2014 December 19 - 05:31 am

Faculty Lounge

a look faculty activities around various community and junior colleges

Norman L. Stephens Jr., president emeritus of South Florida State College, was recently honored during the 65th Annual Association of Florida Colleges Convention. Stephens was presented with the James L. Wattenbarger Award by the Florida College System Council of Presidents for outstanding service to the Florida College System.

The award is given annually in honor of Wattenbarger, who is considered to be the father of Florida’s community college system. Stephens became SFSC’s third president in 2002 and served for 11 years. He presided over campuses within SFSC’s service district of Highlands. In 1957, Wattenbarger presented the Florida Legislature with a master plan for Florida’s community/junior colleges. As the first director of community colleges, he led the implementation of his statewide plan for 28 public community colleges located within commuting distance of 99 percent of the Florida population. SFSC was one of those colleges and was established in 1965. “It is most fitting that we continue to honor Dr. James L. Wattenbarger, praising his vision for higher education for Florida and our country,” Stephens said. “His idea was to make college accessible, relevant, and excellent.

He was among the first to recognize the importance of life-long learning. And he understood the importance of an educational experience that prepares people for careers as well as for life as contributing members of society. He opened a door that had always been closed except to a few fortunate people. He changed lives, millions of lives for the better.”

Raritan Valley Community College’s (N.J.) Visual and Performing Arts Department presented its annual Holiday Art Show and Sale. The show was held in the Art Gallery at RVCC’s Branchburg Campus. The exhibition and sale featured a varied display of work created by RVCC’s ceramics students, instructors and several alumni. The ceramic work ranged from low-fire smoked and Raku vessels to high-fire functional and sculptural pieces in porcelain and stoneware. Other show highlights included limited-edition prints by Darren McManus, artwork by Jeff Mason, and handmade silk scarves by Vera Tarantino. Also included were photo calendars and cards by Tony Strong, photography by Kevin Hinkle, and woven apparel by Lydia Chiappini.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Hostos Community College English Department Lecturer Cynthia Jones the 2014 New York State Professor of the Year. Jones joins Rees Shad, Hostos assistant professor and chairperson of the Humanities Department, who won the award in 2012. Jones began teaching all levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) reading courses in the late 1970s as an adjunct professor. Her interest and expertise in areas of high school-college collaboration, developmental education, as well as racial and social issues, have defined her tenure at the college. Serving as a lecturer in the English Department since 1981, she has educated the most vulnerable of Hostos students with wonderful results. She has taught in the Hostos Community College Early College Initiative program since its inception and she served as an Office of Academic Affairs Faculty Fellow from 2011 to 2014. She is also the chairperson of the General Education Committee, co-director of the Honors Program, and interim co-director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and coordinator of the Quantitative Reasoning Fellows Initiative. Jones earned a master of arts in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1976. She received a bachelor of arts in Early Childhood-Elementary Education, Reading from Adelphi University in 1975.

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