Six Metropolitan Community College employees were saluted at the Missouri Community College Association’s 52nd annual convention Nov. 2-4 in Branson.
+ Robert Packett, MCC-Maple Woods, Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award: Packett is an outstanding historian who has been part of the MCC-Maple Woods social science and business division for more than 10 years. Packett, who retired from the Park Hill School District, brings history to life through pictures, artifacts and tales from his travels around the world. He is nationally known for his Western Civilization podcasts, especially his Napoleon podcasts.
This award is given each year to just one individual in recognition of the vital contributions adjuncts make to the mission of community colleges. Nominees must have taught at least one course per academic year for three consecutive academic years as adjunct faculty.
+ Connie Flick-Hruska, MCC-Longview, Mel Aytes Faculty Innovation Award: Flick-Hruska is being recognized for her efforts with the HOPE project, which began in Fall 2013 when a faculty committee designed a series of four classroom interventions to increase student success and persistence through hope. The interventions are designed to build hope in students by helping them set goals for the course and plan ways to reach those goals and overcome any obstacles they encounter.
MCCA’s Mel Aytes Faculty Innovation Award is presented annually in recognition of innovative projects by a faculty member or group of faculty members at a community college. Aytes was a former MCC-Longview political science instructor who went on to become MCC’s governmental relations director from 1995 to 2002. He died in 2007.
+ Victor Meledge-Ade, MCC-Longview, Global Educator Award: Having lived on three continents growing up, the geography instructor has a direct connection to global education and the power that cultural exchange can have on an individual. Over the years, he’s used this experience to enlighten and inspire countless students. He has been a tremendous leader for global education both on his campus and through his involvement with the Missouri Consortium for Global Education.
Recipients of this award have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the promotion of global education. Their work aligns with the Missouri Consortium for Global Educations objectives.
+ Mindy McCallum, MCC-Longview, Senior Service Award: McCallum joined MCC’s Penn Valley campus in 1989 as the coordinator of CASS, a program funded by USAID that brought Central American and Caribbean students to study in community colleges throughout the United States. Since then, she has served in a variety of positions at the College, including dean of instruction at MCC – Maple Woods from August 2002 to June 2013. She is currently serving in the same role at MCC-Longview.
+ Cheryl Winter, MCC-Blue River, Senior Service Award: Winter started as a non-traditional college student at MCC-Longview in 1983. Holding numerous jobs on campus, she graduated in 1987 with an associate in arts degree with high honors. Winter then went on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, after which she came back to teach at MCC-Blue River. Over the last 20-plus years, she has served the campus as a mathematics instructor, Phi Theta Kappa adviser, coordinator for the Academic Resource Center and division chair of business technology, mathematics and public safety.
+ Dempsey Yearry, MCC-Maple Woods, Senior Service Award: Yearry has taught electronics and computer science at Maple Woods since 1985. He holds a bachelor’s degree from DeVry University and is currently studying for his master of science in information technology management.
MCCA’s Senior Service Awards are presented annually to long-serving employees from each of Missouri’s community colleges/campuses. Recipients are recommended for the award by their campus president/chancellor. To receive this award, the employee must have worked at a community college for 20 years or more.
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