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2018 June 26 - 03:37 pm

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Two instructors from Mid- Plains Community College (Neb.) have been honored with Excellence in Teaching awards from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Clay Grizzle is a speech and theater instructor in McCook, and HaLea Messersmith is an adjunct biology instructor in Broken Bow and North Platte. Both were selected to receive Excellence in Teaching Awards based on their outstanding commitment and contribution to students and colleagues. They were recognized during NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas. “Both Clay and HaLea are extremely deserving of this award,” said Jody Tomanek, area vice president for Academic Affairs and NPCC. “They are two of our best instructors and are always putting students first. Attending the conference to receive their medallions is also a great way for them to go to conference sessions that are geared toward teaching and learning. Both were nominated by their colleagues for this opportunity.” Grizzle has been teaching speech and theater at MCC since 2013. Grizzle received his bachelor’s degree at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., his master’s degree in communication from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and has 70 hours toward his Ph.D. from Texas Tech. As a professional actor, he has worked in most major American cities and directed more than 200 shows. His alltime favorite role was playing Starbuck in “The Rainmaker.” Messersmith has been an adjunct instructor for Mid- Plains since 2014. During that time, she has also served as a science teacher and head softball coach at Cozad Middle School. She will teach biology full-time for MPCC starting in the fall. Messersmith graduated from Eustis-Farnam High School in 2004 then attended Doane University, earning a bachelor of science degree in 2008. Messersmith also has a master’s degree in biology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and began working toward a doctorate in bioinformatics and genetics from Iowa State University in 2011.

Cleveland State Community College faculty members Victoria Bryan and Liz Moseley recently completed the College System of Tennessee High Impact Practice Faculty Learning Community 2018-18 Honor Roll. Moseley completed hers Magna Cum Laude having earned 8-9 badges for her work with First Year Seminar, and Bryan completed hers Cum Laude having earned 6-7 badges for her work with Academic Mindset.

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