman spent 15 years at Red Rocks Community College and four years at the Colorado Community College System office. Hegeman, who also earned a Distinguished College Administrator Award from Phi Theta Kappa in 2009, earned her B.Ed., M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Colorado State University.

  • Imogene Hines, professor of journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County (Pa.) Boyce Campus has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Sojourner Truth Award, the highest award presented by the Pittsburgh Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. Hines joined CCAC in 1978 working as an assistant professor. She became an associate professor in 1983, before becoming a full professor in 1989. She has served the college in myriad capacities including as a professor in the areas of speech, English and public relations and as a former grand marshal for graduation. Hines has received both national honors and campus awards for excellence in teaching. Active in the community, Hines serves on the boards of Marian Plaza, Inc, the Pittsburgh Unit of the NAACP, the Martin Luther King Reading and Cultural Center and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Pittsburgh Chapter of The GirlFriends, Inc., and the Omega Wives of Pittsburgh. Her volunteer work with Jack and Jill of America, Inc., earned her a Distinguished Mother Award for Service from the organization’s National Chapter. Hines holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and Speech from Duquesne University and a master of arts in mass media communications from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Pat Murray, a familiar face at California’s Grossmont College, has been named Classified Employee of the Year for the state community college system. Recipients are nominated by their colleagues and endorsed by their local Board of Trustees. Winners are selected by representatives of the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges, the Chancellor’s Office, and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, based on their professional contributions and their record of participation in activities on and off campus. A $500 cash award and plaque will be presented to each recipient. Murray’s selection for the award from the ranks of the nearly 30,000 community college classified employees in the state comes as no surprise to anyone who has associated with her at the college district. The nomination prepared by Debbie Yaddow, nursing professor and dean of allied health and nursing at Grossmont College, includes a long list of accomplishments and ways her volunteerism have benefitted the college and outside communities. The 13-year Grossmont College employee is a member of the Classified Senate, chair of the Kudos Award program for outstanding staff, and has assisted in coordinating the Students of Note awards program recognizing students who have overcome obstacles to succeed in college. Murray helped the Classified Senate raise money for a perpetual student scholarship fund and has assisted with the college foundation’s gala fundraiser.
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