Tyburski is finalist

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Piedmont Community College (PCC) webmaster/graphic designer Kevin Tyburski has been named one of five finalists for the 2012 North Carolina Community College Staff Person of the Year Award. In his nomination, Tyburski was praised for his technical knowledge, creativity, and his dedication to high-quality work.

“His devotion is far beyond what is expected, and he has a strong commitment to community college education,” said Bonnie Davis, PCC Director, Public Information, who nominated Tyburski for the award. “His initiative, innovation and leadership make him well-deserving of this recognition.”  

Tyburski has been employed at PCC since July 2008 and is responsible for the redesign of the College’s website, which debuted in August 2011. He not only designed PCC’s new website, he also researched, developed and programmed the site, using a “people-oriented design” to customize the site for its various users. The new site quickly drew accolades, being named the DotNetNuke “Site of the Month” for August 2011 and subsequently the “Site of the Year” for 2011 in an international competition.  

Tyburski’s professional expertise is recognized among his peers in other community colleges across the state and nation, who turn to him for advice, and to consult about content management systems for their own websites. Two national companies invited him to participate in panels to discuss website strategies for educational institutions. “His expertise has earned the respect of his co-workers and his peers,” said Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC President.  

As the College’s graphic designer, Tyburski displays his creativity through his data-driven designs such as a customized student handbook and planner, sponsored by the PCC Student Government Association, and coordinated recruiting materials that attract prospective students. In his nomination, PCC Dean of Students Lee Proctor said that these recruitment materials are “not only effective but also a source of pride for the institution.”  

PCC Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Townsend cited Tyburski’s “initiative and interest in working with students” through his “Create Your Own Video” contest in which students made PCC video commercials for YouTube. Winning commercials earned the students scholarship funds.  

Tyburski holds an A.A.S. degree in Media Arts and Animation form the Art Institute of Atlanta and has completed numerous software certifications as well as courses in computer science, media arts and sciences, and technology. He is a member of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) and the Public Relations, Information and Marketing Association of North Carolina (PRIMA), an organization for North Carolina community college public relations and marketing staff.  

Tyburski, his wife Stephanie, and their son Ethan reside in Danville, Va., where Tyburski is involved in his community Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics. An avid soccer player, he also offers free developmental soccer clinics for parents and prospective players. He is involved in several ministries at his church. He designed professional signage and assisted in the promotion of PCC’s new disc golf course, the Rockness Monster and has also assisted with upgrades at the Ballou Park disc golf course in Danville. He is a member of the PCC Foundation’s President’s Club.  

The North Carolina Community College System presents the North Carolina Community College Staff Person of the Year Award annually to one non-teaching staff member in the System, which includes 58 community colleges. The award is sponsored by the State Board of Community Colleges, the North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation Inc., and BB&T Corp.