Past ACC Annual Awards Dinners<

Each year the President/CEO and the ACC Board of Trustees honored outstanding Austin Community College faculty and staff who have been selected for awards.

2016 Annual Awards Dinner

ACC Annual Awards Dinner

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The 2016 ACC Awards Dinner was held Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Foothills Ballroom, located at the top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Austin, Texas. Themed as “Best of ACC,” which celebrates some of our outstanding employees who are making Austin Community College a great place to work and learn.

The Leadership Awards

ACC celebrates outstanding Faculty and Staff who demonstrate strong leadership and who have gone above and beyond the duties listed in their job description for the ACC community.

Classified Employee of the Year:
Sean Loraas, Accommodations Assistant, Special Populations

Professional-Technical Employee of the Year:
Dianne Olla, Instructional Support Services Supervisor, VP Instruction

Administrator of the Year:
Yolanda Chapa, Professor, Government

President’s Leadership Excellence Award Winner:
Virginia M. Fraire, Vice President, Student Services

Faculty Leader of the Year:
Tobin Quereau, Professor, Student Development

For more information on the Leadership Award, click here.

NISOD Award

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. Recipients of the NISOD Excellence Award are recognized at the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, and this award honors the world’s best in higher education.

Classified Employee of the Year:
Sean Loraas, Accommodations Assistant, Special Populations

Professional-Technical Employee of the Year:
Dianne Olla, Instructional Support Services Supervisor, VP Instruction

Meredith Denton-Hedrick, Adjunct Professor, Geology

James E. Friedrichsen III, Professor, Physics

Glen Hunt, Professor, Government

Yuko Kato, Adjunct Professor, Foreign Language

Kurt Nalty, Professor, Electronics and Applied Tech

Ann Lucinda Palmer, Professor, Developmental Reading

Sarah E. Wilson, Adjunct Professor, English & Student Development

Roberto G. Ybarra, Adjunct Professor, Foreign Language

For more information on the NISOD Award, click here.

Teaching Excellence Award

The ACC Teaching Excellence Awards honor one full-time and one adjunct faculty member who promote special learning opportunities, student interaction, depth/breadth of knowledge in a subject area and innovation. Nominations are made by students, faculty and staff and the honorees. Recipients are selected by committee and presented with an award and a $1000 cash prize. They also have an opportunity to be recognized during the May commencement ceremony.

Teaching Excellence Full-Time Faculty Award:
Frank Cronin, Professor, Developmental Writing

Teaching Excellence Adjunct Faculty Award:
Sean Perry, Associate Professor, Photography

For more information on the Teaching Excellence Award, click here.

The Piper Professor Nominee Award

The Piper Professor Nominee Award is a statewide award that recognizes outstanding full-time faculty in the teaching profession. Higher education institutions must be invited to submit a nominee and only ten professors are selected to receive this award each year. Awards of $5,000 are given to those selected for their superior teaching at the college level.

David M. Lauderback, Professor, History

For more information on the Piper Professor Nominee Award, click here.

The John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award

In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff.  Selected by a committee, recipients will be recognized at an awards dinner at ACC and have the opportunity to attend the League for Innovations Conference in the Spring.

Yolanda Chapa, Professor, Government

Frank Cronin, Professor, Developmental Writing

Virginia M. Fraire, Vice President, Student Services

David M. Lauderback, Professor, History

Sean Perry, Associate Professor, Photography

Tobin Quereau, Professor, Student Development

For more information on the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, click here.

U.S. Professors of the Year Awards

The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country—those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

For more information on the U.S. Professor of the Year Award, click here.

2015 Awards Dinner

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ACC celebrates outstanding Staff who demonstrate strong leadership and who have gone above and beyond the duties listed in their job description for the ACC community.

2015 Leadership Award Recipients:

Classified Employee of the Year: Sue Bloodsworth, Administrative Assistant III, Dean, Communications
Professional-Technical Employee of the Year: Christina Michura, Manager, Faculty Development
Administrator of the Year: Gaye Lynn Scott, Dean, Social and Behavioral Sciences
President’s Leadership Excellence Award: Pamela W. Sutton, Senior Executive Assistant to the President/CEO

To view more information: http://sites.austincc.edu/facdev/awards/leadership-2/

NISOD Award

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. Recipients of the NISOD Excellence Award are recognized at the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, and this award honors the world’s best in higher education.

ACC’s NISOD Excellence Award Winners

Sue Bloodsworth, Communications
Christina Michura, Faculty Development Manager
Marcellyn Champion, Government
Elizabeth Kreisle, Dev. Math
Shyamal Mitra, Astronomy
Rebecca Rebhorn, Biology
William J. Bastas, Welding
Kimberley Kelton, Math
Elizabeth Coccia, Psychology
Gabriel Arellano, Physics

Teaching Excellence Award

The ACC Teaching Excellence Awards honor one full-time and one adjunct faculty member who promote special learning opportunities, student interaction, depth/breadth of knowledge in a subject area and innovation. Nominations are made by students, faculty and staff and the honorees. Recipients are selected by committee and presented with an award and a $1000 cash prize. They also have an opportunity to be recognized during the May commencement ceremony.

Teaching Excellence Full-Time Faculty Award:
Patty Collier, Professor, Physical Therapy Assistant

Teaching Excellence Adjunct Faculty Award:
Rodney E. Rohde, Adjunct Professor, Biology

The Piper Professor Nominee Award

The Piper Professor Nominee Award is a statewide award that recognizes outstanding full-time faculty in the teaching profession. Higher education institutions must be invited to submit a nominee and only ten professors are selected to receive this award each year. Awards of $5,000 are given to those selected for their superior teaching at the college level.

Missi Patterson, Professor, Psychology

The John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award

In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff.  Selected by a committee, recipients will be recognized at an awards dinner at ACC and have the opportunity to attend the League for Innovations Conference in the Spring.

  • Gaye Lynn Scott, Dean, Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Pamela W. Sutton, Senior Executive Assistant to the President/CEO
  • Patty Collier, Professor, Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Rodney E. Rohde, Adjunct Professor, Biology
  • Missi Patterson, Professor, Psychology
2014 Awards Dinner

The Leadership Awards

ACC celebrates outstanding Staff who demonstrate strong leadership and who have gone above and beyond the duties listed in their job description for the ACC community.

2014 Leadership Award Recipients:

Classified Employee of the Year: George Griffith, Supervisor Grounds
Professional-Technical Employee of the Year: Laurie Clark, manger College Operations
Administrator of the Year: Hazel Ward, Dean, Communications
President’s Leadership Excellence Award:
Michael Midgley, Vice President of Instruction
Kathleen Christensen, Vice President, Student Services

To view more information: http://sites.austincc.edu/facdev/awards/leadership-2/

NISOD Award

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. Recipients of the NISOD Excellence Award are recognized at the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, and this award honors the world’s best in higher education.

ACC’s NISOD Excellence Award Winners

Laurie Clark, College Operations Manager
George Griffith, Grounds Supervisor
Gerald Hauck, History
Judy Scholl, Computer Information Systems
Paul Schliesing, Math
Susan Polk, Physical Therapy Assistant
Luanne Preston, English
Fred Toler, Criminal Justice
Andrew Saldana, Visual Communications

Teaching Excellence Award

The ACC Teaching Excellence Awards honor one full-time and one adjunct faculty member who promote special learning opportunities, student interaction, depth/breadth of knowledge in a subject area and innovation. Nominations are made by students, faculty and staff and the honorees. Recipients are selected by committee and presented with an award and a $1000 cash prize. They also have an opportunity to be recognized during the May commencement ceremony.

Teaching Excellence Full-Time Faculty Award:
Laura Juárez de Ku, Professor, Biology

Teaching Excellence Adjunct Faculty Award:
Tiff Holland, Adjunct Professor, English

The Piper Professor Nominee Award

The Piper Professor Nominee Award is a statewide award that recognizes outstanding full-time faculty in the teaching profession. Higher education institutions must be invited to submit a nominee and only ten professors are selected to receive this award each year. Awards of $5,000 are given to those selected for their superior teaching at the college level.

Gale Spear, Professor, Child Care & Development

The John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award

In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff.  Selected by a committee, recipients will be recognized at an awards dinner at ACC and have the opportunity to attend the League for Innovations Conference in the Spring.

Hazel Ward, Dean, Communications
Michael Midgley, Vice President of Instruction
Kathleen Christensen, Vice President, Student Services
Laura Juárez de Ku, Biology Professor
Tiff Holland, Adjunct English Professor
Gale Spear, Professor, Child Care and Development

2013 Awards Dinner

The Leadership Awards

ACC celebrates outstanding Staff who demonstrate strong leadership and who have gone above and beyond the duties listed in their job description for the ACC community.

2013 Leadership Award Recipients:

Classified Employee of the Year: Pete Soto, District Police Patrol Officer
Professional-Technical Employee of the Year:  Linda Haywood, Cypress Creek Campus Manager
Administrator of the Year: Eileen Klein, Executive Dean, Health Sciences
President’s Leadership Excellence Award:  Dr. Enrique Solis, Interim Executive Vice President & Provost

To view more information: http://sites.austincc.edu/facdev/awards/leadership-2/

NISOD Award

The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. Recipients of the NISOD Excellence Award are recognized at the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, and this award honors the world’s best in higher education.

ACC’s NISOD Excellence Award Winners

Merryl Missi Patterson, Psychology
Jose Milan, Physical Therapist Assistant
Shawn Amorde, Chemistry
Sarah Finney, Computer Information Technology
Dawn Haley-Woodard, Management
Gary Stewart, Computer Information Technology
Oralia Guerra, Developmental Math
Thom McFarland, English
Sheila Ammons, Professor, Accounting
Jill Brockmann, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Business and Technical Communications
Pete Soto, District Police Patrol Officer
Linda Haywood, Cypress Creek Campus Manager

Teaching Excellence Award

The ACC Teaching Excellence Awards honor one full-time and one adjunct faculty member who promote special learning opportunities, student interaction, depth/breadth of knowledge in a subject area and innovation. Nominations are made by students, faculty and staff and the honorees. Recipients are selected by committee and presented with an award and a $1000 cash prize. They also have an opportunity to be recognized during the May commencement ceremony.

ACC Teaching Excellence Award Winners
Sheila Ammons, Professor, Accounting
Jill Brockmann, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Business and Technical Communications

About the Piper Professor Award

The Piper Professor Award is a statewide award that recognizes outstanding full-time faculty in the teaching profession. Higher education institutions must be invited to submit a nominee and only ten professors are selected to receive this award each year. Awards of $5,000 are given to those selected for their superior teaching at the college level.

ACC’s Piper Professor Nominee
Jennifer Beck, Associate Professor, Psychology

The John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award

In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff.  Selected by a committee, recipients will be recognized at an awards dinner at ACC and have the opportunity to attend the League for Innovations Conference in the Spring.

ACC’s John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award Winners

Dr. Eileen Klein, Executive Dean, Health Sciences
Dr. Jennifer Beck, Associate Professor of Psychology
David Lauderback, Professor of History
Dr. Enrique Solis, Interim Executive Vice President & Provost