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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Awards Season Underway

Awards Season Underway

Catherine Watkins earned congratulations as this year's
Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty.

It’s that time of year. Best- and worst-dressed lists, red carpets and shiny statuettes are popping up all around Hollywood as the stars prepare for the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

We may not make as big a production, and it is unlikely anyone will ask you who you are wearing, but Brookhaven College has its own “awards season” underway, too.

Colleagues came together to celebrate success and longevity at the Adjunct Faculty Awards Reception on Jan. 12. Dr. Thom Chesney, college president, welcomed the more than 50 adjunct professors who attended and thanked them for the important role they play in the mission of the college.

Catherine Watkins, English for Speakers of Other Languages instructor, was recognized as the winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty this year. Jodi Tippett, phlebotomy teacher, was honored as this year’s Workforce and Continuing Education Instructor of the Year.

Dozens of instructors were recognized for their longevity in teaching at the college. Tim Devaney, Kristi Ferguson, Wayne Goodowitz, Durward Mommsen, Susana Ruelas and Sandy Wyche all reached the milestone of 50 semesters of teaching. Ricardo Hildago, Colette McAlester and Thomas Toulmin were recognized for 60 semesters of service. Jody Christopherson-Degan and Duane Cox reached 70 semesters and Carmen Clausse was recognized for teaching 80 semesters at the college.

Though there are no surprises as to the winners, both the adjunct awardees as well as the full-time employees who were selected for the yearly awards will all be honored during the Emerald Awards ceremonies on Jan. 27 in the Performance Hall.

Coffee and light breakfast items will be available beginning at 9 a.m. in the Performance Hall Lobby. The program begins at 10 a.m. in the theater. I wonder if they ask George Clooney or Meryl Streep to bring their own mugs?