Five El Paso Community College received National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards at a ceremony in Austin.
These Excellence Award recipients also will attend NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. During an Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration each Excellence Award recipient received a specially cast, pewter medallion.
The EPCC honorees for 2016
Mr. Steven Smith, Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education
Ms. Michelle Conklin, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology
Dr. Jose Pacheco-Lucero, Associate Professor of Biology
Ms. Virginia Madrid, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. Christian Servin, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
According to President Dr. William Serrata, EPCC is committed providing excellent academic experiences that result in student achievement. The educators being recognized exemplify the important work being done at EPCC every day.
“EPCC is proud to recognize these dedicated individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to our students and our college with the NISOD Excellence Award.” Serrata said. “The extraordinary work of these educators includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for our college and our community.”
Vice President of Instruction & Workforce Education Steven Smith was recognized with the NISOD Excellence Award for his exceptional work in advancing the college including leading important initiatives that increase student success and graduation rates as well as providing leadership that has increased grant funding in Workforce Education to nearly $2 million.
“Seeing students walk across the stage to receive their degree shows the profound impact of EPCC and the vital role education has in improving student’s lives,” Smith said.
NISOD Excellence Award recipient Virginia Madrid says her inspiration in life is caring, dedication, and making a difference for others. “I always knew I wanted to be a nurse and when I realized that I loved teaching just as much I decided to do both,” Madrid said. “Working with nursing students allows me to pursue two of my passions, caring for others, and making a difference in someone’s life.”
“As the first in my Family to earn a doctorate, I place an elevated importance on education,” Biology professor Dr. Jose Pacheco-Lucero said. “As a scientist I consider teaching, not only a duty, but also a privilege and a pleasure. I hope to ignite a passion for science while mentoring students to continue with their education.”
“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Executive Director. “We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”
Since 1989, the NISOD Excellence Awards and annual conference has represented the largest gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff. Created in 1978, NISOD is committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.