Honors & Awards
A summary Listing of Colleges Receiving Institution and Individual Honors and Awards
Carlos Sanchez-Mendez, president of the Student Government Association at Central Carolina Community College, received the Bryan Pugh Award during the spring conference of the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA). Bryan Pugh was the first president of the N4CSGA. The award is given to an individual who worked diligently and exceeded the expectations required for his or her office. The recipient of this award symbolizes the commitment necessary to serve others effectively. Sanchez-Mendez, who has served on N4CSGA Executive Board since November 2014, said it was a great honor to receive the award. “I am happy to know that I was able to represent the students to the best of my abilities, because that is what I was trusted to do,” said Sanchez- Mendez. “I would like to dedicate this award to my mother and everyone who has helped me get to where I am now.”
First place in Grand Rapids Community College’s (Mich.) Armen Awards went to a project that promoted awareness of computer science education for K-12 education. Katie Vander Meer’s Introduction to Computer Programming students taught computer programming logic to Orchard View Elementary fifth-graders. Longtime GRCC supporter Armen Oumedian created and funds the awards for excellence in service learning. Faculty members lead students in designing and completing service projects to benefit community organizations. The top three teams among the five finalists received awards. The secondplace award went to Holly Van- Ryn and students in her Restaurant Leadership and Management course. They teamed up with Baxter Community Center’s mentoring program to teach youth finedining etiquette. The thirdplace award was given to Leigh Kleinert and students in her General Human Anatomy and Physiology course, who partnered with Jenison International Academy to provide an in-person, interactive biology lab for online high school students.
The Hayden Juried Purchase Prize in Painting was awarded to student artist Angela Paterchak at this year’s An Evening of the Arts. Established through the Community College of Beaver County (Pa.) Foundation, the Purchase Prize awards a $200 annual prize to one student for excellence in oil painting. Angela’s oil painting entitled “Bob Marley” was chosen by judges Scot Rutledge, digital marketing services manager at CCBC, and Megan Cassioli, graphics specialist at CCBC, as this year’s prize winner. “All of the submitted artwork was exceptional, but Angela’s stood out due to her skill and color composition,” Rutledge said. “She clearly honed her technique and spent many hours creating this piece of artwork.” Second place went to Jacob Roper, a fine arts major from Ellwood City, for his painting entitled “Clockwork Blue,” and third place went to Alexis Stearns, an education major, for her painting entitled “Enchantment.” She is currently enrolled in her first semester in the psychology program at CCBC. After she graduates from CCBC, she plans to continue her studies and focus on neuroscience. Her painting is now part of the college’s permanent collection and will be displayed on campus. The annual An Evening of the Arts showcases the best artwork from students enrolled in courses in the arts. Student work is displayed and presented in a variety of formats including painting and drawing; poetry and spoken word; digital imaging, web design, interactive design, and animation; photography and videography; and more.